Author: URBAN LEBANON

9 Things We Really Miss About Summer

Each summer brings along new memories to be made and cherished forever. Lebanon is in a constant frenzy of beach and parties. Sure, the humidity turns our hair into a bird’s nest and taking multiple showers a day proved to be no cure for excessive sweating. However, we’re not here to gibber about the cons but rather the pros and awesome things that make summer the most awaited season.

Mir Amin Palace Hotel, Beiteddine

When we feel the need for a much deserved break but don’t have the luxury (or days off) to travel, a staycation is a must. If you look on the bright side of staycations the best part is definitely the no rush to catch a plane and hassle of packing, plus the added bonus of discovering a new beautiful city in Lebanon. A smooth, fun road trip, beautiful scenery, valleys and green hills. We finally arrive to Mir Amin Palace Hotel, a 19th century landmark located in Beiteddine, 45 km south of Beirut. We were very much impressed by the hotel’s stunning old architecture and design. Mir Amin was built by Emir Bashir II and is the remaining one of the 3 palaces built that survived. The hotel has been renovated but kept it’s charm and character and many original features were also retained. We fell in love as soon as we stepped out of the car and than into the courtyard on our way to our room. It’s a vast open courtyard, where guests …

Raising Cane’s Opens at The Spot Choueifat

Raising Cane’s finally opened in Lebanon and is only a quick drive away from downtown Beirut! Yes, you’ve guessed it (If you missed it in the title) they are the newest restaurant addition to The Spot Mall in Choueifat. Founded in Louisiana in 1996 by Todd Graves and named after his dog, Cane. This place is all about the Chicken Fingers and has become the fastest growing restaurant chain in the USA.

Lebanon’s Top Wineries

Ixsir Winery Selected by CNN as one of the greenest buildings in the world, Ixsir is set in Basbina, Batroun. You can book your visit and wine tasting in which a guide will take you on a journey in the terroirs and explain the wine making process. They also have a restaurant by Nicolas Audi serving lunch a la carte daily except Mondays when the winery is closed and an extensive lunch buffet on the weekend. Château Ksara One of the oldest wineries in Lebanon, Ksara was founded in 1857 by Jesuit monks who inherited the land and went on to produce Lebanon’s first dry wine. Visits are available all year round, you will be welcomed at the winery and taken for a tour of the historic Roman caves where Ksara’s rarest and finest vintages are stored. The tour will finish with a tasting of their wine selection. Château Kefraya The first vines were planted in 1951 and in 1979 Chateau Kefraya started producing it’s own wine. In the early 80’s they won their first …

Chez Alain – Broumana

We’ve all heard the saying “Too much of a good thing is bad for you”. Well, we tend to disagree. A beautiful hotel, stunning interior, exquisite food and impeccable service; These are the things that will make your night at Chez Alain, The Grand Hills Broumana. Apart from the beauty of the hotel and the mouthwatering dishes, what contributed the most to our perfect evening was Mounir. Friendly and helpful, Mounir was extremely attentive and knowledgeable. The Interior   Just in case you were in doubt of the cuisine you’re about to indulge in, the Eiffel Tower replica is there to enlighten you. A glass of wine in hand, we sat enjoying the view both indoor and out. The interior is grand and refined, the dramatic textures and floor to ceiling patterns took us back to past times and sparked glimpses of French decadence. The food   The Salmon Tartare was excellent, with perfectly chopped salmon and the right amount of seasonings. Delicious. For mains, we opted for the Beef Tenderloin with roasted baby potatoes and herb …

4 Bite-Worthy Burgers In Kaliningrad

Good burger intel is just as important as any other piece of information you need before visiting a new city!! Trust us this was not an easy list to make but here is our rundown of the most bite-worthy burgers you’ll find, so if you are planning to visit Kaliningrad make sure you don’t miss out on these joints !! Огонек Гриль-кафе | Ogonek Grill Cafe A sinfully succulent, deliciously comforting masterpiece! This place serves a multitude of great dishes but the burger truly stands out. A buttery, slightly crisp bun, a slather of mayo, lettuce and pickles, a patty the size of a hockey puck and the whole thing is topped with a perfectly runny poached egg. This burger is not for sharing … I mean just look at it! БургерБар | BurgerBar This place is smack in the middle of the city center. Burgerbar is hard to miss with its floor to ceiling glass walls and minimalist interior. The menu consists of pages and pages of mouthwatering burgers and your order gets prepared right in front of …

