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To celebrate the end of the year I enjoyed a relaxed Lebanese brunch with a dear friend in a booth soaked in winter sunshine. Pretty amazing, right?! The pop-up brunch from Quincho, served up at Pine St Kitchen, was some of the tastiest, most flavorful food I’ve had all year.

If you haven’t heard of Quincho, you need to. Quincho brings global food experiences (pop-up meals, workshops, and gatherings) to the Gorge with the intention of strengthening community. Two things I love!

I’ve never been to Lebanon, but after this brunch I am dying to go. Quincho’s founder, the talented Giselle Kennedy Lord, is half Lebanese and the menu was a reflection of the food she loves and grew up eating.

The chewy flatbread with za’atar and ultra creamy labenah (thick, strained yogurt cheese) had me swooning at first bite. I am not normally a fan of potatoes, but the crispy, smoky harissa taters were incredible. And then there were the pickled shizo turnips and perfectly fluffy eggs. I should have stopped eating, but the food was so, so, so good that I couldn’t pass on trying the rose water pudding. The cold and creamy pudding, topped with pistachios and pomegranates, was the perfect end to a luxurious meal I won’t soon forget. I can’t wait to see what Quincho serves up next!

I am also super excited to eat at Nashi Ramen’s pop-up dinners at Pine St. Kitchen this winter…stay tuned for a future post on that one.

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