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5 Things London: The most important meal of the week: Brunch!

If you’re faithful readers of this blog, you’ll know that half of my heart lives in London, the city of my childhood travels and last student year. What’s more, is that my sister’s been living there for the last three years so I’ve been visiting frequently. Inspiration strikes when I’m there and we constantly find loads of things worth sharing. So if you frequently visit London for work or to visit family and friends, here’s a series destined to give you a glimpse of the city through our eyes. 

As we’re getting ready to leave for London this afternoon, I’m looking forward to tomorrow morning: BRUNCH TIME! Here are 5 places for a great brunch in London.

There aren’t enough weekends in the year to try all the brunch places London has to offer. So picking 5 was a real struggle! Here are some places we went to recently and which should be enough to get you started on your London brunch journey.

1- Caravan Exmouth Market – An inventive menu with a cool interior. This is definitely one of the faves. Be prepared to queue though, as they don’t take reservations and have become really popular. Take advantage of the cute street that is Exmouth market to have a coffee in a cute coffeeshop.
2- Pavillion Cafe – Located in Victoria Park by the boating lake, this place is truly magical on a sunny day. Go early and be prepared to sit outside! Eggs and avocado on sourdough toast is the kind of simple and delicious option you’ll find on the menu. You’ll be able to burn off the calories with a walk in the park or along the canal afterwards.
3- Rawduck – Simple seasonal cooking in a casual setting close to London fields. Perfect for an east London kind of day.
4- The Tabe Cafe – A slick and bright cafe close to the South Bank (minutes away from the Tate Modern). All you need to know is that they serve pancakes with crispy bacon. ‘Nough said.
5- Greenberry Cafe – Eggscellent for a day up in Primrose hill ;). The English Breakfast in this place was honestly the best I’ve ever tasted. It’s not hard to get it right but these guys just massively exceeded eggspectations!
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5 Things London : Places to grab a quick & cheap(ish) lunch in Soho/Covent Garden

If you’re faithful readers of this blog, you’ll know that half of my heart lives in London, the city of my childhood travels and last student year. What’s more, is that my sister’s been living there for the last three years so I’ve been visiting frequently. Inspiration strikes when I’m there and we constantly find loads of things worth sharing. So if you frequently visit London for work or to visit family and friends, here’s a series destined to give you a glimpse of the city through our eyes. 

This week, it’s all about workweek lunch. Here are 5 places to grab a quick lunch in Soho/Covent Garden.

Grabbing a cheap and delicious lunch in soho / covent garden can be a bit of a struggle when you’re indecisive and looking for a good value and satisfying meal. The overwhelming choices and the fear of falling into a tourist trap can be paralysing (too dramatic?) next thing you know, it’s 2 pm and you still haven’t decided where to eat!
After months of exploring, we bring you 5 great places to eat a cheap (ish) and exciting lunch:

Koshari st (A small Egyptian shop on St Martin’s Lane which serves only a couple of dishes – perfect for a filling and cheap meal. Try the hot sauce which is not killer hot and will add flavour to your dish!)
Wellbeing kitchen (A low budget korean cafe in covent garden which serves a number of Korean favourites for a surprisingly low price. The chicken katsu curry is one of the best we’ve ever had. The free miso soup that comes with almost every meal is a real treat.)
Smack lobster (A small cafe style space on Dean street that serves a variety of lobster rolls and lobster chowder. The seven samurai lobster roll is a must. The buttery soft but slightly crunchy bun is heavenly)
Pepe (An all time favorite, also on St Martin’s Lane, serves a variety of italian food. Get a box with a combination of two different pastas and thank us later. Unless you’re on a diet, then we’re really sorry)
Tobiko (Although slightly on the more expensive side, this small sushi shop on Garrick street is well worth it. Their hand rolls are honestly the best, with a proper crispy seaweed wrap – as it should be! The crab and avocado hand roll is so good you’ll feel a bit sad when it’s over.)
Bon appetit!

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A Weekend in Tripoli

When we need an escape from our routine and a change of scenery, we immediately plan a trip to explore a new country. Yet, we more often than not stop right in the middle of that booking because we think twice about the budget.

What we rarely think of is a weekend away in our own country that has many places left to explore. Places you never thought existed a few kilometers away.

