Lebanon, Colombia And India Have The Most Public Holidays In The World

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According to a survey of 64 major economies by human resources consulting firm Mercer LLC, Lebanon, Colombia And India have the most public holidays out of the countries studied, while Mexico has the least. I am pretty sure Lebanon should be on top of that list since we always get more days on certain holidays like Easter and Adha for example.

Check out the full infographic [here].

A Mobile App For Lebanon’s Independence Day

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CME Offshore is organizing a fun competition for all the geeks and techies out there. All you have to do is build an Independence day mobile app before November 22nd and get the chance to win 2000$ and an attractive job offer.

It would be nice to see what participants will come up with.

Rules of the game:
– Implement a mobile application (IOS or Android) related to the Lebanese Independence Day
– Application must be published on Apple Store/Google Play before Independence Day on November 22nd
– Participant must be university students or must have graduated in the 2013-2014 academic year
– Team size can be one of more
– Teams should announce their application by joining the event on CME Facebook page
– App with most downloads/installs & highest rating by November 30 is advantaged .
– Jury final decision on November 30.
– 1st prize 2000$
– Most technically challenging app will win an attractive Job Offer.
– Apps with inappropriate, religious or politically biased content will be disqualified.

A Picture That Sums Up What’s Happening In Tripoli

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allah Picture via Kareem Shaheen

What’s been made clear in the past few days in Tripoli is that no one wants these faux-believers and everyone is behind the Lebanese Army. Tripoli is not like Mossul or Raqqa and ISIS is not welcome anywhere in Lebanon. Moreover, I am pretty sure Allah wouldn’t be very pleased to see he’s getting shot at by his own servants (as they call themselves of course).

I am glad things have calmed down now yet it saddens me that we lost 11 brave soldiers because of these terrorists.

The New Crepaway 2014 Menu: Cordon Blues Burger And The Munchmallow Are My Favorites

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I was at Crepaway Zalka yesterday trying out the new menu items (once again) but this time inside the kitchen with the chef himself. Before going into the kitchen, we were handed chef coats and knives that we got to keep which is pretty cool.

Moving on to the new menu, here are the new additions and my take on them:

Appetizers
20141027_190855 Asian Glazed fried Chicken Wings

I love wings and the Asian glazed ones were really good.

20141027_190339 Onion Kings

I didn’t taste the onion rings as I am not a big fan of onions.

Salads
20141027_191338 Quinoise: Quinoa, Rocca & Iceberg Lettuce drizzled with raspberry dressing, baked potato cubes, boiled egg, veggie assortment, tuna, beetroot dices and olives (Raspberry & Lemon dressing)

This is my new favorite salad at Crepaway. I loved the ingredients and the dressing but I would add a bit more quinoa and less tuna.

20141027_192108 Pastalocca: Penne pasta tossed with pesto dressing, rocca leaves, parmesan cheese & cherry tomatoes. Topped with grilled chicken strips and roasted pine seeds (Basil sauce).

A good mix and a light and delicious salad.

Burgers
20141027_194705 Cordon Blues: 100% Black Angus Beef filled with cheese, with extra cheddar, crispy bacon and onion rings, lettuce, tomato, mayo, ketchup and Dijonnaise sauce.

I hate mayo and I thought it ruined the burger the first time I had it, so I ordered it without any dressings and it was perfect. I highly recommend it!

20141027_193636 Tex Burger: 100% Black Angus beef with Fajita spices, onions, cheese, avocado, jalapenos and Cajun sauce.

I don’t like spices so I didn’t try this one.

20141027_193056 Gluten free burger

The bun was tasteless but the burger as a whole was fine.

Crepes
20141027_200325 Frida: Chicken breast, cheddar cheese, onion, green bell pepper, corn & Mexican spices. Served with guacamole and ranch sour cream.

The crepe by itself is a bit dry, so make sure you dip it with guacamole or/and ranch sour cream which come on the side.

20141027_203255 Donutella: Nutella spread with banana, chocolate sauce and hazelnut.

This is pretty much the Martine crepe but with Nutella. I love Nutella but the premium Belgian chocolate in the Martine tastes much better.

20141027_203141 Marion: Lemon custard cream and candied orange sticks topped with meringue and a sprinkle of powdered sugar.

I loved the meringues placed on top and it’s a really good and relatively “light” crepe.

20141027_204052 Cannelle: Caramelized Apple scented with cinnamon over cheesecake filling. Topped with caramel ice cream and sauce, sprinkled with crumble and croquants.

This is basically an Apple crumble crepe. I loved it!

Desserts
20141027_205106 Munchmallow: Baked cheesecake with chocolate, topped with a melted marshmallow hat and served with chocolate sauce and hazelnut.

My new favorite dessert at Crepaway. The Munchmallow is beyond amazing!

20141027_204731 Melteaser: Made with lawyers of marbled ice cream and Maltesers, topped with caramel and warm chocolate sauce sprinkled with croquants.

Another great dessert introduced to the menu.

Platters
20141027_201006 Tortzilla: Fried Chicken breast in a crispy crust of tortilla, cheese and paprika sauce.

Quite a heavy meal with a heavier sauce. I don’t think I’d order it.

Lebanese Patient Ordered His Friends To Fire At a Baalbeck Hospital Because His Masculinity Was At Stake

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You can’t make this stuff up.

BAALBEK, Lebanon: A patient, angry that a doctor tried to shave his body hair to perform an operation, called his friends to open fire on a Baalbek hospital Monday, sources said. The patient, a member of the Zeaiter family, was drawn into a verbal dispute with the surgeon who told him he would need to shave stomach hair to perform surgery on his kidney. [DailyStar]

Lebanese Red Cross Najat App Officially Launched

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I posted about the “Najat” app back in January and it was finally launched today. The app was launched by Alfa as part of its Corporate Social Responsibility strategy and is aimed at helping the Lebanese Red Cross locate people who call them for emergencies and is called “Najat” after Najat Waked, a loving mother who passed away few days ago on her way to the hospital as her family wasn’t able to guide the ambulance driver properly to their house. Najat could have been saved if she had made it 3 minutes earlier to the hospital.

Once you download the app, you are required to register your address (two addresses at the most) along with two phone numbers in addition to his personal number. This will help the Lebanese Red Cross Central Operations room to locate the address easily when receiving a call on its hotline 140. Moreover, all the Red Cross ambulances were supposedly equipped on an earlier stage with free navigation systems and 3G enabled tablets.

This is a great initiative and a much-needed mobile app in a country where we barely have any street names. You can download it for [Android] and [iOS].

Najat App

Meet Brgrco’s “Café De Paris” Burger: A Medium Rare Patty With An Entrecote Sauce

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I tasted on Friday Brgrco‘s newest signature burger, the Café De Paris Burger. The burger consists of a fat and juicy medium-rare patty topped with a special butter-based complex sauce with over 12 ingredients and a fresh soft bun with a bit of Dijon mustard spread on it. The meat was superb as always and the sauce which is a secret recipe made up of several types of herbs was just perfect. I even ordered it as a side dip for the fries and it tasted great!

If you order your steak medium-rare, I highly recommend this burger. Otherwise, go for the normal 6oz as you would be ruining the burger by ordering it well done.

Note: The burger is not yet available on the menu but will be very soon.

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