Balsamic Pearls & Stracciatella for Lunch

By | May 13, 2015

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Earlier last month I was browsing the aisles of Waitrose in London when I came upon a small jar or “Balsamic Pearls”. It was my first encounter with them, frankly I almost dismissed them as just another caviar pot, and I haven’t exactly seen or tasted them before so I decided to take them home with me and wait together until the perfect opportunity showed itself. A few weeks later and the perfect opportunity came galloping towards me in the form of a small Stracciatela Mozzarella jar, that is the creamy stringy kind, and I knew it was time. Read more »

Find Me on Storehouse

By | May 4, 2015

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Its been a while, I know, since I’ve last opened up my beloved blog and written something. I wasn’t being lazy I swear, I was travelling then was swamped with work upon my return plus, surprise surprise, my attention has been taken captive by one of the newest social media application to hit your resident app store: Storehouse! Read more »

Caffeine, a new Coffee House in Kuwait

By | March 18, 2015

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If you recall in my post about SoMu district of Mubarkiya souq area in Kuwait, I mentioned Caffeine, a new place that looked about to open soon. Last Thursday I was dining in SoMu when I saw people sitting outside Caffeine and, though I was full after dinner, I decided to stop by Caffeine and check the place out for the next time I passed by SuMo. Read more »

Clarisonic Face & Body Cleansing Brush

By | March 18, 2015

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For a while now all I’ve been hearing is “clarisonic” this and “clarisonic” that. Girls all over Instagram have been raving about it, Clarisonic being an electric brush that cleanses and exfoliates your face or body. I didn’t intend to go get it myself but I happened to be shopping in Sephora and I was in a credit card burning mood and one thing led to another and I found myself buying a colourful clarisonic with both body and face brush attachments.  Read more »

My Stay at W London

By | March 16, 2015

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Are you feeling blue in the bleak period between the National day holiday the summer holiday? Perhaps you are already researching your summer vacation trip? I am currently travel-sick and day-dreaming of roaming the world and I think there are many who share my current state of mind, longing for their next gateway and counting the days. That’s why I’m going through my travel pictures and thought I’d share this experience -and a few others to come- with you. Lets start with my stay at the W Hotel located in Leicester Square, London. Read more »

The Breathtaking Cherry Blossom Tree

By | March 11, 2015

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Growing up, Japanese anime was a very big part of my childhood and of many of my peers as well. My love for the anime we watched made me adore everything Japanese to the point of dreaming of moving to Japan to live and to join my favourite characters in their daily lives. The rain, the quaint little neat houses, the walk to school, strolling by the sea after school, the train rides sitting by big windows with a view of Mount. Fuji, eating chow mein with chopsticks, if you share my same vision and I won’t be surprised if you do then you’ll know exactly what I’m talking about.  Read more »

Days Boutique Artisan Bakery

By | March 1, 2015

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In the very last days of January I had the chance to get a sneak peek inside the location of a new bakery in Kuwait City that was due to open very soon. The name is Days Boutique, an artisan desserts bakery located in Dar Al-Awadhi right next door to the famous Karak Gholam. The decor of the coming-soon Days Boutique is quite lovely, modern with a huge studded revolving door, patterned tiles, and endless gorgeous light bulbs hanging from the ceiling. Read more »

Book Review: The Shock of the Fall by Nathan Filer

By | March 1, 2015

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Hello March! Winter is supposedly officially over and its time to embrace the insatiable beauty of spring, or so it feels! Though I’m a winter person myself I cannot help but be a bit excited at the prospect of iced lattes and the warmth of sunshine and I have just the caffeine drink to celebrate spring, pictured above and more about it later, for now let me stick to inflicting my opinion of one of my latest reads on my still faithful blog readers. Shall we?  Read more »

Ten Things You Need to Know About Snap Chat

By | February 24, 2015

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1- Once you install Snap Chat it will eat up your iPhone battery which will disappear faster than the contents of a Nutella jar placed on a table of hungry people on their diet-free day.

