Places: Piatto Italian Restaurant

We bought a car in May, and we are enjoying the freedom this gives us to explore places off the beaten path – well, off the beaten path of the KAUST buses that make trips to Jeddah. This means we have more options when it comes to trying new restaurants when we go shopping in […]

Places: Fire Grill Fresh Mex Kitchen

It’s no secret that we love Mexican food (and by Mexican, I mean Tex-Mex).  In fact, we had a very Mexican-heavy week this week, which we haven’t done in a while, and it was glorious.  Over the course of 5 days we ate tacos, nachos, quesadillas, and burritos…twice. The only thing missing was a few […]

Places: Exit the Room

You have to find a way out. Time is ticking. You only have an hour, and the only way out is to use the clues. Do you think you can do it? Sounds serious, right? Well, it’s only as serious as you make it. This is the dilemma of an escape room. If you’re not […]

Places: Challenge Round Board Game Store

While we lived in North Carolina, we would often find ourselves at a local board game store on Saturday afternoons.  It was fun to browse the games, read the back of the boxes, and look at the artwork on the games. We couldn’t afford to buy games very often, but that didn’t stop us from […]

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Places: King Abdullah Monument

The King Abdullah Monument is a tribute to the late King Abdullah who was the visionary that put the wheels of KAUST into motion in 2007.  This unique monument of glass, balloon-type lights and fountains of water creates a peaceful atmosphere in which you can wander the exhibit highlighting the king’s dream of a university […]

Jeddah International Market

Places: Jeddah International Market

Despite the presence of some international brands like Canon, Sony, and Fender, I’m not sure why this mall is called an international market.  It doesn’t strike me as being very international because of its lack of goods and food from other places, nor does it feel very much like a market because there aren’t stalls the proprietor […]

Al Baik

Places: Al Baik

Whataburger. In-N-Out. Cook-Out. Taco Cabana. All are regional fast food restaurants in the U.S. that are unique enough they demand a cult-like following from locals and first time visitors alike. You’d better believe I don’t make a trip back to Texas without stopping at Whataburger. In the same way, western Saudi Arabia has Al Baik. […]

Places: KAUST Ladies’ Salon

KAUST has many amenities which make it a relatively self-contained environment.  We have a number of restaurants (with a few new ones in the soft opening stage), a clinic for all manner of medical needs (minus emergencies…for those you have to go to Jeddah), a tailor, a garden center, a gas station, a bike shop, […]

Places: Evania Ladies’ Spa

Need to kick back and relax a bit? Want a nice massage to release some stress?  Look no further than Evania Ladies’ Spa at the Park Hyatt in Jeddah. I recently had the opportunity to go to the spa with a bunch of ladies for a friend’s birthday, and though I’ve never been to a place […]

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A Day in Old Jeddah – “Al-Balad”

A couple of weeks ago, I had the chance to spend the day in Old Jeddah, or Al-Balad. Al-Balad (literally “the Town” in English) is the historic, oldest part of Jeddah with roots that date back to the 7th century. Over hundreds of years, these winding streets developed as the city grew thanks to its […]