Last weekend was one of the busiest weekends I’ve ever had yet it was also one of the best. My sister gave birth to a beautiful baby girl and we named her Noura <3 On the day that she gave birth, we were very tired after all the hassle, going up and down in the hospital, feeding the baby, helping my sister with stuff and so on. We really needed and break and we had a very beautiful one.
At night, we were invited to my aunt’s friends house that has a huge outdoor area with a beautiful relaxing pool and Jacuzzi. As we entered the house, we said Hi and immediately jumped in the pool. What I enjoyed the most was watching Juju swim from the Jacuzzi to the pool and back to the Jacuzzi. She had a fantastic time, she didn’t want to leave the pool at all, we had to pull her out with lots of screaming and crying :P
Then we had a very delicious light dinner by the pool. The atmosphere was a killer. What was missing a romantic movie and it would have been the perfect night. But anyways, it was the perfect night because we had lots of fun. Around 10:30pm we got out of the pool, changed Juju and off to our house. Juju didn’t say a word when I put her in her bed, she just hugged her lizard and fell in a deep sleep :)
We got the chance to try the newly opened Asian Cuisine restaurant called Wok-Hay which is located near Green Island entrance. When we entered, the place was very quiet and we were served immediately. The staff were very helpful and they helped us choose the best dishes they have as we don’t have an idea about the place but we also chose some dishes from the pictures displayed on the iPad menu.
The food didn’t take that long to be served. The soup that we chose was very delicious (sorry forgot the name) and the quantity was more than enough. I think it’s good for 4 persons. The best dish was the Coconut Honey Shrimp which we adored :) it was very yummy. The texture of coconut and honey together covering the huge shrimps was heavenly delicious. The prices were very reasonable.
The place is highly recommended everything is good about it, except the decoration. I didn’t like that much.
Thank you Ghaliah Team for the invitation <3
Chicken with Lettuce Salad
THE DISH; Coconut with Honey Shrimps
Beef Fried Rice
So by far, this is the best restaurant we ate at in the US. After the horrible experience of San Diego Safari Park, we decided to visit this restaurant and enjoy the food that everybody talked about online. I wanted to eat seafood, so I did a lil bit of searching on google and found about this place. It has around 4 or 5 branches in California.
The San Diego branch was really nice and big. Many people said that this place gets crowded around 3pm. It actually opens at 3pm on weekdays but on weekends it opens at 12pm, so we reached the place around 1pm and we found many tables to sit on. We got the biggest one because we knew we were going to make a huge mess :P
Th waiter was very helpful, they did a great job in explaining everything but actually they didn’t have to because I knew what to order (from American blogs). We ordered 2Lb shrimps, 2Lb of clams, 3 crabs,a huge lobster, steamed rice and soup (I forgot the name). We chose the Whole Shabang sauce which was all the sauces together and medium spicy which wasn’t medium at all :/ but we loved it.
They gave us bibs to wear, they put a waxed paper on the table and the food came in plastic bags. Of course this place didn’t have forks and knives as you can see from the presentation of food. You have to use both hands in eating your meal. Eating with your hands makes food more and more delicious, as you can see we’ve made a huge mess :P
We went to this place again but this time we tried the Los Angeles branch which was small, crowded and kinda old (From the decoration) but the quality of food was superb and the service was awesome as usual. I have to say the prices were very reasonable considering the amount of food we ordered and the LOBSTER we ordered :P
You have to try this place, it’s really good.
When we arrived to Santa Monica, we were very hungry as I said in my previous post. We took a quick look around the restaurants in the area and our eyes picked a very far one located at the end of the pier. The location looked very tempting and we actually needed such place. I remembered reading about this restaurant but I didn’t check their menu online so can you imagine our faces when we saw the menu :P ?
When we were seated, they gave us the menu and it was all Mexican food, even the ingredients were Mexican words written in English so it was very difficult for us to comprehend the dish. It’s not your regular Mexican restaurant that you can find here in Kuwait. This was Mexican for real.
