Lebanese Food / Wine and Culinary Traditions

Lebanese Food / Wine and Culinary Traditions
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Tuesday, October 10, 2017

For the Love of Thyme: The Man who Cultivates Lebanon's Wild Herb

Mohammad Ali Neimeh, better known as Abu Kassem’s life revolves around zaatar, the wild thyme of Lebanon. During the Israeli occupation of South Lebanon, he needed to change the way thyme grows, out of fear he would be shot or shelled trying to get to his plants. The changes that he implemented have seen huge changes in the way that thyme is grown now in Lebanon. This is his story. 

Please watch this beautiful short film uploaded on our website www.slowfoodbeirut, generously donated by Nay Aoun.We, as Lebanese, are proud of our zaatar and Abou Cassem in an example of why. Let us know what you think and please share.

Sunday, October 8, 2017

20 Women Changemakers: Taking Action Around the World

So honored to be part of this great book, 20 Women Changemakers: Taking Action Around the World, published in the USA. I believe women play a great role in our society and have the power to bring about fundamental changes. Read the interview I had with Pamela Burke, the woman behind this great initiative who went to great lengths to gather these stories. http://www.thewomenseye.com/…/interview-photographer-chef-…/ . To all my friends in the US and around the world, please order the book, it inspired me so much to read about women who have created projects around the world to help others. To order: https://www.amazon.com/20-Women-Changemakers-…/…/ref=sr_1_1… To learn more: http://www.thewomenseye.com/

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A wonderful review from Midwest Book Review:
This inspirational anthology should be a 'must' acquisition for any collection strong in women's issues, social change, and social justice. There's simply nothing like it on the market: 20 Women Changemakers moves far beyond biography and into the nuts and bolts of how ordinary individuals can make a difference.
—D. Donovan, Senior Reviewer, Midwest Book Review http://www.thewomenseye.com/20-women-changemakers/

Friday, October 6, 2017

Boutique Wines and 209 Lebanese Wine

Very interesting article about 209lebanesewine and boutique wines in Lebanon. Selim Yasmine is a good friend. We have been touring wineries in Lebanon for months and have discovered many amazing varieties, including the good people who work with passion to make the wine in different regions in Lebanon. Many lessons of life were learned, including lessons in wine tasting and appreciation. We continue the tour beginning of January to reach all wineries to build a strong relationship with each and everyone of them to better promote their work and our Lebanese wine heritage. Online Distributor Spreads Boutique Lebanese Wines

Maher Harb and Selim Yasmine