Yazan - Gibran - Orphalese

I may not be the first to comment on this lovely piece by talented graffiti artist Yazan Halwani but I could be the first to make this connection. Yazan placed Lebanese author Gibran Khalil Gibran on a 100,000 monetary bill. But few know that the Prophet's city was Orphalese, which stems from "aur" "philis" - aur is aurum or gold, and philis means lover. So Orphalese is the city of gold lovers - or all persons materialistic. Welcome home Gibran!

Daniella Rahme Craving Al Hallab

I love Kasr el Helou but I would be yelling at “Hayete Dad” if he takes me from Beirut to Tripoli after I had just landed.
Cool ad nonetheless. Daniella and Hallab overdose 7elo

In Medias Res - soon at Station Beirut

April 16 - April 18, 2014
Interdisciplinary Art Exhibition

On show everyday from 7pm - midnight
Opening reception | Wednesday April 16th | 7pm

INITIATED BY: Miha Vipotnik
SEARCHING JOE: Tarek Joseph Chemaly

Alina Amer (Performance)
Gabrielle Akiki (Photography)
Osman Arabi (Sound Performance)
Rami Bishara (Installation Art)

Small acts of resistance

In the picture above, four cars are driving the wrong way on a one way street--as you can see by the cars parked on the right. As often happens in Beirut, they are trying to bully the only law-abiding driver coming the right way, to back up and let them through.
But this guy stood his ground. He refused to budge one inch backward and instead forced all the violators to go in reverse, including the lead offender-- a tinted window SUV with yellow diplomatic plates. 

Cafe Nicola: Lisbon’s Tourists Cafe

Nestled in the heart of Lisbon city center, facing the fountain of Praca Pedro, Nicola is as one of the most poplar tourist restaurants/cafe in Lisbon. There’s no way you can miss it, especially that it’s mentioned as one of the famous spots everywhere and even during the open tour bus ride. Here we are, checking it out to see if the place and the food is truly worth all the fuss.

FAIL: Mercedes AMG

The real deal.

Hostesses Need to Fly

Few days ago, I read an interesting article, written by a positive thinking person on how hard is the Hostess job. This woman, serving people of which some are too arrogant, others have the fear of flying or those who are impolite and arrogant. Miss Hostess, touring the world, doesn’t have a minute for herself. She arrives in the morning, leaves back at night or sometimes on long routes spends the night where she can’t even drink or party.

Avec moi le deluge - Russia wanted Bashar al-Assad, now they can’t get rid of him

When President Bashar al-Assad recently told a former Russian prime minister, Sergei Stepashin, that much of the fighting in Syria would end this year, was he serious?

The ITAR-Tass news agency quoted Stepashin as saying, “To my question about how military issues were going, this is what Assad said: ‘This year the active phase of military action in Syria will be ended. After that we will have to shift to what we have been doing all the time – fighting terrorists.’”

Tsunami Achrafieh: My Second Visit, My Second Enjoyment

Some say the food experience and taste vary between Tsunami in Antelias and Tsunami in Achrafieh, to those I say, I had the same experience at both locations – same food, same quality, same freshness and same generosity. It was excellent.

Obika: Fiumicino’s Mozzarella Bar Serves Good Food

If you’re traveling transit through Italy’s largest airport Rome Fiumincino Airport, I suggest you  stop for a bite at Obika in Terminal D. The first impression was not the best; The place was a mess when we arrived. Dirty tables, dirty cups, dirty menus… Did we make the right decision? Well, honestly, it’s one of the few places I have tried at an airport where you can actually enjoy a good meal.

Absolut Karnival Special Edition: Passion Fruit and Orange Blossom

Introducing Absolut Karnival Edition, a passion fruit and orange blossom- flavored limited edition capturing the transformative energy of Carnival.

My Top 5 FIFA World Cup Songs

The official song for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil is out and it’s a horrible one. I can’t believe they picked Pitbull for such a song. Looking back at the old world cup songs, whether official or not, the “Carnival de Paris” is by far my favorite one.
You can check it out below:

H3: And they Call Themselves a Burger Place…

Here we are at a place, discovered by pure coincidence. H3 burgers made us come back for it since large marketing banners on the door write about Time Out and other magazines stating that it’s the best burger in Lisbon.

Illegally Held Chimpanzee In Lebanon Freed After A Nine-Year Struggle!

Animals Lebanon recently took up the case to free Charlie, a nine year old chimpanzee that was smuggled into Lebanon in 2005 and sold to Animal City zoo, and they finally managed to free the animal yesterday after a court ruling. Charlie is the last known chimpanzee in Lebanon. He will be moved to approved chimpanzee sanctuary where he could get expert care and live with other chimpanzees in a natural enclosure.

Cozmo, Zaitunay Bay: A Casual Mix of Dining Possibilities

I’ve already visited Cozmo before, this trendy cosmopolitan restaurant located in the middle of Zaitunay Bay. On my last visit there, I tried their pizzas and other items on the menu, but this time round, I was planning on trying their sushi, especially that my friend Pedro and I were craving for some.

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