Things 2 Do in London: Gelupo’s Gelato

By | March 14, 2012

Gelupo, a newly opened gelateria in London, is hailed as the place that hosts the best gelato in town. Gelato, best, and London meant that I must try it for myself and Read more »

Things 2 Do in London: Benito’s Hat’s Burritos

By | March 13, 2012

Given that we have a Mexican cuisine deprivation in Kuwait I try and load up on Mexican food whenever I am abroad. Surprisingly London doesn’t -or didn’t- have that much of a Mexican Cuisine scene. Unlike the Read more »

Things 2 Do in London: Cyber Candy Store

By | March 12, 2012

On instagram I have posted a picture of a new type of m&ms I had gotten: Raspberry and Dark Chocolate m&ms! A lot have asked about it. It came from one of my favorite London shops: Cyber Candy. Read more »

Things 2 Do in London: Hummus Bros

By | January 24, 2012

Nestling in Soho’s busy streets there is a red sign with the name “Hummus Bros”. If you are hungry and on the go, get inside for a good non pretentious Read more »

Things 2 Get 4m London: L’Artisan Salted Caramel Truffles

By | January 22, 2012

Whenever I am in London I make sure I grab myself a box of Artisan du Chocolat original Sea Salted Caramels. Read more »

Things 2 Do in London: Scoop Gelato

By | January 15, 2012

Tucked away in the alleys of seven dials in Covent Garden sits a tiny yet highly rated gelateria. If you explore the area of Seven Dials you will find a Crocs store on Short Gardens street. If you stand by the sign below, look to your right and Read more »

Things 2 Do in London: Visit Cadbury World

By | January 10, 2012

One of the most memorable experiences you can have in the UK is visiting Cadbury World in Bournville near Birmingham. True it is not in London but its only 1:20 minutes away by Virgin Train from Euston Station. I’ve been there Read more »

Things 2 Get 4m London: Moroccan Oil Hair Care Range

By | September 11, 2011

When my little sister asked me to get her the Moroccan oil hair treatment and shampoo from London I was intrigued. I haven’t heard of Moroccan oil before and I wasn’t very Read more »

Things 2 Do in London: Visit the m&m’s World

By | September 7, 2011

In a newly re-built building that used to hold the moving swiss watch thingy in Leicester Square the M&M’s store has opened its Read more »

Things 2 Do in London: Amorino Gelateria & Cafe!

By | December 4, 2010


On my last day in London I was wandering sadly & aimlessly through the streets of London. Light snow was falling and the weather was FREEZING. When I stopped dead in my tracks as my eyes fell on Amorino across the

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Things 2 Do in London: a trip to Milton Keynes!

By | December 3, 2010

I was hoping when i published this post that i would be able to say “This is the City that is going to host the 2018 World Cup in the UK”… Alas the FIFA chose Russia over the UK… who would want to go to Russia instead of Milton Keynes, UK!?! … so now all i can say is this is where the World Cup could have taken place.

Milton Keynes is only half an hour away from London by train. It is a Read more »

Recommended: Mushroom Ketchup!

By | August 17, 2010

The last time I was in the UK I was browsing the shelves of Sainsbury’s when I found this bottle of “Mushroom Ketchup”. Being a fan of mushroom myself I was so happy to Read more »

Restaurant Review: Wahaca Mexican Market Eating!

By | June 6, 2010

Do you love Mexican Food? Then you will love absolutely LOVE Wahaca!

One of the sad things about the Q8y culinary scene is the lack of a good wholesome Mexcian restaurant. If you are a fan of Mexican food, I highly recommend you try this restaurant the nex Read more »

Tetley Tea will be availabe in TSC Q8 by May!!!

By | March 30, 2009

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According to a comment made by one of our readers, Rana, Tetley Tea will be available in TSC by May!!!!! Thanks Rana… and…

HORAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY !

If you know me, you will know that i drink Tetley Tea only. I bring packs upon packs of tea bags to Q8. When i open a pack i stash them in my Cheewey Geewy Mark n Nat Cookie Jar Read more »

What to do…?

By | February 16, 2009

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If there was a rule saying ur allowed to ride a plane out of Q8 only once a year (god forbid!), then this time of year is definitely it…

I love my country of course and i love our celebrations…

But i hate the way people celebrate it!

I have one of two choices, either spend all the holiday cooped up inside Read more »

Back t Work Blues… and rant…

By | January 3, 2009

Whats with this new cold weather? Shino hal bard?

Shino y3ni my last day of vacation im frozen on my stupid couch? Covered to my neck with my stupid throw? I cant type from under the throw!

