Monday, May 20, 2019

Review: Dai Forni, Four Seasons Hotel

We booked a table specifying it was for my daughter's 16th birthday and ordered the additional roses for KD 10. One would think that a little extra attention would have been given but no we were assigned a table away from the view and next to the gurgling coffee machine. About 5 window tables have stunning views unless you sit outside which we did contemplate but it was 39 degrees so stayed next to the non-stop coffee machine reminiscent of sitting in a Starbucks. 

Our waitress was fabulous she was articulate, funny and professional. The maître d' was unremarkable. We ordered drinks, calamari, minestrone soup, truffle pasta, shrimps and monkfish. The prices are high and we were expecting great things.

Passion fruit cocktail was delicious. Unseasoned bland calamari even the aioli couldn't make it taste any better. Minestrone soup and the bread basket were superb. Truffle pasta was inedible. Shrimps delicious. Monkfish, the weirdest thing I've eaten in a long time it was overcooked and hence on the tough side served with a pea puree (that was not all pureed} and blanched almonds. Blanched almonds which added zero to the already pitiful, expensive dish. Gordon Ramsey would have had a field day.

Unremarkable Maitre d' did nothing except bring out the chef for humiliation. The poor chef apologised and offered free dessert but we had pre-ordered a birthday tiramisu. Zero knocked off the bill. A limp apology from Maitre d' along the lines of blah, blah next time you come. No honey it's now you need to impress there are too many great restaurants in Kuwait to waste another meal at Dai Forni again.

The average dish is priced at KD 16-20 can't remember how much my husband paid in total but way too much.

It's a 3/10 for great waitress service and a fabulous bread basket. PS the roses were wilted.
Shocked at how disappointingly overpriced this experience was.

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

AMG Classical Music Charity Concert

Ladies and gentlemen - don't miss this chance to help support orphans created by recent events in Sri Lanka, and to enjoy quartets by Schubert and Dvorak.  Ahmadi Music Group will end its 63rd season this Friday at 8:00 pm with its traditional charity concert, and hopes for your support.  Tickets are here on

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Atlas Obscura - Kuwait Water Towers

 Article Credit to Tony Dunnell

Kuwait City's uniquely designed water towers look straight out of a retro sci-fi cityscape. 

Dotted around Kuwait City are six groupings of eye-catching water towers. Five are composed of striped mushroom-shaped towers, and a sixth features towers that look like they’re about to take off for Alpha Centauri, albeit in a retro sci-fi kind of way.
In 1953, the city set up two large seawater distillation plants. A lack of a piped water distribution system, however, meant that this water had to be transported to customers in tankers. So in 1965, a Swedish engineering firm was commissioned to build a modern water distribution system to connect the distillation plants to Kuwait City with an expansive system of water towers erected around the city. 
But the Amir of Kuwait at the time, Sheikh Jaber Al-Ahmed, didn’t want just any old water towers. He wanted structures that would also function as works of art—landmarks that would impart a sense of modernity and technological advancement upon all who gazed upon them.
The firm presented a number of tower designs, and two types were selected. Five of the groups, consisting of 31 towers in total, feature the so-called Mushroom Towers, completed in 1976. These vertically stripped towers do indeed resemble mushrooms, supported on shafts of varying heights. Each concrete tank has a capacity of 3,000 cubic meters, with the groups placed in strategic locations around the city.
Part of the reasoning behind the mushroom design was to create a kind of pillared hall, where shade was cast on the desert floor beneath the giant mushrooms. The idea was to create landscape gardens in the grounds beneath them, but not all of the groups have yet been decked out as such.
For the sixth and final tower group, the Amir wanted something even more impressive, as these were to stand prominently on the bay across from the Amir’s palace compound. The engineering firm presented a handful of designs, and the Amir chose one that wouldn’t look at all out of place in a retro sci-fi cityscape.
This group of three towers, known simply as the Kuwait Towers, was completed in 1979. The largest is a 607-foot concrete “needle” supporting two spheres along its length. The spheres themselves are clad in enamelled steel plates, arranged in spiral patterns and in eight shades of blue, green and gray—a design chosen to imitate the mosaic surfaces of Islamic domes.
The lowest but largest sphere is divided in two; its upper half contains a restaurant, banquet hall, and an indoor garden, while the lower half holds a large reservoir. The second and highest sphere holds no water, instead functioning as a rotating viewing platform and café. The second tower is 482 feet tall and serves only as a water tower. The third is a bare needle with no spheres but does hold equipment and lighting that illuminates the other two towers.
Know Before You Go
The five groups of Mushroom Towers can be seen sprinkled around Kuwait City, and are typically admired from afar as nothing more than landmarks. The map coordinates above point to the Kuwait Towers, located in downtown Kuwait City, on the bay and just off Arabian Gulf Street in the Sharq District. The Viewing Sphere opens from 9 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. daily. The entrance fee is 3 Kuwaiti dinar (about $10 USD). The restaurant is free to enter and is open from 8 a.m. until midnight.

