June 30, 2012

Happy Social Media Day Kuwait!


Video Source: His&Hersq8

Hi Mohammed! :) I loved watching the video. Everyone did such a fantastic job.  Readers, you can watch it to see some of  your blogger favorites like: Danderma, Ansam, His&Hers and their adorable son Mesho. <3

This is Super Cool y'all! Thank you Mohammed and Zain! It just arrived tonight! :D

America's Bedoun? Undocumented and Illegal in the United States



One of my Kuwaiti friends, Musaed, sent me this video on WhatsApp with the text, “Short video about American Bedoun. I thought you would like it.” I thought to myself, American Bedouns? What is he talking about?

In case you are not familiar with the plight of the Bedoun in Kuwait you can read up on them (here).

I watched the video and then realized he was talking about the children of illegal immigrants from Mexico.  Their parents entered the US illegally to work and brought their young children with them when they were around 1 – 3 years old. They were not born in the US but were brought up there and given a free education in US public schools. Their parents worked hard to support them and make sure that nobody found out about their illegal status. Illegal families living in constant fear of being deported back to their home countries, mostly from Mexico. These illegal immigrant children do not have social security numbers and are not allowed to obtain legal residency or driving licenses. However, US healthcare is free for all illegal immigrants and the hospital cannot turn them into the authorities.

The illegal immigrant children featured in the below films are academic and sports stars. The only life they know is inside the United States. They haven’t been to Mexico since they were babies and it’s really a sad situation. I would never feel right about having them deported even though they are illegal.  It is their parents that broke the law and entered the US illegally. They just wanted a better life for their families and to hope for a piece of the fading American dream.

The problem that America is facing is how can they afford to grant residency to every child born outside the US but brought in illegally to the USA? I mean they already get free education and healthcare but should we allow them to stay forever? It's not their fault that their parents chose to bring them here.  However, if we do pardon them wouldn’t this cause a giant increase in illegal’s bringing in their children through the boarders to enjoy the same benefits? I mean where do we draw the line?

The United States has one of the most generous policies regarding citizenship. Anyone born in the US whether from illegals, green card holders or tourists will become automatic US citizens. There are many cases of foreign tourists that hide their pregnancy just so they can fly over and have their baby in the US. Just imagine if this was done in Kuwait? How would it affect your employment, salaries, free medical care and standard of living? The Bedoun people of Kuwait would eventually cease to exist because every newborn would become Kuwaiti. So would all expat children born in Kuwait. That’s millions of new Kuwaiti’s and billions of dinars spent on them.

If you are Kuwaiti can you imagine every expat child that was born in their native country and then brought to Kuwait being able to stay in Kuwait forever with free education and healthcare? Does this make the illegals in the USA American Bedouns when they were born in another country? I do not think they are Bedouns like Kuwait but illegal immigrants. Kuwait, what do you think? Am I wrong? Is it the same thing?

Under President Obama there has been immigration reform and you can see that in the below post video about the illegal track star. It’s not a permanent solution but it does give them and extension and hope for residency.

This morning in the Kuwaiti Times there was an interesting article (here) on expat youth that were born in Kuwait and could only stay here with a job that provided a visa 18 after they turn 21. If these youth fail to get residency through employment they are forced to leave Kuwait and their families. All they know since birth is life in Kuwait as an expat unlike the Mexican illegal’s in the US, they were legally in Kuwait sponsored by their parents before they turned 21. These expat children were born in Kuwait and not their parent's country.

This is the part I just don’t’ get. Even Kuwaiti women who marry non-Kuwaiti men cannot sponsor their husbands and their children are not granted Kuwaiti citizenship. This is the opposite for Kuwaiti men who marry expats. Their children are automatic Kuwaitis and the expat women can become Kuwaiti citizens in five years if they have children and I believe in 10 to 15 years if they do not. Kuwaiti men marrying Eastern Europeans, Asians and Westerners have drastically increased and most do not pay the women's families dowries. When will Kuwaiti women who make up more than 70% of University graduates in Kuwait receive the same rights as Kuwaiti men? I really hope it's soon for the sake of their children most of all.

Was Musaed right and are these illegal immigrants in the US born in Mexico America's Bedouns? Does America have the same problem as Kuwait? Readers, what are your thoughts?

America's Bedoun? Track Star in the United States Almost Deported to Mexico



Please comment on the other 'above' post. Thank you!

LANA DEL REY - NATIONAL ANTHEM


When you try too hard to be cool.

June 27, 2012

Like OMG!!! You Have That in Kuwait?!?


I cannot tell you how many times one of my girlfriends from home has interrupted me midsentence on Skype saying, “OMG!!! You have _____ in Kuwait?” No matter how many times I tell them the positive aspects of living in Kuwait they still think I live in a tent, ride a camel to work and pee outside.

Kuwait is 17, 820 sq km in size which is slightly smaller than the state of New Jersey. This tiny little country boosts 10% of the world’s oil reserves and has a booming retail and restaurant economy. I’m happy to report that while living in Kuwait I’m able to enjoy the following retail candy and food porn:

Luxury Goodies: Chanel , Hermes, Louis Vuitton, Prada, Versace, Gucci, Van Clef, Givenchy, Fendi, Burberry, Valentino, Dior, Yves Saint Laurent, Missoni, Rolex, Cartier, Tiffany’s, Bvlgari, Omega, Tag Heur, Louboutin, Jimmy Choo, etc. (Most luxury goods are cheaper in Kuwait because they are tax free. I know that Hermes, LV and Chanel are less expensive. Tiffany's, Cartier and Rolex are actually more expensive.)

