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My favorite falafel sandwich in Qatar

If you’ve read my previous post, I mentioned that that restaurant is having my second favorite falafel sandwich. You wanna know where my ultimate favorite is from? *drumroll* …It’s from Gad in Mathar Qadeem! Oh my Gad! This Egyptian restaurant’s falafel sandwich is to live for. It’s filled to hilt, messy to eat and you just get this feeling of wanting to give up but just can’t because it’s so good. I’m raving about this because I’ve eaten a loooot of them from various restaurants and none ever made my tastebuds feel this way. Yep, that’s fa-love-fel, my friends. The place is nothing fancy; typical family restaurant-type wherein you go in to eat and out once you’re done (think in the lines of Turkey Central Restaurant). Haven’t actually eaten there yet but did order for take-outs. And yes, their other foods like the tarb (Egyptian style kofta), kofta, kebab, lambchops are also muy deliciosó. Now, now let’s go back to the sandwich. The falafel they make is the thin type but full to the bite …

Breakfast: Moon Marina – Dar Al Salam Mall

“Where do we eat?” My hubby automatically gives me the task of deciding where to eat. Ugh, I dread this question everytime my family and I are out. So many restaurants come into my mind that I can’t decide on one. We just came from the Industrial Area to get our car fixed.  Dar Al Salam came into mind as it was on our way back. But which restaurant? Then I distinctly remembered seeing Moon Marina, a restaurant offering a mix of Qatari and international dishes, which opened last year and I’ve yet to visit. So there, we went. With all the breakthrough of different cuisines here in Qatar, it’s nice to see that there are establishments who are promoting the Qatari way of cooking. What was once an obscure cuisine in its own country and can mostly be found at homes, Qatari cuisine is now slowly making itself known to expats and tourists alike. Ambiance The inside of the place is simple with clean designs and pastel colored chairs to contrast the stark white …

Breakfast buffet at Al Terrace – Souq Waqif Botique Hotel Al Mirqab

Yesterday was one of those rare days that my schedule was a bit light, so I decided to explore a restaurant that I haven’t been to yet. But with the gazillions of options here in Qatar, I was left scratching my head on where to actually go. Aimlessly driving, I found myself in the vicinity of Corniche. And as you know, Corniche is more or less synonymous to Souq Waqif. And there I went. Randomly walking the streets, I checked Zomato for the options and decided on Al Terrace, a Lebanese restaurant at Hotel Al Mirqab which is part of Souq Waqif Botique Hotels. I initially thought that the restaurant was still closed but lucky me, it was just empty. For QR50 for the buffet, I just went on ahead and braved the unknown. The place itself has a spacious indoor and outdoor area. The indoor though was too dark for me, it made me feel like it was still 5am. Still the interiors were inviting, showcasing a picture gallery of Qatar’s past.   The …

Khushaf: Traditional Egyptian drink/dish for Iftar during Ramadan

Ramadan Kareem! It’s that time of the year when the spirit of giving and happiness is at an all time high in the Muslim community. The sense of normalcy of the people despite fasting for about 16 hours in 40C – 50C Qatar heat is a humbling experience. So what’s a better way to end the fast and start a great meal? A refreshing khushaf.   From what I was told, it has different varieties in the ingredients, ranging from dried fruits and nuts, cooked or soaked in milk or juice or water.  My version comes from my husband’s mother who always prepared this for them every Ramadan to break the fast. Ingredients 1 cup of dried prunes 1 cup dried apricots 1 cup dried figs 2 liters water 1 1/2 cup of demerera (raw sugar)* *you can use any type of sugar and increase/decrease the amount of it, depending on your taste. Just don’t put too much so as not to overwhelm the taste of the fruits Directions 1. Bring the water to a rolling …

Greener Eating: A refreshing garden dinner by Qatar Living and Chef’s Garden

(Super late post, sorry!) I always get excited when invitations for food bloggers events come my way. It means that I’ll be meeting old and new acquaintances. But most of all, I also get the chance to discover restaurants I haven’t visited yet. This time, I was invited by Rochelle Zonnenberg (http://questandmark.com) of Qatar Living to join their garden dinner at the Chef’s Garden Restaurant and Café. Going there was quite a task as I’m not familiar with area. It’s located near QNCC, beside the Al Shaqab Academy. Got lost three times and felt a bit cranky from the traffic, it all dissipated when I arrived at the place. The restaurant was a like breath of fresh air, literally. It’s all about the space; the high ceiling,  the space between the tables, minimalist design, every little details just worked. It has an understated elegance that makes you go “ooooh” the first time you see it. If simplicity is beauty then this restaurant takes the cake. So, bravo the one who spearheaded this concept and the …

Al Mayass 2nd Anniversary Celebration – La Croisette Porto Arabia, The Pearl

Mr. QE and I got invited to the 2nd anniversary and new menu launch of Al Mayass Restaurant last Dec. 6.  It was a good chance to for us as we haven’t eaten there yet.  Located at the tip of The Pearl, this place offers an outside sitting with a very nice view of the sea.  We were greeted warmly by the restaurant staff and the Ali Bin Ali Hospitality marketing team who hosted the event.  The restaurant offers a mix of Armenian and Lebanese cuisines. We were served a wonderful array of mezze for starters:                        I didn’t get to take pics of the other mains as food kept on appearing on our plates! Thank you Al Mayass and ABA Hospitality team for the invite. We enjoyed the food so much that were planning to visit this place soon.  Ciao!