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Most Restaurants in Kuwait Are Selling Cook Your Own Meal Boxes

I can’t believe how much things have changed after the spread of corona virus in Kuwait. I never thought that one day I will be able to order from Slider Station and Starbucks for delivery. The corona virus changed the industry so fast and it is challenging for lots of businesses, but this is when you see new ideas in the industry. I like the fact that people in Kuwait were very quick to come up with ideas that increases their sales. Now you see cook your own meal boxes or BBQ boxes across most restaurants in Kuwait. In the past, it was mostly burgers, hotdogs, kebabs, tawook, and tikka. Now it ranges from shawarma to steak. Let me share some of the concepts that I never thought will ever sell cook your own meal boxes even if it falls into the category of burgers and kebabs.

1- Le Relais de l’Entrecôte (Steak)

 

2- Pita Bar (Shawarma) | Photo by theculinaryquest

 

3- Yelo Pizza | Photo by alnahham_1

 

4- Slider Station (Burger)

 

5- Villa Fayrouz (Kebab & Tikka)

6- Rock House Sliders

7- China Garden (Noodles)

8- Abby Shawaya (Roasting Chicken)

9- Leila Min Lebnen (Kebab & Tikka)

10- Vigonovo (Pasta)

11- Table Otto (Pizza)

It is extremely innovative for steak, shawarma, and pizza. This is an industry changer. I am waiting for KFC to make fry your own chicken, I am getting hungry already !

Sad News The Kind Ones Closed Their Store in Los Angeles, CA

Few days ago I heard very sad news that the Kuwaiti concept The Kind Ones closed their Los Angeles branch. The founders are very brave to open in California in the first place, and I respect them for that. The Kind Ones is successful in Kuwait, so I hope the founders the best of luck.

Muharraq Skewers | The Best Mix Grill Restaurant in Kuwait

I have been going to Muharraq Skewers for the past few months. Honestly, it is the best mix grill restaurant in Kuwait. The food is always fresh and the meat is always juicy and tender. The restaurant is located in Salmiya and it is a very small restaurant and always full. The only time I go and find a table instantly is when they first open but from 7:30 or 8:00 PM, it takes around 1 hour to get a table. I use an app called Requeue to be in line so I don’t have to wait outside the store. Let me share what I usually order from Muharraq Skewers

1- Bahrini Tikka (Marinated with Loomi)

2- Hearts

3- Arayes

4- Kebab

5- Hummus

Just order the mentioned items and for sure you will be more than happy.

Why Do We Still Order From Carriage Over Deliveroo

The battle between Carriage and Deliveroo has been going on for sometime. I personally use Talabat, Carriage, and Deliveroo. My favorite one is Deliveroo because of the superior customer service. Even though Deliveroo is my favorite app, I can’t use it that much. The main reason of why I use Carriage more than Deliveroo is the option to write notes for each item I order. At the Duwaneyah, I usually order food for 10+ people, and each person customize his order differently. For example we order from Fat Burger, I will get a request saying I don’t want onions in my burger. The other want extra mayo and so on. The problem is that I can’t add any notes to the items I order on Deliveroo. When I use Carriage I have the luxury to write down a note for each item, and that’s why I still use Carriage more than Deliveroo. This case applies to all my friends at the Duwaneyah and all of us are forced to use Carriage instead.

I hope Deliveroo update their app to include such feature. If they do, they will be much more competitive.

How To Eat KFC The Right and Perfect Way

Whether you live in Kuwait, Qatar, Bahrain, Oman, UAE, or Saudi Arabia. There is one way to really experience the right taste of Kentucky Fried Chicken. I realized this is a very common mistake in Kuwait where people go and order the fried chicken bucket at KFC and since they are in a rush, they get the pieces that are in the heating oven. Most of the time, the chicken in the oven is dry and not as crunchy.

“Try my method that has been working for many years”

First go to your favorite branch of KFC (My favorite is Daiya), park your car and go inside the store. Order the spicy fried chicken bucket of 9, 15, or 21 pieces. Ask the cashier to make a new batch and he will tell you that it will take between 20 to 25 minutes. Tell the cashier that you don’t mind the wait and sit on a chair until it is ready. Either eat it at the store or go home within 15 minutes. Once you have your first bite, you will experience the taste, crunchiness, and hotness of each fried chicken piece. Once you try my method, you will never go back to eating the old way. This is what fried chicken suppose to taste like

Yesterday a relative of mine was shocked because of the amazing taste, especially that he has been eating KFC since he was a kid, but it never tasted this way before. Now he likes it more than ever even though he has always been a fan of KFC.

Why is Shawarma The Most Popular Food at Events & Weddings

In Kuwait, it is very common to see Shawarma being served in weddings, companies events, and gatherings. It is the most critical menu item for any event even if there is big selection of buffet menu. Whenever I go to a wedding, I see people gathering around the Shawarma, which makes me want to congratulate the groom ASAP and go to eat the Shawarma. The most common way to motivate the guys to go to a wedding is reminding them that there will be Shawarma at the wedding.