Sign up for newsletter and get the best of Atlas Obscura in your inbox. [link] Some really good articles about interesting places to travel to.

They also have an article on the House of Mirrors, Qadsiya, Kuwait [link].

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Little Leaders Educational Classes

Mommy and Me Free Two Day Workshop

2019 WFF Middle East Championship

In 2019 WFF returns to Kuwait for another unforgettable experience. Saturday, 4 May will see Bodybuilders and Beach Models hit the stage and battle for over $40,000 cash.
Don't miss the 2019 Middle East Championships in Kuwait City.
Registration and weigh-in will be on Friday, 3 May starting at 9:00am.

Review: Notre Dame Deep Cleansing Facial

Notre Dame Clinic is located on the 7th floor of Mallorca Medical Centre in Block 1, Bneid Al Gar at the corner of the 2nd ring and the 30. The clinic came highly recommended. The first impression was great, I was really impressed with the pristine decor, cleanliness of the clinic and the friendly staff. Even the bathrooms are gorgeous.

My 15-year-old daughter has typical teen skin: spotty, oily patches and dry patches. This was her first ever professional facial (trust me there is a huge difference between a cheap beauty salon facial and a deep cleansing clinical facial by a trained esthetician). The lovely esthetician was very sweet, informative and well trained, she did a thorough cleanse, tone, massage, mask and moisturising. My daughter loved the whole experience especially her blackhead free nose and spotty bump removal.

The very next day we could see how much clearer and more even toned it looked. 3 days later, and it is looking amazing. I will definitely make this a regular thing for her. Professional facials are far more effective than anything you can do at home or in a salon. It is recommended to do one per month to keep your skin in tip-top condition. 

The price was excellent KD 35, compared to KD 50 I paid elsewhere for myself. So happy mummy and happy teen. 10/10

My daughter had deep cleansing but the facial can be tailored to your needs depending on skin type.

Appointments Tel 66663820, 66662910, 22282352.

Map [link]

Sunday, March 31, 2019

Women of Kuwait: Photos by Maha Alasaker, Words by Nada Faris in Rolling Stone Magazine

And more [link]

LWDLK - I love the rawness and realness of almost all of the photos and statements. I love that Kuwaiti women are bold and empowered. Here's a peek at their inner sanctums without designer handbag and trimmings. 

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Kuwait International Motocross

With racers from all over the world. Kuwait Motor town will be hosting its first Motocross International Race on the 15th - 16th of March 2019. Don't miss the action. Free entry for spectators.

The Art Hub with Shilpa

6 days of acrylic painting workshop awaits anyone who is above 6 years of age to 60!. All materials will be provided. Pre-registration is required.

With school holidays looming, if you or your child wish to do something fun individually or together, here is a great avenue.

With only limited seats, you may have to rush.
 — with International Art Studio@Shilpa.

Offline KW Teen Event at Banana Leaves Coffee Shop, Souq Mubarakiya

The 'Lollipop Latte' rose petal flavoured drink exclusive to Offline KW pop up.

Happening on Thursday, 14th March from 6-10pm for cool teens to meet, chill out sippin on artisanal beverages in the uber stylish Banana Leaves Coffee Shop in Mubarakiya. 

Instagram: Offline KW
Instagram: Banana Leaves Coffee

Map [link

SIK Open Mic Night

Come and join us on April 11th at the SIK Studio, Adan for the first of what we hope will be a regular feature on our new calendar - "The SIK Open Mic Night."

It's an opportunity to connect with other performance-minded souls and grab the mic for your 5 minutes of fame. Come sing, make us laugh, recite a poem, or perform a sketch. Anything goes! Looking to test out some new Stand-Up comedy, try out some magic, or just build your confidence ready for your next audition? Our Microphone is Open for one night only on April 11th so come enjoy a great social evening with SIK.

Food, soft drinks and open access to the SIK Pool is all included in the 10KD ticket charge and you'll get a 50% rebate if you grab the Mic! Limited spaces. Book early and come and join us for a special SIK social.

Al Housh Weekend Series by NNF Agency

Maria Maria - Carlos Santana (Cover by Omar Dean)

Event: Al Housh Weekend Series by NNF Agency Date: 9.03.2019 Location: Sadu House

Thursday, March 7, 2019

The First International Women's Day Event hosted by Women's Empowerment

The First International Women's Day Event hosted by Women's Empowerment@Kuwait English School, on 10th March.

