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Kathy Wakile Is Making Us Drool on a Nostalgic, Foodie Vacation in Lebanon (See the Pics)

The #RHONJ mom, who's just opened a restaurant in New Jersey, is doing some "research" abroad.

By Tamara Palmer

Kathy Wakile has just soft opened her new spot, Pizza Love in New Jersey, but The Real Housewives of New Jersey chef and restaurateur is currently on vacation in Tyre, Lebanon, where husband Richie Wakile was born. The couple have visited the houses where he and his mother grew up, and lingered for food and drinks by the water.

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📍Tyre, Lebanon #tyre #soure #livelovelebanon #whatsuplebanon

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They're also spending time with Richie's family and even his first two childhood friends. 

But Kathy's "food journal" on Instagram, which includes enticing shots of flatbreads being cooked on hot griddles, is what will give you #travelenvy and shouldn't be looked at on an empty stomach. You've been warned.

Food Journal: Lebanese Edition #lebanon #livelovelebanon #whatsuplebanon

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Lebanese food has an equal place with Italian food at the Wakile family's Thanksgiving table every year.

"Since my husband’s Lebanese and I’m Italian, the Italians don’t just make turkey, they make lasagna, a pasta dish, then the turkey, and the antipasto first. The Lebanese do the same thing," she explained to OK! "So we’ll have two turkeys, for sure. There’s the traditional stuffed turkey, then a Middle Eastern stuffed turkey, with rice and pine nuts and ground beef. It’s unbelievable. I go to that one, because it’s something I don’t have all the time. We’ll have an Italian section, traditional American goodies, and the Lebanese favorites, too. We have so much food that we have to invite four friends each to finish it all."

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