Category Archives: Food

Nutella’s Controversial Billboard

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nutella - Copy Picture via Rania el Khatib

People are apparently upset with the above Nutella billboard because it shows Christian names with the English version and Muslim names (Except for Sarah which is not Muslim) with the Arabic one. I don’t know if all the billboards are like this one but I agree that the way the names were depicted in this one is wrong, even if it wasn’t done intentionally. I wouldn’t make a big fuss out of it though but whomever did this should have been more careful.

It is worth noting that it’s common in Lebanon to have billboards in Arabic for areas like Tripoli and the same billboards in French and English in areas like Jounieh and Beirut.

Update: Here are all the Nutella billboards I found on my way to work today. I couldn’t find the one posted by Rania (shown above) and as expected, there are many versions in both Arabic and English. I am checking now to see where that billboard was spotted.







Why Is Joumblatt Undermining Minister Bou Faour’s Campaign?

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Walid Joumblatt is saying that a restaurant pressured TVs and medias not to mention its name but LBCI stated that even Minister Bou Faour didn’t mention the restaurant’s name so what’s the story? Why would Joumblatt tweet such a thing and not even mention the restaurant’s name? What is he trying to say? That Bou Faour is favoriting restaurants over others?

I honestly don’t think that’s the case but minister Bou Faour should answer Joumblatt (on Twitter?) and clarify this matter.

As far as Balthus is concerned, this is one of the finest French restaurants in town and I highly doubt that it’s violating any food safety regulations. If this is really the case, and as stated in previous occasions, the minister should clearly state how Balthus is غير مطابق as this could mean a zillion things.


In all cases, I don’t think violating restaurants are a primary concern at the moment specially when most of the slaughterhouses and food storages are violating.


Galette Des Rois, Zlebyé, Armenian Christmas And A Tradition To Waste Electricity

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The majority of Christians in Lebanon and around the world celebrate Epiphany tonight and the tradition is to eat the Galette des Rois and some zlebyé. The traditional Galette is filled with frangipane, an almond-based filling, and a slice is given to each person sitting on the table. The one who gets the lucky charm (la fève) hidden in the galette gets to wear the king or the queen’s crown. This year I got a galette from Cannelle and another from Kay (Stop & Shop) and the one from Kay was much better.

While the galette is a French tradition, the zlebyé is made in Lebanon during epiphany every year and is basically a fried dough with sugar and cinnamon. It’s really good and the best way to have it is when it’s still hot. Aside from the food traditions, a lot of families keep their balconies lit up tonight as the day marks principally the visit of the Magi (Three wise men) to the Christ child. I don’t mind the tradition but I wish we could replace it with candles as we need to save electricity in this country.


On another note, the majority of Armenians in Lebanon celebrate today Christmas so Merry Christmas to all my Armenian friends!


What To Expect When You Order A Pizza Pepperoni With Ham At A Cedars Restaurant?

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This story took place on the first day of the year and was shared by LebaneseMemes. A group of 11 people visited a restaurant in the Cedars on January 1 and ordered a pizza pepperoni with ham among other things. That’s what they got apparently lol! Here’s what the chef said to explain it: “I didn’t incorporate the Ham in the pizza because I was worried the waiter would make a mistake and serve it to someone else”.

The restaurant staff probably hadn’t recovered yet from New Year’s Eve but that’s still hilarious! The pizza looks good by the way.

Babel Restaurant Has Always Been Compliant

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Babel faour

After I published Bou Faour’s newest list on violating restaurants and supermarkets, few people asked me why Babel was on that list and when did they become compliant again? Well I contacted the Babel people and apparently some of their customers were also confused by Bou Faour’s list hence the clarification they issued above. The restaurant in all its branches has always been compliant.

Babel is not the first business to suffer from the Health Ministry’s campaign as Taanayel Les Fermes had to invest in an online Facebook campaign to clear its name from the Centre Taanayel which was declared as non-compliant. As I said previously, I am all for Bou Faour’s campaign but he needs to cut down on the press releases and issue one final report once and for all that will be updated in 2 or 3 months time.

The reason I felt I needed to post about Babel is that because it’s one of my top 3 favorite Lebanese restaurants in Lebanon and I love everything there. I’ve been going for years and the cleanliness of the place, the quality of the food, the friendliness of the staff have always been the same.

After Restaurants, Supermarkets And Slaughterhouses, Beirut Airport’s Food Storage is Rotten

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Health Minister Bou Faour decided to close the food and medicine storage warehouses at Beirut’s airport due to the scary, horrible and unacceptable conditions there. Dirty floors, unsafe storage of the good and expired products (for more than 20 years) were found there.

What can I say? Merry Christmas everyone :)

“What country is this in which meat and fish are mixed with medicine and trash?” he lamented, explaining that the warehouses’ floors were dirty, and that some food products like butter were stored inside garbage storage rooms.

