Home cuisine in a beautiful mountain refuge


BKASSINE, Lebanon: Tucked away down a small, winding road amid the pine forests of Bkassine is a rustic home
from home, Lebanon’s revamped getaway spot for those who fancy something a little more adventurous than
lounging on a beach.



Food unites Lebanese people under one banner


What would happen if the Lebanese people would let go, for one day, of every issue that sets
them apart and widens the gap between them, and try to find common denominators to join
them together? How would life be in Lebanon? It would be the same as life at Souk el Tayeb
[an organic food market], the Food and Feast festivals and Tawlet restaurant — places that
are void of discrimination, racism and political conflicts. People come to these places to
share the food that carries Lebanese heritage and history. There is no place for anything else.


Bon Appetit

In Beirut, Syrian Refugees

Cook to Survive—and Remember

Kamal Mouzawak never fashioned himself a
diplomat. But in Lebanon, a country divided across
volatile religious and sectarian fault lines, even
peeling a clove of garlic can become a political
. And Mouzawak, the effortlessly chic,
quick-witted son of a farming family, has become not
only one of Lebanon’s most famous food visionaries
but something of a gastro-peacemaker. His modus
operandi is simple: “I want to make food, not war,”
says Mouzawak, the founder of Lebanon’s first
farmers’ market
 and the restaurant Tawlet (“kitchen
table” in Arabic), which serves dishes “made by
everyone for everyone.”




Lebanese Dream: A Pair of Beirut Eateries

That Are Making a Difference

























Despite the politically volatile environment, Beirut remains an incredibly rewarding travel
destination, standing among the world’s greatest cities. If you are a fan of Lebanese cuisine or
happen to be a foodie seeking out authentic fare, you should make a beeline for Kamal Mouzawak’s
Tawlet and Souk el-Tayeb restaurants.



Al Shorfa

Lebanese women rely on culinary skills to generate income

Women from Lebanon's Jabal Moussa protectorate present a variety of dishes at al-Tawlet restaurant in Beirut's Souk el-Tayeb. [Nohad Topalian/Al-Shorfa]
Women from Lebanon’s Jabal Moussa protectorate present a variety of dishes at al-Tawlet restaurant in
Beirut’s Souk el-Tayeb.


Tawlet: Mastering Our Culinary Traditions
This might be my fifth review about Tawlet, but I couldn’t resist sharing yet another great
experience. At Tawlet, everything is just outstanding, starting with the place itself, its ambiance,
its cosmopolitan clientele, the food and general relaxing spirit. I enjoy myself every time I go…
When I am looking to have some authentically healthy Lebanese cuisine, Tawlet is my choice.
This restaurant, located in Mar Mikaehl, has now become my weekly spot whenever possible and
the best part is that with every time comes a new experience, new flavor, a new taste… a new
journey into some of Lebanon’s real tasty and cultural treasures.


Souk El Tayeb : la table de la réconciliation

A Beyrouth, grâce à un projet unique associant un restaurant, un marché d’agriculteurs et un
programme de développement social, la diversité culturelle et gastronomique libanaise est mise à
profit pour promouvoir la réconciliation et la compréhension mutuelle.

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The MADFeed

From Beirut With Love: Souk El Tayeb

23 January 2014 • Rachel Khong

Last summer, we were finally able to bring the members of Souk El Tayeb, Lebanon’s first farmers market, to MAD. It was something we had dreamed about since 2011, when the community organizer Kamal Mouzawak spoke at the first symposium, introducing the audience to his organization and its guiding principle, “Make Food, Not War.” In the following essay, which appears in Lucky Peach’s MAD mini-magazine, Rachel Khong takes us back to Souk El Tayeb’s magical lunch on day one of the 2013 symposium. Added bonus: she’s included a recipe from Maria Doueihi, a member of Souk El Tayeb’s educational kitchen Tawlet.

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L’orient Le Jour

«Atayeb Zaman»: des réfugiées syriennes cuisinent pour oublier l’exil


Depuis cinq mois, « Atayeb Zaman » réunit des refugiées syriennes autour des fourneaux pour les aider
à dépasser et à oublier la misère de l’exil et l’horreur de la guerre.

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Al Shorfa

Syrian Refugees Revive their Country’s Cuisine


Syrian refugee Samira Ismail could not hide her delight at the queue of customers waiting to taste the
mouhammariya she was preparing on a Damascus-style sheet iron griddle in Beirut’s Souk el-Tayeb.

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