High cholesterol foods that are actually super healthy.

Discover a list of foods that we perceived as unhealthy for so long! For many years, we’ve been told that these high cholesterol foods could cause heart diseases and strokes. Yet proven studies state otherwise.

 

LIVER

Liver is literally a nutrition powerhouse! I mean think about it, every single nutrient settles in the liver! Despite being loaded with cholesterol, this dish is actually full of protein and Iron.  Enjoy it for breakfast or as an appetizer!

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EGGS

We’ve been told to stay away from egg yolks because they’re loaded with bad cholesterol; while  actually, the yolk is the most nutritious part of the egg! Along with Liver, egg yolks contain a handful of proteins and antioxidants. Perfect for a healthy start of a day!

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YELLOW CHEESE

Many dietitians recommend staying away from yellow cheese, and dairy in general. But if we look on the bright side, yellow cheese is packed with many other nutrients that are essential to our body like protein and calcium!

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SARDINES

These delicious fishes are super loaded with cholesterol, yet they are among the healthiest super foods around the world! One of their great advantages is that they’re packed with Omega 3 which by the way, we can’t live without.

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BUTTER

Butter is almost pure fat. Oh who are we kidding butter is PURE FAT. yet we cannot deprive ourselves from this tasty condiment especially that it’s loaded with vitamins A and K2. Now don’t overload and make sure it’s made from grass eating cow milk!

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BACON

With salt and saturated fat aside, bacon includes almost the same fatty acids in olive oil! It’s loaded with Omega 3 and doesn’t even have to be fried! You can spray an oven tray with a little oil and bake for couple minutes. Exquisite!

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LARD 

Yes I had trouble processing that too. Actually, cooking food with a little amount of lard could help it absorb less greases. Yes that is correct! You can substitute your regular amount of oil with half the quantity in lard!

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Tailor’s Bar Badaro | Review

If you’re looking for a cozy casual place for a date or a hangout after work, Tailor’s Bar is your ultimate destination!

As soon as you enter the place, you can feel the concept stapled on every single wall. No matter where you look, you will find buttons pinned on the walls and an ambiance of an old tailor’s workshop. The venue consists in 2 floors, the bar situated in the ground floor and the restaurant, located on the 1st.

We started by ordering a refreshing Margarita, and  a glass of Chivas 12.

As for the food, it was perfectly sewed to fit our expectations!

We enjoyed a fresh side of Edamame with a delicious Caesar Salad, Chic Salmon and Elegant Chicken! All included in the must-try list whenever you visit.

Make sure you order the drink of the week! We had a blast sipping a a delightful mix of Watermelon, Sour Mix, Rum and mint 😇
Can’t wait to visit again! 😍

Bou Melhem Restaurant | Review

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We’ve already heard of it through word to mouth and social media, but didn’t really get the chance to visit Bou Melhem Restaurant in Sin El Fil until last Friday. As soon as we walked in, the friendly staff welcomed us and guided us to a nice table close to the bar. We then had the honor to meet with the owner himself, warmly welcoming us and wishing us a beautiful night ahead.

Bou Melhem counts an indoor setting and a terrace, and organized a special ‘One Man Show” event on Fridays so we were kindly warned about the high music and waiters suggested we move our table to the terrace in case we were disturbed.

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We didn’t really have to order, the restaurant specialties were served throughout the night from the appetizers to the salads and main dish, all the way to cocktails and desserts.

Here’s an overview of what we tasted along with our feedback:

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Tabbouleh & Fattouch: Although the tabbouleh really needed a lighter hand on the salt, it was very tasty and fresh; yet the fattouch came from another dimension: The perfection of the flavors and the impeccable balance left us speechless!

Eggplant Salad (Batenjen el Raheb): While I didn’t taste this dish because I’m not really fan of eggplants, my partners did express enjoyment in it but only as average; they didn’t think there was anything special about it except the colors and presentation.

