Monthly Archives: March 2013

How Crepaway started

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Picture taken from Joe’s box via Lebanese Franchise Association

I just noticed Crepaway’s new social media-friendly website and spotted a really old picture of Crepaway back when it started as a Kiosk in 1984. They started off selling crepes and they still have the best crepes in town.

Tints on Car Windows to be banned starting July 1st

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Haifa Wehbe’s sister has tinted car glasses

Interior Minister Marwan Charbel announced few days ago that tints on car windows will be banned at the beginning of July and only allowed for security reasons defined by the Ministry. I am not sure if this has anything to do with the upcoming elections (if there are any) but it’s one of those bans that no one takes seriously.

You see if you happen not to have relatives in high positions capable of getting you a tint permit for “security” reasons, you can get a medical permit for the windows tint. Also it costs barely 50$ to put back the tints in case they are removed at an army or ISF checkpoint.

The solution is simple though and I hope Minister Charbel considers it. If a car is stopped with illegal tint glasses on, break one or two windows after removing the tints. This will make those breaking the law think twice before putting the windows tint back on.

Did Hanna Gharib lose his job?

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The man who started an open-ended strike against the government, helped staging sit-ins in Beirut and outside the Baabda palace, encouraged public and private sectors employees and teachers to join him and managed to gather thousands in support of the Union Coordination Committee demands, may end up jobless after the school he works in replaced him with another teacher. The reason is that he didn’t show up to the school where he teaches for the past month and a half.

It is worthy mentioning that he’s among the very few activists in Lebanon who actually managed to pressure the government to fulfill the UCC demands by referring the wage scale to the Parliament after an eight hour session.

Gharib 2amro hal balad!

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Bryan Adams playing in a Church on Holy Thursday

The tradition of visiting seven churches on Holy Thursday is a tradition that I do on a yearly basis. Aside from religion and Christian traditions, I enjoy visiting new churches or monasteries I haven’t been to yet as they are usually located in the most beautiful and serene places.

However, I got an unexpected surprise this year when I walked into a church and heard a Bryan Adams song playing in the background of a documentary on Jesus. The lyrics may seem fitting (up to a certain extent) for Jesus dying and all but it was weird.

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A car-free day in Mar Mikhail

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A car-free day will be organized on April 7th 2013 as part of the Achrafieh2020 initiative. I missed the previous car-free days in Achrafieh, Rmeil and Geitawi but I will be there to have fun and cover the event next Sunday. Like I said on previous occasions, Achrafieh2020 is one of the best initiatives I’ve heard of in Lebanon and I truly hope it gets fully implemented. You can read more about it [Here].

You can follow updates on BlogBaladi‘s Facebook Page and pictures on my Instagram [LeNajib].

Beirut Digital District


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The Beirut Digital District is a 10-year project that was launched last year. The first building opened is in Bachoura and is 5000m2. Six other buildings will follow and all will be provided with 4G speed and fiber optic internet connections by the Telecom ministry.

Let’s hope the political differences won’t stop the execution of this project. Added to that and like I stated in my submission to the Lebanese Bloggers competition, The Telecom ministry in collaboration with the private sector should fund the creation of internet hubs inside educational establishments (schools, universities) before coming up with districts to the private sector and entrepreneurs.

via Bambi’s Soapbox

Asfouri


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Asfouri was featured in the 7th edition of Ayam Beirut Al Cinema’iya and will start showing in theaters on the 23rd of May 2013. For more info, check out their Facebook page [Here].

It’s Beirut in the 1970s. Karim lives with his family in a traditional building built by his grandfather Abu Afif.
One day the residents meet to discuss restoring the building, but they cannot agree on what color to paint its facade. The civil war begins and the adolescent Karim lives the conflict internally and well as externally.
In the 90s, the conflict ends. Karim returns from the US with the hope of rescuing his childhood home, but his task is obstructed by the plans of a real estate company that wants to build a commercial district there. Along with Maya, a young Canadian-Lebanese woman, he tries to make sense of a city he no longer recognizes.

Oeuf au Choc: Cool Easter idea

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Picture taken from Taste of Beirut

If you want to know how to prepare these eggs and what are the ingredients, check it out [Here].

How to prepare:
- Hold each egg and cut the top with a sharp knife; collect the egg into a bowl. Wash the egg inside and out and invert on a towel to air-dry.
- Melt the chocolate chips with the butter in the microwave for one minute and stir the mixture to make it creamy; use a teaspoon to smear some cream along the rim of each egg.
- Heat the milk (less 1/2 cup) and cream in a saucepan with the sugar, cocoa, stirring from time to time until dissolved.
- Mix the cornstarch with the milk till dissolved; as soon as the milk starts steaming, pour the cornstarch mixture and stir constantly. Add a teaspoon of vanilla or brandy. The mixture should thicken within minutes. When it is very thick, pour into the eggs and cool on the countertop. Refrigerate covered and serve cold with a Pretzel stick inserted in each egg if desired. [TasteOfBeirut]