KHALLAS with the Burgers already! (How do you like that? I used an Arabic word to express my frustration!)
I have officially had it with Burgers, Burger joints, and Burger reviews!!! I think I have read enough about Burgers, their Buns, and Fries to last me a LIFETIME.
Thank you Gino’s Blog, Our man inBeirut, Deedee McFly, Blog Baladi, Ivy Says, Note Connection, Beirut Driveby, Plus 961, My Truth, The Diary of a Dazed and Confused, Le Bleugg, Mind Soup, Lebanon News: Under rug swept, Life With Moda for your coverage of the burger craze that has left Lebanon in a food-induced stupor..I just think it’s high time we have a more constructive discussion. But this time about…
What we think the NEXT BIG CULINARY TREND to sink it’s teeth into Lebanon will be..and perhaps to make some suggestions to any restauranteurs who might just be listening..(you better listen to us you restauranteurs you..we are the ones reviewing your joints!)
If I had my way (and trust me, I like to get my way)..I would happily welcome any one of the following 4 types of cuisines as new culinary trends, as they remain grossly underrepresented in good old Lebanon..at least, as far as I know.
Note: Most of the cuisines on my list are known to be “spicy,” and from what I’ve heard about the Lebanese palate..most Lebanese people don’t like/appreciate spicy foods..but you know what? I’m out to change all of that..It’s time we switch things up a bit, no?
So what if you smell like curry for a couple of hours after your meal, Indian food is where it’s at! Often characterized by the extensive use of spices, herbs, and vegetables, each family of Indian cuisine includes a wide assortment of dishes and cooking techniques. As a result, it varies from region to region, reflecting the varied demographics of this ethnically-diverse subcontinent. (source: wikipedia)
Think butter chicken (my favorite!), curry chicken/vegetables, tandoori chicken, naan bread, roti, basmati rice, chick peas, palak paneer (spinach and cheese), and yogurts..just to name a FEW dishes.
And you can’t mention Indian food without talking about Lassi – a popular and traditional yogurt based drink of India and Pakistan.
Let’s drop the obsession with sushi for a new, better Asian obsession: Thai food! Seriously..isn’t pad thai just THE BEST?
For those of you new to Thai, Thai cuisine places emphasis on lightly prepared dishes with strong aromatic components. As such, Thai cuisine is known for being spicy (there’s that scary word! learn to love it, learn to love it..)
Thai food strikes a balance between the five fundamental taste senses in each dish or the overall meal: hot (spicy), sour, sweet, salty, and (optional) bitter. Balance, detail, and variety are very important in Thai cooking. (source: wikipedia)
I think I already mentioned that pad thai is da bomb..but also think red curry, green curry, shrimp dishes (coconut shrimp!!), beef dishes, veggie dishes, dumplings,, and a lot of other dishes with coconut and bamboo shoot whose names I can’t pronounce.. 😀
There’s more to Peru than Machu Picchu..
There is also incredibly good food! Peru is famous throughout South America for its cuisine.
Peruvian culture is mixed with American, African, Spanish, Native American, Japanese, Chinese, Aymaran, and Andean cultures. This diversity is reflected in its delicious cuisine. (source: wikipedia)
Think CEVICHE! (who doesn’t love ceviche?), many other awesome fish dishes, skewered meat, stuffed peppers, marinated steak, stuffed potatoes, awesome Peruvian corn, and other refreshingly delicious dishes incorporating vegetables. And who could forget Pisco – the alcohol of Peru.
1. Spanish Tapas
If there is one food concept/culinary trend that I would put all of my money into, it would be a Spanish Tapas Bar/Restaurant.
And this is what I would want it to look like:
Description of Sra. Martinez – Located in a former Post Office built in the 1920’s, Sra. Martinez brings modern and innovative cuisine to the flourishing restaurant scene in Miami’s Design District. Sra. Martinez is a sanctuary where locals and tourists who seek superior food in a meaningful environment can enjoy remarkable music, art, and late night energy. The space is reminiscent of a cozy bistro with warm leather booths, soft lighting, and a calming simplicity. (Doesn’t it just sound perfffffect for Beirut?)
Now back to tapas..
The word “tapas” is derived from the Spanish verb tapar, “to cover”.
According to legend, the tapas tradition began when king Alfonso X of Castile recovered from an illness by drinking wine with small dishes between meals. After regaining his health, the king passed a decree forbidding the sale of wine without the accompaniment of a small snack or “tapa.” (source: wikipedia)
I really think that this concept would take off in Beirut in no time, seeing that Spanish Tapas are served just like Lebanese Mezze..so, it’s just the right amount of familiarity..but with a whole new set of flavors and tastes. (Not to mention Spanish wine and Sangria!)
Think Spanish cheese sampler (manchego being my favorite), crisp-battered calamari, patatas bravas (fried potatoes with a special sauce), chorizo cooked in cider, serrano ham (Spanish cured meat), churrassco, seafood paella, crispy eggplant and artichoke, chicken liver, pulpo (octopus) de Galicia, and clams in a garlicky tomato sauce.
So there you have it. My prediction (or rather, my request) of the next new culinary trends to come to Lebanon! I hope some restauranteur is reading..somehow, somewhere..
What do you think? Agree? Disagree? What new culinary trend/food concept would you like to see come to Lebanon?