Monday, 24 July 2017

BUSINESS AND PLEASURE, AT LE GRAY HOTEL BEIRUT





Few days ago, the renowned Le Gray Hotel in Beirut, unveiled its distinguished and glamorous events and conferences spaces, complementing it with their lobby lounge, an exhibition venue and 16 new guestrooms.



For impressive significant meetings, launches, VIP events, weddings or any of your prevalent celebrations, you have none other than the stylish, Le Gray Hotel, in a central location at downtown Beirut, offering style with pioneering facilities and a professional and experienced team, taking care of every detail to create events that are pure perfection.

The fresh additions include The Boardroom, fitting up to 20 persons, The Muse Room, perfect for both business and social meetings, The Screening Room, a mini cinema accommodating 53 viewers with advanced high-tech cutting edge equipment, The Atrium, furnishing an artistic backdrop for arty exhibitions and Le Grand Salon, a 400sqm ballroom with a fascinating led light color changing ceiling.

The Screening Room
The Boardroom
The Muse Room

Host your next big thing in elegance at Le Gray, at their fabulous spaces, embracing yourself and your guests with beautifully designed venues…You will definitely impress!

I will leave you to enjoy several pictures captured at the event, as well as the official press release by Le Gray.

















LE GRAY, BEIRUT UNVEILS

ITS EVENTS AND CONFERENCES SPACES

Press Release – 13 July 2017 – During an event held in its new lobby, Le Gray, Beirut unveiled its
Events and Conferences Spaces which is part of an extension project including additionally a lobby
lounge, an exhibition venue and 16 new guestrooms.
With this addition and a prime central location on the very entrance of Beirut Downtown, the flagship
of Campbell Gray Hotels enlarges the scope of its business to attract the MICE market in addition to
the leisure and business markets. The project was overseen by Interior Designer Galal Mahmoud in
close collaboration with Gordon Campbell Gray.
The new guestrooms complement existing accommodation in the same contemporary-classic style,
incorporating light-filled interiors overlooking the bustling city.
The extended lobby area underneath the atrium and its new Lobby Lounge provide a welcoming
space where guests can unwind with family and friends or catch up on work. A new pedestrian
entrance will welcome guests into the new space directly on Weygand Street.
The new facilities are sure to impress Le Gray’s loyal clientele and attract new guests with additional
spaces. The Boardroom, a dramatic 20-people meeting business venue; The Muse Room, a multi-
function venue equally great for business meetings and social gatherings; The Screening Room, a
brand new 53-seat mini cinema fitted out with state-of- the-art audio-visual equipment and
comfortable seating -4k projection and Dolby Atmos sound system; The Atrium, an exhibition and art
venue at the heart of the central atrium and Le Grand Salon, a 400sqm banquet facility with a unique,
dazzling led light ceiling.
Le Gray, Beirut burst onto the hotel scene in 2009 and has become one of the city’s hottest hubs at
which to stay and be seen. Located in the heart of Beirut on Martyrs’ Square, close to the business
district and near to the city’s prime attractions, the hotel will now feature 103 spacious rooms and
suites, with two Presidential Suites sharing the fifth floor encompassing generous private terraces.
The hotel current facilities include the glamorous rooftop restaurant, Indigo on the Roof, the tranquil
PureGray Spa, as well as a state-of- the-art gym.
With the current additions, Le Gray, Beirut will have completed the canvas, becoming thus Downtown
first and only hotel with such facilities.


For further information:
Rita C. Saad, Director of Marketing and Public Relations
Tel: 01962895 | Mob : 03851595 | e-mail : ritasaad@legray.com





Monday, 29 May 2017

MED Restaurant



Duo has a new addition to its family, and they named it MED!

Located in City Center, in Hazmieh, you can either enjoy your time there in its trendy interior, or at its spacious, but light lacking dim terrace, and get pampered by their friendly and professional staff.

Even though, MED, is the abbreviation of Mediterranean, still this new restaurant has much more to offer than just oriental Lebanese food, alongside a salad bar, for those who desire!

We tried quite a few items and were quite satisfied of how they performed with our taste buds!


A beautiful aromatic start with the MED CAKE GARLIC BREAD, a large freshly baked loaf, stuffed with creamy garlic, emmental cheese and herbs. This insanely delicious appetizer will forever change your perception of the traditional garlic bread! A must have over and over again, and over again!

MED CAKE GARLIC BREAD


Mixed with sweet chilli sauce, the SHRIMP TAPAS, are soft and flavorful, served with bread slices, and so were the CREAMY SPINACH TAPAS, with chunks of mushrooms and parmesan cheese. Just spread a spoonful of that luscious dip onto a a piece of bread and you cannot be any happier!

The QUINOA TABBOULEH SALAD had a distinguished amazing secret ingredient, or maybe not! Fresh, light, perfectly seasoned and simply wonderful!

