Kaak Bi Loz (Marzipan)

Kaak Bi Loz (Marzipan)

During Christmas time or Eid in the Middle East, it is customary to offer sweets to visiting family and relatives or give them as gifts. Many home cooks begin to bake treats a few weeks ahead of Christmas or place an order for confectionery with their favourite bakeries and confectioneries. …

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Aleppo’s Souk: A Tribute

Aleppo Souk

Deep in the caverns of the ancient souk of Aleppo, all senses are engaged. The eyes follow a maze of narrow passageways lined with shops selling anything from textiles to perfume, food, spices, wool and gold. A high-pitched “hee-haw” causes shoppers to disperse, allowing a donkey to pass, laden with …

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961 Beer: Craft Beer from Lebanon

961 Beer

Sydney-siders are well versed with the craft beer revolution but half way around the world, from a country that is merely 10,450 km2 comes 961 Beer, the only microbrewery in the Arab world. Brewed in Lebanon, in Mazraat Yachouh just north-east of Beirut, 961 Beer has its origins during a …

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Souk Madinat Jumeirah: Shopping in Dubai

Souk Madinat Jumeirah

Dubai is renowned for its gigantic shopping malls but if you’re looking for a more intimate shopping experience, take a taxi ride to Souk Madinat Jumeirah. Inside Souk Madinat Jumeirah The shopping mall is a replica of a traditional souk with all the modern comforts of air conditioning, western cafés, bars, …

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