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Kahwet Leila is Now in Hamra!


After having a surprise visit by the friendly Leila, to invite me to the opening of “Kahwet Leila” restaurant branch in Hamra facing Picadelli, I got really excited to attend the event.

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When I got there, I was fascinated by the small details that were taken care of, like the small coffee cups written on them Leila, the pink cotton candy that added a lot of life and old memories, the beautiful old collection cars…

As I entered to discover the place, the event was taking place at the beautiful garden, where you forget that you are located in Hamra, in the middle of Beirut!

Then we got the chance to taste the delicious new items from the menu…

I loved their new branch, it’s so big and spacious, the food is tasty.

I’m not fan of arguile, but people were enjoying it without annoying others with the smoke, because it’s an open space.

Leila was their all evening, taking pictures with everyone and making sure all is good.

For all Hamra lovers, you should try Kahwet Leila!!

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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!!

Appetizing Iftar at The Méditerranée


 

I was invited with fellow bloggers and media, to try the Iftar at the Méditerranée in Movenpick Hotel.

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Méditerranée, the hotel’s main restaurant, offers a sumptuous international cuisine with a Mediterranean twist.

We were welcomed to our table, and the jellab followed us. Then you could choose between chicken soup or lentils. I always prefer the lentils 🙂

Then it was the time to go and discover the varieties of the buffet. Starting with the cheese and ham section, salad bar, cold section, and hot dishes. There were also live stations of Falafel, Shawarma and Kafta.

The dessert section was also very rich, fruits, ice cream, kellaj (my favorite), maamoul, atayef…

The iftar was really good, you’d better hurry up and try it before Ramadan ends!

Introducing: Zenotel


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Zenotel in Bhersaf is one of the Middle East’s first wellness retreat and spa treated from  geomagnetic interferences. It transmits and creates amazing serenity, and offers a holistic approach to wellness with body therapies, nutritional detox programs and energy re-balancing.

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Zenotel advocates locavorism. We believe in enriching locals’ lives and tapping into the goodness that the community has to offer. Not only do we encourage local tourism, but also engage with locals to source ingredients, mostly from organic suppliers.

 

This 26-bedroom wellness retreat is set on open grounds, complete with lush landscaping and private garden, enjoying uninterrupted views from Beirut to Jounieh Bay.

For wholesome goodness and balance nutrition, enjoy meals and drinks at the Earth Restaurant, the outdoor Zen Café, and the Pomegranate Bar.

The spa comprises a steam, sauna and two treatment rooms, an indoor counter-current basin and outdoor pool with saline water, benefiting smoother skin and avoiding body chlorine intake.

The serenity room and surrounding space is ideal for yoga, corporate and wellness retreats and workshops.

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Zenotel is 24 km away from Beirut, in Bhersaf, Metn, and rises 900 m above sea level. Nestled between Brummana and Bekfaya, it is naturally inspiring with its invigorating climate, lush greenery, pine and linden trees.

 

For more information and details about Zenotel, visit their www.zenotel.me and follow them on Facebook and Instagram.

You can also contact them on the following numbers 04 984 281/2 or send an email to info@zenotel.me.

 

Travel Destination: HYATT REGENCY PARIS ETOILE


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Hyatt Regency Paris Étoile – Breakfast Room

Hyatt Regency Paris Étoile, formerly the renowned Hotel Concorde La Fayette, stands as one of the most impressive properties in the city. The 4 star Hotel is located just minutes from both the Arc de Triomphe and the world-famous Champs Elysees, and within easy reach of the impressive La Defense complex. Offering so much more than a great location in this cosmopolitan city, the 34-storey hotel offers truly unique views over Paris, especially the Eiffel tower, from its 950 luxury rooms and suites.

 

From Saturday 21 June to 12 September, Hyatt Regency Paris Etoile will meet the expectations of its guests and allow them to discover all the wonders of Paris in the summer. The Eiffel Tower is not far away and still sparkles like magic and The Arc de Triomphe stands there as majestically as ever. Hyatt Regency Paris Etoile has 950 guest rooms and suites in its 34 floors and all boast spectacular views of the city. It is conveniently located, just minutes from L’Arc de Triomphe and the famous Champs Elysées.

Restaurant La Fayette offers great culinary discoveries with seasonal dishes and Bar La Fayette provides enjoyable breakfasts and other light meals.

