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Afternoon Tea at @AlthurayaCity Crowne Plaza Hotel

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Today, I was invited to try the newly addition to the menu of Silk restaurant located in Althuraya City Crowne Plaza Hotel (@AlthurayaCity)

Let me give a brief introduction about the hotel. It’s a new modern hotel which opened its doors a couple of months ago. It’s part of 3 hotels; Holiday Inn (The old one), Althuraya City Crowne Plaza (The new one) which I’ll be reviewing and posting about it by the end of May, and Intercontinental Hotel which began construction and will be taking a while till it opens its doors.

Silk restaurant is the main restaurant of the hotel and I’ll be reviewing the menu soon inshallah but today I had the opportunity a selection of fine desserts, scones and sandwiches.

The 3 level tower had amazing desserts, fine delicious scones and light sandwiches. My favourite was the scones with strawberry jam and clotted cream, yumminess. Highly Recommended:) The salmon sandwich was also yummy and light, totally English style. And mini chocolate desserts with raspberries (my favourite fruit) was enjoyable.

We also had Chocolate Milk Fondue and it was amazing…Loved it with the marshmallow and the fruit. A great side with the tray. And because I’m a coffee person, I had coffee with all those yummy delights.

It was a nice hour spent in the afternoon with the team of Crwone Plaza Hotel and the interior of the hotel at night is so relaxing with all the colours and greens.

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A Treat from @DallahKuwait

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A couple of weeks ago, I received a lovely package from our friends @DallahKuwait containing their new addition to the menu and Arabic Coffee Dallah *yumyum*

Of course, you have to know something, that whatever they add it has to be amazing. This time it was heavenly delicious. They have created Mini Caramelised Pecan Bites … Oh ma lord, yummy, chewy and glittery. One is not enough, you keep on having bite after bite without you noticing that the box is about to be empty.

I really loved it❤

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1919 – أحمد مراد

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امراه في العقد الرابع سجيت فوق مرتبه نحيله كالخرفه المهترئه تغطيها بطانيه من الصوف تشبعت عرقا و قيئا دمويا و رطوبة لزجة، ستة أيام” خلت على الوهن الذي دب في الاوصال مرخيا حبائله على جسد كان يموج فتنة و حياء”.

رواية اعجبتني بكل تفاصيلها و شخصياتها و الاحداث التاريخيه الموثقه بالاماكن و التاريخ.

أبطال هذه الرواية ابطال حقيقيون كان لهم دور كبير في ثورة ١٩١٩ التي لم اعرف عنها شيء الا من خلال هذه الرواية و جعلتني ابحث اكثر و اكثر عنهم لأقراء عن ماضيهم و بطولاتهم، و لكن تم تغيير في الاحداث خصوصا الاحداث الخاصه بحياة الابطال الشخصيه (من الخيال).

قلم أحمد مراد جريء و جميل في نفس الوقت،،،اعجبني جدا تطور شخصيات الروايه و خصوصا عبدالقادر اللذي لم اتخيله بأن يصبح هذا الشهص على الاطلاق، دولت المرأه الصعيديه اللتي نسيت العادات و التقاليد بسبب الحب، و أحمد اللذي حطمه الحب و الحياة في مصر اصبحت لا تطاق لذلك هرب الى اسطنبول.

الحوارات المصريه الصعيديه كانت جميله جدا

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Fine Dining at @Fauchon_Kuwait Le Gourmet Cafe

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A new branch of Fauchon has just opened its doors to its comers with a new concept only in Salhiya Mall (inside the mall). I first though it was the one outdoors but then I discovered there is another one inside the mall.

Now this branch offers fine dining/luxury dishes that are not served in the other branches, only in this one and I was invited to try their new signature dishes and especially the interactive desserts dishes.

The fine dining dishes have a separate menu, also looks really nice and elegant, covered with white leather and gold embossing or maybe silver😛 can’t actually remember.

For starters, we ordered the Salmon Millefeuille and Calamari Tempura Salad. Both dishes were amazing, especially the salad, yummy with that greenish sauce.

Later on, we continued with Fresh Oysters (huge ones) served with butter and bread, now this dish was really a winner. I was looking every where in Kuwait for this dish but couldn’t find and now Fauchon Le Gourmet Cafe has it on the menu. Also we tried the yummy Escargots (snails) with a delicious green sauce. It was really amazing, loved the whole experience with the special silverware and all. It’s a must try.

