Lebanese food is simply extraordinary. Between the sheer abundance and diversity of dishes of a traditional meal, Lebanese cuisine never fails to delight and satisfy. The Mediterranean diet is generally considered to be one of the healthiest in the world as it is extremely rich in fresh vegetables, legumes and grains, and not only does Lebanon grow an enormous variety of produce, it has evolved and perfected its cuisine from the influence of many regional culinary traditions.
Wherever your travels in Lebanon take you, you’ll never be but a stone’s throw from a restaurant that serves a classic mezze spread of meats, salads, fries, dips and flatbread. Every region (indeed every family) has variations on these themes, and part of the joy of eating here is discovering the myriad interpretations of the standards amid huge plates overflowing with peppers, pickles, cucumbers, onions, olives and herbs. Remember, too, that flatbread is always served with Lebanese cuisine, and pieces of bread in Lebanon are the forks and chopsticks of other continents.