Karim Arsanios first caught our eye with his beautiful recipes on Instagram – but it soon became clear that his passion for food ran much deeper.
After 8 years working in the banking industry, Karim left behind his career in Finance in search of something more meaningful. He headed to San Francisco to study for an MBA in sustainable management, exploring several areas before eventually committing to agriculture and gastronomy.
When he had return to Lebanon in 2019 due to a family emergency, he ended up staying, and he quickly began building what would become Solar - an organic extra virgin olive oil company using his family’s olive trees in the remote village of Kour, in northern Lebanon. Karim also caters private dinners, with his eye on opening his very own restaurant in the future!
As a dedicated foodie, we figured Karim would know some of the best places to check out in the country’s capital, Beirut…
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