Away From Politics

Cozmo ABC Achrafieh: Another Surprise from Boubess Group

Wooden features, green leather, metallic structures, reflective ceramics, mirrors, graffiti… Welcome to a piece of architectural wonder… welcome to Cozmo ABC. I have to start by expressing my ongoing confusion when it comes to Boubess’ restaurants. I can’t understand to date how a group like the famous Boubess Empire manages to offer good food in »more...

Eat Guiltlessly and Celebrate Junk Food Day

Forget about the diet today and give in to whatever’s calling your name: crunchy, salty, chocolaty, creamy, cheesy, sweet and savory, or all of the above! Today is an opportunity to guiltlessly eat your favourite junk food. Here are some ideas: Street food Burgers Pizzas Junk food is a derisive slang term for food that is of little nutritional »more...

Some of the Finest Italian Pizzas in Lebanon

Pizza, who doesn’t love pizza? This Italian classic is the second most popular food in the world, after burgers. From Italy to France, the United States to the Middle East, pizzas come in many shapes and sizes, but the end result is the same: an oven-baked, flat bread typically finished off with a tomato sauce, cheese »more...

Angelic

2006 - Lebanon

My mother said,
They still looked beautiful
while they were picking them up
in pieces,
the children.

SONG (re)CYCLE

Here we go again...

Holidays Part 4

Playing backgammon in front of the butcher in al-Zarif I have gone on my annual Trek to the Motherland: I have to replenish my body and soul with energy in order to be able to deal with another year of Lebanon. It is a country of incredible beauty and wonderful people, but the place is a paradox. What you experience in Lebanon in one year, you experience in another country in a life time. The pace of living is so fast, yet so relaxed at the same time, that it drains your energy like no other place.

Dubai’s Luxury Chocolates Delice Opens Now in Harrods

Dubai based luxury chocolate and confectionery brand Delice, just launched at the most exclusive Chocolate Room in the world at Harrods’ London. Delice has confirmed that the London based luxury store will become the city’s sole retailer for this Mediterranean inspired collection of confectionery, delicately handcrafted by its team of connoisseurs in Dubai. A unique »more...

Subway: Why Lebanon Hasn’t Taken to Subway… I Like It

I’m not sure why our country hasn’t taken to Subway. The restaurant’s food is fresh, fulfilling and relatively healthy, surely healthier then all other fast food ideas. My Subway story started back during my university years; a branch opened on the Zalka highway and I remember passing by every other day of the week to enjoy »more...

Flare Pan: Cooking Just Got Faster

A new pan called “Flare Pan” cooks 30% faster than standard pans, due to a new design inspired by jet and rocket engines, which mean it has a series of tapered fins which captures and channels heat from the flame, resulting in efficient and even heat distribution. Developed by University of Oxford engineer Thomas Povey »more...

Malak Al Taouk Has a New Logo

I spotted Malak Al Taouk‘s new logo in Kaslik yesterday and it looks much nicer than the old one. I don’t know why I’ve never liked this place even though a lot of my friends love it. I’ve only tried it once some 6 or 7 years ago and that was it.

Arz Water

I spotted the new slogan on Facebook and I thought it was a new bottled mineral water brand but it looks like it’s been out for years. That’s pretty weird because I never spotted it in any supermarket. I’ve tried most of the brands we have in Lebanon and my favorite has always been Tannourine.

Little Abbas’ Father Apprehended By The Lebanese Police

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Based on reports from Al-Jadeed and LBCI, the security forces have identified the people behind the video that went viral earlier today and was showing a young kid beating another child and being encouraged by his parents. Moreover, LBCI just reported that the Internal Security Forces’ cyber crimes bureau raided the al-Raml al-Ali area in Dahieh to arrest the father of the minor Abbas. T.
This is great news and I am glad this video went viral and these people were arrested. I don’t get if it was the father or some relative or a total stranger who did this, they must be punished accordingly because this is a crime against an innocent child.

My Trip To Jordan: Part2

In case you’ve missed Part1 of my trip to Jordan, you can check it out [here]. I’ve shared in it my experience at the dead sea, at the Baptism site (Al Maghtass) and Ma’In resort. The second part of our trip was the most interesting one as I got to experience Petra by day and by night, spend a whole afternoon in the desert, watch the sunset at Wadi Rum before heading to Aqaba.

WTF?

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The video is uploaded by YaSour but it doesn’t say if it’s in Lebanon or not. They do sound Lebanese though.
What the hell is wrong with people?
via Trella

The Middle East Friendship Chart

Here’s a useful guide done by Joshua Keating and Chris Kirk to explain who’s on whose side in the Middle East. For some reason, Lebanon does not exist on their list but Hezbollah is mentioned.
You can check out the full chart [Here].

