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  • Ramadan

    Three Places for Iftar This Ramadan in Doha That Are Not in a Hotel

    Ramadan got off to a slow start for me thanks to some travel and a brush with a deuteronomy-inspired tummy bug. But now, I’m in full Ramadan-mode. I have to be honest, while I love the lavish Ramadan tents around town (and this year there are some corkers), sometimes you want something a little different for iftar beyond the live cooking stations and Um Ali coma. Eating outside the five star bubble doesn’t mean you compromise on quality, taste and experience. Quite contraire! Here are my top picks for breaking your fast without the five star fanfare: Yugo When I hear “fusion” attached to a restaurant I do balk a…

  • Ramadan

    Seven Daytime Dining Options in Doha This Ramadan

    While I do love seeing the city come alive during the long Ramadan nights (and this year the days will also be long!), it’s nice to have some quality, convenient options around Doha to eat out during the day, especially on weekends. Check my friends at Marhaba for a full list of Ramadan offerings as they occur and Time Out Doha has a great guide to the Holy Month. But I thought I would give you just a handful of good, solid places for breakfast and lunch over the coming weeks. Breakfast Santa Monica Breakfast Club.  This has become one of the hottest spots for a weekend breakfast in town. As…

  • Qatar,  Ramadan

    Four Places Break Your Fast this Ramadan in Qatar That Are NOT in a Five Star Hotel

    Don’t get me wrong, I love a bit of luxury. Bling is kinda my thing. But sometimes, especially in Ramadan, I tire quickly of the lavish buffets, the decorations and the endless rounds of small talk. This Ramadan I have made a concerted effort to try to find off-beat places for iftar and suhoor. Here is my list of a few places to try this year (some of them may surprise you!). I will keep updating the blog with new and interesting finds over the next couple of weeks. 999 Cafe at the Doha Fire Station You should check out this place anyway, not just in Ramadan. This sleek cafe…

  • competition,  Qatar,  Ramadan

    Competition Time – Win a Nandos Ramadan Platter

    Competition Time! This one is exclusively for my Facebook followers… My friends at  Nandos Qatar like to bring people together so they have given me TWO of their Ramadan platters to give away. And what a feast it is: One flame grilled peri peri chicken FOUR large sides FOUR soups and FOUR drinks. That’s enough to feed an army. All you have to do is make sure you have liked Life on the Wedge on Facebook AND answer the following question in the comments below: How many outlets does Nandos have in Qatar? The competition will close at 4pm on Wednesday 7 June and winners will be announced here that…

  • Books,  Food Trends,  life,  Ramadan

    Seven Essential Books for the Foodie and Traveler in All of Us

    It’s a little known fact that I am a voracious reader. How, you might ask, do I fit this in with my regimented schedule of Netflix viewing and Lifetime movie watching? It’s tough, believe me, especially now the new Post-Trumpian House of Cards has dropped  (and seriously, it’s brutal – “I will NOT yield!”). I will always make time for reading…and eating. My two great loves. With the summer months ahead, I thought I would take a short break from the restaurant scene for this post and share with you the seven essential food and travel reads for any foodie. Think of this like “Beach Reads for the Hardcore Foodie”. If you…

  • Doha,  Italian,  Qatar,  Ramadan,  Restaurant Reviews

    Five Day Dining Options in Doha During Ramadan

    Ramadan Kareem! While I do love seeing the city come alive during the long Ramadan nights, it’s nice to have some quality options to eat out during the day. My friends at Doha News have compiled an exhaustive listing of opening hours for restaurants, malls and other facilities across the city and Qatar Eating have done the same. But I thought I would give you just a handful of good, solid places for breakfast and lunch over the coming weeks. Breakfast Santa Monica Breakfast Club.  Reports about this venue (at the Grand Hyatt Doha have been mixed, but my visit early in proceedings turned up some well executed burgers including a pulled chicken bao bun,…

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    What Ramadan Means to Me

    Yes, I’m one of those Doha residents. You know the ones. Those who came here for a couple of years, planning to return home in a blaze of glory with a fattened bank account and a sense of moral superiority. I’m happy to say, I’m now marking my 10th year in Qatar and all of those pretensions have dissolved. Each year brings a new experience and a new challenge. I should start this piece with what Ramadan is “not” to me. It’s not something I have to “endure”. Yes, it’s hot. And yes, the bars are closed. And yes, the driving is, at time, maniacal. But honestly, I didn’t drink alcohol…