This intercultural, working, event will celebrate the groundbreaking achievements of international women. It will bring together 18 year old A-level girls, with ambitions to further female empowerment in their native countries, into an intergenerational discussion on global issues with successful, professional women.  

I would like to thank Alison Price for invaluable mentoring. And to wish the group the best of luck.

Music Concert Celebrating Kuwaiti - Korean Relations

Embassy of the Republic of Korea invites you to attend a music concert organized by the Korean Community in Kuwait in collaboration with the National Council for Culture, Arts & Letters on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between South Korea and Kuwait.

Date: Saturday March 9, 2019
Time: 7:00 P.M.
Venue: Abdul Hussain Abdul Redha Theater in Salmiya
Admission: Free
Organized by: Kuwait National Council for Culture, Arts & Letters, Korean Embassy, Korean Association
Sponsored by: Hyun House

All are welcome ^_^

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Turathi - Open day at Sadu House for children and families

Games and crafts, storytelling, photo booth and traditional dishes.
All workshops and activities are free of charge. No registration required.
Saturday, 16 March, 10am to 5pm
Sadu House is located on the Gulf Road in Kuwait City just next to the Kuwait National Library (You can find it on Google Maps)

Dog Training

Albania Hits Back at Liam Neeson


Monday, March 4, 2019

NBK Fitness Challenge at Al Shaheed Park

Workout: A running and Toning Session for everyone that wants to get fit!

"حافظ على لياقتك" مع ألتا فيتنس

لكل من يود الحفاظ على لياقته البدنية، فلينضم إلينا في الحصة الخاصة برياضة الجري التي تشرف عليها "ألتا فيتنس" وسط أجواء تنافسية متناغمة.

Meeting point: Core A parking entrance

Free but registration required [link]. 

Music and Dance at LAPA Hangout

Come join us for some graffiti, live music, jamming & food trucks! Featuring our guest reggae/dancehall dance instructor, O’Shean and all the way from Serbia, DJ Sloba Jovanovic! 

Free for all! 💁🏻‍♀️💃🏻

Where: Qibliya School, Kuwait City
When: March 6 at 7-9pm 

Review: The Gypsy Kings Concert at Al Shaheed Park

I had planned to go with some friends to this concert put we were all put off by the pricey (KD 40) tickets. A few people also brought to my attention that there was only one original Gypsy King still in the band. So I decided to give it a miss. Very fortunately, at the last minute, my darling niece called me up and said she had bought me a ticket to go with her to the concert. 
We got there on time, unlike many others who piled in during the performance obscuring some of the views of the band. Having paid KD 40 for a ticket one would hope that more of the prime seating would be available. Sadly, it was not and was kept guarded by annoying security personnel and guides who blocked the view most of the evening. Seriously, was it necessary to have blocked off so much freebie seating for so-called VIPS (no biggies, mostly ambassadors and LoYAC people)? 
Was it absolutely necessary for the security to lose their heads and come screaming at the audience to sit down whenever we got up to have a little dance on our spots? I mean really we are not in KG anymore.
However, we did not let that stop us from having a truly, great time and enjoying some fabulous music along with many other enthusiastic audience members. Shame on the ingrates who arrived late, left early or just went up and down for coffee, toilets or looking for people.

The band were amazingly talented and worth every fil, the organisation of the concert was disappointing and has serious flaws that need addressing.

Thank you, Gypsy Kings, come back soon, please. 

Garden of Lights Festival at Al Shaheed Park

Discover the "Garden of Lights Festival" at  Al Shaheed Park starting March 5th-15th from 6 pm to 12 am that will showcase an array of artistic light installations designed by local and international designers. 

Shinsawi March Events

Here's an update for our events here at Shinsawi!

Shinsawi March

MARCH  8, 2019
3 KD Entry / person
Join us for a day of giving back to the environment and help us clean one of Kuwait's polluted beaches. All proceeds from this event go to charity.
Register Now

March 10, 2019
4 KD Entry / person
Register now for our bi-weekly volleyball event. Snacks and drinks will be provided.
Register Now

March 16, 2019
15 KD Entry / person

Time for some fast-paced action. Get off the couch and join us for go-karting. Never done it before? No problem we'll help. Beginner's luck might be on your side.
Register Now

March 23, 2019
4 KD Entry / person
Register now for our first ever Basketball event. Snacks and drinks will be provided.
Register Now
Looking forward to seeing you at our upcoming events!

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