Kenya shopping mall shooting video

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This is beyond scary. 68 people died so far while shopping at the upscale mall in Kenya.

Video: Why are you in Kuwait? By an American lady

 

Here’s a video shot by an American lady working in Kuwait. She’s not a military worker, so she lives off base and be out and about in Kuwait like a normal foreigner. She works for a company that does business with the American Military  in Kuwait and not married to a Kuwaiti, so her point of view is the closest to an average American as you can get.

The video here offers a nice glimpse into how an American would live in Kuwait. Just like a typical Kuwaiti, she goes to The Avenues mall on weekends. She speaks very positively about local women’s sense of makeup and fashion, how shopping here is excellent, and what she would normally wear when going out in Kuwait.

I liked the video, it showed how Kuwait is really like. Lots of international shops, very normal dress attire (minus the hot shorts and tube tanks), and the abundance of American and international restaurants.

Here are some of her words about Kuwait (I just pasted a few short paragraphs, you can check the whole thing [here]):

 First of all they are VERY accepting of American culture and lifestyle, for the most part. NO as a woman I don’t have to be fully covered. We just have to be mindful and respectful. So sure I can wear a skirt or a short dress and they really cannot do much to punish you, but you just have to be willing to deal with the awkward stares lol but it’s really not as strict here as you may think it is.

The cost of living here is quite expensive, the Kuwaiti dinar is almost 3 and a half times more than 1 US Dollar. The Kuwaiti Dinair also beats the Euro, so Kuwait is FAR from third world living, contrary to what most might believe.

As for the demographics here, Kuwaiti’s are surprisingly more like the minority here. There are tons of Filipinos, Ethiopians, Somali’s, Egyptians, Nigerians, Brits, Americans, Indians, Pakistani, and other races here as well. It really is quite a nice mixture of people

Did I tell you how much American culture is accepted here?! They have everything we have and much more: Krispy Kreme, Chili’s, PF Changs, Applebee’s, Buffalo’s, McDonald’s (of course) and ALL of them deliver.

I also love how the culture here is so beauty obsessed. Makeup artistry, plastic surgery and all things beauty are all the rave here. People are always looking for the next best thing, we have everything state of the art with beauty and cosmetics. Which makes the makeup artist like me fit right in :)

Fitness First gym now open at 360

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Sprinkles cupcakes Kuwait opens next week

Sprinkles Kuwait

Sprinkles cupcakes will officially open in Grand Avenue next Tuesday Feb. 12th. It’s one of the best dessert bakeries in the world, and this would be their 1st ever branch outside of the USA. Their Beverly Hills shop is so popular in LA, the line goes round the block.

From Al-Shaya’s website:

Sprinkles Cupcakes opened “the world’s first cupcake bakery” in Beverly Hills, as reported by the Food Network, and is credited by the Los Angeles Times as “the progenitor of the haute cupcake craze.”  Founded by Candace Nelson, judge on Food Network’s hit show “Cupcake Wars,” and husband Charles, Sprinkles has inspired long lines of devoted Hollywood stars and serious epicureans alike.

From Tom Cruise to Oprah Winfrey, Blake Lively to Ryan Seacrest, celebrities are abuzz about Sprinkles!  Baked fresh in small batches throughout the day, Sprinkles Cupcakes are handcrafted from the finest ingredients and contain no preservatives, trans fats or artificial flavors.

Sprinkles has 10 locations in the USA, a traveling Sprinklesmobile – the world’s first cupcake truck, and sells its cupcake mixes at over 250 Williams-Sonoma stores throughout the US and Canada.  In 2012, Sprinkles debuted the world’s first Cupcake ATM and continued its foray into classic American desserts with the launch of Sprinkles Ice Cream.

Pic credit: Sprinkles FB page.

Armani Cafe now open in Prestige phase at The Avenues Mall

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Armani Cafe is now open in Prestige phase at the Avenues Mall. From what I’ve heard, they’ll have the same menu as their Dubai branch, which is great news.

I’ve posted before about Armani Cafe of Emirates Mall, and how their food is great and delicious. I would say it’s up there with the best food places in the whole Gulf region. So if they really are serving the same menu here in Kuwait, then that is just awesome. I recommend you try their Veal Milanese, Truffle pizza, and Truffle Bruschetta.

Pics and vids of Kim Kardashian in Kuwait صور و فيديو كيم كاردشيان بالكويت

Real video shot by Bananaq8 today at the Avenues Mall

Another video, again from Bananaq8, of Kim at the opening of Millions of Milkshakes today at the Avenues mall

Short news report of Kim’s visit

[Pics credit to Avenues Mall's instagram]. 

Related Post: Kim’s first pics in Kuwait and Kim’s video message to Kuwait.

Grand Avenue opens its new parking إفتتاح مواقف غراند آفنيو

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The Avenues mall opened Grand Avenues parking this weekend, which is awesome because getting a parking spot there has become a nightmare. There’s now an extra 5,000 spots, doubling the capacity to a total of 10,000. Some were opened this weekend, while the rest will be open in a couple of weeks.

The entrance is right on the 5th ring road, just before all their other parking. The space is huge and very well lit, especially with the light gray floor spray. What I found helpful was the little painted signs on the floor that point you to the nearest stairs\elevators. That was very handy.

The new opened parking is huge, big enough for us to enjoy the Avenues more now that parking got easier.

Many thanks for Abdullah Al-Baddah from The Avenues Mall for his help.

Poll: The Avenue’s new logo

   

The avenues posted the logo on the right on its website, which suggests that it might be their new logo. The wave logo on the left was their original one.

Which one do you prefer?

Harvey Nichols Kuwait

Harvey Nichols Kuwait is opening soon in the Prestige Mall of phase III – Avenues, and the store pics look amazing. In the meantime, you can stay up to date with them on various social media sites like the following:

Al-Manshar Mall has closed down, but Al-Kout is still open

  

Al-Manshar Mall in Fahaheel has officially closed down. All of its shops and restaurants, including Haagen Dazs & Johnny Rockets, have closed. A new mall will be built in its place, and that will probably take 4-5 years to complete. It’s a damn shame because Al-Manshar was one of the prettiest malls in Kuwait, had lots of character and style. It was originally renovated on top of the old 1060’s shops that originally existed there, that’s what gave it its unique old style.

Anyways, it will be demolished soon. And until the new mall is built and open, you can use the adjacent Al-Kout mall for fun and pleasure whenever you’re in Fahaheel. Al-Kout is another very pretty mall, and its water fountains and water-front cafes are absolutely beautiful and relaxing. The mall itself is rather quite during weekdays, which is a fresh change from the hustle and bustle of the Avenues and the 360 malls.

Some of the water front cafes in Al-Kout are Paul, Costa, Caribou, two italian sandwich shops, 2 other cafes, Marble Slab, and Red Mango. Inside the mall you’ve got KNCC cinema, Mango and Zara, The Athelet’s Foot, a food court, kids shops, lingerie shops, an iCity or Digits (Apple) store, and a Sultan Center Supermarket.

I’ve been going there a lot this past week, because my cat is currently being treated in the International Veterinary Hospital in Wafra. Al-Kout is the closest place to sit down for a bite to eat or to have a cup of coffee, before I have to head back to the vet place again.

The weather in Kuwait will only get better from now on,which makes visiting Al-Kout and sitting outdoors a pure hidden and quite pleasure.