An Impromptu Picnic Of Two Cuisines

السلام عليكم و رحمةالله و بركاته

Recently a friend and I had decided that we needed to have a day out to catch up on everything going on in our lives.

At first I suggested that we go to Nizamiye Masjid in Midrand for Zuhr Salaah and then to a restaurant for lunch…
Things didn’t quite go that way because we ended up having a punctured tyre on the highway and needed to rethink our day.

So hello impromptu picnic!

We were near to Fordsburg but to be honest, ordinary restaurant food just wasn’t gonna cut it for us.

Being the adventurous foodie I am.. I had recently heard of a Palestinian restaurant and takeaway on the corner of Hanover and 9th Avenue called King Arabic Sandwich.

They have quite a selection of Arabic food, breads and desserts.

Their story is an amazing one, and if you visit their shop, these humble people will willingly share it.

My friend and I ordered falafel, and I bought some hummus to take home, which was lovely. I definitely plan on going back for dessert, especially the Umm Ali.

The second place we went to was to Istanbul Restaurant.
Although we ordered just the kebaab, we got a lot more in return.

While waiting, we were served hot apple tea.


On receiving the order, I was stunned to see that we had flatbread, rice, salad, and the kebaab as well as raita.

We then went to the Zoo Lake in Jhb and sat down, caught up on what was going on with each other, and snacked on this delicious spread.
There was so much food unexpectedly, that we didn’t even manage to finish half of it!

As we sipped our ice teas, we reflected on our surprising day out.
I can definitely see myself doing this more often with my friends.

For now, my goal is to try a different food from King Arabic Sandwich each time I’m in the vicinity of their restaurant. ( I don’t go to Fordsburg that often.. Maybe once every 3 months or so.. Maybe longer).
And why not support these lovely people while getting a taste of Palestine, considering that many of us may not be able to visit there in our lifetime, at least we’ll be blessed with meeting someone from that blessed land?

Attached are two photos of published articles of these wonderful people. If you’re able to, have a read and let me know if you’ve had a taste of this delightful cuisine.



PS: for spicy food lovers, you might find the food from these places a little bland, but for those who like food relatively mild, it’s perfect.
(Yes I love hot, spicy food, but I am very adaptable as far food goes 😉)

Looking forward to your comments.

و عليكم السلام و رحمةالله و بركاته.

The Turquoise Scarf Weekend Diary

السلام عليكم و رحمةالله و بركاته


Welcome to the Weekend Diary

Keeping you updated with events taking place around Johannesburg so you’ll always have something to look forward to doing with friends & family.

31 January 2015
Country Fair
Smuts Museum, Irene

31 January 2015 – 01 February 2015
Baby Bargains Market sale
Kempton Park

3rd – 8th February 2015
Catch the Flufftail Festival at the Sandton City Checkers Court. It’s hosted by Birdlife SA. Take this chance to find out more about our feathery friends and the Wetlands they live in. Let’s bring awareness around wetland conservation.

Present – 1 March 2015
Tutankhamen His Tomb and His Treasure
This is an exhibit which is still on display at the Silverstar Casino.

Every Sunday
Watch these beautiful stallions do amazing things. Beauty & grace.

Gold Reef City Theme Park
Fun as always.

Friendship: Navigating The Tricky Path

The most awesome of people around don’t have to be physically close to you in order to make a difference in your life, as friendship is a relationship founded in the sharing of similar likes and dislikes between two souls.

That’s why it is said:
Show me who your friends are, and I’ll tell you who you are.

Just like a mirror reflects all that stands before it, so too are the people you choose to have as friends.

Judgements are made, whether you’re aware of it or not, based upon those you call your friend.

But one should also be careful in whom one befriends.

Question yourself and ask :
Am I always paying for stuff when going out?
Do I always have to ask to see a particular ‘close’ friend?
Am I used as an excuse/alibi when my ‘friend’ always goes out without even inviting me?
Do friends always borrow stuff from me, and when I ask for anything, are they willing to help me?
Is this person here for me, the way I am always there for him /her?
Is this person worth having in my life if the ‘friendship’ we have does not benefit me in any way?

These questions might sound harsh or selfish, but here’s the thing: why are you spending your time and energy on a ‘friendship’ if the person you consider a friend, never includes you in anything she/ he does?

Believe me when I say that this type of person wouldn’t think twice about going after something you might want for yourself, or about stabbing you in the back.
She/he is out to get what they can for themselves. There is no conscience in this person that will guide them away from being selfish. No thought of caring about you, no matter how close a friend he/she may be to you, will matter , as long as they achieve their goal!

These types of people are toxic, and as soon as you discover this type of person is amongst those you count as friends, you have a choice.
Either you keep being this person’s friend, although they may not even consider you to be a friend at all,
Or… You remove them from your life!

There’s no need to feel guilty or even bad in this situation because in the long run, you’ll find the people who are worthy of your friendship, and those are the ones who will always want the best for you, no matter what happens.

They will also be there for you when you need them, as much as you will be there for them when they need you.

These are the treasures you will gain in your search for friendship.