Best Meal in Jordan, Cooked "By Myself" at Beit Sitti
Walk up a winding, narrow street in a quiet residential neighborhood of Amman, Jordan. Climb a set of whitewashed, limestone steps and enter a warmly lit small kitchen decorated in deep greens and bright whites with—my favorite—a bright orange refrigerator. During warmer months, a small outdoor terrace offers a place to dine under climbing flowers.
Our tutor for the evening, Maria, met us warmly (and in perfect English) and explained how this was her grandmother's kitchen, and she showed us the spice rack and explained the complex alchemy of Jordanian flavor profiles.
Being the expert she is, Maria had prepped many of the dishes for us so it wouldn't be hours before we sat down to eat. It was, bar none, my best meal in Jordan. Everything was sumptuous and perfectly spiced. Maria also sold me some of the best gifts I bought—spices with beautifully designed labels.
I don't cook, and don't particularly love to cook, and this was a highlight of my trip.