The company sent me to Saudi Arabia Riyadh to look for opportunities, because we believe that it will have the highest possible growth in the GCC for the upcoming years. One of the concepts that got our attention is Hanoverian, which is a very luxury chocolate store in Riyadh. The first picture you see is the amazing chocolate that I got addicted to. The chocolate is called Crepe Dulcey and it is very light and it has a very nice crunch to it. The packaging is extremely luxury and the chocolate box is covered with a luxury cloth bag. I haven’t seen such nice packaging before.
My brother’s friend was the one who sent it to us as a gift, and she told us that their products are extremely popular in KSA. I was able to go and buy for my family today. There was another type of chocolate that I tried at Hanoverian which is the truffle. You can find the truffle at their website. I liked the truffle as well but not as much as the Crepe Dulcey. If you ever visit Saudi Arabia Riyadh, then this chocolate is a must try. Both products were impressive, and I highly suggest everyone to try it out.
I realized that I can’t go on diet for more than a week. I have to find something that I eat every few days, and my latest thing is Tea Party Sweets Medium Trifle. The picture above is Large Trifle, but I try to avoid it because it gets more messy when I eat it even though it tastes amazing. The reason I really liked this Trifle is because of the quality and size of fruits and the lightness of their custard. The blackberry is really big and tasty, and it tastes even better with their custard. I highly recommend, leaving the Trifle for 3 hours in the fridge before eating it. The biscuit at the bottom of the trifle will hold much better and it will be easier to eat. This is something that I recommend trying as soon as you can.
I eat burgers all the time, and I have three restaurants that I consider them favorites. My favorites are BBT, Shake Shack, and Chuck’s. Lots of my friends love Thinnies, but it wasn’t my taste. Thinnies have a limited options the burgers are very basic. I don’t eat ketchup and mustard, so their options doesn’t work for me. I wish they have something like a special sauce that I can have instead of ketchup and mustard. Now I consider Chuck’s the best burger in Kuwait. From their menu, I usually get #1 and #2, and both are really good. I just wish they have an option of potato bun, which I really like. They had an issue in the past where the lettuce was wilted, and people complained about that issue, but now it is fixed. Chuck’s is very unique, because their meat patty quality is impressive, and their sauces are really tasty. It is a meal that I really enjoy having, and I don’t get enough of it. I feel like to order now while I am writing this article. When I browse online, I see lots of burger restaurants on Talabat and Deliveroo, but I usually stay within my comfort zone. I just order from the restaurants that I usually eat at. The reason is that few times, I ordered from burger restaurants that were new to me, and they were horrible. My friends are calling Chuck’s the In-N-Out of Kuwait since it is the closest burger to In-N-Out burger in the US.
Try Chuck’s out and let me know what you think in the comment. Right now they are available at Deliveroo.
I have been loyal to KFC since I was a kid, and until today I don’t know any concept that comes close to KFC in terms of taste. The secret recipe of 11 herbs is just perfect. My only issue is the effort I have to put for KFC to taste perfect. Every time I go and wait 20-25 minutes for a new batch, so I eat it hot, fresh, and tender. If there is a long line which is usually during dinner time, I just wait for my turn and it will taste perfect. During dead hours, never get whatever is in their oven, because it will be cold and dry. When I order online, same thing it comes cold and dry. There are good alternatives for KFC such as Naif, and I order their bucket every now and then. The new alternative which I really liked but taste very different is Chicken King. I tried their spicy fried chicken, and I was impressed. The chicken is high quality, it arrived very hot, and the chicken was very tender. Close to my experience when I order a new batch at KFC by myself. The spices taste is completely different, so during my first bite it took me time to process the taste. After the first few bites, I started to like it. Now I am waiting for my next day off to order Chicken King again. I haven’t tried their sandwiches or grilled chicken, so I have no clue what they taste like. I recommend trying the spicy fried chicken at Chicken King. They are available on Talabat and Deliveroo.
Chicken King became my favorite fried chicken restaurant in Kuwait. I am only talking about their fried chicken with bones, not the strips. The strips weren’t that good
Few days ago, I tried International Mill dried strawberry for the very first time. I literally couldn’t stop, eating one after the other. I was told that it doesn’t contain any sugar so think of it as a healthy snack. At the beginning I thought it is just a dried strawberry, but when I carefully looked at the texture. It appeared to be made into that form and look like strawberry and then they add the strawberry seeds on it to make it look more real. I usually go to Al-Hamra Tower to buy the dried strawberry from International Mill. Today I found out that they sell directly through their website. I also found them on Deliveroo but I was afraid to order because they have a picture of dates for the dried strawberry. I am afraid they go by the picture not the description, so I will avoid them for now. If you ever go to International Mill, make sure to try their products. I really love the quality of their products, and I consider them the best in Kuwait.
