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Street Food in Lebanon - ULTIMATE 14-HOUR Lebanese Food Tour in Beirut!

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Street Food in Lebanon - ULTIMATE 14-HOUR Lebanese Food Tour in Beirut!

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Welcome to the Lebanese street food tour of Beirut. It was a full 14 hour day of eating incredibly delicious, and some of the most legendary street food shops in Beirut! #Lebanon #Beirut #LebaneseFood #streetfood

Thank you to USAID - My visit to Lebanon was supported by the USAID Lebanon Enterprise Development Project.

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Here are the restaurants and stalls we ate at during this Lebanese street food tour:

Hajj Nasr Sandwich Shop - By 6 am, when Beirut is about to wake up, Hajj Nasr is getting ready to close. We arrived at 5 am to make sure he still had food. The tebleh nayyeh - Raw meat, garlic, tomatoes, mint, and the soujouk - soujouk sausage, garlic, tomatoes, pickles - sandwiches were incredible. Total price - 15,000 LBP ($9.95)

Faysal Snack ( - Great Lebanese pastries and breads. We ordered the halloumi loaf, plus some Man'ousheh (Manakish) topped with za'atar, and some spinach pastries. 19,000 LBP ($12.60) - Total price for everything

Hanna Mitri ( - If you mention ice cream in Beirut, this is the place that everyone knows and everyone loves - it’s a Lebanese ice cream icon, and it’s uniquely delicious from any other ice cream I’ve had in the world. It’s special without a doubt.

Al Soussi Restaurant ( - This is one of the most famous restaurants in Beirut, especially for breakfast. Their fattey and hummus is good, but nothing compares to their awarma and eggs.

Falafel Tabbara ( - Unique falafel - His falafel are made purely with fava beans, in a donut shape. 2,500 LBP ($1.66) - Price per sandwich

Ichkhanian Bakery ( - This is a legendary Armenian Lebanese bakery that specializes in Lahmajoun (Lahmacun) - Thin dough topped with minced meat. 9,000 LBP ($5.97) - Total price for everything

Lamb head - 15,000 LBP ($9.95) - Total price for lamb head

Makari Sweets Shop - Home of mfata’a, which is a unique and rare to find nowadays rice pudding, tahini, and turmeric pudding.

Restaurant Joseph ( - If you’re looking for the best Lebanese shawarma in Beirut, this is the spot. The chicken was good, but the beef was the best. 6,000 LBP ($3.98) - Price per sandwich

L'abeille D'or ( - Finally, we ended this ultimate 14 hour street food tour in Beirut, Lebanon at a very non street food, gourmet Lebanese sweets shop to eat Kanafeh. But the Lebanese way, in a bun.

It was an amazing day of Lebanese food, culture, and people, in Beirut, Lebanon!

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Ultimate TRADITIONAL LEBANESE FOOD Tour of Beirut, Lebanon!!

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With the dawn of a new day in Beirut, Lebanon, I went on a no holds barred food tour of eastern Beirut with my friend and guide Nico! Come with us as we eat our way through eastern Beirut, Lebanon!

We’d be doing a mix of different foods this morning, which were different from Lebanese mezze.

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Our first stop was Abou Hassan, where we watched them prepare ful (fava beans with chickpeas, oil, and lemon juice). They come with onion, tomato, mint, peperoncini, and pickled beets.

I also watched them prepare fatteh, which is bread and chickpeas in yogurt topped with butter and nuts.

They also made a variation of hummus called mousabbaha, which contains salt, garlic, chickpea paste, whole chickpeas, and lime juice.

The ful with pita contained onions, and I loved the fluffiness of the pita. The fatteh was light and creamy. The herbs in it were fantastic. I loved it. It reminded me of Indian chaats.

Finally, the mousabbaha was incredibly hot and flavorful. It was an amazing variation of hummus. The radish, peperoncini, tomatoes, and mint, were also amazing. We got it all for about $7 USD!

Next, we drove through the eastern suburbs of the city. Between the weather and the architecture, it felt like I was somewhere in Europe!

At Café Younes, we had some amazing black Turkish coffee. Then, Nico read my fortune. He saw a dragon, which means something good will happen to me soon!

From there, we walked to a local produce vendor and tried some pomegranate seeds. They also sold tomatoes, onions, potatoes, beets, and more!

Next, we drove 10 minutes to Cocktail Jabbour for some fruit cocktails. They’re like fruit smoothies with fresh fruit on them. I went with the avocado with banana, kiwi, strawberries, strawberry juice, avocado puree, whipped cream, and honey.

It cost $2 and was super healthy and refreshing. There was no added sugar. I loved the curd.

Then, we drove to the ruins of Petit Serail in the heart of Beirut. They’re actually the foundations of an Ottoman palace. You can also see old Roman aqueducts and houses there!

Beirut has been rebuilt seven times. The country also has a rich history and was once controlled by the Phoenicians, Persians, Romans, Byzantines, and Ottomans.

Nearby is Independence Square, which is where commerce happened in the 1960s. There’s also a mosque and church nearby.

The next area we walked through was full of French-inspired architecture. There are silk factories in the area, as well as restaurants and pubs. I loved the bright colors and the architecture.

