At work, we've been doing a monthly lunch at local places that serve ethnic food. We call it "Cuisines of the World" and May's stop on our world tour was supposed to be Greece. But when someone saw an advertisement for the Lebanese Food Festival that started today, they suggested we visit Lebanon instead...Greece can wait until June.
The festival was at Saint Anthony Maronite Catholic Church on Sadler Rd., in Innsbrook. We headed over at lunchtime, and I was surprised by the number of people who were there! Of course, there were Capital One badges all over the place...which is common anywhere at lunchtime on a weekday in Short Pump or Innsbrook, so there were a ton of people we knew and hadn't see for a while.
They had big tents set up with live music, food tables, and a ton of picnic tables for the hungry masses. I've never had Lebanese food, but have heard good things about it, so I tried a few things. I got a shrimp kabob with rice, which doesn't sound exotic, but this didn't taste like shrimp and rice, it was fantastic! They used a middle eastern spice blend (not sure what the blend consists of) on most of the foods, and a lot of dishes had lemon juice, garlic, and onion, but none of them tasted the same. I also got kibbi, which is a layered concoction of diced beef, onion and pine nuts - yum!
I got spinach and feta pie, which was more of a pastry puff, but wonderful, hummus and pita, and for dessert, I had zalabia, which was fried dough, dipped in a syrup.
Yum! It was good to get out of the office and experience food of another culture, all wrapped up in 1 outing!