Away From Politics

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.

Life in the Lebanese Capital

Despite everything that’s happening, I don’t think we’re gonna have a war in Lebanon but I keep asking myself how the situation can get any worse from what it is now.
A good read by James Haines-Young.

Mahmoud Darwish, "The Smell of Cities" محمود درويش, رائحة المدن

“المدن رائحة: عكا رائحة اليود البحري والبهارات. حيفا رائحة الصنوبر والشراشف المجعلكة. موسكو رائحة الفودكا على الثلج. القاهرة رائحة المانجو والزنجبيل. بيروت رائحة الشمس والبحر والدخان والليمون. باريس رائحة الخبز الطازج والأجبان ومشتقات الفتنة. دمشق رائحة الياسمين والفواكة المجففة. تونس رائحة مسك الليل والملح. الرباط رائحة الحناء والبخور والعسل. وكل مدينة لا تُعرفُ من رائحتها لا يُعوَّل على ذكراها. وللمنافي رائحة مشتركة هي رائحة الحنين إلى ما عداها... رائحة تتذكر رائحة أخرى. رائحة متقطعة الأنفاس، عاطفيّة تقودك كخارطة سياحية كثيرة الاستعمال إلى رائحة المكان الأول. الرائحة ذاكرةٌ وغروب شمس. والغروب هنا توبيخ الجمال للغريب.” 'محمود درويش, 'في حضرة الغياب―

Grooms in various states of excitement

 Excited (apparently)

Not so excited
I am a tad sick of that bridge and groom wedding cake toppers, and they're all over the place (funny, in an episode of

Roqayya Monzer A New Victim Of Domestic Violence + Parliament To Discuss Draft-Law On April 3

Roqayya Monzer is yet another victim of domestic violence in Lebanon after her husband shot her dead when she asked him to divorce her. Roqayya was fed up from all the beating and asked for a divorce on several occasions according to her sister who was brave enough to come out and testify against the criminal husband. Unfortunately, the victim was pregnant.

Kit Kat Joins Forces with Lego

Kit Kat has joined in the fun with their LEGO creation of a Kit Kat bar filled with details like the real candy. According to Break Mania Some of these details include the international Kit Kat wrapper, four chocolate fingers, and layers of wafer. They also created their own box with set number 27325 and have name it #LEGOKITKAT.

The Emporio Armani caffe: Tasty Italian Food in Paris

This is our second time to Emporio Armani in Paris and will surely not be the last. My wife and I are in love with this place not only in the French capital but wherever we can find it around the world.

Carl Fredrik Reuterswärd inspires stencil in Beirut

And who said Lebanese graffiti artists do not know their art history! The "knotted gun" sculpture of Carl Fredrik Reuterswärd (one of its three originals stands in front of the UN building in New York) has inspired a local stencil of "knot violence".

Ixsir: The Lebanese Winery of the Future

Ixsir is a Lebanese wine established in 2008 with a beautiful winery located just outside Batroun, North of Lebanon. The name is derived from the Arabic word for “elixir” (Al-Ikseer). Jean-Marc Quarin awarded it best grade for a Lebanese wine at Bordeaux’s La Semaine des Primeurs 09.

New Graffiti In Verdun: Prisoners In Our Own Country

It’s right next to the “Where’s The Evolution” one I posted about previously.
Thanks Rachel!

Lebanese Teacher Caught On Camera Beating Students

The school in question is the Makassid school in Nabatieh and the teacher got fired and is being sued. He deserves to be in jail for what he’s done!

The Veuve Clicquot World’s Best Female Chef of 2014: Helena Rizzo

Helena Rizzo of Mani Restaurant, in São Paulo, Brazil has been named the 2014 Veuve Clicquot World’s Best Female Chef and will be honoured at The World’s 50 Best Restaurants Awards, sponsored by S.Pellegrino & Acqua Panna, in London on the 28thApril.

New Telecom Minister Boutros Harb To Lower Mobile Phone Rates

Telecom Minister Boutros Harb tweeted yesterday that he asked Alfa and Touch to revise the contracts signed with the state in an attempt to improve the quality of services and reduce the cost of cellular calls. I honestly don’t think Harb has enough time to make drastic changes but as Matt stated, he could suggest new rates for mobile phone users and let the cabinet vote on them.

Who Do You Want As President?

So, the presidential election is supposed to happen within the next 2 months. But, it’s Lebanon and nothing will go according to the law and constitution.

