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Sip Beirut

Gemmayzeh has always been the place to be; where all the indie, hip people hang and eccentric artists meet. A neutral territory where the young, the old and the wannabes can put aside their differences and just be. SIP is the perfect example of that.
Now let me take you through my experience with this place, one seemingly normal morning as I passed through Gemmayzeh with my friend, an intriguing millennial pink cubic structure, wedged between two old buildings caught our attention.




The place is relatively big, the walls and patterned floors reflect hues of soft pink and bronze oozing a casual swag and nonchalant coolness that draws you in. It’s modern and industrial with beautifully designed lighting fixtures.
At the other end of the room, you find a small outdoor area with white tables and potted green plants.

Why should you go there? they offer solid drinks, good food, some desserts, a calm creative space, free wifi and if you are lactose intolerant or vegan, you can get your coffee with almond / coconut milk. As for the service, found it to be a bit slow and unfazed.





The menu is simple and straight to the point, all the food fixtures of a good café with a few twists. My first instinct when visiting a new place is ordering everything on the menu, but that’s just my Instagrammer impulse for more content and SIP sure offers a great setup for it.
Thankfully I talked myself off the ledge and ordered a small assortment of breakfast staples.

The Labneh platter hit our table first. It came with a round piece of man’oushe, a dollop of labneh, some olives cucumbers and tomatoes. You can’t go wrong there!

The eggs on toast came after, we asked for them to be prepared sunny side up. They came on toast with spinach but we did not get a salad on the side as the menu stated. Still a good breakfast dish, the toast was a bit dry but good nonetheless.

My favourite and the most photo worthy was the Halloumi bagel. Seared Halloumi, grilled zucchini, sun-dried tomatoes on a bagel with greens. It’s a little caramelised, a little sweet and savoury and definitely flavourful.

I was planning to finish my breakfast with some sweets, the cookies were very tempting but at that point I was so full. If you did try any, leave us a comment with your thoughts and recommendations!!



Final Thoughts:
This place is all about the trendy vibes and casual atmosphere. Recommended for a chilled morning or afternoon if you are trying to get some work done with a a light bite.

Additional info:
Open daily from 7:30 am to 9 pm
Check out their menu on Zomato 

Sip Beirut Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

3 Online Wine Shops in Lebanon

We love the convenience and comfort of online shopping, it’s easy and you can order on the go when you are pressed for time.
Here’s our guide to 3 online wine shops in Lebanon for all you wine lovers out there!

Enoteca – The House of Wine

enotecaFounded in 1993, Enoteca offers a wide variety of wines, champagnes and spirits from all over the world. They currently have 2 shops in Achrafieh and Zalka where they also have wine tasting courses.

The online shop was launched December 2017 making it easier and hassle free to buy from the comfort of your own home (or office). They offer same day delivery for a 5.50$ fee and the option to self pick up from Enoteca store.


Vintage Wine Cellar


I’ve only recently found out that Vintage has online delivery. Vintage is much more than a wine and spirits store, they have wine courses, host tastings, dinners, cheese & wine nights and more with 2 stores in Saifi and Jal El Dib.

They currently only have cash on delivery as payment option but what sets them apart is they offer free delivery.


209 Lebanese Wine


209 Lebanese Wine has been online since 2016, delivering your favorite bottle of Lebanese wine to your doorstep. Over 300 bottles are available from more than 45 wineries. You can choose your wine based on color, food pairing, grape variety, winery or price.

Delivery takes 2 days (3 days outside of Beirut) for a 3$ fee or 9$ for same day express delivery in Greater Beirut.

Both online payments and cash on delivery are accepted.

Moussa Castle, A Castle of Dreams


Built on a hill between Deir El Qamar and Beiteddine, you can find the life work of a man named Moussa hence Moussa Castle. Moussa Abdel Karim Al Maamari dreamt at just 14 years old of building a great castle. When the teacher asked the students to draw a bird, Moussa drew his dream castle but was beaten and ridiculed by his teacher. Mocked by his classmates and the girl he was in love with at the time, he ditched school and went on to work with his uncle restoring Saida’s fortress.  Later on he continued renovating castles and gaining experience in the field and went on to work at Beiteddine Palace restoring the museum of  Emir Bashir Chehabi II.


