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A Sneak Peek Of The Roof’s New Menu At The Four Seasons Beirut

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Summer is almost here and The Roof is opening “officially” very soon at the Four Seasons Beirut with a new menu and a couple of cool features added to the venue. I got an invite to try out the new menu last Friday and the weather was just perfect for an evening at The Roof.

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For those of you who are not familiar with the Roof, it’s the highest rooftop in Beirut overlooking the Zaitunay Bay, Beirut’s new Water Front and the St. Georges club. It’s a great spot to go after a long working day or in the weekend to relax, enjoy cocktails and Asian tapas.

The venue didn’t change much from last year, except for the new mirror ball installed in the pool, the newly enhanced and much cooler wall projections and the DJ booth which was relocated to overlook the venue.

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The menu on the other hand was completely revamped and included quite a view interesting and tasty new items. The App’ N teasers includes Edamame Beans, Spicy Crispy Calamari, Salmon & Tuna Sashimi, a Thai Shrimp Salad and a crispy chicken with green papaya salad. I went for the Salmon Sashimi because I like them and tried the Thai Shrimp Salad which was quite good. In the Wrap N’ Roll section, I went for the good old Shrimp dumblings mainly because the other items had spices or onions in them, which I don’t like.

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Moving on to the best part of my dinner, I ordered a new item called Okonomiyaki, which is a Japanese pizza made with seafood and shaved bonito flakes. I absolutely loved this pizza as it was rich in flavor and very light. By the way, if you see the flakes moving in your plate, don’t freak out as it’s the steam that makes them move. They are known in Japan as the dancing fish flakes. Other items in the No Main, No Gain! section include a Chicken or Beef Satay, Sea Bass, Chicken with cashew nuts and a Beef Bulgogi dish which includes sweet soy, Korean kimchi and steamed rice.

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Last but not least, we were advised to try the US Prime Beef Filet and the Tiger Jumbo Prawns in the Tep’ N Yaki section. The Jumbo Prawns were ok but I didn’t like the fact that we had to eat them out of a wooden stick. I’d rather have them in a proper plate. As for the beef filet, it was perfectly cooked and quite amazing. The dressing we had with both these dishes was also quite good and included mustard and honey among other things.

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All in all, I love the Roof and it was yet another delightful evening on the Four Seasons’ 25th floor. The new menu items are light, fresh and suitable for such a seating and I am going back soon to have that Japanese Pizza and the Beef Bulgogi.

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Roadster Diner Opening Soon On Bliss Street

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I was passing by Bliss Street yesterday and was surprised to see all these “new” restaurants and shops there. I guess it’s been a while since my last time there as there’s Urbanista, Paul, Casper & Gambini’s and Roadster Diner is opening soon as well. There’s also this bagel shop called Bunz that I’ve been wanting to try for a while.

The only thing that didn’t change was Zaatar Wou Zeit as they still didn’t revamp their bliss branch for some reason.

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Answering ReThinkIsrael’s BuzzFeed Article: The 13 Delicacies That Are Israeli .. Aren’t Israeli

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ThHank you Rumzz for writing this. Read the full article [Here].

Cultural appropriation is at least inappropriate. Israel has colonized Palestinian indigenous land and displaced and dispossessed Palestinians. Now it is claiming Palestinian traditions as its own. A buzzfeed article claimed that ‘in Israel hummus flows almost as freely as water’… unfortunately, Israel has ensured that water doesn’t flow freely to Palestinians, now they’re appropriating food too! Many of the dishes that Israelis claim as their own are from the Mediterranean region common to all Arabs as well as Turks, Greeks, Cypriots, Armenians, and Persians. Everyone should enjoy the food the world has to offer, just don’t colonize and appropriate it.

According To BuzzFeed: Hummus, Halloumi Cheese, Cactus Fruit, Falafel, Shawarma, Labneh, Kibbeh and Baba Ghannoush Are Israeli Delicacies

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This BuzzFeed article by ReThinkIsrael is so ridiculous and disrespectful to international cuisines that I don’t know where to start. The author could have simply stated there are things you could eat in Israel, but to claim that these are Israeli specialties is just too much. Moreover, how can you claim that a fruit is specialty?

I scanned through the list quickly and 8 of the 19 items listed are definitely not Israeli and I am sure there are others as well. One thing that caught my attention was the Krembo, which is the equivalent of Tarboosh in Lebanon. There have been talks that Tarboosh may be copied from a Swiss company’s product (Le Petit Perrier) but I am pretty sure both came before the Krembo.

