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# 51 Desserts

3786PHW_21356_r48416-1.tifNo meal will be completed without finishing it strong with a sugary, creamy, feeling big time guilty dessert. Speaking of sugar rush, if you observe Saudis eating desserts you might think they will be running all over the place from that energy that was generated by the amount of sugar in their bodies. However, what Saudis experience is the total opposite, an over dose effect that will knock the hell out of them.

In some societies, desserts are considered as a privilege after a good meal… it is a nice thing to have, but in Saudi it is mandatory; you may hear the head of the family asking with full confidence after finishing his meal … So what’s for dessert?
With the tsunami movement of people taking photos of their food wherever they go, especially photos of desserts, restaurants became more focus on how to come up with desserts that attract those youngsters … you will find red velvet cakes filled with chocolate mousse with an ice cream vanilla hidden in it … wrapped with brown sugar cinnamon crepe … drizzled all over the plate  by the one and only Nutella® chocolate and topping it off with a heavy load of whip cream and cherry on the top … all that just to be picture worthy!

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# 49 Ahmad Al-Shugairi

ahmedThe man the myth the legend … allow me to introduce to you Mr. Ahmad Al-Shugairi. Saudis see Mr. Al-Shugairi as the world saver who will save them from all evil …  that is why we can call him Saudi “Grendizer”( غراندايزر). Ahmad started airing his famous TV show “Khawater”  almost 10 years ago, and from that point…people became glued to their TV screens watching his show with high emotions and “sighing” on every scene that touches their delicate hearts.

Mr. Al-Shugairi  is a true definition of success, and Saudis admire his great story and how he became a glowing star among other TV personalities. Basically, what Ahmad is conveying in his TV shows is simply how to be a good human being, and since nowadays the world started to drift away from their values and goodness, an example of a good human being is something unheard of, as if an alien came from another plant to show us how to be a good citizen of world …

Not all Saudis jump-in with Mr. Al-Shugairi’s wagon to go to Peter Pan’s Neverland, some see his ideas are out of reach with pessimistic views … but those people are the same people  who keep complaining about Saudi-summer-heat inside their air- conditioned homes.

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# 48 Walking

walkingIf you build a public park with a walking track (ممشة) around it, Saudis will start marching towards it out of no where…It will look like one of the scenes from the classical movie The Wizard of Oz ; where Dorothy and her friends are walking on the famous yellow brick road.

One of the main theories why Saudis like to walk, is because it is a good exercise and most doctors recommend it; not running nor jugging … just simple walking. And since Saudis recently started to worry about their health and lifestyle, walking is the perfect “sport” for them. Now you might ask, but walking is what human beings suppose to do to move from a place to another, right? Yes, but for a nation 90% of its status are sitting still; laying in  couches, sitting in cars, sitting in offices, sitting at cafes and restaurants, sitting at parks,  sitting in waiting rooms, etc. walking is the prefect activity to start with.

I don’t mind people considering walking as a sport, but there is a big difference between sport walking with little bit fast paste, and walking as if you are site seeing at the Champs elysees -Paris talking on the phone (this is not what the fitness world meant by walking).

 

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# 43 Sushi

sushiWalk around Saudi Arabia’s metropolis cities and you will think that you are in Tokyo, from all the  sushi spots you can see. Sushi places invaded Saudi Arabia, after Saudis themselves said: ok… we have pizza places, burger joints, Indian cuisine…hmmm what’s left… yes SUSHI! and the rest is history ” I think”.

For non Japanese, sushi it’s either you love it or hate it. People love it because its sushi; that’s it… they have no idea about how the rice its suppose to be prepared, nor they will check if those crabs are real or artificial or even if its made out of plastic. 3 ingredients, mix them together, add, subtract… and you will have a full menu with thousands of options to choose from. For Saudis, they love their sushi to be fried for crunchy texture and some action(that’s why you will see in some sushi places names like: crunchy roll, crunchy maki, crunchy everything) and it has to be smothered with mayo; yes just shower those nigiri with mayo and sauces… plus if you dip it into soya sauce it will all taste the same after all.

So next time you wan to take out your significant other, family, or friends to a place that makes you feel authentic and multicultural…go to one of those mediocre sushi places and pray for me    (أدعي لي).

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My heart goes out to all those affected by the terrible flooding in our homeland.  Many thoughts and prayers go out to everyone.  It is the time for everyone to come together.

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