For the past few years, I have been a user of two applications to buy everything for my home. I buy from Drops and I buy from Tons. Both of the apps have pros and cons, but I consider them the top 2 in Kuwait. With Tons, I like their impressive customer service, but the issue they had was the replacement products since they don’t sync with supermarket inventory. Now this is no longer an issue, because, Tons finally launched their own warehouse and it is called Tons Store. All the inventory is fully synced, and the experience is really impressive. Don’t worry having options like local Co-ops, City Center, Saveco, and Sultan Center will still be there. They have all kind of products from fruits & vegetables to frozen meat and chicken. They are adding lots of new items everyday, so it will have lots of SKU’s soon.
Now I have something special to share this time before anyone else does. I have a promotion code for Tons Store, and it discounts 10% of the total bill. The code is “TONSFAM” and this code is impossible to find on Retail Menot or any of the other coupon sites. Try Tons Store and let me know your experience.
I started drinking sparkling water when I was in the US. Back then my friends started a trend to switch away from high sugar sodas. I remember they used to buy Dasani sparkling water, which was really great. Then they started to try other brands such as La Croix and Kroger which we liked as well. Our favorites were Dasani Lime, La Croix Coconut, and Kroger Tangerine. Coming back to Kuwait, I suddenly lost all my favorite options until I found Perrier with flavors in cans. Since then I started drinking Perrier and always have it in stock. I remember finding La Croix at Sultan Center, but it was over priced. Each can were selling for 500 fils, which was a lot for sparkling water. Two days ago, I found out that Tons App is selling La Croix Coconut from City Center Shuwaikh. There was a great offer of selling each can at 300 fils, so I stocked 120 cans plus my current inventory of Perrier. Check out City Center Shuwaikh on Tons App.
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.
Since my daughter was born less than a year ago, I wasn’t sure what are the good products to buy. I was buying things randomly without researching, which is something I rarely do. For example buying a car seat, I just went to Mother Care and bought a car seat without thinking. I never knew that there were better car seats such as Maxi Cosi and Cybex that are more user friendly than the traditional ones. When it came to cameras, I did the same exact thing, I went to Amazon and bought an Amazon Choice Camera and it was disconnecting a lot since homes in Kuwait are made from concrete. My brother in law called me and told me to get a Nanit camera. The way he explained it to me was by comparing it to Google Analytics but for a baby. I honestly didn’t know the difference until I bought the camera and tried it myself. I was really impressed with how advanced Nanit is, and it really made our life much easier. It set expectations of what my daughter is going through. Example, it send me a notification telling me that my daughter will be waking up more often because she will start teething at this age. Another example is that she will be waking more often because she started to learn new skills, and she will be practicing the new skills before sleeping. It also checks the sleeping cycles, and check if she is sleeping enough or not. Everyday when I wake up, I see the full sleep cycle of my daughter, the sleep cycle shows all the major events form the moment we put her in the crib to all the movements during the sleep and until she wakes up. Nanit is the best product I bought this year and it made parenting much easier for us. I also can check the temperature, humidity, height and much more using Nanit app. I highly recommend buying this product, and especially if you are a new parent. What new parents do is over searching using Google and then get scared when they read some info that aren’t relevant to what is happening. Nanit set the right expectations so you don’t have to search for anything online.
I personally drink tea every now and then, it isn’t something that I have to drink everyday. I love the brewing machines for tea and coffee, and I collect coffee machines even though I don’t drink coffee at all. I just like the way they look, so I buy them and keep them at home. My tea addiction started when I went to Woodex in Kuwait. I drank their tea and I was really impressed. It is the best tea I have ever had, and I really wanted to know what makes it so special. I asked the owner about the tea, and he said yeah we have the best tea in Kuwait and there is a secret.
The secret is in the way of brewing the tea. Basically there is a Russian device called Samovar, and it brews the tea using steam. This way it won’t be bitter, and the flavor will be much more than the regular way. It is very tricky to use because if the tea becomes concentrated then it has to be diluted with hot water.
The process that I used is the following.
1- 3-4 small spoons of AlMunayes White Box Tea. All kind of leaves should be washed before putting into the pot
2- Make sure the water is boiling then let it brew in the pot for 20-25 minutes
Finding the perfect modern door handles in Kuwait isn’t an easy process. I was trying to find the most elegant and artistic door handles for my home. I went to a lot of stores in Kuwait, but I didn’t find what I have in mind until I saw JNF products for the first time. JNF is a Portuguese company that makes door handles, Hinges, Furniture Hardware, and other accessories. The quality of the built is really impressive, especially for the full steel ones. The one I am showing above is the one I got for my main entrance door, and everyone who saw it loved it.
