Awtar out Kababji in

October 7th, 2013


awtar has left marina mall for good, not sure for which reason - though we never tried awtar, the restaurant had a very good reputation and a lot of people loved it .

kababji seems to be taking over the place, despite the fact that it already has a food court presence - as far as we're concerned, the more the merrier :) we're very happy as we all love kababji.

good luck!

    Don’t touch my Madeleines!

    October 6th, 2013


    i was at 360 yesterday so i passed by géant to buy some stuff, including some madeleines - i reached the cash register, and somehow the cashier managed to drop the madeleines on the conveyor belt - the helper's first reaction was to pick up the cakes one by one with his bare hands and put them back in place, then with all confidence the cashier scans the box as if nothing has happened.

    i couldn't believe my eyes! so i stopped the girl and told her to get me another madeleines box - she asks the helper to ho get a similar one from the bakery corner - the helper takes the box, but again i had to stop him and order him to leave it within my sight and go get me a new one - the girl tried to convince me of their good intentions, but how can i trust someone who doesn't even find anything wrong with touching food after dealing with cash and trolleys day long!

    finally, i got my new madeleines box just as i wanted, but i am sure the filthy one got sold to someone else! i urge géant to train their cashiers/helpers and teach them not to touch any food at the cashier - it will be a good idea to put some gloves around and let them be used for that matter.

      Nuqat: Executing Culture Shock

      October 3rd, 2013


      nuqat, the platform for creatives in the middle east, is launching their new theme for their november event which they called "creating culture shock".

      "the purpose of this year's conference is to challenge and examine the experience of cultural change and its effect on artists and designers - it will also assess the role of creatives in executing change within a transforming culture through the exploration of its transitional levels."

      interesting theme, though i am not so familiar with all the speakers and their calibers, maybe i'm too old :)

      the event will be held between 7 & 12 november - for more information click here.

        How can a child raise a child?

        October 2nd, 2013


        i read this horrible article in qabas about this child marriage in ghaza - the above couple, ahmed 15 years old and tala 14 got married to escape poverty, believing that marriage and kids will swing the doors of opportunities wide open!!

        ahmed & tala come from a very poor family, they are cousins and live from trash collection - is it ignorance, lack of education, poverty, lack of intelligence or a combination of all the previous that make people take such decisions? it really beats me.. i've seen poor people taking sound and wise decisions, not sure what this couple is really up to!

        good luck to ahmed and tala, i hope this marriage will open the doors of opportunities for you, my advice is to push the brakes on getting kids, a child cannot raise another child.

          Will this be the new malls’ entrance?

          October 1st, 2013


          i read in the paper about some serious measures to be taken by the authorities to control security at the malls, which is fantastic - some of the suggested ideas tackled some advanced security cameras and metal detector machines - not sure about the last one though, i guess metal detector gates will worsen the state of traffic at the malls and will drive people away, we already spend crazy time trying to park our cars, imagine queuing on security gates too!

          on the other hand, these detectors will be of no use in a mall like the avenues where you can simply walk into carrefour and buy the knife of your choice, that's exactly what happened with the last victim there.

          anyways, i'm glad some serious action is being considered, hope it will not affect traffic in and traffic out from the malls.

            The cake curse!

            September 30th, 2013


            yes it’s a curse! every time i ask for a themed cake i get into some kind of trouble.. it's my son's birthday, and for his sweet sixteen i wanted to get him a special cake, a surprise one... but little did i know that the actual surprise would be yet another cake saga for that matter.

            ryan's friends decided to throw him an early surprise party, and of course they asked for my help -  so mommy started to look for cakes and organize stuff for the event… as i only had 3 days for the surprise dinner, i decided to order a simple cake for the dinner and another themed one for the family gathering - since ryan loves the walking dead, i picked up that theme for his cake, though a bit gory for the occasion.

            i went to la baguette to check whether the themed cake can be ready on time for d day, and asked for a small alteration on the simple one - it wasn't a busy day, but there was this couple looking for a cake, which for some odd reason had me waiting for more than 45 minutes! once the indecisive and unbelievably slow couple finally placed their order, came my turn - so i showed the girl my cakes designs and gave her the jpeg files to email the chef - she promised to call me the next day at 10:00am..

            the next day, i waited for the call, but came 10:00 am and no one called! 11:00 am was a carbon copy of 10:00 am, a big fat nothing! at 11:45 i’ve had it, so i decided to pay the bakery a visit and deal with the matter face to face.

            as soon as i walked in i spotted the lady and without introductions i inquired about the delay, to which she simply answered oooooooh madam… i loooosst youuur nummmmberrrrr!! hmmm ok stay calm i said to myself… so you lost my number even though you wrote it down in font of me... how unlucky!

            fine, so did u talk to the chef i said? yes she goes, but they refused to make the simple cake, but agreed to the themed one.. who is they? there was no clear answer so i asked to talk to the manager and check what was the problem is.

            the lady calls abdel aziz, the egyptian manager then started talking to some guy called nasser... from the conversation, you could clearly tell that it was a deaf talk so i asked to talk to the manager in person.

            i tried to reason with the guy and asked him about the problem at hand, but he simply refused to make the cake - i explained how simple it was, a few layers of kitkat with strawberries toppings, that's all i need! but the bas***d said, if it were so simple why don’t you make it yourself? his tone of voice was so sarcastic i could have strangled him if he were anywhere near my sight!!

