Places 12 comments on The Top 5 Coffee Shops to Work in Beirut

The Top 5 Coffee Shops to Work in Beirut

We live in a world where freelancing is becoming the trend, where bloggers are increasing and where meetings take place in trendy places instead of a standard office. Coffee shops are thus the place to be. A few days ago, I got a message from a friend asking us where he could go sit and work calmly with fast wifi and a nice cup of coffee. That’s when it dawned on me that I only knew about 2 places – the ones I visit all the time. But there surely had to be others. So I kept digging in my head and came up with those 5 places I think are the top to go work in.

Breadonbutter’s Top 5 Coffee shops to work in Beirut

Urbanista – Gemmayzé

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Photo taken from their website

The interior of the place is already enough to make you productive and creative. It’s really a coffee shop/library where you can spend the day working, eating and meeting people.

L’Appartement Beirut – Sioufi, Ashrafieh

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Photo taken from the Daily Star

This is a calmer place to work for days when you really have to concentrate. This charming appartment turned coffee shop/drinks/art showcasing place is welcoming and warmly decorated.

Dar Bistrot and Books – Clémenceau, Hamra

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Photo taken by tripadvisor.com

I like to go work at Dar on mornings just because of their excellent breakfast. If the weather is not too hot, their garden can be used as your inspirational place. Book lovers, prepare to rejoice.

Balima – Saifi Village

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photo taken by zomato.com

A quiet place in the midst of the city, surrounded by painting-like architecture will sure spruce up your creativity. A nice tea pot and your laptop will suffice.

Papercup – Mar Mikhael

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Papercup has no wifi but you can take it as good news and go there to quietly work offline, surrounded by books. Order a latte and a piece of their daily cake and you’re all set! You can read all about the place on this link.

 Where do you work? Any additional recommendation? 

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Things To Do, Travel, Weekend 0 comments on A Day in Byblos

A Day in Byblos

Every single time I visit Byblos, I conclude it’s one of my favorite places in Lebanon. Just knowing I’ll be spending a day or weekend in this lovely city makes me smile. I go there quite often and at any time of year. See, what’s great about this city is that it’s beautiful during all seasons.

In winter, a walk in the fresh and crisp winter air after lunch or right before dinner is the most favorable pick-me-up. Head up the beautiful alley from the main port and take a walk around the old Souk, then sit down for a cuppa’ in one the local coffee shops.

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byblos | breadonbutter

Head to the Byblos Citadel and absorb its architecture. You can then hurry to Byblos Sur Mer, the loveliest hotel, for a nice and cozy dinner by the chimney. You can even spend the night there in one of their charming rooms with the fluffiest bed ever.

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Byblos Sur Mer is not only a hotel. You can have lunch or dinner at Tournesol, their indoor restaurant during wintertime and relax by the chimney. Instead of getting a snowy view, you get to admire the sea during winter, which I’ve always found fascinating. We did exactly that 2 weeks ago and got a long reinvigorating weekend. We felt warm, relaxed and ready to face our busy lives again.

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View from Byblos Sur Mer

During Christmas time, you can also enjoy the decorations and one of the most beautiful Christmas trees in the world according to the Wall Street Journal. You can check the link here

In spring, you can do the same walk but also enjoy the flower market that takes place in the souk around March, and grab a chocolate crepe or frank’s hot dog for street food.

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Summer is also wonderful in Byblos, as you get to relax and have a delicious mezzeh and fish lunch by the sea at Dar el Azrak. Great fish, the smell of the sea, and then later on take a walk and watch the sunset right before heading to one of the concerts going on during Byblos Festival season. I will be sharing the festival calendar in due time.

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In fall, the weather gets cooler, you enjoy the end of summer without the heat and the crowd.

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Byblos Sur Mer is a really great hotel, where the staff is friendly, the interior is so cozy you’ll want to do the same at home, and the food is worthy. You get to enjoy the benefits of a hotel and yet feel like in a guesthouse, welcomed with open arms every time.

The excellent news is: Breadonbutter Readers, you get a discount at Byblos Sur Mer!

