Book Review: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, the long awaited 8th book!

By | August 1, 2016

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I’m writing this post with a head buzzing with thoughts, heart fluttering with feelings, and eyes brimming with tears as I’m in a roller coaster of emotions that’s been tumbling since I returned home from work and sat with my iBook copy of the long awaited 8th book of Harry Potter, the one with the Cursed Child.

Is it really an 8th book? A proper sequel to the battle of Hogwarts set 19 years later? I couldn’t allow myself to get too attached the the book nor let myself believe it was a “real” or “100% authentic” new Harry Potter book. I was afraid. I didn’t want to be let down by it, I know its based on a sold out play and its not only J. K. Rowling’s name on the cover, I’m not sure what to expect and I had a feeling that… well.. this story is only make belief and this Harry book is a fraud.  Read more »

The Alphonso Mangoes from Wafra, Kuwait

By | July 30, 2016

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Yes, the title is correct. This post and these pictures are telling the story of an Indian Alphonso mango tree, planted in a farm in Wafra area on the soil of Kuwait. The tree felt at home enough to bear not only regular Alphonso mangoes, no no, JUMBO alphonso mango fruits and there were enough of them to make it into a carton and arrive at my doorsteps about ten days ago!  Read more »

The Video of Project-X Bloggers Cookings Competition

By | July 11, 2013

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If you’ve been reading my blog for more than a year you might remember that we participated in a bloggers cooking competition under the name of Project-X last June (post).  I teamed up with my favourite Pink Girl and together we made the spiciest, weirdest, and frankly not that appetising dishes in the competition and came last :p I’ve almost given up on seeing the videos but lo and behold, a year later and they are finally released for the world to see. Read more »

Aunt Marie’s Salted Pecan Caramels

By | June 16, 2013

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When I passed by Shakshooka farmers market a while ago (post), one of the things I got for myself was a jar of wrapped sweets. I frankly just grabbed it when it was laid on the table when I knew it was “caramels” and I’m not a big fan of caramels. Fudge, yes, caramel OK but my husband is a devoted fan so I thought I’d get that for him.  Read more »

Or Bakery Shop in Burj Jassim

By | June 13, 2013

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I’ve been a fan of Or Bakery ever since I’ve bitten into my very first chocolate brownie with an oozing liquid chocolate centre (post). Many chocolate brownies later, Or remained my favourite Kuwaiti-made chocolate destination and I always wondered why they didn’t open their own shop. I think 2013 deserves to be called the year where Kuwaiti businesses expanded from homes to actual stores, for Or Bakery has finally opened up a shop in Burj Jassim.  Read more »

New Blog Sponsors: Aqua Tots

By | June 2, 2013

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Please join me in welcoming Aqua Tots as my new blog sponsors and just in time for the summer swimming season! Aqua Tots are an international franchise with more than 30 indoor swimming centers around the world dedicated to providing an ideal environments for teaching children how to swim safely. With 8 swimming levels, they take in children starting at 6 months old up until 12 years-old. Yes, babies can learn to swim to and Aqua Tots is the place to teach them.

For more information about Aqua Tots you can contact them by calling +(965) – 6027711, check their website (link),  follow them on Twitter (@AquaTots_Swim) or on instagram (@AquaTots). Their location is in Khaldiya block 2 St. 29 in the Women’s Cultural and Social Society building.

May’s Gorgeous Clouds!

By | May 1, 2013

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The good weather season in Kuwait usually starts at the first of November and ends by the end of April. April is known to be the season of Sarrayat, which means heavy spring rain and the very last day of good weather. We’ve had some gorgeous clouds this year but I was very surprised to get out of work this evening and find the skyline of Kuwait City shrouded in gorgeous big fluffy black and white clouds! I couldn’t even see Read more »

Alphonso, the King of Mangoes, is BACK!

By | April 18, 2013

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It’s no secret that I’m a star-struck Alphonso mango fan. If you’ve been reading my blog for the past few years you’d know that my love for them is fierce and that I celebrate its arrival every single year. If you follow me on instagram you would have already seen me Read more »

The One Hundred Days Countdown for Ramadan

By | March 31, 2013

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This morning I woke up to a very exciting piece of news: today, Sunday the 31 March 2013, means it’s only 100 more days till the first of day of the Holy month of Ramadan! I read that on instagram and suddenly I could smell Read more »

Review: Chiquita Fruit Bar

By | March 31, 2013

New stores and restaurants keep opening in the different new districts of the Avenues and one of the latest ones to open is the Chiquita Fruit Bar. It’s located in the Souk district of Read more »

Review: Capital District’s Store

By | March 10, 2013

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How Effective is the Cinescape’s New Movie Rating?

By | February 27, 2013

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I’ve always complained from the armies of young children usually present in every movie I go to in Kuwait. Either teenagers who would yell, scream, or think they enriching the movie experience with their vulgar catcalls or the babies or toddlers who scream bloody murder or get bored and start whining. Read more »

Are We Supposed to Recycle Medicine?

