January 19, 2015 Gemmayze & Mar Mikhael Beirut Lebanon Middle East

"Cooking is the Only Language and Lebanon is the Only Cause" (A Video Review)

With the collaboration of Tawlet’s main man, Kamal Mouzawak, I was able to experience something many only dream of in Lebanon. An early Christmas I call it, when Kamal generously gathered around 15 women to come cook and share their experience and culture around one big table. It was peaceful - cooking was the only language and Lebanon was the only cause. How often does this happen… or how often would you get to experience this peaceful feeling in Lebanon…

On normal days at Tawlet, along with Chef Fady Ayoub and Sous-Chef Nada Rizk, a woman from different parts of the country comes, cooks and shares her culture with customers at Tawlet. Every time I went there over the years, I enjoyed some original food… Imagine having 15 of them on the same day… The lunch was even more special. It was extravagant... I was stunned and left amazed. One table, more than a dozen different Lebanese dialects being spoken simultaneously… I met all the women, had lunch with them and got to meet each one of them more… What a beautiful feeling, what a beautiful gathering... where there was no talk of politics or religion. 





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