Monday, February 19, 2018

Over Jar - Death by Chocolate

While walking around The Avenues we came across Over Jar chocolate cafe and I remembered I had seen some fancy things on their IG page so we had to check it out. 
The teeny tiny jar of French coffee with a tiny brownie piece
 The chocolate cookie skillet with ice cream and chocolate injections (highly recommended)

 The brownie sunday in a jar: brownies, chocolate ice cream, chocolate syrup, nuts and marshmallows with a waffle slice and whip cream

 I loved this quirky lemonade with some hairy cotton candy
It was definitely almost death by chocolate! There are several locations in Avenues, Sea View, Opera House and The View mall, you can find more information on their IG @overjar

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Zafran's new Menu

I would like to thank Zafran for their invitation to taste their new menu items which were a great addition to the already flavorful menu they have. 
 This platter is the Zafran feast which includes all new menu items on one plate. There's two types of chicken, fish, prawns, kebob and lamb.
 This one is the fried rawa fish fry with the fish coated in dried coconut and rawa thendeep fried and served with a side of tomato chili chutney.
 Of course the chicken biriyani
And three new dessert items, flourless brownie, saffron rice with milk and a mango frozen ice cream pie.
My favorites were the mustard fish, lamb was good and the saffron rice dessert. You can find more of their menu items on IG @zafranindianbistro

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Avenues Phase Four Preview

Today the media was invited to take a tour of the new Phase Four area of the Avenues. There is so much to look forward to and it is amazing. There are extensions to the Souk, Grand Avenue and Prestige as well as a few more addition like the Forum, a new Cinema area (VOX Cinemas – The Avenues in Kuwait, will house 17 screens with an approximate seating capacity of 1679, and will include 2 MAX screens, 4 Theater by Rhodes screens, 2 Kids screens and a new VOX experience for teens) and a Garden area with a glass dome.

The garden area brings in more greenery, light and water fountains
Extension to Prestige
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The Avenue Eye
Some new shops due to open are NYX makeup, Aveda Salon, Tekzone, Monki and Etude house to name a few.

The amazing Forum area is just beautiful


The Souk area that brings some wooden lattice work


The 5 star hotel Waldorf Astoria (which was initially going to be Conrad hotel which meant a new design and a delayed opening until 2020) and 4 star hotel Hilton Garden Inn (might open in 20149 sometime) will be joining The Avenues over the next two years. There will be an addition of three thousand plus parking spaces with a total of more than 13,000 for visitors. The talk of the area being completed by the end of February may or may not happen, I doubt it as there is a lot more work to be done by that time but it will be a sight to see once it's completed!

My only suggestion is to build an indoor theme park like IMG in Dubai or areas like they have in Mall of America then The Avenues would be complete and tourists would only have to stay in the hotel and be connected to everything in one location.

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Bait Al Othman Museum new Additions

I took my mom and daughter to my favorite museum Bait Al Othman on our family outing since my mom had never been there. There are some additions to the museum starting with the parking lot, they have added an area that looks like old Kuwaiti houses and it is awesome. I'm not quite sure what they will be once they are completed but I love the idea.




 The museum has opened the second house after completing the refurbishment. It has been turned into a hotel decorated with old Kuwaiti furniture as seen below.
We weren't able to get a complete view as they were having some kind of gathering and all of the rooms were closed off. I'm not sure about the pricing or if it is an actual hotel, I hope to have some more details soon.

Monday, January 29, 2018

Sears in Sharq Mall

Last time I went to Sharq Mall I stopped by Sultan Center and found a Sears in the upstairs area. I remember when Sears was cheap but along with everything else the prices have increased significantly.

Saturday, January 27, 2018

Saveco Qurain Closed

I went shopping at LuLu in Qurain exit 208 and after finishing I stopped by Saveco looking for my protein ice cream only to find the store in chaos with empty shelves.





I asked the check out lady if they were closing down and she confirmed they are indeed and I should visit the original one from now on. I don't know what the reason is  but I can only figure that the government did the same thing with Saveco as they did with LuLu which is close it down because the area is not for commercial business but supposed to be for Kuwaiti artisans and handicrafts. I doubt that as the area has grown to include ministries, restaurant and sheesha cafes.

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Life in Kuwait Blog Anniversary

Today marks the eighth year anniversary of Life in Kuwait Blog....for those who are still with me a very special thank you!

I started this blog for the expats and those outside of Kuwait who wonder what we do here. So many things have changed, some good, some bad but I miss the early days of first arriving here on  February 14, 2004. What a wonderful place and time to be here, not a lot of people, simplicity and nicer people.

Here's to what's to come, cheers!

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Kuwait Zoo 2018

New year, kids on vacation, not much to do in Kuwait, take a trip to the zoo. That's was our schedule last week since there isn't much to do in Kuwait and we had lunch already. Everything is pretty much the same as the last time we visited last year. There's a lot of construction going on and the elephant's area has been closed and metal siding has replaced the fence, no idea what's going on with them.

This lonely little bear
 This one has no water to swim in and no water to drink
 The hippos have been moved from the big pool area to this tiny one with green stinky water
 Flamingos are still white due to not being fed properly
 The angry chimpanzee that spits at people
 The garbage left behind by visitors
A lot of the exhibits were closed and some animals were gone, if you visit the zoo and find the black llama be careful, he spits. I got a face full of grass from that lovely little creature while my daughter was spit on by the chimpanzee. I wish they had some kind of volunteering program there where people could give more attention to the animals, it's kind of depressing to see them going crazy.

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Sky Cinemas Kuwait

I finally got around to seeing a movie at Sky Cinemas in Salmiya, we watched "The Commuter" which was a bad choice but I did enjoy the surround sound system in the theater. The cinema was a little on the small side but it was easier leaving when you don't have 100 people trying to get out after the movies are over.





It's located in Dalal Mall next to Fanar mall, back street, contact number 2228 7999 and their website link.