The waitress was extremely helpful and she managed to explain everything in detail. We managed to choose 2 main dishes. They brought us complementary nachos with salsa which was amazing. Then our orders arrived. We were worried that the dishes won’t be enough for us but it turned out to be more than enough. Everything looked just perfect, the taste was really good but it was very heavy, we couldn’t move afterwards :D But it was a good experience.
One of the various places that I really wanted to visit and try was Ice cream Lab. It’s located in Beverly Hills on Santa Monica Blvd. It wasn’t that difficult to find, just write the name in the GPS and it will lead you straight to it. When we got there, it was around 3pm so it wasn’t that crowded, I managed to get my order just in 5 minutes :D
What is Ice Cream Lab? They utilise liquid nitrogen to instantly freeze different natural ingredients into ice cream. The preparation of this kind of ice cream makes it more delicious that the regular one. Ice Cream and Frozen Yogurt are all made of Kosher ingredients.
My choice was Blue Velvet which was mixed with cream cheese frosting and it turned out to be really DELICIOUS. I loved it, loved the experience and the whole place. I would have visited the place again but it was very far from our place and not to mention the awful traffic of LA.
One of the many restaurants that I wanted to try in the US was In-N-Out. I’ve read many reviews about it from fellow Kuwaiti bloggers and other people saying it’s the best burger in USA. I have to admit, it is. I mean I didn’t think it will be THAT good.
You’d be very lucky if you find a branch that is not crowded. Every time we want to eat at it, the waiting line is really overwhelming, you have to wait for almost an hr to place your order. People really love it and after trying their burgers, I see why they don’t mind standing in line for a long time.
I did some digging on google about the place and what to order from it. What we ordered was not entirely on the menu. We got 2 double burger with pickles and grilled onions, 2 animal-style fries and 2 cokes. The animal style fries was SUPERB. It’s not on the menu at all but ti’s there, so when you go there, order it and live in heaven because it’s totally DELICIOUSSSSSS. The burger was very juicy, tender and yummy, we loved the sauce, the bun and everything about it. We had the opportunity to eat lunch there 3 times. We tried to find far branches away from the city and not that crowded.
In-N-Out is my first burger place in the US.
Irvine Spectrum was one of the places that we enjoyed visiting in California. It’s near long beach, not that far. So when you’re done with Queen Mary & Fox-trot Submarine, you can head to Irvine to spend the night there and enjoy your time.
One thing I didn’t like about the place was the people residing there, they were all of the Arabian Gulf. I swear it was as if I was visiting Dubai or Kuwait. Full Khalijis, which I kinda avoid when I go on vacation. I like to see new people, new faces, hear a new language, be introduced to other cultures.
So avoid this place in summer if you don’t want to meet your neighbour but visit it if you’re going in a different season. The place is really amazing, the decoration, the shops, restaurants, cafes and it also has a cinema. Full entertainment! I loved it.
After finishing exploring Queen Mary and the Fox-trot Submarine, we headed to village near us called Shoreline Village. It’s a very beautiful and amazing village. Very crowded, full of cafes and restaurants. Also it has an Aquarium but we didn’t visit it. The place is not that big and not that small but you can do a lot of walking.
You’d see people laying on the grass or on chairs just gazing up wondering in the sky. Children playing having fun running around with their scooters. Friends or couples enjoying a meal in one of the restaurants or just walking enjoying the weather.
I’d recommend visiting the place after 4pm. When the sun goes down, the weather cools more and it gets more and more beautiful. I really loved this place. Full of romance <3
We had lunch in an Italian restaurant which I forgot its name but I believe it’s the only one in the village if I’m not mistaken and the food turned out to be WOW :)
As we were exploring Newport beach searching for a place to eat in, we came by a huge mall called The Triangle that had many restaurants. Yard House caught our eyes and off we went. We were greeted by a lovely lady and seated immediately, the place was HUGE, we didn’t have to wait at all, not like other places.
