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6 New Burgers At Roadster Diner

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I passed by Roadster tonight to try out the 6 new burgers that will become available on Friday. Technically speaking, 5 of them are brand new as the Route 66 burger which was introduced before is among the new additions to the menu.

Here are the new burgers:

Cheese’n’Cheese: 160g Angus prime beef, Iceberg lettuce, Melted Swiss cheese, Philly Steak Sauce and Sauteed fresh mushrooms.
BBQ Bacon’In: 160g Angus prime beef mixed with bacon, Grilled Tomato, Grilled Onion and Melted Cheddar cheese.
Old School: 160g Angus prime beef, Fresh tomato, Crisp Iceberg lettuce and RD Cocktail Sauce.
Route 66: 160g Angus prime beef, Fresh tomato, Crisp Iceberg lettuce, R66 Sauce.
Chili Mariachi: 160g Angus prime beef, Fresh tomato, Crisp Iceberg lettuce and Special Chili Sauce.
California dream: 160g Angus prime beef, Fresh tomato, Flour tortilla chips, Crisp Iceberg lettuce, Pickles and Fresh Guacamole.

I had a bite of all of them except for the Chili one as I can’t have spices. The Old School is a dull burger and shouldn’t be on the menu in my opinion, the Cheese’n’Cheese and the Route 66 were ok but I loved the California Dream and BBQ Bacon’In. They were rich in taste and the guacamole was perfect with the tortilla chips in the California dream burger. Also if you like bacon you’d love the BBQ Bacon’In and I recommend you add crispy bacon on top as well.

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Kate Middleton Likes Tabbouleh

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French fries are the best thing you could have with Tabbouleh but I don’t think that would be good for Kate’s diet. Personally speaking, I like Fattoush more than Tabbouleh.

Kate’s gorgeous-skin diet consists of completely uncooked foods, according to Daily Mail. Kate is trying out the trendy eating pattern for two reasons! First, to keep her fit frame looking its best — she wants to maintain her athletic figure. Second, to get radiant and glowing skin! While we think Kate already looks absolutely gorgeous, we’re all for her trying new eating patterns to see what makes her feel her best.

Kate already has a few favorites from the raw food diet. She’s loving ceviche (raw fish served in a bed of juices and spices), gazpacho (a cold soup), watermelon salads and tabbouleh, according to Daily Mail. She’s also drinking almond milk! Kate’s plan is to stick to this raw-only regime for at least one day a week! [Link]

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Beirut Café: A Cozy Mom-and-pop Eatery In St. Petersburg

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These family restaurants usually serve the best food! Check out the full article [Here].

Lakkis and Houssein met while in school in Beirut. Lakkis’ parents ran the Middle East Bakery near Allentown, Pa., for years, so she comes by her pastry prowess honestly. She is responsible for Beirut Café’s spinach pies, for the maamoul shortbread of semolina with dates or pistachio, the namourra with the texture of corn bread drizzled with rosewater, and (the showstopper) cheesecake baklava.

This spring has seen some joy and some hardship for the owners. In May, one of the couple’s sons got married and, on the same day, another went into the hospital. The result was that the restaurant spent a few weeks shuttered, but the tiny, 34-seat cafe is back in full swing.

Take a gander at the dessert case before finding your table. Lakkis will whisk by to take drink orders or open your beer or wine for you (it’s BYO) and bring glassware. By her own admission, service can be sluggish, but she’s confident the food is worth a wait.

I agree. The maza (appetizer) sampler is a fine way to start ($14 for 2 people, $26 for 4), with five items arrayed attractively. The falafel are some of the best in Pinellas County, crisp and greaseless with the earthy flavor of chickpea and fava bean, best dunked in piquant tahini sauce. Join these with tightly rolled, minty grape leaves (sometimes with rice, sometimes with wheat berries), maybe with a scoop of thick, garlicky labneh (yogurt sauce), hummus dotted with sauteed ground meat and toasted pine nuts and refreshing yogurty cuke salad.

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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