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					                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     ARAB TIMES, WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 6, 2010


                                                                                                                                                                                                            Somethin’ different
                By Lynne O’Donnell                          Afghanistan’s ethnic Hazara community,              early days for the Hazara boys learning to               After the 9/11 al-Qaeda attacks on the          traditional Central Asian mounted game of              Annual operating costs are 120,000 dol-
                                                            who have long suffered discrimination and           make bread and hoping the skills will help            United States, the couple were on the last         buzkashi.                                           lars, said Jacques, adding that the cafe and
                                                            exclusion.                                          them find future work.                                evacuation flight to leave Kabul two days             “This was our inspiration, as it was for         sales of the bakery products had made 12,000
    O     n the wall of Le Pelican cafe in Kabul’s
          dusty suburbs are photographs showing
    a baker’s dozen of Afghan children beaming
                                                               At the Hiriart’s vocational centre in
                                                            Kabul’s southeastern suburbs, almost 200
                                                                                                                   “Everyone is still very young, and there are
                                                                                                                not so many hotels here so it is difficult for
                                                                                                                                                                         Within a month, the Taliban had been
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         many French people, to come to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Afghanistan,” said Jacques. “So we joined an
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             dollars since April 2009.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                They rely on private donations and keep a
    over a tray of pastries fresh out of the huge           Hazaras — not all of them children — learn          them to find good work,” Jacques told AFP,            pushed from power in a US-led invasion, and        NGO but it was not satisfying — what was            low profile, not wishing to draw attention in a
    industrial oven behind them.                            to read and write before they take on the task      sitting over a hot chocolate in a sunny alcove        not long afterwards the Hiriarts returned to       missing was contact with the population.            country ranked by the international watchdog
       Nearby shelves are stacked with their                of turning out fine French pastries and breads.     of Le Pelican as one of three cats dozed on the       Kabul “to do what we really wanted to do —            “I’m not really interested in doing the sort     Transparency International as the world’s
    wares — croissants, pains au chocolat,                     The aim is to give them skills they can use      next chair.                                           to take care of what we considered the most        of work that means you sit behind your com-         second most corrupt, after Somalia.
    baguettes, apple and peach tarts and                    to find jobs in the hospitality industry, said         Jacques, 61, and Ariane have a long asso-          vulnerable people, Hazara children,” Ariane        puter and never see what is happening out-             Unlike many foreigners with businesses in
    turnovers, sugar cookies, a variety of breads           Jacques, though he concedes the day                 ciation with Afghanistan, having first worked         said.                                              side, that is very sad. Most important for us is    Afghanistan, the Hiriarts refuse to pay bribes
    — which teenagers Habib and Zahir careful-              Afghanistan welcomes tourists from across           in Kabul for a Swiss non-governmental                    Years earlier, after the death of their only    the contact with the local people.”                 to stay open, believing they are setting an
    ly put in paper bags for enthusiastic cus-              the world is probably a long way off.               organisation in 2000, while the brutal and            child at age 10, the couple had decided to            As their plans took shape, they found help       example to their trainees.
    tomers.                                                    Many of the children at Le Pelican child         extremist Taliban was still in control.               change their lives, she said.                      in odd corners — for instance, the bread oven          For now, however, they believe they have
       In a city that has little trace of the sophisti-     care centre “just knock on the door,” said             Under the Sunni Taliban regime the dis-               In 1986, Jacques ended his 12-year career       at their centre was brought into Afghanistan        reached a plateau and that to take their con-
    cation of its past, Le Pelican Boulanger is             Ariane, or she hears about them by word of          crimination long suffered by the Shia Hazara          as an oil rig engineer to retrain as a baker,      by the French military, fighting with the US        cept further they need help — preferably
    more than just a welcome oasis for an expa-             mouth and invites them to come and learn.           — believed to be descendants of the Mongol            learning l’art de la patisserie with a vague       and NATO to quell a Taliban insurgency.             from another couple who will be able to run
    triate community living and working as if                  While most are children, Hazara women            hordes of Genghis Khan and his sons who               plan of moving abroad and starting a new life.        “We had our first customer on Sept 12,           the cafe and bakery while they develop the
    under siege.                                            also come to learn to read and write, she said,     swept across Central Asia in the 13th century            After running a successful boulangerie in       2006, the day of my birthday,” he said,             centre.