We arrived at Le Chef, a restaurant that was destroyed at one point. Its owners put up a GoFundMe to fund its reconstruction, and the actor Russell Crowe paid for it to be rebuilt! Here, we’d have homestyle Lebanese cooking.

We had some loubieh (green beans in tomato sauce), maghmour/moussaka (roasted eggplant & chickpea stew), mujadara msufaye (rice & lentil paste with caramelized onions), and kibbeh labanieh (meat fritters with yogurt).

The loubieh was light and chunky and felt really healthy. I really liked the grainy mujadara msufaye, and the roasty maghmour blew me away. It was amazing!

The kibbeh labanieh came with bulgur and was hollow but hearty.

Then, they brought dessert: mahalabieh (orange blossom pudding) and meghli (rice flour pudding with cinnamon, caraway, anise, and nuts).

The meghli was fluffy and thick, with an added crunch from the nuts. I loved the mahalabieh, which was thick and cold and had the nice orange flavor. It reminded me of panna cotta! The whole meal cost us $10 USD!

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LEBANESE STREET FOOD TOUR 2021 | BEIRUT FREE STREET FOOD FRENZY!!

Lebanese street food tour 2021!!
Here we roamed the streets of Beirut seeking the best street food in the city! we had a traditional Lebanese breakfast at al soussi restaurant , had kunefe at Safsouf Sweets shop, went for ice cream at Hanna Mitri Ice cream shop, and ended it off with Lebanese shawarma at Shawarma joseph restaurant.

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Lebanese BREAKFAST FOOD TOUR!! Beirut Street Food + Caves in Lebanon

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With my final day in Lebanon upon me, I decided to go all out with an epic food tour of Beirut! Come along with me on one last hurrah as I enjoy some of the best Lebanese breakfast food in Beirut, Lebanon!

My friend and guide Nico and I started at a local bakery where they make several types of lahmajun, including lamb, za’atar, tomato, and olive. This bakery has been here for 52 years!

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I watched the cooks roll out some dough. They made me a mix of the potato kibbeh and spicy varieties. It contained delicious onions and had a bit of spice. I liked the crispiness on the outside and the doughiness in the middle.

They also gave me a cup of fresh sour yogurt from the owner’s home village. It reminded me of Greek yogurt! Then, he baked me a lamb lahmajun and another with green za’atar and tomato. They smelled heavenly!

He added spice and lime to the lamb lahmajun. It looked like a crispy, light pizza and was fantastic. I loved the za’atar and tomato one. It was so full of flavor!

The mint, parsley, and cheese lahmajun was unreal. It was so creamy, flaky, and rich in herbs. I loved that it was light but still full of flavor! The vegetable and sumac one was a little doughier but still insanely good!

Every single one of them was made with fresh ingredients. They cost roughly $1.25 USD each. I loved the owner and his wife. They were so friendly!

Then, we drove to Bechara Bros, a popular shop that sells cheese calzones. They use a mix of cheeses. It was a mix of mozzarella and ackawi cheeses. I loved the crispy, golden brown crust. It was nice and filling! They also make pizzas!

After filling our bellies, we hopped in the car and drove up to the Jeita Grotto near Jounieh. It’s made up of two interconnected karstic limestone caves and was a finalist for the New 7 Wonders of Nature competition!

Camera’s aren’t allowed inside and the lower cave was closed. During the summer, you can take a boat ride through the lower cave. In the winter, the upper cave is open.

It’s a beautiful area near a river. The cave is beautiful, but I couldn’t take my camera inside. As we continued back to Beirut, I saw lots of houses along the hills and mountainsides.

We arrived at an Ottoman bridge about 500 years ago. Beyond it is an aqueduct. It looked like a Roman aqueduct, but it’s not Roman. The bridge spans the Dog River!

From there, we headed to Torino Chicken, where they make some of Beirut’s best fried chicken! It’s deep-fried in a pressure cooker! They sell wings, drumsticks, and breasts. Nico’s parents had their first date here!

We ordered half a chicken for $5 USD. Nico had been taling about this place for the entire trip. We had four pieces with some fries, pickles, and garlic sauce. The skin was outstanding, and the meat was super juicy.

I loved the garlic sauce! It’s very creamy and potent, but it pairs incredibly well with the crunchy chicken. It’s only made of garlic and oil, so it’s as pure as it gets! The fries in the sauce are also amazing! The pickles served as a great palate cleanser.

What an incredible food tour!

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The BEST STREET FOOD in LEBANON - Shawarma, Falafel & Kaakeh | Beirut, Lebanon

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As my time in Lebanon continued, I set out on an amazing food tour of its capital. Join me as I go on an unforgettable Beirut street food tour in this beautiful coastal Lebanon city!

My guide Nicolas and I started off at Restaurant Joseph, which is known for having the best chicken shawarma in Lebanon and the world! They won the award for best sandwich in the world in 2015!

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Inside, I watched them build a plate of chicken shawarma, lettuce, pickles, and fries. There, I met Joseph and saw their chicken, meat, and shrimp skewers, as well as their buffet and sandwich toppings.

