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Souk el Akel: Lebanon's Street Food Market Kicks Its Summer Season
Jun 17, 2018

Eat, Meet, Greet and Treat yourself to the very best culinary experiences Lebanon has to offer! At Souk el Akel you'll find edible delights to suit all tastes and…

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Mana'esho: Proudly Lebanese, Baking Passion and Love in Dubai

Bread & Bakeries

June 03, 2018 | Breakfast & Coffee | UAE

Taste Lebanon in Dubai, the Manouche of dreams! I'm in love with this place. Must try for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Hatbe W Nar: All The Way to Kobayat for the Best Tannour Manakish

Bread & Bakeries

June 03, 2018 | Lebanese/Middle Eastern | Lebanon

Tannour manakish and bread like you've never tasted before, a selection of Labneh and vegetables from the village, Hummus and Balila ending the experience with the horizontal tannour shawarma no one else managed to copy yet. Hatbe W Nar is…

Yan Bakery: A New Bakery has Opened on Nahr el Mot

Bread & Bakeries

December 31, 2017 | Breakfast & Coffee | Mount Lebanon

On Nahr el Mot a new bakery has opened. Yan is Armenian, he has a wide selection of breakfast bites of which the signature Armenian items like Labneh Beajine, Harra, Soujok and Basterma. I even found Tahinov Hats.  Manouche zaatar with…

Zaatarji: The Zaatar Manouche Rocks!

Breakfast & Coffee

December 31, 2017 | Reviews | Mount Lebanon

Homemade, handmade, passionately baked, very floppy, amazingly moist and juicy... I love their Mankouchet zaatar and I’ll recommend it to all my friends. Visit Zaatarji, newly opened in Jdeideh facing Al Chayeb Bakery. The zaatar is so…

Emm Salim Bakery: Ejjet Bayd and Mabroumet Nutella in Anfeh

Bread & Bakeries

December 20, 2017 | Breakfast & Coffee | Lebanon

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 sea fortress... Hidden in the old village with no…

Baker's Bake: The Dough is Handcrafted with Love... Manakish are so Good!

Bread & Bakeries

December 20, 2017 | Restaurants | Mount Lebanon

Newly open on Jal el Dib's internal road next to "Tiger" Car accessories, Baker's Bake is not your typical bakery but a haven for foodies seeking perfection. The dough is homemade and carefully handmade leaving you impressed and…

November 2nd is World Mankousheh Day

News

November 02, 2017

Today November 2nd is officially World Mankousheh Day! Share a Mankousheh... #WorldMankoushehDay

November 2nd is World Manouche Day

News

November 02, 2017

An initiative by Zaatar w Zeit and NoGarlicNoOnions, the world has a reason to celebrate on November 2nd Lebanon's most delicious and world famous breakfast: "The Manouche". Mankousheh, Manouche, Manoushe, Mankouche or probably a dozen other…

Em Bashir Faraya: One of the Country's Tastiest Saj Manakish

Breakfast & Coffee

September 18, 2017 | Street Food | Lebanon

I'm back for this superb Saj Mankouche... I came across Em Bashir back in 2014, a lady who sits behind the window preparing saj sandwiches with a welcoming attitude. To tell you the truth, I was never a big fan of markouk. I always…

"Zaatar Manouche" in a Box

Breakfast & Coffee

September 17, 2017 | Reviews | Mount Lebanon

A cylindrical transparent box of Manakish: A box? Manakish? Served cold? Yes, it's indeed something interesting... I discovered this unique creation in 2013 and still enjoy the same quality carefully produced every single morning in…

The World Famous Lebanese Breakfast: A Love Story!

