6 Aug 2016, 5:43pm
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619-269-9904
5965 El Cajon Blvd
San Diego, CA, 92115


Lebanese Comfort Food at ALFORON

Alforon comfort food geographically speaking spans in variety from the North of the Country of Lebanon to the South and from its beach cities to the Bekaa Valley which borders Syria, and to the Mountainous regions, encompassing to the various religions and their cultural beliefs with all off it’s  influences on the history and traditions of comfort food preparations from every household kitchen to another.

You would think there is not that vast difference in it’s food preparation but reality checks in at tasting time, one would find the differences are in the way each and every area prepares theirs…  Knowing the difference in our Lebanese Culture starts at a very very young age. One knows for example if a certain Kibbie has a Northern flare or Beirut (The Capital) Flare. Of course restaurants in the various communities take their own flare adding to that vast variations of the Lebanese Cuisine. it is no different really then say the Chinese Cuisine with the Cantonese style or Mandarin and the likes, or the Indian cuisine with its vast culinary expertise and variations including strong Vegetarian options; except China and India, used as examples, cover populations in the billions, and mass territories; Lebanon on the other hand is as big as San Diego County  if not smaller with a population of about 3.5 Million. (In 2016 Lebanon reached an unprecedented level with refugees reaching over 6 Million in residents).

The idea is that such a small territory in Lebanon can have such a rich Cuisine radiating throughout the Middle East and all over the World. Alforon is that Lebanese Restaurant representing this Cuisine with it’s vast culinary styles, rich in Vegan (Lenten) dishes and Clean meat options that are in rare existence in So Cal or the State of California. Give us a try a see for yourself why our restaurant has received and continues to receive recognition articles, fantastic accolades, Great Write Ups and Awards. We continue to strive to bring you the best of our Heritage in Cuisine.

ALFORON

5965 El Cajon , BLVD, San Diego, CA 92115

 

6 Feb 2015, 4:24pm
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619-269-9904
5965 El Cajon Blvd
San Diego, CA, 92115


Zaatar

ZAATAR,

An amazing herb widely used in Lebanon and the Middle East. Zaatar is the morning flat bread of Lebanon, it is by far the most popular on the go food. It exists in 100% of the Lebanese households; you will be hard pressed not to find a home without Zaatar in its Pantry. At home is is mixed with the best of olive oil available, it is close to Wild Thyme in the west but really different in that part of the world and mainly because of the way it is harvested wild and definitely Organic.

Zaatar cannot be grown in controlled environments, it run wild in the hills of Lebanon and is picked up and dried then mixed with various levels of toasted sesames to add flavor and to extend shelf life. Usually Stored in glass jars, Zaatar is then mixed in a glass cup with the olive oil for an anytime snack. In Bakeries Zaatar mix is spread over flatbread with some vegetable oil and in some cases a bit of Olive oil and baked in a 500 degree oven then sold on the go. Labni, tomatoes, olives and fresh mint is added to make one of the most delicious mixtures of any mana’eesh in that part of the world. A palm size zaatar is it also added to the traditional appetizer platters in Parties and Holidays along with other lebanese platters like the triangular spinach pie and the square Traditional Lebanese Sfeeha.

you can find all these and order them as Authentic as they come at:

ALFORON, 5965 El cajon Blvd, San Diego, CA 92115

 

16 Mar 2014, 2:33pm
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619-269-9904
5965 El Cajon Blvd
San Diego, CA, 92115


LahmBajeen story and origin

I have always been in love with “LAHM BAJEEN” ( Meat on Dough) as it is called in our Lebanese language which derives as a language and slang from the Arabic language.

“Lahm” in Lebanese  means “Meat” and “Ajeen” means “Dough”. Now you got it,  it’s Meat on Dough. With it’s history and age, as this word got transplanted throughout the Turkish Empire with it’s enormous influence which spanned from the Kazakhs to North africa and Eastern Europe. This huge area transformed the name from “Lahm Bajeen” to become so many different ones like Lamacune or Lahmajune which is the common name for lahm Bajeen in Turkey and Armenia. It is clear that lahm or Ajeen have no meaning in the Turkish or Armenian Languages, the fact remains that it was a transposed name originating in Greater Syria to include Lebanon, and it’s original name of Lahm Bajeen.

