The story of Oum Ali

You might have tasted her delicious Saj at Souk el Tayeb on Saturdays.. This is the story of Oum Ali who puts her heart, strength and soul into keeping the culinary traditions of her village alive. Watch this beautiful short documentary directed & produced by Nay Aoun (funded by USAID). Thank you Slow Food Beirut for striving …

Anthony Bourdain loves Beirut

Anthony Bourdain loves Beirut

“Everybody should come here. Everyone should see how complicated, how deeply troubled, and yet at the same time beautiful and awesome the world can be [..] In spite of everything, I love it here.”
Watch Anthony Bourdain’s videos from the field as he discovers Beirut, its food, its people.

 

Koullouna!

Koullouna!

For all those who live abroad, here’s a little something to stay connected with Lebanon!

Koullouna is a monthly subscription box filled with Lebanese products, a taste of home delivered right at your door. Through small donations, the subscription will also be a way to support local initiatives that have a positive impact on the country.
Experience Lebanon in a box! Bravo Marielle and your team, what a great concept.
If you wish to contribute and get your own awesome -home away from home- box, here is the link to their crowdfunding campaign.

 

Green rooftops

We just came across a video that shows us once again the potential of waste. This is a brilliant and inspiring initiative of vertical planting to grow organic crops in cities. A research & development project carried out at the American University of Beirut by Ziad Abichaker & Dr. Imad Saoud Shot, Edited and Directed by Nassif …

Un été libanais

Warm weather triggers souvenirs of the sweet anticipation, when school ends, of the long glorious vacation that lays ahead. For our french speaking followers, there is a beautiful text by Medea Azouri in L’Orient Le Jour about the vivid memories and delicate taste of summer in Lebanon. Family gatherings in our grand father’s village, the smell of jasmin, …

Take a vacation!

Photo by Roland Ragi
Photo by Roland Ragi

When was the last time you felt like a tourist in your own country? You dont have to go far to take a vacation.

We are all overwhelmed by our busy lives but it's important to take a step back, take a day off and go on an adventure. With friends, with family, with your kids, on a bike, by foot or by car, get on the road and try something new. One of the wonderful things about Lebanon is that there is always a little something to discover.

From Douma to the Chouf, from Batroun to the Qadisha, from Tyre to Jeita.. many guest houses have opened their doors in recent years and offer a unique way to experience lebanese hospitality. Beautiful locations, charming decor, traditional meals, all that and much more.

More info on l'Hote libanais

   

We recommend // Rock n Roll Pizza Party!

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Photo by Roland Ragi

BBS had a sit down with Lazzy Lung front man Allan Chaaraoui for a Q&A about the RRPP that are staring to come to life in Beirut again.

How do you see the music scene in Beirut?
It goes without saying that Beirut is flooded with EDM / House music/ top 40 commercial and everything else under the sun – and that continues to be “ “ popular demand. I’d like to think people are ready for something a little different.

Tell us about a few of the challenges you faced as a musician?
Back in the day it was hard enough getting gigs especially for “original bands” let alone bands that play Rock music. At the time there were no Wicker Parks or Beirut Jam Sessions or Beirut Open Stages out there – so we had to be crafty. My band didn’t want to have to wait for the AUB Outdoors /Fete De La musique / to step on a stage.

What’s up with the Pizza party?
This was something that originated in my Hometown of Ottawa Canada – a staple club night in the city (at least it used to be) held every Thursday (Free entrance and Free pizza) as a perk they’d dish out a couple of pizzas at the end of the night. Unfortunately they stopped throwing them – but they were legendary. A lot of my favorite bands sprung up and performed at these events.

I wanted to carry that tradition on – only here in Beirut!

Who played your RRPP events back when you guys started them?
The RRPP was hosting and performing events with local rock bands and heavy hitters like (Lazzy Lung /Who Killed Bruce Lee / Scrambled Eggs/ Beirut Scum Society/ Passive Standouts and even managed to host The Black Lips).

Now what?
There’s a new Rock Pub / Biker bar (Fuel Garage Bar) in Mar Mkhayel that just fit perfectly with the RRPP Vibe. Across the street there is new pizza place opening (By The slice) and the pizza tastes awesome!

It just made perfect sense – to put everything together and start throwing parties again.

What’s the deal?
Free Entrance – Free Pizza – Every Thursday

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Photo by Roland Ragi

How are you promoting this party?
#punch4punch is how we launched our campaign and is now a staple element of the RRPP – you can see hilarious clips of our friends and family getting decked in the face in slow-mo. Take a Punch in the face for A Free Punch Cocktail (aka Rock n Roll Pizza Party Punch)

Are you thinking about the community when you throw these parties?
YES! Our Pizza Sponsor is doing this brilliant initiative (Pay It forward Pizza) to help the needy
We hope that we can manage to get more people taking part and giving back to the community through the RRPP.

When do you shut down the party?
We hope to keep throwing parties so long as the drinks pour cold and the pizza comes out the oven…our parties go on till the cops show up. We just want give as much as we can to build and strengthen the rock music community in Lebanon -which has been somewhat neglected other than the efforts of the Jim Beam Rock festival.

What about the future?
Eventually if the parties keep doing well – we are looking to Shut down the street and host block parties with Live Bands and the whole 9 – still staying true to our concept of Free Entry a few free pizzas.

Tonight’s XI RRPP event info.
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Visit Beirut now

Visit Beirut now

Award winning celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain recently talked about his fascination for Beirut. In an interview with Bon Appétit Magazine, he was asked “Where should I travel now?” and this is what he had to say:

“Beirut. The food’s delicious, the people are awesome. It’s a party town. And everything wrong with the world is there. Hopefully, you will come back smarter about the world. You’ll understand a little more about how uninformed people are when they talk about that part of the world. You’ll come back as I did: changed and cautiously hopeful and confused in the best possible way. Travel at its best defies expectations. Yes, it’s divided. There are Shia neighborhoods, Christian areas—but they all go to the same restaurants. You can go from bikinis by the pool to Hezbollah in an 8-minute cab ride. They all coexist in a weird way. That’s part of the thing that makes Beirut so interesting.

Read more here