Makers Inc in Kuwait is the main supplier for JNF products in Kuwait. This is the second time I buy from them, and once you buy from them, you will get the orders very fast. Check out JNF Products
Few days ago, Switch Al-Babtain released new LG TV’s in Kuwait. All of the new models released are from 2020 and so far there isn’t anything from 2021. The interesting part is that they didn’t release any OLED TV. If you check their instagram comment section, most people are asking about LG CX OLED TV, but they kept saying that it isn’t available. Now the concern is whether they will release the new line of OLED TV’s such as C1, G1, BX, CX, GX, ZX and those are the ones that people are waiting for. I am waiting for my new gaming room to be ready to order LG CX 77 from B&H. The great part is that the shipping from B&H is really affordable. The cost of shipping form the US is $450 for the 77 inch TV. The first thing that will come to mind is the US voltage, and I was told by a lot of people that it is dual voltage. Even if you see that it isn’t dual voltage on the TV spec, some people tested it here in Kuwait and it worked without a transformer. If anyone is reluctant then you can use a voltage transformer to be on the safe side. If Switch Al-Babtain decides not to sell LG OLED TV’s then they will be missing a very big opportunity, because a lot of people are reluctant to buy a TV from UAE or the US and they will be buying the new Sony OLED TV’s that will be released later this year.
Update: Just confirmed with a salesperson at LG Al-Babtain that they will sell LG OLED TV’s in 2-3 months. Finally !
Update 2: OLED TV’s are available at Switch AlBabtain including the C1 line
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.
The last few days, a lot of my friends are talking about two places. The first place is a burger restaurant called Thinnies which became really popular in Kuwait. I was really surprised to see a burger concept becoming that popular during these times where there are so many burger joints in the market. When I check Talabat or Deliveroo, I get lost from the amount of burger joints, so they should have something special to be that trendy in Kuwait. The second place is a place we all know, but never thought they will ever sell a sandwich. Le Relais de l’Entrecôte, which is the steak concept located at Salhiya and Murooj and now they are selling baguette sandwiches with the steak, fries, and their popular green sauce. A lot fo my friends told me to try it ASAP before they remove it from the menu, so I went to Salhiya right after they opened. They open at 7 PM, and I was there exactly at 7:05 PM. I couldn’t believe that there were so many cars ahead of me. It was really creative to turn a dine in steak restaurant to a to go sandwich place. I ordered a baguette sandwich with extra sauce on the side. The sandwich was good, but I felt the ratio was a bit off where it had slightly more bread that what it suppose to. The other thing was I wished I ordered the sauce on the side, so I add the sauce before I eat, because part of the bread became soggy by the time I arrived home. I highly recommend getting extra sauce because it made it much better. It was worth trying, but it isn’t something that I will be addicted to.
This is a trending topic all across the world after where people are buying physical silver and storing it until the price increases multiple folds. I don’t know when will silver increase, but I believe it will eventually happen in the next few years. My main reason is the historical prices of silver where it was much more expensive back in 1980 than today. It used to be $120 an ounce during the peak back in 1980 and today it is around $27 an ounce. Considering all the inflation in the world, this is the only product that didn’t inflate. When I saw the historical prices, I decided to go to the market and shop around. I never bought gold or silver in Kuwait, so I had no clue where to buy it. When I was living in the US, I used to buy gold and silver from Apmex as collectables. It is my favorite website to buy gold and silver. I like their designs a lot, which was the main driver for me to collect them. I went to Kuwait Central Gold Market and I was going from one store to another to ask about the prices. I walked into one of the stores and there was an old man buying silver bars, so I asked him what is going on with silver. He held 1 Kilogram bar and he told me, this is much better than Game Stop stock, buy it and you won’t regret it. He convinced me to buy, so I bought few bars and some of my family members did the same. Each Kilogram was selling for 285-287 KD. The next day my brother went, and he barely found 1 Kilogram and they told him people bought the entire silver in Kuwait Central Gold Market. They told him other places might have it, but they don’t know any as of their knowledge. He bought what they claimed to be the last bar at 313 KD, and on the same day. Prices of silver jumped 11% reaching 8 years high, but dropped again 7% the next day. I went again today, and the same stores that told my brother they didn’t have any, they said they now have and willing to sell at 285-290 KD. I believe they were holding the stock because of the massive demand, but since prices dropped the following day, they let go of their stock. The interesting thing I saw today is that lots of people old and young are buying silver bars. The store owners were asking me what is going on with silver that made such amount of people to come and buy. I never expected the posts on Wall Street Bets to increase the demand of silver in Kuwait that much.