Breakfast & Coffee

September 16, 2017 | Mechwar Videos | Middle East

With endless choice and great flavors, you simply cannot skip breakfast in Lebanon. From Mankousheh to Foul and hummus.... Knefeh, kashta and Labneh, we have something to satisfy all cravings.... It’s a beautiful day out…

Charbel's Bakehouse: A Breakfast Spot in Broumana

Bread & Bakeries

August 21, 2017 | Breakfast & Coffee | Mount Lebanon

When a young man opens a bakery, your traditional manoushe shop turns into a fresh breakfast parlour with much more than the simple zaatar manakish. From zaatar to chicken and kafta, Charbel lively prepares flat bread for his customers'…

Furn Emm Salim: Anfeh's Supreme Traditional Breakfast

Breakfast & Coffee

February 14, 2017 | Recommended | Lebanon

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 sea fortress... Hidden in the old village with no…

A Comparative Review: Manakish for Breakfast, 5 Bakeries, 1 Winner

Breakfast & Coffee

February 05, 2017 | Comparative Review | Middle East

The comparative series are a set of reviews I'll be publishing from time to time. I'll be ordering the same item from three to five different places for a constructive comparison... let's enjoy breakfast and eat some manakish! Who doesn’t…

Kahwet el Mandaloun: A New Favorite Place

Lebanese/Middle Eastern

January 12, 2017 | Recommended | Mount Lebanon

Close your eyes and travel back in time to when old Mercedes taxis used to glide round Beirut, to when Martyr's Square was the heart of the Middle East and to when Abou Salim used to entertain our grandparents on television. Kahwet el Mandaloun is…

Contact Info: Al Mandaloun Beach Club

Phone Number: +961 3 405060

Address: Seaside road, facing Zess Restaurant, Behind the Fishermen Port, Dbayeh, Metn, Lebanon [ view ]

Phone Number: +961 3 405060

Address: Seaside road, facing Zess Restaurant, Behind the Fishermen Port, Dbayeh, Metn, Lebanon [ view ]

Oasis Saint Charbel: The Famous Mankoushe and Flatbread

Bread & Bakeries

September 09, 2016 | Breakfast & Coffee | Lebanon

Sometimes good food is found in unexpected places... Next to St. Charbel Annaya, is a restaurant/cafe that has one of the country's best Saj manakish, that's crispy and tastes like oriental crepe, as well as bread you can take home with…

Contact Info: Oasis Saint Charbel

Phone Number: +961 9 760241

Address: St Charbel Convent, Mar Charbel Road, Aannaya, Jbeil District, Lebanon [ view ]

Phone Number: +961 9 760241

Address: St Charbel Convent, Mar Charbel Road, Aannaya, Jbeil District, Lebanon [ view ]

Zaatar w Zeit: An Unsuccessful Transformation!

Breakfast & Coffee

July 26, 2016 | Restaurants | Lebanon

Zaatar w Zeit has changed and bluntly speaking the new direction is somehow deceiving on so many levels. It's a wannabe diner inspired by Pret-a-Manger with a missing link somewhere. What was once a favorite diner is now a different…

Contact Info: Zaatar W Zeit

Phone Number: +961 1 211711

Address: Sodeco, Achrafieh, Beirut, Lebanon [ view ]

Phone Number: +961 1 211711

Address: Sodeco, Achrafieh, Beirut, Lebanon [ view ]

Thyme & More: Where Zaatar is Treated as Art

Breakfast & Coffee

June 15, 2016 | Lebanese/Middle Eastern | Jordan

During my stay in Jordan, I was craving for a good mankoushe, something similar to the ones I often enjoy in Lebanon.  Thin dough topped with a variety of different pure Zaatar with that zesty tingle, prepared with passion and dedication…

Chez Le Libanais: Proudly Lebanese and Tasty, in the Heart of Paris!

Popular

March 26, 2016 | Reviews | France

Nine years, nine long years here in Paris, Chez Le Libanais, is a small shop that serves the best wraps. I came across it by accident on Foursquare while looking for the best wraps in Paris. Walk in and let Elie and Gaby serve and entertain your…

Contact Info: Chez le Libanais

Phone Number: +33 1 40 46 07 39

Address: 35 Rue Saint-André des Arts, 75006 Paris, France [ view ]

Phone Number: +33 1 40 46 07 39

Address: 35 Rue Saint-André des Arts, 75006 Paris, France [ view ]

The Manousheh: Ambassador of a Lebanese Culinary Pride

Mechwar Videos

February 07, 2016

Manakish, manaqish, manaeesh, manakeesh or in singular form man'ousheh, مناقيش‎, mannoushe, mannoush, mankoushe, mankoucheh... many ways of writing it but one meaning. Manoushe is a popular Levantine food consisting of dough…

