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.
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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).
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
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.
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.
You may have noticed that we have been off the grid for a little while now. We took advantage of the holiday season, sat down, and planned our next moves for 2016. We have some exciting surprises coming up on Beirut’s Bright Side that should keep those spirits up and smiling. Until then, we leave you with a …
Below is a similar video we saw a while back about a small pizza place in Philadelphia. Beautiful!
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.
Every Saturday the farmers market “Souk El Tayeb” sets up shop in the Beirut Souks. We must say it is the best place to spend your Saturday mornings nibbling on tasty food, socializing, and checkin off your grocery list. This year “Souk El Tayeb” turns 10. Here is a small video by No Garlic No Onions.
The food in Lebanon in our humble opinion, is probably the best in the world. We live to eat, we love to share. Here is a short video by “Taste Lebanon” that paints a beautiful picture of what this country has to offer. Om nom.