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Eat And Pay What You Want At Motto In Mar Mikhael

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There’s a new restaurant called Motto (previously known as Mo’s) in Mar Mikhael where you can eat and pay as much as you want. Motto doesn’t want to stick to famous cuisines and will be serving Thai, Ethiopian, Spanish, Sri Lankan and others. There’s a minimum donation of LL9,000 and the rest is up to the customer to decide.

I couldn’t find any Facebook page for Motto but it’s a nice concept that might work out if the meals are good and the place is clean.

Update: Here’s the Facebook Page for Motto.

La Creperie Opening Soon

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La Creperie is one of the most beautiful and authentic restaurants in Lebanon and is located on top of a cliff offering a breathtaking view of Jounieh’s gulf. The restaurant was closed for renovation a couple of years ago and is set to reopen very soon. I don’t have the exact details or how the place looks like now but I will update you very soon with pictures and information.

La Creperie is my favorite restaurant in Jounieh. I miss sitting on the balcony and enjoying their amazing crepes and meals.

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Abra Municipality Takes Back Its Ramadan Memo

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The above memo was distributed a week ago in Abra asking all Abra residents, restaurants and cafes not to eat or serve food in public during Ramadan. The memo was apparently issued after Saida’s Mufti had requested so but the municipality annulled the memo after being harshly criticized and given that it violates the constitution.

Meanwhile, a similar memo was issued by Tripoli’s municipality but I doubt that anything can be done about it.

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Update: The Tripoli memo was apparently annulled too.

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.