Beirut’s Best Dining Spot: Now Serving Faqra.

It’s only been a year since I’ve elected this place Beirut’s Best Dining Spot, & Bar Du Port does nothing but impress.



Once dubbed the Capital’s newest SoHo-style restaurant, BDP took this same experience to the slopes of Faqra to serve its cautiously well-thought-out menu to the hippest clientele there is.

And I’ve said once, and here it is again, when BDP’s good, it’s brilliant.


Dive right into this selection of shots from the newly acquired location in Faqra Club, and experience 3 different cuisines in the hub of Lebanon’s busiest area of the year.

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Want more reasons to take refuge at BDP Faqra on a hot summer night? This gastro-bistro is so upright and warm, it’d be a perfect spot to wine and dine a hot date.

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Bar du Port is a next favorite destination for both locals and global wanderers who pride themselves on being in-the-know.


People – Faqra, Kfardebian, Lebanon | Phone: +961 71 444 007

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20 of NYC’s Fast-Food Giants

In a nation where not all burgers are created equal, Espresso Patronum decided to find out where animal style continues to reign supreme, particularly in the big apple: NYC.


In-N-Out Burger has once again topped Market Force’s annual customer survey of the nation’s top quick-service restaurants; a beloved California-based burger joint, earning a 76% rating in customer loyalty. That’s higher than any restaurant in any category, even though the chain is famously limited to only the West Coast.


It’s a redemption of sorts for In-N-Out, which added its first new menu in 15 years earlier this year. While In-N-Out Burger won the Market Force survey last year, Five Guys bested it in a separate Harris Poll last year. Chick Fil-A came in second in the overall rankings, with 73% customer loyalty. Other big winners included Raising Cane’s, which specializes in fried chicken.

Missing from the customer loyalty survey were the biggest national chains: McDonald’s and Subway. The 2 chains were completely left behind in favor of regional favorites.

Consumer Reports asked its subscribers what fast-food restaurant had, in their opinion, the tastiest food. A trend soon emerged where the biggest fast-food restaurants ranked the lowest in customer preference. For example, KFC was voted last for chicken, Taco Bell was the least liked for burritos and, sorry Jared, but Subway’s sandwiches were only beat by Au Bon Pain as least favorite among the American public.

As for McDonald’s? Americans are seriously not “lovin’ it.” “McDonald’s own customers ranked its burgers significantly worse than those of 20 competitors, including Hardee’s, Shake Shack and Wendy’s. No other house specialty scored as low,” Consumer Reports noted, as reported by NBC.

Here are the winners in some of the top food categories, in alphabetical order:

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  2. Chick-Fil-A CFA-Sauce.jpg
  3. Chipotle Mexican Grill 48200183-15277840564061399_origin.jpg
  4. Cinnabon cinnabon1.jpg
  5. Cold Stone Creamery cold-stone-creamery.jpg
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  7. Five Guys dedf512d1afb037fe1c816dea70b4841d69494950a87518b7726d79fddedaec9.jpg
  8. The Halal Guys 29571207_1877157452309109_4509108115938541807_n.0.jpg
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  10. In-N-Out Burger
  11. Johnny Rockets johnnyrockets.jpg
  12. KFC kfc-now-has-a-food-truck-48139-2.jpg
  13. Krispy Kreme gettyimages-540031879-1.jpg
  14. McDonald’s fl-bz-mcdonalds-ubereats-40-piece-chicken-mcnuggets-super-bowl-deal-20170131.jpg
  15. Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers 9eb751def41dfbc0856f37c56a7f98d1.jpg
  16. Shake Shack Shake_Shack2.0.jpg
  17. Starbucks
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  19. Taco BellInternational-Hero.jpg
  20. Wendy’sFREEWENDYSNUGGEST0417_01.jpg

Although America may be dubbed the “Fast Food Nation,” recent reports show that New Yorkers are more concerned with the quality of food than the convenience of the location. Despite how the world views the U.S, Americans & New Yorkers in particular actually want to eat good quality food.

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Anthony Bourdain Dead at 61, CNN Says

Anthony Bourdain was found dead Thursday in Paris as the result of suicide by hanging, CNN reported.

New York (CNN) Anthony Bourdain, a gifted storyteller and writer who took CNN viewers around the world, has died. He was 61.


