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Host: Marcelle

Byblos, Lebanon

USD
$36-$100 per person

Traditional Lebanese cooking with a local family

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

Meet Marcelle

Marcelle hosts this experience with her mother Najah. Najah learned to cook at a very young age from her mother and passed down her family's recipes to her daughters. Marcelle works at her own branding solutions and marketing company. She loves to travel, discover new places, and live like a local in each country she visits. Cooking for friends and family is something they all enjoy and they are very excited to share with travelers their knowledge about Lebanese food, life, culture and hospitality.

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: (1-8 guests) Marcelle lives in a modern apartment in Byblos, a beautiful and ancient city just north of Beirut. Their apartment, decorated in a simple, minimalist style overlooks banana plantations and is a quick is a 20-min walk from the old city center of Byblos. Najah has cooked for her family all her life and is an expert cook when it comes to traditional Lebanese cuisine. She loves to use fresh, local and seasonal ingredients when recreating the dishes she grew up eating with her family. Your menu might include dishes such as hummus or baba ganoush, tabbouleh or fattoush, Lebanese mujarada (lentils, rice and caramelized onions), sheikh el mahshi (eggplants stuffed with diced meat and pine nuts) with tomato bulgur pilaf or kibbeh bil sanieh (Lebanese baked minced lamb cake). Your meal concludes with a Lebanese homemade dessert, coffee or tea and fresh fruit.

Cooking experience: (1-5 guests) Join Marcelle in her home kitchen for a 1-2-hour hands-on cooking class. Learn to make three authentic Lebanese dishes from scratch. You will learn to make a starter, salad and dessert with the help of your hosts before sharing with them the meal you helped prepare at their dining table.

Market visit: (1-5 guests) Marcelle will drive you 15-minutes to a grocery store in the old town of Byblos. Please note that this is not a typical market tour to a central bazaar - instead, this is a shopping trip to the neighborhood store where locals shop. Marcelle buys all her local, seasonal and fresh produce and ingredients at this store. Join her to learn about local produce and purchase together a few ingredients for your cooking class. After you shop, Marcelle will give you a quick tour by car of the old town before heading back home to cook and eat.

Notes: Please note that Marcelle can offer vegetarian and vegan meals on request. If there is something specific you would like to eat, please let Marcelle know in advance. Also, if you select transportation, it can only be provided if you're staying inside Jbeil (Byblos).

Languages spoken: English, French, 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.
  • Welcome drink
  • Lebanese mezza: Hummus, Baba Ganouj or Fasolia Arida
  • Salad: Tabbouleh, Fattoush or Seasonal Salad
  • Main Dish: Kibbeh bil sanieh (Lebanese baked minced lamb cake) or Lebanese mujarada (lentils, rice and caramelized onions (mujadara)) or Lebanese sheikh el mahshi (eggplants stuffed with diced meat and pine nuts) or Tomato bulgur pilaf
  • Dessert: Sfouf (almond-semolina cake) or Biskot with raha (traditional sweet)
  • Coffee or tea and fruits
PERSONALLY VETTED REVIEW
A Traveling Spoon ambassador visited this host. Here is their personal review.

Najah and her daughters are very nice hosts and can make the travelers enjoy a great experience of Byblos - an amazing city. They are very passionate about their food, and often cook and eat with their big family and friends. All the food was very tasty and perfectly balanced. The lentil and rice dish was just heart-warming and the tabbouleh was very good.

May, Traveling Spoon Ambassador

Traveler reviews

The family were very friendly and welcoming. We learned a lot about the food culture also they made us know about their food secrets which was great. We loved every minute and we will definitely do it again.
- Hanadi August 27, 2019

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Marcelle

$36-$100 USD

per person
100% VETTED
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  • 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
$58 $42 $36
Cooking Experience + Meal
$86 $72 $70
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
$100 $86 $84
Alcohol
$8 per person
Transportation
$20 per car
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
1 person 2-4 people 5+ people
In-Home Meal
$58 $42 $36
Cooking Experience + Meal
$86 $72 $70
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
$100 $86 $84
Alcohol
$8 per person
Transportation
$20 per car
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
Experience Timings
Lunch Dinner
In-Home Meal
12:30pm-2:30pm 7:00pm-9:00pm
Cooking Experience+ Meal
11:00am-3:00pm 5:00pm-9:00pm
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
10:00am-2:00pm 4:00pm-8:00pm

Meet Marcelle

Marcelle hosts this experience with her mother Najah. Najah learned to cook at a very young age from her mother and passed down her family's recipes to her daughters. Marcelle works at her own branding solutions and marketing company. She loves to travel, discover new places, and live like a local in each country she visits. Cooking for friends and family is something they all enjoy and they are very excited to share with travelers their knowledge about Lebanese food, life, culture and hospitality.

