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Amoula's blog from Ramallah

Sunday, December 03, 2006

Investigation of STARS & BUCKS

Last June, my friend Cathy sent me an email entitled "Only in Ramallah", attached to it were photographs of the new "Stars & Bucks Cafe" which had opened up in the center of Ramallah. Today was a sunny but cold day and so I decided it was time to investigate and take my own photos of this coffeeshop which now overlooks the Manara.

This new illumination in the Manara which beckons me at night with its powerful green glow...

I went inside to find out that although the logo is akin to that of "Starbucks", that is where the similarity ends. This is the entrance...once inside you are immediately greeted by a layer of smoke hovering in the air from all the arghiles....

Unlike Starbucks, the menu items here include arghile, as well as other Ramallah restaurant staples such as nachos, chicken fingers, french fries, ice creams and cakes, and a myriad of sandwiches (including of course mortadella). Here is a view of some tasty looking cakes, fruits ready to be turned into succulent juices, and arghiles waiting to be smoked.

The best thing about Stars & Bucks Cafe was the view of the Manara. You can sip your coffee, smoke your arghile and watch the world below you in all its hustle and bustle swirling around the lions.



At 11:05 PM, Blogger suneela said...

never went in there while i was there, but still the way they ripped it off cracked me up. glad to know it's not like starbucks here! youre keepin an awesome blog, rock on.

At 11:27 PM, Blogger Naeem Mohaiemen said...

This reminds me of all the unorthodox brand names I have seen in Dhaka over the years:

MagDonals (serving Chinese food in a red room, w/ Bollywood film in background, since 1986)

Mama Vagina (bus line, with an english transliteration of a Bangla phrase that means "Uncle-Nephew")


At 6:11 PM, Blogger brilliant said...

that is so funny, I picked up a stars and bucks mug from a superflex art opening in knoxville Tennessee. I was trying to find images of the mug online to show to a friend and found your blog entry. come to think of it they had an entire store of corporate knock offs. if only starbucks allowed shisha smoking in their shops.

At 12:20 PM, Blogger روعة said...

انا اعشق هذا المكان بكل تفاصيله وخصوصا الجو العائلي الذي اشعر به فيه وايضا الارجيلة

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