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Health Minister Wael Bou Faour Issues A list of Lebanon’s Violating Supermarkets And Restaurants

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Health Minister Bou Faour confirmed to all the Lebanese today that the food they are eating is full of diseases and issued a list of restaurants and supermarkets that do not meet the proper health and hygiene conditions. The minister said that violating restaurants will be warned and fines will be forced.

Personally speaking, I love the initiative and I really hope that this won’t be a temporary campaign but at the same time, I disagree with the minister on publishing at first a list of places without sharing the full study that was conducted and all the information available on that matter. We need to know on which basis was this study conducted, what were the violations and why wasn’t the ministry doing its job in the first place before Bou Faour took charge? Who was responsible back then and who let Natour reopen and sell rotten meat once again? Are the violations all the same? Why weren’t they classified as serious or minor?

Now people will start freaking out and sharing this list blindly because that’s all they know. I mean seriously how the hell is Roadster and Kababji on that list? We all know they are the safest places to eat in Lebanon. And how can Hallab’s Achta in Tripoli be on that list? That’s his source of pride lol!

In all cases, Minister Bou Faour has been done a great job so far and I hope he will clarify this whole matter and explain to the Lebanese people how this study was done and what are the steps being taken to enforce further quality control in Lebanon and make sure what we are eating is safe. The last thing we need is another “Labneh” controversy.

Here’s the full list as compiled by LBCI, noting that Beirut is still missing (Why is that?) and that the violations were related to specific products or items as you can see from the picture at the bottom.

Metn District:
Bedo Restaurant
Kababji Restaurant
Roadster Diner
Zohrab Butchery
Tannouri Supermarket
Al-Achkar Supermarket
Massoud Supermarket
McDonalds Restaurant
Maneea Farms Organization
Khawli Supermarket
Sultan Butchery
Metro Supermarket
Nassar Supermarket
Marche Du Rond Point
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Mazloum Organization
Broummana Market

Byblos District:
Hawa Chicken
Spinneys Supermarket
Supermarket Jbeil

Nabatieh District:
Rammal Restaurant

Kesserwan District:
Fahd Supermarket

Tripoli District:
Crepina Restaurant
Dar al-Amar Restaurant
Shay W Assal Restaurant
Baytna Restaurant
Albdel Rahman Hallab Sweets/Restaurant
Makiyyeh Restaurant

Aley District:
Hawa Chicken
MP Supermarket

Baabda District:
Metro Supermarket
Poule D’or
Aamiliya Restaurant

Shouf District:
Racheed Moussa Stores
Ghanem Stores
Rayyan Stores
Bou Khalil Supermarket

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Gandour’s New Logo

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Gandour is changing its old logo and switching to the new one above. The bell-boy was also present in the 1940s’ logo along with the flag but he is becoming the primary focus now.

I’ve never really paid that much attention to Gandour’s logos but I like the new one.

PS: The new logo was designed Mash Creative and SocioDesign.

The key objective was to create a new iconic brand marque for Gandour, capturing the essence of the company in a simple, yet modern way. The new brand marque needed to present Gandour as a contemporary company but without alienating existing customers and stake holders. Our focus was to ensure that the new logo referenced key symbology from previous iterations as a means of continuing tradition. We chose to highlight the bellboy and flag elements, thereby creating a marque that hinted to the past but also provided a platform for the company going forward. The new Gandour logo will be rolled out across their entire range throughout 2015.

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The New Crepaway 2014 Menu: Cordon Blues Burger And The Munchmallow Are My Favorites

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I was at Crepaway Zalka yesterday trying out the new menu items (once again) but this time inside the kitchen with the chef himself. Before going into the kitchen, we were handed chef coats and knives that we got to keep which is pretty cool.

Moving on to the new menu, here are the new additions and my take on them:

Appetizers
20141027_190855 Asian Glazed fried Chicken Wings

I love wings and the Asian glazed ones were really good.

20141027_190339 Onion Kings

I didn’t taste the onion rings as I am not a big fan of onions.

Salads
20141027_191338 Quinoise: Quinoa, Rocca & Iceberg Lettuce drizzled with raspberry dressing, baked potato cubes, boiled egg, veggie assortment, tuna, beetroot dices and olives (Raspberry & Lemon dressing)

This is my new favorite salad at Crepaway. I loved the ingredients and the dressing but I would add a bit more quinoa and less tuna.

