Away From Politics

Breakfast at Gordon’s Cafe: Try the Salmon and Eggs

I woke up one morning and felt like enjoying a good hefty breakfast.

Silkor copycats Easy A (UPDATED)


Original research: Joe Prince (via D.B.)

The opening of the Silkor shop in Saida (silkor specializes in body hair removal) marks no new milestone - just a copycat ad from the poster of Easy A (with Emma Stone) complete with the lip-bite. So there ladies and gentlemen, we are incapable of doing an ad fresh by ourselves.

Over Facebook, the following conversation took place:
Silkor said:

Take a Champagne Ride with Veuve Clicquot – Literally

If you love to have a glass of champagne and experiment a bit of adventure at the same time, month of May will be a good time to visit Belgium. French champagne house Veuve Clicquot has announced plans to invite visitors and residents of Antwerp and Brussels to share a toast in a new way, in Clicquot cabs.

Turn On Your Taste Buds While Lights are Off

Earth Hour, the world’s largest movement for the planet is today between 8:30pm to 9: 30pm.  More than 150 countries and territories are participating this year. Millions of people around the world are expected to switch off lights in homes, offices and famous landmarks at 8.30pm local time for an hour on Saturday to mark the annual Earth HourHopefully we can all make a difference one way or another

Beautiful Lebanon: Picture from Baino, Akkar

Picture taken from Baldati
I’ve been to Akkar many times but I’ve never visited Baino. It’s definitely on my to-do list next time I go North.
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Achrafieh 2020: Discover Monot-Huvelin Full Program

The car-free day is taking place this Sunday. See you all there!

Darreja, a slogan used for the fourth time....

Did the United Nations Information Center just pull a major booboo?
Seems so.

La Cigale Reinvents Itself…

I was the only blogger invited to have a closer look into La Cigale’s new set up. Together with a group of journalists, we were welcomed into La Cigale’s kitchen to experience one of Lebanon’s first unique pastry and delicatessen spot…

Over 400 People Fall For Fake MEA Instagram Scam


I love these pranks. It goes to show you how naive people can be, and the Lebanese mentality of saying “I didn’t lose anything” instead of “I can’t believe I actually thought someone would spend $500,000 for an Instagram account”. 7arba2a style.
It’s sorta like the New 7 Wonder Jeita scam. Like, they knew it was bullshit, yet still thought they could be the “7arboo2s” and I can’t help but laugh heartily when it fails and say “I told you so!”

Chayeb: Endulge in Some Guilt Free Kaak

Chayeb… I think many of you already know them or have heard about them – A bakery specialized in whole wheat bread and Kaak. Chayeb has been known to provide Lebanon, specialized products based on wheat with the utmost professionalism and perfection. I’ve been a fan of this product for so long and decided to pay the company a visit.

FAIL: Taking The Kids For A Ride

Thanks Georges!

Meet Little Doug: Your Little Helper in the Kitchen

Douglas is very protective of kitchen utensils, always on the look out to ensure they don’t disappear into the soup or make a mess while lying around. He is a helpful companion around the kitchen, though he does tend to be a bit clingy… 
Use him to hold your spoon, ladle or any utensils. He can keep the utensils off your counter top, or he can can cling to your pots to keep your utensil from falling off.

The Lebanese Law Allows Teachers To Beat Their Students

Picture from Diane
I guess it’s time for the new Education Minister Elias Abu Saab to ask for this archaic law to be amended and for parents to be punished as well if they are encouraging teachers to beat their kids.
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21 Stereotype-Exploding Facts About The Middle East, 5 From Lebanon

It’s a fun read by BuzzFeed but the author apparently ran out of ideas towards the end.
Here are the facts where Lebanon is mentioned:

The Peninsula Paris: New Standards in Design, Luxury and Comfort

The Peninsula Hotels makes its grand entrance into Europe with The Peninsula Paris set to open on August 1.  Setting spectacular new standards in design, luxury and comfort, this century-old classic building has been meticulously restored and modernized to create the latest example of Peninsula excellence.

Bliss Street: A Rich Street that Should Be Alive at All Times…

Visiting Bliss on a Saturday night, I was amazed to find a street that was fast asleep. Understandable since it’s packed with students all day… but why not have it more active all the time, day and night and weekends. It’s an amazing street where a lot of history hides behind every stone and every corner… Why should it only be a university street? Dozens of restaurants are lined up one next to the other waiting to welcome Lebanon’s youth. Let’s make a change…

#MH370 and the Lebanese disappeared


Flowers on the grave of Odette Salem - Part of my installation "no truce in Beirut only virgins"

Death Penalty For Manal Assi’s Husband

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Mohammad al-Nhaily killed his wife Manal after beating her repeatedly with a pressure cooker. Manal was killed in front of her two daughters Tala and Sara. I am still not supportive of the death penalty and I believe he should be sentenced to life and rot in prison.
Update: This is just an indictment not the final sentence yet.

