Tania Kassis talks about her faith, food and the achievable principles of being a lady. Her cooking skills captured our attention at Al Sultan Brahim in Downtown Beirut, with Managing Partner Tony Ramy
«I LOVE LEBANESE FOOD, WHICH IS WHY I WAS SO HAPPY TO TAKE PART IN THIS COOKING SESSION AT MY FAVORITE LEBANESE RESTAURANT»
What was the first thing you remember cooking?
Tortellini gratin – it’s my specialty – one of the very few things I can cook.
What was the last good meal you had and where?
It was two days ago in Italy, one of the best seafood pastas I had in Rimini,
while I was there for a concert.
What made you pursue a life in music?
The feeling I get when being on stage… It’s so unique! Music is my therapy and my life. My musical influence has been Sarah Brightman, with her combination of musicals, but also her world music influences in a pop-opera style. In parallel, my faith played a major inspirational role and my privileged relationship with the Virgin Mary inspired me come up with what has been my greatest hit – the Islamo-Christian “Ave Maria.”
What’s the craziest thing you have ever eaten?
I’m not a fan of crazy things in food. I’m not very adventurous in such things, however, when I’m hungry, I can eat heavy things at non-conventional times of the day, like having a poutine (French fries topped with gravy) in Canada for breakfast!
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