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HotelMissoniCucinaI received a special invitation from Hotel Missoni Management to review Cucina Restaurant new pizza menu. Today afternoon, after I done from work, I went to Hotel Missoni to dine-in for lunch and taste their new pizza. The hotel management welcomed us and explained some of the new changes in the restaurant.

Cucina Restaurant is now changed with new theme and decorations. As well the restaurant is expanded now with extra seats and tables. There is also a private lounge were business/private lunch can be reserved. Personally, I liked the new blue theme and Missoni texture added everywhere.

CucinaRestaurantWe were given a set menu for our lunch. As a start-up I had pomegranate mojito drink. I really liked the drink and haven’t had the same mojito in my life. For appetizer, I had Parmigiana di Melanzane (Eggplant Parmigiana with orange infuse tomato) and Tagliolini Verdi Gratinati (Homemade tagliolini with beef bacon, asparagus and parmesan cheese). I haven’t tried the Parmigiana di Melanzane as I’m allergic eggplants. As for Tagliolini Verdi Gratinati is wonderful and also I ate two dishes and can stop of having  more. What I liked with the Tagliolini is the cheese sauce and way it’s cooked. This would be my favorite dish.

CucinaPizzaMoving to the main course. I chose to try Margherita Pizza (Tomato sauce, Mozzarella and Fresh Basil) and Ortolana Pizza (Tomato sauce, Mozzarella and Grilled Vegetables). The pizza made with fresh ingredients came specially from Italy, made specially with thin dough, natural, healthy and tasty.

Ending with the desserts, I had Pizza Dolce (Pizza topped with Cucina special chocolate sauce, crushed hazelnuts and icing sugar). The dessert is also fabulous with great pizza dough, tasty chocolate sauce and well presented. The chocolate sauce taste similar to Nutella, but made specially by Cucina Restaurant.

Overall, I enjoyed the Hotel Missoni atmosphere and had a great time to review one of the best Italian restaurants in Kuwait. I highly recommend you to try their pizza, appetizers and beverages.

I rate Cucina Restaurant Pizza (10/10), Dessert (09/10), Appetizers (08/10), Beverages (10/10) and Restaurant Atmosphere (10/10).

Location: Salmiya, Gulf Rd, Hotel Missoni [map]

Phone: 2577 0000

ToreroRestaurantInvitationWe received a wonderful invitation from Torero Spanish Restaurant & Churreria to attend the grand opening of Arabella branch. The invitation is designed as passport and boarding pass, as it looks so creative and unique to me.

ToreroKuwaitHowever, on Wednesday night I arrived around 7.30pm to attend the grand opening. The opening started with a speech, then wonderful Spanish flamenco music and finally a draw to win a flight ticket to Europe.

ToreroFoodDuring the event, we were served some Torero appetizers, main dishes and desserts. I chose to have mushroom soup, goat cheese salad and Paella De Pollo. I don’t have any comments of the food taste. But I dislike the dishes presentation, which need to be more attractive and presented to the customers. I rate Torero Spanish Restaurant & Churreria 06/10.

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Today morning was Kuwait Operetta of 2014. If you missed watching the operetta, here is the full video which I founded in YouTube.

KuwaitInstagramI’m really disappointed of how the “Instagram Stars” think of offering crazy prices to promote/market/advertise on their Instagram account. I sat in a meeting with one of my friend (owner of a restaurant). He was talking about Instagram and how he could build up a successful Instagram account for his restaurant. Through our conversation, he told me their people called Instagram Stars which could help us with building our account.

He also said one of the Instagram Star takes:

700KD per advertisement post

1000KD per post / if the star photo-shoot himself inside the restaurant

Come on. Let’s say the highest star got 400K. Most of the followers are individuals, businesses, comedy accounts, spams and companies. This would equal 40% of the population in Kuwait. Then, if the business owner could promote his restaurant in newspaper (Starting from 500KD per advertisement), then I think it would be a great outcome as each newspaper own more than 1.5 million subscriber.

Startups or companies thinks that promoting on Instagram would increase their sales. Well of course not as a high percentage but it depends on the target audience. But spending 1000KD per post for one Instagram star would create a high expense.

VillaUNO2014Villa UNO Expo the most popular fashion expo in Kuwait available now from 1st till 3rd of April 2014 at Mall 360. Briefly the expo related to women, fashion, kids and accessories.

CinescapeFreeEntryCinescape announced to offer free entry forever to all special needs/disabled customers. The free entry covers all Cinescape Kuwait branches. I think it is a great CSR strategy for Cinescape to offer the special needs/disabled customers free entry. Good Job!.

MarunouchiKuwaitMarunouchi is a subsidiary under Grupo Gastro, begin an agent for a couple of very reputable Japanese food suppliers from Japan, Cosmo Japan and Azuma Holding. Grupo Gastro is solely offering you from Japan The Japanese Wagyu, Japanese Blue fin tuna and more high-end japanese foods.

Last night I attend the grand-opening of Marunouchi restaurant. The grand opening started with a classical music, then some cold fresh drinks and short brief about the restaurant. During the night, we were given some Sushi, Salads and Japanese Fried Chicken. I don’t have any comments about their food, but I really prefer if this restaurant could be in much better area and different location. The seating floor plan is not comfortable to dine-in and I prefer to have my lunch/dinner in a flexible area.

Location: Sharq, Mayaza Tower 3

InstagramPopularHashtagI sat last night to comparing number of posts on Instagram between GCC Countries hashtags. Founded that #Kuwait got the first top number of posts on Instagram. I actually see most of the people in our community using Instagram daily as their best social media channels in communication, businesses, family, friends and individual.

NokiaPhoneToday, during lunch I was using my iPhone and texting one of my friends on Whatsapp. My mam started to laugh, I told her “What makes you to laugh”. She said, “Here is your first phone I kept it in my cupboard, when you moved in to our new home”.  I also did laugh when I saw my first mobile phone.

This is Nokia phone (without GSM & SIM Card). My father bought it for me when I was 9 years old. This was during the trend of Mobile Telecommunication Company (Zain Kuwait Now) when they started opening for citizens to own a mobile phone. I remembered back when I carry this phone with my friends for show-off and my name tagged on it. What a lovely days!.

NoonysbakeryI received box of chocolates from Noony’s Bakery last week. I tasted some of their chocolates and it is delicious. They offer different flavors such as chocolate with cake, chocolate with fruits and others. Find them on Instagram @noonysbakery.

KuwaitUKVisaThe British Embassy of Kuwait announced that starting from the first of next April Kuwaiti citizens will be able to complete the procedures for obtaining a visa electronically through the website www.visa4uk.fco.gov.uk instead of a paper form and paying administration fees. The new system allows you to select the appointments, fill the form and pay the fees directly online.

#Zainhappyday

March 23rd, 2014 | Posted by Khalil in Activities | Entertainment | Event | Kuwait Life | Others | Zain - (0 Comments)

ZainhappydayLast Thursday Zain Telecommunication Company organized “Zain Happy Day Night” celebrating International Day of Happiness. I arrived around 6pm, parked my car and entered the elevator to the parking roof where the event is located. In the main entrance, there were five missions every guest need to do. Starting with breaking down plates, write a negative message on a balloon, drink lemon with mint juice, write a positive message and take a photo.

As well, their were some activities, DJ, gathering and draw. After the event is done we moved to enjoy rest of the night with Zain BBQ. I enjoyed the night. Thank you Zain Social Media.