Last weekend, the lovely people of Via Mina Hotel in Tripoli, invited us over for a relaxing stay. Believe me when I tell you I woke up on Sunday morning not sure of where in the world I was. The old souks of Tripoli are the miniature reproduction of Istanbul’s Grand Bazaar. The pubs we visited at night were the reflection of Rome’s laid-back Trastevere. The streets around Al Mina region resemble the Old Croatian towns. This can give you a clear picture of the mixed feelings you get during your two-day stay.

That weekend was a huge eye-opener on the possibility of things to do in Lebanon. Here’s what you can do during a weekend in Tripoli.

Where to Stay:

Via Mina Hotel. This refreshing and cozy Bed & Breakfast is all you need to relax and unwind away from work and busy Beirut. What was an old inhabited house became the coziest place to stay. Just that smell of organic green tea soap gives your mind peace the entire time.

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What to do:

Visit the souks in the center of Tripoli. You’ll get the same experience as visiting the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul if you’ve been. Make sure you go to “Khan el Saboun” (i.e. the soap market), where you’ll find loads of organic soaps.

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Take a walk along the Mina. If you’re staying at the Via Mina Hotel, the Mina is a three-minute walk away. If you’re an early riser, you can visit the fish market  where people place bids on the freshest fish. You can also walk around the Mino area in the morning and witness fresh bread-making, live foul and hommos cooking and a joyful atmosphere.

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In the evening, there are pubs two minutes away from the hotel. Timmy’s is one of the crowdiest. Its architecture is also something you don’t see every day.

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If you’re craving for a nice seafood meal, Borj El Samak (which is right next to Via Mina) is a good choice.

Lately, I’ve been pessimistic about Lebanon and long to travel the world.  The most important lesson I learnt that weekend is to never make up your mind about something before you experience it yourself. We all have our made-up ideas about certain places and it’s easy to get influenced by the media, our parents’ anxieties, and even our own stubbornness.  But I promise myself, here and now, to be more positive and appreciate what we have.

Thoughts? 🙂

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3 Days in Morocco

Our wanderlust levels have been kind of fine lately, what with the business of Christmas and the new house. Then again, like any chronic condition humans have, it has strike again. My sister Mia went to Morocco not long ago and she succeeded in awakening the wanderlust beast in me again. Here’s a summary of her trip.

If you’re planning a short three-day trip to Morocco, the best itinerary would include Marrakesh and its surroundings. The ideal would be to book a nice atypical hotel in Marrakesh and visit the surroundings based from there.

Where to stay

La maison des oliviers is a small oasis of peace full of flowers and a nice pool located along a rural road just outside of Marrakesh. The house is called a “riad” which means a big villa surrounded by a wall. It’s a traditional house with passages and lots of beautifully-designed common areas and a traditional Moroccan decor. The pool is amazing, surrounded by flowers and  a bar area. The weather was beautiful in December (23-25 degrees celsius during the day and 7-10 degrees celsius at night).

What to do, what to see and where to eat

Jemaa el fna.

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Do that twice: once during the day and once at night because the square transforms into two different scenes.

During the day, you’ll see snake charmers and henne tattoo women, monkeys (not dangerous), orange juice stands (a must-try), merchants, and other exotic sights. Make sure you have an ice coffee or mint tea at one of the terraces overlooking the square (Les Terrasses de l’Alhambra is recommended by Lonely Planet and tried by us).

During the night, it transforms into a street food paradise with grilling smoke everywhere, lanterns and tents with benches to sit, and barbecues to grill a million things. You’ll often see huge trays of tea with all kinds of spices in a huge barrel, and mountains of weird-looking chocolate cakes.

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Souks of el medina.

That’s the place where you’ll find lots of merchants for all your needs. You’ll see olive merchants selling succulent olives that you mus try. In the spice market, they sell spices and oils, chameleons and water turtles. There, you have to eat at Cafe des Epices or on the other side of the square at NOMAD, a very cool and trendy restaurant with a nice authentic view and a really cool terrace. Book yourself a table in the evening, cover yourself with a cape because it gets cold at night, and have a lamb Tagine – delicious!

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For leather lovers, you can visit Les Tanneries where they make leather goods.

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Jardin Majorelle.

