In­sider tips

LT speaks to Greek-le­banese artist, pro­ducer and founder of cabaret-style the­ater, Mu­sic Hall, Michel Elefteriades. He might be a mas­ter of nightlife, but we dis­cov­ered he still makes time to en­joy the coun­try when the sun is still shin­ing. Here are his t

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Michel Elefteriades’ fa­vorite spots

IF SOME­ONE IS VIS­IT­ING LE­BANON FOR JUST 24 HOURS, WHERE WOULD YOU TAKE THEM?

I would take them to Baal­beck and we would have lunch in Zahlé at a good Le­banese restau­rant like Casino Mhanna (Ber­dawni, Zahle, 08 800634, closed dur­ing win­ter) or Arabi (08 800144, Ber­dawni, Zahle.)

WHAT’S YOUR HID­DEN GEM IN LE­BANON – AN UN­KNOWN DESTI­NA­TION AWAIT­ING DIS­COV­ERY?

I have one but don’t ex­pect me to re­veal it to the me­dia and take the risk to men­tion it to in­vaders.

WHAT DO YOU CON­SIDER THE NIGHTLIFE ESSENTIALS TO VISIT IN BEIRUT?

Mu­sic Hall (Starco Cen­ter, Omar Daouk Street, Beirut Cen­tral District, 01 361236, the­mu­sichall.com) and I would have given you the same an­swer even if I wasn’t its owner.

NAME ONE VIL­LAGE OR TOWN THAT FEELS LIKE HOME AND WHY?

Ajal­toun in the Ke­ser­wan re­gion be­cause that is where I spent all my sum­mers till I was 20.

TELL US ABOUT ONE OF YOUR UR­BAN SE­CRETS?

Bread Re­pub­lic (Main Street, Hamra, 01 739040, Bread Re­pub­lic Hamra), late at night.

WHERE IS YOUR FA­VORITE PLACE TO GO FOR A WEEK­END GET­AWAY IN THE SPRING?

Laqlouq be­cause it’s a spe­cial place for me.

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WHAT WOULD YOU TAKE IN A PIC­NIC BAS­KET FOR A TRIP TO THE CITY PARK HORSCH BEIRUT?

Ba­nanas, or­anges and ap­ples, and maybe kaaké and Pi­con cream cheese.

WHERE IS THE OLIVE OIL IN YOUR KITCHEN FROM?

Ev­ery year, Faysal and May Khalil, the founder and pres­i­dent of the Beirut Marathon As­so­ci­a­tion, send me oil and olives from their vil­lage Has­baya.

IF YOU WERE STUCK ON A TRIPOLI PALM IS­LAND AND COULD ONLY TAKE THREE RECORDS BY LE­BANESE ARTISTS WHICH ONES WOULD THEY BE?

The best of Fairuz, the best of Wadih El Safi and an al­bum that I pro­duced for Tony Hanna, Tony Hanna & the Yu­gosla­vian Gipsy Brass Band – “My Vil­lage, Lost Some­where Be­tween Beograd And Bagh­dad.”

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