Just cried a bit too, remembering my self shopping in tesco and almost hearing the little rings of items being scanned at checkout… what is wrong with me?

Whenever i travel for more than one week, i begin to miss the q8yism in q8… the smell of bukhoor wafting at home, the way the sun is always shining in ur eyes and blinding you… shabab il q8 il jyaker wearing shorts showing off their knees that are chal7a and legs that are so hairy, still you forgive that because they have such funny comments and humor that makes your heart warm. Banat il q8 il id3al, tossing their hair and eyeing you from top to toe then staring you in the eye before bitching about u in ur face to their band of girl friend… i miss all of that usually… believe it or not i do…

Not this time.

i cannot bear look around my haven, my sanctuary for many years, my living room… i do not open the tv and flip to see my favourite tv shows. I have a box set i brought from the UK for all episodes of Smallville since no one in the middle east bothered enough to show it up to season 3, it is lying on the floor gathering dust already. My eyes water each time i look at my pictures in the UK so much that Bu tootee is begining to get sick of me.

I look at al-qabas news paper and flinch, not wanting to look it in the eyes. Went to the co-op yesterday to buy something and i was so sick to my stomach i finished my shopping in 3 minutes tops. Even driving my car was not something i wanted to do.

and tommorow i have to go to work!!!!

dont get me wrong i love the nature of my work. i am working in the job i wanted ever since i was 7 years old. its the idea of being confined, controlled, like a prisonor, doing what im supposed to do for work and nothing else. Still… i have nothing else to do. I refuse to go out. I refuse to acknowledge that i am back here… i do not know what todays date is, i do not know what is going on around me, is there still majles omma or not? 7alooh or not? borsa ishloonha? i do not know. I have not been in the know about anything since over fourty days.

I did not even feel the Eid come and go!!!

What is wrong with me?!

All i am thinking of is, how appropriate would it be if i take next thrusday off work, board the morning british airways flight to UK, stay thursday, and most of friday, return on Friday night to reach Q8 on Saturday morning…

Not bad eh? grab a couple more mozzarela paninis from starbucks, that tub of Tzatziki i couldnt get from M&S before my flight home because it was new years eve and parties every where ensured that the shelves were emptied at every food store by 4 pm.

Can’t i do that? Well, i have the money, i have the guts and the desire…

But Bu tootee wont hear of it!!!

Ish hal na7asa y3ni?! “500 KD tickets one day!!! r u crazy!!!”

No, but i will BE!!!

b3dain it can easliy be reduced to 250 KD y3ni! Just don’t tag along!!!

Hhrrmpph….

See my lovely cupboard back there? filled with my diet staples “Chocolate and Coffee”

I miss my lattisimo machine … i couldnt bring it back because i had no space in my bags. I have to go unpack now… i do not really want to. But i have to …

Sigh….

 

 

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Pictures of Woolworths Closing Down :(

By | January 3, 2009

I remember my fixation with woolworths when i was a child. I would wander into it, have the time of my life buying stationary and toys inside, then filling a huge box with Pic and Mix sweets… the best sweets ever! Ay Sweet Factory!!! the smell of those sweets will never leave my mind, nor are rivalled in any other sweet stand or store…

I remember the rings, and the coca cola ones…. i remember my brothers favourite “the snake”… i remember they had a little wrapped chocolate with a strawberry creme center, one of my favourites… i remember also the Quality Street ones that i chose 3la kaifee…

I remember i would buy endless cheap stationary supplies for school. for many many years, london equalled woolworths in my eyes…

Then when i grew up, it was still a staple in every london visit. I would not top my mobile unless it was in woolworths, i would not buy bulks of chocolate to take back home illa from it… though i have stopped buying their sweets because they have proudly informed me that they used pork gelatine in making them… maybe thats why they were the best… i still loved to smell them and remember the old days…

I was last serviced by a nice blonde named claire, who was shaking uncontrollably… she dropped my changed and started apologizing about how she did not mean to offend me by throwing the change in my face? she was so sad, so distressed at being left jobless in january that in thanked god a million time we do not have to encounter such hardships in here.

and now … this is all there is left. I went it, took pictures o it. and thats all there is left to it.

Notice how, even though they have put out the closing down signs, they put some xmas decorations on them? How they still feel the festive spirit even in their impending defeat and loss of jobs?  w3lya :(

Bye Bye Woolies…

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First Breakfast Back Home…

By | January 2, 2009

Lovely Yummy Breakfast...

I tried, i really tried my best. I spent careful moments cooking my scrambled eggs and mushrooms. I heated some soft slices of Ma67n’s toast and heated a can of heinz baked beans. With Florida Natural Orange juice and a sachet of Read more »