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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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Emirates Literature Festival-Dubai 2016

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I’ve just come back from Dubai where I’ve attended the Emirates Literature Festival for the first time in my life … Where was I? Really! I mean, why haven’t I read or heard about this festival before? Maybe because I was busy with raising Jana? Maybe!

Anyways, I came to know about this festival 3 weeks before it was supposed to start. I got very excited that there were authors that I’m a big fan of would be attending the festival. I got the permission from my husband, asked my aunt to join me and started booking. I booked the same hotel where all the fuzz was happening, Intercontinental Dubai Festival Hotel, which turned out to be a great hotel. And my flight was on Aljazeera (KD 63/-). It was the first time that I flew on Aljazeera, it was ok for a short trip, more importantly their timing is punctual.

Let’s talk about the festival … I arrived on the evening of Thursday 10th of March 2016. Didn’t book any sessions for this day. The whole celebrations and fun started on Friday afternoon. I went down there around 12pm where people were queueing for their favourite authors to sign their books, others enjoying their time chatting together, some people enjoying books shopping in the area (They set a book store inside the hotel selling the books of the authors attending the festival-WHSmith), and kids enjoying the activities prepared for them. The atmosphere was just amazing.

My session was supposed to start at 1:30pm, I arrived a bit early & got to know a very nice old lady from the UK where we enjoyed our time chatting together about books, authors and life. She was so sweet, we even sat together when the session started and commented on few things. The first session was about Under Cornwall’s Spell where authors Liz Fenwick & Jenny Colgan talked about their love for this particular place in England. I loved this session a lot, both authors were nice, funny and kind. They shared their experiences and talked about their characters. They also mentioned how it’s very difficult to write about the place you’re living in trying to make it sound nice when it’s totally the opposite. After the session, I asked to take a photo with both of them and they were adorable. Just look at the photos😀 I was really looking forward for meeting Jenny Colgan, such a nice lady. Later, they signed my books yeeepppeeeee.

The next session, took place at 3:30 pm in a bigger hall. Ofcourse, it needed a huge space to hold the audience/fans of the one and only Mr. Michael Dobbs who has worked with Margaret Tatcher and writing the political books/series House of Cards. This session was mind opening to the political lives of politicians and how it’s not easy to be a politician. The difficulties they face in real life, writing about it and continuing to write about it. Mr. Dobbs talked about it all, and how his book series were picked to become a TV show. He also mentioned that he’s working on season 5 right now. Oh, and that funny joke about Donald Trump hahaha:) After the session, I went to stand in the line for him to sign my book, he did with a bonus photo and a huge smile from him😀 Oh such a nice man.

I was able to attend only 2 sessions, but I was determined to make it on time at night to meet the famous author from my country Kuwait Saud Alsanousi. He makes me feel proud, saying that this great author is from my hometown. I reached the hotel at 9:30pm after having dinner outdoors, and saw chatting with some people, I went immediately to my room, got my book and came back downstairs for him to sign my copy of his great book. He was really nice and adorable, and I loved what he write on my book😀

It was the loveliest weekend ever, I loved every minute spent in the festival. I’ll make sure nshallah to attend the festival every year:)

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The Bombay Canteen-Mumbai

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One of the places that I really wanted to try in my short stay in Mumbai was The Bombay Canteen restaurant. The place isn’t easy to find, taxi drivers might get lost, so get your map on your phone ready to show them the way. And even when you reach the place, taxis aren’t allowed to enter, so you have to do a little bit of walking which we didn’t mind at all.

From the outside the place looks small, but from the inside it’s really wide and it has many tables for busy days/nights. We went there  between 3pm and 6pm where they serve light menu. Lunch is between 12 and 3pm and dinner is after 6pm. I was kind of disappointed because I wanted to try their famous dishes but we ended trying delicious dishes.

We ordered the Banghali Pav and the Beef Wrap, along with Seafood Salad. All dishes turned out t be amazing, especially the Seafood Salad.

The service was amazing, really great waiters and very friendly. They’d explain to you every dish because they know you’re a tourist and want to know more.

A must try when in Mumbai.

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Elephanta Island-Mumbai-India

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One of the places that was on my list-to-visit is Elephanta Island. It’s a place of worship that is located inside 5 caves in an Island called Elephanta.

We took the morning ferry from Gateway of India which was 5 minutes walk from our hotel The Taj Palace and hopped in immediately. We got the ferry tickets from men selling them while you are being checked for security purposes.

The ferry ride took around 1hr and 15 minutes. And a lot of walking was ahead of us. As we were walking, you get to meet villagers or local people selling some food and stuff.

When you get closer to climbing the stairs of the mountain you’ll find so many small shops/kiosks/tables on your left and right where people sell so many goods. The way up to the caves is very tiring, at first you’re excited you won’t feel a thing but later on you’ll start to get tired. You’ll find restaurants up there if you want to rest later on.

We reached the place and booked tickets for the caves. The place was really huge and looked amazing. Loved every bit of it and how all these statues were carved on the walls of the caves from the inside.

The first cave is the biggest one, cave number 2,3,4, and 5 were okay.

It was totally worth it.

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Around Mumbai-India

I just came back from Mumbai last week and I have to say that it won’t be my first and last visit. I loved the city very much and fell in love with its people and noise. The streets and lights are just so beautiful.

Even though it’s crowded and the beggars are very annoying, still, I loved it and would go back again if I had the chance to.

We stayed in Taj Palace Hotel located in Colaba. The hotel is really amazing and the location is more than great. So many markets and shops are minutes away by walking.