The World's Biggest Saj Manousheh Record Attempt

News

November 17, 2015

Join the fun to attempt a new world record: The longest Saj mankoushe Sunday November 22nd https://www.facebook.com/Amjad-Official-Attempt-984029138324070

Manousheh New York: Lebanon's Breakfast Ambassador

Breakfast & Coffee

November 06, 2015 | Recommended | USA

Zaatar with Labneh and a Ayran yogurt drink, akkawi cheese, spinach, labneh and maamoul... Manoushe New York is your little bit for Lebanon in the Big Apple. I have been here before and I am back now because their manoushe, which are to die…

Contact Info: Manoushe NYC

Phone Number: +1 347 971 5778

Address: 193 Bleecker St, New York, NY 10012, United States [ view ]

Phone Number: +1 347 971 5778

Address: 193 Bleecker St, New York, NY 10012, United States [ view ]

Oum Karam: A Great Mankousheh up in the Cedars

Breakfast & Coffee

September 01, 2015 | Tasty Discoveries | Lebanon

Sometimes you discover things that leave an impact, simple things with unconventional flavors in unusual places... I've found a mankousheh that left me speechless, Oum Karam's unique innovation. It was back in winter, up…

Mankousheh: From a Beirut Breakfast to a Dubai Delight

News

July 29, 2015 | Press

By Tarek Ali Ahmad and Salma ElShahed | Special to Al Arabiya NewsWednesday, 29 July 2015   The marriage between cheese and bread is an almost universally accepted union. While the West has the classic grilled cheese and toasties, the…

Balkoumi: Coffee, Bites and Yogurt Only Before Check-In

Airports

July 25, 2015 | Breakfast & Coffee | Lebanon

I never expected to be writing a review about a coffee shop at an airport until last week when eating my favorite frozen yogurt in Lebanon -to date- and seeing the name Balkoumi on the napkin. Balkoumi, the same one that's at the airport? Here I was…

Contact Info: Beirut International Airport

Phone Number: +961 1 628 000

Address: مطار بيروت رفيق الحريري الدولي [ view ]

Phone Number: +961 1 628 000

Address: مطار بيروت رفيق الحريري الدولي [ view ]

Breakfast at Al Saniour Antelias

Breakfast & Coffee

June 21, 2015 | Lebanese/Middle Eastern | Mount Lebanon

I never wrote a complete review about Al Saniour before, not because the food is not good because it surely is but because I'm not a fan of Arguileh and smoky places. When I go out to eat, I would like to do so in a fresh and clear-aired…

Contact Info: Khaymet el Saniour

Phone Number: +961-4-419940

Address: Antelias Internal Road, Naccach intersection, Metn, Lebanon [ view ]

Phone Number: +961-4-419940

Address: Antelias Internal Road, Naccach intersection, Metn, Lebanon [ view ]

Krikor in Baskinta: Fifty Four Years of Hard Work

Breakfast & Coffee

June 20, 2015 | Recommended | Mount Lebanon

I was back to Krikor Orian sooner than planned, this little tiny heavenly gem located in Baskinta. Before reaching Baskinta, you’ll find a small petrol station, which used to be called Ezz el Din. Stop there and walk down the stairs to Krikor,…

Claude Harb Bakery, Hadath el Jebbeh

Street Food

May 21, 2015 | Tasty Discoveries | Lebanon

You may call it coincidence, fate or simply chance. We were scheduled to visit Bekaa Kafra and not Hadath el Jebbeh. Due to the very bad weather that day, we decided to take the internal road... we parked in front of a bakery for a break, but it was…

Oum Ali: Perfect Saj Manakish...

