Amazing opportunity to soak up some Turkish culture and food this Friday, 9th December 2016.
Attention all Jeddah Blog readers with artistic ambition! A workshop for young women and adults called ‘Change the Way You Look at Things’ is coming up next month and may be just what you are looking for.
Details are as follows:
Orientation: 15 December, 2016. This will be an open day to ask questions.
Duration: Twice a week for 2 months.
Location: Rawdah District
Contact Hira Shah for course details and fees on 0594945858
Wagamama is one of the latest restaurants to hit the Jeddah food scene. Wagamama is an Asian cuisine chain that was first started in Bloomsbury London in 1992 by Chinese British restaurateur Alan Yau, and now has more than 140 branches in more than 20 countries worldwide.
Many Jeddawis had been eagerly keeping an eye on their upcoming site and now that Wagamama is up and running, Jeddah Blog’s very own reviewer Abdullah Yahya lost no time in trying it out. He reports back to JB readers in this exclusive report.
The concept of Wagamama, which means ‘self-indulgent’ in Japanese, is inspired by Japanese ramen bars with food served fresh and fast. Their menu is extensive and designed to suit different tastes. And although it’s influenced heavily by Japanese cuisine, it has different elements from other East Asian cuisines.
The newly opened restaurant is still in soft opening (or at least it was when we visited it a few weeks ago). It is in Rawdah District, on the intersection of Hail Street and Al Nahdaa Street (the street parallel to Tahliah Street to the north aka Flood Canal Street).
When it comes to the décor, the restaurant went for simplicity in its design. It gives a feeling of open space with its high ceiling. The lamps hang down towards sturdy wooden tables, which gives a feeling of communal experience. So, if you’re one to like cozy more intimate places, this place is not for you. It also has an open kitchen, which always assures me that my food is up to high hygienic standards.
The menu for Saudi Arabia is smartly designed to help one decide what to eat. It has sections for appetizers, sides, salads, ramens, curries, teppanyakis, and more. Many of the main dishes can be ordered to your liking by changing the type of meat or turning up the level of spice to your taste.
For our first visit, we wanted to order ramen, but sadly it was still not available. We ordered fried Shrimp Gyoza (duck was not available) and Lollipop Prawn Kushiyaki. I did not like the Gyoza at all, the taste of the dough was bland and starchy, and it did not make me want to have another one. The Lollipop Prawn on the other hand was very tasty, but the serving of 3 pieces is strange, I think they should make it an even number.
For the main dishes we had the Firecracker Chicken Curry, which was amazing. Spicy and very aromatic with a side of sticky rice. The other dish we chose was a Teppanyaki dish. We opted for Teriyaki Soba with rice noodles. This one was another home run, but gun to my head, I would give the edge to the curry. The drinks we had with these main dishes were fresh juices which we liked, but did not necessarily love.
Finally, we checked the dessert menu, not all of the items were available but the Banana Katsu was, and it was glorious. It’s a play on the famous fried banana dessert with a scoop of ice cream. We had that with hot drinks, which were not all that special.
If you would ask me whether I would visit Wagamama again, my answer would be sure. With the speedy friendly service, tasty food, and moderate prices, one must be crazy to pass that over. That said, I would wait to make sure all the items on their menu are available first.
Is there anything as succulent as fresh fish cooked to perfection? If you’re a seafood lover living on the Red Sea, it is almost a crime to not enjoy the freshest catch available in Jeddah.
If you haven’t already visited Jeddah’s famed fish market, then you might as well handcuff and march yourself down to the nearest police station. On a more serious note, you simply have to make a plan to take a trip there. The market is situated on the Corniche Road, close to the Flagpole in the Al Baghdadiyah District.
When you near the market you’ll see this beautiful mosque.
and then this fishy art piece. That’s when you know that you’re close.
As you pull into the carpark, don’t be put off by the strong smell. It’s just prevalent outside the market. As you enter it is very clean and there is just the smell of the sea and very fresh fish.
You’ll pass some shops where you’ll be able to buy all kind of fishing paraphernalia. And then you’ll enter the fish market itself. Be prepared to be amazed by all the different kind of fish on display.
Parrot fish and Groupers…
Plenty of Hamour.
Heaps of Squid.
Pretty pink fish – possibly Bream or Snapper?
and the most amazing picture of all – Blue Crab!
So the way it works is, you choose your fish by the kilo…
…and if you want it cleaned up, head over to the cleaning-up-and-chopping area to the far end of the market. They will descale, fillet, chop your fish and devein your shrimp at a very nominal cost (around SR4 per kilo).
This is where the pictures end. I was to find out later that taking photographs in this area is not allowed, so I was lucky to capture these shots before being asked to put away my camera.
I recommend taking an icebox/container with you to avoid any drips from the bags. If you want the fish cooked, you’ll find restaurants close by that will do so too.