       The cafe is an outlet for what its French            adding the youngest at the centre is six and        — had become even worse. The few NGOs                 eastern France for 10 years, they were             searching for the bill on his laptop. “We sold         “We are searching, but it is not easy. Not
    owners, Jacques and Ariane Hiriart, have                the oldest 32 years old.                            in the country were not permitted to work             inspired by French writer Joseph Kessel’s          croissants, pains au chocolat and hamburger         many people like us want to come to
    built from scratch to educate children from                On the vocational side, however, it is still     with them.                                            book “On the Horsemen’s Steps,” about the          buns.”                                              Afghanistan,” said Jacques. (AFP)


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  Jan 7
‘Indian Musical Show 2010’: Indian
Musical Show 2010 scheduled to take place
on Thursday Jan 7, 2010 at 7 pm at Asia Asia
Hall Mezzanine floor, Al-Watya Complex
behind Sheraton Hotel, Kuwait.
   The prime purpose of this show is to pro-
mote our Indian community and to encourage
young talent that is hidden in Kuwait. While
at the same time to have a good start of enter-
tainment for all old and young and to keep
enlighten our variety of Indian traditions and
cultures, for all you music lovers, get going.
  Jan 8
Saradhi to hold Sargasangamam:
Saradhi Kuwait, Vanitha Vedi will be organiz-
ing Sargasangamam at Indian Central School,
Abbassiya on Friday, Jan 8, 2010 from 09:00
am to 05:30 pm.
   Variety of cultural programmes will be
arranged and presented by the Saradhi
Balavedi and Vanithavedi members. Variety
of home-made food items will be available at
the programme venue.
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‘Football for All’ program: The Premier
Football Academy in association with Everton
Football Club are pleased to announce the
launch of their ‘Football for All’ Spring pro-
gram which includes; football coaching cours-
es for 4 to 15 years olds, the Academy Centre
of Excellence for advanced players aged 7-18
years and Football Freestyle courses for 8-16
years. Venues include the Hilton Resort,
Hassan Abul Centre in Dasma, ACA Hawally,
Bneid Al Gar and Discovery Mall. Players
from the Premier Football Academy will be
selected to compete in tournaments overseas
and there are regular tournaments and match-
es within Kuwait. Courses commence Jan 8
and 9 for ten fun filled, action packed weeks.
Courses take place at superb Field Turf (artifi-
cial grass) centres with fully qualified and
experienced English F.A. coaches. Full play-              This photo taken Dec 6, 2009 shows that a saffron marinade with its exotic aroma, is a highly valued part of Indian cooking, and it keeps this broiled spicy saffron chicken moist and flavourful. Inset: This photo taken Dec
ing strip, football, certificate and medal pro-               11, 2009 shows Chef Raghavan Iyer (right) and Chef de Cuisine Jaime Sierra sitting at a table with a plate of an appetizers sampler in their new restaurant Om, an Indian restaurant in Minneapolis, Minn. (AP)
vided for all participants.
   For further details Email:
premier_fa_kuwait@yahoo.com or call
Director of Football, Mike Finn 99981327
(English) or Development Manager Khaled Al
                                                                                                                                                 Fine dining still confined to Jakarta and Bali
Saleh 66222286 (Arabic)
  Jan 9
KTAA workshop: The Kuwait Textile Arts
Association under the auspices of Sadu House
is holding a workshop by a visiting artist,
                                                          Explore Indonesia’s varied cuisine in top 5 eateries
weaver and teacher from the UK Stacey                     SINGAPORE, Jan 5, (RTRS): The Miele                  understands well the importance of balance,            this makes it, hands down, one of the coolest       anticipated new addition to Bali’s restaurant             5. Bumbu Bali, Bali: For a long time, the
Harvey Brown (Her website is www.theloom-                 Guide to Asia’s finest restaurants is written by     and this is meticulously reflected in the well-        places in Asia in which to eat, drink, and be       scene is the opulent Sarong bar and restaurant.       irony of Bali — an island rich with culture and
room.co.uk) called A Design Day in Colour                 food experts who know and love the region            rounded flavours of each dish. With impecca-           merry.                                              The restaurant is the vision of chef Will             tradition — was the complete lack of authen-
and Texture which is suitable for all who are             (www.mieleguide.com).                                ble service, fronted by knowledgeable and                 9 Jalan Laksmana, Seminyak, Kuta, Bali           Meyrick, who cut his teeth at the modern Thai         tic Balinese eateries. This changed in 1997,
interested in textile arts or mixed media art.               This is a list of the top 5 restaurants in        attentive staff, it is no surprise that reservations   www.kudeta.net                                      kitchens of Jimmy Liks and Long Grain in              when chef Heinz von Holzen left the Grand
The workshop will be held on Saturday, Jan                Indonesia, where the cuisine is varied but fine      are essential.                                            3. Naughty Nuri’s Warung and Grill, Bali:        Australia, and more recently helmed the suc-
9, 2010 from 10 am to 4 pm at Sadu House                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Hyatt Bali to create his own restaurant serving