Having acquired the skills and excellence in his domain, Moussa finally decided to buy a piece of land and start working on his dream castle. With the help of his wife, he did not rest and worked early mornings till late nights until his castle came to life.

The castle is open for visitors local and tourists, and is a must see when in the area. We visited the castle during our stay at Mir Amin Palace Hotel and enjoyed walking through it and admiring the displays, artifacts and weapons from old times and wars. The place is gorgeous and time actually stops once you go inside until you come out as you enjoy getting lost in the stories, memories and collections. Moussa’s success story is truly inspiring.


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. Read More

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 can relax, sit and have some coffee or tea. Le Serail restaurant is also available serving traditional Lebanese cuisine in a warm cozy setting. During the summer, The Terrace Italian restaurant welcomes guests in the courtyard to savor genuine Italian cuisine. Garden El Mir also serves Lebanese cuisine as well as a Sunday buffet.

We stayed in an executive room, with a seating area and views overlooking the mountains. Beautiful, spacious and comfortable with modern amenities. The room was spotless and 2 complimentary bottles of water were waiting for us. Needless to say we were not disappointed.

We decided to go and explore the surrounding area, visiting Moussa Castle, Beiteddine Palace, Fakhreddine Mosque (the oldest Mosque in Mount Lebanon) and Our Lady Of The Hill Church. (Stay tuned for a more detailed post on sightseeing in Beiteddine/Deir El Qamar).

Returning to our rooms in the early evening, we were pleasantly surprised with a treat waiting for us in our room. A big bowl of fresh fruits and Arabic sweets prepared by the hotel’s very own chef. We immediately delved into the sweets and loved them, especially the crescent shaped anise cookies.

We lazed around the room and rested a bit from all the walking and sightseeing, pondering whether to order room service or go down to the restaurant for dinner. Being the couch potatoes we usually are, our initial thought was to order room service and relax, watch TV and play board games. However, due to the majority poll vote on Instagram we decided to go down to the restaurant and have dinner. Beautiful interior with glass windows that look out into the courtyard, we were starving for traditional Lebanese food.

A more detailed post of our dining experience will follow soon, but we can definitely assure you, you are in good hands and guaranteed to eat well at Mir Amin.

After a hefty, mouthwatering meal we retreated to our room. Two movies and a few scrabble games later we finally dozed off. Having stayed in several hotels, Twin rooms usually offer 2 single beds that are most of the time small and uncomfortable. We were so pleased with the size and comfort of the beds, each bed was almost the size of a double bed and the mattress and pillow were oh so comfortable. It was definitely the best sleep we’ve had in all the hotels we stayed at.

I think we can all agree that the best part of staying in a hotel has got to be the breakfast. You have the option of having breakfast down in the restaurant or have it delivered to your room. We opted for the second. Scrambled eggs on toast, Manakeesh (Zaatar, Cheese, Keshek, Selek), Labneh, Jams & Honey, Veggie plate & Olives, Cheese Plate, Bread & Toast basket with Cake and Fresh Orange Juice, Coffee & Tea. What more can one ask for after a good nights rest, we dived right in.


The word hotel makes you think of tourists and vacations, but Mir Amin is much more than that.
It’s a destination for Lebanese as well wishing to escape the city and find refuge in a quiet and serene place for a day or a weekend getaway.
Welcoming and hospitable staff, our stay was memorable and we’ll definitely visit again when the weather is warmer for another stay and of course their Sunday buffet.




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La Petite Table

This post has been a long time coming and I am so glad that I am finally getting around to it.





La Petite Table is located in both The Gardens Naccache and ABC Verdun, both their setup and decor are very similar and exude calmness and tranquility. This place is healthier than most eateries; you’ll find lots of veggies, grilled foods and many vegetarian and vegan options for your health-conscious picky friends but don’t fret they also offer quality burgers and plenty of decadent desserts. That is exactly why this place will become the answer to all your questions … Delicious breakfast? Business lunch? Dessert and coffee date? Healthy lunch? Casual date?
La Petite Table, obviously!




