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Host: Jacqueline

Los Angeles, United States

USD
$92-$112 per person

Authentic Middle-eastern cuisine on the outskirts of Los Angeles

Host offerings
  • House
  • In-home meal
  • Pets
  • Vegetarian
  • Alcohol
  • Transportation
  • Cooking class
  • Market visit + Cooking class + Meal
  • Food tour

Meet Jacqueline

Jacqueline grew up in the Middle East watching her grandmother and mother cook every meal for the family from scratch. She has fond memories of helping her grandmother knead dough as a child and of the delicious smells of her grandmother’s freshly baked pastries wafting through the kitchen. Jacqueline is of Lebanese origin, was born in Jordan, and lived in Palestine where food has important cultural and symbolic meanings that goes beyond what's on the plate. She now lives with her husband and son in America where she enjoys hosting friends and family for Middle-eastern themed dinners. Jacqueline welcomes you with “ahlan wa sahlan” which means welcome. Hospitality and generosity are ingrained in Jacqueline's culture and she truly makes you feel like part of the family. Jacqueline says she loves living in Los Angeles because of the food, the people and the weather! It was as she was helping her son with his food truck business that she realized her true passion was cooking and serving people. Jacqueline has been cooking for over 35 years and still loves to see how her food brings joy to people’s faces and enjoys interacting with guests from all over the world. Experience the warmth and generosity of the Jordanian culture without leaving LA.

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: (2-12 guests) Meet your host Jacqueline at her California ranch-style house in the Reseda neighborhood of the San Fernando Valley in the greater Los Angeles metro area. Her home has a garden with colorful flowers, citrus trees and a hammock. Sip on a welcome drink of traditional Arabic arak or a non-alcoholic refreshing beverage as Jacqueline shares stories about her life in Southern California. Then join your host for a generous gourmet Middle Eastern dining experience. Over drinks at her dining table, experience Middle-eastern food, culture and traditions. Learn about the history of Middle-eastern cuisine, its origins and how Jacqueline infuses Californian produce with the flavors of cardamom, sumac, and za'atar. Your four-course meal will include a couple of appetizers from menu options such as baba ghanoush, hummus, ful, and fattoush. For the main course, you might enjoy kabsah, a mouth-watering spiced chicken and rice dish or mussakhan, a classic Palestinian dish of roast chicken served on flat bread that absorbs the flavorful roasting juices accented with allspice, sumac, and allspice or falafel if you are vegetarian. Your meal will conclude with a dessert of baklava, harissa or kunafa and Arabic coffee with hints of cardamom or mint or chamomile herbal tea. Enjoy a positive atmosphere - laughing, learning and maybe even belly dancing!

On days they are available, Jacqueline's husband George, and brother Jad may join you at the dining table. If you have a special dish you would like to learn, include your request when creating your reservation request and Jacqueline will do her best to prepare it for you.

Cooking experience: (1-4 guests) Meet your host Jacqueline at her California ranch-style house in the Reseda neighborhood of the San Fernando Valley for your cooking class in the greater Los Angeles metro area. Her home has a garden with colorful flowers, citrus trees and a hammock. Sip on a welcome drink of traditional Arabic arak or a non-alcoholic refreshing beverage as Jacqueline shares stories about her life in Southern California. Then join your host in her kitchen and learn to transform Californian produce into an authentic Middle-eastern meal with spices like cumin, sumac and za'atar that Jacqueline brings back from her travels. Learn Middle-eastern recipes that have been passed down through generations of her family. Your hands-on cooking class (or cooking demo if you prefer to just watch) will last about 1.5 hours.

During your cooking lesson, you will learn to cook a four-course meal that includes two appetizers, one main, and a dessert from scratch. The choices for appetizers include hummus, baba ghannouj, foul meddamas and fattoush. For the main, you will cook either shawarma, kabob or shish tawook if you're a meat lover or falafel or manakeesh (savory pastries) if you are vegetarian. For dessert, Jacqueline can teach you how to prepare either baklava, hareesah or knafeh. The fresh, tasty and unique dishes that you will cook and eat are prepared from recipes that locals in the Middle East use everyday. Jacqueline will also share some of her best-kept secrets on how to prepare some of the most notable Middle Eastern foods. While cooking, you will enjoy a positive atmosphere - laughing, learning and maybe even belly dancing!

