Last month I traveled to Lebanon and took a whirlwind food tour around the country, tasting a huge variety of Lebanese food and drinks, enjoying the warm hospitality of the people, and taking part in one-of-a-kind experiences, like the za'atar farm tour I shared a couple weeks ago. It was one of those trips that makes you wish you had a camera crew following along to capture every moment. Lucky for me, there was — and the short video they put together truly captures the beauty and vitality of eating in Lebanon. Ready to come along?
There are a few special moments to look for in the video: the 12-year-old butcher hired for a party at our guide's family home, who broke down an entire fat-tail sheep by himself with only a small knife, all in the span of a couple hours. The falafel-making master pushing ball after ball of batter into a vat of boiling oil at a little falafel stand in the seaside town of Saida. Fresh kibbeh nayeh (spiced raw sheep) being pounded with a big stone mortar and pestle. Saj bread dough being flipped from a big pillow to a hot domed griddle, where it bubbles and browns in minutes.
This video was made by the talented team at Raspberry & Jam for Taste Lebanon, the company that led the trip. If you are looking for a unique, food-focused vacation abroad, I highly recommend checking out their tours. It's no exaggeration to say this was a trip I will remember for the rest of my life.
(Information for this post was gathered during a press trip sponsored by Taste Lebanon and the Lebanon Ministry of Tourism. All views and opinions expressed in this post are the personal views of the author.)