Where do I shop for modest clothing in Qatar?

If I’ve had a riyal for every time someone asked me this question, I’d be a millionaire. Literally. I actually shop from different places depending on my mood, location, and mood. (yes, mood). and I also shop from where you shop from as well 🙂

So, I thought I’d share with you the three high street shops I buy my clothes from the most. They are Riva, Zara, and Mango (easy, right?)

RIVA

I fell in love with this shop when I came to Qatar. I always struggled finding modest hijabi clothing and this was a jackpot. I love their clothes, style, and fabric. I am a petite girl and some of their clothing could be a taaaad larger than life for me but with smart choices and good tailoring everything can be fixed. Here are some inspirations:

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Shop Riva http://www.rivafashion.com & at Mall of Qatar, DFC, Ezdan Mall, and Lagoona Mall

 

ZARA

I’m not sure if I’m the only one here but hasn’t Zara improved their aesthetic? I love their new vibe and style. More modest, classy, and wider selections. I used to buy just a piece out of the whole store. Now I walk out with a huge shopping bags; sometimes more. Below are some inspirations:

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Shop Zara at http://www.zara.com./qa and almost all malls across Qatar

 

MANGO

Honestly speaking, I used to hate shopping at this place. Their clothes were tacky made of horrible materials. The section I used to shop at was their accessories. However, I’ve been loving their collections since late last year. The fabrics are no longer cheap and their clothing styles have become more feminine. My favorites are below:

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Shop Mango at shop.mango.com/QA-en and almost all malls across Qatar

The week I happily gained weight!

Every year, and for the past 8 years, a very exciting event occurs at the end of the “Winter Season”. Qatar International Food Festival. What I love about this event is that it gets better every year. This year was cozy, unique, & delicious!

Since every. single. blogger, and, influence, and photographer, and food lover have been there eating, enjoying the fresh air, and capturing absolutely breathtaking photos , I decided to join the tide and give you all my side of the story 🙂

What to Eat??

Silly question, right 🙂 What I loved about this year’s edition is that it catered to everyone. There were hotels, chains, and most importantly, local businesses.

Of hotels I enjoyed: W Hotel, La Cigale, & Retaj. My favorite yummilicious chains were Ocean Basket, Shake Shack, Nandos, & Jollibee! The local businesses I tried so far are Yummy Delicious, Burger 3altayer (pronounced Altayer), Violette Chocoletier, Churros Spot, Pistacolate, Arnag, and Minis-Doha. Now you know how I gained weight!

The local businesses are what impressed me the most. Here are few recommendations:

  • Yummy Delicious: Lotus Dolce Cake. Bonus: A dreamy booth! Very photogenic
  • Arnag: YUMM!!! Chicken wings! I also heard their burgers are delicious. The long queues says it all.
  • Burger 3altayer: Signature burger. Homemade. ’nuff said.
  • Minis-Doha: Ask for their Samoy fries. I’ll keep it a surprise.
  • Churros Spot: Nutella Churros.

What to Do?

  • Sit on the hill and enjoy the view
  • High Tea (Sheraton). 90 QR only for a generous selection
  • Evergreen Organics. The hut is too adorable to ignore
  • Fireworks. 8 pm everyday! Hurry! April 8th is the last day
  • Selfies. Splash fountain, QIFF Logo, and QIFF wall of plates.
  • Dinner in the Sky. 500 QR
  • Eat. Duh

Pictures to encourage you to visit ( or go back again)

Ps. I am not a professional photographer nor am I trying to be one 🙂

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Last day is April 8th so hurry up!!!

Enjoy!

Sabah w Masa : A Man’ooshe sized portal to Lebanon

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I struggled for a long time looking for a place that served authentic Lebanese food on the go in a clean and fresh way. Yes, it is a struggle for us. We love our food! I am still looking for that perfect Lebanese Knefe that we have for breakfast! Yes, breakfast 🙂

A while ago, I discovered this place called Sabah W Masa. They serve Lebanese food with several varieties. Now, whenever I crave mana’eesh, I order from there. The options range from the traditional zaatar and cheese to vegetable options. One of my highly recommended ones is the Falafel! OMG! You can order it flat and enjoy it as a pizza.

