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Host: Amal

Beirut, Lebanon

USD
$40-$100 per person

Multi-generational Lebanese food experience in Beirut

Host offerings
  • House
  • Home cook
  • Pets
  • Vegetarian
  • Alcohol
  • Transportation
  • Cooking experience
  • Market visit
  • Food tour

Meet Amal

Amal is a civil engineer, wife and mother of two daughters, currently attending university. Amal learned most of her cooking skills from her talented mother. She comes from a large family of seven siblings and being the eldest child, she started helping her mother in the kitchen at an early age. Amal says she was fortunate to learn the secrets of traditional Lebanese cooking from her mother who had family recipes passed down from her mother, Amal’s grandmother. Amal and her family love to cook and share traditional Lebanese dishes with friends and family. When asked why she wanted to be a Traveling Spoon host, Amal said, “I enjoy introducing people to our rich cuisine and hosting them for a good home-cooked meal. The added bonus for me is meeting people from different cultures and exchanging experiences.” A unique part about this experience is that you get to meet Amal’s parents and family and have a truly multi-generational Lebanese experience.

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: (1-10 guests) Your experience takes place in Amal’s beautiful, classic Lebanese family home, with a fireplace and lovely terrace with views of the capital. Aramoun, a suburb outside Beirut where Amal’s home is located, is surrounded by gardens and lovely residential homes. Her traditional Lebanese home has beautiful stone walls, arcades and large windows overlooking orange groves. After Amal greets you with a warm smile and a refreshing drink, she will introduce you to the history of Lebanese cuisine. In keeping with Mediterranean food culture, Amal loves incorporating generous amounts of olive oil and lemon juice in her dishes.Join Amal and her parents at the dining table for a traditional Lebanese meal prepared using family recipes. Your menu might include dishes such as chickpeas in a lemon, olive oil and garlic sauce, tabouli (bulghur wheat, vegetable and parsley salad), kibbi (minced meat with herbs and nuts) and mtabal (grilled eggplant mashed with tahini, lemon juice and garlic). You will end your meal with maakaroun, a dessert of deep fried semolina fingers soaked in sugar syrup.

Cooking experience: (1-10 guests) Enjoy a one-hour hands-on cooking experience with Amal and her mother in their home kitchen. Learn to cook an authentic Lebanese appetizer, salad and dessert created from family recipes using traditional Lebanese cooking techniques and fresh ingredients. If the weather permits (not during the rainy season), Amal will take you to the family garden to pick home grown vegetables and fruits before your cooking class begins.

Notes: Please note that Amal lives in Aramoun, which is about 20 minutes from Beirut International Airport and Beirut city. Round-trip transportation from Beirut hotels is included in the price of your experience. Please indicate your hotel name and address and Amal will pick you up and drop you off at the end of your culinary experience.

Amal can offer vegetarian, vegan and halal meals on request - please include your preference, if any in your booking form.

Languages spoken: English, Arabic

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.
  • Tabouleh
  • Kibbeh (traditional Lebanese meat dish) or raas asfour (meat in pomegranate sauce and pine nuts)
  • Mtabal (mashed eggplant with tahini and lemon)
  • Spicy potato
  • Seasonal soup

Traveler reviews

If you’re a foodie or just want to have an authentic and unforgettable experience you simply must do this. From the minute I was picked up at my b&b to being dropped back, I couldn’t quite believe how lucky I was to spend an evening with such lovely people. Amal and her family are super hospitable and immediately made me feel very welcome. Their home is a beautiful house and garden that have been in the family for generations and it was so lovely to be in this quiet village high up over Beirut. I just wouldn't have seen this part of the country any other way. Amal's Dad grows all their fruit, vegetables and herbs organically and very kindly gave me some to take away with me. The preparation of the food was a lot of fun, especially making the kibbeh and rolling the maakarouni! Amal and her Mum clearly love to cook and are experts in the kitchen. They gave me some great tips. The meal was a feast and the recipes so delicious I quickly realised that this was the first time I had ever tasted proper tabouli, mtabal/baba ganoush, kibbeh, labneh ... I also learned a great deal, not only about food but about local history and culture and the Lebanese outlook on life. It was a wonderful evening with wonderful people and wonderful tastes - the highlight of my first trip to Lebanon and easily one of the best experiences I've ever had on my travels.
- Carmel May 21, 2019

If you’re a foodie or just want to have an authentic and unforgettable experience you simply must do this. From the minute I was picked up at my b&b to being dropped back, I couldn’t quite believe how lucky I was to spend an evening with such lovely people. Amal and her family are super hospitable and immediately made me feel very welcome. Their home is a beautiful house and garden that have been in the family for generations and it was so lovely to be in this quiet village high up over Beirut. I just wouldn't have seen this part of the country any other way. Amal's Dad grows all their fruit, vegetables and herbs organically and very kindly gave me some to take away with me. The preparation of the food was a lot of fun, especially making the kibbeh and rolling the maakarouni! Amal and her Mum clearly love to cook and are experts in the kitchen. They gave me some great tips. The meal was a feast and the recipes so delicious I quickly realised that this was the first time I had ever tasted proper tabouli, mtabal/baba ganoush, kibbeh, labneh ... I also learned a great deal, not only about food but about local history and culture and the Lebanese outlook on life. It was a wonderful evening with wonderful people and wonderful tastes - the highlight of my first trip to Lebanon and easily one of the best experiences I've ever had on my travels.
- Carmel May 16, 2019

