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Tuesday, July 9, 2013

My Stay at Hotel Omm - Barcelona, Spain

Hotel Omm was the first hotel we stayed in in Barcelona, Spain, and even though it was somehow located at the end of Passeig de Gracia (in Eixample area), it was both a good and a bad location.  Good because it was located in Passeig de Gracia, which is the best location to stay in in Barcelona, a major avenue of the city and also where the best shopping and business area is.  Bad because it was located very near the end, much farther than Las Ramblas, where everyone would prefer to head to when staying in Barcelona.  Nontheless, the best brands, restaurants, and Gaudi sights, are extremely close by. Enough about the location, this five star boutique design hotel, is modern and has one of the best restaurants in town, Michelin star restaurant Moo, which I will be writing about soon.  The rooms and service was all perfect.  We got the junior suite, just because we felt the room space was good enough for us, plus we couldn't resist the large canopy bed.
أول فندق سكنا فيه في برشلونا باسبانيا كان فندق أوم وهو فندق بوتيك  بخمس نجوم مصمم تصميم حديث.  موقعه جيد وغير جيد في  نفس الوقت. جيد لانه موجود في شارع باسيج دي غراسيا وهو أفضل شارع في المدينة لأنه شارع طويل للتسوق وفيه أفضل الماركات العالمية وغيره من الماركات الأقل شهره.  الموقع لم يكن جيد لأنه في آخر هذا الشارع ومعناه انه أبعد قليلا عن شارع السياحة المشهور لاس رامبلاس (من الممكن السير للاس رامبلاس ولكن يأخذ وقت شويه).  بالنهاية الفندق كان روعة من كثير من النواحي لأنه بالضيط عند الماركات العالمية المشهورة وبالقرب من الكثير من المطاعم الجيدة والمواقع التاريخية للفنان غاودي.  اخترنا غرفة الجونيور سويت لأنها اعجبتنا ولأن مساحتها تصلح لنا أكثر.  لدى الفندق واحد من أحسن المطاعم في برشلونا وهو مطعم مو الحاصل على نجمة ميشلان.
Room View of Passeig de Gracia
Breakfast 

Monday, July 8, 2013

Venchi Chocolates - London, UK

Some of you made use of my Milan and Rome posts in your itineraries, so you might know that I'm a gelato and chocolate freak.  Imagine stumbling upon Venchi while shopping in Covent Garden in London.  For those of you who don't understand my happiness for coming across this chocolate store, check last year's post of the store in Milan.  I mentioned never having the chance to try their gelato in Milan, just because it got sold out midday.  So I went in to the Covent Garden 2 level floor and got myself two scoops, a dark chocolate and a hazelnut, in the ice cold weather. Delicious.
تفاجأت يوم شفت محلي المفضل في ميلانو فينتشي للككاو والجيلاتو في كوفنت قاردن في لندن.  قبل سنتين في ميلان ما حصلتلي الفرصة اني أجرب الجيلاتو بسبب ان كان دائما يخلص. استانست اتي لقيته في لندن ومع ان الجو كان وايد بارد قلت ظروري أجربه. اخترت نكهة الدارك جوكليت نكهة والبندق.  شوفوا الي كتبته قبل سنة عن المحل في ميلانو.
Address: The Market 20, Covent Garden

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Harrod's In-Q Cafe - London, UK

We came across In-Q Cafe by chance while shopping in Harrods.  And we were glad we stumbled upon it, as we were dying to have real Arabic coffee.  I heard there was another cafe in Knightsbridge that served the coffee but this was good enough.  The cardamom aroma was heavenly, the whole department store floor smelt of it, we followed the trail until we arrived to this cafe we never heard of before.  It just served the coffee and other hot/cold beverages along with some Arabic dessert, mainly the flavored marzipan filled Medjool dates.
قهوة إن-كيو في هارودز في لندن تقدم قهوة عربية عجيبة بالاضافة الى مشروبات أخرى وحلويات من أبرزها التمر المحشي بالمرزبان بنكهات مختلفة
Location: Second floor of Harrods
Opening hours: Mon - Sat 12:00pm - 8:00pm
                        Sun 12:00pm - 6:00pm

Saturday, July 6, 2013

Breakfast at Somerset House's Tom's Kitchen - London, UK

My second visit to Tom's Kitchen in London was to the one located in Somerset House.  I enjoyed their breakfast so much the first time I ate there (last year's post on Tom's Kitchen Chelsea) that I had to try it again on my last trip.  The way the restaurant was set was much different to the wide space in Chelsea.  It was made up of narrow rooms with views of River Thames.  Good place to have brunch on weekends.


زيارتي الثانية لمطعم تومز كيتجن كانت للمطعم الموجود في سامرسيت هاوس في لندن والذي يطل على نهر التايمز.  أول مرة زرته كان في العام الماضي (المقالة هنا) وكنا قد اخترنا أن نأكل الافطار في المطعم الكائن في تشيلسي. يختلف فرع سامرسيت هاوس بأن المطعم مصمم على شكل غرف عديدة تطل على النهر وليس بقاعة كبيرة مثل التي في تشيلسي.  المطعم مكان جيد لتناول الإفطار في أيام نهاية الإسبوع.
Address: Somerset House
Opening hours: Brunch Sat-Sun 10:00am - 4:00pm
                        Lunch  Mon-Fri 12:00pm - 3:00pm
                        Dinner Mon-Sat 6:00pm - 10:00pm
                        

Friday, July 5, 2013

Chanel Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2013

The  Chanel Fall-Winter 2013/ Haute Couture show took place on July 2nd in Paris.  Futuristic meets cowboy meets 40s hairdos, it was one hell of a show. I loved the way the place was transformed and the seeting like from a rundown movie theater, the hats, the retro hair dos, and especially the stackable rings I'm so in love with.

Nobu Berkley - London, UK

Nobu Berkley restaurant in london isn't the only Nobu venue in London, but its the hippest and the design is really something.  If you've already been to the one in The Metropolitan Hotel, this place is quite different in atmosphere.  All the food was great, and some of the dishes were identical to some dishes I had in other Nobu places outside the UK.
مطعم نوبو بيركلي وهو كائن فب مايفير في لندن يستحق الزيارة. الديكور والأكل والمكان روعة. حتى لوكنتوا زايرين فرع نوبو في فندق المتروبولينان فمطعم نوبو الي يقع في شارع بيركلي يستحق العناء.
Matcha green tea
Address: 15 Berkley Street