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May 16, 2018

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Lombardo’s Burgers Amsterdam

Burgers

May 16, 2018 | Restaurants | Holland

The burger place, considered by many to be the best, Lombardo cooks premium quality patties, creating a different kind of burgers you would want to try when visiting the Dutch capital. Big sized burgers made of a Frenchy bun, a thick pure beef…

De Bakkerswinkel Bakery Amsterdam

Breakfast & Coffee

May 14, 2018 | Restaurants | Holland

Loaded and fresh sandwiches, flaky croissants, a dark chocolate cake and a black coffee... a small homey bakery serves breakfast and lunch every day until 5 pm. You feel at home, enchanted with fresh aromas, the bakery is good for a morning…

Naya: Middle Eastern Counter and Grill with Lebanese Influences in New York

Lebanese/Middle Eastern

April 29, 2018 | Popular | USA

With the opening of its fifth location in New York, Naya comes with a new revamped and upscale decor. Brightly lit, cleaner and trendier, the casual Lebanese restaurant speaks the American language. Enter a long hall decorated with wood, greenery…

Lenwich; New York’s Favorite Sandwich Place and Good Looking Eats

Recommended

April 11, 2018 | Restaurants | USA

It’s called Lenwich and I already tried nine of their sandwiches and visited three of their locations; Lenwich is the home of loaded sandwiches beautifully designed to make your mouth water.  The concept is simple, stand in line, order…

Contact Info: Lenwich

Phone Number: +1 (212) 462-4433

Address: 16 West 23rd Street New York, NY 10010, United States [ view ]

Phone Number: +1 (212) 462-4433

Address: 16 West 23rd Street New York, NY 10010, United States [ view ]

The World’s Best Cookie is Found in New York

Breakfast & Coffee

April 10, 2018 | Desserts & Sweets | USA

Third time at Levain, still impressed as if it was the first. What a place, what a cookie... The world's best cookies for sure.  Up on the West Side is a hole in the wall under street level 167 West 74th. You’ll find a small shop under…

Contact Info: Levain Bakery

Phone Number: +1 212-874-6080

Address: 167 W 74th St, New York, NY 10023, United States [ view ]

Phone Number: +1 212-874-6080

Address: 167 W 74th St, New York, NY 10023, United States [ view ]

Manousheh New York: A True Lebanese Bakery, Amazing Manakish!

Bread & Bakeries

April 01, 2018 | Lebanese/Middle Eastern | USA

Ambassador of great culinary know-how, Manousheh has exported the true taste of the Lebanese “Manouche” to New York. I’ve been here several times already and still feel goosebumps every time I walk in. It feels Lebanese, it smells…

Contact Info: Manoushe NYC

Phone Number: +1 347 971 5778

Address: 193 Bleecker St, New York, NY 10012, United States [ view ]

Phone Number: +1 347 971 5778

Address: 193 Bleecker St, New York, NY 10012, United States [ view ]

&pizza: Complete Chaos in New York!

Pizza

March 31, 2018 | Restaurants | USA

I heard about & Pizza and was happy to try it out. I came into a black & white long corridor: Easy ordering process; few pre-set pizzas and mainly build your own options with different toppings: different cheeses, veggies, herbs,…

Gordon Ramsey Plane Food at Heathrow Terminal 5

Airports

March 31, 2018 | International Cuisine

When I read “Plane Food”, I freaked out; what a cheap name I said to myself. But wait, don’t judge too quickly, I walked into an elegant restaurant serving a non-complicated refined menu prepared by the famous Gordon Ramsey. Gordon…

Contact Info: Heathrow Airport

Phone Number: +44 844 335 1801

Address: Longford TW6, London, UK [ view ]

Phone Number: +44 844 335 1801

Address: Longford TW6, London, UK [ view ]

The Doughnut Plant, New York: Probably The Best Donut I Ever Had

Breakfast & Coffee

March 30, 2018 | Recommended | USA

I liked the name and the menu choices, which made me want to wake up early and visit them. The Doughnut Plant has the world's first crème brûlée doughnut as well as the first square doughnut which were created here in New…

Contact Info: Doughnut Plant

Phone Number: +1 212 505 3700

Address: New York [ view ]

Phone Number: +1 212 505 3700

Address: New York [ view ]

Union Fare New York: The World Sexiest Croissants

Breakfast & Coffee

March 21, 2018 | Recommended | USA

On my last trip to New York, I discovered a croissant, a loaded one, colorful on the outside and richly filled in the inside. It was love at first sight, a heavy-loaded Croissant like I’ve never seen before; red velvet, chocolate, crème…

