About this Business
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Lebanon-born Vivian Semaan spent countless days of her childhood watching her mother and grandmother chop, braise, and bake. Over time, she absorbed the flavors and techniques of her native culture's cuisine. In 1980, Semaan and her family had to leave from Beirut to the United States. As the years passed in their new home, she began to use cooking as a way of keeping Lebanon close to her heart.
Today, Semaan crafts Lebanese cuisine at Mezza Middle Eastern Cuisine, where she once again shares the kitchen with her mother. The two women draw on a wealth of memories as they prepare authentic appetizers, shawarma tucked inside freshly baked pita bread, and savory Lebanese-style pies that are sure to delight anyone lucky enough to be pied in the face. The vegetarian and vegan menu offers creative entrées such as pumpkin kibbeh, and the dessert selection promises treats such as flan-like mouhalabieh. And although the roots of these dishes lie in the Middle East, their ingredients are locally sourced from the Portland area.
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