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Raw Kibbeh & Tebleh: They come from the same background, but Kibbe includes an additional ingredient that’s Burghul (crushed wheat): They both tasted amazing and as fresh as they looked.

Roasted Hummus, Crispy Shankleesh & Mouhammara: These dishes are among Bou Melhem restaurant’s mezze specialties. DO NOT, I repeat DO NOT visit Bou Melhem and leave without trying them!

Pesto Chicken: I would definitely have added a little more salt, but they tasted amazing and although the dish was overwhelmed with pesto, it didn’t cover up the chicken taste that both my partner & I love.

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Lahmeh Ras Asfour: It’s basically a dish that consists in small beef cutlets marinated in Pomegranate Molasse: Absolutely heavenly to taste buds and that comes from my best friend who rarely eats meat!

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Halloumi & Figs: This dish is definitely recommended to you if you’re a fan of sweet and salty.

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Mixed Grill: Generous portions and buttery taste. I honestly cannot think of a word to describe how moist and tender the Kafta, Meat, and Taouk tasted; definitely a must try whenever you visit!

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Although we were too full to even consider dessert, we were presented a selection of fresh season fruits and Lebanese puddings (Mehallabiye & Meghli); we also couldn’t leave without experiencing Bou Melhem’s special Frappé drinks (Caramel, Mocha & Lemonade) and Sharab El Wared which marked a special place in our hearts.

Of course the concept was not only about experiencing the food, we were also treated to the ‘One Man Show’ and had a blast dancing to the oriental tunes and then after midnight, the whole restaurant lights were dimmed and we got to enjoy some occidental music until early hours.

Overall, Bou Melhem Restaurant was a one of a kind experience that we cannot wait to re-live!

 

Bay Lodge Boutique Hotel | The Terrace Restaurant Bar Lounge

Located in Bay Lodge Boutique Hotel, The Terrace Restaurant – Bar Lounge is labelled as a hidden haven in the heart of Harissa. Overlooking a magical view of Jounieh Bay, this unique concept takes one’s breath away with two levels, both patronymically overlooking the Mediterranean.

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We decided as a team to break out of our routine and give a try to this exceptional outlet at one of the most prestigious Boutique Hotels in Lebanon!

 

Our whole experience started at Sunset and ended under the stars.

 

Atmosphere/Décor
As you enter the place, you’re welcomed by a magnificent yet simple blue and wooden setting that makes you feel like you’re about to dine in your own terrace! Tables and chairs are carefully picked to fit the atmosphere and you’ll spend the day/evening surrounded by cool, relaxing lounge music that’s loud enough to hear, but not loud enough to keep you from hearing each other. A friendly hostess and the restaurant manager approach you to greet you at The Terrace. Sitting in any table you have a wonderful view of the dazzling Jounieh Bay.

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Menu/Dishes
The menu has a wide variety of mouth-watering starters and tidbits. We ordered Edamame and the Bay Lodge Sampler that includes a variety of Rosemary Potato Wedges, Chicken Tacos, Spring Rolls, Cheese Rolls and Crab Claws, served with Soy Sauce, Pesto Sauce and Tartare. Both dishes were exquisite.
We had two main courses, the King Prawns & the Mixed Grill. King Prawns were as buttery and soft as they come, they were served with steamed rice and Thai Curry Sauce; absolutely to die for! The mixed grill tasted wonderfully as well and every bite brought us on a journey of softness and juices which in my opinion felt like heaven.

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Ingredients/Drinks/Wine
All the products were fresh and the dishes had the warmth of home-made food. The chef takes great care in selecting the best quality ingredients.
Before we dined, we ordered whisky, honey jack and coco breeze as drinks. Coco Breeze and Honey Jack are definitely recommended especially if you manage to visit during sunset like we did.
We ended our evening with a glass of fine selected blue wine and wandered a little between the restaurant and the floating bar situated on the lower level of The Terrace.

