Sea Sweet

Sea Sweet
Beirut, Lebanon


Naeem Maalouf, like most of us, one day had a dream
To have a sweet shop of his own,
and he started this dream by having his brothers on his team
In 1966, they opened their first small bakery and their skills they combined
Although it was a success,
after some time each brother had his own goals, so they left it behind
But Naeem opened his own shop in 1976 and named it Sea Sweet
And with dedication and hard work,
it became one of the top dessert shops in Lebanon for treats

From Arabic and French pastry, to Italian ice cream, and a variety of other selections like cakes and croissants
But the number one go to is the Kneffe, which is what everyone in Lebanon wants
The Kneffe is well known at Sea Sweet,
especially in the morning
Most locations only sell it at certain times,
so that’s a warning

Kneffeh is a cheese pastry soaked in sweet sugar-based syrup and is highly popular in Arab countries
And here at Sea Sweet,
the Kneffeh is common in Lebanon as the bagel is in NYC
The dessert is stuffed and served in a Kaak, a Lebanese street bread with sesame seeds
It is freshly prepared,
warm and dripping with sugar syrup,
and most likely you will eat it with speed

With nine branches across the country,
Sea Sweet has a lead name in the sweets world of Lebanon
And with the same persistence it has used from the beginning,
it is sure to be a name that lives on!

Screen Shot 2016-03-22 at 4.45.22 PM

  1. Forrest Pasky

    September 20, 2016 at 7:47 pm

    A perfect serving while having my lunch at my desk here in the Silicon Valley.
    Do you know any places to get good Kneffeh here in the SF/Bay Area Donna?

    1. Donna Chlimon

      September 21, 2016 at 12:27 am

      I know that there’s a pretty big Lebanese population in the Bay Area! I googled Knaffeh and San Fransisco and a number of places showed up! I don’t know any places personally but if you go somewhere Middle Eastern and try it out be sure to let me know ☺️

      1. Forrest Pasky

        September 21, 2016 at 5:13 pm

        I will find a place, try out, and report back here.
        We have a number of folks in our company from Middle East. 🙂

  2. astruewc

    September 20, 2016 at 9:20 pm

    Never had one, look and sound delicious!

    1. Donna Chlimon

      September 21, 2016 at 12:28 am

      It sure is ? I’m sure most Middle Eastern restaurants over here have Knaffeh as well!

  3. orthodoxer

    September 21, 2016 at 2:12 pm

    It drools me by reading only 🙂 I am sure how delicious it would be by having it.:-) Keep sharing such sumptuous stuff.

  4. chrisryan354

    September 23, 2016 at 3:15 am

    What a wonderful description of such a delicious lebenese bread. I love how you tell the history and really make it all come to life. I can almost feel as if I’m there smelling and enjoying this beautiful place. Thank you for sharing your wonderful writing and thoughts

    1. Donna Chlimon

      September 23, 2016 at 4:33 pm

      Thank you for your kind words!

      1. chrisryan354

        September 27, 2016 at 11:37 am

        Your welcome
        Have a great day !

  5. Mel & Suan

    September 25, 2016 at 4:28 am

    There is dedication and love behind each person to make their dream come through. Truly inspirational to all of us!

    1. Donna Chlimon

      September 25, 2016 at 5:36 pm

      I totally agree! Hope all of your dreams come true 🙂

  6. deepanilamani

    October 5, 2016 at 1:09 pm

    Seems really yummy. I don’t know where one can get them in Australia though. Thanks fr sharing lovely food like this 🙂

    1. Donna Chlimon

      October 5, 2016 at 4:01 pm

      I actually think there is a shop they opened in Australia!

    1. Donna Chlimon

      October 14, 2016 at 3:21 pm

      Thank you! I appreciate it 🙂

  7. Ina And I

    November 5, 2016 at 12:22 am

    ✨Beautifully explained, and such a beautiful photo❕❕?

  8. My Artist Life

    November 20, 2016 at 5:59 pm

    This sounds wonderful! I’ll have to find a place near me that makes it and try it!

    1. Donna Chlimon

      November 23, 2016 at 6:32 pm

      Yes you should! And let me know how you like it 🙂

  9. kettleboing

    November 23, 2016 at 10:27 am

    Knefeh, your picture is as much hell as it is heaven. Totally delicioius

Leave a Reply

%d bloggers like this: