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BURNT

Last night, we were all invited by Zomato to the Beirut Premier of the long-awaited movie BURNT in City Center’s VOX cinema.

BURNT is a comedy-drama starring Bradley Cooper, Sienna Miller, Omar Sy, Daniel Bruhl, Matthew Rhys, Alicia Vikander, Uma Thurman and Emma Thompson. I absolutely love each of these actors and it was a delight to watch them all in roles of cooks, Chefs, Critics and Psychoanalysts.

In the movie, Adam Jones plays the role of a famous Chef who lost his restaurant because of drugs and unpredictable behavior. When he tries to rebuild his life in London in the hope of gaining his third Michelin Stars, we witness his ups and downs along with his mouthwatering dishes.

I found the movie a bit too long for the plot but for those of us who appreciate cooking techniques, it passed by like a breeze.

BURNT is out on the 30th of October in all cinemas so make sure to watch it if you’re a true foodie! Here’s the trailer if you’d like a preview.

Will you watch it?

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Fadsfood’s Weekly Picks: Addictive Little Pleasures

Never eat alone. Always share what you eat. There is no bigger pleasure in life than giving.

– Fadsfood

This week, Fadsfood’s picks are all about our guilty food pleasures. Check out the 3 picks any self-respecting foodie couldn’t live without, and follow Fadsfood on instagram for mouthwatering pictures and food inspiration: @fadsfood.

Here are this week’s Addictive Little Pleasures 

Chocolate Sorbet at Orso Bianco Beirut

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Just found that #chocolate #dairyfree #sorbet at #orsobianco #Beirut

Semsmiyeh at Berdawni Zahle

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Mocha Cookie Crumble Frappuccino at Starbucks

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mocha cookie crumble frappuccino starbucks

We’d love to know about your addictive little pleasures! 😀

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June Foodie Book: A Change of Appetite by Diana Henry

This month’s choice of foodie book is completely in line with my diet lately. With the whole 30 challenge, a change of appetite is exactly what’s been going on. This book was a coincidental find and I absolutely love it. The author, Diana Henry, created this book’s recipes when she started craving a different kind of diet. The kind that contains less meat and heavy food and focuses on vegetables, fish and grain-based dishes. What I love the most about the recipes in the book is that they are inspired by Middle Eastern and Far East food, passing by Georgia and Scandinavia.

Throughout the pages, you’ll find fresh and light dishes to inspire you to a healthier lifestyle. My favorites until now are this marinated cherry salad (which I tweaked a little bit) and a brown rice salad I’m looking forward to make when I can finally have rice again. There’s also a pistachio lemon cake I’ll be making soon.

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Prepare to open up to new food possibilities that can only make you feel good.

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20 Things About Paris

It’s definitely summer and getaways are fast approaching. Everyone’s making plans on where to go and which country to visit. There are obviously countless places to see and different kinds of trips to make (road trips, backpacking trips, island relaxation, or lovely Tuscany), so I thought I would start by summing up 20 things about Paris for those of you who are Euro-tripping this summer. You can check 20 things about London here, Rome here and Istanbul here. And of course, stay tuned for more. To find all the places I mention, I suggest you use the Google Maps app for addresses and for you to know your way by foot, metro, bus, or car.

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1) The French Bistrots – A good steak, veau or fondue can be found in the typical French bistrots all around Paris. My favorites are: Boucherie Rouliere, Chez Fernand, La Petite Cour, Le St. Séverin and Chez André for a good bouillabaisse.

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2) Place Saint Michel – Head there for an early drink outside before continuing to dinner.

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3) Tour Eiffel and Champs de Mars – No matter how many times you’ve been to Paris, you must visit our beloved Dame de Fer once. If the weather is nice, a fun picnic on the champs de mars would be a perfect lunch idea.

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4) Carette and Angelina – I love Carette on a rainy day for a large macaron and black coffee. The place is ideal for a nice conversation in a cozy place. For an excellent and dense hot chocolate, head to Angelina. I even spotted their products on sale at the airport!

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5) Places for a fast and healthy lunch – For a fast but healthy lunch in the center of Paris, I fell in love with Boco (an organic place where you can eat your healthy meal without any guilt – I’ll be posting about it next week) and Twenty Peas (where your food is also measured and put in a box).

