Monthly Archives: May 2011

Almaza glasses

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Almaza is giving away glasses with cute cartoons on them with every 6 pack you buy. I don’t like the shape of the glasses they’re giving away, would rather they were shaped like regular pint glasses or even beer mugs.

My Margherita Review

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After Chahe posted his Margherita review I decided to pass by and try it out. I’m a huge pizza fan and love the fact we have a lot of good pizza in Lebanon so I was curious to see how Margherita compared with the rest. Location isn’t Margherita’s strong point, I mean it’s located on the main Gemmayze street which is great except for the fact parking is impossible to find both during the day and night. I ended up going there for lunch but still had to park on another street and a few blocks down. Luckily the weather was great so I didn’t mind walking.

I loved the interior of the place. When you first walk in you have a large bar on the left side of the shop with a pizza oven at the end, on the right hand side you have three tall square tables with two bar stools each. At the end of this room are a few steps that take you into another large squarish room that is filled with regular tables and chairs. Because the restaurant isn’t that big the tables are pretty close together which is fine but like Chahe mentioned, smoking is allowed inside the restaurant and if you’re not a smoker it would be extremely annoying sitting that close to someone that’s smoking. There were maybe only two tables occupied but I decided I would rather sit on the tall square tables opposite the pizza oven since I would have more natural daylight to light up my shots.

I ordered a bottle of ice cold Corona, a large bottle of water, an argula with mushroom and balsamic salad for starters and a mushroom pizza with ham for my main course. The waiter was very friendly and social. We asked him a bunch of questions about the place and he never seemed annoyed or unhelpful, if anything he was actually very entertaining. I had to ask him if they had ketchup which I know is a sin to put on a pizza but I love ketchup on pizza. Of course they didn’t allow ketchup which was a bit disappointing but at least it made me feel the place was trying to be authentic. The owner it turns out is Italian which again adds more authenticity to the place.

Once the food arrived I quickly dug in. The salad was great although truthfully it’s a simple salad and very hard to get wrong. The pizza was good but I thought there was too much ham which overpowered all the other flavors. If I was to base my review on that pizza alone I would say it was fairly decent but that wouldn’t be fair since they might have better pizzas. Personally I would go back there again and order the same pizza next time but without the ham and more mushrooms. I had a positive experience overall it’s just that I was expecting my pizza to be better so might update this post in the future once I go back and try something else. My bill came out to be around $28.

Nadine Labaki wins award at Cannes International Film Festival

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Lebanese actress-director Nadine Labaki on Sunday was awarded the Francois Chalet prize for her film “Halla2 Lawen” (Where Do We Go Now?). The prize is awarded annually for best feature film. Labaki won the trophy under the “Un Certain Regard” category, which contained the event’s second largest pool of competitors.

This is great news for Nadine Labaki but I am curious as to why this award is not shown on the Cannes Festival official website. The movie is showing under the official selection for the mentioned category but it is no where to be seen under the 2011 awards section, nor is Nadine Labaki’s name. [Link]

Best garlic bread with cheese in town

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I was out having an early dinner at Casper & Gambini’s yesterday at ABC Mall, and my friends ordered garlic bread as an appetizer. I am a big fan of garlic bread with cheese even though I don’t like garlic alone, so the more cheese there is the better.

My favorite is usually Roadster’s garlic bread but I tasted a slice of Casper & Gambini’s one and it tastes much better. It could be cause they added cheddar cheese to it. Too bad I could not eat the whole thing!

And to torture me even further, that’s what my friend ordered:

Obama’s indestructible Cadillac halted by driveway ramp

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Obama’s limo nicknamed “The Beast” was revealed in 2009 and is supposed to be the world’s most indestructible limo. It has 8in thick armor-plated doors, its own oxygen supply, pump-action shotguns, night-vision cameras, Obama’s own personal storage of blood, Kevlar-reinforced tires that are puncture and shred-resistant, and special steel wheels that can drive without the tire attached.

Yet with all these features and it got stuck on a ramp! [YouTube]

Foursquare in Lebanon

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I got an iPhone over the weekend and downloaded some apps including foursquare. If you don’t know what Foursquare is here is a summary from Wikipedia:

Foursquare is available to users with GPS-enabled mobile devices, such as smartphones. Users “check-in” at venues using a mobile website, text messaging or a device-specific application by running the application and selecting from a list of venues that the application locates nearby. Each check-in awards the user points and sometimes “badges”.

So I was trying the app out and I saw that there are some local businesses participating on Foursquare and providing offers. For example if you check in at the Beirut Airport you get 10% off on all the perfumes which is a pretty good deal.

There aren’t many offers in Beirut yet but I’m sure you would find a ton of deals in the US and Europe where the app is a lot more popular. I’m definitely trying Foursquare the next time I travel.