My Here & There Personal Views

i was honored to be one of the first people to try out the new items in Meisei (Japanese fine dinning restaurant in Bahrain), honestly it was my first visit to the restaurant, though im a huge fan of Japanese food! i have heard lots of different feedbacks about it, from bad to good to excellent to the best Japanese restaurant in Bahrain.

during our visit, Chef Michael prepared LOTS of new dishes for us, including some of the current available dishes (below are some pictures with my feedback and rating), we had pleasure meeting the great mind behind these creative dishes Chef Michael who have spoke about his expreciance in tasting different types of food worldwide, along with his experiance of working in Bahrain for the last 12 years (FYI, he was the chef of Mirai), Chef Michael also talked about his passion, inspiration and the quality of ingredients he uses.

before we start with the pictures, lets clear things out… lots of people dont know how to pronounce Meisei, we have asked them and it was (ME-SAAY) there you go…

– Meisei is located in Adlia, behind Block 338-

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Fresh Harumaki Rolls  

Kanboko crab & shrimp rolls, string radish, carrots, shiso dill sauce

(5/10) it was good, the more you dip it in the dressing the more it gets delicious

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Baby Spinach Dry Miso Salad With Prawns

Baby spinach, truffle oil, Parmesan, dried miso, dried yuzu, lemon skin dressing

(7/10) loved the combination of spinach and prawns, the ingredients were fresh

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Crispy Duck Salad

Sakura mix truffle oil, roasted fig & shallots vinaigrette, black Hawaiian salt, yuzu grape seed oil, pine nuts, dried berries

(9/10) the BEST salad i have tried, highly recommended

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Vegetarian Delight Pizza

Roasted pepper, capers, shallots, baby spinach, goat cheese, chestnut vanilla crust

  (6/10) Not a fan of goat cheese, but i’ve liked it

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Peking Duck Foie Gras Dim Sum

Pan seared five spiced minced duck, canard de cru, balsamic coffee reduction

(10/10) the BEST dish of the night, highly recommended, a MUST try

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Kobe Dol Sot

Marinated sliced australian kobe beef, black wild rice, grilled shitake, spring onions, zucchini, carrots, egg, spicy gochujang sauce

(9/10) LOVED the black wild rice, with the other combinations

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Black Angus Houba Leaf

Black angus beef, sweet miso, garlic black bean sauce, grilled spring onion

(9/10) the sauce was extremely delicious, steak lovers will love this

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Spicy Sole Ika Bokum

Pan seared sole fish, spicy squid

wont rate it, coz i havent tried the fish, ive only tried the squid, which was lovely with the spicy sauce

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Oshi Sesame Seared Tuna Sandwich

Crispy rice, citrus onions, thai basil, roasted peppers

(6/10) loved the crispy rice, if only it has more of the white sauce on top

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Hamachi Salsa

Marinated yellow tail wasabi tobiko, jalapeno salsa

(9/10) this is something very new to me, loved it, and ofcourse the jalapeno salsa gave it the amazing taste

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Cantonese Crispy Beef Noodle

Sliced australian kobe beef, assorted julienned vegetables, ginger garlic black bean sauce

(8/10) i dont usually order noodles in Japanese restaurants, but that grabbed my attention, maybe coz it has lots of seafood in it 🙂

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Crispy Aromatic Duck

Spring onion, cucumber, pancakes, balsamic teriyaki sauce

(10/10) the best of the best, loved it, specially when you wrap in a pancake with the teriyaki sauce, MAKE SURE YOU EAT THE SKIN, i think i can spend the rest of life eating it

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Cloud in the Sky

Green tea biscuit, chocolate mousse, caramel, cotton candy

(10/10) the picture speaks of itself… i would call it heaven on a plate

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Red Velvet

Cream cheese frosting, white chocolate flakes

havent tried it, but wanted to share the tempting picture with the readers

There are more dishes that were served which are currently available, highly recommend that you visit Meisei the earliest you can and try as much as you can from the above

Special thanks to Chef Michael and the rest of the team at Meisei for their warm hospitality

What is #TeamSanad ?!

