August 23, 2015

dip n dip: A Chocoholic's Delight

And so I missed blogging for months here. That's because I found another job which lets me work long hours, and sometimes on odd hours. If you were to ask me, I don't like that. Who would? But when you are an expat trying to seize the opportunity in a country where women doesn't have that much chance of being hired  - you would just take things as they are, and see the brighter side of life.

Aside from the long hours, the new job gives me stress. Stress I've never experienced in years. There was even a time an Indian colleague asked me to smile because he told me I haven't even projected a happy face  that day. And on times like these, I'm famous for bingeing on food to relieve stress. I indulge on something sweet every time.

It was for all these excuses that Fred gave in to my whim to try dip n dip in Riyadh Gallery.

One of the things I learned in dining out: when you order, ask for the restaurant's specialty. That way, you wouldn't have any difficulty choosing from the array of dining offers and you won't regret that you didn't eat what most people rave about in that restaurant. That's what I did in dip n dip. I checked online what it is famous for, asked the waitstaff what most customers order, and what he recommends we try. We decided to try all three of their bestsellers.

While waiting for our orders (and dreaming about them with my eyes wide open), the waitstaff suggested we try their Arabic coffee.  Fred must have embraced the Arabian culture that he enjoyed the coffee and poured some more. But I didn't. I am salivating on the chocolates, remember?

Arabic coffee. dip n dip style.

Brownie Crepé - a French crepé filled with brownies, topped with dip n dip's signature Belgian chocolate.

I confess I'm such a chocolate addict. I eat anything chocolate. Imagine my excitement to taste these gooey chocolates layered on top of the crepé with decadent brownie inside. That's a lot of chocolate! (Mind you, when I posted this eye candy in my Facebook account, most of my friends wanted to try it and asked for dip n dip's location. They should know that there's more to this bestseller than meets the eye.)

dip n dip Hot Chocolate - 23 Sr

I finished the Brownie Crepé with this cup of hot chocolate. It was to die for! It was soooo chocolatey good! I could drink this every morning for years. Seriously.

And so, those were what I ordered. But I didn't stop eating. I tasted Fred's and the kids' orders because I'm a chocoholic, remember?

Classic Decadent dip n dip Brownie - brownie topped with Belgian chocolate and served with ice cream on the side.

Sunday loves brownies so it wasn't a surprise that she ordered this dip n dip Brownie. She loved it. I didn't — or maybe because I was already full and satisfied with my crepé. Although its sweetness was just right, I thought there's too much chocolate that it made the brownie a little hard to bite. And that's a chocolate addict speaking her mind.

Fettuccini Crepé - fettuccine style crepé, with a scoop of ice cream, and topped with chocolate.

Surprisingly, Fred ordered something from the menu without hesitation. Didn't I tell you that he hates sweets? So there must be something in the menu, or in the ambiance of the restaurant, or in the aroma of the chocolate that permeates the air, that made him order something as sweet as the Fettuccine Crepe. And surprise of all surprises again, he finished it all. Wow. Hats off to dip n dip. Such awesome feat.

dip n dip Waffle - a classic waffle topped with a mix of fresh fruits and Belgian chocolate.

This was Gabby's order. I wasn't able to taste it because he finished it in no time. I should have tasted the pineapple chunks with chocolate. I haven't tasted that combo yet.


Cookies 'n Cream Milk Shake - 26Sr; Strawberry Milk Shake

A chef's/cook's/baker's best compliment: an empty plate. Need I say more?

I was thankful I took time out from work and satisfied my chocolate addiction in dip n dip that weekend. Although I already know that eating chocolates reduces stress, I also know that dip n dip is keen on accomplishing their target: making their customers smile. And that's what they just did to me.

Sony of the Stories of the Wandering Feet and Mind have a good story to tell about dip n dip so check out his post here. Watch out for Dip n Dip's soon-to-open branches in Tahalia Street near Chili's, and in Hayat Mall, King Abdulaziz Road.

Dip n Dip, Riyadh Gallery
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February 14, 2015

Almarai Dairy Farm and Factory Visit

Whenever I chat with my friend based in Abu Dhabi, I always ask her what she will cook for an upcoming occasion, and she would promptly send snapshots of dishes I only dream of cooking. And when I posted the photo of my husband and me on my Facebook account, with a short "A trip to Almarai Dairy Farm" caption, she later on commented that she and her partner like Almarai products especially the yoghurt and fresh milk. That's when I realized that although we're miles apart, my friend and I still have something in common: we enjoy the same brand of milk and juice drinks.

January 22, 2015

Wadi Hanifah in Winter

If only I could freeze moments, I would freeze Sunday's 11th birthday celebration on the first Friday of this month and Gabby's 13th this coming Sunday. But I couldn't. Time seems to pass me by so quickly that I didn't even notice that just ten more days, it's already February.

January 10, 2015

Hannah's Beach Resort, Pagudpud

Happy and blessed New Year to all!

I was on the verge of ending this blog last year because my life as a working mom hinders me from posting as often as I want to but then I remember why I started Pixels for Four. I wanted to chronicle our stay here in Saudi Arabia as a family and someday look back to those moments with pride. So here I am. I don't have the almost mandatory year-ender post for bloggers because it would be unfair to post pictures of places I haven't fully told you about. Believe me, they are a handful. But what I have is still the desire to have our experiences archived like our trip to Baher Villas in Al Khobar which is the most popular post here.

December 18, 2014

Top Things to Do in Ilocos Provinces (when you're in a hurry!)

Did you know that I'm so fond of Top 10 lists? I always enjoy reading them on trivia sections of magazines and watching them on YouTube. To finalize my Ilocos provinces vacation posts, I wrote this Top 10 List so I can someday remember what we did while there, and what we've missed and would try to do should we come back again. Take note, these are the things we tried to squeeze in just two days.