A private lounge provides breakfast, afternoon tea and evening snacks. The gym is on the 34th floor and fitness-lovers will appreciate the unique views of Paris including Montmartre. Nearby the hotel, direct shuttle rides can be obtained to Roissy Airport

Gallery shops nearby allow visitors to shop away from the heat or inclement weather. Metro Line 1 serves areas where luxury shopping and well-known cultural sites can be found. For guests from the Middle East, everything is arranged to meet their expectations.

 Hyatt Regency Paris Etoile is the ideal starting point to explore the French capital.

SUMMER TIME AND THE LIVING IS EASY AT INTERCONTINENTAL GENÈVE


As the oppressive summer heat engulfs the region once more and the luxuries of an afternoon walk or morning swim at the beach have long been forgotten, a refreshing destination offering breathtaking views at every turn, an endless list of outdoor adventure and palate pleasing cuisine beckons. And what better place than the ‘city of peace’.

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Comfortably nestled between lake and mountain, Geneva lies on the cross-roads of Western Europe. Lovers of the finer things in life can relish in the city’s endless indulgent offerings. Its high-street shopping and reputation for its luxury watches are unrivaled throughout the continent whilst the warmth of the Genevan hospitality ensures travelers feel secure as they enjoy strolling by the jet d’eau, shopping bags in toe.

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Epicureans are in safe hands with the city hosting over six Michelin starred restaurants heralding a cosmopolitan mélange of both international and local chefs seeking to thrill the gastronomical elite. Your inner thrill seeker is encouraged to escape its comfort zone to experience the natural beauty and exhilaration from paragliding over the Jura mountain range to hiking the impenetrable Alps and mountain biking amongst some of the most scenic paths in the world.

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The five-star Inter Continental Genève is an oasis within this oasis, and summer holidaymakers can relax by one of the most sought after swimming pools in the city soaking up the European sun beside crystal waters while the dedicated team meets your every need. Guests can truly take indulgence to the next level at the Clarins Institut Spa which specializes in blending the art of aromatherapy and phytotherapy using treatments from Europe’s number one body care brand – a much needed reprieve after a day of hard shopping!

Inter Continental Genève guests enjoy the memorable views of the iconic Mont Blanc and Jura Mountain range, and its impressive rooms and suites exude the opulence that has become second nature to those from the Gulf.  For those seeking the epitome of luxury travel, the iconic Residences consisting of Diplomatic Residence, Presidential Residence and The Residence, cater to every guest’s wishes; The Residence, the most stately of the trio includes an East & West Wing, two master bedrooms, and nine additional light filled rooms with floor-to-ceiling windows including a grand salon, two hamams, a treatment room serviced by Clarins, private gym, grand dining room, library, gallery, private lift, a kitchen fully equipped with John Pawson Demeyere cookware, a bar adorned with accessories by Ralph Lauren and a twenty-four hour butler to ensure your every wish is fulfilled.

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There’s never been a better occasion to experience a 5* City Resort now with Inter Continental Geneve’s Summer Promotion of 20% off all 56 exclusive Suites. Ten minutes away from the international airport and Lake Geneva, it’s the ideal family choice with various connecting rooms and suites, exciting entertainment offerings, Botanic gardens and a Kid’s Club operating from 11am to 8pm. Children under 12 years stay for free. During Ramadan exquisite dishes are prepared by their Lebanese Chef for Sohour and Iftar, while guests can enjoy at Shisha by the poolside. Unrivalled Arabic speaking staff are on hand, and a private butler on request for Residences reservations.

Introducing: Brick’s


 

I was invited a while ago to a friendly get together in Brick’s Hamra with other fellow bloggers and tweeps to discover the modern revamped look.

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It was the first I try the place, located in the heart of vibrant Hamra, we were well received and seated.

Had a look at the new menu, it was so varied, didn’t know what to order, so we ordered several items and shared them all together.

From spring rolls, blackened tuna, quesdillas, salad,  steak and dessert

They also have a menu of varied cocktails

It’s a nice place to chill with your friends after work, or enjoy exotic drinks in the week-end, you can sit inside as you can also enjoy the outdoor terrace, with wi-fi and nice music.

Don’t forget to check their Facebook page and follow them on twitter!

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