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patchiPatchi chocolate (or Batchi chocolate with capital B; this how most Saudis like to pronounce it) is the perfect gift you can give when you are planning to attend any kind of occasion. For instance, if you are attending a holiday family gathering, a graduation party, or even if you are going to see your future in-laws… Patchi chocolate is the go-to gift. Honestly, I don’t know why Saudis like to buy Patchi chocolate as a gift; first it is not that cheap and second the taste is not that great, it’s a mediocre milk chocolate with fancy and shiny wrap around it. Back in the days, Patchi chocolate was the only place in Saudi Arabia where you can get fancy shmancy chocolate as a gift, until it became a tradition to get it for any event, what so ever.

If you walk to any Patchi store you will think that you just entered Buckingham Palace to visit the Queen; you will see people wearing three-piece suits with white gloves on… welcoming you with a soft smile and low voice… and once you choose the chocolate to buy, they will bring it laying on a pillow as if they are brining you the Queen’s crown to put it on, royal treatment .

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Mut-hat-phi-Nutella-Hazelnut-Spread-HH051401044-4008400401621-1-600x600If you put it on a piece  of toast, a cake, or on a piece of cardboard … Saudis will still eat it. Yes, Nutella is that good! there is no place in Saudi serving desserts doesn’t have Nutella chocolate on its menu, it is the go-to item if people don’t know what to order … it is your safest bet.

Nutella spread has been around here in Saudi for a long time, and every year they come up with a new package that is bigger in size than the previous year. I remember when I was a kid my mom used to buy us those small size Nutella that comes with a white plastic spoon, in two bites you finish the whole pack, then you start licking every little last chocolate from that pack like its your last meal on earth. Nowadays, you walk to any supermarket, and you will see that Nutella has packs the size of cargo containers.

If Saudi Arabia was the story of Hansel and Gretel and their gingerbread house, it will be a house made of Nutella chocolate, and it will not be Hansel and Gretel it will be Hamed and Ghada. This has nothing to do with the blog, but I just thought it will be a good kids movie plot.

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When Saudis travel they usually carry a reasonable amount of luggage with them; but some how when they come back from their long lovely vacation, their luggage magically doubles in number… if you wonder why is that?  Well, Saudis find stuff that are sold overseas very appealing, even if you can find the exact same stuff in Saudi.  For instance, Saudis will always argue that chocolates like Kitkat, Cadbury, Toblerone, etc. taste much better if you got it from Great Britain than just buying it from a local shop in Saudi.  In addition, telling your friends that you bought your laptop from the U.S., makes your laptop extraordinary comparing to laptops sold in Saudi… I am sure you guys got the idea!

Ironically, some people who strive for uniqueness may think that certain things such as name brand clothes or electronics can only be found outside of the country, not knowing that everyone else in town owns the same thing… the only difference is that they bought it from one of the few local shopping malls.  What I suggest for travelers is not to worry about how they can squeeze every non sense item in their bags, instead they can spend their money in site seeing and enjoy their trip.

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