Author Archives: Nabila Rahhal

Licensed to slice

Licensed to slice

You see them everywhere in Lebanon: the women whose faces look as tight as a 20-year-old’s until their wrinkled hands betray them as septuagenarians; the television presenters whose upper lips lump to one side; and all those cute, celestial noses! As you walk down the street you see dozens of faces, male and female, all

The survivors

There was Horse Shoe, most notable for being Ghassan Tueni, Raymond Edde and Charles Helou’s favorite watering hole in Hamra. And Dolce Vita, the sidewalk brasserie that was the hangout for exiled political figures from Iraq and Syria. And Bliss Street’s Faysal’s, the restaurant where the leftists — many of whom became ministers in their

Beirut City Centre mall – a work in progress

The much-anticipated Beirut City Centre (BCC) mall finally opened its doors last week and thousands of Lebanese have already flocked to Hazmieh, causing chaos on the already congested roads leading to the venue. Boasting forty new brands or “firsts in the country”, there is certainly a lot to get excited about but, as the initial

Not just another Italian…

Italian food is one of the most common foreign cuisines in Lebanon — so much so that at first glance one wonders what the added value of Villaggio, the latest culinary destination of the Kazami Group, will be. The distinction, however, may find its foundation in the charming setting.  Driving by Kantari road you cannot

Cleaning up the scraps

The Lebanese do not have a good record when it comes to the environment. There are few facilities for disposing of your waste in an environmentally-friendly manner, and those that do exist are often underused. But have you ever wondered what happens to the leftover scraps of food on your plate at a resturant or

Battle of the Malls

  ABC Dbayeh: The Veteran Established back in 1979, ABC Dbayeh was one of Lebanon’s first department stores and is part of many a childhood memory — a fact that the ABC team proudly promotes. But, as any pioneer, ABC Dbayeh had to grow with the times and keep up with the competition or risk

Teaching dependence

The modern-day obsession with success has hit overdrive in Lebanese schools. While it is a trend that is difficult to quantify, it is obvious to anyone with a child in school or who works in education: students have never been under more pressure to outdo their peers academically. This pressure is compounded by well-meaning, if

Turning Japanese

Driving down a narrow road off Monot Street in Ashrafieh, you find a French style, 1920s building with a purple neon sign displaying the word ‘Noa’ from a first floor apartment. The trendy and ultra-modern pub-restaurant serving Japanese cuisine is the last thing you would expect inside such a building, but this is one of

Ditching popcorn for sushi

Butter soaked popcorn, dark packed theaters and noisy teenagers kicking the back of your seat are the thoughts on many people’s minds when it comes to the cinema experience. It’s little wonder that the older one gets, the more appealing the idea of watching movies at a home theater gets. But Beirut’s cinema owners are