The Hunger for Innovation

What originally started out as a small, simple idea became a big reality, where it was much more than just spurring innovation into the minds of teenagers. It was about putting ourselves out there in world, changing the world, and creating the deeper bond between one another. To do this, we decided to use food as our method. So why did we choose food for our small-scale project while others are doing much bigger things, like volunteering and fundraising? Well, we believe that food is a common language that we all share and love to embrace. It is absolutely awesome how you can do a lot to help the world, you don’t just need to be an inventor, a scientist, etc. to create these great things. You can always have that secondary job of distributing your knowledge and experience and use that invention created in a way to help several people and only then you would be as importantly equal as that scientist or inventor who created that invention. 

So when you’re going out and you’re suddenly in the mood for food, where do you go to eat? Right off the top of your head, a fast food restaurant is the best idea. It’s cheap, quick, quite filling, and there’s always a fast food place nearby. This is a huge problem, as there are much better places to eat out besides fast food, where the food is healthy (to some extent) and actually tastes like real food without the added preservatives and flavorings. However, many people these days are just too lazy to look for a good place to eat, as a fast food restaurant like McDonald’s could be found within a mile radius anywhere, or they just don’t know any good food places because they eat fast food so often. We felt that this was a popular need as a lot of people, including us, are related to this struggle. So we decided. We had 30 days. 720 hours. 43,200 minutes. 30 days to change the concept of eating out. That was how was how much time we put into our innovation project. We may only have less than a month to do this project, but hopefully our results will far exceed the time frame.

At first, we had no idea what our end product of this project would be. We only knew that our ultimate goal was to reach out to the community. Directly. We decided to create a working list of best restaurants in the OC area. In order to confirm our picks and expand our food IQ, we set out as a group to try some of these places for ourselves. That was how we were able to give food recommendations for some of the restaurants we had listed. We had our restaurants, but we still had to find a way for attention to be shed on it. We set about making a food pamphlet with our settled 37 favorite restaurants with their individual food picks each. On each food pamphlet, added a QR code to the back where when scanned, it would open a link to our blog. In total, we printed 350+ copies, which was about $35 total at Office Depot, and passed them out in our neighborhoods.

To further expand our project into the global conversation, we made our own blog titled “fvhsmoodforfood” and a twitter account called the same time. On this blog, we blogged about our favorite places to eat out, along with food recommendations. Also on our blog, we have an interactive google map of all 37 of our favorite places to eat out, from restaurants, to bakeries, and to ice cream parlors. On our twitter account, we took pictures showing our progress for the past 30 days.

Overall, we had a great time with this project. It may not have a huge impact on the world, but it’s meaningful and we’re satisfied with it.

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History of Lebanon

Lebanon-Flag-Grunge-1024x640Geography and History of Lebanon

Although it’s a small country, it is one of the most beautiful countries in the world. Lebanon is a country in Western Asia located on the Mediterranean between Israel, to the south and Syria, to the north. The region was under control of the Ottoman Empire from 1516 to 1918, which collapsed after World War I. The Phoenicians are the creators of the alphabet which is very important in our lives now. The official language spoken there is Arabic and French is also widely spread as a second language because of the control of French over Lebanon for 20 years. Lebanon, finally gained it’s independence from France in 1946. However, Lebanon still never gained it’s peace after that due to the start of a civil war 1958 with two sides fighting each other. The Muslim factions led by Kamal Jumblat and Saeb Salam rose against Lebanese government under the lead of Camille Chamoun, a Maronite ( branch of Catholic Christianity dominant in Lebanon). Soon after the civil war was settled Lebanon got into a destructive war against Israel, which began in 1982 and continued until 2006 with the UN settling it. Lebanon never really had peace for the last couple of years and the conflict is still going on now but this time between the terrorist group, Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, known as ISIS is trying to take over Lebanon as well. Lebanon was never granted the rest that it deserves from political problems.

Places that you should start visiting to explore the Lebanese culture and history

Lebanon is one of the countries with the most beautiful nature where you can see the mountains, beach, sky, and the country itself all at the same time in one scene which is amazing! Lebanon has a beautiful weather which is cool in the summer and colder during winter. Lebanon is full of attractions that represent the Lebanese (Phoenicians) culture and other attractions as well that are known for their beauty. For example, Jeita Grotto which is an underground cave that is naturally carved and contains water in which boats move to take you into a tour inside. It is literally the coolest natural cave I ever saw in my life.

Another attraction that you can go visit is the Byblos Castle which is one of the most ancient buildings. It was built by the Crusaders in the 12th Century and is still there to visit until now standing high on the ground. It is a great place to visit if you are interested in history and ancient buildings. Also the City of Sidon is a wonderful place to go to because this ancient Phoenician city has been of great religious, political and commercial value; it is said to be inhabited since 4000 B.C. It was built by the crusaders in the 16th Century as well.

Do you want to know the Lebanese culture? Then you absolutely need to go to the Byblos Wax Museum which This museum displays wax statues and life scenes from the Phoenician era to the modern times. It displays many of the important figures in Lebanon and there is a guide that tells you who is each person and a brief about what they did which I thought was really interesting.

  

Lebanon is a really beautiful country and that was a very brief tour of it. Although it is a small country, it is full of wonders and culture. I recommend visiting Lebanon because it is a good place to spend vacation and enjoy every moment of it. I have been to many other places even more relaxing and worth visiting but I chose the places above to demonstrate the Lebanese culture and history rather than attractions to visit. I love Lebanon!