Daily Archives: March 29, 2014

Full Moon Beach Buffet at the Shangri-La

ImageIt was real honor to be invited by Rasha Al Mandari and the gang at Shangri-La’s Barr al Jissah Resort & Spa for their very 1st “Full Moon Beach Buffet” which was a smashing success! Image moon and sign let the eating begin appetizersThe appetizers were so good! I wasn’t able to get all the food choices in these pics as otherwise it would have been a 40 pic blogpost!   shangrila chefsThe chefs are ready to cook you up whatever you desire. whatever you like ingrid and chef shresthaIngrid Hotanijaya (Communications Executive) and Chef Lila Shrestha king fishKing Fish. I couldn’t believe the size of these fish! eihab and rasha2 more of our favorite folks at the Shangri-La: Eihab Attia (Communications Manager) and Rasha al Madani (Restaurants Marketing Manager). shangrila bandThe live band was fantastic! Here is a clip of them playing, “Have I Told You Lately that I Love You?“:lots of drinks availableAlmost every guest who attended the full moon buffet opted for the full course deal which included unlimited beverages including: house red&white wines, Mojito cocktails (awesome!) and a couple of choices of beer as well. one of my platesJust a quick pic of one of my plates! The food was phenomenal!dessertsAlways leave space for dessert! 🙂great social eventIngrid and Eihab pictured with Khalid Orabi, the editor of Al Isbou’a, Oman’s free Arabic weekly.  It’s the Arabic version of the popular “The week” English publication. It was an amazing evening socializing with such fascinating people!Whatshappening blogger and husbandWe had a table right next to Dahlia Al Riyami and her husband, Mohammed.  Dahlia runs the wonderful blog “Aish Elaqtta” (one of my favorites!) which is Arabic for “What’s Happening?“.  Here’s another clip of the live band. In this clip, you can hear them performing, “Red Red Wine“, “I Saw Her Standing There“, “I Feel Good“, a Spanish tune called “Besame Mucho” and “Moondance” (so appropriate for “Full Moon buffet”!). I was not surprised to learn that the talented singer is in fact a Filipina! 😉susan and maurizioIt’s always nice to meet up with this super social couple! Susan is the owner of Totem clothing. I just blogged about their new shop opening at MGM.  She has also started a new food blog, called “HeyFatsu“.  Her husband, Maurizio, runs the ever popular Muscat-Collective-Intelligence blog and is a social media expert and organizer.     down by the shoreThese guys had the right idea; they selected the Arabic style seating on cushions near the beach! Scott Armstrong is on the far left. He is the new Chief Executive Editor of the Times of Oman and we wish him all the best with his new post.      European touristsGot a pic of this friendly European couple enjoying a romantic evening on the beach. They were staying at the Bander Hotel. (Just in case you get the wrong idea that it was only bloggers and members of the media at this buffet! 🙂 ) There were plenty of guests who enjoyed the full buffet + all you can drink.  If you plan on attending the next Full Moon Beach Buffet, I would highly recommend making a reservation at (+968)2477-6666.lantern at shore bandar beach and moon I think Shangri-La plans on having another Full Moon Beach Buffet in April.  I’m guessing that the evenings will be too hot and humid from May to September.  Details: 35OR++ including wine,beers, soft drinks, signature cocktails and non alcoholic beverage. Food only: 20++, Beverage 15++

Totem Boutique, MGM

Image Totem Boutique is now open in Muscat Grand Mall!  We were there at 6pm on Thursday for their official opening.

totem cardImage  If you consider yourself a “fashionista”, this is definitely a shop for you.ImageImageImageEven their changing rooms are incredibly fashionable!ImageThey have all kinds of jewelry at Totem, both on the wall and also laid out among the clothing items.  They have these great one-of-a-kind watch pieces (not pictured) that my wife really liked and so she picked one up for something like 19 OR.fashionable clothesmore clothes at totemMy wife loved the items in the store and we ended up staying a lot longer than I expected, haha! She picked up the cute orange handbag pictured at the top of the rack in the picture above for something like 34 OR.totem from the backsusan and crew at totemThat’s Susan (the owner, in the middle!) pictured with her employees, Riazal and May, on opening day.cupcakes on opening dayCupcakes on opening day from Cake Gallery!Totem is here MGMTotem is a great addition to the Muscat Grand Mall. Tel: (+968) 94101901.  They are into Social Media bigtime! You can find them on twitter at http://www.twitter.com/totemclothing, on instagram @totemclothing, on facebook at http://www.facebook.com/liketotem, and they have their own blog at http://www.cometototem.blogspot.com.  You can also shop online with them at http://www.come-to-totem.com.

Here’s a nice article in Muscat Daily about Totem’s opening published 2 days later.  You can spot me in the pic they used talking to Maurizio, Susan’s husband. 🙂