By | February 10, 2013

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Over the years and after every visit to a doctor when I get ill, or simply a visit to Boots in the UK, I’ve acquired a great and big collection of different forms of medicine. Tablets, capsules, syrups, drops, ointments, bandages, antiseptics, vitamins, antibiotics, etc. As a result I now have an actual handbag filled to the brim with my pharmaceutical loot and use them within realistic limits of their expiration date. I won’t be throwing out a good antibiotic just Read more »

Baraka by Salah Zamani’s Furniture & Home Accessories Exhibition

By | January 29, 2013

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Last week I received a distinguished invitation to attend Baraka by Salah Zamani’s 2013 Furniture & Home Accessories Exhibition to be held in 52 Degrees. A yellow tray with Read more »

Pick Yo’s New Hateen Branch

By | January 29, 2013

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Last week Pick Yo restaurant opened its third branch in Hateen co-op and as I live nearby in Alzahraa I was planning on passing by to get my fix of frozen yogurt. Then I began hearing about their lovely outdoors seating area and how it Read more »

Armani Caffé Kuwait

By | January 28, 2013

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I’m a big fan of Armani Cafe and I couldn’t wait for it to open in Kuwait. The day it first opened I wanted to go right away but I was told that their menu wasn’t complete and that their pizza will be available in two week’s time so I waited for a few weeks and

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Things 2 Do in London: Union Jacks by Jamie Oliver & Chris Bianco

By | January 21, 2013

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It was a cold afternoon in London, we’ve been walking for hours on end, shopping and taking pictures, when we finally reached Covent Garden and decided to stop there for some lunch. We were heading in the direction of Read more »

Preview: MUJI Store, Kuwait

By | January 18, 2013

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I’ve never really expressed before how much I adore MUJI in my blog now, have I? On the Grand Avenues Read more »

A Lost Kitten’s Happy Ending

By | January 6, 2013

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Yesterday afternoon I woke up late. It was a Saturday and my husband was out running errands. I was thinking about my lazy Saturday and my breakfast when I heard my husband call out to me”Come, come see the baby cat outside!”. Read more »

LoFat Vegetarian Diet – Day 20

By | January 3, 2013

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Day 20 and I have 8 more days to go. Since all I’ve been asked lately is “how many kilos of weight have you lost?” I think I’d explain it at Read more »

Magnolia Bakery’s Opening in Kuwait

By | December 27, 2012

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Last week I posted about the softest yummiest invite I got from Magnolia Bakery Kuwait for their opening (post). Yesterday was the opening in Al-Hamra night and I have to say it was a night of wicked temptation indeed. What’s a girl on a diet to do when Read more »

My Book Featured in a Year of Reading the World Project

By | December 20, 2012

A while back I was contacted by Ann Morgan, a journalist from the UK who working on a project to read a book from differnt countries in around the world in one year. Her project attracted attention from CNN, two newspapers in the UK, and made it to the UNESCO’s list of list of initiatives for World Book Day. Her book reading journey is document on her website www.aYearofReadingtheWorld.com

Guess what book she read and featured from Kuwait? My humble Dathra’s book! Let me tell you this, having my little book read in a worldwide reading project and actually making a good impression was -and still is- a bit surreal. I still cannot believe it but I think it this calls for a little celebration. What a nice way to end 2012 and start 2013!

You can read Ann Morgan’s quest in tracking down a Kuwaiti book written in English to include in her book and her thoughts regarding my book here (link). I’m typing this with a big stupid grin on my face and if you are a Dathra fan, you might feel a nice tingling sensation in your heart as you read Ann Morgan’s words too and see Kuwait featured in the list. Also, I’m interested in the other book from around the world that were read and featured in the project, a nice way to add a few more international books to my shelves.

Thank you Ann Morgan, you totally made my day and the rest of 2012 for me, I’m glad to have been of service. Much obliged :)

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Magnolia Bakery’s Invitation

By | December 13, 2012

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If you thought the cupcake craze was dwindling you might want to hold that thought for a new cupcake bakery in Kuwait is opening its doors next week. Not any cupcake store, mind you, it’s the cupcake bakery, the one is thought responsible for starting the cupcake hoopla in the first place, Magnolia’s Bakery. Read more »

London Xmas Lights 2012

By | December 2, 2012

For the past decade or so, I’ve made sure that I am in London during Xmas time. I personally believe its the best time to visit London: Decorated shops and streets, lights everywhere, amazing new merchandise to buy, happy -often disgrunted- shoppers milling around, gift wrapping mania, and Read more »

Tasting the New Pinkberry Salted Caramel Flavor

By | November 29, 2012

If you’ve been reading my blog since before the fro yo mania hit Kuwait you would know that I was crazily, madly, head over heels in love with Pinkberry and I still am. Therefore when an email from Pinkberry popped in my inbox asking me to come in and try their newest seasonal flavor before its official launch, I was Read more »