Whole Roasted Cauliflower a la Baron Restaurant

Beirut, Recipe, Restaurants

I am often asked if I get lonely when my husband travels for work as he does so much of the time.  And while I do miss him terribly, miss palling around town, eating meals together, just being, I don’t ever think of myself as lonely. Instead I like to use the time he’s away to…

Ancient Grain Salad, Lebanese Style

Beirut, Recipe

All the sudden I feel I am part of the fabric of our neighborhood here in Achrafieh. As I’m often alone for a week or more at a time, it’s these little interactions that make me feel part of the community as they’re sometimes the only human dealings I’ll have in a day. All along…

Comfort Food, Middle Eastern Style – Kousa Mashi bil Laban

Beirut, Recipe, Restaurants

We are just back from a weekend back in Amman visiting my lovely husband’s parents and our many friends. Monday marked the beginning of Eid al Adha or the Sacrifice Feast, a somewhat haunting (yet fitting) translation of what actually happens -the slaughter of sheep used as a reminder of Ibrahim’s near sacrifice of his…

Little Armenia Lunch

Beirut, Markets, Restaurants

There are times that I forget I live in the Middle East up here in my perch in Achrafieh. Like I wrote last week, it really does feel like Europe…ok, that might be a stretch, but compared to some parts of Beirut, it’s an oasis of calm. The fancy areas we tend to frequent feel…

The Road to Jerash

Artisan, Jordan, Shops

Yesterday we took a morning ride to Jerash,  a small town just 45 minutes drive North of Amman, and home to the majestic remains of the Greco-Roman city of Gerasa. While we weren’t visiting the ancient ruins, they are visible from the main road into town, their gorgeous gold hue the same color as the caverns’ rocks…