The chicken shawarma sandwich contained lots of juicy chicken and the amazing garlic sauce. The bread had a nice crunch, as did the pickles inside. It was like a chicken salad with herbs inside bread!

The beef shawarma sandwich contained parsley and tarator sauce. It was so tasty! They’re both amazing and less than $3 each. The tomatoes inside also blew my mind!

From there, we hopped in the car and drove through the rain to Falafel Freiha, which is the #1 falafel shop in Lebanon on Trip Advisor. They’re famous for their falafels.

Falafels are chickpea & fava bean fritters mixed with bulgur. They’re usually eaten in a pita with lettuce, tomatoes, and sauce.

This falafel sandwich contained tarator sauce, parsley, tomatoes, and white radish. I loved the falafels The sandwich was crispy and the radish gave it a nice crunch. The parsley and tomatoes were super refreshing!

The owner didn’t charge me at all, but they usually cost 30,000 Lebanese pounds each.

Then, we drove to Kaakeh Square, where they make kaakeh, which is a type of bread with sesame seeds. They have many varieties, including plain, rye, and oat.

They stuffed the kaakeh with white French cheese with za’atar. The cheese inside was very melty and gooey. I loved the za’atar inside! What a way to end my Beirut food tour in Lebanon!

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My name is David Hoffmann. For the last 13 years, I have traveled the world in search of unique destinations and cuisines. Since starting David’s Been Here in 2008, I have explored over 1,200 destinations in 84 countries, while documenting them on my YouTube channels, travel blog, and social media sites.

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For this video on Lebanon Street Food, I've met @trainwithjad in Beirut, Lebanon. He is a famous food blogger. In 90 minutes, we made a street food tour around Beirut discovering the best places for eating Lebanese food such as Manaich, Chawarma, Knafeh, Ashta ice cream.

Lebanon Street food is the best food in the world!

J'ai rencontré @trainwithjad à Beyrouth qui est un food blogger pour ma video sur les street food libanais. En 90 minutes, nous avons fait le tour de beyrouth à la recherche des meilleurs street food libanais dont le manaïch, chawarma, knafeh, la glace Ashta.

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Extreme Arabian Street Food - FALAFEL JACUZZI + Best Ever Ful in Saida, Lebanon!

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SAIDA / SIDON, LEBANON - This was one of the best days and Lebanese food tours of my trip to Lebanon. The seafood for breakfast was delicious, but nothing compared to the outstanding hummus and ful - best I’ve ever had, and the king of falafel, in this ancient city! #streetfood #Lebanon #ArabicFood

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Here are the street food and places we visited in this video:

Abou Al Abed Cafe - Seafood Restaurant - They are very cool, and you choose the seafood you want, and they will deep fry it all, and serve it with different sauces and dips. We ate seafood for breakfast, and it was perfect.

Foul Abou El-Ezz - Kamel and Ramil both said this is the best ful in Lebanon, and it was no doubt the best ful I’ve ever had in my life. The amount of spices and additions, as well as the bitter orange, made it superd. Additionally, his fatteh and hummus were insane.

Kahwet el Qzez - Old coffee shop - Probably the coolest old coffee shop in Lebanon, it’s a community social atmosphere, where people hang out, gather, talk, drink coffee, and play cards.

Rahat el Halkoun - Turkish Delight - We stopped for a quick taste of Turkish delight in Lebanon.

Dabane Palace Museum - Along with street food, we also enjoyed walking around the ancient souk market areas of Saida / Sidon. The Dabane Palace was impressive. Price - 5,000 LBP ($3.31)

Falafel Abou Rami - Finally to end this street food tour, we ate at this legendary falafel spot, the king of falafel. One of the best falafel sandwiches I’ve ever had. Total price - 16,000 LBP ($10.61)

It was another fantastic day in Lebanon, experiencing some of the best Arabian Lebanese food I’ve had.

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Lebanon Street Food - MELTED CHEESE WATERFALL + Ultimate Food Tour in Tripoli!

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TRIPOLI, LEBANON - Tripoli is an ancient city in the North of Lebanon, and a food paradise. In this video we went on an ultimate street food tour of Tripoli, discovered some of the unique local foods, including the most amazing stretchy CHEESE WATERFALL dessert I’ve ever seen - it was an amazing day in Lebanon. #Lebanon #Tripoli #LebaneseFood #streetfood

Here’s everything we did on this Lebanese street food tour in Tripoli:

Kaake Traboulsi - The breakfast staple in Tripoli is a type of bread called kaake traboulsi, filled with cheese and sumac and grilled. 1,000 LBP ($0.66) - Price for 1

Restaurant of Happiness - Really that’s the name! - This bakery was incredible, so much action and energy, and the baked goods were delicious. 21,000 LBP ($13.93) - Price for everything

The Great Mosque of Tripoli - Mamluk Mosque completed in 1314 - We then did some sightseeing in the ancient city of Tripoli, the Great Mosque and to the Citadel of Raymond de Saint-Gilles which was built during the Crusades. The views of the city were fantastic and gave a nice perspective of the city.