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Service/Waiters
The Terrace is not a place where you can drop by, eat and leave. The Terrace is a wholesome experience that needs to be embraced! Waiters gave us the time we need before taking our orders and frequently visited our table to make sure everything was okay then we were visited by the restaurant manager asking us if everything is going well and if we needed anything. All dishes arrived at the same time, service was as quick as it could be viewing the full house.

 

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Recommendations
Following the fair price of the food and the attentive waiters´ service, we had a pleasant dining experience with food of the most exquisite flavours. For this reason we highly recommend going to The Terrace Restaurant – Bar Lounge

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CHEERS!

Instagram Shadow-Ban: Things you NEED to know!

You may have noticed that I’ve been sharing a lot of  Instagram tips lately and for a good reason! Instagram has become a huge tool for marketers to expose their business online and I’m one of them.

Now a while ago you might have been experiencing a little something called shadow-ban, it means that Instagram has been banning some accounts from showing in the Explore section, and among the hashtags they use. That would lead to less engagement, less likes and of course less FOLLOWERS. If you’re not a big fan of Instagram or you use it just for fun, you wouldn’t notice any difference. But of you count on generating money online like myself, that my darling would be a huge problem!

Let’s discuss first the reason why you’re being shadow-banned.

If your case doesn’t fit here, your engagement drop could be a result of poor content or inconsistency.

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YOU’RE USING AUTOMATIC BOTS!

While automatic bots like Likestagram  are a quick way to gain more followers, they can kill your account slowly because they go against Instagram’s Terms of Service. If Instagram suspects that your engagement is not generated organically (or sponsored) your account will be susceptible of Instagram Shadow-Ban!

This could also be resulting from an analytics app you’re using too! Not every sponsored app link on Facebook is eligible! (Learned that the hard way)

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YOU’RE USING A BANNED HASHTAG!

While hashtags are a great resource to generate followers and likes (unless you’re Selena Gomez), you might be using some of them that are broken or banned. You see, the good people who work at Instagram are keen to clean up the app from spammy and pornographic content. Unfortunately for some of us, some of these banned hashtags are among the most popular like #dogsofinstagram (yes you see how cruel is that?!)

Using one of these broken hashtags can actually break the rest of your hashtags in the post, causing them to be ineffective!

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YOU’RE VIOLATING INSTAGRAM ENGAGEMENT LIMITS!

Instagram might Shadow Ban your account if you spend a good part of your day engaging with other users and following-unfollowing them because that would appear to Instagram as if you’re using an Automatic Bot.

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YOU’VE BEEN REPORTED!

There are 2 results to be reported: Either your account would be shut down completely, or you would be Shadow Banned. In all cases this is the easiest way to notify Instagram that your account is up to no good.

 

Now is time to fix things!

If your case fits the above points, take a deep breath and relax because here’s how you can fix the problem

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STOP  USING AUTOMATIC BOTS!

Easy peasy! Just log into Instagram on your desktop and click on Edit Profile. Then check your authorized applications and revoke access from any of these services as well as any other ones that you don’t recognize. Although I even recommend that you revoke access from everything that way you’ll be extra safe. Also, log out and delete all the apps that might related your account to them!

Free analytics apps are to be deleted too unless you’re using a worldwide known app like iconosquare!

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CHECK YOUR HASHTAGS!

As we referred in the above section, you might be using banned or broken hashtags that could affect your post completely! Wondering how you can recognize them? Just try and enter your desired hashtag in the search bar. Banned or broken hashtags will only show the top posts and hide all the recent posts associated with them,

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FOLLOW THE RULES!

I mean rules and terms exist for a reason! just stay away from what violates Instagram Terms & Services and you’ll be fine!

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TAKE SOME TIME OUT!

Allow your account to breathe again. Log out an leave it to rest a couple of days take an Instagram vacation and explore the world. After that, start posting and engaging but MANUALLY this time!

Editor’s Note

If you’re not aiming to pay for sponsored posts and building a business, it might be preferable to switch back to a personal account. If you’re using Instagram to build an online business community, keep your business account active and spend a couple of dollars and boost your posts. It’ll be worth it I promise!

