NEW YORK CITY, NEW YORK FOOD & DRINK: THINK COFFEE

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Think about a plain-toasted bagel with cream cheese and strawberry jam. Think about it.

Think Coffee.

22/23OCT13. Inwood & Lower East Side, NYC.

BEIRUT, LEBANON FOOD & DRINK: ALKANTARA BAKERY FINALE

I spent my last morning in Alkantara Bakery where I had what has essentially been dubbed “The Jackie,” an egg, cheese, tomato, and onion breakfast mannouche all rolled up into an easy-to-hold (and devour) sandwich. So good! I will miss this place so much.

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Below: “The Jackie” laid out flat and THEN rolled up!

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AUG13. Beirut, Lebanon.

BEIRUT, LEBANON: FAREWELL TO MY INAUGURAL VISIT

“Pope John Paul II once said as well, “Lebanon is a message more than it is a country.” Now this diversity has turned into fragmentation and the richness into poverty, awaiting a miraculous remedy.”
Rami Ollaik, The Bees Road

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AUG/SEP13. Lebanon.

BEIRUT, LEBANON FOOD & DRINK: ALKANTARA BAKERY, PT. 2

My morning ritual: wake up, get dressed, walk over to Alkantara to see two of my favorite people who welcome me with smiles. They give me a ‘big’ coffee and feed me delicious mannouche. It is SO fresh. Literally, right out of the oven. When I think of Beirut, I’ll think of Alkantara and the friendships I’ve made.

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AUG13. Beirut, Lebanon.

BEIRUT, LEBANON: “KNOW YOUR PLACE”

In this process of revamping my blog, I’ve been forced to start from the beginning, 2012, and work my way forward. I now find myself in July 2013, in Beirut, Lebanon. And I remember this day as though it were yesterday. I wandered into a neighborhood with my camera and just started snapping away, not taking into account the potential dangers of doing such a thing. I did start to notice lots of Bashar al-Assad posters and at the time, I didn’t think anything of it – I just wanted pictures of the ‘life’ of the neighborhood. I may very well have been in a Sunni Islamist area with people, rightfully so, suspicious of this American just walking around taking photos. Men started yelling out of the windows at me – in Arabic, but I got the ‘gist’ from their tones…and a woman who spoke some English came over to me and walked me out of the neighborhood explaining to me that it wasn’t safe for me to be there.

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21JUL13. Beirut, Lebanon.

QUEENS (LONG ISLAND CITY), NEW YORK FOOD & DRINK: COURT SQUARE DINER

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Classic Tuna Melt

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45-30 23rd St, Long Island City, NY 11101

10JUL13. Five Pointz, Queens, NY