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Postcard from Lebanon

We have been in Lebanon for one day, and if I had to leave now, the trip would have been worth it.

Some scenes from today: a friend of a friend who is now a friend…takes her Sunday and spends it showing us around. Unrivaled hospitality and warmth. There was a village with beautiful churches and people (in Dier al Kamar), near the ancient palace hotel of Mir Amin. Lunch on the terrace overlooking the hills and valleys. It is all so delicious.

Sending lots of love. Wish you were here–

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  1. Paula on April 30, 2012 at 7:20 AM

    I’ll check my mail box if you think of me (us) in Lebanon …
    And you did.

    Beautiful images. Those hands making bread …

    Enjoy your stay. Meanwhile, a big embrace from Portugal.

  2. Diane Nassir (My maternal grandmother was an Abowd) on April 30, 2012 at 7:48 AM

    Yes, love the hands making bread!

  3. Patricia Abood on April 30, 2012 at 9:13 AM

    Great to hear you are there, safe and sound, Maureen. You are making us so envious!
    Thanks for making time to share it. Enjoy for all of us.

  4. Jody Namey Atty on April 30, 2012 at 9:18 AM

    Enjoying these pics & descriptions…looking forward to more!

  5. tasteofbeirut on April 30, 2012 at 9:37 AM

    Deir el-Qamar is our family’s native town; the Mir Amine palace is great to have a bite to eat and soak up the view from the valley. Lots to see and so little time! Wishing you a great time!

  6. Nancie McDermott on April 30, 2012 at 11:00 AM

    Such lovely windows onto your journey. Even one of an actual window! Thank you for sending this and how wonderful that you are there. This grateful armchair traveller is already feasting on the trip.

  7. Jerry Wakeen on April 30, 2012 at 11:12 AM

    Everything looks grand from the arches to the bread making to the bottles of flavoring.
    Ask someone what the strings are for on each bottle of flavoring, looked like a bottle seal at first but the string does not go up to the cap but does go below the label (control + to zoom in).
    best, Jerry

  8. Peggy Fox on April 30, 2012 at 12:06 PM

    What a nice way to start Monday morning – a beautiful trip and I don’t have to leave the house. Thank you. Also, thank you for the chocolate chip cookie recipe…I usually prefer a flat, crisper type but the brown butter really made these unique. I was low on chocolate chips so used half white chocolate chips (Guittards are best if you can find them) and the result was quite good.
    I have been using your salad dressing recipe, substituting the lemon juice with rice vinegar. Who would know that garlic powder could do such wonders! I will try it with lemon juice but think I will prefer the less acidic rice vinegar. The dressing goes well with a number of different salad ingredients. Bravissimo!

  9. Anne Saker on April 30, 2012 at 2:14 PM

    Thinking of you and your mother on this grand adventure. Looks amazing!

  10. Karine Keldany on April 30, 2012 at 3:51 PM

    Super nice pics. Hope to visit Lebanon soon. Enjoy your trip,

  11. Holly Nakfoor Kohli on April 30, 2012 at 4:28 PM

    Maureen – glad you arrived safely, enjoy every minute of your trip. What a special one to have with your mom & Peggy with you. Brett and I were there in 2006 and I would go back in a heartbeat. Loved, loved, loved it. Make sure you pick up some jewelry from a good jeweler and table clothes, they had some beautiful ones at the souks. Can’t wait to hear and see more about your journey! Holly

  12. Erin Jenkins on April 30, 2012 at 6:06 PM

    Maureen, that sounds wonderful. Hope you have a fabulous trip.


  13. virginia lasher on April 30, 2012 at 7:07 PM

    Maureen I was so pleased to recive your post. I have been thinking of you every day and wondering how things were going. So pleased to know you are having a ball. much love

  14. paul zeidan on April 30, 2012 at 9:47 PM

    So pleased you arrived safely, spring time is gorgeous. you started in a wonderful place to visit. Lunch with a view from the Mir amir palace is fantastic. enjoy

  15. Diane Nassir (My maternal grandmother was an Abowd) on May 4, 2012 at 11:41 AM

    Maureen, Thank you for taking us with you on this special journey with your sentiments and pictures

  16. Erika on May 5, 2012 at 1:43 AM

    Very beautiful. So glad you shared.

  17. Lucy (Zineb) Dotten on February 12, 2014 at 7:41 PM

    Please tell me if you can, where i can purchase “Kaak” cookie molds. I have searched high and low for them. My mother passed away seven years ago and we cannot find the molds she brought with her from Lebanon many, many years ago.

    Thank you

    • Maureen Abood on February 13, 2014 at 10:10 PM

      Hi Lucy–you can buy the molds here.

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