Away From Politics

Minis: One Bite Leads to a Whole New Sandwich

Meeting up with some friends who live near American University of Beirut, we headed down to Minis, a fresh new diner covered in red and yellow – two of NGNO’s favorite colors. As the name suggests, Minis is a concept that serves mini sandwiches. You can enjoy more than 59 different sandwiches in a fun and colorful atmosphere.

More Than a Bottle of Wine…

Short on cash, but want to get your better half a bottle of wine as well as a bouquet? Do you have to choose one of either? Here’s a solution. What do you think of this Award Winning Packaging for Blossom Cava Sparkling Wine by PACKLAB from Helsinki.

Azrak Ice Cream: Famous and Now Open for Summer

People come to enjoy Azrak’s unique pastries and ice cream… Driving the distance from Beirut to the beautiful hills of Baabdat in Al Metn is not a problem. They are so popular that a street in Baabdat was named after them… Riri and Robert, the Azrak brothers, have followed their family’s footsteps to create ice cream and sweets, using the best and most natural ingredients, loved and devoured by many.

Let the Egg War Begin: Happy Easter From NoGarlicNoOnions

Be prepared to get your eggs smashed this Sunday… Easter games aren’t just for children, and eggs aren’t just for hunting. Following Easter lunch everyone plunges into the centerpiece of colored eggs to stage an Easter egg tapping fight… Survival of the fittest… Who’s stonger here I wonder, the garlic or the onion?
Whatever you’re doing this Sunday – enjoy some quality fun time with your family and loved ones… NoGarlicNoOnions wishes you all a Happy Easter.

Frost Your Glass in Seconds

With summer around the corner, all we want is a cold drink served in a frosted glass that are usually served at pubs… you can bring this pleasure to your home with the Beer Glass Froster.

Maamoul at its Finest from Nicolas Audi

As Easter approaches, the quest to find the best maamoul in town becomes harder. I have tasted many, went to three different places and received a dozen different kinds by various makers in town… so far nothing has captured the attention of my taste buds. It’s true what they say. Making good maamoul is art by its own right.

The Global Competitiveness Report: Lebanon Infrastructure Ranked 127th Out of 144

According to the 2013 Global Competitiveness Report, Lebanon ranked 116th out of 144 in terms of basic requirements, 125th out of 144 in terms of institutions, 135th and 32nd (out of 144) in terms of macroeconomic environment and health/primary education respectively.

Against Approving The Wage Scale Draft

via Al-Akhbar
I am glad the wage scale draft submitted by the Syndicate Coordination Committee did not pass yesterday, not because the banks and economic committees’ arguments convinced me, nor because I believe the current system is a just one, but simply because it’s not the right time to approve such a bill.

Old Footage (1958) Of The Beirut International Airport

[YouTube]
The quality of the videos is quite impressive!
There are more videos to check out about Lebanon [Here].

FAIL: Allah Ye7meek (الله يحميك)

Allah ye7meek indeed because that so-called camouflage on the back of the car ain’t gonna protect you from anything.

FAIL: Tourist Information At The Beirut – Rafic Hariri Airport

I wonder how hard it is for the Ministry of Tourism to spell-check Lebanese cities. Hamra is spelled differently twice, Achrafieh three times and Broummana is misspelled.

Idiot Of The Day

He’s wearing a helmet though. He obviously cares about his safety.
Spotted by Ahmad Kurdi via Yasa

Telecom Ministry: Higher And Cheaper Internet Speeds Within A Month

Picture via MayaZankoul
Lebanon’s Telecom Minister Boutros Harb is promising faster and cheaper internet speeds within a month as well as unlimited plans. He’s also talking to the Wall Street Journal about fiber optics and implementing Law 431, which would allow free competition in the telecom market and stop the duopoly led by Alfa and Touch.

Bkerke Website Hacked

The website is back to normal now.

Lebanese Civil Defence Volunteers Rescue Woman On Verge Of Suicide

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Post by Civil Defence volunteers.

The woman was identified as being an Ethiopian domestic worker. The Lebanese Police should investigate on the reasons why she was throwing herself off the balcony with the owners.
Great work from the Civil Defence guys!

Douaihy Easter Ads

What does the XO game have to do with Maamoul and is this E-store supposed to mean Easter? I really hope not. On a positive note, I got a Knefe from Douaihy on Friday and it’s still one of the best out there.

Taken from Douaihy

Nadine Magazine Spot On Cover Page And Headline

The woman on the front page with her panties showing told the magazine she will succeed without compromises.
I believe you

Answering ReThinkIsrael’s BuzzFeed Article: The 13 Delicacies That Are Israeli .. Aren’t Israeli

Picture from Al-Abraaj
ThHank you Rumzz for writing this. Read the full article [Here].

On April 13: The Lebanese Civil War Mentality We Need To Get Rid Of

When I first saw the announcement above, I wasn’t really sure if I should laugh at it or criticize it, and as it went viral and Lebanese started commenting on it, I noticed that few people were actually defending whomever posted this announcement and saying that this is the reality we live in. I wasn’t surprised to hear these comments to be honest as sectarianism is still infecting our society and has been on the rise lately mainly due to the Syrian conflict, add to that increased racism against Syrian Refugees.