They offer a wonderful breakfast buffet as well as many breakfast items on their menu; such as free range eggs, granola, pastries and more. The buffet is served from 8 until 12 and you can choose from 3 different breakfast formulas.

We rather enjoyed breakfast there, the buffet had a nice variety of items, the croissants were flaky and the eggs were fluffy what more can we really ask for!









A rainbow of crunchy fresh veggies topped with peanuts and sesame. The vegetable rolls are usually served with sweet, soy sea dip but we had it with sweet chili.
You really can’t go wrong here! It’s a delicious salad stuffed into rice paper. Absolutely delicious!

Their salad bowls are an ideal healthy lunch meal, they’re so nourishing and packed with tons of flavor. We tried the shrimp bowl which comes with kale, lettuce, avocado, grapefruit, orange, radish, broccoli, cucumber, rice vermicelli, and shrimps. Just YUM!



A definite favourite of ours is the Falafel & Grilled Veggie Salad. It’s got more ingredients then I can list and is so satisfying. You are going to want to try this … I mean, it has mini falafels for christ’s sake!!

We loved the onion cream spread in the smoked Salmon wasabi and the flavors of the herbs really come through. A great choice!



The Salmon & Green Tagliatelle is one of the best dishes we could recommend from their menu, the salmon was cooked to perfection and the pasta was creamy, but it was that harmony of flavour between the garlic, dill and onion that had us hooked. We just want to swim in this pasta!

Simple, clean and delicious is how we can describe this dish, but than again that can be said about their whole menu!! The Chicken & Tomato Red Rice is made up of a layer of natural Camargue red rice topped with a garden of grilled veggies and chicken.


We’ve tried a few of their desserts and we have to say that the Mango Rice Pudding and the Passion Fruit Vacherin are a definite must try and might just be our top two favourite desserts to date!! With that said, for all of you chocolate lovers out there … The Molten Chocolate cake is everything you’ve ever wanted chocolate cake to be. It’s gooey, intense and oh so dense. Beware! This dessert is highly addictive!


Final Thoughts:
This place has stellar dishes and a not to be missed breakfast buffet
Additional info:
For reservations: 81 666483
Find their menu on

La Petite Table Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

El Denye Hek, Mar Mikhael

Lent is now upon us and we’ve taken this opportunity to attempt to follow a vegan diet as often as possible. That is why you have been seeing a lot of vegan eats on our “TheUrbanPotato” Instagram stories.





Today we bring you a Lebanese restaurant that is not exactly new but most definitely worth a visit. Located in Mar Mikhael’s bustling street facing Radio Beirut, El Denye Hek serves traditional Lebanese dishes and than some! On our first visit we were expecting the usual menu items, little did we know El Denye Hek serves some authentic hardcore Lebanese dishes as well. We were pleasantly surprised to know they serve Makhlouta and Kalkas bel Adas among others.

El Denyeh Hek has three seating areas and is designed to make you forget where you are and take you back to a simpler time. There is a tree in the middle of the restaurant, green everywhere and the ceiling is made of glass which makes the place feel so spacious and lets in lots of natural light; you will get comfortable the moment you walk in, as if you were dining in your own garden… It’s a charming place with a warm and relaxing atmosphere, a true escape from the city right in the middle of Mar Mikhael.



In addition to the beautiful mountain-house like vibe, El Denye Hek has an ancient well you can walk into on a glass floor and look down to the seemingly bottomless pit.
If you enjoy having your fortune told they also have an awesome little cave all setup for mystical palm or coffee cup reading.





For our vegan experience we decided to order the Zaatar Saj, Lentil Salad, Fattoush, Hummus, Dlouh Selek, Fasoulya Arida, Batata w Kezbara and to our delight Kalkas Bel Adas.

The Zaatar Saj was really good, however make sure to eat it quickly while it’s still hot before the dough turns hardens and is no longer enjoyable.
The Lentil salad was just amazing with such fresh ingredients, definitely ordering it again.

