In light of an "old controversy about identity", some Lebanese prefer to see Lebanon, Lebanese culture and themselves as part of "Mediterranean" and "Levantine" civilization versus that of the Arab culture.
At Mediterrano you may not find the expected Lebanese food choices such as tabbouleh and fattoush, or baba ghanoush or kebbeh, but we do serve hummus a Mediterranean favorite for all states. For the Lebanese, Olive oil, herbs, garlic and lemon are typical flavors found in the diet. These are flavors found in many of the items on the Mediterrano Menu.
As we have seen and learned about the other Mediterraneans, the Lebanese Cuisine includes an abundance of starches, whole grain, fruits, vegetables, fresh fish and seafood; animal fats are consumed sparingly. Poultry is eaten more often than red meat. When red meat is eaten it is usually lamb on the coast, and goat meat in the mountain regions.
It also includes copious amounts of garlic and olive oil, often seasoned by lemon juice. We’d like to think they have learned of and found Metamorphosis EVOO Olive Oil, but there’s a good chance they use their own local version.
Lebanese foods are grilled, baked or sautéed in olive oil, Mediterrano prepares many of the dishes in a similar manner. Vegetables are often eaten raw, pickled or cooked. Herbs and spices are used and the freshness of ingredients is important. Like most Mediterranean countries, much of what the Lebanese eat is dictated by the seasons. Lebanese recipes are a rich mixture of a variety of ingredients that come from all the Lebanese regions, and each Lebanese area has its special dishes that reflects the culture of the area.
When you visit Lebanon you might expect a typical meal to consist of an elaborate variety of hot and cold dishes, up to 30 in some cases. When you visit Mediterrano, you can choose from the many small plates and create your Lebanese-like meal, which may include:
- BOWL OF MARINATED OLIVES: Metamorphosis extra virgin olive oil . thyme . citrus . spices
- COLD POIKILIA: hummus . tzatziki . olive tapenade . cucumbers . toasted pita . spiced walnuts
- BEEF KEFTEDES: tzatziki . lemon . parsley
- HONEY ROASTED BEET SALAD: arugula . orange . dill . herb goat cheese . pistachio crumble
And let’s not forget Baklava for dessert.