بِسْمِ اللَّـهِ الرَّ‌حْمَـٰنِ الرَّ‌حِيمِ

{مَثَلُ الَّذِينَ يُنْفِقُونَ أَمْوَالَهُمْ فِي سَبِيلِ اللَّهِ كَمَثَلِ حَبَّةٍ أَنْبَتَتْ سَبْعَ سَنَابِلَ فِي كُلِّ
سُنْبُلَةٍ مِائَةُ حَبَّةٍ وَاللَّهُ يُضَاعِفُ لِمَنْ يَشَاءُ وَاللَّهُ وَاسِعٌ عَلِيمٌ}
(البقرة:261)

 

{لَنْ تَنَالُوا الْبِرَّ حَتَّى تُنْفِقُوا مِمَّا تُحِبُّونَ وَمَا تُنْفِقُوا مِنْ شَيْءٍ فَإِنَّ اللَّهَ بِهِ عَلِيمٌ}
(آل عمران:92)

 

{وَسَارِعُوا إِلَى مَغْفِرَةٍ مِنْ رَبِّكُمْ وَجَنَّةٍ عَرْضُهَا السَّمَاوَاتُ وَالْأَرْضُ أُعِدَّتْ لِلْمُتَّقِينَ* الَّذِينَ
يُنْفِقُونَ فِي السَّرَّاءِ وَالضَّرَّاءِ …. }
الآية
(آل عمران:133-134)

 

 

“As part of of the “Baitkum Baitna” initiate by Ayadi Relief, Team Sanad is responsible for re-building and renovating a Bahraini family house that was damaged in a fire accident. The team encourages all of those able to provide physical and financial donations to help them turn the house into a home and bring the joy back into the family’s lives.”

 

The team took me to a tour in the house they are currently working on, they are doing a great job volunteering in fixing the house almost from scratch! yet they need your help in delivering the house on time by donating ANYTHING to help them put a smile on the family’s faces again!

 

How can you help?! by simply donating any amount of money, or by donating home appliance, furniture.. etc

 

To sponsor or donate please contact: 39838390

 

all types of donations are acceptable

 

Follow Team Sanad on Instagram to catch up with their latest updates & progress: @TeamSanad

 

صاحب الصدقة يبارك له في ماله كما أخبر النبي عن ذلك بقوله: { ما نقصت صدقة من مال } [في صحيح مسلم].

 

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The Musician Michel Fadel opens 2014’s “Spring of Culture” this Thursday 27th of February at the National Theatre, tickets are available at Virgin Megastore or online http://tickets.virginmegastore.me/?event_id=2102

Today i had a pleasure to attend the rehearsals at the National Theatre and got the chance to meet Michel Fadel, his lovely wife, some of the names i used to hear or read on big tv shows and the rest of the team

Michel & his team will be playing phenomenal music that you don’t want the concert to end, most of the songs are well known but won’t mention them here, coz i don’t want to ruin the concert for you, it would be better to go there and be surprised..

I would like to thank the Ministry of Culture for giving me this golden opportunity (representing Bahrain Bloggers)  to attend the rehearsals and meet the wonderful Michel and his team

Here’s Michel Fadel Fadel playing Enta Omri in one of his previous events

and  here are some pics of the rehearsals, enjoy and see you on thursday at the National Theatre 🙂

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One of the biggest events of Bahrain is finally here

Spring of Culture 2014 

(Passion for Art)

ربيع الثقافة 2014

(قوس فرح)

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Highlights of this year (to me):

 Michel Fadel, Ghalia bin Ali ( A tribute to Umm Kulthum), Muharraqi (Father & Son), Ramsy Lewis & Philip Baily (Jazz), Eric Clapton, Mohammed Abdo, Yal Zaina Thekrini (a tribute to Shaikh Isa bin Rashid Al Khalifa), Gibran, Troy, Gloria Gaynor, Cinema in the Gulf region the voice of women and young generation by Haifa AlMansour

of-course, there are many other events to attend (full schudle in the link below)

Currently, Michel Fadel & Jose Carreras tickets are on sale at virgin mega store city center or on these links:

TICKETS

Michel Fadel 27th February at the national Theater

Tickets: http://tickets.virginmegastore.me/index.php?event_id=2102

Jose Carreras 6th March at the national theater

Tickets: http://tickets.virginmegastore.me/index.php?event_id=2101

Ramsey Lewis & Philip Baily 5th of March at Arad fort

Eric Clapton, tickets SOLD OUT

Mohammed Abdo  14th of March at Arad fort (tickets will be on sale friday 28th February)

China National Acrobatic Troupe 20th -22nd March at Arad Fort

The Very Hungry Caterpillar 27th – 30th March at Alumni Club

Troy 28th – 29th March at Arad fort

Gloria Gaynor 4th of April at Arad fort (tickets are not on sale yet)

For Arad fort tickets: http://www.springofculture.org/tickets/ 

Arad Fort Tickets Pricing:

