christmas eve: lebanese taverna market in arlington

Tuesday, December 24:  Our Christmas Eve morning tradition culminates at the Lebanese Taverna Market in Arlington, where we stop after visiting the Cathedral, to have a casual lunch of fried cauliflower (arnabeet), sambousik, fatayer b’sbanigh, fatayer b’jibne, stuffed zucchini, avocado salad, loubieh (green beans, tomato and whole garlic) and roasted potatoes with zaatar.  We top these off with pomegranate ginger ales.

the Lebanese Taverna market
the Lebanese Taverna market

It’s always bustling in this market because the food is fabulous!!

Inside the warm and cozy market
Inside the warm and cozy market
the good are enticing
the good are enticing
Hibiscus tea
Hibiscus tea
other enticing goods on the shelves
other enticing goods on the shelves

It looks like a miniature supermarket, but there is a small deli counter and a cafe where we can sit and enjoy people-watching.

Adam and Alex at Lebanese Taverna Market
Adam and Alex at Lebanese Taverna Market

After we eat as much as we can eat, we head home to relax a bit, wrap the remaining gifts, clean up our wrapping mess, and prepare Children’s Delight cookies and chicken & apple sausage patties for tomorrow morning. Finally, we enjoy a glass of red wine before heading to my mother-in-law’s house for our traditional Christmas Eve gathering.

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18 thoughts on “christmas eve: lebanese taverna market in arlington

    1. Christine, the Children’s Delight cookies are made with a mixture of granulated sugar, unsweetened cocoa powder, milk and butter mixed in a saucepan. Add peanut butter and vanilla and then pour over quick oats. Then you drop by spoonfuls on a cookie sheet, cool and add cream cheese frosting and Hershey chocolate kisses to the top. My boys made them this year; another tradition they don’t want to abandon!

    1. I think I might have a picture of those sausages to post when I can get to it. They’re quite good: saute onion and chopped Granny Smith apples and mix with ground chicken and sage and form patties and saute them! They’re more delicious than they may sound to your English ears!! 🙂

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