It’s a huge garden where the artist Majorelle planted all types of green from all over the world. He bought this house and made it his Art studio and grew exotic plants. Later on, Yves Saint Laurent renovated it and lived in that house which, when the great couturier died, became the Yves Saint Laurent memorial. In the Jardin, there’s the Berberian museum that is quite interesting if you have the time to visit. You can find cool Yves Saint Laurent postal cards at the museum shop. Jardin Majorelle is like a paradise in the middle of Moroccan chaos.

You can also grab a bite at the restaurant (taste the kefta, tomato and egg tagine, it’s to die for).

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Camel ride.

When at the Medina, book a camel ride in any little shop that organizes them. They’ll come and get you from your hotel and take you for an hour ride on a camel.

Tourism

Madrasa.

You can visit the largest Islamic college in Morocco to get a sense of the culture and heritage. Tile lovers, get ready to be amazed.

Koutoubia Mosque.

The largest mosque in Marrakesh.

Bahia Palace.

A Palace built in the late 19th century with a set of gardens.

La Mamounia.

The most luxurious hotel in Marrakesh is definitely worth a visit.

Day Trip

Essouira is a three-hour car-ride away from Marrakesh. When you get there, you absolutely must get a surf lesson then head to the port where you’ll find a fresh fish market. Instead of going to a restaurant, choose your own fish from the market then head to a small stand where they will grill it and give it to you with bread and salad. You’ll end up with a perfect and very affordable lunch! You can book this day trip with the same guide who took you for a camel ride.

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Relax

Enjoy the pool and the hammam at your hotel when you find the time!

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 Have you ever been? Anything we might have missed?

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A Must-Read Travel Book

Most people view travel as a luxury. They only wait until they’ve saved extra money or secured someone to babysit their child to book a ticket and fly off to see a new part of this world. You may be revolted by the fact that I think travel is always possible – within limits, of course. For my part, I try to squeeze in a trip any chance I get as I truly believe travel is an experience worth investing in. It helps you broaden your perspective, de-dramatize otherwise catastrophic situations and understand (or should I say accept) people’s behavior better.

I believe my sister Mia gives the most inspiring gifts. Last Christmas, she gave Jean that awesome book that marked me from page one. To quote a part of the intro:

We’ve all seen the bottom of a cup-o-noodle, more than once. So how can you afford to travel? By redefining travel to be more about hostels and street food and less about resorts and cruises, the biggest initial expense then comes down to that first flight out of the country.

I’d love to know your thoughts about this! In your opinion, is travel a luxury or a necessity?

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Lake District – Windermere: What To Do and See

On my last trip to London, my sister and I decided to take a few days off from the city and go see something new in England. My mom was there with us as we hopped on a three-hour train to the Lake District. I was looking forward to a calm weekend in the British countryside, away from the city rush. Having lived in a small British town before, I missed that fresh air and tranquil rhythm. I was excited for a weekend of walking in nature, fresh scenery and local food.The Lake District is a mountainous region in the county of Cumbria in North West England. Cumbria is home to the highest mountain of England (Scafell Pike), as well as its largest natural lake: Windermere – which is where we spent our weekend. Lake District is famous for its lakes, forests and mountains, so we were in for a treat! We returned to London full of energy and a clear mind.

A weekend at Lake District, England

After checking in, put on your comfortable shoes and start walking around town. It is the friendliest place I’ve been to recently. Shops, cafés, restaurants, and bars are all close to each other. When you walk a bit further down, you get to the lake where you can enjoy an amazing scenery and relax.

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What to do:

Walk to Bowness on Windermere (i.e. the lake), enjoy the scenery along the way and book your seat on a boat tour for amazing scenery and a bit of History.

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The second walk should be on a path only locals are familiar with. We were told how to get to the path and walked down to another side of the lake. It has officially become my happy place.

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On your third walk, which should be done close to sunset, walk up one the hills and get ready for the most beautiful view you’ll ever see.

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If you’re a fan of books and literature, Beatrix Potter’s museum is a must-visit. There, you’ll find Peter Rabbit and learn more about the great author’s life.

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Where to Eat + Drink:

We didn’t try all of Windermere’s restaurants and cafés, but I can tell you some of our favorites:

Wild & co. for an amazing sandwich and a great atmosphere

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Francine’s for a cozy and warm dinner

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Little Chippy for a nice Fish n’ Chips on the go

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Homeground Coffee & Kitchen for the most relaxing afternoon tea or coffee, with a scone on the side of course!