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6) La Fayette Gourmet – Enter every foodie’s heaven when you step foot in La Fayette Gourmet.

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7) Éclair de Genie – If you’re a fan of the famous éclair, do not miss this charming little place with dozens of eclairs of all possible tastes. Heavenly!

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8) Montmartre – One of my favorite places on earth, Montmartre is like stepping into happiness. It takes a while to get there (especially that we went there walking!) but it’s so worth it. The place is filled with people and great food. Make sure you pick any restaurant and sit outside while you enjoy a nice glass of wine with a plate of moules frittes, boeuf bourgignon, or coq au vin. You can also grab a Merguez baguette as an appetizer 😉

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9) Montparnasse – Known as an artistic neighbourhood, Montparnasse reminds me of my parents who used to live there for years. It has lots of waffle and crepe places to try. Make sure you try the Aligot (mashed potatoes and garlic) and the meat at Le Plomb du Cantal.

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10) Au p’tit grec – talking about crepes, this little Greek-owned place at Rue Mouffetard should not be missed!

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11) The Maille store – this place is paradise for all food and cooking lovers. It is only dedicated to the Maille mustard brand and is filled with mustard pots everywhere. You even get to taste all of them with mini grissinis to decide which ones to take back home.

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12) Le Pont des Arts – On this bridge that crosses the river Seine, lovers have taken the habit to attach love locks (padlocks) with their first name on them, then throwing the key into the Seine as a romantic and eternal love gesture.

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13) The Marais neighborhood – A historic district in Paris, it was long aristocratic before it became a popular and active commercial area. The architecture is fascinating and you can even spot Victor Hugo’s ancient house! Take a walk around the neighborhood and pass by Fleux’, a concept design store we fell in love with, and Pouchkine for French-Russian inspired patisserie. You won’t regret a bite!

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14) Colette Paris – This is for Design trends lovers. You must all have heard of Colette and the product selection (from fashion to tech and culture products).

15) Le jardin des tuileries – The ideal place to relax after a long walk in the city is le jardin des tuileries. Grab a hot chocolate and a chair and open your book for an hour of pure relaxation.

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16) The Louvre – A must-see at least once in a lifetime. I’m sure we were all identically disappointed by the size of the Mona Lisa though.

17) Pastavino – I know we’re in Paris, but this lovely Italian place was so lovely I have to recommend it. European cities are made to try different cuisines anyway, so if you have time, do try this magical Italian restaurant located on the top of an Italian delicatessen shop.

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18) Asian food – We tried La Muraille de Jade for a nice Bobun and Mme Shawn for a thai lunch.

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19) Markets – You can ask around the neighborhood you’re staying in for markets and their opening days. You’ll find anything from cheese to choucroute and aligot.

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20) Notre-Dame de Paris – Breathtaking and touching, you must visit it if only for the sake of Quasimodo.

21) Extra bonus: Breakfasts! You can choose between a simple baguette with butter and coffee or juice, and eggs and croissant. Have it all is my advice 🙂

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And voila! Anything you might want to add? I’d love to hear!

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Fadsfood’s Weekly Picks: How and Where To Have Your Salmon

Never eat alone. Always share what you eat. There is no bigger pleasure in life than giving.

– Fadsfood

This week, Fadsfood’s picks are about Salmon – a good type of fat and full of Omega 3. Here are three and three ways and places you can eat it in Beirut 😉 Check it out and follow Fadsfood on instagram for mouthwatering pictures and food inspiration: @fadsfood.

Here are this week’s Salmon picks

Shogun – Beirut, Lebanon

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#tasty #crispy #salmon #salad #crab #shogun #beirut#food #Fadsfood

L’Avenue du Parc – Beirut, Lebanon

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Huge #Grilled #Salmon at #LAvenueDuParc #Beirut#Food #Fadsfood

Ginger & co. – Hazmieh, Lebanon

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#Sashimi & #Herbs #MustTry #Beirut #Sushi#Fadsfood

Any other way you like your salmon?

