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

Iro’s Uptown Circle Closet

Last Tuesday, May 20th, Iro boutique in downtown Beirut hosted its ‘Uptown Circle Closet’. Its the first fashion event I was invited to since I started blogging a month and a half ago, and I didn’t expect it to happen so soon!

I wanted to make sure I came across as my true self through my style, and because I value comfort, I dressed casually in a polo shirt and denim. I stacked my bracelets and rings, put on some mascara and headed to Iro.

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The crowd started building up slowly but surely, with photographers making sure everyone gets their share of poses, and caterers making their rounds with drinks and treats. The atmosphere was laid back, people in the fashion business or purely for the love of it, dropped by and started to mingle and try on Iro items for a friendly competition. read more

Restaurant Review: The Met

I went for a late lunch last weekend at The Met in Downtown Beirut Souks. The restaurant has indoor and outdoor seating, and the ambiance is chill, full of families, couples, and tourists. Although its spacious, there is still a cozy charm about the place, perhaps its the interior finishing or the books adorning the shelves.

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The menu is international, and it took me forever to decide on what cuisine I shall have. Eventually my husband and I ordered the following items.

For starters, we went ahead with the chicken tenders for 13,500 L.L. read more

Restaurant Review: Classic Burger Joint

One of my favorite burgers EVER is at Classic Burger Joint, and that is The Mexican. I have never been unfaithful to it in all the times I’ve visited this restaurant, and I usually stick to the same item once I’ve fallen in love, but a few nights ago was a different story. I took a risk and changed my ‘usual’ to Classic Chicken Mozzarella.

This is the heavenly burger for 18,500 L.L.

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I can’t tolerate mayonnaise so I changed the sauce to the spicy mexican, exchanged pickles for onions and pepper free of charge, and a green salad instead of the coleslaw for 1,500 L.L. Due to my picky tastes, I tend to switch around the ingredients to get a custom meal. read more

Restaurant Review: Duo

A few days ago I went to have dinner at Duo in ABC Dbayeh, it was the most crowded spot on a midweek. I was at a bit of a loss as what to order, but finally settled on the following.

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Goat Cheese Salad for 23,500 L.L. Its quite a small salad, perfect for sharing, but not particularly filling to be ordered alone. The veggies were fresh, and the sauce light and barely there (in a good way). I was a bit reluctant to try the goat cheese, but combined with the bread which was cut into perfection, it reduced the strong taste and was just right. I mixed the cheese with the olive paste served at the beginning, I recommend you do the same, its quite delish. read more

Beirut Designers’ Week

The Beirut Designers’ Week that is taking place in Zaitunay Bay from May 9 to May 12 2014, is the 2nd edition in this installment. I went there on Saturday, and seeing so many exhibitors and attendees, I was beaming with pride for my country’s talents and those who support them. Countless stands were lined up at the boardwalk, and the usually busy hot-spot was even busier. I visited each and every stand, and the handmade items on display were mind blowing. Such big collections, its really inspiring. From clothing to handbags, lingerie to accessories, home deco to jewelry and much more. Take a look at a few snapshots. read more

Restaurant Review: Cozmo Cafe

Since I am re-visiting the restaurants I have had the pleasure to dine in before I started blogging, I am particularly choosing the ones that were of a disappointment to me the 1st (or 2nd) time around, to give them another chance. Cozmo Cafe is one of those places, where I swore I would never return due to the seriously cold temperature of the main dishes, burgers, pizza and pasta I have eaten there before. So last Sunday, my husband and I decided to go there.

For starters, we ordered the Mozzarella Sticks for 13,500 L.L. read more

Restaurant Review: Bar Tartine

I had recently been to Bar Tartine in Mar Mikhael Gemmayze for a girl’s night out dinner. I wish I had clear photos to share with you, but this review isn’t about that visit. Anyhow, on my way out I noticed a little enticing bakery owned by the restaurant, I promised myself I would return to have my fix of bread some other time. Soon later I was delightfully surprised when I stumbled upon the bakery open in ABC Ashrafieh. The display counter was full of bread, pastries, desserts and sandwiches. My hubby and I sat down and the waiter handed out the menus; it was the same menu from the Gemmayze branch with salads, ┬ámain courses etc, so I asked if I could order from the displayed selection since they weren’t mentioned in the menu. He told me sure but I had to go order and come back and pay at my table. I figured he said so for the tip, so I agreed. I went and chose 3 items, the man at the counter handed them to me in a paper bag so I mentioned I was dining in and the waiter told me so and so. He then placed each of the pastries in a plate and sent them our way. Unfortunately, it looked as if they were randomly thrown on the plate especially in the first picture below. read more

Restaurant Review: Pizzeria Margherita

I love good food just as I love to evaluate it.

My husband and I are big foodies and you’ll find us trying out every new restaurant. I have only started blogging for a month, so I cannot review the food I have eaten over the course of many years, varying from street carts to fine dining, so I’m gonna have to start all over again (youppie!)

For my first humble review, I chose Pizzeria Margherita in Blueberry Square Dbayeh. I first tried Margherita when it opened a few years ago in Gemayze, I wanted to see what all the hype was about. I remember ordering a chicken platter and my husband a pizza, and we both wondered what the fuss was about because we HATED the food, it was bland and tasteless. So we decided to give it another chance. read more

Decorate to Donate

Message De Paix is an NGO that works with mentally challenged adults, allowing them to become responsible contributors to society by helping them develop manual skills and craftsmanship. The result of their work is exhibited for sale and is especially highlighted during the holiday seasons. The adults in this organization have currently on display, a wide range of Easter decoration for the home, Palm Sunday candles made of various material, all colorful and each unique. By buying an item, you would be helping the members feel empowered, have faith in themselves and continue to be productive. read more