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Ivy Reviews: Métropole Brasserie

Métropole Brasserie located in Downtown Beirut (right by Porsche) is supposed to be somewhat of an upscale restaurant and so naturally you would expect grade A service especially when the head waiter insists on playing the role of a Parisian chef de rang. And so yes, when you’re greeted with that sort of ambiance/attitude naturally your expectations are somewhat high.

We were a table of 11 celebrating a friend’s birthday, and things seemed to be going smoothly as we started out with a classic selection of  appetizers you would usually find in a French Bistro and they were delicious.

The juicy sautéed calamari with parsley and garlic was cooked just right, not a hint of seafood almost like I was having  tender chicken.

calamari Metropole

For salmon lovers I recommend this fresh Salmon Tartar garnished with sliced radish and purslane.

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The Lentil Salad was my least favorite as it was dry (barely any dressing) and slightly boring, I would have much rather they added at least one other ingredient like Arugula or some raisins.

Lentil Salade Metropole

I particularly enjoyed chèvre salad, as I don’t usually enjoy goat cheese but this one was not pungent and the cheese was perfectly toasted on the bread centered with crisp red lettuce leafs.

chevre salade metropole

The Mozzarella and tomato salad was refreshing garnished with fresh basil, and sprinkled with olive oil and a side of ripe sliced avocado, though I feel they could be slightly more generous with the cheese.

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And finally the Lobster Quinoa salad was a real treat and though I never had cold lobster I actually enjoyed this one very much as it was cooked to perfection and the quinoa added just the right amount of crunch to the combination.

photo 3As for the main dishes three of us had the  Filet Mignon which you can’t usually go wrong with it came with a side of buttered green beans. Now here is when things began to go wrong, this filet was supposed to come with a side of fries that didn’t arrive with the dish, we had  to remind the waiters twice who also ended up forgetting to present us with the sauce until we were halfway through our meal.

Filet Metropole

My man had the burger which although was presented so nicely, truly disappointed. It felt like one of those you could easily make at home as the patty was way too thin, tasted too processed like it was pre-prepared and frozen, none of that soft and tender minced meat texture you would  would expect from a top-notch French joint with a measly slice of cheese and a thick uneven slice of tomato. I definitely wouldn’t recommend anything about this burger.

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My friend had the Beef Stroganoff with a sauce that both resembled paprika-colored watery sauce and tasted like nothing really. None of that thick creamy goodness you would expect from a Stroganoff and hardly any mushrooms.

Stroganoff Metropole

The service was mediocre to say the least. Staff seemed disheveled with their tasks and it took waiters an exceptionally long time to get something as simple as a soft drink or even extra cutlery.  By the end of the meal we began to feel frustrated with the service and complained. The head waiter/ manager paid us a visit and told him about our experience.

He didn’t apologize but rather explained to us that “this usually doesn’t happen” and that he “will look into it”  but he didn’t seem very sympathetic either. We were clearly dissatisfied with his response and began discussing our dismay in an obvious manner at this point. But it was only after we ordered the bill that he finally greeted us at the door and apologized. To be frank, it was a little too late he had already lost us.

You can have the best food in town, but with poor service and even some attitude it’s pretty hard for customers to focus on anything else, and in a depreciating economy like ours, you would like to think that businesses would strive harder to retain customers. Apparently not at Métropole.

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Lebanon, Get Civil!

Civil marriage is finally making headlines in Lebanon, for the right reasons. And like all national issues, suddenly everyone’s an expert and advocate on the topic. That I can live with.

I’m not going to lecture you on civil marriage, but here’s what you need to know: It’s not permitted in Lebanon, most couples travel abroad to wed, usually somewhere close by like Cyprus or Turkey. And a high religious power figure in the country just denounced everyone supporting it as an apostate/blasphemous and described civil marriage activists as “predators spreading bacteria.”

To add insult to injury an  ignorant breed of young people suddenly started giving their two cents on civil marriage and here is one of the downright silliest arguments I’ve heard from some women with toothpick-thin red tattooed eyebrows:

“But yaa3ni every girl dreams of having a big wedding, with a huge dress and full-makeup and hair and the cake and everything. And how will she get married without her parents? And shou no zaffeh?? The pictures will look so ugly and empty. Haram. She will regret it one day trust me!”

