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Business Lunch: Fanajeen Café – The Gate Mall

Khansa, of Creativity with Kay,  and I had our much awaited meet up today, yay! It’s been a long time since we’ve seen each other so I was so excited to have our little tête-à-tête. After much deliberation on where to eat, we decided to dine at Fanajeen at The Gate Mall.  Ambiance It was a cutesy and artsy café-type. Seats were boldly colored and plush, floors were of the black-and-white tile pattern and their table decorations of piled up saucers, cups and teapots; a real Alice in Wonderland-ish feel. I was expecting the Mad Hatter to appear anytime soon for tea! Kay assured me that their desserts were amazing but their other food items were still an unchartered territory.     Anyhow, we dared to head on to the unknown and sat ourselves. It was just our luck that their three-course business lunch was already available at that time. I must say, they do have a very good selection of food for each course. Although, what I noticed is that the foods that they …

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 at Eggspectation – Medina Centrale, The Pearl Qatar

Friday food ritual for many people in Qatar can be categorized into two: breakfast or brunch. As my family prefer early morning breakfast, we usually head out from home at around 9:00am. Too early on a weekend? Nah, and the restaurants here are a testament to that. Three weeks ago, we decided to try out Eggspectation. We were expecting it to be fairly busy so we took our sweet time going there. Arrived at around 9:30 and man, what greeted us there was like lunch time on a weekday. It was full to the hilt with a 15-minute waiting time. The place was bustling and the staff were zooming in and out like busy bees. Exactly 15 minutes later, we were seated and our orders were taken. So, given the crowd that they had, we were expecting that the food will take time.  But we were so happily wrong, it arrived in less than our waiting time.  Hmm, things were looking good. Ambience The place has a very nice buzzing vibe. The interiors are spacious …

Patisserie Breakfast at Luxe Lounge- Westin Hotel

Luxe Lounge is one of my go-to places for a long coffee break here in Qatar.  Hush ambiance, comfy seats, good food.  What’s not to like. Ambiance Both indoor and outdoor seats are composed of soft, cushy chairs so you can cross out comfort in your list. The outdoor seating is perfect for the weather these days. Surrounded by lush greenery, I sat for three hours in that area and enjoying my coffee and donuts. Like a police on a stake out. Food As it is a patisserie breakfast, don’t expect too much. They have different kinds of croissants, donuts, cookies and bread. That’s about it. Oh, and it includes refillable coffee and/or tea. Price QR 59 for the buffet with refillable coffee/tea. Returning? Definitely. Is it worth it? It depends on what you’re looking for, really. If you’re looking for a breakfast with the whole shebang then I would suggest a different restaurant for this. But if you eat light in the mornings and/or planning to busily type away on your laptop or read …

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 …

Review – Quick and Cheap Eats: Shades Café and Eatery (Doha Tower, West Bay)

I had a scheduled brunch date with my friend, whom we shall call Miss Independent, and was racking my brain on which restaurant should I bring her to. My criteria were: Somewhere quiet Preferably with a view of nature Somewhere with shaded outdoor seats Reasonably priced It was no mean feat, with the multitudes of restaurants that meet most or all of the above. As I was thinking about it, I checked my schedule for the day and saw that I had to meet with Ms. Hala later in the afternoon. Then, I remembered one Zomato Meet-up (in Qatar, Ms. Hala is synonymous to Zomato and vice versa) invite a few months back (which I wasn’t able to attend) at this little place with a garden view called Shades Café and Eatery located at the Doha Tower (you know, that infamous bullet-shaped tower). So off we went. Parking was a bit of a problem, so we had to leave the car somewhere and walk our way to the café. We arrived and the place, oh the place.  The only thing missing were the sounds …

Late Night Baking: Brownie Butter Cake

Originally posted on the reformed junk food junkie:
Things have been cray-cray for the past month in the office that I barely baked, cooked, blogged, create my own recipes and even surf the web for yummy recipes. Depressing, really!  So for tonight, I’m throwing out my laptop (nah, I just left it at the office), put on my apron and imaginary chef’s hat (which is rainbow-pastel colored) and started doing what I (feel) do best; baking. When things get quite intense, I crave sweets.  On the way home I told my husband I wanted TCBY, then changed my mind and said I wanted Krispy Kreme.  Then as we headed out to buy some, I changed my mind since I was tired (bless his heart for putting up with my caprices).  So I just surfed the web to look at recipes randomly and I came across on of my favorite sites, Rasa Malaysia and the recipe is called Brownie Butter Cake.  Need I say more? No? Okay, now prepare to drool. Brownie Butter Cake Ingredients: Brownie: 140g (5oz)…

Custard Cake

Originally posted on the reformed junk food junkie:
This cake has three layers to make (caramel, custard, cake)  separately but it’s so worth the wait! Caramel recipe: 1 cup of white sugar 1) Put the sugar in a 9 inch pan and melt it on the stove on medium heat. Set aside once it’s fully caramelized. Cake recipe: 3/4 cup milk 1 large egg 3/4 cup white sugar 1/3 cup softened butter 1/2 teaspoon lemon rind 1 1/3 cup of flour 1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder a pinch of salt 1) Preheat oven to 175C 2) Beat the first five ingredients until mixed well. 3) Add the remaining ingredients to the milk and egg mixture until no lumps appear. Set aside Custard recipe 7 egg yolks 1 cup condensed milk 1 cup fresh or evaporated milk 3/4 cup white sugar 1/4 teaspoon lemon rind 1) Combine all the ingredients in a bowl. Gently stir the ingredients until well blended and set aside *** ***Avoid beating or mixing it too hard as this will cause bubbles…

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 …