Blog Baladi Made in Lebanon Wed, 23 Jul 2014 08:05:12 +0000 en-US hourly 1 My Favorite Cereals: Jordans’ Country Crisp Wed, 23 Jul 2014 08:05:12 +0000 20140717_180700

I have cereals almost every day for breakfast and sometimes during the day and I always like to try out new brands, however I’ve been addicted for the past 4 or 5 months to Jordans. When I started buying them, few supermarkets had them but since then I’ve been seeing Jordans in a lot of supermarkets and they are running out real quickly.

My favorites are the Chunky nuts, the Honey & Nuts and the Chocolate. If you like mixing cereals with your yogurt, go for the Muesli.

I’ve been buying Jordans from O&C in Jal el Dib, Stop & Shop in Dbayyeh and Achrafieh and Black Pepper in ABC Dbayyeh. TSC and Charcutier Aoun don’t have them.

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Arab-American Sulome Anderson’s #JewsandArabsRefuseToBeEnemies Selfie Gone Viral Wed, 23 Jul 2014 06:12:47 +0000 jews He calls me neshama, I call him habibi. Love doesn’t speak the language of occupation #JewsAndArabsRefuseToBeEnemies via @SulomeAnderson

Sulome Anderson is an Arab-American journalist who writes for the Atlantic, Foreign Policy, NY Mag & VICE. She’s half Lebanese and tweeted the other day a selfie with her Jewish bf kissing with a message that said #JewsandArabsRefuseToBeEnemies. The photo quickly has gone viral and became a symbol of peace. Sulome Anderson is the daughter of former AP Middle East bureau chief Terry Anderson, who was kidnapped in Lebanon three months before she was born in 1985 by a Shiite militia and was held for seven years.

I think these messages are important, because even though they won’t help resolve the conflict, it brings people, mainly Jews and Arabs, together as this conflict isn’t just about politics but about people and human values. It is unacceptable that children and innocent civilians get murdered that way and no one’s able to stop these massacres from happening.

My boyfriend is Jewish, raised in an orthodox family, and I’m half Lebanese. Last week we were on vacation and, at the suggestion of a journalist friend, added a photo of us together in support of what was then a little-known initiative called Jews and Arabs Refuse to be Enemies. I wrote those words on a piece of paper, kissed my boyfriend, snapped a picture, and posted it on the group’s Facebook page. I also tweeted it to my modest following and added this caption: “He calls me neshama, I call him habibi. Love doesn’t speak the language of occupation.”

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Mercer Consulting 2014 Report: Beirut Is The Most Expensive City In The Middle East For Expats Tue, 22 Jul 2014 20:30:17 +0000 20140604_190317

Two African cities, Luanda in Angola and N’Djamena in Chad, topped the Mercer Consulting list of the most expensive cities for expatriates according to Mercer’s 2014 Cost of Living Survey. They were followed by Hong Kong, Singapore, Zurich, Geneva, Tokyo, Bern, Moscow and Shanghai.

As for the Middle East, Beirut was ranked the most expensive city in the Middle East for expatriates and the 63rd world wide, followed by Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Jeddah. I don’t think that’s something we should be proud of as it doesn’t reflect the reality at all and we can’t be compared to cities like Dubai and Abu Dhabi.

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U.S Authorities Arrest Lebanese Mahmoud Bazzi Accused Killer Of Two Irish Soldiers 34 Years Ago Tue, 22 Jul 2014 19:37:07 +0000 bilde

If you remember back in January, Vice posted a story that I shared here about an Israeli-backed militiaman and murderer who kidnapped a journalist and two Irish UN peacekeepers in Lebanon back in the 1980s and ended up selling ice cream to children in Detroit.

The author back then said that the guy who kidnapped him was called Mahmoud Bazzi and that he’s currently living in Detroit and works as an ice cream man. Well it looks like the US authorities have finally arrested him and are planning to deport him on immigration charges. Bazzi is denying the charges and claims “he once falsely confessed to the slayings because he feared a Lebanese militia would kill him unless he lied”.

