Once I put down my copy of “Americanah” by Nigerian writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie I didn’t waste anytime reaching for her other best seller now turned into a movie “Half of a Yellow Sun”. I expected nothing less of a novel than Americanah and I was happy, a few days of nesting and not putting the novel down later, to find that Half of a Yellow Sun had exceeded my expectations. Read more »
On the day I arrived in Dubai on my last trip for the Eid holiday I found myself dashing through Dubai Mall trying to reach Wafi Gourmet before they closed down for the day and while on the go I couldn’t help but notice the newly opened huge new Deli/Restaurant Eataly. At first I thought it was Dean & Deluca but when I passed by again -now well fed and at a much slower pace- I realised it was a similar style place with an entire different look and feel and the name says it all… Eat and Italy really spells out Italian food and there is nothing, nothing, absolutely nothing, that I love more than Italian food, or everything Italian really.
Because I already had a list of places I was going to dine in during my three-day Dubai stay I wasn’t that sure I’d get to try Eataly and for all I knew the place was just a big grocery store and didn’t offer any dishes lunch or dinner. Every time I passed by the windows, the big floor to ceiling windows that displays all the hubbub inside, I found happy diners eating and laughing and each time the diners looked like they were having the time of their lives. Also, every time I passed by a huge tub of Nutella chocolate spread -which I don’t like btw- was quite visible from a distance and I guess that’s why so many of my fellow Kuwaiti followers on instagram kept urging me to go and try Eataly so one day for lunch we just decided to stop by.
To get into the dining area you have to go through endless rows of merchandise, and to shop you can use the awesome lime green hued trollies above! How beautiful! I wanted one of those trollies for my own to shop with! Why can’t we shop with foldable trollies and decorate them as we like? The old plain trollies are quite boring! Anyways, as I said above, there are endless shelves and rows of neatly stocked Italian merchandise that covers almost everything, ranging from freshly made gelatos to bottled sauces and herbs.
The bakery, which I didn’t photograph, was actually a diet-disaster zone and I soon found out that Eataly not only make their own fresh pasta but also their buratta cheese, in store! How yum!
Why can’t we have our own made in Kuwait buratta cheese? I adore buratta!
After walking through Eataly we didn’t waste much time asking for a table. Eataly is huge, with endless seating areas all over the place, and a large amount of happy diners yet there still were space for many more to dine. I suppose its one place you can almost always guarantee you’ll find a table without having to wait.
The range of dishes available? Simply dizzying! I reckon there were more than five different ways to order and indulge in the fresh cheese. If you are a cheese lover you don’t want to miss Eataly.
It took a while for us to place our orders, we just had to make up our minds, yet it didn’t take long for the drinks, the bread, and the Evoo with Balsamic to arrive at the table. The bread was really fresh and delicious.
For starters we went with a salad that is tossed in Evoo and had potatoes in it.
If I’m not mistaken it was a lightly tossed baby spinach salad with pitted olives, boiled potatoes, walnuts, and shavings of parmesan cheese. The salad was so light and fresh, the flavours comforting and familiar yet together different and exciting. Highly recommended.
And of course we had to try the fresh buratta! There was no question about that!
It doesn’t get any fresher than this! Unbelievable.
For our main dishes we tried the margarita pizza, made the Napolitana way using a wood-fired oven. The pizza was good but it lacked that oomph taste that you’d usually find in the pizzerias of Italy, I’m not sure why.
And the spaghetti pomodoro for me. It was also good but I did hate the extra thick spaghetti, I personally prefer angel hair pasta or No 3 spaghetti at most but the spaghetti served at Eataly was a 5, perhaps a 7, and too thick for my liking.
Overall we had an amazing time at Eataly. There is something about being surrounded with the freshest produce and ingredients possible and knowing that you are going to have a hearty meal in a good relaxed atmosphere. Comfort food at its best I’d say, I know understand why everyone is raving about Eataly and though I was disappointed by the pasta and the pizza, I know I’d stop by again for sure. I also loved their motto, its difficult to be simple, exactly! I cannot wait to go back to Dubai and pass by again for lunch and perhaps try their breakfast.
Eataly is located at the lower grand floor level of Dubai Mall. I’m not sure if they have any local social media presence but you can check their website for more information (link).
