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961 Beer: A Beirut Microbrewery Does it Best

961 beer is a beer for just about everyone it seems, or at least that is what its founder and producer Mazen Hajjar is aiming to achieve. “I’m trying to convert people, they usually say they’re not beer drinkers but that’s because they’re not drinking good beer. A beer aficionado, he started brewing beer in …

Heba Elkayal

Model shift: Could older be the new black?

Among the more avant-garde looks shown on the runways of New York, London, Paris and Milan was one that seems ho-hum in real life: gray hair. More mature models – some even in their, gasp, 40s – were stars at the previews of fall styles. And in the fashion world, that s a radical turn …

Daily News Egypt

Five-a-day' fruit and veggies have only limited impact on cancer

Eating lots of fruit and vegetables has only a small effect on warding off cancer, a study published on Wednesday says, although its authors insist that tucking into the recommended “five-a-day is still good for general health. Doctors led by Paolo Boffetta at the Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York, pored over eight years of …

AFP

A most charming recipe for peace and a feast

News accounts on CNN make it look like every Jew and Arab in Israel are mortal enemies. But in truth, tens of dozens of intentional coexistence projects are ongoing, started by Arab and Jewish friends as a means to break through the barriers of distrust and fear. One of the oldest stories starts at a …

Daily News Egypt

Apple fans eagerly touch and swipe first iPads

Now that the iPad is in the hands of early adopters, the hard work for Apple Inc. begins. Eager customers intent on being among the first owners of this new class of gadgetry, some from as far away as Europe, stood in long lines across the country Saturday. They seemed willing to buy first – …

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Chocolat like you've never seen, or tasted, before

Chocolate lovers from all over Egypt gathered at the Salon Du Chocolat, the world’s premier chocolate festival bringing together consumers, manufacturers and equipment suppliers. Initiated 15 years ago in France, the event has since been held in major cities around the world including New York, Shanghai, Beijing, Tokyo, Moscow, Madrid and last weekend in Cairo, …

Safaa Abdoun

Cairo 360: An honest view of the city's offerings

Although a plethora of print publications exist that carry reviews and announcements of restaurants and events in Egypt, rarely do the reviews feel conclusive enough. One can even argue that media coverage is sometimes at risk of being skewed by sponsored invites or advertising. Cairo 360 is a new website that aims to offer more …

Heba Elkayal

Relax, Scrabble fans: Basic rules aren't changing

Scrabble purists can relax. News of a new version of the classic word game that Mattel plans to sell in the U.K. allowing proper nouns set off waves of dismay across the Internet. But the official rules fans know and love aren t changing. Scrabble Trickster, due out in July in the U.K. only, not …

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French government told to limit burqa ban

PARIS: France’s top administrative body advised the government Tuesday against slapping a complete ban on the full Islamic veil but said outlawing the burqa in some places was justified for security reasons. Lawmakers from President Nicolas Sarkozy’s party said they were determined to push for a total ban of the full-face veil in draft legislation …

AFP

Fairy girls and city grit at Tokyo Fashion Week

Layered chiffon tops and silky hemlines met shiny leather boots on the catwalk of the Tokyo Fashion Show this week in a blend of old-world femininity and edgy city themes. They are the fairies strolling through the maze of concrete, said designer Yuma Koshino of the waif-like models showcasing her Baroque and Block collection. They …

AFP

Tazkarty online booking site: Novelty and necessity

In Cairo, it’s often impossible to get into a trendy club or make reservations on a crowded night, unless one has the private number of a club’s owner or has a habit of heavily tipping bouncers at the door. “It’s ridiculous that I have to beg places and restaurants to take my money, points out …

Heba Elkayal

Online Muslim sex shop launched in the Netherlands

Candid but demure, an online sex shop for Muslims has been launched in the Netherlands to tap into a demand for erotica that does not offend sharia. We had about 70,000 hits in the first four days, founder Abdelaziz Aouragh told AFP of his site that went online last week and claims to be the …

AFP

Facebook to scrap 'become a fan of' for 'like'

Facebook is about to change the way it asks its users to connect to brands and celebrities on the site. Rather than ask people to become a fan of say, Starbucks or Lady Gaga, Facebook will instead let users click that they like the subject. Facebook already lets people show that they like comments or …

