Hadaf: Unique Lebanese Sweets at Al Anwar Saida

Desserts & Sweets | Saida South Lebanon Lebanon Middle East

South Lebanon

April 17, 2019

Desserts & Sweets

Hadaf: Unique Lebanese Sweets at Al Anwar Saida

Let’s start agreeing that these are not “baklava.” Looking like oriental sweets, these diamond shaped sweets are intended to make you drool. They are called “Hadaf.”…

April 17, 2019 | Recommended | Saida

Mr. Holmes: San Francisco’s Sexy Bakery

Bread & Bakeries | San Francisco California USA Americas

California

October 23, 2018

Bread & Bakeries

Mr. Holmes: San Francisco’s Sexy Bakery

Renowned for its cruffin, Mr. Holmes is indeed much more than that. It’s where a sign on the wall says “I got baked in San Francisco” and where innovative pastries will make your…

October 23, 2018 | Desserts & Sweets | San Francisco

Van Leeuwen: One of New York’s Best Ice Cream Shops, The Black Sesame

Ice Cream & Gelato | New York USA Americas

USA

July 16, 2018

Ice Cream & Gelato

Van Leeuwen: One of New York’s Best Ice Cream Shops, The Black Sesame

After touring five ice cream concepts around the neighborhood in east village I stopped at Van Leeuwen. Coming here for the second time, I remember its ice cream to be one of the best in town. Indeed…

July 16, 2018 | Reviews | New York

Lebanon’s All-Time Favorite: The Famous Spiel Mozzarella Burger

American | Lebanon Middle East

Middle East

June 08, 2018

American

Lebanon’s All-Time Favorite: The Famous Spiel Mozzarella Burger

Crepaway's Spiel Mozzarella Burger: (The legendary all-star burger! Spiel burger with a thick chunk of deep-fried mozzarella for extra measure) It’s excellent, simply excellent, one of the…

June 08, 2018 | Burgers | Lebanon

Stroopwaffle at Hans Egstorf in Amsterdam

Desserts & Sweets | Amsterdam Holland Europe

Holland

May 16, 2018

Desserts & Sweets

Stroopwaffle at Hans Egstorf in Amsterdam

One of the major things to eat when visiting Amsterdam is the circular waffle called Stroopwaffle. A round shaped, very thin waffle is cut in the middle and spread with creamy caramel syrup then…

May 16, 2018 | Tasty Discoveries | Amsterdam

Joelle’s Dream Maamouls; Delicious and Light

Desserts & Sweets

March 30, 2018

Desserts & Sweets

Joelle’s Dream Maamouls; Delicious and Light

Take a maamoul, close your eyes and lay it on your tongue... feel its sandy envelop and prepare yourself to press it up your palate. The maamoul crumbles gently in a million piece, exploding its…

March 30, 2018 | Tasty Discoveries

My Latest Discovery: "Maakroun Hobeiche"

Desserts & Sweets | Keserwan Lebanon Middle East

Lebanon

December 15, 2017

Desserts & Sweets

My Latest Discovery: "Maakroun Hobeiche"

They look like any Lebanese sweets, covered with powdered sugar but in fact they are not. A tradition of the Hobeiche family of Keserwan, these amazing delicacies are a must try. My friend Fady,…

December 15, 2017 | Tasty Discoveries | Keserwan

Popelini; Paris' Best Choux a la Creme

Desserts & Sweets | Paris France Europe

France

December 04, 2017

Desserts & Sweets

Popelini; Paris' Best Choux a la Creme

Been here in 2014 and still remember the sumptuous flavors of Popelini's great Choux. The best in Paris for sure, Popelini is about the simplicity of a choux a la creme that will make…

December 04, 2017 | Recommended | Paris

Patisserie Chidiac: The Best Karabeej in Lebanon

Desserts & Sweets | Lebanon Middle East

Middle East

September 17, 2017

Desserts & Sweets

Patisserie Chidiac: The Best Karabeej in Lebanon

It's been a continuous mission of mine, to plunge into the vast amount of authentic and traditional bites this country has to offer. Whether sweet or savory, we have many places around and each…

September 17, 2017 | Popular | Lebanon

Nassab Saida: My Favorite Maacroun, Ouwaymat and Mchabbak!

Desserts & Sweets | Saida South Lebanon Lebanon Middle East

South Lebanon

September 17, 2017

Desserts & Sweets

Nassab Saida: My Favorite Maacroun, Ouwaymat and Mchabbak!

