Friday, November 20, 2015

Foodie Review: WU, The Asian Restaurant

@ARTRotana Hotel located in Amwaj Islands - Bahrain has recently launched its fine dining Asian restaurant- 'WU'

The place is elegantly divided into 5 themed seating areas. 
1- The outdoor bar
2- The Terrace overlooking the sea
3- The indoor bar
4- The laid back lounge
5- The chic main dining area

Let's talk FOOOOD! 
We had some good prawn crackers with some tangy peanut dipping sauce. SO GOOD! I know I'm ordering this next time๐Ÿ‘

The salad selection was brilliant! We had the Duck & watermelon. How cute is that? Fresh & crunchy watermelon topped with tender duck breast that has been well soaked with salad's dressing
(Highly recommended) 

The Sushi & Maki selection was ok. It was served on a rotating bucket filled with ice. Perfect for sharing (&snapping)

I wasn't very lucky with the short ribs. It was very dry & chewy. My friends got a more tender piece though. So I will have to give it another chance. 

The spiced up shrimps with sirarcha aioli wasn't up to my liking. The Green curry was a winner for sure! 

Look at this beauty! We had a blast with the desert platter. Mochi ice cream, creme brule, banana cinamon sticks are a few of the remarkable ones we enjoyed. Oh, how did I forget the fresh watermelon & mint icee cup? Have a look ๐Ÿ‘‡๐Ÿ‘‡๐Ÿ‘‡๐Ÿ‘‡๐Ÿ‘‡

WU. Asian, fine dine. @ARTRotana Hotel
Amwaj Islands - Bahrain

Monday, September 21, 2015

A step closer to Mexico

It has been indeed a remarkable day for me, the day I met Chef Margarita Carrillo. She is the author of (Mexico: Cook Book) 

About the chef

Chef and restaurateur Margarita Carrillo Arronte was born into a large family who respected their deep cultural and culinary roots, and has devoted nearly 35 years to help traditional Mexican cuisine find its way to every corner of the world. She has lectured about Mexican food at schools including The Culinary Institute of America and Le Cordon Bleu; served as Vice‐President of the Mexican Conservatory of Gastronomical Culture; and acted as an official representative of Mexico for the G‐20 summit in Los Cabos. She is also a published author who has hosted several food shows for the El Gourmet channel in Mexico. Chef Margarita currently lives with her family and four dogs in Mexico City. 

We had the pleasure of tasting her food at La Vinoteca Barcelona (Adliya, Bahrain)

For starters we had squid & cactus salad. Followed by local fish ceviche that was extremly tasty! 

Have you ever heard of the black fungus that accidentally grows on corn cobs? Neither did I. Well, aparently, it is regarded as a pure Mexican delecassy and the chef prepared it for us within a lentils based soup with goat milk 'labneh'

Our main was a tender duck breast slow-cooked in a green leaf served with gravy & roasted veggies

& now to the best part! You guessed it right - DESERT! 
An unbelievable light & unique goat cheesecake with prickly pear marmalade. The cheesecake had yoghurt  which added a very memorable taste

Follow the chef on instagram

Saturday, August 8, 2015

Toxic Corporate Cultures

Does your company have a corporate culture of accountability or do your employees play the blame game? Higher accountability is probably the #1 goal of many of corporate clients

By default, people tend to want to hide their mistakes and when confronted, go toward defensiveness and attempt to shift blame, especially when they feel that mistakes could cost them their job, or reputation. That kind of behaviour is toxic in the corporate environment and an indication that you have a culture problem.

When companies start to create a culture of accountability, people become willing to admit they are wrong. It says a lot about the culture that individuals are willing to put their egos aside and admit fault. As much as it is a step in the right direction, admitting wrongness is only the first step.

Admitting wrong doesn’t create change. Imagine sitting around a boardroom table where everyone talks about what they were supposed to do and says, “Sorry everyone. I was supposed to do such-and-such, but it didn’t get done.” to which everyone nods and moves on.

A lot of good that does, especially if it becomes the corporate culture! Admit fault and all is forgiven! What you end up with is a group of high-minded nobles who freely take responsibility and move on like nothing happened. What message does that send to the rest of your employees? “Work hard, but if you don’t, no worries.”

