Monthly Archives: April 2010

Taxi Diner Beirut

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I finally went to that new diner called Taxi and it was a horrible experience, mostly due to the service rather than the food.

The place is located at the worst location ever… Burj Al Ghazal Achrafieh. You can’t find any parking space and you have to give it to valet parking who charges you 5000LL for just moving your car a few meters.

I get in and the place is huge and nicely done. It must have cost them a good chunk of money for the decoration and all. The place was empty around 8pm, but it seemed like they had a large reservation.

I sit on an uncomfortably low couch and a waiter called H (not real name) approaches us and says:

H: Hello, my name is H and I will be waiting you tonight.

Me: Can you please get us a coke with ice and a seven-up with no ice. Make sure it’s no ice please.

5 minutes later, he brings both drinks with ice.

Me: We ordered it with no ice. Can you change it please ? And we’d like to order Nachos as starters and the buffalo wings. Is the wings sauce spicy ?

H: Yes.

Me: Can you please get a non-spicy sauce ? sweet BBQ sauce ?

H: Sure.

10 minutes later, H comes back and brings the buffalo wings dipped in spicy sauce.

Me: Looks like you want to kill me. I ordered the non-spicy BBQ sauce please.

H: Apologies, i will change it right away.

10 minutes later, H comes back and brings me wings dipped in HOT SPICY BBQ SAUCE !

I just let it go and barely ate any wings.

Then I had to order the main dishes…

Me: Excuse me H, can you tell me what’s the garnish on the Swiss Mushroom burger, and what’s the special Taxi sauce that comes along with it ?

(after few seconds of silence)

H: El Sauce fiya Mayonnaise.

(Wow very helpful)

Me: Ok please bring it on the side so in case I don’t like it, i can still eat the rest of the burger.

Amazingly he did get it on the side and there was no garnish on the burger. It was also a decent burger with long and thick fries on the side.

I was in no mood for dessert afterward and just ordered the bill. It was around $50 which is more expensive than most diners.

My car was parked right where I left it, but I still gave the valet a 3000LL tip. Apparently that is the minimum charge these days, or so i thought as he comes back and tells me it’s 5000LL not 3000LL.

Lebanese Divine Bridge

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I am not sure if it’s an engineer’s mistake or there was a plan to build some other bridge, but whomever built that bridge left a poll standing not connected to any road or bridge. He could have had some extra beton or is a complete idiot because you get to the sea if you connect the main bridge to that poll.

Of course the Lebanese know how to make use of almost anything and quickly turned it into a religious shrine. For those interested in visiting this unique monument, it is located on the maritime road leading to Kaslik.

Poor kids can eat garbage at City Mall

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There is a donation basket right outside the TSC supermarket at City Mall for the “Enfants de Lumiere” charity. The basket has a clear label that says “Donate Food”. Well apparently, in some countries, food means garbage. If you look closely to the pictures below, you can find a half eaten popcorn carton, a peanut pack, an empty water bottle, plastic bags and a lot more nutritional items, all part of a good and healthy diet for kids.

TSC’s and City Mall’s management should be ashamed of themselves for allowing this.

Thank you Lorna for sending me these pictures!

Welcome Paul!

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I am glad to welcome Paul, a very good friend of mine, as a contributor to the blog. Paul does hiking, trekking, climbing and country skiing to places I never knew existed in Lebanon or never thought they could be this beautiful.

Hope you all will enjoy Paul’s adventures and who knows maybe one day join him in one. I should warn you though it is no picnic as they are very demanding.

Naharnet Facelift

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I just noticed Naharnet got a facelift. Nothing major but they’ve annoyingly inserted their Facebook activity on the left sidebar and added “In the spotlight” animated pictures below their live coverage among other things. Personally I think they need a complete revamp. The site looks extremely outdated and unorganized. [Link]

iPads at the Beirut Airport

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On the bright side they have a ton of iPads in stock. On the other hand, you need to be one of those cigar smokers at Lina’s to be able to afford one.

Update: When I left Beirut yesterday the Duty Free had at least a dozen iPads left for sale. Now it seems they already sold them all. A friend of mine who traveled today just told me when he checked the duty free earlier today the salesman told him they had only one iPad left and it was the display model. I have no comment…

Make Football History

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I spotted few weeks back a Snickers ad about participating in the longest football game ever. I checked the website and it turns out it’s some online game where you need to score the highest points possible to:
1- enter a draw for winning 15 mini football tables.
2- participate in the longest football game ever (36 hours)

I played the game a few times and thought i got a decent score but when checking the leadership board, i was shocked to see i was some 800,000 points behind the leader. I played the game the longest for 15 minutes and scored around 10,000 points. Who has that much free time on his hand to score 800,000 points ?

I did some simple calculations to see how many hours or days it takes to score such a high score:
– You have to score 3 goals in each turn, with the highest possible return being 120 points, so a maximum of 360 points per round.
– You need around 20 seconds to finish the round, that is if you mastered the game. They add a person to block your shot every two rounds or so, so in 10 rounds, you find yourself faced with at least 6 blockers and the goalie, and it goes on.

To score 100,000 points you need almost 5600 seconds, which equals an hour and a half.
To score 800,000 points you need at least 10 hours !!

I would understand such dedication if the prizes are worthy, but a 36 hours football game ?

I am assuming most of those are “World of Warcraft” players lol. They have no life.

Sugar Daddy Beirut

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As i was mentioning the other day, i had dessert at Sugar Daddy in Koreitem after my dinner at Le Rouge Hamra.

Sugar Daddy is located right after “Secrets”, a very well know patisserie for those who live in Beirut. It is 2 minutes away by car from LAU Beirut campus or Hariri’s residence.

It is a very original place that does cupcakes, brownies, muffins, cookies, pies and all sorts of cakes.

I go there mostly to get my pecan pie or apple pie. I started loving pecan pie from the show True Blood . Sookie‘s grandma does the best pecan pie apparently (in the show) and it looked yummy.
I had never heard of it before, so i asked around and surprisingly, i couldn’t find any place in Lebanon that does it until i spotted Sugar Daddy.

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