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Guest Post: 8 Tips To Stay Healthy During The Holidays


 

Guest post by: Fares Saad Professional Fitness Coach at Healthy Lifestyle

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The holidays are one of the toughest times of year when it comes to your nutrition plan.
We have holiday parties, temptations at the office and who knows what else to deal with.

That being said, you do NOT have to just accept the fact that you are going to pack on the fat during the holidays. I hear a lot of people talking this way and it blows my mind!
They say – “oh I’ll just burn off the calories I ate at the party last night in today’s workout” (nice try – not going to happen) or “there’s nothing I can do … I’ll just start fresh in 2015″ (not true).

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But you can be tougher if you follow these tips

1- Be realistic

Don’t try to lose weight during the holidays, instead try to maintain your current weight.

2- Never go with an empty stomach

Never go to a party or for shopping while you’re hungry. This will only cause you to eat more throughout the night. Try to have a small snack before attending so you aren’t ravenous when you arrive.

3- Don’t skip your workouts

Most people have a little extra time available over the holiday season when they are not at work. Take this opportunity to hit the gym and exercise. This will help to burn off the excess calories and fat consumed over this period.

4- Stock up on healthy snacks

When you go shopping, be sure to pick with you some healthy snacks like fresh or dried fruits, sports bars and raw nuts.

5- Eat until you are satisfied

Don’t eat until you’re stuffed. Savor your favorite holiday treats while eating small portions. Sit down, get comfortable, and enjoy.

6- Drink plenty of water

Many people believe that mild dehydration may feel like hunger and the best way to avoid becoming dehydrated to drink plenty of water. You can also use water to slow down your eating by taking a sip or two between bites. Wine and cocktails can be a lot of fun, but they can also cause a lot of problems for your waistline. Have a glass or two of water before you start drinking alcoholic beverages, and have one in between drinks to slow down your alcohol consumption as well.

7- Act like an accountant

If you overeat at one meal go light on the next. It takes 500 calories per day (or 3,500 calories per week) above your normal/maintenance consumption to gain one pound. It is impossible to gain weight from one piece of cheese cake!

8- Be careful with Desserts

There is no one that will tell you to give up desserts at holidays.  Desserts are a huge part of what make the season so amazing.  But consuming too much of anything is a bad thing. First of all, if you know you’re going to be parked at the dessert table, modify the rest of your menu.  Load up on the lighter foods like your grilled vegetables, and salads.

 

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Ferdinand, A place for Good Food and Music!


A while ago I got the chance to visit the newly renovated Ferdinand Gastro-pub located in Mahatma Ghandi street right in the heart of Hamra.

The same spirit as before is still dominating the interior of the place, but with simple adjustments making even more enjoyable. The place is marked with leather couches, wooden tables and bar, candles and low lights.

We were greeted warmly, as we started discovering the diversified drinks menu and choosing what to eat. The menu is full of tasty items, from starters, mains, salads and dessert!

We tried the Devils on Horseback, cheese blossoms, and the burgers!

 

I enjoyed the place a lot, the music was amazing for a Saturday night and the food was so indulging. So if you’re passing by Hamra, you should definitely visit Ferdinand!

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Cheers!

 

Tis’ The Season To Be Jolly!


Christmas is just around the corner and all the country is already wearing its marvelous decoration. Christmas exhibitions, recitals, book fairs, jingles are everywhere…

On Saturday I got the chance to be present at the grand opening of the festive market at Le Vendome Beirut.

You can choose your perfect Christmas gifts from the amazing collection of silver and crystal ornaments, decorative items, and a delectable selection of Chocodome chocolate!

The Festive Market opens daily till January 6th, 2014 from 10h00 a.m. till 10h00 p.m. at the main lobby.

Then I went for a road trip with my friend and got to admire the enchanting Christmas decoration in Byblos ❤

 

And on Sunday, I went with my family to the Christmas festival in Dhour El Choueir.

We were seduced by the Christmas grotto, wine festival, and chants…

 

Where did you find your favorite Christmas decoration this year? 

Goodbye Summer Party on the top of Square Lounge!


I am a summer person and it’s really hard for me to say goodbye to the season that is full of life, activities, parties and fun.

I should have posted this post a while ago, because the party took place at the end of September, but I still don’t want to let go…

Movenpick Hotel’s goodbye summer party was on top of the heap! We were well welcomed at the door of the hotel, with a special setting of the living fountain romanesque statue to take pictures, then we were accompanied to the Square Lounge.

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The Square Lounge was full of good vibes, amazing beats and delicious bites.

Enjoying the breathtaking sea view, we were also entertained with acrobatic art and cute memes.

It was a splendid evening, wishing Movenpick Hotel a great winter season!

