Mzaar Kfardebian is a ski resort in Lebanon and is the largest ski resort in the Middle East. It is an hour's drive from Beirut, the capital of Lebanon. It is also known as Ouyoune el Simane.
«Mzaar» is the Arabic word for shrine or sanctuary. The highest peak in Ouyoune el Simane was called «Jabal el Mzaar» after a small Roman temple built on its top. It is believed that the Romans were using fire as signals to communicate between the coastal area and Baalbeck, or Heliopolis, through Faqra and the Mzaar peak.
On the way up to Mzaar ski resort you can eat for breakfast start your day in a positive tone with Em Bashir. I have never been a fan of mankoush, but the moment I tried Em Bashir, I was struck by the heart. The dough is unique. And for the love of lahme baajine you must try Afif’s delicious food, the man behind the Mar Charbel bakery, is a must stop on my trip to street restaurants in Faraya - especially if you are looking to have a laugh while enjoying delicious bites. Also, you can find Abou Artine They prepare homemade food with an Armenian touch that is like nothing you have had before. My favorite is homemade soujok, instantly baked on Saj, filled with the famous Armenian meat.
On your way back from mzaar, at lunch time you should pass by El mexicano restaurant up on the Faraya roundabout, where food is prepared by Fernando and his beloved wife Edith. This is not another Tex-Mex restaurant, but a real Mexican restaurant where you can taste and enjoy the real flavors of Fernando's hometown; Real flavors of South America: Quesadillas, enchiladas, tacos, and mouthwatering desserts. Moreover, Le Relais. One of the first restaurants to open in Kleiaat. If you are spending the summer in Keserwan or simply living in the region, you will get to know Le Relais. This famous place is not only a restaurant but is also known as a producer of bread and other related unique products that are in supermarkets in the country. Le Relais already existed in front of the Wooden Bakery and Moulin D'Or… It still serves great food, generous portions in a pleasant atmosphere.
And if you are in the mood for some crepe head to Mr. Crepe in Feytroun settled next to Supermarket Bou Khalil on the Feytroun highway leading to Mzaar Skiing Resort. They have been serving the same quality crepe mix for the past 30 years.
Lebanon, also Land of the snow!