After our Jordan adventures, we took a quick side trip to Beirut to visit our Habitat teammate Hanine. We were treated to an amazing whirlwind tour through an amazing city by an amazing friend, who reinforced the notion of Arab hospitality through force-feeding. After stuffing our faces at breakfast the first day, Hanine and her boyfriend Hadi drove us out to the town of Byblos for a late afternoon meal of seafood treats.
Byblos is quaint and more than a little touristy, and as such it evokes nearly all Matador's "words and phrases we never want to see in travel writing again."
Hanine and Hadi took us to Bab El Mina, a lovely restaurant in the heart of Byblos's fishing port. Since we're total omnivores, we let our friends order whatever struck their fancy. While they assured us it'd just be a few small plates to sample, in true Arab fashion the ensuing cavalcade of deliciousness was a wonder to behold.
Hanine entertained us with some coffee ground fortune-telling, and Mark got in on the act.
After all that pigging out (yet again) we needed to walk it off a bit, so we took a stroll through the historic quarter of Byblos. Lots of cool stuff to explore... medieval buildings, an adorable little souk, a funky Maronite Catholic church.
Not a bad way to spend an afternoon/evening.
If you find yourself in Beirut with a hankering for fresh seafood, it's worth the drive out to Byblos.
Bab El Mina Restaurant
Byblos Port, Lebanon
No, I didn't use all 10 forbidden words in Matador's list, but if you're curious about what they are, the link's below. For more mouthwatering travel food photos, check out Wanderlust & Lipstick's WanderFood Wednesday.
* browse all Byblos pics
* Wanderfood Wednesday: epicurean despot
* all Jordan posts
* all Jordan pics
* Matador Network: 10 words and phrases we never want to see in travel writing again
* A love note to Team Pedro