Moghrabieh - Couscous from Morocco - This is a very interesting food in Tripoli, with influence of Morocco, but big balls of couscous wrapped in a sandwich. But the best thing about this place was the amazing stretchy cheese dessert. 1,500 LBP ($1.00) - Price per sandwich

Al-Abd Hammam - One of the highlights of the day was visiting the old Hamam, a Turkish bath built in the 17th Century during the Ottoman period. It was great to take a rest and drink a coffee in the hammam.

Bayt El Falafel - Falafel Restaurant - 1,500 LBP ($1.00) - Price per sandwich

Kalasina Chicken ( - Grilled and rotisserie chicken, which is a popular food in Tripoli, and this place was delicious. Their garlic was amazing. 20,000 LBP ($13.27) - Price for everything

The Sailor Woman - Finally, to end this Lebanese street food tour in Tripoli, we went to The Sailor Woman to eat a mix of seafood sandwiches, but mainly samke harra, a spiced fish with tahini.

It was an amazing day in Tripoli, Lebanon and I loved the food and entire energy of the city.

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Eating The BEST FOOD in Lebanon!! ULTIMATE LOCAL FOOD TOUR in BEIRUT

There is so much Delicious food in Lebanon we had to share!

1. Abou Habib - Qlayaa, Lebanon - Meat Pies & Manoushi
2. Malak Tawouk - Beirut, Lebanon - Tawouk Sandwich
3. Batchig - Antelias, Lebanon - Halloumi & Soujouk Salad, Classic Mante, Sou Beureg, Fettet Soujouk, Ourfali
4. Tasty - Kolaysa, Lebanon - Mexican Pizza, Swedish Pizza
5. Ashta - Any grocery store
6. Kababji - Beirut, Lebanon - Chick and Kafta Kabob sandwich
7. Master's Peanut Chips - Any Grocery Store
8. Zalabyeh - Layla's house
9.Grape Leaves - Wilson's House
10. Falafel Freiha- Achrafieha, Lebanon - Falafel
11.Cocktail - Beirut, Lebanon
12. Shawarma - Diwan al Hashem El Metn، Zalqa, Lebanon Zalka, Chicken and Beef Shawarma
13. Mint Lemonade, CrepeAway
14. Classic Burger - Arugula and Swiss, Mexican and Mozzarella burger
15. Hummas - It's good everywhere
16. Roasted Nuts, Dates
17. Loris - Pasteur street, Beirut, Lebanon YOU MUST GET THE FATTOUSH
18. Ghada - Deirmimas, Lebanon - Cocktail Manoushi Half Zatar Half Cheese** Fold the cheese to cheese and Zatar to Zatar

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LEBANESE STREET FOOD : The Complete Street Food tour of TRIPOLI, LEBANON!

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We are so excited to be bringing you the BEST street food in TRIPOLI, an ancient city in the north of LEBANON! We are back with our friend Anthony from NoGarlicNoOnions in this episode, an expert in eating traditional food and eating STREET FOOD in Lebanon!

This entire episode features an AMAZING old souk (traditional market) of Tripoli where we will be trying new Lebanese food as well as variations of street food we tried in Beirut in the previous episode. Some of these shops have been around for centuries!

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Hey there, we’re Luke Martin and Sabrina Davidson with ! We’re on a journey to document the BEST Street Food around the world! Chopstick Travel started in Taiwan, where we frequent the best Street Food stands everywhere from Taipei to Kaohsiung. Not only do we feast on amazing street food in Taiwan, but our food focused travels take us on Street Food missions trying unique foods around the world! We've eaten Street Food in Philippines, Street Food in Japan, Street Food in Malaysia, Street Food in Korea, Street Food in India, Street Food in Greece and many more! I post 2 times a week mostly food, some travel. Street Food tours around the world and the most unique dishes we can find in all kinds of hole-in-the-wall restaurants. Stay updated for my latest video VIA our Facebook page and Instagram! Always remember that the best part of travel is immersing yourself in the local culture, and no where better can you immerse yourself than into the Street Food!


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Lebanese FOOD TOUR of DOWNTOWN BEIRUT - Chicken Batata, Falafel and Croissants | Lebanon

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As my time in Beirut continued, I decided to go all out with an unforgettable food tour of the city! Join me as I go on an epic Lebanese street food tour of downtown Beirut, Lebanon!

My friend and Guide Nico and I started at Zaitunay Bay, a seaside area where you can see yachts, high rises, a boardwalk, hotels, and more. Nearby was our first spot, Zaatar w Zeit.

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It’s one of the most famous restaurants in Lebanon. They sell modern Lebanese food. We’d be getting their Chicken Batata skillet with coriander, parsley, garlic sauce, and lime juice. You eat it with pita bread!

The bread was doughy and slightly crispy, and getting the potatoes, chicken, and tomato together with it was even better. I loved the combination!

The lime juice really elevated it to the next level. It was such a great dish for only $6 USD!

Next, we tried a few Lebanese sweets: Unica wafer, Dabke biscuits with cream, and a cream-filled chocolate called Tarboush. The tarboush was light and the cream inside was fluffy.

