New open­ings LO­CAL FLA­VORS AT BARON

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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

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