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Stroopwaffle at Hans Egstorf in Amsterdam

Desserts & Sweets

May 16, 2018 | Tasty Discoveries | Holland

One of the major things to eat when visiting Amsterdam is the circular waffle called Stroopwaffle. A round shaped, very thin waffle is cut in the middle and spread with creamy caramel syrup then lightly toasted in the oven. A lady, facing the…

Joelle’s Dream Maamouls; Delicious and Light

Desserts & Sweets

March 30, 2018 | Tasty Discoveries

Take a maamoul, close your eyes and lay it on your tongue... feel its sandy envelop and prepare yourself to press it up your palate. The maamoul crumbles gently in a million piece, exploding its flavors and beautiful textures. Joelle has…

My Latest Discovery: "Maakroun Hobeiche"

Desserts & Sweets

December 15, 2017 | Tasty Discoveries | Lebanon

They look like any Lebanese sweets, covered with powdered sugar but in fact they are not. A tradition of the Hobeiche family of Keserwan, these amazing delicacies are a must try. My friend Fady, coming tonight for dinner, got them with…

Popelini; Paris' Best Choux a la Creme

Desserts & Sweets

December 04, 2017 | Recommended | France

Been here in 2014 and still remember the sumptuous flavors of Popelini's great Choux. The best in Paris for sure, Popelini is about the simplicity of a choux a la creme that will make you dream. Aromatic, flavorful, tender and…

Patisserie Chidiac: The Best Karabeej in Lebanon

Desserts & Sweets

September 17, 2017 | Popular | Middle East

It's been a continuous mission of mine, to plunge into the vast amount of authentic and traditional bites this country has to offer. Whether sweet or savory, we have many places around and each establishment has something original to offer.…

Nassab Saida: My Favorite Maacroun, Ouwaymat and Mchabbak!

Desserts & Sweets

September 17, 2017 | Recommended | South Lebanon

Searching for the best Maacroun, Mchabbak and Ouwaymat in town? There's only one address! Visit Nassab Sweets in Saida. They're different to any others I've previously tried. The Maacroun are soft, full bodied and most importantly…

Angelina's Famous Mont Blanc: A Beirut Favorite!

Desserts & Sweets

August 22, 2017 | Tasty Discoveries | Beirut

One of my favorite desserts is Angelina's Mont Blanc, a creation that can't be described in just a few words but must me enjoyed, ingredient by ingredient, flavor by flavor, bite after bite... This piece of creation has nothing to do with any Mont…

Contact Info: Angelina, Beirut

Phone Number: +961 1 990992

Address: Foch Area, Saad Zaghloul Street, Downtown, Beirut, Lebanon [ view ]

Phone Number: +961 1 990992

Address: Foch Area, Saad Zaghloul Street, Downtown, Beirut, Lebanon [ view ]

Le Greche: A Good Gelateria in Athens

Ice Cream & Gelato

August 21, 2017 | Recommended | Greece

In Athens, there's a shop that sells real gelato, enjoyable to the last mouthful. Classy and inviting, this Gelateria can compete easily with the ones in Italy. The ice cream is portioned up with a spatula to decorate a small yet crunchy biscuit…

What Happened to Noura?

Desserts & Sweets

August 19, 2017 | Reviews | Beirut

While others are improving and new names are opening, one long-established brand is getting it wrong! Let's get straight to the point... I've been trying to fall in love with Noura again but in vain. Even without writing a review, the photos…

High Sweet: The Signature Dessert Made in Moukhtara

Desserts & Sweets

June 26, 2017 | Tasty Discoveries | Lebanon

In the village of Moukhtara is a small shop, a linen shop which sells premium sweets: yes, you heard right, a shop selling linen and home goods called "Optex" has one of the mountains best signature sweets...and one creation in particular left me…

Captain Cookie: Washington’s Famous Cookie Spot

Desserts & Sweets

April 12, 2017 | Tasty Discoveries | USA

Just before leaving Washington I Googled to find the best ice cream place, which when I finally found I fell in love with. The place turned out to be just in front of the hotel. Captain cookie sells freshly made hot cookies, ice cream and…

