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Lebanon Food and Dining

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Lebanese cuisine is widely acknowledged to be the finest in the Middle East. The country’s gastronomic tradition is characterized by the use of an extremely wide variety of locally produced, and therefore extremely fresh, vegetables served in all forms and shapes with an abundance of fresh herbs (mostly coriander, parsley and mint). A meal is always concluded with a wide range of fresh fruit, including melon, apples, oranges, persimmon, tangerines, cactus fruit, grapes and figs, which are all grown locally. Excellent Lebanese food is available everywhere. Beirut also offers a large choice
of international restaurants which offer dishes from all over the world.

Things to know: Alcohol is not prohibited.

National specialties:
Kibbeh (lamb pounded to a fine paste, often rolled into balls and fried).
• Mezza, a range of up to 40 small dishes served as hors d’oeuvres with arak.
Tabbouleh (salad made with cracked wheat, lemon, mint and tomatoes).
Baba Ghanoush (dip made with baked aubergines and garlic).
Baklava (the Lebanese version of these Middle Eastern pastries uses pistachio nuts and rose-water syrup).

National drinks:
• Arak, a wine traditionally produced and aged for five to 10 years before being redistilled with anis seeds.
Coffee is served strong, thick and heavily sweetened. It is often flavored with cardamom.

Legal drinking age: 18.

Tipping: In hotels and restaurants, a tip of between 5 and 10% of the bill is expected.

Nightclubs spice up the evenings in Beirut and mountain resorts. Entertainment ranges from solo guitarists to orchestras and floor shows. Some British-style pubs can be found in Beirut. There are many cinemas presenting the latest films from all over the world. The internationally renowned Casino du Liban in Maameltain is equipped with lavish gambling halls, luxurious restaurants and a cabaret.

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