• Doha,  Qatar,  Restaurant Reviews

    Dine Around Doha – Around the City in Three Awesome Meals

    I am a woman with many opinions. Just ask me. I have an opinion about everything from the US presidential elections (I’m not even American) to the state of Posh and Becks marriage (boredom). I get asked often what my favorite restaurant in Doha is (and my favorite cheese but thats another post). My answer is always the same…it depends. It depends on my mood. It depends on the company. It depends on my outfit. It depends on budget. So here is my (current) front runners for a day of perfect dining in Doha for all budgets. This list is based purely on my likes, dislikes and general state of…

  • Cheese,  Italian,  Restaurant Reviews

    Brunch Italian Style – Review of Four Seasons Sapore Italiano

    Most Fridays see me languish in my PJs until noon watching shows on the Crime Channel. Not that there is anything wrong with that. But every so often I can be convinced to leave my self imposed exile to try a new experience. The Four Seasons Doha is an invite I always accept so this saw me drag on a dress, put some lipstick on and hit “record” on the showbox (Deadly Wives Marathon). The concept is simple – a family style brunch in their Italian restaurant. Meant for sharing and meant to showcase something for everyone. There are two sureties in my life – one is that I will always choose…

  • Cheese,  Qatar,  Restaurant Review

    The Missing Link – Review of BBaba Sausage Sizzle

    In Australia you would be hard pressed not to come face-to-face with a sizzling sausage. At any given time, BBQs and grills are being fired up in car parks, sports grounds and even at high end events and links of sausages being prodded and poked all in the name of fundraising. Yes, we Aussies love a sizzling sausage. Sausage sizzles are a fundraising and community event. Consisting of a gathering where a barbequed sausage is served on a slice of white bread or on a bread roll, and may be accompanied by tomato sauce, mustard, and sometimes barbecued onions. All ingredients are usually purchased as cheaply (or donated) as possible, so…

  • 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

    Fine Dining Doha Style

    I know I sound like a broken record/tired old expat when I say that Doha’s dining scene has really skyrocketed since I arrived eight years ago. But it has. When I arrived we had a handful of five star hotels and few independent dining options for those who like something more challenging that a drive-thru burger. That said, there has always been excellent Arabic and South Asian choices at all price points. In recent years, we have seen Alain Ducasse’s Idam open as well as a branch of Guy Savoy’s empire open (then close). We have also seen other dining options like French bistro La Varenne and its sister steak restaurant The Anvil Rooms open their doors…

  • Cheese,  Doha,  Restaurant Reviews

    Living La Vida Loca at El Faro

    In my next life I want to be a flamenco dancer. There is something about the combination of fierceness, amazing red frocks and being able to dance in high heels that really appeals to me. I have always loved Spain and visited Madrid twice in recent years. I even bought one of those stunning fringed Spanish shawls, determined to channel my inner Flamenco dancer. I’ve worn it once and nearly decapitated myself when it got caught in the door of my car. But I love the Spanish combination of pragmatism and  love of life and food. And their sense of humor. This is the country that gave us surrealism. Spanish…

  • Cheese,  Doha,  Qatar,  Restaurant Review

    Tapa the World – Brunch Without the Big Buffet

    I used to be a prolific bruncher. Fridays would always consist of a jug of margaritas and a lush buffet. Brunch in the Middle East is an art and I was an old master. But something changed, maybe a desire to get healthier or a realization that I would end up spending Friday nights napping. Maybe I just got old. Last week the Oryx Rotana asked me to come our of my Brunch Exile to try their new “Tap Brunch” at their popular Cellar restaurant. I was glad I came our of retirement. This hotel is actually my “local” and to my great detriment I always forget about it and literally drive…

  • Accompaniments,  Cheese,  European Cheese,  France,  Travel,  wine

    I Camembert It…

    Baked cheese seems to be a theme in my life in recent weeks. Hot on the heels of this extravaganza on Christmas Day I found myself delving back into the gooey mess that is baked Camembert. Last night’s indulgence was brought to me by the good people at French brasserie La Varenne This was baked in the paper container it comes in and served with honey and truffle oil. It was one of those rare moments in dining where many senses were tickled – sight, smell and of course taste. The fact that it’s a tactile dish involving digging the fresh baguette pieces into the oozing hot cheese is even more exciting. Sorry,…

  • American,  competition,  giveaways,  Restaurant Review

    Ready for Red Lobster – Win a QR250 Voucher

    Everyone loves a free meal and you can indulge in some freshly cooked seafood (and cheddar biscuits) courtesy of our friends at Red Lobster. Studious readers will know I was recently able to sample Red Lobster’s new menu including it’s Canadian lobsters which are flown to Doha weekly. Life on the Wedge is giving away two QR250 vouchers for Red Lobster’s Doha branch so you too can sample their seafood delights (and those cheddar biscuits). All you have to do is: 1. Follow @lifeonthewedge on Twitter and 2. Answer the following question in the comments below: When did Red Lobster open its’ first restaurant in Doha? (BIG hint – check my previous…

  • Cheese,  Doha,  Qatar,  Restaurant Review,  seafood

    Red Handed at Red Lobster

    This again can be filed under “never say never”. I hadn’t given much thought to Red Lobster when it opened more than a year ago in Doha. Maybe I thought it wasn’t something for me (not being a fan of chain restaurants), maybe I was put off by the traffic logged location. But I am an adventurous lady and when I was invited with a group of other food bloggers to try the menu I broke my rule of “No Lobsters During the Week”. A US-based chain brought out here by Americana  restaurants, the company has been going for 45 years and have 700 locations worldwide. This Doha location opened in 2012…