Sunday, 4 June 2017

iftar at Movenpick!!! iftar at Movenpick!!!

Hello There,

I hope you are doing well! It has been a splendid week this side –we have been basking in sunny goodness – and the weather is just absolutely gorgeous!  With Ramadan in Qatar, the restaurant scene is buzzing and you are literally spoiled for choice! Personally, with this iftar,I do  feel that all the restaurants has pushed out their boats and  have amped  it up a big notch!

Couple of weeks back, I was invited by Movenpick Seasons Restaurant to try their exciting Buffet menu specially crafted for Ramadan with love. Infamous for their themed Buffets and Brunches, I was thrilled to see what is in store.

Movenpick has been one of the favourite local spots, Located by the Corniche in Qatar, if you are looking for a casual –friendly dining experience it definitely is a fitting option.

The very Mediterranean influenced Buffet Menu was remarkable with plentiful picking options it ticked all the many right boxes.  

fatoush 
We kicked off with fattoush – bejewelled with pomegranate pearls and lovely golden crispy pita, made a solid first impression. 


baba ganoush
The baba ganoush was divinely creamy and the tahini complimented the smokiness from eggplants gorgeously. There were Kibbeh’s,Delish Spring Rolls , Roasted Eggplants,Tabbouleh’s and amazing cauliflower fritters dressed up in creamy harissa and tahini - part of the impressive spread.







roasted eggplants

spring roll


tabouleh 


kibbeh


                                  
cauliflower with tahini
               








As for the mains,  the chicken Kabsa was divinely and finger licking good, it was perfectly spiced and flavoured and was the star of the menu!

chicken kabsa
Among the other options, the Egyptian Koushari was another favorite from the night. The national Dish of Egypt is a popular favourite. It combines lentils , chickpeas, curly macaroni and rice, topped with tomato sauce, onions and garlic! It does sound a bit absurd , but once you taste it, you will surely understand the rage!

koushari

Kuwaiti Lamb Machboos was also part of the spread, the lamb was tender and the aromatics a 10/10.





lamb machboos


And for dessert- there was Kunafa and baklava (of course) in all shapes and form.

I certainly am a sucker for a good Umm Ali , it was ever so scrumptious and utterly comforting- Just the perfect ending to an Epic menu!







kunafa


umm ali

Priced at 100 QAR it certainly is good value for money and the service start from sunset and goes all the way till midnight.


So if you are looking for an Iftar outing, head to Movenpick Seasons for a night of good fun and epic food.


Until Next Time,
Merin 
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Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Glam Session with MAC Cosmetics at Gulf Mall!! Glam Session with MAC Cosmetics at Gulf Mall!!

Hello, 

Hope you are having a fantastic week. Summer has finally hit Doha and the city is slowly gearing up for prayerful Ramadan. The kids and I, we’ve been treading along, between school runs and plentiful projects – it’s been pretty hands on!


MAC Next To Nothing


Last week I was invited by MAC cosmetics at Gulf mall to try their Makeup services – which is absolutely spectacular! You can book yourself an appointment and get all the expert makeup help you need – from basics to smokey-eye magic it’s well worth a visit.  After much pondering I decided to seek some Mac-Pro hacks into creating the Ultimate No-Makeup Look.

Skin Prep


The MUA started by prepping the skin with their complete comfort crème, followed by MAC Prep & Prime Fix plus.For the base we deiced to use the newest launch from MAC Cosmetics their Next To Nothing foundation.

For the Base Makeup




Next To Nothing Pressed Powder in Medium Deep


Before applying the foundation she used the MAC studio Conceal and Corrector DUO(burnt orange/rich yellow) for  my under eyes and the dark spots. I am an NC42 in MAC the so Next to Nothing in Medium plus was a perfect match for me. She also used Mineralise concealer in NC42 to brighten the under eyes. This was set with the Next to nothing setting powder again in medium plus and some setting powder for the under eyes to prevent it from creasing.