Searching for the best Maacroun, Mchabbak and Ouwaymat in town? There's only one address! Visit Nassab Sweets in Saida. They're different to any others I've previously tried. The…

September 17, 2017 | Recommended | Saida

Angelina's Famous Mont Blanc: A Beirut Favorite!

Desserts & Sweets | Beirut Central District Beirut Lebanon Middle East

Beirut

August 22, 2017

Desserts & Sweets

Angelina's Famous Mont Blanc: A Beirut Favorite!

One of my favorite desserts is Angelina's Mont Blanc, a creation that can't be described in just a few words but must me enjoyed, ingredient by ingredient, flavor by flavor, bite after bite... This…

August 22, 2017 | Tasty Discoveries | Beirut Central District

Le Greche: A Good Gelateria in Athens

Ice Cream & Gelato | Athens Greece Europe

Greece

August 21, 2017

Ice Cream & Gelato

Le Greche: A Good Gelateria in Athens

In Athens, there's a shop that sells real gelato, enjoyable to the last mouthful. Classy and inviting, this Gelateria can compete easily with the ones in Italy. The ice cream is portioned up with a…

August 21, 2017 | Recommended | Athens

What Happened to Noura?

Desserts & Sweets | Achrafieh Beirut Lebanon Middle East

Beirut

August 19, 2017

Desserts & Sweets

What Happened to Noura?

While others are improving and new names are opening, one long-established brand is getting it wrong! Let's get straight to the point... I've been trying to fall in love with Noura again but in…

August 19, 2017 | Reviews | Achrafieh

High Sweet: The Signature Dessert Made in Moukhtara

Desserts & Sweets | Mount Lebanon Lebanon Middle East

Lebanon

June 26, 2017

Desserts & Sweets

High Sweet: The Signature Dessert Made in Moukhtara

In the village of Moukhtara is a small shop, a linen shop which sells premium sweets: yes, you heard right, a shop selling linen and home goods called "Optex" has one of the mountains best signature…

June 26, 2017 | Tasty Discoveries | Mount Lebanon

Captain Cookie: Washington’s Famous Cookie Spot

Desserts & Sweets | Washington DC USA Americas

USA

April 12, 2017

Desserts & Sweets

Captain Cookie: Washington’s Famous Cookie Spot

Just before leaving Washington I Googled to find the best ice cream place, which when I finally found I fell in love with. The place turned out to be just in front of the hotel. Captain cookie…

April 12, 2017 | Tasty Discoveries | Washington DC

Furn Emm Salim: Anfeh's Supreme Traditional Breakfast

Breakfast & Coffee | North Lebanon Lebanon Middle East

Lebanon

February 14, 2017

Breakfast & Coffee

Furn Emm Salim: Anfeh's Supreme Traditional Breakfast

My latest discovery is a must try! Emm Salim’s bakery is one of the many places that have made Anfeh famous. Located in the old souk, the famous "Tahet el Rih" resort and surely the Phoenician…

February 14, 2017 | Manakish | North Lebanon

VanLeeuwen: Mouthwatering Ice Cream in New York

Ice Cream & Gelato | New York USA Americas

USA

January 26, 2017

Ice Cream & Gelato

VanLeeuwen: Mouthwatering Ice Cream in New York

Google led me to VanLeeuwen; the name made me want to try their ice cream. It was 2 degrees outside on a cold winter day but that didn't stop me from trying a generous Christmas ice cream made with…

January 26, 2017 | Tasty Discoveries | New York

Al Hallab: Knefeh is Now Trendy!

Recommended | Tripoli North Lebanon Lebanon Middle East

North Lebanon

December 24, 2016

Recommended

Al Hallab: Knefeh is Now Trendy!

Abdelrahman Hallab and Sons is now "Hallab", a new logo, a younger identity and with that a selection of innovative treats which started last year with the ice cream collection. Funky Knefeh or funky…

December 24, 2016 | Tasty Discoveries | Tripoli

Le Gabarit Healthy Christmas Logs

Recommended

December 15, 2016

Recommended

Le Gabarit Healthy Christmas Logs

Who said enjoying a Christmas log should be fattening?  This Christmas, Le Gabarit Healthy Christmas Logs will allow you to celebrate the season while staying fit. Just over a week before…

December 15, 2016 | Tasty Discoveries

La Baguette Lima: Tasting Traditional Peruvian Desserts

Breakfast & Coffee | Peru Americas

Americas

May 19, 2016

Breakfast & Coffee

La Baguette Lima: Tasting Traditional Peruvian Desserts

Located just a few meters from the NM hotel is a cafe called La Baguette. La Baguette is a cafe with an endless choice of indulgences... You will find display fridges where dozens of cakes and…

