Caffe Mokarabia


I have once again found a place to feed my sweet tooth cravings!

Lately, I’ve been browsing my Zomato app and checking out restaurants and cafes to add on my “places to eat” list. I have this aim that every month I would try out different food spots I’ve never been to and I guess you could say that it is one of my many goals this 2017.

Back to my browsing, my beau kept going on and on about wanting to have some coffee together, and I’m so over Starbucks and Coffee Beanery that I just need to find a different cafe to go to fast. So while checking Zomato, I came across Mokarabia and there were a lot of good reviews. With an average rating of 4.6 out of 5 and majority of the individual reviews giving it a perfect score, who wouldn’t want to check this place out?

There were 3 Mokarabia Cafes in Doha and they can be found at Ezdan Hotel (Westbay), Mall of Qatar (Al Gharafa) and The Pearl Qatar. We checked out the one in the Pearl.

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Right off the bat, I was pretty amazed with the interior of this cafe. I’m a bookworm; so when I saw the bookshelves lined with books, you could tell I was totally sold. I could stay here for as long as I want with a hot chocolate and a book in hand, and life would be complete. ❤

Anyway, me and beau find the ipad menu and the live videos of the food pretty cool. Makes you want to order everything on the menu. 😀

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Spaghetti Crepe Alfredo – 38 QAR

This saccharine version of a Spaghetti Alfredo is just heavenly. The noodle was made of crepe, meatballs were represented by two balls of vanilla ice cream, and a good helping of melted chocolate as sauce on top was everything. We totally enjoyed this one.

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Profiterolles – 38 QAR

There’s nothing too special about the profiteroles in the taste department, but we found the use of dry ice for a bit of showmanship really cool. It makes you enjoy the experience of eating the profiteroles, which I think was the main point of it. Also, the chocolate used here was the same with the Spaghetti Crepe Alfredo, and it just tastes so good.

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Vanilla Milkshake – 29 QAR / Mojito Virgin – 38 QAR

I know we’re supposed to drink coffee, but beau just can’t resist trying out their vanilla milk shake; and since I’m not much of a coffee drinker, I opted to try their Mojito Virgin. The mojito is very much like other mojitos I’ve tried and the vanilla milkshake wasn’t bad according to my beau. He still thinks DQ has the number one vanilla milkshake. Ha!

And here are some more random shots taken inside. 😀

So how do I rate the experience? A 4 out of 5 stars. Will definitely invite some friends over and will go back to try more of their desserts. ❤

Mokarabia Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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A Tea of Pearls


Chatime has finally come to Doha. Yey!

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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 simple with their signature colors of purple and white. Because the place 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, a good place to enjoy your milk tea while chilling out and appreciating the weather and view.

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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 fairly simple. Nothing too fancy.

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

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So for our orders, I opted to try their Taro Milk Tea (Taro is basically 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.

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

Chatime Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

The Colorful World of Popcorn Girl


For the first time last February 20, me and my colleagues went to check out Popcorn Girl at Ezdan Mall. I’ve been so excited after hearing the news that Popcorn Girl will soon open in Qatar in a matter of days. Who won’t be?

Popcorn Girl, as you may know, is a Las Vegas-based gourmet and confections store. With over 50 flavors of gourmet popcorn, chocolates, candies, fudges, ice cream etc. to choose from, the place is one kid’s own paradise. Of course, someone who is also young at heart would totally appreciate the wonder of Popcorn Girl, just like I did.

POPCORN GIRL at Ezdan Mall
POPCORN GIRL at Ezdan Mall

The store’s interior is vibrant with color. Like the rainbow puked on it. Everything is sweet and delightful. I felt like a child let loose on a playground. My eyes are practically dancing… wanting to take everything in and not wanting to miss anything.

Giant Popcorn seen at the store's Entrance
Giant Popcorn seen at the store’s Entrance
Gourmet Popcorn Galore!
Gourmet Popcorn Galore!
Look at all those candies!
Look at all those candies!

Another thing about the store I liked is that part of it is like a mini cafe of sort. There’s a selection of coffee, milkshakes, tea and fudge cakes. I would love to try them on my next visit.

So what's on the Menu?
So what’s on the Menu?

