Category Archives: Information

Lebanon Breaks A New World Record

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I think a lot of contractors from all around Lebanon would feel offended after watching this report as two years is a ridiculous record. They are way too incompetent to finish things in two years only! Take for example the “genius” Fiat bridge separator which was finally replaced by a height limiter. Of course the contractor was smart enough to build a crappy height limiter that got wrecked the next day.

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Lebanese Savvy Sisters Bringing Middle Eastern Chain Restaurant Semson To New York

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Christine Assouad Sfeir and Carine Assouad are launching next year Semsom’s first outlet in New York City at 2 Astor Pl. This is their first venture in the US and will consist of a 1,256 square-foot space that will seat around 25 people. The plan is to open four more outlets in New York in 2015 and have around 200 locations across the US by 2020. This is a very ambitious plan but Christine is ranked No.19 on the Forbes list of the 200 most powerful business women in the Arab world for a good reason.

Semsom is open in Lebanon, KSA and Kuwait. I’ve been to Semsom few times and liked the food but that was a while ago. In fact I just realized I haven’t been to a Lebanese restaurant in a long while for some reason.

Check out the full NYPost article [Here].

Congratulations Jounieh (Beirut?) , You Are One of The #New7Wonders Cities

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I wish I knew the person who decided that this picture of Saint Paul’s Cathedral overlooking the Jounieh Bay refers to Beirut. Every time Beirut wins an award or is included in some list, they use the same Harissa shot that has nothing to do with Beirut.

If they need nice pictures of Beirut, I am more than willing to provide them tons of pictures and free of charge.

Five Lebanese Among The World’s Richest Arabs In 2014

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Arabian Business released their 2014 list of the world’s richest Arabs and five Lebanese made the top 50 list just like last year. Here are the names of the richest Lebanese in the Arab world for 2014 and how they compared to last year.

Joseph Safra (Lebanese-Brazilian)
Rank: 3 (Up 5 spots from 2013)
Wealth: $11.9 billion

Taha Mikati
Rank: 27 (Down 2 spots)
Wealth: $3.2 billion

Najib Mikati
Rank: 28 (Down 1 spot)
Wealth: $3.2 billion

The Hayek Family
Rank: 33 (Down 1 spot)
Wealth: $2.9 billion

Saad Hariri
Rank: 35 (Down 6 spots)
Wealth: $2.7 billion

Prince Al Waleed Bin Talal topped the list with $28.1 billion dollars. Check out the full list [Here].

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Beirut Has Always Been A Wonder City

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The New7Wonders results were out yesterday and Beirut was “voted” as one of the new New7Wonders cities. It’s funny how we spent millions of dollars campaigning for Jeita and it lost, while barely anyone campaigned for Beirut and it won. In all cases, this whole New7Wonders thing is useless and we don’t need them to tell us Beirut is a great city.

I am wondering how Doha made it on that list though.

Nusra Terrorists Execute Ali Bazzal

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After months of indirect negotiations and after the government decided to seek direct negotiations, Ali was executed yesterday. I hope this will make it clear to the Lebanese authorities that you can’t possibly negotiate with terrorists. Six more soldiers got killed in a trap last week and we are still trying to dialogue with these scumbags.

Let the Lebanese Army kick them all out and seal the borders once and for all. Enough torturing the families of these kidnapped soldiers!

May he rest in peace.

Who’s To Blame For The Taanayel Les Fermes And Centre Taanayel Mix up?

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As soon as I read that a center called Taanayel got closed down by the Health Ministry, I had the curiosity to go in and verify which Taanayel they are talking about because the only Taanayel I know is Taanayel Les Fermes whose products I trust and consume all the time (Specially the Laban). Needless to say, it turned out to be another Taanayel but rumors (as usual) started spreading about Taanayel Les Fermes and they were forced to kick off an online marketing campaign to clear out their name and state that they fully support the Ministry of Health who is safeguarding the consumer and upholding industry and health standards.

We can’t really blame Health Minister Bou Faour for this confusion, as Lebanese are supposed to verify everything they are reading, but as I’ve stated previously, I think Bou Faour should stay away from press conferences and flashing popular restaurant names and hot brands because the information might get misinterpreted like the Taanayel case and cause considerable financial losses to the brand. In my opinion, the best thing to do is keep everything confidential until the ministry is done inspecting all factories in the Bekaa area for example and then list all those who are compliant and not.

I hope this post will help clarify any confusion regarding Taanayel Les Fermes and spread further awareness on the food safety campaign.