Both the GREEK PIZZA and THE PIZZA BEEF PEPPERONI had a thin dough with a moderate flavor.

GREEK PIZZA

BEEF PEPPERONI

An assortment of grilled veal, makanek and tawouk skewers, served with French fries,  is what they call their MIXED GRILLED PLATTER.  Completely fresh, using the highest quality ingredients.


In cute small pots, hot and straight from the kitchen, they served us BEEF STROGANOFF, which I think that the chef should revisit the recipe, but the CHICKEN CREAMY MUSHROOM SERVED WITH RICE, and in pots, as well, was delicious.

BEEF STROGANOFF

Desserts, desserts, desserts and more desserts! We felt like little children in a candy store!

A splendid crispy APPLE PIE, an explosion of chocolate cake with chocolate ice cream and caramel sauce create an intensely rich and mouthwatering DARK CHOCOLAT VOLCANO. Filled with melted chocolate and topped with vanilla ice cream, and then crushed to share OUR SPECIAL MUFFIN, with smiles on our faces! The MED ORIENTAL TWIST, with sahlab ice cream, a renovated recipe of our traditional maamoul, a warm soothing taste of the orient!




MED has so much more delightful items to savour, from starters, salads, pizzas, pastas, burgers, sandwiches, a kids menu and a variety of original main courses, which is worth a second and a third visit, if not more, to dig into those pleasures.

Friday, 12 May 2017

Samsung Galaxy S8 Launch Event


On Wednesday May 10th 2017, Samsung officially launched the 8th generation of its popular Galaxy line of Smartphones, the S8 and S8+.

The event took place at the fancy OCIEL Dbayeh, an open air by the sea venue, where the exclusive list of invitees got the chance to have an up-close and personal relation with the devices, in addition to a variety of other products and accessories made available by Samsung alongside the S8, like the new Gear VR, DeX and the latest Gear 360 Camera.

Ociel Dbayeh

The new smartphones are chic, elegant and definitely forward thinking, with a design so futuristic, that any other smartphone on the market right now would feel so outdated in comparison.

The Galaxy S8+ is simply awesome

Gear 360 Camera
The new Wireless Charger

The glamour of the S8 series doesn't stop at its immaculate fit and finish, but goes an extra mile to prove that these smartphones are true powerhouses, equipped with the latest processor, display, iris scanner and others, strongly positioning this Galaxy as one of the most compelling smartphones the market offers.


The fingerprint scanner found a new home on the back of the device

Can I Take a selfie with you?!

The hands-on was followed by a seated dinner, during which several speakers introduced the new S8, among whom were John An, Managing Director of Samsung Electronics Levant Lebanon branch, Eddy Cherfane, CEO of AC Holding, as well as several renowned speakers highlighting the advantages and features of these new bad boys.



At the end of this spectacular event, Samsung made sure that all the invitees left with an extra smile by receiving their Level U and Level U pro earphones as giveaways, for that casual taste of high quality wireless audio.


Level U Pro

The night was among the most refined and well organized events for a smartphone launch in Lebanon to date, marking the beginning of a new exciting era of devices from non other than the biggest global smartphone manufacturer, Samsung!


Samsung, we can't wait for what's next!

The Galaxy is brightest at "8"

Friday, 27 January 2017

Samsung Offers iOS Compatibility with their Latest Gear Line of Wearable Devices




If you own one of Samsung's latest Gear line of wearables, then you're in for a treat.

The company has officially announced iOS compatibility across the latest Gear family of devices including the Gear S3, Gear S2 and Gear Fit2.

This is big news for iPhone users as they can now pair their phones with smartwatches other than the Apple Watch and those powered by Android Wear.

By doing so, Samsung has positioned itself as a major player in the wearable market, catering to both Android and iOS users alike.

You can checkout their full press release below announcing the expanded compatibility.



"Beirut, Lebanon – January, 2017Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. announced the expansion of iOS compatibility across the latest Gear family of devices including the Gear S3, Gear S2 and Gear Fit2.

Starting today, users can download the Samsung Gear S app for the Gear S2 and Gear S3 or the Samsung Gear Fit app for the Gear Fit2 on compatible iOS devices* from the Apple App Store. Once the appropriate app is downloaded, users will be guided through steps to complete pairing with the user’s compatible Samsung wearable device.

We’re constantly looking for ways to enhance our offerings and we do this in part by listening to what our customers want – and that includes greater access to our cutting-edge wearable technologies with iOS support,” said Younghee Lee, Executive Vice President of Global Marketing, Mobile Communications at Samsung Electronics. “By offering Android and iOS compatibility with our latest Gear devices, we’re giving users more ways to optimize their wearable experiences and connect to Samsung’s Galaxy of possibilities.”

