Monthly Archives: December 2012

Recent Pictures from the Cedars + Sniping in Tripoli

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Picture taken from Sietske [High-Res]

I always look forward to Sietske’s posts, not just for the awesome pictures, but also for the exciting stories and adventures that follow. This time, Sietske got lost on her way back from the Cedars only to find herself in Tripoli where clashes have been taking place for the past few days. Glady she managed to get out safe and sound with her friends and family. [Story]

Picture taken from Sietske [High-Res]

Hayete: a budget-friendly guesthouse in Achrafieh

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I think it’s just a matter of time before other affordable guest houses open in Beirut and its suburbs. What Lebanon lacks as well are B&Bs (Bed & Breakfast) in the mountains or seaside towns.

Budget-minded travelers who also enjoy a bit of style are usually out of luck when it comes to accommodations. Budget-friendly options generally consist of hostels, folksy guesthouses, smarmy bed & breakfasts and budget hotel chains – all honorable and fine, but only rarely stylish.

There are very few super stylish rooms in in-demand cities with rates in the $100 per night territory. Boutique and art hotels charge several times this amount in most buzzing cities. Budget hunters usually have to rely on the occasional off-season rate dip to enjoy anything approaching boutique style.

Hayete has just four rooms. Two, with shared bathrooms, run $105 per night for a double (or $75 for single occupancy.) Two en suite rooms start at $125 (or $95 for a single). The rate includes breakfast, tax, coffee and tea from a shared bar, Wi-Fi and use of a communal refrigerator. [Link]

I am in Beirut now and I want a girl to spit in my face …

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Update: The ad is being done by a fake profile that’s impersonating Wissam and using his pictures, as reported by Elie, a relative of him.

Wissam Fares wants a girl to spit in his face and he’s very serious about it, to a point where he’s buying ads on Facebook to find that special one. I wonder if he’s truly fooling around since 2010 or there’s someone behind this campaign.

Via TheIdentityChef

Magnolia Bakery Now Open at ABC Mall Dbayeh

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I went and visited the newly open Magnolia Bakery at the ABC Mall in Dbayyeh two days ago and picked up a selection of cupcakes and cake slices. The Hummingbird cake was a bit too sweet but good, the Red Velvet was great however the Blueberry cake was too sweet and I didn’t like it.

As for cupcakes, I am not a big fan of cupcakes so I can’t really judge but I liked the chocolate ones. I recommend though that you try the banana pudding, it’s really good. Price-wise, the cupcake costs on average 5000 LL and the cake slice 8000 LL but the cake portions are pretty big.

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Yes to Non-Smoking, No to Non-Sense

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I spotted this poster outside O&C Fresh Market in Jal el Dib. Amending Law 174 has been requested by a large number of restaurants in Lebanon, mainly Shisha cafés who believe they should have a license for indoor smoking. I’ve expressed my opinion on this matter several times; I am all for banning smoking in restaurants/pubs/hotels but there should be special licenses to Shisha cafés or cigar places or other places where people just go to smoke.