Federal agents have arrested a man the Irish government calls a suspect in the abduction, torture and killing of two Irish soldiers serving as United Nations peacekeepers in Lebanon 34 years ago.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement on Tuesdsay arrested Mahmoud Bazzi at his home in the Detroit suburb of Dearborn. The agency arrested Bazzi for “administrative immigration violations” and not directly in connection to the killings in Lebanon, spokeswoman Gillian Christensen told The Associated Press. She said he would be held “pending removal proceedings.” [HuffingtonPost]

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United Televisions Of Lebanon Tue, 22 Jul 2014 06:41:26 +0000 exotica via Exotica

I love the initiative taken by Lebanese televisions yesterday regarding Gaza, but I wish they’d take another initiative to report the news from Lebanon in an objective way and focus more on the things that matter.

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Pictures From King’s Landing Tue, 22 Jul 2014 05:53:58 +0000 G0537710_1405794583625_high

My friend just sent me these pictures from Dubrovnik in Croatia, which is also known as King’s Landing in the Game of Thrones series. I know there are a lot of Lebanese who follow GOT, there’s even an active Facebook page that I recommend you join if you are a GOT fan.







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#LB4Gaza: A Unified Lebanese NewsCast In Solidarity With Gaza Mon, 21 Jul 2014 19:29:05 +0000 [YouTube]

LBCI, Tele Liban, MTV, Al-Manar, Al-Jadeed, NBN, Future TV and OTV all broadcasted the same report tonight to voice solidarity with Gaza against the Israeli offensive. The Israeli war on Gaza is still ongoing and almost 600 Palestinians were killed so far. What’s happening is quite sickening as a lot of innocent civilians in Gaza are being targeted.


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Brazil Will Play a Friendly Football Game Against Lebanon In Beirut Mon, 21 Jul 2014 13:17:45 +0000 brazil leb

Annahar reported today that the Brazilian federation has agreed to play a friendly game against Lebanon on September 4 in Beirut. Just to be clear here, the Brazilian Olympic team will be playing Lebanon and not the National team that you saw at the World Cup 2014.

I will be cheering for Lebanon!

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Powerful Ad For The National Campaign For Water Scarcity Awareness Mon, 21 Jul 2014 11:43:11 +0000 [YouTube]

The younger generations should be more aware of such issues and serve as role models for their parents and their surrounding. I loved the ad!

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The Parliament Moved To Jounieh Mon, 21 Jul 2014 10:27:01 +0000 20140720_185500-1

This cafe looks more useful than our Lebanese Parliament these days.

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FAIL: 1 Dish Amid Greenery Problem and 1 Pizza No Problem Mon, 21 Jul 2014 07:24:13 +0000 no problem via Vincent

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Rolex Opening A New Boutique In Jounieh Mon, 21 Jul 2014 05:50:59 +0000 20140720_172208

As surprising as it may seem, Rolex is opening a new boutique in the old souk of Jounieh. The new boutique is a old renovated house and is located in the old souks of Jounieh right before the resort Amwaj. I have to say I never expected Rolex to open in Jounieh. I bet the monthly rent they are paying there is less expensive than a Rolex watch haha!

Rolex has a branch also in Beirut on Weygand street.


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Big Mess On The Chekka Highway Sun, 20 Jul 2014 17:44:48 +0000 wrong way

I have no freaking clue how this happened. It looks like everyone’s gone crazy lol! Check the video posted by Maroon [Here].

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The Little Syrian Kid Got Beaten Again By His Uncle … Sun, 20 Jul 2014 17:37:29 +0000 [YouTube]

I just saw on Plus961 that Al Jadeed interviewed the little kid that got beaten up as well and his mother. Weirdly enough, the mother told the reporter (Start At Minute 9:00) that she took the little kid to her brother who beat him up as well after hearing the story!

