World-renowned and Michelin three-starred chef Gordon Ramsay has launched his newest restaurant at the Pearl-Qatar where the doors to maze were officially opened last night.

Ramsay has signed a partnership with Alfardan Group which has brought him to Qatar to open maze – the first Maze to be opened outside a hotel in the world.And Ramsay will be opening his next restaurant in Doha at the St Regis, scheduled to open in the summer of 2011.

Maze is designed as a 21st century, stylish restaurant, offering a modern take on fine dining, “but without the formalities”, according to Ramsay.

Seating some 70 guests inside, and around 90 on its terrace which offers a wonderful view of the Doha skyline over the waterfront, the menu at maze has been designed to provide a fine dining experience in a less restrictive atmosphere.

Ramsay explained that the restaurant would be using as much local produce as possible, with a menu dominated by seafood and shellfish, which he described as “wonderful” in Qatar.

The menu has also taken some inspiration from its new home, with a number of the dishes featuring local touches in the style of cooking and the flavours used throughout.

Ramsay expressed his excitement at establishing his restaurant in Qatar, and said that he had been amazed by the location for his newest eatery – the “incredibly unique” Pearl-Qatar.

Movie: Alice in Wonderland
Personal Rating: 7.5 out of 10 (because it’s just fun to watch it in 3D)
Starring: Johnny Depp, Anne Hathaway, Mia Wasikowska, Alan Rickman, Michael Sheen, Matt Lucas, Helena Bonham Carter
Genre: Fantasy
The year is 1855. Since she was nine years old, Alice Kingsley has had the most peculiar dreams in which rabbits talk and cats disappear into thin air. Grown up and out of place in a world of formality, the 19-year-old Alice sees a waist-coated white rabbit who pulls her down to a subterranean otherworld. The Wonderland of her childhood is in reality Underland, a place filled with all she had dreamed of and much more.

Mini Review (NO SPOILERS):
We just came back from the Villagio Imax Cinema to watch Tim Burton’s re-imagining of Lewis Carroll’s “Alice in Wonderland”. Don’t expect it to be the book to movie adaptation as we are talking about the dark humored Tim Burton. And if you read the synopsis above, this movie is about Alice going down the rabbit hole for the 2nd time; much older than her first time in “Underland”. The beginning is a bit boring as there was this need for Burton to elaborate more on Alice and her world above Wonderland. I think that this was rather useless and didn’t add much to her character.

The real start of the movie for me was when Alice fell into the hole. The effects were great and convincing. It isn’t your Avatar type of effect nor as mesmerizing. It actually is the opposite as it was gloomy and dark. In terms of the 3D characters, the movement of the animals were believable. The only thing which was off for me was the movement of the Knave of Hearts. Though obvious that his body was made longer than normal, his movements were a bit jerky.

Helena Bonham Carter and Johhny Depp were again at their A class acting. Everyone was laughing the first time the Red Queen is introduced. Alice (Mia Wasikowska) wasn’t overbearing and grows into her character. The “Fatboys”, Twiddle Dee and Dum were scene stealers as they were quite scary yet funny.

Children (4-8yrs) might get bored and lost in the story but seeing the characters pop in and out might sustain their interest. Plot-wise, it’s not the most engaging. Again, comparing Avatar 3D and Alice, Avatar immerses you in its world while in Alice, you become a mere observer. Still, as a whole, it is one not to miss for its entertainment value. I’m giving it a 7.5 out of 10 just because it’s fun to watch it in 3D and I would have expected more from Tim Burton in terms of the plot  and the story-telling.

By the way, I still believe the IMAX in Villagio sucks and I’m planning not to watch in IMAX anymore. The screen is so small with probably just  1/4 bigger than your usual screen. For 55 Rials a seat, it is a rip-off! And the audio…I can get better dynamics in my bedroom than what they have installed in that cinema.

Bank Holiday Today! Most Banks closed.

by: xtian001

In: News | Qatar

7 Mar 2010

All banks in the country will be closed today to mark International Banking Day, but most banks will have at least one or some of their branches open during working hours. Doha Bank said its City Center branch as well as those at Lulu Hypermarket in Gharaffa and Royal Plaza Hotel in Al Sadd will remain open. Qatar Islamic Bank also announced its City Center branch will function during working hours today.

Why would Starbucks think that I should give them more money by buying WiFi cards so I could access the internet from their shop? I believe that giving your customers FREE WiFi is a standard for any Coffee shop. They do that in the Philippines. In the US, even Mcdonalds give you free WiFi.

So can you give me a good reason why I should buy your WiFi Cards again, Starbucks?

Starbucks in Qatar offer Wifi for a Fee

A month and a half since the first rehearsal, all the cast’s hard work will soon reap its rewards.  I am truly proud that my daughter Xianelle has taken part in this endeavor and I can’t wait to be awed in the audience as she and the entire Oliver cast perform and sing the songs that I have memorized and loved to sing myself. All the best to Oliver! production.
The following are Oliver‘s playdates. I sincerely hope you could come and watch it.
1. Saturday      April 10th at 3pm
2. Sunday        April 11th at 3pm
3. Monday       April 12th at 4pm
4. Tuesday      April 13th at 4pm
5. Wednesday April 14th at 4pm
6. Wednesday April 14th at 8pm
7. Thursday     April 15th at 7:30 pm

Tickets for Oliver (50Qrs each) will be on sale from March 18th from the Senior School Reception deskduring the school day (8am-2pm) and from the dedicated Oliver Box Office situated in the QF Recreation Center from 3pm to 6pm each weekday.

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