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Host: Amal

Beirut, Lebanon

USD
$60-$130 per person

Multi-generational Lebanese food experience in Beirut

Host offerings
  • House
  • Home cook
  • Pets
  • Vegetarian
  • Alcohol
  • Transportation
  • Cooking class
  • 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
  • Meat main options: Kibbeh (traditional Lebanese beef dish) or raas asfour (meat in pomegranate sauce and pine nuts) or chicken mograbeye
  • Mtabal (mashed eggplant with tahini and lemon)
  • Spicy potato
  • Seasonal soup
PERSONALLY VETTED REVIEW
A Traveling Spoon ambassador visited this host. Here is their personal review.

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.

May , Traveling Spoon Ambassador

Traveler reviews

5.0 (13)
Amal and her family were really welcoming and amazing! My ten year old daughter wanted to take the class, and Amal was very patient with her. Amal’s parents, husband, Khalid, two daughters, and sisters were also there. We shared the meal together. After we ate, we were able to chat, and I learned a lot about the Lebanese culture. It was so fun and relaxing. It has been one of the best experiences of our trip so far!
- 418aminas December 30, 2019
Des cours de cuisine bien expliqués, un repas délicieux et copieux, mais surtout une famille chaleureuse, accueillante. En plus d’une expérience culinaire, ce fut une merveilleuse rencontre. Merci encore mille fois Amal pour cette fabuleuse et inoubliable journée ! ( well explained cooking course, a delicious meal and above all a warm, welcoming family. Thank you again Amal for this wonderful day !)
- dvanleeuwen83 December 25, 2019
We were welcomed like old friends into Amal's family home where her father gave us a tour of the productive garden and his delightful traditional house in the hills just outside Beirut. We learned to make some delicious Lebanese dishes with Amal's mother showing us proper techniques, and wiled away the afternoon with conversation that gave new insights into Lebanese culture and politics. Thanks to all the family for a delightful and memorable experience.
- Global01561427892 November 23, 2019
I had no idea what to expect when I booked a private cooking class with Amal. She and her husband picked me up at my hotel and drove me to the lovely home of her parents. When we arrived I was greeted by Amal's parents like I was a long lost member of the family. I felt very comfortable from the start. We all sat down to get to know each other a bit. Amal's mother brought in freshly picked and squeezed pomegranate juice and plates of pickled vegetables. After some conversation Amal took me out to show me the extensive garden in the back. Her parents grow all the fruits and vegetables they serve to family and guests. They also make their own vinegar from the grapes. I was raised on Lebanese and Syrian food so I am familiar with many dishes. Amal taught me how to make "Kibbee Sayneya." She added a couple of ingredients that I had never thought to include. While Amal put the meat and vegetables through the grinder, her mom was busy making the stuffing for the kibbee. It was lovely to watch mother and daughter work together to create the dish.A couple of whole unpeeled eggplants were cooking on the stove while the kibbee was being prepared. Once the kibbee was assembled in the pan and put in the oven, she began preparing the now cooked eggplants for Mutabal also known as Baba Ghanouj. She skillfully peeled and mashed the eggplant by hand. Added garlic, tahini, lemon juice, and labna, along with salt and pepper to finish it off. Amal's mom then made the dough for "Maakaroun" cookies. They consist of a light dough, fried and then drenched with rose water sugar syrup (Attar). It was obvious she is a professional at mixing the dough and forming the cookies with her hands and the side of a grater. She was quick and each cookies was uniform with a pretty honeycomb like design. I was very impressed. Once the cookies were done, we all went into the dining room for lunch. The entire table was covered with appetizers, salads, main dishes, fresh and pickled vegetables, olives and bread. It was a feast for the eyes to see. Every dish was delicious, fresh and authentically Lebanese. Needless to say I wished I could have eaten more. Amal's adorable father kept serving me extra portions of his favorite foods. He offered and I accepted a