One day we were in the streets going back home when we saw a very small car which had the name Eydam on it. I picked up the name and searched for it on instagram and there it was @Eydaamkwt. I started looking at their meals and boy I started getting hungrier with every picture I saw.
The very next day I called hubs and suggested that we try them. And we did. We ordered Beef Biryani and Chicken Royal Machboos. The meals were neatly packed in nice boxes with Daqoos and Green Salad. Each meal was supposed to be for one person but the quantity was for more than one person. The box was really huge and the smell was so good.
The first thing we tried was the beef biryani and IT WAS DELICIOUS. Really good. And after that we tried the Chicken Royal Machboos and it was even better than the beef biryani. Everything was really good and perfect. I’d order from them again and again and again.
I’ve been looking at this instagram account for a couple of months now and I’ve always wanted to order from them ever since. The food looked so delicious and the presentation of the breakfast tray looked so elegant and chic.
I’m talking about @Khameer_ account who makes delicious delicious Tabdoon bread. The reason I didn’t order from them before is because the tray looked os big for few persons.
Last week, we had an occasion at school. A beloved teacher was returning back to school after 2 months break for giving birth to a lovely baby boy. So we teachers decided to give her a welcome back breakfast and I suggested we order from @Khameer_.
We ordered the large breakfast tray that comes with plain tabdoon bread and some spreads and fillings. And we also ordered 1 dozen from the tabdoon bread with fillings. We ordered 6 pieces goat cheese tabdoon and 6 pieces fig cheese tabdoon.
Everything was more than perfect. We loved everything about it and it was more than enough. In fact, we kept eating from it for 2 days. It was so delicious, fresh and yummy. But I gotta say that the tabdoon bread was kinda heavy. Oh who cares. It was delicious.
Order the breakfast tray and you won’t regret it :)
Just before going to the airport, I wanted to visit one place that I had on my list in this short trip. I’ve heard and seen a lot about Zorlu Centre-Istanbul. So we decided to end my last day in Istanbul there (I was returning back alone). We arrived there around 4pm and we were very hungry because we didn’t have a decent breakfast due to furnishing and other house chores.
We saw the first restaurant in front of us and we went inside without even checking the name :D yes, we were THAT hungry.
The decoration of the place looked beyond chick and elegant, modern and beautiful, colourful and full of life. We wanted to sit outdoors because the weather was really beautiful that day but it was full so we sat inside and we started exploring the menu. They had, Italian, American, Turkish and other cuisines. The variety of dishes was really good. We had from each cuisine a dish :)
We chose Iskender Kabab served on eggplants, Welldone Steak, Caramelised Onion Pizza and the appetiser was fried Goat Cheese served on a bed of apples with raspberry/strawberry balsamic sauce. The fried goat cheese combination with apples, balsamic and raspberry sauce was beyond amazing *Sigh* A killer and we finished it in seconds. The Iskender Kabab was the winner after the goat cheese. So tender, moist and DELICIOUS, not to mention the dressing and the eggplant sauce. The pizza was really good and light, the steak was also so good and yummy. We loved everything about the whole place and I’d visit it again to try other dishes from their menu.
It is located in Zorlu Centre.
Fried Goat Cheese
A closer look :D
Caramelised Onion Pizza
It was seafood kind of a day, so we asked our driver to take us to a really good seafood restaurant and boy he did take to a very good and fancy seafood place. We wanted to sit outdoors because the weather was really beautiful that day, rainy and not that cold.
It’s not a regular restaurant that you can wear anything to it and just head there. It’s very fancy and high class that almost everyone was wearing dresses and suits but who cares anyway ;)
We chose 3 kinds of appetizers, and my favourite is the stuffed mussels yum yum, 6 pieces of grilled jumbo prawns and 1 kilo of grilled seabass fish. Just that came around KD 60. The price doesn’t make sense at all but it was a new experience and the food tasted really really good but I wouldn’t go back to the place because I’d find the same kind of food for a lesser price.