Furn Emm Salim: Anfeh's Supreme Traditional Breakfast

Breakfast & Coffee

February 14, 2017 | Recommended | Lebanon

My latest discovery is a must try! Emm Salim’s bakery is one of the many places that have made Anfeh famous. Located in the old souk, the famous "Tahet el Rih" resort and surely the Phoenician sea fortress... Hidden in the old village with no…

VanLeeuwen: Mouthwatering Ice Cream in New York

Ice Cream & Gelato

January 26, 2017 | Tasty Discoveries | USA

Google led me to VanLeeuwen; the name made me want to try their ice cream. It was 2 degrees outside on a cold winter day but that didn't stop me from trying a generous Christmas ice cream made with local produce and organic eggs.  A glass…

Al Hallab: Knefeh is Now Trendy!

Recommended

December 24, 2016 | Tasty Discoveries | North Lebanon

Abdelrahman Hallab and Sons is now "Hallab", a new logo, a younger identity and with that a selection of innovative treats which started last year with the ice cream collection. Funky Knefeh or funky Bûches; a mouth-watering season of food has…

Le Gabarit Healthy Christmas Logs

Recommended

December 15, 2016 | Tasty Discoveries

Who said enjoying a Christmas log should be fattening?  This Christmas, Le Gabarit Healthy Christmas Logs will allow you to celebrate the season while staying fit. Just over a week before Christmas and most of us are trying to cut down on…

La Baguette: Tasting Traditional Peruvian Desserts

Breakfast & Coffee

May 19, 2016 | Desserts & Sweets

Located just a few meters from the NM hotel is a cafe called La Baguette. La Baguette is a cafe with an endless choice of indulgences... You will find display fridges where dozens of cakes and mouthwatering preparations are attractively placed...…

Kaddoum Honey: A Gift from Nature

Tasty Discoveries

May 08, 2016 | The Box

Visiting Dubai for GulFood, I was introduced to Kaddoum, a honey produced in Lebanon with such love and dedication shown in every drop of it. Kaddoum has made it in our Box of May and to my personal kitchen. The Story: This is the mid of…

Abou Hassan Al Habash Saida: Maamoul-Mad is the Specialty!

Recommended

April 25, 2016 | Tasty Discoveries | South Lebanon

This morning, a friend of mine from Saida, a local who has watched my shows about his beautiful city, told me that I forgot one major place and he was ready to take me there. It's called Abou Hassan, and he works from home with his wife and produces…

Evvivo Pandolia: The Panettone Kingdom

Recommended

February 09, 2016 | Spotted Stories | Italy

It's a small place with no name or sign, in a young neighborhood facing a Gelateria shop and another of street food potato place, it's where superb panettone are produced, a taste like you've never tried before, a must try as soon as you arrive in…

French Revolution: The Mouthwatering Eclairs of Bucharest

Recommended

February 01, 2016 | Tasty Discoveries | Europe

Two of my dream places are Un Eclair de Genie in Paris and Maitre Choux in London, places specialized in Eclairs, displayed like pieces of art. Today, in Bucharest, I found a pastry shop selling the same, displayed under a glass…

Baked by Melissa: Famous for its Mini Cupcakes

Recommended

November 17, 2015 | Tasty Discoveries | USA

Baked by Melissa is the only place I visited and didn't review during my last trip to New York. It's a small cupcakery that's all about mini bites, mini cupcakes, where each is baked and decorated to perfection. Ever since she was a little…

Cedar's Hummus: Lebanese Quality in America

Tasty Discoveries

October 31, 2015 | USA

Here’s a Lebanese product with American roots – Cedar’s Hummus, produced in Boston, makes traditional hummus that comes in many flavors and varieties. Showcasing the best traditions of our country, Cedar’s Hummus are freshly…

Roadster's Black Burger is Good!

