English Books at the International Book Fair

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In case you weren’t aware, there are English books being sold at the International Book Fair that’s taking place at the fairgrounds. If you visit hall 6 there are two aisles dedicated to just English books. I passed by over the weekend and picked up some beautifully illustrated English books myself: I Want My Hat Back, This Is Not My Hat and We Found A Hat. They cost KD4 each on Amazon but they were being sold for KD3 each at the fair. So pass by the if you’re looking for English books.

For more information on the fair including the timings, click [Here]


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30 Minutes or Less Delivery

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Ever since Elevation Burger started offering delivery on Carriage I’ve been harassing them to let me in on their secret, how are they the only ones on Carriage able to deliver in 30 minutes or less? I’m always super curious about how things work and I really wanted to know how they were doing this. My assumption was that they must have worked out some sort of deal with Carriage where their drivers would just camp outside the Elevation stores waiting for the orders because I couldn’t figure out how else they managed this. I finally sat down with Elevation last week to hear how the backend works and turns out, it’s a bit more complicated than that. So there are two parts to the formula on making the 30 minutes or less delivery happen, one involves Elevation, the other Carriage. So how does it work? If you’re curious read on.

Elevation Burger
From Elevations side, to make the 30-minutes or less delivery time they first needed to be able to get the food prepared as quickly as possible. That involved upgrading their kitchens as well as lots of staff training. This allowed them to bring down the prep time down considerably while remaining consistent. By having a consistent and short prep time, Carriage would be able to send their drivers a lot earlier to pick up the food. The second thing Elevation did was to limit the delivery locations to 30-minute radiuses around their branches. This limited their overall delivery radius around Kuwait, but it allowed them to keep their fast delivery speed.

Carriage
The other side of the equation is Carriage. Because they know exactly how long a meal takes to be prepared at Elevation, they are able to disperse their drivers a lot sooner than they would usually do. Carriage also have an algorithm that can predict based on the time of day where most of the orders will come from. So for example Carriage knows that at 2PM a lot of people in one area order a lot from specific restaurants. So they’d send their drivers ahead of time to that area near those specific restaurants in preparation for the spike they’re expecting. Elevation is one of the brands on Carriage that have a lot of orders so Carriage drivers are usually located near their branches. For example at Seef, drivers tend to hang around the parking lot near Elevation because of the fact that location has a number of restaurants like Prime & Toast, Pizetta and The Burger Hub while also being close to other popular restaurants further down the street like Joa, Gia and Eighty Six.

So in summary, the combination of a consistently fast prep time, a lot of branches and Carriage drivers always being close by is how you end up with a delivery time that’s under 30-minutes. Currently, only Elevation seems to be delivering in under 30-minutes but from what I’ve been told, more restaurants are trying to get in on this as well.


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Things to do in Kuwait this Weekend

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Crazy amount of things to do over this weekend with lots of musical events, two comedy shows and some exhibitions and even a marathon taking place. Check out the full list of events below:

Thursday
Exhibition: The Box
Watercolor Exhibition: Yasmin Al-Mutawa
42nd International Book Fair
#WHATIFITWEREME
Back with IMPROVengeance
Modern Heritage Festival: Eskenderella

Friday
42nd International Book Fair
#WHATIFITWEREME
London Symphony Orchestra – Music of the Twentieth Century (Contemporary)
British Ladies Society Bazaar
Stargazing in Al Salmi Desert
The Warehouse Series Vol.1
Charity Gala Concert
Nemr Stand Up Comedy

Saturday
42nd International Book Fair
#WHATIFITWEREME
Yoga with the 3
Gulf Bank 642 Marathon 2017
Car Museum and House of Mirrors Tour
Guided Tour: Arab Organization Headquarters
Born to Walk
London Symphony Orchestra – Music of the Nineteenth Century (Classical)
Kuwait Jazz Collective

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For a full list of upcoming events click [Here]

Sometimes events get canceled or have details changed so always double check with the organizers.


