F6or Faris: Traditional breakfast with a twist

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Updated 26 June 2013
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F6or Faris: Traditional breakfast with a twist

Fa6or Faris is Arabic for Faris’ Breakfast. It is a casual dining restaurant located on Malik Road, right before Tujjar Jeddah. The restaurant is now the talk of the town and is fully booked by young Jeddawis who love their Hejazi breakfast.
The reason why it is so famous is that it started as a hashtag on Twitter. Faris Al-Turki started an Arabic hashtag — Faris’ breakfast — and asked Twitter users to share pictures of their breakfast meals with the hashtag.
He later developed it into a restaurant that serves breakfast all day and night. When you visit it, don’t be surprised if you see everyone taking pictures of their food and tweeting it. I guess that’s the new trend.
The restaurant’s decoration is very basic; it has black wooden chairs and tables. The walls are all white except for one wall, which has a big blue strap, which is adorned with a hashtag to reflect the story behind the restaurant. One of the white walls has posters of famous tweets about the restaurant. There are also TV screens that carry live tweets from people who share their experiences at F6or Faris everyday.
I was very happy to see that all of the restaurant staff comprises young Saudi men, which you will not see anywhere else. They were eager to guide me through the menu, recommended the best dishes and were easy to deal with.
Looking at the menu, I was excited to try everything there. However, I stuck to what our waiter recommended.
We were a party of four, and the restaurant advised sharing and so we did.
We started with Saudi breakfast, which comprises three small plates of Shakshoka, which is scrambled eggs with tomatoes, and onions and spices; Saudi foul, which is mashed foul with tahina, tomato sauce and spices; and a third plate had feta cheese with diced tomato. This is served with assorted bread and a choice of coffee and tea. I highly recommend this dish; it is a great way to explore the different flavors of a real Saudi breakfast.
Masoub is a famous Hejazi dish; we usually have it for breakfast, especially in the holy month of Ramadan. It is a sweet dish made with mashed bread, honey and bananas. Fa6or Faris offers two kinds, the traditional one and the other called My Father’s Masoub, which is served with cream. It tasted exactly like my grandmother’s dessert, with small pieces of crunchy bread mixed with honey and mashed bananas. It should be eaten when hot.
The menu offers a variety of waffles in different flavors, such as chocolate, peanut butter and Faris waffles topped with a variety of seasonal fruits and ice cream. We had the cinnamon waffles with diced apples. I wasn’t very fond of it because I thought it was a little dry and needed a sauce, but the waffle itself was beautifully cooked with crunchy sides, just the way I love it.
Our waiter insisted we try the chocolate pancake, which he said is “heaven in every bite.” I couldn’t agree more. The pancake looked appetizing when it arrived and was decorated with a symbol of the hashtag in chocolate.
The pancake was fluffy and moist. But the surprise element was the warm, gooey Nutella chocolate spread inside. Need I say more?
If you are a fan of sandwiches, then you will find an interesting variety for both vegetarians and meat lovers: From grilled Hallomi cheese sandwich, feta cheese sandwich, tuna sandwich to club sandwich, smoked turkey sandwich and more.
There is a whole range of egg dishes to choose from. There is the cheese omelet, fried eggs, bell pepper eggs and of course, the famous poached eggs, which are served on a bed of toast bread, a slice of turkey, spinach and topped with Holland sauce. The sugar eggs are interesting because the eggs are cooked in sugar. For those who are looking for other kinds of breakfast, they can try the French toast, cheese platters, fruit salads, and their mini sandwich platter
The restaurant also serves English breakfast with eggs, jam, cheese and seasonal fruits. The American breakfast comprises eggs, potatoes, sausage and a mini pancake.

Expect to pay: Around SR 30 to SR 50.
Opening hours: Everyday from 6: 00 a.m. to 11:30 pm.

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Nearly four in 10 US HIV infections from people unaware of infection

This electron microscope image made available by the U.S. National Institutes of Health shows a human T cell, in blue, under attack by HIV, in yellow, the virus that causes AIDS. (AP)
Updated 19 March 2019
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Nearly four in 10 US HIV infections from people unaware of infection

  • The Trump administration has said it will invest $291 million in the next financial year to fight HIV/AIDS, which has plateaued since 2013 to around 39,000 annual transmissions

WASHINGTON: Almost 40 percent of new HIV cases in the US occur because people do not know they are infected, while a similar proportion know but are not in treatment, according to a study released Monday.
The report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is based on 2016 data and aims to bolster a strategy outlined by President Donald Trump to end the epidemic within 10 years.
The strategy has two main strands: far more widespread screening, and enabling the infected better access to treatment from the moment they test positive.
The study found that 38 percent of infections came from HIV-positive people who were unaware of their status, and 43 percent from people who knew they were infected but took no anti-retroviral drugs.
The remaining infections came from people who were receiving HIV treatment but were not yet “virally suppressed.”
The CDC blamed financial, social and other reasons for people not using medication, which these days typically comes in the form of a daily pill with minimal side effects.
The study said that the infection rate from the half million people in the United States who take medication and are virally suppressed — meaning they cannot pass on the disease to others — was zero.

The most at-risk group remains homosexual men, with almost three-quarters of new infections coming from men having sex with men, the report said.
Five percent of infections came from intravenous drug abuse among homosexual men, while 10 percent came from injecting drugs among the rest of the population.
Twelve percent of infections were among heterosexuals. Overall, the highest rate of transmission was among 13 to 24-year-olds.
The Trump administration has said it will invest $291 million in the next financial year to fight HIV/AIDS, which has plateaued since 2013 to around 39,000 annual transmissions.
The goal is to reduce that number by 75 percent within five years and by 90 percent in 10 years.
Questioned about the relatively small amount of money earmarked for the multi-billion dollar task of treating HIV carriers, CDC head Robert Redfield said he was “confident that the resources that are required to accomplish this mission are in the long term plan.”
The CDC, based in Atlanta, Georgia, wants doctors to make HIV screening a routine procedure.
“Everyone between the ages of 13 and 64 should get tested for HIV at least once in their lifetime,” said Eugene McCray, the head of the CDC’s Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention.
“Those at higher risk should get tested at least annually,” he said.
“The key to controlling is helping those with HIV to control the virus,” said the CDC’s Jonathan Mermin, who focuses on preventing the spread of the HIV as well as other sexually transmitted diseases, tuberculosis and hepatitis.
“Time spent working closely with patients who are having trouble paying for, picking up or taking their daily medications is time well spent“