Candied Orange Peel: @pick_yo’s New Summer Flavor

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A while back I was invited to taste the most amazing and refreshing flavor ever at Pick Yo. It was candied orange peel and It’s the best frozen yogurt flavor i’ve ever tried!

You can have it as topping or blended with the yogurt. My favorite is blended with the yogurt, then added on top as topping. Drizzle a tiny bit of hazelnut chocolate syrup and top it with chocolate flakes. Just simply ahhhmazing! The combination reminds me of macintosh’s quality street and takes me back to childhood :) but it’s also great by itself as well with no toppings at all.

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If you are a fan of candied orange, then you’ll LOVE IT like I did.

The flavor can be found at both stores now (Kefan and Kuwait city) and is also available for delivery: #22913333

While you’re at it, try out their pistachio flavor too :)

 

Enjoy!
Basma.

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Vent out: FOOD BUSINESS IS NOT FOR ANYONE!!!!

 

 

I am known for being blunt. Do not invite me to try out your food if you don’t want me to be brutally honest about it to you. I’d rather tell you what’s wrong in your dishes to fix it rather than write a bogus review in my blog.

 

I usually get invited not as a blogger, but as a foodie to try out and test new dishes and fix them. When it comes to food, I know what I’m doing and I’m not trying to be arrogant or something but every person has their own sets of strengths and weaknesses. I’m good at food tasting and cooking and I suck at baking… like big time. I’m good at marketing but suck at finance.. I can’t even add numbers unless they’re calories and ingredients.

 

anyways, back to the subject:

 

I’m sick and tired of going to places and trying out tasteless food; Dishes that taste like cardboard and drinks that are sugar loaded. 

PLEASE please please, if you’re not a cook/chef yourself, please invest in real chefs. If you can’t tell what’s wrong with your own restaurant dishes, do not expect your staff to keep up with quality of food.

 

I remember the first art project I had at school (I graduated as a designer btw). I went to the head of the department and gave him my first design and told him the following:

I know you gave me an A, but there’s something wrong in the layout, I can sense it but I’m not quiet sure what’s wrong, and he told me that this is a good sign; knowing that there’s something that’s not quiet right with it is the first step. and I graduated at the top of my class because I pursued perfection although I wasn’t able to achieve it, but the pursuit itself sets a standard you know? it’s what makes you different than any other restaurant.

 

The same thing is with dishes, menus and restaurant owners… seriously people! there’s nothing wrong with learning your trade. Unless your goal is to fail miserably, I suggest you learn it fast and train your taste buds to breakdown dishes to their main ingredients as well as know how to perfectly cook the dishes you serve which is only the beginning! (ever thought how you’d handle introducing new dishes?). know your business, know the line of food you’re serving and know how to maintain quality. it’s not hard, it just takes time. and while you’re learning, invest in a really good chef and a quality assurance person that can at least maintain whatever it is you’re serving. That’s what us customers care about.

 

why am I mad? because! they just don’t get it!

food business isn’t for everyone. believe me, it’s TOUGH.  mo 7ayallah a7ad eyee eba6ela restaurant and expects it to succeed because “food looks good”, no. you may get a lot of people at first, but I can assure you that people will not be coming back unless you; the owner take responsibility of creating the perfect meal experience for each and every customer you get. and you can’t do this if you know zilch about food.

 

again, why am I mad? well, imagine this: You’re going out with friends, you go to a restaurant because you’re craving eggs Benedict, the dish arrives, it looks AMAZING.. everything is great but then you take a bite and you wish you never ever went there. the hollandaise sauce tastes nothing like it should be, the bread is soggy because the chef didn’t try to properly drain the egg and the spinach tastes like it’s just been thawed and microwaved. wai333333333!!

 

why am I mad? because you go to a restaurant serving italian food, and you find nothing italian about it. cooking pasta and tossing it in with sauce doesn’t make it italian. it’s like “tag mtagag” the restaurant version. aah the frustration!

