Read: Irish Examiner: A bountiful feast served up in Beirut


Food writer, broadcaster and author Caroline Hennessy has been focused on food and writing since editing Ireland’s first food website for RTÉ in 2000. Chair of the Irish Food Writers’ Guild, she established the award-winning Bibliocook: All About Food in 2005, is the author of two books about beer and food and has a column in the Irish Examiner in which she writes about small food producers and the ways in which they develop and maintain a sustainable local food system.

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  1. Joe Keane says:

    Hi Caroline, we are visiting Lebanon next week after a few days in Greece. We are elderly (I am 77) from Ireland and we like pushing out the boundaries in traveling terms. In the last few years we visited places like Panmunjom and Iran. We will be staying in the Coral Hamra, and we have tentative plans to use Lebanon Taxis. Could you please tell me if a couple of short trips to Baalbek and Tripoli are relatively safe in the present climate? Any information appreciated. Joe

    • Caroline says:

      Sounds like you’re well traveled, Joe! While we were there – which is back in March – we did go out of Beirut but only a little way north, to Byblos. The ruins there are well worth exploring – I’d recommend paying for a guide to get the most out of it. There’s also a museum in Beirut, which I didn’t get to. Next time!

      I don’t know what the current situation is in either Baalbek or Tripoli. I think that you’re best to ask the people on the ground and your hotel should be able to help you there. It’s a big of a scramble at the airport so pre-book your taxi or have the hotel send one. Once you’re there, it’s easy to organise things. Have an amazing time, Joe, and make sure you check out Tawlet for the buffet lunch some day. It’s a real treat.

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