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2017 – a new start for everyone!

Just like that.. a year older hopefully a year wiser.. don’t dwell on the past, instead learn from it and use it as you face the next 365 days and all the challenges of 2017!

To all those who will read this…

Happy New Year Everyone!

Personal, Tech

My gadget wishlist for 2017 – New 15″ Macbook Pro

This thing will probably cost me 3 months worth of my salary. Good thing I have a whole year to save for it.

The photos taken at Virgin Megastore in Al Nakheel Mall here in Riyadh.

Food and Places

#POTD: Fushi in Alkhobar

Last Christmas weekend, we went to Al Khobar to visit my better-half’s sister and also spend Christmas eve outside Riyadh. We usually spend the mornings and afternoon walking by the Khobar Sea Front, which is always refreshing specially this cold season. Before we went back to Riyadh, we had a chance to try and eat at Fushi, a Japanese restaurant with a a distinct Asian fusion.

Asian Alfredo Noodles

Chicken Tempura Ramen

Beef Ramen

Sushi Bar and their friendly staff.

Their menu on iPad. I have a video of their menu embedded below.

Video of their menu using iPads;

Here are all the photos that I took;

Their menu features traditional Japanese, Thai, Italian, and serve dishes like sushi, teriyaki, teppanyaki, Ramen, tempura and more. Another thing that I like about Fushi is that they offer food delivery but within the Al Khobar, Dhahran and Rakkah area only. If you’re asking the price, well Fushi is not the place if you are looking for cheap Japanese food, because it’s a bit pricey but their servings is large which justify the price, plus their home made iced tea, is refillable, which is a big plus for me.

If you like to know more about the restaurant, their menu or order food for delivery, you can reach them thru the following channels;
Website: http://sofushi.com
Tel.: +966 13 898 9595
Email: info@sofushi.com
Facebook: /Fushi.Cuisine
Instagram: @Fushi_Cuisine
Twitter: @Fushi_Cuisine

If you’re in the Eastern region and want to visit their store, here’s a Google map of their location.

Food and Places

#POTD: QuickChow Oriental Noodles & Rice House

As you can see from my posts, we really love eating specially chinese food and if you happen to be in Riyadh Gallery there’s one Chinese fastfood stall that you may want to visit, QuickChow Oriental Noodles & Rice House.

From the name itself, its menu are mostly noodles like the stir-fried beef with Udon in Teriyaki sauce, that I ordered. They will cook your order right in front of you, so you can be sure that there’s no paranormal activity in preparing your food. They also have different kinds of Maki rolls and if you prefer rice, they also offer than.

QuickChow’s dishes are reasonably priced as well. Their stall is at Riyadh Gallery Mall level 2 Food court. Also, QuickChow offers food delivery via their WhatsApp account (053-002-0760) from 1:00 PM to 11:00 PM.

You can also reach them thru their social media accounts;
website: qcnoodles.com – still under constructions
IG: quickchow.sa
Twitter: @qcnoodles
Facebook: @quickchow

Food and Places

#POTD: Panda Express

If you’re craving for some Chinese food but prefer to have it fast, then you may want to visit Panda Express in Thalateen, near Tamimi Plaza. Panda Express is a US based Chinese restaurant that was founded in 1983 at the Glendale Galleria in Glendale, California. The Panda Express in Riyadh is their first store in Saudi Arabia.

If you’re going there, I recommend the Orange Chicken, which is a crispy-fried chicken wok-tossed in a sweet and spicy orange sauce. Plus their iced-tea is refillable. 🙂

We visited the restaurant a number of times now, which tells you that we really like eating them. Here are some of the pictures that I took, from our last visit.

Since there’s no information on their website and it’s for their head office, here’s where you can get in touch with them.

Location: Thalateen Street cor. Dabab Street, inside Tamimi Plaza, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Tel.: +966-11-415-4100
FB: @PandaExpressKSA
Twitter: @PandaExpressKSA
IG: @PandaExpressKSA

Food and Places

Cooking Lazy: Steamed Veggies and Baked Salmon with Potatoes

Apparently, when you too lazy to cook you tend to cook some healthy food. Healthy meaning less oil, less salt but more on fiber and protein. Here’s a quick recipe that I usually cook when I’m short on time.

Ingredients:
Steamed veggies

  • Brocolli (clean and sliced to even size)
  • Cauliflower (clean and sliced to even size)
  • Green beans (clean and sliced to even size)
  • Carrots (clean and sliced to even size)
  • 3 cloves of garlic (optional)

Baked Salmon

  • 1 or 2 corn cob (optional)
  • 2 medium size potato
  • 1 or 2 medium size sweet potato (optional)
  • 3 to 4 slice of Salmon (with or without scale)

Now for the cooking process.

