Casino Kraitem

Casino Kraitem
Berdawni, Zahle, Zahle District, Lebanon


A walk beside the Berdawni River in Lebanon on a beautiful summer day,
passing small carriage shops that have many things to sell on display
Homemade sweets, and handmade small souvenirs
And in the background there’s low music playing that sounds good to the ears

As I walk,
a small carnival-like amusement center catches my eye
Old fashioned classics,
but with a hungry stomach I just keep passing by
Until Casino Kraitem comes into view,
an outdoor dining restaurant
With a wonderful view next to the Berdawni river waterfall,
this is exactly what I want

What makes it even better is that this restaurant is 100% Lebanese
Meaning it has any Lebanese dish you would like, everything from A-Z
The classic Middle Eastern Mezza spread is my top appetizer food
And with service that’s professional and fast,
it puts me in a good mood!
Waiters are friendly,
always near the table to assist no matter what the need
Although I can speak Arabic,
for the foreigner,
their English is well indeed

Homemade Arak that is prepared and provided is a Lebanese tradition with dinner
And when I try the Kabob and Chicken,
that’s when I hit the ultimate winner
A fresh and natural taste that you can’t find in the States
And as I eat each small food like hummus, tabouli, and potato fries…
I keep refilling my plate
As soon as I feel like my stomach can’t take anymore…
complimentary fruits are served, a custom in Lebanon that I adore!

With the breeze from the river,
and food that brings a smile to my face
If you’re looking for authentic Lebanese food in Lebanon,
Casino Kraitem in Zahle is the place!

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  1. tarnishedsoul

    September 16, 2016 at 5:58 pm

    Is it your poetry or is it your photographs? I’m not sure, but I’m always salivating when I finish reading one of your posts. 🙂

    1. Donna Chlimon

      September 17, 2016 at 12:32 am

      Haha I’m happy you’re feeling something with my posts either way! 🙂

  2. Forrest Pasky

    September 16, 2016 at 6:05 pm

    This piece makes me think about traveling to Lebanon.
    I look forward to the next course.

    1. Donna Chlimon

      September 17, 2016 at 12:31 am

      I appreciate that!! I hope you get to see it for yourself 🙂

  3. youthfoodblog

    September 17, 2016 at 7:06 pm

    A fun experience and an eloquent poem!

  4. orthodoxer

    September 17, 2016 at 8:31 pm

    This course makes me perceive I am walking beside the river in Lebanon’s beautiful summer days. 🙂 Waiting for next walk.

    1. Donna Chlimon

      September 17, 2016 at 9:06 pm

      I am glad it can make you feel like that!

  5. makingsenseofcomplications

    September 20, 2016 at 2:43 pm

    So hungry now! First, I’ve had to endure Anthony Bourdain’s visit to wonderful Lebanese restaurants and now these even more delicious descriptions and photos. Kind regards, MSOC

    1. Donna Chlimon

      September 21, 2016 at 12:28 am

      Thank you for your kind words!! ?

  6. doubtpuppet

    September 25, 2016 at 8:19 pm

    That’s it I’m moving to the Lebanon

  7. ayeshaloveblogs

    October 31, 2016 at 4:33 pm

    This brings water in my mouth!

  8. randyjw

    November 5, 2016 at 3:54 pm

    Liked the NY-Bagel reference! Your photo collage is exceptional!

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