Farmer's Markets and Farm-To-Table Eating In Beirut
Souk el Tayeb has a backstory that would warm the coldest of hearts. Lebanese food justice hero, Kamal Mouzawek, was instrumental in creating the souk, which has become the premiere farmer's market in Lebanon.
Producers from all over the country -- from various sides of the political and religious fence -- put aside their differences and come to the souk to showcase and sell their artisanal goods and fresh-made foods. While you can try everything from fresh made mannoushe (a Lebanese flatbread with zatar (pictured)) to green almonds, the real gem is Tawlet which is a restaurant extension of the market.
Tawlet invites the market farmers and producers to cook at the cafe and the menu and producer changes daily. This cafe has become a hub from the burgeoning food scene in Beirut and there's always something delicious on the menu.