What is the best thing to bring home from Beirut?

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Andrew Bossone

If you fall in love with the delicious and often healthy Lebanese cuisine, buy a couple cookbooks and the special spices for Lebanese specialties. Forbes Travel Guide editors suggest you pick up some zaatar, which is Arabic for thyme, but refers to a powdered mix that also includes sumac, sesame seeds and salt. When you get home mix it with olive oil to make a paste that can be spread on warm bread. To jazz it up Lebanese-style, top it off with plain Greek-style yogurt, chopped tomatoes, sliced cucumbers and olives. If you have a sweet tooth you can also find packages of bite-size desserts with variations of baklava and other Balkan delights.

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