Frulatte’s Fruit Cocktails

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The Fruit Cocktails are a bit overpriced at Frulatte but definitely worth a try. It’s a very rich cocktail and everything tastes fresh. Frulatte is located in Jeita next to the roundabout and also has good pizzas.

Hint: Ask for half-Avocado half-Strawberry sauce in the cocktail if you don’t like it too sweet.

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Medium Fruit Cocktail costs 15,000LL or 10$

Kidnapping is wrong

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Two Turkish Pilots were kidnapped few days ago in Beirut – CSMonitor

A lot of things don’t make sense in Lebanon lately, and one of them is this whole kidnapping spree that doesn’t seem to be ending any time soon. It started off with the Mokdad family’s military wing (Whatever that is) kidnapping random Syrian citizens almost a year ago before they got arrested and the hostages were freed, and now with the Aazaz Pilgrims families who are being accused of “forming an armed gang and abducting the two Turkish pilots”.

While it is understandable to protest and organize sit-ins asking for the release of the kidnapped Lebanese in Syria, I don’t see the logic behind kidnapping innocent and random people. In fact, such an act will only make things worse and the proof is what is happening now. The families of the Turkish pilots are threatening to kidnap Lebanese while the Aazaz pilgrims’ families are being treated as criminals.

Having said that, I’ve been discussing this matter with some friends on Twitter and few of them were arguing that it’s easy to judge the families now but “one would do the same and maybe worse if a member of his family gets kidnapped”.

While it is true that some people may overreact and sometimes commit irrational acts when a family member is harmed or kidnapped, I believe one has to be cautious and rational or at least do something that does not worsen the situation and affect other family members. Kidnapping innocent people is wrong and is not justifiable under any circumstance. It’s as simple as that and doesn’t require any explanation. In fact, and this might sound crazy, but I would understand someone forming an armed clan and heading to Syria or Turkey to free his relatives than kidnapping random people on the street.

Having said all that, I truly hope all the Lebanese kidnapped in Syria, not just the 9 pilgrims, get freed the soonest and go back to their families. Until then, let’s stop this ongoing madness in Lebanon and wise up for a change.

Kaak el Asmar in Ehden

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I can easily say this is the best Kaak I’ve ever had in Lebanon!

If you ever visit Ehden (and you should), make sure to pass by el Asmar on your way back and pick up some Kaak filled with dates, sugar or just plain Kaak (Msallab).

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Over 30% Of Lebanon’sTraffic Lights don’t work

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Traffic Lights Switched Off

In case you are wondering why some of Beirut’s traffic lights stopped working lately, the reason is that the contract of the Spanish company (Telvent) in charge of operating and maintaining the traffic lights has expired and the government hasn’t renewed it yet or assigned the job to another company.

It’s been almost 3 months now and according to the below LBCI report, over 30% of the 200 traffic lights distributed all across Lebanon are either switched off or damaged. As a result, traffic has become worse lately and the number of accidents is still on the rise. Yasa’s President has already warned the authorities about the dangers of keeping the traffic lights inoperative but of course no one bothered to do anything about it.