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Weekend links.

Weekend links.

I’m beyond exhausted by what’s going on in my home country, so let’s just focus on the links, shall we? The public school restaurant has me intrigued.  San Fransisco has been making avo toast for more than 130 years?  Who knew?  The untouched food of […]

Le Cirque: Magnifique Déjeuner avec le Chef!

Le Cirque: Magnifique Déjeuner avec le Chef!

Can I let you in on a secret?  In the ten years or so I’ve lived in the region, I’ve never actually been inside the Ritz Carlton DIFC.  Even when I was living across SZR and walking to the Gate Village, I never once stepped […]

Q’s Bar & Lounge: Quincy Jones brings cool to Dubai.

Q’s Bar & Lounge: Quincy Jones brings cool to Dubai.

After a very disappointing meal at Enigma (Chef Bjorn, please come back!), The EmirEATi and I decided to cut our losses and walk next door to Q’s Bar and Lounge, a jazz bar I’ve long heard about, but haven’t managed to visit.  Walking in, the […]

Yalumba: New squid on the block.

Yalumba: New squid on the block.

“Don’t be crabby, we have organized a craysea Friday seafood supper and promise you’ll have a whale of a time!” Ahem. As Hubs and I were on the way to Yalumba, we reminisced about our last visit to the airport Le Meridien, when — if […]

Weekend links.

Weekend links.

Whew!  There’s busy and then there’s out of control.  Between publishing my new book (buy it here) and filming two episodes of What’s Cooking, UAE, volunteering at K9 Friends, a sneaky dinner at Enigma, and a business meeting and review for lunch today, I’m ready for […]

Courtney at Catch for What’s Cooking, UAE?

Courtney at Catch for What’s Cooking, UAE?

Had a blast filming my first episode of What’s Cooking, UAE? at Catch this week, and I thought I would share some of the behind the scenes action with you.  A fully edited episode full of recipes and other highlights will air later in the year […]

Librije’s Zusje**

Librije’s Zusje**

“Distinctive. Contemporary. Ingredients from around the world blended with the finest produce from local farmers. Executive Chef Sidney Schutte will take you on a vibrant culinary journey.”    While I’ve been super fortunate to tick off some of the World’s 50 Best Restaurants list in […]

Staying in a Airbnb vs. Hotel: Which is right for you?

Staying in a Airbnb vs. Hotel: Which is right for you?

On average, I travel to about five countries a year (some I’ve visited previously, and others are new).  In most of these cases, I will be in one city for multiple nights.  With so many options and categories of places to stay, how do I […]

The Langham Sydney: Intimate luxury.

The Langham Sydney: Intimate luxury.

Sydney is a city ubiquitous with a range of hotels, from well-recognized brands to smaller properties, and just about everything in between.  For the start of our trip, we booked into the Langham Sydney, a boutique property with under 100 keys.  With the street closures […]

The Old Clare Hotel: Hipster Sydney stay.

The Old Clare Hotel: Hipster Sydney stay.

To finish our trip in Australia, I had been looking forward to our stay at The Old Clare Hotel in Sydney.  Located near the central train station (less than 5 minutes walking distance) and just at the top of stylish Kensington Street, not to mention […]

My Top Dishes of July 2017.

My Top Dishes of July 2017.

Wow — it’s been an exhausting month! In the midst of trying to get caught up from June, showing my sister around town, finishing a book, traveling to Amsterdam, and finalizing the details of updating this website, I did manage to eat a few things. […]