After cooking, enjoy your private meal over conversation with Jacqueline as she shares stories about Middle Eastern food and traditions. Your meal will conclude with dessert and Arabic coffee with hints of cardamom or mint or chamomile herbal tea. On days they are available, Jacqueline's husband George, and brother Jad may join you at the dining table. If you have a special dish you would like to learn, include your request when creating your reservation request and Jacqueline will do her best to teach you how to prepare it.

Notes: Wine or beer and arak are included in the cost of your experience.

Jacqueline offers vegetarian and vegan meals as well so let her know your dietary preference when creating your reservation request.

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.
  • Fresh Lebanese pita bread with hummus
  • Baba ghannouj
  • Shawarma
  • Baklava
  • Wine and arak
  • Arabic coffee or herbal tea
PERSONALLY VETTED REVIEW
A Traveling Spoon ambassador visited this host. Here is their personal review.

THAT. WAS. INCREDIBLE! Jacqueline is the best, and I was there for almost 4 hours talking and cooking and meeting a truly special woman. My Traveling Spoon experience enjoying a Middle East feast with Jackie and her family was truly a magical experience. This is a woman who is living with all her stars out- full of adventure and interest in other people and experiences. She has lived everywhere from Amman to Bethlehem to Philadelphia and now LA, and we got to talk about much of her story as I watched her put the finishing touches on a beautiful array of Jordanian and Lebanese dishes. She also told me the stories of some of the dishes themselves, and was continually making connections between the ingredients she was adding to her homemade Baba Ghannouj or Musakhan (a Palestinian chicken dish with sumac and stewed onions) and the history of the countries she has called home. As Jackie dropped bay leaves into a pot, she told me how the bay leaf is a traditional symbol of peace. As I dipped a piece of bread first in a dish of honey-colored olive oil and then rolled it in za'atar, she taught me that because this dish is thought to be "brain food," Jordanian students eat it before exams in hopes it will give them an extra boost. Jackie is also just fun- greeting me with a glass of Arak, donning a belly-dancing skirt instead of an apron, and inviting me to join in the dance as we cooked. Once at the table, we were joined by her husband George and brother Jad, who were just as lively conversation partners as Jackie. Together we dove into a feast of Hummus, Fatoush, herbed Labneh with preserved lemon, and Baba Ghannouj for mezze. The main course was Musakhan with yogurt cucumber salad. As we ate, we talked about life and language, philosophy and career, family and travel, and by the time it was time for tea and Kunafah (a cheese pastry sprinkled with pistachios and drizzled with orange blossom syrup) in the garden, we had become fast friends. Another delightful component of the experience was George's garden, from which much of the produce for the meal was grown. It is a small, suburban garden, but with Jackie the seed procurer (she brought back seeds for most of the plants from the Middle East) and George the master gardener, it is wonderfully diverse. Figs, grapes, cucumbers, zucchini, lemons, and kumquats are just some of its offerings. George, who is perhaps less gregarious than Jackie but just as friendly, is a passionate gardener and showed me his plants with the same pride that he later showed me pictures of his grandsons. Jackie, before I had seen the full scope of her culinary skills, plucked a grape leaf from the vine and showed me how to roll fresh dolmas. By the end of dessert, I felt like a fully-welcomed new member of the family. I also felt full. Like, really really full. Full of life and gratitude for these kind of experiences and...well...I cannot emphasize enough...full of delicious food.

