Lebanon is located in the Levant, and borders the Mediterranean Sea. A unique cultural history has shaped Lebanon’s culture and cuisine. For more than 400 years, the country was ruled by the Ottoman Turks. In 1918, the country fell under the control of the French. In 1946, Lebanon became an independent nation.The Country’s location on the crossroads of three continents, Europe, Asia and Africa has also influenced Lebanon’s cuisine. The result is a delicious and healthy cuisine that has become one of the most popular in the Mediterranean Basin.
Fresh vegetables,, fruit, legumes, low-fat dairy products, fish, nuts and seeds are the foundation of Lebanese cuisine. Many staples of the Lebanese diet, including olive oil, a variety of nuts, stuffed vegetables, yogurt as well as baklava derived from Ottoman influences. Fresh ingredients are enhanced with herbs and spices instead of heavy sauces. The most common seasonings in Lebanese cuisine include mint, parsley, oregano, garlic, nutmeg, and cinnamon. Fresh fruits and vegetables are consumed in much larger portions than meats in the Lebanese diet, and flat bread or pita is eaten at nearly every meal.
At Mazzat San Francisco, you can get a variety of Lebanese dishes bursting with the flavors indigenous to Mediterranean countries. Lebanese dishes, including hummus, falafel and babaghanouj, are made from fresh ingredients that are naturally low in fat and olive oil is used instead of the butter or cream. Try Mazzat San Francisco hummus varieties – which includes original hummus, spicy hummus, hummus with beef shawarma and more – and your heart will thank you for the olive oil goodness in every bite! Satisfy your cravings without sacrificing your health. Lebanese cuisine can help you eat better as part of a healthy lifestyle. Visit MazzatSF.com and schedule your next lunch catering and discover the Art of Eating Healthy©.