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Take A Hike – A Day in the Kadisha Valley

When it comes to exercise, the farther I can get from a gym, the better. I prefer the type of exercise where you don’t really feel you’re having it and count the minutes until it is considered enough. So let’s say that whenever I can, I consider nature to be my gym. Hikes are one of my favorite things to do on a weekend or even on a trip. I’ve also noticed it kind of restarts my brain and gives me more energy to think and start my week afresh. Not to go into too many details, I highly recommend a good hike to reduce your anxiety and stress, to boost your immunity, to give you energy, to make you more productive and help you concentrate.

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In Lebanon, we are spoiled with beautiful places to hike, and they’re all two hours away or less from Beirut. We spent the last two weekends hiking so today I’m sharing one of those days in the Kadisha Valley for inspiration.

The Kadisha Valley, located in Bcharre (click here for the map), is full of important Lebanese history (you can read more about it here). It was my second time hiking there and we spent approximately 6 hours walking down the valley and up again, passing by the Qannoubine monastery. Since it’s the end of winter and the snow is melting, it’s the best time to hike there as you get to see waterfalls and enjoy the perfect weather for hiking. The greenery is also impressive and striking.

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After a long tiring but fun hike, we headed to one of the most popular restaurants in the region, situated in Ehden, called Fardaous (meaning ‘paradise’ 🙂 ). The food was delicious – my opinion here being biased because of extreme hunger 😉 and the view was just perfect.

Here are some photos of the hike for you to get inspired.

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Don’t forget to stock up on snacks for energy as well as water to keep hydrated and to protect your muscles from cramps that can last days. Our favorite snacks when we go hiking are raw nuts, dried fruits, bananas and coconut bars. Jean has developed the pattern of having a Snickers before the hike, because you’re not you when you’re hungry 😉

Also, if you want to learn more about the region and get a guide who knows all the hiking ways well, you can contact a great guy called Jhonny Bou Ghosn on this number: +961 (3) 290 571

Who here is a fan of hiking? And where do you go? I’d love to know!

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Read, Things To Do, Travel 0 comments on February Foodie Book: A Delicious Life – New Food Entrepreneurs

February Foodie Book: A Delicious Life – New Food Entrepreneurs

When you’re an avid food lover, you start getting ideas. Not only do you enjoy trying out new places and cooking new recipes, but you also get creative, wondering what you could add to the foodie scene. That’s why this book is great. It brings you hope and helps you develop your creativity while at the same time showing you the changes the food scene keeps going through.

A Delicious Life – New Food Entrepreneurs, talks about the new food movement and the people that made it happen. It takes you into the minds of “groundbreaking foodists who are fine-tuning cooking, baking, and brewing methods”, rediscovering ingredients, inventing new recipes and experiencing food in its most creative state. You get to read about the different personalities behind these food entrepreneurs. You get to discover which tools, utensils, ingredients and events they use. Most importantly, if you’re a foodie at heart, you get inspired to become part of this movement taking place today.

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Have you read this book? 

P.S. You can check out January’s Foodie book here.

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Places, Travel 0 comments on Places: Meet the Chefs at Prune Beirut

Places: Meet the Chefs at Prune Beirut

I constantly hear about Prune Bistro from friends and family. Their feedback is always positive but I’d never had the chance to try it until yesterday. Sarah, SerVme‘s co-founder, called me to join her for lunch at Prune where an event called Meet the Chefs is being held every Tuesday of the month. Yesterday was Chef Karim Bibi’s turn to cook at Prune. I was happy to hear I’d be trying out his food as I had the chance to take a class with Karim last summer at Kitchen Lab for a friend’s bachelor party.

Karim Bibi’s story is inspiring. After working for more than 10 years in the Advertising and Marketing industry, the Chef decided to change careers and switch to the culinary sector. He thus moved to New York City and studied at the International Culinary Center. His philosophy is simple: passion for cooking and love for great ingredients.

Our lunch experience yesterday was warm and inviting. The atmosphere of the restaurant screamed of joie de vivre and conviviality. A glass of wine and tasty food kept coming at us. Here’s the entire menu:

Appetizers

Oven Broiled Prawns with lemon zest breadcrumbs

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Seared Mushroom Caps

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Mains

Poached Monkfish with saffron risotto

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Grilled Tri-tip with brandy sauce and winter vegetables

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Desserts

Chocolate Decadence Cake

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Strawberry Shortcake

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The Wine I had was a Red Caprice D’Antoine, Vallée du Rhone 2011. Sarah had the White Chai de bordes, Blanc Bordeaux 2012.

What I loved the most about this experience is that we got to keep the menu booklet which contained all of the recipes! I will be trying that chocolate decadent cake really soon and sharing it with you. Meanwhile, here’s the recipe. The trick I think is in the chocolate Karim used, and I was intrigued by the use of sour cream. Let me know if you try it before me.

Chocolate Decadence Cake by Karim Bibi

Ingredients (for 6 persons)

For the Cake

  • 120 g unsalted butter, chopped
  • 220 g brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 240 g sour cream (room temperature)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 225 g plain flour
  • 75 g Dutch cocoa
  • 0.5 tsp baking powder

For the Ganache

  • 200 g dark chocolate, finely chopped
  • 300 ml thickened cream

How to make it

  1. Make the ganache: Place the chocolate in a large heatproof bowl. Place the cream in a saucepan and bring to a simmer over medium heat. Pour the cream over the chocolate and stir until melted and combined. Divide the ganache between 2 bowls. Cover with plastic wrap. Refrigerate one bowl and leave the second bowl at room temperature.
  2. Preheat the oven to 16 degrees celsius.
  3. Make the cake: Place butter and sugar in a saucepan. Cook, stirring, over medium heat for 3 minutes or until the sugar dissolves and the butter is melted. Remove from heat and whisk in the eggs, sour cream and vanilla. Sift over with cocoa, baking powder and bicarbonate of soda, then whisk until smooth. Divide the batter between 2 pans and bake for 35 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean. Let them cool for 5 minutes.
  4. Remove the ganache from the fridge and stir until smooth, then spread over the top of one cake. Top it with the second cake and pour over the room temperature ganache.
  5. Serve!

In partnership with SerVme

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