Contact Info: Union Fare

Phone Number: +1 212-633-6003

Address: 5 E 17th St, New York, NY 10003, United States [ view ]

Phone Number: +1 212-633-6003

Address: 5 E 17th St, New York, NY 10003, United States [ view ]

Balade Your Way: A Lebanese Casual Restaurant in New York Serves a Tasty Shawarma

Lebanese/Middle Eastern

March 21, 2018 | Recommended | USA

Balade or “local” in Lebanese, an eatery from our country is now open in New York for the last year or so. I came here because I liked the name and just because every successful Lebanese has to be supported and thanked for showing the…

Contact Info: Balade Your Way

Phone Number: +1 (212) 695-6969

Address: 144 W 37th St, New York, NY 10018 [ view ]

Phone Number: +1 (212) 695-6969

Address: 144 W 37th St, New York, NY 10018 [ view ]

Wagamama: Sexy Asian Flavors in Heathrow

Airports

March 20, 2018 | Asian/Chinese | UK

In the heart of Heathrow Terminal 5, Wagamama, one of my favorite restaurants, which I first discovered in Istanbul, welcomes you for lunch. A restaurant hosting several long tables where guests eat together. Sides, donburi, ramen, teppanyaki,…

Contact Info: Heathrow Airport

Phone Number: +44 844 335 1801

Address: Longford TW6, London, UK [ view ]

Phone Number: +44 844 335 1801

Address: Longford TW6, London, UK [ view ]

MAG Gelato: From Italy to Lebanon, The Authentic Italian Tradition

Desserts & Sweets

March 20, 2018 | Ice Cream & Gelato | Lebanon

Very, very good ice cream can be found at MAG, the newest gelato shop to open in Hazmieh next to Tiger’s Diner. MAG is an Italian franchise with a recipe imported all the way from Italy. Very good quality ice cream with a reasonable quantity…

SALT: Dubai’s Famous Burger is a Must Try

Burgers

March 13, 2018 | Recommended | UAE

They say you can’t visit Dubai without having a burger at SALT! SALT is Dubai’s favorite burger as claimed by many, famous for a couple of years now. Located on Jumeirah public beach, SALT occupies a large area spread on two hundred…

Ghanem’s Fish Restaurant: A Traditional Street Eatery in Cairo

Fish & Seafood

March 08, 2018 | Recommended | Middle East

In the heart of vibrant old Cairo, on the sidewalk where thousands of tourists pass every day is a street eatery called Ghanem. A small fish shop and a “Restaurant” like it’s written on the door. Santa Claus decorations left from…

Eileen’s Cheesecakes of New York City

Desserts & Sweets

March 07, 2018 | Tasty Discoveries | USA

Because Google considers Eileen’s cheesecakes as being the best in New York and because I’ve been already here in 2015, I was back to have a cheesecake near little Italy. Eileen is famous for its strawberry cheesecake, the lemon -one of…

La Bottega Della Gina: Homemade Food the Traditional Way in Verona

Italian

February 01, 2018 | Restaurants | Europe

You won’t imagine enjoying something as great in a place as small! You feel at home, a tiny little shop that serves Pasta, only fresh Pasta. The owner doesn’t speak English, but listens to American music enjoying her time between…

Tik Tak Abou Rami: Foul, Hummus, Fatteh and Positive Vibes in El Mina, Tripoli

Breakfast & Coffee

January 29, 2018 | Recommended | North Lebanon

I was recently indulging in an early morning tour around the tight streets of Tripoli and Mina. Foul and hummus is a daily ritual for all of us, and some of its cooked well, other times it's not. I've been to some places where the flavors don't show…

My Favorite Street Crepe in Paris

Recommended

January 15, 2018 | Reviews | France

Expect to wait around 15 minutes for your crepe at Crêperie Genia, only because there is always a crowd waiting to get their hands on the yummiest crepe in Paris. What I love about this place is simple: Crêperie Genia's crepes are…

Contact Info: Creperie Genia

Phone Number: +33 7 68 01 82 85

Address: 53 Rue de la Harpe, 75005, Paris, France [ view ]

Phone Number: +33 7 68 01 82 85

Address: 53 Rue de la Harpe, 75005, Paris, France [ view ]

Al Jardali Saida: My Favorite Knefeh

Breakfast & Coffee

January 15, 2018 | Popular | South Lebanon

If you watch my shows or follow my stories on Instagram, you would know by now that Al Jardali Saida sells my favorite Knefeh in Lebanon. Thinner than all the rest, the knefeh is softer, less sweet and doesn't have a crunchy…

