Category Archives: Lebanon

The Famous Kraytem Cake Shop Secrets Is Now Open In Jal el Dib

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I was on my way out from O&C supermarket yesterday when I spotted Secrets right next to it. I went in and asked them whether it’s the same cake shop from Koraytem and they confirmed it. Apparently they’ve been open for 2 weeks now. I’ve never been to Secrets Koraytem but I’ve tasted a lot of cakes that my friends used to bring for birthday or special occasions and they were really good.

I didn’t get cakes though yesterday but something even better. Marshmallows mixed with Nutella chocolate and nuts. I will share a picture of them later on my Instagram.

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Pocket Listing: A Hollywood Movie Starring Lebanese-American James Jurdi

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This is the first time I hear about James Jurdi. He’s a Lebanese-American actor and writer and is starring alongside Rob Lowe, Burt Reynolds and the hot Jessica Clark in his new movie “Pocket Listing”. Jurdi co-wrote and starred in three other movies, Price in 2007, Nocturnal Errands in 2012 and Reaper in 2014.

His new movie is coming out very soon in Lebanese theaters. I am definitely watching it as the trailer seems interesting.

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An Open Panel Discussion at AUB With Ministers Wael Abu Faour & Nicolas Nahas on Food Safety

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The Leadership Club at AUB is organizing an open panel discussion with Health Minister Wael Bou Faour and former Minister of Economy & Trace Nicolas Nahas. The topic at hand will be Lebanon’s recent food crisis, which is a very important session. Since I won’t be able to attend the session, I will post the questions here and if anyone can pick them up and address them to Minister Bou Faour then it would be great.

1- Why didn’t the ministry publish a full report listing all the restaurants and institutions violating the law and further information regarding the severity of these violations? What are the guidelines being followed to inspect restaurants?

2- What is the strategy being set by the Ministry to avoid such food scandals in the future? Will the corrupt ministry workers and previous ministers be held accountable for their negligence?

3- Why isn’t the Ministry on Facebook and engaging with Lebanese on social media channels?

As I said before, I am fully supportive of the minister’s initiative but he needs to provide numbers and scientific proof and cut down on the press releases and media stunts.

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Refugees In Lebanon Facing Bitter Winter: Here’s How You Can Help

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The United Nations has run out of money and announced that it is suspending its food programme serving more than 1.7 million Syrian refugees in Jordan, Lebanon, Iraq and Turkey. It’s really quite pathetic that the UN cannot secure $64 million to support the refugees for the rest of December. In all cases, this means that winter will be even harsher for refugees in Lebanon who are already struggling to make a living.

However, there are campaigns being organized just like every year to help them out in Lebanon and regionally and two of them are happening on Saturday December 6. Here are details about the two events for those interested:

House of Mouneh Project For Refugees – Zahr el-laymoun – Dbayeh on December 6, 2014.
This is a project supported by the US Embassy in Beirut. Lebanese for Refugees (L4R) is a civil campaign to aid the burgeoning number of refugees in Lebanon.

Donate Clothes for the Refugees in Iraq – Forum De Beyrouth between 12 p.m. and 7 p.m.
All clothes and shoes donated will be packed and shipped to Erbil to help all the displaced families who are suffering from inhuman and miserable conditions.

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Leila Abdellatif Irresponsible And Unacceptable Statement Against Domestic Workers In Lebanon

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I don’t know why I had the curiosity to read domestic Leila Abdellatif’s latest predictions but while I was scanning quickly through these stupidities, I spotted this statement and thought it was worth mentioning simply because a lot of Lebanese do follow her and believe in what she has to say. She’s basically warning Lebanese families who might think that their domestic workers are up to something to install cameras and she warns of “crimes”.

This is so wrong on so many levels! It’s one thing to predict events but to hint that domestic workers cannot be trusted or warn of potential crimes which might lead to further abuse against them is totally irresponsible.

Speaking of foreign workers in Lebanon, here’s a headline for you Leila Abdellatif:

Lebanese man kidnaps, rapes and blackmails Ethiopian woman

Secret British Squad Saved Ras Baalbeck from an ISIS Massacre

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A £150,000 watchtower built in 17 days, just in time before a major attack on the Lebanese border by terrorists, has saved the Christian town of Ras Baalbeck from an “ISIS” massacre. The tower was constructed at high speed by a secret British team of ex-soldiers and engineers. Ras Baalbeck is home to a population of around 5,000 people who are mostly Christian.

Here’s what British ambassador Tom Fletcher had to say about this:

Tom Fletcher, the British ambassador to Lebanon, told The Telegraph that the watchtowers built by the British squad had thwarted a “massacre” in the town. “They [IS] want these big symbolic victories — you bust through a border, you carry out a massacre and you get the attention,” he said. “In a country that has such existing fragilities, that would have had dramatic consequences.”

Here’s a link to a [video report] on this mission. Someone should make a movie out of this story.

A British team has secretly saved a Christian town in Lebanon from advancing Isil forces by constructing a network of watchtowers, The Telegraph can disclose. The clandestine British squad worked at speed to coordinate the huge effort to build 12 towers — with more planned — along the border with Syria to prevent the forces of Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant from “massacring” inhabitants of the town. The lookout points allowed the Lebanese army to stop Isil storming west to the Mediterranean at the same time that the terror group invaded Iraq to the east. It cut off the advance of Isil into the small Christian town of Ras Baalbek, in the north of Lebanon. David Cameron, the Prime Minister, has taken a close interest in the rescue of the village, the story of which is told for first time after The Telegraph was granted exclusive access.

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