Monthly Archives: March 2011

IVY And Friends Get Featured In Communicate Magazine

There is nothing more rewarding for a blogger than to get recognized by a regionally renowned magazine so BIG SHOUT OUT to Communicate Magazine for featuring me in their March issue. And how great is it that they actually dedicate an entire page in their print  edition to highlight the  Lebanese Blogosphere! This is just the type of support we welcome. Take notes Benihana!

Also featured in this issue are my fellow bloggers  Chanty, Najib from Blog BaladiLebanese Voices, Letting Loose and Jad Aoun.  Congrats and keep it coming guys! I’m not gonna give away too much, if you’re curious to know why we were featured, get your copy from your nearest newsstand today,  available in the entire Levant region. Bisoux

IVY Stops Searching And Makes The Best Burger In Beirut

I haven’t come around to tasting all the recommended burgers, partly because I don’t review food as a profession ( although I wish I did) and partly because although I LOVE me some burgers, for me, burgers come with a certain mood, usually when I’m famished after a long night of partying.

I picked up a couple of freshly ground meat patties while doing some grocery shopping the other day and decided to put my money where my mouth is.  So this may not be the  best burger in town, but it’s as close as it gets to the real thing. Here are some five great tips for making a nice classic burger at home.

Step #1  The Right Bun

It’s gotta be fresh, none of that pre-packed nonsense, rather puffy single buns you can buy from a bakery. Whip-up some low-fat easy spread butter and give’em a nice crispy toastiness in the oven.

Step #2  High Heat

We all yearn for a juicy burger. That means no overcooking but not too much pinkness either- this isn’t a filet after all. So you have to cook your patties on high heat to ensure most of the juices stay inside. I like to pan-fry mine in some healthy 100% virgin olive oil.

Step # 3  Keep It Fresh

I can’t stand the sogginess of a veggie that’s been in the fridge for a week. So if you wanna make this process worthwhile you have to add only the freshest of ingredients.  My favorites are iceberg lettuce, tomatoes and red onions.

Step #4   Real Cheddar Cheese and Caramelized Onions

If you’re gonna waste all your efforts by throwing in a slice of processed cheese then I suggest you just go to McDonald’s (mmm) We have great cheeses in our grocery stores so make sure you get some of that real cheddar cheese. Minutes before you think your burger is done cooking stack some slices over the patty while its in the pan.  Now grab a handful of red onions, spray in some drops of sesame oil and caramelize away.

Step#5  Stack-It Like Its Hot

Don’t underestimate the importance of placing your toppings in a strategic way,any false move and everything couldl fall apart in an instant. Also, you gotta prioritize when it comes to taste. I suggest you work with both buns separately first and then make the heavenly merge. I like mayo on my lower bun, and mustard on the upper one. The ketchup will fall right on the cheddar and patty.

Step#6  Enjoy

And there you have it- The Best Burger In Beirut ;) Bisoux

Lebanon’s First Semi-Topless Magazine Cover

So let me get this straight, Anne Frank’s Diary has been banned in Lebanon for reasons that are beyond me, yet a Lebanese Magazine named  Nadine ( which I find myself sometimes strangely drawn to at my local hairdresser) published a picture of  Libya’s  KooKoo Ghaddafi’s son’s wife, the Lebanese Aline Skaff on the cover of their latest issue and get this: provocatively  showcasing her areola?!

This by the way is the same Aline Skaff that reportedly got denied entry to Lebanon when a private jet attempted to land in Beirut a couple of weeks back.

Lebanese adolescents rejoice. Take a look  at the closest-to-topless cover you may ever see on Lebanese newsstands. Seriously how did this pass our extensive censorship? Run for it buy your copy because it may be recalled from newsstands right about…NOW.

I think she looks slightly constipated but  what do you think,  HOT or NOT? Bisoux

No Rights No Women Goes High-Fashion With

So just in case you weren’t able to imagine a Lebanon, without women, has produced an epic photo-shoot that may just help you visualize. The collaboration between NO Rights NO Women campaign seems unlikely but if you take a look at these shots, everything will start making sense. And guess what? This is a 100% Lebanese production, with a Lebanese creative director, Lebanese photographers and even Lebanese models! Bisoux

This one is my personal favorite, the woman turned “construction worker.” Click here to see the rest of these fabulous high-fashion shots.

Imagine A Lebanon- Without Its Women

Unimaginable right?  Even if you’re not into women, you know  this place would loose its identity without its better other sex.

That’s what the ladies behind the campaign No Rights No Women are threatening to do – turn into men in exchange for their rights!

Controversial. And it seems to be getting everyone’s attention. But the logic behind it is so simple. It’s Genius!!!

Here goes it:

Full Woman, Full Citizen..or no women at all.

“For years, women (and men) in Lebanon have asked, campaigned and fought for women’s rights for complete citizenship. And yet, nothing. Cultural, social, political and even religious excuses have been given, and the only ones to pay the price are the women.

So, we, a group of Lebanese young women, have decided to make a move, non-violent, original yet one we hope that will make the Le…banese community and law makers understand how it feels to be a “half-citizen”.

On March 8, International Women’s Day, we will let go of our “womanship” to request our “citizenship”. We will dress as men, act as them, talk like them, be them… Join us in your universities, offices, in coffee shops, on the streets, in your homes, wearing “men”, acting “men”..because if we don’t have all of our rights, what’s the point?”

And there you have it folks!

Join them on Tuesday March 8th at 5:30 pm in Downtown’s Samir Kassir Square by the Annahar building. Sign the petition that will be  submitted to the Lebanese Parliament on March 9.

Join their Facebook group. Scream it from the rooftops. Sing it loud and proud.

Now Imagine your world without women.


Check out some of  these medieval  facts you prolly didn’t know about the terrifying laws that treat  Lebanese women as second-class citizens in their own country. They just sent some serious chills down my spine.

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IVY’s Outfits Of The Week

As promised, I will now regularly feature outfits for my male readers! Let me know if you like what you see! Bisoux



And finally a similar outfit that won’t burn a hole in your pockets!


Lebanese Summer Countdown- 9 Tips To Get Fit

So your New Year resolutions are a distant dream by now. You were supposed to quit smoking (even socially), become a regular at the gym ( a 15 min sprint on the treadmill doesn’t count )and most importantly eat healthy ( even during work hours)

It’s March and you’re still hung-over from the weekend. Your mind kept telling you to get that salad for lunch but every cell in your stomach was screaming for grease, so you ordered Fern Tony’s  Deluxe Burger . Your co-workers watched you gobble that beast down as they fiddled with their rice and spinach. But you’re back at your desk now, about to participate in some serious self-loathing wondering how you got here.  Knowing that within mere months, the hot and sexy gym busy-bees of this country will be ready to flaunt their combos of six packs, pectorals, biceps and what not while you’ll be struggling to stop yourself from ordering a bottle of extra-chilled rose by the beach.

Snap out of it; get a hold of yourself and enough with the procrastination.  I’ve come up with a couple of pointers to keep you satisfied but slick this season.

1)      Eat breakfast and get full, it’s the oldest trick in the book but it actually works wonders.  And no, that doesn’t mean indulging in some fried eggs and bacon, but a healthy whole wheat pita bread with some labneh, cucumber and olives , or turkey and cheese with some lettuce. Wash it down with a sweet fruit-but bar or perhaps a handful or almonds and raisins.

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