Lebanese Alain Geaam From a Homeless Dishwasher to a Michelin-starred chef

This is one of those stories that you often hear about in movies. Two decades ago, a Lebanese called Alan Geaam found himself sleeping on the streets on the Champs de Mars and began his career at age 19 working as a dishwasher. Last week, Geaam received his first Michelin star from the French gastronomic bible for his acclaimed new restaurant. Geaam was born in Liberia in 1974 to Lebanese parents, then moved with his…

McDonald’s Dora Gets High Tech Revamp

Lebanon's first ever McDonald's branch on the Dora highway has undergone a major tech make-over and is now re-open to the public. We're finally getting self-order kiosks, all the menu boards are now digital and there's even a hi-tech table service option where you just sit and wait for your meals to be served. I had seen the self-order kiosks abroad and they're pretty cool. You can easily swipe through menu items, place your order…
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My First Visit to Raising Cane’s at The Spot Choueifat

8 months ago
A few weeks ago, Raising Cane’s finally opened in Beirut’s The Spot Choueifat Mall, so I went down to try it out last Saturday. To be completely honest, I wasn’t too familiar with the brand ...
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Meet #BurgerX: Roadster Has a new Burger With a Secret Ingredient

8 months ago
Roadster has just launched yesterday a new burger dubbed Burger X, and is asking its fans to figure out the secret ingredient in the sauce. I was the first to try it out yesterday at ...
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National Bakeries is Closing Down on Bliss Street

8 months ago
Quoting the AUB Neighborhood initiative: A sad day for our neighborhood: The National Bakeries on Bliss Street, where we got Manakeesh for decades, closed its doors today. I remember during the war when all AUB ...
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Did Ladurée Close for Good in Beirut?

9 months ago
I was passing by La Duree Beirut the other day to pick up some macarons only to find that it’s closed. I wasn’t a frequent visitor to be honest, I think the last time I ...
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Koullouna: A Box of Lebanon Delivered Every Month Around the World

9 months ago
One thing many Lebanese expats find hard while living overseas, is the little things, like the coffee we drink at every visit to a relative or friend, the “may zahr” some of us like to ...
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The End of an Era: Roadster Diner Achrafieh Branch to Close Next Week

10 months ago
The first ever Roadster Diner branch is set to close next week after almost 20 years. The Achrafieh branch is closing and getting relocated to Restos St. Nicolas, a food cluster at the heart of ...
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Who wants a Baba à l’Arak?

10 months ago
I just placed an order for two jars of Baba au Rhum and, wait for it, Baba a l’Arak. I once saw a picture of a Baba l’Arak jar online back in August but then ...
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Zaatar W Zeit Opening in Vancouver

10 months ago
Friends in Vancouver told me that they spotted a Zaatar w Zeit branch opening there, so I looked up the news and it’s indeed happening. Quoting ZWZ’s blog which dates back to October 5, they ...
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