Drinks 0 comments on Chateau Sainte Andree: When Family And Wine Mix

Chateau Sainte Andree: When Family And Wine Mix

When my sister was here visiting, we had a great day at the beach around a BBQ and excellent wine (Chateau Sainte-Andrée) brought by John-Peter, a great friend of ours. I was nicely surprised by this delicious wine and I was fascinated by its story.

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John-Peter’s father Paul Sacre has been a wine amateur for as long as he can remember. He’s always had his own wine cellar filled with bottles of wine from all over the world. Some of the bottles were even very old (with one of them dating from 1947!).

Paul used to spend his summers at his aunt’s in Mradiye, a small village next to Ghbele in North Lebanon. He loves this region and that’s why he ended up buying a 25,000 square meter land there and started making his own wine. Like any success story, this started as a hobby. During the first 2 years, Paul was making wine to have fun and enjoy it with his family. He then started to sell it in fairs and wine tasting exhibitions.

The Wine

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The vineyard produces almost 8,000 bottles per year: red (3 cuvées), white, rosé, fruity (peach) and 6 tastes of liquor.

The quantity they produce is not large but their aim is to produce the best quality there can be. Paul is helped by an oenologist for the mixes, the cork is wooden rather than silicon, which is better to preserve the wine’s quality and to be able to leave it in cellars for years (up to 12!).

The red wines are placed in French and Californian oak barrels for 8 to 16 months instead of aluminum or stainless steel which gives it a nice aroma.

Andree is the name of Paul’s wife (thus the name Sainte-Andrée) and each red wine cuvée has the name of his 3 children: Peter, Lynn and Laura.

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It’s also worth mentioning that they also produce organic honey from the Jabal Moussa reserves that come from the pine trees, oak trees and fir trees. And they also produce their own vegetables (but those are not sold).

I hope you enjoyed this story as much as I did. To order the wine, you can call Paul Sacre directly on: +961 (3) 700 267

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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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Berdawni Zahle

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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Fadsfood’s Weekly Picks: Lebanese Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

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 Lebanese meals! Scroll down for 3 amazing recommendations of breakfast, lunch and dinner. Also, they’re all healthy! Check it out and follow Fadsfood on instagram for mouthwatering pictures and food inspiration: @fadsfood.

Here are this week’s Lebanese picks

Breakfast at Mayouli – Batroun, Lebanon

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Breakfast in nature

Lunch at Babel Sur Mer – Amchit, Lebanon

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Excellent #Food and #Service at#babelsurmer #lebanesefood#lebanesefoodies #Amchit #Lebanon#Fadsfood

Dinner at Studio 43 – Mar Mikhael, Beirut, Lebanon

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The Healthiest #Buffet@studiobeirutlb #MarMkhayel #Beirut#Fadsfood

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June Bucket List

This month, I’m 2 days late with my bucket list. Without making excuses, May was really hectic yet interesting and I’m proud to say I can cross off most of last month’s things I wanted to achieve. I collaborated with two of my favorite bloggers: Maya from Playing with Fashion, and Hisham from Cook in 5m2. With Maya, we collaborated on a guide for the perfect picnic. Maya showed you what to wear and I wrote about a picnic checklist. We even talked about it on BBeirut on LBC Sat (you can watch it here). With Hisham, we had fun making hundreds of Croque Monsieur for a hungry crowd at the Beirut Street Food festival. I met great people like Cyrille Najjar. I didn’t make homemade bread but homemade grissinis, close enough! And I discovered Carob Honey, which is a local produce that has loads of health benefits. We also enjoyed a lot of sunsets (Click here for places to have sunset drinks in Beirut).

A new month is here with new goals and objectives. Here goes.

Breadonbutter’s June Bucket List

  1. I’m going to one of Cyrille Najjar’s organized workshops for Beirut Design Week. It’s a Photography workshop with the one and only Thierry Van Biesen! My plan is to make the most of it and improve my photography skills.
  2. Attend a concert – there are so many I still haven’t decided which one yet.
  3. Swim more.
  4. Take up tennis.
  5. Get to my next goal on Nike Run.
  6. Master the ultimate Croque monsieur.
  7. Film more videos.
  8. Be more innovative with my salads this summer.
  9. Meditate by the sea with the Calm app.
  10. Find the most perfect kitchen style for our new house.
  11. Watch as many sunsets as I can all summer (a continuous summer item on the bucket list).
  12. Walk more, drive less – even if it’s burning hot.
  13. Plant herbs to cook with.
  14. Cook more creative dinners.
  15. Discover new designers and ideas during Beirut Design Week.
  16. Find the best coffee shops to work in during summer in Beirut.

 #MakeItHappen. What’s on your bucket list this month?

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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

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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

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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

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Product of the Week: Carob Honey Straight from the LIVCD Program

A few weeks ago, USAID (U.S. Agency for International Development) invited a few bloggers at their stand at the Horeca Exhibition 2015 to explain a bit more about the LIVCD Program (Lebanon Industry Value Chain Development).