 

why am I mad? because I expect meals to be perfect. I expect ingredient to be fresh. I expect explosion of flavors in each bite! ya3ni asaweeli toast o jeben at home abrakli.

 

why am I mad? because I hate it when people invest in interior design and what plates to use and forget all about food. I’m not gonna eat your wall paintings, I’m here for the food experience which is elevated by having the perfect atmosphere.

 

This is a plea for restaurant owners to provide us with better experiences. pretty please. Listen to your customers please.

 

the market isn’t that bad, I know. we have a lot of excellent places to go to and have a wonderful food experience. to name a few: slider station, OFK, pizzetta, solo pizza..

 

bas sij. seriously.. I’m sure as a customer you’ve been there... going to a restaurant and ordering a dish you’re craving, only to find out that it’s not done properly and tastes nothing like it should be. I know I’m not the only one… we all have little foodies inside of us that pursue the perfect meal.

 

have you ever been there? tell me about your experience. it’s frustrating I know..

What’s your best food experience in Kuwait?

 

 

Basma.

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Ubon


Alvaro, from the awesome Buzberry blog called me this week to tell me about a tasting session at a new thai place that’s opening soon and we’re invited. Even though I have no sense of direction, the place is quiet easy to go to.

The architecture is amazing. It doesn’t feel like you’re in Kuwait. Loved the lighting and the little touches, like the cute little red flower at each table and even the way the food is served.

Let’s get down to business. I am very picky when it comes to food so I got pretty excited when they served me couple of dishes that I craved the moment I left the restaurant! (shrimps and Curry. OMG)

Instead of reviewing every single thing we ate, I’ll tell you what I’m ordering the next time I’m there ;)

I’ll start with the iced coffee. The way its served is fun. you get two very distinct layers of milk and coffee with sugar syrup. You mix it to blend the layer and flavors together before drinking. Pleasant to the eye :)

Then I’ll have a bowl of Tom yum soup. It comes with 4 difference variations: chicken, vegetables, seafood and prawns. I was surprised when they served me the soup. It was thick! almost creamy. but it’s good :) All the flavors that makes a tom yum soup are there. I give it 7.5/10 just because I like it light, but it was good. Next time I’ll ask them to have less milk for me but that’s just me :)

then I’ll have a plate of jumbo shrimps. The spice blend they’re using is just right, not too salty, not too spicy but packs a lot of flavors. I hate it when restaurants over cook my shrimps and make them all rubbery, but with ubon, they were soft and cooked to perfection. Don’t get me started with the smell. I wasn’t even hungry but this dish was gone the moment it hit the table. absolute YUMMINESS. Rate: 10/10

For my main dish, I’ll have either pineapple fried rice or steamed rice, accompanied with their green curry. Every restaurant has a signature dish that is known for, just like P F Changs’ dynamite shrimp. Their dish would be that awesome mouth watering green curry. It’s spicy, tangy, has a lot of ginger, dense and light at the same time madri shlon! and the smell and flavors oh my god I want it right now. I don’t mind having it over and over and over and over again. DELICIOUS. The moment they open, I’ll be the first there ordering the green curry and having it with rice. Rate: 15/10 seriously.

No dessert for me but I might go for their frozen yogurt if I wasn’t able to handle the spice :)

Ubon has potential to be a great thai place. The owners are amazing, taking all our comments of all the dishes served.

here are some of the other dishes we had

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Bazza Cafe

 

 

OK, let’s start from the beginning,

The atmosphere, the selected music, and interior are all perfect. I loved everything about it, specially the paintings :)

 

My favorite dish was Bazza Salad. its made of lettuce, Rocca, Corn, shredded chicken, roasted tomatoes, Halloumi cheese and dressed with a simple lemon olive oil dressing.

Second favorite is this tannour. best msakhan ever!

and the below image is how they serve their hot drinks. I ordered milk with saffron, ginger and cinnamon but I didn’t like it because it was tooo sweet. It was even sweeter than the mhallabiya and kanafa! Speaking of sweet, they were awesome as well.

