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Colorful Beirut by Matteo el Khodr
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It will snow this Christmas – Picture by Haig Melikian

Spin doctor Abou Faour wags the dog.


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The list of establishments which are non-conform (the now classic expression "ghayr moutabik") to standards which has been released by Lebanese Minister of Health Wael Bou Faour has caused a storm on all levels.

Road Trippin' Up North Part I

Qalamoun Main Street; rain is looming in the distanceHad to go up north this morning to buy some olive oil. Why not go across the supermarket and buy a bottle, you wonder? Only suckers by olive oil by the liter. Here in Lebanon, we buy our olive oil by the ‘tankeh’, which is slang for 20 liters. Actually, we buy more than just 20 liters; I think we’re going through some 60 liters a year if not more.

ISIS May Have Killed Peter (or Abdul-Rahman) Kassig

Peter Kassig in Beirut
That’s just terrible news! I was really hoping that Peter Kassig would be released soon. I’ve been following up on Kassig’s story for quite some time and this man has done a tremendous job in helping refugees specially in Lebanon.

Bar Tartine Opening In Dbayyeh

Bar Tartine will be opening in the next couple of days somewhere near Mandaloun cafe in Dbayyeh if I am not mistaken. I love this place, specially the fresh morning baguettes and the desserts, and it perfectly makes sense for it to open in Dbayyeh as its only two branches are in ABC Achrafieh and Mar Mikhael.

Do they know it's Christmas time? 30 years later


The new version of Band Aid's "Do they know it's Christmas time?" is now tomorrow and this time the proceeds will go for fighting the Ebola crisis hitting Africa.

Tasting The New Tarboosh Flavors: Hazelnut And Strawberry

I finally managed to find the new Tarboosh flavors after looking at more than 5 supermarkets and small shops. Supermarket Achrafieh didn’t have them, O&C only had the strawberry flavor only, TSC Zouk Mosbeh didn’t have any but Charcutier Aoun in Jeita had both. In fact, I only found the strawberry one at first at Aoun but asked the guy who went and got me a box of hazelnut from the storage room.

Rafic Hariri Airport Flooded Yesterday

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I didn’t think it rained that hard yesterday but apparently it was enough to flood the whole country, including Beirut’s airport. You’d expect the airport out of all places to be ready for such things but that’s obviously not the case.
Thanks Mazen!

Ayah Bdeir – Power of electronics in the hands of everyone

ayah-bdeirFounder Ayah Bdeir, originally from Lebanon and Canada, is the founder and CEO of littleBits, an award-winning library of Electronics dubbed “LEGOs for the iPad generation.” Bdeir is an engineer, interactive artist and one of the leaders of the open source hardware movement. Bdeir’s career and education have centered on advancing open source hardware to make education and innovation more accessible to people around the world. She is a co-founder of the Open Hardware Summit, a TED Senior Fellow and an alumna of the MIT Media Lab. Bdeir was named one of Inc.

Food in Lebanon

3583946554_d51368a19f_mA recent scandal has been added to several previous scandals about food quality in Lebanon. But as in the previous cases, the focus was on meat products that are imported and stored in the worst conditions. Few people seem to understand the true extent of the catastrophe that runs deep into a general economic and cultural rationale as old as the state’s short existence.

Books not Boots: UK Embassy Donates $50 Million To Public Schools and Educational Projects In Lebanon

Public schools in Lebanon can accommodate up to 300,000 students and there are 275,000 students expected to enroll in the 2014-2015 academic year. The remaining 25,000 are usually allocated to refugees however there are 400,000 Syrian refugees wishing to enroll in public schools next year, which means that the majority of Syrian children in Lebanon will be left out of school and with no education.

A Kim Kardashian Inspired Lebanese Campaign To (Try To) Break The Lebanese Government

No one’s breaking the Lebanese government and when we had the chance as Lebanese to say no, only few of us went down and got beaten up while trying to say no to the extension. Nevertheless, it wouldn’t hurt for politicians to eat the crap we’re apparently eating everyday according to our Health Minister lol!

Roadster Diner To Donate A Full Working Lab To The Health Ministry

Roadster Diner has re-asserted its commitment to food safety and quality and has decided to donate a full working lab to the Ministry of Public Health to improve their capabilities. Of course this is a good move but I am honestly quite surprised that the full report hasn’t been issued yet by Minister Bou Faour. We know nothing about the nature of the violations, the standards applied etc …

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