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Bread Poha & a slice of my life

We had the most enjoyable three days for Eid this time. Time spent in the company of friends, eating out, bowling, watching movies was truly memorable. I thought of indulging in some cooking in these holidays but I couldn’t really get down to it. 

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Lately, I haven’t shared much on the blog about what is going on with my life. Well, there is a reason as to why I have been so cut off from this space. Everyday, there is so much happening that it is difficult to pin point a few events or even morals from the lessons I learn each day as a woman entrepreneur. Moreover, as a person, I always find it inspiring to focus on the positives that would help me move forward.

 

So here I am sharing a few highlights of my life in the last 6 months.

  • My company – The Butterfly Effect Co completed 3 years ( www.thebutterflyeffect.co). This means it has graduated from being a startup to a small business now. This also means we graduated from being a 2 people company to a 6 person company focusing on clients across industry verticals and geographies. We have also expanded our service lines from being a pure-play social media management company to a full-fledged digital marketing company providing services like SEO, mobile apps, Website development etc. 
  • Little Mimi who took up maximum space on my blog will start with grade 3 now in September. She is a little person now who has opinions and expresses them with the ferocity that makes me wonder how did she grow up so fast!
  • The blog completed 7 years in February, this year. I celebrated it with skillet brownie and ice cream. You can check out the recipe here.
  • One of the highlights this year was my foray into organizing events. Having organized community based food, art and craft festivals, bake sales in the previous years, I was able to harness on that experience to conduct a children’s painting exhibition. I cannot thank God enough for it went off smoothly despite all odds. 
  • Mimi and I started a reading club at home for children every Wednesday. It has been delightful sharing my love of books with these 7, 8, 9 and 10-year-olds. It also gives me a glimpse into the minds of this age group. How they look at books, plots, characters and what keeps their interest alive in the books they read!

These are few wonderful things that happened over the course of these 6 months which makes me feel very optimistic about the time to come. 

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Another highlight was preparing this awesome bread poha for breakfast this morning. Bread poha is one of my favourite snack / breakfast that I enjoy every once in a while. Generally, I am tempted to try this when I have some left over bread at home. It is wholesome, delicious and healthy too. Weight watchers may want to limit the portion cause it is nothing but C-A-R-B-S. For such dieters, I would recommend this dish for a cheat meal. For the recipe check out the recipe card.

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Bread Poha
Serves 4
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
25 min
Total Time
45 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
25 min
Total Time
45 min
Ingredients
  1. Bread slices, torn into small pieces ( atleast 8-10 slices- older the better)
  2. 2 large onions, chopped
  3. 5 green chilles, chopped fine,
  4. peanuts - half cup( boiled)
  5. salt as per taste
  6. chilli powder - 1 tsp
  7. coriander powder - 2 tsp
  8. tumeric powder - 2 tsp
  9. sugar - 1 tbsp or less
  10. lemon juice - a dash
  11. sprinkle of water
  12. mustard seeds,- 1 tsp
  13. cumin seeds - 1 tsp
  14. dash of asafoetida
  15. curry leaves - 8 -10 leaves
Instructions
  1. Tear all the bread slices into bite sized pieces, keep aside
  2. Take some oil in a flat frying pan, splutter mustard seeds, cumin seeds and add asafoetida
  3. Add chopped onions and fry until light & translucent
  4. Add green chillies and curry leaves and fry.
  5. To this add, all the spice powders including salt and sugar and mix well.
  6. Add boiled peanuts and fry well
  7. Add bread pieces and let the spices coat the bread pieces very well.
  8. Once the bread is mixed well, sprinkle water to soften the bread.
  9. Take the pan off the heat and add a dash of lemon juice and serve hot
Sliceofmylyfe - a Food blog based in Bahrain http://www.sliceofmylyfe.com/

Top 5 foodie things I plan to do when I am in Dubai

I just heard some good news this morning. One of my very good friends is moving to Dubai from India and that has really prompted me to launch into another post about Dubai for obvious reasons. Though this friend isn’t much of a foodie but I know she would be a wonderful company to all my gastronomical adventures.

Here are top 5 foodie things I will not miss out on, when I visit Dubai:

  1. A food tour with Frying Pan Food Adventures: I have known Arva as food blogger for a few years now and her passion for food is unbelievable. She turned this growing passion for food into a foodie adventure by founding the food tour concept. Her food tours provide you with the most authentic of food and cultural experiences which you otherwise might completely miss. I follow her updates on social media closely so that I know the culinary delights I ought not to miss.
  2. Meet my blogger friends and have a meal together: Food blogging has been an enriching experience where I have met and interacted with lovely food bloggers, not just locally and regionally, but internationally as well. My visit to Dubai won’t be complete without meeting my fellow food bloggers and friends – Anamika, Amelia, Arva, Sally and so many others. I hope to sit down and have a meal with them discussing about what else – food!
  3. Visit the spice souk – I have the biggest fascination for spice markets and the Dubai Spice Souk tops the list. The visit will allow me to compare the different souk experiences I have had in Bahrain and Qatar. Bargaining is not my strongest trait but I will attempt nevertheless.
  4. Milk and Honey Dessert from Qbara – This dessert has caught my imagination and I have to try it. It is an indulgent dessert of Greek yoghurt and sumac panna cotta with a side of honey and saffron pashmak – this dessert according me is a thing of fantasy.
  5. Source : https://www.facebook.com/qbaradubai/photos_stream
    Source – Qbara Facebook
  6. Food Photography Workshop: I have started doing food styling professionally in Bahrain and am quite happy with the feedback that I am getting. But there are so many aspects of food photography that am yet to explore and learn. Time and again, I hear of wonderful food styling and photography workshops being conducted in Dubai. May be I should time my trip to benefit from one of these awesome workshops.

