My family have a gathering every Saturday, and today’s meal was steak. Most of the family members wanted Entrecote sauce and fries with the steak. My cousin who is a really great chef gets the raw fries and sauce from Relais Entrecote, which is at Salhiya, Murooj, and Avenues Gardens. Some people get confused with the other Entrecote, which is at Al Hamra, Al Fanar, Avenues, and 360 Mall. Friends and family always get confused between the two, and some think that the sauce has changed, but they don’t know that they are two different concepts looking almost the same. Anyway, I went to Al Hamra branch of Entrecote because it is next to my home, and I asked to buy raw fries and sauce for 10 people. The lady told me that she can’t sell me the fries but she can sell me the sauce. I asked for 10 small 8oz containers, so she asked her manager to take my order. He freaked out when he heard that I asked for 10, and told me that he can only sell 1-2 max. I told him that at Salhiya they sell whatever number I ask for. He called the HR to ask for the maximum number that they call sell, so the HR told him to sell a max of 3 containers. They made it such a big deal like I am buying their secret recipe, so I said you know what let me buy the 3 and go to the other branch. I bought 3 containers and went to Al Fanar branch, and when I asked to buy 9 containers, the manager freaked out much more than the one at Al Hamra. He said I can’t sell more than one container. I said you know what let me stick to Relais Entrecote and make my life much easier. I went to Salhiya branch, and I bought both the raw fries and 10 container of sauce. Relais Entrecote was much easier to deal with and much more flexible. So if anyone wants to buy their raw fries and sauce, go to Relais Entrecote at Salhiya, Murooj, and Avenues Gardens. My cousin uses the Relais Entrecote sauce with the Wagyu tomahawk, and it is really amazing. I highly recommend it, because it is a very unique experience having Relais Entrecote at home. Try it out and let me know what you think.
A month ago I was invited to have a look at the new Flare Fitness Women Gym in Jabriya. I was really impressed during the tour, because the owners thought of every single detail. The design, the finishings, and the function of the gym were extremely well done. The gym reminded me of Equinox which is my favorite gym in the US. Flare Fitness made sure that they have everything the women need in one gym, and that’s why they built a 4,800 sq.m gym. When it comes to needs, the first that came to my mind was where will the kids stay at, and they have a wonderful kids room that is designed for kids to spend lots of time. It was fun, colorful, and really cool. They also have Doh donuts store and a Macro Cafe where the clients can eat or drink healthy stuff before or after their workout. Of course I am talking about Macro Cafe, because Doh donuts will be for the cheat meal. The swimming pool was one of the coolest things I have seen, because it is filled natural light from the sky light and the pool is surrounded by glass all the way to the upper floors. Around the glass there is a track where people can run overlooking the swimming pool. The vibe really gives energy, and this is the beauty when someone hire professionals to do the layout, selecting the materials, and properly design the lightning in the project. To take a break, there is a game room where there is multiple game machines and a fooseball. Overall the gym is extremely well done and it can host up to 500 members per hour. You can find the packages & plans on their website.
Below you can find the offerings at the gym
- Swimming Pool
- Lower Body
- Upper Body
- Boot Camp
- Hiit & Core
- Strength Machines
- Cardio Machines
- Personal Training
Two weeks ago, I moved from one home to another and every few days I realize that I am missing some tech items. One day I need more access points across the house, the other a load balancer to balance Zain, Ooredoo, and STC 5G routers. Today I got a UPS backup battery for the load balancer so it always stays on even after electricity outage. I bought all of these items from a store called Tarmel Computer and I have been buying from this store since I got back to Kuwait.
This is the only store in Ben Khaldoun St that I buy from. At that store I work with Yunis and he is the one who get me anything I need. If it is something he doesn’t have, he will get it for me, so it is my one stop shop. Yunis always get me the best prices in the market and he always give me advice of what to get based on my needs. He always share his honest opinion, and he isn’t the type that tries to oversell at all. That’s why I always come back and buy from Yunis. Whenever I can’t go to the store, Yunis send the items to my home and I get the items within less than 2 hours, but I pay for delivery charges. If you need anything just contact Yunis via Whatsapp on his phone number +965 65899179 and tell him exactly what you need. I usually know exactly what I want, but sometimes I ask for recommendation.
Hectare’s shook the market again with a brand new product called Julienne Sticks. I consider it the best sticks chips in the world, and it beats all of the competition. The flavors are really impressive, and the the size and thickness of the stick is perfect. The sticks are thinner than the competition, but for some reason it tastes much better than the thicker ones. The flavors of the sticks is the following
- Sweet Chili
- Balsamic Vinegar
- Sea Salt
My favorite flavor has always been the Sweet Chili, so I highly recommend buying Hectare’s Sticks once it is available in the market. I got the product before release to try it out, and I personally loved it.