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Of course, a tour at Popcorn Girl won’t be complete without meeting Popcorn Girl herself!

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Popcorn Girl Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Stars Night Concert


Before anything else… Belated Kung Hei Fat Choi Everyone! I really miss the Philippines right now. I’m not chinese, and even if we’re told that we have a bit of chinese blood from my mother’s side, still that would only be equivalent to a quarter of a teaspoon now in my generation. Ha! Anyway, I miss eating “tikoy” (a chinese rice cake). If I’m in the Philipines right now I probably would be enjoying some in the comforts of our living room. And being that I have a very generous chinese friend also meant my tikoy will be free! Hahaha!

Back to the subject at hand, last January 31st, I celebrated the Chinese New Year with friends well not exactly celebrated, but it did fall on the day of the new year. We went to watch a concert, “Stars Night Concert in Qatar”, which was held at the West End Park Amphitheater. The concert stars two of the best known artists in the Philippines, Aiza Seguerra and Gloc 9, who are both exceptional in their own music style. This was the first concert I’ve watched here in Qatar and I enjoyed it despite the cold weather.

Concert Ticket
Concert Ticket

Let me inform you that the West End Park Amphitheater is a large open-air amphitheater with 14,500 seating capacity. The concert proper which supposed to start at 7:30pm started a little late, probably due to organizers wanting to have all audience settled on their seats before the start of the show. Anyway, it was a night of rap and acoustics.

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Before the main acts, we were entertained by a few dance numbers, an intermission act by the main host of the evening – Ava Jugueta, and a solo number by 16-yr old Haina Uddin, who won gold at a singing contest in Hollywood, USA last 2012.

Ava Jugueta - Host of the Evening
Ava Jugueta – Host of the Evening

Gloc 9 was the first to go on stage after the special numbers and he sang his first song of the evening, Bagsakan. Other songs he sang were Upuan, Sumayaw, Sirena, Magda etc. He then finished off  by singing an old favorite song of mine by him, Simpleng Tao.

Gloc 9
Gloc 9

Aiza came next and she opened her performance with the song “Magasin” by Eraserheads. She also sang acoustic versions of Runaway” by The Corrs, Bilanggo, Ipagpatawad mo etc. She also sang some of her orginals (Para lang Sayo) and ended with her major hit single “Pagdating ng Panahon”.

Aiza Seguerra
Aiza Seguerra

The concert ended with a duet from Gloc 9 and Aiza Seguerra, closing remarks from the host and lots of picture-takings.

Of course, I wouldn’t end this post without this picture. After all, watching is made twice more fun with company…

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credits to the owner of (some) above pictures.

Friday Aero


Staying slim and fit is hard. It’s a raging battle between the mind and that delectable piece of red velvet cheesecake or that tasty and cheesy lasagna. It’s practically torture. Like so, it is better for me to find ways to maintain the weight than letting myself bloat to unimaginable proportion. 🙂

Every Friday, at roughly around 5:30 in the morning, my colleagues and I would be at Doha Corniche — a waterfront walkway running the length of Doha Bay in the city of Doha — where a small gathering occurs. And this small gathering happens to be a crowd of people who practically are just like us — people who like to keep fit. In short, it’s aerobics for everyone on open air. 🙂

… And I just had my first experience last August 30 (friday) near Ory the Oryx at Corniche.

Just look at that early morning sun!
Just look at that early morning sun!
...and that wide open space for the gathering crowd...
…and that wide open space for the gathering crowd…
“aero crowd”

Aerobics time usually takes an hour and a couple of minutes if extended. Though somehow, I feel it’s a bit more like zumba, because of certain dance elements incorporated in the exercise. Anyway, it’s a very good opportunity to sweat out and at the same time have fun, since i personally know that going to the gym is a very boring way to loose weight. :p

In any case, anyone interested is free to join. It’s basically open for everybody and it’s a great way to meet new people. If you’re in Doha, you can come at 5:30 in the morning every Friday. Current venue will be at the wide space area near Sheraton Hotel. It’s not as wide as the one near Ory the Oryx, but due to the road repairs happening  near Corniche plus the difficulty in acquiring parking areas, the people in charge opted to move the location.

So who’s going this Friday? 🙂