American

September 30, 2015 | Burgers | Mount Lebanon

Nothing can be more special than visiting Roaster Diner on the last day the Black Burger is being offered? September 30th is "The Black Burger" promotion's last day. I have written about the Black Burger before, long before Roadster discovered…

Contact Info: Roadster Diner

Phone Number: 1585

Address: Zalka main road, Jal El Dib, Metn, Lebanon [ view ]

Phone Number: 1585

Address: Zalka main road, Jal El Dib, Metn, Lebanon [ view ]

Chakala: A Healthy and Tasty Vegan Chocolate Spread

Chocolate

September 18, 2015 | Recommended

And here I am again looking at what I am about to eat and wondering what it will taste like. Will it be good? Chakala was in hand today... and after tasting it, not only was it good, it was awesome. Before tasting, I must mention something on it's…

Cookies'n'more: Mouthwatering Cookies

Tasty Discoveries

September 14, 2015 | Lebanon

It's a bag, a big bag full of goodies, a bag with boxes and nylon wraps holding a large selection of cakes and bites. I've written about the famous colored maamoul of Cookies'n'more previously and couldn't stop myself writing about them today; they…

Contact Info: Cookies'n'More

Phone Number: +961-1-513350

Address: Sin El Fil, Facing Hayek Hospital entrance, Beirut, Lebanon [ view ]

Phone Number: +961-1-513350

Address: Sin El Fil, Facing Hayek Hospital entrance, Beirut, Lebanon [ view ]

Awad: Kashta Ice Cream Logs and More

Ice Cream & Gelato

September 11, 2015 | Tasty Discoveries | Lebanon

The place is small, unwelcoming, and the staff doesn't smile, but they do have nice ice cream. Fruit or Kashta, the ice cream is rich, flavorful, feels natural and isn't too sweet. Up in Achkout, Keserwan, a few meters from the Achkout main…

Spot Dessert Shoppe: The Chocolate Green Tea Lava Cake

Chocolate

July 25, 2015 | Desserts & Sweets | USA

A new spin on sweets: This is Spot, a dessert bar like no other that's home to a whole new world of taste. Here, traditional confections are reimagined and spiked with a healthy dose of Asian flare. Thanks to unique ingredients like green tea,…

Frannie's Yo Art: The Frozen Yogurt Boutique

Reviews

July 23, 2015 | Tasty Discoveries | USA

A heaven for yogurt lovers if I may say, where I found myself walking around the many possibilities for enjoyment and fun, easing every item I could add into my yogurt cup. From fruits to connoisseur's chocolates, every person will find his pleasure…

Pate a Choux: Lebanon's Wondrous Croissants

Breakfast & Coffee

July 15, 2015 | Recommended | Mount Lebanon

During my adolescence, I remember dad taking me to a pastry shop all the way up in Broumana. Owned and run by Victor Rbeiz, Pâte à Choux cakes were special, freshly handmade with love and passion, a passion that has run…

Contact Info: Pâte à Choux

Phone Number: +961 1 614150

Address: Sodeco, Achrafieh, Beirut, Lebanon [ view ]

Phone Number: +961 1 614150

Address: Sodeco, Achrafieh, Beirut, Lebanon [ view ]

Pierre Herme: A World Renowned Exquisite Macaron

Tasty Discoveries

June 08, 2015 | France

Heir to four generations of Alsatian bakery and pastry-making tradition, Pierre Hermé began his career at the age of 14 as an apprentice to Gaston Lenôtre. Today he creates the world most famous and probably tastiest…

Chichakli Zghorta: Unique Fatayer with a Zesty Character

Tasty Discoveries

May 12, 2015 | Lebanon

It doesn't look like or feel like a normal fatira, but this is something you have to try. A golden-colored originally shaped dough which resembles a piece of oriental sweet. The dough is extremely crunchy and feels like a puff pastry; and is…

Santiveri: Healthy … and Full of Taste

Tasty Discoveries

April 29, 2015

I was introduced to Santiveri a very long time ago, in the days when I was still living with my parents. My mom had a weakness for their products, and I remember their rice cake, specifically. I forgot about them for a while, until this year,…