Martha, Traveling Spoon Ambassador

Traveler reviews

Jacqueline went above and beyond our expectations. She was prepared for our cooking class visit and all dishes were precut with ingredients easily accessible. Her environment is clean and the food is so natural and healthy with all the herbs and lemons coming from her garden. This was a surprise day planned for my best friend's birthday an Jacqueline was accommodating with me bringing balloons, cake, and our favorite margaritas. Her mom even baked an orange cake as a surprise. We even had food left over which Jacqueline graciously provided styrofoam containers for. Portions are big and she is very giving so go hungry and don't be shy. It's well worth the money spent here, as we would have spent the same or more for these amount of appetizers in a nice restaurant. Healthy, authentic, and delicious!
- DGJ September 06, 2019

We were in food Heaven. We LOVED every single thing, not one dish failed to impress. Jacqueline went above and beyond our expectations. She was prepared for our cooking class visit and all dishes were precut with ingredients easily accessible. Her environment is clean and the food is so natural and healthy with all the herbs and lemons coming from her garden. This was a surprise day planned for my best friend's birthday an Jacqueline was accommodating with me bringing balloons, cake, and our favorite margaritas. Her mom even baked an orange cake as a surprise. We even had food left over which Jacqueline graciously provided styrofoam containers for. Portions are big and she is very giving so go hungry and don't be shy. It's well worth the money spent here, as we would have spent the same or more for these amount of appetizers in a nice restaurant. Healthy, authentic, and delicious! Our side dishes were: Baba Gannouj, Hummus, and Labneh. Main dish was: Stuffed Chicken and chose with ground meat instead of lamb. Dessert as Hereeseh with extra almonds. Jacqueline was so generous and added a salad and yogurt as well. The dessert was amazing since unique and can't find it many places: Hareeseh and ask for extra almonds on top. Everything was fresh and pure perfection!
- Denise September 05, 2019

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Jacqueline

$92-$112 USD

per person
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  • 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
Not offered $92 $92
Cooking Experience + Meal
$112 $98 Not offered
Alcohol
$0 per person
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
1 person 2-4 people 5+ people
In-Home Meal
Not offered $92 $92
Cooking Experience + Meal
$112 $98 Not offered
Alcohol
$0 per person
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
Experience Timings
Lunch Dinner
In-Home Meal
12:00pm-2:00pm 7:00pm-9:00pm
Cooking Experience+ Meal
11:00am-2:00pm 5:00pm-8:00pm

Meet Jacqueline

Jacqueline grew up in the Middle East watching her grandmother and mother cook every meal for the family from scratch. She has fond memories of helping her grandmother knead dough as a child and of the delicious smells of her grandmother’s freshly baked pastries wafting through the kitchen. Jacqueline is of Lebanese origin, was born in Jordan, and lived in Palestine where food has important cultural and symbolic meanings that goes beyond what's on the plate. She now lives with her husband and son in America where she enjoys hosting friends and family for Middle-eastern themed dinners. Jacqueline welcomes you with “ahlan wa sahlan” which means welcome. Hospitality and generosity are ingrained in Jacqueline's culture and she truly makes you feel like part of the family. Jacqueline says she loves living in Los Angeles because of the food, the people and the weather! It was as she was helping her son with his food truck business that she realized her true passion was cooking and serving people. Jacqueline has been cooking for over 35 years and still loves to see how her food brings joy to people’s faces and enjoys interacting with guests from all over the world. Experience the warmth and generosity of the Jordanian culture without leaving LA.

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: (2-12 guests) Meet your host Jacqueline at her California ranch-style house in the Reseda neighborhood of the San Fernando Valley in the greater Los Angeles metro area. Her home has a garden with colorful flowers, citrus trees and a hammock. Sip on a welcome drink of traditional Arabic arak or a non-alcoholic refreshing beverage as Jacqueline shares stories about her life in Southern California. Then join your host for a generous gourmet Middle Eastern dining experience. Over drinks at her dining table, experience Middle-eastern food, culture and traditions. Learn about the history of Middle-eastern cuisine, its origins and how Jacqueline infuses Californian produce with the flavors of cardamom, sumac, and za'atar. Your four-course meal will include a couple of appetizers from menu options such as baba ghanoush, hummus, ful, and fattoush. For the main course, you might enjoy kabsah, a mouth-watering spiced chicken and rice dish or mussakhan, a classic Palestinian dish of roast chicken served on flat bread that absorbs the flavorful roasting juices accented with allspice, sumac, and allspice or falafel if you are vegetarian. Your meal will conclude with a dessert of baklava, harissa or kunafa and Arabic coffee with hints of cardamom or mint or chamomile herbal tea. Enjoy a positive atmosphere - laughing, learning and maybe even belly dancing!

