Valentine’s Day Dining in Doha

Planning for Valentine’s Day can be somewhat stressful.  Granted, I’m a bona fide stress bag with a penchant for dramatic panic, but I think many can empathise with my anxieties in this case. 

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Foodie Gifts for Christmas

A jaunty fire dances in the hearth, my playlist is set on carols, and there’s fruitcake and stollen keeping me company. 

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Peruvian Flavours Come to Doha

I first tasted tiger’s milk when I was working in Los Angeles and discovered Peruvian cuisine.  Wait… they have tigers in Peru?  Clearly not.

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Thanksgiving in Doha

I love roast turkey.  Wait, that’s not nearly emphatic enough.  I LOVE turkey… triple exclamation point.  Which means Thanksgiving for me is like bacon wrapped chocolate with ice cream and double maraschino cherries.  

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Indian flavours at The Westin Doha

I guess it’s customary to start with a disclaimer.  I am an Indian food snob. 

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Breakfast for a Sultan at Grande

Four months is a long break from blogging.  I could blame it on a litany of excuses, chief among them sloth; but the truth is I have had a terrible time juggling a book I’m working on while keeping my pulse on the Doha dining scene.

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Ramadan in Doha 2016

The Muslim month of Ramadan is such a special time of year to be living in the Gulf. Set aside the conspicuous logistical changes of shortened working hours, smoother traffic and modesty restrictions to ensure public decorum. For me, it’s about the spirit of reflection and unity born from the rituals of this holy period.

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Rustic Italian at Nonna Zanon

Independent.  Outside a hotel.

These two factors alone endear me to any restaurant in Doha.  And when the food is actually good, then that’s just Christmas in June.

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The Choux Fits

Éclair – literally, lightning. Why the French would christen a pastry such is beyond me. But considering how I can smash one of these cream-filled choux logs in a flash, its name doesn’t seem so peculiar after all.

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Feeling Sabai at Sabai Thai Doha

Few cities in the world depend so heavily on hotels as much as Doha. These properties are major players in town; they employ thousands of highly visible hospitality professionals, manage royal functions for visiting dignitaries, and more pertinently to me, feed the city’s rapacious diners.

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