couple glasses of Arak to go with the meal. Since I got full quickly and didn't get to try everything, Amal and her mother packed cookies and food for me to take back to my hotel. After the main meal we all sat down in another room to have dessert, coffee, tea and fresh fruits. Amal's father even peeled some freshly picked pink pomegranate for me to try. The Maakaroun cookies were delicious. I also got to meet Amal's daughters who are both attending university. We all had a wonderful time, sharing good conversation. I have never felt more welcomed than I did spending the afternoon with Amal and her family. Amal is a skillful cook who has a flair for teaching as she puts together a dish. I would recommend without reservation booking a private class with her. It will be an experience you won't forget. I am grateful I did it. Sahtein to those of you who do it in the future. My deepest heartfelt thank you to Amal and her entire family for a wonderful experience and very full stomach!
- Donna N November 04, 2019
What I like most about traveling to new places is when I go with very high expectations and then enjoy those expectations being exceeded So, we arranged a dinner + cooking lessons with Amal in her family home. Location (just outside of Beirut) is perfect and it gives a lovely extra taste of Lebanon. Amal and her husband Khaled ensure maximum comfort by dropping us from and to our hotel. The house is amazing - literally a mini museum with lovely stories all over it (the workshop, the olive millstone, the ironwork, the photos...) The cherry on top is of course the magnificent garden where everything grows - even pomelo! And so the dinner table was full of healthy, organic ingredients. But the mini tour around the house/garden was just the beginning.We agreed to go with soup, tabouleh, home-made falafel, mtabal, raas asfour and the makaroon dessert. Needles to say the table was packed with plenty of other yummy dishes to try and there was no way to decide which one tasted better.Spending some time with Amal and her mother in the kitchen was so joyful! Now I know how to make a perfect tabouleh and I’ve learned to appreciate an effort behind a real falfel wrap - which tastes better than any burger in the world, I kid you not.I guess the most memorable moment from the cooking class was learning those small but all-important tricks about shaping the pieces of falafel/makaroon with the help of appropriate tools. And I could even do it properly The value of this activity and unreal food experience was multiplied with fantastic chat with Amal, her parents, husband and daughters. We learned so much about Lebanese culture and felt so good in the company of like-minded people who like to share stories and experience along with good food and a few drinks. This travel experience was second to none. Amal was such a great host and the value of this encounter by far exceeds anything massive tourism has to offer. Needless to say we will definitely come back!
- MarkoIST October 22, 2019
"You have to eat the bean stew," Amal's father Amin told me. "After all, they are picked from what is YOUR garden now," he said. After picking me up in Beirut, driving up in the hills above the city, showing me around the wonderful vegetable garden, Amal and her mother showed me how to make the kibbeh paste, how to hollow out the ball of paste with my index finger, making the walls as thin as possible, and filling the shell with meat and closing it into the characteristic oval shape of the kibbeh. It was just one of many delicious dishes on the table in the large living room: Baba ganoush, hummus, fried potatoes, manakish, bean stew and deep fried cauliflower was also on the table. Not to forget the tabouleh with the important pomegranate ingredient. Most of all, I will always remember the generosity and warmth of the people, that from now on is my new Aramoun family!
- parisnes October 20, 2019
