Hello everyone! Can you believe it’s July already? I could swear it was December last week! Anyway, July is one of my favourite months, and for that I decided to make a very classic dessert from the French cuisine: Baba au Rhum! (Rhum cake).
Hello lovelies! Today I am sharing a very special recipe: traditional french Dark Chocolate Tart.
This tart is everyone’s favourite at home. It is very heart warming and brings instant happiness. This recipe is traditional with simple ingredients, yet it has a very fancy and sophisticated taste!
First of all, TGIF!!!
Second of all, I’m spending the day alone at home with nothing much to eat and zero intention to get dressed for anything or to order food (still working on that triple chin from Christmas)
And so for that, I decided to make my favourite comfort food, a good old Fettuccine!
It’s a simple recipe that takes around 15 minutes to cook and 2 minutes to devour. There goes nothing:
On Wednesday October 9, I had the pleasure to attend an exquisite foodies get-together, organized by Zomato Lebanon and held at the Hangout Beirut. We were first greeted by the owner, Mr Salim Heleiwa who gave us a tour of the restaurant, which was a 19th century house, and explained to us its history, not forgetting a single detail! Mr Heleiwa is passionate about wine and fine cuisine, and this passion was perfectly translated with the dinner later on.
So I was on a quest to find a decent french bistro in Lebanon with affordable prices and high quality meals. And here we are: Au Bistro de Michel!
It is a small hidden place in the alleys of Ashrafiye (Behind Rizk Hospital). The place can serve up to around 30 customers at once. Cozy atmosphere, super friendly waiters, and Michel himself is just AMAZING. He greets every customer personally and chats with them from time to time, he will make sure you are having the best experience you could get at his bistro.
Now back to the food. You don’t have a wide variety of dishes to chose from which is good for some (like me, it didn’t take me 30 minutes to decide) and bad for others. We ordered:
A cheese plate : The cheese presented happened to be my favourite so there’s no complaining at all! The bread was hot and fresh and the waiter would change the basket as soon as it’s empty or if the bread got cold.
Australian Steak : It was exactly the way I asked for it to be cooked, well done from the outside but still tender on the inside. Simply perfect!
Poulet Forestière : The flavours mixed well, and the chicken was tender and delicious!
For dessert: Moelleux Chocolat de Cedrik: Apparently, nobody eats at Michel’s without having this dessert, and now I know why! (My phone died so I couldn’t take a picture, I will just borrow it from my food reference in life, the great No Garlic No Onions)
So as you see, I am in love with Au Bistro de Michel. I couldn’t find a single negative detail about this place. Recommended to EVERYONE!
Rouge Bordeaux is THE place for a fine dining experience. The place looks like an old house in Gemmayze, renovated into a classy bistro à vin. The décor and lighting are very cozy, the waiters are super friendly, the prices are very fair and they have a singer (English and French) every Saturday night.
They do not have printed menus. The waiter will present to you their dishes written on a black board and will explain to you what each platter consists of.
We started with a plateau de fromage et charcuterie. The platter had many types of cheese and cold cuts and the waiter added a generous portion of foie gras (on the house, which was really cool!)
Boeuf Bourguignon (their specialty). It is indeed a generous portion. This plate was just perfect and I had no complaints about it.
Cuisse de Canard Confite. The waiter was kind enough to point out that duck meat is rich in fat in case we had a problem with that (of course we didn’t :P) The duck was amazing, but I didn’t like the potatoes much, I thought that they were too greasy and needed to be lighters since the Canard is already high in fat.
Our meal was accompanied by a bottle of white wine (Pouilly) served of course in an ice bucket and the waiter never let our glasses go empty!
Unfortunately, we didn’t have any place left for desserts, even though they had some pretty interesting things. I will definitely pass by again to try them!
There is also a little detail that I didn’t like. Upon arriving, the waiter opened a big bottle of water without asking us and we were charged 6500 LL for it (we barely drank one third of it!). I think it is up for the customers to decide if they want it or not.
As you guys see, I really enjoyed my dining experience at Rouge Bordeaux. There is no doubt that I will be coming back again very soon, and I recommend it to all my lovely readers for a romantic date or a cozy get-together