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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! 😀

Places, Places, Travel 4 comments on 20 Things About Paris

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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Fadsfood, Places, Places 2 comments on International Burger Day: Burgers To Try with Fadsfood

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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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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Fadsfood’s Weekly Picks: Eating Misconduct

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

– Fadsfood

This week, Fadsfood’s picks are sweet and lip-smacking. These three heavenly desserts are made for those happy cheat days! Check it out and follow him on instagram for mouthwatering pictures and food inspiration: @fadsfood.

Here are this week’s Heavenly Desserts Picks

Joz Lebanese Diner – Antelias, Lebanon

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#osmalliya #Dessert #Joz @jozlebanesediner #food#fadsfood #Lebanon

Pâte à Choux – Beirut, Lebanon

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Back to #dessert after a long stop! #Bahamas from Pâte à Choux #Pateachoux #Ashrafieh #Beirut#fadsfood

Babel Sur Mer – Dbayeh, Lebanon 

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Ok it doesn’t look good… But the taste is crazy!#Dessert At #babelsurmer #Amchit #Lebanon#Fadsfood

What’s your favorite dessert? Tell us in the comments! 😉

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Designer Eats – The Netherlands Part I: Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen in Amsterdam

The thing is, I not only enjoy writing about what I do and what I cook, but I also love it when people I find very special write about what they cook and experience. One of the long-term goals of this blog is to make it a community where great people from different backgrounds share their cooking, travel, and lifestyle. So imagine the smile on my face when I got an email from Maria, our designer cook here on breadonbutter, telling me about her experience in two restaurants she visited in the Netherlands. She tells the story like any foodie would: with passion.

Here is part one of her experience with restaurants during her trip, and it takes place at Fifteen. I won’t say more and leave the floor to Maria.

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During my trip to the Netherlands last March, one of the main activities was to try a couple of restaurants!

One of them was the Fifteen restaurant founded by the famous Chef Jamie Oliver! If you’ve never heard of him, that’s his website: www.jamieoliver.com/

It took my sister and I a while to reach the place since it is not located in Central Amsterdam, but a few stops away from the Central Station, in a calm and new residential neighborhood. It was windy and dark, with just a few people walking through. But after quite some efforts we reached our destination, very discreet I must say!

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As we entered the place, we were greeted by friendly staff who took off our coats and seated us. We had a nice view on the kitchen, as well as on the Red ‘Fifteen’ graffiti that covers a long wall and the bar. It is a big restaurant, beautifully designed to make the customer rapidly feel at ease.

We got the menu along with delicious and crispy, yet soft bread and almost melting butter (Lynn, this is for you, I literally had butter with bread) and the waiter informed us about the options we had to chose from. There was a formula that consisted of 3, 4 or 5 dishes or we could freely select dishes à la carte from the Evening Menu.

We tried to guess why the restaurant’s name is Fifteen and concluded that it highlights the 15 items on the menu. Yes, we counted them!

Here are a couple of pictures I took with my phone. The plates looked better in reality, of course, they were actually very well-designed and the temperature was just right!

Overall, it was a nice experience. The service was slightly slow when it came to the main dish I must say and my only regret is that I did not manage to have any dessert as I was so full! I added it to my list for next time!

What we had from the menu:

Roasted and marinated vegetables / Dutch cheeses / cured meats

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Kataifi 

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Caramelized salsify / truffle / ‘messenklever’ / cauliflower in ‘beurre noisette’

Rose baked round of beef 

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Apple compote / ‘taste tartin’ van chicory                          

The kataifi looks so tempting. Thanks Maria! 🙂

Has anyone been to one of Jamie Oliver’s restaurants?


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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Onno: The Inspiring Story and The Great People Behind It

Two years ago, along with a group of friends, we came up with a tradition. Since not one of us is really into Valentine’s Day and the buzz around it, we decided to have dinner together on the 14th of February. Our first dinner was Armenian and delicious and the habit took off from there. It’s been two Valentine Armenian dinners. The very last one was at Onno. The initial plan was to head to the original one in Bourj Hammoud. But we then heard a new branch had opened its doors in Badaro so we booked our 20 (s)eaters’ table for the 14th of February. We now swear by this great and homey Armenian Bistrot.

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When I approached the managing team over at Onno to chat with them and Karnigue Nigolian (the original person behind it), they happily accepted. So today, I bring you their story and a small glimpse of the atmosphere and the characters behind this cozy and welcoming place.