Department Stores: Harvey Nichols, Debenhams, Marks and Spencer, Mothercare, etc.

Furniture, Household Goods & Hardware: IKEA, Ethan Allen, Williams-Sonoma, Pottery Barn, Sears, Ace Hardware, Office Depot, The One, etc.

Retail: Kate Spade, Zara, H&M, Top Shop, Mango, Miss Selfridge, Express, Lush, The Body Shop, The Bath and Body Shop, Victoria Secrets, etc.

Cosmetics: MAC, Sephora, Makeup Forever, Bobbi Brown, L’OCCITAINE, Boots, Kiel’s, Faces, Vavavoom, etc.

International Restaurant (Chains): Gaucho Grill, PF Changs, The Cheesecake Factory, IHOP, The Olive Garden, Applebee’s, Ruby Tuesday, T.G.I. Fridays, Chili’s, Carinos, Texas Roadhouse, Dean & Deluca, Upper Crust, The Fashion Café, Hard Rock Café, Planet Hollywood etc. (The list is a mile long and there are new restaurants opening weekly. I enjoy the local spots owned by Kuwaitis.)

Subs, Pizza & Hamburgers (Chains): Subway, Blimpie, Quiznos, Pizza Express, Dominos, Papa John’s, Pizza Inn, Pizza Hut, Little Caesars Pizza, Potbelly, Johnny Rockets, Smash Burger, Shake Shack, Fatburger, etc.

Ice Cream & Froyo (Chains): Millions of Milkshakes, Hagan Daaz, Baskin Robbins, Pinkberry, Red Mango, etc.

Donut & Pastry (Chains): Krispy Crème, Dunkin Donuts, Cinnamonster, Au Bon Pain, Le Pain Quotidien, etc.

Fast Food: McDonalds, Burger King, Taco Bell, KFC, Hardees, Popeye’s, Nathans, etc.

Cafes: Starbucks, Caribou, Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, Coffee Republic, Coasta Coffee, Seattle’s Best Coffee, etc.

Fine Chocolates & Gourmet Coffee: Godiva, Rohr, Nespresso, etc.

Disclaimer: I'm sure I forgot a lot because Kuwait has almost everything to eat and buy.  I just ran out of time...:) Let me know if you want me to add one of your favorites.

Human Trafficking ~ Amsterdam Tightens Rules On Prostitution

Photo [Source]

Article below from Associated Press [Source]

AMSTERDAM – The city of Amsterdam says it plans to force brothel owners to submit a business plan to the city describing what measures they are taking to ensure sex workers are healthy and not being exploited.

Prostitution has been legal in the Netherlands since the year 2000, and tolerated in Amsterdam for centuries. But in recent years both the city and national government have become increasingly critical of the industry. Many prostitutes are victims of human trafficking or coerced by pimps. In 2007 Amsterdam shuttered a third of its brothels, saying they were a source of crime.

The city says it will adopt the measures announced Friday by 2013, whether or not a national law raising the minimum age for prostitutes to 21 has gone into effect.
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Prostitution will never go away and it’s been around since forever. I had a debate with the “Village Idiot” that legalizing it wasn’t the answer to the problem. This is just another article that proves that legalizing prostitution doesn’t prevent human trafficking, crime or make it any safer for the prostitute or clients health. (FYI: Condoms do not protect you from most STDs.)

When you sleep with that underage girl this summer on holidays you are sharing her with thousands of infected clients. And the girls tell every client they are students and it’s their first time. Yes, it’s their first time with you. They frequently introduce you to their family so you feel special. The family wants to assist her in coning you into sending her a little money every month just like the other 100 guys that were as gullible as you are.

You are supporting their entire family while they pimp out their daughter. They are doing this to survive and put food on the table. You are putting yourself and your family at risk by bringing back disease that causes sickness, sterilization and even death.

Don’t worry guys, there is no such crackdown in Thailand & Morocco so you’re still going to enjoy your summer HO-lidays.
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The United States has the most organized and aggressive task force for battling illegal prostitution and human trafficking.  Even with all of its resources the US struggles to battle this highly profitable business of exploitation daily.  
Legalized Prostituion in the USA [Source]

Nevada is the only U.S. state to allow some legal prostitution, in the form of regulated brothels. Prostitution outside these licensed brothels is illegal.

The brothels are situated in isolated rural areas, and the vast majority of Nevada's population lives in counties where all forms of prostitution are illegal, namely Clark (which contains Las Vegas), Washoe (which contains Reno), Douglas, and Lincoln counties, and Carson City (an independent city). The other counties allow brothels, but some of these counties currently have no active brothels (brothels are in operation in only 8 counties); as of June/July 2008 there were 28 legal brothels in Nevada. Wikipedia

FBI Saves 79 Kids Held as Sex Slaves in US [Source]

Article below from Fox News’

The FBI, working alongside state and local authorities across the U.S., rescued 79 minors being held as sex slaves, the agency announced Monday.

The minors – two of whom were boys, the rest girls – were taken from 57 different cities during “Operation Cross Country” raids on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

The youngest kid was 13, while another told of being held as a sex slave since age 11, said Kevin Perkins, the head of the FBI’s criminal division.

Pimps were luring the kids through social media, targeting ones who came from “dysfunctional” families and offering them gifts, Perkins told Fox News.

If the minors tried to leave the operation, the pimps would threaten them and tell them their parents would be killed.

"They basically go into survival mode,” Perkins said, explaining how the kids would do anything to eat.

