Lebanon’s first civil marriage

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It’s hard to believe given our rules and regulations, but this couple, Khouloud and Nidal, did manage to wed by civil marriage in Lebanon after they got the necessary paperwork, which wasn’t an easy job for them by the way. You can check all about it in this article by Now Lebanon, or just read the below summary by Najib to know how did they accomplish that.

Step1: Strike out the mention of both Kholoud’s and Nidal’s sects from their respective IDs to prove before the law that they are not affiliated with a sect that forces them to marry before a religious court. They thus acquired the right to hold a civil marriage as per Article 60 L.R.

Step2: Obtain a form signed by the mayor proving that there are no objections to their marriage and put the marriage announcement up on a billboard 15 days before the wedding date to make sure that there were no objections to it. The announcement was supposed to be published in the Official Gazette or at least two newspapers, but in order to prevent any hindrances, Kholoud and Nidal just posted the announcement on the doors of their parents’ houses and on the door of their own house.

Step3: Obtain a legal document signed by a notary public after both parties chose the articles included in the marriage contract as well as a financial disclosure that guarantees the rights of each party to the marriage.

It’s worth noting that Khouloud and Nidal are still waiting for the Ministry of Interior to officially announce their marriage.


A beginner’s guide to Lebanon’s oil and gas


Check out this nice informative page created by Executive magazine for everything you need to know about Lebanon’s oil and gas.

The page has information about how much oil does Lebanon have, how did we end up falling behind out neighbors in exploring our fields, who’s holding the negotiations from our side with the oil and gas giants in the world, where will the money go, and what is the dispute with Israel about.


Paying parking meter in Beirut by SMS

A friend just send me these two photos of a park meter in Verdun with instructions posted on it to pay by SMS.

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Apparently you should first push the “smart” yellow button and text the machine number by SMS to 1315, then push the green button and wait for the receipt. However, there’s no option to choose your parking duration and you will be automatically billed 1,500L.L for 1 hour instead of the usual 1,000L.L, and the instructions do not mention whether the SMS is free of charge or there is any additional cost for it.


Cheyef 7alak discriminating against Lebanese for a change

Make sure to check the below video. In response to discrimination against foreign workers in Lebanon, Cheyef 7alak decided to reserve a whole restaurant for a group of foreigners and for once turn away the Lebanese who tried to enter and have a dinner there!


MTV Lebanon’s website hacked

Someone just hacked MTV Lebanon’s website in protest to the Orthodox gathering electoral law and posted the below photo on their homepage.


I can’t see what does MTV Lebanon has to do with the electoral law in question… why not starting a Facebook page and gain better visibility?


The website has just been restored.


Hotdog & Beyond

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Earlier last week I was invited to the opening of Hotdog & Beyond‘s new branch in Hamra. For those of you who don’t know about it yet, Hotdog & Beyond is a new restaurant that opened back in August 2012 at Le Mall Dbayeh, obviously specialized in serving frankfurters as well as burgers. They opened second branch in Hamra just last week, and I was informed a third branch is set to open in Zalka sometime soon.

When I first heard about it, I personally thought Hotdog & Beyond’s items will be close to what we’re used to eat at places like Charlie’s or Freddy’s, but I was wrong, Hotdog & Beyond offers a totally different taste and experience.

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The restaurant interior is catchy and makes you feel like you’re walking into one of New York’s small restaurants. Seats are comfy, and there’s enough space between the tables. And what grabs your attention at first is probably the complimentary bucket of peanuts offered to you before making your order.

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Hotdog & Beyond’s menu has around 20 selections of frankfurters ranging between 9,750L.L and 16,000L.L, along with 10 selections of burgers starting 13,000L.L and up to 18,750L.L. The owners were generous enough and served us an item from each category including the appetizers and desserts!

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The appetizers are mainly platters of fries with different topping on them. We tried the Four Cheese Fries and Con Carne Fries, I personally preferred the latter which has spicy minced meat (tastes a bit like Soujouk) with cheddar cheese on top.

For the hotdog, I decided to try their signature sandwich, the HD&B, wich is made of fried hotdog, red pepper, mushrooms, onions, 4cheese & pesto mayo sauce. To my surprise, the hotdog was cut into pieces, unlike the other varieties that had the hotdog in one piece. Anyway, the sandwich tasted really good and seriously different than any other frankfurter I had elsewhere. Every bite I had was full of taste, and the bread was just perfect, fresh and soft.

As for the burger, I tried what I usually order at other places, the Swiss Mushroom Burger, which was mouthwatering and great as well! It can easily make Hotdog & Beyond one of the restaurant you will be considering when you want to have a good burger.

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Finally, and although I was full, the owners still insisted that I try 2 selections of their desserts, the strawberry cheescake, and a waffle with chocolate sauce, Nestle condensed milk, and scoop of vanilla ice cream on top. Both tasted good too, but I personally would have preffered the soft waffle to be crispier on the outside.

My overall experience was great, and I’m not saying that just because I got invited, but because Hotdog & Beyond are really bringing something new to town, and therefore it is totally recommended. Moreover, if they succeed at maintaining their good taste and service, I believe they will be serious competitors to big names in the market, especially that their prices are quite affordable when compared to other diners in Beirut.


Olga uncovers tunnel under Roumieh prison

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The stories you read about Roumieh prison every once in a while can easily qualify for Hollywood movie scripts! The latest among these stories is discovering a 2 meters wide unfinished underground tunnel that can let hundreds of prisoners escape thanks to the snowstorm we got last week.

After last week’s snowstorm dubbed Olga, prison guards were shocked at the immense amounts of water flowing from the prison cells, the daily said.

A maintenance team was rushed to fix the problem as heavy rainfall lashed inside the prison from unknown sources. They found an unfinished two meters wide underground tunnel, the daily added.

You can read more here.


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