On days they are available, Jacqueline's husband George, and brother Jad may join you at the dining table. If you have a special dish you would like to learn, include your request when creating your reservation request and Jacqueline will do her best to prepare it for you.

Cooking experience: (1-4 guests) Meet your host Jacqueline at her California ranch-style house in the Reseda neighborhood of the San Fernando Valley for your cooking class in the greater Los Angeles metro area. Her home has a garden with colorful flowers, citrus trees and a hammock. Sip on a welcome drink of traditional Arabic arak or a non-alcoholic refreshing beverage as Jacqueline shares stories about her life in Southern California. Then join your host in her kitchen and learn to transform Californian produce into an authentic Middle-eastern meal with spices like cumin, sumac and za'atar that Jacqueline brings back from her travels. Learn Middle-eastern recipes that have been passed down through generations of her family. Your hands-on cooking class (or cooking demo if you prefer to just watch) will last about 1.5 hours.

During your cooking lesson, you will learn to cook a four-course meal that includes two appetizers, one main, and a dessert from scratch. The choices for appetizers include hummus, baba ghannouj, foul meddamas and fattoush. For the main, you will cook either shawarma, kabob or shish tawook if you're a meat lover or falafel or manakeesh (savory pastries) if you are vegetarian. For dessert, Jacqueline can teach you how to prepare either baklava, hareesah or knafeh. The fresh, tasty and unique dishes that you will cook and eat are prepared from recipes that locals in the Middle East use everyday. Jacqueline will also share some of her best-kept secrets on how to prepare some of the most notable Middle Eastern foods. While cooking, you will enjoy a positive atmosphere - laughing, learning and maybe even belly dancing!

After cooking, enjoy your private meal over conversation with Jacqueline as she shares stories about Middle Eastern food and traditions. Your meal will conclude with dessert and Arabic coffee with hints of cardamom or mint or chamomile herbal tea. On days they are available, Jacqueline's husband George, and brother Jad may join you at the dining table. If you have a special dish you would like to learn, include your request when creating your reservation request and Jacqueline will do her best to teach you how to prepare it.

Notes: Wine or beer and arak are included in the cost of your experience.

Jacqueline offers vegetarian and vegan meals as well so let her know your dietary preference when creating your reservation request.

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.
  • Fresh Lebanese pita bread with hummus
  • Baba ghannouj
  • Shawarma
  • Baklava
  • Wine and arak
  • Arabic coffee or herbal tea
PERSONALLY VETTED REVIEW
A Traveling Spoon ambassador visited this host. Here is their personal review.

