Archive for the ‘Food’ Category

My Pizza Delivery Guy Was Abducted By Aliens!

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Recently, Domino’s Pizza has started a fierce campaign that they can deliver their pizza in less than 30 minutes. Previously, they used to say that it would take 45 minutes to deliver the pizza to my place whenever I called them. However, they did manage to stick to their words; I have been receiving my pizza in less than 30 minutes ever since they started the new campaign. Maybe they recently recruited more delivery guys or invented an ultra fast oven; I honestly don’t know what their new secret.

Anyway, not too long ago, we had some snow showers in my area and I was so cold to do anything that I decided to call Domino’s for a hot pie with extra cheese. The delivery guy took more than 30 minutes (50 minutes to be specific) to reach my place. When I opened the door, the delivery guy apologized for being late but I told him I understand since the weather was terrible. And then he smiled and took a pen from his pocket and made a check mark on the right side of the pizza box. When I got back to the apartment, I inspected the pizza box for the mark he made with his pen. I laughed. This is what the delivery guy marked for his delay:

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PS: Don’t you think the post title would make a hilarious movie?

The Brazilian Waitress

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Last night the guys and me went to a grand Brazilian restaurant we have in Downtown for a birthday celebration for one of our friends. The way they serve the food there reminds me of a Lebanese restaurant I once experienced in Dubai. Basically, there is a color shaped cylinder placed in the middle of the table and it had green, yellow, and red strips from the top to the bottom. When you flip the green side upward, the waiters just keep bringing you food like none stop and when you flip in to the red side, they simply stop serving food to your table. In our condition, let’s just say we never flipped it back to the red side through the whole evening. However, the highlight of the evening was the energetic and amusing waitress that was serving us drinks. We certainly had delightful and memorable moments with her. Allow me to share them with you.

We Are Simply Kuwaitis

The Waitress: You guys look like Arabs, right?
All of us: YES!
The Waitress: Where are you guys from?
All of us: KUWAIT!
The Waitress (joking): Kuwait? Why the hell are you here? There’s no oil here.

Brazil Vs. Argentina

My friend: What do you think of Argentina’s soccer team?
The Waitress (whispers): Can you keep a secret?
My friend: Absolutely
The Waitress: Between you and me, Argentina is like the Israel of the Latin world
My friend and I (astonished): …………

Girls of Rio de Janeiro

Me: So where are you from specifically in Brazil?
The Waitress: I am from Rio de Janeiro
Me (gasps): I always wanted to go there. What is the best thing there?
The Waitress: Sexy girls. And sexy girls who know how to dance
Me (laughing): Seriously?
The Waitress: Yeah of course. Look at me. Am I not sexy enough for you?
Me (still laughing): oh no, you are certainly sexy, and cute too. Angelina Jolie is eating her heart out right now
The Waitress (smiles): Hmph! I thought so too

Tea? But Alcohol Is Better

The Waitress: I heard you Arab people always serve tea when somebody visits your house or office. Is that true?
Me: Yes, like most of the time. But that’s usually common in the Gulf countries
The Waitress: And I heard that if I didn’t accept it, it would be an insult. Correct?
Me: That’s true if you were served by the Bedouins
The Waitress: Ahh, you mean the people of the desert. I mean they don’t live in the desert but their grandfathers used to live there
Me (troubled): I…I guess you can say that
The Waitress: What if I want coffee or soda?
Me: That’s OK. You can order whatever you want
The Waitress (smirks): And what if I wanted alcohol?
Me (in a whispery voice and smiling): Actually, you will find people who will actually serve you alcohol. At this day and age, it’s not entirely impossible
The Waitress (smiles): Really?
Me (in a whispery voice): Yes. And probably they serve it to you without even asking you in the first place

Kuwaitis & The Cheesecake Factory

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One of things that increased my fascination while studying abroad is Kuwaitis’ love for the restaurant The Cheesecake Factory. For those of you who aren’t familiar with the restaurant, The Cheesecake Factory is famous for its upscale casual dining atmosphere and the extensive menu that offers more than 200 selections of appetizers, pizza, pasta, seafood, steaks, salads, and sandwiches. Of course, not to mention it’s diverse assortment of cheesecake such as the Original Cheesecake, Chocolate Mousse Cheesecake, Vanilla Bean Cheesecake, Oreo Cheesecake, Caramel Pecan Cheesecake, and so on.

Now, here is the thing. Despite that the Cheesecake Factory offers almost anything that might come to mind (they even offer kebabs), most of these dishes are mediocre in taste at best. That is, they don’t offer the best pasta dish, or the best chicken entrée around; you even forget the taste before you leave the restaurant. Now, that doesn’t mean it’s a bad place to dine in, it’s just as I mentioned above: it’s mediocre. What fascinates me however, is why Kuwaitis keep going to this place whenever they don’t know where to dine in? I developed couple of hypothesis and here are some of them:

  • Kuwaitis are known for their unfixed taste buds. Sometimes, it is better to go to a place where it offers an array of dishes just so you can shut everybody’s up, instead of nagging over a specific restaurant that offers a specific cuisine.
  • Kuwaitis, in general, have eyes bigger than their stomach. They tend to order too many appetizers in which they completely fill in before their main entrees arrive. Thus, they love to debate over a limited selection of the appetizers, but their arguments usually fail and wound up ordering half of the appetizer menu. Cheesecake Factory is one of the few restaurants that offer that opportunity.
  • Kuwaitis, most of the time, value the atmosphere more than the food, and usually Cheesecake Factory is located in a nice indoor mall, which makes it an ideal place to dine in after a long day of shopping.
  • Kuwaitis love cheesecake. End of the sentence.
  • Cheesecake Factory isn’t very cheap nor overly expensive, which makes it the perfect place to hold a “dinner activity”. A quick search at their “activities” in NUKS.ORG and you will discover what I mean.