If you’re going there as a couple then go ahead and try it, the romantic atmosphere will make you happy ;) but if you have kids or elderlies, then I wouldn’t recommend the place for them.
The purpose of my last short trip to Istanbul was to buy furniture for our apartment. My family bought an apartment last January in Akbati residence, which is a huge new compound after Behceseher area, and it is highly secured that it’s completely safe to walk in the compound after midnight. Many cafes, restaurants, bars, grocery shops, tailors, salons and a cute mall called Akbati Mall surround the compound itself. All that is just within feet from our apartment.
On a very busy tiring day, after we’ve finished cleaning, washing, arranging dishes and stuff in the apartment, we wanted to have lunch asap at 6pm (We haven’t eaten anything all day, imagine!). I looked from our balcony in the apartment and suggested we try the restaurant at the corner and everybody said yes.
The place looked so modern and chic that you’d think you’d have to pay a lot of money just for a couple of dishes but that was totally the opposite. The staff was very welcoming, one of them spoke Arabic so it wasn’t a problem dealing with them in English as not all of them speak English very well. We choose our table, it was almost empty because at 6pm nobody eats lunch or dinner, it usually gets crowded after 8pm til midnight.
We ordered Salmon Bruschetta Salad which came to be a huge dish and unexpected. Salmon Pasta, Grilled Salmon and a Burger dish (most of our dishes had salmon). Loved the Bruschetta A LOT, it was huge, satisfying and fulfilling. The pieces of salmon were very satisfying unlike some restaurants, they bring small little pieces of smoked salmon and that’s it. The salmon past was also so nice and delicious, creamy and tasty. My grandma loved her grilled salmon that she ate it all and didn’t share lol. My aunt said the burger was cooked to perfection and that it was delicious. We all loved our dishes and didn’t complain about anything. The bill came out to be around KD 20 which is very reasonable.
I’d visit the place again when I’m in town next time to try other dishes.
This restaurant was recommended by so many people and a lot instagramed about it and said it serves good Turkish food. I don’t like going to place where I see a lot of Kuwaitis and people from the region when I’m travelling but I wanted to visit this place to try the food and it was totally worth it.
We arrived around 6pm and it was crowded mashallah and by 7pm it became full house and a waiting list started. All waiters speak Arabic, so it wasn’t a problem dealing with them.
I wanted to try the dish that is cooked inside salt and presented to your table with flames :D That dish turned out to be REALLY delicious and was worth the wait (took 30 minutes to cook). I loved it and I’m recommending it to my friends and family who are going there, eat it with their fresh yogurt, yum yum. We also ordered pistachio kabab, amazzzzing. Just imagine pistachio and kebab yum yum. Their appetisers were also good. Loved the whole experience and would go there again when I’m in Istanbul soon.
من المطاعم المشهوره وايد في اسطنبول و دايما يروحون لها الخليجيين و اكثرهم كويتيين سعوديين و اماراتيين. نادر ماتلاقون اتراك بهالمكان. انا عن نفسي ما احب ازور مكان بسفره معينه فيه خليجيين بس الكل مدح هالمطعم و كان خاطري اجربه. ماشاء الله زحمه بشكل مو طبيعي بس الخدمه عندهم سريعه و حلوه و اكلهم نظيف و لذيذ جدا. انصحكم تطلبون اكتاف اللحم المطبوخه بطبقة الملح، الطبق ياخذ تقريبا نصف ساعه. قعدوا اكلوا بالمزات شويه و ريحوا على مايوصل الطلب لانه صج يستاهل النطره و اكلوه مع روبهم. و هم بعد انصحكم تطلبون الكباب بالفستق جدا جدا رائع
There some cities that get really boring at night and scary like Los Angeles, London, New York and more but Istanbul is not one of those cities. It is a very alive city and it doesn’t sleep. It is completely safe to walk alone at midnight and the people there are very friendly. They weren’t like that the past couple of years but they have changed.
