• Doha,  Qatar,  Restaurants

    Seven Places You Should Be Eating in Right Now – Summer 2017 Edition

    Don’t be alarmed…but it’s nearly August. Hard to believe we have survived nearly two months of the #QatarBlockade 2017 (although there appears to be a lucrative black market in Diet Coke hoarding and coriander swapping) and one of the swampiest Summers on record. But…here we are. Stronger. Sense of humor intact. And still HUNGRY. I thought it was time to revisit my now regular twice yearly look at places you should be eating at right now. To be fair, many of these places are old favorites that have maybe fallen off the radar (well mine anyway) but have returned with a new vigor and one out of left field. All are…

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    Cheese,  Fast Food,  Food,  food festival,  Food Trends

    Qatar International Food Festival – Your Five Must Eats

    I’m going to be honest with you and tell you something that I only admit after a few drinks at a (small dinner) party…I’m mildly agoraphobic. I don’t do big crowds (and I don’t do stairs but that’s another story). A while back I had a meltdown during a street food trawl in Mumbai. Lost power of speech and had to sit down. It wasn’t pretty. Which is why, the Qatar International Food Festival is a challenge for me. That said, I have a tried and true strategy – head in mid-afternoon, do a covert swoop, check out the set up and choose my must-eat places. There is a lot to love…

  • Doha

    Nine Food Trends Set to Rock Doha in 2017

    We may look to our friends in the seemingly ever changing Dubai for what’s currently hip and cool, but here in Qatar, our dining ecosystem has a life of its own. As we head into February (how did THAT happen?) I thought it would be a good time to take the pulse of the city and see what we can expect from restaurants, hotels and others in 2017: MORE CHAIN RESTAURANTS: The opening of the Cheesecake Factory at the mammoth Mall of Qatar was more anticipated in some circles than the much discussed ABBA reunion. It’s just another in a long list of chains that see Doha as a rich market for their…

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    China,  Food,  Food Trends,  holidays,  Promotions,  Qatar,  Restaurant Review

    Something to Crow About – the Best Chinese New Menus in Doha

    Chinese New Year is always all color, movement and the best eats. And always SO much better than that January 1 business, which always sees me holed up on the couch watching fireworks rather than actually getting out and about. Chinese New Year menus often contain similar, traditional dishes or a chef’s interpretation of them. the theme is always around celebration, so you will find food with symbolism (good luck, prosperity) and also dishes with lots of color. The most common Chinese New Year foods includes dumplings, fish, spring rolls, and niangao (glutinous rice cakes). You will also find abalone (good fortune) and pomelo because it is thought to bring “continuous prosperity…

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    China,  Doha,  Qatar,  Restaurant Reviews

    Wok and Roll – A Review of the Shanghai Club

    It’s very rare that I would go to a restaurant “cold” – that is with literally no idea what to expect in terms of food or experience. Usually Doha-based foodies would have swarmed a new venue, picked it apart and shared it on social media. Or, the fooderati (I say that with my tongue very firmly planted in my cheek) would have been invited and posted glowing reviews. The Shanghai Club at the Shangri-La Doha opened a few weeks ago with a glitzy party. Then…silence. No reviews. No chatter. Only online ads. With AZ out of town, I rounded up Alicia and we headed to the 43rd Floor to see what the big…

  • Cheese,  Food,  French,  wine

    Cheese, Truffles and Dumplings – A Round-Up of Foodie Events in Doha

    Today I felt the faintest hint of a chill in the air in Doha. Which means it was 27 degrees instead of 35. Still, winter is coming and this is the most active time in Doha for foodie events and happenings. So for my Qatar-based readers, here are three foodie events you should try and make happen in the coming days and weeks. My love of dumplings is well documented and I have even traveled to China and Hong Kong on dumpling expeditions. W Doha’s Spice Market is running a Dim Sum promotion with renowned Chinese chef Allan Huang. For QR250 you get a soup, two starters and six baskets of dumplings…

  • Cheese

    You Get What You Pay For

    What’s the price of a glowing review of a restaurant? In Doha, apparently it’s in the vicinity of Qr1000 or so I discovered recently. This post is going to make me very unpopular in some blogging circles but really, this post has been a long time coming. When I started this blog, I wanted to use my writing skills to talk about my love of cheese. It then blossomed into something different. While I still talk about cheese, I also do restaurant reviews, travel stories and a range of different things. I work in PR (and have been a journalist) so I know that leveraging positive coverage as cheaply as…

  • Cafes,  Doha,  Qatar,  Restaurant Reviews

    Channel Surfing – A Look at the Al Jazeera Cafe

    Every once in a while I find my natural born cynicism  undergoes a forced correction. I’m a journalist. It’s inbuilt. It happened recently with PF Changs Doha and yes, it’s happened again. A week ago I received a truly interesting invitation to a preview of the Al Jazeera Cafe. If my eyebrows could have arched, they would have. Qatar, where I have lived for eight years is the home to the Al Jazeera network which broadcasts news in English and Arabic. I thought the invite might be a once off for one of their programs and being at Katara cultural village, I knew it wasn’t in the network’s notorious cafeteria. At least…

  • Doha,  Qatar,  Restaurant Reviews

    Turning Japanese – A Review of Nobu in Doha

    Many years ago, in what seems like another lifetime in a galaxy far, far away, I was a newspaper editor. This was pre-Instagram and pre-Snapchat (yes Virginia, there wasn’t always a Whatsapp). Actually it was 2008 and I remember putting on the front page a story that the famous Nobu restaurant would open in Doha within the next 12 months. Well, as is the way with anything you really want, we were made to wait. And wait. And wait… Finally, in a blaze of glory, Nobu has opened its doors in Doha and I have to say, it was worth the very long wait. Almost as long as it took…

  • Cheese,  events,  Swiss

    Very Fondue You – Swiss Week at Grand Hyatt Doha

    Some people know the way to my heart is cheese (and flowers but that’s another post), so one event I do look forward to each year is the Swiss Week at the Grand Hyatt Doha. I had a chance to check out the selection at the launch last night. But to be frank, we didn’t make it past the luxurious cheese selection. It runs from 2-7 May from 6:30pm until midnight and includes Swiss music and dishes including fondue, raclette and rösti prepared by Chef Sebastian Wirsching from Park Hyatt Zurich. I promise I will go this week to try the other dishes (including a fantastic array of seafood and a hot…