The ancient Lebanese, known as Phoenicians, were well-known for their maritime expertise as sailors and navigators, and for being adventure-loving merchants. Lebanese cuisine has been around since pre-Biblical times and its popular Mediterranean diet consists of a simple fare that is fresh and flavorful. Close your eyes and picture yourself near the sun-drenched waters of distant shores surrounding the Mediterranean Sea, exotic music playing softly while dancers gently sway to the hypnotic melody.
Earthen tile floors are cool under the feet. The scent of strange yet wonderful exotic spices waft in your direction from a nearby kitchen. This is Phoenicia Restaurant in Glendale. Opened in November, the owner, Ara Kalfayan offers a wide assortment of appetizers and entrees on the restaurant's generous menu.
My husband and I ventured out for a Mediterranean evening of great food and lively entertainment. The restaurant offers patio as well as inside dining. The evening was warm enough to sit outside under a moonlit sky with heaters nearby in case the night cooled down.