“Operation Cross Country” began in 2008, with the latest roundup of sex slaves the biggest yet, FBI spokesman Mike Kortan said.

To find out more on Human Trafficking and how you can help click [here].

June 25, 2012

Fascinating American Women Who Captured the Hearts of Royals



Wallis Simpson (1896-1986) married the former King Edward VIII (1894-1972), who had famously abdicated the British throne for her, in 1937, becoming the Duchess of Windsor. [Source]

Wallis Simpson, later the Duchess of Windsor, was an American socialite whose third husband, Prince Edward, Duke of Windsor, formerly King Edward VIII of the United Kingdom and the Dominions, abdicated his throne to marry her. Wikipedia

The couple went into a lifelong exile as the Duchess and Duke of Windsor and never returned to live in England. [Source]

"Hated by the British establishment, and one half of one of the most scandalous love affairs of the 20th century, Wallis Simpson was, and still remains, a divisive character in British royal history." [Quote Source]

I highly recommend the movie, "W.E."



"Rita Hayworth The sultry Hayworth was a well-established actress (Gilda, The Lady From Shanghai) by the time she met Prince Aly Khan, the Westernized playboy son of a prominent Muslim leader. The couple married in 1949, and Hayworth began the marriage with a flourish: Her entire trousseau was made up of Dior clothes, known as the New Look, that had caused controversy because of its longer hemline. But this was the third marriage for Hayworth, who didn’t take long to get testy about her husband’s rumored infidelities (he was seen dancing with actress Joan Fontaine in Reno.) By 1953, they were done, and Hayworth refused to let their child, Princess Yasmin Aga Khan, be raised as a Muslim. “While I respect the Muslim faith and all other faiths,” Hayworth said, “it is my earnest wish that my daughter be raised as a normal, healthy American girl in the Christian faith.” She won." Written by: [Source



Grace Kelly (1929-1982) married Albert I's great-grandson Prince Rainier III of Monaco (1923-2005) in 1956. [Source]

Grace Patricia Kelly (November 12, 1929 – September 14, 1982) was an American actress who, in April 1956, married Rainier III, Prince of Monaco, to become Princess consort of Monaco, styled as Her Serene Highness The Princess of Monaco, and commonly referred to as Princess Grace.

After embarking on an acting career in 1950, at the age of 20, Grace Kelly appeared in New York City theatrical productions as well as in more than forty episodes of live drama productions broadcast during the early 1950s Golden Age of Television. In October 1953, with the release of Mogambo, she became a movie star, a status confirmed in 1954 with a Golden Globe Award and Academy Award nomination as well as leading roles in five films, including The Country Girl, in which she gave a deglamorized, Academy Award-winning performance. She retired from acting at 26 to enter upon her duties in Monaco. She and Prince Rainier had three children: Caroline, Albert, and Stéphanie. She also retained her American roots, maintaining dual US and Monégasque citizenships.

She died after suffering a stroke on September 14, 1982, when she lost control of her automobile and crashed. Her daughter, Princess Stéphanie, was in the car with her, and survived the accident. Written by: [Source]




Hope Cooke (born in 1940) married Palden Thondup Namgyal (1923-1982), the last King of Sikkim (1963-75) in 1963. Sikkim was annexed by India in 1975 and they divorced in 1980. [Source]

"Like Lisa Halaby and the King of Jordan, Hope Cooke and her future husband met by chance. Paldan Thondup Namgyal, Crown Prince of Sikkim, first talked with the widely traveled Cooke in the bar of a hotel in Darjeeling, India. At the time, Sikkim was the smallest country in Asia. In 1963, four years after they met, Cooke and the crown prince married in a Buddhist ceremony. As a result of the marriage, Cooke was dropped from the Social Register. Cooke found no difficulty in transitioning to her adopted country, an accepting place that has a number of peacefully coexisting religions. She and her husband, who became monarch nine months after their marriage, genuinely loved each other. But political difficulties may have contributed to their breakup. In 1975, the monarch was deposed and was put under house arrest for a time. Cooke took the couple’s two children and returned to New York City soon afterward. Eventually, Sikkim became a state of India. Cooke’s former husband died in 1982, and nowadays the last Queen of Sikkim, 70, gives historical tours of New York." Written by: [Source]




Lisa Halaby (born in 1951) married King Hussein of Jordan (1935-1999) in 1978, becoming Queen Noor. [Source]

Queen Noor of Jordan (Arabic: جلالة الملكة نور‎) (born Lisa Najeeb Halaby; 23 August 1951) is the last wife and widow of King Hussein of Jordan. She was queen consort of Jordan between 1978 and 1999. Since her husband's death in 1999, she has been queen dowager of Jordan. She enjoy the style and title of HM Queen Noor of Jordan.

A United States citizen by birth, and of Syrian, English, and Swedish descent, she acquired Jordanian citizenship and renounced her American citizenship at the time of her marriage. As of 2011, she is president of the United World Colleges movement and an advocate of the anti-nuclear weapons proliferation campaign, Global Zero. Written by: [Source]

"Lisa Najeeb Halaby Halaby’s years as Noor al-Hussein, Queen of Jordan, show just how hard it is to navigate the political and social differences between the United States and a Middle Eastern country. A Princeton graduate with a degree in architecture and urban planning, she took a job with her father, Najeeb Halaby, who had been asked by Jordan to redesign its airline. Through that post, Halaby met Jordan’s King Hussein and married him in 1978. But gaining acceptance in her new country was difficult. Although Halaby renounced her American citizenship and took Islam as her religion when she got married, many people, including fundamentalists, still saw her as too Westernized and didn’t think she was a true Muslim (her father, despite his Syrian background, was Christian). Since Hussein’s death in 1999, Queen Noor, 59, has stayed in the political picture with the title of Queen Dowager. She also travels globally in support of human-rights organizations" Written by: [Source]  

I enjoyed reading her memoir: [Leap of Faith: Memoirs of an Unexpected Life]

You can follow her on Twitter: @QueenNoor


To read about more American women who captured the hearts of Royals click: [here] and [here].

