Food

The Cheesecake Factory Lebanon opening in August

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cheesecake-factory-lebanonLast week I managed to meet one of the Cheesecake Factory’s future manager and asked him when will they finally open the first branch at City Centre. Apparently the restaurant will open in August. I asked if they knew when the other restaurants are going to open but they did not know. I’m currently waiting for two restaurants to open in City Centre, The Cheesecake Factory and Shake Shack, hopefully Shake Shack will open soon too! Check this post to see the full list of restaurants in City Centre.

List of stores and restaurants in City Centre Mall Lebanon

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I tried to look online for info about the stores in the new City Centre Mall in Lebanon but couldn’t find any list containing the stores that opened or that are about to open in it. So I decided to compile that list myself. If you see any mistake please let me know. (* = Opening soon)

Restaurants in City Centre Lebanon:

Dining – Cafes / Specialty foods

  • Brioche Dorée
  • La Maison du Café by Café Najjar
  • Castania Nut Boutique *
  • Dunkin Donuts
  • GNC *
  • Häagen Dazs
  • Lina’s
  • Moka & More *
  • Patchi
  • Pinkberry
  • Second Cup
  • Starbucks
  • Teavana *

Dining – Fast Food

  • Attila Mongolian Grill
  • Burger King
  • Chopsticks *
  • Cinnabon
  • Fat Burger
  • Food Style
  • Kabab-Ji
  • KFC
  • McDonald’s
  • Pappa Roti *
  • Pizzaro *
  • Saltwater
  • Steak & Cheese Factory
  • The Pizzeria *
  • Zaatar w Zeit
  • Zahar Al Roumen

Dining – Restaurants

  • Ana Ahwak by Abdel Wahab *
  • Crepaway *
  • GiGi *
  • Moka Lounge *
  • Nasma *
  • P.F. Changs *
  • Roadster Diner *
  • Scoozi *
  • Shake Shack *
  • Sushi Ko *
  • The Cheesecake Factory *

Stores in City Centre Lebanon:

Banks/Financial Services

  • Halawi Exchange

Books/Cards/Gifts

  • Hallmark *

Cosmetics/Perfumes

  • Abdul Samad Al Qurashi *
  • Bath & Body Works *
  • Body Shop
  • Clarins *
  • Faces
  • MAC
  • Make up 4 Ever
  • Parashop *
  • Victoria’s Secret Beauty Accessories

Department Store / Hypermarket

  • Carrefour
  • Centrepoint
  • Marks & Spencer *

Electronics / Home Appliances / Mobile Phones

  • Bose
  • I style
  • Samsung *
  • Stars Mobile

Entertainment / Music

  • Magic Planet
  • VOX Cinemas

Fashion – Children’s / Maternity

  • Baby Shop
  • Jacadi
  • Mama’s & Papa’s
  • Mothercare
  • Original Marines
  • Tape A L’oeil
  • Zahar Kids

Fashion – Ladies

  • Bebe *
  • Betty Barclay
  • Bomba and Lola *
  • Carlos Miele Jeans *
  • Clauda *
  • Coast *
  • Esprit
  • Dorothy Perkins *
  • Fornarina
  • Gerry Weber
  • Hoss Intiopia *
  • Jennyfer *
  • Jessica
  • Juicy Couture
  • K Lynn
  • Karem Millen *
  • List
  • Liu Jo
  • Max & CO
  • Miss Selfridge’s *
  • Persona *
  • Romance Intimi
  • Valege
  • Wallis
  • Warehouse
  • Zeki

Fashion – Men’s

  • Paul & Shark
  • Rectangle Jaune
  • State of Art

Fashion – Unisex

  • Aizone
  • American Eagle Outfitters *
  • Benetton
  • Brooks Brothers
  • Colin’s
  • Cotton On *
  • Desigual *
  • Diesel
  • DKNY
  • Express *
  • F & F *
  • Geddes and Gilmore *
  • Giordano
  • G-Star Raw
  • Guess
  • H&M
  • Jack Wills *
  • Jack & Jones
  • Lacoste
  • Lufian
  • Max Fashion
  • River Woods
  • Splash
  • Sport et Loisir
  • Springfield
  • Ted Baker
  • Tom Tailor
  • Tommy Hilfiger
  • Top Shop / Top Man
  • True Religion
  • US Polo ASSN *