I woke up on Saturday morning in the mood for pancakes. Its been a while, almost years, since I last woke up on the weekend and bothered to cook something like pancakes. As I shuffled around my kitchen putting together the ingredients I’d need I somehow stumbled upon my “Kuwaiti” ingredients, aka the herbs cardamom and saffron, then one thing led to another and I knew exactly what I wanted to make. Read more »
In English its almost always easy, the letters of the alphabet always come in one form and always pronounced the same. In Arabic, the letters are also the same but the way you pronounce them can come in four different ways per letter depending on a little mark that is put on top of the letter.
What I do not get is the special characters from other European language. Read more »
Ever since the people of Middle East began their obsession with everything Turkish I was hearing and watching people gushing about one Turkish restaurant in particular: Mado! When I was in Brisbane, Australia I found out a Mado and we had our first proper dinner in Australia there but when I posted pictures of the place on instagram my followers informed me that the Mado I was at wasn’t the authentic real Mado everyone is pining for back in Turkey. After numerous pictures and lots of positive adoring accounts from people, I came to know of Mado’s branch in Dubai Mall and you can understand why we chose it to have our second most important meal of the year: the Eid lunch. Read more »
Out of the blue, I received an email from my dear friend and fellow blogger Intlexpatr asking after me and telling me about an intriguing book she had read with the book club she is running called Americanah by a Nigerian writer, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. The name rang a bell, so I got up from my sofa where I was reading the email towards my library and found the book, alongside another book by Adichie titled “Half a Yellow Sun” that is a best seller and turned into a movie. I remember picking both books up in Waterstones when I was last in the UK and now my friend in the USA was gushing about the writer’s style. I knew it was the book to read for that week. Read more »
Now that the rant regarding the lack of size 16 garments is out of my system, and because I’ve been scoring the stores and online websites looking for the perfect dress for the good part of two months now before realising that with my size I do not have the luxury of a choice to start with and that I am supposed to settle for any dress stocked by a kind enough understanding buyers to fit voluptuous figures like mine and leave it at that. I thought I’d show you what my favourite dresses were, what I’d have worn and chosen had I had the luxury of the choice. Read more »
I rarely post about fashion, but that doesn’t negate the fact that I am very much interested in the subject itself. Shopping in my ultimate therapy and I love that feeling I get with the first accelerated beat of my heart when my gaze falls upon a piece I like. I have my own unique taste in fashion that doesn’t conform to certain trends or styles and when I decide to dress up I have to dress up in a piece I adore, only the perfect ensemble would do, nothing less. Read more »
I was curled up on my couch yesterday, trying to nurse my end of weekend blues by watching the movie Julie & Julia on DVD, when a line from Julia Child’s role made me complain out loud. She was describing her days in Le Cordon Bleu and how she leapt out of bed when every morning the alarm went off at 6:30 A.M. and I was jealous. Yes, I was jealous of Julia leaping out of bed for she couldn’t wait to start her days and do something she absolutely adored and quite enjoyed. I said it out loud to my husband, I was jealous of Julia and why couldn’t I leap out of bed in the morning every morning too? Read more »
For a while now I’ve been hearing a lot of raving reviews about Anaar catering. They’ve been open for about a year and whenever the subject of dishes from Persian cuisine is brought up people ask if I’ve tried Anaar and what was I waiting for? Well, I knew that Anaar is a catering business and not a restaurant and since I have only my vegetarian self and occasionally my husband to feed, it didn’t seem remotely Read more »
Last weekend was my birthday and because it was on a Thursday I decided to celebrate early by taking Thursday off work and sleeping in, which is one of the most valuable gifts you could give to yourself especially during the smouldering fasting summer hours of the holy month of Ramadan. Then, I decided to distribute gorgeous flowers all around the house. I adore flowers <3 They bring joy Read more »
One of the things many people prepare for, sometimes months in advance, is the celebration of Qerqaia’an and its giveaways. Qerqaia’an is an occasion that falls on the nights of 13, 14, and 15 of Ramadan where children would go from house to house dressed in colourful traditional clothes singing away while collecting candy from the houses they sing for. Also, families tend to send out sweets and nuts for loved ones in dazzling wrapping, the funkier the better, to celebrate the occasion in the name of Read more »
