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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 …

Gadget Review: Bidafun Self(food)ie Light

Hello there! This post is not about food but if you’re a food blogger (or any blogger for that matter) or you just like taking nice pictures using your phone, I think this may interest you. I love taking nice pictures but I can’t really be bothered with bringing a DSLR with me all the time. I have much respect for those can do so, it’s a workout on its own! The main problem that I have when taking pictures is that, when it’s night time or when the lighting is very dim, my phone works overtime to get the clearest shot, which ends up with a lot of visual noise. So, I’m left with two options; 1) pray that the restaurant has great lighting or 2) ask my companion to turn on their phone flashlight for me. I’ve been racking my brain on how to go about the lighting aspect when an Amazon shopping spree hit me with the answer: a clip-on selfie light! After a fine-toothed comb search, I found the best one …

Recipe: Chocolate Crinkles

It’s just one of those many days that I want chocolate. Like really want it. But not just any chocolate will do.  I want the soft, sugary and soothing crinkles.  It’s like love when you see it. Smell it.  Taste it. *Drool* I have found many variations of how to make crinkles but this one that I’m sharing now has been formulated by yours truly (from my old blog) to make it quick and easy. It works, I promise.  The only tricky part here is mixing the dough (that is if you do not have an electric mixer) as it can get very, very sticky. Chocolate Crinkles Ingredients 1 cup unsweetened dark cocoa powder 2 cups white sugar 1/2 cup sunflower oil or any vegetable oil 4 eggs 2 teaspoons vanilla extract 2 cups all-purpose flour 2 teaspoons baking powder 1/2 teaspoon salt Confectioners’ sugar (for coating) Directions: 1. Mix the cocoa, white sugar, and vegetable oil. Beat in eggs one at a time, and then stir in the vanilla. Add the flour, baking powder, …

Qatar Summer Festival 2016

In the peak of the summer heatwave, everyone is scurrying to leave the GCC for cooler climates. For those of us who have to stay, what is left us to do? Are we destined to while away our life until winter or do some sort of hibernation? Fret not! This month is the holds the annual summer festival in the state.  They have games, food stalls and fun programs at the Entertainment City to keep you and your loved ones busy and active. Held at the Doha Exhibition Convention Center, just minutes away from malls, hotels, park and the indomitable Doha Corniche, you’ll be sure to have a variety of places to go before and after your fun at the carnivale-like atmosphere of the Entertainment City. They have awesome rides for children and adults alike, arcade, go kart, karaoke, a multitude of bouncy castles and lots, lots more! I had as much fun as my daughter and niece from roaming around and playing some games. Especially the go kart😊. Aside from that, QSF has partnered up …

Recipe: Lemon and Monterey Jack Muffin Cake

I originally planned to bake a lemon cream cheese muffins but was faced with a sudden dilemna once I finished the batter, that 1) I threw away my rusty muffin tin and 2) I only had Monterey Jack cheese. Note to self: Follow the rule of cooking thumb;always prepare the ingredients first! Fingers crossed that it’ll come out edible. Weird but edible. Lemon and Monterey Jack Muffin Cake Ingredients 1/4 cup unsalted butter, softened 1/2 cup white sugar 1 large egg 1/2 tsp vanilla extract 1 teaspoon lemon zest Juice from 2 medium-sized lemons 1 1/2 tsp baking powder 1 cup all purpose flour 1/2 cup thick/heavy cream 1/2 cup of cubed Monterey Jack cheese Directions 1) Preheat oven to 175C. 2) Grease and line a square or loaf pan with greased baking paper.* 3) In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until fluffy using a stand or hand mixer. 4) Add the egg, lemon juice, zest and vanilla and whisk until fully mixed. 5) Add the flour, baking powder, and cream. Mix until …

High Tea: Gourmet House at Kempinski Residences and Suites, West Bay

My elder sister and I finally found the time to hang out and chill. And being sisters, when we say “bonding”, we mean eating. But the question was: buffet or a la carte? Being that 4PM was too early for dinner and we just had lunch, we decided to go for a high tea at Gourmet House.  The interior of the café was tastefully done, it gives you a feeling of space eventhough it’s just a small area.        And the food displays were a sight for the hungry eyes.         We ordered the set for 2 and didn’t know what to expect.  According to the menu, it includes two of either tea or coffee and a three-tier tray of finger sandwiches, cakes and pastries. Sounds promising already. It took a while to bring food but it was a sight to behold.  The cakes and sandwiches were really good and it was a lot more for two people. Another thing, their hot drinks are free-flowing. Price-wise, you’d be hard-pressed to find a high …

Quick  and Cheap Eats: Thai Smile – 1st. Flr. Lulu Hypermarket Barwa City

Ordered food: Seafood Tom Yum    Yam Nuer (Spicy beef salad) Seafood Pad Seeiew (Rice noodles with Thai soy sauce)    Lychee Iced Tea and Milk Iced Tea   Overall review: The taste of the food is just okay. Nothing special but tasty enough for us not to feel bad that we ate here. Price:  Returning? Meh, most probably as it is one of the nearest restaurants that’s not a fast food chain.

Cheap Eats: Bread and Bagels – Left Wing Basement, City Center 

Located at the basement in one of Qatar’s oldest malls, this cute café offers different types of bagels (duh😏) and sandwiches (duh again😒). I ordered a blueberry bagel and iced coffee. The bagel tasted okay but, that’s that. It didn’t have that chewy factor that you’ve come to expect from a bagel.   Their coffee was a different story though. It was nice and strong. I was expecting the bagel to be really good and the coffee to be meh, but it was the other way around. For QR32, it did the job of satisfying my blood sugar but left my taste buds a bit broken hearted (budded?). I’ll try my luck next time with their sandwiches and pizza. Ciao!

Cheap Eats: The Rice Room – Gulf Mall Food Court

Finally! A “mainstream” Vietnamese restaurant has opened in Qatar! You don’t have to go to hotel for this one. The best part? It’s cheap and fresh. I must say that the idea of this restaurant has got me excited and cautious at the same time. Is it going to be a good one? I had to find out as soon as I learned that it was open. So, I asked (i.e. dragged) one of my friends to join me in this foodieventure. Ordered Food Goi cuon shrimp (Fresh rice paper rolls with veggies with hoi sin sauce)    The rolls were good, it has a nice crunch to it and the sauce binds the flavors of the veggies. The only side comment about it is that they are very small, like two slim fingers. And if you look closely, you can almost see that there’s apparently a shrimp 😀 Go du du voi Bo (Green papaya salad with beef and peanuts)    Hands down, this salad takes the trophy out of our order. It has …