Travelers will be feeling a true Lebanese hospitality experience. From the lovely hosts that do their best to make you feel at home, to the charming views of the Lebanese mountains (and to say it is only 20 min max from Beirut) to the very delicious food prepared with love and care by two women who just love their kitchens and feeding people! It was a lovely experience.
- Traveling Spoon Ambassador May

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Amal

$40-$100 USD

per person
100% VETTED
Learn more
  • 100% satisfaction guarantee or your money back
  • Free cancellation up to 48 hours in advance
  • Credit card is not charged until the host confirms your booking
  • Private experience
Pricing (per person)*
1 person 2-4 ppl 5+ ppl
In-Home Meal
$80 $50 $40
Cooking Experience + Meal
$100 $80 $70
Alcohol
$8 per person
Transportation
$0 per car
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
1 person 2-4 people 5+ people
In-Home Meal
$80 $50 $40
Cooking Experience + Meal
$100 $80 $70
Alcohol
$8 per person
Transportation
$0 per car
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
Experience Timings
Lunch Dinner
In-Home Meal
12:00pm-2:00pm 6:00pm-8:00pm
Cooking Experience+ Meal
11:00am-2:00pm 5:00pm-8:00pm

Meet Amal

Amal is a civil engineer, wife and mother of two daughters, currently attending university. Amal learned most of her cooking skills from her talented mother. She comes from a large family of seven siblings and being the eldest child, she started helping her mother in the kitchen at an early age. Amal says she was fortunate to learn the secrets of traditional Lebanese cooking from her mother who had family recipes passed down from her mother, Amal’s grandmother. Amal and her family love to cook and share traditional Lebanese dishes with friends and family. When asked why she wanted to be a Traveling Spoon host, Amal said, “I enjoy introducing people to our rich cuisine and hosting them for a good home-cooked meal. The added bonus for me is meeting people from different cultures and exchanging experiences.” A unique part about this experience is that you get to meet Amal’s parents and family and have a truly multi-generational Lebanese experience.

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: (1-10 guests) Your experience takes place in Amal’s beautiful, classic Lebanese family home, with a fireplace and lovely terrace with views of the capital. Aramoun, a suburb outside Beirut where Amal’s home is located, is surrounded by gardens and lovely residential homes. Her traditional Lebanese home has beautiful stone walls, arcades and large windows overlooking orange groves. After Amal greets you with a warm smile and a refreshing drink, she will introduce you to the history of Lebanese cuisine. In keeping with Mediterranean food culture, Amal loves incorporating generous amounts of olive oil and lemon juice in her dishes.Join Amal and her parents at the dining table for a traditional Lebanese meal prepared using family recipes. Your menu might include dishes such as chickpeas in a lemon, olive oil and garlic sauce, tabouli (bulghur wheat, vegetable and parsley salad), kibbi (minced meat with herbs and nuts) and mtabal (grilled eggplant mashed with tahini, lemon juice and garlic). You will end your meal with maakaroun, a dessert of deep fried semolina fingers soaked in sugar syrup.

Cooking experience: (1-10 guests) Enjoy a one-hour hands-on cooking experience with Amal and her mother in their home kitchen. Learn to cook an authentic Lebanese appetizer, salad and dessert created from family recipes using traditional Lebanese cooking techniques and fresh ingredients. If the weather permits (not during the rainy season), Amal will take you to the family garden to pick home grown vegetables and fruits before your cooking class begins.

Notes: Please note that Amal lives in Aramoun, which is about 20 minutes from Beirut International Airport and Beirut city. Round-trip transportation from Beirut hotels is included in the price of your experience. Please indicate your hotel name and address and Amal will pick you up and drop you off at the end of your culinary experience.

Amal can offer vegetarian, vegan and halal meals on request - please include your preference, if any in your booking form.

Languages spoken: English, Arabic

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.
  • Tabouleh
  • Kibbeh (traditional Lebanese meat dish) or raas asfour (meat in pomegranate sauce and pine nuts)
  • Mtabal (mashed eggplant with tahini and lemon)
  • Spicy potato
  • Seasonal soup

Traveler reviews

If you’re a foodie or just want to have an authentic and unforgettable experience you simply must do this. From the minute I was picked up at my b&b to being dropped back, I couldn’t quite believe how lucky I was to spend an evening with such lovely people. Amal and her family are super hospitable and immediately made me feel very welcome. Their home is a beautiful house and garden that have been in the family for generations and it was so lovely to be in this quiet village high up over Beirut. I just wouldn't have seen this part of the country any other way. Amal's Dad grows all their fruit, vegetables and herbs organically and very kindly gave me some to take away with me. The preparation of the food was a lot of fun, especially making the kibbeh and rolling the maakarouni! Amal and her Mum clearly love to cook and are experts in the kitchen. They gave me some great tips. The meal was a feast and the recipes so delicious I quickly realised that this was the first time I had ever tasted proper tabouli, mtabal/baba ganoush, kibbeh, labneh ... I also learned a great deal, not only about food but about local history and culture and the Lebanese outlook on life. It was a wonderful evening with wonderful people and wonderful tastes - the highlight of my first trip to Lebanon and easily one of the best experiences I've ever had on my travels.
- Carmel May 21, 2019