Tasty Discoveries

April 08, 2015

You meet people sometimes who strongly affect you one-way or another… Oum Ali is one such person. Rare… and I was lucky enough to have come across a simple and unpretentious lady during the Beirut Cooking Festival a while…

Sarrouf Zalka: A Unique Discovery One Must Try

Breakfast & Coffee

April 07, 2015 | Street Food | Mount Lebanon

At Sarrouf, you’ll read on the walls that the food there is better than your mum's… It’s a small place, dimmed, dull and old but who cares... Food is exceptionally awesome. Come meet Joseph Sarrouf. On the road parallel to…

Abou Haidar: Mashrouhet Zaatar, Labneh and Vegetables

Breakfast & Coffee

March 23, 2015 | Tasty Discoveries | Mount Lebanon

I believe it’s time I write about a place that I’ve ordering manakish from around three times a week for the last year. It’s not a discovery in a lost village in Lebanon and not one of my tasty discoveries, but a fine bakery…

Monte Cassino Hotel: A Generous Breakfast with a View

Breakfast & Coffee

March 14, 2015 | International Cuisine | Keserwan

The Monte Cassino Hotel, nestled on a beautiful hill in Tabarja overlooking Jounieh bay, is a place everyone has been talking about last summer. I couldn't come here earlier, but here I am and my plan is to have breakfast. Take the back entrance…

Contact Info: Monte Cassino

Phone Number: +961 9 852 600

Address: Tabarja, Casino du Liban back entrance, Maameltein, Keserwan, Lebanon [ view ]

Phone Number: +961 9 852 600

Address: Tabarja, Casino du Liban back entrance, Maameltein, Keserwan, Lebanon [ view ]

Special Potato and Olive Oil Saj Wraps from Hasbaya

Breakfast & Coffee

March 09, 2015 | Tasty Discoveries | Lebanon

Down south, two hours from Beirut is a bakery, a special shop producing unique markouk saj bread as well as a selection of innovative manakish. To start with, look at the dough which sticks on the hands handled without flour but water. On my visit…

Breakfast from Zaatar w Zeit: Fast and Effective Takeaway

Breakfast & Coffee

March 09, 2015 | Reviews | Mount Lebanon

I always ask myself, why is it that only international chains have drive-thru service? Haven't you dreamt of a nice fluffy Mankouché with Zaatar and labneh to grab on your way? How about a fresh, crunchy croissant from your favorite pastry…

Contact Info: Zaatar W Zeit

Phone Number: +961 1 211711

Address: Sodeco, Achrafieh, Beirut, Lebanon [ view ]

Phone Number: +961 1 211711

Address: Sodeco, Achrafieh, Beirut, Lebanon [ view ]

Visiting Zahle: A Delicious Journey Around the Bekaa Capital

Mechwar Videos

January 05, 2015 | Travel | Bekaa

Zahle is one of Lebanon’s gems. Although a long drive away from Beirut city, Zahle is not at all far, especially if you’re looking for something delicious to eat… Zahle has so much delicious food to offer and that’s not all…

Innovative: An Electrical Saj Markook Maker

Appliances

January 05, 2015

Until today, enjoying a Saj bite wasn’t the easiest of things. We had to wait until invited to a party up the mountain or maybe find one at an event, simply because the Saj grill itself is large, heavy and needs gas. Finally, something I…

Let's Get Lost in Bourj Hammoud... A City of Life (The Video)

Mechwar Videos

December 07, 2014 | Popular | Lebanon

Let's get lost together in Burj Hammud ... a city that has a lot to be discovered, experienced and enjoyed… A city mapped with small streets and on every street you’ll find a series of small shops… enter each shop and…

Afif: The King of Jokes and Emperor of Lahme Beajine

Street Food

October 25, 2014 | Lebanon

If you're a ski fan or happen to live around the Kesrerwan area, you'll definitely know this one... Afif, the man behind Mar Charbel Bakery, has been an important stop during my journey around Faraya's street food joints - especially if you're…

Em Bashir: The Famous Saj Bakery of Faraya

Street Food

October 25, 2014 | Lebanon

For the last thirty years I've been spending my summers around Faraya area and I never imagined that it had that many street food gems to discover. I came across Em Bashir, a lady who sits behind the window preparing saj sandwiches in a welcoming…

Joseph: Worth a Trip to Faraya for Eggs and Kawarma

Street Food

October 25, 2014 | Lebanon

Just a few hundred meters before reaching Faraya's roundabout you’ll find Joseph (facing a shop called SkiLife). Commonly known by everyone as Joe, prepares usual breakfast sandwiches alongside two items he is renowned for: Berghol with…

Back to Work: It's School Thyme...