From the minute we met Amal and Khalid, we felt like old friends. They were kind, genuine and warm people. Meeting her parents and seeing their beautiful garden was an absolute joy. As a garden professional, I love seeing other people's gardens and the vegetable garden was beautiful. Amal and her mother are very giving and patient teachers. We learnt a lot... and ate a lot. We were told by Amal's father that we had to try everything at the table - and we ate so much, we could hardly walk! Everything was delicious and almost everything fresh from their garden. I was very excited to do a cooking class in Beirut as Lebanese food is one of our favourite types of food - and we definitely had ample choice as vegetarians - the whole meal was vegetarian. I realised part way through our time with Amal and her family that the food was secondary to the experience of spending time with this delightful family. Do not miss out on this cooking class - you will not be disappointed. In fact, you will gain a new family - as well as new cooking skills and ideas. We can't wait to see everyone again and hear about their life experiences - especially Amal's parents' overseas adventures.Thank you all for an unforgettable experience. Three cheers for Hummus Amin!!
- moni_belle October 16, 2019
Meeting the family and taking part of their cooking rituals was an unforgettable and unique experience. They all welcomed me and my mother as part of the family and we felt closer as ever to our Lebanese origins. We learned a lot from Mr. Amin's fertile garden, which proudly enough produces almost all greens and vegetables that the family consumes. We left the house plants, seeds, spices, homemade eggplant and with our hearts full of good memories! Every minute was priceless and I wish we had spent even more time talking to each one of them.
- lesouki October 16, 2019
I booked this experience looking for something to do in Lebanon durning the day with no real expectations other than a nice evening of cooking but this experience has exceeded every expectation i could have possibly had! The host amal was so sweet! I cant even put into words how kind her and her family are! Their energy was so positive and kind and loving! They make you feel happy and at home from the moment they greet you! Their home was lovely and everything was perfect, the food we made was easy but beyond delicious, the friend i brought along was not too experienced in cooking but found everything easy to do, i cook often but learned so much so the class was perfect for people on all levels, the dinner we had together was honestly one of the best meals i’v had in my life, i truly didnt want the experience to end, had a smile on my face all day! Would recommend this experience to anyone visiting Lebanon 100% ! Truly and from the bottom of my heart wish nothing but happiness for this beautiful family for giving me such a wonderful experience i will never in my life forget!
- Salsayedomar October 15, 2019
From being collected from our hotel by Amal and Khalid,we were then driven to her family home with her welcoming parents. We were shown and participated in making delicious,traditional Lebanese food. We felt like old friends and sat and ate with them chatting(when we could get Ali to be quiet!). We were shown around the amazing garden, where most of the produce had come from and were even given some treats to take home. Thank you all for such a wonderful time and I simply couldn't recommend it more.
- Dolly2929 October 10, 2019
My friends and I wandered the garden, eating fresh vegetables from the vine, then worked with Amal and her mom to make some traditional dishes. Our dishes met with things Amal and her family had prepared. Cured sour grapes, delicious chickpeas, and everything that tasted fresher than anything in the store. I can’t recommend this experience enough!!!!
- Krisi H July 29, 2019
This class was so special! It was lovely to meet Amal and her family, walk through their gorgeous garden, and make some yummy Lebanese dishes! We really enjoyed learning more about Amal's family, local culture, and Lebanese cuisine.
- travel4rned July 28, 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.
- Taocrasmororm May 15, 2019
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Pricing (per person)*
1 person 2-4 ppl 5+ ppl
In-Home Meal
$100 $72 $60
Cooking Experience + Meal
$130 $100 $86
Alcohol
$9 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
$100 $72 $60
Cooking Experience + Meal
$130 $100 $86
Alcohol
$9 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
  • Meat main options: Kibbeh (traditional Lebanese beef dish) or raas asfour (meat in pomegranate sauce and pine nuts) or chicken mograbeye
  • Mtabal (mashed eggplant with tahini and lemon)
  • Spicy potato
  • Seasonal soup
PERSONALLY VETTED REVIEW
A Traveling Spoon ambassador visited this host. Here is their personal review.