Couture Coffee Hits Dubai

The world’s most expensive coffee called Kopi Luwak – an aromatic civet coffee is offered in Dubai’s Souk Al Bahar-based coffee shop Icons Coffee Couture.

Good News From Tripoli! KFC Opens Again ..

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We haven’t heard good news from Tripoli for a long while now, but today KFC reopened its Tripoli branch after it got burned by demonstrators back in September 2012.
I know that’s not a big deal when compared to what’s happening there but at least few Tripoli residents will get to work there and benefit from this re-opening.
Thanks Mustapha!

Tarek Chemaly in Kalimat Magazine 09

Now that's an overdue collaboration! I finally managed to collaborate with Kalimat Magazine in their issue 09 which is out today. In an article written for them "Bridge over troubled water: How pop culture can create bonds in politically divided society - the case of Lebanon" I try to build the case of how pop culture can be a unifying factor when "politics" is polarizing our nation more than ever.

Tears Will Fall (in Arabia): A More Realistic Bond Film

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Hellofood.com – 1 platform for all your food deliveries

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Hellofood is now live in Lebanon after successful launches in several markets around the world, including Jordan and KSA.
The concept is very simple. Hellofood aggregates restaurants’ menus on their online platform. As a user, all you have to do is choose your restaurant, enter an address and order. The restaurant then delivers to your door.

TBWA\Raad doesn't beat around the bush


Following the very recent video where a teacher is seen beating his students (a common occurrence at schools) TBWA\Raad\Lebanon came out with this initiative. Apparently it is a hotline to call if such an aggression happens. What is written on the board is "teacher x student" except the multiplication sign in Arabic is "darb" or "beating". And the selling line goes "beating (or x) at schools should not go beyond numbers).

Who’s Going To Be Lebanon’s Next President?

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I like the president-2014 campaign but I want whomever is behind this campaign to do more than just an online vote. They should try to organize debates between various presidential candidates, as well as start an online platform to connect citizens and members of the Lebanese online community with candidates and allow them to interact and ask questions. Special online forums and hangouts can be organized as well and reports could be taken out of these discussions to rate the candidates better.

The Lebanese Labneh Scandal

Joe Maalouf revealed last week during his show “7ki Jeliss” on LBCI that there are traces of Natamycin found in some Labneh products in Lebanon. These findings were based on laboratory test results conducted by UFAG, a well known lab based in Switzerland, and indicated that Dairy Khoury and Dairy Day milk products had traces of Natamycin, while Massabki Labneh had traces of sorbic acid. On the other hand, Candia and Taanayel didn’t show any traces of Natamycin or Sorbic acid.

Luigi’s: Not My First But Definitely My Last

During a four-day conference in Jordan I stayed at the Movenpick Dead Sea. Four full days where you find yourself eating the same food at the same restaurant over and over again. Passing by Luigi’s was kind of mandatory.

The Med, Terrace and Restaurant at Media One Dubai

I stayed at the Media One hotel for few days during a recent business trip to Dubai. I wanted to try out this hotel inside out – their restaurant, their breakfast buffet as well as all the details this hotel enjoys. Even though I was alone in this huge place, I enjoyed the calmness and positive ambiance as well as the soothing music that played in the background.

Experience a 007 Adventure at the Seven Hotel in Paris

During your stay, slip into the mythical British spy’s tailored suit – you’ll never want to leave. Just look at the pictures and you will already feel like 007 himself. A character that we have fallen in love with has been around for five decades with many actors playing the handsome role. Now you can get a feel of power by staying at the 007 suite located at the Seven Hotel in Paris.

Ivy Reviews: Giorgio Armani Lip Maestro

It’s not every day that I fall on a lip product that prompts me to write a review but I just had to share my latest beauty obsession of the past couple of months.
Giorgio Armani Lip Maestro.

Sensio Bella: Beautiful Pieces of Cake in Five Minutes

Enjoy your favorite cake in a new way. The Sensio Bella cake maker bakes up to 5 fluted and nicely decorated cakes in a few minutes! You can use your favorite cake mix or any recipe you like to make individual cakes with beautiful details on top.

Golden Plate was Al Baqara Al Haloub!


Since 2012, I have asked the same question twice - what is Golden Plate? It was launched as "different shape" but "the taste still exists" (which means it was a rebranding), and then - in 2013- they said "different name" "but quality still exists". Apparently, everyone, like me was still confused.

My Thoughts on the Awesome “Dear Lebanon” Video

If you haven’t yet, watch the video till the very last second.

The movie is beautiful. It was perfectly shot. The teens were very eloquent and well-spoken. The rap segments were epic. The locations shown and the videos playing on their tech was very witty. All in all, it was a very captivating and well-done project by kids who are being forced to grow up way before their time.