20141027_192108 Pastalocca: Penne pasta tossed with pesto dressing, rocca leaves, parmesan cheese & cherry tomatoes. Topped with grilled chicken strips and roasted pine seeds (Basil sauce).

A good mix and a light and delicious salad.

Burgers
20141027_194705 Cordon Blues: 100% Black Angus Beef filled with cheese, with extra cheddar, crispy bacon and onion rings, lettuce, tomato, mayo, ketchup and Dijonnaise sauce.

I hate mayo and I thought it ruined the burger the first time I had it, so I ordered it without any dressings and it was perfect. I highly recommend it!

20141027_193636 Tex Burger: 100% Black Angus beef with Fajita spices, onions, cheese, avocado, jalapenos and Cajun sauce.

I don’t like spices so I didn’t try this one.

20141027_193056 Gluten free burger

The bun was tasteless but the burger as a whole was fine.

Crepes
20141027_200325 Frida: Chicken breast, cheddar cheese, onion, green bell pepper, corn & Mexican spices. Served with guacamole and ranch sour cream.

The crepe by itself is a bit dry, so make sure you dip it with guacamole or/and ranch sour cream which come on the side.

20141027_203255 Donutella: Nutella spread with banana, chocolate sauce and hazelnut.

This is pretty much the Martine crepe but with Nutella. I love Nutella but the premium Belgian chocolate in the Martine tastes much better.

20141027_203141 Marion: Lemon custard cream and candied orange sticks topped with meringue and a sprinkle of powdered sugar.

I loved the meringues placed on top and it’s a really good and relatively “light” crepe.

20141027_204052 Cannelle: Caramelized Apple scented with cinnamon over cheesecake filling. Topped with caramel ice cream and sauce, sprinkled with crumble and croquants.

This is basically an Apple crumble crepe. I loved it!

Desserts
20141027_205106 Munchmallow: Baked cheesecake with chocolate, topped with a melted marshmallow hat and served with chocolate sauce and hazelnut.

My new favorite dessert at Crepaway. The Munchmallow is beyond amazing!

20141027_204731 Melteaser: Made with lawyers of marbled ice cream and Maltesers, topped with caramel and warm chocolate sauce sprinkled with croquants.

Another great dessert introduced to the menu.

Platters
20141027_201006 Tortzilla: Fried Chicken breast in a crispy crust of tortilla, cheese and paprika sauce.

Quite a heavy meal with a heavier sauce. I don’t think I’d order it.

Meet Brgrco’s “Café De Paris” Burger: A Medium Rare Patty With An Entrecote Sauce

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I tasted on Friday Brgrco‘s newest signature burger, the Café De Paris Burger. The burger consists of a fat and juicy medium-rare patty topped with a special butter-based complex sauce with over 12 ingredients and a fresh soft bun with a bit of Dijon mustard spread on it. The meat was superb as always and the sauce which is a secret recipe made up of several types of herbs was just perfect. I even ordered it as a side dip for the fries and it tasted great!

If you order your steak medium-rare, I highly recommend this burger. Otherwise, go for the normal 6oz as you would be ruining the burger by ordering it well done.

Note: The burger is not yet available on the menu but will be very soon.

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PZZA.Co Now Serving Gluten Free Pizzas

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I passed by Pzzaco yesterday to try out their new gluten-free pizzas before they start serving them today. I have to say I wasn’t expecting to like it but it wasn’t bad at all. Of course it’s not as good as the normal crust but it’s a great compromise if you are on a gluten-free diet or are gluten intolerant. I personally tried the Marguerita gluten-free pizza but it’s available for all pizzas except the Calzone, at least for now.

I love Pzzaco and I think their crust is one of the best in town, so go try it out!

Aside from the gluten-free option, Pzzaco has two new delicious items on the menu, an oven baked pumpkin ricotta and spinach cannelloni and the heavenly Nutella, Marshmallows and M&Ms pizza.

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Beirut Street Food

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Here’s a nice video on some of Beirut’s best street foods prepared by my good friend Anthony From NGNO. These little food gems are always more satisfying than any fancy restaurant you could go to.

The places mentioned in this video are Falafel Sahyoun, Karout Knefeh, Al Kalaa Chicken, Hanna Mitri’s ice cream place and Al Daoukieh and there are tons of others worth being highlighted.

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