The Unica was a crispy, airy chocolatey wafter, and the Dabke was a crispy sandwich cookie with lemon cream in the middle. From there, we walked past condos and a beautiful church through central Beirut.

There was lots of beautiful architecture. Then, we made it to Independence Square, where we saw the Egg Building of Beirut and ruins from the Roman era. There are five columns, which signifies it was a temple.

We also saw the Grand Theatre of Beirut, where lots of musicians used to play. It’s in disrepair now and is in danger of collapse. The architecture reminded me of buildings I’d seen in Turkey!

Then, we drove to a famous fruit cocktail spot, where I could see oranges, pomegranates, and lemons. We tried a drink made of carob, rose water, dates, and rose water. It was so refreshing and had some cashews at the bottom. It only cost $1 USD!

Across the street, we stopped at Croissant Margo, a bakery that makes croissants filled with za’atar. They also make ones filled with cheese and chocolate. The cheese was great!

One minute later, we arrived at Falafel M. Sahyoun, which is nearly 100 years old and is known as one of the best falafel shops. Next door is a shop of the same name that’s owned by the owner’s estranged brother!

These falafel sandwiches contain parsley, white radish, tomatoes, tahini, and a spicy sauce. I loved the hearty falafel and the pita bread. The parsley added some freshness!

The falafel only contained fava beans, as opposed to the usual chickpea/fava bean mixture. They come out golden brown and perfectly crispy without being too oily.

I loved the spicy sauce so much, they added some more for me. It was a great shili sauce and I even had a hot pepper with it! Then, I got a second one to have for dinner later! What a tour!

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Lebanese MOUNTAIN FOOD TOUR - Lahm Bi Ajeen, Qawarma & Labne | Hrajel, Lebanon

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With another cold morning in the mountains of Lebanon ahead of me, I began my day in the city of Hrajel, roughly one hour northeast of Beirut. I was there to visit some bakeries, check out some more Lebanese food, and see some sights, so let’s explore Hrajel, Lebanon!

My guide Armando and I would basically be going on a breakfast tour! The area was like a winter wonderland. There was snow everywhere!

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Our first stop was a small bakery where we met a man spreading two different cheeses on some dough before baking it in an oven for 3 minutes. We got one with cheese and another with lamb (lahm bi ajeen).

The cheese manakish had a nice crust that wasn’t too soft or too crispy, with nice, gooey cheese. It was really good and fresh!

Then, the man made another with a mix of za’atar and sunflower oil on top. As we watched, the owner brought a huge bowl of ground lamb! He added salt and spices into the lamb. The za’atar flatbread smelled incredible!

Then, Armando squeezed some lemon juice of the the lahm bi ajeen. I loved the zestiness of the lemon juice with the meat. Between the lamb, crispy bread, and lemon, it was an amazing breakfast that cost us less than $4 USD in total!

Next, we hopped in the car and drove through a mountain resort area down an icy road to Qalaat Faqra, an archaeological site consisting of Roman ruins from 44 AD. It was built by Emperor Claudius!

Unfortunately, because of the deep snow, we couldn’t go inside the site and see the ruins. It’s a beautiful UNESCO World Heritage Site!

This was one of the coldest and snowiest winters in Lebanon’s history! I highly recommend coming to Lebanon during the warmer months if you want to see the outdoor attractions.

From there, we drove to Saj Mema, where they were cooking the dough on a huge, round flat top grill. As it grilled, the cook added chili paste (hurin), sesame seeds, and four cheeses (hurin). In Arabic, the mix of cheese and chilies is known as jubna hurin.

They cut it into gooey, scorching-hot slices. It was crispy and wasn’t too spicy. I loved the addition of the sesame seeds. It was simple but delicious, and perfect for such a cold day!

After finishing with some Lebanese espressos, we drove to a restaurant called Jalset al Erzal to have a dish called kawarma or qawarma (chopped lamb, usually served with hummus) and labne (a type of yogurt).

They also make a special local cheese and kebabs. In the kitchen, I could see a huge, boiling pot of minced lamb, as well as them making eggs with lamb. They were aso making minced lamb kebabs, chicken kebabs, and baked potatoes.

At our table, we started with a smooth and cloudy arak. Then, we had saj (a large, thin flatbread), bayad ma’a qawarma (kawarma and eggs), labne, and jibneh baladi (local white cheese).

The saj with labne was amazing. I loved how thick and creamy the labne was. It’s locally made, so it’s super fresh. The bayad ma’a qawarma was also great. The saj reminded me of the lavash I ate in Armenia!

The three together made for a cold, warm, creamy, and hearty mix! Then, I tried some tomato, jibneh baladi, and mint in the saj like a wrap. The fresh, juicy tomatoes and soft white cheese were outstanding.

The dense lamb kofta (kebabs) were juicy and charred, and minimal on the spices, unlike Indian kebabs. We also had a baked potato with olive oil. But I had to go bck to the bayad ma’a qawarma.

Finally, we had halawa (sesame dessert) with saj topped with butter and sugar. The syrupy bread with the halawa was amazing. I loved the texture and the sweetness! What an incredible morning in Hrajel!

