December 18, 2020

The Ultimate Gift Guide for Christmas 2020

It’s that time of the year again to make the list and check it twice!

As goes the tradition, Berytech’s gift guide list celebrates the innovators in their community including gifts from QOOT Cluster members with all the innovations they have to offer us, giving you hints on what to eat, drink and shop for.

Needless to say, shopping locally has a whole new meaning and purpose this year. So, without further ado here’s a glimpse of Berytech’s Ultimate Gift Guide for Christmas 2020.

Lebanese Food & Drinks

Since French cheese and wine already taste like an old memory, the disappearance of Mr. Franklin could be a blessing in disguise for your palate. We’re here to help you build your bar, buffet or gift basket with some fine local food and drinks.

Starting with the drinks, the Three Brothers promise you Lebanese gin that is ‘super smooth, and without any of the nasties that can give you a sore and sorry head’ we’re taking their word for it, although we did google “what’s bathtub gin?”

Next on the menu is Cave des Ours with their innovative apple arak from 100% apple juice and green anise, distilled three times to obtain the pure, authentic and traditional Lebanese drink we all love.

Colonel Beer remains your one-stop-shop for locally made artisanal beer, arak, gin, and vodka. Our inside tip is that if you take your empty bottles for a refill you get a cut on the price. Hats off for putting that circular economy in motion!

If you’re not too excited about going out shopping with your double mask and sanitizer tank, we’re more than happy to remind you of the most reliable way of shopping: online! 209 Lebanese Wine is where you can find an expanded offering of Lebanese-made wine and spirits.

Moving on to food, the root of all happiness, we’d like to start with an all-time favorite, king of Lebanese cuisine: zaatar, with non-other than The Good Thymes and their constant innovations with this ultimate crowd-pleaser.

Coming close after that is the mother of breakfast, lunch, dinner, and all sandwiches in between, Labneh. For this particular occasion, we’ve chosen the spiced Labneh balls in oil from Go Baladi. Our strategy? Stick them on toothpicks and call them hors d’oeuvres.

Another holiday favorite has to be the French style goat cheese from Goutblanc. Besides complementing every possible carbohydrate slice you can think of, we recommend it stuffed in baked chicken breasts with zaatar. Guaranteed to impress the mother-in-law. 😉

While you’re at it you might as well use the Smart Gourmet Hommos paste and call it your own. It’s vacuum-packed and preservative-free. The bags will most definitely find their way into a traveling family member’s luggage too. They travel well. Tried and tested.

For dessert, forget about decadence but still indulge, we’re giving you enough healthy choices to beat the sugar rush, starting with The Dry Company’s dehydrated fruit bags. Honey crisp apple chips anyone?

Eshmoon has added to their naturally sweetened line finger licking good Buche De Noel, vegan ice cream, and chocolate cake made with almond flour. You will find something for every food intolerance on the table.

Check the full gift guide for this year on Berytech’s blog section here.


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