The selection and preparation (and consumption) of food is an effort I take seriously. Making and sharing good food is a wonderful part of life.
After growing up in California for most of my life, living in Lebanon for the past few years changed my relationship to food markets. Hole in the wall fruit & vegetable shops, corner butchers and family-owned neighborhood mini-marts are preferred places to get daily ingredients. Despite the growing “green, organic, farmer’s market” movement in Southern California, massive chain stores still dominate grocery market options. There, red-tags flag the bargains of the day throughout the seemingly endless walls of stuff. The fruits and vegetables are waxed and shined imitations of themselves. They are tasteless, like the idea buying a sweatsuit, a bicycle and apples from the same place. The dull hum of the florescent lights serves as the soundtrack of the shopping experience. It’s not the tantalizing place por... [more]
It’s easy to feel like the world is turning into a cold and terrible place. Just a quick look what’s happening in the Middle East is enough to dim even the brightest heart.
Since Fall 2012, Lebanon’s beautifully designed The Outpost magazine has been on a mission to incite a socio-cultural renaissance in the Middle East through the exploration of the possibilities of change.
Their previous issues have tackled the Possibility of Moving Forward, The Possibility of Living Here (in the Arab world), The Possibility of Rewriting Our Story and other monumental themes. The issues usually include a supplemental fiction text or a creative, interactive way of connecting the reader to the theme of the issue.
The latest issue – The Possibility of Warming Our Hearts – was created with the hope of making people feel a little better during these relatively unhappy times by showcasing happiness makers in the region. In the opener, The Outpost found... [more]
So, hating on Israel just makes you an anti-anti-semite?
We all remember the bitter Arab/Israeli wars. The record battles, the name-calling. First Israel tried to take hummus. Then it was tabbouleh, shawarmah and baklava. But was it all a cover up for the most controversial thing they took? Anti-semitism.
The fact is, Palestinians are semites! So, what’s the deal yo?
Let’s get one thing out of the way. The theories I’m about to throw down are controversial, which mostly means that no one knows for certain what they’re talking about and sometimes people lie to advance their theory, even when it’s super important to tell the truth.
One theory, the Khazar theory, states that European Jews do not have semitic origins. Arthur Koestler, a Jewish historian, published a book about the history of the Ashkenazi Jews (the ones ... [more]
Watch them in concert this Saturday
…and don’t forget your life jacket!
Ich was going to become famous by solving a world problem! But which one? Clooney’s got Darfur, Sting’s got the Amazon, and Bono’s got AIDS! Luckily, there was still one shithole left to fix: the Middle Earth. – Brüno
You know you’re a superstar when you’re asked to publicize world issues like the war in Syria. Angelina Jolie recently visited the Syrian refugees in Lebanon, Kim Kardashian tweeted about Kassab, and tomorrow the Lebanese indie-pop band Mashrou’ Leila will perform at a fundraising event to raise money for Syrian refugees. Superstar status!
The Middle East is not a shithole, but there are some pretty shitty ... [more]
2famous’ers might recognize Olga Habre’s voice from Adrian and Layal’s Radio Show! OK, fine, you might actually recognize her voice because she is the co-host of one of the most listened to morning radio shows in Lebanon, but her star shone brightest on our radio show! We swear it.
Now, she’s put her talking talents to good use in the Lebanese version of a satirical song, to make fun of the posh side of the Beirut nightlife!
We love her and now you do too!
#lebaneseselfie #alwaysgowithvalencia #forgetrami... [more]
Were they inspired by 2famous’ Matias Nordahl Carlsen?
When I first met Matias, one of the founders of 2famous.TV, I learned that he used to make documentaries of himself hitchhiking across the world. It sounded awesome until I realized he was traveling without a krone, or dollar, in his pocket! Then I thought he was nuts!
See, here’s a clip of Matias’ documentary Cape to Cape, where he hitchhiked from the North of Norway to South Africa!
And this is him making his way from Norway to China…
People and companies are always copying superstars and Matias is no exception. The documentaries of his travels are quite popular and traveling without money has become rather mainstream…I mean, his documentaries were even televised!
Lucy and Ricky Ricardo, Jack White and Renee Zellweger, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Danny Devito; Opposites attract, and we (Jorgo and Layal) are no exception. We’re like day (he has hair like the golden sun) and night (that’s what my name means), Evil (it’s his legal middle name) and good (I’m internet famous without a sex tape!). We’re the internet’s newest power odd couple and I’m about to ‘splain why.
Sometime last year, Jorgo was featured in Buzzfeed as one of the types of hipsters you’d likely to encounter in London. Proud/embarrassed, he posted an article apologizing to the world for starting the hipster movement, thus perpetuating the destruction of the world. Today, I found out that I was listed on Buzzfeed’s [more]
Are the Norwegians behind 2famous.TV holding out on us? What’s all this I hear about a Viking apocalypse? (Also, it’s pronounced Wiking, because even though Norwegians don’t use the letter W, they think our V is a W even though their V is a V. And really, I think it’s a bit cruel to use a W when spelling of the country’s name in English, no? It’s Norge!)
According to experts of Norse mythology, the Vikings believed that the end of the world is February, 22, 2014! That’s less than 2 months away! Is this true? Why did I have to read about this on the interwebs, boys?
A new year, a new apocalypse conspiracy: What I Know
On November 14, 2013 an ancient Viking horn was sounded to mark 100 days until the pending Viking apocalypse, also known as Ragnarök, or the Doom of the Gods (I researched this, and there are about as many interpretations of Ragnarök as there are ways of me pronou... [more]
When a group of students was held up at U of H (Houston, not Hijinks), one of the six of the victims was around to tell the tale to reporter Crystal Kobza. His name? Abu Sharmouta. This kid better be graduating Summa Cum Laude for this level of genius.
(For our non Arabic readers: Abu is arabic for ‘father’ while Sharmouta means ‘whore’, translated it’s ‘father of a whore’).... [more]
Or, my lesson on #Mipsterz
As a blog brought to you by self-denying hipsters in the Middle East, you’d think 2Famous would keep up to date with the ever-changing hipster terminology, especially when it’s Middle East relevant! Imagine my surprise when I looked up what a Mipster was. Seriously, it’s a Muslim Hipster! Collectively, Mipsterz!
Unsatisfied with a simple definition, I stalked around on the interwebz a bit until I came across their Facebook page. Here is a snap of a portion of their about section.
How hipster of them! They make words, make fun of themselves and make awesome videos #Makerz
You can check out the Mipsterz Facebook page here!... [more]