Category Archives: Food

Magnolia Bakery opening at ABC Dbayeh

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Magnolia Bakery is a bakery opened in 1996 at 401 Bleecker Street, on the corner of West 11th Street in the West Village neighborhood of Manhattan, New York City. The bakery is known for its famous dessert treats, including its cupcakes and old-fashioned Depression era icebox cakes. [Wiki]

Magnolia’s first non-US branch was opened in Dubai back in 2010, with the second one expected to be Lebanon’s branch. They are also planning to open in Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Jordan, and Morocco.

You can check their website [Here].

Zaatar W Zeit New Light Menu

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I went to visit Zaatar W Zeit last week and noticed they have now a Light Menu consisting mostly of wholesome multi-cereal dough sandwiches. Add to that Light Halloumi (less salty) in the pan and two really good salads, the whole-grain pasta and Quinoa Tabbouleh.

Even though it’s a Manakish place, ZWZ surprisingly has some great salads like the Chicken Salad, Z Fattoush and the newly introduced Whole-grain pasta. As for sandwiches, the Oil-Free Zaatar is a must try. It’s the perfect healthy alternative for the everyday Zaatar Man2ouché.

There’s one thing I did not like though, is that they don’t serve bread anymore with the Halloumi pan and charge you for ordering it. If the freshly baked bread that comes for free with the original Halloumi in the pan platter is not considered light, they can always serve multi-cereal bread. Added to that, it wouldn’t hurt to be a bit more generous on the tomatoes and cucumbers.

For those interested, you can check out the new menu [Here].

Giveaway: A free meal for two from St. Elmo’s Seaside Brasserie

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Update: Poll is closed. I will be announcing the winner in few minutes.

Following my review last week, St. Elmo’s were kind enough to send a dinner invitation for our readers to win.

For those of you who haven’t been there yet, here’s your chance to try one of my favorite places at the Zaytounay bay.

All you need to do is leave a comment on this post with a proper email address. I will pick a name randomly by the end of the day. Prize is worth 100$.

If you wish to read more about St. Elmo’s:
[St. Elmo's Facebook page]
[St. Elmo's website] [Menu]

NB: You need to put your proper email in the email field while commenting since winner will be contacted by email. You can only comment once, anyone caught commenting more than once will get disqualified.

Margherita – Jounieh Branch

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Margherita opened its branch in Jounieh around two months ago and I have to say it’s a great branch in terms of location. It’s a renovated old Lebanese house with a large terrace right on the sea. I visited it last week and took some pictures that I thought were worth sharing. If you want to read reviews on Margherita, check Mark and Chahe’s reviews [Here] and [Here].

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St. Elmo’s Seaside Brasserie

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I’ve been to St. Elmo’s four times already, twice with friends, once on a tweet-up and the last time on a personal invite and I’ve enjoyed my meals and drinks every single time. I was planning to review the place earlier but they have so many items I wanted to try that it was hard to post about it after a single visit.

Located on Beirut’s Zaitunay Bay, St. Elmo’s owes its name to St.Erasmus of Formaie, the patron saint of sailors, and is decorated with nautical vintage stuff to offer a retro-urban seaside setting [Taken from Website]. The restaurant is divided into three parts, one outdoor area overlooking the Zaytounay harbor, an indoor lounge/pub area overlooking a more formal dining area suitable for lunch and dinner.

Before you order any food, there is a long list of drinks and cocktails that you can choose from, ranging from a rich selection of white/rose/red wine, beers and champagne to Sangrias, Mojitos, Bloody Marias and House Elixirs. I am not a big fan of Bloody Marias but one of my friends had the Bloody Mess (see below picture) and he loved it. I recommend trying the Sangria Pitchers, Lynchburg Lemonade (Sour drink), and the Caribbean Shrub.

You can check out the list of drinks and cocktails [Here].

BLOODY MESS: Vodka, Elmo’s clamato juice, giant shrimp & fresh oyster

Moving on to the starters and salads, I recommend the fresh Summer Rolls, the Black Carpaccio (see below picture), the Grilled Calamari and the Tataki Tuna Nicoise salad. All are healthy and delicious choices. The Smoked Salmon Bagel is a must-try in the Sarnies section. It’s a real shame that we don’t have any bagel shops in Lebanon, or at least none that I know of. The only one I used to go to was Euro Deli on Bliss Street during my AUB years but last time I checked, it was closed.

If you want to start with something rather unhealthy, I recommend you go for the Mac & Cheese as a starter. Just don’t have it by yourself because you won’t have any space left for the main dishes.

BLACK CARPACCIO :Cold-cured Black Angus Tenderloin topped with arugula, fresh artichoke hearts, fennel & shaved parmesan with truffle oil

Speaking of main dishes, St. Elmo’s is the place to visit if you are a Fish & Chips or Lobster fan. I haven’t tried the Poached 750g Nova Scotia lobster yet but heard good reviews about it, but I can assure you that the Fish & Chips are the best you can have in Lebanon. The dish is big enough for two people and is awesome! For those of you who don’t drink alcohol, watch out though because they are beer-battered. (All items that contain alcohol are pointed out in the menu).

Fish & Chips: 275g of Beer battered Mediterranean bass served and our home-made tartar sauce & parmesan fries

Last but not least, the desserts offered at St. Elmo’s are the perfect ending to your lunch/dinner. If you are feeling full, order an apéritif and take a small break because some of them are not to miss, especially the Chocolate chip cookie and Nutella Cheesecake.

SOFT CENTER CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIE Oven baked & topped with vanilla bean ice cream

All in all, St. Elmo’s is Beirut’s only English SeaFood Brasserie and is located at the most suitable place, the Zaytounay bay. It’s a new concept that I encourage all Lebanese to try and is rather affordable given its location and when compared to some restaurants around it. (30-50$ per person for a full meal)

If you wish to read more about St. Elmo’s:
[St. Elmo's Facebook page]
[St. Elmo's website] [Menu]

The outdoor area overlooking the yachts and boats

PS: St. Elmo’s also serves brunch from 10am till 1pm, check out their brunch menu [Here].

Naked Pizza Lebanon

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I had no clue Naked Pizza opened in Lebanon until I spotted their delivery scooter the other day.

Naked Pizza, (originally named World’s Healthiest Pizza), was launched in the US in 2006 as an ambitious business model that seeks to change the nutritional profile of fast food. By way of example, Naked Pizza is demonstrating that pizza does not have to be part of the problem in our global epidemic of obesity and chronic disease, but in fact can be part of the solution. [More]

It’s definitely worth a try!

Their first branch in Lebanon is located on George Tabet st. Off Adib Issac Rd Achrafieh – Lebanon. [Map]

Phone: 01 20 77 88
Opening Hours: 10am till midnight.