Fashion Accessories / Handbags / Footwear

  • Agatha
  • Bata
  • Clarks *
  • Claire’s
  • Crocs
  • Five Fingers
  • Florsheim
  • Gioseppo *
  • GS Shoes
  • Guess Accessories
  • Kiplings *
  • Maria Pino *
  • Milano *
  • Pablosky
  • Payless shoes
  • Pieces
  • Primadonna
  • Shoe City
  • Skechers
  • Socks
  • Tanos *

Home Furnishings

  • Lifestyle
  • Pottery Barn Kids *
  • Villeroy and Boch
  • West Elm *

Jewellery / Watches

  • Atamian *
  • Citizen
  • Dalya *
  • Damas *
  • Frey Willie
  • Rossa Nero *
  • Moukarzel
  • Rovina
  • Romance Time
  • Swarovski
  • Zoughaib Jewelery *

Optical / Sunglasses

  • Beyond Optics *
  • Grand Optics *
  • Hallak Optics *
  • Magrabi *

Services / Speciality Stores / Kiosks

  • Bare Salon & Spa *
  • Beauty Express *
  • Kurban Travel / Avis

Sporting Goods

  • Adidas
  • Columbia
  • Foot Locker *
  • Nike & Converse

Toys / Children’s Interests

  • Early Learning Centre *
  • Joué Club
  • L’Atelier Art Lounge *

Email claiming McDonald’s could be a Terrorist target

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Today I received a forwarded mail that claims that sources from the UNIFIL intelligence told someone that some terrorists want to attack MCDonalds in Lebanon to oppose the Annapolis conference.

Here’s the mail, it was originally sent by some Joumana but that could be easily faked so I wont put the full name or e-mail of the person:

Dear All,

Through UNIFIL Intelligence Sources, we are informed that Mc Donald’s restaurants in Lebanon could be a target by TERRORISTS opposing the Annapolis meeting. So you are advised to avoid these places for the remaining of the week.
Stay Safe,
Joumana

In my opinion this mail is just a bad joke done by some person that wants to harm McDonald’s. For starters UNIFIL does not go sharing its intelligence with people! And even if it did I guess they would have just made it public instead of telling “Joumana” leaving her the task to protect the Lebanese! In addition to this and if my memory is correct I remember receiving something similar to this a couple of years ago, and the mail got denied on TV back then and the police started an investigation to find out who the sender was.

So if you receive this mail just ignore it and throw it in your trash, I am pretty sure McDonald’s is secure, don’t worry you can have a big Mac this week!

Koukh El Sabaya – Zaarour

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 Koukh L Sabaya

Koukh L Sabaya MenuKoukh El Sabaya is a restaurant located in Zaarour Lebanon, what’s unique in the restaurant is that every table is carved in wood, you can’t find two similar tables or chairs in the restaurant. The food in the restaurant is good (Click on the Menu thumbnails to see what they have) but you don’t really have a lot of stuff to choose from.

The restaurant is operated by a mom and her two daughters, the mom cooks and the daughters serve the food so when the restaurant is full the service is a little slow. Another problem is that they don’t have a generator in case there is no electricity, so you end up getting uncooled drinks if the electricity was cut before you came.

Overall the restaurant is nice, it’s a small restaurant in the mountain so you can’t expect it to be superb but it has everything you need to have a good time.

Koukh L Sabaya

Koukh L Sabaya

Koukh L Sabaya

Koukh L Sabaya

Koukh L Sabaya

Koukh L Sabaya

Koukh L Sabaya

Old Nido Commercial (1990)

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We all know the Nido commercial, but I don’t think a lot of people know the old commercial, it’s the same concept but the song is in English.
Here’s the video from YouTube.

One Milk Carton, Two expiry dates!

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Yesterday morning I wanted to eat a cup of Corn Flakes with milk, I checked the fridge to see if we have milk and found a “Taanayel Les Fermes” milk carton, during the summer we don’t drink a lot of milk here so I checked the expiry date and well I couldn’t tell if it was expired or not! If I read the English part, well the milk expired 5 days ago but the Arabic part gives the milk 4 more days!

Taanayel Les fermes Milk Carton

Taanayel Les fermes Milk CartonI ended up drinking the milk since it’s a UHT sterilized milk so a couple of days added to the 6 months if the English date is true is not a big problem but I threw the rest of the carton since it is expired anyways and we won’t be drinking from it soon.

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