One Brilliant Place For Some Exquisite Food!

 

When you live in an island packed with restaurants, cafes, and eateries, and you are someone like me, you end up going to the same places over and over again, just because you want to avoid the dilemma that comes with too many choices. About 6 months ago, a friend of mine mentioned a new place called “Areesh” that just opened in the lagoon, Amwaj, with middle eastern cuisine, and she wanted to try it. So of course we headed there, not sure what to expect, first: Because the place just opened, and I have been disappointed way too many times with new businesses, either because their staff aren’t trained enough, or not familiar with the menu quite yet, then because I am not a big fan of middle eastern food, so I wasn’t really keen to go but … Why not…?!

 

The minute we entered, I found myself contemplating the décor, such a fantastic combination between chic and simple, with a touch of Fairooz and Jobran Khalil Jobran (Famous Arab artists from the glorious old time) in the background. The choice of colors gave it a modern look, yet the use of Arabic little details like the chairs, the tables, and the old tea pots gave it an authentic taste; but hey…. this lovely décor wasn’t going to fill my growing appetite. It was breakfast time, so we ordered some falafel, Halloumi cheese and hummus, with some tea and coffee. The food came in about 5 minutes, and it was absolutely delicious. The staff were so warm and welcoming. We really enjoyed our experience and since then we became great, loyal customers. So few weeks ago when this same restaurant contacted me to connect with the “Amwaj mamas”, I was beyond thrilled. Not only the restaurant had delightful food, but also a fabulous marketing strategy! They invited ALL the Amwaj mamas to a fantastic breakfast, to introduce them to this splendid corner, where authenticity and modernity go hand in hand.

 

I must say, even though I knew how good their food was, and how nice and warm their staff were, inviting 25 mamas along with their little ones is no joke. Moms with babies (and toddlers) have many needs, and when there are 25 of them, things can very much turn into a chaos!

Once we went in, I was pleasantly surprised with how beautiful the tables looked, the staff took extra care arranging the chairs and tables to make it easier for the moms to come in with their huge bags and bulky strollers. The kids immediately hijacked the place, and you know what toddlers do best? SCREAM!! Of course with 25 of them it was crazy, BUT the staff were so gentle and nice to them, they tolerated the noise, the banging, the loud chitchats between the moms- because the louder our kids get, the louder we must get- the crying, the shouting and screaming, I must say even I was surprised!

We each ordered our drinks: coffees, teas, and juices, which all came in beautiful cups and glasses. Then a cascade of middle eastern food flooded our big table. It was never ending yummy food! Everything,…. you name it: Hummus, Baba Ghanouj, Fatayer, Falafel, Liver, Omelets, and Cheese. Everything was fresh and mouthwatering! Moms and kids enjoyed every single bite! The little ones also enjoyed the colorful balloons they were offered by the very thoughtful staff!

 

What caught my attention even more than the delicious food, was how attentive the owner was! He -himself- kept on checking if every mama was comfortable, and had that highchair she needed, or the coffee she ordered, or the extra chair she wanted. He was calling the waiters to fill them in with who wanted/needed what, and I thought this great attention to details was really exceptional!

All moms were astonished with the kindness and the generosity of the owners of Areesh restaurant, they were also amazed with how good the food was, and how nice and welcoming the staff were. It is definitely one of the best breakfasts Amwaj mamas were ever invited to! So a really huge Thank you to Areesh Restaurant, for your kindness, generosity and attention to details.

 

Areesh Restaurant is THE place for Authentic middle eastern/Arabic food. It is located at Amwaj Lagoon, entrance 6A (parking 5&6). It is open from 9:15am till midnight and they deliver too! So make sure you try it for yourself NOW!!!

Ramadan Special: Open for delivery, daily from 12pm-2am.

Areesh restaurant also have an app that you can use to place your order, and enjoy a 7% discount on all deliveries.

 

 

 

Ouiam

Thank God It’s Friday: Quick, Easy, And Yummy… 

  

Sometimes all you need is a day with your oldest, dearest friend and your beautiful, loving aunt and her cheerful, easy-going daughter! Reminiscing about your wedding day five years ago, and talking about how fast life goes by and how beautiful it all is! So Thankful for these beautiful people with whom I share a very special bond. You know…. those people who are very close to your heart, and who have been there for you in every stage of this life! People whom you talk to about 4 or 5 times a day or maybe days and days go by without hearing from them, yet once you see them you pick up right from where you left! 

So yes… My day was just what I needed! Fresh, full of love ….. And food! Yup foooooood! Talking about food, today I will be sharing a dessert recipe, a delicious and super easy to make dessert! Here is what you will need: 

15g Butter 

2 Tbsp powdered sugar

4 Bananas (peeled and cut into 3 pieces)

100ml double cream 

In a pan, put the butter (over medium heat), once it starts melting add the sugar. Cook for 1 to 2 minutes. Add the bananas, cook for another 1 minute. Then add the cream and stir! Voila…!! 

Try it and let me know… !!! 

Ouiam 

Thank God It’s Friday: A La Naturel .. With Almonds !! 

  
When it comes to food, I always prefer to eat at home. Of course I don’t mind going occasionally to a fancy place and order some fancy stuff! However, preparing my family’s food, gives me an enormous pleasure. Because only then, I can be sure of what I am putting on their plates, how fresh it is, how healthy it is and how yummy it is :)! I always try to use fresh and organic ingredients. I also try to read the labels before buying anything! 