News

September 15, 2014

Remember the old days, the small school shop which used to sell manakish and the famous Bonjus pyramid? Tell us about your stories and your experiences. I remember mine to be hard like a rock on the sides, chewy like rubber in the middle, oily like…

Batchig: Drink Homemade Arak Every Tuesday

Lebanese/Middle Eastern

July 19, 2014 | Restaurants | Mount Lebanon

Batchig is one those places I visit often and enjoy every time. A new idea has been introduced at this Armenian modern hot spot in Antelias. Every Tuesday, the place is changed into a Lebanese night around Arak Karaké, special bites and a…

Contact Info: Batchig

Phone Number: +961 4 444307

Address: 1275 Kassis street. Dbayeh, Lebanon Dbayeh, Mont-Liban, Lebanon [ view ]

Phone Number: +961 4 444307

Address: 1275 Kassis street. Dbayeh, Lebanon Dbayeh, Mont-Liban, Lebanon [ view ]

Man'oushé: Inside the Street Corner Lebanese Bakery

Spotted Stories

June 05, 2014

As every true Lebanese knows, the Man'oushé has a reserved place on the country's breakfast table. But every true Lebanese also knows that this cherished national pie has the ability to be worked into every meal of the day due to its unique simple…

Bakeries Redefined... Zaatar W Zeit's Stand Alone in Byblos

Breakfast & Coffee

January 02, 2014 | Street Food | Mount Lebanon

After visiting Zaatar W Zeit Zalka with my family last week, I decided to give this place another try before drawing any conclusions. As a small recap, my last experience was unacceptable.  I headed down to another branch just to see how the…

Contact Info: Zaatar W Zeit, Byblos

Phone Number: +961 71 604 758

Address: Byblos-Tripoli highway, Jbeil, Lebanon [ view ]

Phone Number: +961 71 604 758

Address: Byblos-Tripoli highway, Jbeil, Lebanon [ view ]

Breakfast at Le Gray: Starting Your Day in Style

Breakfast & Coffee

September 23, 2013 | Recommended | Beirut

I thought I had visited almost all of the major five-star hotels for breakfast in Lebanon. I was actually working on publishing my verdict until I found out by pure coincidence that Le Gray has recently launched a buffet breakfast. Stop I said. This…

Contact Info: Le Gray Hotel

Phone Number: +961 1 971111

Address: Martyrs Square, Waygand Street Beirut, Lebanon [ view ]

Phone Number: +961 1 971111

Address: Martyrs Square, Waygand Street Beirut, Lebanon [ view ]

Ghattas Achrafieh: Probably the Best Spinach Fatayer in Lebanon

Tasty Discoveries

August 13, 2013

During my search for the best Man2oushe in Beirut, the name Ghattas kept popping out. Many have asked me if the Ghattas of Gemmayze is the same as the one that sells mini Lebanese bites. Wondering who this other Ghattas is and what the little bites…

Searching for Beirut’s Tastiest Man’oushe: The Video

Comparative Review

June 26, 2013 | Spotted Stories

Is it spelled man’oushe, mankouche or manqoushe? Multiple ways of spelling for one great result: spread dough topped with specially mixed thyme, a la Libanaise, baked and served hot. However you decide to spell this piece of…

A Lebanese Mankoushe in the Heart of Paris

Tasty Discoveries

June 03, 2013 | France

I landed in Paris at 2pm. My friend came to pick me up from the airport. He had a plan. He said he was not taking me home just yet... As we drove out of the airport to an unknown destination, he looked at me and asked: "Would you like to try the…

Searching for Beirut's Tastiest Man'oushe: The Results

Popular

April 04, 2013 | Reviews | Lebanon

Is it spelled man'oushe, mankouche or manqoushe? Multiple ways of spelling for one great result: spread dough topped with specially mixed thyme, a la Libanaise, baked and served hot. However you decide to spell this piece of Lebanese…

NGNO on a Mission to Discover the Best Man'ousheh in Town

News

March 28, 2013

This week-end NoGarlicNoOnions is on a mission: Searching for the best man'ousheh in town. Help me find it... big or small, traditional, with a twist, wooden baked or in the oven, you name it... and we will check it out! Manakish, or in…

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