I don't think it's mere coincidence how eerily similar these logos are:
Red circle with overlaying white text, black trim with white text around the perimeter. I believe Antelias' bowling alleys at The Link predate Latest Version Diner (what kind of restaurant name is that anyway?).
The eponymous title of Lebanese artist Wael Kfoury's latest album is typed in the same font as that of the iconic movie series "The Godfather." Compare the letters 'a', 'e', 'f', 'o', and 'r'. Unmistakably identical.
They couldn't be more indistinguishable. Blogger Gino Raidy points this out here. But it looks like The Burger Bar's days are long gone--it's singular location in Sodeco closed a while ago.
December is here, promising good cheer, which means we are
officially in holiday mode! That translates to lavish tables of good food,
chilly weather, Christmas soundtracks on playback, and of course, loving,
smothering family. Whether you deem the foregoing in a positive or not so
positive light, the great news is I have just the party favor – or antidote – to
make it all magical. And wine not!
Indeed, there’s nothing like that bittersweet grape elixir
to render the holidays – or any occasion, for that matter – a shade more
festive, forgiving, and frolicky. Rich white wines, big spicy reds, fruity
finishes, oaky flavors, vanilla bouquets: The vast world of wine may not be
particularly easy to fathom, but it washes down without a hitch. And a bottle
makes a perfect dinner party gift, or an invitation to cozy up on the couch while
consuming corny Christmas romances on Netflix. Which labels, you inquire? Let’s make this a pocket-friendly
roundup, because most of us find ourselves strapped …
Up until a month ago, I had never heard of Oum el Nour,
which translates to “mother of light” in Arabic. A Lebanese NGO established in
1990 with sister branches in France and the US, Oum el Nour was born out of an
urge to save a captive friend from the shackles of drugs. Over the past 28 years, the organization
has assisted over 7,000 men and women to recover and go on to lead productive, prosperous lives. Services are rendered free of charge, so raising funds is of
critical importance to keep the wheels in motion.
This year, Oum el Nour, steered by a fresh and vibrant committee, enlisted the skills of 15
internationally celebrated artists to reconceive their peer Ghassan Zard’s
sculpted turtle for eventual auctioning. Why the turtle? Long recognized as the epitome of persistence,
determination, and endurance, the turtle is a survivor. It possesses the
ability to protect itself against aggressors, which to be fair are few. Such an
innocent aura dons it longevity, perhaps explaining why…
I can’t get Amal Alamuddin out of my head. I know by now it’s virtually old news that she and acclaimed Hollywood personality George Clooney are engaged and planning a wedding for September. But still, their story has held me captive, and I can’t but reflect and try to piece together their brief six-month courtship. I suppose it may be natural for me to do so, because I share a bit of common ground with Amal. (Hear me out before you dismiss me as being immodest!) We are both Lebanese who spent our formative years abroad, I in the US (and a year in France), she in the UK (and at least five years in the US for grad school and early career). Amal was a star student, attending Oxford University’s St. Hugh’s College for a bachelor’s degree before matriculating to NYU Law School. At both institutes she was showered with accolades, and she even interned as a law clerk at the prestigious offices of Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor. I, too, was a scholar, a magnet for all things academia a…