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What If Charbel Zoe Had Picked PitBull’s Outfit?

Charbel with Carmen Electra


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I am not sure if this is a stunt or not but I thought it was fun. If it’s a stunt to advertise for some yoga or meditation classes, she chose the perfect spot as all the drivers go crazy at this intersection.

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...

Asshole Contractors Damage Old Woman’s House to Force Her To Evacuate in Mar Mikhael

Imagine leaving your home, the one you’ve been living in for decades, and coming back to realize that one of its entire sides is gone, demolished. This is what happened to an elderly lady in Mar Mikhael yesterday. A construction project had taken over two adjacent buildings from the 1920s (facing Locale), and wanted to include the house she lives in (from the 1900s!).

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air pressure opener, that processes 4 ounces of liquid every 8 seconds – which is 6 times faster than your ‘now-outdated’ funnel style aerator.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...

Where To Watch The FIFA World Cup In Lebanon?

Check out this cool list on Lebtivity of all the venues that are showing the World Cup games in Lebanon. It’s not just restaurants that are broadcasting the games but also nightclubs and pubs like The Gärten, B018, Feb30, Checkpoint Charlie and many others.

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...

Lebanese Flag Spotted At The Brazil World Cup Opening Ceremony

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There’s another picture circulating with the same guy holding the Amal party flag. I don’t know if it’s a photoshopped one but I will stick to that one. Speaking of the ceremony, I didn’t like it much to be honest and the first game that followed was a huge disappointment, as Brazil sucked and the referee was the uncontested man of the match, specially with that outrageous penalty he gave to Brazil.

Over the edge - How Sunni discontent has backfired on Iran

The gains of the Islamic State in Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) in recent days have been partly made possible by the participation of discontented Iraqi Sunnis. ISIS is a vanguard, to which various Sunni-dominated groups, including onetime Baathists, have attached themselves, all fighting the Shiite-dominated government of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki.

If so, this can tell us a great deal about the pitfalls of Iran’s approach to the Arab world, particularly its seeming refusal to push for conciliation with Sunnis in Iraq or Syria.

Building towers, destroying lives

It's a good thing the woman who lives here was at work when her walls collapsed:

Her living room and bedroom are now open to the street, as you can see by the traffic below:

Happy (lawless) birthday

The Lebanese police are celebrating their 153rd anniversary. At a commemoration event, the head of the force pledged officers would continue to serve all citizens and be 'above' sectarian and political divides.

Helping A Young Lebanese Talent Pursue Her Dreams: Send Reine To Ballet Camp in New York

Reine seems like a very talented ballet dancer and has been working hard for years to pursue her dream. Going to a two-week intensive ballet class in New York may change her life forever and I think she deserves that chance. British Airways has already offered Reine and her mother two free round-trip tickets to New York and her dance instructor in New York has offered them a place to stay in her home. What’s left is for Reine to collect the trip expenses to make this trip a reality.

This Weekend’s Party Schedule

Thursday: SKYBAR Opening / B018′s 80s Night World Cup Theme

It’s the opening tonight, so make sure you’ve already booked cause it’s gonna be packed. Check the details here.

Four World Cups and One Long Civil War: A Football and War Memoir

Argentina 1978

In 1978 I was seven and I knew very little about football. But hearing the adults and my older cousins talk about the World Cup that summer made me curious. I remember trying to match their enthusiasm but it wasn’t easy, not least because we didn’t have a television in those days. My father, a military man both by profession and disposition, regarded them as unnecessary distractions.

SKYBAR Beirut Opening Tonight + What’s Different

So, it’s been 3 years since I’ve been to SkyBar Beirut, but today, I swung by the venue to see the preps for tonight’s huge opening.

Ashraf Khunduqji on Lebanon

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Ashraf Khunduqji is a Jordanian with Turkish roots. Born and raised in Kuwait. live and work in Qatar as Senior Software Architect & Programmer. Click and see his beautiful images on Lebanon.

What Mosul could mean for Obama

In his excellent book “A Line in the Sand,” on the Franco-British rivalry in the Middle East, James Barr quotes a British officer in Deir al-Zor as writing: “We must control the desert, not only for the safety of our military communications, but because who holds the desert also, in the end, holds the sown.”

That should sound familiar after the fall of Mosul this week to the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS), and areas closer to Baghdad. With ISIS controlling the Syria- Iraq border, able to shift its men between either country, and living off oil resources in Syria, we are seeing the consolidation of a territory controlled by no state, one that may prove far more destabilizing than Afghanistan after Osama bin Laden moved there from Sudan.