We asked our server what’s the best burger and she mentioned the Gorgonzola Burger which has blue cheese so we said “why not” Let’s try it”. And we also chose The Philly Cheese Steak Sandwich, and Summer Salad. We made sure that non of the orders had bacon. Btw, you have to mention that you don’t want bacon in your orders, because sometimes you read the ingredients and you see it’s not mentioned, sometimes the dish has bacon and you just don’t know about it, so let them know in advance that you don’t want bacon in your order.
Everything turned out to marvellous, delicious, magnificent, OH LA LA LA :D Seriously the food was so good that we wanted to eat more but we were very full lol. The price was also good. The whole experience was great.
The salad had fruit and vegetables and caramelised walnut which gave an extra deliciousness. The Gorgonzola Burger had a very unique taste, we jus loved it. And oh my, the Philly Cheese Stake Sandwich was really good, the steak came well done, juicy, tender and yuuummmmmy.
Las Vegas has a lot of hotels, and each hotel has its attraction, attractions, show, museums, dining places, casinos, clubs etc. Every hotel is HUGE and you’d spend more than 2 hours exploring it all. One of the hotels that we liked from the outside and wanted to see from the inside was New York New York hotel. This hotel was really huge and the decorations from the outside makes you feel as you’re literally in New York.
When we went inside, the place looked like the old New York, the decoration was really amazing, old buildings of new york and these buildings had either small souvenir shops, cafes or restaurants. One of these places that caught our eyes was a burger place called Broadway Burger Bar & Grill. We were somehow hungry so we said why not try the place? We weren’t disappoint. :)
The girl at the front greeted us with a huge smile and showed us where to sit, then our waiter came and explained everything. We ordered The Philly Cheese Steak Burger & Southwestern Burger, we made sure that they don’t add bacon to them and they followed our instructions. Also the waiter showed us a list of extra sauces for free and told us to pick one or two so she can bring them to us.
Both burgers turned out to be so yummy and delicious, juicy and tender. I loved the Southwestern burger more where my husband enjoyed the Philly Cheese Steak burger more, but all in all, we loved them both. The service was awesome and also the price turned out to be really reasonable :)
A friend recommended this place to me and I said why not? It’s located in Caesar’s Palace and I called in advance to make a reservation because I didn’t want to stand in a long queue and wait to be seated. Guess what? Even with our reservation, we waited like 7 minutes :P
The place is really huge and it faces the strip, so it gets really busy at night but the view is beautiful. Imagine eating your burger and watching the lights of Las Vegas change, people passing by, cars coming and going, it’s just beautiful and so alive.
We ordered The Asian Chicken Salad, The ABC Burger, and The Portobello Mushroom Burger. Every dish turned out to be amazing especially the Portobello Burger, all juicy and tender. But what we didn’t like is that it took them 25 minutes to serve our orders, it’s really long but the waiter told us this is the normal time for the orders to be prepared and also it was too pricey for burgers, our bill came around $75 which is too much.
We tried and it was delicious but I don’t think we’ll go to it again if we happen to be in Vegas :P
I’ve heard a lot about this place and how famous it is in Las Vegas. To my luck, it was located in the hotel we were staying in Aria Resort and Casino, but whenever we want to try it, we leave because of the marvellous line standing to get breakfast or snack, it was always crowded except for a time or 2 where we got lucky to try some of the items on the menu.
This place is owned by the famous award winning French Chef Jean-Philippe Maury. There are 2 branches in Vegas, one in Aria and the other one is in the Bellagio hotel which is bigger than the one in Aria. The items on the menu are a lot, you can’t decide what to get because everything seems to be delicious and especially when you’re hungry, you want to eat everything :P
Let me tell you what we tried; We got the cinnamon roll, cherry danish, blueberry danish and chicken pesto panini (some of the items are not photographed). Everything was amazing and delicious, also very fresh, but my favourite was the cherry danish, it’s a must try, trust me :D