                                                          dining still confined to the capital Jakarta and        Jalan Raya Sanggingan, Ubud, Gianyar,               Isnuri Suryatmi and her American husband            cessful Blossom restaurant at the Sentosa, Bali.      true home-style Balinese cuisine. With Bumbu
on the corner of the National Museum,                     the island of Bali. It is not endorsed by Reuters.   Bali, www.mozaic-bali.com                              Brian Aldinger opened a street stall in 1995        Meyrick continues to be inspired by the street
Kuwait City.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Bali, he painstakingly recreated a traditional
                                                             1. Mozaic, Bali: Some restaurants boast an           2. Ku De Ta, Bali: At Ku De Ta, the famed           with a two-burner stove and six bottles of beer.    hawkers of his travels and cooks alongside his        Balinese open kitchen flanked by charming
   For more information and to book, email
ktaaworkshop@yahoo.com.                                   exquisite balance between cuisine, service and       Balinese all-in-one club-bar-restaurant, New           With the addition of a powerful martini and         team of talented chefs from China, India and
                                                          setting that, together, make them truly excep-                                                                                                                                                                        wantilan pavilions arranged about a courtyard
                                                                                                               Zealand-born chef Phillip Davenport turns out          charcoal-grilled pork ribs, their humble shack      Indonesia. The setting however is far from
               ❑         ❑       ❑                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              filled with gamelan music and Balinese dance.
                                                          tional. Such is the magic of Mozaic. Chef-           delicious fusion fare alongside classic combi-         became an overnight sensation with the expat        humble: Danish designer Liv Clausen channels
Open Morning at BSK: An open invita-                      owner Chris Salans deftly marries French skill       nations. But while the food is deftly cooked           community, drawing international celebrities        Indonesian traditions and colonial elegance           Diners can indulge in a sampler of signature
tion is extended to one and all to the launch             with traditional Balinese ingredients and            and gorgeously presented, it isn’t the sole draw       and chefs and an ever-growing number of curi-       with plush couches on which to sample signa-          dishes or tuck into specialities including roast
of the British International Spring courses for           flavours, with inventive and delicious results.      here. Ku De Ta is a scene, and one of the best         ous tourists. Nuri and Brian continue to serve      ture dishes such as salmon tatare served on a         duck in banana leaf, roast suckling pig, satay,
children and adults at the BSK campus, Salwa              His cuisine is global in the sense that the well-    in the world. You would be hard pressed to find        up their personal touch with smoky exuberance       betel leaf, grilled scallops with sweet crispy        fresh salads and local desserts. Von Holzen
1, Street 1 on Saturday, Jan 9, 2010 from                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       also runs full day cooking workshops for those
11:00 to 13:00. Courses from Top Class,                   travelled diner will recognise and appreciate        a cooler, more happening restaurant with a             — as well as generous burgers, sausages and         duck, and crispy pork hock with tamarind
British Academy International Arts (BAIA)                 his accomplished mastery of the contemporary         more good-looking clientele, great sounds, and         Indonesian fare.                                    tamarillo.                                            keen to learn about the art of Balinese cooking.
and British Academy of Sport cover a wide                 language of fine dining, though having lived         a sexier interior theme. Ku De Ta is the perfect          Jalan Raya Sanggingan, Ubud, Bali                   Jalan Petitenget No. 19X, Kerobokan, Kuta,             Jalan Pratama, Tanjong Benoa, Nusa Dua,
range of theatre, drama, music, dance, aca-               and worked in Bali for the past 12 years, Salans     example of the restaurant as an experience. All           4. Sarong Bali Restaurant, Bali: A highly        Bali, Indonesia, www.sarongbali.com                   www.balifoods.com
demics and sports.
   Full details are available on administra-
tor@baia.com.kw or bas@britishintl.com or
call 25621701. A special warm welcome to
newcomers to Kuwait. This is the Fresher’s                guage learning with cultural insights.                                             Priciest fish since 2001                                                                                                           Music Bureau proudly announce starting of
event you don’t want to miss. Get the new                    l All courses are taught in group settings                                                                                                                                                                         master piano lesson given by known Polish
year off to a good start.                                 which provide additional opportunities inter-                                                                                                                                                                         pianist Mrs Tamara Granat. She is resident
  Jan 24
                                                          act with other Western expatriates studying
                                                          the language.