The next step in creating the culture of accountability is to attach an impact to the wrong. So, in our boardroom scenario, when a member of your team confesses to missing an important deadline, you need to stop the meeting right there and discuss what impact it has had on the rest of the team.

It’s only when people understand their impact that behaviours start to change. Unlike you, who is in position to see all the inner workings of the company, they may not see the domino effect caused by their actions or fully understand the impact on the bottom line. Creating awareness of impact attaches a higher level of awareness related to the wrong.

Now comes the step where they need to fix the problem through restitution. What are they going to do about it such that it doesn’t happen again or at least that they alleviate the stress their wrong created for the rest of the team? Ideally, the wrongdoers would come up with the fix themselves, but it can be a team effort. Be careful not to jump in and ‘tell’. A personal or team choice creates a significantly greater change and empowerment to continue that change.

How to Start Creating a Culture of Accountability 

1) Create a Safe Environment – Start by making people feel like they are in a safe place. Admitting fault requires trust, the lack of which is typically the reason people try to hide or deflect blame. Avoid name-calling or public humiliation and aim for curious conversation that creates understanding to build safety.

2) Start With the Top Down – Set a good example by practicing this exercise yourself. Like any cultural change, it has to be from the top down in order to become embedded in the corporate culture. Think of this as ‘follow the leader’ and you guessed it, you ARE the leader!

3) Open the Communication Channels – Be upfront about addressing the problem without being adversarial. Let your team know that this is part of a move toward building a culture of accountability and involve them in the process. This means being assertive, while continuing to support your team to find value in the change.

4) Leverage the Power of “Team” - This process is about changing a collective behavior and way of thinking more than personal attacks and pointing out the slacker. Accountability is nine times higher in a group setting because of peer pressure! Leveraging that power is the key moving the group to the next level.

5) Be Consistent – Firm, but fair in enforcing the accountability rules. As soon as people sense that it isn’t across the board, or you are immune as the leader, your culture shift is doomed to fail. Apply the rule to everyone at all times. No exceptions.

6) Don’t Tolerate Terrorists – Accountability is simply not for everyone. As your culture begins to shift it will become very clear who is slow to adapt, and who is simply unwilling to come along AKA the terrorist. The longer you tolerate the terrorist the more your change looses momentum and actually reverts back to the way it was, costing time and money.

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Thursday, April 2, 2015

Juggling Life

An inspiring speech by Bryan Dyson, CEO Coca Cola

Imagine life as a game in which you are juggling some five balls in the air. You name them - work, family, health, friends and spirit and you're keeping all of these in the air.
You will soon understand that work is a rubber ball. If you drop it, it will bounce back. But the other four balls - family, health, friends and spirit - are made of glass. If you drop one of these, they will be irrevocably scuffed, marked, nicked, damaged or even shattered. They will never be the same. You must understand that and strive for Balance in your life.


Don't undermine your worth by comparing yourself with others. It is because we are different that each of us is special. 

Don't set your goals by what other people deem important. Only you know what is best for you. 

Don't take for granted the things closest to your heart. Cling to them as you would your life, for without them, life is meaningless. 

Don't let your life slip through your fingers by living in the past or for the future. By living your life one day at a time, you live all the days of your life. 

Don't give up when you still have something to give. Nothing is really over until the moment you stop trying. 

Don't be afraid to admit that you are less than perfect. It is this fragile thread that binds us to each together. 

Don't be afraid to encounter risks. It is by taking chances that we learn how to be brave. 

Don't shut love out of your life by saying it's impossible to find time. The quickest way to receive love is to give; the fastest way to lose love is to hold it too tightly; and the best way to keep love is to give it wings! 

Don't run through life so fast that you forget not only where you've been, but also where you are going. 

Don't forget, a person's greatest emotional need is to feel appreciated. 

Don't be afraid to learn. Knowledge is weightless, a treasure you can always carry easily. 

Don't use time or words carelessly. Neither can be retrieved. Life is not a race, but a journey to be savoured each step of the way...

Bryan Dyson

Monday, December 29, 2014

The Orangery - Tea Room

A delightful experience at The Orangery, the new Tea Room that just opened by Masso. It recently soft-launched its dessert section, as savory dishes are still being tested. 
We enjoyed the experience & the well presented & well prepared dishes. 

