Birthday Dinner at Maison De Sushi

Birthdays are a perfect excuse to binge in great food; in my case, that meant Japanese food.

I can practically name two places on top of my head that I wanted to try Japanese food. The first one was a newly opened and well-known Japanese restaurant, and the other one was a Japanese buffet restaurant, which was highly recommended by a former colleague.

It took me the last minute to finally made a decision, and for obvious reasons, the Japanese buffet won. What reason? It’s a B-U-F-F-E-T. I plan on bingeing, remember?

A lot may have heard and may have tried dining in this restaurant already. I, myself, have known about it since last year, but have yet to get the chance to try it. This is definitely a good chance to do so, and yes, it’s Maison De Sushi.

Firstly, let me share some food photos I was able to capture on my phone just to show how scrumptious our dinner was.

Shrimp Tempura

The shrimp tempura is definitely one of our favorites. We ordered it twice and would probably have had two more rounds if we weren’t so full from the amount of sushi we’ve tried in between.

Sushi Heaven! Hear me scream people! I forgot some of the names though. I did mention before that I’m terrible at food blogging, I tend to forget important details. In any case, you can check their Tablet Menu to see photos of everything they have. Though not original, it’s pretty cool that they’re also using a Tablet. I appreciate it when I’m able to see what my food is supposed to look like, whether it would be an accurate representation or not.

The Dragon Sushi (It is not its exact name, but yes I’m calling it that), is a definite must-try. I highly recommend it. It was delicious. However, since it is part of their “special menu,” there was an added 25QR in our bill, but definitely worth the price. The Beef Teppanyaki was also part of the “special menu,” and we were told by someone (I’m going to assume he’s the owner or the manager) that it was a new addition they’ve created. I  have to say, it was kind of him to personally come to our table. I also ordered their Candied Chicken Wings just because I happen to love the taste of sweetness in chicken.

Matcha/Vanilla Ice Cream with Banana Tempura

There’s not much variety on desserts, which I think is pretty standard with Japanese restaurants or mainly with Asian restaurants, so we just opted for their ice cream. Actually, we wanted to try their charcoal ice cream, but unfortunately, it is not available at that time.

Other foods we’ve ordered (that I have no photos of) are their Miso Soup, Pad Thai Noodles, and Tempura Rolls. Not much of a fan of the Tempura Rolls though. It has to be eaten as soon as it hit the table to appreciate the crunch of the seaweed wrap. It is not bad but still not as tasty as the others.

Hmm… my face is shaped like a steamed bun. 😀

As you must know, my birthday happen to fell on a Thursday, so I had to make a reservation beforehand since I’ve been told it could get really crowded on Thursdays.  When we arrived, we were warmly welcomed by the staff and immediately sent to our table.

Since the staff was aware of my birthday, while we were waiting for our orders, the lights suddenly dimmed, and a group of women in kimonos sang me a birthday song as they clap their hands and twirl their Japanese umbrellas (wagasa). I was surprised that they have an official photographer for celebrations like this and took photos of my family and me with his SLR. He asked for my email afterward and sent me the pictures he took for free!

Furthermore, as seen in my photo above, instead of a cake, I was given 4 pieces of sushi with a lit candle. You didn’t read that incorrectly, there really were 4 pieces of sushi at that time, but I was so excited trying to hold it up while they were taking my photo that one fell off. Ha!

Anyway, I find the idea of an official photographer taking photos of their customers during a celebration like this pretty impressive and considerate of them. Added points for customer service if I do say so myself.


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I Hop at IHOP

It’s December! Time to do some late shopping for gifts and whatnots. 

Last Thursday, my beau and I went to do some bit of window shopping for Christmas gifts and to find something “royal blue” to wear for our coming Christmas Party on the 22nd. Unfortunately, I was having a hard time finding the perfect outfit, or at least the required color. It seems that fall colors are still more prominent inside clothing shops… or maybe I just need to check out more. Anyway, we walked for a very long time until such excursion ends up making me hungry. Ha! 😀

Given that we were at Gulf Mall when I started to get hungry (we were at Landmark first), the first place I thought to eat was at IHOP. It’s been almost a year when I last visited the area, so I convinced my beau to eat there again.