Horeca 2014: Meet the Entire Food Industry Face to Face

Established in 1993, HORECA is the region’s largest annual meeting place for both the Hospitality and Food & Beverage Service Industries. HORECA 21thedition includes:

  • The International Trade Show for the Hospitality & Foodservice Industry
  • The International Trade Show for the Food Industry
  • Beirut International Wine & Drinks Fair

The event promises an array of exhibitors across all aspects of the industry. 

Small Fridge? Who Wants? Loving it…

How cute… You thought it was a real fridge didn’t you?

Ras Beirut Police Bike Patrol

Can you spot the cop in this picture?
via WeAreLebanon

Tsunami: My Latest Coup de Coeur

Two years have passed since I last published my TOP10 Japanese restaurants in Lebanon and Tsunami was not part of it. To tell you the truth, I have avoided Tsunami for some time now; I encountered two disastrous delivery experiences. After finally taking the step into this Japanese hot spot, I apologize for taking the time to do so.

An Application Encouraging You to Get Drunk! – Drink Til You LIVR

Drinking heavily in the presence of your smartphone is one of the best ways to rebel in the 21st century. Nothing says ‘I’m King Boss and I Do What I Want’ like maybe sending a misspelt text to a friend or leaving hilarious voicemails of you sobbing bitterly on your ex’s answerphone.
Lifestyle app LIVR provides users a revolutionary social experience built around casual drinking and access to a global, online party accessible only by blowing into a plug-in breathalyzer.

YallaCondoms: Why Would I Want To Order Condoms Online?

There’s a new website in Lebanon where you can shop for condoms and have them delivered to you within 48 hours, anonymously and discreetly. I wasn’t aware people are still ashamed of going to pharmacies and buying condoms these days in Lebanon.

BiteLabs: Eat Celebrity Meat… Shocking!


BiteLabs grows meat from celebrity tissue samples and uses it to make artisanal salami.

Exceptionally Beautiful Food Packagings That Will Steal Your Heart

These product packagings are so innovative and creative that you won’t believe your eyes. So gear up for a treat because these products are winners!

Lebanese Desert Runner Ali Wehbe Running For Autism

Ali Wehbi is a Lebanese extreme runner and the first Arab ever to join the very private 4 deserts club. Ali enjoys running in extreme conditions and completing new challenges. He is one of 125 runners to complete the four deserts and the first Arab ever to enter the 7 continents race. He also took on an adventure in the North Pole in the toughest of conditions. He is known as Alain Wehbi in France.

360 Istanbul: A Tour Around the World with a Turkish Touch

If you think that only Lebanese people know how to party, think again. During a special birthday visit to Istanbul with my best friend, I was amazed to see how lively the Turkish are… Fun is part of their culture and refinement and good food comes with it… This is how I can describe one of the many places I visited, 360 Club.

On Medieval Society and Accountability

I woke up Sunday morning to some distant explosions. Turns out they were fighting in Tarik Jdiedeh; a neighborhood in West-Beirut known (these days) for frequent confrontations between sunni and shia muslims, and lately it has the added flavor of anti-and pro-Syria supporters.

Dear Lebanon

Dear Lebanon is a movie showing Lebanese teenagers’s views on Bombings, Religion and Politics. I want to believe that the new generations will make a change in the right direction and rebel against the corrupted political class that’s been ruling and ruining the country for years but I don’t see it happening anytime soon.
What does this constant insecurity mean for them? What are their thoughts on religion and politics? To what extent do they feel personally affected by the bombings?

This Is the World’s Fanciest McDonald’s

Forget about scarfing down your burger on the side of the road. McDonald’s customers in Budapest can enjoy their Big Macs in a historic work of architectural grandeur.

The HitchHike Girls Representing Lebanon At The “Red Bull Can You Make It” Adventure

The Hitchhike Girls will be representing Lebanon At The “Red Bull Can You Make It” Adventure after their video was voted the winner out of 37 submissions. The adventure begins on April 4th and you can track the Lebanese Team’s progress on this [Link].
Good Luck Girls!

Lebanese Individuals, Companies and Organizations Participating In The 2014 Green Mind Awards

Ixsir Winery
The Green Mind Award is an annual program that awards the Top Green Achievements done by Individuals, Companies and Organizations in the MENA Region. Here’s a list of participants from Lebanon that you can vote for under their respective category:
The Green NGO Award
- The Association of Lebanese Industrialists (ALI), The Green Production Help Desk (GHD)
- Beirut Green Project, Beirut Green Guide