May 19, 2016 | Desserts & Sweets | Peru

Kaddoum Honey: A Gift from Nature

Tasty Discoveries

May 08, 2016

Tasty Discoveries

Kaddoum Honey: A Gift from Nature

Visiting Dubai for GulFood, I was introduced to Kaddoum, a honey produced in Lebanon with such love and dedication shown in every drop of it. Kaddoum has made it in our Box of May and to my…

May 08, 2016 | The Box

Abou Hassan Al Habash Saida: Maamoul-Mad is the Specialty!

Recommended | Saida South Lebanon Lebanon Middle East

South Lebanon

April 25, 2016

Recommended

Abou Hassan Al Habash Saida: Maamoul-Mad is the Specialty!

This morning, a friend of mine from Saida, a local who has watched my shows about his beautiful city, told me that I forgot one major place and he was ready to take me there. It's called Abou Hassan,…

April 25, 2016 | Tasty Discoveries | Saida

Evvivo Pandolia: The Panettone Kingdom

Recommended | Milan Italy Europe

Italy

February 09, 2016

Recommended

Evvivo Pandolia: The Panettone Kingdom

It's a small place with no name or sign, in a young neighborhood facing a Gelateria shop and another of street food potato place, it's where superb panettone are produced, a taste like you've never…

February 09, 2016 | Spotted Stories | Milan

French Revolution: The Mouthwatering Eclairs of Bucharest

Recommended | Romania Europe

Europe

February 01, 2016

Recommended

French Revolution: The Mouthwatering Eclairs of Bucharest

Two of my dream places are Un Eclair de Genie in Paris and Maitre Choux in London, places specialized in Eclairs, displayed like pieces of art. Today, in Bucharest, I found a…

February 01, 2016 | Tasty Discoveries | Romania

Baked by Melissa: Famous for its Mini Cupcakes

Recommended | New York USA Americas

USA

November 17, 2015

Recommended

Baked by Melissa: Famous for its Mini Cupcakes

Baked by Melissa is the only place I visited and didn't review during my last trip to New York. It's a small cupcakery that's all about mini bites, mini cupcakes, where each is baked and…

November 17, 2015 | Tasty Discoveries | New York

Cedar's Hummus: Lebanese Quality in America

Tasty Discoveries | Chicago USA Americas

USA

October 31, 2015

Tasty Discoveries

Cedar's Hummus: Lebanese Quality in America

Here’s a Lebanese product with American roots – Cedar’s Hummus, produced in Boston, makes traditional hummus that comes in many flavors and varieties. Showcasing the best traditions…

October 31, 2015 | Chicago

Roadster's Black Burger is Good!

American | Jbeil Mount Lebanon Lebanon Middle East

Mount Lebanon

September 30, 2015

American

Roadster's Black Burger is Good!

Nothing can be more special than visiting Roaster Diner on the last day the Black Burger is being offered? September 30th is "The Black Burger" promotion's last day. I have written about the Black…

September 30, 2015 | Burgers | Jbeil

Chakala: A Healthy and Tasty Vegan Chocolate Spread

Chocolate

September 18, 2015

Chocolate

Chakala: A Healthy and Tasty Vegan Chocolate Spread

And here I am again looking at what I am about to eat and wondering what it will taste like. Will it be good? Chakala was in hand today... and after tasting it, not only was it good, it was awesome.…

September 18, 2015 | Recommended

Cookies'n'more: Mouthwatering Cookies

Tasty Discoveries | Beirut Lebanon Middle East

Lebanon

September 14, 2015

Tasty Discoveries

Cookies'n'more: Mouthwatering Cookies

It's a bag, a big bag full of goodies, a bag with boxes and nylon wraps holding a large selection of cakes and bites. I've written about the famous colored maamoul of Cookies'n'more previously and…

September 14, 2015 | Beirut

Awad: Kashta Ice Cream Logs and More

Ice Cream & Gelato | Keserwan Lebanon Middle East

Lebanon

September 11, 2015

Ice Cream & Gelato

Awad: Kashta Ice Cream Logs and More

The place is small, unwelcoming, and the staff doesn't smile, but they do have nice ice cream. Fruit or Kashta, the ice cream is rich, flavorful, feels natural and isn't too sweet. Up in Achkout,…