On the very last page of the #Room753 Bloggers Trip to Queensland, Australia itinerary there were a few conditions regarding the minimum number of posts per day regarding the trip using the proper hashtags across different social media channels. Conditions like “3 posts daily on Instagram, a post daily on twitter and Facebook” were easily met. However, I did notice they had a condition to post daily on a social media channel I’ve never heard of, let alone used before, called “Google+”. Apparently its used widely in Australia and across the world, for the other bloggers of #Room753 were using it to conduct meetings even after the end of their trip experience. Read more »
When I first received the itinerary for my #Room753 bloggers trip to Queensland, Australia I was especially excited by the prospect of one activity that falls at the end of Day 5 of my trip. I was booked tickets to go see the theatre show “The King and I” and there is nothing I like more than shows and performances. My excitement built up with every passing day, especially when I was asked what I was going to do by Australian people -and they are always friendly and asking after your trip even if you are just a stranger walking into a shop- and whenever I’d go “see King and I” they’d gasp and rave about it. Read more »
At the start of the holy month of Ramadan I got a call from Mamma’s Kitchen asking me to choose two ice cream flavours from their range of homemade ice creams and they will be sent to me to try. While reciting the flavours, I noticed quite an unusual combination: Kale, banana, and blueberry ice cream! I don’t know about you but I couldn’t miss the chance to try that combination! You wouldn’t think kale would make it into ice cream now, would you? Plus, kale and blueberries together as a flavour would make one hell of a detoxifying ice cream, no? Read more »
The second activity on our #Room753 Bloggers Trip to Queensland itinerary for day 5 was a confirmed lunch at Aria restaurant for 1 P.M. and that’s why I didn’t allow myself to pig out at the Farmers Market earlier that morning. After we browsed the market and picked up our tickets for that very night’s performance of The King & I, post coming soon, we headed back to Sofitel Hotel Brisbane to pray and freshen up before heading back out and walking towards lunch at Aria, a contemporary Australian restaurant co-owned and operated by Chef Matt Moran. Read more »
I’ve been intending to post about my very first Ghabga of Ramadan 2014 for a few days now but unfortunately my blog was acting up a bit and I’m finally able to access everything. Anyways, last Friday we decided to gather around my apartment for a relaxed Ramdan ghabga, ghabga being the party Kuwaitis throw between the iftar and suhoor meals where women dress up in their traditional embellished dresses we Read more »
Though I’m not much of a makeup fan I do stock up on makeup every now on then as the need arises and the trends sway. The latest trend being the Maleficent makeup by Mac which was sold out all over the world and was restocked once by Mac in Kuwait but by the time I went it was all sold out again. If you were lucky you’d come across an almost empty lipstick with a bit of remnant Maleficent red that you could try but that’s about as far as you’d go with trying on Maleficent’s makeup. Read more »
When we woke up on Day 5 of our #Room753 blogger’s trip to Queensland, Australia we realised we had a busy itinerary for the day and it started early. Because I love farmers markets so much, the first thing I was going to do that morning was to take a stroll in Brisbane’s very own Jan Powers farmers market which is held every Wednesday from 10 A.M. until 6 P.M. Read more »
I once heard a respected Kuwaiti dietitian lecturing about eating the suhoor meal during the holy month of Ramadan and how if you eat a huge meal for suhoor it will somehow make you hungry during your fast while if you eat a really light one you will be much less hungry during your fast. I’ve never Read more »
Remember when I posted about a singing invitation card from The Palm Palace Lebanese restaurant that arrived on the very first days of the holy month of Ramadan? The one that played the jingle from the 80’s ad? Read more »
If you’ve tried fasting before you’d know that the iftar meal when you break your fast isn’t the real target meal of your long day, rather, its imagining the moment when you finally sit in front of caffeinated drinks alongside desserts that keeps you going throughout the day! Everyone I know mumbles about iftar but raves about their tea time and because I have a tradition of celebrating my “Kubbayat el Shay” time I tend to post about it on daily basis on instagram. Now let me show you who and what sponsored my favourite time of the day during the first week of Ramadan 1435-2014: Read more »
After the exciting and frankly quite exhilarating trip to see the Koalas in Lone Pine Sanctuary, we returned to the Sofitel Brisbane by taxi and spent the rest of the afternoon relaxing. However, our #Room753 blogger’s trip itinerary wasn’t done yet for day four of our visit, for we had dinner reservations at 6:30 P.M. at The Euro, a chic European style brasserie that belongs to the Urban Restaurant family, a renowned and award winning restaurant in Australia. Read more »
To celebrate the arrival of the Holy month of Ramadan many people exchange gifts with each other and if not gifts, then at least a food item “neqsa” during the two main meals of the day “iftar” or “suhoor”. When I was a child I lived in a loving neighbourhood where neqsas between neighbours was common and there wouldn’t be a day passing without some neighbour sending out a neqsa in our direction, my favourite Read more »