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Lebanese STREET FOOD in the Old Souq of TRIPOLI - Ancient City Tour | Lebanon

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With more adventures in Lebanon ahead of me, I finally made it to the city of Tripoli, where I’d be going all-out with food and sightseeing. Come with me as I enjoy some incredible Lebanese food in Tripoli, Lebanon!

Tripoli is the second-largest city in Lebanon after Beirut, as well as its northernmost city. It’s an ancient city whose roots go back to at least the 14th century BCE!

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My friend and guide Nico and I started our adventure at the Palace of Sweets, a legendary shop that sells Lebanese sweets! It dates back to 1881 and is famous for their dishes made with ashta cream, including cakes, cookies, and ashta cream knafeh!

Everything looked so good, especially the knafeh! They invited into the back, where we saw it being made, along with lots of other sweets.

The halawet el jebn was made of thin dough filled with ashta cream, which is fried and soaked in sugar syrup. It was like a sweet, creamy egg roll!

Next, we got some pistachio mafroukeh, ashta cream knafeh, and maamoul. The pistachio mafroukeh with hot rose syrup was fluffy and creamy. I loved the fluffiness, crispiness, and decadence of the ashta cream knafeh.

The maamoul also contained ashta cream and was my favorite of the three. It was soft and crumbly, and the rose syrup took it to the next level.

Upstairs, we saw their beautiful cafe-like dining hall where you can buy more items, including chocolates and savory foods! Then, we went back into the kitchen to watch them make the halawet el jebn!

It’s hand-made out of a dough of semolina and cheese. Then, they coat it in sugar syrup!

From there, we drove five minutes to the Castle of Tripoli (a.k.a. The Citadel of Raymond Saint-Gilles) in the center of town. Below it on the street is a mini market with fruit and vegetable vendors. You have to climb uphill to get to the fortress!

It’s a beautiful Crusader fortress that dates back to before the 12th century. It was enlarged in 1103 but was completely destroyed before being rebuilt by the Ottomans. It has a moat and little windows where archers defended the fortress.

There are also white and black bricks around the entrance archway. It only cost us $0.50 each to enter. Inside, the citadel is massive. There are lots of buildings, a courtyard, and more.

There are so many levels with staircases leading up and down. I could see ruins of houses. There are windows looking out directly at the city, and on the roof, you can enjoy stunning views over all of Tripoli and the sea.

Next, we headed to the old souk, where you’ll find lots of shops with jewelry vendors, food vendors, spice sellers, and more. I tried a bit of za’atar and bought a big bag for my friends!

Then, we found a vendor selling moghrabieh, which is dough balls, chickpeas, and onions stir-fried together. Here, they put it in a rolled sandwich with pickled turnip. I loved the grainy dough balls and the pickled turnips! It cost 15,000 LL.

Then, at another stand, I got more za’atar from Syria and then a pickled chili from another stand. In their kitchen, I tried shanklish (cheese with lots of spices and olive oil). It was crumbly and so tasty!

Next were fruit, vegetable, and seafood vendors. I tried fresh strawberries before making it to the jewelry section. Then, we found and toured a hammam, or a Turkish bath!

After leaving the souk, we went to have some Tripoli kaak (15,000 LL), which is a bread with ackawi cheese, black olives, tomatoes, and peppers inside. It was smoky and crispy and a little doughy, like a thin bagel sandwich.

Finally, we drove to El Mina, a community next to the sea, to have some chicken at Kalasina Chicken. They grill it over charcoal!

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Lebanese STREET FOOD TOUR in Sidon - Brain Sandwiches & Bread Factory in Saida, Lebanon!

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After dreaming about it for over a decade, I finally made it to Lebanon, my 85th country! My adventures in the country started in Sidon, a coastal city about 45 minutes south of Beirut. Come with me as I go on an incredible Lebanese street food tour of Sidon!

Joining me on my first Lebanese food tour is my friend Nico. He’d be taking me to the souk and the best spots in town to have sweets, baked goods, and even some more exotic far like sheep brains!

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Our tour began at Al Baba Sweets to have some knafeh, which is popular Middle Eastern snack. It’s made from semolina dough or phyllo dough and stuffed with cheese! Here, they stuff a slice of it into kaak bread and top it with some sugar syrup! Al Baba is the best place to have it in town!

They also had lots of other sweets, including namoura, sanyoura, and basbousa. They reminded me of Armenian sweets! There, their employee Najah told me that the sanyoura is a Sidon specialty and is filled with pistachio.

The sanyoura was like a flaky cookie or biscuit with pistachios inside. It wasn’t too sweet. They also have different varieties of ma’amul with walnuts, dates, figs, apricots, pistachio, sesame seeds, orange, and more. It was really airy!

The namoura was made with semolina flour, rose water, a sugar syrup called atter, and honey. It was like a sweet, dense, and sugary cake. I liked it a lot!

Then, we tried the knafeh inside the kaak bread. It was gooey, sweet, and savory! I loved the combination of the soft filling and crispy bread! It was delicious and decadent!

Next, we drove through Sidon to the souk, or market. Along the way, Nico told me a lot about Sidon. There were lots of palm trees and beautiful buildings.