I started ordering Wahed Falafel almost everyday since I started managing one of the construction projects at the company. It all happened by mistake where I wanted to feed all the people at the project on daily basis at good prices. The first time I tried it, I saw that everyone from the labor to the managers were really happy. Since that day I started ordering whenever I have a site visit which is almost everyday. I saw that when people are happy they preform much better, and we got higher quality finishing. With time I learned that there is a way to make the falafel sandwich taste even better. I order a side of Tahina, and scoop Tahina on the sandwich after almost each bite. The falafel sandwich becomes even tastier. It became an addiction that everyone started doing the same thing.
One day I felt like to order falafel on Friday, so my wife told me to order Halloum Cheese Saj Sandwich. I tried it, and loved it. The quality of halloum is impressive. In my opinion halloum taste isn’t as consistent as the falafel, because of how long it has been grilled. I would say it is 90-95% consistent, but few times it didn’t taste as usual.
For a year I have been considering Wahed Falafel the best in Kuwait. The restaurant is super clean, the quality is very high, and their service is outstanding. I am a very loyal customer because of how they maintain such quality.
Today was really unbelievable and the experience was extremely impressive. What made my day is trying Meat Pirate and it did set a complete different standard in Kuwait. I have tried lots places in Kuwait including the most famous ones. None of them come close to Meat Pirate, because the quality of meat and the flavor is on a total different level. My cousin and I were at a construction site in Sabah Al-Ahmad Phase 2. The owner of the construction company ordered Meat Pirate the day before and he brought the following
Whole Smoked Chicken
When the order arrived, it was very warm. It helped that we were very close to the restaurant, so I don’t know how the experience will be if the delivery location isn’t close to the restaurant. The packaging was really nice, and it was well organized. The way they arranged the food items with wrap and stickers made it very simple for us. There were salads, sauces, and plastic utensils in the boxes. The first impression was perfect, but the real surprise was when we opened the Short Ribs and Brisket. Even the whole smoked chicken was packed in an impressive way. Everything we opened looked great, and the moment we took a bite of the short ribs and brisket, it literally took me to a different world. The meat was as tender as a butter. The quality is really really high, and you really could tell that they use the highest quality ingredients in the market. I don’t know any restaurant that sells ribs and briskets that offers such quality. I heard that some restaurants when they first started they offered high quality meats, but once they became famous they started switching to cheap quality meats assuming people won’t realize. People always do realize when restaurants offer lower quality ingredients in order to book higher margins.
At Meat Pirate I enjoyed the short ribs the most. The whole brisket was amazing as well. The smoked chicken had an amazing flavor, a flavor that I have never tasted ever. The fries and Mexican corn went well with everything we ordered. Today was one of my happiest days ever, and I can’t wait to eat there again.
Go to Meat Pirate website to order, but make sure you order the day before as they always sell out of their menu items.
I guess I am always late to catch up with trends. After a while of having my friends telling me to try one of the secret menu items at Five Guys. I decided to give it a shot, even though I was a bit reluctant. The secret menu item is called Patty Melt, which is a patty and other toppings stuffed between a grilled cheese sandwich. I can’t believe that I enjoyed it much much than a regular burger. Even when it comes to delivery, it doesn’t get as soggy as a burger. Now Patty Melt is my favorite option at Five Guys, but make sure to order it in person to experience it right. It is OK when it comes to delivery, but everything in person tastes much better. At Deliveroo, they limit you to add 1 patty only, and can’t do double or triple patties. But when you go in person, you can do whatever you want, for me a single patty is enough.
The healthy meals subscription became a big industry in Kuwait, and now I see more and more people subscribing. The results I saw in person for those who commit were really impressive. I personally want to join, but I am such a random person where I don’t like such commitment. I decided that if I don’t lose enough weight by myself until June 1st, I will subscribe to one of the below companies. Sometimes I buy a healthy meal from the supermarket, but I choose what I feel like to eat that day. I ate meals from few of the below companies and some are really good for healthy food. Surprisingly now I am hooked to buying a healthy cheesecake from Numou. It is one of the best cakes ever, and the amazing part is that it is a guilt free dessert.