Unfortunately, there are almost half a million Syrian in Lebanon struggling to get into schools and forced to work for a living. Many of them are victims of sexual abuse and violence as well.

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Malak Al Taouk Has a New Logo Sun, 20 Jul 2014 09:12:49 +0000 taouk

I spotted Malak Al Taouk‘s new logo in Kaslik yesterday and it looks much nicer than the old one. I don’t know why I’ve never liked this place even though a lot of my friends love it. I’ve only tried it once some 6 or 7 years ago and that was it.


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Arz Water Sun, 20 Jul 2014 08:58:45 +0000 arz

I spotted the new slogan on Facebook and I thought it was a new bottled mineral water brand but it looks like it’s been out for years. That’s pretty weird because I never spotted it in any supermarket. I’ve tried most of the brands we have in Lebanon and my favorite has always been Tannourine.

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Little Abbas’ Father Apprehended By The Lebanese Police Sat, 19 Jul 2014 19:40:35 +0000 [YouTube]

Based on reports from Al-Jadeed and LBCI, the security forces have identified the people behind the video that went viral earlier today and was showing a young kid beating another child and being encouraged by his parents. Moreover, LBCI just reported that the Internal Security Forces’ cyber crimes bureau raided the al-Raml al-Ali area in Dahieh to arrest the father of the minor Abbas. T.

This is great news and I am glad this video went viral and these people were arrested. I don’t get if it was the father or some relative or a total stranger who did this, they must be punished accordingly because this is a crime against an innocent child.

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My Trip To Jordan: Part2 Sat, 19 Jul 2014 15:54:23 +0000 WP_20140527_19_15_59_Pro

In case you’ve missed Part1 of my trip to Jordan, you can check it out [here]. I’ve shared in it my experience at the dead sea, at the Baptism site (Al Maghtass) and Ma’In resort. The second part of our trip was the most interesting one as I got to experience Petra by day and by night, spend a whole afternoon in the desert, watch the sunset at Wadi Rum before heading to Aqaba.

Mount Nebo

Our first stop after Ma’In was at Madaba where Mount Nebo is. This is where Moses as mentioned in the Bible was granted a view of the Promised land that he would never enter. The view is breathtaking from the top next to The Brazen Serpent and if the weather is clear, you could spot Jerusalem and Al-Aqsa Mosque. There’s also a nice little museum that is worth passing by.

Mosaics Shop and Lunch In The City


There’s a cool shop right before Mount Nebo that makes and sells mosaics. It’s a huge place where we got to see how mosaics are done (the traditional and modern way) and we had some time to shop for some souvenirs as well. Afterwards, we headed to the city to eat at an old authentic restaurant. Most of the restaurants in Jordan we visited were clean and served good food. However, the dishes were not that different from what we have in Lebanon except for the Mansaf and the Zarb (which I will talk about later on in this post).



Petra By Night
Petra-Jordan-At-Night Picture by TravelingMyself

The trip from Madaba to Petra was a very long and tiring one. It’s a 4 hours trip on a desert road and there aren’t any interesting landscapes to look at along the way. Once we got to Petra and after dinner, we headed to visit Al Khazneh in Wadi Musa. It was around 9pm when we started walking down a valley surrounded by mountains with nothing by candles on the sandy and rocky road to show us the way. I’ve never tried anything like that in my life and it was quite exciting to be honest. Once we got to the Khazneh, the atmosphere was both magical and mystical as hundreds of people were listening to two artists playing medieval flute music while the Khazneh was lit up by candles all around it.

I was really blown away by this experience and I would go to Jordan just to experience it again. The only inconvenience is that it is impossible to take decent pictures (unless you wish to carry your SLR all the way down) as it’s too dark. You can find below a couple of shots I managed to take after several tries with my Lumia 1020.



Taybet Zaman and Petra By Day

We were staying at Taybet Zaman during our Petra visit, which is an old abandoned village that was transformed into a really cool resort. As you can see from the pictures, the place is really nice and set in a very peaceful surrounding. Breakfast wasn’t that great though.