One of the things that we consume a lot in our home, is Almond Butter! Adam and I, love it, and we have it for breakfast almost everyday! It happened that last week we couldn’t find it in any nearby supermarket! So I decided to make it myself, and I was extremely pleased with the result! It is absolutely easy to make, and you can make it the way you like it, with roasted or raw almonds, with honey, with salt, or even with peanuts! And here is how I made it:

– 200g Raw almonds (You can roast them if you want, just put them in the oven for about 15minutes) 
– 1 tbsp Coconut oil (You can use any other oil) 

Blend everything together for about five minutes (depending on how good is your blender).   
In less than 10 minutes, you will have your own natural home-made almond butter!! How cool is that!!! 

Ouiam 

Thank God It’s Friday: Gluten-Free Gone French .. 

  

  
The beauty of every single morning is the ability for a fresh start. A chance to be a better person, to change what’s making you unhappy and look for ways to be happy. A new day for new memories, new smiles, new mistakes and new opportunities! 

So with every sunrise, I count my blessings and I thank God for what I have. I pray for what I wish to have. And food is always one of the things I am extremely grateful for! 

Today I made these amazing gluten-free “Crépes“, and was so pleased with the result that I decided to share the recipe with you! I have to say, it is the easiest and fluffiest thing you will ever make 🙂 

You will need: 
1 ripe banana, with spots on the skin
2 whole eggs 

Butter, for frying-pan

Combine the banana and eggs in a blender, and blend until completely smooth. Melt the butter in a skillet over medium heat, and pour a small amount of batter into the hot skillet. Cook for two minutes, or until the edges begin to look cooked, then flip and cook for another 1-2 minutes! And voila! 

Let me know if you try it ;)! 

Ouiam

Thank God It’s Friday: The Bowl Of Happiness…

  
“Thank God It’s Friday” is back you people! Yes it has been a while, but here we are again :)! 

A hot and a very humid Friday in Bahrain, one of those days that you rather stay at home, in your Pjs, sipping a lemonade and listening to music all day long ;)! We did all the above, the whole afternoon; When it was dinner time, mama had to fix a quick meal and I knew exactly what we needed!! The bowl of happiness! And that is exactly what I made! It takes about 10mins and you will only need: 

1 cup of quinoa (boiled for 15mins) 

1 tbsp vegetable oil 

1 onion (diced)

1 capsicum (cut into small pieces) 

2 minced garlic cloves 

Coriander (few leaves chopped finely) 

200g canned corn

200g canned kidney beans

Salt, pepper, thyme 
After you heat the pan, add the oil, onion, garlic, and capsicum. When all the ingredients are soft, add the canned corn, the kidney beans and the coriander. Season with salt, pepper and some fresh thyme. Add the quinoa, mix everything together and voila!! Bon Appetit! 
Ouiam 

Thank God It’s Friday: The Eggplant Feast! 

  
I just realised that I have missed last week’s post of “Thank God It’s Friday”, and that’s probably because days are flying by, and I can hardly know what day it is without checking my calendar! See that’s the thing about Ramadan, the hours are slow yet the days are so fast! Ramadan is a very busy month, contrary to what one might think, we cook food during Ramadan way more than we do in normal days (which is kind of counterproductive, since this holly month is all about fasting and cleansing our bodies!). I have to admit though, that in our household we hardly make it to the main course, we stick to fruits and dates to break our fast, then some samboussas (will share my recipes for the samboussas sometime soon) and soup for dinner then something light for Sohour. 

Today I made something very light, yet super yummy that Adam, his dad and I love so much! I call it the eggplant feast lol, I will share its recipe with all of you! All you need is: 

2 medium eggplants 

1 tablespoon oil 

Salt and pepper to season

1 tablespoon butter 

1 crushed garlic 

Parsley and coriander (few leaves each, cut finely)  

2 tablespoons tomato paste 

1/2 cup of water

About 6 to 8 slices of Cheddar cheese.

Cut the eggplants into thick slices, season with some salt and pepper. Poor the oil in a pan and add the slices of eggplants, cook them until they become soft, then remove them and let them cool. Mean while, melt the butter in a pan, add the garlic, parsley and coriander, season with some salt and pepper, then add the tomato paste and water, once it thickens then the sauce is ready. In an oven-safe pan, place the eggplant slices, cover them with the tomato sauce, then add the cheese on top, and put it in the oven for about 10mins! We usually have it with some Quinoa and we all love it! 

Bon Appetit! 

Ouiam 

Thank God It’s Friday! What’s For Sohour?! 

  

Ramadan is here! A holy month for all Muslims around the world! It is also a busy month (you probably have noticed that I haven’t posted a thing since last Friday lol). We fast from sunrise to sunset, and we break our fast with our family, friends and loved ones, in a beautiful, warm and very peaceful atmosphere. 

Just before sunrise, we eat a meal called “Sohour” and that would be the last meal until the following sunset, when we will break our fast, so we need it to be filling without being “too much” and my “Sticky Chocolate Coconut Squares” are just what we need! With a cup of milk and you’re set to go! Here, I will share the recipe with you all! 
1/2 Cup raw chocolate powder 

3/4 Cup dried coconut shredded and unsweetened 

1/2 Cup cashews or almonds (or both) 

A pinch of sea-salt

1/2 Cup honey 
Put the chocolate, coconut, cashews, and sea-salt in a food processor and blend until crumbly. Add the honey and process until it clumps together, almost like a dough. Press the mixture into a baking dish then cut into squares and you are done! 

Bon Appetit 

Ouiam