Monthly Archives: December 2010

Jbeil After the Storm

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I found this video while searching for footage of the tornado that hit Jbeil few days ago. I recommend playing the video on mute for sensitive ears.

Update: Here’s footage by Eliedh of a lightning strike that he filmed in Feytroun
Are you sure it wasn’t a missile from Israel ya Elie?

Restaurant Leila Relocated

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I haven’t been to Restaurant Leila since it relocated to a new location still within the ABC mall until today. The place now is much bigger and tables are more distant, which is great. The food was also still as good as ever but the thing that made my day that the fact that they put the toilets at the same level as the restaurant.

I am saying this because one had to go down some 20-30 steep stairs to get the toilets in their previous branch which was very annoying and this applies to many restaurants in Lebanon, like Roadster Hamra, TGI Fridays in Maameltein, Crepaway Kaslik etc …

Giveaway Day 1: Two Deek Duke Vouchers

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In the spirit of Christmas, we are giving away prizes on the blog for the next 10 days to our readers and friends.

We thought of this campaign a bit late but thanks to the efforts of Chahe, Mark and Cohiba and the generosity of most of the restaurants and businesses we contacted, we were able to collect a considerable number of valuable gifts.

Today we’re giving away two vouchers for a free meal at Deek Duke. Deek Duke opened first in 2003 in Achrafieh and used to serve only chicken, one of the best in town, anyway you like it. Since 2009, it expanded its menu to include burgers, pasta, salads and desserts and opened a branch in Hamra. The exceptional feature of Deek Duke is its concept, whereas it reflects the diversity of its customers. It is a blend of all that is wonderful about Lebanon. Well-rounded, varied, multi-cultural, aware, responsible, and exposed to the world. This is reflected in the menu, the atmosphere, the service, and, of course, the attitude.

All you need to do to win those free meals is to leave a comment below and later on in the evening I will use random.org to select a winner. You also need to be in Lebanon (or have someone pick the prize for you in Lebanon) to be eligible to participate in this campaign and have two weeks to collect your prize. For more information about Deek Duke visit their website [Here]

If you’re a business owner and want to be part of this giveaways [Contact US]

NB: You need to put your proper email in the email field while commenting since winner will be contacted by email. You can only comment once, anyone caught commenting more than once will get disqualified.

Update: the poll was closed and the winner is [YouTube]

Comment #13, you’ve got mail!

Mabrouk Marie!

Juicy Burger thrives, eyes continued growth (Article from 1984)

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Just found this AMAZING article on Juicy Burger dating back to 1984. The article talks about how Juicy Burger started, the success they had and how they were growing and expanding even though there was a war taking place. I tried to find a logo or visual of Juicy Burger to attach to this post but couldn’t find anything so if anyone finds one please tell me.

But last year, amidst all the terrorist attacks, civil strife, assassinations and shellings, a new American-style fast-food burger and chicken chain called Juicy Burger not only managed to open three downtown restaurants but posted annualized average unit volumes in excess of $2 million.

And even though the situation in Beirut has deteriorated close to anarchy in recent weeks, Juicy Burger officials insist they will open at least one additional unit here this year, plus others in Egypt and Cyprus.

Juicy Burger units are staffed by local students and housewives. Restaurants have six service counter cashiers, two ice cream dippers and cashiers, and three cooks per shift. Two other workers handle food preparation: fresh chickens are purchased whole and cleaned and cut on the premises; roast beef is cooked at the unit level every day, and coleslaw and tartar sauce are made from scratch. Labor costs are about 13% of total sales.

Employees are required to have a working knowledge of English, Arabic and French, the three dominant languages in Beirut. A training unit is situated on Tripoli Highway which has facilities for classroom work and practical experience training.

You can read the full two page article [Here]

Small bear with a big heart

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A beautifully done online campaign to help the Lebanese autism society. Take a moment to write a wish, play the game, beat the scores, win a gift and help them build a Christmas Teddy bears tree. [Link]

Here is a link to their Facebook page as well.
Help spread the word. [Link]

Jal El Dib municipality is extremely lazy

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Jal El Dib municipality put up a countdown timer on a small clock tower for the year 2000 back in 1999. The counter says “Avant An 2000″ (Before the year 2000). 10 years have passed since the year 2000 and the counter is still there… 10 YEARS! It’s not like they haven’t noticed it! There’s a picture of the late Pierre Gemayel right under it!

And the funny thing is that the clocks don’t indicate the right time, each side says something different.