New Foodie Favorites: 2 Desserts & a crust!

So, I AM BACK. To blogging that is, of course. I’ve been away for two reasons: Ramadan & I was also going through a hardcore blogger’s block. I had no ideas and no strength to even write.

Of course, my first topic since my short hiatus is about food 🙂 Come on, are you even surprised? I bet you’re not!

During my time off I discovered 3 favorites: a cake, a crust, and a new restaurant that serves my favorite Arabic/Turkish dessert.

CAKE (Paul’s Bakery & Restaurant)

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Last week, we celebrated Father’s Day and I wanted to purchase a cake from somewhere closer to our house since I was too lazy to drive elsewhere and Paul was the best idea.

I  honestly cannot remember what this cake’s called and I am not going to pretend I do! Anyway, this cake is made from my three favorites: Brownie, light cream, and berries! Chocolate and berries have always been one my favorites blended flavors. This cake will definitely be one of my favorites from now on!

THE CRUST (Biella Restaurant) 

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My family loves pizza and to be honest, we got tired of all those giant fast food restaurants. Why? Because the crust was always an issue! One Ramadan night, we were supposed to have Iftar at 800 Degrees; however, since I forgot to make a reservation, we decided to opt for Biella instead. It was our first time and we absolutely loved their crust. Soft AND Crunchy! Just a side note to Biella’s management: please add more toppings 🙂

KNEFE (Al Bisana Restaurant)

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I specifically decided to head to this restaurant for one reason: Their Knefe. & I was not disappointed. Crispy where it should be crispy and cheesy where it should be cheesy. Definitely coming back to try their soft Knefe.

Bonus: Shawarma is also good but there are better options closer to where I live.

That is the end. Hope you enjoyed my new favorites. Trying more new restaurants in July so hopefully I’ll find more favorites!

 

Smile 🙂

Magnolia Bakery – Sweet, Savory, & Sassy

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Magnolia Bakery was all about sugar, sugar, and only sugar. I still remember their old menu when it only consisted of cakes, cupcakes, other assorted desserts, and beverages. It was always enough. I never asked for more.

However, I was happy when they finally started to expand their menu slowly with just basic breakfast and now they have a complete savory menu. Just like love. Don’t they say that you fall in love slowly then all at once?

Their menu now includes salads, biscuit sandwiches (A MUST TRY!!! TRUST ME! OK? OK? OK!), regular sandwiches, skillets, and pasta.

I recently attended an event for their new menu tasting and here are the items I loved:

Pulled Beef Biscuit: 

This is by landslide my favorite dish. I don’t want to try anything else. Call me selfish; I don’t care. This is amazing. It is basically pulled beef in between two cheddar black pepper biscuits. Highly recommended!

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Lemon Mint Fizz:

I always prefer ordering lemonade whenever I’m out for lunch. This ones is really well made. Not too sweet. Not too sour. Just perfect. Very refreshing. This will be my go to drink during Doha’s hot summer days.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Penne Milano (It is actually Fettuccine on their menu):

This is a good one as well. Served with creamy sauce, herb grilled chicken, and sun dried tomatoes. The thing with pasta is that it is either very salty or served sans salt. Both cases are annoying as hell. However, this one tasted just en point. Another recommended dish.

DESSERTS!!!!!

Magnolia Desserts don’t need a review. I mean, come on. How thick would I be if I did that. I will just share the photo below and leave you drooling on your shirt. Maybe on your pillow tonight if you were lucky enough to dream of Magnolia Bakery!

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Next time, from their new menu I’ll be trying the Torta Espanola, Bacon & Onion Nola Pie, and the Apple Dutch Baby. Of course, while sitting at their outdoor seating at their Mall of Qatar Branch.

Cheers!!!

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Foozeesta Review #5: The Cheesecake Factory – Mall of Qatar

ONE WORD: MADNESS

So where do I begin? Let’s start with the hype. It took me 9 days before I finally had the time to try the newly opened Cheesecake Factory located at the also newly inaugurated Mall of Qatar. I was actually there at the soft opening, however, I did not have the chance to try the Qatar Mall branch of CF. Why? IT WAS FULLY BOOKED! & the line of people was even longer 😦

This fact is actually true as confirmed by their – very friendly – branch manager. In fact, he said that currently, this restaurant is the second busiest in the world!!! Macdonald’s in Korea was in first place. (Not cool, Korea; Qatar always wins ok?)

The good news is that another branch is also opening soon (WHEN? WHEN?!!!!!) at a mall that is literally a two-minute drive from home. (I am a fast driver but that doesn’t count).

Now let’s talk about the food.

I ordered the Chicken & Biscuits as the main course and the Berry Spritzer as a drink

 

I liked the Berry Spritzer. It is made with strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries blended and served over ice using Sprite as the base liquid. I liked this drink. Not too sweet not to acidic. Just perfect!

The Chicken & Biscuits was really yummmm! One downside, which was my fault, are the green peas 😦 I detest green peas and they were all over the place. Major throwback to my childhood days when I was forced to eat them 😦

However, I loved everything else. The rich pan gravy, their signature mashed potatoes (craving. it. right. now), the sautéed chicken breasts, and most importantly the buttermilk biscuits!!!! YUMMMMMMMM.

I was amazed by the portion size. It was huge! There was no place left in my tummy for dessert! (Took it takeaway). Their prices are on the upper scale compared to other chain restaurants; however, their portions make for it so it is definitely worth it.

My friends ordered lunch size meals :

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My friend was amazed by this one. She actually finished the whole place and kept repeating the words “Ang Sarapppp” which means sooooo tasty in Filipino.

I will definitely order this one on my next trip.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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This looks like a healthy choice; a delicious healthy choice as per my friend 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

Pasta with Shrimp & Sausage

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Another one on my list to try soon. Why? The moment it arrived, it smelled heavenly!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I’ve been out for breakfast, lunch, dinner with friends. This was the first time that it was a full house agreement on the taste of CF’s food. We all loved it and agreed to come back again!!!!

THE DESSERTS

Since we were extremely stuffed, we decided to come back after our shopping galore to takeaway some slices of cheesecakes. Below are snapshots of the cake menu. I know a lot of you are looking to have an idea on what the Qatar branch is offering. They also provide a selective range of cakes. (THEY WERE HUGE!!! HUGE!). I ordered the Hershey’s Chocolate Bar Cake. Highly recommended. Not too sweet as you’d expect which is perfect. It was decadent, creamy, and the sponge cake was very soft. Next on my list is the Chocolate Tower Truffle Cake. Why? Because I saw it while waiting for my order and it was inviting me over for a slice. I had to use every nerve in my body to look away and focus on eating sugar once at a time!

The price for the single slice is very reasonable compared to their sizes! You can also order the whole cake for an average price of QR 260

ENJOY!

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Foozeesta Review #4: Chac’Late – Katara

This will be a somehow short blog as I am planning on going back to try their breakfast menu!

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I’ve wanted to visit this place for a long time. & finally I did. What surprised me the most about this place are the prices. So cheap compared to other Katara restaurants. Kodus!

I ordered the Medovnik cake which is a Czech Republic – Prague specialty. My expectation was that it would be very sweet with layers of sugar cream. I was wrong. The cake was not very sweet. Therefore, I added the melted chocolate. OH. MY. GOD. (cries inside because I want to go back right now. RIGHT NOW). Highly recommended for the chocolate lovers reading this post.

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They also have a breakfast menu, a wide variety of waffles, assorted drinks, and of course, coffee.

Definitely going back soon just to try their breakfast menu & sit in their outdoor seats.

Below are some photos of their indoor decor: