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Magnolia Bakery


Delicious, creamy and worth every calorie are what comes to mind when I think of the savory desserts we discovered yesterday at Magnolia Bakery at ABC Dbayeh. Not to mention mouthwatering and utterly delightful to look at. Staring at the display of cookies, cupcakes, pies and cakes was like going through a museum where you are in utter awe of how something can look so good!  We ended up settling for the Chocolate cake with chocolate butter cream which was a generous portion of fluffy chocolate cake with the creamiest frosting I have ever tasted.

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For all you sweets lovers, DO NOT miss this spot!  And if you aren’t really a sweets person, they have delicious menu for lunch and dinner as well.  But good luck passing up the sweets they have on display!  Prices range from 2,000LL for a cookie to 12,000LL for a miniature pie but portions are quite generous.


Shakespeare & Co Cafe

One of my favorite cafes from Dubai has finally arrived in Lebanon.  Shakespeare & Co is a cozy cafe which combines old style European chic with a delicious and diverse modern menu.   Shisha is available as well for anyone interested.  This is a cafe worth visiting whenever you’re in the Dbayeh area.  P.s. The Beef Tenderloin and Bread & Butter Pudding are delicious!!!

Delicious Desserts from Secrets

We had a lovely family gathering tonight and one of the fam brought a huge colorful box with Secrets written on the top.  I couldn’t help but sneak a peak when noone was looking.  I almost had a heart attack when I did because I found 12 Creme brulees (each in their own containers) that looked crisp, creamy and just the right amount of sweet.  I decided to skip dinner and go straight to dessert!  I’m not really a sweet lover but OMG, those creme brulees were pure heaven.  They tasted even better than they looked.   The bakery that creates these delicious treats is called Hazem Arayssi Secrets in Koraytem.  I’m not sure about their other desserts but I can definitely vouch for the creme brulees 🙂

L’Ancre Seafood Restaurant – The most beautiful view in Jounieh

One of my favorite spots in Jounieh has to be L’Ancre.  This restaurant is ideal for both lunch and dinner with a stunning view of the bay of Jounieh all the way to Beirut.  If you look down to the rocks below, you’ll see fishermen collecting their catch of the day.

We spent the day today enjoying the view at L’Ancre but with such a stunning view and plenty of family pictures to take, I completely forgot to take a picture of the view alone.  But I found this beautiful pic of the view at night on the net. 

This spot is a must if you are a seafood fan.  Call ahead for reservations on 09855529.

My Birthday Bash at Sennia Piano Bar

On the occasion of my birthday this year, I decided to try something different upon coming across a lovely piano bar in Kaslik called Sennia.  The romantically decorated dinner venue offers a full nights worth of popular tunes in spanish, french, english and arabic as well as some of the tastiest menu entrees.  I loved how accomodating the management of Sennia were to allow me to prepare a set menu for my guests starting with sennia salad, nachos, quesadillas and curry samboza with squid followed by a main course of either chicken breast with spinach or beef filet with frou frou vegetables and mashed potatoes. 

My favorite part of the night was the starter show which was a lovely performance by a pianist who literally doubled as Frank  Sinatra and Enrico Macias.  As the night continued on, the tempo picked up to include faster beats and even more variety of shows from arabic and english trendy tunes to a spectacular derbake (arabic drum) performance.   I preferred the softer part of the night but all in all, it was a night to be remembered thanks to the entertainment, the wonderful hospitality and the delicious food.

For more information, contact Sennia on 09-917661 or visit their website at

Exploring Byblos Castle

Last week, Gisele and I headed to Byblos to take a tour through the Byblos Castle and discover something new.  Little did we know that the Byblos Castle, which cost 6,000LL to enter, was just the entrance to the rest of old Byblos city which takes around 2 to 3 hours to walk.  The walk includes signs describing different aspects about the city such as the burial grounds, ampitheater and drinking well.  I suggest you wear comfortable walking shoes and shorts if you are visiting during the summer.  We wore jeans and flip flops and were ready to cut our excursion in half after 20 minutes due to our reluctance to prepare. 

After we finished, we found an adorable little restaurant called Feniqia right across the entrance to the Castle on the street.  This restaurant is resemblant of Byblos architecture with stone bar and terracotta bowls and adornment. It serves all kinds of salads, sandwiches and platters to quench your appetite pre or post Byblos.  A complimentary tray of olives, labneh and zaatar is served with small pita breads and a mini saj stove to heat bread throughout the meal.  I loved that unique and creative addition. 

For more ideas of what to do in Byblos, read my last post “An Afternoon in Byblos.”

Al Mandaloun Cafe

Believe it or not, yesterday was the first time I go to or even notice Al Mandaloun Cafe located on Charles Malek Avenue – Achrafieh.  My family and I went there for a light dinner and ended up watching the Germany – Australia game.  The unique beauty about this cafe is that it has around 4 different types of settings from terrasse to indoor living room style to restaurant to cafe style with different types of furniture for each.  The decor is very lively with special sections for fruit bar, salad bar and Mandaloun Boutique where you can buy tasty homemade products.

 Just walk in for coffee, breakfast, dinner or a fruit cocktail.   The food menu consists of your basic sandwiches, pasta, pizza and salad bar for an average of 25,000LL per entree. The place is very large, there are no reservations needed unless you have a large group.  Contact Al Mandaloun Cafe on 01-321600.

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