Culinary Art articles

Remy Martin

Cognac sounds traditional – perhaps even archaic, old and wise. It sounds like a warm drink your grandfather would sip by the fireplace on a winter evening. But times, they are a-changin’. In fact, cognac can be served chilled – or better yet, in a tantalizing cocktail. Bursting with aromas, it pairs beautifully with food

Bibayti

There is no greater form of hospitality than that of welcoming people into your sanctuary, the comfort of your home. This tradition was once embedded in the lives of most Lebanese who would keep their houses’ front doors constantly open to welcome visitors. With the passing of time and the shift in priorities in our

Meet meat the fish

The first time I visited the Meat the Fish shop in Saifi Village, I was accompanying a friend the day before Valentine’s day. It could be said that this friend was experiencing a type of oyster love affair, posting pictures of himself eating oysters all over social media, several times per week. We ate oysters

At the tawlet

On a warm spring evening in Beirut, I’m sipping a champagne cocktail with Kamal Mouzawak at La Magnanerie, a gorgeous event space with an old stone façade repurposed from a 19th century silk factory, and courtyard, located in the suburbs of the city. Cooks from Mouzawak’s Beirut restaurant Tawlet, part of the larger Souk el

Lebanese vintages

“Honor the land. Honor the vines. Honor the goddess within you.” It is early Saturday morning and Tracy Chamoun is teaching her weekly yoga class at Chateau Belle-Vue. “Soften your hips. Soften your shoulders. Soften your face,” she continues and smiles into the room full of women who drove up from Beirut to be here.

Inside les caves de taillevent

I’m having one of those rare moments, I’m sipping a Lambrusco with an oenophile. I say this because these Italian sparkling reds can be quite rare to find (many people aren’t even aware they exist) and, they seem to have fallen out of fashion 20 years ago. These are precisely the reasons why I love

Getting to know Liza

It might seem ironic that when a new Lebanese restaurant, Liza, opened in Beirut, I first heard about it not from local friends or colleagues, but rather, a Berlin based artist (who coincidentally, is married to a Lebanese), when she raved about the design of the place. Set on the top floor of a refurbished,

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