June 23, 2012

Pimps, Ho's and Groceries

Photo [source]

Enough is enough with going to the popular grocery stores in Kuwait and seeing the same Asian Ho's walking up and down the aisle while I'm buying my groceries. It's no longer shocking to see them approach startled men with (deer in headlights) expressions.  Then comes the dreaded popular choice of words: "Hello, You want number? I friend, you want date?"

It's going on inside your grocery stores and outside your parking lots.  You must know because it's the same Chinese ladies in groups everyday all day long.  They put their numbers on pieces of paper and give it to every guy they see inside.  Even men with their families are not safe when they are separated from them for a minute or two.

Obviously these women are successful and business is booming or they wouldn't be there 24/7. Please do something about it because there are mostly families and small children shopping for food. This is a grocery store and not the back road of Mahboula or Jleeb.

Even though this is a Muslim country where alcohol and prostitution is prohibited, it exists in high numbers [Kuwait Times Article] just like the rest of the world.  Why are certain countries allowed to enter Kuwait by just obtaining an entrance visa when they are known for their high numbers of export prostitution? It's becoming a real problem here which is ironic when you can't even stay at a hotel in Kuwait unless you are legally married.

I could use a "prostitution free zone" next time I shop for food. Just sayin'!

Disclaimer: I know a lot of you readers have witnessed this happening here.  I would like for you to share your experience.  I will not publish your comment if you mention the name of the grocery stores. Please refrain from doing so...Thanks!

June 21, 2012

Dynami Sweets ~ All American Sweets Luxury Company in Beverly Hills & Kuwait



Dynami Sweets sent over this lovely sample of their chocolates.  They originated in Beverly Hills and now offer their luxury chocolates in Kuwait.


I fell in love with their beautiful colors and romantic shapes.


Exquisite chocolates <3


The dark chocolate is my very favorite and I enjoyed piece after piece this morning with my cup of Nespresso.

You can check out their website here: (Dynami Sweets)

Twitter: @DynamiSweets

Tel: 5003-7249 or 5525-5342

Thank you Dynami! :*


Blimpie America's Sub Shop Has a Great Deal for "Expat and the City" Blog Readers in Kuwait


All you need to do is mention Expat and the City Blog and enjoy the offer of a free 6 inch sub with the purchase of any Blimpie combo meal.

Twitter: @BlimpieKWT

Instagram: Mods_IFF

FaceBook: BlimpieKWT

The Drey Scones: A Truly Scrumptious British Experience Brought to Your Doorstep in Kuwait


The Drey is a new business in Kuwait that delivers freshly baked scones, butter and homemade jam.  


Well hello there gorgeous!


They stayed fresh while I enjoyed them for several days.  I just heated them up in my little toaster oven and then drizzled them with melted butter and The Drey's incredible Strawberry Jam. 


Each delicious bite brought back memories of tasting my first British scone when I was visiting London as a teenager. I thoroughly enjoyed their scones and the strawberry jam is out of this world.  My only suggestion is that you request extra jam because it's just that good.


To order your freshly bakes scones call Tel: 9989-0610 the day before you would like your order. 

They have the following flavors:

Plain, Blueberry, Raisin, Strawberry and Cream, Custard, and Nutella.

A package of plain scones is: 3.500 KD

A package of the other types: 4.500 KD

One package fits six large scones and comes with jam and clotted cream.

Twitter: @TheDreyKwt

Email: thedreykwt@gmail.com

A special thank you to The Drey! :* I loved them!

Are You Neglecting Your Wife? Top Five Reasons Women Cheat


This post has nothing to do with me and everything to do with my beautiful and talented Kuwaiti girlfriend. I just don’t get it! She is sweet, intelligent, hardworking, talented, drop dead gorgeous, attentive to her husband, blah blah blah... I just don't understand why her husband chooses to spend all of his free time away from her which is breaking her heart piece by piece until finally he is going to lose her forever. No, she isn't cheating but she is losing hope as his bad behavior and neglect continues.

He's a handsome Kuwaiti guy, strait, successful and everything else that looks good on paper but he spends almost every weekend away from her with "the guys". I hear about this a lot in Kuwait and that it's considered the norm. I know about Diwaniya and all of the cultural aspects of Kuwait but almost every weekend apart? That's not the married life I would ever want or put up with. Thankfully when I was with Hayati he rarely went to Diwaniya and never ever spent the weekend with the guys. I secretly wished he would sometimes to give me a break. ;P

Anyway, I know it's just a matter of time before my girlfriend stops nagging him and gives up on him for good. She has guys chasing her all day long every day and would never give them any attention or cheat on her husband. She is just going to end up in divorce and hopefully meet a guy that is worthy of her greatness. For now all I can do is be a good friend to her, listen to her problems and learn from her situation.

I think cheating is very wrong but it’s clearly on the rise everywhere in the world. Just remember that women seem to be smarter cheaters than men and rarely get caught!

