Sunday, March 1, 2009

It's Halal ( Bahrain)

This past weekend my husband and I took a road trip with some friends to Bahrain. Many things that are haraam here in Riyadh are permitted (halal) in Bahrain, such as alcohol, pork products, and holding hands. We stayed only one night, but even so it was nice to unwind for a couple of days without an abaya on. Now that I'm back in Riyadh, it all seems like a blissful dream.

Here is a pic I took at a gas station on our way to Bahrain. Be careful not to smoke around this *inflammable* truck because it *might not* blow up

Here I am conquering an ultra high tower on the Ritz property in Bahrain. It was great to be by water again.

We visited the Gulf Hotel in the evening, where we had dinner. It was swank:

This is my sashimi appetizer at the Fusion restaurant - and I know you are feeling a little jealous right now, looking at this picture. Even I'm jealous of the me that was eating this 2 days ago. ARGh! We all hate her!

Later on we went to an English pub called Sherlock Holmes to hang out and listen to this asian rock band that sang everything. They sang rock classics like "My Heart Will Go On" and "Naughty Girl" by Beyonce. The female members of the band wore black bikini tops and leg warmers with silver leggings and animal print cloth around their waists.

I also tried the grits at Ric's Kountry Kitchen, an American restaurant, and it basically tasted like porridge and I'm sure you're supposed to eat it with something, like you would with rice. But I didn't know any better so I ordered it on its own =)

This is some of the scenery that we saw on our way out of Bahrain:

Here are some camels by the side of the road:

Ahh...what a nice trip. I wish we were back there!


LadyLuz said...

Very interesting to read your blog 25 years on since I lived in Riyadh. Nothing much has changed, it seems. More opulent shops, city even more sprawling from the centre and a causeway to Bahrain.

I worked at the King Faisal Specialist Hospital and didn't live in a compound.

It's good that you're getting light relief by getting out more frequently that I ever could.

Hal said...

You had grits all the way in KSA? Grits are basically the inside of corn, without the yellow husk. I eat it plain myself because I like it like that.

Orchidthief said...

I was wondering what the heck was in that porridge. We have a Texan friend here who made an "ew!" face when I told him I had grits. I was shocked!

Hal said...

Grits is southern. Local to Pennsylvania is scrapple... which is whatever is left at the bottom of the pan type stuff. Just be glad you didn't experiment with that.