A few notes from Qatar…
Have you heard of karak chai?
It’s similar to masala chai. Heavy on cardamom and velvety with whole milk. The crazy part about steaming 115F days (and nights) is that the hotter it gets, the more I crave hot drinks.
I found someone who was generous enough to share their karak chai recipe…we’ll do a post on that soon. Such an intense color.
And then of course, when it’s nice and air-conditioned I order iced drinks. Found so many tea-based concoctions include this one of sencha and elderflower…
…and another of oolong, rose water, and raspberry. Killer combo. I’m still dreaming about this one.
A most chic Shisha Terrace…
…and inside the IM Pei-designed Museum of Islamic Art. Wish I knew Alain Ducasse had a restaurant there! We’ll back again.
…and I can’t recall the name of this bread (will find out!) but it’s served in both savory and sweet (layered with sugar) forms. Hot and flakey. Just enough grease. With eggs and stews for breakfast. And just plain for an afternoon snack. It was like a combo of puff pastry and pita, only much more fragile.
Speaking of breakfast…this one is made of dreams.
I’ve been trying to hunt out a good source for oud/agarwood to use for tea. Makes for a very heady session, especially when coupled with aged teas and cigars.
A special afternoon tea which you read about here. And don’t forget about the Moroccan tea service.
Dusk at Four Seasons Doha. You see that circular building? It’s designed by David Rockwell…
…and is the newest (and world’s largest) Nobu.
Late nights at Souq Waqif…
…and ice cream (and dessert) on every occasion possible. Mango and toasted pistachio!
And here, Saudi Arabia on the horizon.