You see what we have to put up with? And I love how some people even take the time to explain to them that they can still throw a party after the civil ceremony and wear a huge dress and invite family and friends. Please! This sort of mindset is what’s keeping Lebanon behind on civil rights and how on earth are women supposed to even attain their full rights as citizens if they would  be opposed to civil marriage for the sake of a dress and party?? I’m going to go hide under some rock now and wake up when it’s really 2013 in Lebanon.

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Color Me Christmas

I used to hate the color red on me. I always thought it looked great on others but made me look somewhat tacky.  But as I get older (and more mature) I’m starting to embrace it. It all began with a little red dress followed by a dramatic shade of red lipstick and then a fabulous little something called Louboutin red soles. And now I’m ready for that red bag. But which one?

christian-louboutin-red-sole-shoe_GBshopbop red bagBotkier   Cambridge Satchel

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Alexander Wang

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Rebecca Minkoff

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Serpui Maries

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Miss Lebanon Living It Up In Vegas

At the risk of turning into a pageant blog I couldn’t help but share with you recently released shots of our very own twin Miss Lebanon Rina Chibani doing her thing in Vegas. Sure, she’s pretty and tall and everyone’s rooting for her but come on, has anyone seen the competition? It is fierce. And I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again we have come a long way from Miss Lebanon 2011 but I don’t think we’re quite there yet.

Check out these shots of Rina and please take the time to watch her speak in the video below. Girl brings out the cringe with her awkwardness and sporadic hand gestures. (Awaiting Team Rina attack in 3,,2…

Miss Lebanon Rina in Vegas

(Don’t you just love how subtle everyone behaves in Lebanon, from Miss Lebanon’s outfit and sunglasses at the airport to the two guys who stopped dead in their tracks just to stare and photo-bomb her.)

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Trick AND Treat

No matter what costumes you’ve picked out this Halloween there is no excuse for bad shoes. So I’ve taken the liberty of matching some clutches and pumps that can go with almost any skimpy little outfits you have planned for the occasion.

Clutch: Serpui Marie Pumps: Jerome C. Rousseau

Clutch:Serpui Marie  Pumps: KORS by Michael Kors

Clutch: Overture Judith Leiber Pumps: B Brian Atwood

Clutch: L.A.M.B Pumps:Diane von Furstenberg

Clutch: House of Harlow 1960 Pumps: alice + olivia

Mon Obsession Du Jour

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A Good Enough Reason To Break Up With Him

Not all Lebanese girls are looking to marry the first guy they hook up with. But guys these days truly believe that behind that cool exterior, every girl in the bar is on the hunt for a solitaire. Of course eventually we are all looking to settle, the key word here is eventually, surely that is not the first thing that comes to our minds when a good looking guy offers to buy us a drink. I say this because lately I’ve noticed that men are really flattering themselves. Some guys claim all girls have a  marital hidden agenda.

Sally has dated many guys but not in a town bicycle kind of way, she has a great reputation, she’s a hard worker and a genuinely nice person. She thinks perhaps she’s too picky, I think she’s just setting good standards for herself- she knows what she wants. Most of her boyfriends have met her parents. Her parents don’t necessarily view them as boyfriends, but rather as friends of Sally, so really it’s not a big deal at all for her to bring them home.

She’s been dating Mark for a couple of months now. Her parents were throwing a Sunday get together in their Zgharta mountain house for some of their close friends and family. Sally invited Mark to come along. As soon as the words left her mouth his face began to change into all sorts of colors. He then blurted out the words that any girl dreads to hear

“Don’t you think it’s a little too soon for me to meet your parents?”

“It’s just a Sunday lunch.”

“ Ya, Sally I know, but I don’t want you or your parents to get the wrong idea

“And what idea could that be?”

“You know, that this is serious or something”

She broke up with him right there and then. Here’s the thing, Sally really didn’t know where her relationship with Mark was going and she wasn’t even trying to find out. But the fact he bluntly said there was no future for them made her feel like she was just wasting her time. Making plans to wed a man after a couple of months is surely hasty, but knowing that a man you’re dating doesn’t even consider you in his future is a big slap to any girls ego. Maybe I’m biased but I think Mark had it coming. Do you agree?