Talking about slowing life down and enjoying little things, and small initiatives, and moving from an economy dictated by multi-nationals to an economy run by locals with as little waste as possible -however idealistic and unfeasible this may sound to some – a friend of mine brought us together in this little place in Mar Mikhael; Motto, where the drinks are reasonably priced, and you pay what you think the food is worth, with different cooks all the time.
This city is fluid like mercury. The Lebanese are a crowd that needs constant changes, and new incentives. Things that were popular yesterday, are so passé today. I have seen several neighborhoods prosper and become hipper than hip, and then before you know it, they’re all closed up again. There was (at one point in time, and very long ago) Kaslik, and then there was Monot, and Gemayzeh, and Hamra. These days it’s Mar Mikhael, although if I end up in a hip neighborhood, that means it’s ‘unhipping’ rapidly and there’s probably already a new neighborhood on the rise.
The place is very small, and it’s probably a good idea if you book in advance with a large group of friends. We had a pretty good time, and our cook was Sossi, who, with an Armenian background and an American husband, served us Thai food.