So has your account been affected by the Instagram shadowban? What steps are you  taking to overcome it?

Share with me in the comments below so I could add them to the article! Hope I helped!

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How to Post on Instagram from a Computer

You might be familiar with surfing Instagram from your computer but have you thought about POSTING directly from it?

Because some of us do not own great phone cameras and it’s a real pain to transfer pictures from our camera to our desktop, edit them then re-transfer them to our phone, here are 4 easy ways to post on Instagram from a computer that will save us both time and energy!

FROM CHROME

Sign in your usual account as if you’re about to surf Instagram then click on F12

The developer view should pop up but don’t worry this has nothing to do with developing.

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When you do that, all you have to do is click CTRL + SHIFT + M and the Instagram feed will turn into Mobile view.

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See?? Easy Peazy right?! Now just click on the camera icon and post the picture of your choice from your PC gallery but ALERT! There are no filters in this method so you need to post it as it is or pre-edited.

FROM SAFARI ON MAC

Go to Preferences then Advanced and check the box that says “Show developer Menu in Menu Bar”.

That done, open the private browsing window and then go to USER AGENT –> SAFARI –>IOS–> IPHONE

Open Instagram.com and click on the camera icon at the bottom of your screen to upload a picture from your desktop gallery.

FROM GRAMBLR

Open Gamblr.com and click on the Download button. This method works for both Mac and Windows.

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Create a Gamblr account and insert your Instagram details don’t worry it’s 100% safe otherwise I wouldn’t be sharing it with you.

Click on save to continue, Apply some filters, add a caption and tags then hit SEND!

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FROM INSTAPIC

Download InstaPic from your Windows Store

After opening the app, you’ll soon realize that it’s similar to Instagram application on your phone!

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That’s a wrap ladies! Now put those phones on chargers, reach your computers and post, post post!

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#MuchLove!
Until Next Time 🙂

 

Burgers you must try at least once!

#Burgers are not hard to find. In fact, it’s so damn rare to pass by a town and not notice at least ONE burger joint. However, it isn’t so simple to find a place that serves decent and high quality burgers because the standard my darlings, is not about WHERE you eat a burger, but HOW YOU FEEL while, and after you eat it.

I visited Burger joints around Lebanon and decided to briefly share with you some of my favorites so far.

Mexican Burger at Gourma Lebanon.

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This cozy joint is a family owned restaurant located in Tabarja. They serve a large variety of house made sandwiches, Indian platters, salads, and burgers. Among their tasty menu I tried the Mexican burger which is a combination of a 130g of  Mexican beef patty, guacamole, onions, tomato, jalapenos, tortilla chips and their special mild Mexican sauce. Served with a side of coleslaw and crunchy fries, this platter is definitely Lunch/Dinner goals when you feel like a quick bite on your way from the beach this summer 😉

Classic Burger at Crepaway

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Crepaway still leads when it comes to service, speed and quality especially when it comes to kickass burgers. I always visit the branch in Citymall Beirut, and my all time weakness has to be the classic, a mix of Black angus beef with cheddar cheese, lettuce, grilled onions, ketchup, mayo and dijonnaise sauce. Despite the simplicity of its ingredients, Crepaway’s classic burger explodes in flavors! Highly recommended and reachable no matter where you live in Lebanon!

Classic cheese Burger at Classic Burger

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Cozy and calm, Classic Burger Joint outlets are the perfect for a casual date, a get-together after uni or a quick bite while shopping. I tried both Beirut Souks and Le Mall outlets and let me tell you, one can’t go wrong with any of the burgers at Classic Burger Joint, but my choice for the best would be the Classic cheese Burger. It’s not just the classic sauce and fresh beef patty that makes it, it’s the double american cheese and those homemade pickles with the classic coleslaw salad!

Now whomever knows me acknowledges that burgers are by far my weakness & would even go as far as to say that I’m addicted; I just constantly crave patties between buns several times a day is that a crime?

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#MuchLove!

                                                                Until Next Time 🙂