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Top 5 Dishes in Abu Dhabi (2017 edition).

Top 5 Dishes in Abu Dhabi (2017 edition).

Well, it’s only fair that if Dubai gets a chance at these sorts of lists, then Abu Dhabi does as well!  And, as all of these delicious dishes were consumed during 2017, I’ve decided to try and make this an annual thing.  In no particular […]

Weekend links.

Weekend links.

A busy week with a book (almost) finished, a fantastic lunch, and a few trips to the gym.  I also was able to record a voiceover demo. How novelty potato chip flavors are made. Eating 30,000 calories+ in a week? A gin spa in Scotland.  […]

101 Dining Lounge and Bar: Champagne Wishes and Haute Cuisine Dreams.

101 Dining Lounge and Bar: Champagne Wishes and Haute Cuisine Dreams.

Having dined at the incomparable STAY by Yannick Alleno, I was more than happy to return to the One & Only The Palm.  In our many years in Dubai, we had never ventured to 101, so I was delighted by an invitation.  Not that I needed […]

Masti: La Mer’s latest (licensed).

Masti: La Mer’s latest (licensed).

Although certain friends seem to be confused by the name and vibe of the venue, I was in good spirits as I made my first trip to La Mer to visit Masti.  With an equal focus on both the lounge and food elements, this Indian […]

Weekend Links.

Weekend Links.

I hope you’re feeling better than I am!  I got my annual cold and it’s not fun. Designing restaurants for sound.  This is music to my misophonic ears. I like the idea that grocery lists haven’t changed much in hundreds of years. Why yes, I am […]

Mint Leaf of London: Chef Pradeep shines.

Mint Leaf of London: Chef Pradeep shines.

There probably isn’t a restaurant that has been on my ‘need to review’ list longer than Mint Leaf of London.  Having enjoyed our last trip to the Emirates Financial Tower, Hubs and I were happy to return to visit Chef Pradeep (who was the genius behind […]

Cafe at the Louvre Abu Dhabi: Options for everyone.

Cafe at the Louvre Abu Dhabi: Options for everyone.

Some of my favorite meals have been in museums.  There’s something satisfying about viewing priceless art and then having a long conversation about everything you just saw with a pleasant bite to eat and putting your feet up for a rest and then heading back to […]

LARTE Abu Dhabi: What Fanr needed to be?

LARTE Abu Dhabi: What Fanr needed to be?

While living on Saadiyat Island circa 2014-2016, Hubs and I had a few routines in place.  One of those was to take out of town guests to the (now closed) Fanr.  This venue was an easy drive from our apartment at Saadiyat Beach Residences, and, while […]

Weekend links.

Weekend links.

It’s been awhile for links, but I hope you had a wonderful holiday break with plenty of delicious food.  You can take a look at my resolutions for 2018, and thank you for all the support of A to Za’atar so far! Are the meat […]


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