Do you Take Calls After a Certain Hour?

cmipc-016I remember a time in my life when time made sense to people. There was a certain cutoff time for going out, visiting, sleeping, watching TV, or calling people. Ever since the internet was introduced into our lives and we were taken up by the whirlwind of the smart phone usage time seems to make no sense to anyone anymore!

In the past, it was inappropriate to make phone calls to someone before 8 A.M. or after 9 P.M. unless it was an emergency. At least that’s the way it was in my surroundings and I still get freaked out if I get a phone call early in the morning because it must mean a catastrophe has struck. Though I mind the morning phone calls and not much of a fan of phone calls anyway, I don’t mind getting calls after 10 P.M. or 11 P.M. at the max. My husband gets irritated and won’t answer a phone call if it came after 9:30 P.M. and will complain until the next day if I answer my phone after 9:30 P.M.

Perhaps we are old fashioned, but we already are receiving whatsapps, instagram comments, tweets, and emails all day long. Is it necessary to want to chat after 11 P.M. when we should all be turning the lights down and getting ready for bed? Is it even appropriate to get a 100+ whatsapp notifications from a group that wakes you up at 1 A.M or an email from a company requesting a post at 2:30 A.M.? Is there such a thing as “appropriate” at all in the digital age?

Of course you can always switch off your phone and no one will bother you that way but what if I’m the one doing the calling/texting? Should the etiquette of making a phone call include sending texts, or should it be OK to call regardless of the hour of day now that everyone is connected 24 hours? Do you still apply the rule of not taking calls after a certain hour, or is that notion not applicable anymore?

Breakfast at Cafe Bazza in the Avenues

bicb-003-1One of the places I’ve been waiting to try for breakfast is the Avenues branch of Cafe Bazza. I’m already a fan of their food/theme/atmosphere and I’ve tried them for dinner/lunch/breakfast many times but I’ve never been to the Avenues branch which is located in the traditional Souk section. Whenever I arrive there at 10 or 9:30 A.M. I find it pretty crowded and the outdoors tables are all taken so last week I made it there at 9:20 A.M. and to my luck there was one last table outside available for breakfast.

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They have plenty of options for a traditional Kuwaiti breakfast and most of them come in a package deal like platters of different things with a basket of hot bread and a basket of Kuwaiti dunking biscuits (darabeel, lsan el thoor, baq9am, etc.). Of course we ordered Chai 7aleeb (tea with milk) for breakfast and we also ordered Saffron milk to mix and match. It didn’t take long at all for our drinks to arrive.

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We chose one of the breakfast deals, I think it was Dasman or Sharq breakfast which comes with eggs, foul, white cheese, hummus, and a bread basket. We also ordered some bread with qaymar (clotted cream) on the side. Cafe Bazza’s foul is excellent by the way.

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I asked for the eggs to be scrambled and they came sleeping inside a big fluffy hot loaf of bread. They were very good and just like the eggs you find on top of balalee6, another Kuwaiti favourite dish of sweet saffron noodles topped with eggs.
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By 9:45 A.M. we were digging into our breakfast but also people had arrived, all hungry and wanting to have breakfast. The seating area inside was full, the best seating area outside overlooking the Avenues souk was also full and there was a one hour waiting list for the tables by 10 A.M. What I didn’t like and it wasn’t really Cafe Bazza’s fault was the fact that our table was right by the entrance which meant there was a long line of hungry people waiting to speak to the restaurant manager and passing time by oogling our food. Also, some people who were waiting around for their turn found it OK to stand over your head and stare you down while you were trying to eat so you’d finish up and go and they get their table and sadly that worked. We took our good breakfast for takeaway and escaped. I didn’t even get to take proper pictures or even take one of my qaymar and bread :(

To get a table for breakfast at Cafe Bazza, be there early on a weekend before 9:30 A.M. and make sure you take a table away from the entrance and between tables so waiting people won’t be able to pass time by staring at you chewing away. If you can have breakfast out during the days of the week, go then. The food is good, the portions are generous, the service is quick, the the location is excellent and fits right into the modernised traditional Kuwaiti theme.

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