At the Port of Sidon, I could see the famous citadel. We met a fish vendor there. I could smell the fish coming from the port! We also saw a famous building where merchants would sell their goods hundreds of years ago. It looked almost like a fortress!

We passed down a narrow alley between shops and apartments near the Bab Al Saray Plaza, Abou Nakhleh Mosque, and El-Omari Great Mosque. We were going to find a man who makes cheese. I loved the architecture of the buildings!

The man makes a yellow cake called sfouf, which also contains turmeric and saffron. It was a crumbly, sweet, and airy cake with almonds and lots of saffron flavor!

Next, we headed to a coffee shop. The people in Lebanon were so friendly. We passed a lot of vegetable and sweets vendors. Walking the lanes of the Old Town felt like taking a step back in time!

Then, we headed to Saint Louis castle, which was in ruins and built in 1253 during the crusades. There are lots of ruins and archaeological excavation sites, as this is ancient land. They discover them when they try to build on the land!

We walked down the wider streets on the outskirts of the Old Town and headed to a shop that makes sheep brain, sheep membrane, and sheep tongue sandwiches! The brain by itself with salt and pepper was gooey and soft!

In the brain sandwich, they added garlic sauce, membrane, tomatoes, and pickles. I loved the soft texture, toasted bread, and garlic flavor! They say if you eat brains, you become smarter! Both sandwiches were good, but the brains were better. The owner was so nice!

Our final stop was Falafel Al Akkawi, the best local falafel shop. You can get them in a sandwich or alone with tarator (a tahini-based sauce with lemon). They were crispy on the outside and soft on the inside!

Then, we had them in a sandwich with parsley, onions, tomatoes, chilies, and pickles. The chilies were like peperoncino. The sandwich was like a fresh vegan wrap. It was so good! It cost just over $1 USD!

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Eating The BEST FOOD in Lebanon - Massive Family Lunch!

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Huge thank you to Kamel and the entire Taha family. When you’re in Beirut, go check out their amazing boutique grocery store called Feryal Mouneh Boutique ( And follow Kamel here: Of all the food I ate in Lebanon, for me the best Lebanese food is home-cooked, often on Sunday.

Sunday Family Lunch in Lebanon - There’s a lot of amazing food you can eat in Lebanon, but nothing quite compares to a Sunday family lunch. Having a chance to eat lunch on Sunday with a family is the greatest display of Lebanese food, culture, and hospitality, all wrapped into a single celebration of Lebanese food. It was an honor to have a chance to hang out with the Taha family and celebrate Sunday lunch with them. #Lebanon #LebaneseFood #food

Fifi (Kamel’s Mom) made an impressive spread of home-cooked Lebanese food - including a mix of dishes, the highlights being stuffed cabbage rolls, and stuffed intestines and grape leaves. When I asked Kamel what dishes he missed the most from Lebanon when he goes traveling, or when he lived abroad, and he said, him and his brothers always come home and ask Mom for stuffed intestines.

It was nothing short of an epic home-cooked meal, one of the most memorable of my life, and to be surrounded by such an incredible family was a privilege.

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In this video went in search of the best street food dishes in Lebanon. we ate Lebanese Raw meat, Tabboule, Falafel, Ice Cream , Baklava , and so much more amazing food !

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Hadath El Jebbeh, Lebanon - We drove from Beirut to Hadath El Jebbeh, a small village on the edge of Kadisha Valley in Lebanon. In the village, we met up with Ward from Ward Cafe Trottoir who runs a cosy mountain restaurant serving traditional Lebanese food and local mountain dishes.

Here are a few of the delicious ingredients and Lebanese foods I learned about:

Husrum - Sour, young grape vinegar
Labneh - Creamy cheese made from yoghurt, essential in Lebanese cuisine
Shanklish - Aged and dried Levantine cheese
Awarma eggs - Eggs with salted lamb fat
Macaroon Toum - Lebanese garlic pasta
Kishk - Dried yoghurt with bulgur wheat, made into porridge

Kadisha Valley - After an amazing meal with Ward, we continued our journey into the beautiful Kadisha Valley and visited the spectacular Deir Mar Elisha monastery.

Cedars of God - The symbol of Lebanon, as has been for thousands of years is the Cedar of Lebanon, also known as the Cedars of God. They were spectacular to see in person, they are truly majestic trees.

Ehden, Lebanon - Finally, we ended this day in Lebanon in the town of Ehden for some sahlab - milk pudding.

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First Impressions of Lebanon ???????? (Did not expect this in 2021)

Beirut, Lebanon ➖ Lebanon is currently in a state of despair. Since 2019, the Lebanese lira has lost 95% of its value putting many families on the brink of survival. Not only this, but the country is facing waves of Covid-19, corruption, and many are still recovering from the horrific Beirut Port Blast that killed more than 200 people.

Having trusted only the mainstream media to get information on Lebanon prior to my trip, I wanted to visit Lebanon to see what it's like on the ground. Talking to the local Lebanese people about the situation and learning about the issues that many face across the country.

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Middle Eastern Food - FAST COOKING SKILLS + Food Tour in Ancient Baalbek, Lebanon!