Whether it’s for lunch or dinner at Tournesol or Dar el Azrak, or even a night in, just use the code “BOB” to get your 15% discount. To benefit from this offer, all you have to do is email Mona Mounzer before heading there on mona.mounzer@byblossurmer.com for all reservations (don’t forget the code: BOB). The offer is valid till March 31rst, upon availability. 

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You can check their website on this link.

Don’t forget to tag @breadonbutter_ on social media when you’re there and snap a picture! 🙂

Opinion, Travel, Uncategorized 2 comments on Lebanese Wine Vanquishing The World

Lebanese Wine Vanquishing The World

Yesterday, an article about Lebanon came out in the Telegraph online. In it, Victoria Moore writes about how Lebanese wine is booming and calls her readers to try it.

During times when the Lebanese are famous for being porn stars, or when the only news we hear all day are the bad things happening around us, this is good news indeed!

The article basically depicts the Lebanese Wine production scene, mentioning the recently deceased Serge Hochar and nominating “two particular stars” : Domaine des Tourelles and Ixsir.

The last sentence says a lot:

It’s time to recognise the new Lebanon. The king is dead; long live the king.

You can read the article on this link.

I’d love to know your thoughts 🙂

Opinion 0 comments on How To Be Part Of The WAAAUB Cookbook Celebrating AUB’s 150 years

How To Be Part Of The WAAAUB Cookbook Celebrating AUB’s 150 years

  • Are you a foodie? Food editor? Recipe book collector?
  • Do you enjoy working on teams with common objectives?
  • Do you have a communications and/or marketing background?
  • Do you have proofing and/or editing expertise?
  • Are you computer savvy?

If you answered YES to any of these questions, this exciting opportunity is for you.

To join in the commemoration of AUB’s 150th anniversary in 2016, the WAAAUB Philadelphia/Delaware Valley Alumni Chapter is sponsoring the compilation of a WAAAUB Mediterranean Cuisine Cookbook.

In the last months of 2014, AUB Alumni received an email calling for their expertise and participation. When we saw the word “cookbook”, there wasn’t even a mere moment of hesitation, so yes Breadonbutter will be part of this really cool project!

The great thing about the WAAAUB Cookbook is that recipes will be submitted by AUB Alumni and friends. Recipe contributors will be encouraged to include their name, city and state/country for publication as well as a short introduction, age-old wisdom, or personal story behind the recipe.

The Cookbook will be available for sale in June 2016 worldwide, providing an opportunity to celebrate history, culture, tradition and a great cuisine.

Important Dates:

· Committees of Volunteers were formed in December 2014, but some committees still need help so there’s no harm in sending an email anyway!
· You can start submitting recipes as of now – the deadline being March 2015
· Cookbook available for sale June 2016

All further details can be viewed on this link.

Are you a member of AUB Alumni? Will you participate?

Places, Things To Do, Travel, Weekend 0 comments on Where to Cozy Up By The Fireplace This Winter

Where to Cozy Up By The Fireplace This Winter

Unlike last winter, this one promises to be cold and rainy. Unsurprisingly,  everyone seems happy about it. After all, we needed the water and we all miss going skiing on weekends and splurging on Fondue dinners at night in front of a cool fireplace. Over the years, we have explored a lot of cozy places with nice chimneys. So to give you ideas on what to do and where to go this winter, here’s a first list of some of the best fireplaces in town.

Lola – Bikfaya – Lebanon

Located in the heart of the mountains, Lola is a warm restaurant with a magnificent view that opens its doors in summer and winter. For spicy lovers, I strongly suggest their special spicy fondue. You won’t regret it!

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Fireplaces | Breadonbutter

Fireplaces | Breadonbutter

Byblos Sur Mer – Jbeil – Lebanon

This cozy hotel holds a special place in my heart as that’s where we got married a year ago. With a view over the great Byblos port, they also offer a comfy place to sit and relax by the chimney. Grab a book, order a nice hot cocoa and read the day away.

