I know it might seem like all we do is eat but honestly eating is a great way to have fun in Doha. Even the supermarket is full of unexpected things ranging from local favorites to seasonal treats important from other countries. It seems everyone is looking for a taste of home. On a coworker's suggestion I bought these snacks at the Monoprix while we were over there getting lunch one day. Maamoul is like a shortbread cookie and in this case it has a filling made of dates. It is a bit like a fig newton or other fruit filled cookie. Unlike poptarts this dessert has a better fruit to bread ratio and you get more of the sweet stuffing to balance out all the crust. I did find these a bit dry so I am going to assume you are supposed to enjoy them with coffee or tea. I did really like that the box contains several individually wrapped cookies. I am going to leave the box at work for afternoons when I am peckish. So basically everyday. I also saw treats on the shelf that used a lot of coconut. I am on the hunt for a minty snack but nothing has really jumped out at me. I saw another treat that looked a bit like a moon pie. I think I will have to just eat dessert for a while to get caught up on all this options. And you wonder why I never cook? ;)
This next treat is a product of Belgium. When it was described for me I thought 'gee that sounds just like Biscoff.' It's a sweet spread made of cookies. I had some on a pita because that's what I had around. It's nice right out of the jar with a spoon too. I thought it tasted just like Biscoff too, so it was off to the internet to see what was going on. Sure enough Speculoos was marketed in the US in 2011 under the name Biscoff because that is what they also call the cookies the spread is made from. Who wants to sing It's a Small World After All?
A little Biscoff history from their website:
"Biscoff Cookies are a type of shortcrust biscuit known as “speculoos,” a Belgian specialty. Throughout Europe, these mid-day treats are known as Lotus Speculoos. Speculoos were traditionally made for special occasions, including weddings, births, and to celebrate St. Nicholas’ Feast on December 6. Our European treats first made their way to America as in-flight treats. Starting in the 1980s, Biscoff treats have been paired with mid-air morning coffee in flights throughout the United States. Frequent fliers took note of the unique taste and special magic of Biscoff and coffee, and today’s passengers continue to discover Biscoff on major domestic flights throughout the country." (Biscoff)
|Apron souvenir from dinner.|
After dinner we walked down to the beach where a band was playing reggae and rap music. There were cubies set off to the side for our shoes. The beach also had a bar and all drinks were in plastic containers. We took our drinks to the beach with us and you would have never known we weren't in Las Vegas. It was a lovely evening so I was really surprised when suddenly it was 2am and we were all so tired. If we had stayed up a little longer we might have caught the sunrise. From the beach there was a great view of Doha's downtown skyline and I was able to see my office building. It can be easy to forget that Qatar is a relativity small nation and that many things are nearby.