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10 Top Italian Restaurants in Beirut

Every culture has its own way of interpreting one dish. They all add their twists and spices, making it particular to their tastes and habits. Restaurants too have to gratify the palate of the people they are serving. One thing I’ve noticed about Italian restaurants in Beirut is that they add crème fraîche to a lot of their pasta sauces. Almost all Italian people I’ve met are quickly revolted by the act of adding cream to pasta sauces. They also consider the use of a spoon to roll your spaghetti as a disgrace. But here in Beirut, it is considered to be the proper practice of eating Italian food. Where did these habits come from you ask? From restaurants, of course. Who started it?  I think it’s a chicken and egg type of story.

But it’s safe to say that the way the Lebanese have adapted Italian food has somewhat strayed away from the original cuisine. So because we can’t go to Rome everyday (check out 20 Things about Rome), we’ve been on a quest for ‘real’ Italian restaurants in Beirut.

My judgment of ‘what makes a restaurant Italian’ is personal but of credible experience. I’ve been to Italy a lot, read about their food, talked to people and been in their kitchens, cooked a carbonara and more with them, and visited their restaurants accompanied by locals.

In my mind, the ones that serve the famous spritz or bellini have the knowledge, the ones that serve dishes cooked with fresh ingredients have the quality, and the ones that present the place and the dish well have the honesty and authenticity.

There are many criteria that can lead you to judge a restaurant as being typically Italian and accordingly, I’ve ranked the top 10 I’ve tried in Beirut, keeping in mind that all of their menus contain dishes adapted to the taste of the Lebanese audience (hospitality rules oblige).

#1 Harry’s Bar

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Harry’s Bar is my recent favorite. It is THE place to fine-dine, enjoy great wine and beautiful dishes. The staff is extremely friendly and knowledgeable. The sommelier recommends excellent wine and the service is the most professional I’ve seen in a while. When it comes to the food, you won’t regret one bite of it. Apart from being exceptionally tasty, every dish is carefully crafted and full of colors. The presentation clearly reflects their recent Michelin Star touch. Don’t hesitate to go there for a nice, romantic dinner or even for a business lunch, where you’ll find a set menu for the circumstance. Make sure to try their Fleur de Courgettes with ricotta cheese, beef carpaccio, beetroot risotto and panna cotta. An unforgettable Italian experience in the heart of Beirut.

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#2 Totò Cucina Italiana

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When walking into Totò, you’re struck by the simple yet uplifting décor. The way they managed to give an identity to the place while keeping the original charm of this old house is admirable. Waiters and staff are not only nice and helpful in your choice of dishes, but they also have a sense of humor. Their seafood risotto is one that I won’t forget. I also love their pizzas and their Totò Express concept upstairs for a more relaxed dinner experience or for takeaway and pizza night at home.

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#3 Marinella

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Every time I visit Rome, I go to my favorite place (Vicolo 88) for an absolutely delicious Spaghetti al Vongole. In my mission to find it in Beirut, it’s at Marinella that I discovered one very close to the taste I never forget. The interior is refreshing and the changing menu gives you the certainty that their ingredients are freshly picked. The presentation of their dishes is lovely and the waiters are friendly and professional.

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#4 La Traviata

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La Traviata doesn’t serve pizza but they sure make it up by serving the freshest pasta dishes in town. If I’m looking for a place to have a calm, relaxing lunch or dinner with a good dish of traditional pasta, this is the place I think of. They also have generous service, offering bites and nibbles before your order comes through, and great knowledge about Italian wine. Oh, and no ketchup allowed! Their carbonara, tiramisu and most importantly their tortellini al cioccolato are a must-try.

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#5 Cucina – Downtown

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The best thing about Cucina is its location. Located in the most modern and trendy part of Beirut, it’s a good place for hip lunches in the sun and dinners. The staff is welcoming and friendly. Their appetizers and risottos are a good choice followed by pain perdu for dessert, which is worth a try. I’m heading there for a friend’s birthday tonight to enjoy a nice setting for this special occasion rather than the relatively average food.

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#6 Al Dente Restaurante – Hotel Albergo

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Al Dente’s risottos are a must-try as well as their desserts. This hidden place gives a feel of authentic old Italy mixed with a refined character. Their appetizers include the famous Melanzane gratinate alla Parmigiana and Mozzarella di Buffala which is one of my favorite mozzarellas. It’s an excellent place for a special occasion.