I didn’t go to many places because my stay was only for 3 nights, but I have to say it was more than enough in Mumbai. My next visit I’ll go to Delhi, Jaipur, Udaipur and Kashmir. Those cities are rally beautiful and worth the visit.

In Mumbai, we went to Crawford Street where we bought great Indian spices. Highly recommended.

I took pictures here and there from my short trip to Mumbai which I’ll share them with you in this post. And the next posts will be about Elephanta Island and the restaurants I’ve tried.

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Beeves Burger-Istanbul

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A fellow blogger recommended this place for me to try and suddenly, while I was walking down in Akkoza Park (our area), I saw the place just next to our building. And I was like “why not have lunch today in here?”

We headed there around 4 p.m. good thing it wasn’t weekend and it wasn’t crowded. We found a suitable table, sat down and started looking at the menu. I can’t actually remember the names of the burgers we’ve ordered, but all of them tasted amazing.

The fried mushroom was kind of oily, the appetiser platter (picture below) was really delicious and yummy (highly recommended) and the burgers we’ve ordered (Cheese burger & another kind) were all great, big, enough for one person and more, and juicy *yummies*

You can find the place in either Mall of Istanbul or Akkoza Park.

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LegoLand-Istanbul

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I’ve known and read in many social media platforms that Legoland will open its first indoor park in Istanbul at the end of July. So I had it on my places-to-visit list for Jana to enjoyer time.

We went to Forum Istanbul Mall on a weekday, so when I went to book tickets for her, it wasn’t crowded at all. They welcomed us with smiles and greetings in English of course:) The staff was very helpful and friendly. Jana went for free because she’s under 3 but I had to pay for myself (forgot how much)

Inside the park you wait in line to listen to someone speaking in Turkish and I didn’t understand a word. Then we go inside a round room where they also speak in Turkish and we have to play a mini game on a huge screen. After that we go inside and start our first game. There wasn’t a long queue so we jumped inside the cart very fast and it was totally fun.

Then we got inside the whole building (2 stories) and Jana went crazy over the bricks scattered everywhere, games, slides and rides, not to mention the statues made from Lego Bricks.

The place is very child friendly, it has a cafeteria and a place for parents to sit and watch their kids have fun. We spent 3 hours there and it wasn’t enough, Jana wanted to stay longer but we couldn’t.

If you’re going to Istanbul with your child make sure to take them to LegoLand.

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Sapanca/Masukiye Roud Trip-Istanbul

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These 2 places were on my mind for a long time. I keep listening to people talking about how beautiful the scenery there and the weather is really cool ext. So, we’ve decided to visit them. We’ve arranged with our driver to pick us up from our apartment and take us there. The trip took us around 4 hrs from our place.

We had a quick stop at the gas station where we bought some snacks and coffee and then completed our way.

We reached Sapanca around 1pm, it was burning hot :S We didn’t expect it to be like that but I guess it was the season where the weather is sometimes hot and sometimes cool. We walked a bit, took some photos, drank smoothies and then we headed to Naturkoy.

Naturkoy was a restaurant in the middle of woods, a mini river and tiny waterfalls. The weather there was really cool and the breeze was so beautiful. It was better than Sapanca. We had lunch there and the food was really delicious. Loved the tables and where we were seated and had our lunch. Totally worth it.

Then we headed to Masukiya. The weather there became cooler and cooler. So many cafes and restaurants were on the top of the mountain, some were next to river bank. Extremely mind blowing. I just wanted to sit there for hours looking at the water coming down and doing nothing. I had 3 cups of Turkish coffee:)

I loved Masukiya more than Sapanca but maybe Sapanca had to be visited in a colder season.

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New York City Diner-Istanbul

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After we’ve finished from Aqua Florya Aquarium, we were very hungry and wanted a decent place to have lunch/dinner in. We went outside the mall (sea-side) where there were so many restaurants and cafes facing the sea and planes landing above our heads. The view was superb.

We saw New York City Diner and agreed to try it. Well, our choice wasn’t bad at all. The place looks humble but it serves really great burgers and don’t forget to try their Mac’n Cheese *Dies*

Their prices were also decent, the burgers were very huge, so don’t worry about not getting enough in your tummy. I actually couldn’t finish mine so hubs ate it all. He said it was really delicious. I believe mine was with Blue Cheese.

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Haci Serif Ice Cream-Istanbul

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The best ice cream in town. You can find it in the Misri Bazar.

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Aqua Florya Aquarium-Istanbul

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This year, we’ve spent our summer holiday in Istanbul. My family has just bought an apartment there and we decided to use it and abuse it:)

On the first day of our arrival, we wanted to go somewhere but not that far because we were kind of tired. So we agreed to go to Aqua Florya Mall, visit their huge aquarium and enjoy our time there. The mall is just next to the airport, so when you sit there and have lunch or coffee, you’ll see plane after plane landing. Beautiful view.

Let’s talk about the aquarium. It’s huge, better than the one we have in Kuwait of course. So easy to go around and explore the things they have for the visitors. website

I loved that it’s divided to sections, and each section has its own decoration. Like one time you’re in the Ataractic and then you’re inside a cave. Just beautiful.

The prices of the tickets are around KD 4 (42 TL) which is decent. Also you can find a cafe and small kiosks selling food or goodies. You can take pictures with statues or just sit next to the huge pool and watch the fish swim around. They have so many sharks there going above your head:/

The place is worth the visit.

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Fatih Wednesday Bazaar-Istanbul

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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😀 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.

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