The popularity of this dish in this part of the world like Lebanon, Armenia, Turkey, Syria and other Middle Eastern Countries has made it as popular as Hamburgers in the western world, except it is much much older then that, say several hundred years older.

You can enjoy this Authentic flat bread at ALFORON as it is meant to be made. Very true to it’s origin of an extremely thin flattened 2.1Oz of our dough spread over a 12 inches in diameter made from a High Grade Unbleached Hard Wheat Flour and topped with about a third pound of meat, tomato, onions and it’s original spices.

Enjoy!!!

 

 

 

8 May 2013, 2:42pm
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Alforon Restaurant
619-269-9904
5965 El Cajon Blvd
San Diego, CA, 92115


Mediterranean Restaurants

Why is Mediterranean Cuisine so Popular? one asks.

It is first and foremost as simple a cuisine as it gets; this cuisine uses basic, simple and earthly ingredients found all around the eastern and Northern edges of the Mediterranean Sea. The focus in the cuisine is on Hearty vegetables, leafy greens, olive oils and fresh and simple mixes of spices that the western world had long moved away from, but slowly getting back to. No complications here and no secrets to their mix either, it is as simple as the Trio as we always called in our house fresh Garlic, Fresh Lemon juice and the ever popular Extra Virgin olive oil that no house in Lebanon is found without. This trio applies to just about fifty percent of the Mediterranean dishes. Now the Trio is also used as the base from which you build the dish and build the flavors that applies to whatever you plan on cooking. Mediterranean cuisine in very much into Fruits, vegetables  grains, Nuts, Beans, Leafy greens, Herbs, Seeds and Fish. add to it the best part in Flat Bread baking.

Use that on a bed of Romaine lettuce and you have one of the healthiest, tastiest dressings you have ever tried, it is simple and extremely affordable and available in almost everyone’s Pantry.

Use that Trio on a bowl of Fava Beans or Garbanzo (ChickPeas) and you have one of the most filling Vegan dish, satisfying and healthy dishes. Most of all the simplicity and it’s rich Nutritional value.

Use it on Green Beans and or spinach, or try it on a bed of steamed kale. you will have the best side dish to compliment any Entree.

Use it on a piece of flat iron Beef or Chicken and now you have  an amazing simple marinate.

ALFORON has dozens of dishes that uses the TRIO some are listed on the Menu some are not ask us about our non published menu items that are purely Vegan or vegetarian. You will find them very appetizing, filling and fulfilling.

This is the best Heart Healthy diet recommended by most if not all Scientific Organizations and Dietitians for the best weight control and the prevention of Major Chronic diseases.

Enjoy,

ALFORON

5965 EL Cajon Blvd, San Diego CA 92115

 

 

2 Jul 2011, 10:02pm
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619-269-9904
5965 El Cajon Blvd
San Diego, CA, 92115


Lebanese Restaurants in San Diego, Halal & Zabiha Halal Meat

Although our food resembles many other Lebanese Restaurants in San Diego County, it is unlike any of them. In a simple explanation, and acknowledging the many great Lebanese restaurants in San Diego, we decided to Combine the Northern Lebanese style cuisine which maintains a strong traditional cooking style and rich in the keeping the authentic Lebanese desserts like Baklawa, Halawet el jibn to name a couple, with the Southern Lebanon style cuisine rich in meats, flavorful Olive oils, earthy cooking and meat preservations, to the Eastern Lebanon cuisine of the Bekaa Valley rich in fresh meats and vegetables, to the coastal style Lebanese cuisine rich in Leafy greens and seafood dishes, and the Modern style Lebanese cuisine influenced by the Western world, mainly French cuisine and particularly French pastries.

