Where We Are Going Today: The Hot Spot, a spice fan’s dream in Jeddah

Updated 27 July 2019

Where We Are Going Today: The Hot Spot, a spice fan’s dream in Jeddah

For fans of spice, there is a shop in Jeddah dedicated to hot chili sauces from all over the world. 

From Tabasco and Sriracha sauce to rare brands high on the Scoville Heat Scale, the Hot Spot has options to suit all robust tastebuds.

They even have sauces from a company called Pain, which puts as much effort into creating discomfort as it does taste.

And not just salsas and hot sauces — they also sell snacks known for their heat, like fiery Takis chips and chili-coated peanuts.

The trend for the extra spicy sauces has caught on in the Kingdom because of the popular TV show “Hot Ones” where different celebrities eat hot sauce coated wings and try and endure the pain. 

The shop is located on Mohammed Saleh Nassif Road in Al-Safa district, Jeddah.


What We Are Reading Today: Conscience by Patricia S. Churchland

Updated 26 August 2019

What We Are Reading Today: Conscience by Patricia S. Churchland

  • Churchland brings together an understanding of the influences of nature and nurture

In her brilliant work Touching a Nerve, Patricia S. Churchland, the distinguished founder of neurophilosophy, drew from scientific research on the brain to understand its philosophical and ethical implications for identity, consciousness, free will, and memory, according to a review published on goodreads.com.

In Conscience, she explores how moral systems arise from our physical selves in combination with environmental demands.

All social groups have ideals for behavior, even though ethics vary among different cultures and among individuals within each culture. In trying to understand why, Churchland brings together an understanding of the influences of nature and nurture. 

She shows how children grow up in society to learn, through repetition and rewards, the norms, values, and behavior that their parents embrace.

Conscience delves into scientific studies, particularly the fascinating work on twins, to deepen our understanding of whether people have a predisposition to embrace specific ethical stands.