I can guarantee that once you try this freshest of seafood straight from the Red Sea, you won’t want to go back to buying supermarket produce again.
**if I’ve got some of the fish names wrong, please leave a comment and I’ll correct it – thanks!.
Differentiated learning is a framework for providing effective teaching to all students in a classroom regardless of difference in ability. If you are an educator, future teacher or even a mother then this workshop could be just the thing for you.
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A cesarean birth, also commonly known as a c-section can be a daunting, and in many cases a completely unexpected experience for an expectant mum. You may be a mum-to-be who is already planning for a c-section. Or you may not have considered this type of delivery at all, but trust me, you don’t want to be caught unawares by a last minute change of plan.
All of us hope for a normal delivery, but there are many circumstances where that’s simply not possible. If you want to arm yourself with the knowledge of what to expect way in advance and be well-prepared for any eventuality, then this workshop by Al Bidayah is for you. Details are below.
Everything you need to know before having a Cesarean Birth
Time : 9 am – 3 pm
Date : 11/28/2016
Fees : SAR 500 (Lunch, snacks and study material included)
Who should attend : Mothers who know they are having a cesarean and those who are at a risk for one.
Contact details : Register here. For more details call / Whatsapp +966 59 814 6050.
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One of the most common questions asked on our Facebook group is “Can you please suggest a good Pediatrician in Jeddah?”. Although we already have a list of Clinics & Hospitals in Jeddah, we have now compiled an alphabetical list of the best Child Specialists as recommended by our readers.
If you think we’ve left anyone out, or have feedback on these doctors, please leave a comment at the end of this post and let us know. Thank you to all of our helpful members on the Jeddah Blog group for their recommendations – you are the best!
Dr. Abdul Aziz – Erfan Bagedo Hospital.
Dr. Abeer – Saudi German Hospital.
Dr. Ali Abdel Rafey, GNP Hospital.
Dr. Aliya – Erfan Bagedo Hospital
Dr. Anita – Al Abeer Medical Center, Sharfiyah Branch.
Dr. Ansar Backer – Al Ryan Clinic, Jeddah.
Dr. Ayman – Suleiman Fakih Hospital.
Dr. Ehab – Abu Zinadah Hospital, Baghdadiah District.
Dr. Fadl Mahdi – First Clinic, behind Stars Avenue Mall.
Dr. Faisal – GNP Hospital.
Dr. Fouad – Hashem Clinic, Badriyah Towers, Khalidiyyah District.
Dr. Georgina – Khalid Idrees Clinic
Dr. Ghulam Nabi – Bugshan Hospital.
Dr. Hammam – First Clinic
Dr. Haris – GNP Hospital.
Dr. Harris – Badr Sama.
Dr. Helmy Baligh – Dr. Baksh Hospital, Sharafiyya.
Dr. Hussain Mabrook – Saudi German
Dr. Kamal Khattab – First Clinic.
Dr. Kareemuddin – New Jeddah Clinic Hospital.
Dr. Khalid Dabash – IMC.
Dr. Majed – Bugshan Hospital, Tahlia.
Dr. Mohammed Jan – Pediasure.
Dr. Muna – Hashem Clinic, Badriyyah Towers, Khalidiyya District.
Dr. Nadia Nawal
Dr. Nusrat Aman, Naseem.
Dr. Shaima Kandil – New Jeddah Clinic Hospital
Dr. Shrooq Sheeshan, IMC.
Dr. Shireen Khan Khatak MRCP – Safa Al Bawadi Clinic, Makarunah.
Dr. Soher Balkhy – King Faisal Specialist Hospital, researcher autism and developmental disorders.
Dr. Taiseer – Taha Bakhsh, Sharafiyya District.
Dr. Talat – Al Abeer, Aziziya District.
Dr. Tarek Baghdadi – Abdul Latif Plaza, 639 8565
Dr. Wafa – Bakhsh Hospital.
Recently coffee lovers gathered for an informative event at Medd Cafe on the Northern Corniche to rediscover Arab roots in coffee culture and find out about the specific brewing methods available at Medd.
Medd Cafe is an artisanal, third-wave coffee house and the get-together was organised by Arabian Jewel. Our very own Samreen Ahmed was lucky enough to attend the event and send us this report exclusively for Jeddah Blog.
Upon entering the place, the aroma of coffee instantly lifted my spirits. I couldn’t help but notice the lovely desserts and pretzel sandwiches they had on display. I made a mental note to try these after the talk. Immediately, we were given a tour around the café that left everyone completely mesmerised with the ambience. The beautiful paintings by local artists that adorn the walls of Medd Cafe are a visual treat (some of them are for sale) and we were told that the coffee tables there were actually stained with coffee.
