This is to let you know that on Friday (19/08/11) we had a meeting with the VIP company representatives and we discussed all the issues that are related to the valet parking services (we even printed this blog to show them the post and the comments).
They promised us that they will make sure issues like this one will never happen again.
Hoping that this matter is solved, we always welcome everybodyâ€™s feedback, anytime.
I highly respect the Lebanese army but I really wish I could meet the guy who sets up those random meaningless checkpoints from time to time.
Every time I go North, I try to leave as early as possible in order to avoid traffic on the way back. Since it’s Ramadan now, we decided to leave yesterday Qoubayat at exactly 6:30 pm to be in Tripoli around the Iftar time so that we won’t face any traffic. We reached Tripoli by 7:15 pm and all went great until we reached Nahr el Ibrahim road and stopped moving.
I thought to myself it’s an accident but after 42 minutes, we were surprised to see an army checkpoint letting people through without even searching them or looking inside the car.
Knowing that there are more than 4 exits before reaching the checkpoint, and that the Madfoun checkpoint is only few kilometers back, what’s the purpose of this checkpoint?
If there are some criminals or terrorists coming their way, they could have easily parked and waited for the checkpoint to be dismantled or simply use the maritime road.
Six months after having posted about plans for a new maritime sidewalk in Jounieh, the municipality has only managed to take out some old building on the verge of crumbling and turned the place into a parking lot.
It looks like Valet Parking guys are after me these days. After my dispute with Zaatar W Zeit Kaslik’s valet, it is now Schtroumpf Achrafieh valet’s turn.
I was leaving work two days ago around 6 heading towards Jeitawi hospital in Achrafieh and decided to stop by La Cigale to buy something. I parked my car as shown in the picture, as it’s past 5 and park meter is off.
As I was stepping down from my car, the valet guy shows up asking me for my keys. I told him that’s a valid parking spot and I don’t need him to park my car. He tells me this spot is for the restaurant (Schtroumpf Achrafieh) and they paid the municipality to have it after park meter hours are done.
Having heard that, I asked him to call the restaurant’s manager, so he hesitated and was like you have to go see him yourself so I went up and asked Schtroumpf Achrafieh’s manager if the valet’s story is true.
Turns out it’s a big fat lie and they only request politely for cars not to park in the two spots in front of the restaurant. Afterwards, I asked Schtroumpf’s manager, who was very polite and apologized for the incident, to go talk to the scumbag valet they got and ask him to stop harassing people.
All in all, I am happy the manager talked to the valet instantly and I urge all the blog readers to do the same thing as I did and not just give away their cars.
I love burgers and I love apple pies which is why I was excited to pass by Cow & Apple in Hamra today. It wasn’t hard finding the place since they’re located right in front of Crepaway so I didn’t get lost although I was expecting to. The place is located inside the entrance of a building and it’s pretty spacious with a bit of a school cafeteria meets burger joint look going for it. I thought the benches were pretty tight and claustrophobic but I really liked their lights and the menu scribbled on the kitchen window.
I got the menu and went through it and kinda got lost so I asked the waiter which burger was popular and he told me the #5 which included cheese, mayo, grilled onions, home made bbq sauce, lettuce, mustard and a 250 gram beef patty. He asked me if I wanted it cooked medium or well done, I chose medium.
The burger took around 15 to 20 minutes to arrive and I thought the presentation was good. The bun looked delicious and the patty was pretty thick so I couldn’t wait to devour it. I took my first bite and realized my burger was more well done than medium which was disappointing. Why do places bother to ask you how you want your burger if they’re going to cook it their way? The bun as I had assumed was really good, it managed to soak up the bbq and mayo/mustard sauce without getting soaked and it also had a slightly sweet flavor to it. The beef patty definitely wasn’t as good as Brgr Co nor as juicy but it was better than the very thin patty I had at CBJ two days back.
Now there is a slight twist with the ending since I ran into a bit of an issue with my burger. I was around 80% through my burger when I spotted what looked like a small hair. I decided to pull it out with my fork when I realized the small hair was actually not that small so I called the waiter and the manager came as well. They apologized and offered to make me another burger but I told them not to since I already had eaten practically all of it and I was pretty full. They told me then they wouldn’t charge me for it which I also refused since mistakes do happen and an apology was all I needed. They then insisted dessert would be on the house which I thought was ok since I wanted to try their apple pie anyway. I kinda felt bad for them since from all the people that could have gotten a hair in the burger it had to be me while I’m on my burger quest!
Over all though I was kinda disappointed and not because I found a hair in my burger but because I was expecting their burger to be better than this. If you’re in the neighborhood it’s not a bad burger to have but it’s not one I would crave or one that’s worth getting stuck in traffic for. One thing I think local burger joints should invest in is a good meat thermometer. Seriously if you can’t get that right then you should really hire a new cook.
I saw this picture on thechive but they didn’t specify which country it was taken in. The BK in the picture looks very similar to Burger King Kaslik though but all BKs here have Coke so it can’t be it.