                                                                                                                 Tuna nets $177,000 at Japan auction                                                                                                                            lobby pianist at the Radisson Blu Hotel for
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2008/09 season. Mrs Tamara, has won several
AWARE Winter 2 Arabic Course: ‘The                           For more information, call: 25322560/80             TOKYO, Jan 5, (AP): A giant bluefin tuna             Atlantic and Pacific bluefins caught. The two                                                             piano competitions 1 toured most of European
AWARE Center is glad to announce that the                 ext 105 or e-mail:                                     fetched 16.3 million yen ($177,000) in an auc-       tuna species are the most sought after by                                                                 countries as well as USA and Asia giving also
Winter 2 Arabic Course will begin on Jan 24,              Htaware.hassan@gmail.com                               tion Tuesday at the world’s largest wholesale        sushi-lovers.                                                                                             piano master classes. Piano lessons for all
2010 until March 7, 2010 (Introductory                                                                           fish market in Japan.                                   However, tuna consumption in Japan has                                                                 participants from beginners to very advanced
Arabic begins on Jan 24 till Feb 28, 2010).
The AWARE Center offers Arabic classes on
                                                                 Theater & Music                                    The 513-pound (233-kilogram) fish was the
                                                                                                                 priciest since 2001 when a 440-pound (200
                                                                                                                                                                      declined because of a prolonged economic
                                                                                                                                                                      slump as the world’s second-largest economy
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                will by given from now on by Mrs Tamara at
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                the special designed music room of the
a regular basis from Introductory Arabic to               All level music classes: ‘Treasure of                  kilogram) tuna sold for a record 20.2 million        struggles to shake off its worst recession since                                                          Radisson SAS Hotel. For information and
level 4. AWARE Arabic classes are designed                Talents’ (est in 1992) music education pro-            yen ($220,000) at Tokyo’s Tsukiji market.            World War II.                                                                                             reservation contact or call Mrs Tamara on
with the Expat in mind. Our Arabic Language               gram invites all level music classes on piano,            The gargantuan tuna was bought and shared            “Consumers are shying away from eating                                                                 66986437 or cracoviamusic@hotmail.com
courses offer a relaxed approach to communi-              theory of music, vocal, flute.                         by the owners of a Japanese sushi restaurant         tuna. ... We are very worried about the trend,”                                                                          ❑       ❑       ❑
cating in basic Arabic for those who wish to                 Academic Level Teachers help prepare for            and a Hong Kong-based sushi bar, said a mar-         the market representative said.
learn Arabic for travel, for better understand-           International Exams, children concerts, year-          ket representative on condition of anonymity            Apart from falling demand for tuna, whole-                                                             Classical music tuition at BAIA:
ing the Culture of the Arabs, for conducting              ly ‘Treasure of Talents’ Festival and music            because he was not authorized to disclose the        salers are worried about growing calls for                                                                Classical music and instrumental tuition at
business or for simply feeling more involved              competitions. Contact Prof Cezary, Tel.                information.                                         tighter fishing rules amid declining tuna                                                                 BAIA’s Suzuki Violin School.
while residing in Kuwait. Whether you are a               25320427, 66549009 of Ms Yasmeene –                       Caught off the coast of northern Japan, the       stocks.                                                                                                      Shinichi Suzuki revolutionized music
teacher, a traveler, or work in the private busi-         Berlitz Institute Tel: 22542212, 22512533 or           big tuna was among 570 put up for auction               The International Commission for the                                                                   teaching some 40 years ago with his child-
ness sector, AWARE Arabic courses intro-                  email: treasureoftalents@yahoo.com treasure-           Tuesday. About 40 percent of the auctioned           Conservation of Atlantic Tunas in November          Retailers stand about fresh tunas during              friendly Suzuki method, which seeks to rely
duce Arabic language basics that will offer               oftalents@hotmail.com                                  tuna came from abroad, including from                slashed the quota for the 2010 catch by about       their first business at the Tsukiji fish mar-         on natural brain development as a way that all
you a start into the skills that will better pre-                                                                Indonesia and Mexico, the representative said.       one-third to 13,500 tons (12,250 metric tons) -     ket in Tokyo, Jan 5. A fish market official           children can learn to be good musicians in the
                                                                         ❑        ❑       ❑                         Japan is the world’s biggest consumer of          a move criticized by environmentalists as not       says a bluefin tuna has fetched a nine-
pare you for speaking, reading and writing                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      same way that all children learn their own
Arabic.                                                   Piano lessons at Radisson Blu:                         seafood with Japanese eating 80 percent of the       going far enough.                                   year high of $177,000 at the first auction
   l AWARE Arabic Courses combine lan-                    Radisson Blu Hotel, Kuwait and Cracovia                                                                                                                                       of the year. (AP)                                  Continued on Page 27

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