Nation of Immigrants: How a Lebanese Restaurant Chain Was Born in Kansas

Alex Harb, the owner of Meddys in Wichita, has his eyes set on rolling out fast-casual Lebanese cuisine across the nation.
Dave Simpson

How Scientists Are Ensuring Syria’s Seeds Survive War and Climate Change

Between climate change and war, Syrian agricultural history and diversity are under unprecedented threat. Here’s a glimpse into the ways that scientists are working around the clock to ensure that the country's seed diversity doesn’t get wiped out...
Emma Beals

Making Wine, Not War, in Lebanon

"We bring grape samples by taxi from Syria to decide when to harvest there," says Karim Saadé, a winemaker based in Lebanon who sources grapes from across the border. "We’ve adapted to the situation."
Amy E. Robertson

Grilling Quail with a Forensic-Psychologist-Turned-Chef

At Morito, the new East London outpost of famed Exmouth Market tapas restaurant Moro, head chef (and former forensic psychologist) Marianna Leivaditaki grills quail over charcoal before dressing with pomegranate molasses and Lebanese pistachios.
Nell Frizzell
Ice Cream

Meet Beirut’s Ice Cream King, Whose Shop Survived a Civil War

Mitri Hanna Moussa claims that his ice cream shop didn't close "even when bombs were going off.” The oven he uses to bake his cookies is still pitted by shrapnel.
Amy E. Robertson

Paris's Falafel Rivalry Is a Full-Blown Food War

A ruthless battle is being fought in plain sight: Who, between L’As du Fallafel or Mi-Va-Mi, is the best dealer of chickpea patties in Paris—or should we say, the world?
Sarah Koskievic
Middle Eastern food

How Ecuador Fell in Love with Shawarma

Ecuador's relatively lax immigration policy continues to make it an attractive destination for people from the Middle East, and they're bringing their food traditions with them.
Melissa Kitson

The Starving Syrian Town of Madaya Is Finally Getting Food Aid

Madaya, 25 kilometers northwest of Damascus and 11 kilometers from the Lebanese border, has been besieged by Syrian forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad and the Lebanese militia Hezbollah since July. Cut off from access to food, some residents in...
Wyatt Marshall

Palestinian Refugees Are Starting an All-Female Food Truck in Lebanon

As the leaders of two different NGOs, Mariam Shaar and Myrna Atalla are working together in the hopes of empowering the female residents of Lebanon’s Bourj el-Barajneh refugee camp.
Alex Swerdloff
Fast Food

Somebody Made Millions Selling In-N-Out Franchises That Didn't Exist

This week, 56-year-old Newport Beach native Craig Stevens was sentenced to two years in prison after pleading guilty to wire fraud for the solicitation of more than $4.2 million from swindled investors who had purchased nonexistent In-N-Out franchises...
Alex Swerdloff

Battle-Scarred Tripoli Is Going Gluten-Free

The second-largest city in Lebanon is better known for its widespread unemployment, poverty, and violent clashes than for its pioneering enterprises and new cuisines—but it's lately become the epicenter of the wheat-free wave now spreading across the...
James Haines-Young

Beirut's First Pay-What-You-Want Restaurant Is Bringing Sri Lanka to Lebanon

Beirut's Motto is more than a pay-what-you-can restaurant. The cozy spot also lets migrant workers cook the foods from their home countries.
Sophie Chamas