THAT. WAS. INCREDIBLE! Jacqueline is the best, and I was there for almost 4 hours talking and cooking and meeting a truly special woman. My Traveling Spoon experience enjoying a Middle East feast with Jackie and her family was truly a magical experience. This is a woman who is living with all her stars out- full of adventure and interest in other people and experiences. She has lived everywhere from Amman to Bethlehem to Philadelphia and now LA, and we got to talk about much of her story as I watched her put the finishing touches on a beautiful array of Jordanian and Lebanese dishes. She also told me the stories of some of the dishes themselves, and was continually making connections between the ingredients she was adding to her homemade Baba Ghannouj or Musakhan (a Palestinian chicken dish with sumac and stewed onions) and the history of the countries she has called home. As Jackie dropped bay leaves into a pot, she told me how the bay leaf is a traditional symbol of peace. As I dipped a piece of bread first in a dish of honey-colored olive oil and then rolled it in za'atar, she taught me that because this dish is thought to be "brain food," Jordanian students eat it before exams in hopes it will give them an extra boost. Jackie is also just fun- greeting me with a glass of Arak, donning a belly-dancing skirt instead of an apron, and inviting me to join in the dance as we cooked. Once at the table, we were joined by her husband George and brother Jad, who were just as lively conversation partners as Jackie. Together we dove into a feast of Hummus, Fatoush, herbed Labneh with preserved lemon, and Baba Ghannouj for mezze. The main course was Musakhan with yogurt cucumber salad. As we ate, we talked about life and language, philosophy and career, family and travel, and by the time it was time for tea and Kunafah (a cheese pastry sprinkled with pistachios and drizzled with orange blossom syrup) in the garden, we had become fast friends. Another delightful component of the experience was George's garden, from which much of the produce for the meal was grown. It is a small, suburban garden, but with Jackie the seed procurer (she brought back seeds for most of the plants from the Middle East) and George the master gardener, it is wonderfully diverse. Figs, grapes, cucumbers, zucchini, lemons, and kumquats are just some of its offerings. George, who is perhaps less gregarious than Jackie but just as friendly, is a passionate gardener and showed me his plants with the same pride that he later showed me pictures of his grandsons. Jackie, before I had seen the full scope of her culinary skills, plucked a grape leaf from the vine and showed me how to roll fresh dolmas. By the end of dessert, I felt like a fully-welcomed new member of the family. I also felt full. Like, really really full. Full of life and gratitude for these kind of experiences and...well...I cannot emphasize enough...full of delicious food.

Martha, Traveling Spoon Ambassador

Traveler reviews

Jacqueline went above and beyond our expectations. She was prepared for our cooking class visit and all dishes were precut with ingredients easily accessible. Her environment is clean and the food is so natural and healthy with all the herbs and lemons coming from her garden. This was a surprise day planned for my best friend's birthday an Jacqueline was accommodating with me bringing balloons, cake, and our favorite margaritas. Her mom even baked an orange cake as a surprise. We even had food left over which Jacqueline graciously provided styrofoam containers for. Portions are big and she is very giving so go hungry and don't be shy. It's well worth the money spent here, as we would have spent the same or more for these amount of appetizers in a nice restaurant. Healthy, authentic, and delicious!
- DGJ September 06, 2019

We were in food Heaven. We LOVED every single thing, not one dish failed to impress. Jacqueline went above and beyond our expectations. She was prepared for our cooking class visit and all dishes were precut with ingredients easily accessible. Her environment is clean and the food is so natural and healthy with all the herbs and lemons coming from her garden. This was a surprise day planned for my best friend's birthday an Jacqueline was accommodating with me bringing balloons, cake, and our favorite margaritas. Her mom even baked an orange cake as a surprise. We even had food left over which Jacqueline graciously provided styrofoam containers for. Portions are big and she is very giving so go hungry and don't be shy. It's well worth the money spent here, as we would have spent the same or more for these amount of appetizers in a nice restaurant. Healthy, authentic, and delicious! Our side dishes were: Baba Gannouj, Hummus, and Labneh. Main dish was: Stuffed Chicken and chose with ground meat instead of lamb. Dessert as Hereeseh with extra almonds. Jacqueline was so generous and added a salad and yogurt as well. The dessert was amazing since unique and can't find it many places: Hareeseh and ask for extra almonds on top. Everything was fresh and pure perfection!
- Denise September 05, 2019

Pricing (per person)*
1 person 2-4 ppl 5+ ppl
In-Home Meal
Not offered $92 $92
Cooking Experience + Meal
$112 $98 Not offered
Alcohol
$0 per person
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
1 person 2-4 people 5+ people
In-Home Meal
Not offered $92 $92
Cooking Experience + Meal
$112 $98 Not offered
Alcohol
$0 per person
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
Experience Timings
Lunch Dinner
In-Home Meal
12:00pm-2:00pm 7:00pm-9:00pm
Cooking Experience+ Meal
11:00am-2:00pm 5:00pm-8:00pm
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