Category Archives: Lebanon

#UberRECYCLE Relaunched: Get Rid of Your e-waste & Keep It Away from Landfills

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The collection of garbage resumed a couple of weeks ago but the garbage crisis is still ongoing as there’s still no agreement on other landfills (except Naameh) and garbage smells are all over Beirut. Unfortunately, the government and the concerned ministries haven’t yet spread any awareness on the importance of recycling and reducing waste and NGOs are still struggling to convince municipalities to stop throwing garbage randomly and start recycling.

Having said that, I still believe that we can put an end to this garbage crisis by sorting our own trash and encouraging our municipalities to recycle or simply by contacting the tens of companies in Lebanon that recycle. It’s our duty to keep the recycling momentum going and incite our friends and family to sort their trash and get rid of their waste in a proper way.

I’ve been sharing most of the awareness campaigns I’ve encountered or took part in and there’s one taking place tomorrow that I thought is worth mentioning:

Tomorrow happens to be Earth day, and #UberBeirut is partnering with Beeatoona to relaunch #UberRECYCLE and collect e-waste (small electronics, chargers, mobile phones, batteries, etc) from all around Lebanon and keep them away from landfills.

What is e-Waste?
Electronic waste, also known as “e-waste,” is the fastest growing waste stream in the world and is a major health threat. “Electronics contain numerous toxins, such as cadmium, mercury and lead, that when tossed in a landfill can leach into the ground, contaminating water sources and threatening communities as well as endangering the health of workers when improperly handled”. [Source] [e-Waste Stats]

How to take part in the #UberRECYCLE initiative?
All you need to do is:
– Download the Uber app if you haven’t already.
– Select the UberRECYCLE Option from the app between 11AM and 3PM on April 22nd
– If “UberRECYCLE” is available, a partner-driver will head your way to pick up your items. It’s very simple and for free of course.

Important: Make sure to check the list of approved items [here].

Spread the word and happy recycling!

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Joke of the Day: Lebanon to Sign Climate-Change Pact in New York

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2arrib Source

Dear Prime Minister, wake up, get out and smell the garbage in Beirut.

Prime Minister Tammam Salam traveled to New York on Thursday to participate in the ceremony aimed at signing the climate-change pact that the world adopted in principle in Paris last December.

The state-run National News Agency said Salam is expected to give a speech at Friday’s ceremony, which will be attended by leaders and envoys from more than 160 countries. [Naharnet]

A New Museum of Modern & Contemporary Art Due To Open in Beirut by 2020

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muu The site of the future museum – Picture by Roger Moukarzel

Back when I wrote about the new Aishti contemporary museum opening soon, I mentioned that there were talks about building a huge museum of Modern and contemporary Lebanese art in central Beirut by 2020 and that Tony Salamé, Zaha Hadid (who unfortunately died recently), Hans Ulrich Obrist and Julia Peyton-Jones of London’s Serpentine Galleries were involved.

It appears that the project has moved a step closer to becoming a reality with the announcement of the shortlisted architects for the project:

109 Architectes s.a.r.l.
Bernard Khoury / DW5
Hashim Sarkis Studios, LLC
HW architecture
ibda design
IDC / Verner Johnson / ETEC SA
L.E.FT Architects
Lina Ghotmeh / DGT Architects
Najjar Najjar Architect
Raëd Abillama Architects / Nadim Khattar
WORK Architecture Company (WORKac)
Yatsu Chahal Architects (YCa) / Said Jazari Consulting Office (SJCO)
Youssef Tohme Architects and Associates (YTAA)

The winner will be announced this autumn and the 2,780 square meter museum is due to open by 2020. As far as the location is concerned, it will be close to the National Museum as shown in the picture above and “representatives from the Association for the Promotion and Exhibition of the Arts in Lebanon (Apeal), the non-profit organisation behind the museum, have already signed a long-term lease agreement with the Université Saint Joseph for the site”. The museum will be funded through a private fundraising campaign.

Needless to say, I’m glad we’re getting a new museum but if the parking lot is being transformed into a museum, and knowing the area, no one would be able to visit it or the National Museum because there’s no place to park anywhere near. I hope they’re considering underground parking or other alternatives.

For those interested, you can follow the progress on [A museum in the making] website.

Thank you Sana!

Why Would Anyone Buy A Special Passport Number?

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The Lebanese passport is one of the most expensive and least useful in the world, yet for some reason, the General Security has just released special “VIP” passport numbers that will cost you up to LL 1,000,000.

I can understand golden mobile numbers and up to a certain extent car plate numbers but why would I pay extra to get a special passport number? Will that special number allow me to enter more countries without a visa? Do I get free upgrades at hotels or during a flight if I show off my number? Will I get a free “Arabic Select Upgrade” on Southwest Airlines?

There’s only one type of Lebanese who will benefit from that: Those who show off every time they check in at the MEA Cedar Lounge will now be able to brag about their “special” passport numbers.

