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2017: You were Great !

Hello, so I know I’ve been away for a while but I wanted to start the year by sharing with you the things I’ve learned and the memories that were created in 2017 instead of sharing with you the typical New Year solutions post.

I’m so thankful for the new people I have met in this journey, the experiences I have been exposed to and I can’t wait to share with you more and more fun times!

  1. Let’s start off by mentioning that I graduated from AUB with a bachelor’s of Arts in Media and Communication and a minor in Economics. “Shit got real!”

I have been slowly trying to understand and learn how I am going to build my career. I was exposed to different internships, working freelance and I am constantly on the lookout for opportunities and experiences.

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  1. Discovering my passion for Food Styling

I’ve always enjoyed sharing with you pretty pictures of my meals and especially my breakfasts, since it is my favorite meal of the day. As I create more and more pictures, mainly for Instagram, I’ve discovered my passion for food styling: trying out different layouts, combos, and colors that work together in order to deliver the best picture, mood, and story. It is because of this that I decided to enroll in a photography course that starts in February in order to further explore this field.

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  1. Love for Cooking

I’ve always loved food! However, I recently enjoy discovering new flavors and trying out recipes even more than before. Learning the techniques and experimenting with food is so much fun especially when the meal turns out perfect, it just gives me so much self-satisfaction. My favorite ingredients include lemon, black pepper, and garlic!

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  1. Camping for the first time

I would always look at my friends’ pictures in nature, camping, and say to myself “Wow, that looks amazing”. However, I never had the courage to take the decision and pack my bags to join them. The idea of sleeping in a tent didn’t sound very comfortable. I was worried about where I was going to pii and I simply was over thinking everything until one day I decided that “khalas” it was time to try it!

My first camping experience was with a large group of people, we camped by the sea in Chekka and my favorite part was waking up the next morning to the sound of the waves.

My second camping experience was a month or so afterwards, it was in Baskinta. A totally different setup, in the woods, between the trees. I was so worried about flies and insects so my bags were filled with bug spray and everyone kept making fun of me. Luckily, there were not any flies and insects that night!

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Photo by my friend @Freakgmb

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  1. Traveling to new places

Last year I had the chance to visit a new country on my list, Romania, during the month of August. We went for 2 weeks and had the privilege to have a local Romanian friend to tour us around. The trip was Amazing!

Remember how I kept bombarding you with beautiful pictures on Instagram?

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My favorite location in Romania – Vidraru Lake

I then travelled to Dubai for a week in November! Although it was my 3rd time in Dubai, this was one of my favorite trips. I spent the first couple of days alone, meeting Instagram friends and working on some collaborations. My close friend then joined me a few days later, I had organized our entire journey and thankfully everything turned out to our advantage! I was even able to attend the Dubai Fitness Expo and meet so many interesting people.

It was my first solo girl’s trip and it was memorable.

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  1. Getting featured in several publications

I feel so honored and happy to see Beirut Fitness growing and reaching more people day by day. I was featured in 3 publications last year: Step FEED, Al Bayan magazine, and as a guest blogger on the beautiful Jetsetter Diaries website.

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Check the full article HERE
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Check the full article HERE
  1. Becoming a tea lover

I never thought I would say this, but for the past couple of months I’ve been drinking at least one cup of tea daily and it feels great! I am slowly entering “the tea world” and enjoy trying new flavors and combos.

  1. Launching shop Beirut fitness

I took a risk and decided to share my love for fitness with the public. People always ask me where I usually get my leggings from and I always find that question super hard because I never stick to one specific brand of type of leggings. I enjoy experimenting, trying different brands, and simply just buying the legging if the print is cool. So I decided to launch Shop Beirut Fitness, in which I got a small selection of sportswear (handpicked) that reflect my personal style and was selling them through social media and pop-ups.

You can read more about this here!

Selling was not as easy as I thought it would be, however I believe that many things in life are learned through trial and error. I will go back to advertising about Shop Beirut Fitness very soon so stay tuned!

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I hope 2018 will be filled with lovely experiences and memories for all of you.

Don’t forget to follow me on social media for more personal and day-to-day activities.

Instagram: @beirutfitness

Facebook: Beirut Fitness

 

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Travel

6 Tips for Staying Healthy While Traveling

Many people, including myself, are concerned about gaining weight while traveling. I spent most of my winter break in the US and the first couple of days we kept eating out almost every day! Since it was not my first time visiting Virginia, I had already chosen the favorite fast food chain restaurants that I wanted to enjoy such as Chipotle and Five Guys and surprisingly I felt satisfied after only eating at these restaurants once.

Here are some tips that I thought I would share with you to help you on your next trip:

  1. Never skip breakfast

I was not staying at a hotel so my breakfasts were either scrambled eggs with cucumber, Greek yogurt and fruits, or Greek yogurt on multi-cereal bread with different toppings such as fruits and veggies.

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  1. Commit to at least one healthy meal a day

When on vacation, we tend to eat out almost every day and personally, I got exhausted. I do enjoy eating out however, repetitively eating out especially more than once a day was annoying. Most of the food was too salty or included heavy sauces so I always ordered the sauce on the side or simply asked for lemon oil dressing for the salads and asked for less salt.