Skybar Beirut Opening Tonight

The grand opening was supposed to be last week but was delayed due to the bad weather. Instead it is taking place tonight and the party will go on till Sunday! Speaking of Sundays, Skybar is apparently organizing sunset parties where everyone can enjoy a laid-back evening starting 6pm.
I don’t have much information about this new concept but it sounds pretty cool.

Frank Wurst sets its #priorities straight!

Frank Wurst, your uber hot dog stand, is setting its #priorities right, including - gasp!

How To Watch The FIFA World Cup 2014 In Lebanon?

The World Cup kicks off today and the Lebanese are still unsure whether they will be able to watch it for free on TeleLiban or not. Like I said yesterday, the way Lebanese officials are dealing with this matter is quite shameful and humiliating. We shouldn’t be begging anyone to watch the World Cup, nor waiting for Qatar’s Prime Minister or BeIN’s chairman to make up their mind and decide whether the Lebanese can watch the World Cup for free or not.

Lebanese Expats Give Back to Ghanaian Peacekeepers

The Lebanese community in Ghana has offered scholarships to 13 children who lost a parent during peacekeeping operations in southern Lebanon.
Addressing the ceremony, the Lebanese Ambassador to Ghana, Mr Ali H. Halabi, said the significance of the presentation was to honor the sacrifices of the Ghanaian Army and its brave soldiers who gave their lives in various battlefields as contribution to world peace.
Last year, the Lebanese community gave out 23 scholarships to Ghanaian students. There are over 800 Ghanaian peacekeepers stationed in Lebanon as part of UNIFIL.

Dysfunction of Arab states puts stress on colonial borders

The capture of Mosul by militants of the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant has shown the increasingly nominal nature of Middle Eastern borders. Ironically, these borders, created by Britain and France after the First World War remained durable for a century.

In the past week, two prominent Arab figures expressed doubt that Syria would remain as it was, with its war into its fourth year. Lebanese politician Walid Jumblatt told the Associated Press: “We are still at the beginning of the war in Syria. In the long term, the map of the Middle East will be redrawn.”

Ivy Reviews Dubai’s Latest Hot Spot; La Serre Bistro

Whenever La Serre  is mentioned in Dubai, most people quickly associate and compare it to LPM (La Petite Maison) one of Dubai’s most coveted restaurants located at DIFC which I reviewed last year here.

A Poetic interlude with René Char

Le Marteau sans maître (1934)
Commune présence

The most epic (anti) explosive sign ever!

Thankfully, the explosion wave that hit Lebanon came to a halt, but it did create quite some replies, the most epic is this one found on a shop on the Jounieh highway - "please do not have explosions near the shop because half of the goods inside are on credit, thank you". Can anything be more willy? Hey it even beat this one which so far was the funniest about the topic!

Epic Shawarmanji World Cup Ads

Shawarmanji has produced videos for the most popular teams in Lebanon, and the Argentina and France fans ones are absolutely hilarious.
Argentina one:

and here’s the France one:

The others are somewhat lamer than these two, but I loved making fun of the “Frenchies” and the word play on “Tevez” and “Messi” in the Argentina fans one. Brilliant.
They have the rest on their YouTube Channel.
Oh, and btw, GO GERMANY!

Bollywood Stars Introduce the “Lebanese Roll” for Dominos Pizza India

Looks like r2a2at, and the five actors and actresses are some of Bollywood’s finest. Who knew? The Lebanese Roll is something big in India =P

A stick from every valley!

As the Lebanese saying goes this is a "stick from every valley", meaning a bit of mix and match.

 The first ad that caught my attention was "Arak Brun" (I am not sure if it's just me but it took me hours to figure out how to read it, again, it could just be me!). "The tastiest Arak.. Just ask your father". Yes indeed, nothing to strengthen inter-generational bonding more than comparing notes over triple distilled arak.

Huawei P6 Review

Firstly, let’s try to get the name right. It’s very hard to pronounce for most us, and after doing some research, I noticed that the general consensus is is that the “H” is silent, and you should pronounce it “Wow-wee.” So, with that out of they way, let’s get to the review:

Michael Haddad’s Amazing New Barrier Broken: Photos Climbing Up and Down Raouche!

You’ve met Mike on this blog before, remember? Well, the inspiration to us all, has done an even more amazing feat. Mike is paralyzed from the chest down, and he climbed all the way up the Raouche rock, then back down, with the guidance and support of Lebanon’s elite forces: The Maghawir.
Thousands of people crowded the seaside promenade to watch, and many tens of thousands more tuned in to LBC’s live coverage, which was really cool cause they had cameras in the air, sea and on land, plus several go-pros and drones flying all over the place.