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.
I recently sat down with Farrah Berrou, Creative Strategist
at Wesley’s Wholesale, a major Lebanese wholesaler
of American products with a flagship store in Jnah and a massive three-story
stronghold in Hazmieh. Wesley's is owned and operated by the Berrou family, who
transplanted from Southern California to Beirut more than a decade ago and yearned
to import the American shopping experience with them.
DI. When and where was Wesley’s Wholesale incorporated? Who is it run
by? How many staff members are there? Is it an international enterprise? FB. As a family, we've been in
imports since 2005, but Wesley’s as a brand didn't come to life until 2013. We
decided to rebrand and restructure our concept as an American grocery megastore
similar to the big-box stores of the US while also paying tribute to my late
uncle Wesley, who passed away a few years before. Between sales staff and
management, we’re about 40 people involved in the day-to-day, but the
purchasing & procurement is…
This piece was dug up from my archives! Originally appearing on Beirut.com some four years ago, it remains one of my favorite compilations, and I have thus reproduced it here. Arabic is one of the most artistic and complex languages in
the world. In fact, some of its words and phrases are so lush with imagery and
meaning that they bear no equivalent in any other language. Nuances and
undertones inevitably get lost in translation, and rich idiomatic expressions
are butchered altogether. Join me on a linguistic tour of Arabic’s most untranslatable
and lyrical words, expressions, and sayings. Don’t trouble yourself trying to
unravel them to a non-speaker—just have pride in being part of something
precious! To2borneh or to2brineh:
literally, it means “you bury me,” and the first thought that springs to mind
is deeply troubling. But the connotative punch this word packs is absolutely
beautiful. You love someone so much that you can’t imagine a life without them,
and you’re hoping you pass awa…
The riddle has been solved. The puzzle is now complete. Who and what were behind the enigmatic green Superman logo
encasing a three-leaf bouquet? Lebanon’s famous restaurant chain Zaatar W Zeit owned up to
the teaser. Last night, in an exclusive event at its ABC Dbayeh stronghold that beckoned a roster of social
media foodie influencers, the brand tied all the loose ends by debuting a
new “super-natural” wrap boasting spinach flatbread. Donning the color of lushness and fertility, the wrap
happens to coincide with ZWZ’s signature hue – green.
The spinach wrap is something novel to the Lebanese food
world, but in a global context, spinach flour, and spinach pasta for
that matter, have been around for ages. While the wrap doesn’t really evoke the
flavors of Popeye’s favorite vegetable, an unmistakable suppleness is imparted
to the carb envelope, and you wolf it down confident that it’s healthier than its refined flour counterpart. So what’s inside? I found it to be classic ZWZ: cubes of