After that we finished our lunch with Beef Carpaccio and Creamy Lobster dish. I can’t tell you how awesome those dishes were, mind blowing. A MUST TRY. You can’t skip having these dishes when you’re there.

The ending was with their signature interactive desserts dishes which are new and unique. We tried three dishes. Eggpectations (Coconut, pineapple,chocolate) which was my favourite, the combination of the ingredients was really amazing especially with the mint. My aunt loved Fauchon forest which had ice cream, dates and chocolate, she said it was the best. And we also tried the Lotus Brownie cake which was okay.

Thank you Fauchon……Can’t wait to go again and try other dishes:)

I’m loving the photos❤

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Mini Molten Cakes by @_Gathering_

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A couple of days ago, I received a huge bag from @_gathering_ having 2 boxes inside it. I wondered what could it be?

A big box was filled with mini molten cakes,,,the same flavours but with a smaller size, which I find better than the older size. With this cute mini molten cup, you can actually have more than 1 flavour😀

The smaller box had mini bites of Salted Pecans … so delicious and 2 bites are not enough at all. Loved the whole package.

Thank you @_gathering_

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Creation Burger Experience

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Every Saturday, we all gather at my grandparents’ house in Mishref on a delicious Kuwaiti feast and sometimes International dishes are added to the table. But one Saturday, we decided to change our routine and get away from home made Kuwaiti food and order a burger station.

My brother chose @CreationBurger because he had tried it long time ago with his friends. Why not?

They arrived on time fully equipped and started preparing the mini burgers/sliders. They were 2 ladies who were smiling all the time and served us in a great way, we loved dealing and chatting with them

The quality of the meat and chicken was really good, loved it, not to mention the buns and the variety of sauces they had with them.

It was a great experience. You should all try them.

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Aprons & Hammers-Dubai

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I’ve always wanted to try this place ever since its opening. I wanted to arrange so many visits to Dubai just for the sake of this place but nothing worked. Now, that I was there for the Emirates Literature Festival, I wanted to go to it so badly.

We went to the one in Sheikh Zayed Boulevard but they’ve told us it’s closed because of the fire that happened in new year. So we took another taxi and went to the one in Jumeirah Beach Road. Imagine, it took us more than 2 hours to reach the restaurant in JBR. The traffic was awful but we were on the road and the place was on our mind, so there was no way we were changing our destination.

We reached the place around 7pm and good thing we found a table outdoors, hence the lovely weather. We ordered Clams, Crab Bucket and Lobsters. Everything turned out to be more than amazing. I really can’t describe the taste, mind blowing:) We ordered the Crab Bucket with Creamy Lemon Butter sauce and the Lobsters with Creamy Saffron Sauce.

Just amazing.

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دروز بلغراد: حكاية حنا يعقوب-ربيع جابر

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ربيع جابر … ابداع في الروايات التاريخيه❤️

حكاية حنا يعقوب اللذي تم اعتقاله فجر يوم أسود بعد ان خرج من بيته ليبيع البيض المسلوق و لكن تم شمله مع المنفيين من الدروز اللبنانيين لاعتدائهم و قتلهم المسيحيين في لبنان بعد ان تم رشوة الضابط ليستبدله مع احد ابناء الشيخ غفار و حل محل ابنه سليمان.

قضى حوالي اثنا عشر سنه في الحبس و التعذيب و الجوع و العمل الشاق و الامراض و الوباءات،،،كل هذا من غير سبب. كل ما كان يريده هو ان يعود لزوجته هيلانه و ابنته برباره اللتي تركها و هي صغيرة جدا.

“خيموا عند سفوح تلال صخرية فيها كهرف غير عميقه تضيء من ظلمتها عيون صفراء. أشعلوا نارا فاختفت العيون. أصوات الجبل منعتهم من النوم. كأن أشجاره تحكي. الهواء ساكن حيث استلقوا و السماء شاهقه مزروعة بالنجوم”.

وصف معاناة السجناء و ترحيلهم من مكان الى مكان وسط الجبال الموحشه القارسة البرودة يجعل القارئ يشعر و كأنه من ضمن المحابيس الدروس ،،، يعيش معهم الامهم النفسيه و الجسديه ،،، طريقة سرد القصه جميله جدا، كئيبه و حزينه جدا و لكنها اتقنت وصف المعاناة على اكمل صورة، خصوصا وصف وباء الكوليرا.

