Things more important than oil

7 Jun, '08

Who cares about oil prices? Sure it’s at $139 at close in NY yesterday, but it’s still cheaper than water. The issue I have is not that, it is the complete absence of Weetabix from the local market. How can one have a decent breakfast if there is no Weetabix?

Frances has scoured all the supermarkets in Bahrain and has been complaining bitterly as well about its disappearance. It seems that when it comes to foodstuffs, various necessities just disappear from the market once in a while. That’s why – just like the government – we are encouraged to hoard stuff. Something that would destabilize governments in other locales, but here, well, this particular thing is condoned.

Anyway, what would one have to replace the “breakfast of champions”? Yogurt and pita bread I guess, scrambled eggs on toast, bajella and bread, or just cheese sandwiches, but it’s definitely not the same.

I need my Weetabix!

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  1. Jonathan says:

    LOL: Cheaper than water. We’re in a heavy drought and our bottled water still costs less (about 0.75$/Gallon)

  2. Last time i checked, I saw Weetabix in 24 hours supermarket.
    How about BD50 a box? 😀

  3. mahmood says:

    It would be worth it! I’ll let Frances know that they might have some there. Thanks my friend!

  4. Sam says:

    I don’t mean to bitch but you should pickup the phone & call every big supermarket chain in the Yellow Pages and ask them over the phone instead – It’s far more environmentally friendly 😉

  5. Abu Arron says:

    Spinneys on the roundabout in Budaiyah have Weetabix. They also have Shredded Wheat and Readybrek (great with hot milk when the cold weather arrives).

  6. Romster says:

    Frankie
    If you happen to stumble upon Nescafe decaf. instant coffee, pls. let me know.
    All out of supermarkets as usual.

  7. mahmood says:

    Abu Arron, Al-Osra is usually the first stop for her shopping, especially that her own shop is in the same mall! I’m fairly sure that she wouldn’t miss it there, but I’ll ask.

    Rami, stick with something that kicks, much better for you.

    Sam, it might be, but shopping is a pastime as well as a necessity. A phone somehow doesn’t suffice.

  8. naddooi says:

    @Abu Arron
    I think you mean AlOsra… you know they stopped being Spinneys about 2 months after they opened 🙂

    And Weetabix isn’t the only thing disappearing!!! I happen to know of a certain item that disappeared and I had to scour all the hyper/super markets in Bahrain for about a month, and finally found it only in the MetroMarket (or whatever it’s called) on Budaiya highway… I mean, they have other brands, but its just NOT THE SAME!!!

    So Mahmood, I feel you pain!

  9. ammaro says:

    everytime someone says al osra, i think, where?! they’ve always been spinneys to me for some reason…

    and i think mahmood is dropping hints, trying to get us to do his hard work and come back and tell him where to find his breakfast. good method. sneaky, but good.

  10. TJ Neruda says:

    I’d suggest going old school and having a boiled egg with Zait and Zatar as a condiment…. but then again, I’m hanging out with waaay too many Palestinians these days.

    Perhaps a selection of cheeses, honey, jams and a yogurt?

    Sadly, Weetabix is simply irreplaceable for your high fiber fix… unless of course, you are willing to succumb to one of Kellogs various sub par breakfast offerings.

    Work quickly Mahmoud, many a wonderful relationship has crumbled in the face of Weetabix shortages, my thoughts are with you and Frances in these trying times.

  11. Lee Ann says:

    Ah….the Great Weetabix Shortage of ’08….we rememeber it well….people were in a panic in every main street and back alley throughout the country…colons went on strike and have never been the same since. 😆

  12. Abu Arron says:

    Many thanks for the correction all, but I can’t help it – I’m lucky to remember my name some days. I’m so far past my sell-by date that if I was a supermarket item I wouldn’t even make onto the clearance shelf!!

