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Lebanese Consume More Wine Than Beer But Are Not Drinking Enough

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According to BBC’s Booz calculator, the average resident of Lebanon drinks a total of about 2.4 liters of pure alcohol a year, making it the 39th lightest-drinking country. The lightest-drinking country in the world is Kuwait with 0.1 liters while Belarus is the heaviest-drinking country with 17.5 liters.

A Lebanese person drinks on average 15 pints of beer, 33 glasses of wine and 126 shots per year. Moreover and based on a survey data published by the WHO, “about 0% of men in Lebanon had drunk heavily on at least one occasion in month before the survey, compared with about 0% of women. The global average is 12.3% for men and 2.9% for women”. Add to that the fact that 90% of those surveyed in Lebanon reported that they had not touched a drop of alcohol in the previous 12 months. The global average is 61.7%.

The numbers are a bit too low for Lebanon probably because they surveyed the wrong people in the wrong area but I don’t think we are heavy drinkers in this country, even if we pretend to be so. What would be interesting is to see is a comparison between alcohol and arguile consumption over the past 5 years.

Check out the WHO full report [Here].

Lebanon Is Getting Worse In Terms of Internet Freedom

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Freedom on the Net 2014 is a comprehensive study of internet freedom around the globe. Internet freedom is in decline around the world and Lebanon is no exception. We moved from a 45/100 score in 2013 to 47/100 in 2014 which is not a good sign. The three emerging threats according to Freedom House are:

– Data localization requirements—by which private companies are required to maintain data storage centers within a given country—are multiplying, driven in part by NSA revelations, which spurred more governments to bring international web companies under domestic jurisdiction. These costly measures could expose user data to local law enforcement.
– Women and LGBTI rights are undermined by digital threats and harassment, resulting in self-censorship that inhibits their participation in online culture.
– Cybersecurity is eroding as government critics and human rights organizations are subject to increasingly sophisticated and personalized malware attacks, documented in 32 of the 65 countries examined.

Check out the full report [Here].

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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
Pesto

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

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

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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

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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!

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20141126_211132 The Club Sandwich

20141126_212440 Pork Ribs Burger

20141126_212813 The Nippon Chicken

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Minister Bou Faour Issues New List Of Violating Restaurants And Supermarkets

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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.

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