Abul3ezz: A Shawarma I Adore; Chicken and Beef

Lebanese/Middle Eastern

January 14, 2018 | Recommended | Mount Lebanon

Still is one of the best Shawarma joints in town, Abul3ezz serves an amazing sandwich loaded with flavors and love, served with such a generosity like no one else does it. I love the bread, the way it's soaked in fat and grilled, the juiciness…

Contact Info: Abul3ezz Street Food

Phone Number: +961 70 833 877

Address: Slaf El Bawshriyeh road, Near Sibon, Dekwaneh, Metn, Lebanon [ view ]

Phone Number: +961 70 833 877

Address: Slaf El Bawshriyeh road, Near Sibon, Dekwaneh, Metn, Lebanon [ view ]

Pick a Poke: Lebanon’s Poke Experience Takes You on a Journey to Hawaii and Back

Japanese & Sushi

January 10, 2018 | Recommended | Beirut

“Pick a Poke” and leave with a smile on your face! A new Hawaiian restaurant has newly opened in Beirut, and it comes with a wide selection of mixes inspired by this trendy American fresh local food. Tuna, salmon, shrimp and much more to…

My Favorite Falafel are Found in Kousba: Robert Sadat

Recommended

January 07, 2018 | Restaurants | Lebanon

A unique handmade bread from the village, no garlic and no onions, the falafel at Robert Sadat is light and straightforward yet fulfilling. Yes, no garlic and no onions; have a sandwich and return to work without feeling heavy and loaded. I…

Raising Cane’s: Finally a Real Fried Chicken Experience in Lebanon!

American

January 07, 2018 | Recommended | Lebanon

I don’t know the brand, but all I can tell you that it feels like the only real American fast food experience in Lebanon! “Raising Cane’s” takes you on a trip to the United States and back, a typical fast food diner...…

Hamburguru: A Street Food Burger in Jal el Dib

Burgers

December 31, 2017 | Reviews | Mount Lebanon

Tiny but mighty, a small hamburger shop has been open for the last five months on the Jal el Dib-Jdeideh internal road. Operated by a smiley owner spreading happiness all around the place, Hamburguru is the address where having a smile on your face…

Zaatarji: The Zaatar Manouche Rocks!

Breakfast & Coffee

December 31, 2017 | Reviews | Mount Lebanon

Homemade, handmade, passionately baked, very floppy, amazingly moist and juicy... I love their Mankouchet zaatar and I’ll recommend it to all my friends. Visit Zaatarji, newly opened in Jdeideh facing Al Chayeb Bakery. The zaatar is so…

Kaak B Semsom: From Zahle to Jal el Dib

Breakfast & Coffee

December 30, 2017 | Recommended | Mount Lebanon

My favorite Kaak parlor has come all the way from Zahle to Jal El Dib! A great Kaake is served here, light and airy, covered with sesame and loaded with a heart of premium ingredients. It’s not the place, not the location but the Kaaka itself,…

Sandwitch: Driven by Passion, The Happiest Sandwicheria in Lebanon!

International Cuisine

December 24, 2017 | Recommended | Mount Lebanon

Six customers sitting at the bar, a place loaded with hungry people, the owner and a manager handling delivery calls, five chefs working like a busy beehive handing sandwiches to the hungry crowd. What a place! A simple Lebanese food shack open for…

Contact Info: Sand-Witch

Phone Number: +9613878715

Address: Main Street, Behind Banque du Liban, Sakiet El Misk, Bikfaya, Mount Lebanon, Metn [ view ]

Phone Number: +9613878715

Address: Main Street, Behind Banque du Liban, Sakiet El Misk, Bikfaya, Mount Lebanon, Metn [ view ]

Food Trucks in Lebanon... Go to Saida!

Mechwar Videos

December 21, 2017 | News | South Lebanon

Saida, Lebanon's only city to allow food trucks to date has already five of them. Follow me on a discovery tour...  

Carette Paris: A Happy Ambiance, Amazing Food, Extravagant Desserts

Bread & Bakeries

December 20, 2017 | French | France

Open since 1927, Carette has been the Meeting point for locals and travelers coming here to see and be seen. A cafe trottoir with an internal dining space set in front of a lavish display of viennoiseries and desserts. Looking like a calmer yet…

Pure Green: New York's Best Acai Bowl

Recommended

November 15, 2017 | Reviews | USA

Açai pronounced Ah-Sah-Yee is a superfood loaded with antioxidants. It’s my dream bowl, my addiction every time I'm in New York. Fresh and healthy, it puts me in a good mood!  The best açai bowl I’ve ever had, more…

Make Sandwich: Bizarre Menu; Complicated Choices!

