Monthly Archives: February 2011

Debs El kharoub vs. Nutella

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I’ve always wondered how come Lebanese don’t include more of Debs el kharoub in their meals and desserts and promote it better. I mean the same way you open up a Nutella jar and start eating from it, you can prepare some Debs el Kharoub and eat it with bread or Kaak or toasts.

Debs el Kharoub is one of the healthiest desserts you can have and is very delicious one! It is very addictive too and does not have any artificial substances in it and is prepared by simply mixing it with “t7eene”.

Its extraction is very difficult however and is restricted to few areas in Lebanon but as our grand parents would tell us:

“«اسمع يا جدي، الدبس هو أطيب أكلة في العالم، طبيعي 100%ØŒ بحلّي وبنشط وبيفيد، وأهم شي ما بيضرّ»،”

I am considering emailing some of the Lebanese restaurants in Lebanon and asked them to make Debs Kharoub based desserts, and also Crepaway to come up with Debs Kharoub based crepe.

Central Bank governor Riad Salameh defends Lebanese Canadian

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Central Bank governor Riad Salameh said Friday “the Lebanese Canadian Bank abides by Lebanese laws and international standards,” a day after the Treasury Department accused it of laundering hundreds of millions of dollars in drug profits for a cocaine smuggling organization with ties to Hizbullah.
The bank “receives the absolute support of the Central Bank,” Salameh said.

“Management of this bank is highly professional and the bank has high liquidity reserves,” he said. “We would like to reassure customers that their operations are safe.[Naharnet]“

It is very kind for our central bank governor to defend the bank and prevent its bankruptcy but shouldn’t there be an investigation into this issue?

I heard the other day some other major banks are involved as well but not yet revealed.

Lady Gaga’s Born This Way song

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Don’t be drag, just be a queen
Whether you’re broke or evergreen
You’re black, white, beige, chola descent
You’re lebanese, you’re orient
Whether life’s disabilities
Left you outcast, bullied or teased
Rejoice and love yourself today
‘Cause baby, you were Born This Way [Full Lyrics]

Lyrics from Lady Gaga’s latest song entitled “Born this way”. Notice anything in the lyrics?

Who knows? Maybe Lady Gaga, or Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta, is somewhere from Lebanon. Germanotta sounds like Germanos lol

Lebanese Canadian Bank blacklisted

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U.S. authorities have blacklisted one of Beirut’s major financial institutions, Lebanese Canadian Bank, alleging that it is part of a drug trafficking network that benefited the banned Islamist group Hezbollah.

The bank was involved in a complex scheme in which cocaine was shipped from Colombia and Panama and retailed in Europe and the Middle East, U.S. officials said. They alleged that the proceeds were deposited with LCB in Beirut, wired to U.S. accounts and used to buy second-hand cars that were resold in western Africa.[Source]

Over 200 million dollars were being laundered on a monthly basis according to the report.

This is going to be bad news for a lot of Lebanese. Assuming this is true, The Central Bank will probably take out the bank’s license and save whatever is left of it before it’s too late, because I am assuming people have started taking out their money from the bank already.

The Bank has already issued a statement on its main website claiming it has nothing to do with this. They were one of Lebanon’s top banks and were building their new headquarters in the middle of the Martyrs square.

Update: here’s the alleged money laundering scheme.

New Buns?

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Is it just my imagination or did Roadster fix their burger buns? I remember I complained about their buns a few times but the last time I passed by the buns looked and felt different… in a good way (picture above). Did they finally end up fixing their buns?

Drag Race at Marina Dbayyeh

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No this is not another Red Bull event, but something that occurs spontaneously every night at Marina Dbayyeh. Chahe was telling me about his friends who race on the Marina road but I thought he was joking until I saw it on Saturday night.

I was on my way back from Beirut heading to take the maritime road that gets you to ChopSticks Dbayyeh when I saw three cars blocking the road. I approached slowly and then stopped as they were going on reverse. Two cars were parked next to one another and another was on the right with its driver standing outside.

Then they started warming up and as the third car horned, they accelerated all the way until Chopsticks. The cars were an old Golf (90s) and an old BMW 3 series. The Golf won.

Next time I should park in the middle of the road and film it as it happens.

PS: Note that the ISF headquarters in the region is at the end of this road.

Innovation at church!

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Remember the old days when you actually had to light a candle at church and then say a prayer? Well not anymore! With the new pray-o-matic 3000, you don’t have to go through the hassle of actually lighting a candle, you can just insert a donation in the slot, press the button and one of the light bulbs will light up at random. All that’s left is for you to pray.

Happy Mar Maroun!

Louna the new Lebanese series on LBCI

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This new trend of Turkish Syrian-translated series and now Lebanese series is seriously starting to get on my nerves. Everytime I go back home, all the family is hooked on those series, even my dad which is quite sad.

Few weeks back, I was in my room when I heard the most annoying song ever on TV, turns out it is the song for Louna, a new Lebanese series. The song is just horrible and goes on for 5 freakin’ minutes, but no one from the Louna lovers seems to mind it.

So what I decided to do is put it as a ringtone until I make everyone “yel3ano el se3a li 7abbouwa”.

You can download it from the FB group for Lebanese series (yeah they have a group for that too now!). If you are also in the mood of listening to terrible Lebanese singers, check out this Lebanese dude called Pavo sing I feel good on MTV’s new show. Kudos to Grace Deeb though, she has a great voice!

Why did he have to be Lebanese?

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I just finished reading an article on CNN about human trafficking in Europe. It describes how kids from impoverished countries are sold in Europe via Romania.

One of the examples of traffickers in the article is about a Lebanese businessman who was employing 13 slaves in his factory!

Romanian authorities say that during the past two years, a Lebanese businessman, Hassan Awdi, persuaded 13 Honduran men and women to travel to Romania under the auspices of helping them find a job. Upon entering the country, officials say, Awdi confiscated their passports and forced them to work without pay for a factory of which he is part owner. The Hondurans eventually managed to escape their trafficker, yet found themselves in a foreign country without identification, resources, or shelter. Not For Sale intervened and helped the victims receive favorable treatment from the Romanian courts and government. The victims recently were repatriated home to Honduras. Awdi was charged with multiple offenses, including human trafficking, but has not yet gone to trial.

I sincerely hope that they put him in jail for life.

Article via CNN