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The demographically diverse Mina, the harbor town just five kilometers from downtown Tripoli, is distinguished by its nautical charms, guileless diversions and simple indulgences.Some defining features of the area include the verdant islands off the coast – four of which have been declared natural reserves where fish are bred in their natural habitat – the town's old lighthouse and its breezy four kilometer seashore, which is almost always teeming with people who've come from far and wide to take advantage of the fresh air. Scallops have become a popular street food in Mina after the demise of "tutiya," another type of mollusk with a spiky outer shell.STUFFED TRIPE In Mina's fish market is Ibrahim Bandour's famed fast food eatery, serving an assortment of stuffed beef tripe and intestines.It is then boiled and bleached, which gives tripe its characteristic white color.KAAK FROM 80 YEARS Not far from the Bandours' restaurant is Abu Nazih's kaak bakery, which has been making the specialty bread for 83 years. One of Mina's charms is that its vendors are capable of relaying how the preparation of near-staple items, such as kaak, has changed over the years.
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