September 11, 2015 | Tasty Discoveries | Keserwan

Spot Dessert Shoppe: The Chocolate Green Tea Lava Cake

Chocolate | New York USA Americas

USA

July 25, 2015

Chocolate

Spot Dessert Shoppe: The Chocolate Green Tea Lava Cake

A new spin on sweets: This is Spot, a dessert bar like no other that's home to a whole new world of taste. Here, traditional confections are reimagined and spiked with a healthy dose of Asian flare.…

July 25, 2015 | Desserts & Sweets | New York

Frannie's Yo Art: The Frozen Yogurt Boutique

Reviews | New York USA Americas

USA

July 23, 2015

Reviews

Frannie's Yo Art: The Frozen Yogurt Boutique

A heaven for yogurt lovers if I may say, where I found myself walking around the many possibilities for enjoyment and fun, easing every item I could add into my yogurt cup. From fruits to…

July 23, 2015 | Tasty Discoveries | New York

Pate a Choux: Lebanon's Wondrous Croissants

Breakfast & Coffee | Antelias Mount Lebanon Lebanon Middle East

Mount Lebanon

July 15, 2015

Breakfast & Coffee

Pate a Choux: Lebanon's Wondrous Croissants

During my adolescence, I remember dad taking me to a pastry shop all the way up in Broumana. Owned and run by Victor Rbeiz, Pâte à Choux cakes were special, freshly…

July 15, 2015 | Recommended | Antelias

Pierre Herme: A World Renowned Exquisite Macaron

Tasty Discoveries | Paris France Europe

France

June 08, 2015

Tasty Discoveries

Pierre Herme: A World Renowned Exquisite Macaron

Heir to four generations of Alsatian bakery and pastry-making tradition, Pierre Hermé began his career at the age of 14 as an apprentice to Gaston Lenôtre. Today he creates the…

June 08, 2015 | Paris

Chichakli Zghorta: Unique Fatayer with a Zesty Character

Tasty Discoveries | North Lebanon Lebanon Middle East

Lebanon

May 12, 2015

Tasty Discoveries

Chichakli Zghorta: Unique Fatayer with a Zesty Character

It doesn't look like or feel like a normal fatira, but this is something you have to try. A golden-colored originally shaped dough which resembles a piece of oriental sweet. The dough is extremely…

May 12, 2015 | North Lebanon

Santiveri: Healthy … and Full of Taste

Tasty Discoveries

April 29, 2015

Tasty Discoveries

Santiveri: Healthy … and Full of Taste

I was introduced to Santiveri a very long time ago, in the days when I was still living with my parents. My mom had a weakness for their products, and I remember their rice cake, specifically. I…

April 29, 2015

Halsa: Addictive Healthy, Crunchy Thyme Fingers

Tasty Discoveries

April 29, 2015

Tasty Discoveries

Halsa: Addictive Healthy, Crunchy Thyme Fingers

It was supposed to be a regular meeting down in Beirut at my friend Myrna's office until a special delivery came in - a bag of Kaak. Myrna has been enjoying these kaak for the last year, bags of…

April 29, 2015

Tahinov Hats: Armenian Wonders from Ichkhanian Bakery

Recommended | Beirut Lebanon Middle East

Lebanon

April 03, 2015

Recommended

Tahinov Hats: Armenian Wonders from Ichkhanian Bakery

I remember trying a dessert at Batchig last year, something called Tahinov Hats - baked bread mixed with tahina (sesame paste), cinnamon and sugar. I didn't like it back then and considered it to be…

April 03, 2015 | Tasty Discoveries | Beirut

The Lebanese Burger at Lamb House

Burgers | Beirut Lebanon Middle East

Lebanon

March 29, 2015

Burgers

The Lebanese Burger at Lamb House

My friends say it's their favorite burger and I might just be agreeing on that.  Sometimes, simplicity is just what the doctor orders… Let’s go to Lamb House, a restaurant, a…

March 29, 2015 | Tasty Discoveries | Beirut

Faysalieh from Al Shareq Sweets: An Ultimate Pleasure

Desserts & Sweets | South Lebanon Lebanon Middle East

Lebanon

March 22, 2015

Desserts & Sweets

Faysalieh from Al Shareq Sweets: An Ultimate Pleasure

It is indeed a piece of wonder, a mouthwatering novelty, a sweet bite… it is a creation, which once you’ve tried, will make you drive all the way down to Nabatieh to have some. What am I…

March 22, 2015 | Tasty Discoveries | South Lebanon

Adon & Myrrh: Extra Virgin Olive Oil from Bdadoun

Tasty Discoveries

March 06, 2015

Tasty Discoveries

Adon & Myrrh: Extra Virgin Olive Oil from Bdadoun

Let's start with a small introduction, one that's very important before moving forward. What is extra virgin olive oil? Extra virgin olive oil is rare in Lebanon and believe me, not every producer…

March 06, 2015

Warm Cake, Caramel and Crunchy Walnuts… A Must Share Experience!

