6 (Thu) December 2018
Legendary Meat on Dough (WHAT)
at Al Falamanki Raouché (WHERE)
Mission to Lebanon, Day 5 (see previously 9.334 Pan-Fried Red Mullet) – personal deviation.
In Beirut. Deployed to attend a Meeting of the Regional Parliamentary Working Group on Universal Health Coverage in the Eastern Mediterranean Region – Monday to Tuesday. Now just hanging out for a couple extra days – who knows if ever I’ll be back in Lebanon?
“Legendary Meat on Dough” – had to order it, by virtue of the name alone, perhaps the greatest name of a restaurant dish in the history of GMTD.
Turned out to be minced lamb with onion and tomato on a round flatbread. Pretty good. Great with beer.
I had scheduled an extended stay in Beirut in hopes of diving. However, following yesterday’s debacle, also due to the inclement weather, I found myself grounded in the city. That gave me a rare opportunity to engage in some sight-seeing, which I usually don’t get to do on duty travels.
What’s immediately apparent in Lebanon is the weight of history: every city, every monument, every artefact claiming to be the oldest this, the first that – not just in this country, but in the world – dating back thousands, even tens of thousands, of years. Awesome.
Meanwhile, I needed a break from the enormity of it all, so I stopped by Burger King – though quite a magnificent branch at that – for lunch. Nice to eat a Whopper while looking out at the Mediterranean Sea.
Also found a local supermarket to buy a few items to get me started in cooking the cuisine of the Bilad al-Sham (more on this later…).