I just love discovering new food experiences that randomly come across me and that are a true revelation. It is not often that this happens, so when it does, I have to write about it because people who make great food deserve to be heard of.
I’ve recently had this experience when my dear Priscilla told me that her mom’s friend makes olive bread, if we ever wanted to try it. And then one day, for some celebration, Priscilla brought some to the office with her. It comes in the shape of a crown, it’s soft and moist, and it smells like heaven with notes of thyme, olives and vanilla.
And then you taste it. What can I say about its taste? Where do I start? There are sweet milky notes that combine to perfection with the thyme. The dough has the right amount of salt and the olives bring the earthy notes that make for a perfect finish. It is simply incredible. It’s like eating a cake that’s not a cake and you get to enjoy it with Labneh (my favorite), cheese or zaatar. Even if you do not wish to add anything to it, it’s still as delicious and you simply cannot stop eating it. I have been to many, many restaurants in Lebanon and around the world and believe me when I say this is the best olive bread I’ve ever tasted in my life.
Of course, I wasn’t going to write a blog post about it and not leave you with the contact details of the lady who makes it. Her name is Chantal Feghali and you can reach her on 03589837. She also makes the same but replaces the olives with cheese, chocolate or cinnamon. I have yet to taste these variations, but I can assure you that the olive bread will be a revelation for you, just as it was for me.