Our host for the day, the co-owner of Medd Cafe, Salem guided us to the in-house roastery. During the presentation we were told how the raw organic green coffee beans imported from Kenya and Indonesia are roasted for an hour in the roastery and then stored for three days for the gases to cool down before it can be brewed and served to the customers. They only serve classic coffee flavours like Espresso, Americana, Macchiato and Cappucino because syrups and other flavourings overwhelm the actual taste of coffee.
After the presentation we all sat down to try the coffee Salem had to offer us. The first variety which was Kenyan had a rich authentic coffee flavour to it. Next we tried the Ethiopian Stone blend which was a milder version of Kenyan. It is said to be brewed at 76 degrees for the right flavours to emerge. Next up we tried the Yemeni blend which we all loved because of its citrusy and berry-like taste. If you’re not a big coffee person, definitely go for the Yemeni blend. Some of us tried the Cold Brew coffee whilst others went for the Matcha Tea. Matcha is basically fine powder of green tea that is the healthiest version of tea or coffee. It is full of antioxidants and contains high amounts of calcium and magnesium. It was an interesting flavour, with mild grassy undertones.
While we sipped on our coffee, Salem gave us an insight on the arab roots into coffee culture. It was quite interesting to know that coffee was initially used by the sufis to stay awake all night for dhikr. Other conversations also kicked in and the guests bonded over some good coffee.
Medd Cafe is a cozy place for genuine coffee and was quite full of students and working men and women throughout the day. It opens at 7:30 am and closes at 10 pm for a very healthy reason. With a smile, Salem declared that he was trying to promote healthy habits and does not want people to drink coffee beyond 10 pm.
They also sell coffee mugs and if you’re in an artistic mood, decorate a coffee cup and they’ll display it in-store!
If you are looking for great coffee with a sea view and a traditional Hijazi feel then Medd Cafe is your next place to check out. We’d love to hear what you think about the café so be sure to leave a comment and let us know!
iLuminate™, the Off-Broadway smash spectacle is a visual feast. They wowed the USA with their groundbreaking light suits and innovative dance moves on NBC’s “America’s Got Talent,” where the dance-in-the-dark sensation was selected as one of the hit show’s top finalists after judge Piers Morgan called them “The Best New Act in America!”
You can get hold of your tickets here.
Firstly, a massive thank you to iLuminate™ for inviting Jeddah Blog to watch their show. As if it wasn’t enough to be invited, we were given VIP tickets and prime seating at the event. Special mention goes to Mohammed AlSayed from Katch who very smoothly sorted it all out for us.
A word about the organisers first. I have never, ever seen such an organised crew. We arrived in good time at the venue – the King Abdullah Sports Stadium. There were plenty of event members throughout, from the parking lot to the ticket booth, security and within the stadium itself. Each and every member of staff was so well-trained, so extremely polite and helpful – we were frankly amazed. Even during the interval, cleaners arrived to collect any loose rubbish. For daily show timings check here.
Now coming to the show itself. This is a highly charged, action packed show. There is dance, music and technology combined together with a great storyline. There are lots of ‘wow’ moments and the show succeeds in keeping your attention throughout.
The story revolves around Jacob, a shy young artist who discovers a magic paintbrush. He falls in love with a girl called Ali, but ends up having his magic brush stolen by the show’s villain Darius.
There are plenty of dance routines during this journey, two of my favourite being the Michael Jackson medley and the Bruno Mars song. The show even gets interactive with the audience when Jacob and friends have to crack the code to the portal and ask a little audience member to help them out. Other music featured in the show includes James Brown, Janet Jackson, Chris Brown, LMFAO, The Wanted and Sam Smith.
The audience are asked to put away their mobile phones as the glare can interfere with the show – I wish everyone had complied with that request. There were a few people who somehow continued to insist on using their phones despite repeated reminders. Kindly note, when you attend this show, for the sake of others’ enjoyment, please please put away your phones and savour the moment.
Lastly, I must make mention of the audience, which was energetic, responsive and highly entertained. People are starving for family entertainment here in Jeddah and I hope that iLuminate™ will be the first of many world class acts to perform here.
The Third Wave Coffee phenomenon, also known as the specialty coffee movement, is a trend that has been taking off lately amongst coffee lovers. But what exactly is Third Wave Coffee or artisanal food? Guest writer and coffee connoisseur Abdullah Yahya explains the basics to us in this fascinating blog post, shedding some light on this latest trend, and taking us on a journey through Jeddah reviewing the city’s cosy third wave cafés.
We love hearing your opinions, so please leave a comment at the end of this blogpost. Have you visited any of these places? What did you think of them? Which is your favourite? Hoping to get lots of feedback so that I can persuade Abdullah to write another blogpost for us very soon.