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: (1-8 guests) Marcelle lives in a modern apartment in Byblos, a beautiful and ancient city just north of Beirut. Their apartment, decorated in a simple, minimalist style overlooks banana plantations and is a quick is a 20-min walk from the old city center of Byblos. Najah has cooked for her family all her life and is an expert cook when it comes to traditional Lebanese cuisine. She loves to use fresh, local and seasonal ingredients when recreating the dishes she grew up eating with her family. Your menu might include dishes such as hummus or baba ganoush, tabbouleh or fattoush, Lebanese mujarada (lentils, rice and caramelized onions), sheikh el mahshi (eggplants stuffed with diced meat and pine nuts) with tomato bulgur pilaf or kibbeh bil sanieh (Lebanese baked minced lamb cake). Your meal concludes with a Lebanese homemade dessert, coffee or tea and fresh fruit.

Cooking experience: (1-5 guests) Join Marcelle in her home kitchen for a 1-2-hour hands-on cooking class. Learn to make three authentic Lebanese dishes from scratch. You will learn to make a starter, salad and dessert with the help of your hosts before sharing with them the meal you helped prepare at their dining table.

Market visit: (1-5 guests) Marcelle will drive you 15-minutes to a grocery store in the old town of Byblos. Please note that this is not a typical market tour to a central bazaar - instead, this is a shopping trip to the neighborhood store where locals shop. Marcelle buys all her local, seasonal and fresh produce and ingredients at this store. Join her to learn about local produce and purchase together a few ingredients for your cooking class. After you shop, Marcelle will give you a quick tour by car of the old town before heading back home to cook and eat.

Notes: Please note that Marcelle can offer vegetarian and vegan meals on request. If there is something specific you would like to eat, please let Marcelle know in advance. Also, if you select transportation, it can only be provided if you're staying inside Jbeil (Byblos).

Languages spoken: English, French, 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.
  • Welcome drink
  • Lebanese mezza: Hummus, Baba Ganouj or Fasolia Arida
  • Salad: Tabbouleh, Fattoush or Seasonal Salad
  • Main Dish: Kibbeh bil sanieh (Lebanese baked minced lamb cake) or Lebanese mujarada (lentils, rice and caramelized onions (mujadara)) or Lebanese sheikh el mahshi (eggplants stuffed with diced meat and pine nuts) or Tomato bulgur pilaf
  • Dessert: Sfouf (almond-semolina cake) or Biskot with raha (traditional sweet)
  • Coffee or tea and fruits
PERSONALLY VETTED REVIEW
A Traveling Spoon ambassador visited this host. Here is their personal review.

Najah and her daughters are very nice hosts and can make the travelers enjoy a great experience of Byblos - an amazing city. They are very passionate about their food, and often cook and eat with their big family and friends. All the food was very tasty and perfectly balanced. The lentil and rice dish was just heart-warming and the tabbouleh was very good.

May, Traveling Spoon Ambassador

Traveler reviews

The family were very friendly and welcoming. We learned a lot about the food culture also they made us know about their food secrets which was great. We loved every minute and we will definitely do it again.
- Hanadi August 27, 2019

Pricing (per person)*
1 person 2-4 ppl 5+ ppl
In-Home Meal
$58 $42 $36
Cooking Experience + Meal
$86 $72 $70
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
$100 $86 $84
Alcohol
$8 per person
Transportation
$20 per car
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
1 person 2-4 people 5+ people
In-Home Meal
$58 $42 $36
Cooking Experience + Meal
$86 $72 $70
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
$100 $86 $84
Alcohol
$8 per person
Transportation
$20 per car
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
Experience Timings
Lunch Dinner
In-Home Meal
12:30pm-2:30pm 7:00pm-9:00pm
Cooking Experience+ Meal
11:00am-3:00pm 5:00pm-9:00pm
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
10:00am-2:00pm 4:00pm-8:00pm
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