Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Lebanese Restaurant in Ein Kerem

When I do paid work in archaeology my fellow laborers speak Arabic all day.
So I learned that foochara is what we say when nice potsherds are uncovered and have to be collected.
But when the restaurant chef recommended a meal of meat and vegetables and foochara, I said "What?!"
When it came out of the oven and onto the table, I finally understood that foochara can also mean an unbroken clay pot.

The waiter's T-shirt says (in Hebrew) "Abu Shukri's Lebanese Restaurant."
Ein Kerem has plenty of fancy restaurants but this rustic one has the best food, and that is where I took my two visiting American friends.

This was my first time to have masachan, another great Lebanese dish made in the oven.
Two chicken legs and vegetables on a special brown pita and spiced, I think, with sumac.
Note the special issue Coke cans for the World Cup.


Louis la Vache said...

«Louis» once ate in a Lebanese restaurant in Paris. The food was very good just as you found there. Interesting anecdote about the clay pot.

Hood Photo Blog said...

What a wonderful looking feast!

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cieldequimper said...

Oh non, pas le football !!!
This all looks so yummy, I love Lebanese restaurants!

VP said...

It's about dinner time here now, the perfect moment for this delicious post!

Marie said...

That looks so yummy! I eat Lebanese food at my good friends's restaurant in Montpellier (le Sham).

Kay said...

Mmmmm... this looks wonderful, Dina! Did it taste as good as it looks?

Dina said...

Shalom to all the commenting friends here. Wish we could all share a table at Abu Shukri's.

Kay, did I forget to write that?? Yes, it was all delicious!

Leif Hagen said...

What a scrumptious set of dinner photos, Dina!

Nathalie said...

I LOVE lebanese food!

Mary Ann said...

Oh, this is funny! Maybe these dishes are more common in the south . . . I'm not familiar with them, but then I'm no connoisseur.

I love, love, love Lebanese food, all Mediterranean food, pretty much.

Sara said...

Someone from Lebanon made the most delicious falafel for me San Diego...long ago. Your post here suddenly reminded me of that.

spacedlaw said...

That looks all so wonderful!

JM said...

Have never tried lebanese food, but I'm sure I would love it.

Rob and Mandy said...

Oh gosh, I love lebanese food! This looks fantastic!

JM said...

Dina, I only have traditional food everywhere I go! :-)) Is Lebanese food very different from Turkish or Egyptian cuisine? These are the closest countries I've been to.

Thank you for mentioning Saramago, his death is a great loss for the portuguese literature.

Dina said...

Shalom friends. I wish we could all sit at a big round table and enjoy this good food together.

Mary Ann, come on "down south" to sample it. LOL

JM, sorry, I don't know if Turkish and Egyptian food is different from Lebanese. I've never been to any of these countries myself, and the way things are going, looks like I will not be welcome there. :(

Dick said...

I have no idea how it taste, we need a big round table and try it out, lol.

Bernideen said...

I will have to look up in my notes what Lebanese Rest. we ate at- I was getting sick that night so was quite up to par but so enjoyed all of Israel! I have a bumper sticker on my car- well 2 actually. One says I Break For Tea and the other says Whereever I stand - I stand with Israel!