Reviews

November 14, 2017 | Sandwiches | USA

On Union square is a small sandwich shop called “Sandwich” offering nine kinds of sandwiches. The place is neat, one table in the middle and an open kitchen...but I expected more details! Photos of the menu, the possibility of choosing…

Al Rayess: Tasty Sandwiches in the Heart of Chtaura

Sandwiches

November 12, 2017 | Street Food | Lebanon

Last year while walking around Hamra, I discovered a funky place called Rayess. A red and yellow kiosk occupying the entrance of this historical street, Al Rayess from Chtaura is in fact an authentic sandwicheria with touches of modernism. Visiting…

Five Guys: My Personal Favorite Fast Food Burger

American

November 11, 2017 | Burgers | USA

Let’s get straight to the point, no descriptions, no introductions just the real deal centre of attention: one of my favorite burgers ever, one of the world’s best! After trying Five Guys in Paris, Dubai and two times in New York, I can…

Contact Info: Five Guys New York

Phone Number: +1 646 783-5060

Address: 690, 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10017, United States [ view ]

Phone Number: +1 646 783-5060

Address: 690, 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10017, United States [ view ]

Sushirrito New York: I’ve Had Better Sushi Burrito in Lebanon

Japanese & Sushi

November 11, 2017 | Restaurants | USA

Many have copied the name, for its sexiness or since the food concept is so tasty. I went in to Sushirrito for two burritos. I felt so proud of Lebanon when I tried the Sushi Burrito from New York's Sushirrito! I can proudly say that in Lebanon,…

Nana’s Creative Cafe in Woodstock

Breakfast & Coffee

November 04, 2017 | New York

A small eatery in the heart of Woodstock which opens early for breakfast and also serves lunch. White stickers on the glass, two tables outside, I felt attracted to the place and decided to stop for a bite. A display fridge, dozens of cakes to…

Eisenberg’s Deli New York: The Sandwiches Are Not Good!

Restaurants

November 01, 2017 | Reviews | USA

In the heart of Manhattan located in the busy Flatiron district, Eisenberg is an old restaurant with a long bar and a seating area at one end. You don’t wait in line, no number and names, walk in and sit wherever you feel like. In…

Krikor: The Famous Kawarma, Cheese, Butter and Ghee Manouche

Bread & Bakeries

October 30, 2017 | Breakfast & Coffee | Mount Lebanon

At 3am, the dough is prepared and ready to enter the oven as and when the client asks for it. A layer of kashkawan cheese lies under the kawarma meat. Beef meets with lamb fat. Kashkawan, mozzarella and local cheese all together freshly shredded,…

Soma Eats: Memorable Breakfast Creations in San Francisco

Breakfast & Coffee

October 18, 2017 | International Cuisine | California

The story started when I received a message on Instagram... "we know you are around, please pass by for a bite!" Things became more exciting when I walked into this big and relaxing space decorated with hundreds of whisky, wine and beer bottles... a…

Contact Info: Soma Eats

Phone Number: +1-415-543-7662

Address: 186 2nd St, San Francisco, CA 94105, USA [ view ]

Phone Number: +1-415-543-7662

Address: 186 2nd St, San Francisco, CA 94105, USA [ view ]

Ziggy’s Halal Burgers San Francisco: Fast and Good

Burgers

October 15, 2017 | Restaurants | California

Open for breakfast from 8am and then lunch from 11, Ziggy’s serves eggs, burgers, sandwiches and platters. Jazz playing in the background, I walked in to give Ziggy’s a try. The colors and that big dinosaur at the entrance made me…

Contact Info: Ziggy's Halal Burgers

Phone Number: +1-415-391-8181

Address: 21 Drumm St, San Francisco, CA 94111, USA [ view ]

Phone Number: +1-415-391-8181

Address: 21 Drumm St, San Francisco, CA 94111, USA [ view ]

Yo Sushi: Lunch on the Conveyor at Paris Airport

Airports

October 10, 2017 | Japanese & Sushi | France

Launched in 1997, YO! Sushi is a chain of restaurants inspired by traditional Japanese sushi bars and is famous for its conveyor belts. YO! restaurants serve sushi as well as warm traditional Japanese dishes, and offer a wide variety of beer, wine…

Contact Info: Charles de Gaulle Airport

Phone Number: +33 1 70 36 39 50

Address: 95700 Roissy-en-France, France [ view ]

Phone Number: +33 1 70 36 39 50

Address: 95700 Roissy-en-France, France [ view ]

Döner & Gyros: Tasty, Fresh, Juicy Sandwiches

Recommended

October 10, 2017 | Restaurants | Beirut

From the streets of Berlin and Chicago comes a new kind of fast food joint called “Döner & Gyros”. Bringing you the Berlin Döner and Chicago Gyro, you can now discover what the Occidental version of the Shawarma is all…

