If there's one thing Lebanese pride themselves on, it's their cuisine. Other countries try to take credit for it, some draw inspiration from it, and most just enjoy indulging in it. We've rounded up some of the best foods you absolutely have to try if you're a tourist in Lebanon. And if you're not, go right ahead and enjoy them anyway!
Bring on the gluttony and quiet your gluten and dairy intolerance just for 3 minutes because that's all it will take to devour a freshly baked dough topped with cheese or sprinkled thyme. Or both.Image: https://www.thespruceeats.com/pita-with-zaatar-parve-2121768
Cheese meets sweet syrup and we can't get enough.Image: https://amp.thenational.ae/image/policy:1.391598:1499555555/image/jpeg.jpg?f=16x9&w=1200&$p$f$w=dfa40e8
A Traditional Lebanese Breakfast
A traditional Lebanese breakfast isn't complete without a large clay pot of a famous fool, lebneh, a variety of different cheeses, warm breads, and jams, and beid w awarma.Image: https://www.instagram.com/p/Bzw_RswAGUZ/
A Traditional Lebanese BBQ
You can't leave Lebanon without experiencing it at least once. We're talking a massive table of hummos, tabboule, salad in sweet and sour pomegranate dressing, stuffed grape leaves, kibbeh, spicy potatoes, raw edible meat, and grilled tawouk and kefta.
Traditional Arabic ice cream is made by hand and comes in exotic flavors like rose, ashta, lemon, almond, pistachio, and mulberry to name a few.
Summertime is the perfect time to lounge by the beach so what's better than a great spread of fish. From calamari to shrimps and everything in between, make sure you enjoy them with Lebanese mezza.Image: https://www.instagram.com/p/B0TJyMNA_Jk/
Namoura, maamoul, baklava, sfouf, halawet el jeben, the list goes on and it only gets sweeter. Lebanese have mastered the art of drowning their oriental sweets in sugary syrup and it's definitely worth the guilt trip.
Whether it's the country's famous street food festival, Souk el Akel, or any of the insanely popular hole-in-the-wall snack spots, you can't pack your bags without indulging in this kind of comfort food. Several items worth mentioning include anything from BarBar, extra garlic escalope burgers at Snack Hammoudi, shawarma, falafel, saj, crepes, and fresh fruit cocktails.Image: http://www.nogarlicnoonions.com/who-has-the-best-shawarma-in-lebanon-did-you-try-these-14-choices/
Now before you start complaining that your clothes no longer fit, just remember vacation calories don't count!