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  • 08 Jul 2015 4:15 PM | Anonymous

    We have another vintage Aramco cookbook, Refined Cooking, available for download.  This one was compiled by the Ras Tanura Women's Group and printed by Al-Mutawa Press in Dammam.  Publication date is unknown.

    "Sharing of favorite recipes is a time-honored tradition among friends.  In a community with a cosmopolitan population such as ours, with many superb cooks and world travelers, the desire to exchange recipes is a natural one.  'Refined Cooking' reflects the cuisine of Ras Tanura.  No originality is claimed for any of these recipes.  The names that stand behind them vouch only for their excellence."

    This particular cookbook contains a few photographs and maps rather than illustrations "to fulfill a demand for a useful gift 'made in Arabia'."

    Shukran, Elaine Wood-Armstrong (RT '58), for sharing this with your entire Brat family!

    Click on the cookbook cover to download your copy.

    107 Mb
    • Appetizers
    • Breads
    • Desserts
    • Main Dishes
    • Salads
    • Vegetables
    • Miscellaneous

  • 07 Jul 2015 3:07 PM | Anonymous

    Commissary Highlights Bulletin for May 26, 1979 - Some spicy recipes for Chicken Curry and Cauliflower from the resident Indian cookbook author, Urmil Gosain.

    Commissary Highlights Bulletin for June 16, 1979 - Buy some mangos to eat or whip up a Mango Mousse, but please stop mishandling the produce. Boxed meringue mixes are also available.  

  • 07 Jul 2015 10:19 AM | Anonymous

    Liz Germani has been appointed to the vacant Director at Large position for the remainder of this term, after serving on the 2015 Reunion Committee.

    Liz and her family moved to Dhahran in 1973 then relocated to Ras Tanura in 1977 where she graduated from junior high school in 1984. 

    After college, Liz worked at Aramco Services Company for three years as a Relocation Advisor, using her deep knowledge of "all things Aramco" to help orient hundreds of families to life in Saudi Arabia.

    Liz's profession often takes her to many different corners of the world, which suits Liz perfectly.  She is an avid traveler but definitely prefers beaches and sunshine.  While traveling to foreign lands, Liz always seeks out and samples local, craft beers in search of the perfect IPA, but dry red wine works well, too. 

    Liz calls Houston home, and she enjoys walking her little, white, rescue dog throughout central Houston's parks and urban venues.  She is always up for meeting Brats at new pubs and restaurants throughout the city.

    With over 20+ years working as a project manager for IBM Corporation and Dell Inc., Liz brings invaluable skills to ABI.  Her love of technology and social media will help to streamline processes and procedures for ABI.  We look forward to working with her!
  • 07 Jul 2015 10:10 AM | Anonymous

    Here are the results of the 2015-2017 Aramco Brats Board of Directors election which were announced at the reunion banquet on May 24th.  Thanks to the ease of online voting, we had fantastic participation - 375 (71 mailed, 23 scanned and emailed , 281 electronic)!  Thanks to everyone for participating in choosing your elected officers for next term!

    Hirath Ghori (DH '75)
    Vice President         
    Duane Hopple (RT '79)
    Gina Hess-Tanner (AB '76)
    Treasurer Tom Littlejohn (DH '84)

    Per ABI's bylaws, the winner was determined by simple majority. The election data and results have been reviewed and ratified by Kathy Strickland Rankin, DH 87 and Christy Davidson Cox, DH 87.  Full election results and description of voting processes can be viewed here: 2015 Nominations Report.pdf

    Questions regarding nominations process or other volunteer opportunities should be directed to Melanie Penoyer.

  • 01 Jun 2015 8:20 PM | Anonymous


    For those of you who couldn't make the reunion or just want some extra goodies, leftover 2015 reunion merchandise is now available in the online Suq!

    Quantities are very limited on some items, so get 'em while we have 'em!  You got to ghutrify!


  • 18 May 2015 11:28 PM | Anonymous

    BONUS: Welcome to Clutch City!


    Tickets for games 3 (Saturday!) and 4 at Toyota Center will be on sale!

    The Rockets will face the Golden State Warriors in the Western
    Conference Finals. Game 1 will be Tuesday in Oakland. ALL...

  • 18 May 2015 11:32 AM | Anonymous

    #10 - Did Someone Say Beach?


    The warm breezes and temperate waters of the Gulf of Mexico are just an hour* away.  Take in the historic and recreational attractions on Galveston Island.  Enjoy the Historic Pleasure Pier, salt water fishing, the 1877 Tall Ship Elissa, or Moody Gardens, a 242-acre theme park, education center, and pleasure garden, all in one.

    We've only just scratched the surface of things to do and see on this fascinating, historic island.  Find out more about Galveston Island, the gambling capital and playground of the wealthy before Las Vegas was even a twinkle in anyone's eye.

    For a shorter excursion, try the Kemah Boardwalk, located just 45 min.* from the Omni on Galveston Bay. The boardwalk features waterfront dining, retail, and amusements and was voted 2014 Local’s Choice Award Winner for Best Attraction and Best Place to Take A Visitor.

    Come on in!  The water is fine!

    *Check traffic conditions! There will be traffic on the causeway Memorial Day weekend.

  • 17 May 2015 4:36 PM | Anonymous

    #9 - Ghutra Is the New Black!

    If we can’t tempt you with private night clubs, drink specials and great Middle Eastern food….then maybe our swag bag goodies will motivate you to attend this Brat Reunion? We searched long, far and hard to bring you a few accessories that will have you rockin’ the ghutra look this season.

    Check out these ghutra tote bags made from real cotton ghutra material. You will appreciate the water-resistant lining and sturdy handles on these tote bags -- designed and manufactured to our exacting quality standards and specifications.

    And why not pour yourself a stiff drink in one of these ghutra-inspired tumblers? We are sure you will find them handy at the reunion but hope they remind you of “the homeland” for many more drinks to come.

    Our motto this reunion: Black is out….ghutra is in!

  • 17 May 2015 12:15 PM | Anonymous

    #8 - The Omni Has Features That Will Blow Your Abaya Off!

    The Omni Houston Hotel is a relaxing oasis in the big city!  Nestled on beautiful, wooded grounds along Buffalo Bayou, you will forget you are in the middle of H-town and just minutes from great shopping and dining options.  

    Features include lovely outdoor spaces, pools, water features, a jogging trail, and even swans. Relax and rejuvenate in the Mokara Spa or work off that shawarma in the Fitness Center.

    On-site dining and bar options include Noe Bar and Noe Grill, Cafe on the Green, and the Black Swan.  Wear your badge and enjoy a 10% discount off menus (excluding alcoholic beverages).  Order off the daily drink special menus we've arranged for some some great savings!

    If you are traveling with your children, ask about the Omni Sensational Kids program!

  • 16 May 2015 8:50 AM | Anonymous

    #7 - The Bull Ride Is Included

    Check out the cover of the Texas Monthly issue that is about to hit newsstands!  What a happy coincidence because what would a Texas party be without a mechanical bull?  You can celebrate "Urban Cowboy" turning 35 in style atop a mechanical bull at the Friday Welcome Reception.  We'll provide some food and a photo booth, you can provide the entertainment! Hats and boots are welcome but no spurs, please.

    Ride 'em, cowboy!

    A sneak preview of our June issue cover. Can you believe it's been 35 years?

    Posted by Texas Monthly on Friday, May 15, 2015

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