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Lazy Mubarakiyya Friday

For our non-Kuwaiti friends, Friday is the day off in Kuwait if you only have one day off, Friday and Saturday for a few. It’s the perfect time of the year to visit the Mubarakiyya Souks – not too hot, not too cold and always something interesting to see. Grab your friends and family, and have lunch in the square where all the restaurants are.

In our two years of visiting the restaurant, we never realized the menu was on the bottom of the kleenex box:

Bread making:

So good!

Kebab making:

Busy in the tea stall:

The tea stays HOT on the table tea-grill:


March 14, 2008 Posted by | Adventure, Community, Cooking, Cultural, Eating Out, ExPat Life, Hot drinks, Kuwait, Living Conditions, Weather | 11 Comments

Something Stupid

I had a birthday a while back, and decided that I was no longer going to mourn my Cuisinart, stuck in storage lo, these last ten years while my husband and I vagabond around the earth. I had bought a cheap food processor in Germany, and left it behind (whew! bought it when the dollar was $1.20 to the Euro, those were the days!) and then I bought a cheap food processor in Doha and brought it with me, but it doesn’t grate Parmesan, and . . . well, it isn’t a Cuisinart, and I really loved working with my Cuisinart. Isn’t it wonderful when they invent a piece of machinery that truly decreases labor, and is a pleasure to use?

I just bought a little one, knowing I will get rid of it when I leave. It is 110 volts, so I could even take it back with me if I wanted. The very first thing I grated was Parmesan cheese, and it was good. And then I grated cheddar, and it was good. And then I chopped onions and parsley, and it was very very good. I used it three times.

Yesterday, I went to grind some sausages and it only worked for one second, then quit. I checked all the plugs, checked the fuse box, checked everything I could. I couldn’t figure out why it wasn’t working.

Then I figured it out. I had fried my beautiful new Cuisinart. Can you figure out what I did?


I will show you a close-up of the transformer, maybe that will help:


Yes, I plugged my sweet little 110 brand new Cuisinart into the 220/240 output plug instead of the 110 output plug.

Do you think it can be fixed? Is there somewhere in Kuwait I can take it and get it re-wired? (Sigh.)

March 14, 2008 Posted by | Cooking, Customer Service, ExPat Life, Kuwait, Living Conditions, Technical Issue, Tools | 6 Comments