Reasons Why Women Cheat

by MensXP.com
 
Instances of women cheating on their partners may not be heard too often, but that does not mean it doesn’t happen. What causes women, who are traditionally thought to be a rather emotive species, to cheat is something we try to decode here.

1. She seeks the thrill. Some women cheat for the thrill of it. The excitement of doing things behind a partner’s back, the risk, the adrenaline rush, the desire are all very potent reasons for a woman to cheat. The cheating bit isn’t always emotional, it is in fact an out and out physical act that is engaged in for the thrill of it.

2. She wants more. The most obvious reason for a woman to cheat is that she isn’t getting enough sex or that she isn’t happy with what you have to offer. It is this happiness that results in her getting involved in an adulterous relationship. It is left to the man in the relationship to pull his socks up and fight for his woman. If you love her and want her, you have to go the extra mile and satisfy her.

3. She wants to get back at you. If you have cheated on her in the past, she could cheat on you just to get back at you. Yes, women can be rather revengeful if they so wish!

4. She is bored. Less or no experimentation in the bedroom can be one of the reasons a woman chooses to cheat. Women seek as much variation in the bedroom as men do and if her man cannot provide her the same, she is bound to look for it outside.

5. She feels neglected. This is the most common reason women give when asked why they cheated. Feeling neglected, unwanted or useless is what drives women to cheat. It is when their husbands or boyfriends ignore them that they take to finding companionship and solace in the company of others.

If you don’t want to go through the pain of being cheated, then it is up to you to ensure your woman is happy and satisfied. Give it your best shot and more and thus ensure that she has no excuse to cheat on you.

June 19, 2012

Ruth's Chris Steak House is Coming to Kuwait


A little piece of home is coming to Kuwait from my native Louisiana. I have many fond memories of dining at Ruth’s Chris with my family.  This is also the special place where Dad loves to take me on our Father / daughter dates. My mouth is watering just thinking about their delicious filet, creamed spinach and Au Gratin potatoes.  Now all we need in Kuwait is Bubba Gumps and legalized alcohol for responsible expats. ;P

Restaurant Giant Pulled Plans For Pearl-Qatar

Arabian Business by Andy Sambidge

International restaurant chain Ruth’s Chris Steak House abandoned plans to open on the Pearl-Qatar after an alcohol ban was announced, a company official has revealed.

The popular steakhouse brand was about to sign a deal for the Pearl-Qatar, but pulled out at the last minute when the ban was imposed on the Doha development, Michael Szczepanski, general manager at Ruth’s Chris Steak House, The Address Dubai Marina said.

He told Hotelier Middle East that the company had visited a site on the manmade development and had “conversations at a very involved stage” about an opening there, but “luckily didn’t run into the deal”.

He added: “We are looking to operate in places like Saudi Arabia and Kuwait as well, where alcohol is absolutely not allowed, but we’re talking about serving to a totally different clientele.

"The volume of the expats [in Doha] is the bread and butter and we need to cater to them. Not everyone will like to have a US $100 steak with a glass of grapefruit juice."
 
History

[Source] The chain was founded by Ruth Fetel, a single mother of two, in 1965, after she bought the existing Chris Steak House in New Orleans. In buying the restaurant, Fertel had to agree that the restaurant keep the "Chris" name for a specified period of time. After the original location sustained a kitchen fire, she relocated the restaurant about one-half mile (0.9 km) to the west on Broad Street and renamed the rebuilt establishment "Ruth's Chris." Under the purchase agreement, the name "Chris Steak House" could not be used at any other location, and she did not want to lose customers already familiar with the Chris name. Fertel started to franchise the restaurant in the 1970s to locations throughout the United States and the world.
 
Fare
 
The restaurant's signature is serving USDA prime steaks that are seared at 1800° Fahrenheit (982.2 °C) and served on ceramic plates heated to 500° Fahrenheit (260.0 °C). Half an ounce (1 Tbsp) of butter is added just before the plates leave the kitchen in order to create the signature 'sizzle'. In addition to steaks, the restaurant also serves entrees of chicken, lamb, fish and shellfish.

Portions generally are large enough to serve two or more diners. Family style side dishes include au gratin potatoes, topped with a bechamel sauce and Cheddar cheese. Also available are dessert selections, with the restaurant's signature creme brulee being a staple item throughout the chain.

All locations offer smaller, separate rooms for private dining as well as a gift card program. The dress code is usually a range from business/dressy to business casual.

In early 2010 Ruth's Chris introduced their "Ruth's Classics" menu of prix fixe meals where guests choose from 3 set categories; starter, entree and side.

Ruth's Chris Story

[Source] From our humble beginnings on Broad Street in New Orleans to our current position as the world's largest fine dining company, Ruth's Chris Steak House has come quite a long way in its first four decades. In 2010, we celebrated our 45th anniversary, and we consider it a celebration of the life of a woman who broke the mold - our founder, Ruth Fertel.

June 16, 2012

Check Out the "Space Junk" Trailer Now Showing at the Scientific Center IMAX Theater in Kuwait

The Who's Who of American Bloggers in Kuwait



American lady living in Kuwait commenting on daily occurrences through her warped perspective. Her travels take us beyond the boundaries of normalcy. (America's Bridget Jones writing about her hilarious dating adventures and favorite humanitarian causes in Kuwait. Kuwait is her home and she has lived here a long time.)


Adventurous, American girl living and working in the Kuwait. I enjoy living well, making new friends, eating good food and traveling the world.  My expat life in Kuwait was pretty normal until along came 7ayati...

Just Us...

