Monthly Archives: April 2010

CSI Mansourieh

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A friend of mine called me today in the morning freaked out. I asked what’s wrong and he started telling me all about it.

Around 6 am, the door bell rings and wakes him up. He goes to open the door and find two armed detectives at his door step. They start asking questions about his next door neighbor, if he knows him, if he passed by yesterday, if he is in the apartment now. My friend was barely awake and didn’t realize what’s going on, and naturally answered them that he is home alone (or so he thought).

As he was going back to his room, he spots the shadow of someone on his balcony. He approaches closely and spots the neighbor without the later noticing. He goes back slowly to the front door and informs the detectives he is on the balcony.

They storm the place and capture him and leave. It turns out he is involved in some major car theft network and has been hiding for more than an hour on my friend’s balcony.

What a way to start your day !

Beirut39 festival

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The Beirut 39 festival, held in the Lebanese capital, brought together 39 specially selected writers of Arab heritage, all under the age of 39.

The writers appeared at public debates, readings and discussions, and all 39 have had their work included in an anthology, called “Beirut 39: New Writing from the Arab World,” published simultaneously in English and Arabic. [Full Article]

There is a new blog for this event as well.

Among the 39 writers, we have 6 Lebanese: Hala Kawtharani, Hyam Yared, Joumanna Haddad, Nazem El Sayed, Rabee Jaber and Zaki Baydoun.

Article suggested by Chahe who is too lazy to post about it.

Public Transportation in Lebanon: Trains back on track ?

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I overheard lately that the government is considering reactivating the trains and tramways and restructuring the railways in order to lessen the daily traffic. I researched a bit about this and found out they have been considering doing so for more than 8 years now !

The last official news goes back to 2007 when the government was looking for funds to restore the Tripoli-Abboudieh railway.

Even though forgotten, railways in Lebanon are highly documented online. Almashriq has all you need to know on trains in Lebanon, from stations, to old pictures, maps etc.
Also, AFAC-Liban (Section Libanaise de l’Association Française des Amis des Chemins de fer) has a whole website dedicated to railways in Lebanon. They even organize exhibitions, publish books and attend social events.

It would be great to have a decent public transportation in Lebanon, as the traffic is becoming unbearable year after year.

Le Rouge Restaurant, Hamra

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On my way back home from Koreitem, i passed by Hamra to have dinner at Le Rouge and waste time so i don’t get stuck in traffic all the way back to Jounieh. I am not a big fan of Hamra to be honest, but there are few decent places one can go to for a dinner or a drink.

Once we got in the restaurant, we were asked whether we want to be seated in the smoking or non-smoking area. This new trend in Lebanon is not really working out, as the two areas are practically within the same room with no isolator, so it’s like assigning a peeing area and a non-peeing area in a pool. Added to that, they don’t give you ashtrays in the non-smoking area and expect you to throw you garbage on the ground maybe ?

I ordered a grilled chicken platter and a shanghai salad and my gf ordered a steak sandwich. Funnily enough, the waiter didn’t write down the order and repeated it for us showing that he memorized it, but he still managed to get the steak sandwich with tomatoes and onions, even though we ordered it without them. Even before that, he got us the bill of some other table while we were waiting for our food.

But I was too hungry to be bothered and my meal was delicious !

PS: Le Rouge is also open in Gemmayze.

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Best salami sandwich in town at Kayan

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Went out to Kayan with Najib and a couple of friends after work for happy hour. It’s a nice hangout located just off Gemmayze. The atmosphere is very cozy and the crowd is in its mid-twenties to mid-thirties. The staff is very helpful and they make the best salami sandwich. I say that because I don’t think I’ve ever ordered a salami sandwich anywhere else in my life.

Happy hour is from 5 to 8 pm every day