December 22, 2013

2013 Round-up: Impactful Culinary News of the Year

This year witnessed a variety of mind blowing news that have left an impact in the culinary world, locally and internationally. With a glass of wine in hand, I remembered a few of them - if you remember anything please share!

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We Won “Best Blog About Beirut”, Thanks to YOU!

We just won the Best Blog About Beirut! This is the indeed the best Christmas gift one could ask for. I’m overwhelmed with joy – knowing that people out there love, read and have voted for NGNO as the Best Blog About Beirut in a people’s choice award on Time Out’s Beirut’s Best of 2013. »more…
 
While walking along the isles of The Beirut Cooking Festival, I spotted a water glass bottle from a distance. I walked towards the stand to have a closer look and to my happy surprise I discovered that my dream has been realized. Talaya proudly introduces the first 1liter recyclable GLASS water bottle in Lebanon! Let me rewind a bit »more…
 
AN ANIMAL rights group has called on Alain Ducasse, Joël Robuchon and other top chefs to stop using foie gras. The group L214, named after an article of French law which stipulates that all animals should be placed by their owners in conditions that are compatible with their species’ biological needs, said that France’s chefs »more…
 
A humorous ad for Pepsi that reflects the brand’s competitive relationship with Coca-Cola has been making rounds during Halloween. I think its a funny ad especially that I am in a constant battle against Pepsi with Coca Cola.  Designed by Brussels, Belgium-based ad agency Buzz In A Box, this ad shows a can of Pepsi »more…
 
Following the footsteps of Paul Smith, Diane Von Furstenberg and Jean Paul Gaultier in collaborating with the French water brand, Elie Saab is the latest designer to make over a bottle of Evian. His elegantly-shaped bottle is adorned with a white lace pattern, as he describes it is an ‘ode to purity’. “We are thrilled »more…
 
I’m just pleased to see that we made it on the list. After all the things we have been through, Beirut city still prevails… We rank before Paris and Venice on the list… How amazing is that… check out the article published on CNN. The capital of Lebanon has “much to offer the adventurous traveler.” »more…
 
Add some flavour to your iPhones with NGNO’s new App now available on the Apple Store. Yes, you heard right… we’re now available on App Store, download our app free of charge and have us right under your fingertips, anytime, anywhere… For the first time, Lebanon and the world can easily access a wealth of »more…
 
Decadence D’Or is a $750 cupcake available at the Palazzo in Las Vegas, making it the most expensive cupcake available out there. This cupcake is made out of Palmira Single Estate chocolate, which was developed by Valrhona, the French luxury chocolatier. While the frosting is made with Charentes-Poitou AOC butter from an established French butter »more…
 
La chaîne de fast-food devrait faire son grand retour en France d’ici la fin de l’année 2013 et ouvrirait un restaurant au coeur de la gare Saint Lazare. D’après le Figaro, Burger King aurait l’intention d’ouvrir un restaurant sur deux étages (450 mètres carrés) dans le centre commercial de la gare Saint-Lazare. L’ouverture serait prévue pour décembre 2013, de »more…
 
Yum, the Club Sandwich is a favorite in restaurants and hotels around world. But this five-star Hullett House Hotel in Hong Kong has taken the Club Sandwich to a whole new level. The Hullett House Hotel, following this month’s Hotels.com survey of club sandwich prices around the world partnered with the hotel booking website to »more…
 
Have you heard of the cronut? Yes you heard right, CRONUT= Croissant + Doughnuts. The cronut is the brainchild of pastry chef Dominique Ansel, named one of the “Top 10 Pastry Chefs in the United States” by Dessert Professional Magazine. The must-have pastry, which sells for $5, is reported to be very tasty and desirable. »more…
 
I love it when Lebanon seems to find it’s way on the list of the best foods to find around the world. This time CNN sheds light on Kebabs and don’t we just love it… and Lebanon is number one on the list of TOP 5 places to have Kababs. According to CNN’s Gabrielle Jackson: »more…
 
After seven years waiting in the wings, the Roca brothers have claimed the coveted number one spot on The World’s 50 Best Restaurants list, sponsored by S.Pellegrino & Acqua Panna. El Celler de Can Roca in Girona has long been hailed as one of Spain’s most exciting places to eat and having spent two years »more…
 
Beirut City Centre, the 60,000 sqm venue, is the first project for MAF Properties in the Levant region that delivers a new retail and entertainment concept to the country featuring many “firsts”.  Over 40 of the 200 stores in the mall are new brands – never seen before in Lebanon: such as; Carrefour, Vox Cinemas, »more…
 
The United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) named Jbeil – Byblos as the best Arab tourist city in 2013, and felicitated its Mayor Ziad Al-Hawwat for the outstanding achievements he made and in recognition of his pioneering role in the development of the city.  Byblos is the Greek name of the Phoenician city Gebal. It is a Mediterranean city in the Mount »more…
 
NoGarlicNoOnions.com gets you the news first. Maple-bacon biscuits. Chocolate-dipped donuts. A lavish spread of eggs. Is there any meal more comforting than breakfast? Whatever time zone you wake up in, the best breakfasts will brighten your mood, fortify you for the day, and give you a taste of daily life in that destination. Our short »more…
 
Château Kefraya, the second largest winery in the Beqaa Valley (Lebanon), recently earned the highest wine grade in the history of Lebanese wines with Comte de M 2009. American wine critic Robert Parker commanded the public’s attention towards Comte de M when he awarded this newly acclaimed red wine with a total of 92 points out of 100. »more…
 
At Lonely Planet, debates are constantly raging over our favourite countries for food, our best-value travel finds and our number one destinations overall. These debates culminate in our annual Best in Travel selections, but we wanted to throw that question to a wider crowd by asking our fans on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and Thorn Tree where they have travelled and which places they »more…
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