Category Archives: Turkey, Southwest Asia/Middle East & North Africa

The Q-rious Quince and More

I had no idea what a quince looked like, let alone tasted like on its own, but there was one excellent memory of the yellow pome– quince paste, or membrillo in Spanish: Yes, I can recall greedily taking sample after … Continue reading

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A Day in the Life of a Fast Food Patron in Saudi Arabia

You might think I was too full to remotely consider eating lunch or dinner after that buffet experience in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.  You might be right…but still, local food was on my mind, so how else would I try some … Continue reading

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Countries Better Than Yours?: Kababistan

In spite of being amused by the presence of a world passport, perhaps I should consider a move to somewhere greatly influenced by Asia Minor. After all, how brilliant would it be to shop at a place called “Bread Country?” … Continue reading

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Restaurant Review: Al Orjouan at The Ritz-Carlton Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

In this second of the two-part series reviewing the Ritz-Carlton Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, we’ll now be focusing on the breakfast buffet at Al Orjouan restaurant. The phrase “buffet at the Ritz” presents quite the dichotomy to cynics.  Buffets are usually … Continue reading

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Hotel Review: The Ritz-Carlton Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Disclaimer: In exchange for this hotel review, I received a two nights-stay in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia in one of The Ritz-Carlton‘s superior rooms.  Additionally, this will be one in a two-part series; the first will be of the hotel and the room, … Continue reading

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History Standard Time at Oakland International Airport

Your odd fact for the day: China is officially in one time zone. (Relevant transition, please!) Understood…the governments’ of China and Pakistan have had a good relationship for decades.  Slightly less related, a few years ago, I was flying through … Continue reading

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Buffet

Nearly every Saturday during my sophomore year of college, my roommate and I would subject ourselves to a take-no-prisoners Indian buffet.  Was it good?  It had its moments, not the least of which was the grueling walk back to the … Continue reading

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