A while ago I had breakfast there and ordered some of their other varieties such as the Batata Harra, Kafta w Jebne, Falafel, and Fatteh bil Laban.

Batata Harra

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At our household, we usually prepare it with Coriander. I guess they either ran out of it or forgot to add that ingredient…. Either way, it was okay but very oily. I don’t mind the oil as long as there’s coriander to alter the taste! Please don’t forget that next time!

Kafta w Jebne

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I absolutely love this! It’s prepared with Kebab mixed with cheese, slices of tomatoes and drizzled with Mayo. Absolutely delicious. Highly recommended.

Falafel

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Served with Tarator sauce, their falafel is juicy and perfectly seasoned. Not dry at all! Really enjoyed it!

Fatteh Bil Labban

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For those who are not familiar with this dish, it is made of yogurt, chickpeas, toasted bread, garlic, and butter. Then it is drizzled with fried pine seeds, cumin, and peprika. I am not a fan of this dish but my friend loved it very much. If you are a fan of yogurt, this is go-to dish for sure!

They are located in AL-Muthanna Complex opposite Jarir Bookstore and in The Pearl. Check them out in Zomato!

Cheers!

Damasca One – Souq Waqif: Take me back to Syria!

I love this restaurant for one reason. Well, there are other ones as well but for the most part it reminds me of Syria. I remember when I used to visit Syria just to have lunch or dinner. During my high school days, it was an annual event to visit Syria for a weekend or just for a quick Suhoor during Ramadan.

I’ve been wanting to visit Damasca One for a long time and I finally did. The whole ambiance truly felt like I was back in those old and dusty but amazingly historic alleyways. They even sell food in mini trucks alongside the restaurant with the seller yelling out words that just felt like being in Syria for a moment.

Their food is also very delicious. Syrians are well known for their food quality and the tendency for the homemade vibe. Damasca One definitely served that well.

The Hummus with meat was well done. I’ve had better but come one, just the idea of hummus is making me hungry right now.

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The Grilled Boneless Chicken was absolutely delicious. The best I’ve had so far in Doha. The chicken was juicy, tender, and perfectly seasoned.  I think I’ll keep going  back just to order it again. One downside is that it is overly priced compared to other restaurants (108 QR).

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Damasca One Mixed grill was also impressive. It consisted of lamb skewer, shish tawook, meat kebab, and chicken. They were all tender, juicy and cooked just the right way. Although it was overpriced, I did not regret ordering it.

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Oh, and their Shisha is really really really goooood!!!!

Cheers 🙂

 

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!!!

Shop Qatar 2017 – A Weekend of Firworks & Food 

The first weekend of the first ever Shop Qatar Festival was loud garnished with food. 

For the launch of the first ever Shop Qatar Festival (which is similar in retrospect to Dubai Shopping Festival; not as glamorous but we’re getting there), Qatar celebrated it with fireworks and foodtrucks. The launching event took place at the Cornish by the Oryx. There were several food trucks such as Burgeri and Minis-Doha. What I love about Qatar is that we’re seeing a lot of local businesses garnering recognition more than chains. People are also enjoying those local restaurants instead of criticizing and holding on to chain restaurants. 

Other than foodtrucks, the cornish lit up every night (Thursday-Saturday) with beautiful fireworks. I don’t know why but ever since I officially moved to Qatar in 2012, I always missed any sort of fireworks. Not this time, baby! 

The Shop Qatar Festival is supposed to continue until February 7th. However, the fireworks and foodtrucks will not. 

I teeny tiny suggestion to the person reading this blog and happens to work with the organizers of Shop Qatar, please keep the weekends busy. It would’ve been nice to see those trucks somewhere else in Doha such as Aspire Park or Katara’s renovated beachfront; with fireworks of course 😊 because why not?? We can beat Dubai at its own game! Come on! 

Anyway, here are some photos 🙂

Enjoy ❤️

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Twenty Facts About Me :)

I thought it would be a good time for me to open up to all of you and give you 20 facts about me so the next time you read my blog or “like” my Instagram picture, you’re more familiar with the person behind all that.

