You can take the Lebanese out of Lebanon but you can't take Lebanon out of the Lebanese!
Whether we live in Paris or Shanghai, we all have those tiny splashes of Lebanon all around our homes. It reassures us, and, more importantly, it allows us to talk about Lebanon to anyone foreign visiting us.
So to make sure Lebanese expats represent Lebanon in the best possible way, here are a few things that are expected to be found in their homes:
1. Zaatar - no surprises here
This delicious mix that can be eaten at any point of the day. Breakfast? Yeah! Lunch? Yeah! Snack? Yeah! Dinner? Yeah!
2. Lebanese coffee
A rakwe and a chaffe is all you need to prepare a traditional Lebanese coffee. If it is followed by someone reading into your cup, then you've nailed it.
3. Gandour Biscuits
Gandour biscuits are part of every Lebanese kid's childhood. Unica, Dabke, Biscuit Marie (555) and of course the famous Tarboosh! If we could, we'd have it every single day.
That weird red spice (that can also be poisonous apparently) and that makes our Fattouch salad a treat.
5. Something related to Gebran Khalil Gebran
And don't ever, ever, mention that you don't have something from Khalil Gebran. Just don't. Find any excuse: you lent one of his books to a friend or you've stored a portrait of him somewhere special.
6. A Koullouna Box - surprised?
But really, if you haven't gotten a Koullouna Box, try it out. Most of the items on the list can be found in one of our boxes so it's like hitting 2 birds with one stone. Check out all our boxes here.