Tasty Discoveries

February 02, 2015

Tasty Discoveries

Warm Cake, Caramel and Crunchy Walnuts… A Must Share Experience!

The Pain Perdu at Gordon's Café is heavenly. It is just as good as the first time I tried it.  A round piece of bread, carefully and lightly slacked in milk, warm and fluffy and…

February 02, 2015

My Latest Discovery: Taqa Endurance Snack Bars

Tasty Discoveries | Lebanon Middle East

Middle East

February 02, 2015

Tasty Discoveries

My Latest Discovery: Taqa Endurance Snack Bars

In this review, I didn't just try the Taqa Bars but plunged into the details of their production, and believe me when I tell you how everything is clean, clear, healthy, natural and handmade. The…

February 02, 2015 | Lebanon

A Tasty Discovery: The Zero Calorie Miracle Noodles

Tasty Discoveries

January 22, 2015

Tasty Discoveries

A Tasty Discovery: The Zero Calorie Miracle Noodles

There's a reason shirataki noodles are branded as "Miracle Noodles." These translucent, gelatinous Japanese noodles, which are made from the konjac yam, are low in calories and…

January 22, 2015

The Cheesecake Factory Cakes now in Lebanon

Shopping Mall | Beirut Lebanon Middle East

Lebanon

January 10, 2015

Shopping Mall

The Cheesecake Factory Cakes now in Lebanon

The Cheesecake Factory cakes are now sold at VOX Gold cinemas VIP Lounge. Yes you heard me, the long awaited Cheesecake Factory may be taking its ‘sweet’ time to open, but you can still…

January 10, 2015 | Tasty Discoveries | Beirut

M de Noir: The Chocolate Master Hits Again

Chocolate | Mount Lebanon Lebanon Middle East

Lebanon

January 08, 2015

Chocolate

M de Noir: The Chocolate Master Hits Again

The chocolate master hits again and this time with something new and unique which promises to amaze the market. Maya Maalouf Kanaan introduces something special: Truffles Marc de Champagne. I…

January 08, 2015 | Recommended | Mount Lebanon

2014: Tasty Discoveries on Must Try in Lebanon

News | Lebanon Middle East

Middle East

January 06, 2015

News

2014: Tasty Discoveries on Must Try in Lebanon

Salon des Famille' Extravagant Milk CookiesWhen I think Zahle, the first thing that comes to mind is “Kaak bi 7alib”… I love those cookies so much that I always ask my friends to…

January 06, 2015 | Tasty Discoveries | Lebanon

"Salon des Familles" Extravagant Milk Cookies are Made in Zahle

Tasty Discoveries | Bekaa Lebanon Middle East

Lebanon

January 03, 2015

Tasty Discoveries

"Salon des Familles" Extravagant Milk Cookies are Made in Zahle

When I think Zahle, the first thing that comes to mind is “Kaak bi 7alib”… I love those cookies so much that I always ask my friends to get me some whenever they’re going up…

January 03, 2015 | Bekaa

Lobster Rolls: A Trend to Look Out for in 2015 - Now in Lebanon

Reviews | Beirut Lebanon Middle East

Lebanon

January 03, 2015

Reviews

Lobster Rolls: A Trend to Look Out for in 2015 - Now in Lebanon

Voila, why wait for the New Year’s 2015 predictions while December loundly broadcasts some of the food trends for the year ahead. One such trend to keep an eye on is the lobster…

January 03, 2015 | Shopping Mall | Beirut

Don Baker: A Dark Chocolate Crepe with Hints of Perfection (Discontinued)

Chocolate | Badaro Beirut Lebanon Middle East

Beirut

December 22, 2014

Chocolate

Don Baker: A Dark Chocolate Crepe with Hints of Perfection (Discontinued)

Remember the fine crepe I discovered in July? This dark chocolate crepe (Chocorange), a blend of 100% Callebaut dark chocolate, orange jam and crushed almonds. Ouf! An overwhelming…

December 22, 2014 | Tasty Discoveries | Badaro

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