A Very Versace Weekend – Pt.1

I’m an Aunty again!  My wonderful sister had her third child on Wednesday and he is utterly divine!  Naturally this had to be celebrated, and so we celebrated in expat style… with a brunch!

There are so many on offer at the moment that it was a tough choice, but after reading Lil One Of The Ashes review on Giardino it became a lot easier.  A brunch with pool access is combining two of my favourite things… even more so when The Entertainer’s monthly offers has a 241 voucher!

6am Friday morning I was up and fretting though.  What do you wear to the Palazzo Versace when you’re not even a plus size model shape?  (Plus size?  They are a UK12.  That’s called human.  Grr!)

The answer came to me in a blinding flash of inspiration: Continue reading

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Eat The World!

img_7423Sounds like a great idea to me!  Sadly “the World” consisted only of Singapore, the UAE, the UK and the US.  That was a great start though, unlike the start of this post which I think is weak.

What am I banging on about, I hear you wonder?  Well, part of this year’s Dubai Food Festival was a street food market called Eat The World!  It was held in Burj Park (Downtown) and the idea was that you would wonder about and eat a bunch of stuff from a host of different places.

Let me get the negative out of the way first… Continue reading

Lesson Sadly Learnt

If you see a new restaurant or a cafe that looks amaze, and you really want to try it, do. As soon as possible. Don’t wait a few years to get around to it. Because when you do it might completely suck and then you’ve wasted a few years waiting for the right time to treat yourself.

Yes, this really can happen. Today proved that completely.

I have been walking past Alison Nelson’s Chocolate Bar for the last few years.  Self preservation has always kept me as far away from it as possible.  I mean, a whole cafe dedicated to chocolate?!  Amaze and sooooo dangerous. Continue reading

Best Indian Restaurant, EVER.

I am not a huge fan of partying in the New Year.  I would much rather have a nice meal or some nice nibbles at home.  New Year’s Eve also happens to be my little sister’s birthday so it’s more of a family time than a party time.

This year was no exception.  I didn’t want to go into town, despite very glamorous offers.  I just wanted to stay home, see my sister in the day and then have a nice meal with The Boy and my Mum.

So that’s just what we did.  At my favourite Indian restaurant in the world.  Literally!

Introducing Sara and Raja who are Continue reading

Touristing Again!

By 9.30am we had had enough of looking at Dubai from above, and needed to get back to the ground so that we could eat.  Ok, mostly it was me who needed feeding but in fairness, we had lunch at 1pm the day before and nothing since!

The Boy very kindly agreed to pick us up, and come with us for breakfast of course!  It was very special to me as it was the first meal my best friend and my boy would be sitting down together to have.  Big thing.  Huge.  I’ve never been serious about anyone before to introduce them on Skype, let alone all of this!

When we walked out and I could see him standing there waiting for us, my heart skipped a beat.  We have had a few problems recently and he’d only just arrived back from yet another 2 weeks abroad.

Whatever else is happening, I still get excited butterflies when I see him.  Daft, but true.  Thought I would just throw that in there as a bit of a confession! Continue reading

Afternoon Tea at the Burj Al Arab

Every now and again I feel the need to act my age.  Thankfully its very rare, but when it does happen, instead of doing something boring I end up having a very lovely afternoon with one of my girlfriends at the Burj Al Arab!

I should confess that it isn’t exactly how this wonderful day started… Read here for the whole sorry cupcake saga.

I know I am going to go on a rambling off topic bit about the hotel first, so sorry but…. Continue reading

Greek Quinoa

Have you tried Quinoa yet?  If not, you really should!

Quinoa is a gluten free “ancient grain”.  It is a really good source of protein, fiber and iron.  It has a bunch of essential amino acids, which are great for weight loss.  It’s also super trendy at the moment for some reason.

I am not jumping on the band wagon though.  I’ve been eating it for years… but only when people have been making it for me.  I am dreadful at cooking rice and pasta (I don’t know why either), so I just knew I would screw this up if I tried too!

This week I got brave though and cooked it myself!  See… Continue reading