For the Steamed vegetables;
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  • Clean and cut all ingredients to same portion then place them inside the steam tray.
  • Using a steamer, boil at least 1 liter of water and then place steam tray with the veggies on top of the boiling water.
  • Cover it and wait to cook for 10 to 15 minutes, or until tender.
  • Once cooked, add a pinch of salt and pepper for taste.
  • This part is optional;
  • Crush and chop 3 cloves of garlic, using olive oil, fry the galic until golden brown.
  • Turn off the heat and apply a small amount of salt and then drizzle the olive oil and frie garlic on the cooked veggies.

Baked Salmon and Potatoes
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  • Marinate the Salmon with a small amount of salt and pepper. Then set aside.
  • Wash and clean the potatoes, sweet potatoes and corn. You can cook both the potatoes and sweet potatoes with the skin, just make sure you clean it properly.
  • Remove the corn hair and husks if you will cook it with the potatoes and sweet potatoes in the baking pan, if not you can keep the husk and hair.
  • Drizzle a small amount of olive oil or any vegetable oil on the baking pan then place the Salmon, chopped potatoes, sweet potatoes and corn.
  • Preheat your oven at 200° for 5 minutes, then place the baking pan with the ingredients in the oven and cook for 20 to 25 minutes.
  • You can cover the pan with an aluminum foil for the first 15 minutes to keep the moisture in and then remove the foil the rest of the way.

Once cooked, you can serve with the steamed veggies with or without rice/bread. The whole procedure only took me 30 minutes including the preparation of the ingredients.

Personal

My baby’s tongue-tied

My 3 months old daughter was recently diagnosed with an ankyloglossia a.k.a. tongue-tie, its not actually serious as it sounds but it was the first time hearing about it.

Being tongue-tied won’t have much affect on her but the doctor said that it could affect her ability to speak or learn how to speak as she grows up, and that we need to have her lingual frenulum cut or in medical term give her a frenectomy. It’s the removal of a band of tissue (the lingual frenulum) connecting the underside of the tongue with the floor of the mouth.

When it comes to anything medical, I, more often than not, let my wife make the decision, since she is a medical practioner (OB-Gyne). So we went a head with the procedure, it was a quick 5 mins procedure and like what my better-half said its just like getting her ear pierced and she was back in her usual cute-self by the time we got home.

I haven’t really thought much about it but getting “or not getting” frenectomy for her could be a world of difference for my daughter as she grows up, since I got the assurance from my wife that everything will be OK, I think we made the right decision for her.

To know more about ankyloglossia a.k.a. tongue-tie, you can visit this wikipedia page.

Food and Places

#POTD: Juice Time

Probably one of the best place to get your fresh fruit juices, shakes and smoothies is in Juice Time. I mean their fruits are so fresh that you’ll see them peel and blend the fruits right in front of you.

Our favorite is their avocado and the lemon mint smoothies, but don’t let me stop you from trying their other in their menu. My recommendations, try their fruits slices, the Summer Plus and the Viagra.

It’s affordable and the staff are friendly which is a plus. So far there are 5 Juice Time branch that I know of;

  1. Al Shafa, Dhahrat Laban
  2. Al Izdihar
  3. Prince Turki Bin Abdulaziz Althani St, Al Muruj
  4. Along Dammam roadh beside Sasco Gasliine Station
  5. Imma Saud Street, in front of the lid Princess Noura University in Exit 9

Food and Places

#POTD: To the Edge of the World we go

In the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, there is a place called the Edge of the World, it’s a plateau over looking a vast desert area of Riyadh Province. We recent went there and the view was nothing short of amazing.

Checkout some of the photos that I took.

If you have plans to go there, checkout this guide by BlueAbaya.

Food and Places

#POTD: Sushi Yoshi Riyadh

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Just went to Sushi Yoshi last Sunday to celebrate my son’s birthday. We love Japanese food and we frequently got to another Japanese Resto in Riyadh but this time we want some sushi and maki, so we decided to go there.

I would have taken more picture but the food vanished right before my eyes. 🙂

I do not have any complain about the food, which is very tasty but it’s a bit on the pricey side though that’s understandable. My only beef is their service, it a bit slow considering it was a Sunday and there were not too many people eating in the place.

It took the staff at least 15 minutes to give our order and then 30 more minutes before we can eat the 6 maki that we ordered, that 30 minutes did not include the time that we’ve been eating.

My recommendation, “Eat at your own risk” and if you have other place or know other Japanese resto, I would recommend that you just go there instead.

I guess, we’ll see if things improve the next time we eat there.

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