Category Archives: Lebanon

The Lebanon Mountain Trail 6th Annual Walk From Marjayoun To Anqet

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For those interested, you can check out the calendar and all the information needed [Here].

The Lebanon Mountain Trail (LMT) is a long-distance hiking trail in Lebanon. It extends from Qbaiyat in the north of Lebanon to Marjaayoun in the south, a 440 km path that transects more than 75 towns and villages at altitudes ranging from 600 to 2,000 meters above sea level. The LMT aims to showcase the natural beauty and cultural wealth of Lebanon’s mountains and to demonstrate the determination of the people of Lebanon to conserve their heritage. [LebanonTrail]

Lebanese Alternative Rockers Mashrou’ Leila On The Cover Of Rolling Stone – Middle East Magazine

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The issue will be released for public on April 6 for those interested. Mabrouk to [Mashrou3Leila]!

Rolling Stone Middle East has chosen the first regional artists to appear on the cover of their next magazine issue: Lebanese indie band Mashrou’ Leila. Set for public release on April 6, the issue will feature an in-depth look at a band that, since being formed six years ago, has risen to the “forefront of the alternative Arabic music scene,” according to Rolling Stone Middle East.

Front man Hamed Sinno and guitarist Firas Abou Fakher are featured in the magazine, shedding light on the origins of the band and discussing the struggles of being independent artists in the region. [AlArabiya]

Lebanese-Brazilian Driver Felipe Nasr To Drive For Williams At The Bahrain F1 GP

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Williams has confirmed today the signing of Felipe Nasr as its official reserver and test driver behind its drivers Felipe Massa and Valtteria Bottas. Nasr will partake in five free practice sessions during the 2014 seasons. Felipe Nasr is a Brazilian of Lebanese descent.

Here’s what Frank Williams had to say about him:

Added team principal Frank Williams, “Felipe has a strong record of success in his career so far, and we’ve watched closely for a while. We have a history in Williams to bring new talent and give them a chance to show what they can do on the biggest stage in the world. When driving in FP1 five sessions this season, Felipe will have the perfect opportunity to show his skills, and I am confident he will be a strong addition to our squad of pilots.”

Update: Here’s Nasr’s comments after FP1.

Chili’s Beirut Quick Review + Giveaway (4 Meals For 2 To Win)

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Chili’s Beirut is one of the first diners to open in Lebanon, and among the very few to have kept the same level of cleanliness, quality and customer service throughout its 15 years. I’ve been going there since its early days and I don’t recall complaining about anything ever. The waiters are friendly, the service is fast, the food is great and the quantities are huge. More importantly, it’s probably the only diner in town that didn’t increase its prizes by 400% like others have done. In fact, I remember not going to Chili’s too often back in the old days mainly because we’d end up pigging out almost every time but also because it was expensive, but that’s no longer valid these days as you’d probably end up paying much more at other diners in town for less quantities.

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Chili’s has been around for 15 years and I think I’ve been going there ever since. I used to go rarely during my school years mainly because I lived far away from Beirut, but then started visiting often during my AUB years and I still go there every now and then till now, specially to the Margarita bar in Gemmayze as I could walk there from my work and avoid all the Achrafieh traffic. Unlike most people who used to go there for the Fajitas and Quesadillas, my favorite dishes were the Chicken Crispers and the Baby Back ribs and my favorite appetizers were the Texas Cheese Fries and the Boneless buffalo wings.

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If I wanted to have lighter dishes, I’d go for the fire-grilled chicken or grilled salmon platters. As for the dessert, mine is surprisingly not the Molten Chocolate Cake but the Chocolate Chip Paradise Pie instead. I sometimes used to pass by and pick up this dessert without having anything else, and I remember they ran out of it for a while few years back and I got upset lol!

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I don’t know why I’ve never reviewed Chili’s on the blog, probably because I thought everyone knew how awesome it is, but I was wrong as a couple of friends told me after seeing my Instagram pictures that they’ve never been there apparently. That’s why I thought it would be cool to organize a small giveaway and allow people who haven’t been to Chili’s or haven’t been for a long while to go there and enjoy a meal for two. (I’m already taking care of my friends and inviting them this weekend.)

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Moving on to the competition, all you have to do to enter the draw is answer correctly the below questions by leaving a comment on this post:

1- Name a dessert item from Chili’s Menu different from the two I’ve mentioned in my post. [Hint]
2- Who is the famous Lebanese rally driver whose picture is shown inside Chili’s restaurant in Achrafieh? [Hint: He has the world's largest toy car collection]

The competition ends tomorrow at 6pm.

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NB: You need to put your proper email in the email field while commenting since winner will be contacted by email. You can only comment once, anyone caught commenting more than once will get disqualified.

Beirut: The Last Home Movie (1987)

I had posted about this movie back in 2010 and couldn’t find it anywhere in Lebanon. It’s a documentary that sheds the light on the fancy living of the Bustros family in war torn Beirut, and how “the biggest problem faced by the Bustros family was that the chandeliers occasionally vibrate from the distant explosion of bombs and artillery.” [NYTimes]

For those who are interested in watching the movie, check it out [Here].

Thanks Antoine!