Ah, it’s Food Friday already! Well, for those of you readers in the US, I guess it’s not Friday yet, but it will be by the time you read this, I venture. Last night, I went with a group of fellow teachers (Christine, Nicole and her baby, and Andrea) to The Lebanese Flower, a restaurant on Khalidya Street. Many folks in our hotel had been there already and were raving about it. I found my options rather limited as a vegetarian, but the food was pretty good, if not great. There was a large appetizer served that featured a lot of veggies (including a very spicy type of lettuce) with very soft, thin pita bread, hummus, and a Lebanese cream cheese (the name of which escapes me at the moment), and the company was fun to be around. To read some more about it, check out Christine’s blog: Christine’s Big Adventure. You’ll find the non-vegetarians seemed to like their food well enough.
After dinner, which finally wrapped up after we requested our bill (not “check,” mind you) at around 10:00pm, we walked across the parking lot to the Flower’s bakery, and Nicole, purchased some chocolates to share with the group. These were good.
Then we went into the Beirut Roastery a few doors down. There was quite a selection of various individually wrapped sliced-nougats which look a lot like Turkish delight. Nicole and Andrea were intrigued by one which seemed to be rolled in rose petals. I bought a handful of these creations, and, outdoors in the evening heat, gave the rose-petal ones to Andrea and Nicole. “It tastes just like roses smell,” said Andrea, biting one in half and offering the other half to Nicole. “How is it?” said Nicole. Andrea, betraying no misgivings, said, “Just try it.” Nicole bit into it and her nose immediately wrinkled. “Oh,” Nicole exclaimed. She put it in a nearby plant pot instead of her stomach. I, being not the least bit interested in roses as a culinary item, tried one of the pistachio nougats. Not too good, I assure you. I can only imagine how dried rose petals could enhance (sarcasm) the experience. It’s fun to try new things, though!