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 »

Book Review: The Book of You by Claire Kendal

By | January 12, 2015

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Another book, another debut, and also another gripping-from-page-one read that I couldn’t put down. I have a new reading system to determine what I want to read, I get a collection of books and read the first chapter of each then decide where to go from there. Only when I picked up The Book of You, and it was the first in the collection, I finished chapter one and continued on forgetting all about the other first chapters that were waiting to be read. Read more »

Breakfast and lunch at Mado Kuwait

By | January 12, 2015

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Back in December the much loved and very popular Turkish cafe Mado finally opened its doors in Kuwait. The opening followed a long period of anticipation on instagram with many devoted followers asking about the opening date. I was travelling when it did open, early December 2014, and I’ve heard a lot of mixed reviews about it all of them advising me me to wait a bit until they get on their feet and ran things smoothly. Read more »

Book Review: The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton

By | January 7, 2015

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The debut novel by Jessie Burton caught my eye with two things: the patterned wallpaper-like cover and the fact that it was placed on a table with a card declaring it 2014’s best read in the bookstore! Read more »

Dinner at Princi Pizzeria London

By | January 7, 2015

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 I opened up my blog intending to write a long post about something, but I was overcome by an overwhelming urge to recount a fabulous dinner I had when I was just in London. It was a long and busy day in mid-December of last year where I had barely nothing to eat all day. I was tired and the weather was freezing cold and needed a good wholesome meal. By dinner time I wouldn’t have minded dining on old stale fries but with what was left of my energy I made my way towards Wardour St. in Soho where Princi Pizzeria is located. I’ve passed by Princi before but never managed to dine there though it generated quite a few raving reviews.  Read more »

Hello 2015!

By | January 3, 2015

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Well, 2014 did pass by in a blink! The fact that it is actually the year 2015 refuses to sink in still with me.

2014 was, well, decent. I got so many good things to be grateful for yet it wasn’t all good and dandy. I’ve grown a little bit up, that’s for sure, and now that I realise I’m 34 years-old I tend to panic a bit, I’m feeling that I’m somehow running out of time, youth time that is, but that entire age paranoia could eat up this entire post.

At the beginning of 2015, I know one fact for sure, I’m a mess.  Read more »

Movie Review: The Hobbit The Battle of the Five Armies

By | December 14, 2014

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If you know me personally or have been hanging around my blog for a while then you’d know that I’m a crazed LOTR and Hobbit fan and was looking so much towards the third and final movie of the Hobbit trilogy, and also the last Peter Jackson movie about Middle Earth. I’ve even set up a counter, an alarm reminder, and basically waiting, rather impatiently, for the movie to pick up where DOS have left off.  Read more »