And here’s what we ordered…

Tropical Island Twist (left) and Splashberry (right)

A cocktail of lemonade, lemon-lime, strawberries, mango syrup, etc. These refreshing IHOP splashers are all that!

Volcano Shrimp

My beau and I love to eat shrimp. So we always order at least one shrimp dish on every menu if available. In this case, we ordered the Volcanic Shrimp, which is their version of PF Chang’s Dynamite Shrimp and Red Lobster’s Sweet Chili Shrimp. But I think it’s taste is more similar to the latter.

Jambalaya pasta (i forgot the exact name. :( )
Jambalaya pasta 

I honestly forgot the name of this pasta dish, and I can’t find it in Zomato’s menu either, all I remember is that it has “Jambalaya” in its name. Anyway, I love the pasta! It was very well-seasoned which is what I liked best.

Big Steak Omellette
Big Steak Omelette

Speaking of well-seasoned, the omelet tastes bland despite its tasty appearance. It wasn’t the first time I ordered an omelet at IHOP and find it lacking in the salt department. Anyway, it must be the way they cook their eggs, but I really prefer my meal well-seasoned.

And last but not the least… an IHOP experience is never complete without their signature buttermilk pancakes! The 3 pancakes are free, by the way, since we ordered one of their omelets.

Buttermilk Pancakes ❤

Here’s also a photo of the pancake’s complementary syrups. I prefer the “Old Fashioned” one. I think nothing beats a classic taste! ❤

Old Fashion, Blueberry, Butter Pecan, Strawberry
Old Fashioned, Blueberry, Butter Pecan, Strawberry

So there you have it! Our very scrumptious meal. ❤

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A Tea of Pearls

Chatime has finally come to Doha. Yey!


A few days before the start of Ramadan, after hearing the news of a Chatime branch here in Doha, two of my colleagues invited me to come and check out the place at The Pearl Qatar. There we found the famous bubble tea chain in a small corner inside Spinney’s – we went in circles just finding the place. The ambiance is quite cozy – pretty straightforward with their signature colors of purple and white. Because the area is small, inside seats are limited, probably 3 tables with 2 to 3 chairs each if I remember correctly. But seats are also available outside, an excellent place to enjoy your milk tea while chilling out and appreciating the weather and view.


The menu is almost the same in the Philippines, but with the surprising addition of Karak Milk Tea, which I found interesting. Karak tea is, after all, pretty delicious, but I usually drink it hot and definitely without tapioca pearls. I’m thinking of trying that one on my next visit. Also, it’s good to know that they ask the level of sugar and ice desired for each drink.

The cakes are relatively simple. Nothing too fancy.

They have the usual strawberry cheesecake, blueberry cheesecake, honey cake, lotus cake and some muffins, sandwiches, and croissants. Pretty basic I should say.


So for our orders, I opted to try their Taro Milk Tea (Taro is primarily one of my usual go-to flavors when I order Bubble Tea in other places), which I, unfortunately, felt a tad disappointed about. I usually go for normal sugar level in my first try of a particular milk tea to have a baseline reference on how sweet they make a drink, but this Taro is not sweet, and for a normal level of sugar, it was bland for my taste. Maybe they’re not just as sweet as other Bubble tea shops, but anyways, I was not satisfied.

Also, there were no tapioca pearls in my Taro Milk Tea. I learned later on, after I asked one of the staff,  that the tapioca pearls are only added as ordered. Meaning there would be “additional payment for the pearls”. What a bummer! In the Philippines, the pearls are automatically part of the drink you paid for. So yeah, I did feel bad about that one.

Anyway, my friends Rachelle, Janel and JJ ordered Oolong Milk Tea, Chocolate Mouse, and Taro Milk Tea respectively. As far as I know, they are more satisfied with their choice than I was with mine.

To complement our drinks, we also ordered Blueberry cheesecake and Lotus cake which are not too sweet – a good thing as compared with my taro milk tea. I just didn’t like that the outer shell is so hard. It’s like I have to dig into the center to be able to get to the cheesecake itself. Good thing the taste made up for it.


Overall, it wasn’t bad, but it certainly was not as good as I expected.

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Coffee Break at Caribou Coffee!