While features and functions will vary by device, iOS users will be able to enjoy the Samsung Gear S3’s timeless and stylish design, IP68 water and dust resistance, as well as the built-in GPS, Alti/barometer and Speedometer apps. It is available in two bold models – the Gear S3 frontier, which takes inspiration from the active explorer with a rugged design, as well as the Gear S3 classic, featuring an elegant style with the balance found on luxury timepieces. Users will also be able to track their fitness by monitoring distance and route traveled, running pace, calories burned and heart rate.

Samsung wearable devices with iOS compatibility are currently available in markets where Samsung Gear devices are sold. The services and features of Samsung Gear devices may be limited for certain iOS devices and their applications. For additional product information, please visit http://www.samsungmobilepress.com.

*Compatible devices: iPhone 5, iPhone 5S, iPhone 5C, iPhone 6, iPhone 6+, iPhone 6S, iPhone 6S+, iPhone 7, iPhone 7+ and iPhone SE (iOS 9.0 and above).

**Functions and features may vary depending on the region or service provider. All functionality, features, specifications and other product information provided in this document including, but not limited to, the benefits, design, pricing, components, performance, availability, and capabilities of the product are subject to change without notice or obligation.

About Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
Samsung inspires the world and shapes the future with transformative ideas and technologies. The company is redefining the worlds of TVs, smartphones, wearable devices, tablets, digital appliances, network systems, and semiconductor and LED solutions. For the latest news, please visit the Samsung Newsroom at http://news.samsung.com" 

Sunday, 22 January 2017

Sunday Brunch at Le Gray's Indigo on the Roof





Indigo on the Roof at Le Gray Hotel is anything but gray! It's vivid, colorful, bright and glamorous!

On Sundays, when you're bored with typical ordinary restaurants or if you feel like trying something new, then Indigo on the Roof is a definite must try experience!


Restaurant Entrance
The venue is so bright

Overlooking beloved Beirut

Kick off with a good breakfast and pamper yourself all the way up to an exquisite lunch!

Bread, cheeses, pastries, cold cuts and all the necessities of a fulfilling breakfast are displayed with menu items of different selections of eggs platters from Benedict, Florentine, Royale, omelet to free range eggs.


Cheese Station  
Cold Cuts


Choose your donut
Crunchy & Flaky

I surely had great eggs benedicts but never did love one as much as the ones served here!

The fresh tasteful eggs, the buttery aromatic sauce holondais on a perfectly crunchy muffin.


Just beautiful
You'll fall in love with that buttery aroma


Now let's talk about lunch!


Nothing could be better than a warm soup on a cold and windy day. 

The roasted pumpkin and cinnamon soup was flavorful yet light so as not to kill your appetite, that you would be most in need of at this generous restaurant!



Roasted Pumpkin and Cinnamon Soup

A beautiful spread of fresh tasteful sushi and sashimi, smoked salmon and a variety of delightful salads from seared tuna, chicken and spinach quinoa, turkey ham and grilled pineapple, beetroot and goat cheese to grilled vegetables. And for those who always like to be faithful to our Lebanese delicacies, tabouleh, fattouch, raheb, hummus, moutsbbal...will be there for you too!

Masterpeice

Seared for your taste buds
DIY

Simply Beautiful
We're addicted to sushi


The fajitas station offers both chicken and meat wraps filled with the genuine taste of Mexico and Spain...now that I have mentioned it, I should have had more of those fabulous fajitas!


Oh my fajitas


At that point, we required the menu again to choose our main dish of Char grilled pork sausages, Garlic and rosemary lamb cutlets, Pan seared seabass, 5 spices duck breast, Bacon and brie Burger and for the faithful, the Lebanese specialty of the day.

Hesitant, doubtful, confused and lost is how we felt. We wanted to have them all, but logic prevailed and funny how we both ended up selecting the same candidate!

It came in a pan, sitting there like a king, accompanied by a huge side of fries, The Bacon and brie Burger!

Bacon & Brie Burger

This burger is very photogenic


The crispy bacon and the almost melted brie complimented the exquisite meat to procreate the divine burger.

I'm not letting go


The glorious dessert buffet offers you a great number of items to speed up your sugar rush!



Cakes, puddings, profiteroles, mousses, macarons, a chocolate fountain, a waffle station...you name it and it's there!


So many options
Galette des rois


I can never say no to red velvet



Even more options

Macarons

Waiting in line to be dipped



Oh, by the way, if you are thinking what to do with your kids so you are able to totally enjoy this feast, then worry no more, as it's also been taken care of and a special kids recreational area is devoted especially for your little ones; just make sure to ask for it upon making your reservation!

We always wrap-up great meals with Coffee


In one of the corners of my mind, there's a constant reminder telling  me to visit Indigo on the Roof again.

The great service where everyone is treated like VIPs, the perfect food that you not only enjoy but appreciate as well. 

Simply irresistible!