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Grey Goose Taste By Appointment At Les Caves de Taillevent

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Grey Goose has been my favorite Vodka for a long time, but I’ve rarely ordered Grey Goose cocktails as I usually drink it with ice and two slices of lemon. Moreover, I’ve never had Vodka with a meal, as I usually go for white or red wine, so I was pretty excited to attend the Grey Goose Taste By Appointment and try out vodka-based cocktails with various dishes.


The event took place at “Les Caves de Taillevent” which is located in “Les Jardins de Tabaris”, Achrafieh. It was the first time I go there and I absolutely loved the place, from the wine boutique to the wine bar and specially the wine storage room that you can see in the picture above. Before starting the food tasting, a welcome drink (Le Fizz) was served by Richard Irwin, Grey Goose’s Brand Ambassador for the Middle East and Africa. it was a mixture of Grey Goose vodka, ST-Germain elderflower liqueur, freshly squeezed lime juice and chilled soda. It’s a fine aperitif which I enjoyed.

The food menu was prepared by the awesome Chef Rouba Khalil and consisted of the following:
Sticky Salmon, Sweet Corn Purée, Corn Crunch
Tamarind Roasted Carrot, Lemon Cream, Sumac
Grilled Beef, Dandelion Puree, Olives, Bitters Vinaigrette.
Parmesan Custard, Wild Mushroom Ragout, Anchovy Crouton
Anise Cookie Crumble, Orange Sorbet, Whipped Citrus Curd Mascarpone.
Trigeminal Chocolates Truffles: Coffee, Black Pepper, Mint

grey-goose-taste-appointment-event-taillevent-achrafieh452014-09-16-07-52-19 Grilled Beef, Dandelion Puree, Olives, Bitters Vinaigrette: Picture by NGNO

I unfortunately didn’t have enough battery to take shots of all the dishes, but the ones I enjoyed most were the Grilled Beef with Dandelion Puree, Olives and Bitters Vinaigrette, and the Parmesan custard with wild mushroom ragout and anchovy crouton. The chocolate truffles were also quite good even though the presentation wasn’t the best ever. As far as the drinks are concerned, I enjoyed most of them except for the Umami Bomb which I didn’t appreciate much, maybe because I am not a big fan of Bloody Marys. I uploaded below a list of cocktails that you can try out. My favorites are the Dry Martini and the French Negroni.

umami Umami Bomb – Picture by Nicole Maftoum


All in all, it was one of the nicest events I’ve attended this year. The venue, the food, the cocktails and the atmosphere were all great. I will probably keep drinking my Grey Goose with just ice and lemon slices but I will definitely give some of these cocktails a try.


Roadster’s Armed Robbery Is A Prank

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I’ve been asked by a lot of people if the Roadster theft that I posted about did actually take place. The video is a prank and part of the ongoing competition (#RDBurger2USA) that Roadster Diner is organizing and allows customers to win a 2 week trip to the US.

I think the guy who shot this prank overdid it, specially with the cameras set inside the branch, but it’s just a joke so no need to worry.

PS: Since I will be on the jury to choose the 6 semi finalist videos, I am definitely not voting for this one.

Nicolas Audi à La Maison d’IXSIR Restaurant Now Open

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When I attended the opening of Ixsir winery two years ago (and took a picture with the one and only Carlos Ghosn), I asked the Ixsir people if they are planning to open a restaurant here and the answer was that they are planning to do so in a year or two. It took them almost two years but the restaurant is now officially open for lunch from Tuesdays to Sundays. However it will be closed on Mondays.

I think the Ixsir winery location in Basbina, as well as the venue itself and the breathtaking view it has offer the perfect setup for a restaurant and having Nicolas Audi‘s signature on it is like the cherry on top of the cake. I am definitely planning a visit soon before winter comes and will update you with the details.

Check out more info on Ixsir’s [Facebook page] and [website].

PS: If you’d like to call or reserve, here’s the number and contact person: (71 – 773 770 with Mr. Antoine Azzi).

BRGR Co. Now Delivering

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WP_20140213_20_02_39_Pro The Raclette Brgr with Cheese fries at Brgrco

As you all know by now, Brgrco is my favorite burger place in Beirut so it’s great to hear that they are finally delivering. I don’t know yet about the delivery prices as I couldn’t find them online but I hope they will be cheaper than the original ones.

The delivery number is: 01 333 511.

Kahwet Leila Opens In Hamra

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I was at the opening of Kahwet Leila yesterday in Hamra. The new branch is facing Piccadilly theater next to Barbar and is the nicest Leila by far! It fits perfectly in the Hamra area and has a vintage feel. Moreover, the garden behind the main indoor restaurant is ideal for relaxing, enjoying some good food and smoking arguile if you want to.

Here are some pictures from the new Leila and the event yesterday. For more info, check out Kahwet Leila’s [website].