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BAALBEK, LEBANON - Baalbek is an ancient city in central Lebanon, founded as a Phoenician city, but with immense history and civilizations, and impressive Roman ruins. But along with the ruins, Baalbek is known for its unique bakery foods and lots of grilled meat. This turned out to be one of my favorite dates in Lebanon for the mix of food, culture, and history. #Baalbek #Lebanon #LebaneseFood

Laiterie Massabki - On the drive from Beirut to Baalbek, we took the highway that goes from Beirut to Damascus, Syria, and Kamel mentioned that almost everyone who makes the drive stops for some cheese sandwiches a long the way, so we had to stop. They turned out to be incredibly delicious, well worth a stop. Total price - 26,000 LBP ($17.25)

Sfiha Baalbakiyye - One of the highlights of the day and of my trip to Lebanon was going to the butchery to order fresh kebabs. At the butchery they also ground fresh meat, mixed it with herbs and spices, and then we took it to the bakery across the street to make Sfiha Baalbakiyye. The bakery skills they had were super human! The kebabs and kofta were stunning as well. 65,000 LBP ($43.12) - Price for all meat and pastries

Palmyra Hotel - Kamel knows the manager of the classic Palmyra Hotel, which has been in continual operation for the last 140 years. After walking around the hotel for a bit, we had a Baalbek style food lunch in their courtyard. Food was delicious, fresh, and different tasting from a lot of the Lebanese food I had tried so far. After lunch we went to a very kind womans home to see the local Baalbek cheese and have a coffee as well.

Baalbek Ruins - And to finish off this food and attractions tour of Baalbek, we visited the famous ruins. I was blown away by the preservation and magnitude of the ruins - they are truly spectacular. 15,000 LBP ($9.95) - Entrance per person

It was an amazing day in Baalbek, Lebanon, and the highlight for me was the bakery skills and the kofta.

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Lebanese SEAFOOD & STREET FOOD in TYRE - Ancient ROMAN RUINS Tour in Lebanon!!

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My epic trip through Lebanon continued in Tyre, the country’s fourth-largest city. Come with me as I explore the city of Tyre, its food, and its attractions.

Tyre is one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world. The entire city is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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My friend and guide Nico and I would be exploring several of them today! Our exploration started at the Tyre Hippodrome, which was an ancient chariot racing venue. It seated up to 20,000 spectators and lies just to the south of the Al-Bass Tyre Necropolis.

It was built by the Romans back in the 2nd century CE and became a UNESCO Heritage site in 1984.

I could see lots of old houses, crumbled walls, and an ancient tomb outside of the hippodrome. We walked down the main street, or Cardo Maximus, and continued through the large, arched gate. They renovate it often.

After climbing the seating, we drove to one of the longest public beaches in Lebanon. There are usually tents and seafood vendors there, but the beach was currently flooded.

From there, we headed to the Old Town of Tyre. We stopped at Sandwich Mahfouz to get some fatayel, a pita sandwich with sliced lamb, tarator, tomatoes, and pickles. You can also get sandwiches with morrow (brain), sausage, kofta, liver, and kidneys.

It was nice and salty, juicy, and creamy. The outside was a little crispy and the vegetables added some freshness. I loved how light and small it was!

Then, I got another one with sujuk. The spicy sausage was fantastic. It was only around $1.20 per sandwich. The sujuk was the best!

Then, one of the cooks even fed me sample the sheep brain fatayel! It was so good! It was easily my favorite of all of them!

Next, we walked around the Old Town. There were jewelry and clothing shops. Then, we walked down old alleys between old homes. We also saw a old house that had veen converted into a Dar Camelia, a beautiful boutique hotel with 8 rooms.

The Old Town reminded me of Asilah, a town in northern Morocco. The colors and sandstone was very similar. Then, we saw the port and some seaside ruins. Next to the port is Le Phenicien, one of the area’s many seafood restaurants.

Lebanese seafood uses lots of coriander and lime juice. At Le Phenicien, we ordered some abou sin (raw fish), fried calamari, shrimp with coriander and lime, batrakh (spicy fish liver), tajin (fish, onions, nuts, & tahini dip), and fish kibbeh.

The abou sin with oil and lime juice was so succulent and fresh. I loved the pepper, too.

The batrakh was spicy and had a nice gravy! I loved the chunkiness and the heat, as well as the coriander.

The shrimp with coriander and lime juice was tender and succulent, and super light. I also loved the calamari with garlic sauce!

The tajin was an incredible fish dip, and with the kibbeh, it was unreal! It was my first time having seafood kibbeh. The onions and lime made it!

It was some of the best seafood of my life! It came to about $35 USD.

Then, we drove two minutes to Al Mina Archaeological Site, where there are lots of massive columns! It costs 6000 Lebanese pounds for non-foreigners to enter.

There was a temple here. There are also beautiful mosaics, old houses, a stadium, and more columns by the sea, which was the Sea Temple.

We had the entire site to ourselves! Further on were the sea and ancient Roman baths and houses.

Our final stop was Al Bohsali Sweets, where I tried shaabiyet, which is like a big baklava with heavy cream inside. It was full of crispy layers, pistachio, and cream.

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