Halloween Movie Night

For those of you who treat Halloween like the most important holiday of the year, it’s finally your time to shine. Last year we had a Halloween movie night so we decided to hook you up with a few choices should you want to have your own. 1. Halloween Town A Disney classic! Three siblings who aren’t allowed to celebrate Halloween run away with their grandmother and discover that she’s a witch from a town called Halloweentown. 2. Hocus Pocus This comedy includes black cats, witchcraft and lots of laughs. Three witches are accidentally resurrected and return 300 years after being hung for their spell work. 3. The nightmare before Christmas Jack Skellington becomes bored with the town’s yearly preparation for Halloween and accidentally finds himself in Christmas Town. He decides to take over the holiday and kidnap Santa.  A fun musical film, the story of Jack and Sally is quite endearing. 4. Halloween Michael Myers is seriously scary! You might want to keep the lights on when watching Halloween. Michael killed his sister when he …

Coconut: Benefits & Uses!

  My love for all things coconut started about a year ago when I was dabbling with a few healthy diets; yes I know our Instagram account doesn’t exactly inspire health but I do try to keep a balance. How are they produced?? Coconut water comes from the coconut when it is still green, the water is colorless, slightly cloudy and sweet. In the more mature brown coconut you can also find water but in a smaller quantity and although it is very nutritious it is not as nutritious as the water from the young green coconut. Coconut milk is a creamy liquid extracted from the grated fatty white meat of a mature coconut like the brown ones we find in supermarkets. Now unlike the water this is not easily done at home, it takes some time and a little effort! Coconut oil is made using the milk extracted from the grated flesh of the matured brown coconut. There are many ways to separate the coconut oil, it can be filtered and kept in a jar in a cool room until it separates, …

Halloween Events in Beirut 2017

Looking for some fun and spooky Halloween events? You’ve come to the right place. We’ve rounded up 5 Halloween events happening in Lebanon this year. Boo! Decadeath: LeboWeen This season, Decadeath promises you a highly entertaining mix of scary and funny with the most thrilling Halloween soundtrack, signed Rodge! Lebo-Ween, Saturday October 28 at St. Georges. Regular: 40$ – 2 drinks from 9:30 pm to 10:00 pm Regular: 45$ – 2 drinks after 10:00 pm Table: 75$ – 3 drinks Funked Up Halloween Friday 27 it starts with 60’s – 70’s groovy tunes with Frensawi and Mahmoud behind the decks. On Saturday 28 they hit the 80’s with Michel and Elie-Nicolas. Free Entrance Halloween Party: BOO! at Coral Beach Hotel Official DJ Guest: Jack Sleiman, open virgin drinks and cocktails Ticket: 23$ – At the door: 28$ Halloween Party at Colonel For this event, a special craft beer will be brewed: The Pumpkin Ale. Entrance: 10$ including one beer. HalloVen Night! Latin Party This is not Halloween, this is HalloVen! Spend an unforgettable Venezuelan night (Latinos) this 28th of October …

Iran Defeats Germany in FIFA U-17 World Cup

As a die hard Germany supporter in anything football related, last night’s game vs. Iran was pretty sad to watch. I must admit the Iranians played a really good game and it pains me to say they deserved to win. Their victory over Germany booked them a seat in the round of 16. Iran’s next match will be against Costa Rica while Germany will be taking on Guinea. Let’s hope for a better performance from the German team in the upcoming matches.

5 Food Delivery Applications

You know that feeling when you’re stressed, overloaded and all you want is to binge eat a large pizza with a side of fries and a tank of coke but you don’t want to deal with the judgmental tone of an operator! Or you forgot to withdraw money (Story of my life) and you’re stuck at work with no clue of what you want to eat or if anything around you even delivers! Well that’s all ancient history … In the age of digital everything, where human interaction is just so overrated, these 5 applications are here to make your life that much easier! ZOMATO We are sure you are all familiar with Zomato, an application to browse restaurants all over Lebanon, see their menu and information and leave your feedback and rating. They recently introduced the food delivery service. The process is quick and painless, put your location, choose the restaurant, customize your dish and place your order. They will keep you updated by sending you notifications about your order status! Zomato offers live chat support and …