Halsa: Addictive Healthy, Crunchy Thyme Fingers

Tasty Discoveries

April 29, 2015

It was supposed to be a regular meeting down in Beirut at my friend Myrna's office until a special delivery came in - a bag of Kaak. Myrna has been enjoying these kaak for the last year, bags of fresh, crunchy and healthy toasted fingers she gets…

Tahinov Hats: Armenian Wonders from Ichkhanian Bakery

Recommended

April 03, 2015 | Tasty Discoveries | Lebanon

I remember trying a dessert at Batchig last year, something called Tahinov Hats - baked bread mixed with tahina (sesame paste), cinnamon and sugar. I didn't like it back then and considered it to be an Armenian creation that might not appeal to…

Contact Info: Ichkhanian

Phone Number: +961 1 375178

Address: Hussein Beyhum Street, Zoukak El Blate Beirut, Lebanon [ view ]

Phone Number: +961 1 375178

Address: Hussein Beyhum Street, Zoukak El Blate Beirut, Lebanon [ view ]

The Lebanese Burger at Lamb House

Burgers

March 29, 2015 | Tasty Discoveries | Lebanon

My friends say it's their favorite burger and I might just be agreeing on that.  Sometimes, simplicity is just what the doctor orders… Let’s go to Lamb House, a restaurant, a landmark in the heart of Beirut City, located…

Contact Info: Lamb House

Phone Number: +961 1 741701

Address: General de Gaulle, Chouran Street, Al Manara, Beirut, Lebanon [ view ]

Phone Number: +961 1 741701

Address: General de Gaulle, Chouran Street, Al Manara, Beirut, Lebanon [ view ]

Faysalieh from Al Shareq Sweets: An Ultimate Pleasure

Desserts & Sweets

March 22, 2015 | Tasty Discoveries | Lebanon

It is indeed a piece of wonder, a mouthwatering novelty, a sweet bite… it is a creation, which once you’ve tried, will make you drive all the way down to Nabatieh to have some. What am I talking about?  I am talking about…

Adon & Myrrh: Extra Virgin Olive Oil from Bdadoun

Tasty Discoveries

March 06, 2015

Let's start with a small introduction, one that's very important before moving forward. What is extra virgin olive oil? Extra virgin olive oil is rare in Lebanon and believe me, not every producer that puts the words on the label should be allowed…

Warm Cake, Caramel and Crunchy Walnuts… A Must Share Experience!

Tasty Discoveries

February 02, 2015

The Pain Perdu at Gordon's Café is heavenly. It is just as good as the first time I tried it.  A round piece of bread, carefully and lightly slacked in milk, warm and fluffy and covered with a mountain of walnuts… with all…

Contact Info: Gordon's Cafe

Phone Number: +961 1 971 111

Address: Martyrs' Square, Beirut Central District, Lebanon [ view ]

Phone Number: +961 1 971 111

Address: Martyrs' Square, Beirut Central District, Lebanon [ view ]

My Latest Discovery: Taqa Endurance Snack Bars

Tasty Discoveries

February 02, 2015 | Middle East

In this review, I didn't just try the Taqa Bars but plunged into the details of their production, and believe me when I tell you how everything is clean, clear, healthy, natural and handmade. The tour started at the bakery where chef Rabih Hamzeh…

A Tasty Discovery: The Zero Calorie Miracle Noodles

Tasty Discoveries

January 22, 2015

There's a reason shirataki noodles are branded as "Miracle Noodles." These translucent, gelatinous Japanese noodles, which are made from the konjac yam, are low in calories and carbohydrates and can be substituted in a variety of recipes…

The Cheesecake Factory Cakes now in Lebanon

Shopping Mall

January 10, 2015 | Tasty Discoveries | Lebanon

The Cheesecake Factory cakes are now sold at VOX Gold cinemas VIP Lounge. Yes you heard me, the long awaited Cheesecake Factory may be taking its ‘sweet’ time to open, but you can still indulge in their famous treats... Where? Down at…