It was Thursday again. Lately, my colleagues and I have been planning after-work activities during Thursdays as a way to unwind after 6 days of work. How fast time flies recently, and since our senior colleague is going on vacation in the Philippines this May, we thought of trying out different places every Thursday after work to enjoy and relax.

And so there was Caribou Coffee, a place suggested to us and frequently visited by our other colleague Janel. It is located near Abu Hamour Petrol Station and surrounded by a number of Fastfood Chains, which I think is cool in case you wish to have a bite of burgers and fries or maybe cool off your cravings of gelato.

Anyhow, Caribou Coffee looks rather dim at night, or at least that was what it looked like from the outside, the inside however is rather neat and cozy. The ambiance  good, and since it was not overly crowded like Starbucks and Coffee Bean, it was a perfect place for us to chill and relax.


The Menu
The Menu

Like most coffee houses, Caribou also has a variety of hot and cold coffee drinks. Since the weather that day didn’t call for hot coffee, we instead order from the cold drinks menu. Janel chose Vanilla White Mocha. Ate Erl, who’s more into fruity tastes, chose Berry White Mocha that added a touch of raspberry to it. I, on the other hand, chose Campfire Mocha out of curiosity. LOL!

LEFT to RIGHT: Campfire Mocha, Vanilla White Mocha, Berry White Mocha
LEFT to RIGHT: Campfire Mocha, Vanilla White Mocha, Berry White Mocha

Of course, sipping coffee in a coffee house is never complete without its complementary sandwiches or cakes!

Red Velvet Cake
Red Velvet Cake
Chocolate Madness
Chocolate Madness
Turtle Cheesecake
Turtle Cheesecake

I was the one who ordered the Red Velvet Cake, it was not as sweet as I was expecting but it still tasted good. Janel ordered the Chocolate Madness since it was the cake she haven’t tried yet truthfully I didn’t enjoy this cake that much. Ate Erl, on the other hand, ordered the Turtle Cheesecake and I liked it a lot. 🙂

So there you have it, my first dine in experience at Caribou Coffee with friends. 🙂

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A Day of Food and Nothing but Food!

Thank God it’s Friday! Friday has never been so enjoyable until I worked here in Qatar. It’s my rest day.. my day off from work. It’s like what Saturday is in the Philippines.

I woke up late as usual, which is how I like it, then got invited by my dad to go eat out instead of cooking at home. My sister, cousin and I were of course in agreement. We are all too lazy to do anything at Fridays except to eat and relax all day. We decided to eat at Korean Garden Restaurant which is a place we all enjoy eating at. We love the food there so imagine our disappointment when we saw that it was still closed when we arrived. It’s already 11AM for crying out loud! Oh well, I guess we forgot it was Friday and most restaurants, malls (etc.) open in the afternoon.

Anyway, we ended up having our brunch at Papa Johns. We ordered Papa’s Club Salad (which is mostly eaten by my dad and sister), Garlic Parmesan Breadsticks (a favorite of ours), Papa’s House Pasta (we changed the pasta into penne), a Family Pizza (half Hawaiian and half All The Meats), and 4 Fruit Cocktail Juices. This is what happens when we try to have both breakfast and lunch in one sitting. Hahaha!


When we got home, it was already 12:30PM, and there was a box of Dunkin Donuts on the table! Obviously time for Dessert!


An hour later, my cousin started preparing for work (her Friday is not an off day for her. hahaha!), my sister ironed our clothes, my dad went back to printing documents from his laptop, while yours truly slept for 3o minutes and watched Season 8 of House online. I told you Friday is my lazy day, and it’s a great thing I did my general cleaning the previous Friday. LOL!

At 2:30PM, however, my sister and I decided to go to Villagio Mall after she finishes ironing the clothes. We left at 4pm and did a little shopping, and since the walk tired as a bit, we went to the food court and had ice cream at a Cold Stone. I ordered a cookie ice cream which I forgot the name while my sister ordered a large size of Oreo Overload.

My cookie icecream!
My cookie ice cream!

We also went to Wok of Fame for some light dinner. Or so we thought…

Sydney Crepe
Sydney Crepe

My sister also ordered Watermelon Bubble tea while I opted for water instead. Too bad I wasn’t able to take a picture of her pink drink!.

So in conclusion, I probably gained 10 pounds that day… Hitting the gym tomorrow!!! 🙂