That should pretty much round up my Dubai food expedition. Now all that remains is for me to wait for my friend to come to Dubai. We were discussing her impending travel and is amazing the number of flights you have from India to Dubai these days. I recommended that she use FlyDubai which is one of the most convenient and cost effective ways to fly from India to Dubai.  

If you think I have missed something out in my fun- foodie – stuff- to- do list, please let me know in the comments.

Iftar experience at Sheraton

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Recently, I was asked to attend an Iftar at Sheraton at their Awali Ballroom. I had looked up the list of top Iftars in Bahrain and Sheraton featured on it. So I definitely wanted to try it and was really looking forward to this.

From the moment I stepped into the ballroom, I could feel a wonderful vibe with so many people; families, large groups of friends and the hotel staff serving their patrons. It was colourful and slightly louder than most other places I had been to before. A lavish buffet was laid out before us with international dishes and live cooking stations. We felt completely spoiled for choice. What you are about to see if you scroll down further is plenty of appetizing food pictures.

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The Awali Ballroom has been decked up and it is a sight to experience. 

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The buffet had traditional dishes like shawarma, and all kinds of biryani. The salad station had a wonderful selection of salads, dips and other starters. The main course had a few vegetarian options as well. I particularly enjoyed the palak dal and rice with some pepper -lemon chicken (highly recommeded)

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Lemon and pepper chicken

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Fish cooked Arabic style
Fish cooked Arabic style

The dessert station had a live crepe making station which was hit among all the kids and adults alike.

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Mahallabiya with nut brittle – simply delicious
traditional Arabic sweets
traditional Arabic sweets
The meringue centerpiece
The meringue centerpiece

The highlights of my Iftar experience at Sheraton are;

1. Huge variety that not only caters to traditional tastes but also international ones as well

2. Desserts were simply outstanding and so delicious. The chocolate mousse was absolutely addictive.

3. Very friendly staff who go out of their way to make sure the guests are well attended. 

I am sure, these pictures would have really whet your appetite. So if you plan to have your Iftar at a restaurant, you should definitely give Sheraton a try. 
Iftar: from sunset, BD15.9++ on weekdays and BD16.9 on weekends. Children four to 12: BD8.5++; under fours go free. Sheraton Bahrain, Manama (1753 3533)

(This is a sponsored post but views expressed are solely mine)

Dineout Bahrain: Changing the ‘eating out’ scene in Bahrain

I always approach the new year with new ideas and great optimism. The new year for me is about new beginnings and about discovering new things around me. If you have lived in Bahrain, you would know that, no matter if you are a local or an expat, the options of discovery and entertainment lie between going to movies and eating out. Movie choices are relatively easy to figure out but it is the eating out options that can baffle you. Bahrain has a HUGE ‘eating out’ culture and by that I don’t just limit it to the posh restaurants, I also include the tiny specks of eateries that are just as popular and throbbing with patrons day in and day out.

Weekends and some weekday lunches are my ‘eating out’ days. This gives me an opportunity to try out new restaurants as well as go to my old favorites. But sometimes it becomes extremely difficult to reserve places over weekends because practically everybody is out and about in Bahrain filling up all the seats in my favourite restaurants. It is then I feel like kicking myself for not reserving my table  earlier. Funnily, it never strikes me until I reach the place to find out that it is fully booked. Also sometimes, it happens that I go to a restaurant expecting good stuff and return feeling cheated because of the awful food and service.  I always wished in those moments that I had some kind of a restaurant guide and preferably something that I quickly use on my phone that would help me pick out a restaurant, make reservations and give me tips about how my experience might turn out. Incidentally, a colleague and I discussed this over some Chinese food and decided that we should try and build a website that was easily accessible on phone and would give the user all the desired experiences regarding the dining scene in Bahrain.

But before our fledgling plan could see the light of the day, I came across Dine out Bahrain. It happens to be a one stop shop for all things related to restaurants and eating joints in Bahrain. I personally scrolled through their website and was quite impressed. Dine Out Bahrain is the island’s first independent online service that unifies the islands favorite restaurants with their hungry diners. Encompassing a state – of – the art website and mobile application it has simplified eating out like never before.

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This is how it works:

  • Bahrain’s top restaurants manage their own pages within the DineOut site providing customers access to the most up-to-date menus, promotions and events all in one place.
  • It allows for easy browsing and booking at the click of a button, with the users receiving a booking confirmation instantly.
  • The go-to service for all moods, DineOut’s quick search feature filters options precisely by type, cuisine and location. You can download food menus and see photographs of restaurants
  • Whether diners wish to glam up and dine out in style or casually hang out with friends at a shisha cafe close to home, all the possibilities are at their fingertips.
  • It provides stress-free directions of Google Map’s to guide the Users to their intended destination
  • DineOut Bahrain is constantly adding brand new eateries everyday
  • The customer review feature even makes it easy to find out what friends thought of the experience giving useful feedback to diners and the restaurant management
  •  Download the DineOut Bahrain app, compatible with both Iphone and Android systems
  • No hassle, no extra cost and no login pages

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With Dineout’s services at my disposal, I feel mighty relieved that my weekend restaurant hunting is no longer going to be a stressful activity. So if you are  someone who  loves eating out just like me, I recommend you install Dine Out Bahrain’s app on your mobile right away. In case, any of you has any queries, feel free to contact Dine Out Bahrain at the following email address: info@dineoutbahrain.com and don’t forget to check their website at www.dineoutbahrain.com

To download Dineout Bahrain on your mobile:

iOS DOWNLOAD – https://itunes.apple.com/bh/app/dineoutbahrain-restaurant/id699475597?mt=8
ANDRIOD DOWNLOAD – https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.dineout