There was a misunderstanding with the fattoush as we ordered it with debs el remmen on the side. We received it mixed with debs el remmen and an additional dressing on the side. What we wanted was a fattoush devoid of dressing and for us to put according to our taste, nonetheless, it was quite enjoyable. The presentation though needs a little work. It definitely tastes better than it looks!

These guys have this awesome option for cold mezze that allows you to order a mix of three miniature sized dishes. The three are set to be Keshek Akhdar, Dlouh Selek and Fasoulia Arida, but we asked to substitute the Keshek with Hummus.
The Dlouh Selek and Fasoulya Arida were delicious, perfectly cooked and marinated. The Hummus was addictive, we couldn’t stop dipping that bread in it. It’s one of the best we’ve had in Beirut, we prefer to order it plain without their usual pesto sauce.

Batata w Kezbara was a hit, the plate vanished pretty quickly. It wasn’t oily at all as it is in most places and the spice flavor was well balanced.
Unfortunately, our big disappointment was the Kalkas Bel Adas. The menu states it’s slow cooked Kalkas with garlic, lemon juice, olive oil and lentils; what it fails to mention is that it comes swimming in olive oil! We tried to have some and could tell it was well made but after a few spoons we couldn’t help feeling nauseous as the taste of olive oil overpowered the dish. By the end of our meal the plate was virtually untouched but the waiter failed to ask the reason why as they should when seeing a plate intact.


Final Thoughts:
We always enjoy coming to El Denye Hek, the Kalkas dish needs to be fixed the soonest. However they do serve some of the best cold and hot mezza in Beirut and are a perfect choice for lent friendly dishes.

Additional info:
Open daily from 10 am to 1 am
Check out their menu on Zomato 

El Denye Hek Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Kalei Coffee co.

Beyond the chaotic streets of Mar Mikhael, away from the frenzied crowds and ear-splitting noise of the city lies an uncluttered café that is not to be missed. This relaxed space was created by two coffee enthusiasts and boy do they know their coffee!





Kalei started out as a micro-roastery which later expanded into a specialty coffee shop. The owners travel around the globe to countries that produce coffee, like Ethiopia and Colombia, visiting farms in order to buy the bean that is then roasted and freshly brewed here in Lebanon. Not only that but some of the coffees they offer like the Colombian variety are both certified organic and fair trade.
So you can enjoy the authentic coffee flavor and pat yourself on the back for supporting the environment and a better life for coffee farmers.

Their coffee packs are sold both as single bean origin and blends. They can be found in many shops and restaurants, as well as both their café and on their online shop, along with different types of coffee and tea equipment. The website also offers 3 coffee subscription packages, a brew guide, and plenty of information on the origins of the beans and interesting articles.





Tucked away in the backstreets of Mar Mikhael beyond the alleyways and abandoned buildings, finding Kalei is somewhat of a treasure hunt, and once you arrive, you are overwhelmed with a sense of calm.

The multi-level café has 3 seating areas, the garden (pet-friendly), indoor lounge and roof lounge.  Calling the decor minimalist is an understatement, even the colors seem to be desaturated.

Time seems to slow down in Kalei, the atmosphere is laidback, making it the perfect escape inside Beirut for a relaxing breakfast, brunch or after work drink or you can just while away the hours with a nice hot brew and a good book.





Their menu offers a little something for everyone Freshly brewed coffee, tea, alcoholic drinks, light bites, and you can find their sweets neatly displayed at the counter inside.

We love Latte art, so obviously, we ordered the Latte it had a beautiful Lotus design, almost too perfect to disturb. The Affogato was the perfect pick me up, a scoop of Raspberry ice cream drowned in rich, hot espresso, it’s like coffee and dessert!

I feel it’s important I mention, we visited Kalei after brunch, with the sole intention of having some coffee but there we were on a lovely table by the entrance, a cool breeze, and it happened! A waiter walks past us with this inviting plate of smashed avocado toast topped with a fried egg and that was that! We just had to have it. It was simple, flavourful and delicious.



Final Thoughts:
The atmosphere is relaxing, the food is solid and the coffee is excellent.

