Yesterday (May 1st, 2016), I was invited to the second “Permanent Breakfast” event ever held in Beirut, which was organized by my friend Pamela Haydamous on the colorful stairs of Mar Mikhael.
“Permanent Breakfast” is an idea recently introduced in Lebanon but has been happening around the world for 20 years now. In fact, yesterday was the 20th anniversary of the movement, and on this occasion, this “event” was held simultaneously in more than 20 countries worldwide.
How does “Permanent Breakfast” work?
One person invites to breakfast in a public space.
The invited persons (usually 4) commit themselves to organize another public breakfast with different persons in a different place as soon as possible, and so on and so forth.
Following the snowball principle, there would be hundreds of people publicly breakfasting no later than on the tenth day.
What is the main idea behind “Permanent Breakfast”?
Obviously, “Permanent Breakfast” is not just about having breakfast with a bunch of friends. That does not particularly need a movement. The main idea, which was originally launched in Vienna, is to claim public places, reviving them through beautiful initiatives like this one. Public spaces belong to the people and can make the most magical settings and the nicest way to discover one’s country. For the very few we have in Lebanon, why not try to rediscover them through outdoor-loving initiatives like this one?
Beirut is now officially on the world map of the movement, so expect to receive a breakfast invitation anytime soon!
For more info on the movement, click here.
PS: The event was “sponsored” by House of Marmalade, a brand that offers delicious marmalade recipes of different flavors, including cookies, chocolate truffles, cakes & desserts. Check them out here!