#7 Dottore L’antica Pizzeria

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Dottore is the type of place where you go for comfort food and good wine. Burrowed in one of Hamra’s inner streets, it’s the perfect place to spend a cozy night with a few friends. All you need is their wooden-oven baked pizzas, the spinach crepe and really good Italian wine that the staff will perfectly recommend, and you’re set for a great night.

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#8 Mario e Mario

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Nestled in one of the inside streets of Mar Mikhael, Mario e Mario offers a very special menu. Get ready to taste dishes you haven’t before, as this fine-dining Italian knows how to use fresh ingredients and transform them into a beautiful and innovative dish. The place is charming and romantic and the table is set with special little touches. I also love the use of fresh ingredients in all of their dishes. You’ll also be very happy with their famous olive oil and bread served before your main order.

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#9 La Posta

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If you’re planning on booking a night out at La Posta, make sure you ask to be seated outside. The staff shows gusto for Italian food, and their pizza is not too thick or too thin. Their portions are generous but you can be sure you’ll get a refined presentation. Go for a seafood linguine with a nice wine or head there for Saturday brunch with friends or family.

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#10 L’Osteria

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If you’ve been to Italy, you must be familiar with the Aperitivo concept. L’Osteria is one of the rare Italians in Beirut that master the Spritz and its accompaniments. Their dishes are also appetizing and typically Italian. You can head there around 7 pm for a fresh Spritz and a cheese/cold cuts platter. They also serve homey dishes that will satisfy your tasty Italian food cravings.

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International Burger Day: Burgers To Try with Fadsfood

This week, Fadsfood’s picks are early and it’s all because of International Burger Day, which is officially on the 28th of May! To celebrate this famous food item served in millions of burger outlets, diners and international eateries, here’s a list of 13 mouthwatering burgers all around Lebanon for you to try. Check it out and please do add burgers you love that are not on the list.

13 Burgers to try on International Burger Day – Lebanon

Smoking Bun’s Classic

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One of the best #Burgers for less than 10$ #Smoking#Bun #Burger #Beirut #Tasty #Meat #Medium #Fries#fadsfood #fastfood #Streetfood #SmokingBun

Captain Davis’ Monster Swiss Cheese

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#Again #CaptainDavis #burger #monster#swisscheese #crispyfries #Lunchbreak #Friday#Sinelfil #Soft #Tasty #Clean #Beirut #fadsfood #food@captaindavis14

Captain Davis’ Triple B

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Tripple B at #CaptainDavis new #Burger place in#Beirut #MustTry

Always Zahle’s Classic

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#Basic #Hamburger #Always #FastFood #Lebanon#Zahle

Always Zahle’s Cheeseburger

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#CheeseBurger #Always the #Vintage #FastFood#Lebanon #Zahle

 Burger Bites’ Classic Cheese, Mozzarella, Jalapeño and Le Brie

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Very Tasty #Burger at #BurgerBites #Beirut #Monot#MustTry #Food #Fadsfood

Casper and Gambini’s mini burgers

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Three tastes of #MiniBurgers @casperandgambinis#Burger #Beirut #Dinner #Fadsfood

Classic Burger Joint’s Chicken mozzarella burger

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To be fair.. Nothing beats @classicbrgr !! It is the#tastiest #Burger #Chicken #Mozzarella #Burger in#Beirut #Food #Lunch

Dar Bistro’s mini halloumi burgers

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#Halloumi #Burger @darbistro #mustTry #hamra#beirut

Marky’s Philly Joint’s Juicy Lucy

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It was a Perfect combination #Lunch: #JuicyLucy@markysphillyjoint #Burger & #BurgerKing#FrenchFries #Food #Beirut

MJ’s Burger’s Special of the month

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MJ’s #burger full of #flavors #pink #angus #beef#bellpepper #bluecheese #eggplant #marmkhayel#mjsburger #beirut

Roadster Diner’s BBQ Bacon’in

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#RdBBQbaconin #Tastiest #Burger in #Beirut

Roadster Diner’s Cheese At Heart

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#CheeseAtHeart #Burger #Chips #Cheese #Roadster#nofilter @roadsterdiner

Can’t wait to hear about your favorite burgers!

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Fadsfood’s Weekly Picks: Hummus Where The Heart Is

Never eat alone. Always share what you eat. There is no bigger pleasure in life than giving.