Additional info:
Open daily from 9am to 11pm
Check out their menu on Zomato 
Kalei Coffee Co. Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato


Raising Cane’s Opens at The Spot Choueifat

RC3Raising 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.

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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.

Bekaa Valley 05 Chateau Ksara Winery Was Founded By The Jesuits in 1857

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 international medals and started exporting wines to France. Today Kefraya is present in more than 40 countries. They offer guided tours of the estate and vineyards where you can enjoy some breathtaking panoramic views.


Domaine Wardy

Nestled in Zahle, Domaine Wardy’s roots date back to 1891 but the wardy family bought the company in 1997. Their wines and arak have won numerous awards in Europe, North America and Asia. Visits to the winery and vineyard are available including a wine tasting in the underground cellars where you will sample not only their wine selections but arak as well.


Château Marsyas

Located in the Bekaa Valley, Chateau Marsyas is owned by the Saade Family who also own and operate Domaine De Bargylus in Syria. The winery was established in 2007. A tour of the winery can be arranged.


Château St. Thomas

Château St Thomas is a family winery founded in 1990 by Saïd Touma. Their wines have been awarded more than 75 Gold & Silver medals in prestigious international wine competitions since 2002. The winery is open for tours, St. Thomas Chapel visits and wine tasting from Monday to Saturday.


Domaine Des Tourelles

One of the oldest Lebanese wineries established in 1868, Domaine des Tourelles is located in Chtaura and is also famous for their Arak Brun. Described in the financial times as the most seductive winery in Lebanon Domaine des Tourelles captured admirers all over the world. The winery has also some beautiful cellars and a large garden. Guided visits and private wine tastings are offered as well.



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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 sauce as well as the seafood platter.

When we recommend a dish, it must have been pretty memorable. Luckily, this one is. Perfectly cooked meat with seasoned grilled vegetables and baby potatoes on the side. No words can describe how much I enjoyed this dish,  it was literally happiness in every bite. A must try.

The seafood platter with saffron risotto was a real treat. A tasty dish comprised of clams, calamari, mussels and shrimps with rich flavors and a generous portion. We loved it.

Whenever we see french toast available on any menu it is guaranteed we will be ordering it. We currently have a #1 spot for french toast in Lebanon that for a long time has gone unrivaled but after trying the one at Chez Alain we’re happy to say we now have 2 top french toasts in Lebanon. Beautifully presented with berries, crushed hazelnuts, and vanilla ice cream. Sweet and savory, it’s one of the best we’ve had.


Additional info:
For reservations: 04 868922
Find their menu on zomato

Chez Alain Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato 

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 you !! The burgers are huge, saucy and super moist, get a few and share the love… They are definitely worth a try!

Британника  | Britannika

The Pub Burger at Britannica is a massive, juicy patty with fresh lettuce, tomatoes, onions, pickles, gooey cheese, the house sauce, topped with 2 thick strips of bacon… Your dream burger if you will! These guys also have an outstandingly long list of draft beers as well as their very own brew. This was definitely one of our favorite spots!

Мясорубка  | Myasorubka Loft Bar

These people take their burgers very seriously, they are known for their signature black bun burgers (although you can order the boring white bun, but why would you!!) and have built a fantastically extensive burger menu with any and every ingredient imaginable!! The Falafel burger is simple flavorful and oh so messy! We cannot say that this is a healthy burger per say but it most definitely is a great option for vegetarians… If not the only option that is!

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

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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 was little and was put away in an institution. 15 years later, he escapes and goes after his next kill.

5. Ghostbusters

Halloween is the perfect time to catch up on the original and also enjoy the all-female kick-ass remake. Who you gonna call?

6. Casper

No list of Halloween movies is complete without Casper! A paranormal expert and his daughter move into an abandoned mansion to get rid of the ghosts haunting it.

7. The Conjuring

Scary movies are especially creepy when they’re based on true stories. The Conjuring is based on real investigations of paranormal experts Ed and Loraine Warren.

8. Edward Scissorhands

If you’re looking for a Halloween movie that will make you cry rather than scream, this one is for you. An inventor dies before he could finish making a full human being named Edward. Edward’s life changes when a kind lady discovers him and takes him into her home.

