Category Archives: Mags & Books

Lebanese Wines Marsyas & Bargylus Featured In France’s Le Monde

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Karim and Sandro Saadé, the two brothers and owners of Château Marsyas in Lebanon and Domaine de Bargylus in Syria got a special two-page feature in the French daily newspapers Le Monde, one of the most important and widely respected papers in France and the world.

The report. entitled “The Grapes of Hope” was more than just publicity for the well-established wines but also aimed at portraying the positive side of Lebanon and the perseverance of wine makers despite the circumstances and the ongoing Syrian crisis.

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Lebanon is among the oldest sites of wine production in the world and our wines are celebrated worldwide. Personally speaking, Marsyas and Bargylus are among my top 5 favorite Lebanese wines. In fact, I’m gonna have a Bqa Marsyas Rouge tonight while watching Germany defeat Italy 😀

Congrats to the Saade brothers for this special feature and for their resilience in producing wine in Lebanon and more specifically in Syria despite being unable to access the estate there since 2011.

Cheers to better days ahead for Lebanon and the whole Middle East!

You can check out the full report [here].

The Week Middle East: Is Lebanon Sinking?

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The Week Middle East featured our PM Tamman Salam on its cover page with the title “Is Lebanon Sinking?” in reference to the ongoing garbage crisis. I tried looking for the magazine but couldn’t find it at Virgin or anywhere so I looked it up online and bought the issue as a souvenir haha!

The article on Lebanon’s garbage crisis is on page 6 and it says “River of Rubbish: Lebanon’s inability to act”. It pretty much sums up how messed up the country is recently. Let’s hope (it won’t happen) all our ministers, not just the Prime Minister, wake up once and for all and smell the coffee or the garbage in that case.

My worry at this point is that they agree to export the garbage and end up dumping it in the sea. After faking the papers to the Russian company, I wouldn’t be surprised anymore if they do that.

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BlogBaladi Earning The Top Spot In Communicate Levant’s Book of Tens (Top Social Media Influencers)

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Communicate Levant just released their book of tens 2015 which includes comprehensive lists of everything that happened in Lebanon last year from viral campaigns, YouTube hits, epic media mistakes, promising local startups, bad outdoor ads, only-in-Lebanon images, ten hilarious people to follow in Facebook, ten hashtags that should be banned, ten most popular local TV shows as well as the top ten social influencers where I am featured in the top spot.

Communicate Levant asked Lebanese brands from various industries – be it F&B, Fashion, technology and others to come up with that list and it’s quite awesome to be on that list along with my fellow bloggers Gino from Gino’s Blog, Anthony from NGNO, Lana from L’armoire De Lana and Rami from +961. I’m glad British Ambassador Tom Fletcher made the list because he’s been more influential than most of our politicians in the past years and deserves to be on top for all the work he’s accomplished.

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The Book of Tens came in a huge box that had balloons inside and a challenge, the #communichallenge where we need to do one of the following:

– Do something creative with the box (wear it, paint it, glue it, fold it or ship* an unloved one to a remote area across the Atlantic).
– Fit a colleague inside the box.

I already have something in mind and my younger brother won’t like the idea. Stay tuned 🙂

It’s Confirmed! Whitney Houston Is Still Alive According To Nadine Magazine

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Since a lot of people have asked me about the Whitney Houston article I shared this morning, I asked a friend to pick up the Nadine Magazine from a nearby library and see if it’s there and it turned out to be true. Whitney Houston is still alive and is feeling sad over her daughter’s accident according to Nadine Magazine.

I honestly have nothing to say here. I can’t believe a magazine that only talks about stars, fashion and gossip doesn’t know that Whitney Houston has passed away, or worse that whomever read this piece of article didn’t see anything wrong with it.

Speaking of Nadine Magazine, check out this hilarious front page and headline that they had a year ago.

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Living The Single Life In Beirut

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I am happily married because I chose to, but I’ve never understood the pressure that families and society in general here in Lebanon put on single women and men who don’t wish to get married or are just too focused on their career. Being single is not a bad thing and Jasmina Najjar tells us everything about living the single life in Beirut in this TED talk at LAU.

Jasmina is a good friend and the author of “Beirut Knights”, a book on Lebanese dating disasters. I started reading that book which is pretty fun but didn’t have time to finish yet. You can read more about the book and the author [Here].

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Time Out Beirut Closes Down

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Update: Timeout Beirut’s website now redirects to Timeout.com

As you can see from the tweets below, someone was asking why TimeOut Beirut is now called BeirutView on Twitter and then a previous employee replied and stated that the Magazine’s co-founder sent a mass note that she’s leaving TOB/On Time as of May 30. I checked the website at the time of the tweets and it was still running but few hours later, it was shut down and the facebook page was closed down as well.

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The only reply I saw regarding that matter on Twitter was the one below but I heard people saying that they lost the license. I can’t really confirm any of the info mentioned, specially the negative comments that emerged and that I’ve heard before, so I guess we will have to wait for an official statement (if there will be any), but something must have gone wrong for the magazine to shut down like that.

Personally speaking, I rarely check TimeOut Beirut and I don’t recall the last time I’ve bought their magazine.

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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]