Friday, March 25, 2011

Friday Brunch

Much like Sundays back home, Friday Brunch is a big deal here. It's the first day of the weekend and the Muslim holy day, so afternoons starting at noon and going until about 4:00pm are for Brunch. Most of the nicer hotels host an all you can eat and drink brunch and most are organized buffet style where you just help yourself until you burst.

Our first brunch, about a month ago, was at the  Crowne Plaza and their speciality drink was Mojitos, which they had in a number of different flavors including strawberry, lychee and of course mint. The buffet was huge and had European and Arabic dishes, a nice salad bar, cheese station, all kinds of different breads, and a really nice chocolate fountain for dessert. They also had a live singer performing and she was pretty good.

Today, we went to the Royal Meridian to the Oceans restaurant for brunch and this one was set up a little differently. Same general idea of all you can eat and all you can drink, but you order what you want off the menu. They didn't have a speciality drink so I had a Margarita and a Mojito and they had many others to choose from. They had breakfast food, appetizers, salads, main courses, cheese, fruit and desserts, you just had to choose whatever you wanted and keep ordering. It was kind of nice not to have to get up, but I really wanted to try a small taste of a lot of different dishes rather than have to settle on a few. We spent a few hours there with the group and by the time we had paid the bill, we were all uncomfortably stuffed - a sign of a good brunch. :)

I should also mention that Ocean's wasn't our first choice. We actually had reservations at One to One, but upon arriving were told that the brunch had been cancelled (we had a reservation for 14 people). Come to find out, they were expecting their liquor license renewal and apparently didn't get it, so decided to cancel the brunch ... and not tell anyone. (sigh)

After brunch, most of the others headed to the beach, but Brian and I headed back home. Our plan is to head out to the pool here, but currently Brian is softly snoring next to Rogue on the couch, so I'm not sure we're going to make it to the pool before the sun goes down. :)

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