New openings LOCAL FLAVORS AT BARON
After a few months on the Beirut dining scene, we’re already regulars at the new Mar Mikhael restaurant, Baron, with a menu that features a mouth-tingling fusion of flavors including vegetable, meat and seafood dishes. Choose from plates such as pork ribs marinated in sake, miso and tamari, clams served in squid ink spaghetti and Prosecco and a side of squash, flavored with the traditions of the country – zaatar, freekeh, sumac and pine nuts. Their mantra is to “keep it local,” sourcing the finest ingredients from around the country, from Tripoli’s fishing boats to Beirut’s farmer’s markets. Our advice? Start the meal with one of their finetuned signature cocktails.
01 565199, baronbeirut.com Quitting the desk job and traveling the world – it’s a dream many of us fantasize about. We caught up with and who did exactly that and then set up Igotyourbackpack.com about life in the “free world.”
Beatrice Daou Elie Chahine, WHAT LED YOU TO PACK IT ALL IN?
In short – freedom. Nowadays, slavery takes on a different mask – companies. We felt stuck in jobs with the same routine, working from 9 to 5 just to put aside some money for the yearly vacation. We couldn’t find any meaning in continuing with this path of unfulfillment and unhappiness.
HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN TRAVELING?
We’ve been traveling for six months. So far we’ve passed Dubai, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, and Cambodia. We aim to travel slowly. It’s the best way of truly discovering a country.
WHAT’S THE MOST IMPRESSIVE NATURAL SITE YOU’VE SEEN?
The sunrise view from the summit of the active volcano of Mount Batur in Bali. We started our hike at 3am to reach the top in time for sunrise.
WHAT ARE YOUR TIPS FOR IMMERSING YOURSELF IN A NEW PLACE?
First, travel like a local. It is always easier and faster to take the plane, but you won’t get to see anything about how locals travel and share this experience with them. Secondly, try local food. Dare to have some street food and support local restaurants. You’d be surprised by the quality and taste. Thirdly, search for stories; we learn so much about the culture and way of thinking from them.
WHERE WOULD YOU LIKE TO TRAVEL NEXT?
In the short-term, Sri Lanka, India and Nepal. But ultimately, we wish to travel the whole world country by country. Igotyourbackpack.com