ALFORON combines all mentioned Lebanese cuisines but keeps a strong focus on Mountainous Lebanese cooking. In our opinion, Mount Lebanon has been the pillar in Lebanese cuisine, guarded in safe keep with no outside or foreign influences for generations. Its the Lebanese cuisine that brings all of Lebanon’s flavors and authenticity home in Baking and cooking… That’s us here at ALFORON a Lebanese Restaurant for San Diego to be proud of. We take pride in this authenticity in Baking and Lebanese cooking. For example we use the highest grade Unbleached low Gluten Ground wheat as our main and only flour. We make our dough three to four times a day, this keeps it fresh and maximizes flavours and taste. Our Olive Oil is imported from the old Country, our Zaatar and Summac as well as our Wild pickled cucumbers used as an added flavour on our ever popular Chicken Tawook Flat bread.  Not to forget the one ingredient that brings that Chicken Tawook together and that is our very popular garlic paste that is second to none, made weekly from only natural garlic Gloves and vegetable oil. No Mayonaise  no  artificial anything.  Our Tabouli is made from hand chopped fresh parsley chopped four to five times daily to maintain its amazing freshness and taste.

Now onto our specialty desserts, first our House style, house made house created Aaysh Essaraya, all created form only natural spices and flavors that tops the best Desserts made in the Old Country,  Infused with our secret recipe of heavenly spices to is sure to have you wonder how such a good thing is even able to exist… its that good, we promise it disappoint you. The second Dessert is the Kenefeh served only sat and Sunday in the trditional Lebanese Kaack rivals the best in Lebanon, we make it with tremendous pride of our heritage and share it with you as if you took a trip to Old Lebanon of the 20′s and 30′s. We make all of those here in our Restaurant and from original natural ingredients no artificial nothing. These are a few examples of the difference between ALFORON and other great eateries.

Now you really have to try it to see for yourself what we are all about, and why San Diego has embraced us and gave all the props. We look forward to serving you in our Restaurant

ALFORON
5965 El Cajon Blvd
San Diego CA 92115
619 269 9904

23 Jun 2011, 3:42pm
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619-269-9904
5965 El Cajon Blvd
San Diego, CA, 92115


Manakeesh, Manaeesh, Manaqish

Manakeesh, Manaeesh, Manaqish or in singular form manousheh

(Arabic: مناقيش‎ manāqīsh; sometimes called معجنات mu‘ajjanāt ‘pastry’) is a popular food consisting of dough topped with wild thyme, cheese, or ground meat. Similar to a pizza, it can be sliced or folded, and it can either be served for breakfast or lunch. The word manaqish is the plural of the Arabic word manqūshah (from the root verb naqasha ‘to sculpt, carve out’), meaning that after the dough has been rolled flat, it is pressed by the fingertips to create little dips for the topping to lie in.

Traditionally, Arab women would bake dough in a communal oven in the morning, to provide their family with their daily bread needs, and would prepare smaller portions of dough with different toppings for breakfast at this time.

Classic toppings

Zaatar (Arabic: زعتر, za’tar, manaqish bi’l za’tar). The most popular form of manakish uses zaatar as a topping. The zaatar (wild thyme) harvest wild dried and is then mixed with Summac, sesame seed (sometimes toasted) and olive oil and spread onto the bread before baking it in the oven. It is a favourite breakfast in Lebanon, and Syria, It is also served by cooks as part of a meza, or as a snack with a glass of mint tea and feta cheese on the side. Popular also in the Arabian Peninsula, it was likely introduced there by Palestinians making the pilgrimage to Mecca

Cheese (Arabic: جبنة, jubnah). Another type has Akawi cheese toppings instead, and it is a bit more expensive than the thyme manakish.

Minced lamb (Arabic: لحم بعجين, laḥm bi-‘ajīn, “meat with dough, sfiha). Other manakish are served for lunch because of their heavier contents. This popular manakish has lamb topping. The minced lamb is mixed with tiny pieces of diced tomato and vegetable oil, and this manakish is optionally served with ground pepper or pickles and yogurt.

