Karim Arsanios is a man of many surprises. - Born in Venezuela, raised in Rome, studied in California and now living in Beirut, Karim speaks a whole bunch of languages.

He first captured our attention with his beautiful recipes on Instagram – meticulously crafted stories showcasing quality ingredients being transformed into delicious meals. But his passion for food runs much deeper than that: Karim is actually a local extra virgin olive oil producer, harvesting plump olives and turning them into ‘liquid gold’ – a far cry from his background in finance and banking!

We originally reached out to Karim before the horrific explosion that destroyed and damaged large parts of the city of Beirut in August 2020.

We wanted to go ahead and share this article as the city continues to rebuild. If you can help, please do consider making a donation at the link below.


Legendary Lebanese haunt

"A beach within the city, Sporting has been around for over 70 years. It offers a panoramic view of the Mediterranean, with planes passing just over your head, giving this spot an Ibiza-like vibe. In summer, at night, the beach is transformed into an open air club called Decks on the Beach."



Where nights become mornings

"It's the oldest bar in gemmayze, a street full of bars - a real institution. The music is eclectic and the dim lights mixed with the hip décor gives an ambiance close to Berlin's Club der Visionare. Even if it's considered a bar, nights can easily turn into mornings."




"An upscale bar/rest, you can enjoy classy drinks with fine dining. It's a chic contemporary space with an architecture of its own. It has a retractable roof to its long, dark tunnel bar, from which you can enjoy the lights of Beirut. The two-storey space occasionally brings DJs that play soothing jazzy beats, creating a flirty atmosphere."



A kaleidoscope of colours

"The museum has one of the most significant collections of minerals in the world. The space is a kaleidoscope of colours and offers interactive experiences through high-tech software. There's a certain tranquility and peaceful energy that takes over when you're inside. Hard to top that feeling."




"A favourite Lebanese restaurant in Beirut. The former Abdullah's Boutros palace offers the traditional layout of a 19th Century Lebanese home. Its high ceilings, marble tables, and tasteful wallpaper gives this restaurant an elegance and aesthetics you can hardly find elsewhere. Liza offers a menu of contemporary Lebanese cuisine, giving this rich cuisine a welcome twist."



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All photos are copyright 51 Squared B.V. except: Portrait (Image courtesy of Karim Arsanios); Sporting (Instagram @sportingclubbeach); Torino (Instagram); Liza (Instagram @lizabeirut); MIM Museum (Instagram @mim_museum). This feature was not paid for in any way.

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