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Barqa: The ostrich capital of Lebanon
July 07, 2012 12:24 AM
BARQA, Lebanon: The average Lebanese family has about two children. Throw in two parents, four grandparents, two aunts, two uncles and a dozen cousins and you might have enough people to finish one ostrich egg omelet. Since March, the beginning of laying season, Dany Geagea’s ostriches have...
Hummus like you’ve never had it
June 22, 2012 02:31 AM
BEIRUT: There’s nothing like a slice of gooey, moist chocolate cake. Except one topped with frosted chickpeas. Yes, chickpeas. Lebanese cuisine is synonymous the world over with hummus. It’s the most famous of chickpea dishes, so much so that it’s called ‘hummus,’ an...
Rose syrup: Bringing the garden to the table
June 14, 2012 01:54 AM
EHDEN, Lebanon: Rose syrups from the grocery store are usually bright red – often with help from Red Dye #40 – super sweet and contain preservatives. Most taste about as much like roses as Tang tastes like oranges. But Lina Geryes’ rose syrup is different. It contains only rose...
The traditional abaya outfit gets a modern twist
March 30, 2012 01:49 AM
BEIRUT: Melding current fashion trends with cultural traditions, Lebanese designer Nanou displays in her showroom a range of abayas – the traditional dress of Arab women – crafted to suit modern tastes. Nouhad Mouawwad Karam, who goes by Nanou, started her business after a long love...
Rare sweet lemons in prime season, but popularity has waned
March 10, 2012 01:47 AM
BEIRUT: A once popular Mediterranean citrus specialty has nearly disappeared from markets across the country.A historic staple of citrus orchids, sweet lemons, native to India and long cultivated along the Mediterranean coastline, are scarcely grown now in Lebanon but hit their prime season in...
Sadr’s vision ‘can shed light’ on current events
November 25, 2011 02:43 AM
BEIRUT: Imam Musa Sadr’s vision of social and political change can shed light on current events in Lebanon and on the region’s uprisings, speakers at a conference in Beirut said Thursday. The conference, which was organized by the Imam Sadr Foundation and Imam Musa Sadr’s Center...
Boycott Israel group seeks help after businessman sues for concert losses
October 26, 2011 01:02 AM
BEIRUT: A group that is being sued by Lebanese businessman Jihad Murr for holding a boycott in 2010 against a concert he organized called Tuesday for Arab civil society organizations to pressure him to drop the lawsuits. Boycott National Committee, the Palestinian branch of Global Boycott,...
Women’s health care limited to maternal issues
October 19, 2011 01:09 AM
BEIRUT: Women’s health care in Lebanon has been only concerned with maternal health services and care during pregnancy and birth, Information Minister Walid Daouk said at a conference Monday, adding that while these services are important, they only address the needs of mothers and not women...
Village prepares to smash 2 Guinness records
July 30, 2011 01:45 AM
BEIRUT: More than 10,000 people are expected to put on their dancing shoes next week in the village of Dhour Choueir in Metn in bid to smash the current world record for the largest Dabke. The dance is being held on Aug. 7 as part of the new Lebanon Alertness Day, which will also feature awareness...
South Lebanon’s liquor controversy
July 26, 2011 12:36 AM
BABLIEH, Lebanon: In his sparsely furnished living room, surrounded by his children and grandchildren, Abu Hasan Wehbe explains what happened to his shop. “We had a shop that provided a living for three families. They came without any warning,” he begins. “I was buying breakfast...
Temperatures high but no heat wave
July 20, 2011 01:04 AM
BEIRUT: Air conditioners are working overtime, and even the slowest of walkers is likely to break into a sweat while outside. There’s no question that it’s hot outside, but experts say despite collective perspiration, this is no heat wave. In fact, there hasn’t even been one yet...
STARCH finalizes selection process for new fashion designers
July 07, 2011 01:42 AM
BEIRUT: STARCH Foundation, a nonprofit organization which serves as a springboard for young and emerging Lebanese designers, is preparing for the close of yet another successful year and finalizing the selection process of new designers for its coming season. The original concept STARCH was...
Women’s groups press for unity on rights and nationality law
June 18, 2011 02:08 AM
BEIRUT: The Lebanese Women’s Council called Friday on all women’s rights groups to put politics aside and unite toward holding MPs accountable in the coming elections. The National Committee for the Follow-up on Women’s Issues (CFUWI) held a news conference at the Press...
Beirut talk warns of dangers of non-surgical liposuction
June 16, 2011 02:15 AM
BEIRUT: The Lebanese Society of Plastic Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery (LSPRAS) called on the Health Ministry Wednesday to follow the French example and ban aesthetic lipolysis techniques which have been offered as non-surgical alternatives to liposuction and pose grave health risks. ...
Lebanese voice jaded expectations about formation of new Cabinet
June 15, 2011 02:01 AM
BEIRUT: After a Cabinet was announced Monday, ending a five-month political deadlock, Lebanese offered a dismal appraisal of the new government’s ability to address the challenges facing the country. “They will face political challenges, such as the Special Tribunal for Lebanon and Hezbollah’s...

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