Wednesday, 21 May 2014

What a whirlwind of a a couple of days.
My wonderful dad went into hospital two days ago to have his lung removed, following his diagnosis of lung cancer. Being a seven hour flight away and getting that news was tough enough, but not being there with him and my family the day he went in for his surgery was AWFUL.
Because I didn't want to be alone, I went down to the pool with Jemma. We stayed down there for hours, had some lunch, read magazines. It was almost like any other day off here except it felt so wrong sunbathing when my dad was having such an enormous operation.
He's now out of ICU and recovering in the ward. He's finding it hard to breathe and is in a lot of pain but all to be expected after something so serious. Can't wait to get home and see him!
PW got back from the UK the day of my dad's surgery, so it was a real relief to have him back for a cuddle after such a worrying day. He came baring gifts..
Can't beat a Creme Egg! And that shortbread was one of the best things iv ever eaten. Completely happy with my gifts, he then produces another one..
I was literally stunned. Not only because it's a Michael Kors watch but because he had remembered that I wanted to get a mini one for myself, and he said I deserved it after recent events. So, so thoughtful and sweet! I'm still grinning like a giddy school girl now. It needs a few links taken out but otherwise it's beautiful! A simple silver design that will go perfectly with almost everything and won't ever go out of style. The boy did good!
Last night we went for dinner at The Anvil Rooms, a steak Restauraunt on the 28th floor of the Tornado Tower in Doha's city centre.

The Anvil Rooms recently won an award for Best Steak House in Doha, and after our meal last night I could see why!
The waiter came over and explained the menu to us and talked us through the different steaks on offer. He was really knowledgeable about them all and was able to say which sauces would best accompany which steaks. PW opted for a 400QR beast of a steak while I went for a slightly more reasonably priced job....mistake!!! His steak was out of this world and I am now a firm believer that when it comes to steak, you get what you pay for.
But I'm getting ahead of myself.
We started with cocktails, overlooking the view of the Corniche and the adjacent towers.

Backtracking slightly, I wore this new dress from Lipsy which I had shipped over
The waiter then brought over a basket of the most amazing freshly baked bread. Bread with (beef) bacon, cheese bread, sesame bread, pretzel bread...

It was at this point that PW declared his love for me

'I pretzel you'....awww.
Then came the steaks. And a stream of sides...buttered spinach, chargrilled asparagus, and crispy fries. The photos were too dark but it all looked and tasted great.
Dessert was a soufflé for PW, and a New York cheese cake for this one. It was amazing!
I am still full now! (Possibly because I had a packet of mini Oreos for breakfast followed by my heart shaped Costa jammy dodger. I am writing today off as a fat day)
Another lovely evening. Now back to the reality of working from home..on my day off...joy.

Doha Diaries: My week in pictures #5

Monday, 12 May 2014

Last week we had a girls night out - Donna and Hayley came over, popped open the bubbles, and then us and Sara hopped in a cab to the. Four Seasons party on the pier. It was so much fun and a gorgeous setting overlooking the Four Seasons hotel, the sea, the beach, and some incredible mega yachts.
The following day, with an incredibly sore head, I joined a group of work friends for brunch at Vine at the St Regis hotel. Vine is definitely my least favourite of all the brunches iv sampled in Doha. I think the service is rubbish, nobody is forthcoming with drinks, and the food isn't anything to shout about. I'm all about the sushi station and the sushi station as Vine doesn't impress me much (sing that like Shania Twain!)
I did get my picture taken with Didier Drogba mind you
On Tuesday, Jemma and I got our Qatari driving licenses!
If we both stay on for next season, we will be hiring a car to share, and will brave the bonkers roads of Doha.
A group of us got together for dinner at the start of the week. We all met for a drink at our pool bar, and then walked down to Katara for an Indian at Saffron. I love Katara - it feels like a little slice of culture on my door step.

The very next day, PW and I had a date. We are sort of back on...not together (still!!) but things between us are better than ever.

Anyone I can unleash my inner geek in front of and feel entirely comfortable with is a keeper in my book. We had a lovely meal and then for shisha and cocktails. We spent the whole night laughing. I'd go as far as saying it was one of the best dates I have ever been on :)
The following Friday involved brunch - a brand new brunch at Isaan, the Thai Restauraunt in the Hyatt, compliments of the general manager Christoph. The food was amazing - giant prawns on the grill, chicken and cashew curry, Phad Thai noodles...all served up fresh off the wok. Our lovely waiter showed us how to make Thai cocktails. Ginger, spring onion, vodka, lemon juice..tasted a little like drinking a Thai green curry, but was fun to watch him do his thing!

All topped off with Biscotti cupcakes :)

Saturday night was another date night with PW. We went to La Spiga at the W, which has fast become one of my favourite restaurants in Doha. Everything I ordered was delicious - a ball of creamy cheese with a roasted tomato to start, followed by delicious four cheese ravioli in a truffle cream sauce. PW opted for beef carpaccio (the plate was bigger than him!) and a pizza.
Would have been rude to not finish the night with a chocolate lava cake to share :)