1- The Strawberry Gateaux. Super fluffy, cream is very light & fresh. Strawberries ripe & tasteful. Loved every bite of it

2- A large selection of cakes. Rose cake, Napoletta, Chocolate Mousse & a baked Vanilla Cheesecake. But the one that was by far the most delicious piece of dessert that I have tried for a while- the Kunafa Swiss Roll. A Must Have ! 

3- Chef Suzy took the lead in recommending to us a few sandwiches & items of their savory menu.We loved everything. The Bresaola & Goat Cheese Sandwich. The Trio Hummos. A Mixed Grilled Vegetables Foccacia Bread Sandwich paired with crispy hand prepared fries. 

You will also enjoy the perfect selection of bread & hi quality butter. 

Located right behind Masso in Adliya.
Enjoy it. 

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Arab Idol'ing LIVE

I was lucky enough during my short visit to Beirut earlier this month ( Nov 2014 ) to attend the live prime show of Arab Idol. It was my first experience to attend such an event, so I really didn't know what to expect. 
I put on my high heels, wore make up & luckily packed my new coat. 
We had to be there at 6pm Beirut time & due to Beirut's unpredicted traffic jams, we decided to leave at 4pm to avoid it. Lucky us, we reached in less than 30 minutes. Unfortunately, we waited till 7 pm to enter! Yes!!! Wrong choice of shoes indeed as we stood outdoors for almost 3 loooooong hours. The coat came in handy though as it was chilled. 

In we walked, thru tough security. 
Zone B, seat 81 ( Perfect! I thought) . I trip at the entrance, almost slipping off the stairs as I look for our seats. Funny that the chairs were basic plastic ones! The hassle I went thru to look for my assigned seat was useless as the chairs weren't numbered! 
We sat by Wael Kfouri's side :)
The set is much smaller that what it looks like on TV. 
Wael is way shorter than Hassan Shafei
Nancy is too skinny!
Ahlam freaked me when she turned all of a sudden but she is so much fun to watch.
Elissa is 'Mahdoumeh' on stage and very elegant. 
Before the final session, A manager came to the jury and asked them to get close and told them something. It seemed very serious & It felt like they knew what the result was before they'd announce it.
Nice audience briefing by the producers asking everyone to clap, cheer up for all contestants as all of them are Arab. They asked everyone to refrain from saying bad words to the jury otherwise they will be asked to leave the set)
ุงู†ุชูˆ ุถูŠูˆู ุงู„ ุงู… ุจูŠ ุณูŠ

It was a great experience indeed. Tiring & restricted, though memorable.

Here are a few shots 

Wael keeps on going back stage at each break ๐Ÿ˜‰ ูˆุงุญุฏ ู…ู† ุงู„ุฌู…ู‡ูˆุฑ ู‚ุงู„ ู„ู‡ ( ุฑูˆุญ ุดูˆู ู…ุฑุงูŠุชูƒ ู…ุฒุจูˆุท

ุงู„ุงุฌุชู…ุงุน ุงู„ู…ุบู„ู‚ ุนู†ุฏ ุงุฎุฑ ุจุฑูŠูƒ- ู‡ู…ู…ู…

Monday, November 3, 2014

ุจูŠุฑูˆุช ู…ุง ุจุชู…ูˆุช

Inspired by the beauty of this city. By the strength of its people despite their weakness. By their souls that will never know how to stop enjoying life by the second.  As I Walk along the sea shore of pretty Beirut one breezy morning, these words came to my mind and had to be written... (PS: I'm not a writer) 

ููŠ ู‚ู…ุฉ ุญُุฒู†ู‡ู…، ูŠُุบู†ูˆู†

ููŠ ุฃุชุนุณ ุฃูŠุงู…ู‡ู…،ูŠุฑู‚ُุตูˆู†

ูˆ ุนู„ู‰ ุฐูƒุฑูŠุงุชู‡ู… ุงู„ุฃู„ูŠู…ุฉ،ูŠุถุญูƒูˆู†

 ู‚ุฏูŠู…ู‡ู… ุฌุฏูŠุฏ 
ูˆ ุฌุฏูŠุฏู‡ู… ุฃุฑุชูŠุฒุงู†ุง

ุนุฑุจูŠุชู‡ู… ูุฑู†ุณูŠุฉ

ู‡ู… ูƒุฐู„ูƒ ู„ุจู†ุงู†ูŠูˆู†