These beautiful lamps remind me of SALT at the airport (my post here). But this is at Gordon’s Café at Hotel Le Gray, downtown Beirut (here). A lovely and colorful place, surrounded by tourists passing by to reach Weygand Street, most of them carrying cameras like me. Many visitors sit on the terrace to watch the people in the car traffic, but it’s too loud and too hot there for my taste. I’d rather sit inside and watch the beautiful details, from the lamps to the cupcakes to the cute trays. For more about this chic hotel read about the Bar Cherry here.
Gruen, what a simple, minimalistic name, a German word by the way, meaning Green. A very chic and very modern restaurant in the heart of Hamra, next to AUB and Gefinor buildings (here). I’ve been there three times so far, once around Easter, when I bought cute sweets from their “Cacao & Co” corner (my post about C&C here). But what I loooved last time were these beauuutiful flowers! I forgot their name – do you know it? Then please tell me. I had a nice and almost poetic afternoon break on that day, with a very pleasant and interesting woman. Vivent les belles fleurs, vivent les femmes, et vivent les sweets!
Everything is perfect about this place (here). Its name (I loooove magnolias!), its huge and amaaazing cakes, its friendly staff, its beautiful design – even the cute little flowers on the tables. How if you’re there with your beloved ones, on a weekday (while all other people are working!) and just before having a (successful!) shopping tour through ABC Mall… What, you never go to ABC Mall? This little bakery is deeefinitely worth the visit, vraiment!
Somebody asked me recently why there are no German restaurants in Lebanon. Well, there is one, at City Mall. It’s called “Schnitzels” (here), like the German word for escalope. It’s an “authentic German restaurant”, they assure you, but Schnitzels are of course eaten in many other countries, especially in Österreich/Austria, but also in Iran and Israel, as I just read! The waitresses at Schnitzels wear the traditional “Dirndl” dresses, and even the hands on the picture are authentic German by the way; this is my friend’s brother who is trying the Jägerschnitzel (I think), which means Schnitzel with a champignon sauce. Ok, enough said, it’s time to eat. Yalla, essen