Lebanese across the globe celebrate World Manouche Day

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Social media was flooded with Lebanese citizens and manouche lovers posting pictures of them enjoying a manouche. (Shutterstock)
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Social media was flooded with Lebanese citizens and manouche lovers posting pictures of them enjoying a manouche. (Shutterstock)
Updated 03 November 2018
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Lebanese across the globe celebrate World Manouche Day

  • Manouche, which is a prominent breakfast food across the Levant, comes with two main toppings – Zaatar and cheese
  • Social media was flooded with Lebanese citizens and manouche lovers posting pictures of them enjoying a manouche

DUBAI: Lebanese citizens around the world came together to celebrate World Manouche Day on Friday.

Social media was flooded with Lebanese citizens and manouche lovers posting pictures of them enjoying a manouche and expressing their admiration for the dish.

Manouche, which is a prominent breakfast food across the Levant, comes with two main toppings – Zaatar and cheese (and sometimes both!).

It is similar to a pizza in that it can either be sliced or folded.

Locally-famous Lebanese food blogger Anthony Rahayel, known by his online moniker NoGarlicNoOnions, even embarked on a quest to find the best manouche in Lebanon on Friday.

Australia’s Ambassador to Lebanon Rebekah Grindlay even tweeted: “I’m told it’s World Manouche Day – celebrating Lebanon's most delicious breakfast #Manouche with #Zaatar and #jibne and a cup of tea.” – referring to the much-loved "cocktail" manouche that comes with both zaatar and cheese.

While staple toppings are zaatar and cheese, others often top the dough with ground meat and spices, or fermented dried yogurt known as "kishq."

The word mana’eesh is the plural of the Arabic word man’ouche, which comes from the root verb naqasha meaning "to sculpt, carve out", referring to after the dough being rolled flat, and pressed by the fingertips to create little dips for the topping to lie in.
 


Missing ‘Picasso’ thought found in Romania a hoax: report

In this Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2012 file photo, the empty space where Henri Matisse' painting "La Liseuse en Blanc et Jaune" was hanging, right, is seen next to a painting by Maurice Denis, center, and Pierre Bonnard, left, at Kunsthal museum in Rotterdam, Netherlands. (AP)
Updated 19 November 2018
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Missing ‘Picasso’ thought found in Romania a hoax: report

  • Romanian authorities said that it “might be” Picasso’s painting, which is estimated to be worth 800,000 euros ($915,000)

THE HAGUE: A writer who thought she had found a masterpiece by Pablo Picasso stolen in an infamous art heist six years ago said Sunday she was the victim of a “publicity stunt,” the NOS Dutch public newscaster reported.
Picasso’s “Harlequin Head” was one of seven celebrated paintings stolen from the Kunsthal Museum in Rotterdam, The Netherlands in 2012 during a daring robbery local media dubbed “the theft of the century.”
The artworks have not been seen since.
Around 10 days ago, Mira Feticu, a Dutch writer of Romanian origin who wrote a novel based on the heist, was sent an anonymous letter.
“I received a letter in Romanian with instructions regarding the place where the painting was hidden,” she told AFP.
The instructions led her to a forest in eastern Romania where she dug up an artwork.
Romanian authorities, who received the canvas on Saturday night, said that it “might be” Picasso’s painting, which is estimated to be worth 800,000 euros ($915,000). Experts were checking whether it was authentic.
However on Sunday night Feticu told NOS that she was the victim of a performance by two Belgian directors in Antwerp.
Feticu said she received an email from the Belgian duo explaining that the letter was part of a project called “True Copy” dedicated to the notorious Dutch forger Geert Jan Jansen, whose fakes flooded the art collections of Europe and beyond until he was caught in 1994.
“Part of this performance was prepared in silence in the course of the past few months, with a view to bringing back Picasso’s ‘Tete d’Arlequin’,” the directors wrote on their website.
Their production company “currently wishes to abstain from any comment” because it first wants to speak Fetuci, the statement said.
“We will be back with more details on this issue within the next few days.”