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Doha Brunch and the Candy Apple Series [Jun. 3rd, 2012|08:50 pm]
susan smitten
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I mentioned that last week, I had brunch in Doha with nativeinformant. What I didn't mention was that I cast my vegetarianism aside for the day, and ate a lot of raw fish. I'd been thinking about it - no, dreaming about it - for about six weeks, and trying so hard to resist. A 390 riyal buffet (that's over USD $100) seemed like the opportunity to scratch the itch. Sorry, fish. I'm back on the wagon now.






Smoked salmon, scrambled eggs, and rocket on a zaatar croissant.


Look at Laura. Isn't she wow? Here, she's stuck a sugary flower to her face with chocolate sauce.


Neha and me, posed. Apparently, this is how we pose.


I'd noticed the candy apples when we entered, and I was looking forward to having one. I imagined sticky, sweet caramel. My friends fetched it for me, and were giggling as they presented me with it.


The candy shell was diamond hard. I couldn't break (or even chip at it) with my knife.


Breaking the shell with our teeth was an impossibility.


It was funny to watch each other try.


WHY WAS IT SO HARD?


I stab it with my steeley knife...


That was not easy.


Brunch was followed by these concoctions of gin and midori. nativeinformant had wine, as she doesn't drink candy cocktails.
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[User Picture]From: kyooverse
2012-06-03 08:01 pm (UTC)
These are *gorgeous* pictures!
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[User Picture]From: chu_hi
2012-06-04 12:22 pm (UTC)
Thanks, gorgeous!
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[User Picture]From: dakini_bones
2012-06-03 08:34 pm (UTC)

om nom nom nom!

Even the rock hard candy apple...
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[User Picture]From: chu_hi
2012-06-04 12:36 pm (UTC)

Re: om nom nom nom!

Yeah, I'd go back. :-)
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[User Picture]From: mrputter
2012-06-04 12:32 am (UTC)
> <IMG SRC="http://katoributa.com/img/mayjun2012/doha3216.JPG">

Holy hell. Apparently I need to get myself to Doha soon.


> Isn't she wow?

Well well. What a gorgeous smile to unexpectedly grace my friends page!
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[User Picture]From: chu_hi
2012-06-04 12:34 pm (UTC)
Ha! That was at the Grand Hyatt, on a Friday. I told nativeinformant that my pictures were misleading, that they made Doha look like it's all about flowing champagne, tasty food, and hot women. This... isn't the case. But we do alright.
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[User Picture]From: nativeinformant
2012-06-08 05:58 pm (UTC)
we do better than alright!
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[User Picture]From: chu_hi
2012-06-04 12:35 pm (UTC)
And yeah! She's hard to take your eyes off of! And she took half of the pictures you see here.
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[User Picture]From: hitchhiker
2012-06-04 05:59 am (UTC)
that looks amazingly delicious!
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[User Picture]From: chu_hi
2012-06-04 12:27 pm (UTC)
It was all pretty good. :^)
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[User Picture]From: angiereedgarner
2012-06-04 07:22 am (UTC)
Eye-candy (apple)!

Lately, to sit outside, I want Pernod over much ice with a mass of muddled basil, in a julep cup/stainless steel cup so thick frost forms on outside.

May name this drink the "No Actually It Is Not That Hot/Dusty/Smelly Out Here."



Edited at 2012-06-04 07:23 am (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: nativeinformant
2012-06-04 11:12 am (UTC)
that sounds awesome! saw your work at susan's place btw - beautiful!
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[User Picture]From: angiereedgarner
2012-06-04 11:19 am (UTC)
Thank you kindly. I'll happily supply a "Not That Hot" if you ever make it to these parts.
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[User Picture]From: chu_hi
2012-06-04 12:26 pm (UTC)
=D

And now I want that, too. The most pleasant time of day seems to be around seven in the morning. Maybe we should drink Pernod at seven in the morning.
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[User Picture]From: angiereedgarner
2012-06-04 03:15 pm (UTC)
Oh yes thank you it's now obvious that is the thing to do!

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[User Picture]From: joshdavis
2012-06-05 04:23 am (UTC)

Nom Nom

Um, the fish ate veggies, so that's vegetarian... right? *grin*

The buffet looked mighty tasty.

And why doesn't drink candy cocktails? Midori and gin. I'm not even a gin drinker and it still sounds Nom.
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[User Picture]From: nativeinformant
2012-06-05 07:47 am (UTC)

Re: Nom Nom

I find that when you mix sweet stuff with alcohol it tastes like medicine. but I have been known to thrown down a mai tai (or 5) on the beach in hawaii...
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[User Picture]From: joshdavis
2012-06-06 03:13 pm (UTC)

Re: Nom Nom

In my head, I wrote "who" vs "why" but same response! :)

I can see the medicine thing, but all alcohol tastes like medicine to me. A good mixer helps the medicine go down. :)

PS, if you're anywhere near a Starbucks, I recommend their Coconut Lime Frozt. It can hold a large quantity of alcohol before having any alcohol flavor. :)
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[User Picture]From: chu_hi
2012-06-05 07:44 pm (UTC)

Re: Nom Nom

I bet the fish ate fish.

The buffet was the size of Keller, TX. I only had the sushi, plus a few things the chefs came around with on trays.
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[User Picture]From: danica
2012-06-07 06:42 pm (UTC)
goddamn you, this post is amazing
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[User Picture]From: chu_hi
2012-06-07 07:12 pm (UTC)
Thank you, I appreciate that. =P
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[User Picture]From: subapooh
2012-06-10 12:17 am (UTC)
fooooodddd pooornnn! :D oh doha, i miss you. =[
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[User Picture]From: chu_hi
2012-06-10 03:35 am (UTC)
Hey, you! You're still on LJ, hooray!

You probably wouldn't recognize the place. I only started going there in 2008, and it's grown a lot. I don't tend to have the best luck with food there. Dubai is a thousand times better for that.
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[User Picture]From: subapooh
2012-06-10 07:37 pm (UTC)

oh hai! ^_^

I bet, I talked to some Doha natives here recently and they say it's getting too commercial for their tastes. I haven't been since about 96, so i'm sure it's vastly expanded and such.

enjoy moar buffets as we enjoy your pics and stories! :D
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