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
Last week, I received 4 kinds of pizzas from the newly opened bakery located in Salmiya called @Beirut_Bakeryq8 (instagram)
The food arrived really HOT and fresh. The cheese was melted in a very seductive way and I was so tempted to try them all but of course I couldn’t, after all they are carbs and it was kinda difficult trying them all. But i did try the other kinds the other day and they were really good after staying the fridge. Anyways I loved leftovers :D
My favourite was the Margarita and Pepperoni Pizzas, they were really good especially their tomato sauce, the others were good too.
Try ordering from them, they have great food especially for work :D
On the week of Mother’s Day, Jana & I received a gift from Fantasy World. Once Jana saw the wrapped gift she started singing Happy Birthday :P
When I opened it I was surprised to find that it was Loom Bracelet Mega Kit. To be honest, I didn’t think it was suitable for Jana’s age and I myself don’t know how to use it.
I googled some youtube tutorials and from there I picked up the basics and sat with Jana on Saturday morning to do just one bracelet.
It took us around 40 minutes to do that mini bracelet you can see in the pictures below :D but I loved the time Jana & I spent together putting that bracelet together. It wasn’t easy at first but later it got easier.
I’ll be doing a bracelet every Saturday or Friday morning with Baby Jana :D
Thank you @FantasyWorldToys
Last week, we were sitting doing nothing waiting for the next day to come to he’d to work and I didn’t want to spend it at home. It was Wednesday evening when I asked my husband to go out and have dinner in a new place.
I suggested the newly opened burger place called Brothers located in Almubarakiya in the recently revamped corner called Somo and the husband agreed.
We arrived there around 7pm and it was really quiet on weekdays, loved the whole atmosphere, the lights, the music and the place itself was really cozy.
We ordered Brothers Classic Burger, Grilled Chicken Burger and Fries with Caramelised Onion Mayo sauce. We loved the beef classic burger ALOT, it was moist and juicy, the fries were really good along the sauce and the grilled chicken burger was ok.
I’d love to go back and try the other burgers and fries sauces.
Slider Station, Cocoa Room, Open Flame Kitchen and now Nomad Kitchen.
A 1973 airstream food truck that serves delicious and amazing food in the middle of nowhere or in certain places. This truck was created by the talented Basel Alsalem and serves some famous and special dishes to the public. It moves from place to place and you find it only on weekends.
I’ve been wanting to try it ever since I’ve known about it from instagram but I couldn’t go to Bnaider 267 road where it serves food on Friday and Saturday. And when I had the chance to go to Bnaider, the truck wasn’t there :( I was really disappointed.
Last week, I came to know that they’ll be serving their delicious food at GulfRun festival which was held in collaboration with KidsVille carnival at Sirbb Circuit. I’ve never been there before but it wasn’t difficult to find. Too Jana around 4pm and when we reached there, the place was kind of quiet. I kept searching and looking for the truck and there it was intront of my own eyes. It has been a very long chase.
Went immediately to check the menu even though I knew what I wanted to order but I had to see what they served on that day. Delicious food. I wanted to order the whole menu but unfortunately I couldn’t. So i decided to order their famous signature dishes. The Srirarcha Glazed Lobster Rolls & Rockin’ Shrimps with Hot Honey Glazed Sauce.
You have to try their food if you haven’t yet. Follow them on instagram to check the mazing photos of their dishes @NomadKitchen
Last week, I received an invitation from the Marketing Department of Jumeirah Messila Beach Hotel to attend the re-opening of Salt restaurant and try their new menu. If you remember my first post about the hotel Read Here which was 2 years ago when it first opened its doors to the public and we were all fascinated about the decoration, the rooms, the lobby and everything related to it.
Now, imagine how would the restaurants look like if the hotel was like that!
I’ve heard a lot about Salt and wanted to try it so many times but I couldn’t or time wasn’t in my favour. But when the opportunity came, I really wanted to make time for such event.
Husband and I arrived on time and we were greeted by the lovely ladies from the Marketing Team Carole, Laila & Amna. All were so sweet & nice. The waiter welcomed us with non-alcoholic Champagne and we started chatting for a bit.
Then a short speech from the Chef and the GM. There was a display of some of their dishes which we tried some of them, not all of course.
The food was superb, loved the Lobster Butter, it was fabulous. The Salmon Salad was really light and full of flavour. The steak so moist and melts in your mouth not to mention the seafood platter. Jumbo shrimps were grilled to perfection.
The desserts were really good. Fresh fruit, coffee molten cake, macaroons and so many.
Loved everything about the place.
It has become an addiction for me to take photos of food. I started taking photos of food when I started this blog back in 2009. I used a very regular camera. But when it became an obsession, I upgraded my camera til i bought the love of my life which I’m using these days Nikon D7100. It’s like my second baby after Jana.
What I’m missing is good lightening and a set up corner. Hence I’m living in a small apartment, it’s very hard to find a good corner. And I’ve noticed that taking photos in the morning is way better than at night when you don’t have professional lighting which I’ll be getting soon.
Now, there was a really good workshop for food photography weeks ago which I wanted to go to but couldn’t because of work :( I wish they’d make another one because I’d like to learn more about food photography, the right corner, angle, lighting and more.