Now, you might ask me, what the hell I’m babbling about? I don’t know really, I’m just sharing my thoughts. And you might ask, do I love this place? My answer would be yes because; I am a Kuwaiti after all. Another question would be, do I want this restaurant to be imported to Kuwait? Yes, that would be awesome. And finally, you might ask, would I be a frequent customer if the restaurant got imported? No, because I love to discover new places to dine in and probably it would have too many Kuwaitis to handle in one place.

To Eat Or Not To Eat?

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Since last Saturday, I have been eating to my heart’s content. I’m probably consuming roughly around 2800-3500 calories each day, not to mention the excess fat and carbs, and I’m feeling extremely bad mentally. Usually, I cheat (not always) on weekends when I go out with my friends, but on weekdays I keep a strict 1600-1800 calories diet. I actually have dropped two pant’s size since last month and I was extremely happy when I found out, and I want to maintain that until I return to Kuwait. I want to surprise everybody with my “new look”.  

The problem, how can you not eat when you are on vacation, especially when you are in a cold city like Chicago where eating is a necessity to keep your body’s temperature warm. I know all about moderation but sometimes it’s kinda hard to uphold. Everything seems (and is) delicious around here and there are some cool restaurants I always wanted to try. No wonder Oprah is always having a hard time with her weight when her studio is in a “delicious” place like Chicago (no pun intended). I’m so gonna compensate all of this when I go back home this Saturday. Now, I hear Thanksgiving is today…so…

A Night With Nick @ Night

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There is nothing like spending the night alone in your cozy apartment and, your TV is on Nick @ Night, watching a marathon of Mad About You (one of my favorite sitcoms of all time). Since I don’t have a school tomorrow because my professor has cancelled the lecture, I decided to waste my time tonight and eat my heart out in Häagen-Dazs’ cookie dough ice cream flavor. Yup, I totally ruined the workout I had today, and you know what, I don’t really care.

PS: We need something like Nick @ Night. Showtime’s Paramount Comedy Channel (now called Comedy Channel) just doesn’t cut it.

Don’t Finger My Pizza Please!

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Couple of days ago, I was visiting a friend of mine, and we were hanging out before we hit the movie theater later that night. We decided to order a pizza and “dine in” before we head to the movies. 40 minutes later, the delivery guy arrived and my friend opened the door and did something that I don’t usually do, or better yet, never. Before he handed the money over, he opened the pizza box (in front of the delivery guy) and placed his finger in one of the pizza slices for a brief moment, and then smiled and gave the delivery guy his money. He closed the door and a conversation initiated:

Me: What the hell was that?

Him: What do you mean?

Me: The whole “finger in the pizza” thing.

Him: Oh, well I was measuring the heat of the pizza. Don’t tell me you have never done that before?

Me: Honestly I haven’t. And if I did, I would definitely make sure not to do it in front of the deliveryman.

Him: Then how do you determine the amount of the tip?

Me: Well I usually follow a strict “2$ tip” policy even if the driver was late. Usually they acknowledge it if they were late, and give me the food for free. Besides, most deliverymen and deliverywomen are college students, so I think it’s nice to tip them generously regardless.

Him: Look, I just hate cold food that’s all. And I just want to make sure I received my food hot and sizzle.

Then he handed me a plastic plate with a slice of pizza on it.

Me: Aa’. This one has your fingerprint in it. Hand me another slice and you can have this one. I just hate my food fingered that’s all.

Mid Night Craving

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I just made a comment in Marzouq’s post regarding how I beat the mid night crave with Kellogg’s Red Berries cereal. I mean just last night (11ish) when I was watching The Holiday on DVD; I suddenly got the urge for something sweet. In few minutes, I made myself a bowl of cereal with skim milk and resume watching. Not only it filled me up nicely but also got some good nutrients. If you don’t see this brand in your local community Supermarket in Kuwait, then I suggest to go to Sultan Center and snatch a box for yourself. Believe me, it’s worth the trouble.

No Stomach Cancer For Kuwaitis

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While attending my usual cancer class today, we were learning about cancer epidemiology and its prevalence in different countries. Then we reached to this lecture slide that the Professor has shown in class and it reveals that Japan has the highest incidents of stomach cancer while Kuwait has the lowest of them all. I was so thrilled. When the Professor mentioned Kuwait, I made a loud yet short burst of “Woohoo”, the class laughed and the Professor smiled but he didn’t bother to check who made that sound; he’s a great teacher anyway with a great sense of humor.

Now I realize that some of you are surprised especially since poor diet is the main culprit of stomach cancer, and I bet you think “But we have poor diet in our culture.” However, since the survey is recent, it might actually say something on our current lifestyle. Nowadays, there are gyms everywhere you go and the “low-carb diets” awareness has reached its peaks comparing to the last 10 years, so maybe we are going somewhere and maybe we are becoming a “granola society” sooner than expected, but I honestly cannot help being a little cynical since the rates of fast food is also increasing sharply.

Any thoughts?

White Chocolate Macadamia Cookies

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One of my “easy-to-obtain” guilty pleasures has to be white chocolate macadamia cookies; their taste really kicks in immediately and the chunkier they are the better. And if you want to completely ruin your diet, bake them hot and toss a scope of vanilla ice cream on top; sinfully delicious. Oatmeal cookies are my second favorite and fortunately they aren’t loaded with carbs and calories as the first. Try them at Choowy Goowy; they cook them really good.

The 20 Burgers You Must Eat

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The hamburger is a symbol of everything that makes America great, so it makes sense the best burgers are made there. Check the 20 hamburgers you must eat before you die…if eating all those 20 didn’t kill you first.

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