Thursday, April 23, 2009

Yes, I'll have that doughnut, and that one too.

So another thing you might not know about Saudi Arabia is that they have a wide selection of sticky treats to feed the sugar craving of even the rottiest-toothed kid. The two most popular western ones that seem to crop up a lot are doughnuts and cinnabuns. It seems every foodcourt in malls has one or the other. I have noticed that when I have been at malls in the mornings, these are the only kinds of restaurants open for business. Them and MacDonald's.

I wanted to mention that I often seem to get discounts at donut shops for no apparent reason, other than that I am a foreigner. There is a unique form of kinship that develops in Riyadh that allows strangers to reach out to each other, and propels them to toss extra donuts in bags, or charge a little less for hamburgers. Now that I am not in the thick of things, I do miss that a little bit, because I think we could all use a little more solidarity, whether or not we are expats in a crazy city, or office workers on Bay street.

By the way, I'm sure you all recognized that logo, and for those of you who did not, here it is in english ;)


Muhidin Sheikh said...


Just wanted to say I like your blog. Filled with many amusing stories for any Canadian living in Riyadh. Enjoy Tim the Hortons while your in Canada. I could go for a chocolate danish right now, lol.

Orchidthief said...

hi Muhidin & thanks for the compliments. On behalf of all Canadians, I've been faithfully visiting Tim Hortons.

zezo said...

I Just wanted to say I like your blog its fun to read
I'm a Saudi guy living in Riyadh and i think that your handling things the right way enjoy the you stay in saudi.
best wishes