– Fadsfood

This week, Fadsfood’s picks are all about the main bowl of chickpeas on any table in Lebanese restaurants: Hummus! Here are three delicious ways Hummus is presented in three great restaurants in Beirut 😉 Check it out and follow him on instagram for mouthwatering pictures and food inspiration: @fadsfood.

Here are this week’s Hummus picks

Sporting Beach Club – Beirut, Lebanon

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#Vintage #Winter #Sunday #Lunch #Tabbouleh#Sporting #Beirut #Lebanon #Food #Fadsfood

Onno Bistro – Badaro, Lebanon

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Definitely One of the tastiest #Hommos at @onno.bistro#badaro #beirut .. I think the secret is #Almond#Lebanesefood #food #fadsfood #lebanesefoodies

Mhanna – Zahle, Lebanon

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#Mhanna #Zahle #Berdawni

How do you like your hummus?

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Fadsfood’s Weekly Picks: Fries, Three Ways

Never eat alone. Always share what you eat. There is no bigger pleasure in life than giving.

– Fadsfood

This week, Fadsfood’s picks are all about our favorite dish – fries! We propose three ways of having them 😉 Check it out and follow him on instagram for mouthwatering pictures and food inspiration: @fadsfood.

Here are this week’s Fries picks

At MJ’s Burger – Rosemary fries

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Very tasty #rosemary #fries #beer #mustard#mjsburger #burger #marmkhayel #beirut #fadsfood

At Roadster Diner – Fries & Cheddar, of course

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Saturday late #lunch #traditions … back to basics …#fries & #cheddar at @roadsterdiner #roadster #diner#beirut #lebanon

At the beach, in their box! – Sporting Beach Club Beirut

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#beirut #vintage #friesbox #box #frenchfries #sporting#sportingclub

Frie-lover are you? 😉

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Take A Hike – A Day in the Kadisha Valley

When it comes to exercise, the farther I can get from a gym, the better. I prefer the type of exercise where you don’t really feel you’re having it and count the minutes until it is considered enough. So let’s say that whenever I can, I consider nature to be my gym. Hikes are one of my favorite things to do on a weekend or even on a trip. I’ve also noticed it kind of restarts my brain and gives me more energy to think and start my week afresh. Not to go into too many details, I highly recommend a good hike to reduce your anxiety and stress, to boost your immunity, to give you energy, to make you more productive and help you concentrate.

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In Lebanon, we are spoiled with beautiful places to hike, and they’re all two hours away or less from Beirut. We spent the last two weekends hiking so today I’m sharing one of those days in the Kadisha Valley for inspiration.

The Kadisha Valley, located in Bcharre (click here for the map), is full of important Lebanese history (you can read more about it here). It was my second time hiking there and we spent approximately 6 hours walking down the valley and up again, passing by the Qannoubine monastery. Since it’s the end of winter and the snow is melting, it’s the best time to hike there as you get to see waterfalls and enjoy the perfect weather for hiking. The greenery is also impressive and striking.

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After a long tiring but fun hike, we headed to one of the most popular restaurants in the region, situated in Ehden, called Fardaous (meaning ‘paradise’ 🙂 ). The food was delicious – my opinion here being biased because of extreme hunger 😉 and the view was just perfect.

Here are some photos of the hike for you to get inspired.

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Don’t forget to stock up on snacks for energy as well as water to keep hydrated and to protect your muscles from cramps that can last days. Our favorite snacks when we go hiking are raw nuts, dried fruits, bananas and coconut bars. Jean has developed the pattern of having a Snickers before the hike, because you’re not you when you’re hungry 😉

Also, if you want to learn more about the region and get a guide who knows all the hiking ways well, you can contact a great guy called Jhonny Bou Ghosn on this number: +961 (3) 290 571

Who here is a fan of hiking? And where do you go? I’d love to know!

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April Foodie Book: Around The World in 120 Recipes

There is no question about traveling the world being one of the ultimate forms of wealth in life. Having the chance to explore new countries and new cultures has become a need more than a luxury for our generation. Being a foodie makes it a thousand times more exciting and interesting, especially when you’re open to trying new flavors and spices and if unknown ingredients are not scary to you. A foodie traveler counts food as sights not to miss and eating it as an experience not to miss. Lists and lists of places to eat and street food to try are made and inserted into bucket lists, then followed to the letter. We then bring this richness back home as we try to reproduce those dishes that made our eyes shine and body content.

