Lebanon is part of the Middle East and is geographically located West of Syria and North of Israel. Lebanon borders the Mediterranean Sea which connects the country to the Western world. Because of this, Lebanon is a region of cultural and religious diversity.
The culture of Lebanon reflects the legacy of various civilizations spanning thousands of years. The first settlers in Lebanon were known as the Phoenicians whom the Greeks called as such because of Purple dye, a product they manufactured to colour the robes of Mesopotamian royalty. The Phoenicians lived near the sea banks, and therefore, they were also known as seafarers. They travelled the Mediterranean Sea, connecting the East and the West, spreading their culture and embodying the culture of places they have been to. The ideas they’ve brought to the Western world paved the way for the Golden Age of Greece or The Classics, which became the foundation for today’s modern Western world. Aside from this, the Phoenician’s greatest tangible legacy comes in the form of the Phoenician alphabet which is the basis for today’s modern alphabet.
Since Lebanon is surrounded by different countries which gave birth to different religions, the country shares more than five different beliefs. Among them include Christianity, Islam, Shi’as and Druzes. These religions, though different in their beliefs, preached the value of brotherhood and camaraderie, especially between family members.
Lebanese people love spending time with their family; whether for leisure or for the time of business. They love to eat together and give praise to the member who prepared the food.
Despite the ethnic, linguistic, religious and denominational diversity of the Lebanese, they “share an almost common culture”. Lebanese Arabic is universally spoken while music and literature are deep-rooted “in wider Mediterranean and Levantine norms.” However, one of the greatest influences they received from their ancestors is reflected in today’s Middle Eastern cuisine. Their dishes have Greek, Turkish, Persian, French, and Arabic influences, while traditional Lebanese cuisines include kebbe, lamb, wheat, tabbouleh, parsley, mint, and tomatoes.
Lebanese people enjoy spending time with their loved ones by drinking coffee or eating food. At Elie’s Tent, you get to experience all these. We are a family restaurant serving authentic Lebanese cuisine. We, the Jabbour family pride ourselves with our Lebanese heritage, and we are pleased to share our love of the Lebanese culture; from music and dance through Harem Night and of course, to our special homemade cuisines.