Fancy toppings

Manakish can be prepared pizza-style with a variety of fancy toppings. These may include cheese, meat (beef or turkey), mushrooms, labneh, cheese with honey, or chocolate with bananas.

23 Jun 2011, 2:51pm
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5965 El Cajon Blvd
San Diego, CA, 92115


Lebanese Restaurant / Mediterranean Restaurant / Arabic Restaurant

ALFORON
5965 El Cajon Blvd
San Diego, CA 92115
619 269 9904

12 May 2011, 9:18am
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619-269-9904
5965 El Cajon Blvd
San Diego, CA, 92115


Kenefeh/ Kunafeh/ Knafeh/ Konafah/ Kunafeh/Kunafah – Lebanese style

Knefe, Kanefeh, Kunafah, Kanafeh, kunāfah

Knafeh or Kunafeh Cheese (its spelling variations are as endlesss as its recipe variations)
This is the warm two layer dessert specialty of Lebanon and the Middle East.
Knefeh with cheese or Kenefeh bi-Jibn, is often eaten for breakfast with a sesame-sprinkled kaacké, the traditional Lebanese bread for this dessert.
The topping is made from Freekeh or Mafrookeh a product similar to the filo dough commonly known in the region, semolina based ground fine (Lebanese style) and mixed with Ghee and Butter baked to get its brownish color.
This dessert is served warm with special blend Rose water Syrup.

Enjoy the most Authentic Lebanese version of Kenefeh bil Kaack at
ALFORON
5965 El Cajon Blvd ,
San Diego CA 92115

1 Feb 2011, 1:14am
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619-269-9904
5965 El Cajon Blvd
San Diego, CA, 92115


28 Aug 2010, 10:35pm
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619-269-9904
5965 El Cajon Blvd
San Diego, CA, 92115


Manakeesh or Manaeesh… A little fact.

Manakeesh, Manaeesh, Manaqish or in singular form manousheh

(Arabic: مناقيش‎ manāqīsh; sometimes called معجنات mu‘ajjanāt ‘pastry’) is a popular food consisting of dough topped with wild thyme, cheese, or ground meat. Similar to a pizza, it can be sliced or folded, and it can either be served for breakfast or lunch. The word manaqish is the plural of the Arabic word manqūshah (from the root verb naqasha ‘to sculpt, carve out’), meaning that after the dough has been rolled flat, it is pressed by the fingertips to create little dips for the topping to lie in.

Traditionally, Arab women would bake dough in a communal oven in the morning, to provide their family with their daily bread needs, and would prepare smaller portions of dough with different toppings for breakfast at this time.

Classic toppings

Zaatar (Arabic: زعتر, za’tar, manaqish bi’l za’tar). The most popular form of manakish uses zaatar as a topping. The zaatar (wild thyme) harvest wild dried and is then mixed with Summac, sesame seed (sometimes toasted) and olive oil and spread onto the bread before baking it in the oven. It is a favourite breakfast in Lebanon, and Syria, It is also served by cooks as part of a meza, or as a snack with a glass of mint tea and feta cheese on the side. Popular also in the Arabian Peninsula, it was likely introduced there by Palestinians making the pilgrimage to Mecca

Cheese (Arabic: جبنة, jubnah). Another type has Akawi cheese toppings instead, and it is a bit more expensive than the thyme manakish.

Minced lamb (Arabic: لحم بعجين, laḥm bi-‘ajīn, “meat with dough, sfiha). Other manakish are served for lunch because of their heavier contents. This popular manakish has lamb topping. The minced lamb is mixed with tiny pieces of diced tomato and vegetable oil, and this manakish is optionally served with ground pepper or pickles and yogurt.

Fancy toppings

Manakish can be prepared pizza-style with a variety of fancy toppings. These may include cheese, meat (beef or turkey), mushrooms, labneh, cheese with honey, or chocolate with bananas.