Doha Scenery – Over the Weekend

It is always a good idea to get out on Fridays and Saturdays, if only just to enjoy the almost-empty streets. Traffic during the weekdays can’t be felt that much during the weekends. There is time to bask in the beautiful scenery in front of you.

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local women crossing the road at corniche.
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Along the corniche road.
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QP buildings under construction. This area is where my office is also located.
D ring road - near Lulu Hypermarket..
D ring road – near Lulu Hypermarket..
Inside Le Notre. We bought a cake for J.
Inside Le Notre. We bought a cake for J.
Outside City Centre Mall at night.
Outside City Centre Mall at night.

Farggi – Waffles and Ice Cream

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Aside from the really thick hot chocolate in farggi, their waffles and ice cream selection is something close to ‘wonderful’. Then again, a homemade one with a simple b&r vanilla ice cream would do the trick if you were to ask me.

Still, it is a great thing to indulge every once in a while, at a wonderfully lit table while you lament how good life is, even after all the pain of the past few days.

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Oysters, et al – Eatopia Doha

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At QR 9 a piece, it is still a steep price to pay but it’s better than L’Wazaar’s QR 16 pricing. The oysters, as they should be, tasted ick-ily yummy.

All other offerings at the resto though remained wanting, of what, that’s something you have to figure out for yourself as well. I went there one time with officemates and C ordered the calzone.The calzone was made fresh, I unfortunately do not have a photo of it since I lost some photos when I transferred phone files. The second time E and I visited eatopia to ‘eat’ oysters, E ordered the beef fajitas and they were forgettable. I wanted to order something from the salad bar, but after the choles-laden oyster, my taste buds demand something unhealthy from the menu.

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That said, I have to tell you about the view outside of eatopia, this:

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Even with construction sites popping here and there, west bay is spectacular mid-afternoon, right about the time you tried to prod the imaginary office clock to run faster so you can go home and rest your tummy filled with oysters. đŸ™‚

Cactus

Before I came to Doha, I’ve had this pre-conceived idea about what the place would look like. I thought, that apart, from the famous skyline on google images, I’d get to see camels and falcons and cactus if I venture out of the ‘city’. It turns out, I won’t easily see any of these even after 2 – 3 hours driving out in the ‘country’. I’d sparsely see a camel, much less a herd, roaming around the desert. No falcons abound as well, a lot of doves though, seeking refuge and shelter from the sweltering heat of the sun. Sometimes, the birds will even faint and smash itself on your car window. Cactus, though, the normal dusty kind, you’ll catch a glimpse of, on your way to Al Khor or Messaieed or Dukhan, even. But look at these cacti from Sidra (Woqod Station), they’re sold in tiny pots and they’re quite lovely to look at:

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Who knew cacti could be this pretty and colorful? I sure didn’t.

Casper and Gambini – Sushi Post – Doha

The best sushi in Doha can be found in Casper and Gambini. I swear. And I’ve dragged a couple of people and converted them to C&G. If you haven’t tried them and you are fond of sushi, then maybe you should go there. Their sushi mixes are pricey though, they are priced around QR 69 – 160 and comes in 3, 6, 12, 18 rolls per serving.

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Eatopia – Doha

While trying to squeeze in coffee after lunch, we decided to take a nap at the gate mall parking area. Yes, that’s how we ‘normally’ roll – a thirty minute nap at what appears to be a secluded area in west bay. I wondered why there were a lot of cars in the parking area when normally, getting a spot would only take a few seconds. It turns out, the eatopia at the 3rd level was now open. I discovered this when I can no longer control my bladder and I just had to take a pee inside the mall. Lol.

Eatopia’s a cornucopia of food station, it was such a sight to behold and reminded me of “Eataly” in New York. While Eataly NY offered one delicious gelato, ice cold beer and tapa selection, I have yet to experience Eatopia. Unfortunately, I just came from a heavy lunch that time and E needed to get back to the office real soon.  But I did not leave without taking photos of the new place.

Noodle House – Doha

If you find yourself in need of delicious asian fusion themed restaurant in Doha, Noodle House would be my best bet for you. I personally like, okay love, their wasabi prawns, chicken curry laksa, steamed sea bass and well,fresh dumplings. But this would set you back by at least QAR 100 per person if you go all out and order the best menu items. The dishes are good for sharing though so you can go in groups to spread the cost or get a voucher and get one menu item off the invoice.

So as always, I leave you with photos.

Wasabi Prawns. These are wonderful, believe me. The spice is tolerable so don't let the 'wasabi' name deter you if you're not into spicy things.
Wasabi Prawns. These are wonderful, believe me. The spice is tolerable so don’t let the ‘wasabi’ name deter you if you’re not into spicy things.
Chicken Curry Laksa. I never knew laksa could be this good. :)
Chicken Curry Laksa. I never knew laksa could be this good. đŸ™‚

 

Steamed Sea Bass. This was pricey but was great as well.  The meat will melt delicately inside your mouth.
Steamed Sea Bass. This was pricey but was great as well. The meat will melt delicately inside your mouth.