9. Scream

With 4 films so far, the original Scream movie is a Halloween classic. That’s when ghostface makes his debut and starts his murder spree.

10. Carrie

An outcast gets her revenge on the mean girls at school using her telepathic powers.

11. The Addams Family

The Addams are forced out of their home and find it hard to adapt to the outside world.

12. Disturbia

After watching this movie you’ll begin to wonder whether your neighbor is a serial killer as well.

13. Harry Potter film series

Witches, wizards, trolls and a nearly headless ghost. What more can you ask for?



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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, it can be done by heating the coconut milk until the oil surfaces, it can be juiced from dried coconut flesh and kept in a cool room until the oil solidifies and can be removed from the cream and the list goes on ..

What are the benefits you ask ??

Coconut water is super nutritious as it is rich in natural sugars, vitamins, minerals, electrolytes & amino acids and so much more. It is hydrating especially after a work out to replenish your body’s electrolytes and minerals. It also flushes out all the toxins in the body among many other great health benefits not to forget that it is a delicious and nutritious substitute for sweets and soft drinks.

Coconut milk  I absolutely love it. It can be used as a milk substitute for people that are Lactose intolerant, vegans or if you just don’t like the taste of cow milk, it adds a little somethin’ somethin’ to smoothies and of course delicious curries!
It has antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral properties. I’ve also read It is super conditioning for the hair, I never used it myself as a hair mask but I can imagine it’s good.

Coconut oil  My oh my! where do I start! This little baby can be used in so many different ways I just get all giddy when I think of the endless possibilities.
I’d like to say first that not all coconut oils are created equal, as mentioned above there are different ways of extracting the oil which is why it is very important to read the label. Usually, refined and hydrogenated coconut oil does not offer any health benefits, it is usually used for cooking/baking as it has a high smoking point.
What I usually get is Virgin coconut oil, or unrefined. This shouldn’t be used in cooking because it will burn quickly (not good) but it can be added to smoothies and whatnot and a gem when it comes to personal care.
Coconut oil is one of the best multipurpose health product and I love to use it on my body, face, and hair.
I know the idea of putting oil on your face might sound crazy and counter-intuitive, especially for people with oily skin, thinking it will break them out and clog their pores, but that is not true at all!
Coconut oil, along with many other oils, are actually very good for you and will help heal and improve your skin.
Coconut oil has antiinflammatory properties so it will help to minimize breakouts and it will help break through the oils that are clogging the pores and remove them, leaving your skin feeling clean and soft.

A few of my favorite uses of coconut oil!

  • Makeup remover | Take a dab of coconut oil, massage for a few seconds over makeup (including eyes & lashes) then take a small towel or clothe run it under warm water and wipe your face with it; Rinse & repeat! Trust me it will even dissolve waterproof makeup in seconds.

  • Oil cleansing | Very similar to removing makeup. Massage coconut oil on your face for a minute (in order to heat it up on your face) run a towel under warm water, squeeze the water out and put it over your face until it doesn’t feel warm anymore and gently wipe your face. Rinse & repeat!

  • Skin moisturizer | Massage a tiny amount of coconut oil on your face after washing it. Don’t worry it won’t feel greasy or anything.

  • Hair conditioning mask | Massage it all over your hair and leave it in for as long as you want from 1h to overnight (the longer the better of course) and wash it out. Coconut oil is very soft so it will not stick to your hair and very easy to wash it out, it will leave your hair shiny, manageable and healthy. It is also a great carrier oil for essential oils.

  • Oil Pulling | Not for the faint-hearted! This method has been around for ages and you can try it with any kind of oil you want but Coconut is my drug of choice. Take a tablespoon of coconut oil and swoosh it around in your mouth for about 20 minutes! Yes, it sounds weird but it is said that this method will draw toxins out, whiten teeth and help maintain clean, healthy gums. I’ve tried it, was hard to get used to but I like it. Now I don’t always have 20 mins to spare for swooshing oil so I don’t do it very often but definitely something you should try.