Category Archives: Food

An Open Panel Discussion at AUB With Ministers Wael Abu Faour & Nicolas Nahas on Food Safety

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Dima Minister Bou Faour having lunch with Dima Sadek

The Leadership Club at AUB is organizing an open panel discussion with Health Minister Wael Bou Faour and former Minister of Economy & Trace Nicolas Nahas. The topic at hand will be Lebanon’s recent food crisis, which is a very important session. Since I won’t be able to attend the session, I will post the questions here and if anyone can pick them up and address them to Minister Bou Faour then it would be great.

1- Why didn’t the ministry publish a full report listing all the restaurants and institutions violating the law and further information regarding the severity of these violations? What are the guidelines being followed to inspect restaurants?

2- What is the strategy being set by the Ministry to avoid such food scandals in the future? Will the corrupt ministry workers and previous ministers be held accountable for their negligence?

3- Why isn’t the Ministry on Facebook and engaging with Lebanese on social media channels?

As I said before, I am fully supportive of the minister’s initiative but he needs to provide numbers and scientific proof and cut down on the press releases and media stunts.

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It’s Safe To Eat At ABC

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LAFS via ABC

I never doubted food safety at ABC restaurants but it’s good to hear that they are raising awareness on that matter and comforting people that they are LAFS certified. Meanwhile, Minister Bou Faour continues to unveil new violations and the latest was sealing with red wax Center Taanayel’s factory for expired products.

Check Out Awesome non-Terrorist Pizza: Domino’s Pizza In Syria

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I have no idea how this page is still up and no one reported yet. Check out the last few posts:

Enhanced security in central Damascus restaurants!
THANKYOU OBAMA!

The toilets are NOT a place to dispose of inert grenades! We’ve been having issues with this a lot lately, especially with the IS militants.
-Domino’s Syria Team

1 large pizza for every IS corpse in our Damascus restaurants!
-Dominos Pizza Syria team

We’ve been getting asked a lot about this lately and we would like to clear this up:
NO! We do not rent our ovens out for mass disposal of bodies!
More lies made up by Pizza Hutâ„¢!

Thanks Maia!

BRGR Co. Opening In Chelsea On December 1

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I had the chance to talk recently with one of the Brgrco UK branch managers when I was tasting their new exquisite “Cafe de Paris” burger and I was really happy to hear that their Soho branch is doing really well, and that they are opening soon on King’s Road.

The opening is set for December 1 so if you are visiting London anytime soon, make sure to pass by and grab a burger!

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Beirut And Tripoli Slaughterhouses Temporarily Closed

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I read in the past few days that slaughterhouses in Beirut and Tripoli were temporarily closed as they failed to meet health standards regarding the way animals are killed and how the facility is maintained. This is good news but it’s funny that they decided to examine the slaughterhouses after checking the restaurants and supermarkets. Usually you go after the source or the suppliers then you check the other end but let’s look at the bright side and hope they fix these slaughterhouses.

Speaking of Beirut’s Maslakh, I’ve shared a video a year ago on the malpractices being committed inside and LBCI even did a report on food safety back in May 2013. I even visited the place while looking for the Beirut crocodile earlier this year.

Tasting The New Tarboosh Flavors: Hazelnut And Strawberry

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I finally managed to find the new Tarboosh flavors after looking at more than 5 supermarkets and small shops. Supermarket Achrafieh didn’t have them, O&C only had the strawberry flavor only, TSC Zouk Mosbeh didn’t have any but Charcutier Aoun in Jeita had both. In fact, I only found the strawberry one at first at Aoun but asked the guy who went and got me a box of hazelnut from the storage room.

I have no idea why it was so hard to find them but I wasn’t disappointed at all, specially with the Hazelnut one. In fact I didn’t like the strawberry mix that much and doubt that i’ll have it again, but the Hazelnut is spot on as it really tastes good! I like it almost as much as the original one now. Hazelnut mixes better with the original than the strawberry and its after-taste is also much better.

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