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Tuesday 19 October 2021
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darb el karam, an absolute food tourism experience in winter like in summer, as explored by a group of journalists

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On the winter menu at Noha’s guesthouse in Ein Zebde

darb el karam never ceases impressing its visitors in all seasons, in winter like in summer; impressing them with his hosts and their warm hearts and true smiles, the generosity and quality of the food, and the one-of-a-kind experience weaved around culinary activities and food heritage.

breakfast at sonia1

Homemade goat labneh and cheese, but also heart-capturing makdous at Sonia’s in Saghbine

Lovely Sonia surrounded by the beautiful ladies

Lovely Sonia surrounded by the beautiful ladies

A group of journalists with their families were invited to spend a day on darb el karam in West Bekaa. They started their day early in the morning with a traditional breakfast at Botrous and Sonia’s modest house in Saghbine. For this special occasion, Sonia has prepared, among other traditional foods, fresh baladi cheese and labneh from the milk of the family’s goats.

It has been a long time since I enjoyed a delicious baladi breakfast
said Reema while sipping her cup of tea.

Posing with "3ammo" Botrous and his goats!

Posing with “3ammo” Botrous and his goats!

After having coffee on the balcony overviewing the Qaraoun Lake, the group challenged the cold weather and went on a soft hike with “3ammo” Botrous from the mountains of Saghbine towards Ein Zebde where they met with Nabila who has set for a coffee break in the village plaza.

Coffee break with Nabila in Ein Zebde plaza

Coffee break with Nabila in Ein Zebde plaza

Before heading to lunch, the group joined Nabila to collect the season’s wild edible plants, enough to make fatayer (pastries), salads and other appetizers!

We need to do this more often!
shouted Katia as she filled her lungs with fresh air, on top of the mountain.

Do you remember the name of this plant Rita? 🙂

Our visitors did not only have scrumptious meals highlighting each village they visited, but they also learned how to make the famous potato kebbe of Noha and the mouthwatering kaak of Lina!

The beautifully set table of Noha

The beautifully set table of Noha

"It was hard to resist the pumpkin kebbe"

“It was hard to resist the pumpkin kebbe of Lina”

All we can say is that Reema excelled at making potato kebbe!

All we can say is that Reema excelled at making potato kebbe!

It can't be more cozy and warm around the stove!

It can’t be more cozy and warm around the stove!

At Lina's table, it was all about pumpkin!

In Kherbet Kanafar, Lina’s menu was all about pumpkin!




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