• Cheese,  Cheese in Cooking,  Doha

    Much Ado About Shakespeare and Co

    I don’t want to sound like a curmudgeonly old woman, but when I first arrived in Doha seven plus ago, there were very few breakfast/cafe destinations outside of five star hotels. I know, this is one of the most Middle Class statements I have ever typed. but it’s true. Today, as the population exploded and the dining populace became more demanding, we are spoiled for choice. One of the newest is¬†Shakespeare and Co¬†which has just opened its second location at The Pearl Qatar. For newcomers, this cafe is a Middle East brand with stores around the GCC and Lebanon. It’s also known for its rather distinctive interiors – like Alice…

  • 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…

  • Restaurant Reviews

    Business as Usual – Express Lunch at The Market by Jean Georges Restaurant Review

    The thing about great ideas is that usually, you aren’t the only person to have that idea. And so it was on Tuesday, when, inspired, I called my occasional Partner in Cheese and Culinary Crime, Rachel B (more of her later) and suggested lunch. You see, Tuesday was a last minute public holiday in Qatar, declared at 530pm the previous day for the succession of our new ruler. Without the structure of our work day, Rachel B and I (yes, we are both called Rachel. We are considering starting a girl band called The Rachels) thought an afternoon of gossip and people watching at Market by Jean Georges at the…