2- People, for some reason, think that Snap Chat is a synonym for circus act therefore its OK to frighten you with strange poses and silly actions because it will be gone in 10 seconds or less. I understand Read more »

A Trip to Yasmine Farm

By | February 23, 2015

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I came home one day last week to find a huge basket of fresh farm and dairy goodies from Alban Dairy, my favourite local dairy company. Among the fresh goodies that promised at least a week of nutritious sustenance was a invitation card from Ghaliah Technology to join a Saturday weekend trip to the very farm where the produce and dairy products of Alban Dairy and the Farmer’s Market corner of Sultan Center come from, Yasmine Farms in Wafra. Read more »

The 1001 Inventions Exhibition

By | February 22, 2015

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I love museums, and history, and everything related to previous civilisations from bygone eras! I have this thirst to know how people used to live in the old days, before our modern day inventions, and what impact did their surroundings have on their lives. Were they different persons, or just like us, and how? What was daily life to them, and was it enjoyable? How did they come about knowledge, and what did they do if they were sick or sad? The past is a mystery to me that I’d love to unlock, I actually wanted to be an archaeologist when I was younger, that’s how much I love history. Read more »

Do You Recognise People in Sunglasses?

By | February 22, 2015

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If you know me personally and like me enough, you’d know that I really cannot distinguish unfamiliar faces until I’ve met them 3 4 up to 5 times sometimes. I’ve come to start meeting people by apologising in advance for not recognising them in the future, very rude I know but I really cannot register facial features in my face from meeting only once especially in this day and age when everyone looks like everyone else for some reason. However, I’ve only come to realise a new social problem I’m encountering recently: I can no longer distinguish people if they are wearing sunglasses!  Read more »

Tasting Dinner at Nutri Restaurant

By | February 17, 2015

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The other day I was invited for a tasting dinner in Nutri, one of Kuwait City’s newest restaurants located in Dar Al-Awadhi and specialising in providing light and healthy meals in a restaurant setting. Don’t you wish there were more health-oriented restaurants around in the land of 1001 restaurants? Please let it be the next trend, we are so tired of burger joints! Read more »

Using the Kuwait Finder Number

By | February 17, 2015

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For a while now, perhaps a couple of years or more, every unit in Kuwait whether residential or commercial, even cinemas, has a little plaque by its door from the Public Authority of Civil Information (PACI) alongside a long unique number. I was baffled at first but then was told that the number is an address that can be used to find wherever place you want to head to in Kuwait electronically. I thought it was a marvellous idea especially in Kuwait where we do not have Zip codes and the postal system is particularly non-existent, but I never did get to know how to use that system whatever it was until the day when my husband ordered some lunch from a popular local doner place called Slice. On the packaging of the doner, you could find the words “Kuwait Finder” and the number next to the logo of PACI! Read more »

Book Review: All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

By | February 16, 2015

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Personally I wouldn’t have reached into a novel that talks about WWII and the Nazis on my own. Though I love history I often find the atrocities of war too depressing to consider as quality time reading. However, everyone was raving about the book so much, I decided I had nothing to lose if it was indeed in my library waiting for the right moment to come. Better safe than sorry I suppose. A few weeks back I had nothing better to read and while browsing my book shelves the heavy novel kept finding its way back into my hands therefore I decided why not, so be it. Read more »

Breakfast at GIA Cafe

By | February 16, 2015

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Ever since GIA opened up their doors in October 2013 they’ve been creating a buzz with the food loving population of Kuwait. Gia was always busy, and I’ve yet to encounter one person who dined there and didn’t love the food or the atmosphere. They’ve been open for less than a year and a half but they’ve already closed down to expand to the next door shop due to popular demand and now its even bigger with more room to breathe and relax. So what was next for Gia? Why, breakfast of course!  Read more »

A Stroll in SoMu, the Trendy Part of Mubarkiya

By | February 9, 2015

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One favourite spot of mine in Kuwait is the old and traditional Mubarkiya souk. I tend to spend mornings or evenings there, casually strolling in the alleys , my vision split into what I’m seeing for real and what I imagine it must have been in the old days, who must have walked these very steps or touched these very walls. It’s a charming spot deeply saturated with history and many of its standing buildings have not been changed since they’ve been built.  Read more »

Brunch at Street Almakan by Zubabar

By | February 4, 2015

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I’ve always wanted to dine at Street by Zubabar. Even before they were officially open, when they were setting up the place and posting pictures of their progress on their instagram account, I’ve been watching and anticipating their opening. The day they were officially open I meant to go have dinner but a quick look at their menu told me that I wouldn’t be able to order much, the fussy vegetarian that I am. I wanted to go for coffee and dessert and enjoy the atmosphere, but never could find someone at the exact time and place to go with me. Time went by, but I always promised that the next time I’m going out for coffee with a friend, we would be going to Street. And then their brunch happened…  Read more »

