Marky’s Philly Joint

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Ever since Marky’s opened, I’ve been hearing mixed opinions about it, whereas some people hated it while others loved it and told me they’ve had the best burgers ever there (even though it’s a philly joint). Having said that, I ended up visiting Marky’s last week with a couple of friends and to be honest I wasn’t that impressed.

Marky’s is located in Sin el Fil on the road leading to the Mkalles roundabout. The joint is relatively small and fits around 20-25 people. There are two parking spots in front of the place but you can easily find a spot there.

Here’s what we ordered:
- 1 Chicken Caesar Salad
- 1 “The Philly” Steak
- 1 Oklahoma Burger
- 1 Cheese Burger
- 1 Cheese Hot Dog
- 2 orders of Poutine fries

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First of all, I got the salad in a plastic box with a plastic fork and knife which I didn’t appreciate. I understand that it’s a joint but it doesn’t mean you can’t have a proper table setting. Even the soft drinks came in plastic cups.

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Marky’s chef takes pride in his poutine fries, and on how they are prepared using fresh French fries, the traditional and secret poutine gravy and imported cheese curds from Canada. That’s the first time I ever taste Poutine fries, so I enjoyed them but I can’t really tell if they are authentic or not.

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As far as the Philly steaks and hot dogs are concerned, my friend told me the Philly steak wasn’t as good as the previous time and the hotdog wasn’t appealing at all. I mean you expect cheddar cheese, corn and tortilla chips on a hotdog not lettuce and tomatoes.

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Moving on to the burgers, the bun was great and the burger presentation was great but my friend and I didn’t like the patty, which is what the burger is all about. The meat was way too greasy and oily and had a weird taste and both of us forced ourselves to finish the burger. Of course it doesn’t mean the quality of the meat is bad as a burger is a matter of personal taste.

To sum it up, I didn’t expect to dislike the place specially after all the reviews I’ve read, which is why I am going to give Marky’s another try soon with a bunch of friends and see if it was a one-time accident.

Limited Edition Elie Saab Bottle for Evian

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The Elie Saab Evian Bottle costs 6.99$ and you can order it [Here].

Now owned by French brand Danone, Evian is considered to be one of the finest packaged drinking water suppliers in the market. Their timely collaborations with big designers like Diane von Furstenberg, Issey Miyake, Christian Lacroix, Jean Paul Gaultier, and Paul Smith is perhaps the ideal gimmick to elevate their already premium quotient up by a few notches.

Joining the brigade for 2014 is designer Elie Saab, who has collaborated with the brand on a limited edition series of bottles that revolve around the theme of ‘Purity’. Purity of water meets purity of design and what you have is a clear glass bottle with delicate lace detailing that’s been intricately infused into the glass to represent Saab’s signature feminine style.

The 2014 limited edition Evian bottles by Elie Saab are now available for purchase at shop.evian.us, and at select restaurants and hotels, including Sofitel Luxury Hotels. [Source]

Thanks Sarhad!

0.3% of Lebanese adults own half the country’s wealth

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The Mikati and Hariri families alone have 15% of the all the private wealth. Read more about it [Here].

At least 48 percent of Lebanon’s privately-held wealth is concentrated in the hands of some 8,900 citizens — just 0.3 percent of the adult population — according to calculations based on a new report. The nation’s staggering wealth inequality is detailed in Credit Suisse’s Global Wealth Databook 2013, released last week. The distorted wealth figures help to push the country’s Gini coefficient, a measure of inequality, to 86.3 percent — the fourth highest globally behind Russia, Ukraine and Kazakhstan (see chart, below left).*

While Credit Suisse did not directly publish how much wealth is in Lebanese millionaires’ hands, Executive was able to estimate a lower bound based on the report and Forbes magazine’s list of billionaires. Lebanese worth more than $1 million own at least 48 percent of the country’s wealth (see chart above). This figure, however, is a minimum estimate. It also implies that the rest of the country owns less than 52 percent of private wealth, valued at some $91 billion.

Review: Samsung Galaxy Note3

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I passed by Samsung a week ago and picked up the new Samsung Galaxy Note3 in order to test it out. I’ve been anxiously waiting for that phone to come out as I’m using the Samsung S4 at the moment and even though it is a great phone with an amazing camera, battery life is not that good and the phone has some software issues.

The Note3 is not curved like the Note2 and looks like a bigger S4. It’s an impressive phone that boosts a huge screen (5.7 inches) screen, a 13 megapixels camera (No Night mode though), a quad core processor with 3GB RAM, and is 4G and NFC-enabled. The Note3 battery life is better than its precedents and could last you an entire day easily.

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I will not bore you with further technical details so here are some of the pros and cons and my final verdict on the Note3:

Pros:
- Gorgeous full-HD screen and impressive display (Super AMOLED).
- Thin and light phone despite its size (168 g).
- Very Fast (Quad core, 2300 MHz, 3GB).
- Amazing battery life (3,200 mAh battery).
- Great camera (13 megapixels, F2.2 aperture size and Digital image stabilization)

Cons:
- New faux-leather rear is a turnoff.
- A lot of useless features making it complicated to use (just like the S4).
- Too Expensive (880$).
- The Note3 I got is powered by an Exynos processor, not the better performing Snapdragon processor.

Verdict:
All in all, The Note3 is still the phablet to beat but I think it’s way too overpriced at almost 900$. I’d rather wait till its price drops and they get the Snapdragon 800 powered processor.