Numou : I have tried Numou many times and it tastes really perfect. I bought multiple meals from Numou, but still I haven’t subscribed yet. I am thinking of subscribing on June 1st if I don’t reach my target goal. The thing I like about Numou is the perfection to every single detail. I got their sandwich box the other day and I was impressed of how perfect it was. Each sandwich was cut to the same exact size, not even a millimeter difference. Even the ingredients inside each sandwich is so consistent in terms of distribution and quantity, so I feel each sandwich tastes exactly like the other. The packaging is really nice, and I feel like I bought a luxury item when I opened the box. The combination of taste, quality, and value is what makes Numou very special.
Diet Station : I heard lots of great feedback about Diet Station from friends and family, because their food is really tasty and they were innovative for being the first to release an App in the market. From their instagram I saw a post saying they have 3,000 customers which is really impressive. Diet Station is one of the leading brands in Kuwait
Wolf Nutrition : One of the most recommended option in the market and some people consider it to be among the top in the Kuwaiti market. What I really liked about Wolf Nutrition is that their social media is so engaging. Their Instagram stories is really fun to look at and I personally got excited when I saw their content. It is one of the options on my list if I choose to subscribe.
Lina’s & Dina’s : Lina’s & Dina’s was recommended by my friends and when I saw their Instagram page it got my attention with their dessert posts. I will try to order one of the desserts sometime next month, because I could tell from their posts that they do a good job.
Diet Center : Diet Center was the very first healthy meal subscription I have heard of. I remember my cousin when he joined around 2 decades ago. I still remember when we used to go to Johnny Rockets next to AlFanar Mall and he has his meal with him. I still remember how he looked at us when we were eating burgers while he was eating a healthy sandwich. Diet Center were pioneers in the industry and I saw lots of people losing weight back in the day.
Diet Care : Diet Care were pioneers in the industry as well. I went to their store few times and had their food and it is good. I usually go walking from my office with my coworkers. It is an option that keeps the whole team satisfied.
Lofat : For me Lofat is great because I find them in my supermarket. Sometimes I am hungry so i garb a sandwich from the supermarket next to my home. I got excited when i saw their frozen food such as Sambosa and Kuba. I really like the creativity of their constant product creation and innovation.
Protein : I have heard a lot about Protein and they did a great job with Ramadan offers. They priced the packages at really competitive prices offering great value to potential customers.
Tuning : One of the places that I would like to try because of how attractive their Instagram posts are. They really got my attention with their posts, and I felt that they are offering more of a lifestyle rather than diet meals.
Basic : I have heard of basic from friends of mine. Some have subscribed with them and saw very effective results. They liked the food, and they told me to try it. I still didn’t get the chance to taste their food.
Calorie Control : From what I have seen Calorie Control is offering extremely inexpensive packages for Ramadan. Starting at 56 KD which is a really affordable plan for such service. I think it is a smart strategy to reduce the barrier of entry.
Few weeks ago I got three samples of Sara Cake Lasagna. The samples were beef, chicken, and vegetables lasagnas. I got really excited when I saw that Chef Zeyad Hamadah was the one who created all three lasagnas. I have heard of Chef Zeyad Hamadah from friends of mine and that he is one of the best chefs in Kuwait. The first lasagna I tried was the beef lasagna, and when i first opened it. I had to decide between using the oven or microwave. Since I had the choice of using any of the options, I decided to use the oven since I had enough time to spare. Sadly I left it in the oven more than what it suppose to and the Lasagna became a bit dry, but still I ate it. It was OK, and I think it had more cheese than what I personally prefer.
The second day I decided to eat the vegetable lasagna and this time I used the microwave. I honestly never expected that I would enjoy a vegetable lasagna that much. I just regret using the microwave because when the cheese on top becomes golden color, the cheese tastes much better. I personally rank the vegetable lasagna as the best one among the three and right now it is my favorite frozen lasagna in the market
The third day I ate the chicken lasagna. The cheese was perfect for me because I used the oven this time. The chicken lasagna in my opinion was better than the beef lasagna. My judgement could be clouded with the beef lasagna because I left it in the oven more than what it suppose to so i think I should give it another shot and update the article.
Sara Cake has been innovative the past few years and the collaboration with Kuwaiti Chefs is a really genius idea. I support such initiatives especially when I see local companies are supports local talents.