The Creepy Taxi Who Delivered Something

By | February 4, 2015

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Delivering stuff to your doorstep is a very big concept in Kuwait, meaning that over the past few years a considerable number of delivery companies were setup to bring anything to anyone anywhere. Sometimes delivery prices can be obscene but if you know who to call and deliver to a good nearby place you might get away with a couple of KD’s for a delivery fee. Most delivery companies, if not all, offer a subscription to businesses that deliver stuff all the time and I image big companies do have their own drivers and means of delivery to finish up whatever paperwork they need and if they operate restaurants then of course they do have a dedicated delivery guy.  Read more »

Trying Vol.1 Excellent Coffee

By | February 4, 2015

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I was sipping a very fragrant and dense cup of Turkish coffee while writing this post because I couldn’t type down a word without having a caffeine fix! Almost a fortnight ago I’ve been fortunate enough to be in Kuwait City around noon time running an errand that was a tad irritating. Once I was finished I was so happy I wanted to celebrate, and I just happened to be across the street from a very newly opened little coffee shop that I’ve passed by before, peered in through the glass to find it closed, made a mental note to keep an eye out for, and saw a picture of an iced latte in snapchat earlier on the day about. I didn’t waste anytime crossing the street…  Read more »

Book Review: Daughter by Jane Shemilt

By | January 20, 2015

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I intended to read only the first chapter of daughter then move on to other first chapters of other new books I have in my collections. The story was so intriguing from the very first few pages and I knew I didn’t have to read the other first chapters from the other books, this one was what I wanted to read. Again, it was a book I finished in almost one day, resisting the urge to flip through to the last page and discover the fate of the missing daughter. Read more »

A Wonderful NYC Sovenier from Jacquies

By | January 20, 2015

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Do you still bring back souvenirs for your friends and family when you travel abroad?

I love travel souvenirs, or soogha as we call them in the Kuwaiti dialect. I love receiving them of course and I enjoy picking them out when I roam shops and markets of different foreign lands. It doesn’t have to be something extravagant or expensive, sometimes a quirky fridge magnet or a bar of exotic chocolate would do the trick just fine and clearly spell out the exact message you want to convey with a travel souvenir: I was thinking about you while I was away. Sadly some people upon receiving their “soogha” these days would sigh and glare at it miserably, viewing it as both a debt they have to repay and a challenge they’d have to overdue, something that kills the entire spirit of the soogha and perhaps why many people do not bother anymore. Read more »

Visiting Bletchley Park, Home of the Codebreakers

By | January 15, 2015

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If you have been to see the movie “The Imitation Game” recently then you’d know exactly what Bletchley Park is all about, its where parts of the movie were filmed btw. If not, then let me tell you about my visit to one of the world’s best kept secrets: Bletchley Park, home of the code breakers. A place that was well hidden all these years even the local residents thought it was an psychiatric asylum. The park was neglected in later years and was about to be demolished and turned into a shopping mall but thankfully it was saved and restored and opened for visitors to explore. Read more »

Choccywoccydoodah’s Hot Chocolate, London

By | January 14, 2015

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Because I’ve taken quite a liking to hot chocolate this winter I’ve been drinking nothing but the biggest steaming cups topped with the most voluptuous dollops of whipped cream of hot chocolate. I was in London and I decided to go and try the most highly acclaimed cups of melted cocoa and milk around the capital, and one of the first that I got on my list was Choccywoccydoodah’s hot chocolate.  Read more »

That Contagious Smile…

By | January 14, 2015

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This year I didn’t write down a list of “resolutions”. I’ve often found that my mind tends to file away whatever I’ve put on a list for “later”. Maybe because whatever it is on a list is saved there somewhere hence it will never be lost as an idea, does that make any sense? Maybe not, but I do realise now that if I want something done, I better start doing it right away or else it will stay as an entry on a list under a pile of a hundred other lists somewhere. And that is exactly why I’m writing this post up, because I made a resolution in December of last year and I’ve decided to go ahead with it right away. The Resolution? Smile for no reason at strangers.  Read more »