Two Lebanese-Australian Killed in The Malaysia Airline Crash in Ukraine

Update: According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the two victims are Egyptian-Australian and not Lebanese.

My Trip To Jordan: Part1

As mentioned previously, I was in Jordan for a week back in May along with a couple of bloggers and media people courtesy of the Jordan Tourism Board. Before talking about the trip, I have to say I am quite impressed by the initiatives taken by Jordan to promote tourism in their country and through the JTB as opposed to what the Tourism Ministry does in Lebanon.
Moving on to the trip itself, and given that it was 1 week long, I thought I divide it into 2 parts:

ISF Clarification Regarding The Highway Picture That Went Viral

via YasaLebanon
I am sure you’ve all seen the above picture by now. As confirmed by the ISF, it is not a fake photo but a real one and there are reasons why the ISF motorist did not stop the young man.

Update: Air Arabia Removed The Video Showing A Wrong Map For Lebanon

Air Arabia decided to remove the video showing a wrong map for Lebanon, however I was checking their promotions for other countries like KSA and Egypt the maps don’t look very accurate as well.

Education Minister Elias Bou Saab Asks Schools To Respect Religious Freedom

This statement comes one month after the Sabis controversy and clearly states that Sabis School has to amend its regulations and cannot by law ban the display of religious symbols. Personally speaking, I’d rather see secular schools in Lebanon and I wish Lebanese students would learn to co-exist away from religious and political considerations. However, the problem with Sabis is that it made an exception for veils which doesn’t make sense coming from a secular school.

LOL: Mooo Ra7 To2ta3 …

I wonder how he fit the cow in this tiny car lol!
Thanks Manal!

Shakira Singing (Badly) a Fayrouz Song

[YouTube] Start watching at Minute 10:30
MTV, Annahar and a couple of other news portals reported that Shakira shared this video but I only found it on some unofficial Facebook group. What caught my attention is that she was singing “A3tini Al Naya” for Fairouz which is a song that is taught in most Lebanese schools. I wonder who taught her that song because it’s a very bad song for belly dancing lol!

Meet Lebanon: An Iron Meteorite Found By NASA’s Curiosity Mars Rover

The massive iron meteorite is roughly two meters wide and might be the largest ever discovered on Mars. I have no idea why they called it Lebanon and whether it is related to our country or not. There’s a smaller piece that was found as well and dubbed “Lebanon B”.
It is worthy noting that the director of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory is a Lebanese called Charles al-Achi. Check out [Here] other prominent Lebanese working for Nasa.

Jazz Nabad and Ma Jazz Kawlouhou - word plays in music.


I just saw the name of a concert in Metro al Madina, "Jazz Nabad" (jass nabad means "to take the pulse") which is an awesome word play....

My Top 12 Favorite Things This Summer

1. Lazy B If you like to go to the beach to actually tan and chill rather than see and be seen, then you need to be in Lazy B in Jîyé this summer. It’s quiet, it’s hippy it’s earthy and super colorful. Every little inch is an Instagram photo opp and it also has one of the cleanest freshest coldest natural salt water lagoons you will see in Lebanon. But be warned service is also lazy.

A New Breed Of Beggars in Beirut

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Very smart ad by DSC!

Banned Anal Exam (Gay Test) Still Being Used By Police In Lebanon

Even though this shameful “gay exam” was banned, some doctors are apparently still using it. I won’t bother explain against what happens during this exam because it’s outrageous, humiliating and is considered torture by the UN. Whomever this doctor is, he should be banned for life.
Lebanon needs to drop Article 534 once and for all and stop considering homosexuality a criminal offence in Lebanon. We need more than just exceptional rulings and banning anal exams.

Wen el Dawle?

via YasaLebanon
I’ve always wondered why these crazy motorists are not stopped by the cops specially that they perform their stunts on the highway. Well it seems the cops don’t notice them somehow.
PS: I am still finding this picture hard to believe and trying to check if it could be fake or not, even though it was posted by Yasa.

New Chiclets Designs

I still prefer the old ones.

Evolution Graffiti in Verdun Vandalized


After memos banning public eating and a string of religiously fueled suicide bombings, coupled with scathing criticism and absurd allegations towards Lebanese nightlife and beach parties, the putrid hand of religious intolerance strikes again, and this time on an iconic piece of graff in Verdun.

REGIONAL FREE TRADE MAP

Noura Andrea Nassar is a Lebanese artist with a column on the blog satirizing different topics each week. Check out her awesome work here!

Ex-PM Saad Hariri Taking Selfies

Hariri’s Selfie while biking in Riyadh
Some are saying this selfie is only few days old. If that’s the case then it’s a very bad time to be doing so specially with what’s happening in Lebanon and Gaza.