You know Rawcheh for sure, you know Pigeon’s Rock, Shrimpy’s, Hallab, Bayrock Café and all the other new cafés that opened there in the last two years. But you don’t know Forn al Mahabba! And you should. It’s a very small “forn” or bakery in a street parallel to Rawcheh (Australia Street) where you can find one of the best man’oushes and lahm b’ajins in town, seriously. I can’t define where they come from, if they’re originally Lebanese, or Palestinians, or maybe from Syria? I can’t tell, they offer the food in all variations (lahm b’ajin “Sfiha” from Baalbeck or “Shami” from Damascus). The staff changes very often, but they are aaall very kind and generous, a real blessing, especially early in the morning!
It was fate. We were on our way to another café for breakfast, when we met a friend who strongly, very strongly recommended The Hangout in Gemmayzeh (here). My English isn’t good enough to describe the traditional beauty of this charming café/restaurant, the amazing delicacies you get on your dish, like labneh and jams made with love by M.’s téta (grandmother). I was amazed by all the details around me, I took photos and talked with every member of the staff who again took photos of me. I really felt welcome and spoilt. I think this is the word: They spoil you there, with their food, their ambiance, their friendliness and – their generosity. Am I exaggerating? Pas du tout! Just try it out. The perfect place to hang out.
One big advantage of living in Berlin is the great Indian food you can get for so little money! There are plenty of beautiful restaurants that serve delicious Indian food such as chicken masala, mango lassi or the tandoori you see above. Doesn’t it look gorgeous? You don’t need to fly to Berlin, you can get it at Moti Mahal (here) in Zaytounay Bay (but not for little money!), a nice chic place and one of the few Indian restaurants in Beirut. I wish I could have this now, but I can’t complain, I’m going out for lunch with my mom and my sister. Have a nice and sunny day
This is one of my hidden favorites. It’s a must every time I am at ABC Mall in Ashrafieh (here). It’s such a nice place on the roof, always sunny, with very nice waiters and very delicious food. And you always meet people you know, it’s incredible. And this time I saw, for the very first time in Lebanon or maybe in my life, a woman smoking a cigar. Wooow! Of course I’m for the smoking ban, but first we were sitting outside, and secondly I love women who have the courage to do what they like to, even if other people like me don’t stop staring at them! I think I’m gonna finally buy vanilla cigarillos soon!