On the 29th of November 2019 National Union of Kuwaiti Students held an event in Marriott Marquis in San Diego, CA. The NUKS Expo Marina Edition was an outdoor event where they had multiple restaurants, coffee shops, and dessert concepts.

The event was really amazing, and the students were really happy. Concepts such as Afters, Vivace Pizza, and Kanafeh Cafe made the event fun.

 

The concept that made a huge buzz was Simsim Outstanding Shawarma where they were serving chicken Shawarma. Of course I know Simsim since the day they opened, but others didn’t know it. The buzz comes back to why Shawarma is the most popular food in events and it held true even for our students in the US.

 

The line was so long, the longest I have ever seen at any of Nuks events. Students were waiting in line from 1:30 PM to 5:30 PM, so a total of 4 hours. The event was stopped by the hotel for exceeding operational hours, or else the restaurant would have continued serving and the students to stand in line. According Simsim Chef Ibrahim AlSharief, he processed around 1,600 – 1,750 Shawarmas, which is a very big number.

As usual NUKS does a great job managing the events. I look forward to next year, and definitely you will find me next to the Shawarma.

Ajeen | Best Bakery For Fatayer Pastries in Kuwait for 2019

I love eating fatayer for breakfast, and for a long time. My very favorite fatayer bakery was Swiss Corner in Dahia Abdullah Alsalem, but sadly they closed down few months ago. I heard of Simsim, but for me it was good, but now wow. I was searching for the next wow fatayer bakery in Kuwait, and today I found the one. Finding Ajeen bakery was like finding a gold mine and today was my first time trying Ajeen. I ordered Zataar, labneh, Akaawi, and pizza. The beauty about Ajeen is that their fatayer is very light on the stomach, and it is thin and tasty. My very favorite one was the pizza, Akaawi, and then the Labneh. The location of Ajeen is a prime location, and it is located in Fatoosh at Faiha Co-op. I highly recommend trying Ajeen, and trust me, you will never be disappointed because it is the best fatayer pastries in Kuwait.

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Top 5 Things To Do in San Diego, California

I can’t wait for my next visit to San Diego this year. I miss the weather, shopping malls, driving, and the food. Now I will share my top 5 things to do in San Diego.

1- Simsim Outstanding Shawarma : Simsim has been my very favorite place for lunch and dinner from last year, and the chef behind the concept is really talented. My favorite items are the Simsim Shawarma, Fatteh Shawarma, Lemonade, and the Mahalabiya. When you order the Simsim Shawarma, make sure to get some extra garlic sauce on side to dip the sandwich in.

2- Bobboi Gelato : It is located in La Jolla, CA. One of the best Gelatos I have ever had in the US and my favorite flavor was the Meditteraneo. The ratio of pistachios to almonds is perfect and the flavor is really amazing.

3- Fashion Valley : This shopping mall has always been one of the best in Socal. It is nice to walk outside in San Diego’s nice weather. I usually go and grab either Pinkberry or Haagen Daz and walk around. Fashion Valley is the most luxury mall in San Diego and it is the perfect place to go shopping.

4- San Diego Zoo and Sea World : To enjoy time with the family, both San Diego Zoo and Sea World are perfect. The things you see usually excite me and my family. The best thing in San Diego Zoo is the baby panda.

5- El Pescador Fish Market & Restaurant : This is the best sea food restaurant in San Diego. I usually get the grilled shrimp sandwich with avocados. I also get the grilled Halibut sandwich.

 

 

Hectare’s | Setting A New Standard in Kuwait’s Industry

Hectare’s has been innovating like crazy. When they first released their product, it set a total new standard in Kuwait. I personally didn’t know what will come next, and since it is a new company, I wasn’t sure what they will do next. Usually the companies in Kuwait, they launch a product and then have the same products for decades. That wasn’t the case with Hectare’s where they released their first set of chips and popcorn products then few months later they released the pack of 6. I haven’t seen such thing before, so it was really amazing. Now they came up with a new flavor, the Malt Vinegar. I can’t wait to try it out and I heard that there are other products that will disrupt the industry because of their uniqueness. Quality, taste, and innovation is what Hectare’s is delivering to the industry.

Dairy Queen | Impressive Soft Serve Ice Cream

This is something I personally didn’t know about, but it seems my family do. Few days ago, I was searching for an amazing soft serve ice cream to eat for dessert. I am personally used to eat soft serve ice cream at Mcdonald’s, which I still like a lot. I was told to try Whipped few months ago, but when I ordered it, I wasn’t very happy due to the color of their ice cream. They use blue color for their vanilla ice cream, which I didn’t like, because I wasn’t to avoid food color. The taste is great, and they have great toppings. My brother told me to go try Dairy Queen and it has been my family’s favorite for a very long time. I didn’t know much about it, because I was young when their branch was in Abdullah Alsalem back in the day. I have vague memories of them serving a banana split with ice cream. The day I tried Dairy Queen soft serve, I realized that it is one of the best soft serves I’ve had in my life. It is colder and harder than the the usual soft serves from other stores. I enjoyed every bite of it, and from now on I rank Dairy Queen soft serve in my top 3 list for soft serves in Kuwait.