            i raised my voice and told him that if i were a chef and had a bakery i would have baked it myself and avoided the hassle!! and besides, i am paying you to bake the cake for me!! the guy held his position, and raised the stakes by informing me that they didn’t even e-mail the designs to the chef - mind you, that they had accepted the themed cake already and refused the simple one, based on what i don't know, maybe by talking to the ghost chef??

            after getting really angry i told the manager from hell that i wasn’t a satisfied customer (as if he cared) and that this is not the first time they make such mistakes… now here comes the cream on top, instead of being polite and apologize, this guy tells me to go seek other bakeries in town… there are plenty you know!!! can you believe that?

            i’m so stupid to believe that la baguette had good professional staff, actually, when i had a problem with sable a couple of years ago, they placed a comment inviting e to try their service! they sure are much worse! (see above picture)

            how did this end? i went to cake & bake and had all what i was asking for - the cake was amazing and exactly what i had in mind, that simple! the staff were so nice and pleasant, very helpful too.. there was a little delay with the delivery but all went well after all and the surprise was a success! as for the themed cake, it has just been delivered :) i got it from bread talk, where there too i met the most professional and helpful people, the walking dead cake looks awesome!!!!


            as for la baguette, my advice is to fire your unfriendly, unprofessional staff as they seem not to care about loosing their customers - but to be fair, your manager was right about one thing, and i have to give him credit for that.. there are so many bakeries out there, and boy their service level is so much better... keep it up boys!

              Pizzeria Amami, simply the best!

              September 29th, 2013


              there was an awesome pizzeria restaurant next to our house called pizzeria romana, which seems to have disappeared, however a new replacement is in, called pizzeria amami - i went to check it out the other day, and what a wonderful surprise that was!

              the interior design hasn't changed, it is still the same as pizzeria romana, however the songs are all italian, and the tv is set to an italian channel - moreover, the waitresses are italians, the chefs are italian, and all the customers are all italians!

              the waitress recommended an awesome entry called melenzane parmigiana, fried aubergines with cheese and tomato sauce, it was heavenly! as for the pizza, it was the best i have had in kuwait! i ordered the capricciosa, everything about it is fresh, and the dough is amazing, even the vegetable oil..

              one thing needs serious work is their menu - it is very poor, but to hell with it with such amazing food - if you want the real authentic italian pizza, there is one place and one place only, pizzeria amami (amami means i love).

              pizzeria amami is in salmiya, salem almubarak street, behind olympia mall, however they will be moving to the symphony mall in november - you can check their facebook page here.

                Childhood dreams never fade away..

                September 26th, 2013


                when i'm all grown up, come what may, i'll build a boat to carry me away, i'll hang over the edge and watch the bow of the boat slice through the waves...

                beautiful childhood dreams never fade away, they may feel like an optical illusion or a mirage, but somehow, somewhere, some day, the gates of luck will swing wide open and you suddenly hear the sailors cry, smell the sea and feel the sky - tomorrow someone will live that childhood dream for real, when nbk announces the winner of the azimut yacht cards promotion.

                the winds of luck might blow your way, so be at the grand avenues tomorrow at 4:00 pm and be ready to set sail - remember, you can't control the wind, but you can always adjust the sail.

                all the best to the lucky winner.

                  WTH morning traffic!

                  September 25th, 2013


                  usually i get out of home very early in the morning, however i had to pass by school yesterday so i was delayed by almost an hour and a half - it was still 8 in the morning when i reached gulf road and got stuck under the marina bridge for 25 minutes!! yep, 25 minutes wasted on that signal alone, not sure why this area is so jammed!

                  what makes you wonder is that the very next signal is relatively easy, after that it is smooth sailing till kuwait city - bit strange this signal, i hate it.

                    Gulf Road proposal!!

                    September 24th, 2013


                    i read this weird story on arabtimesonline entitled "will you marry me?" and frankly the title triggered my curiosity - however the story is far from being romantic, it seeps that a guy was stalking a woman on gulf road, so he followed her and kept bumping into her car to stop (a total of 5 hits), while shouting "will you marry me?" - the lady doesn't know the man, he simply decided to propose his own way, or the highway... excuse the pun!

                      Where’s my tooth fairy?

                      September 23rd, 2013


                      what i was trying to avoid for such a long time finally happened, i had to pull out my bloody tooth! to make things even worse, the tooth broke and the dentist had to pull each root out separately... not only the luck fairy was absent, but the absence of the tooth fairy makes things even worse! it's as if there's no light at the end of the tunnel, no pay at the end of the month... so frustrating!

                        Bloody toothaches!

                        September 22nd, 2013


                        it's been almost a month or two since i'm having a severe toothache, but it is not constant so i kinda managed without seeing a doctor - yesterday, the shit hit the fan as boiling spanish rice landed on my aching tooth and the floodgate of pain swung wide open!

                        it's silly how a tooth can make your life miserable... suddenly you can't eat, drink, speak, read or sleep for that matter! what makes this dramatic is that my doctor is not available on saturday, so i have to suck it up for 24 hours until i can visit him.

                        root canal treatment is what i have tried to avoid, but it seems to be inevitable! i hate dentists.

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