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Make your own Salad bowls at SweetGreen
  1. As much as possible, make your own meals

The days that we were going to have dinner with some friends, we would try to eat lunch at home. We would make quick and easy meals such as grilled salmon or chicken breasts in the oven with a huge salad bowl: healthy, simple, fulfilling, and delicious (such meals could also be ordered at restaurants).

  1. Carry snacks with you

Snacks on the go are one of the best things to have with you on long tour/shopping days. You are unaware of when lunch or dinner is going to take place therefore having a good breakfast before you go as well as healthy snacks such as raw nuts, protein bars, and/or fruits will give you the energy you need to keep enjoying your day.

  1. Drink lots of water

When it’s cold, I sometimes tend to forget to drink water. Stay hydrated by keeping a bottle of water with you at all times.

  1. Walk

Even if you are not working out as much as before because you are on vacation you can stay active by walking as much as possible, taking the stairs, not using much public transportation… Many beautiful places are discovered when you just walk around a city that you are not familiar with.

 

I hope you will find these tips useful! I believe that it’s all about the balance; indulge in the foods you love from time to time but also stay active and healthy.

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Travel

Oman trip with Semsom

After being nominated as the Beirut Hummus Ambassador 2016 along with Yasmina Audi (@supermom_blog); Yasmina and I were given the opportunity to discover Oman and judge the Hummus Games – Oman Edition (Check out all about the Hummus Games – Lebanon edition – and our winning recipe: here).

Day 1:

Upon arrival, we spent our first day touring the city of Muscat where we checked out the beautiful Grande Mosque, the opera house, the traditional Souk: “Souk Mutrah”, the beach, and of course the malls for some quick shopping! I loved the different arches and architectural designs that the entire country is made up of.

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Opera House – Muscat

At night, after a long day of touring, we joined the Semsom team and enjoyed a delightful Lebanese dinner at Semsom’s first branch in Oman.

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Day 2:

The second day was the busy fun day that we were waiting for. We were honored to be present to attend a lunch to celebrate the opening of the second Semsom branch at Shatti Al Qurum.

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Happy Faces after a yummy lunch!

After the opening, the team began decorating and re-organizing the layout of the restaurant in preparation for the Hummus Games! Several bloggers came excited to share their own hummus recipes. It was very interesting to see how different cultures add their own unique tastes and spices to our traditional Lebanese hummus. It was my first time playing the role of a judge and it was an honor to be alongside Christine Sfeir (@casfeir) – CEO of Semsom and Anthoy Rhayel (@nogarlicnoonions) – Food expert and founder of Lebanon’s Street food market: Souk el Akel.

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Decorating for the Hummus Games
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Let the judging begin

After tasting several different hummus, the winners were announced! Congratulations to Rupali and Kalpita for their yummy and creative hummus dish 🙂

Thank you Semsom for a lovely getaway and for giving me the opportunity to experience a new culture and judge the Hummus Games – Oman edition. May you continue making us proud and spreading the Lebanese Cuisine across the globe!

I can’t wait for next year’s Hummus games 🙂

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Travel

Visiting the Budweiser Budvar Brewery

During the short Easter break, my mom, my best friend Gaelle, her mom Claudette and I decided to explore some of Europe. We enjoyed a quick Euro trip that included Budapest, Vienna, and Prague.

While in the Czech Republic, we decided to tour the Budweiser Budvar Brewery and learn more about this delicious beer. We had booked a private tour to the city of Ceske Krumlov and to end the journey right, we decided to have some beer.

Dating back to the 15th century, Budweiser Budvar exports to over 60 countries (YES! Lebanon is one of them) around the world.

It has 6 main types of beer:
1. Budweiser Budvar original 5% alcohol
2. Budweiser Premium Budvar Dark Lager 4.6% alcohol
3. Budweiser Budvar Classic 4% alcohol
4. Budweiser Budvar free 0.5% alcohol
5. Budweiser Budvar Strong 7.6% alcohol

And 3 types of Pardal beer, a more bitter type of beer

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But wait, isn’t Budweiser American? Well according to the Czech, the name “Budweiser” was taken by the Americans long time ago. Immediate branding was made, making the brand very popular; and a trademark dispute over the use of the name “Budweiser” is still ongoing between the two. However, the recipe used by them is completely different.

The brewing process includes 4 ingredients: mold, hop cones, yeast, air and water. It takes approximately 10 hours and includes 3 stages:

  1. Mashing
  2. Straining
  3. Boiling of the wort (this creates the bitter taste)

Usually Czech breweries make the beer in one month. However, they repeat the entire process 3 times, so it actually takes Budweiser a total of 3 months to make a barrel of beer.

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Explanation of the Brewing Process

The longer the period of fermentation, the more alcohol it has, and the stronger the taste of the beer.

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We enjoyed a very informative tour around the brewery that included detailed explanations of the different steps as well as a beer tasting towards the end, where we only got the chance to taste the Budweiser Budvar Original. The entire tour was about 60 minutes. Although I am not a beer fan per say, I enjoyed the bitter taste of the beer.

Now that summer is approaching, I am looking forward to lazy beach days, enjoying a nice ice cold beer. Cheers!

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Pouring some Budweiser Budvar Original for tasting

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Cheers!