“There’s no place else every remotely like it. Everything great — and all the world’s ills — all in one glorious, messed-up, magical, maddening, magnificent city.” Anthony Bourdain, Beirut 2015


CNN confirmed Bourdain’s death on Friday and said the cause of death was suicide.
“It is with extraordinary sadness we can confirm the death of our friend and colleague, Anthony Bourdain,” the network said in a statement Friday morning. “His love of great adventure, new friends, fine food and drink and the remarkable stories of the world made him a unique storyteller. His talents never ceased to amaze us and we will miss him very much. Our thoughts and prayers are with his daughter and family at this incredibly difficult time.”
Bourdain was in France working on an upcoming episode of his award-winning CNN series. His close friend Eric Ripert, the French chef, found Bourdain unresponsive in his hotel room Friday morning.
Bourdain was a master of his crafts — first in the kitchen and then in the media. Through his TV shows and books, he explored the human condition and helped audiences think differently about food, travel and themselves. He advocated for marginalized populations and campaigned for safer working conditions for restaurant staffs.
Along the way, he received practically every award the industry has to offer.
In 2013, Peabody Award judges honored Bourdain and “Parts Unknown” for “expanding our palates and horizons in equal measure.” “He’s irreverent, honest, curious, never condescending, never obsequious,” the judges said. “People open up to him and, in doing so, often reveal more about their hometowns or homelands than a traditional reporter could hope to document.”
The Smithsonian once called him “the original rock star” of the culinary world, “the Elvis of bad boy chefs.”
In 1999 he wrote a New Yorker article, “Don’t Eat Before Reading This,” that became a best-selling book in 2000, “Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly.”
The book set him on a path to international stardom.
First he hosted “A Cook’s Tour” on the Food Network, then moved to “Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations” on the Travel Channel. “No Reservations” was a breakout hit, earning two Emmy Awards and more than a dozen nominations.
In 2013 both Bourdain and CNN took a risk by bringing him to the news network still best known for breaking news and headlines. Bourdain quickly became one of the principal faces of the network and one of the linchpins of the prime time schedule.
Season eleven of “Parts Unknown” premiered on CNN last month.
While accepting the Peabody award in 2013, Bourdain described how he approached his work.
“We ask very simple questions: What makes you happy? What do you eat? What do you like to cook? And everywhere in the world we go and ask these very simple questions,” he said, “we tend to get some really astonishing answers.”
Bourdain’s death happened after fashion designer Kate Spade hanged herself in an apparent suicide at her Manhattan apartment on Tuesday. Spade was found hanged by a scarf she allegedly tied to a doorknob, an NYPD source said.
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10 Dumbledore Commandments: Becoming An Instagram Travel Wizard

Food & touristic sites are major attractions for Instagram likes.

Sure, it’s the platform where we gawk on pretty people and long for appealing, self-indulgent, wildly crave-worthy #foodporn, but a large percentage of the Instagram scene is covered with sceneries and beautiful destinations.

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© Edited by Serge Trad – Milano

Giving a double tap to a picture of a bright hue-accentuated picture of a stripe of red telephone boxes in a busy London street is one thing, but to capture your own is an entirely different story. Pondering factors like lighting, viewpoint, and editing apps is key to stimulating travel hunger among your followers—and getting the social media credits we all hanker.

© Edited by Serge Trad - Paris
© Edited by Serge Trad – Paris

Take your background into account!

Backgrounds can make or break an Instagram.  Brick walls, tile floor and nice wallpaper all make awesome backgrounds.

© Edited by Serge Trad - Amsterdam
© Edited by Serge Trad – Amsterdam

Realistically if you’re reading an article about how to achieve the perfect aesthetic, you probably take your Instagram pretty seriously.  If you really want to post a drunk selfie of you and your pizza box, head to Facebook or Snapchat.

© Edited by Serge Trad - Barcelona
© Edited by Serge Trad – Barcelona

So If you don’t wanna fuck with your Instagram standards, here are Professor Dumbledore’s do’s and don’ts to “conquering” the magical shot.

  • Color is your friend.
© Edited by Serge Trad - London
© Edited by Serge Trad – London
  • Be straightforward.
  • It doesn’t always have to be perfect.
  • Leave the people in.
  • A bowl equals likes.
  • If it’s bad for you, it will probably look good on Instagram.
  • Leave the surrounding details. They can actually surprise you.
© Edited by Serge Trad - Rotterdam
© Edited by Serge Trad – Rotterdam
  • The actual location/place matters.
  •  More than one main site in a shot is okay, as long as there isn’t any clutter, and finally:
  • “Say no to the filter. HDR and sorcery like that is for amateurs and wannabes.”


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Zenobia: Dubai’s Noble Lebanese Culinary Legend

Here’s a short story about Zenobia, a restaurant that took the Unbreakable Vow, of serving Dubai, the “Ultimate Lebanese Dining Experience”, made with the finest and freshest Australian meat and spices.


Producing its hit formula of high-class Lebanese cuisine, Zenobia does all the charm in an off-the-cuff setting. Its Lebanese homey feel resonates with the upbeat formalities of the dinky Dubai streets.

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The comparatively posh décor of the Citywalk branch helps distance it from other unceremonious Lebanese “diners” on the local market.


And although some of us would fancy some “Wakey Wakey, Eggs & Bakey”, Zenobia has something else planned for breakfast. Labneh, muhammara, grilled halloumi and an assortment of other delicious dips, is their way to kick-start the day (the restaurant opens currently at 11:30AM).

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The lunch/dinner menu is traditional Lebanese, with both hot and cold meze, some old-school refreshing salads and an extensive list of wraps and sandwiches..

