Gemmayze St Restaurant - 18th Aug 2016

I’m very mindful as I write this that every Lebanese person thinks their mother is the best cook, but I’m going out on a limb to say that if you want to taste the best Lebanese cuisine in the country (or anywhere for that matter) Gemmayze St Restaurant in the St Kevin’s Arcade in K Road in Auckland is the place to go. I’m not even going to attempt to describe the vast array of tastes, the beautiful presentation, or the quality of the ingredients because I would run out of superlatives.

Samir Allen (pictured with his proud mum Liane Farry-Allen) spent four years studying to be a chef in Beirut. From the first mouthful that training, and attention to detail is obvious. I dare say he would have gleaned a lot of secrets from his mother, grandmother Pauline and aunties over the years (all of whom are wonderful cooks in their own right). I know his grandfather the late, great Anthony Thomas Farry will be looking down on him as he beams with pride and provides sage guidance.

I’m picking there will soon be a 3-4 week waiting list to get into this restaurant, so don’t say you haven’t been warned.

Suctane!
Richard Joseph

A Tribute: Pamela Diana Farry - 18th Aug 2016

A Tribute:  Pamela Diana Farry A tribute to the life and times of Pamela Diana Farry (nee Duff), cherished wife, beloved mother, treasured nana and special friend to all who knew her. It has been compiled by her husband John and her children, Emma, Joseph, Annabel, Claudia and Olivia with love and gratitude.

Please click on the link below to view the beautiful tribute to one of the world's most beautiful souls.

http://www.cedarsoflebanon.org.nz/files/511/file/A-Tribute-Pamela-Diana-Farry-pdf

President's Report - 2016 - 8th Aug 2016

President's Report - 2016 Please click on the following link to read Richard Joseph's President's report for 2016.

http://www.cedarsoflebanon.org.nz/files/507/file/Presidents-Report-2016-pdf

 

Afife Harris awarded Paul Harris Fellowship - 4th Jul 2016

Afife Harris awarded Paul Harris Fellowship A huge congratulations to Afife Harris who was awarded a Paul Harris fellowship by Dunedin North Rotary President John Campbell for services to the community. Afife works very hard for the NEV Multi cultural group, as well as many other organisations. This is a very special award for a very special lady We are very lucky to have you in our community, Afife.

The On-Going Positive Effects from The Gathering - 3rd Jul 2016

The On-Going Positive Effects from The Gathering Richard received this wonderful letter from Gaylene St John on behalf of her family, recognising the wonderful long-term positive consequences from The Gathering reunion that was held in Dunedin in 2011.  Thank you for taking the time to write this letter, it is much appreciated and we are so glad that this event sparked an even stronger passion for our family histories.

Richard Reid passes away at 103 years of age - 18th Jun 2016

Richard Reid passes away at 103 years of age It is with great sadness we inform you that Richard Reid has passed away peacefully at 103 years of age.  What an incredible age.  What an incredible life.  Here is an article printed in the ODT about Richard and his love of the Best Cafe.  We are sending love and prayers to Richard's family. May he rest in love and peace.

Lebanese Cooking Recipes and Tips - Facebook Page - 17th Jun 2016

Lebanese Cooking Recipes and Tips - Facebook Page Hi Everyone, We have come across this wonderful Facebook page of Lebanese Cooking Recipes and Tips. If you'd like to join the page and be inspired to cook beautiful recipes, click on the link below. Sahtein!

https://www.facebook.com/groups/152753028167838/?notif_t=group_added_to_group&notif_id=1466025558738039

UNICEFs Ricky Martin in Lebanon - 12th Jun 2016

Here is a great video from UNICEF Lebanon.  Click on link below article.

UNICEFs Ricky Martin in Lebanon

"We are in the sixth year of a crisis that has impacted the lives of millions of children and their families. An estimated 2.8 million children are now out of school in the region. I met children who have been forced to become breadwinners for their families, working up to 12 hours a day. The world must do more to make sure these children are protected,” said UNICEFs Goodwill Ambassador, as a two day visit to to Lebanon came to an end.

The purpose of Ricky Martin's visit was to highlight the plight of more than 1 million Syrians that have sought refuge in Lebanon since 2011.

https://www.facebook.com/UNICEFLebanon/videos/977931702305132/


 

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