“I haven’t been everywhere, but it’s on my list”. Meanwhile, my sister gave us this beautiful gift at Christmas for us to explore the world from our kitchen.

Around The World in 120 Recipes, by Allegra McEvedy

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From a simple Peanut Butter Shake recipe, to the one of a Rabbit Lasagne, all the way to a Snail and Spinach Quiche, this book will give you everything from all tastes and cultures. If you have foodie and traveler in your blood, buy it now!

Carted around countries as a child with her historian father, Allegra McEvedy was encouraged to keep a diary, but it was clear before the age of ten that her daily descriptions contained only passing references to the cornucopia of culture she’d seen that day. Writing instead about the aspect of the holiday that interested her, she became fascinated by all the new foods she was seeing and eating. Years went by and what were once just diaries became her Food Diaries, a travelling chef’s notes of ingredients, dishes and all things cooking-related that made her eyes shine with excitement. Around the World in 120 Recipes is a cookbook like no other. Full of recipes for Allegra’s favourite meals eaten over nearly a quarter of a century of travelling, tasting and scribbling, this is a first-hand experience of the dishes she has enjoyed all over the world – from West Coast Ricotta Cake in San Francisco to Seafood Stew in Salvador, Slow-cooked Lamb in Marrakech to Artichokes with Polenta in Milan.

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Here are some pages from the book that will make you want to get it right away. It comes with a handwritten message in the first pages and contains facts about every region’s food and cooking. I also found the introduction brilliant!

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Designer Eats – The Netherlands Part II: Termarsch & Co in Rotterdam

After Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen experience, Maria and her sister take us to one of the best burger places in Rotterdam.

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Here is part two of Maria’s foodie journey through the Netherlands and it takes place at Termarsch & Co., Rotterdam.

After a long visit to museums, we were starving. While walking in the Witt de Withstraat neighborhood in Rotterdam, we randomly stopped at a Burger Place that grabbed our attention. The street, usually much busier and artsy, was more or less calm on an early Tuesday afternoon.

The place looked cool from the outside, and since I am a huge burger lover, I could not convince myself of not going in to try a burger in a country famous for its international cuisine!

Once in, the freezer above the mezzanine grabbed my attention. I guess this is where they store meat! It was actually cool, I’d definitely save this idea!

We got the menu which was fully in dutch so the waiter told us about each burger, giving an additional tip regarding the burger I chose, the Lady Burger: It won the 2015 Best Burger Prize in the Netherlands. Its description in the menu read:

Scottish Angus Beef en Japans Wagyu, met lakjus van wintertruffel, jonge sla, augurk, pruimtomaat, Spaanse ui, boerenkaas en Ter Marsch saus. 

Translation: Scottish Angus Beef and Japanese Wagyu, with lakjus winter truffle, young lettuce, pickles, plum tomato, red onion, farm and Ter Marsch sauce.

How could I not try it?

I did, and boy do I really not regret it! As soon as I held it in my hands, the juice came out. It was really delicious and one of the best burgers I’ve ever had, so were the fries and the homemade mayo with curry!

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I highly recommend it. If you have the chance to visit Rotterdam, make sure you stop by Termarsch & Co.

And if you’re not, what are you waiting for to plan your 2015 summer vacation? 😀

Anyone else craving a burger right now?! Thank you again Maria! 😉 


About Maria

As a conceptual designer and thinker, I always strive to develop ideas based on an original and unconventional approach.With a professional training in Product Design and Interior & Living Design, 
my practice has evolved throughout the past years by focusing on products, spaces and user experience design. This led me to develop a passion for interactive media and communication strategies, often influencing my teaching at the Lebanese American University.

When I found myself alone in Italy, I had to cook to survive and that’s how my love for cooking was born! 🙂

I perceive cooking as a meditation tool, but find satisfaction only after sharing the tasting experience with friends! Yes, my food is yummy and you should try it!

I like to explore cooking with colors, textures, forms and emotions, I mix them up intuitively so it’s always hard to write an accurate recipe with exact quantities! What matters though is the look (for dreaming)… then the taste (for feeling)!

Happy eating!

You can follow her on twitter and instagram (both accounts are @mariawanted).

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