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New Year Breakfast @ Prime & Toast!

On the first morning of the year 2011 we decided it was a fine day to go out for breakfast. I woke up with a sore throat but i thought what the heck a good breakfast would surely battle away the flu symptoms… Continue reading

A trip to hungry bunny Alkhafji…

We took a quick road trip to Khafji in KSA for the sole purpose of two reasons: 1- Find the book Hind wal 3askar i am searching for and 2- Visit Hungry Bunny for a nostalgic childhood Continue reading

Crimson Garden’s Zerda “Muhalbiyat”

The Bodouir commented on my Zerda Post the other day that Crismon Garden makes something similar to the dessert i described. I had to see for my self of course so on Friday i went with my mom and my husband to Crimson Garden Spoons… the weather was amazing and we sat outside, people watching and eating their yummy food… at the end of the meal we ordered tea and their “m7lbiyat” which was described as having 7alwa at the bottom and m7lbiya on top with… it came and it looked so very good!

It was topped with caramalized almonds, pistachios, and rose petal flakes… the m7lbiya was really good but the bottom 7alwa was a bit harder than the zerda i have tried… all together it is a good dessert that is very similar to the Zerda i am looking for… if you pass by Crimson Garden i would highly recommend it 😀

Book Review: Waiter Rants!

I was going through my library sorting my books and arranging some for a new garage sale when i saw Waiter Rant. I can’t believe i never blogged about this book!

Back in 2008 when i first started blogging i read about a blogger, Steve Dublanica, who was a waiter and blogged about his waitering chronicles. His blog posts got him a book deal and so the book Waiter Rant was born! I love blogging success stories so i got the book immediately and i was so glad i did. The book was hilarious, crazy situations, plus it gives you great insights on what happens in the kitchen and what the waiters might be thinking or expecting. I stopped going to restaurants on holiday days (new years or valentines for example) because of Steve’s advice which made so much sense…

The book is definetly a keeper and i am planning on a 2nd reading soon. Plus there is new second book, Keep the Change, that is out as well and i am looking forward to buying and reading it soon…

To visit Steve’s blog and have a glimpse of what the book might be like go to http://www.waiterrant.net/

To buy the book from amazon click here 

Things 2 Do in London: Gordon Ramsay’s Plane Food!

Since i get so nervous on the day i am travelling back to Q8 i usually only have breakfast and skip lunch… therefore by the time i go past customs into the tax free area in Heathrow Terminal 5 i would be STARVING…

Knowing that the only meal that would await me on the plane is hours away and is actually a gooey greasy mushroom rissotto… i would Continue reading

Who Makes the Best Koshary in Q8?

I woke up this morning with the strangest craving ever… I was craving Koshary!

Not only plain old koshary… no no no it won’t do… i was craving koshary topped with chickpeas… something we do not have in Q8… this strange craving comes from reading Ansam’s Post about Koshary Abu Tareq!!!

What was i supposed to do now? People wake up craving toast biscuits croissant not Koshary! Koshary Jo7a make pretty good koshary and considering the horrible weather outside today i couldn’t drive all the way to Hawalli -i feared for my safety- so i went online and searched… apparently Koshary Taw El Lail that is being sold in Surra & Khaldiya co-op is supposed to be good.

So i drove there and got my self some… and some chickpeas as well… i put them together and tried the combo together… not bad but didn’t taste as good as i expected it to be…

The craving is still not satisfied… i must retry the combination from elsewhere! if you are a fan of Koshary do you know of Koshary place other than Koshary Jo7a that sells pretty good Koshary please?!

Things 2 Do in London: Maoz Restaurant!

When i fist so Moaz and to be absolutely frank i was shooting something from across the street of  Moaz while my husband waited in front of it. Since i take forever to shoot he busied himself peering into the not so promising looking place…  when I came back to my husband insisted we go inside to try it!!!! Apparently this caught his attention… Continue reading

Things 2 Do in London: The Mailbox Birmingham!

If you ever take the train to visit Birmingham i highly recommend you visit the Mailbox especially if you are planning to have dinner… why? Let me show you…  Continue reading

Fatburger… never again!

I have heard mixed reviews about Fatburger… and being a vegetarian i wasn’t looking forwards to trying it. But then my husband told me that they did have a veggie burger on the menu so i thought why not?

We order two meals: Mine a veggie burger with onion rings and water and his was a double burger with fries and a soft drink. The total was 7 KD + which is just too much for a couple of burgers…

The onion rings at the end of the meal. and the Veggie Burger was totally horrible! It looked and tasted like chicken! I took the burger to the counter and asked them more than once if they are sure that this is a veggie burger and they assured me it was. I looked up the veggie burger in the Fatburger website and it was Boca burger… a soy burger that looks like meat and i have had it before… this was not Boca Burger… this was not minced vegetables made into a patty… this was most likely a quorn burger and had i know that i wouldn’t have ordered it since quorn is disgusting and tastes exactly like chicken and if i wanted to have a burger that tasted like chicken i would have ordered my self a chicken burger… i was gagging with every bite :S

Verdict: So not worth the trip. Never going back again!

Help: Tip or Service Charge?!

You dine in a restaurant, have a good meal, then it’s time to go. You ask for the bill… you skim the bill for anything missing or extra… you see the word “Service Charge” added to the bill and you assume that it’s part of the bill so you pay for it.

I have heard many times that Service Charge was optional. Than you may choose not to pay it, but i am still skeptical. If i had a choice not to pay it why does it come already included in the final amount? That gives off an air of finality right?

Now if you choose to pay the service charge without question, which i usually do, whether it’s here or abroad, are you expected to leave a 10-15% tip as well?! We always disagree on the matter, some of my dinner companions would say we already paid them service charge and that counts as a tip. Others, including me, think that service charge is something set by the restaurant for dining in, you must pay it anyways, and has nothing to do with tipping the waiter…

I am not sure which scenario is the correct one. I am not sure i am supposed to pay a 15% serivce charge plus 15% tip on a meal out either… why the extra 30% y3ni?!

What do you usually do?!

Things 2 Do in London: Afternoon Tea at Camellia’s Tea House!

On my last day in London I planned to meet with FourMe for a good bye chat in the evening. We decided to meet in Carnaby Street since both of us were in that area… Continue reading

Things to do in London: Ed’s Dinder…

One evening as we were in Euston Station waiting to board a train, we felt like we wanted to have something to eat before our journey. Butootee suggested we try Ed’s diner and i was skeptic. Vegetarians & Diners do not really go together well now do they? Continue reading

Things 2 Do in London: Afternoon Tea at Ladurée

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Good Morning… I am back in Q8 but i still have TONS of London posts to share… did you have your breakfast yet?! You might want to wait after this post to order some…

Although i am not a fan of Harrods or Ladurée… i ended up there one day with my camera Continue reading

Things 2 Do in London: Amorino Gelateria & Cafe!

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On my last day in London i was wandering sadly & aimlessly through the streets of London… light snow was falling and the weather was FREEZING… when i stopped dead in my tracks as my eyes fell on Amorino across Continue reading

Things 2 Do in London: Afternoon Tea in Bea’s of Bloomsbury ‘s

Tucked away in a little street just after New Oxford Street…the is a little cosy bakery called Bea’s of Continue reading