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Bahrain National Theatre Tickets Pricing: 

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PLEASE NOTE: Arad ford events tickets will be selling on Spring of Culture’s official website

( http://www.springofculture.org ) and on their booth at City Center next to Debenhams 

Bahrain National Theatre events tickets will be selling in virgin megastore, either by their website or by visiting the store

 

For the full Spring of Culture Schedule download the PDF file

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English

Here’s the #GreatBritishWeek Timtable of events running till January 23

Follow the official twitter page of the British Embassy in Bahrain @UKinBahrain and the hashtag #GreatBritishWeek for latest updates and more information

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Art Exhibitions in Bahrain

I recently found out that there are some art exhibitions here and there in Bahrain during January, here’s a small brief, hope you find it useful

 

 

Fifty Years of Printing

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Under the Patronage of H.E. Shaikh Rashid bin Khalifa AlKhalifa 
Albareh proudly presents “Fifty Years of Printmaking”, an exhibition by the prominent Sudanese painter Mohammed Omar Khalil, showcasing for the first time, a retrospective of his print-making work in etching, between the mid 1960s and the late 2000s. 
 
The official opening will be on the 19th of January,2014 at 7p.m. The exhibition will run until the 15th of February,2013.
 
for more information:
 
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The 40th Annual Bahrain Fine Arts Exhibition

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The Bahrain Fine Arts Exhibition has become an important annual event. Organized by the Ministry of Culture, the exhibition is a celebration which reflects Bahrain’s rich cultural and civilizational heritage and development.

15 january – 14 Febuary 2014, 8:00am to 8:00pm 

Bahrain National Museum

For more information: 

http://moc.gov.bh/en/theevents/CurrentEvents/Name,10699,en.html#.UtUOTvQW2Ck

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Art Market 

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Art comes alive at Bab Al Bahrain! The historic market will provide the perfect setting for Art Market, a kaleidoscope of color and endless activity.

Art Market, organized by the Ministry of Culture as part of its “Year of the Arts” initiative, will commence this month on the evening of Wednesday, January 15th, 2014, and continue to Saturday according to the following timings:

  • Wednesday, 15th June 2014, 5:00pm – 9:00pm
  • Thursday, 16th June 2014, 5:00pm – 9:00pm
  • Friday, 17th June 2014, 9:00am – 1:00pm
  • Satuday, 18th June 2014, 10:000am – 9:00pm

For more information:

 http://moc.gov.bh/en/theevents/CurrentEvents/Name,10758,en.html#.UtUO-vQW2Ck

 

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Al Aali Art Festival

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Al Aali presents the artists of Bahrain the opportunity to feature their exhibits at the Complex. Established artists and upcoming artists from across the island are invited to showcase their talent as well as sell their work in various disciplines such as Painting, sculpting, fashion designing, music, photography, calligraphy, pottery etc.

 This 4 day Art extravaganza will be held from the 15th – 18th of January 2014 at Al Aali Shopping Complex.

For More information:

http://www.alaaliartfest.com/overview.html

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INSIDE INDIA – Photographic exhibition

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The Shaikh Ebrahim bin Mohammed Al Khalifa Center is pleased to announce the upcoming exhibition by four Bahrain based photographers Haya AlKhalifa, Rasha Yousif, Saji Antony and Stephanie Ravel.

INSIDE INDIA – A photographic exhibition of dramatic imagery and intimate moments

will open on Tuesday, 21 January 2014, at 7pm and run until Thursday, 20 February 2014.
The exhibition will be held at the Bin Mattar House in Muharraq. Opening times are Saturday – Thursday 9am-1pm and 4-7pm.

Typoscrabo

Fan of Scrabble ???

couple of weeks ago while i was walking in Bab Market in Bab Al Bahrain, i noticed a huge scrabble table, which made wonder why and what is it?!

Typoscrabo, the handmade typographic word game coffee table! 
Locally designed and crafted in Bahrain

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2 in 1 coffee  table and scrabble… Typoscrabo comes in 3 designs:

Table with glass top

Table with wooden top

Board alone

Table Size: 1.15 x 1.15 x 0.45 metres

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Custom made to order and up to 10 days delivery!
To place an order please email: Typoscrabo@gmail.com

Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Typoscrabo/425826230844654

Instagram: Typoscrabo

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My View: FUN, FUN, FUN… funky,  loved the new concept, very creative add to all of this and for me is the most important, the owners of the project are SO NICE AND FRIENDLY… wishing them all the best of luck =)

Pictures courtesy of Typoscrabo