اقشعر جسدي بعد ان انهيت قراءة اخر صفحه و اخر سطر في الرواية

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رائحة التانغو-دلع المفتي

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تتطرق الرواية الى عدة مشاكل يواجهها المجتمع الكويتي و العربي،،،مشاكل زوجيه، سياسية، اجتماعية، دينيه، و الشخصيات المزيفه. كتابة جريئه تحاكي واقع المرأه في العالم و بالاخص مجتمعنا العربي.

لم تعجبني الرواية في البداية و لكن بعد الانتهاء من نصف الرواية اعجبتني جرأة الكاتبه و كيف تطرقت لموضوع التدين الشديد، أطفال سوريا، و البدون بكل جرأه و شفافيه و لذلك اتصور تم منع الروايه في الكويت.

زهره تعاني من الوحده بعد ان تركها اولادها لاكمال دراستهم في اوروبا و انشغال زوجها عنها دائما و اهماله لها و لذاتها. تريد خيانته و لكن هل ستكمل بمخططها؟! ما اللذي يمنعها.

نهاية لم اتوقعها ابدا.

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Book Review: The Fatal Flame

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“Time is a tyrant, words our last and only weapons” Timothy Wilde, April 16, 1854.

By this sentence ends the last book of Timothy Wilde, the brave copper star of New York city. I’ve never ever enjoyed a sequel this much. The characters, the setting, the plot, the language, the writing style, how characters develop and how the city and corruption changes and develops is just brilliant. I can say that I’m in love with Lyndsay Faye for producing such a sequel of Historical Fiction. I’ve never fancied this genre but thanks to Miss Faye, I’m now addicted and proud.

The story wasn’t as strong as book 1 & 2, but it has a conclusion of Timothy’s love life with either Elena or Mercy (no spoilers) and his relationship with his brother Valentine Wilde which wasn’t in good terms for a long time. We also have a conclusion for Silkie Marsh and some of Tammany Hall’s corrupted men.

The story starts with Dunla Duffy, a worker in a factory who is warned of a fire to be set soon and the warning note ends up in the hands of Timothy Wilde. Investigation starts and people get hurt and killed in the way when Valentine Wilde announces his participation as a candidate for Alderman. Alderman Robert Symmes will stop at nothing to prevent him from taking his place, even if that meant killing people. Not to mention that someone is setting his buildings on fire.

That plot is not as important as where the journey of the 2 brothers take us, how they hate each other and quarrel all the time because inside their hearts they love each others and can’t come to admit it. How things end with Elena Boehm, Timothy’s landlady and who has been bedding for a while after Mercy Underhill left him to become a famous writer in London but then shows up at his door.

The final scene/chapter or the end of the book/trilogy was overwhelming. I felt happy and sad at the same time for Timothy. But it was just the perfect ending I could have ever imagined for my beloved Timmy❤

Well done Lyndsay Faye.

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Breakfast at Fume -Duabi

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One of the places that were  on my list to visit and try their food was Fume which has many locations but we chose the one in Menzil Down Town Hotel, so we can later walk to Dubai Mall.

The place is located in the hotel but has a door from the outside facing Sheikh Zayed Boulevard which was from where we came. The restaurant opens at 8 am in the morning and it’s not crowded at that time in the weekend. So quiet and serene. Perfect place to have breakfast in and enjoy some quality time by yourself or with your loved ones.

I didn’t need any of the waiters to help me with the menu because I’ve already decided what to have before landing in Dubai😀 I was following their instagram account and had some dishes in mind.

We ordered the Beach Breakfast and The Arabic Breakfast. Both tasted really good, fresh and delicious. The service was good, quality of food superb and quantity was more than good. Value of money is reasonable considering how expensive Dubai is.

The only thing that we didn’t like is that they don’t have cheese platter or any kind of cheese😦 and that they don’t serve desserts early, not until 12pm. Too bad.

But it was a great experience and we loved it😀

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Book Review: #GIRLBOSS

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I really loved this book. It’s what every girl out there need who is struggling with herself, her job and her place in society. The language of this book is so simple and many people can relate to Sophia because she is just a normal girl like us. She isn’t a business graduate, or a multi-millionaire daughter who inherited her family’s wealth. No, she actually doesn’t hold a college degree, and that what makes her a great person. Not that everybody should drop out of school, but this means, that even those who couldn’t beta degree can be successful.

I loved how she didn’t care about what people thought of her and how she looked to others, she was confident of what she is and that what made her what she is right now. Sometimes, we all struggle with ourselves even if we have everything, there’s always this missing thing but she managed to find it at the end and made it big.

The one thing that I didn’t like is that I felt that few things were repeated over and over again in few chapters.

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