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Host: Tania

Beirut, Lebanon

USD
$36-$100 per person

Lebanese cooking class in Beirut with a local family

Host offerings
  • Apartment
  • Home cook
  • Pets
  • Vegetarian
  • Alcohol
  • Transportation
  • Cooking experience
  • Market visit

Meet Tania

Tania is an agronomist and food safety specialist, who sings, plays the piano and enjoys traveling. Her parents will be part of the experience and will help with the cooking and hosting. Her father is a former butcher and is very serious about his meats! Now he is retired and grows fruits and vegetables in his garden in the outskirts of Beirut. He also enjoys making his own arak (the Lebanese national alcoholic drink made from grapes and anise seeds). Most of the produce for the home comes from the garden and is local, fresh and organic! Tania’s mother is a home chef who has been cooking traditional meals for the family all her life using family recipes. They are a family who enjoys gardening, talking about food, cooking and eating together.

What to expect

Please note menu might vary. If there are particular dishes you are interested in trying, please include your request in the booking form.

In-home meal: (1-6 guests) Tania lives in a traditional, modest home with an old world charm! She has immense knowledge about Lebanese food and ingredients and is happy to share the same with you. After you chat with the family your meal will be served in the dining room, which has a very lovely vibe thanks to Tania’s piano! A few Lebanese dishes that you may try are stuffed vine leaves, fasolia w riz (beans with rice), mujaddara (lentils) and Lebanese meat balls in tahini sauce or yogurt. You will end your meal with Lebanese coffee, a selection of homemade jams and fruits from the family garden.

Cooking experience: (1-4 guests) You will join Tania and her mother in their small kitchen for a hands-on cooking class, which will last for 45 minutes to an hour. You learn to make two of the dishes that you will be eating later, either the traditional Lebanese mezza or mloukhieh (vegetable) and kibbeh labneh (yogurt soup).

Market visit: (1-4 guests) After you meet at Tania’s home, she will drive you to her family garden where they grown their own fruits and vegetables. She will walk you around explaining the different ingredients and how it is used in Lebanese cooking.

Languages spoken: English

Sample menu

This is just a sample menu to give you an idea of the types of dishes the host cooks. Your menu will vary according to seasonal availability.
  • Sharab el ward - rose flavoured welcome drink
  • Lebanese mezza - hummus, spicy eggplant dip, fasolia arida (kidney beans and rice) and sausages
  • Salads
  • Masheweh (grilled meat) or djaj bil forn (baked garlic chicken potatoes) and mloukhieh (vegetable) or moughrabiyeh (couscous with chicken and lamb)
  • Homemade jam and sweets

Traveler reviews

We had a wonderful time at Tania's home -- we learned a lot about local Lebanese culture, history, geo-politics and of course, the food was the main highlight. Lebanese mezzo's, sausages, beans, delicious salads and a chicken and chickpeas stew. We also got to try generous portions of home made arak. Would highly recommend this experience to our friends and fellow travelers.
- Kartha Family April 02, 2018

Tania was the loveliest host and knows everything about every dish and product. We had a lovely lunch with the whole family and some friends. The abu el hessen family are nice, sweet and very welcoming, also they are just good entertainers. We had a spread of mezze with tabouleh and 2 kinds of raw meat, everything was delicious and lovely. Assaad, Tania’s brother even did his own home made garlic dip to have with the raw meat, all accompanied by their home made arak. The main course was moulokhiyeh stew with rice, toasted bread and onion and vinegar sauce. It was all very tasty and fresh and well balanced.
- Traveling Spoon Ambassador May

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Tania

$36-$100 USD

per person
100%
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  • 100% Satisfaction guarantee or your money back
  • Free cancellation up to 48 hours in advance
  • Your credit card will not be charged until your host accepts your booking
Pricing
1 person 2-4 ppl 5+ ppl
In-Home Meal
$58 $42 $36
Cooking Experience + Meal
$86 $70 Not offered
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
$100 $86 Not offered
Alcohol
$8 per person
Transportation
$40 per car
1 person 2-4 people 5+ people
In-Home Meal
$58 $42 $36
Cooking Experience + Meal
$86 $70 Not offered
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
$100 $86 Not offered
Alcohol
$8 per person
Transportation
$40 per car
Experience Timings
Lunch Dinner
In-Home Meal
12:30pm-2:30pm 7:00pm-9:00pm
Cooking Experience+ Meal
11:00am-2:00pm 5:00pm-8:00pm
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
10:00am-2:00pm 4:00pm-8:00pm