Fireplaces | Breadonbutter

Fireplaces | Breadonbutter

Fireplaces | Breadonbutter

Fireplaces | Breadonbutter

La Maison de la Forêt – Bkassine – Lebanon

Ideal for a weekend away in summer and winter, La Maison de la Forêt is the perfect hideaway. Snuggle with family around their fireplace and enjoy Tawlet Bkassine’s food.

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Fireplaces | Breadonbutter

La Gargote – Broumana – Lebanon

One of the rare authentic bistrots in the country, La Gargote‘s atmosphere has always stayed true to itself. Head there for a nice Soupe à l’Oignon and enjoy the crackles of the chimney wood in the background.

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Fireplaces | Breadonbutter

Ristorante La Traviata – Gemmayze – Lebanon

For the ultimate urban winter experience, you must try La Traviata‘s grilled chestnuts! The best thing about it all is that you get to sit outside with your coat still on, sipping wine and eating bits of parmesan cheese. It’ll be up and running by Monday so hurry up and book a table.

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Fireplaces | Breadonbutter

Pierre and Friends – Batroun – Lebanon

If you just can’t get away from the sea for long, Pierre and Friends‘ fireplace is the place to be.

Fireplaces | Breadonbutter

Fireplaces | Breadonbutter

Shangrilla – Laqlouq – Lebanon

For a quiet weekend with board and card games, head to Shangrilla Hotel in Laqlouq and relax by the fireplace. They also just launched their fondue and raclette menu so you’re in for a nice treat.

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Fireplaces | Breadonbutter

I hope you enjoyed the list and I’d love to know your feedback if you try any of the places! Any other fireplaces suggestions?

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Things To Do, Travel, Weekend 0 comments on A Day in Beiteddine

A Day in Beiteddine

Summer weekends in Lebanon are full of packed itineraries. Groups of friends discuss the weekend all week and brainstorm ideas for new things to do and new places to visit. The possibilities are many for such a small country. And that’s because trends are all we follow. The present trend is B&Bs and swimming pools (for us at least).

This weekend, I suggest you drive to Beiteddine, one of the most beautiful towns in Lebanon. There are 2 places I’d recommend there: Bouyouti for a nice sleep and amazing breakfast by the pool, and Mir Amine for a Sunday lunch and also the possibility to laze by the pool.

Bouyouti is nestled in one of the most beautiful valleys ever. The rooms are beautifully decorated with carefully chosen furniture to give the whole space a homey feel. Breakfast is delicious and you can enjoy the pool an beautiful weather before heading to lunch at Mir Amine where a huge buffet is laid out on weekends and you get to listen to live instrumental Arabic music. Here are some pictures:

Bouyouti’s garden and pool:
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The lovely detailed decoration of Bouyouti’s rooms:

 

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And Mir Amine:

 

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Mir Amine

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Parties & Happenings, Travel 1 comment on A Food Story

A Food Story

Summer in Lebanon cannot go by without at least one weekend in the Bekaa, the country’s most important farming and agricultural region. Wheat, corn, cotton, and vegetables are produced there and it also hosts a big number of vineyards and orchards mainly located around Zahle. 
On our way there last Saturday, we took the normal route, and stopped by our usual spots (to eat of course) before getting to Tawlet Ammiq, an eco-friendly Lebanese restaurant. 
Here’s what was on the menu:

Stop for ‘Labneh Makbousse’ at Hedwen (Chtaura)
You can also buy jam and olive oil (Hedwen)
The ‘Kaak bi Halib’ (Hedwen)

Araq at Tawlet Ammiq
Lots of local fruits
The famous “janereg” – the unexplained Lebanese fruit of the season – with a 961 beer before lunch
Boiled artichokes dipped in olive oil, lemon and garlic
“Batata Harra” i.e. fried potato cubes with coriander, chili powder and garlic
Halloumi cheese and strawberry jam
Rice, “Chich Barak” and “Mouloukhieh” – that I will be cooking and sharing soon
Grilled tomatoes, onions and broccoli skewers
Fresh lemonade
Fresh vine leaves to eat everything with
More fruits
Stuffed vine leaves in oil
Such a Saturday really makes you love your country.