  1. I’m a hybrid. Dad is Lebanese & mom is from the Philippines.
  2. I speak 3 languages fluently. Arabic, English, and Tagalog. I am also a beginner in Spanish & French. Honestly speaking, my Tagalog is not fluent but I can converse normally with people. I started learning Spanish few years back by buying books and CDs but I got caught up with life and never continued. It is still on my list though. I was also taught French during middle school and high school as well as in college. However, I have no idea why I never picked up the language fluently (Hint: My teachers were awful).
  3. Nobody has ever guessed my age correctly.
  4. I was born in the Philippines, spent my childhood in UAE, moved to Lebanon when I was 12 then to Qatar in 2012.
  5. I don’t have a favorite color, food, or anything.
  6. I get bored easily.
  7. I am an avid tv series addict. I currently have a list of 30 shows that I watch.
  8. I love helping people even if I dislike the person.
  9. I enjoy reading books & yes, I don’t have a favorite genre.
  10. I have an addiction and its name is Sephora.
  11. I currently work at the American School of Doha as a Senior HR Advisor and I love my workplace (knock-wood).
  12. Food relaxes me. So if you happen to catch me with a bad mood, give me food and I’ll be smiling again like a baby.
  13. I am borderline OCD (Not clinically). I love being organized and can’t function if an issue is not in order inside my brain. I lecture those around me who are messy.
  14. I like collecting stuff. Sunglasses, bags, wallets, makeup, perfumes, scarfs, shoes, and sticky notes. Yes, all that.
  15. I am obsessed with stationery. OBSESSED!
  16. To strangers, I am silent and introverted. However, once I am comfortable with someone, I am the complete opposite. My family & friends call me crazy & weird.
  17. I don’t believe in dieting. It is stressful and life is too short for that.
  18. I LOVE Dream Catchers. If you are not familiar with them, google it.
  19. My most common phrases are: Google it & I’m hungry.
  20. I respect luxury cars. For instance, I give them way on the road because they deserve it 🙂

Want more, maybe next time 😉 It is bed time for me now!

Cheers!

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Foozeesta Review #6: Terminal Burger

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Forget fast food, forget Shake Shack, forget In & Out, forget any other burger place that you love because this one is replacing it.

It comes from Bahrain with a really unique and funny concept. It is an airport style joint. Everything from their decor, menu, even the employees wear airport/airplane attire.

From the moment you walk in, it feels like you’re actually departing! The place is small so I would recommend that you take away your orders.

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Even the waiter had a uniform on and a cheeky personality as well 🙂 I’d stolen a shot from him on the way out but he asked me for another one once I told him I’ll be blogging and posting his picture online. Oh my pinoys…. 🙂

 

Now to the food!!!! They serve 5 types of burgers: New York, Chicago, Mexico, Milan, & Beirut. Each burger with a it’s own taste and mix. I ordered the Chicago burger and it was love from first bite.

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The burger is juicy with many ingredients inside in addition to the beef patty (DUH!) such as lettuce, cheese, and caramelized onions. I love caramelized onions and what are the odds that the burger I chose had it. YUM YUM YUM!!!!!! Look how huge the burger was for just 29 QR!!!!

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They also have two types of fries: The Economy class & the First Class. I usually avoid beef bacon at all costs and I did order one without it. However, they forgot and served us one with bacon. Not bad. Not bad at all. The odd bacon taste was not even there. On the contrary, it was crunchy and sooooo damn tasty. The fries were flat & thick and definitely cannot be compared to fast food fries 🙂 Highly recommended.

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Their menu was also soooo unique and exciting to read 🙂 Here it is below:

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I am definitely coming back very soon (probably this week) to try out the New York Flight with brown bread. Of course, I’ll be ordering the 1st class fries and the black & white cake for dessert. I will post a short review on both on my Instagram and Facebook Pages once I try them out.

Here is a final photo with all my orders. They are currently located in Al Waab Street, a few meters after the petrol station.

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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: