There is such a thing as winter walking distance and summer walking distance (in my mind anyway) and the pictures below were taken at an intersection within winter walking distance of our apartment. First we have the two story Pizza Hut.
Kitty corner across the intersection is the Haagen Dazs.
We have the Burger King also. And you can “dial a whopper” for home delivery.
The shot below is of the KFC and Hardees that are on the next block. Unfortunately, the construction barriers kept me from getting a good angle, but you can see the Colonel’s smiling face on the bucket sign.
Just down the block we have a Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin Robbins in one place. One stop gluttony.
Next to these was a clothing store with a Christmas tree in the window. The Christmas trees started appearing in public areas in October. A coworker who has been here 15 years says that there was a time when Christmas decorating was done only in private homes and it was a sort of “don’t ask, don’t tell” type of thing. However, Christmas is primarily a shopping holiday and if it is one thing Dubai loves and relies upon, it is shopping. So, we can buy fake trees, decorations, cards with the nativity scene on them, etc. I have even heard Christmas music playing in the Home Center store today when I was buying pillows for our new furniture.
So, now that I’ve shown you all the familiar franchise restaurants where we WON’T be eating… We had dinner tonight at Samad Iraqi restaurant, also within winter walking distance of our apartment. Before we even ordered, they brought us flat bread (freshly made), green salad, lentil soup and two bottled waters. That in itself would have made a tasty meal. However, we also ordered fish entrees and an appetizer plate. They even supplied us with a cat (ha). There was a stray cat patrolling around the tables to clean up any tidbits, so we shared our fish with him. Paul made a few overtures to pet him, but was swatted away. This cat was too wily for that cuddly wuddly stuff, but was glad to help us out with our fish. After we stuffed ourselves with delicous food, they brought us several cups of tea. We ate outside. The moon was full and there was a pleasant breeze. (The temp still gets up to 78F or so during the day.) All in all, a very pleasant evening. (Except for the guy three tables down who was talking loudly on his cell phone.)