GodFather event at Cavalli Caffe: Where Crime meets Fashion!


I got really excited after received an intriguing invitation in my inbox about a themed event: “GodFather” event in Cavalli Caffe. Dress code was chic Black & White!

But why was I so so excited? Since ever, Cavalli has always been one of my favorite brands ❤

And the idea of mixing between crime and fashion was enthralling!

I got there, to find surprises waiting for us; black hats, red roses, cigars and toy guns. Just like in the movie!

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Fellows fashion bloggers, as well as food bloggers and a lot from the online community attended the event. The ambiance was really nice, the dress code colors were homogeneous with the interior animal print. Red lipstick and sangrias were adding color and life.

The food was appetizing, perfect temperature and taste!

 

Thank you Cavalli Caffe for this offbeat event, and until next time :*

 

Indulging: La Petite Maison


After London and Dubai, the Nice-born La Petite Maison reached Lebanon at Le Vendôme Hotel, in Ain Mrayseh, in Beirut.

And I had the chance to try this casual chic restaurant about 2 weeks ago 🙂

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This French Mediterranean restaurant, set in a casual chic atmosphere, serves classic Niçoise cuisine with a modern twist, creating light, healthy and deliciously palatable dishes with the very best fresh raw materials. The concept is Mediterranean, especially inspired from Nice. Plates are served in the middle of the table to be shared and enjoyed by the  guests, a great way for people to foster togetherness  over sensational meal. Prepared  à la minute  –  nothing  is cooked  or  even  cut  ahead  of  time  – this  Niçoise Mediterranean cuisine with Ligurian Italy influences from across Nice is presented as of when ready to maximize the culinary experience.

After discovering the space and being seated, the waiter was so kind to take us on a menu tour and indicate to us the signature dishes.

The degustation started with one of the unique bar menus, the Tomatini made with vodka, fresh cherry tomatoes and white balsamic vinegar, with salt and pepper seasoning.

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I am not a fan of bloody mary, but this thing is totally different, it’s much lighter and the tomato is so fresh, that you will keep you asking for more…

While our meal was getting prepared, I took a tour to check how things are being done. The salmon and the tuna were being cut on the spot, I went into the kitchen and took a look at the famous oven, where all the yummy dishes are baked… I got so hungry 😉

 

I joined the table again, the hors d’oeuvre we chose were served: burrata with tomatoes and basil, tuna carpaccio, warm prawns with olive oil, deep fried baby squid, and the famous Caesar Salad.

The Caesar Salad is one of Chef  Patron  Raphael  Duntoye latest signature dishes, and it features Roman lettuce quail eggs, oyster mushroom, baby artichokes cooked in gastrique marinade with sherry vinegar and honey to create the illusion of bacon and chicken.

Then it was time for the main dishes, rigatoni with Ceps mushroom, grilled veal chop, pan-fried Dover sole with a grainy mustard dressing, and of course fries and broccoli as side order.

 

We had to spare some space for the dessert too, we had the warm chocolate mouse with malt ice cream, passion fruit posset with fresh mango and a selection of sorbet

 

La Petite Maison philosophy is simple: “Tous célèbres ici”. Heard, it holds two meanings: “Everyone is Famous Here” and “Everyone Celebrates Here”. The restaurant welcomes people who savour exceptionally great, shared, home-style food, cooked with passion, and the best of fresh top quality sourced ingredients, prepared à la minute, there and then.

 

I enjoyed a lot the ambiance and the food, I highly recommend you to try this place. And what makes it more distinctive is the art.

The art of La Petite Maison represents the eccentric style of the 20th century painters of the South of France, Mediterranean in style and color, often child-like, bright, garish, provocative and clashing.

The trademark saucepans were created and designed by Max Cartier, a Nice based artist, and the saucepans throughout the world feature an image of the male or female part.

Max Cartier also designed the covers of the unique La Petite Maison menus.

 

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Enjoy!!

Introducing: Appetito Di Notte


 

I was invited a while ago to the opening of Appetito Di Notte, in the heart of Hamra.

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Appetito Di Notte is a new extension to Appetito trattoria, an entertainment venue in a classic style bar where guests make their way through the stairs to find an underground cocktail bar and restaurant that takes the place into another dimension starting at 10:30 pm and serving till the wee hours.

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With high ceilings, deep red nuances, surrounding mirrors, velvet curtains with low lounge areas and high-bar seating, you are shed with a cozy feel. Appetitto Di Notte is also complimented by seductive lighting and a resident DJ’s exclusive taste in acoustics, friendly, knowledgeable staff, well-crafted cocktails.


If you aren’t looking to see or be seen, and planning a grand celebration or an intimate gathering, Appetito Di Notte is the perfect place to host your private functions. 

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