Jad El Khoury’s healing arts



A while back I read an article online which described old bombed out buildings in Beirut covered with huge fun looking illustrations. I pass most of these building quite often and I did not remember seeing any of these art pieces. I took a closer look at the images and understood that these were digitally created concepts by Interior Architect and artist Jad El Khoury. I had to get in touch to find out more.

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Those concepts that Jad has been working on are finally coming to life. You can pass by the building seen in most of the photos (located by the ring road on your way to Ashrafieh from Hamra) and watch what the artist calls: Art Attack. Jad works around old bullet and rocket holes to create these illustrations. The outcome is beautiful. The process however, is slightly more complicated than painting on canvas. The photos of Jad in full climbing gear speak for themselves.

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The exhibition “War & Peace” by Jad El Khoury opens this Thursday September 10 Read more…

Lebanon, the land of honey.


This story was recently shared with us by the passionate people from L’Atelier du Miel. We were quite intrigued to learn that Lebanon is one of the best honey producers in the world! Who knew? The other thing which makes this story interesting to us is the sustainable and eco friendly work approach and opportunities that this honey production has created across Lebanon.

We are going to keep this short, sweet and straight to the point as we do here at BBS.

Lebanon, the land of honey: is one of the only countries in the world where bees can find natural sources of nectar all year long. Because of the diversity of its altitudes (from 0 to 3000 meters), its position on the Mediterranean, its 4 distinct seasons, and the diversity of its flora, flowering seasons occur almost all year long. As a result, Lebanon’s honey is one of the best in the world.


Lebanon’s Honey Path: To produce natural honey, L’Atelier du Miel has adopted a unique production method whereby it repositions beehives all year long across Lebanon to follow flower blossoms. Thereby, bees harvest nectar and honeydew from Cedars in Barouk forests, Oak trees in Keserouan forests, from fields of cherry in Zahle, peach and apricot trees in Rechmaya, hawthorn in Kab Elias, thorns in Ain Dara, Medlar trees in Saida, and orange trees in Tyre and Akkar. The bees are moved from one location to the other all year long depending on the seasons. This enables L’Atelier du Miel to offer 15 types of 100% natural honeys, with various aromas and countless virtues, free from any additives and pesticides.

L’Atelier du Miel aims to re-integrate natural honey into people’s lives. It has also revisited many delicacies by replacing industrial sugar with natural honey in them. These include jams with only natural fruits and honey, nougats, marrons glaces, and many others. Virtues of honey produced in Lebanon: Unlike countries with industrial agriculture that grow only a single crop for hundreds of kilometers, Lebanon still “wild” nature and agriculture allows to have in a single field hundreds of wild flowers, fruit trees, leafed trees (e.g. oak), wild thorns, which adds a lot of diversity to the honey, unlike European fields.


Empowering Local Farmers and Beekeepers: L’Atelier du Miel works with local beekeepers and young farmers freshly out of university, providing sustainable and eco friendly work opportunities across Lebanon. L’Atelier du Miel Boutique: L’Atelier du Miel opened its one of a kind boutique in Lebanon. The boutique was conceived by Marc Bou Nassif, beekeeper and architect. The boutique is solely dedicated to honey where you can find 30+ different types of honeys. It is managed by real young beekeepers who work with a web of small artisans across the country (including carpenters, regional creators – glass, brass, wood, small beekeepers, small farmers, etc.), and following fair trade principles.


To find out more about this honey sweetness visit:  www.atelierdumiel.com or swing by their Facebook page.


Tom Fletcher touches many hearts on his way out

Photo from Glamroz.com
Photo from Glamroz.com
Tom Fletcher's bright term as ambassador to Lebanon has ended. His departing words touched many in a letter he recently published online that spread like wildfire over social networks. We know this news is kind of old, but to Beirut's Bright Side this is news we want to share with the world. To us at BBS it was a breath of positive, when garbage piles grew around town and people's spirits were sliding down the gutter. We have a lot to learn from Mr. Fletcher's words. To all our Lebanese readers, always hold your heads high, never look down. Beirut Does have a bright side. Read Tom Fletchers letter here...

An uplifting teaser to an upcoming documentary

Live Love Beirut are on a positive mission to uplift our county’s image across the globe and locally. They recently shared this teaser for an upcoming film called “Growing Cedars in the air” by Mark Abou Zeid. The images are beautiful, and portray that heart warming feeling we all want to share from Lebanon. We look forward to …

ABC mall in Achrafieh makes a massive green turn.

Photo by Joseph Saba for Blog Baladi
Photo by Joseph Saba for Blog Baladi
We stumbled on Blog Baladi's post today and were really blown away by this amazingly bright story. Who knew that ABC was building something like this? We sure did not. Looking at this from above it reminds us of something out of a science fiction flick, very impressive indeed. The only thing missing now is adding some of those solar panels to more roof tops around. Go big, go green. Read the full article here... 

Who needs street addresses when you have land marks?

Photo by: Karim Mostafa
Here is a nice piece by Jenny Gustafsson circulating the web that is a reminder of another bright and unique side of our city. If you have lived in Beirut, you know that taking a left at the yellow building where the red door is, and another right at the hairdresser a few meters down the street, will get you to your friends house. It is a system that has always worked, we like it, it is a conversation starter. Read the full article here...  

Indiana University has an amazing selection of photos from Lebanon in the 60’s

Photo by Charles W. Cushman
Photo by Charles W. Cushman
In 1965, photographer Charles W. Cushman took a lot of beautiful photos in Lebanon. All these photos are stored in the Indiana University Archives today, all of them are dated, labeled and organized brilliantly. Browse the collection here...