Restaurant Review: Pomodoro Pizzeria

Going to Zaytunay Bay on a weeknight, I did not expect the busy crowds at almost all the cafes and restaurants, which makes me love this city even more! We settled down at Pomodoro, an Italian pizzeria. This wasn’t my first visit, and as usual I have the same dilemma at all Italian restaurants. What to order, pasta or pizza? I figured since both had unwanted calories I might as well enjoy and not think!

For starters, we ordered the Calamari Fritti for 17,500 L.L. and 2 orders of fries each for 7,900 L.L. The calamari was really crisp and tasty, and as you can see I did not even get the chance to take a picture before they were history! They come with a dip, lemon, lettuce, and a stringy bread like bed underneath. The fries were standard, nothing special. read more

Restaurant Review: Al Mandaloun Cafe

I am no stranger to Mandaloun, and judging by its constant crowds, I’m sure I’m not the only one. This restaurant is quite large, and has both indoor and outdoor seating. The interior is made up of many niches and corners and you feel cozy, in your own private bubble.

My usual order at Mandaloun is the Salad Bar for a pricey 29,500 L.L. and this time was no different. Their salad bar is well known for its freshness and the constant attention from the overlooking waiters ready to refill any item. My only wish is that they add grilled chicken to the salad bar. read more

Restaurant Review: Metropole

Metropole is a brassserie in Downtown Beirut, in a calm upscale neighborhood. On a given Sunday noon we chose to give it a try and see what this always packed restaurant is all about.

We ordered Poulet Grille A L’Estragon for 34,500 L.L. The chicken was good but needed more sauce for taste. The four pieces of potato, other than the fact that they were a bit small for this kind of dish, were under-cooked from their center. I would say this is an average tasting plate and not very filling. Thumbs up for the presentation though. read more

Restaurant Review: St. Elmo’s Seaside Brasserie

Zaitunay Bay hosts a diverse choice of restaurants and cafes, and on a saturday night, I chose to dine at St. Elmo’s. We sat outside and enjoyed the World Cup match in a casual ambiance.

We went on to order the Chicken Satay for 18,000 L.L. with a choice of curry or peanut butter dip. For an appetizer, it is big and filling, and the 5 skewers are ideal for sharing, or even as a main dish with a salad. The chicken was tender and tasted light, and I appreciated the dip because it wasn’t your typical sauce, some thought was put into it. read more

Restaurant Review: Caffe Mondo

One of the restaurants I frequent is Caffe Mondo in Phoenicia Intercontinental. The last time I went there to have their famous salad bar, I was disappointed because the dishes were empty and no one cared to fill them with fresh food. So I decided to give it another chance the other day, except that when I scanned the salad bar, I did not find the grilled chicken breast that kept me coming each time. I am wondering why this has been removed, but I’m sure seafood lovers will be satisfied.

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The Opening of Bernard Jabbour Fashion Room

On Wednesday June 11th, fashion designer Bernard Jabbour held a cocktail party to celebrate the opening of his fashion room in Ashrafieh, as part of the Beirut Design Week. The event drew in quite a crowd, in a laid back atmosphere of drinks, desserts and couture. Bernard chose to display 3 dresses of his creation, along with headpieces in an elegant setting. The designs are ultra feminine with a bit of a theatrical side. Enjoy the pictures below, and feel free to visit his fashion room in Charles Malek Avenue in Ashrafieh. read more

Dining at Burj Al Arab

A couple of years ago I went to Dubai, and one of the most memorable culinary activities (ever) was having lunch at Burj Al Arab. Although I cannot review the food in the same way I would have, had I been blogging back then, but my lifestyle section wouldn’t be complete without this exclusive experience. The lunch was at Al-Iwan, the Arabic buffet restaurant, I will share with you some of the pictures showing the food and atmosphere. Mind you, you cannot enter the Burj Al Arab area unless you are a hotel guest or are dining there, so these are photos you won’t see anywhere else! read more

My Interview With Tara Sillery

I had the privilege to sit down for a lovely chat with owner of PR Passion (fashion PR company) and TV personality, Tara Sillery. She is independent, fierce, opinionated and gorgeous, and I have a major girl crush on her!

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1. You were in banking, tell us how and why you shifted careers.

I was always obsessed with Fashion from a young age and used to drive my Mom and brother insane by raiding their wardrobes constantly! However, my life mantra is “everything happens for a reason” and my early career path steered me into the world of Investment Banking as opposed to Fashion. Working in a very male orientated environment gave me the strong personality I have today and when the time was right, and I was approached by a company in Dubai to head up their Corporate Communications I said goodbye banking…..hellloooooo fashion! That’s how it happened! read more

Restaurant Review: Eau De Vie

My usual visits to Eau De Vie at the Phoenicia Intercontinental involve an a la carte menu of my choice, namely a steak. However, the wedding reception I attended last weekend was a pleasant culinary surprise. It was a set menu of 3 courses, with a dessert buffet, and coffee and tea.

The starter was ‘Duo of salmon and salad of baby vegetables charcoal grilled, walnuts and goat cheese’.

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I’m not a big fan of seafood besides your basic fish, but judging by the vibrant taste of the goat cheese on the crispy pastry, and the freshness of the salad and its sauce, I gave the shrimp a try and it was worth it. read more

Restaurant Review: Mandarine

Last weekend I headed down to Mandarine in Verdun. The restaurant has a few outdoor tables but it was too cold to sit outside, so the large indoor space was perfect. For a weekend it was a bit quiet, as the peak time is weekdays due to its prime location next to many companies.

The special features are a mezze conveyor, daily dishes, and a salad bar. The cuisine is international, ranging from salads, pizza, pasta, burgers, sandwiches to platters.

The item that drew me in was Chicken with Curry for 26,900 L.L. read more