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.
These days, if you navigate the “foodie” social media
accounts popular in your community, you'll be swamped with restaurants that are trending. And by trending, I mean eateries that have either newly
opened and are hosting those foodies over free meals or sponsoring content on their pages to reap exposure. I’m not bashing or criticizing this practice, per se. Such is the pervasive
marketing agenda du jour.
But what about an honest-to-goodness recommendation about a hidden
gem independently stumbled upon? Who remembers the good old days of yore
when bloggers (you know, that nearly obsolete breed of niched experts who write) followed
their own hearts (and tummies) in search of the best, tastiest, most memorable item
or experience? I come from that old school of thought. The ideal I painted
above is in fact the very cornerstone of Beirutista. My intention from day one –
that’s 2012 to be exact – was to share with you outstanding food outlets that I
either happened upon by chance or was…
By now, many of you Roadster fans are no doubt familiar with the
all-new AllFit menu released in January. Lebanon's famous diner teamed up with
diet center Le Gabarit, established in 1997 by dietitian Mireille Corbani, to
introduce a slate of 15 dishes spanning appetizers, salads, veggie burgers,
platters, a sandwich and desserts. A distinction here is made between Roadster’s traditional
low-cal menu, which has now been absorbed into the main menu, and the AllFit. In
fact, the inside tab of the AllFit menu very clearly states that these “great-tasting
nutritious meals” are “boosted with natural ingredients and super-foods,
offering immense health benefits.” In other words, don’t be startled by the calories posted
beneath each item. One dish, pairing an oat-crusted chicken breast with
creamy tagliatelle pasta, runs as high as 990 calories. Two of the three
desserts, described as sugar-free, graze 500 calories.
Before we dive into the taste review, let’s dabble with the
Last weekend, I took my toddler for a stroll in downtown Beirut.
It dawned on me as we were scaling the corridors of Beirut Souks that it had
been nearly a year and a half since I last graced the area.
I worked in the Riad el Solh stronghold of a leading local
bank for exactly five years. Believe me when I say no one has paced the
historic downtown as often as I have. I’d arrive a good half hour before the 8 AM
business day commenced, packing in a brisk 3-km walk from Zaitunay Bay and into
Minet el Hosn, weaving through Beirut Souks before I crossed over to Banks
Street. At lunch time, I would pace the shop-lined streets of Foch and the
Souks, sloughing off hours of sedentary movement intrinsic to any office job. And
after work, in a bid to avoid rush hour traffic, my feet would yet again
retrace many of the paths I’d exacted during the day, as I tucked inside the TSC Signature gourmet supermarket for a
snack or shawarma wrap and a chat with the friendly staff.