Re’s Organic Farm Fresh Produce Basket

By | January 15, 2014

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The fact that I’m a vegetarian also means I’m a picky eater and an even pickier food shopper. When I shop for fruits and vegetables I tend to go to several different places each week because I always look for the freshest produce available which is not always easy to come by especially in your local co-op. This week however I had quite a nice break from my greens shopping because of the arrival of an overflowing fresh farm produce Read more »

Breakfast at The Farm Restaurant in Dubai

By | August 22, 2013

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Each time I’m in Dubai there must be a list of newly opened places I’ve never been before to explore. On the top of my list was The Farm restaurant recommended by many people I know, doing so while gushing about the breathtaking scenery and the amazing food. Since I was there for the Eid holiday and the first breakfast after Ramadan is my number one breakfast of the year, I knew I it should be in The Farm. Read more »

Lamy’s Perfumes Eid Gift

By | August 18, 2013

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Just before the Eid holiday I received a lovely Eidiya from the lovely Lamya Al-Farsi, the owner of Lamy’s Perfumes, a local perfume making business. I’ve had the pleasure to meet Lamya a while back in a perfume exhibition where she mixed perfumes from different scents on the spot (post). Lamy’s perfumes are well known for their different and sometimes daring scents, you wouldn’t find any other Kuwaiti perfume maker who would make scents like ice cream or cheesecakes for example. Read more »

The Gelato Marathon

By | August 17, 2013

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Since the holy month of Ramadan and Eid days are now over I’m trying to get into my normal daily life routine, plus going on a diet to control my appetite after the daily feasts of the past few weeks. I have been doing very good, only my friends who I haven’t been out with in forever were craving gelato and one thing led to another and we found ourselves having a mini gelato marathon in the Avenues. Read more »

Beautiful Dubai During Ramadan & Eid

By | August 15, 2013

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This post is to remember the very last day of Ramadan 1434 and the first days of eid I’ve spend in Dubai in 2013. Dubai was quite busy as usual, hot and humid during August for sure, but the festive mood was indeed in the air with Ramadan decorations and eid celebrations.  Read more »

Alberdawny’s Iftar Feast & Eid Gift

By | August 13, 2013

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For the last iftar meal I’ve had in the holy month of Ramadan in 2013, I was surprised by Al-Berdawny Palace Lebanese restaurant. Five minutes before iftar time the most beautiful Eidiya ever was delivered to my iftar table. Eidiya is the Read more »

Stayha Lebanese Restaurant’s Bloggers Ghabga

By | August 4, 2013

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Last week I received an invitation from a newly opened Lebanese restaurant in Kuwait, Stayha, to attend a special bloggers Ramadan dinner or ghabga as we call it in Kuwait. The  event was handled by non other that our dear friend and fellow blogger Ansam who did a very good job indeed from invitations to hosting the dinner. The invitation came with Read more »

Flex Gourmet Ramadan Gift

By | July 29, 2013

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Last week I arrived home to find a tin of diet-friendly sweet goodies by Flex Gourmet. Inside were pieces of dates and petite fours, something to have on the side of your post iftar coffee. Read more »

My Relaxed Ramadan Ghabga

By | July 29, 2013

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It’s been a while since I’ve had friends over. I’ve been too tired lately and with all the Ramadan fasting and meal preparations I haven’t had a moment to relax. During the holy month of Ramadan people gather for a “ghabga” and there are many ghabgas going around. A ghabga is a dinner party Read more »

Man’oushe Saj Trays

By | July 28, 2013

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Last weekend I had the pleasure of having Man’oushe Saj Trays sent to me for my iftar table. Man’oushe is a Lebanese restaurant and they provided me with four different boxes of saj sandwiches with different condiments in each box. The box is sturdy and the contents are neatly arranged inside on plastic plates and covered with a plastic paper. Read more »

Our Very Own Qerqaia’an

By | July 28, 2013

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One sure way to get rid of all the qerqaia’an candy lying around the house beckoning for you to come over and feast on it is to give it away on the spot with your very own qerqaia’an! There will be children knocking on your door anyway and they want candy! In my version of the qerqaia’an there are not nuts, lots of chocolates that I personally would eat plus lollipops and candies, and I also add a few bubble maker bottles for the children to play with. Read more »

Planet Hollywood’s Qerqaia’an

By | July 28, 2013

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The last qerqaia’an gift I received for the holy month of Ramadan this year was the one sent to me by Planet Hollywood Restaurant in Kuwait. An acrylic tray decorated with the US flag and filled with Hershey’s chocolates, Planet Hollywood’s memorabilia, and a fresh jasmine flower necklace that is all the rage these days in Kuwait.  Read more »

