Sunday, May 31, 2015

They call it Divvy, the art of sharing.

From time to time we like to pamper ourselves by going back to some "favorites" where we are sure we will have great food and amazing experience. We are talking about Divvy, a pub resto in mar mkhayel that we have reviewed many times. Divvy offers exotic specialities you won't find in another restaurant. Some of our favorites are the tropical chicken, the thai crispy salad and of course the Nutella lava cake. We are now about to finalize its menu as we tried almost all the platters. This time we tried the mac&cheese, the sesame steak salad and the twins burger.
The mac&cheese was very creamy and had a crispy layer of cheese on top. I preferred if it was served "al dente". I advise you to eat it after 5 minutes so that the tastes melt together.
The sesame salad was yummy! If you like sweet sauces you're gonna love it. It is made of top quality Australian beef, lettuce, cucumbers and tomatoes with sesame seeds on top and the delicious sesame sauce.
The classic twins burgers are tasty They are served with crunchy fries.
The staff at divvy are so friendly and welcoming.
Divvy is the perfect place to go for lunch and dinner and have a great gathering with your friends and family.
Average price: 25$
Rating: 8/10
Mar Mkhayel
01 444 020

Friday, May 29, 2015

Tabliyit Massaad should have been named Taouk Massaad.

If you want to have a Lebanese set menu for a good price you should try Tabliyit massaad in Gemmayzeh. It is famous for his tabliye that consists of hummus, fries, coleslaw, tomatoes, pickles and garlic with a Lebanese sandwich which you choose between taouk, kebbab, makanek، soujouk and hamburg.

We ordered the most famous one the taouk and we wanted to try something new so they suggested the second famous the saj burger.
As usual the touak sandwich was very delicious as it was well seasoned and well grilled. It comes cut into small pieces and a semsom paste on top. The pickles served with it were very salty. The coleslaw had a very bitter taste and the fries were average. The tabliye used to be better.
The saj burger was unacceptable. It was too greasy and we were confused if we were eating makanek or ham. We only ate one bite and when they removed the untouched plate they did not ask us why we did not eat it or take any action.

Try this place for it's yummy taouk only and the good thing about it is that you will get a full meal for 8$.
Rating: 6.5/10

Beirut, Lebanon

What you did not know about Za'atar

You can Make it Yourself

It’s not difficult to put together your own homemade za’atar blend — in fact, it’ll provide you with the best flavour and freshness. This spice blend has four key ingredients: thyme, ground sumac, salt, and sesame seeds. Sometimes oregano and/or marjoram are used in place of thyme, or za’atar can be made with a blend of the three herbs. Follow this recipe to get the proportions correct.

What is Sumac?

Sumac is a maroon-coloured powdered spice with a distinctly lemony flavour. If you’ve eaten Middle Eastern cuisines, you’ve likely had sumac, and it’s a key component of za’atar. You may have even seen the sumac plant — it grows wild in North America. If you can’t find sumac at your local grocery store, try looking at a market specializing in Middle Eastern ingredients.

Thyme goes beyond taste

Thyme gives za’atar an herbaceous quality. This herb has been used for medicinal and non-culinary reasons for thousands of years — the ancient Egyptians used it in their embalming process, for example, and Hippocrates mentioned its respiratory benefits in his Hippocratic Corpus. But its use with food and drinks has been around just as long. The Romans used it to flavour beverages and cheese.

It's medical

These days, the medicinal uses of thyme are usually associated with its oil, which contains 25-54% thymol, one of a naturally occurring set of compounds known as biocides that have antimicrobial properties. Scientists from the University of Manitoba wrote that thymol can reduce bacterial resistance to antibiotics, for example.

 It Might Prevent Food Poisoning
Researchers have also looked into thyme’s ability to pay a role in fighting food-borne illnesses. At a Portuguese university, scientists found that they worked as a natural food preservative against several common food bacteria.

Thyme Might Also Be Good For Your Skin
Scientists from Leeds Metropolitan University in England found that thyme could make a more effective treatment for acne than some prescription creams. Their tests with topical treatments showed that thyme had a better success rate than benzoyl peroxide.

 Toasted The Sesame Seeds
Toasting your sesame seeds before mixing them into za’atar enhances their flavour. You can use a frying pan to toast them quickly on the stove, bake them in the oven, or even toast them in the microwave.

It's a source of Calcium

It's A Source Of Calcium
Sesame seeds are one of the world’s oldest cultivated seeds —they’ve been around at least 5,000 years. They were eaten for medicinal properties by the Romans, the Babylonians, and the ancient Egyptians. These seeds are a good source of calcium. A single tablespoon of sesame seeds has nine percent of our RDA for calcium.

There's Even More Benefits To Sesame
There are other reasons to enjoy the sesame seeds used in za’atar. That same one-tablespoon serving has seven percent of your RDA for iron, five percent of your RDA for thiamin, eight percent of your RDA for magnesium, 11 percent of your RDA for manganese, and 18 percent of your RDA for copper.

Make Other Blends
If you end up with more spices than you need for za’atar, you can use them to make something else. Use extra sumac for fattoush salad or sprinkle it on top of hummus. You can blend up sesame seeds to make your own tahini. And thyme is a key ingredient in Herbs de Provence, which also contains savoury, rosemary, basil, oregano, marjoram, and fennel seed. 

Source: HuffingtonPost

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Wine Tasting at Chateau Ksara, Lebanon

We love spending Sundays outside the hustle of Beirut and last weekend we went for wine tasting at Château Ksara in Bekaa region near Zahle.
They offer free tour in there natural caves where they store more than 900.000 barrels of wine. After that you can have a free tasting session of their finest wines and shop for your favorite ones at their boutique. No need to worry about lunch as their restaurant is amazing! Very well decorated and clean. 
It offers salad bar for 14$, cheese and charcuterie platter for around 15$, and hot platters consisting of steak for 21$, chicken or salmon for 15$. And for dessert they offer chocolate cake, crème brulée, tiramisu and cheesecake. Sadly we didn't try the food although they looked very appealing due to the lack of time but for sure we will try it on another outing.
At the end of the visit you can enjoy taking beautiful pictures in their well preserved garden with great backgrounds of the region.
7 days per week from 9a.m till 6 p.m
Ksara, Zahle, Bekaa

Competition Alert: Movie tickets for MAGGIE

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