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.
Last week, I slipped into a Careem car. For those of you residing outside the Middle East, Careem is the #1 ride-hailing app in MENA, Pakistan &
Turkey, with operations spanning 100 cities and 14 countries. I was first
exposed to Careem (which means "kind" or "generous" in Arabic) two years ago while in Amman, when I discovered it would cost
me a whopping 50 Jordanian dinars (US$ 70) if I booked a cab from my hotel at
the Dead Sea to Queen Alia International Airport versus a meager 20 JOD (US$ 28) via Careem. I even scored a rookie’s discount of 5 JOD, and that inaugural trip
paved the way for my incessant addiction to the transportation network company
here in Beirut. A social creature by nature, I like to strike up
conversations with Careem captains. One unmistakable pattern I’ve noticed is that
many of them are well-educated, multilingual, and worldly. I kid you
not. On this particular trip, Fadi* opened up genuinely about his
If you ask me, it’s unfortunate that cafes in and around Beirut
have no recourse but to brand themselves as arguileh hangouts in order to effectively draw a crowd.
Yes, I vehemently oppose second-hand smoking. Yes, I strive to avoid settings
where smoking sullies the breathable air. I’m there for the food – am I part of
a dying breed?
While newly opened RAW Café, sibling venture of the nightclub RAW
next door, may boast Lebanon’s favorite pastime, the hookah, I have news for you, folks: their cuisine doesn’t cut corners or make compromises on taste,
quality, or aesthetics. Even the menu prices are an ode to affordable dining
out, something the F&B industry is finally starting to promote in this
wretched economy we live in.
Last Saturday, we pushed past the large glass doors and into a space whose industrial
motif, high ceiling, lightweight aluminum chairs, and all-glass façade found us
hopeful that maybe, arguileh aside, this café would dazzle on the alimentary
side. Joanna, our gen…
A couple of months ago, I was contacted by an associate
editor at Psychologies magazine, the
UK’s biggest and best-selling mindful living publication. They wanted to
feature me in their Blogger Spotlight, on a page capturing Feasts of the Middle
The October 2018 was just released, and for those of you who
manage to get your hands on it, find me on page 126, alongside cool kitchen tools and various
cookbooks detailing our region’s cuisine. It’s a rare honor to
see my name adjacent to that of chef, restaurateur, and food writer Yotam Ottolenghi, whose book Simple was recently launched. To be singled
out among the rich roster of food and culture bloggers in this neck of the woods instills
immense pride, so I am thankful for the reach you as readers help foster
when you share my articles or interact with my posts.
Along that train of thought, I felt inclined to check the
blog’s page views by country, which since inception has attained
nearly 1,100,000 hits! The majority of readers are…