Waiting lists are very common in Beirut, for flights to and from Europe in the summer, for nightclubs like Skybar (here)*.. and now even for restaurants! We tried to make reservations with friends at Em Sharif* in Ashrafieh and Basilio* in Gemmayzeh – but no chance! So we tried another restaurant in Mar Mkhael: L’Oca Matta*. It was cozy and reminded me of my grandmother’s house, with its high ceilings and old tables and chairs. Although my téta would have never painted gooses (ocas) on the walls of a room! The meals were delicious but unfortunately, my plate was half empty. Thank God Bliss Street* was only minutes away for an after dinner hot dog sandwich!