Al Balad: Same Quality, Same Taste… A Pleasant Meal

I’ve always been a fan of Al Balad, the first authentic Lebanese restaurant with a twist where, flavors and colors are all mixed together to come up with fine oriental delicacies that you will definitely enjoy. 

I won’t go into the complete process of describing the place and its staff since I’ve already done so man

Lebanese Reporters Show Support For The Civil Defence Volunteers By Taking Off Their Shoes

The Civil Defence Volunteers went to the sea yesterday and threatened to keep on swimming until the law is passed. Some of them almost drowned and others fainted before the law got approved by the parliament. Meanwhile and in order to show support, Lebanese Reporters from various TV stations decided to share pictures of their shoes.

The Alphabet Sandwich? What’s in It?

Called the ‘Alphabet Sandwich’, DudeFoods has created a mountainous sandwich that 26 different ingredients – one ingredient for every alphabet… yes, A for Avocado, B for Bacon and so on… and there are a few fun add-ons in there like Krispy Kreme doughnut .

The full list of ingredients is as follows:

Aston Martin and Champagne ? A Match Made in Heaven

Would you pay $42,000 for an Aston Martin limited edition… Before getting your hopes too high this is not the price for a limited edition car from Aston Martin… Wouldn’t that be a dream come true… An Aston Martin for $42,000. For this price you will get a limited edition bowl for cooling champagne branded by the British manufacturer.

Britain’s Favorite Take-away Is Lebanese

A Lebanese Diner called The Cedar has won the title of Britain’s favorite take-away, after receiving the most positive votes from millions of reviews of more than 9000 eateries. The Cedar Chef and Owner Sami Khoueiry says all his recipes are 100% home made and approved by his mother.

8 Life-Changing Bills the Lebanese Parliament Buried in Drawers

1- Retirement Benefits Bill
We’re all going to get old. A civilization is only as good as its treatment to its elders. Of course, this doesn’t mean we let our lives get governed by old men in black robes, but it means we make sure our senior citizens have everything they need once they retire, from healthcare benefits and pensions and onwards.
2- Civil Status Laws Bill
The root of many of Lebanon’s problems can be traced back to Lebanon’s dependence on each sect’s personal status laws. This means everything linked to marriage, birth, death, inheritance, etc. is controlled by opaque religious courts with rarely any due process or rational thinking. We need a civil status law to equalize the Lebanese in the eyes of the law, regardless of their faith (or lack-thereof).

Ceci n'est pas un Tarboush

Oh the endless social media dramas! It seems a consumer found a nail in a product by Gandour, namely the Tarboush. The guy - John Kairouz, a trainer in human behavior and a Stanford graduate - plastered it all over the place. Gandour mishandled the whole drama completely both online and even on television bringing less than credible people to justify their case (a "facebook" expert and an insulting lawyer). I think the caricature I just did above completely "nails" it!

Women's roles played by Men!

Commercials tend to show women in provocative poses no matter what product is being sold, so Buzzfeed decided to recreate three of them with men. Via: Adsworld

Apparently the buzzfed team haven't seen the biscoleta silly ad yet !

Blue is the warmest color in Beirut.

It happened before (1, 2, 34 and 5), and here is another example of how Beirut - the uncompromisingly aggressive city - can mellow down and offers one a respite from a bad day with a poetic note.

Dubai The Only Arab City Among TripAdvisor’s 25 Most Popular Travel Destinations In The World

Let’s hope Beirut will get back soon on the tourist map.
Istanbul topped the TripAdvisor list followed by Rome, London and Beijing. Dubai ranked 17th. To check out the full list, click [here].

The Bayrut Express: eco-friendly style

Ziad Dagher is not your usual investor and The Bayrut Express is not your typical fashion store. Almost everything there has a story rooted in environment, recycling, eco-friendliness and - of course - style and fashion too. Dagher is trying to mix between fashion and environment and has managed, in just a few months, to attract a faithful clientele that wishes to distinguish itself while being environmentally-conscious.

Lebanese Parliament Approves The Employment of Civil Defence Volunteers

Civil Defense volunteers protested in a weird way today to claim their rights by swimming deep into the sea in Ramlet al-Bayda and threatening to drown if the parliament doesn’t approve their full-time employment. Some of them were rescued and hospitalized and the parliament ended up approving the draft-law for their employment.

Cookies’n'More: Maamoul Reinvented…

You are faced with two challenges a few weeks before Easter. The first one is to loose a few kilos before the big day to be able to enjoy some Maamoul without moderation… and the second is to find out where or who makes the best maamoul in town. Is it your mother? My mother? Is it this shop or that one? The only thing we’re all agreeing on is the fact that we can’t wait to indulge in these popular Lebanese sweets called Maamoul – in all its forms and fillings.

7 Ways To Own Your Online Reputation- Ivy Says for Entrepreneur Middle East

Whether you’re a brand, celebrity or professional in an industry; chances are you’re always looking for ways to improve your online reputation. I share seven tactics as part of my contribution to Entrepreneur Middle East’s April Issue.

Lebanon must move quickly to benefit from gas reserves

Lebanon’s politicians, always on the prowl for new sources of revenue, are greedily eying the country’s offshore gas reserves. However, unless the Lebanese government organises the gas sector soon, Lebanon could miss out on a valuable source of revenue at a time of serious domestic crises.

Last year, the government of prime minister Najib Mikati was supposed to pass two decrees allowing for the start of a licensing round, in which foreign oil companies would bid to explore Lebanese waters. The decrees were never passed, however, because of political divisions. Until they are, there will be little progress in offshore gas projects.

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