The 'ghabir' (damage expert) and the tow truck driver I was going to write this amazing post about a fantastic hike in Mazraat el-Chouf, an absolutely beautiful region, especially now that spring has started full-force. But I wrecked my car on the way up there, and had to come down riding the cab of the tow truck. The airbags didn’t even go off; yet the entire front of the car is in pieces, and it was leaking some gruesomely smelling liquid. I should be thankful for all the things that did not happen.

According To BuzzFeed: Hummus, Halloumi Cheese, Cactus Fruit, Falafel, Shawarma, Labneh, Kibbeh and Baba Ghannoush Are Israeli Delicacies

This BuzzFeed article by ReThinkIsrael is so ridiculous and disrespectful to international cuisines that I don’t know where to start. The author could have simply stated there are things you could eat in Israel, but to claim that these are Israeli specialties is just too much. Moreover, how can you claim that a fruit is specialty?

Fashionable Candles for Palm Sunday

This doll is part of an art exhibition at the Beirut Souks done by Cynthia’s Candle. The candles on display are supposedly the world’s tallest Palm Sunday Candles which I hope no one will consider buying for their children. I remember when I was a kid, I had to carry my younger cousin’s 1 meter and a half candle for a good hour just because he was too little to hold it.

On Changing Times

Jesuit priests at the St. Joseph church for the memorial service, a portrait of Van der Lugt in the background I went to a memorial service this afternoon in Ashrafiya.

First Impression: PZZA.Co At The Beirut Souks

Yesterday was the soft launch for The PZZA.Co Italian restaurant so I passed by and had a late lunch there. PZZA.Co is a gourmet italian concept brought to you by the same people behind BRGR.Co, which is by far my favorite burger place in Lebanon. PzzaCo is located right next to Brgrco at the Beirut Souks.

A New Idea For Wedding Planners In Lebanon

[YouTube]
I wonder how much the priest would charge the couple to sing a song for them.

Palm Sunday candles, 2014 edition.

I have covered this before, and every year, the selection gets more interesting from a social and anthropological level... 2011, 2012, 2013, and now this! My main regret is not being able to take a photo of a Coca-Cola dressed candle coming from Gladys Shop (which along with Cynthia's candle, Majica and Maia Dibeh and The Little Frog) proves there are now dedicated brands for a vibrant Easter candles market.

Yazan - Gibran - Orphalese


I may not be the first to comment on this lovely piece by talented graffiti artist Yazan Halwani but I could be the first to make this connection. Yazan placed Lebanese author Gibran Khalil Gibran on a 100,000 monetary bill. But few know that the Prophet's city was Orphalese, which stems from "aur" "philis" - aur is aurum or gold, and philis means lover. So Orphalese is the city of gold lovers - or all persons materialistic. Welcome home Gibran!

Daniella Rahme Craving Al Hallab

[YouTube]
I love Kasr el Helou but I would be yelling at “Hayete Dad” if he takes me from Beirut to Tripoli after I had just landed.
Cool ad nonetheless. Daniella and Hallab overdose 7elo

In Medias Res - soon at Station Beirut



IN MEDIAS RES
April 16 - April 18, 2014
Interdisciplinary Art Exhibition

On show everyday from 7pm - midnight
Opening reception | Wednesday April 16th | 7pm

INITIATED BY: Miha Vipotnik
SEARCHING JOE: Tarek Joseph Chemaly

PARTICIPATING ARTISTS:
Alina Amer (Performance)
Gabrielle Akiki (Photography)
Osman Arabi (Sound Performance)
Rami Bishara (Installation Art)

Cafe Nicola: Lisbon’s Tourists Cafe

Nestled in the heart of Lisbon city center, facing the fountain of Praca Pedro, Nicola is as one of the most poplar tourist restaurants/cafe in Lisbon. There’s no way you can miss it, especially that it’s mentioned as one of the famous spots everywhere and even during the open tour bus ride. Here we are, checking it out to see if the place and the food is truly worth all the fuss.

FAIL: Mercedes AMG

The real deal.

Hostesses Need to Fly

Few days ago, I read an interesting article, written by a positive thinking person on how hard is the Hostess job. This woman, serving people of which some are too arrogant, others have the fear of flying or those who are impolite and arrogant. Miss Hostess, touring the world, doesn’t have a minute for herself. She arrives in the morning, leaves back at night or sometimes on long routes spends the night where she can’t even drink or party.

Tsunami Achrafieh: My Second Visit, My Second Enjoyment

Some say the food experience and taste vary between Tsunami in Antelias and Tsunami in Achrafieh, to those I say, I had the same experience at both locations – same food, same quality, same freshness and same generosity. It was excellent.

Obika: Fiumicino’s Mozzarella Bar Serves Good Food

If you’re traveling transit through Italy’s largest airport Rome Fiumincino Airport, I suggest you  stop for a bite at Obika in Terminal D. The first impression was not the best; The place was a mess when we arrived. Dirty tables, dirty cups, dirty menus… Did we make the right decision? Well, honestly, it’s one of the few places I have tried at an airport where you can actually enjoy a good meal.