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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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# 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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