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Movies Showing in Kuwait this Weekend

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The movies below are now showing at either Cinescape, Grand Cinemas or Sky Cinemas:

New This Week:
Earth: One Amazing Day
Justice League (8.1)
Monster Island (5.0)
Wonder (7.2)

Other Movies Showing:
6 Below: Miracle on the Mountain (5.6) ♦
Geostorm (6.9)
Jigsaw (8.4)
Murder on the Orient Express (6.7)
On Wings of Eagles (6.9)
Only the Brave (8.1)
Suburbicon (4.7) ♦
Thank You for Your Service (6.5) ♦
The LEGO Ninjago Movie (6.8)
The Little Vampire (5.7)
Thor: Ragnarok (8.2)
Victoria and Abdul (6.1)

The movies below are also now showing at the Scientific Center IMAX theater:

A Beautiful Planet 3D (7.9)
Dream Big 3D (7.9)
Tiny Giants 3D (8.0)
Watermelon Magic 3D (7.4)

Numbers in brackets refer to the IMDB rating at time of publishing.
★ is for movies I’m interested in. ♦ implies movie might contain censorship.


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Kuwait’s 42nd International Book Fair

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The 42nd International Book Fair starts today at the Kuwait International Fairground. This is the largest book fair that takes place in Kuwait and is spread out across three halls. The book fair will be there for the next 10 days so if you’re interested in checking it out and need more details, click [Here]


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Bloomingdale’s Kuwait to Bring Menswear

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According to a contact of mine at Bloomingdale’s, the Kuwait branch might eventually start carrying menswear at their store in 360 Mall. Currently, they only sell womenswear but starting soon they’re going to start selling some men’s accessories as well. Next month they’re also going to bring their exclusive collection by Les Benajmins to Kuwait.

I personally think they should bring menswear and I never understood why they didn’t have it initially at launch. Right now I seem to be spending all my money at Allsaints which I don’t mind, but I’m also starting to look like an Allsaints billboard. So having more options works for me.


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Ice Skating Rink Arcade

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Someone tagged me on this short video the other day that shows parts of the ice skating rink arcade area during the early 90s. If you used to hang out at the ice skating rink back then like I did, then you’ll appreciate this.


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Where to Find Swarovski Crystals in Kuwait

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On more than one occasion I’ve been asked if I know a place that sells Swarovski crystals, usually by girls who might have had a crystal element fall off their shoe, purse or some other kind of accessory. I’ve previously sent them to Barakat but because they don’t have that big of a collection of elements, the girls usually don’t find what they’re looking for.

Yesterday I was heading from my gym to MEAT by foot and spotted this small place with jars on display in the window. I was curious so I got closer but I still couldn’t really tell what was inside the jars, so I walked into the shop to get a closer look. Turns out the shop was covered in these jars and inside each one were different kinds of Swarovski crystals. It was just a shop dedicated to selling Swarovski crystals.

So if you ever need any crystals to replace ones that have fallen off, you probably won’t find a place in Kuwait with a larger collection than this place. The shop is located behind Crystal Tower in Kuwait City [Google Maps] and their phone number is 22419172.


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Qout Market is Coming Back

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Starting from next month, Qout Market will be starting back up again and go on until March. Last year Qout Market took place at Al Shaheed Park Phase I and this year its going to take place at Al Shaheed Park again, but this time around, it’s going to be in Phase II next to the musical fountain. The first Qout Market should take place on Saturday, December 2nd.

To stay posted on the upcoming markets, you can follow Qout on instagram @qoutmarket


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What Earthquake?

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Am I the only one in Kuwait who didn’t feel the earthquake. A short while ago my phone and twitter blew up asking me if I had felt the earthquake. I didn’t! I was shopping with a friend at Wholesome Foods when the earthquake hit and neither me nor my friend felt anything. So weird, I feel like I’ve totally missed out!


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