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This weekend will forever stay one of the happiest memories of my life. Also, I always read about finding your happy place for you to be able to go back to it in your mind whenever times are tough, and I can safely say that I have found it.

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If you live in London or if you’re visiting soon, I suggest you book your train tickets and head there for a break 🙂 

Have you ever been to the Lake District?

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20 things about Beirut

Let’s start with what’s important. I love my country, despite its flaws. I chose to live here and no one forced me to do so. I love its warmth, its people and everything truly feels like home. I won’t lie; there are times all I wish for is to pack my bags and move to a better place. Today is supposed to be one of those times, but it isn’t. I admit here and now that I’m confused. I’m scared of more rain – where instead of embracing the smell of the earth, we’ll be fighting for breath, I’m scared of History of diseases repeating itself, I’m scared of oh-so-many things but I’ll be fighting anxiety today, tomorrow and as long as it takes for us to retrieve even a tiny bit of our dignity. It is no longer a choice. Amidst the horror of what is going on, I still have hope for a better future. Some may think it is naïve, I think it is a start. We owe it to our ancestors whose Lebanon was heaven on earth, we owe it to ourselves whose Lebanon is too hard to let go, we owe it to our children whose Lebanon should be the best place to be.

To remind everyone why we’ll keep on fighting, and in light of this article, here are 20 things about Beirut.

1) How everything seems to function against all odds – yes, we do have uber, online shopping and food delivery at all times.

2) The familiarity – most of the time, people are willing to help, smile and ask about your day.

3) How the trends blend in with the old – the Mar Mikhael and Gemmayze neighborhoods are the perfect examples.


4) The sunsets.


5) Life at night – where all the city lights are on, people are out and it smells like happiness.

6) Cab drivers (although not all of them) – they have the best stories.

7) The kaak and corn vendors.

8) The smell of thyme in the morning.

9) The easy access to the sea.


10) The variety of restaurants.

11) The constant festivals and fairs.

12) Music Hall.


13) Jogging at Waterfront.

14) How you can escape the city within the city.

15) The wide choice of things to do – you can go have coffee, take a cooking class, have dinner by the sea or happy hour drinks, there’s always somewhere to go and someone to see.

16) The vegetable/fruit shops on every corner.

17) The rooftops.

18) The view on the giraffes at the port.

19) The coffeeshops, pubs and other warm and familiar places – to mention a few: urbanista, dar bistro, papercup, bar tartine, kayan, Vintage shop (and their wine tasting), Paul gemmayze, st. elmo’s, Moto, sporting beach club, and so many more.

20) Eternal Hope.

People who live in Beirut, and those of you who have visited, it would be awesome if you could post in the comment section below one thing you love about this city! That way, we can look at the full part of the glass 😉

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September Bucket List

I started off the month of august full of motivation and positivism, but I must admit, despite me being a generally positive person, it was the hardest month yet in 2015. Not only was the weather extremely not helpful, but sadly, our country is in the worst state it could ever be. We’ve been fighting for it in any way we can, but I still hope it will all magically disappear (please don’t judge me, I’m not that naive) and we’ll be able to really enjoy the smell of the first rain. August flew by really fast, so I’ll be keeping my previous bucket list and adding the following to it:

  1. Discover new things in London. I’m leaving for London town at the end of the month and I’m planning on uncovering new cool places, so I’ll keep you posted!
  2. Be more organized in terms of time management skills. I’m surely getting better but I’m working to achieve the best ever level of organization.
  3. Online photography classes. I’ve registered to a new course so I’ll keep you posted on its quality and the things I learn.
  4. Hike. I miss the smell of nature and the feeling you get after a long walk in the forest.
  5. Enjoy the great mountain weather in September.
  6. Go camping. We’re going in 2 weeks and I just can’t wait!
  7. Experiment with sweet potatoes. I’ve been spotting a whole lot of sweet potato recipes lately and I’m hoping to try a few.
  8. Remove artificial sugar from my life and vocabulary (except on birthdays and some afternoon teas 😉 )
  9. Start reading again. I haven’t read a page of my book in August so I’d better get back to my favorite activity.
  10. Care less – about being late, about pleasing everyone. It’s simply not possible.
  11. Be patient – exercise patience and meditation.
  12. Stop bookmarking articles and read them on the spot.
  13. Make the most of Food Blogger Connect – so excited!
  14. Go back to healthy.