AP

Manuela Thai Spa surprises Cairo spa goers

I am still feeling deliciously gooey after yesterday’s deep tissue massage at Manuela Thai Spa but I will do my best to remain coherent. Mauela’s greatest strength lies in the talented hands of its masseurs. I should note that my experience was limited to only one treatment, a deep tissue massage, while a friend received …

Annelle Sheline

Back to (horticultural) roots

On the drive in the direction of Sakkara to Makar Farms, you leave the city behind to be greeted by bucolic scenes of the Egyptian countryside. Near Makar Farms, currently owned and run by Mounir Makar, history and present day collide; peasants lead buffalos while Makar’s farm workers continue the construction of a new green …

Heba Elkayal

Sweet but not sugary, makeup embraces pastels

Ignore the jellybeans and chocolate eggs. You can have something sweet this Easter season that is not sugary: trend-right, candy-colored makeup. The cheerful hues give off a youthful, happy vibe while definitively moving your look from winter to spring. Spring is a season of change. Everyone wants a new look or a pick-me-up, says Erin …

AP

Broader smile, longer life, says study

The broader your smile and the deeper the creases around your eyes when you grin, the longer you are likely to live, according to a study published in Psychological Science this week. Researchers led by Ernest Abel of Wayne State University in Michigan studied 230 photographs of US major league baseball players who started playing …

AFP

Gene clue on how to mend a broken heart

A popular aquarium fish with a stunning ability to regenerate damaged cardiac muscle may one day lead to new cures for heart disease, scientists hope. The piscatorial marvel is the zebrafish (Danio rerio), a small, stripey denizen of tropical rivers and aquaria which is also a prized lab tool for investigating tissue growth, according to …

AFP

Madonna, Lourdes to launch 'Material Girl' line

Madonna and her 13-year-old budding fashionista daughter Lourdes are to launch a new line in teen clothing called Material Girl in the United States this August. The mother-daughter collection, which will be exclusively available at Macy s stores, will focus on affordable back-to-school clothes but will include footwear, handbags and jewelry and aims to add …

AFP

Older women need 1-hour workouts to fend off flab

Rev up the treadmill: Sobering new research spells out just how much exercise women need to keep the flab off as they age – and it s a lot. At least an hour of moderate activity a day is needed for older women at a healthy weight who aren t dieting. For those who are …

Daily News Egypt

Bobby Chinn dishes out humor and cooking tips

Although his name wouldn’t suggest it, Bobby Chinn is a (partially) considered local talent. Chinese-Egyptian Chinn is not only an internationally recognized chef with an acclaimed TV culinary show, he’s now added food writer to his repertoire. Chinn’s book, recently released and now available at Diwan bookstore is an entertaining read. Titled “Wild Wild East: …

Heba Elkayal

Denim looks to wear today, tomorrow and together

Denim never goes out of style, but there are seasons when old, reliable five-pocket jeans simply are not enough. This is one of those seasons. The jeans legging, a.k.a. jegging, still is going strong, and denim designers also are talking up the chambray shirt, asymmetrical motocross jackets, cutoff shorts and, still, the boyfriend pant. There …

Daily News Egypt

PlayStation's Move ups the interaction, fidelity

At first touch, the PlayStation Move feels awfully familiar. Unveiled at last week s Game Developers Conference in San Francisco, Sony s forthcoming wand-shaped motion controller and the smaller sub-controller handle similarly to Nintendo s Wii Remote and Nunchuck. There are differences, of course: It s lighter. There are fewer buttons. The batteries are rechargeable. …

AP

A 13,000-mile drive south: NYC to Argentina

It was just like driving to work, except that I kept on going: From New York to Argentina, through 12 countries, for four months and more than 13,000 miles (21,000 kilometers). It s the first leg of my overland trip around the world, an expedition that I consider the last true adventure on earth. From …

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In sushi bars, tuna vanishes bite by bite

As chefs at the upscale New York sushi restaurant Megu slide huge knives through their latest bluefin tuna, the possible extinction of the species is far from their minds. Only the fatty underbelly of the fish has their attention – the white, marbled otoro section that tastes like butter and sells at 16 dollars for …

AFP

I collect art and I happen to be a woman

It has not escaped the notice of art aficionados that many of the Middle East’s leading collectors of Contemporary works are female. Canvas Daily asks some of them how they view their role and what it says about the position of women in the region and the art world generally. There’s no getting away from …

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