An American Family living in Kuwait... And trying to make the most of it! 
You can meet the cast of Amber's family by clicking [here].  If you are thinking of relocating your family and moving to Kuwait then this is the adorable blog for you.

A Better Me

American living in Kuwait while traveling the world.
She is an American teacher working in Kuwait.
 

June 15, 2012

Is Kuwait Next? Cover-up Campaign Hits Gulf Streets in Qatar and the UAE

Photo credit: The 'One Of Us' campaign aims to educate expatriates living in Qatar about wearing appropriate dress

Activists in Qatar and the United Arab Emirates encourage expatriates to dress modestly and respect local culture.

Article written by: Jenifer Fenton of Al Jazeera
 
When in Rome, do as the Romans do. That is the message of two campaigns started by local women in the Gulf countries of Qatar and the United Arab Emirates.

Najla Al Mahmoud is a Qatari behind the "One of Us" public awareness push, which hopes to educate expatriates about appropriate dress. Specifically, she wants people - men and women - in her country to cover up between the shoulders and the knees. During the summer "the scene of exposed flesh increases", Al Mahmoud said. "We are offended by this... but we are sure that people don't know and we are sure that people will respect this. Why wouldn't they? We want to educate them."

Most local women in Qatar and the UAE wear an abaya, a black garment that covers most of the body. The men wear the kandura, which tends to be ankle-length and a shade of white.

The "UAE Dress Code" campaign, started by locals Hanan Al Rayes and Asma Al Muhairi, began out of disgust at the sight of foreigners dressed in what they deemed to be inappropriate attire, according to media reports. "Whether you like it or not, this country has its own culture that shd be respected & protected by its own people," read one of their recent tweets.

Call for dress code

Hamad Al Rahoumi, a member of the UAE Federal National Council (FNC), does not think public awareness alone is enough because there are people who are aware of cultural norms, but choose to ignore them. Al Rahoumi has suggested legally enforcing a dress code, but the law would act be more as a deterrent than to punish people. "Just because the law is there a lot of people will stop (dressing immodestly)... it is like a policeman standing next to a stop light everyone will (drive) properly... He doesn't have to give anyone a ticket." He added that the seven emirates have different rules regarding attire, and a federal law is needed to make a dress code in the UAE consistent.

Another member of the advisory FNC body, Noura Al Kaabi, said via email that "proper awareness campaigns would be more ideal".

While the awareness campaigns are not focussed on creating dress code laws, they are about respecting cultural norms. But modesty and taste are subjective and without clear laws, what is acceptable attire is often left to the discretion of the wearer.

Article 30 of the UAE Constitution says, "Freedom of opinion and expressing it verbally, in writing or by other means of expression shall be guaranteed within the limits of the law." But to what extent does "other means" cover clothing - or lack of it?

There are also no laws that explicitly spell out the do's and don'ts of dressing in Qatar. Article No. 398 of the Qatari Criminal Act states that one can be fined 300 Qatari riyals (about $82) for acts of public indecency equivalent to urinating or bathing in public.

The only constitutional article that addresses the issue is Article 57, which states: "The respect of the Constitution, compliance with the laws issued by Public Authority, abiding by public order and morality, observing national traditions and established customs is a duty of all who reside in the State of Qatar or enter its territory."

Laws are not needed, and the constitutional article is enough for everyone, said Hassan Al Sayed, a prominent Qatari legal expert. "Just respect the culture in Qatar."

Khalid Al Ameri, an Emirati columnist and blogger, agrees. Enforcing laws pertaining to clothes could prove difficult and arbitrary. For example, a woman may choose to wear shorts and a baggy T-shirt and find herself in violation of a hypothetical law, whereas another "girl might come wearing tight stuff that reveals more than it covers, but complies with the dress code", said Al Ameri, who wrote recently on the topic. Enforcement and punishment would also depend on the actual officer or official to pass judgement, which is not desired, he added.

Public indecency laws, of course, are not unique to the Arab world. Western countries also have rules for covering up, and there are different rules for the sexes. Women in western countries cannot walk around topless, one expatriate commented.

It is not so much a matter of what clothes one wears, but where one wears them, said Al Ameri. "You couldn't wear a short shirt in a mall, but you could maybe wear a short shirt in a private club or private restaurant where it complies with the dress code."

Divided opinion

On social media and Qatari networking sites, some foreign women who have both applauded and denounced the modesty movement said they think time would be better spent campaigning to enforce laws that could save lives, for example fining people who smoke in areas where lighting up is banned, or requiring the use of seat belts.

Others have suggested that stores in the Gulf could sell more "local-friendly" dresses, skirts and the like. The high-end clothing stores on the Pearl in Doha, Qatar, do not generally stock many clothes that would be considered acceptable women's wear in public spaces in the country. Trying to find a shop that sells a dress that has both sleeves and a hem that hits below the knees proved difficult. The same could be said for many of the clothes for sale at the H&M in the local Qatari malls. "This is so bad," said Al Mahmoud, who is also trying to raise awareness at clothing stores by asking that their advertisements and window displays be culturally appropriate.

Shopping in one of the world's largest complexes, the Dubai Mall, presents the same irony - see-through blouses, plunging necklines, and near waist-high skirt slits are prevalent. Pants and blouses, of course, are an option.