James Kaliardos-Moons of Saturn



For the contour/highlight and blush the MUA went with the MAC makeup art cosmetics James Kaliardos spring summer collection full face set in Moons of Saturn an absolutely brilliant piece and my personal favorite from this collection. On top of this contour we also used Mac Mineralize skin Finish powder in medium deep to give a sharper chilled look. Since it no makeup look we dint contour the nose. The highlighter from this palette was amazing and absolutely on fleek ;)


MAC Eyeshadow x 15 Warm Neutral Palette

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Next for the eyes the first step was to use their paint pot as groundwork to give it a more natural finish and for the eyeshadows to stay in place. The palette we used for the look is the Eyeshadow X 15 Warm Neutral Palette.From that palette she used Rule and saddle as the transition color and brown down on the outer corner.Also used dark brew on the lids along with Amber lights.We used one of their best seller fluid line in backtrack to line the upper eyelid, we dint go for a heavy look as it was no makeup makeup look. For the lower lash line we used a little bit of brown down and for the inner corner we used honey lust. This was topped with MAC mineralize Multi effect lash charged black. I love-love-love this mascara. It gives much va-va-vroom to for your lashes.










For the eyebrows we used the brow pencil in shade brunette and to set it we used quiet brunette prolong wear waterproof brow set. Also used the prep and prime to clean/highlight for under the eyebrows and the temple.


MAC Double Shot + Mac Pro long wear Lip Pencil Morning Coffee





Before we started with the makeup weMUA applied lip Conditioner in my lips. For the lips we used prolong wear lip pencil in morning coffee, shaped and filled the lips and then applied double shot lipstick over it. I love this lip combo, something I can wear every day. Final step was to use the setting spray fix plus so that the makeup stay put.




Before


After

Now with Ramadan and plentiful get-togethers happening for Iftar and suhour , it certainly is a  perfect opportunity to  book an appointment and get some professional makeup TLC by the much talented team at MAC Cosmetics-  a big shout out to the lovely team! You can Book your appointment now In-Store.

Until Next time, 
Merin
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Sunday, 30 April 2017

My Thoughts on Outback Steakhouse Beef Ribs and Bone-in Ribeye Promo!! My Thoughts on Outback Steakhouse Beef Ribs and Bone-in Ribeye Promo!!

Hello All, 


I am back to blogging after being MIA for almost a month. It had been MANIC-CENTRAL in the Qatar house hold. The kids had their school break and we were off to India for some TLC with the family and normalcy resumes as I am now back in Qatar and slowly gearing into action.


Outback Steakhouse 

 I was really privileged to have been invited by OUTBACK STEAK to try out their new promotion -Beef Ribs and Bone in Ribeye. This is my first time at the steak house located in the open bay area in the Lagoona mall.The menu consisted of Beef Ribs ,Bone in Rib Eye Steak and also their signature Alice springs chicken & Beef Ribs.



Once settled we were served with their freshly made home made brown bread served  along with butter. The ultimate restaurant litmus test is in the bread they serve for sure – And Outback certainly took the race with flying colours, The bread was delightfully fresh, soft and a tad bit sweet and divinely crusted.

Coconut Shrimp @OutbackSteakhouse




Outback Steakhouse kids meal


For starters, we ordered coconut shrimp, and we were greeted with some succulent battered prawns,rolled in coconut and fried until golden. It was a well-balanced dish and the coconut rendered some delightful sweetness and it  was served with side of sweet and spicy orange marmalade .


Outback Steakhouse 

 As for Drinks, they certainly spoilt us with chilled-refreshing mojitos in myriad ways! The Frozen berry mojito was really refreshing  for the scorching Doha summers and was definitely my personal favourite .The great barrier reef- with pineapple , mango and blue curacao - is glassed up tropical goodness, but slightly too sweet for my liking. Strawberry mojito was good.  As for the kids, the Oreo milkshake went down like a storm and was an absolute hit!

Outback Steakhouse 


My hubby ordered the Bone in Ribeye and I decided to go with Alice spring chicken & Beef ribs!



Outback Steakhouse
The Bone in Ribeye was grilled and seasoned to perfection. With a side of garlic mashed potatoes and sautéed vegetables. And with the steak cooked to perfection, he scored it a happy 10/10. The portion was certainly big and the mushroom sauce was gorgeously creamy and complimented the steak magnificently!

Outback Steakhouse


The Alice springs chicken & Beef ribs were finger licking good. The beef Ribs was smoked and grilled to perfection  and the sweetness from the tangy BBQ sauce was absolutely gorgeous. It was super tender  and  fell apart easily-almost butter  like. 

Outback Steakhouse 


I also loved their Alice spring chicken, which is chicken breast, grilled with salted mushrooms, crisp strings of bacon topped with Monterey Jack and cheddar cheese and some honey mustard sauce to top it off. Even though this is part of their regular menu I absolutely loved it. You can pick your side and I went for the loaded Baked Potato.