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.

May , Traveling Spoon Ambassador

Traveler reviews

5.0 (13)
Amal and her family were really welcoming and amazing! My ten year old daughter wanted to take the class, and Amal was very patient with her. Amal’s parents, husband, Khalid, two daughters, and sisters were also there. We shared the meal together. After we ate, we were able to chat, and I learned a lot about the Lebanese culture. It was so fun and relaxing. It has been one of the best experiences of our trip so far!
- 418aminas December 30, 2019
Des cours de cuisine bien expliqués, un repas délicieux et copieux, mais surtout une famille chaleureuse, accueillante. En plus d’une expérience culinaire, ce fut une merveilleuse rencontre. Merci encore mille fois Amal pour cette fabuleuse et inoubliable journée ! ( well explained cooking course, a delicious meal and above all a warm, welcoming family. Thank you again Amal for this wonderful day !)
- dvanleeuwen83 December 25, 2019
We were welcomed like old friends into Amal's family home where her father gave us a tour of the productive garden and his delightful traditional house in the hills just outside Beirut. We learned to make some delicious Lebanese dishes with Amal's mother showing us proper techniques, and wiled away the afternoon with conversation that gave new insights into Lebanese culture and politics. Thanks to all the family for a delightful and memorable experience.
- Global01561427892 November 23, 2019
I had no idea what to expect when I booked a private cooking class with Amal. She and her husband picked me up at my hotel and drove me to the lovely home of her parents. When we arrived I was greeted by Amal's parents like I was a long lost member of the family. I felt very comfortable from the start. We all sat down to get to know each other a bit. Amal's mother brought in freshly picked and squeezed pomegranate juice and plates of pickled vegetables. After some conversation Amal took me out to show me the extensive garden in the back. Her parents grow all the fruits and vegetables they serve to family and guests. They also make their own vinegar from the grapes. I was raised on Lebanese and Syrian food so I am familiar with many dishes. Amal taught me how to make "Kibbee Sayneya." She added a couple of ingredients that I had never thought to include. While Amal put the meat and vegetables through the grinder, her mom was busy making the stuffing for the kibbee. It was lovely to watch mother and daughter work together to create the dish.A couple of whole unpeeled eggplants were cooking on the stove while the kibbee was being prepared. Once the kibbee was assembled in the pan and put in the oven, she began preparing the now cooked eggplants for Mutabal also known as Baba Ghanouj. She skillfully peeled and mashed the eggplant by hand. Added garlic, tahini, lemon juice, and labna, along with salt and pepper to finish it off. Amal's mom then made the dough for "Maakaroun" cookies. They consist of a light dough, fried and then drenched with rose water sugar syrup (Attar). It was obvious she is a professional at mixing the dough and forming the cookies with her hands and the side of a grater. She was quick and each cookies was uniform with a pretty honeycomb like design. I was very impressed. Once the cookies were done, we all went into the dining room for lunch. The entire table was covered with appetizers, salads, main dishes, fresh and pickled vegetables, olives and bread. It was a feast for the eyes to see. Every dish was delicious, fresh and authentically Lebanese. Needless to say I wished I could have eaten more. Amal's adorable father kept serving me extra portions of his favorite foods. He offered and I accepted a couple glasses of Arak to go with the meal. Since I got full quickly and didn't get to try everything, Amal and her mother packed cookies and food for me to take back to my hotel. After the main meal we all sat down in another room to have dessert, coffee, tea and fresh fruits. Amal's father even peeled some freshly picked pink pomegranate for me to try. The Maakaroun cookies were delicious. I also got to meet Amal's daughters who are both attending university. We all had a wonderful time, sharing good conversation. I have never felt more welcomed than I did spending the afternoon with Amal and her family. Amal is a skillful cook who has a flair for teaching as she puts together a dish. I would recommend without reservation booking a private class with her. It will be an experience you won't forget. I am grateful I did it. Sahtein to those of you who do it in the future. My deepest heartfelt thank you to Amal and her entire family for a wonderful experience and very full stomach!
- Donna N November 04, 2019
What I like most about traveling to new places is when I go with very high expectations and then enjoy those expectations being exceeded So, we arranged a dinner + cooking lessons with Amal in her family home. Location (just outside of Beirut) is perfect and it gives a lovely extra taste of Lebanon. Amal and her husband Khaled ensure maximum comfort by dropping us from and to our hotel. The house is amazing - literally a mini museum with lovely stories all over it (the workshop, the olive millstone, the ironwork, the photos...) The cherry on top is of course the magnificent garden where everything grows - even pomelo! And so the dinner table was full of healthy, organic ingredients. But the mini tour around the house/garden was just the beginning.We agreed to go with soup, tabouleh, home-made falafel, mtabal, raas asfour and the makaroon dessert. Needles to say the table was packed with plenty of other yummy dishes to try and there was no way to decide which one tasted better.Spending some time with Amal and her mother in the kitchen was so joyful! Now I know how to make a perfect tabouleh and I’ve learned to appreciate an effort behind a real falfel wrap - which tastes better than any burger in the world, I kid you not.I guess the most memorable moment from the cooking class was learning those small but all-important tricks about shaping the pieces of falafel/makaroon with the help of appropriate tools. And I could even do it properly The value of this activity and unreal food experience was multiplied with fantastic chat with Amal, her parents, husband and daughters. We learned so much about Lebanese culture and felt so good in the company of like-minded people who like to share stories and experience along with good food and a few drinks. This travel experience was second to none. Amal was such a great host and the value of this encounter by far exceeds anything massive tourism has to offer. Needless to say we will definitely come back!