One of the places that I like visiting at night is Sultan Ahmet. That place is beyond amazing with all the lights, the big fountain, the mosques and the darwish dance along with a good cup of tea/chay.
Ortakoy is one of the places that I like going to at night. Seeing the lights of the famous bridge sparkle in front of your eyes, eating their famous potato with all the fatty ingredients, just walking around or eating at one of their famous restaurants. It’s your choice but just walking around the place makes it fun.
Also Taksim/Istiklal street is a vivid and crowded streets filled with cafes, restaurants, shops and so many more but I don’t like going to it if I’m not staying in the area because it’s really annoying getting their, the streets are always jammed/crowded. Try it for a day and spend your time their from morning til evening.
Categories: Turkey, Vacation
This is the 2nd Annual Celebration of “For A Greener World” program that is held in Kidzania and in collaboration with several companies from Kuwait.
The program is supposed to teach and train children on how to save the environment, save energy and take care of our world through workshops, games and art.
Jana & I received an invitation to go and explore the new theme and the decoration. I love how they turn the place upside down, a total makeover takes place whenever they have a new theme or program. Last time it was winter, this time it was all spring and green. Colours were surrounding the place, flowers, water and so many more.
There was also a place just for recycled item from tires which was really cute and nice. I loved the whole atmosphere and the purpose of this program. Of course Jana couldn’t attend one of these workshops because she’s too young to understand and she got very grumpy because it was a very crowded day mashallah.
This time, Jana went to the colouring place once we entered. She started saying “Alwan, alwan” (colours) and was pointing at the art shop place. She remembered. She enjoyed colouring and painting for 15 minutes. Then she wanted to ride the fire truck and we had to wait 30 minutes :/ but it was worth it coz she had lots of fun.
“For a Greener World” program is until the 2nd of May. Check their instagram account @kidzaniaKuwait for workshops info and take your kids to have fun and enjoy something new.
So I’ve been thinking about joining a gym for a couple of months now and I thought of sharing some gyms that I’ve tried and other gyms that i’d like to try one day.
I’ve tried Curves but the style didn’t work out for me. I then tried Pilates and More which was good at the beginning but then it started to get crowded and the place was far from home (Hitteen to Salmiya). There’s Flex for women in Shaab but still the place is really far from home and kinda crowded. I hate crowded places/gyms.
Last year I tried Fitness First which is located in 360Mall and very close to home and I really liked it. From classes to instructors to the place itself. It only lacks a swimming pool but that wasn’t an issue because i hate public swimming pools :P They do take care of their trainees and help them whenever they need it. I only stopped because I travelled and then became lazy but now I’m back to my energised persona :D
Now another gym that I’m interested to try is Alhamra Thermae. It looks really huge and really nice. I’m loving all the decoration, equipments and classes. The only thing that is making me think about it hundred times is the location of the place :/ in the heart of Kuwait city which is always crowded.
That was my mini posts about some gyms in Kuwait. If you have gyms that are close to Hiteen please mention them :D
I’ve heard a lot about this cute little cafe facing the Bosporus and I really wanted to try so badly in this very short trip. I didn’t want to go back home without trying it and telling everyone about it.
We went there around 11am on Friday morning and I was so worried that we won’t have a table to sit on and enjoy their delicious breakfast. To my surprise, we found a table in the garden but not close the sea, well who cares as long as I’m enjoying the lovely weather and food (next time I’m going their very early).
We started with chay til they prepare our order. Our order was; cheese platter, thick cream (qesh’ta) with honey, own fried halloumi cheese, olives, fresh tomatoes and cucumbers, 2 eggs in a clay pan, fas (the reddish egg in the clay pan) and bread basket that comes as a compliment and is refilled whenever you want.
