Monday, July 22, 2019

Chili's Seaside location opening Soon

When visiting the Chili's location in Bidda I spoke with the manager and asked her about the seaside location as I had seen the sign put up. She told me it will open in about a week. I stopped by the new location and my manager friends were there setting up so they gave me a sneak peek inside.

The decorations are from the old location with a few new additions, there is still a sea view and a view of Green Island. The location will include a Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf  and Ocean Basket seafood restaurant planned to open in a week or two so stay tuned.

 The new Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf

And Ocean Basket which I've yet to try

Once again we will be able to enjoy Chili's seaside......

Sunday, July 21, 2019

Universal Studios Dubai- Cancelled

I found this video about the fate of Universal Studios Dubai, what a bummer.

It would have been way to hot in the summer to walk in the park and riding the roller coasters in 130 degree heat might burn your face off. They do have IMG Worlds (post link) which is an indoor park and it's awesome if anyone is looking to take the kids to ride rides.

Sunday, June 23, 2019

Good Bye McDonald's

McDonald's seaside is being dismantled piece by piece.

 Gone are the yellow arches that led you to the beach

What will replace it? Time will tell.

Saturday, June 22, 2019

Arabella- On the verge of Closing?

A friend of mine told me about restaurants closing in Arabella during Eid so I went to check it out and see what had closed. It looks like Five Guys and Futur Kids have opened up, maybe not a good thing considering Al Shaya has closed all of their restaurants, Cheesecake Factory, Texas Roadhouse and Pei Wei as well as Starbucks and Pinkberry leaving the plaza almost completely empty of any places to eat.

My friend's daughter had mentioned that Radisson Blu which is next door may want to take over this location? Everyone knows how horrible their parking area is and what a narrow place to try to get in and out of. Has anyone heard of what's going on? Here's my post on Arabella when it first opened, what a difference!

Thursday, June 20, 2019

Deliveroo - my first Experience

UPDATE: I used their service to order Shake Shack and I wasn't disappointed, it was cool watching the driver as he got closer to the house. Definitely will use it again, the burgers were good but the fries were sad, it's better to have Shake Shack fresh.

The other night hanging out with friends they wanted to order burgers so I suggested Five Guys which are only on the Deliveroo app. I've always used Talabat so this was a new experience, I downloaded the app and chose our items, added the credit card number and submitted it. It was late, around 12:30 am or so when I ordered but according to the app our order was being prepared.

We waited for around 45 minutes, the app said it was processing and the money had been taken from the account as well. I decided to check Five Guys on Google and realized they closed at 1 am but the order said being processed. I called Deliveroo company and no one answered as they close at 11 pm.
After an hour I cancelled the order and had to order Hardee's which took another hour to get there and was cold, wet and just gross.

The next day I called Deliveroo and they were aware of the problem, the operator told me they had contacted Five Guys and gave them a warning about what they did, they should not process orders if they can't fill them and if they did it again they will have a problem. I told him it was my first time using the app and he said he was concerned about their reputation as well.  I asked him what the company will do, they really did mess up our night and he told me he would credit me. Later on I saw that he had credited my account with 5 KD which was really nice of them.

I will use that credit and hopefully the next order will be a better experience. As for Five Guys, I hope they fix this problem and won't let another customer be disappointed.

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Ice skating rink in Kuwait City

I took the kids to the ice skating rink so they can have the old school experience before it is torn down to make way for a new phase of Al Shaheed Park. From what I've heard it will be replaced with a concert hall and new ice skating rink, I wonder how much the fees will be then?

If you bring a child with you that doesn't want to skate they still charge you 3KD.

 The first time I came to Kuwait in 2003 I attended a Kuwait Miami concert held here and it was super cool, I miss the old days when life was more simple in Kuwait.

 There are two rinks, one for professionals, when we visited the Kuwaiti women's team were warming up there which made it scary for the beginners so we moved to the smaller rink down the hall.

McDonald's is closed so there is no food or drinks in the facility but the ice cream man out front is available. I suggest visiting before it's gone and if you're a history buff then I suggest taking a drive around Kuwait and photograph what remains of the old locations as it looks like all the old buildings and businesses are slowly being torn down and soon there will be nothing left but memories.