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Domino’s India – Lebanese Rolls Commercial

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I posted about these rolls a year ago when Domino’s India first introduced them last year and it looks like they’ve done a commercial to promote them. I wonder if Domino’s Pizza in Lebanon will get them since they seem to be pretty popular in India.

Domino’s India introduced their latest craving in the form of “Lebanese Rolls.” The new item quickly garnered Facebook love and is available as both a vegetarian and chicken version.

Both variations boast a “delicious cheesy layer” that’s “sprinkled with Lebanese seasoning,” with the chicken roll being described as “exotic.” While this usually indicates the possibility of new, foreign flavors, Indian blogger Deepansh Khurana claims that rolls’ aroma and taste weren’t distinct enough from everything else on menu (likening it to Domino’s Pizza) and “strictly NOT Lebanese at all.”

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My 10 Favorite Burgers In Beirut

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Since Burger Day was on May 28, I thought of sharing with you the list of burgers that I usually crave in Lebanon. The burgers were selected from restaurants, burger joints, diners and fast food chains that I’ve been to in the past years.

1- The Butcher’s Cut at Brgrco
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This 6 Oz Hussein Hadid signature burger is one of the best burgers I’ve had in Lebanon. I usually order it with mature English cheddar on top and cheese fries on the side.

2- Gourmet Burger at Eau de Vie – Phoenicia Hotel
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I wasn’t expecting to see a burger on Eau De Vie’s menu but their 50,000LL gourmet burger is quite amazing.

3- The Cheeseburger at Happy Prince – Mar Mikhail
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Happy Prince’s burger is a must-have and comes in limited quantities. Read my review [Here].

4- Swiss’N’Mushroom Burger at Classic Burger Joint
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Even though I find their burgers a bit bulky, the Swiss’N’Mushroom is a great burger and my favorite at CBJ.

5- Fit’N’Burger At Roadster Diner
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The Fit’N’Burger was introduced as part of Roadster’s light menu and is a great burger. It contains grilled patty, rocket leaves, grilled onions, grilled tomatoes, grilled fresh mushrooms and a Light Homestyle sauce. I couldn’t find a picture to be honest so I borrowed one from Roadster’s Facebook page.

6- Spiel Mozzarella Burger at Crepaway
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This has been Crepaway’s signature burger for years. It comes with a thick chunk of deep-fried mozzarella.

7- Shack Stack at Shake Shack
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The Shack Stack is a cheeseburger and a ‘shroom burger topped with lettuce, tomato and ShakeSauce. Get the awesome Shake Shack’s cheese fries as well.

8- Ferdi burger at Ferdinand – Hamra
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Meat patty, bacon and blueberry jam on top. Add to that a great bun and you have an awesome burger!

9- Cheese Burgers at McDonald’s
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I usually order them plain without the ketchup and onions and get McDonald’s BBQ sauce and dip them in it.

10- Big King XXL at Burger King
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That’s the only burger I have at Burger King.

I am sure there are other burgers that I should try but these are the ones that first came to my mind and that I’ve had quite a few times in the past years (Except the Eau De vie one). Of course I sometimes miss having these big bulky Lebanese burgers with coleslaw and fries but I can’t think of any decent snack that makes them these days. I remember a small place called Khoury Inn in Dekwaneh that made good Lebanese burgers but I am not sure if it’s still open.

Antoury Market In Hamra Closing Down: This is not Ariel Sharon’s Supermarket

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If you pass by Makdessi street in Hamra, you will notice the above banners outside Antoury’s market. The big banner says “This is not Ariel Sharon’s Supermarket” while the small ones translate roughly to “Stop this unjust decision that will leave 6 families homeless” and “Can you find a property in Hamra that sells for $2000 per square meters?”.

So what’s the story?
Based on The Beirut Report’s post, a relative of the shopkeeper is saying she was offered only $60,000 to vacate both the shop and the shopkeeper’s 130 square meter apartment. Obviously, the market price for such a property is at least 10 times higher but the woman is an old renter and apparently that’s the amount she was offered after several court rulings.

I don’t know how she ended up getting $60,000 only and it does sound like an unfair amount, but that’s one of the many consequences of this old rent law that we will soon get rid of. The old law is affecting both tenants and landlords and both parties rarely manage to settle things out in a fair way.

My friend Amer said this place had one of the best Labneh sandwiches in Beirut.

Fauchon Beirut Is Closed

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I was actually excited when I first heard Fauchon is opening in Beirut and even though I loved its desserts, specially the Eclairs, the food was average and expensive. The restaurant section was replaced few months back by a supermarket (Monop), but this combination didn’t work out as well and Fauchon closed down for good.

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.