"We want Qatar to be a place for everyone. Something in the middle. Not too extreme and not too loose." - Najla Al Mahmoud

There have been calls of hypocrisy, noting that many Muslims vehemently opposed the veil bans in France and Belgium. Comments on Qatar Living, an online community website, run the gamut, with some stating that people should be allowed to wear what they want in public be it in Qatar or Belgium. But others believe that if people do not like the local laws or norms in the Gulf or Europe, then "they should go back to where they came from... In their country, it's their rules."

Qatari Al Mahmoud said one could not compare Gulf campaigns to legal moves in Europe. "We are not interfering with religion... We are not banning a certain attire," she said. "Modesty doesn't have a religion or a country... We are not singling people out or being racists to one nationality or one religion. It's for everyone."

The Gulf should not go the route of some European countries that penalise some people for their clothing choices, said Emirati Al Ameri. The Emirates has grown "as a country and we have become one of the most popular places for expats to go because we have been a tolerant society and because we have taken an approach of educating rather than punishing people that come". A simple dress code is better. "When you have a dress code and somebody doesn't abide by it, they are excluded." The choice becomes theirs. If someone goes to a restaurant and does not wear the appropriate attire, they will be refused entry. "I believe that is a more effective way than by punishing."

Nora, a Muslim expat from the United Kingdom who teaches in Qatar, said "our 'uniform' tells men 'approach with caution'". And, while one cannot control the actions of disrespectful men, "one can control how we dress, so we do", added Nora, who did not want her last name used. That is not to say that a woman dressed immodestly is extending an invitation. "Everyone deserves to be treated with respect."

All those contacted for this article agreed that disrespecting someone who is dressed disrespectfully is not acceptable. "We want Qatar to be a place for everyone. Something in the middle. Not too extreme and not too loose," Al Mahmoud said. UAE FNC member Al Rahoumi agreed. "We don't want them to cover their face... (but), I don't want to see the underwear... It is not suitable."

Whether you like the campaigns or not, outfits that might fly elsewhere will likely not pass in the Gulf anytime soon, despite the number of foreign residents who live in these countries. A Qatari resident from the United States also does not think that any pushback from offended Western women would change local norms, and that foreigners should just adhere to the culture. "What's the big deal? Cover the knees, shoulders and (chest)," said Cena McLatchy. "It's not like they are asking you to go to prayer five times a day, or slaughter a lamb at Eid."

End of article written by: Jenifer Fenton (Al Jezeera)

 Most local women in Qatar and the UAE wear an abaya, a black garment that covers most of the body, while men wear the kandura [Getty Images]

What about Kuwait?

Last night I had a dinner date with Hayati and dressed to kill. Not the USA dressed to kill but the Kuwaiti conservative version. :) That's out of respect for me, Hayati and Kuwait. Most westerners are told before they ever step foot in Kuwait to dress conservatively which is for their host country and for safety reasons. I mean, who would want to increase the amount of daily harassment you receive by dressing inappropriately? I know a few but that’s another post. ;P

You really see everything here in Kuwait from western women in short skirts and tight tank tops to local ladies wearing hijabs with skin tight leggings, stripper 5" heels and drag queen makeup. It can be confusing to some expat newbie’s but I think after they dare to wear the slightest risqué outfit the increased "scary" harassment will quickly put them in check.

What do you think Kuwait? Will you be next?

June 12, 2012

For one of my readers: Never let what people say define who you are...You are a Phenomenal Woman!


Phenomenal Woman

Pretty women wonder where my secret lies.

I'm not cute or built to suit a fashion model's size

But when I start to tell them,

They think I'm telling lies.

I say,

It's in the reach of my arms

The span of my hips,

The stride of my step,

The curl of my lips.

I'm a woman

Phenomenally.

Phenomenal woman,

That's me.


I walk into a room

Just as cool as you please,

And to a man,

The fellows stand or

Fall down on their knees.

Then they swarm around me,

A hive of honey bees.

I say,

It's the fire in my eyes,

And the flash of my teeth,

The swing in my waist,

And the joy in my feet.

I'm a woman

Phenomenally.

Phenomenal woman,

That's me.


Men themselves have wondered

What they see in me.

They try so much

But they can't touch

My inner mystery.

When I try to show them

They say they still can't see.

I say,

It's in the arch of my back,

The sun of my smile,

The ride of my breasts,

The grace of my style.

I'm a woman

Phenomenally.

Phenomenal woman,

That's me.


Now you understand

Just why my head's not bowed.

I don't shout or jump about

Or have to talk real loud.

When you see me passing

It ought to make you proud.

I say,

It's in the click of my heels,

The bend of my hair,

the palm of my hand,

The need of my care,

'Cause I'm a woman

Phenomenally.

Phenomenal woman,

That's me.


Written by: Maya Angelou

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Sex Doll's Confiscated by Customs at the Kuwait Airport

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This was just too funny not to post...

Customs Foils Bid To Smuggle ‘Complete’ Sex Dolls

Arab Times, Kuwait City, June 11, 2012: Customs officers at the Kuwait International Airport recently foiled attempts by unidentified persons to smuggle sex dolls into the country for their personal use or to offer as gifts to others, reports Al-Rai daily.

The airport Customs supervisor said the dolls were complete with genitals. They were seized from Westerners. It is believed such dolls are sold in their countries in an open market.

The daily did not give more details.

* OMG! How embarrassing! I guess this was the small percentage of Western guys that were trying to remain faithful to their wives while working here. (Just kidding! :P)

June 11, 2012

Fifty Shades of Grey is on its way!


