Away From Politics

Bachir Ice Cream’s New and Modern Packaging…

Exciting times, summer is here and with it comes time for yummy ice cream.
We were invited to my mother’s house for lunch when my sister walked in carrying a uniquely transparent plastic box full of colorful balls.  I was surprised to see that it was from Bachir – Lebanese ice cream brand that has been around for over 75 years…

Chef’n Hullster: Remove Core Tomatoes Quickly

You are going to want the Chef’n Hullster tomato corer and huller -The Hullster which has been specifically designed to core tomatoes quickly.

You’ll Be Missed Ramzi!

To be honest, I wasn’t planning on posting at all because I didn’t know where to start but I couldn’t sleep yesterday night after hearing the news and I’ve been thinking all day today about Ramzi, his family and his wife. I’ve been friends with Ramzi since 3 years and even though we’d mostly meet at events, I always had fun hanging out with him. He’s the kind of guy who’s always smiling and enjoying his time and was one of the best geeks you could ever meet.

Are You A Musician? Perform in La Fete De La Musique 2014!

So, over the years on this blog, I’ve discovered a LOT of you are amazing artists, musicians and performers.
Perhaps the funnest time in Beirut, where it’s really all about the music, and where alcohol and money are not an obstacle, and everyone just walks around Beirut to listen to beautiful, genuine music by Lebanese talents.

Snack Camera Lens Caps

I think these were made for me… Snack caps for my camera? Just came across these cute burger and donuts camera caps…
After a long day of zooming around and constantly shifting focus from one thing to another your camera lens is beat! Give it a boost with nutritious Snack Caps!

SMOC relies on the past to leap

Interesting how some ads come totally out of nowhere, SMOC (Saint Mary's Othodox College) came out with this interesting ad to indicate how much they rely on their past to leap into the future. It is a book coming out from an iPad. Simple, neat, and does the creative trick. The French and Arabic versions are less powerful so I am keeping to this one "the past forward" which strikes a better punch.

Getting Closer

And so the conflict creeps evermore closer. Today, a Dutch priest was killed in Homs, Syria. He was Dutch by origin, but had been living in Syria since 1966, and as such had lived longer in Syria than he had lived in Holland.

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What’s the rush?

It has been six weeks since my Beiruti began sounding out her first words. She is now surprisingly confident with short phonetic words following a simple consonant-vowel-consonant pattern. I have even thrown in a fair few simple four-letter words like FROG and CLAP, as well as plurals, like CATS. She is very methodical in pronouncing one sound after the other and it is just amazing to think that she is actually reading. Within limits of course.
And to be honest I’ve intentionally kept those limits quite strict. I’m thoroughly against overloading kids. I think it’s awful that primary school kids have as much homework as I had at the beginning of secondary school.

Typically Lebanese!

I Like it  ;)

Agency: Leo Burnett Beirut
Director: Ali Ali
Production House: Intaj
The Production House Awards: Emerald Prize in the "Service Activity" at the MENA Cristal Festival 2014
 2 bronzes at the Dubai Lynx on March 12, 2014 in the Film Craft Category.

Pastéis de Belém: Lisbon’s Famous Dessert is Exquisite

Since 1837, this area or this shop in particular has been offering a signature dessert people come from all around the globe to taste: “Pasteis De Belem“. The simple recipe has had various alterations in the Portuguese pastel arias (pastry shops) and padarias (bakeries), in the shape of the pastry cup and the filling. Some prefer the cream slightly “curdled” to give it a rustic appearance and unusual texture.

GAP + IvySays = Weekend Walks

Finding the perfect fitting pair of jeans doesn’t come easy for a girl, what works on your legs doesn’t always work on your hips. So when do finally land on the right ones, you hang on to them.

Check Out My Cedar Tree

I got yesterday the official certificate of Adoption and the GPS coordinates for the Cedar Tree I planted in Kfardebian. Of course it will be years before the tree grows a bit but I love the initiative.
If you want to know how to adopt a Cedar tree, click [Here].

Well Played Duo

I hate it when toilets are very far from the restaurant and that’s the case at ABC Achrafieh. I also hate it when you have to climb stairs to get the toilets. I guess I am lazy after a meal, just like everyone else

Pizza.Co… Will Put a Smile on your Face… I was Overwhelmed

BRGR.Co started in Lebanon and found its way into the international market… The same people who brought you BRGR.Co now bring you PZZA.Co, a gourmet accessible Italian concept with a focal element being the all time favorit

Lebanese Economist Rand Ghayad’s Research On Long-Term Unemployment

Rand Ghayad is a Lebanese Economist who will shortly be receiving his Ph.D. in economics from Northeastern University. He published a paper back in 2012, along with his doc­toral adviser William Dickens, which offered a new take on long-term unemployment and found that “the long-​​term unem­ployed were qual­i­fied for jobs but were ranking lower than other poten­tial can­di­dates because of the length of time they had been out of the workforce”.

