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This is What Lebanese Cuisine Looks Like

Below are photos of Lebanese cuisine / food I ate while in Beirut for three nights. These are all the dinner food we had for iftar. This is not a regular meal for dinner but it’s a food feast (aka, food porn). Imagine three adults and a child gorging on these delightful cuisine? We had more than enough for all of us. I never went back to my hotel room every night without feeling bloated and exhausted from eating. Hahahahaha…  😀 Thanks to a high school friend of mine and her generous Lebanese husband who spoiled me with these foods. Their hospitality made me gain extra pounds; 😀 Man, I’ve got to try what’s on the table, right? So, you can’t put all the blame on me. 😀

In 2017 Bloomberg’s Survey, Lebanon is the healthiest Arab country. Lebanese cuisine has something to do with it, of course!

Lebanese dinner starts with rows of appetizers, a serving (or two) of main dish and ends with desserts, usually fruits.
All the Lebanese Cuisine Food I Ate in Beirut.

All the Lebanese Cuisine Food I Ate in Beirut.

I learned and observed that a good meal / dinner isn’t complete without these two dishes:

All the Lebanese Cuisine Food I Ate in Beirut.

All the Lebanese Cuisine Food I Ate in Beirut.

A salad.

All the Lebanese Cuisine Food I Ate in Beirut.

All the Lebanese Cuisine Food I Ate in Beirut.

And french fries.

All the Lebanese Cuisine Food I Ate in Beirut.

All the Lebanese Cuisine Food I Ate in Beirut.

Lebanese cuisine has plenty of vegetables.

All the Lebanese Cuisine Food I Ate in Beirut.

All the Lebanese Cuisine Food I Ate in Beirut.

There are fruits, whole grains and fresh seafood, too.

All the Lebanese Cuisine Food I Ate in Beirut.

All the Lebanese Cuisine Food I Ate in Beirut.

I also observed that almost in every dish, there’s a special hummus for that. You want fish? There’s a hummus for that! You want spring rolls? There’s hummus for that, too! Hummus aren’t created equal. 😀

All the Lebanese Food / Cuisine I Ate in Beirut.

All the Lebanese Food / Cuisine I Ate in Beirut.

You want a soup? Don’t think hard – get this one!

All the Lebanese Food / Cuisine I Ate in Beirut.

All the Lebanese Food / Cuisine I Ate in Beirut.

They serve rice and bread, too.

All the Lebanese Food / Cuisine I Ate in Beirut.

All the Lebanese Food / Cuisine I Ate in Beirut.

Just like any other Asian countries, Lebanese foods are meant to be shared to people sitting around the table.

All the Lebanese Food / Cuisine I Ate in Beirut.

All the Lebanese Food / Cuisine I Ate in Beirut.

And the best thing about these dinners? I learned a lot about Lebanon over bites of this and a chunk of that. If food is the way to a man’s heart, I’d say that food is one way to learn a culture different from yours.

Where to stay in Beirut

Downtown Beirut is nice but there’s not much life there. Hamra neighbourhood is a great place to get to know Beirut through the busy street where locals come and go. Stay at Grand Hotel Beirut or Versailles Grand Hotel. They have a good size room and sparkly clean. You can book via HostelWorld, and Booking.com.

Related: Things to do and see in Lebanon

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