Beirut Is Back (Did It Ever Leave?)

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Forget the turmoil in the Middle East for a minute, and remember how Beirut, Lebanon’s chic capital on the Mediterranean, remains a prime destination for travelers to the Arab world (at least, those looking for kebab shops located next to hip sushi joints next to Prada stores). As The Independent pointed our recently, things have been […]

Video: Lebanon — No Words Necessary

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Impressive vistas, grilled meat on an open flame, shots of faces that tell a story all of their own — this stunning video of Lebanon tells centuries worth of tales without saying a word. James Lewis’ video from his travels in Lebanon better be good: a glimpse at his Vimeo page reveals he works for […]

Bourdain: 1, Beirut: 1; It’s All Tied Up

Monday, August 23, 2010

You got sick on your trip, you lost your passport, your flight got canceled, etc. . . . These are all good yarns for when you get back home, but how many people can say they have had a war break out in the country while they were visiting? Tony can, but let’s be honest, […]

Bourdain Back In Beirut

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Ahh, isn’t alliteration so fun? Remember that most famous of “No Reservations” — the one where Tony and crew get caught in the crosshairs of a little squabble between Lebanon and Israel back in the summer of 2006, in what turned out to be the beginning of the 2006 Israel-Hezbollah War, and what also turned […]

Why I Want To See Beirut (And So Should You)

Friday, February 26, 2010

Ever since I saw the “No Reservations” Beirut episode last year, I’ve been wanting to go myself (despite the fact that half the episode was spent watching Tony try to leave the city as war was erupting outside). Who wouldn’t be curious about the “Paris of the East,” a city known for its cosmopolitan flair, […]

War And Peace: Beirut´s Boom In Tourism (Good Or Bad?)

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

I stumbled upon a couple of articles in The Gazette this week highlighting Beirut, capital of Lebanon, as a city coming back to life. For the past 4o-plus years, this country has seen some of the worst of times. Situated in a precarious geographical position, it has been in the middle and on the sidelines […]

How To Go Organic While In Lebanon

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Food markets are probably the best place visit in order to immerse yourself in the culture of the land, and there’s no better place to do this while you’re in Beirut than at the Souk-el-Tayeb farmers’ market. As was discovered by Joy of the Independant, “there’s a growing movement towards organic food in Lebanon, but […]

Bourdain In Beirut: The Best “No Reservations” Episode Ever?

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

I’ve been catching up with “No Reservations” the last month or so via Netflix, starting from the beginning, and last night I finally saw the infamous episode in Beirut (Collection 2: Disc 3), and I’ve got to say, if you’re going to watch any travel show, see this one. It starts off like normal, and […]

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