The goals of the program are to “enhance economic opportunities for small businesses, women, and youth”, “improve Lebanon’s economic stability, focusing on rural priority areas”, and “upgrade Lebanese value chains to increase their competitiveness in domestic and export markets”.

To achieve the above goals, an analysis was made and 8 targeted value chains were chosen: processed foods, rural tourism, floriculture, grapes, olive oil, apples, pears, avocados, cherries, and a basket of rural agricultural products including thyme, pine nuts, honey, and free range eggs.

At Horeca, we were lucky to have a guided visit of all the exhibitors of the above products and we got to meet them all and taste their products.

I especially liked this Carob Honey for many reasons.

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Carob is full of health benefits, including being an antioxidant, an antiseptic, improving digestion and lowering cholesterol levels in the blood, regulating blood pressure and helping prevent lung cancer, treating flu and anemia, and fighting against osteoporosis. Apart from all those benefits, it acts as a substitute for cocoa powder or chocolate in cakes and helps thicken baked goods. Add honey to it and you have the most natural sweetener you can ask for. I loved adding it to my balsamic salad dressing.

Just add a tablespoon of Carob Honey to 1.5 tablespoon of balsamic vinegar and 1 tablespoon of olive oil, and add it to a simple lettuce, cherry tomatoes and goat cheese salad. You’ll have a delicious meal ready in minutes!

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You can find out more about the USAID initiative on their facebook page .

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Eat Al Fresco : How To Have The Perfect Picnic

Our generation is always complaining about the lack of things to do in our country. We claim it’s always the same things and that there aren’t enough choices out there. So in an effort to innovate your outings, we, Breadonbutter and Playing with Fashion collaborated to bring you a complete guide to having the perfect, most charming and fashionable picnic there is.

On a sunny and hot Monday morning a few weeks ago, we packed our things and went up to the Bekaa to have some fun, eat some food and take nice photographs. We then hurried to compile the best way we can inspire you to go have a fun picnic yourself.

Breadonbutter was of course responsible for the food and Playing with Fashion was obviously responsible for showing you the best way to dress.

So if you’re planning on having a picnic out in nature anytime soon, this is what I think is a good checklist to follow.

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Food

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The best way to go when it comes to picnics is to make sandwiches. You can be as creative as you’d like when it comes to the toppings. Here’s the list I suggest:

  • Parma ham
  • Chorizo or Turkey slices
  • Gruyère cheese
  • A small-sized camembert cheese
  • Lettuce leaves
  • Bread of your choice

Drinks and Beverages

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Here, I would suggest you take only 3 kinds and get a cooler. Water is the basic thing you should think of, followed by a nice bottle of white or rosé wine and a bottle of juice that you can substitute with a soft drink if you’re a true addict.

Fruits

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Fruits will provide something fresh to munch on while you’re sipping your drink and having a conversation with your picnic pals. Here’s a list of fruits that can last the trip:

  • Dried:kiwi and apricots
  • Fresh: Apples, Strawberries and Sour plums

Snacks

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If you don’t feel like having fruits, or if you feel like biting on a variety of flavors as snacks, you can get some of these:

  • Kaak or grissinis
  • Crisps (my favorite brand is Kettle)
  • Raw nuts: walnuts, almonds, cashew nuts

Sweets

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Last but not least, how can a picnic end without a sweet bite? I chose:

  • Cookies
  • Dry raisin cake
  • Amaretti biscuits I had from Italy (which I highly recommend!)

Gear

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You’ll need a practical and useful gear to put all this food in and be comfortable throughout the picnic. What I took with me:

  • Plastic wine glasses
  • Plastic cups
  • 3 glass jars
  • Straws
  • Cutlery (I prefer wooden or plastic for such outings)
  • 1 regular knife, to cut the cheese and bread
  • A cooler
  • Tiny fun bags for the nuts
  • A board for the sandwich toppings and the bread
  • Small containers for fruits
  • A basket to carry it all up there
  • And a tablecloth to sit on of course 🙂

Now girls, to get outfits ideas, head to www.playingwithfashion.com for the picnic lookbook!

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Photography by: BetKet Photography (you can view her website here).

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Fadsfood’s Weekly Picks: Drinking Misconduct

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

– Fadsfood

This week, Fadsfood’s picks all contain the summer spirit. These three drinks are excellent to put you in a fun summer mood! Check it out and follow him on instagram for mouthwatering pictures and food inspiration: @fadsfood.

Here are this week’s Drinking Picks

Colonel Beer – Batroun, Lebanon

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#Colonel #Beer #Summer2015

Strawberry juice at Lazy B – Jiyeh, Lebanon

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#Strawberry #Juice at #LazyB #Lebanon #Fadsfood@lapostabeirut

White Chateau Qanafar at The Wine Room (Bread Republic)

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A must try #white #fruity #wine Support local wine!@chateauqanafar #beirut #fadsfood #thewineroom#breadrepublic #lebanesewine

ALWAYS BE CAREFUL AND SAFE – DO NOT DRINK AND DRIVE! If you do drink, you can order an Uber ride.

Places, Travel 2 comments on Take A Hike – A Day in the Kadisha Valley

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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