Also, stay tuned for a detailed review of our recent visit to Medd Café coming up very soon. Please do take a minute to subscribe in the right-hand menu to ensure you don’t miss any future posts.
The philosophy behind Third Wave Coffee is that people should be treating coffee less like an everyday commodity and more like artisanal foodstuff. For this reason, much attention is focused on:
The preparation methods are carefully observed, including how much of the ingredients are added and how they are added. They treat coffee making as an art, but they use scientific precision as well. That means measuring the amount of coffee carefully, and the water, as well as the temperature of water and milk used.
New coffee brewing methods are used, as opposed to using the usual coffee filter machine, like Chemex, Hario V60, and AeroPress®. They are in general slower and more elaborate, but the result is a superior coffee.
In the last couple of years, more and more third wave cafés have opened up in Jeddah and they are becoming increasingly popular. Some of the trendiest are highlighted below.
This place sells coffee beans and all relevant supplies directly to the customers and trains them in how to prepare the coffee. You can also go there just to enjoy a cup of coffee. It doesn’t however, sell any food, cake, or snacks, so in a sense it is more of a retail shop that sells coffee.
Location: King Fahad Street, Al-Faisaliyah Dist, to the north from Al-Serafi Megamall. Tel: 059 911 0092
One of the trendiest coffee shops in the city with friendly service and excellent coffee. It gets very busy on weekends so expect to wait for a table, and it takes a long time for your coffee to be ready, so don’t go there if you are pressed for time. I love the vibes in that place; the look, the aroma from the beans, and especially the coffee. For me, the best Chemex coffee I have had was there.
They get extra points for offering a delicious array of homemade cakes and snacks. They also have a retail section where they sell coffee-making equipment and very cool mugs.
Location: Beach Tower Northern Corniche، Jeddah 21452, Saudi Arabia. Tel: +966 12 613 2122
The friendliest of services coupled with excellent choices of coffee and coffee beans. Very good Chemex, and their Flat White is especially great. They also serve all-day breakfast, so do try their omelettes and waffles. They offer salads and a few other dishes too. The place gets busy on weekends. Prices are moderate for the quality you get, and because it is closer to the center, it is the place I actually visit the most.
Location: Prince Saud Al-Faisal Street, Al-Khalidiyah Dist., opposite Saudia City, Tel: +966-564699118.
Cup & Couch
One of the more recently opened coffee spots. Very intimate and run by friendly young Saudis. The coffee is very good and the atmosphere is very casual. I tried their barista recommended Kalita coffee, and it did not disappoint at all. I also had coffee latte with coconut milk which was nice too. They also offer homemade cakes, but I was not wowed by them, and to me this is my one point that I think they should improve.
As for the ambience, I enjoyed being there very much, and so did my friends, including young children. You feel you are in a party in someone’s home with all the chatter of the customers hanging around. Upstairs in the family section they have a bench and a few tables, with board and card games and that only amplify the homeliness of the place.
Location: Al Yamamah St, Al-Salamah Dist, near Ice Land. Tel: +966 59 727 3474
Warm & Frosty Café
The smallest one I have visited so far. Their family section is not ready yet, so as of now they only have the single section or the coffee to go, which is what I had. The Chemex coffee was very good and strong. They are also a retailer for coffee tools and equipment. I would say given their location, they are more suited to serve the area around them, but I did not find them special enough for me to go back, not unless I am in the area.
Location: Hilmi Kutbi St, Al-Zahra’a Dist. Unit No. 16 Jeddah 23521 6172, Tel: 00966-12 616 4890
If you’re looking for a truly authentic burn-the-roof-of-your-mouth-off Pakistani Chicken Tikka then I have the perfect place for you. More on that tikka later, but first I’ve got to mention one caveat, which is that the seating is very basic. If you’re a real food lover, but not looking particularly for a fine dining experience, then you’ll be in for a treat.
And if you’re Pakistani, you just might forget where you are for a little while. Close your eyes and imagine that you’re in a typical restaurant in Lahore. Quite a delicious escape!
Skill on the Grill is a newly opened restaurant on the intersection of Prince Sultan Street and Sari Street in the fancy new mall that brings us lots of delectable eateries. Jeddah Blog writer Samreen Ahmed set out on a mission to sample the new outfit and gave us her verdict.
The month of Dhul Hijjah (the twelfth and final month of the Islamic calendar) is nearing. This is the time when Muslims around the world will make the sacred, annual pilgrimage to the Holy Land of Makkah and Medina. This pilgrimage is called Hajj.
Those making this pilgrimage would have prepared mentally and physically long before making this trip. The Hajj is both a mental, spiritual and physical activity. Hence its reward is extremely great and in that, it is only required for one to make this trip at least one time in their life. Delina Partadiredja, Co-founder of aMuslima gives us her top tips on what we can do to best prepare for Hajj.