It's impossible to get decent Lebanese food here. The taste is off, or the texture is off, and no, there is no such thing as "authentic Lebanese empanadas," no matter what the menu may claim at one local place. It's not even possible to buy hummus at the store, or tabbouleh, and forget about finding some solid baba ghanoush ANYWHERE. It pains me greatly, because two cities ago, I used to make a regular pilgrimage to a place with homemade pita bread and baba ghanoush just for lunch. I LURVE it. Needless to say, tahini is also impossible to find.
Today I decided to make my own everything. Chickpeas are only available dried, so I soaked them. I roasted sesame seeds, and whirled them with sunflower oil. I baked puffy pita bread from scratch, chopped up parsley and tomato and onion. I prepared rice, marinated beef for kebabs. Work, work, work, work.
In the end, it was all pretty good, except for the hummus. The sesame seeds looked white, but I think it truth they were brown. It made super dark brown, very nutty tahini, and it was a bit strong for my tastes. All in all, not a bad first try.