- MarkoIST October 22, 2019
"You have to eat the bean stew," Amal's father Amin told me. "After all, they are picked from what is YOUR garden now," he said. After picking me up in Beirut, driving up in the hills above the city, showing me around the wonderful vegetable garden, Amal and her mother showed me how to make the kibbeh paste, how to hollow out the ball of paste with my index finger, making the walls as thin as possible, and filling the shell with meat and closing it into the characteristic oval shape of the kibbeh. It was just one of many delicious dishes on the table in the large living room: Baba ganoush, hummus, fried potatoes, manakish, bean stew and deep fried cauliflower was also on the table. Not to forget the tabouleh with the important pomegranate ingredient. Most of all, I will always remember the generosity and warmth of the people, that from now on is my new Aramoun family!
- parisnes October 20, 2019
From the minute we met Amal and Khalid, we felt like old friends. They were kind, genuine and warm people. Meeting her parents and seeing their beautiful garden was an absolute joy. As a garden professional, I love seeing other people's gardens and the vegetable garden was beautiful. Amal and her mother are very giving and patient teachers. We learnt a lot... and ate a lot. We were told by Amal's father that we had to try everything at the table - and we ate so much, we could hardly walk! Everything was delicious and almost everything fresh from their garden. I was very excited to do a cooking class in Beirut as Lebanese food is one of our favourite types of food - and we definitely had ample choice as vegetarians - the whole meal was vegetarian. I realised part way through our time with Amal and her family that the food was secondary to the experience of spending time with this delightful family. Do not miss out on this cooking class - you will not be disappointed. In fact, you will gain a new family - as well as new cooking skills and ideas. We can't wait to see everyone again and hear about their life experiences - especially Amal's parents' overseas adventures.Thank you all for an unforgettable experience. Three cheers for Hummus Amin!!
- moni_belle October 16, 2019
Meeting the family and taking part of their cooking rituals was an unforgettable and unique experience. They all welcomed me and my mother as part of the family and we felt closer as ever to our Lebanese origins. We learned a lot from Mr. Amin's fertile garden, which proudly enough produces almost all greens and vegetables that the family consumes. We left the house plants, seeds, spices, homemade eggplant and with our hearts full of good memories! Every minute was priceless and I wish we had spent even more time talking to each one of them.
- lesouki October 16, 2019
I booked this experience looking for something to do in Lebanon durning the day with no real expectations other than a nice evening of cooking but this experience has exceeded every expectation i could have possibly had! The host amal was so sweet! I cant even put into words how kind her and her family are! Their energy was so positive and kind and loving! They make you feel happy and at home from the moment they greet you! Their home was lovely and everything was perfect, the food we made was easy but beyond delicious, the friend i brought along was not too experienced in cooking but found everything easy to do, i cook often but learned so much so the class was perfect for people on all levels, the dinner we had together was honestly one of the best meals i’v had in my life, i truly didnt want the experience to end, had a smile on my face all day! Would recommend this experience to anyone visiting Lebanon 100% ! Truly and from the bottom of my heart wish nothing but happiness for this beautiful family for giving me such a wonderful experience i will never in my life forget!
- Salsayedomar October 15, 2019
From being collected from our hotel by Amal and Khalid,we were then driven to her family home with her welcoming parents. We were shown and participated in making delicious,traditional Lebanese food. We felt like old friends and sat and ate with them chatting(when we could get Ali to be quiet!). We were shown around the amazing garden, where most of the produce had come from and were even given some treats to take home. Thank you all for such a wonderful time and I simply couldn't recommend it more.
- Dolly2929 October 10, 2019
My friends and I wandered the garden, eating fresh vegetables from the vine, then worked with Amal and her mom to make some traditional dishes. Our dishes met with things Amal and her family had prepared. Cured sour grapes, delicious chickpeas, and everything that tasted fresher than anything in the store. I can’t recommend this experience enough!!!!
- Krisi H July 29, 2019
This class was so special! It was lovely to meet Amal and her family, walk through their gorgeous garden, and make some yummy Lebanese dishes! We really enjoyed learning more about Amal's family, local culture, and Lebanese cuisine.
- travel4rned July 28, 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.
- Taocrasmororm May 15, 2019
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Pricing (per person)*
1 person 2-4 ppl 5+ ppl
In-Home Meal
$100 $72 $60
Cooking Experience + Meal
$130 $100 $86
Alcohol
$9 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
$100 $72 $60
Cooking Experience + Meal
$130 $100 $86
Alcohol
$9 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
ABOUT TRAVELING SPOON

Traveling Spoon connects you with meaningful culinary experiences, from private cooking lessons to homecooked meals in people's homes. Enjoy an immersive cultural experience that gives you a glimpse into the local way of life.

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    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.

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    Most of our Traveling Spoon experiences are incredibly family friendly and can accommodate infants and children. If a host is unable to accommodate children that will be noted in the “Notes” section of their profile. Our child pricing policy is children aged 5-11 are 50% off, and infants aged 0-4 are free.