I went to lots of furniture stores to furnish my new home. When it comes to comfortable and elegant sofas, I don’t find lots of options. The more I looked around, the more I decided to buy the sofa I bought few years ago. Home Centre has my favorite sofa, and the beauty about it is that it is modular. Basically you can choose all the pieces that fits your layout, and it will look very nice. I bought this sofa in the past for the kids play room, and now I bought it again for my living room. When I ordered the set for my living room, I didn’t open the sofa, because they were painting that day at my home. 3 days later, I opened the set and one was a different color, but all the others were correct. I contacted Home Centre immediately, and the management was really professional. I talked to Tabish who is the manager, and he was very responsive and professional. He checked the issue and managed the solution so fast. I like how such professional managements handle such matter. As a customer I am extremely happy, and it convinced me to buy a 3rd set for my Diwaneya. Thank you so much Tabish and Home Centre management. You offer amazing products and your customer service is superior. You win me as a loyal customer
Right now I am heavily researching how to combine connections to get very high speeds. The main reason I am doing this research is because I just moved to my new home and the internet is horrible. Sometimes I get 1-2MB speeds, and can’t even watch a TV Show. The house is in a dead zone, so there is barely any signal. I found out that the roof has the best signal but it isn’t consistent. Sometimes it is good, and other times it is horrible. I have access points across the house getting the signal from the main router on the roof. I have Zain and Ooredoo 5G routers, and each time one of them is better than the other. Sometimes Zain is very fast, and sometimes it is slow. Same thing goes for Ooredoo, so I needed to come up with a solution. I was thinking of merging both routers into one and get higher and more reliable speeds. After lots of research, I found out that people are using Speedify and Raspberry Pi to do so. I saw people combining 8 connections combining DSL, Wi-Fi, 3G/4G devices, and tethered smartphones. Now I want to merge Zain, Ooredoo, and STC so I can always have a stable fast connection at home. This is what I found
- How to Combine 4+ Connections at Once on Raspberry Pi
- How can I share my Speedify connection on Linux via Ethernet (Ubuntu and Raspberry Pi OS)
The issue is that Raspberry Pi requires coding, and the basic ones in the links above can do that job. From what I read, it needs more coding to make it a solid router that merges all networks into one. It requires some coding so when the Raspberry Pi reboot, it won’t lose the code. Also it requires other coding, so the software runs in the background once it starts. I need to find someone to make it a solid merging router that can sell in the market. If such product is available, I will buy it today.
I just ordered Raspberry Pi from Amazon, and I would like to see how that works. I just need to find the programmer that can make it a fixed router so I don’t worry about any reboot.
Update: I finished programming Raspberry Pi, but Speedify is giving slower speeds than the connection by itself. The speed is less because it is combining using VPN. The closest location is Dubai so we are getting slower speeds by the time it gets to Kuwait.
I just had a great experience at Villa Fayrouz. I always go to Villa Fayrouz Shaab branch, and I love their food and their customer service. Sometimes when I don’t feel like to go, I order via Talabat. Since I came back to Kuwait back in 2016, I have been ordering regularly from Villa Fayrouz. Today was the very first time, I get a missing item in my order. I ordered the Chicken Tawook Combo, and it comes with Chicken Tawook, Hummus, and Fattoush. The order was missing the Hummus, and it is the most important item for me. I contacted Talabat via Live Chat and they told me they have a problem reaching out to Villa Fayrouz. I found Villa Fayrouz number on Google Maps and I called them. I explained that the hummus was missing in my order so the customer service person transferred me to the manager. The manager’s name was Wesam, and he was extremely helpful and professional. He asked if I need anything beside the Hummus, but I only wanted the Hummus. I was very happy of how Wesam handled the situation. The Hummus was delivered within less than 15 minutes, so I was extremely happy as a loyal customer. For me this is the magic recipe for every successful restaurant. Tasty food + great management, and this is how every restaurant should be. Thanks again Wesam for the great customer service.
I wear Jeans almost all the time, but I never found the perfect Jeans until a month ago. I tried so many brands for Jeans, but I was looking for a certain stretchiness that I never found in the market. A month ago, I went to Marina Mall and saw a line for American Eagle. There was a sale where you buy one Jeans and get another for free. I decided to check their Jeans out and see if I like anything. I was impressed by how stretchy the Jeans was, and when I wore it. It is very comfortable. The name of the Jeans is AE AIRFLEX+ RELAXED, and I highly recommend buying it. I was trying to find another Jeans since I buy one and get one free. I checked their website and there was a similar offer, but I get an additional 20% using their app. The price per Jeans after all the discounts was 6 KD to 7.6 KD, which is a great deal. I am used to spend 40-50 KD per Jeans, but that will never happen again.
I am happy to see digital banks opening in Kuwait. I have used a digital bank in the US, which was very simple to use. Back then I applied to mortgage to buy a house in California, and the only bank that gave the approval was a digital bank. The name of the bank was Bank of The Internet back then and later on it changes to Axos Bank. I loved the experience of a digital bank, because everything was done online. I would like to test Weyay Bank by NBK, and see how different is the experience compared to NBK.
Since I bought the fire pit, I was looking for different types of firewood to burn. My cousin who is an expert in grilling uses olive wood for BBQ. I was looking for different suppliers for wood in Kuwait and I was able to find a good one. Of course there are high quality firewood options at Ace Hardware, but it is pricey. I bought a decent type of firewood from Lulu Hypermarket, but it burnt really fast. I was looking for an option that doesn’t burn so fast and doesn’t take forever to burn. I found a supplier called Ministore_ws and they sell the following options
Olive Wood (2.5 KD per 10 KG)
Citrus Wood (4 KD per 10 KG)
Berry Wood (4 KD per 10 KG)
African Wood (2.5 KD per 10 KG)
There are other options such as Beech Wood, Oak Wood, Artificial Charcoal, and Natural Charcoal.
I contacted them on Whatsapp and bought Olive Wood & Berry Wood. They charge a 2 KD delivery charge and they delivered the same exact day. After testing both Olive Wood and Berry Wood, I really liked the Olive Wood, because it burns and stays for a good amount of time. The smoke smells nice as well, so smoking some lamb chops or tikka is great. I also used it to cook chestnut and it was perfect as well. My next experiment will be using a different fire starter. The fire starter cubes doesn’t work well all the time, so I am planing to try Looft Lighter.