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  • 21 Feb 2015 6:23 PM | Anonymous

    Another Dhahran Women's Group cookbook to share!: "Crossroads, A Collection of Recipes." Published in 1992, it is a tribute to the cultural melting pots that were our Aramco communities and contains brief chapters of herbs, spices, and their history.  From the forward:  

    "We have all traveled many roads in order to arrive at the Crossroads in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia.  Hence, there is much heritage and tradition behind all the culinary delights included in this cookbook.  You will find unique and unusual recipes from around the world in Crossroads.

    Whatever the regional origin of the foods, the recipes in Crossroads will bring you the delights of new tastes and new personalities.  The recipes included here are for foods with mood, personality and season."

    Download your copy and enjoy a delicious trip down memory lane!

    Sahtein! Saha wa aafiyah!  

    Good health! Bon appetit!

    Click on the cookbook cover to download (PDF).

    20.6 Mb
    • Spice Crossroads
    • Herbs and Spices
    • Handy Substitutes
    • Measuring Up
    • Soups 
    • Salads
    • Meat Entrees
    • Poultry Entrees
    • Seafood Entrees
    • Egg, Cheese and Vegetarian Entrees
    • Side Dishes
    • Breads
    • Desserts

  • 20 Feb 2015 3:04 PM | Anonymous

    #1: Houston is Brat-centric

    Saddle Up! This reunion is going to be BIG because Texas has the most registered Brats – and Houston is Brat-centric. We are expecting up to 1000 Brats in Houston Memorial Day weekend. So don’t live vicariously through Facebook posts – join us LIVE!

    ABI's database shows that there are 976 registered Aramco Brats with a Texas address and over 350 in the Greater Houston area alone! That’s a lot of Brats who simply need to drive or take a cab to the reunion over Memorial Day weekend.

    Now California boasts the 2nd largest Brat population with 696 registered addresses for Brats. Good news because right now there are round trip airfares from LA to Houston for around $255 and roundtrip airfares from San Fran for around $350.

    Florida comes in third with 321 Brat residents, and it looks like round trip airfare from Miami to Houston, for example, can be bought for around $300. Not bad, right? We promise your investment will pay off in priceless memories! Why not sign up for air fare alerts or buy those plane tickets today?

    Although Saudi Aramco might not like the current dip in oil prices…gas and air fares are certainly cheaper which will ensure that Brats can get down/up/over/south/north/east or west to Houston!

  • 20 Feb 2015 9:31 AM | Anonymous

    As a few of you have discovered, the Omni Houston Hotel is currently full.  We have made overflow arrangements with the nearby Royal Sonesta Houston Hotel at 2222 West Loop South.  It is within walking distance (1.7 mi), but you can also utilize hotel shuttle services for transportation between the 2 properties. Additionally, Metro bus service (#33) is available on South Post Oak Blvd. every 20 minutes.

    You can make a reservation by using this link Aramco Brats Guestrooms or by calling 1-800-766-3782 and using group code 0521ABRATS  to get our special rate of $109 (plus applicable state and local taxes).  The group rate is good for reservations made through April 30, 2015 after which attendees will be extended best available rate.  Reservations may be cancelled up to 24 hours prior to checkin without losing first night's deposit.

    There are many other hotels within a 3-mi radius of the Omni Houston, including a La Quinta Inn and several extended stay places such as Hampton Inn and Sheraton Suites.  For your convenience, we've provided a map below with hotel listings.  Zoom in and click on a specific hotel to check pricing for Memorial Day weekend.

  • 10 Feb 2015 4:40 PM | Anonymous

    Commissary Highlights Bulletin for February 10, 1979: Avocados hit the commissary shelves, so, of course, you will want to know how to grow your very own "pot-plants," and a recipe for English Country Meatballs.

  • 10 Feb 2015 10:13 AM | Anonymous

    Once again, we have a special, online raffle for reunion attendees...with 3 different prizes!  Only those who register for the reunion by the early registration deadline (3/31/2015 CDT) are eligible to participate in the drawing to win:

    1. 4 complimentary room nights at the Omni Hotel*

    2. $150 Mokara Spa gift certificate

    3. $100 Omni gift card 

    Tickets are $5 each. We will pull a name for each prize, so be sure to buy at least 3.  You could win more than one prize!

    Please be sure to read all rules carefully!


    * Prizes must be used during the reunion.  If you win the room nights and are only staying for 3 nights, you will receive 3 complimentary nights.

  • 06 Feb 2015 8:28 AM | Anonymous

    Please be advised that the Omni is almost completely full, particularly Saturday night.  We will be offering some overflow options, but, in the meantime, we ask those of you who will not be able to attend as planned but who still hold Omni rooms to please cancel your reservations and release those rooms to other Brats.


  • 31 Jan 2015 9:39 PM | Anonymous

    Registration for the 15th biennial reunion in Houston this coming Memorial Day weekend (May 21-25, 2015) is now open!  Check out the schedule of activities to see what your committee has in store for you.  It's the Super Bowl of Bratdom, only much cheaper...and everybody wins!  Don't miss the kickoff Thursday, May 21st, at the Black Swan!

    Please read all instructions carefully and make note of early registration deadline and any cancellation dates.

    Early registrants will be eligible for a special raffle offer.  Stay tuned for details.


  • 28 Jan 2015 7:06 PM | Anonymous


    Commissary Highlights Bulletin for January 27, 1979 - Some Valentine's Day history and goodies, including a recipe for a Valentine Cheesecake, and a plea for hallalas.

  • 26 Jan 2015 3:12 PM | Anonymous

   registration for the 2015 ABI Reunion in Houston is imminent (a link to online registration will follow this week), but we wanted to stress the importance of your arrival Deep in the Heart of Houston on Thursday night, May 21st, if you can swing it.

    The Houston Reunion Committee/ABI have "Texas-Big" plans unlike any other Brat reunion in the history of Brat reunions -- including an organized BRATStravaganza on Thursday evening.

    Please join us Thursday evening from 8PM to 2AM at a private party in The Black Swan - a famed nightclub/lounge owned and operated by the Omni Hotel. Simply take the elevator down to the bottom floor and enjoy drink specials, a dance floor (complete with disco ball), live DJ and karaoke -- just for Brats.

    And you globetrotters know that flying on a Thursday is more cost effective, so be sure to book your hotel room at the Omni for Thursday through Monday.

    If this news flash isn't enough to entice you to boot, scoot and boogie on down to Houston for Thursday night...stay tuned for our "Top 11" reasons to attend this reunion. Book your hotel room soon...BIG news travels fast and space is becoming limited!

  • 21 Jan 2015 1:11 PM | Anonymous

    Amber Perkins Neal (DH '86) is our new Database Director. For several years, Amber has designed and maintained databases in the University setting and, currently, for a philanthropic foundation. Living by the "OCD-works-for-me" philosophy has served her well.

    Amber decided to use her skills to give back to a community that has had a profound impact on her life and to remain better connected to those with similar experiences and background.

    When Amber isn't at work, she spends her time trying to find places to camp and kayak since moving from NH to TX. An amateur chef, she is currently teaching herself the art of Moroccan cooking!  Yum!  Amber, her, hus

    band and her mother are raising four kids who are "hers, his, and not ours, but we'll keep them."

    As Database Director, Amber approves new membership requests and maintains existing database entries. Call on her if you have any questions or problems with updating your information in the database or accessing the directory.

    Welcome to ABI's Board, Amber!
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