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A Severe Case of Wanderlust: 7 Destinations On My List

With the horror that is Lebanese Summer, and to top my case of chronic wanderlust, I was invited on the set of B Beirut to talk about popular destinations and my travel experience (you can check it here). All of the above combined, led to me feeling wanderlust-ier than ever. I’ll be in London end of September, but I’m also longing for new and exotic destinations. Please do not conclude that I am spoiled, but I am just obsessed with planes and the great places of this world.

Because Breadonbutter is the place where I pour all of my feelings when it comes to the things I love the most in this world, I thought I’d share with you the 7 destinations on my mind today.

1) Morocco. I don’t know if it’s the colors, the oriental yet modern feel, or the people I’ve recently met from there, but I’m dying to walk in old souks and dive into their culture, then eat a nice tagine after a great spa treatment.

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2) Australia. It is a dream to visit the land down unda’; Walk around and sniff the local food places, put my feet in the ocean and enjoy life the other way round.

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3) Brazil and all of Latin America. I would backpack through this continent for a month. I can just picture all the colors in my mind.

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4) Cape Town. Harbors have always fascinated me, and I can’t wait to be standing there. I am also curious about the people and their culture. It must be interesting to have lived all that History and making something out of it.

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5) The Philippines. I was told enough stories about this country to want to pack my bags and leave right this moment.

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6) Bali. It might sound cliché as a destination, but what I have in mind is quite different than the normal tourist’s itinerary. My friend Loufi went there backpacking and said it was something out of this world.

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7) Japan. If you’re a frequent reader of this blog, you must know by now I might have been of Japanese origin in another life. I long to smell the natural wood and live the simple and clean life the Japanese live.

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I’d LOVE to hear about your wanderlust case! Which destination is on your mind lately?

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Places, Travel 1 comment on A Weekend in Batroun: 10 Things To Do In The Region

A Weekend in Batroun: 10 Things To Do In The Region

Sunny weekends are still ahead of us and we’re all looking for creative things to do. One of my favorite places in Lebanon is Batroun. The beautiful scenery brings you back refreshed and ready for another busy week after the weekend. There are so many things to do there other than lying on the rocks and soaking up the sun. Be it during summer or on sunny winter weekends, Batroun and its surroundings is a great destination for all kinds of activities.

Here are some ideas around the region for weekends ahead. There’s a little bit of everything for everyone!

When I say Batroun, I’m also talking about its surrounding towns, like Tannourine, Chekka, Anfeh, Douma and others. So here goes:

1- Tannourine: Start with an early morning hike in the beautiful reserve. The Tannourine forest is actually the biggest one. It starts in the Batroun casa and ends in the Bechareh casa.

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2- Saydet el nourieh: On your way down from Tannourine to the beach, pass by Saydet el Nouriyyeh for a spiritual hour and a breathtaking view on the shore.

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3- Make sure to pass by ‘Helmeh’ for a nice and refreshing lemonade!

4- Visit Batroun’s old town, it’s beautiful and untouched.

5- You can now go lie down on the rocks and take a dip in the sea. There’s a lot of choice when it comes to which beach you can go to. You can choose between Bonita Bay, White Beach, and Pierre and Friends, or go to Joining beach or Dany’s Bar for a less mainstream experience and great fish.

6- Make sure you stay there till sunset, you won’t regret it a single minute. Those places are great for those who love fishing as well.

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7- If you choose to sleep and spend the weekend there, two of the best places I’ve been to are Beit el Batroun and Mayouli. Beit el Batroun is simply the loveliest and most relaxing place. Mayouli is a bit different than Beit el Batroun as it’s more of an ecological place, with the freedom to have barbecues in a corner of the garden.

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8- Go up to one of Batroun’s vineyards the next day for some wine tasting. Ixsir has the most magical setting, and Aurora is another great choice.

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9- Have a late BBQ lunch on the rocks. You can find a lot of public beaches with clear blue water and settle there.

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10- For a nice late afternoon drink, try Colonel Beer. The setting is relaxed and the beer is excellent!

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There you go! A perfect weekend in Batroun 🙂 I’d love to hear about your suggestions!

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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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