I finally ordered the Fifty Shades book trilogy and I can't wait to start reading the first one, Fifty Shades of Grey.  I've heard it's banned in the Middle East so of course I'm going to only keep it and read it on the US Camps in Kuwait. :)

If you are one of the few people on earth that hasn't heard about the trilogy you can click (here) to find out what all the excitement and bondage is about. I read (here) that thanks to the first book the sales of rope has gone through the roof in the US at local hardware stores. 

I think this shy girl from Louisiana would only end up using the rope to tie her possible future Kuwaiti husband up to prevent him from going to Diwaniya. ;)


June 7, 2012

A Little Ex Romance in Kuwait


I've agreed to go out to dinner tonight with my ex, Hayati. He called me yesterday and said in his adorable Kuwaiti accent that he's ready to compromise if that's what it takes to win me back.

I agreed to meet with him because it's my favorite restaurant in Kuwait ;) and I owe it to him. I'm not saying I'll get back with him again but I do still love him with all my heart.

I've felt anxious all day with butterflies in my tummy.

(Mom: No lectures please and thank you!)

June 2, 2012

What Do Men Say or Do When They Try To Pick You Up in Kuwait?


Expat and Kuwaiti Ladies: What is the funniest, scariest or most romantic attempt you've had someone try to pick you up in Kuwait?

Guys: You can participate if you want to share a particular story of this happening to you. :) 

* Please comment and tell us your story.  Don't forget to mention your nationality and if you are male or female. I promise to share some of my juicy, true, Kuwait stories later. :P

Who Would be Stupid Enough to Wear a Bikini on a Public Beach in Kuwait?

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Today in the Kuwait Times: Decent Beachwear Required On Public Beaches

Are there really expats or visitors to Kuwait who don't realize that this is a conservative Islamic country and that wearing a bikini on a public beach is not allowed?  Not only could you get attacked but you might also get arrested.
 
* We are in the middle of a Kuwait dust storm and I am trapped inside my house.  In case you wondered why so many posts...
 

Bank ATM Safety and the Increase of Crime in Kuwait

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I just read this in the Arab Times (here) that ATM theft was increasing in Kuwait.  There are armed gangs hanging out at banks / ATMs and waiting for their unsuspecting prey. 

I used to do stupid things that I would never do in the USA.  Like go to the Kuwait ATM in the middle of the night by myself when I was a contractor working on night shift.  Not anymore! Now I always go to the one inside during bank hours or on the ATM's on the US Camps.  I'm also vigilant when I walk back to my car and ready to use my weapon and military commando skills if needed.

Since I am looking for jobs within the Middle East and beyond I downsized all of my belongings I have with me.  I gave away half of my clothes I never wear and tossed out the excess clutter in my office and residence.  I overnighted all of my jewelry, watches and valuables to the most trusted person in my life (not even a family member LOL) who put them in a joint bank safety deposit box in the USA. The best place to store your valuables in the United States is inside a bank's vault.  Safe's inside your home or flat can just be carried away. 

Some of the valuables reminded me of my ex and since he would never take anything back I found sending them to the USA was the best solution for me. I just sent my designer bags to my sister in America since I can't take all of them with me if I move for another job by airplane. With the extreme heat, dust and my job in safety I wasn't going to be able to use them that much this summer anyway.  Now I feel clutter and fancy free! I just did a little organizing everyday until the job was done and everything was mailed off or given away.

Everyone knows that America is full of crime so when you move to Kuwait you feel a wee bit safer.  I sure did with the exception of some local men chasing every woman with a pulse.  This includes following women to their home. The times are changing here in Kuwait (read here on local crime) and I found these tips online about ATM safety.

ATM Safety Tips

  • Always pay close attention to the ATM and your surroundings. Don't select an ATM at the corner of a building -- corners create a blind spot. Use an ATM located near the center of a building. Do your automated banking in a public, well-lighted location that is free of shrubbery and decorative partitions or dividers.
  • Maintain an awareness of your surroundings throughout the entire transaction. Be wary of people trying to help you with ATM transactions. Be aware of anyone sitting in a parked car nearby. When leaving an ATM make sure you are not being followed. If you are, drive immediately to a police or fire station, or to a crowded, well-lighted location or business.
  • Do not use an ATM that appears unusual looking or offers options with which you are not familiar or comfortable.
  • Do not allow people to look over your shoulder as you enter your PIN. Memorize your PIN; never write it on the back of your card. Do not re-enter your PIN if the ATM eats your card -- contact a bank official.
  • Do not wear expensive jewelry or take other valuables to the ATM. This is an added incentive to the assailant.
  • Never count cash at the machine or in public. Wait until you are in your car or another secure place.
  • When using a drive-up ATM, keep your engine running, your doors locked and leave enough room to maneuver between your car and the one ahead of you in the drive-up line.
  • Maintain a supply of deposit envelopes at home or in your car. Prepare all transaction paperwork prior to your arrival at the ATM. This will minimize the amount of time spent at the machine.
  • Closely monitor your bank statements, as well as your balances, and immediately report any problems to your bank.
  • If you are involved in a confrontation with an assailant who demands your money, COMPLY.

Source: The Electronic Funds Transfer Association, and the Los Angeles Police Department.

Article on the different types of ATM crimes (here).



I Wonder How Many Cases America Would Have Like This If The Women Knew What Many of Their Husbands Were Up To in Kuwait?

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"Woman Admits to hacking off"...Read (here).

Yikes! I don't get it.  Why commit a crime and go to jail for a cheating B? My advice: Get a good private detective, hire a great divorce lawyer and then take the cheating B to the cleaners. When the money is gone so will be the girlfriend. You take the money and enjoy the rest of your life.  The end.