More about books, cinema and Crepes on Helwi Beirut’s 54!

Hi all!

In our show today, we welcomed many guests and featured some interesting reports. Our main guests were Vice President of International Relations at Agence Universitaire de la Francophanie and Vice President of Universite de Poitiers Herve Sabourin and Project Officer at the AUF Nathalie Bitar. They talked about the project Tempus: OIPULES. OPULES stands for orientation et insertion professionnelle dans les universites du Liban, de l’Egypte et de la Syries. The first work meeting of the project Tempus: OIPULES was held on September 20th 2011 at AUF’s offices. The project is funded by the European Union and November 23rd was the official date of the launch of the project in Lebanon. The first stage will take place in Europe particularly in Romania, Portugal and France from the 7th till the 23rd of December. The main components of the project is creating an information portal on training courses and career opportunities, businesses and institutional structures and the employability services in universities of the Middle East and Europe.

During our book segment, Rachel Khalil Halik talked about her book “As Perceived by I”. The signing of the book will take place on the 3rd of December at Dar Annahda booth in the Beirut Arab and International book fair along with a second book called “You Are My Secret Garden”. “As Perceived by I” tells the story of Jasmine, a mother of three who leads a standard life of raising her children and attending to her husband’s needs. A life with no excitement and thrill hurls Jasmine into a state of not knowing what she wants and where she belongs.

Founder and CEO of CSR Lebanon Khaled Kassar talked about the second session of the CSR Lebanon Forum. CSR stands for Corporate Social Responsibility. For the second year in a row, the second session of the CSR Lebanon Forum will be held on December the 1st sponsored by the Central Bank Governor Riad Salameh and in collaboration with the Association of Lebanese Banks, the British Embassy and the International Finance Corporation. The target audiences for this conference are chairmen, general managers, CEOs, human resources, marketers, strategic planners etc …

During our history segment, Gerrard Bejjani talked about the film “City Lights” featuring Charlie Chaplin, Virginia Cherrill and Florence Lee. “City Lights” tells the story of a tramp with a big heart who wanders into a town and meets a blind flower girl who thinks that he is a rich man. He then saves a millionaire on the verge of committing suicide. What will happen next? Will the tramp end up with the flower girl?

This picture is captured from the film "City Lights"

Our weekly rendezvous with Chef Ramzi ended up to be collaborative and not to forget delicious! Chef Ramzi prepared chocolate crepes with orange sauce. Check out the recipe below!

Crepes dough

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 egg
  • 1 1/4 cup milk

Chocolate filling

  • 3 cups grated chocolate
  • 60 g butter
  • 1/2 cup crushed nuts (optional)

Orange Sauce

  • Orange peel thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 cups orange juice
  • 1 small cinnamon


  • Orange pulp
  • 6-10 mint leaves
  • 1/2 cup boiled and peeled almonds

Artist Hiba Mounzer talked about her participation in the ceremony of The Golden Age held on the 26th of November in the Palais des Congres Dbayeh. She will sing in that ceremony her song for the first time! Her future projects include two trips, new year’s eve party in Lebanon and preparation for her new video clip.

Hope you enjoyed today’s episode!

Have a nice weekend and see you all on Monday!


Helwi Beirut




About helwielhayet

Helwi el-Hayet discusses your favorite topics every week day at 4:30 p.m. Beirut time. From fashion to psychology to books to art to nutrition to cooking and coaching (and much, much more), Helwi el-Hayet is here to shed light on the latest trends and to share with you reports, interviews and recipes from Lebanon and the region!
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