Outback Steakhouse


For dessert we had their best seller Chocolate Thunder from Down Under- They say it is a chocolate lover’s dream!  Its served with a freshly baked pecan brownie- all made from scratch in their kitchen and topped with lush –rich vanilla ice-cream and drizzled with rich chocolaty sauce and some chocolate shavings. All In all , we tucked into and was in chocolate haven- it was all too good!


Outback Steakhouse 

The Service was impeccable, they certainly had an eye for detail!

outback steakhouse 



Outback Steakhouse


My final verdict I absolutely loved their new promo. They have plans to include the Beef ribs into their menu and I would be happy to see that there. Can't wait to go back !


Until Next time, 
Merin


Outback Steakhouse Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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Sunday, 26 March 2017

The Surprisingly easy 3 Golden Rules- That's promised to get rid of your Acne Woes! The Surprisingly easy 3 Golden Rules- That's promised to get rid of your Acne Woes!

‘Mirror, Mirror On the wall…….’

Forget being the finest maiden, if you are like me and quite plagued by the utterly stubborn acne breakout, that seem to catch on faster than an epidemic, hold tight and don’t you go anywhere- your prayer has been answered! Yeehaw, with a few cheeky hacks, you can tame the feisty beast!


RULE NO 1: Good Bye GREASE!


Ah not the movie;) If you are smothering rich buttery moisturizers all over your face – day in and day out, we have a problem! And Now, is the time to take make the yo’U’ turn.
Experts suggest if you are acne prone, one should avoid moisturizers all together, a rather radical life changing choice, I may add, and with the likes of aging and other many skin woes we need to address, a realistic first step would be switching to a gel based-oil free-hydration- formula! Greasy moisturizers are simply not your friend when it comes to acne, be it clogging those nasty pores, to just leaving your face stickly-oily! So, goodbye to the rich-butter creams!


RULE NO 2 : Read the Label

Now I must confess, a trip to the local Boots store to buy a moisturizer is as daunting as fighting a Nihon no ryū! Now say WHAT! And that’s exactly my point! The plethora of options, quite frankly leaves me clueless and up until relative recent times, l paid little(insert text  ‘no’ ) attention to  labels at all! The keyword you need to look out for is salicylic acid or benzoyle peroxide, both proved to be very effective in war against acne.
Now as mentioned in Rule 1, choosing a hydration-based formula is key and experts suggest, the magical word is ‘icone’, like silicone. Ingredients that end with icone are generally humectants and lock in on moisture and said to be very hydration friendly!





Burt's Bees-Acne Solution

PanOxylBar-Soap
Neutrogena - Visibly Clear Oil Free Moisturizer





RULE NO 3:Some solid Sun Protection

‘Acne is a very teenage problem’-  is a total myth, And about ‘Sun Being good for Acne’ is as contradictory as a myth can ever be! Ladies,Gents,Boys and Girls, SUN = BAD, when it comes to skin care! So cash in on the SPF when you choose your moisturizer, with at least a minimum of SPF 30. There are several day moisturizers with combined SPF protection or alternatively you can choose a non-greasy sunscreen for extra sun-safeguard.



So there you go, our three golden rules, paving the world to a better –acne free world!

Carpe Diem!



















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Friday, 24 March 2017

Wishing you a Glorious Weekend! Wishing you a Glorious Weekend!



Picture Courtsey:Weheartit



And its FRI-YaaaY!   I have been under the weather all this week, with a temperature that seemed to be fluctuating more like a seesaw- it certainly wasn’t the pinkest of health  this week and I am rather glad to embrace the weekend! There will be some catch-up sleeping and some VEEP-ing! 

I might muster some courage to journey into my dark and unexplored wardrobe territory and get organisational- Its a jungle out there;)


Picture Courtsey:Elle

The mister and I, We are off to a round of Portugal explorations next week and there is much sun promised- Fingers Crossed!

A DimSum Friday,perhaps? This recipe has become a weekend ritual in our household!

And this picture left me chuckling!

Image Courtsey:Pinterest
It’s the season of pink and some lemony yellows!

Image CourtesyIndependent


Amanda Seyfred literally has the most adorable dog ever-its packed with cuteness overload- you’ve been warned ;)!





Wishing you all a Glorious weekend!

Until Next Time, 
Meera








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