A Taste of Lebanon
I’ve now been in Saudi’s capital for four months. This is the longest I’ve spent anywhere since starting this blog, which has caused me to think: Maybe this is why the posting frequency has begun to suffer a tad. However, I can’t allow myself to create justifications; so, when this happens, I’ve conditioned myself to express the mantra: No Excuses.
Excuses are useless. They don’t help us. They only waste our mental energy. All I can do is realize that I’m human, and that blogging lulls will happen.
Despite infrequent posting as of late, this blog is still alive and well.
As I’ve shown in previous posts, a fun activity in this city is to explore ethnic eats. One variety on offer is Levantine cuisine, which is ubiquitous to Riyadh.
According to Wikipedia: Levantine cuisine is food native to Cyprus, Jordan, Israel, Lebanon, Palestine, Syria, and parts of southern Turkey.
In my four months, I’ve been introduced to a fair amount of this gastronomic pleasure.
The following food photos are from a particular Lebanese restaurant which is my favorite of the handful that I’ve tried here in the past months.
This Sage Kaworma Chicken goes well nestled in a piece of freshly baked, warm pita bread that it’s served with. My guess is that the fries are placed on top for presentation purposes. This minced chicken dish costs 30 Rial or $8.
I prefer sea over land flesh any day of the week. This Fish Clay Pot is tender, succulent, and melts in your mouth. I’m convinced that you can’t go wrong using a clay pot to bake or cook your food. This gastro delight costs 25 Rial or $6.67.
This is probably the best Moussaka I’ve ever tasted. This Lebanese vegan version is different from the famous Greek variety. It contains eggplant, chickpeas, tomatoes and pomegranate sauce. This is currently one of my favorite dishes on the planet. It costs 10 Rial or $2.67.
I’m not much of a cow consumer, but after reading the exotic sounding Meat With Pomegranate Treacle Pie title on the menu, I had to try it. The combination is outstanding. Treacle is a dark, sweet, thick liquid. This yummy pie costs 4 Rial or $1.07.
This Collection of Appetizers consists of Metabal (front), Babaganoush (middle left), Russian Salad (back left), Hommus (back middle), Tarator middle right), and Tabouli (center). These dips are the freshest and tastiest I’ve had anywhere. This dish costs 15 Rial or $4.00 and is served with freshly baked, warm pita bread.
These Brick Oven Baked Concoctions are a Lebanese staple and come in many varieties. On the left is a Banana and Honey Pie which is most suited as a dessert. On the right is a tasty Spinach Pie. These cost 4 Rial each or $1.07.
Have you ever had Middle Eastern Cuisine that looks this good?