“Disgusting!” was Zeaiter’s reaction to what he saw.

“The conditions inside the refrigerated warehouses are scary, horrible, and unacceptable. They threaten the health of humans,” he said. [DailyStar]

Snayniyeh with M&Ms and Marshmallows?

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Whenever a baby gets his first tooth, Lebanese families make a traditional dish called Snayniyeh. It’s usually made out of wheat with almonds and nuts but I’ve been seeing marshmallows and M&Ms as well which is pretty weird specially that Snayniyeh is served cold. I don’t know if this is a relatively new thing but I am wondering who decided to mix marshmallows with it.

I am trying to imagine what Meghleh would taste like if we added M&Ms and marshmallows.

The New Lord Of The Wings 2014 Menu

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I was at Lord of the Wings a couple of weeks ago to try out their new menu in their Kaslik branch. That’s my favorite LOTW branch since it’s at really cool spot in Kaslik and is very close to my house. Here’s the list of new items that we were trying out:

Individual and Shareable Appetizers
Smoked Salmon and Avocado Potato skins
Loaded Chicken Quesadillas
Loaded Veggie Quesadillas

American Artisan Flatbreads
BBQ Chicken

Crisp Salads
All Natural Quinoa Salad
Asian beef

Better Burgers
The American
Bistro Burger
The Nippon Chicken

Hearty Sandwiches
Light Chicken
The Club Sandwich
Pulled Pork and Slaw

Essential Desserts
Authentic NY Cheesecake
Caramel Lazy Cake

Traditional Wings tossed in Buffalo mild sauce
Grilled wings tossed in Citrus Pepper sauce
Boneless wings tossed in Garlic Parmesan Sauce

20141126_201129 Smoked Salmon and Avocado Potato skins

We started with the salads and starters. I loved the Smoked Salmon and Avocado Potato skins but it’s not something I would order at LOTW. I usually go there for wings and fries and might have a salad on the side. Speaking of which, the Asian beef was good and I highly recommend you try the All Natural Quinoa Salad. The Quesadillas were really good too.

I don’t like garlic, onions or spices so I didn’t try the Parmesan garlic wings or the ones with the mild sauce but everyone enjoyed them. I usually go for the BBQ Classic or Smoky boneless wings.

PS: Don’t forget to take the wings challenge if you don’t mind spicy sauces and eating 15 wings in less than 2 minutes.

20141126_202116 All Natural Quinoa Salad

20141126_202607 Asian Beef

Moving on to the burgers and club sandwich, I loved the Pork Ribs and Bistro burgers the most. As for the club sandwich, it was huge but I wasn’t too impressed with it as I hate mayo and there was too much bread in it. What I loved though were the flatbreads, specially the BBQ Chicken one.

All in all, Lord of the Wings has the best wings in town that’s for sure but it also has great burgers, a really good Quinoa salad and the newly introduced flatbreads are spot on!


20141126_211132 The Club Sandwich

20141126_212440 Pork Ribs Burger

20141126_212813 The Nippon Chicken


Minister Bou Faour Issues New List Of Violating Restaurants And Supermarkets

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Dima Minister Bou Faour having lunch with Dima Sadek

Minister Bou Faour is still issuing new lists of “bad” restaurants and supermarkets and confusing the hell out of every Lebanese. I am no longer following up on this matter but I’ve noticed that the minister is now mentioning which restaurants are no longer bad. Unfortunately he hasn’t released yet a full detailed report on the whole campaign and we can’t track the progress on the ministry’s website or anywhere.

Here are some of the restaurants and supermarkets that were found violating in this new report and I’ve tried or been to:
Crepaway in Batroun (Chicken)
Main Street in Beirut (Marinated Chicken)
Relais Foch (Meat – Hamburger)
Karamna restaurant (Stuffed Chicken)
Place de l’Etoile (Chicken breast)
Ghalayini Snack (Lahm Baajine – Akkawi Cheese)
Malak el Taouk in Louaize (Mayonnaise – Taouk – Hamburger)
Rassifna in Kaslik (Hamburger – Kabab)
Shawarmanji in Zouk Mikhael ( Shawarma Lahme)
Lala Chicken in Zouk Mikhael (Kafta)
Awwad Chicken in Tripoli (Sawda Djeij)
Bakkar Chicken in Tripoli (Chicken wings)
Pomodoro in Zaitunay Bay (Chicken breast)
Classic Burger Joint (Hamburger)
St Elmo’s (Hamburger)
Karam Sur Mer (Soujouk, Makanen, Kebbet Samak, Shrimps)

The problem with this list and with any upcoming list is that we don’t know what’s wrong with these restaurants and how serious the violations are.