Positive Role Modelling

At the start line, Sunday morning 7:55 AM in downtown Beirut (May Khalil in pink) 
On their way  

Around 23 Michelin Stars in 60 Seconds

Here’s your chance to visit Michelin-starred restaurants in a 60-second video which takes you on a culinary journey across a group of restaurants that collectively boasts 23 stars.

In the name of the people - via Marcel Ghanem

Turns out the campaign which I have talked about earlier "in the name of the people" is nothing but an extension to the ads for "kalam ra2is" (words of a president) as hosted by Marcel Ghanem on LBC. I said before, follow the money, and not it is there - the entity which put this campaign will recoup its investment ten fold from advertisers. Voila!

Another Example Of Animal Cruelty In Lebanon

I am not sure how dumb you have to be to drive on the highway with your dog on the front hood.

Thanks Eliane!

Support The Hitchhike Girls Team From Lebanon

The Hitchhike Girls are representing Lebanon at The “Red Bull Can You Make It” Adventure and need some support. I think what they’re doing is pretty awesome so it wouldn’t hurt to give them a boost and share their adventures.

Acting Beirut Governor Accused of Harassment : Governor Says Video Is Fake

I just finished watching that video everyone’s been sharing about Beirut’s Acting governor supposedly harassing a woman and I honestly have mixed feelings about. While it’s unfair what this woman is going through, she sounded like she’s flirting as well, given that we don’t know what happened the first time. She’s obviously laying a trap to the man but I don’t think that’s the best way to do it.

Breakfast at Tivoli Jardim Hotel, Lisbon

Honestly, I rarely get impressed with the breakfast normally served at four-star hotels, but the one I had at Tivoli Jardim Hotel was excellent. Simply extraordinary. I fell in love with this restaurant the minute I stepped into it. Restaurant Olivier Avenida is a restaurant bar during the day/night and breakfast space in the morning, guests are welcome into an utterly unique space to enjoy a wide choice of sumptuous breakfast choices.

Breakfast at Hotel Claridge, Paris

Having breakfast in hotels is one of my favorite things to do while traveling. We stayed at Le Claridge, a four-star hotel with a luxurious feel in the heart Paris. I was enticed to wake up early to try out their breakfast… The general breakfast setup looked and felt good but I am not sure I would recommend this place or try it again…

Discover the Origins of Cookies

In the United States and Canada a cookie is a small, flat, baked treat, usually containing flour, eggs, sugar, and either butter or cooking oil, and often including ingredients such as raisins, oats, or chocolate chips. Cookies are most commonly baked until crisp or just long enough that they remain soft, but some kinds of cookies are not baked at all. Cookies are made in a wide variety of styles, using an array of ingredients including sugars, spices, chocolate, butter, peanut butter, nuts, or dried fruits. The softness of the cookie may depend on how long it is baked.

Alef and "guilty until proven innocent"

The Alef campaign strikes a chord and not for the reasons you think.

The Lebanon Mountain Trail 6th Annual Walk From Marjayoun To Anqet

For those interested, you can check out the calendar and all the information needed [Here].

Campagna T-Rex 16S Spotted On Dbayyeh Highway

I am not sure if it’s safe to drive these things in Lebanon.
Picture via BeirutBeasts

Fair Trade Lebanon: Supporting Lebanese Farmers in Remote Areas

Set off in the sixties with the motto «Trade, not aid», fair trade aims to establish trading relations that agree to all, from producer to consumer.

Pointure copycats Premonition.

Research: Joe Prince

Hot on the heels of Silkor appropriating Easy A, bang! Pointure goes and steals the poster of Premonition starring Sandra Bullock. Apparently, they did not have the premonition that they will be caught and that whomever done this has creativity several sizes too small!

Hard Rock Cafe Lisbon: Good Food with Positive Vibes

I can just hear you saying: “He went to Lisbon to eat at Hard Rock Cafe!?”

Dear Hallab, stop the Douaihy silliness

How can a nice ad be bad? Follow this logic - "mish ma3mooooul chou tayyeb" - a small play of words from Abdul Rahman Hallab sweets on the word "ma3moul" which is the traditional Easter sweet, and "ma32oul" which means "incredible" so the gimmick is "how incredible/ma3moul this tastes".
Fine - cute - and shooting yourself in the foot.

Lafayette Gourmet: Paris’ Food Extravaganza

Enter into a world of a hundred aromas and colors that activates all your senses. A place where when you enter you won’t feel like leaving… it is a place rich in ingredients and flavors as well as products to enjoy.

World’ Biggest Ferris Wheel in Las Vegas – For Now…

The world’s largest Ferris wheel has opened in Las Vegas, at 550 feet or 168 meters high. The Las Vegas High Roller provides a 30-minute spin that includes a video and music presentation that fades out for guests to enjoy the beautiful sky…

And The Winners of The Chili’s Competition Are …

Karim Awad
Pierre Debs
Sarah Zoghbi
Diala Mehanna
You will receive an email later on today on how to claim your prize. Thank you all for participating!