I first sat with Saadi Hamady and was later joined by Karnigue (both owners of ONNO).

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Karnigue Nigolian (left) and Saadi Hamady (right)

Saadi first told me about his relationship with food. How he started in the food and beverage industry in the States in 1988, dealing with various domains such as dry food, groceries, delis, coffee shops, restaurants, and even airline catering. Then, like any Lebanese at heart, Saadi came back to Lebanon after spending 29 years in the States and opened up the very first fusion-cosmopolitan food places in Beirut called Cello. He quickly expanded his restaurant openings and other businesses related to the tourism industry.

His new baby is ONNO. The story is actually one of those coincidences (if they do exist) we love to hear about. Saadi’s plan for an evening out was to go fine-dine with friends somewhere upscale. But he wasn’t convinced that was the atmosphere he wanted and begged them to take him somewhere more relaxed with a proper glass of Arak. His friends, without hesitation, decided to take him to ONNO, this cozy little homey place in Bourj Hammoud where a nice glass of Arak was guaranteed. Right then and there, Saadi fell in love with the food and Karnigue’s personality, who made you eat as he pleases. He then absolutely wanted to take ONNO in his hands and expand it like it should be. Karnigue had been approached by many and had humbly refused. But Saadi managed to convince him. “I didn’t come as an investor who wanted to take. I came and told him we would work together hand in hand. We think alike a lot. Sometimes I think about something and then he comes and says it to me!” Saadi.

So a joint-venture was established and ONNO is now quickly expanding. They are open in Badaro and will be open in Hamra in June.

The Badaro branch was a great success for the ONNO team. They saw a great feedback from people who loved the food and the place.

Onno succeeded to attract the mass clientele, which was the biggest challenge. You can see people in their 60s and 70s but also in their 20s. This was basically the idea of opening up a bistro. It serves only one purpose: good food. “In our bistro, they only come to eat, not for the drinks or music, just the food.”

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For Saadi, it’s simple. It’s all due to their Bistro’s atmosphere, philosophy and values behind their work.

The values they follow are quite natural. According to Saadi, in all businesses and in anything we do, if there is no honesty about what you do, what you serve and give your clients, there is no success. To him, ethics are the most important thing in business. “We pick our ingredients, we have no shortcuts. The cost doesn’t matter because in the long-term, you are the winner”. “My value is my honesty.”

“I believe you are what u eat and food to me is very dear to my heart, I’ve been doing this for a long time so have good customer service, good products and value for money and then the people will come to you. It’s that simple.”

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One very important thing Saadi mentioned was the importance of the authenticity in the dishes one serves at his place.

“When I started working in Lebanon, I saw that if, let’s say we go out to eat penne arrabiatta, we notice the same taste in all of Lebanon even though it’s not a real arrabiatta. So people start thinking it is the real taste because not everyone knows the real taste. They all taste the same because it’s all the same ingredients. So this is where we said: let’s give them the real taste, the authentic taste and then let them decide if they like it or not. Give it as it is and let them decide. Every time you give something authentic, it will be liked.”

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Karnigue came to sit with us at this point. His first sentence was: “It was a dream. It was a dream to open a restaurant one day and make food for everyone.”

He went on saying he hadn’t learnt cooking in any school or institution, that his school was his home when he was younger, his mom and his grandma. But the most essential school of all is experience and love for food. Everything he learnt was from testing with his clients in his small homey restaurant in Bourj Hammoud.

“He sometimes surprises you with a dish you didn’t even order!” Saadi

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When asked why he chose ONNO, Saadi had a clear answer: “Because it’s one of the tastiest restaurants I’ve ever visited in my life and I’ve tasted a lot, everywhere. I remember the first bite I had there. This is why I chose ONNO, but also because you see something good, you want people to try it. It’s too bad if they don’t. ONNO has to be known. And I now have a belly donut.”

For Karnigue, the most important thing is to see the customer happy. “They’re happy, I’m happy. There was a couple outside just now, I said hello and gave them the menu. He asked if I was Onno, I asked how he knew, he said I speak differently. Always talk to the people.”

Onno is indeed a story. It is a story of partnership, chance and good authentic food that is just waiting to be shared with the world.

The menu is a work of 20-25 years of experience, trial and error. If you haven’t tried it yet, you must!

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Click here to watch a short video about Onno and to get an idea of the warm atmosphere and the people behind it. 🙂

Have you been to Onno? We’d love to know your thoughts!

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