Here are few funny tips from Farix on how to make use of that special number:

Yorgui Teyrouz: The Man Behind DSC Lebanon Running With Beirut Madinati

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I learned this afternoon that Yorgui Teyrouz, a civil rights activist, the founder of Donner Sang Compter Lebanon and a good friend of mine, is running on the Beirut Madinati list for the Beirut municipal elections.

What Yorgui has accomplished in the past few years is quite astonishing. He has been working relentlessly and has sacrificed everything to make Donner Sang Compter work and help save the lives of thousands of Lebanese in need of blood. Just to give you an idea of the work DSC Lebanon has done in the past 5 years, they were able to recruit more than 15,000 blood donors, 250+ committed volunteers and saved more than 50,000 lives.

Best of luck to you Yorgui and you can surely count on my support!

If you haven’t heard yet about Beirut Madinati and why I support it, here’s a [post] I wrote few days ago. If you wish to help, feel free to volunteer [here], follow them on [Facebook], [Twitter] and subscribe to their [YouTube] channel.

Road Works 3al Lebnené

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werach via LBCILebanon

Half the country got stuck in traffic from Antelias till Maameltein because of the road works next to the Casino du Liban. I cancelled my son’s appointment at KMC because I was told I’d never make it there on time and I’m staying in Beirut till 7:30 to avoid traffic.

The best part is that the cops had to help out the workers to fix (ter2ee3) the road and clear the way for cars. I’m glad they did but they should go fine the contractor for this lousy work.

Update: The contractor apparently got arrested according to the Ministry of Public Works but that’s not enough.

ISF2 via ISF

PS: The works are scheduled to start at 10 PM so I’m not sure what they were doing during the day.

Indigo on the Roof New Menu: Excellent Choices, Exquisite Desserts

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Indigo on the Roof is Le Gray Beirut‘s exclusive restaurant and one of my favorite spots in Beirut. I’ve been there countless times for breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner and it has always been a pleasant experience. The restaurant is refined and offers delicious food, the staff is (almost) always friendly and professional, the service is great and welcoming and the panoramic views of Beirut are stunning.

A month ago, we were invited to try out Indigo on the Roof’s new menu with the arrival of Le Gray’s new Executive Chef Darren Andow, who has over 20 years of experience in the field and a particular passion for Lebanon (Thank u Google). That night, we basically tasted every single item on the menu in small portions and I was so impressed with the flavors that I went back a week ago for lunch to have a full meal and review properly the items I liked the most.

Seafood Platter

We were 4 people:

We ordered the seafood platter, the duck salad and the Burrata as starters. The seafood platter is rich and fresh, it contains oysters, shrimps, mussels and marinated calamari with a couple of dips. The duck salad and buratta were excellent, the seafood platter was good but I would have preferred ordering the grilled calamari over the marinated one. If you like fish and want to try something different (but less-healthy), go for the sesame crusted oysters.

Duck Salad

Buratta

As for the main dishes, we had the char-grilled veal chop served with portobello mushrooms, vine tomatoes and a Roquefort cream, the new Wagyu beef filet (marble score 7) with a bearnaise sauce and the truffle addict tagliatelle. The Wagyu beef filet was mouthwatering and amazing, just like all their steaks, I loved the veal chop as well and especially the sauce, and the tagliatelle is a great choice if you like truffles.

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Moving on to the desserts, I barely had the chance to taste them properly the first time as I was full from all the appetizers and dishes so I made sure I leave some room for dessert this time. We ordered the lemon grass crème brûlée, the classic lemon tart and the Valrhona chocolate fondant.

Le Gray’s desserts always leave me speechless. In fact, sometimes I pass by Gordon’s Cafe on the ground floor just to have their Pain Perdu. If I had to choose one dessert among the new items, it would be the lemon grass crème brûlée.

chocolate fonddant

lemon

pain perdu

All in all, everything we ordered was perfect from presentation, to freshness and taste, just like you’d expect things to be at a five-star hotel. The portions were sized appropriately, not too big, not too small and we ended up paying around $70 per person without the wine. Indigo on the Roof is not a restaurant I can afford to visit frequently but it’s definitely worth the money you will pay!

For me, it’s an ideal place for a romantic night out, a family/business lunch or dinner or to celebrate a special occasion. Breakfast at Indigo is also highly recommended (try their Eggs-Benedict).

Rating: 4.5/5

Business 3al Lebnené

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oldslchi

In case you’ve been wondering how our national debt got so big, here’s your answer. To make things worse, we’ve become so corrupt that no one cares about completing any project now, they just want to steal the money and accuse others of corruption, or even better, state that they are leading a battle against corruption.

Car Insurance 3al Lebnené

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mtv insurance

Everyone is tagging MTV on this ad but I can’t seem to find it anywhere on their website. It is a hilarious and spot-on ad. The video ends with ” بربكن صلحوا الطرقات الزفت” in an attempt to shed the light on road conditions in Lebanon but I can’t find the full version yet.