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But it’s the humongous “dish of the day” station that’s kept the busiest, with some of Lebanon’s most infamous comfort stews, serving as a sensational “homesick” healing.

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With friendly and knowledgeable staff and unrivaled taste, Zenobia provides an unparalleled gastronomic experience. Dubai, you’ve been served.

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Zenobia is located in Citywalk , Boulevard Unit 14-5, Dubai, UAE.

Reserve on: +971 50 85 17 119,  +971 4 33 23 888 or

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Could This Be Dubai’s Best Brunch?

Dubai residents love nothing more than a good brunch, be they brilliantly boozy or generous/virtuous. Ok, I’ll admit the former is particularly popular.

As more restaurants across the city get their brunch game on, I’ve decided to rebel against all that ‘New Year, New Me’ hogwash and find you the most pitch-perfect of all brunches. After all, no one wants to see in the weekend with a stale bread, or break the bank on a watered-down Spritz cocktail.

Oh and trust me, I won’t be needing any of that Veritaserum to tell you that I WAS NOT disappointed. As promoted, MATTO‘s newly launched brunch, Via Del MATTO, is not for the faint-hearted.

Think of all the sexy carbohydrates getting together in one room: wood-fired pizza, pasta, Parmesan risotto wheels, fresh homemade breads, cheese, cheese, and more cheese, Italian street food, desserts, and so much more.

MATTO’s Italian-street-food-inspired brunch is on every Friday, serving free flow of pasta, risotto, lasagna and pizza from both the open-space kitchen to the extensive live food stations. So without any further ado, prepare to be transported to the busy streets of Italy as the smell of wood-fired pizza fills the air, paving the way for a gastronomically tantalizing meal created in a kitchen worthy of Nonna’s approval.

True to the Mediterranean way of life, MATTO immerses their guests in a truly Italian experience unlike any other.


Eat Until You Can Eat No More (Then A Little More) – AED 180
Dining + Soft Drinks

Vino e Birra – AED 250
Dining + House Wines & Beers

Pacco MATTO – AED 320
Dining + Selected Pouring Spirits, Cocktails & Prosecco

And if you’re one of those who worship the Saint of all Sicilian foods, cannoli, then you are in for a treat. Wash them down with an espresso, and you’ve found yourself the perfect way to end this bottomless brunch.

“People work so hard in Dubai they come to rely upon brunch as a chill come-down after a tiring week” said Giordana Attilio, Head of Marketing at MATTO.

So could this be Dubai’s Best Brunch? Here’s how you can judge for yourself: Go straight, take a right, sharp left. Benvenuti in Via Del MATTO.

The MATTO Brunch / Every Friday from 12.30pm until 4.30pm


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FREE WATCH: Voldemort | Origins of the Heir 2018 – HD

To put it in a nutshell this fan film is something that Warner Bros will regret not taking part of.


With creative plot, class-A acting and dark atmospheres, this is a film every Potterhead will enjoy watching.

Telling the story of infamous Tom Riddles’ late years in Hogwarts, his time at Borgin and Burkes and beyond.

The story is consistent with the flashbacks of Tom Riddles past gathered by Dumbledore in the books and additionally there are some new, very interesting insights.

Enjoy the free watch below

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#SLYTHERINPRIDE: The Magical Weight-Shredding Potion


Well, you could just start with this.

#SlytherinPride is my secret cleansing potion, to wash off all the holidays’ calorie excess… Wanna get on it? Check how you can do it below.


This recipe was perfected with Bosch MES4000GB Juicer, now available during the Dubai Shopping Festival.

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REVEALED: Beirut’s Best Hot Chocolates

Hungry, thirsty and almost mythical, Hungry Unicorn toured and figured out the Best Hot Chocolates there are to slurp during those chilly Beirut nights…


In her search to find the best hot chocolates to suit all tastes, she tried over 13 drinks from supermarket ready-made stir-ins, coffee shops, cafes and restaurants; these 5 shortlists impressed with their well-balanced sweetness and satisfyingly silky texture.

So if you’re feeling really decadent and fancy (as you should), scroll down this short list and let us know how you like it.


SURPRISINGLY, Starbucks’ Fudge Hot Chocolate ranked FIRST!
Home to the infamous mythical creatures, Unicorn Coffee House’s Hot Chocolate ranked second.
Coming in third, Beirut’s latest coffee house and kitsch retail corner, Home Sweet Home’s hot chocolate.
You can’t have a Best Hot Chocolates list without the international staple touch of Angelina’s. It comes in fourth on Hungry Unicorn’s list.
Last but not least, Urbanista’s hot chocolate ranks fifth, keeping their legacy “where the food is fresh and conversations are always brewing” alive.

That’s all folks. We’ve tried some watery, despicable hot potions who put boiled hot rats to shame… But we’re not the kind of pair that’ll rant about it. Unless you want us to?! As a matter of fact, Beirut’s Worst Hot Chocolates has a nice sound to it.. Lol!

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