Contact Info: Doner&Gyros

Phone Number: +961 1 444 800

Address: Mar mikhael , ibrahim bacha street., Beirut, Lebanon [ view ]

Phone Number: +961 1 444 800

Address: Mar mikhael , ibrahim bacha street., Beirut, Lebanon [ view ]

Lobster Society: I’ve Had Better Lobster Rolls

Restaurants

October 10, 2017 | Reviews | Beirut

A carton box with the restaurant’s logo on the sticker, a recyclable bag, white napkins and wooden cutlery, I was so excited to try The Lobster Society menu. Being a big fan of lobster rolls, I’ve had amazing ones in London and New York…

Bar Tartine Achrafieh: I Had a Very Pleasant Lunch!

International Cuisine

October 08, 2017 | Pizza | Beirut

Home of the oval Pizza and fresh sandwiches, Bar Tartine - open in ABC Achrafieh - is my address every time I feel like enjoying a pleasant meal. With several glowing reviews already, Bar Tartine is guaranteed satisfaction for a tasty pizza and…

Contact Info: Bar Tartine

Phone Number: +961 71 466 788

Address: Mar Mikhael Main Street, Achrafieh, beirut, Lebanon [ view ]

Phone Number: +961 71 466 788

Address: Mar Mikhael Main Street, Achrafieh, beirut, Lebanon [ view ]

La Cantine Libanaise: A Casual Lebanese Eatery in Paris

Lebanese/Middle Eastern

September 28, 2017 | Restaurants | France

With two branches in Paris, one at La Défense and another at Val D’Europe, La Cantine Libanaise is a proud ambassador of Lebanese cuisine - at least the way French people like it. I came here with low expectations and left impressed by…

Contact Info: La Cantine Libanaise

Phone Number: +33 1 47 44 07 29

Address: Centre Commercial Les 4 Temps, La Defense, Paris, France [ view ]

Phone Number: +33 1 47 44 07 29

Address: Centre Commercial Les 4 Temps, La Defense, Paris, France [ view ]

Big Fernand: One of Paris' Best Burgers!

Burgers

September 25, 2017 | Recommended | France

Big Fernand is a whole world of its own. You are transported far away from Paris where fun is the motto, love is the spirit and good food is the headline. You enter a small space where each burger is made with love and dedication just for the…

Contact Info: Big Fernand

Phone Number: +33 1 73 70 51 52

Address: 55 rue du Faubourg Poisonnière 75009 Paris, France [ view ]

Phone Number: +33 1 73 70 51 52

Address: 55 rue du Faubourg Poisonnière 75009 Paris, France [ view ]

Sand-Witch: The Happy Sandwich Place

American

September 17, 2017 | Restaurants | Mount Lebanon

"Sand-Witch" is more than a restaurant; it's an experience... Sand-Witch is a positive place where great vibes and tasty food meet! I felt transported the minute I walked in and the second I met Joe; the owner who has moved from Canada to pursue his…

Contact Info: Sand-Witch

Phone Number: +9613878715

Address: Main Street, Behind Banque du Liban, Sakiet El Misk, Bikfaya, Mount Lebanon, Metn [ view ]

Phone Number: +9613878715

Address: Main Street, Behind Banque du Liban, Sakiet El Misk, Bikfaya, Mount Lebanon, Metn [ view ]

Souk el Akel's "Sushi Burrito": A Personal Favorite!

Japanese & Sushi

September 12, 2017 | Souk el Akel | Middle East

Souk el Akel's Sushi Burrito is Lebanon's, the Middle East’s and probably the world's best: be proud! I've had many in my time; I’ve traveled to New York to taste what they offer, and I've come back to Lebanon proud of what we…

Zalabya: Reviving a Traditonal Dessert (Restaurant Closed)

Desserts & Sweets

September 01, 2017 | Restaurant Closed | Beirut

Now open in Mar Mikhael, Zalabya is a small eatery reviving the old traditional homey dessert called "Zlebyeh". Feeling like a Lebanese doughnut, this sweet treat is made of deep fried sticky dough then drizzled with sugar syrup and topped…

Mac n' Cheese: Macaroni Has Its Own Shop in Mar Mikhael

American

August 28, 2017 | Restaurants | Beirut

Mac n' Cheese, the famous street food stand of Souk el Akel, is now in Mar Mikhael. Proudly Lebanese, these macaroni cooked with saffron have impressed many making it one of the souk's most popular foods. Pasta and melted cheese lovingly cooked on…

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