food & drink, Bahrain
Booze shops. Most people who haven't visited think the entire Middle East is alcohol-free. Bahrain is the one place you can easily buy booze, but if you don't know what you're looking for, the booze shops seem to be hidden. There are 3 main sellers: BMMI, A&E and Gulf Cellar. They can be found at the following locations:
BMMI: look for a red sign with four white letters, you'll find one by the pearl roundabout.
Gulf Cellar: pearl roundabout & gulf hotel.
African & Eastern: next to al jazira supermarket in adliya and next to the holiday inn hotel.
Booze shops open from 10:00-21:00 on Saturdays to Thursdays. They're shut all day Fridays.
If you arrive by air there's a really good duty-free shop at arrivals in the airport. You have to pass it after you've cleared passport control. You're allowed to bring in one bottle of spirits and six beers.
Laurie's (pronounced lou-rie's) sweet shop in Exhibition Road. Remember when you were a kid and sweetie shops seemed like caverns and were full of things you'd never seen or tasted before? Well if you want to repeat that, check out this place. Laurie's on Exhibition road is full of hessian sacks containing sweets, nuts and dried fruits from Iran and Lebanon. Everything is sold by the quarter, half or kilo. The best bit? One of the staff wanders around with you and tells you what it is you're eating. You're more than welcome to try everything before you buy.
How to get There: Laurie's is the Guest Palace end of Exhibition road, on your right hand side.
.. The best time to tour Bahrain is between mid of November and mid of March. Other than that time might be hot weather that you can't take. In that time of the year, Bahrainis celebrate their independence day (National day)and they show all their arts in that time. Last year they made the biggest Kabsah in the world. (Cabsah is their main dish and it is consist of rise, meet cooked in a nice way with vegetables)it was enough for those who attended the cooking. they sell lots of their local products that are cheep and valuable souvenirs.