If you’re a foodie or just want to have an authentic and unforgettable experience you simply must do this. From the minute I was picked up at my b&b to being dropped back, I couldn’t quite believe how lucky I was to spend an evening with such lovely people. Amal and her family are super hospitable and immediately made me feel very welcome. Their home is a beautiful house and garden that have been in the family for generations and it was so lovely to be in this quiet village high up over Beirut. I just wouldn't have seen this part of the country any other way. Amal's Dad grows all their fruit, vegetables and herbs organically and very kindly gave me some to take away with me. The preparation of the food was a lot of fun, especially making the kibbeh and rolling the maakarouni! Amal and her Mum clearly love to cook and are experts in the kitchen. They gave me some great tips. The meal was a feast and the recipes so delicious I quickly realised that this was the first time I had ever tasted proper tabouli, mtabal/baba ganoush, kibbeh, labneh ... I also learned a great deal, not only about food but about local history and culture and the Lebanese outlook on life. It was a wonderful evening with wonderful people and wonderful tastes - the highlight of my first trip to Lebanon and easily one of the best experiences I've ever had on my travels.
- Carmel May 16, 2019

Travelers will be feeling a true Lebanese hospitality experience. From the lovely hosts that do their best to make you feel at home, to the charming views of the Lebanese mountains (and to say it is only 20 min max from Beirut) to the very delicious food prepared with love and care by two women who just love their kitchens and feeding people! It was a lovely experience.
- Traveling Spoon Ambassador May

Pricing (per person)*
1 person 2-4 ppl 5+ ppl
In-Home Meal
$80 $50 $40
Cooking Experience + Meal
$100 $80 $70
Alcohol
$8 per person
Transportation
$0 per car
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
1 person 2-4 people 5+ people
In-Home Meal
$80 $50 $40
Cooking Experience + Meal
$100 $80 $70
Alcohol
$8 per person
Transportation
$0 per car
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
Experience Timings
Lunch Dinner
In-Home Meal
12:00pm-2:00pm 6:00pm-8:00pm
Cooking Experience+ Meal
11:00am-2:00pm 5:00pm-8:00pm
FAQ

    You can cancel your reservation for free up until 48 hours before your experience. Experiences within 48 hours are not refundable.

    If you have a question for your host, you can include a note in the field "Write a note to your host" during the booking process. Once your booking is confirmed, you will be emailed your host's direct contact information and you will also be able to message the host through your profile. You can always cancel your booking and receive a full refund 48 hours or more before your experience. If you have other questions you can also email us at reservations@travelingspoon.com.

    Most of our hosts are able to accommodate dietary restrictions and allergies, including vegetarian and gluten free options. For vegetarian travelers, we have an icon on each host profile to indicate whether that host can also offer a fully vegetarian menu. There is a section in the booking form to note any allergies or dietary restrictions which will be sent directly to your host.

    Some hosts offer alcohol as an optional add-on for travelers who are of legal drinking age. Pricing for alcohol is visible on the host profile page and includes one to two glasses of wine, beer or local alcohol.

    Have a flight or other tour planned and can’t make the timing provided? If the timing listed on the host’s profile doesn’t work for you, our hosts can often accommodate timing changes. Because all of our experiences are private our hosts are happy to tailor experiences to meet your travel needs. Simply note your request in the booking process.

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    Your host's detailed contact information, including their phone number, address, and direction notes, will all be provided immediately upon successful confirmation of your experience (after your hosts accepts your booking and your credit card is successfully processed). This information will be emailed to you to the email address you used to sign up, and will also be visible on your Traveling Spoon profile.

    All prices are noted per person prices unless otherwise specified. Transportation is typically charged on a per car basis. Children aged 5-11 are 50% off, and infants aged 0-4 are free. Hosts set their own prices and Traveling Spoon marks up the experiences; on average hosts receive over 70% of the price paid by the traveler.

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    Hosts typically respond to booking inquiries within 72 hours. If for some reason you have not heard from your host or if you have any questions you can always contact us at reservations@travelingspoon.com.

    Your safety and security are our top priority. To ensure this, Traveling Spoon personally vets 100% of all hosts, including an in-person host visit, to ensure each host and experience meets our strict quality requirements.

    Some hosts offer transportation as an optional add-on for travelers. Typically this is round trip transportation with pick up and drop off at your hotel. Pricing is quoted per car. Specific instructions for transportation will be provided in your confirmation details when your booking is confirmed.

    Many of our hosts accommodate solo travelers. You can see if a host accepts solo travelers by looking at the traveler range found next to the experience descriptions on the host profile (indicated by the numbers in parentheses next to "In-home meal", "Cooking experience" and "Market visit").

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