Away From Politics

Tele Liban’s Epic Reply to Lame Troll

via Demotivational Lebanon
Roughly translates to:
Mazen: Hey, are you airing the 2006 or 2014 match? (background: Tele Liban is the butt of most jokes when talking about outdated shows and poor broadcasting quality, but the country’s official TV station isn’t all that bad…)

Summer Season

We start early You know that summer is in town when members of the extended family are flying in from all over the world.  And they all gather around the dining table. At this particular dinner table by the sea last night we’ve got Lebanon, Holland, the US, Greece and  Italy together.

“CAUSE I’M HABLI”: Introducing Shady Hanna’s Comedy Loft

For the old-school Lebanese comedy fans here, you probably know Shady Hanna. He’s the guy that was behind SLCHI and SLFILM, which remains one of the best comedy productions in Lebanon, and whose stars are now all super successful Lebanese comedians, like Adel Karam, Fadi Raidy, Naim Halawi, Tony Abou Jaoudeh and many others.
Shady has decided that it’s time to open up the Comedy Loft, which will offer workshops and classes for people who want to up their game in comedy. It’s geared towards non-actors as well, and has an intensive program that promises to yield a 20-minute comedy skit by the non-actor after the workshop.

Green Glass Recycling Initiative for Lebanon.

This video tells the story of how and why the Green Glass Recycling Initiative for Lebanon was started and how it's tackling the issue of dumping 71 Million green bottles annually in landfills.
Great initiative by : Ziad Abichaker 
Thank you @Lebanesevoices for sharing.

Ivy Reviews Bioskinspa and 3 Terrific Giveaways

You can probably tell by now how much I enjoy pampering myself, and though I’ve had my fair share of spa treatments and facials I’ve yet to delve into the world of advanced (non-invasive) beauty treatments.

A Phalangist cedar shrine in glass

Nestled in a predominately Christian area, one which saw huge fights during the war (ironically, also inter-Christian fights towards the end of it!), this glass shrine in the shape of a Phalangist logo (a cedar split into three parts to symbolize their three values - God, Country, Family) has a statue of St. Anthony (of Padua)  - who, in the common mythology is the patron saint of lost items - speaks droves about "us."

Brasil vs argentina: Tulipan condoms.

I think by now it is safe to assume I have next to zero interest in Football or the "craze" sweeping the world. Anyhow, this however, does not mean I am immune to the charms of football related ads. Take this one - or these two for example... Tulipan, an Argentinian brand of condoms, make it clear what the Argentinians will do to the Brasilians during the match... When the Argentinians ended up losing 3 to 1, the Brasilian football federation issued the other ad in reply.

Lost In Berlin

I am a sucker for a European city break, I have always wanted to go to Berlin and this was the right opportunity. German people are super-nice, friendly and helpful.
5 days weren't enough to explore the rich history and culture Berlin has to offer...

Here is my best to do list if you are planning to visit Berlin:
 1- Spend a day at the Museum Island:

Ramly, interview + live performance on Ruptures (9 June 2014)

Lebanese folk singer/songwriter ELIE RAMLY was the guest of Ruptures for an exclusive interview and two live performances of tracks taken from his forthcoming EP, Beneath The Morning Sun. Listen to Part 1: ruptures ramly (part 1) (Ramly / Led Zeppelin / Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young / Ramly) Listen to Part 2: ruptures ramly (part 2) (RAMLY LIVE / […]

Dabboussy Moghrabieh Sandwiches: An Ancient Inspiration in Tripoli

My latest discovery is something unique to the city of Tripoli. We all know moghrabieh, but did you ever imagine it as a street food and not just any street food, but as a sandwich? Yes, in the heart of the old souks, built more than 900 years ago, is a small shop that has been »more...

Smile! We're In!

 At a Beirut pub, somewhere in downtown Beirut, the Dutchanxiously awaited the verdict; Were we going to meet our demise, just like 4 years ago? Was it going to be an early ending of a World Championship? The Spaniards are an opponent not to be taken for granted. Actually, they’re an opponent we kind of fear. So we went without a lot of hope. After all . . .

Mezze (A Labor of Love)

Hummus and tabbouleh are not considered foreign words any more—through sheer good taste and a growing interest in a healthy Mediterranean diet, they have earned their place in the common vernacular of English speakers around the world. But the Lebanese have a secret which, thanks to Barbara Abdeni Massaad, is now yours to make your own: their beloved hummus and tabbouleh are »more...

Be My Eyes and Taste Buds on June 20

Just heard about this… Exciting news for those who happen to be coming to Lebanon from Paris on June 20 on board Air France? To be more specific, on board flight number AF562 CDG-BEY, departing from CDG at 4.30pm… If so, you’re in for a treat… and I would love to hear all about it »more...

Al Zahra, Tripoli: Sweet Delights Since 1930

Breakfast at Akra led us to a quick discovery before lunch. We were informed that the finest ice cream spot is located a hundred meters down the street, so we started walking. Al Zahra, Zakaria brothers located somewhere in the heart of Tripoli has been producing ice cream since 1930. I’m sorry but I can’t tell »more...

Revolution in Wine Aeration

Introducing the all-new aerator by Vinaera, the world’s fastest electronic air pressure opener, that processes 4 ounces of liquid every 8 seconds – which is 6 times faster than your ‘now-outdated’ funnel style aerator. Now you can aerate your wine in seconds… while showing off your new advanced gadget.  The handy device can be fastened »more...

Akra Tripoli: Enjoying Foul The Old Fashioned Way

Our Tripoli street tour started at Akra, a renowned foul and hummus place known as ‘the cave’. In the heart of the old souk, a few meters away from the clock, Akra is a wonderful place and I’m happy we came here. Foul, hommos madkouk, foul bi thini, hommos lahme, malizia and fatteh, everything is »more...

"No" means... Perhaps?

This year, the March 14th celebrations will take place on the 13th - conveniently, a Sunday - Moustapha from Beirut Spring, has a rule of thumb for knowing if there will be a turn out or not (his mother and her sisters are showing up, first time since 2005).

Movie Review: The Social Network

I wrote it last week, just as I came back from a special press screening of The Social Network Movie, which will be released on October 28th, courteously provided by the lovely and amazing guys at Cineklik (with no strings attached as usual).

My Thursday Evening Without Water #BAD2010

Yesterday evening I had a call from my husband listing my 3 options for a dinner meal:
1- I buy something ready made
2- He makes me a quick sandwich
3- I do not eat a thing
This was prelude to him announcing that I can not cook anything at home since there was no water (apparently something is wrong with our water tank) and we have only a couple of water bottles…

I’m now a Common Folk

Are we finally going to have a proper lebanese e-bookshop?

So far Antoine Online have their heart in the proper place. They are renewing their online shopping site and have signed multiple agreements with international retailers like Amazon to ensure you are really able to get ANY book you want.

See you all at #GeekFestBeirut tonight