Posted on May 22, 2022
It didn’t make any international headlines, but a few days back, an international incident occurred in the Myeongdong area of central Seoul between MB and one Mr Kim, owner of a traditional Korean restaurant on a restaurant-filled old side street just behind the Lotte City Hotel.Read More
Posted on September 26, 2021
Posted on August 4, 2019
Tina wants us all to take a break this week. To see her superb photos on the theme, click HERE.
What better way to take a break than with some ice cream?!
A recent MB capture:
Category: Irish man in the Middle East Tagged: Food, Ice cream, Taking a break
Posted on April 25, 2019
See also earlier post of this evening related to the same topic.
Category: Irish man in the Middle East Tagged: Adventure, Dates, Food, MENA, Qatar International Dates Festival, Travel
Posted on April 14, 2019
Thanks to Patti for the ‘Delicious‘ challenge. Read More
Category: Irish man in the Middle East Tagged: Budapest, Chocoholic, chocolate, Delicious, Food, Gastronomy, Tour
Posted on February 16, 2019
Thanks to Patti for this week’s challenge.
MB featured Casa Doina restaurant in a previous post of random shots from Romania, where he travelled in August 2018 with daughter MB2.
The restaurant is a mostly ‘eating outside’ experience, in the midst of a small forest in the centre of Bucharest city. If ever in Bucharest…….!
Category: Irish man in the Middle East Tagged: Adventure, Bucharest, Casa Doina, Culinary, Dining, Food, Restaurant, Travel
Posted on December 1, 2018
Maybe nice food???
Or a book???
Or maybe combine both!
Category: Irish man in the Middle East Tagged: Adventure, Book, Cookery, Food, Happiness is, Lens-Artists, Travel
Posted on April 20, 2018
One of MB’s favourite cities is Istanbul. With a population of over 15M people, the locals need to be prolific food producers. And they certainly are. The street markets and city food shops are jaw-droppingly spectacular and are not just for shopping. They are for ambling around, gazing, sampling, and enjoying. And for taking zillions of photos of course!
MB could show you zillions of Istanbul food photos, but a gives you just one, of a simple basket of cheeses:
Category: Irish man in the Middle East Tagged: Adventure, Food, Istanbul, postaday, Prolific, Travel, Weekly Photo Challenge
Posted on September 7, 2017
Time for Desert!
MB spent 2 full days in Lebanon, one of which was spent at the wedding of D&M, and 2 part days travelling to & from. He returned to Qatar some 3 kilos heavier than when he departed. It’s not difficult to see why:
Posted on September 7, 2017
Weddings are tough work. For the participants and guests alike. The food can not come soon enough for most. And on the occasion of D&M’s wedding, MB can assure followers that the food was mouthwateringly delicious and amazing!
Posted on April 21, 2017
MB attended a night out with work colleagues last night at the La Cigale Hotel in Doha. The event comprised a sit-down dinner and musical performances by two well-known Lebanese male singers.
A few shots from the hotel and the event follows, and there’s a short video clip of one of the performers at the end. To convert the drink menu prices into Euro, divide by 4. Pricy!
Category: Irish man in the Middle East Tagged: Ayman Zbib, Doha, Food, La Cigale, Lebanon, Melhem Zein
Posted on January 15, 2017
The Food. OMG. The Food.
Category: Irish man in the Middle East Tagged: Food, Lebanon, Nahr El Kalb, wedding
Posted on August 26, 2015
Middle East Living
The modern lifestyle of many Middle East Arabs is far from healthy. Night time can often involve hanging out in cafes or restaurants to watch a televised football match while smoking flavoured shisha. There is a misconception among many that because the smoke is forced through the water pipe that it is somehow less toxic. But research shows that the sweet smelling smoke is even more harmful that normal cigarette smoke. Cigarette smoking itself is also far more extensive than back in MB’s homeland.
The historic activity of nomadic desert migration is long since replaced by the wandering from the Baskin & Robbins oasis to McDonald’s to Dunkin Donut and others in search of the nightly fix. Very often the Arab driver will honk the car horn outside the restaurant of choice and the restaurant workers will rush out to take the order. They will return again minutes later with the high carb food, ensuring that Mohammad didn’t even have to take the short walk from car to counter before he wolfed it down.
The climate of course isn’t conducive to physical activity for much of the year. But there are at least 5 to 6 months when the weather is excellent for an evening stroll or jog, or any other kind of sporting activity you care to mention. There is no historical culture of sport however, so participation levels by locals are very low, as much as MB has observed. The Dubai marathon each year for example, has thousands of participants, but native numbers are lamentably poor, despite the best efforts of the Government to encourage local participation. The present nightly summer temps are in the mid thirties but the only joggers that MB sees on his nightly outings are fellow Westies.
Eating habits are also a cause of concern. The month of fasting from sunrise to sunset that is called Ramadan actually witnesses many Arabs gaining weight, as they gorge themselves at the evening ‘Iftar’ meal and the body is just unable to burn off the calories consumed during the following very shortened working day of that month. Eating to excess is commonplace even throughout the remainder of the year, as the traditional evening meal involves many and varied starters which must each be sampled, followed by large plates of meat and rice with various yoghurts, and a desert course. Then a creamy mocha or cappuccino to wash it all down following by the obligatory puffing of the hooka pipe. The incidence of diabetes, for all the above reasons, has risen dramatically in recent years and regional health authorities speak of a diabetes epidemic in the coming years.
All in all, many similarities with many western countries as you can see!
Posted on June 6, 2014
MB loves his food!
Category: Irish man in the Middle East Tagged: Asia, Bosphorus, Culinary, Culinary backstreet tour, Culture, Food, Guided tour, Istanbul, Turkey, Walking
Posted on May 14, 2014
Have decided to post a photo per day for 30 days, each based on a word or theme. Feel free to offer a word or theme challenge to MB in the comment box below.
Category: Irish man in the Middle East Tagged: berries, Desert, dubai mall, Food, Gallery Lafayette, Ice cream
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