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    The Sgts' Mess

    by Geoff_Wright Updated Jan 15, 2003

    Favorite thing: finally found an old photo of M-A-M. this is/was the British Sgts' Mess, and my room was on the first floor of the building on the left. The camp was undergoing massive rebuilding when I left, as the Headquarters of the Sultan's Armed Forces, who were moving here from Bait Al-Falaj fort, near Muscat.

    Fondest memory: Take note of the road surface here!

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    An evening out with friends

    by DesertRat Written Dec 1, 2003

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    Dosteen's is an old favorite watering-hole for people, whether locals, Pakistanis, other Arabs, or western expats, who live in and around Seeb and Al-Khod. It's convenient to get to, being no more than a kilometer away from the Seeb Roundabout on the service road that runs parallel to the Sultan Qaboos Highway. For westerners, it's a treat because the clientele is so mixed that you get a real sense of just how amazingly cosmopolitan the town is. You're apt see Omanis in traditional dress, the odd Gulf Arab in dishdasha, ghutra, and ighal, Sudanese men with 3 meter long turban, Sikhs in colorful turbans, and Indian or Pakistani women wearing saris or kameez/shalwar.

    Favorite Dish: Rather than having the usual Chicken Tikka, chicken or lamb biryani, rice pulao, I generally opt for something like chicken kedai, which is made of pieces of chicken braised in a spicy sauce consisting of ghee (clarified butter), corriander leaves, tumeric, cinnamon, cumin seeds, and fennugreek -- plus a few others, I think... This is served in a kedai, which looks like a mini-wok, some 9 inches in diameter. It comes sizzling from the stove sitting on a hot pad woven of date palm fronds. It's all very exotic, very tasty, and very cheap...

    When I noted down "less than $10" below, I had to chuckle. The Chicken Kedai is only 800 baizas, which is a bit under $2.00. The other evening we went out with some friends -- 8 people in all -- and the total bill came to a shade over US$21!

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