Meet Tania

Tania is an agronomist and food safety specialist, who sings, plays the piano and enjoys traveling. Her parents will be part of the experience and will help with the cooking and hosting. Her father is a former butcher and is very serious about his meats! Now he is retired and grows fruits and vegetables in his garden in the outskirts of Beirut. He also enjoys making his own arak (the Lebanese national alcoholic drink made from grapes and anise seeds). Most of the produce for the home comes from the garden and is local, fresh and organic! Tania’s mother is a home chef who has been cooking traditional meals for the family all her life using family recipes. They are a family who enjoys gardening, talking about food, cooking and eating together.

What to expect

Please note menu might vary. If there are particular dishes you are interested in trying, please include your request in the booking form.

In-home meal: (1-6 guests) Tania lives in a traditional, modest home with an old world charm! She has immense knowledge about Lebanese food and ingredients and is happy to share the same with you. After you chat with the family your meal will be served in the dining room, which has a very lovely vibe thanks to Tania’s piano! A few Lebanese dishes that you may try are stuffed vine leaves, fasolia w riz (beans with rice), mujaddara (lentils) and Lebanese meat balls in tahini sauce or yogurt. You will end your meal with Lebanese coffee, a selection of homemade jams and fruits from the family garden.

Cooking experience: (1-4 guests) You will join Tania and her mother in their small kitchen for a hands-on cooking class, which will last for 45 minutes to an hour. You learn to make two of the dishes that you will be eating later, either the traditional Lebanese mezza or mloukhieh (vegetable) and kibbeh labneh (yogurt soup).

Market visit: (1-4 guests) After you meet at Tania’s home, she will drive you to her family garden where they grown their own fruits and vegetables. She will walk you around explaining the different ingredients and how it is used in Lebanese cooking.

Languages spoken: English

Sample menu

This is just a sample menu to give you an idea of the types of dishes the host cooks. Your menu will vary according to seasonal availability.
  • Sharab el ward - rose flavoured welcome drink
  • Lebanese mezza - hummus, spicy eggplant dip, fasolia arida (kidney beans and rice) and sausages
  • Salads
  • Masheweh (grilled meat) or djaj bil forn (baked garlic chicken potatoes) and mloukhieh (vegetable) or moughrabiyeh (couscous with chicken and lamb)
  • Homemade jam and sweets

Traveler reviews

We had a wonderful time at Tania's home -- we learned a lot about local Lebanese culture, history, geo-politics and of course, the food was the main highlight. Lebanese mezzo's, sausages, beans, delicious salads and a chicken and chickpeas stew. We also got to try generous portions of home made arak. Would highly recommend this experience to our friends and fellow travelers.
- Kartha Family April 02, 2018

Tania was the loveliest host and knows everything about every dish and product. We had a lovely lunch with the whole family and some friends. The abu el hessen family are nice, sweet and very welcoming, also they are just good entertainers. We had a spread of mezze with tabouleh and 2 kinds of raw meat, everything was delicious and lovely. Assaad, Tania’s brother even did his own home made garlic dip to have with the raw meat, all accompanied by their home made arak. The main course was moulokhiyeh stew with rice, toasted bread and onion and vinegar sauce. It was all very tasty and fresh and well balanced.
- Traveling Spoon Ambassador May

Pricing
1 person 2-4 ppl 5+ ppl
In-Home Meal
$58 $42 $36
Cooking Experience + Meal
$86 $70 Not offered
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
$100 $86 Not offered
Alcohol
$8 per person
Transportation
$40 per car
1 person 2-4 people 5+ people
In-Home Meal
$58 $42 $36
Cooking Experience + Meal
$86 $70 Not offered
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
$100 $86 Not offered
Alcohol
$8 per person
Transportation
$40 per car
Experience Timings
Lunch Dinner
In-Home Meal
12:30pm-2:30pm 7:00pm-9:00pm
Cooking Experience+ Meal
11:00am-2:00pm 5:00pm-8:00pm
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
10:00am-2:00pm 4:00pm-8:00pm
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