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5 things Lebanese people do at the airport

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Last week, Beirut's airport experienced one of the busiest times of the year with all the expats going home for Easter.   We thought it would be the perfect time to release our series about Lebanese people at the airport.  Every Lebanese is guilty of doing at least one of the below at some point ;) 1. They know the airport welcome message by heart, and they sing along 2. They often stand in the foreigners’ passport line 3. They know everyone at the gate 4. They always have extra weight but somehow manage to get through 5. And when they get out... They have 50 people waiting...

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6 things every Lebanese expat must own

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You can take the Lebanese out of Lebanon but you can't take Lebanon out of the Lebanese! Whether we live in Paris or Shanghai, we all have those tiny splashes of Lebanon all around our homes. It reassures us, and, more importantly, it allows us to talk about Lebanon to anyone foreign visiting us. So to make sure Lebanese expats represent Lebanon in the best possible way, here are a few things that are expected to be found in their homes:   1. Zaatar - no surprises here  This delicious mix that can be eaten at any point of the day. Breakfast? Yeah! Lunch? Yeah! Snack?...

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8 ways to recognize a Lebanese living abroad

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Before we even had a box, we came up with a series that we like to call HTRALLA or “How To Recognize A Lebanese Living Abroad”.  Basically, if you are  Lebanese or if you know a Lebanese person, then you will definitely recognize yourself in these situations. 1. They always have an emergency Kebbeh in their freezer 2. They call their moms too much 3. They love doing things in groups   4. Their secret ingredient is always zaatar 5. They prepare way too much food   6. They have spent the past 2 years teaching their Girlfriend/boyfriend how to say the "7" and the "3"...

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Here's to Lebanese moms

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To their “habibi”s and “hayete”s that never stop resonating in our ears. Whether it’s through a kitchen door or through facetime. To their magic cooking skills and delicious Tupperwaretakeaways, whether we’re 25 years old or 45. To the fact that they are the strongest of fighters. Whether it was starting a family during a civil war, or starting over from scratch in a completely new country. To their hugs that can cure anything, whether it’s just a headache or a career deception. We might criticize their excess of affection and their overwhelming questions, but it is in this nest that we learned how...

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10 typical Lebanese characters… and their Koullouna box alter ego

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Koullouna boxes are inspired by real Lebanese experiences which usually feature real typical Lebanese characters.  We had fun associating the Lebanese cliche to its alter-ego box and you can take it a step further and associate it to a person you know :) The Kankaneh box: The Teta  What they typically say: “khallina bel beit ahsan” What’s better than your grandma taking care of you and making you your favorite dish? Comfort, unconditional love and the smell of saboun baladeh, this box is all about pampering yourself and staying in a cosy home while it’s cold outside. Discover the Kankaneh box.  The Sobhye box:...

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