Archive for October, 2009

Musical notes…

October 20, 2009

Want to read the latest news about Armenian music? Then check out my friend Daniele Sahr’s posts on The Fund for Armenian Relief’s (FAR) blog!


Also, thanks to my friend Mike for the tip on the World Music Institute’s presentation of Bassam Saba and the New York Arabic Orchestra at Symphony Space this Friday, October 23 at 8:00 p.m.

NY ARabic Orches





Tabouli wishes and fattouche dreams,


(FAR logo courtesy of

(Photo of The New York Arabic Orchestra courtesy of


“Things will be great when you’re Downtown…”

October 14, 2009

As you may recall, there’s more of my time in Lebanon that I haven’t written about yet, so here we go… This time with a focus on Downtown Beirut!

downtown rolex clock

I’m so proud of my Cousin Sami and what he’s accomplished so far with his lounge/restaurants, Element and Fly. Fly in particular really won me over–it’s on the rooftop of the Virgin Megastore, so you can enjoy a scrumptious dinner ‘n’ fabulous drinks outdoors in a tastefully decorated space with a kickass soundtrack. Here’s a pic just to give you an idea…

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Sami was a most gracious host to my friends and me, and filled us in on all the hotspots to check out later on in the evening such as Sky Bar. All I can say is “Wow!” This photo doesn’t do it justice but imagine, if you will, perfectly balmy evening weather coupled with some great beats and pyrotechnics thrown in–amazing… Oh, and did I mention that it’s along the Mediterranean Sea?!

sky bar

And finally, what would my trip to Lebanon be without capturing a photo of a Starbucks sign–in Arabic.


Tabouli wishes and fattouche dreams,


(Photo of Fly courtesy of