Picture by Muhanned
What is an extreme resto-pub? How is it any different from a regular resto-pub?
PS: Place looks really nice by the way.
I’ve heard that the majority of basketball teams in Lebanon, with the exception of Riyadi, are asking the federation to allow three foreign players next season, specially after Ismail Ahmad got the Lebanese nationality. I really hope that this is just a rumor because that’s the worst thing that could happen to Lebanese Basketball.
I’ve been urging the Lebanese Federation for years to force teams to cut down their expenses on foreign players and invest in young Lebanese talents, because that’s the only way to develop new talents and improve the game in Lebanon. Ismail Ahmad has been living in Lebanon for around 10 years and turns 38 this year, so using him as an excuse to get more foreign players is invalid.
Like I said on previous occasions, the Lebanese Federation must force all the teams to set a 5 or 10-year plan and invest as much money on recruiting and improving local talents as they spend on getting foreign players. If we keep on relying on retired NBA players and undermining our youth, we will be killing the game in Lebanon.
You don’t really have to be a genius or an MBA graduate to conduct a simple feasibility study and see if opening a restaurant or a cafe or any business for that sake at a specific location is a good choice or not. Unfortunately, very few people do that in Lebanon and then they curse their luck when they go bankrupt and have to close down.
If an arguile place opens, 4 or 5 other arguile places open right next to it. If a burger place is doing well, they open 10 other burger places on the same street. The worst part is that no one even bothers to offer competitive prices anymore. On the contrary, the new mentality is to up the prices and claim they offer a better quality which is not true most of the time.
Take for example this very special offer I spotted the other day at a small restaurant. Taouk + French Fries and Coleslaw for 10,000LL! How is that a good offer? The place is located in a deserted alley next to a hospital, was almost empty of course and there were a couple of tables smoking arguile and playing backgammon. The worst part is that Malak el Taouk is 200 meters from this restaurant and offers you a huge Taouk platter with fries, coleslaw, ketchup and garlic for almost the same price.
I really don’t know why some Lebanese are so keep on throwing their money away to be honest. Here’s another place on the Kaslik maritime road that’s been puzzling me for quite some time. It’s now a trading company, but before that it was a car showroom, a sushi place, a poker place, a shop that sells dairy products and a Shawarma place.
Spotted in Zahle. Thanks Rachel!
At least 20 Lebanese nationals were on board of the Algerian flight AH5017 that went missing on Thursday between Burkina Faso and Algiers. Here are the names of the victims as compiled from MTV and Naharnet:
Randa Bassam Daher and her three children
Joseph Jerjes al-Hajj
Fadi Rustom and his son-in-law Omar al-Ballan
Monji Hassan, his wife Najwa, their four children
Bilal Dheini, his wife and their three children
Unfortunately, there were no survivors from the plane crash which is the third in the past couple of months. BBC showed a video of the wreckage site in Mali and explored the odds of having a cluster of plane accidents so close together.
Sincere condolences to the families of the victims.
Picture via NGNO
Beirut Beer was launched by Kassatly Chtaura few days ago but I haven’t had the chance to try it out yet. I’ve seen their commercials though and I didn’t like them. In fact, they sound a lot like the XXL and Buzz commercials.
I will update you on the beer once I give it a try. It’s a nice looking bottle that’s for sure.
The Tourism Ministry is saying the number of Arab tourists is up by 90 percent in June when compared with the previous year. Considering that practically no one came last year, I guess any improvement is good. What we really need though is a 1000% increase to start noticing any tourists in Lebanon and it’s not looking good again this summer despite a promising start.
The French tourists topped the list of non-Arab nationalities visiting Lebanon, followed by the German and Swedish tourists.
BEIRUT: The Tourism Ministry said Tuesday the number of Arab tourists increased by 90 percent in June, compared with the previous year.
“We don’t want the months of May and June, that witnessed this improvement, to be an exception, instead we want them to be a model for the coming months,” Tourism Minister Michel Pharaon said, arguing that the increase in tourism resulted from Lebanon’s “renewed openness to Gulf countries and the new dynamic in the tourism sector that accompanied the security plan.” [Link]
I was reading a story on ellearabia about a domestic violence survivor from Lebanon sharing her experience and then I find out she’s one of my good friends. I’m talking about Nadine Mazloum, who’s a blogger, the editor for LBCI Online English News and more importantly someone I deeply respect and admire for her opinions. I’ve had endless talks with Nadine and I love everything she writes and covers and I can’t believe such a terrible thing would happen to her!
Nevertheless, Nadine decided to share her experience and talk about it openly, or as she beautifully puts it: “I speak because I can, and I assure you gutless man, that all your attempts to break me will only double my efforts, will only give me strength, will only make me rise.”
I hope all women get inspired from her and share their domestic violence stories because it always helps to speak out and let others know and take action in anyway possible.
Stay Strong Nadine!
I added a banner on the right side of the blog to help Donner Sang Compter reach 10,000 donors in 10 months. The campaign will end on May 16 2015 and everyone is invited to spread the word and sign up!
Donner Sang Compter has been pulling a tremendous job by linking blood donors to patients in need, so let’s make this mission easier for them by becoming donors. You can register at this website: [www.donatebloodtoday.me]
DSC’s emergency number is 03 314 868 for those who don’t know it.