 

 

Things I did not like: the slow service and not getting our order right (ordered two servings of salads and milk and we got 1) but it’s completely understandable since hey have just opened and they need a month or 3 to get used to the amount of people dining in.

 

 

In short: give it a shot, its fun.

 

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Tasty ManOsha

Another new place is town :).

Tasty crispy hot mana’eesh, shamiyat and pizzas.

I usually don’t like mana’eesh but this place is Awesome! Its my second time here. I find it to be very homey and perfect for quick suppers away from crowds :)

You can find them next to haleeb o hail. Tel: 22456610

My favorite is zaatar with black olives. Its to die for.

That’s the place:

Egg and cheese man’osha

Pizza

Enjoy!

Basma

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Cherriez Frozen Yogurt: A new place in town :)





Hello! (OH I can see myself in the reflection – waves hello!)

I got you a new frozen yogurt place in town for you to try out. I love their flavors AND its perfectly situated in the business area; Kuwait city, so they deliver to your offices, plus they have like a drive through service.

Flavors: Original, Mango, and Strawberry. My favorite is original and strawberries with all berries fruits. now, I’ve tried sooo many frozen yogurts in Kuwait. In terms of taste, I love Cherriez the most. It feels so fresh and light :)

For delivery call : 22474888. Available only to their surrounding area. Lucky me! My work place is close :)

and don’t forget to visit, the place is CUTE!

That’s my order today:

Sampling flavors:

Toppings: I love berries with Granola. Killer combination.

Parfait

Enjoy!

Basma.

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New Frozen Yogurt Place: Zero Degrees.


Zero Degrees:Taste your imagination!

I was called by Buzberry’s Alvaro to come and taste a new frozen yogurt place that’s opening on thursday. my first impression was of how cool the place looks. It has a great seating area outside and inside.

The second thing that caught my attention was their unique flavors. Try out their Octagreen flavor, it’s worth the visit. Check out the photos below :)


Frozen yogurt doesn’t really mean it’s healthy, but the owners are really taking care of the health part by using only the highest quality of ingredients and what’s really interesting is the fact that its a local concept with really awesome owners. they’re very flexible with the line of products and they have awesome future plans that would make your life easier.. make sure you pay them a visit to check out their future kiosks and the awesome portable froyo idea.

line of products: frozen yogurt, parfaits, fruit salads and drinks.

Did I say how awesome the flavors are? Yea! They’re awesome! I loved Octagreen the most but the original and the pomegranate is great as well. They have more flavors and each flavor has it’s own character.

I’m having octagreen now while I post. hence the short post. Don’t want it to melt ;)


Oh and the opening is on Thursday :)

Location: jabriya, next to champion and early bird.



Counter:

Samples


My Octagreen. Their toppings are cool too but I like mine without toppings.


and that’s the owner telling me about the Characters. When you go, make sure you check out the doodles on the wall. They’re awesome!



Enjoy!
Basma.

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Baking Tray

Not to be missed:

Baking Tray’s Chai Haleeb and their amazing lasagna. I’ve posted a review about the restaurant at www.yallawain.com

Don’t forget to check it out and have an account at yallawain. It’s an awesome website :)

I’ve been going there on a daily basis. finally finished their sandwich menu and switched to pies. everything is just amazing.

if it’s your first time, get the turkey on a sunflower and work your way through the menu until you reach their awesome wild mushroom sandwich. Every time you go, cookies and chai haleeb has to be part of your meal or you’ll be missing a huge part of the experience. I love hanafi; their chef. He’s very friendly :)

overall experience: I loved everything except for the rustic vegetable focaccia and their mince pie only because they’re heavy but other people like them. Everything else is just sensational. I’m thinking of having a daily lunch subscription for work since I’m literally having my lunch from BT every single day :)

personal favorites: organic chocolate chip cookies, chai haleeb, onion and chicken quiche, turkey on a sunflower sandwich, wild mushroom sandwich, the roast… it’s basically everything I tasted, oh and get their sun dried tomatoes. they’re awesome!”


Bon Appetit!
Basma.

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