After experiencing Petra by night, we headed again in the morning to walk down Wadi Musa (Petra) and see the Khazneh temple that was used by the way in one of Indiana Jones’ movies (Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade). The day experience is very different from the night one as you get to see what’s around you and you can go on a horse ride instead of walking. Personally speaking, I preferred the night experience as the horses are quite annoying and there are a lot of smells and horse poop on the way.


We took the short walk to Khazneh only as it was really hot. However, if you happen to visit Petra, go as early as possible or in the afternoon and try visit all the sites there. Keep a large bottle of water with you though as the walk is long and there aren’t many shops on the way.



Wadi Rum and the Desert Experience

After Petra, we headed straight to the Captain’s camp in Wadi Rum in the middle of the desert. It was my first time in the desert and I loved everything about this experience. The camp was really cool and clean, the people were very friendly and the food we had at night was superb, specially the main dish which was the Zarb.

I was expecting to go on a safari trip there but instead we just went on a jeep tour and explored Wadi Rum. We then parked at a strategic point to watch the sunset which was quite spectacular! Our driver showed us as well an old deserted camp where one of the scenes from Lawrence of Arabia was shot.



Once we got back to the camp, the Zarb dish was almost done and the buffet was almost ready. In case you haven’t heard of the Zarb before, it’s basically a bedouin barbecue where meat, chicken and vegetables are all put in a large underground oven, then buried properly and cooked for few hours. The chicken is put on top, then below it the vegetables and finally the rice. As weird as it may seem, the outcome was surprisingly delicious. While dinner was being served, some of us smoked Arguileh while watching traditional music and dancers perform.

I was very tempted to spend the night at the camp as they had small rooms you could sleep in, but we had to leave to Aqaba. This being said, I highly recommend you give Wadi Rum a try and go to one of the bedouin camps set there. It’s quite the experience and you won’t regret it!



Aqaba: Radisson Blu In Tala Bay & Snorkeling

Our last stop was in Aqaba, which is a city located on the Red Sea and is one of the major tourist attractions in Jordan. Aqaba is well known for its rich marine life, its beach resorts and luxury hotels as well as for being a destination for all sorts of water sports. We were staying at the Radisson Blu in Tala Bay which is a beautiful resort but a bit far from the city center.

Even though the resort was amazing, it was way too hot to even walk outside or walk on the sand. I looked a bit online and May is definitely not a good time to be visiting Aqaba so maybe it was a bad idea to spend the last two days there. Nevertheless, I enjoyed walking around the resort a lot and even paid the spa a visit.




Should You Visit Jordan?

There are so many things to see and do in Jordan that I wish the trip lasted a bit longer. From the dead sea to Ma’In, then Petra and Wadi Rum, everything was great and all of us were having a lot of fun. The long distances were a bit tiring specially that we were in a small van, and the schedule was a bit squeezed mainly due to the Pope’s visit but otherwise it was a wonderful trip. However, I think we should have skipped Aqaba and enjoyed the desert a bit longer. In all cases, I am definitely visiting Jordan once again as I didn’t have time to explore Amman and I want to stay a whole weekend in the desert.

On a last note, I highly recommend that you pay Jordan a visit if you haven’t been there yet as there are a lot of exciting stuff to do and wonderful sites to visit.

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WTF? Sat, 19 Jul 2014 06:08:52 +0000 [YouTube]

The video is uploaded by YaSour but it doesn’t say if it’s in Lebanon or not. They do sound Lebanese though.

What the hell is wrong with people?

via Trella

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The Middle East Friendship Chart Sat, 19 Jul 2014 05:49:18 +0000 Hezb

Here’s a useful guide done by Joshua Keating and Chris Kirk to explain who’s on whose side in the Middle East. For some reason, Lebanon does not exist on their list but Hezbollah is mentioned.

You can check out the full chart [Here].

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