    By the way, do NOT bother with the new Oatabix offering – unless you like eating soggy cardboard. I put three biscuits in a bowl, it practically sucked up a whole bottle of milk and then proceeded to dry out my saliva. It took two cups of tea to wash my mouth out and stop my teeth sticking together. To add insult to injury, my wife thought the event was extremely entertaining. I’m gonna have to divorce that woman!! 🙄

    I’ve just thought – is Oatabix an answer to the cement shortgage?!

  13. mahmood says:

    hahahaheha! did you also go tuff tuff blagh blagh while you’re at it? That’s about the same feeling I get when I ate porridge. Bloody awful stuff, but the wife and kids like it with yoghurt and sugar or honey! Bloody disgusting people I tell you 😆

  14. Abu Arron says:

    I sounded more like a Juffair drain backing up! Don’t hold onto that image.

    I like porridge, but with yoghurt or honey?! What a thought, now that is disgusting. These women are indeed strange chaps!

  15. Redbelt says:

    Eat Museli.
    Better. More available.

  16. mahmood says:

    too much chewing for that early in the morning!

  17. mahmood says:

    you DISGUSTING person you!

  18. Reem says:

    hey mahmood, a friend of mine found weetabix at 24 busaiteen 2 days ago…. (is 24 now owned by Jawad? cuz a lot of the price stickers say so….)

    the alpen bars are amazing (strawberry yoghurt, rasberry yoghurt….) found them at 24, but not at jazeera… which seems to have run out of a lot of things…. including my soy protein bars and stuff 🙁

  19. Abu Arron says:

    Muesli?! Yuch. Reminds me of the bottom of a hamster’s cage.

    A friend of mine once described California as a bowl of muesli. “What aren’t fruits and nuts are flakes”. Sounds valid to me.

  20. Reem says:

    abu arron… dont knock it till u’ve tried it…. (and i dont mean museli in general, i mean this bar specifically!)

    for some1 who’s been having a lot of cottage cheese lately… and protein bars… this bar is sinful!

  21. Abu Arron says:

    I quite like the alpen bars, but not all of them. It’s the hamster bedding in milk that I’m not keen on.

    While I’m at it, what is all this excitement about smoothies?!! I love fruit juice, but there’s something about the consistency of smoothies that makes me retch.

  22. mahmood says:

    I love ’em! 😯

    (or rather, the wife does and she makes them and we drink them, she contends that it is the only way she can get us to eat fruit!)

    <ducking!>

  23. aj says:

    Hi. I found loads of wheetabix in babasons in sooq wagef Hamad town.

  24. Jade says:

    Weetabix, Sugar Frosties and Chocolate Hooplas are always available at Ramee’s 24-Hour Cold Store in Lulu Road.

    It’s under Bangladeshi management so hurry up quickly before the authorities back-track and reverse their misguided policy decision.

    Tell them that Jade referred you and they are sure to offer you discount on a bulk order to satisfy you and your good wife.

    A day without laughter is a day wasted Mahmood. Ha Ha..

  25. mahmood says:

    Thanks AJ and Jade, it looks like I can now stop scoffing those cheese toasties soon!

  26. Abu Arron says:

    Hi Mahmood,

    Did you find your Weetabix?! The thought of you wasting away horrifies us all. 🙄

  27. mahmood says:

    YES! They have it in stock now but at a higher price than it was I am told. They are selling a small packet for BD1.600.

  28. Abu Arron says:

    What?! That’s daylight robbery.

    I’m off to Riyadh for a while (weeks and weeks and weeks) in a few days time, I’ll see if it’s cheaper there. I wonder if smuggling Weetabix across the causeway is an offence! 😆

  29. mahmood says:

    I think I would need much more than Weetabix if I had to stay in Riyadh for weeks and weeks, so good luck to you my friend and hope that you have an enjoyable enough time there – with or without the Breakfast of Champions!

  30. Abu Arron says:

    Thanks Mahmood. 😕 It’ll be interesting to see if I can access your blog from there.

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