Triangle Restaurant’s Qerqaia’an

By | July 27, 2013

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Triangle restaurant had their own way of celebrating the occasion of qerqaia’an during the holy month of Ramadan by distributing their own qerqaia’an gifts. I received mine a few days ago, a bucket with my blog’s name in Arabic spray painted in red plus Triangle restaurant’s name and logo in black. The bucket was quite heavy and chock full of goodies. Read more »

Baby Yousef’s Qerqaia’an

By | July 27, 2013

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One of the most elegant and to the point qerqaia’an gifts I’ve received this Ramadan is baby Yousef’s first qerqaia’an distributed by his lovely mother Joumana of The Side Talk blog. The qerqaia’an came in an elegant silver box tied with a golden ribbon and baby Yousef’s name written on the lid in beautiful golden Arabian calligraphy. Read more »

Ben’s Cookies Ramadan Gift

By | July 27, 2013

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A few days ago I received a small red tin from Ben’s Cookies branch in Kuwait. Naturally, I found several different types of cookies inside, all freshly baked and melt in your mouth soft. The tag on the tin box said “please use within four days”.  Read more »

F2o’s Baby Essa Qerqaia’an

By | July 25, 2013

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On the first night of the Qerqaia’an, which is a traditional celebration during the 13th, 14th, and 15th days of the holy month of Ramadan where children dress up and sing while going from door to door to be given candy, I was drinking my post-iftar tea at home when there was a knock on my door and a little yellow box with a cartoon drawing of little baby Essa, f2o‘s design little baby boy on the lid. It was baby 3awas’s first qerqaia’an!  Read more »

Baby Jana’s Qerqaia’an

By | July 25, 2013

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On the first night of the Qerqaia’an, which is a traditional celebration during the 13th, 14th, and 15th days of the holy month of Ramadan where children dress up and sing while going from door to door to be given candy, I was drinking my post-iftar tea at home when there was a knock on my door and little darling Jana, the baby of my friend Swera, was there holding her very own cute little flowery yellow qerqaia’an! Read more »

Heavenly Pies from The Pastry Shop

By | July 25, 2013

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It was during the Holy month of Ramadan of last year that I’ve come to taste the scrumptious pies of The Pastry Shop! Excellent pies, with fresh ingredients and a flakey light crust and overall melt-in-your-mouth after the first bite feeling. This year I’ve had the pleasure of being sent more pies from The Pastry Shop, freshly baked and just out of the over, and they’ve been grazing my after iftar tea table ever since their arrival. Read more »

Bleach Kuwait Ramadan Gift

By | July 25, 2013

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VIVA Telecom’s Ramdan 1434 Ghabga

By | July 24, 2013

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A few days ago I’ve seen one of the most innovative and personalised social media invitations on instagram addressed to me by Viva Telecom. A video, with scoops of melting Baskin Robbin’s Rainbow ice cream were involved, which incidentally Read more »

The Smart Wood Tiny Wardrobe Qerqaia’an

By | July 23, 2013

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I’ve seen many different types and kinds of Qerqaia’an presentations before, but I never expected that one day I’d received a teensy miniature wardrobe as a qerqaia’an! Smart Wood Company is a fine wood furniture manufacturers located in Kuwait and uses Read more »

What Are you Having for Suhoor?

By | July 23, 2013

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During the holy month of Ramadan we have two major meal, the iftar at sunset where we break our fast and the suhoor we have near sunrise which should sustain us till the next sunset. Usually I have cornflakes with skimmed milk and a banana for suhoor, Read more »

Sugar Coated Strawberry Cookie Bites

By | July 22, 2013

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One of the most delicious culinary combinations ever invented are strawberries dipped in chocolate. I personally can eat an entire bucket of strawberries dipped in chocolate, or chocolate strawberries as I call them, and still want more. I remember in 2006 there was only one or two stores that sold strawberries dipped in chocolate but these days there are many around and I’m grateful for that. Sugar Coated, a home business that sells chocolate strawberries sent me a box full of them the other day to try.  Read more »

The Night of the Ramadan Ghabga

By | July 21, 2013

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Considering the state of deadlock traffic post-iftar in Kuwait, I’ve decided not to venture outside my door until the end of the holy month of Ramadan. However, we decided to have a dinner gathering at our friend Shaima and it was supposed to be a casual get together ghabga to welcome back our friend FourMe home. A ghabga is a gathering or party usually held between iftar and suhoor meals in the holy month of Ramadan. Read more »

Heshoo Q8’s Qerqaia’an Bags

By | July 21, 2013

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Today is the 13th day of the holy month of Ramadan and it’s official, the Qerqaia’an is here! Qerqaia’an is like a traditional Kuwaiti occasion where children dress up and go from house to house signing and getting candy in return, kinda like a Kuwaiti Halloween. It’s a happy occasion long awaited by families who prepare for it months in advance and every year it seems people of Kuwait are Read more »