I LOVED the Fas eggs, so creamy, tangy and delicious. A must try. Their cheeses were beyond amazing, they have so many delicious kinds of cheeses that you want to try them all but unfortunately my stomach can hold little food these days :P but anyways, i took them as a takeaway and tried them later on in the car :D
The price was ok, but totally worth it for such amazing food. The atmosphere was so nice, birds were singing, trees were dancing and people were eating and listening :D Oh how I’m missing this place right now.
If you’re visiting Turkey anytime soon, try this place for BREAKFAST only.
On my short trip to Istanbul, we’ve managed to pass by Fatih Wednesday Bazaar or Market which opens only on Wednesdays of course and it’s next to Fatih Cami/Mosque. There you can find whatever you want in cheap prices. Of course the quality won’t be THAT good but some things are worth buying. Like for example; I got shoes for work for a very cheap price around 4KD per pair, which is good for work. As a teacher, my shoes are ruined very easily and after 1 year of using them I throw them because they’ve been used to the max :D so these kinds of shoes from such market and for this price are good for those who spend their time at work walking and going from place to another. You can also get towels, blankets, kids clothes, nuts, dried fruit and other things.
What I liked about this market is the old genuine people of Istanbul chatting with you in Turkish and laughing even though you don’t comprehend every word they say but sometimes we manage to understand or pick a word or 2.
There are chairs all over the place for you to rest on when you’re tired and drink chay in the lovely whether while you watch people pass by or buy their thing.
The spirit, the atmosphere, the whole are is full of vividness and happiness. I loved the place a lot and it’s fun just walking around it even if you don’t want to buy anything.
Categories: Travel, Turkey
I’ve just arrived back home from a very short trip to one of my favourite city Istanbul. This wasn’t my first visit, actually it was my 3rd and even though I know every place in this city, I discovered new and amazing places in this visit. Unfortunately, it wasn’t all fun. I went with my aunt and grandmother to buy furniture for the apartment we’ve just purchased 2 months ago in Akbati Residence. It was a very tiring trip but in the same time, we had so much fun.
Now, let’s talk about Istanbul in the morning. What are the places that you can enjoy in the morning. Well, my favourite place is Sultan Ahmet area where you spend your entire day exploring the area. You can go to The Blue Mosque, Aaya Sofia, Topkabi Palace, Basilica Cistern, The Grand Bazaar, The Masry Bazaar (make sure to buy Turkish coffee from Mehmet Afendi), eat in their famous restaurants, Khorasani is one of the best restaurants which I’ve tried 2 years ago and wrote about it on the blog.
Also you can go to Istiklal road and enjoy walking their, feeding the pigeons and buying some fresh flowers from the sellers in the streets. Enjoy a cup of coffee in one of their lovely cafes or a cup of tea=chay.
You can also enjoy shopping in their huge malls such as; Historia Mall, Zorlu Centre, Mall of Istanbul, Akmerkiz, Kanyon Mall and Trump Tower Mall. I loved Zorlu and Mall of Istanbul a lot.
اسطنبول مدينه شرحه و ونيسه و جوها وايد حلو خصوصا هالاشهر. افضل اماكن تروحولها الصبح و تقضون وقت فيها منطقة سلطان احمد. فيها وايد اشياء تقدرون تسوونها بهالمنطقه: المسجد الازرق، ايا صوفيا، قصر توبكابي، باسيلجا سيسترن (المدينه اللي تحت الارض) الجراند بازار (السوق المسقف) و السوق المصري (اشتروا قهوع تركيه من محمد افندي). و قعدوا بمطاعمهم المشهوره باكلهم التركي الناطع و احسنهم بالنسبه لي و عن تجربه مطعم خوراساني.
و روحوا تمشوا الصبح في شارع استقلال وااايد شرخ الصبح. وكلوا الحمام و اشتروا ورد فريش من البياعين عند ساحة الحمام. المنظر يرد الروح.
و في مجمعات حلوه تاسوقون فيها الصبح منهم: اكمركيز، هيستوريا، زورلو، مول اوف استانبول و كانيون. اكثر شي عجبني زورلو و مول اوف استانبول
Categories: Turkey, Vacation