Drink local !

Drink local !

Do you like gin tonic, fizz or basel ?
Next time you order one, think local ! Your favorite neighborhood bar might carry one of the 4 locally produced gins.

Jun Rechmaya Distillery, Gata Gata Gin, Junipium Riachi and The Three Brothers The Three Brothers Gin are all manufactured in Lebanon!

At BBS, we believe in buying local and supporting small businesses. Choosing locally-produced goods helps support local farmers, creates jobs in your community and reduces the overall environmental impact.
Having a range of competing and innovative brands around helps the economy to thrive.

Check out this article by Lebanon Opportunities.

Fat and fabulous!

We love Ghida Younes' My Fat Lady paintings! She brightens up our day. Check out this article and meet the Lebanese self-taught artist behind the round and proud character “who loves to have fun, eats a whole doughnut and does not regret a single bite”. In her own words, she is “fearless and utterly light (in spirit), my fat lady is a tribute to roundness and women in all shapes and sizes. She celebrates her body in every pose”.

Architecture photography.. with a twist!

Meet the talented Serge Najjar, otherwise known as @serjios on social media. Lawyer and doctor at law, he started taking photography classes at the age of 37 and began posting his minimalist photography work on instagram where he quickly became a sensation. He manipulates perspective in a mesmerizing way and brilliantly captures geometry, lines and shadows and architectural facades.
In his words, it is not about what you see but how you see it. Check out his account here

Rabih Kayrouz, fashion elite!

Big news in the fashion world ! Maison Rabih Kayrouz joins the closed circle of haute couture alongside a group of acclaimed international houses such as Dior, Chanel and Givenchy. After being elected as a guest member in 2016, the Lebanese designer, who recently celebrated the 10th anniversary of his label, is now one of 17 fashion houses part of the official haute couture calendar.
The status is granted to a select few designers by the French Ministry of Industry and the Fédération Française de la Couture. To achieve this status, the designers must adhere to the Commission's strict standards and a number of specifications must be met. Congratulations to Rabih Kayrouz and his dedicated team for this unique recognition!

Turbo falafel’s mix

Turbo falafel's mix

Turbo Falafel, the Dj collective based in Fribourg (Switzerland) was recently in Beirut.

Inspired by Revolvers guide on Beirut’s record stores, they decided to come check it out for themselves.
They made this fun mix of what they heard during their cab rides.
And also a little mix of what they dug up at Chico Records.

And check out Turbo Falafel’s soundcloud page here: https://soundcloud.com/turbofalafel


I am no bird

Andrew Cagle’s short documentary “I am no bird” is online. This is a beautifully crafted film about Samer Saem Eldahr's moving story. Samer is a talented electronic musician from Aleppo, pioneering a genre of electronic dance music he calls “electro-tarab”, who immigrated to Minnesota after having spent some years in Beirut. “What began as humble mission to document an unknown, but significant, contribution to the electronic music world morphed into a story about family, friendship, and persevering to create in the midst of a changing environment" said the Brooklyn based filmmaker. Watch it here

Employing refugees in NYC

Great initiative by Manal and Wissam Kahi in NYC, where they employ refugees from all over the world, changing the way people perceive them and helping them thrive. Every person and every community can powerfully affect positive change around the world. Check out their story here Thank you Labneh&Facts for sharing this story!
Follow them here Eat Offbeat

Eco-friendly au Liban.. c’est possible!

Comment devenir “eco-friendly” au Liban? Comment viser le “zéro déchet”? Composter, remplacer les matières non organiques par leur équivalent en tissu, bannir l’usage du plastique, fabriquer sa propre lessive avec de bonnes vieilles recettes de grand-mère, opter pour des contenants réutilisables.. Intégrons des choix écologiques, équitables et solidaires à notre quotidien. Nous pouvons tous faire une différence.. un geste à la fois!   Plus d'infos dans le Commerce du Levant, ici et à voir cette petite vidéo sur Hanane, citoyenne "zéro-déchets" ici

The Queen honors Lea Baroudi

The Queen honors Lea Baroudi

The Queen of England has awarded Lea Baroudi an #MBE (member of the Order of the British Empire) for her services to peace building and civic rights in Lebanon.

As head of MARCH, the NGO that defends free expression and equal rights, Lea Baroudi does remarkable work to significantly change the lives of many young people and help them bring peace to their communities.

Congratulations for this incredibly well deserved recognition! Keep up the great work!