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    Your March Hit List – Where You Should be Eating and Drinking in Doha this Month

    March is here and thank God. Wasn’t February the longest short month ever? But March, it holds so much promise. Winter is over, we are well and truly in the midst of the actual year. And restaurants in Doha are finally hitting their straps – serving up new and interesting menus, dishes and even a new opening or two (finally).  So here is where I am putting my dining riyal in Doha this month. And let me just say, it’s probably the most interesting line-up (old and new) for a few months: The Melting Pot You had me at cheese. All of the cheese. So much cheese. This is proof…

  • Accompaniments,  Cheese,  Cheese in Cooking,  Doha,  European Cheese,  events,  Fondue,  Food,  Food Trends,  Hotels,  Promotions,  Qatar,  Swiss,  wine

    Damned if Fondue – Swiss Food Festival Returns to Doha

    Nothing melts my heart (OK that was a cheap pun – even cheaper than the headline for this post) more than a proper Swiss fondue. The Grand Hyatt Doha is bringing back its’ popular Swiss Gastronomic Festival for another year. Running from 8 -16 May from 6:30pm until midnight. Enjoy live folk Swiss music and most importantly fondue, raclette and rösti prepared by Chef Heinz Ruifbach. Call 77982400 for bookings and more information. Melted cheese, potatoes, alcohol and sticks to stab things with. What’s not to love?

  • European Cheese,  Fondue,  Food,  Qatar,  Restaurant Review,  Restaurant Reviews,  Swiss,  Travel,  wine

    Bubbling Over – A Fondue Review

    There are three things that come to mind when I think about Belgium – mussels, the mussels from Brussels (aka Van Damme) and beer. Fondue? Nope, that’s Swiss. Except…in Doha at Belgian Cafe at the Intercontinental Doha Lured by a special promotion this month of fondue served with beer, I could’t say no. The belgian is perhaps the single most popular bar/restaurant in Doha. On any given night, it’s packed with a mixed crowd having a beer or sharing a pot of mussels. I have to admit I don’t go there often, but this visit changed. What I didn’t know is that the menu was all about cheese, not just…

  • Cheese,  Swiss,  Travel

    What a Raclette…But I am Still Fondue of You

    When I was a youngster living in Sydney’s west, it wasn’t the culinary melting pot that it is now. On my last visit home, the main drag of Merrylands’ restaurant count included Vietnamese, Turkish, Lebanese, Chinese, Thai and a couple of others. Nearby Parramatta is even more diverse. But in the 1980s in Parramatta, there was a restaurant called inexplicably Pinkys (the only name more inexplicable was the Foo Doo Chinese up on Sherwood Road, but that’s another story). And at Pinkys, the only thing on the menu was fondue and lots of it. Melted cheese in all its glory. I never actually went to Pinkys and it is long…

  • Cheese,  European Cheese,  Swiss,  Travel

    Melting Moments – Fondue and Raclette Festival Hits Doha

    Who doesn’t love melted cheese? In all it’s ooziness… For those cheese lovers living in and visiting Doha, head to the Grand Hyatt Doha later this month for a Swiss Gastronomy Festival – ie lots of melted things, sticks and a Swiss band. What’s not to love? For more information on the Swiss Food Festival click here: Swiss Gastronomic Week