Lebanese street corner bakeries

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Manoushe_01_copy « If you bake bread with indifference, you bake a bitter bread that feeds but half of man’s hunger »
-Gibran Khalil Gibran

The manóushé is the quintessential Lebanese breakfast. Named for the Arabic word na’sh which refers to the way the fingertips of the baker “engrave” the dough, the manóushé is indeed engraved upon our collective memories as Lebanese. The smell of manóushé bi-zatar in the morning catapults a Lebanese person back in time to a lively childhood birthday party, breakfast on the go with classmates before an exam, or a cozy morning spent tête-à-tête with a loved one.

Satisfying and tasty, it is truly a classless commodity. Tiny bakeries across the country sell this dsc of dough pressed flat and baked with a topping of wild thyme, sumac, sesame seeds, salt and oil. One can find a manóushé literally anywhere, from the poorest neighborhoods to the…

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