M de Noir: The Chocolate Master Hits Again

Chocolate

January 08, 2015 | Recommended | Lebanon

The chocolate master hits again and this time with something new and unique which promises to amaze the market. Maya Maalouf Kanaan introduces something special: Truffles Marc de Champagne. I was left in awe after every bite and with no doubt I…

2014: Tasty Discoveries on Must Try in Lebanon

News

January 06, 2015 | Tasty Discoveries | Middle East

Salon des Famille' Extravagant Milk CookiesWhen I think Zahle, the first thing that comes to mind is “Kaak bi 7alib”… I love those cookies so much that I always ask my friends to get me some whenever they’re going up t the…

Salon des Famille' Extravagant Milk Cookies

Tasty Discoveries

January 03, 2015 | Lebanon

When I think Zahle, the first thing that comes to mind is “Kaak bi 7alib”… I love those cookies so much that I always ask my friends to get me some whenever they’re going up t the capital of the Bekaa. Today, visiting Zahle…

Lobster Rolls: A Trend to Look Out for in 2015 - Now in Lebanon

Reviews

January 03, 2015 | Shopping Mall | Lebanon

Voila, why wait for the New Year’s 2015 predictions while December loundly broadcasts some of the food trends for the year ahead. One such trend to keep an eye on is the lobster roll. Acoté, as I shared with you before,…

Contact Info: Brgr.Co, Beirut Souks

Phone Number: +961 1 999836

Address: Beirut souks, Downtown Beirut, Lebanon [ view ]

Phone Number: +961 1 999836

Address: Beirut souks, Downtown Beirut, Lebanon [ view ]

Don Baker: A Dark Chocolate Crepe with Hints of Perfection (Discontinued)

Chocolate

December 22, 2014 | Tasty Discoveries | Beirut

Remember the fine crepe I discovered in July? This dark chocolate crepe (Chocorange), a blend of 100% Callebaut dark chocolate, orange jam and crushed almonds. Ouf! An overwhelming extravagant crepe presented in an uneven way and filled…

Contact Info: Don Baker

Phone Number: +961 1 384 304

Address: Badaro main road, Beirut, Lebanon [ view ]

Phone Number: +961 1 384 304

Address: Badaro main road, Beirut, Lebanon [ view ]

A Tasty Discovery: Honey Maamoul from Nicolas Audi

Tasty Discoveries

December 21, 2014

I've written about them before and here I am again... Those deserve an article by themselves. An airy light biscuit filled with an authentic honey from the village. An adequate sweetness, powder sugar and really life in every bite. I loved…

Truffle Chocolate: A Collection of Truffles and Sweet Delights

Chocolate

December 14, 2014 | Desserts & Sweets | Beirut

I came across a place called Truffle Chocolate on Instagram. To my happy surprise I found them at Le Salon du Chocolat. I was so excited to taste and feel their creations… And let me tell you that they do have good chocolate truffles. In…

Chapon: The King of Chocolate Mousse

Chocolate

December 03, 2014 | Tasty Discoveries | France

I never imagined that one day I’d have the chance to eat a chocolate mousse that's as good as the one I’ve just enjoyed. Not any chocolate mousse, but one I enjoyed slowly, a lick at a time, while moaning from enjoyment on the sidewalks…

Contact Info: Chocolat Chapon

Phone Number: +33 1 42 22 95 98

Address: 69 Rue du Bac, 75007 Paris, France [ view ]

Phone Number: +33 1 42 22 95 98

Address: 69 Rue du Bac, 75007 Paris, France [ view ]

How About Some Maamoul for Christmas?

Tasty Discoveries

December 03, 2014

I’m a fan of the Karabij at Chidiac and I think I know now where I'm buying my maamoul next Easter... WHo said you can't enjoy those treats all year long? Today I received a box of Maamoul from Chidiac, the famous Karabij creator down in…

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