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WIAW: Bahrain Eats and Treats

Posted Apr 04 2012 5:00pm

Greetings from the slightly dusty but sunny island of Bahrain! I’ve truly been relishing my time off while I can, which explains the sporadic posting (not that I consider blogging to be “work”, but time away from a computer screen is always nice when you’re in front of them as much as I am).

That said, I couldn’t leave without substantial documentation of my eats at home, and so a What I ate Wednesday  Sunday post is in order.

Breakfast:

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Raw buckwheat granola (which I brought with me from Nottingham) avec sliced bananas and strawberries, drowned in my favourite brand of almond milk .

Mid-morning snack:

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Half a small sweet melon with ground flax sprinkled on top, eaten while doing some dissertation writing. I use the term “time off” lightly.

Lunch was my easy vegan aubergine and lentil moussaka .

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Along with a delicious beet and carrot salad, green salad and Lebanese mezze leftovers.

Snack-age:

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A couple of these delicious Saudi dates and a cup of green chai tea. It was tough, but I managed to keep myself from filling up on them before dinner.

For dinner, my friends and I headed to a place I’d been itching to try out since I heard it existed.

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Need I say more?

The verdict: very well decorated/flashy interiors but horrible music – think trashy upbeat techno circa 2007. The menus, which were brought to us on iPads, were extremely extensive. There was a lot to choose from and a decent amount of vegan/easily vegan-isable options, in addition to a decent variety of fresh juices.

The portion sizes however…

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I wish I’d taken a picture of my hand alongside this to give you an idea of scale. Basically this salad equaled about 3 of my portions – which we all know are larger than the average joe’s. I was flabbergasted when I saw how large it was, finishing it was no easy feat! As far as actual taste – I’m disappointed to report that it was just okay. I got the aubergine and pomegranate  salad (because they were all out of anything avocado) and it wasn’t the best. The aubergine was clearly deep fried and as a result extremely greasy, and the balsamic dressing was far too plentiful in my opinion.

Worth a visit – but not more than one.

We ended the night with some traditional Moroccan mint tea at another nearby cafe.

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And that was Sunday.

Other noteworthy eats-out have included brunch at the very vegan friendly Tilly’s Cafe, Jawad Food Dome .

Apple and cucumber juice to start.

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Followed by the most amazing fresh fruit platter.

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They also have a great selection of vegan smoothies, a hot mezze-style breakfast and even offer muesli with soy milk.

 

Speaking of mezze’s, Carla’s Bistro   may have won the prize for best restaurant hummus in Bahrain.

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It was sensational. And you know I don’t mess around when it comes to hummus.

 

And always worth a mention, fresh veg juice at my beloved Cappucino Cafe in Saar.

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Orange and carrot – yum.

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Ever been sorely disappointed by a restaurant you had high hopes for?

Ironic that a restaurant with more vegan options than the average Bahrain eaterie was the one that satisfied me the least!

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