THE FOOD AFICIONADOS SERIES #11: Meet Lebanon

On this episode of Food Aficionados, we are taking a little detour and meeting the team behind one of the most prevalent Instagram pages in Lebanon. Meet Lebanon has been, since their inception in 2014, a portal to discover everything about Lebanon. They have been the ambassadors of a beautifully captured Lebanese experience through the lenses of their cameras. At ChefXChange, we had the pleasure of meeting one of the two talented creators at Meet Lebanon, Elias El Beam. Elias is a very motivated guy who walked us through Meet Lebanon, and what drives him and his partner, Younes, to create their great content. Elias studied journalism at the Lebanese University and currently works in the communications and media field.  His co-creator Younes, studied Biology at the American University of Beirut, and he is working in digital marketing.

Meet Lebanon with MeetLebanon!

Meet Lebanon team

Inspiration & Motivation

We asked the two bloggers about their inspiration for food and their relationship with blogging. We dived deeper into their impressive background and their relentless passion. Their short answer was:”We find real pleasure and delight in food“.

The long answer was this:

“Being Lebanese has somehow an indirect effect on being a food lover. When we first started Meet Lebanon, it was all about Lebanon: lifestyle, clubbing, touristic places, destinations, site seeing, and of course Food. Lebanese people have an experimental flair in their dishes and Lebanon is really famous for its unique cuisine! We can’t have a blog called Meet Lebanon without meeting its beautiful delicious food.”

Blogging is more than just a hobby. It is a passion. 

The story behind the simple yet attractive name: Meet Lebanon

For a long time Lebanon’s image, especially through the international media, has been tarnished. The whole idea started on one lazy afternoon almost 4 years ago. I decided to launch an Instagram account that introduces the Lebanon we love; with its culture, civilization, fun, nature, and abundance of history. We wanted to do this through photos and easy-to-remember captions. Hence the name, Meet Lebanon.   

  • Name one milestone in your food blogging journey. What lesson have you learned from blogging in general?

Blogging taught us how to see things from different perspectives and I believe that through blogging we evolved as people. we learned more about sympathy, compassion, and care in general. At some point, as bloggers, we started feeling responsible as our reach grew bigger and bigger. We now have a big audience that we work tirelessly to satisfy. It feels like being part of a happy family that grows each day.

How do you motivate yourself to keep the blog up and running?

like we previously mentioned, we feel responsible for the Lebanese community, and the residents in Lebanon in general. This is the ultimate drive behind what we do. There is also the relentless passion to bring great content to everyone. Because at the end of the day, that is what it’s all about.

What’s your best culinary experience to date and why?

We have had a lot of culinary experiences, we can’t really decide which one was the best! When it comes to food, you can’t really have an all-time favorite. You have to always be willing to expand your horizons.

What’s your worst culinary experience to date and why?

It was actually a home experience when we tried to cook something really complicated: Fwerigh! needless to mention, it was a complete disaster.

You’re stuck on an island and you can only choose three ingredients to use in your food! What would you pick? Any ingredients you can’t stand?

The ingredients that we would always choose are all-purpose Flour, truffle oil, and cheese! The only thing we can’t stand is cucumbers actually (technically not an ingredient, but we hate it anyway)

What are your favorites?

I think it goes without saying that our favorite cuisine is definitely Lebanese cuisine. The cuisine that we deeply dislike is the American cuisine. There is something really bland and one-sided about it. 

We asked them about their favorite desserts and they said they loved Mafrouket festou2 and Maamoul with Achta. Two champion dishes that feature prominently in our Ramadan Feast Article

  • What’s your favorite food blog other than your own?

Tough question, can we choose: DaddyFoody, YummyLebanon, Fuckthediet, and BeirutFood.

  • What is your dream food destination and why?

San Sebastian! why? San Sebastian city stands out as one of the best gastronomies in the world. As we heard the food there is heavenly!

  • Describe the best food picture you’ve ever taken. 

The best photos are the genuine and natural ones. there is not a single photo that we prefer over the others!

  • Do you prefer eating outside or at home? Why?

It a combination of both. On one hand eating outside gives you the ability to experience new ways of cooking, new food, and new recipes. On the other hand, sometimes making your own food at home gives you this warm cozy feeling especially if you are cooking for someone or some people you love.

 

What would you like to see in a chef?

I would like to see dedication and creativity. Because I love chefs that use their own recipes and try to always come up with new and better ways to satisfy people’s taste buds. On the other hand, a true foodie is someone who has an interest in food, loves food and know how to make food and above all enjoy all the food experience.

The wonderful duo of Meet Lebanon left us with a great message that we would like to transfer to our great readers: May the food be always upon you!

Thus, we would like you to take a look at Mama’s Tabkha, our beautiful home-cooked meal plan in Beirut. But don’t take our word for it, here’s what Meet Lebanon had to say about Mama’s Tabkha:

Meet Lebanon Mama's Tabkha