As far as Hummus is concerned, here’s a proof that Hummus is Lebanese.

First Impression: PZZA.Co At The Beirut Souks

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Yesterday was the soft launch for The PZZA.Co Italian restaurant so I passed by and had a late lunch there. PZZA.Co is a gourmet italian concept brought to you by the same people behind BRGR.Co, which is by far my favorite burger place in Lebanon. PzzaCo is located right next to Brgrco at the Beirut Souks.

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The outside of the place looks very similar to Brgrco. The interior is simple but quite artistic and catchy and gives a cozy feeling. There’s a huge artwork done by Gregory Gatserelia (resembling an erupting volcano, Mount Vesuvius maybe) above the oven that expands to the whole roof that you can see in the picture below.

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As far as the food is concerned, PZZA.Co servers starters, salads, mozzarella specials, pizzas (including 3 Hussein Hadid signature pizzas), pastas, risotto, a couple of chicken and veal dishes, and of course desserts. The wine they serve is an Italian one. Here are some of the stuff I tried out:

Salads:
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Both salads were fresh and tasted great and I absolutely loved the Fennel with oranges one, specially with the Orange and Pomegranate vinaigrette sauce.

Starters and Pastas:
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The breaded Baby Mozzarella balls were a delight and didn’t feel that heavy even though they were breaded. The Mozzarella tasted fresh too. As for the Rigatoni Bolognese, I am not a big fan of minced beef so I couldn’t really judge if it’s any good but I didn’t mind it.

Pizzas:

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The Italian Chef running the cuisine is from Napoli and he takes great pride in preparing fresh tomatoes for his pizza. The Marinara is an authentic Neapolitan pizza and consists of fresh tomato, garlic, oregano and fresh basil. I noticed a lot of people in the restaurant had ordered it and the tomato did taste very fresh, but I’d rather have some cheese on top or mixed with it.

Moving on to the Hussein Hadid signature pizza, The Wild Mushroom was just delicious and I think I finished the pizza by myself. The dough was just perfect, not too thin not too thick, a bit crispy on the sides but tender when you eat it. The ingredients were all fresh and I liked the taleggio cheese which I hadn’t tasted before, at least not to my knowledge.

I noticed that they have a Calzone on the menu as well. The last decent one I had was at Pinocchio Achrafieh years ago, so I am looking forward to trying it out next time.

Desserts:
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I didn’t want to try the chocolate or caramel pizzas because I usually find them too sweet but my friend insisted I try out the Caramel and Biscuit Pizza and I am glad I did. I will let u figure out which biscuit is put on top but it was a heavenly sweet pizza. The Panicotta is a dessert you won’t find in many places and is worth a try and the Tiramisu was good.

Price-wise, PZZA.Co is really affordable as the salads, appetizers and pizzas range between 10$ and 20$ and the quantities are decent. Of course there are few special dishes and signature pastas and pizzas which are a bit more expensive, but you can easily have a salad or appetizer, a pizza and a dessert for like 30$.

I really liked PZZA.Co and I am definitely going there soon to try out the Calzone and have that Caramel Biscuit Pizza again.

Britain’s Favorite Take-away Is Lebanese

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A Lebanese Diner called The Cedar has won the title of Britain’s favorite take-away, after receiving the most positive votes from millions of reviews of more than 9000 eateries. The Cedar Chef and Owner Sami Khoueiry says all his recipes are 100% home made and approved by his mother.

A chef who turned down a job at five-star hotel The Dorchester to set up on his own in west London was today celebrating after his restaurant was named Britain’s favourite take-away. Lebanese diner The Cedar, in Maida Vale, received the most positive votes from millions of reviews of more than 9,000 eateries posted by users of online delivery website hungryhouse.co.uk. Owner Sami Khoueiry put The Cedar’s secret of success down to the secret recipes his mother taught him as a child growing up in Beirut. [Link]

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About The Gandour Tarboosh Controversial Story

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Ever since I woke up this morning and people have been talking to me about that guy who found a metal nail inside his Tarboosh (Ras el Abed). I read the whole thread, including Gandour’s responses and claim that his story is a fabricated one.

Since they’ve decided to settle this offline, I won’t comment further on the story but honestly speaking, I seriously doubt Gandour would let such a thing happen and I would have taken this matter offline with them as it’s probably the shop’s mistake (assuming the guy’s story is not a fake one of course).