Sunday, January 29, 2012

Talking about restaurants : a new one is going to open at the top floor of the Museum .My guess is that not going to be a cheap canteen style :)

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Ordering takeaway/home delivery  dinner/lunch

there are lots of restaurant offering take away dinner /lunch but they do not have a page on the net for you can select from their dishes .I found a great gastronomic page where the menus of a lots of places are scanned and published .Just click here and find the restaurant's menus

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Photograph on canvas featuring the modern city scape of Doha in 2012 .Qatar is a city in progress it is changing rapidly and it is interesting to compare the skylines of different years .

Friday, January 20, 2012

Cold winds are blowing in the coming days in Qatar . Temperature will drop bellow  10C on Saturday night and it can be as cold as 5 C on Sunday night .Prepare your warm clothes , blankets , heaters  .If you have too many of them then share  them with those who  might not have .( just simply put them next to the bins ) think about the stray cats too . Hot tea , a good book  a warm blanket ... it will feel like I am at home .

Thursday, January 19, 2012

A cute white cat at the top of an old villa's fence .Photo by Alma Wad - taken in 2012 in Doha's old charming district to be pulled down soon . It is available in different sizes .

Monday, January 16, 2012

Which is the best restaurant in Doha ?

 According to the  for the time being it is Market by Jean-Georges in the W Hotel is rated the best by their members . It serves gourmet style international and Mediterranean dishes. .

" Presentation and quality are high and the lunch special at 85 QR seems a bargain"
" The striking atmosphere and the waiters are very attentive and the food sublime"

Have you ever been there ? I do not go quite often to five star hotels restaurant  and telling the truth I do not even know the location of this hotel . But they sound to be worth visiting .

The second best restaurant is also in the W hotel -it is called Spice Market .
It serves Asian gourmet dishes and you can go there for breakfast/brunch, lunch , dinner,even they have after-hours service .If you are ready to pay 89 riyal for a gourmet lunch then go for their set menu called Express Lunch.Your will get 1 Appetizer, 1 Entree and 1 Dessert for that money.
."Reasonably good service, impressive menu, and so-so prices considering it is inside a 5-star hotel"
"This is at W hotel, we went for dinner chose the set menu, it was divine!"

If the five star atmosphere is not exactly is what you long for  then try La Dolce Vita's Italian cuisine .It is rated as the third best place to eat out in Doha .They are much praised for their home-made flavors , large portions and the ambience of a family run restaurant.

Friday, January 13, 2012

view from the Islamic art museum's courtyard to the sea port of Doha and to the Fanar ( twisted shaped ) mosque

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

A new cafe in Doha - cafe Ducasse .It serves light meals ,sandwiches, salads , cakes and other kinds of desserts and drinks . It is in the Museum of Islamic Art .The building itself is very special . It was designed by I. M. Pei . You arrive to the huge lobby and you find a fountain in the middle . Now the fountain is surrounded by the chic sofas chairs, and armchairs of this cafe . As you go towards the glass wall you can find more seats - it is really very romantic you can watch the sea while sipping your coffee .

It was a Savoy Cake and cottage cheese with chestnut cream that we ordered . The Savoy Cake is a vintage style French pastry and it was good with the cappuccino . The chestnut cream was some kind of thick  chestnut preserve ( like Bonne Maman) and some kind of heavy yoghurt .Ducasse might be considered  as one of the best chef in the world but I have eaten much better chestnut dessert in Hungary ,. Chestnut puree with cream - at any Hungarian cake shop you will find that  in the cities or in the rural areas . A treat that I miss so much here in Qatar .For long time I believed that it is some kind of Hungarian recipe . Recently I have found that it is an old vintage recipe  just somehow it was forgotten in other parts of the world and preserved in my country .   
 So again I learned that when about food and eating not sure at all that you find the best flavours at the top restaurants .It is all about advertising marketing . My grandma's scones and cottage cheese turnovers were far better than any bakery products that I have ever tasted .
Well that is all that I think about  those posh places . It is worth visiting the museum and it is a very special place to sit around   the service is very nice and their drinks and cakes might be delicious  ....but you might have tasted better things somewhere else ...

Sunday, January 08, 2012

 The inauguration of the new park seemed to be fun .Though we arrived at three  already there were a  lots of families .The playground was jammed with kids . There was a camel and a horse on the field for ride . We planned to try the horse . It was a nice looking Arabian mare .But before deciding to queue  for the ride we noticed some very bad looking clouds billowing the sky . There was a fire somewhere some hundreds of meters from us .We hurried away from the place - when we arrived to the building of the MIA then the fire was already put out . We could have returned to join more fun but my children were scared then rather we went into the building of the museum .

Friday, January 06, 2012

Wordle: Untitled

Trust in dreams, for in them is hidden the gate to eternity.
Khalil Gibran was born  129 years ago .

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Wednesday, January 04, 2012

The Museum if Islamic Art will be opening its public park on Friday  . The celebration and activities will be held between 2-10pm .There will be horse riding , traditional dances ,food tasting  and more  .... a new park in Doha    . It is good news .
the red street sweeper truck print
the red street sweeper truck by almawad
See another museum poster on
 The street sweeper truck again . This time you can see the edited version . I changed the image into bright black and  white image but the truck .It is a bit surrealistic this way .
the red street sweeper truck metal photo print
the red street sweeper truck metal photo print
by almawad  Go for a sleek modern look with these stylish metal prints. The high gloss finish accentuates rich colors giving any space an urban vibe, while the metal adds energy and cheer to your design. 

Monday, January 02, 2012

Wild mountain honey of Iran ,persian carpets ,Iranian saffron( QR 25,000 per kg) ,quality dates ,herbal scents ,traditional furniture from Egypt ,wood handicrafts, metal and stone works from Kenya ,clothes and women’s accessories and more  if you  are in the mood of shopping after December festivities and  ahead of the  deadline of paying school fees ...
Venue : Exhibition Center
 Open daily : from 11 am
Event Doha Trade Fair

The latest figures say there are 1,271,194 males and 436,562 females in Qatar.

  There are less than half million women in Qatar ! 

 Source : Gulf Times

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