3 Day Juice Cleanse – Day 2

7.30am – Snuggle back down into duvet as no breakfast making means longer lay in.

7.45am – Go waste time in the shower.

8.00am – Start Juice 1 shots.

8.01am – Get pleasant surprise that the juice tastes better today.

8.23am – Have last shot. Continue reading

Self Sabotage


Obvs not me.

Hands up who does self sabotages?  No, seriously.  Do you?  I need to know.  Am I the only one?

I am the queen of self sabotage.  Today is just the latest example.  I can pull 101 excuses for it but I honestly don’t know why I actually do.

Let me explain…. Continue reading

Dry January – Completed!


One wine-free month has been completed!  Yay for me and The Boy!

In this case, unlike quitting smoking, I am totally giving myself WAY more credit than him!  He isn’t a drinker.  He likes an occasional Jack Daniels or Makers Mark, but it doesn’t bother him in the last if he doesn’t have one from month to month.

Me, I’m a wino.  Not really but probably.  I love a glass of wine.  In fairness, I love a bottle of wine.  Don’t get me wrong, it’s never been a nightly thing (expect when his father was here, but that was a necessity) and since moving in with The Boy, it’s been a lot less.

Meeting him coincided with me deciding that I’ve been in Dubai and kicking the woohoo out of brunches for too long.   Continue reading

Because they don’t care anymore…

As you will have heard by now, The Ivy in Emirates Towers is closing it’s doors on 31st December.  There are a myriad of rumours going around as to why this is happening, none of which I am going to repeat on here as some of them could be slightly libelous at best!!

What I can tell you is that it just feels like they no longer care.  Why do I say that?  Well, Ladies Night.  I went last week and had the worst meal I have every had there.  By far.

The Ladies Night menu consists of a 3 course meal and 4 glasses of wine for AED 199 which is an absolute bargain.  Or, it used to be.  Now it’s just a bit embarrassing.  Portion sizes have been cut down so dramatically that you really are thankful for the bowl of bread at the beginning of the meal.

For example, this is their prawn cocktail starter: Continue reading

Complete Cupcake Catastrophe

(Yes… I am apparently very much enjoying all the alliterations at the moment!!)

Months back I put out a plea on Facebook for someone to come with me to a cake decorating class I had found.  I didn’t think it would be The Boy’s cup of tea (although after actually discussing it with him, he would have given it a shot if I wanted him too – he’s an angel!) and so I thought that someone must be as excited by me at the prospect of learning to pretty up cakes.  I was right… my friend Claire did!

We were so excited we booked with Cake Story straight away, despite it being a good 2 months in advance of the class date.  We chose their giant cup cake class, and had plans to participate in more going forward.  I thought I had found my heaven.

But… Continue reading

The Roast Diaries – Week 3

I honestly did not set out to make this a weekly thing!!

We had a nice (home-made) breakfast wrap before starting our pottering around this week, and it did get us further into the day than normal!  However, when hunger hit, it hit HARD!

As we were in Dubai Mall, the logical place for dinner that wasn’t a food court or mobbed with tourists 2 foot in front of you, was Souk Al Bahar, where Rivington Grill is situated.  Rivi (as some call it – not me but I’m bored of typing today!) also has a roast dinner.  What a coincidence!  Ok, that’s a lie!  I made a bee-line for the nearest place with roast dinners again!

We were given a lovely loaf of bread as soon as Continue reading

Moemas, Parktown, Johannesburg

After a quick liquid refreshment stop at a fairly grotty bar, we headed on over to Moemas in order to pick up some sweet treats for dinner.

(Yes, after this food journey, there was also going to be dinner!)

I have to say, I was a little disappointed with this selection.  Maybe it was just late in the day, but I expected a shop full of cakes to chose from and actually it was pretty much just one counter and one chiller. Continue reading