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Center Cut with Chef Paco Perez, Ritz Carlton DIFC.

Center Cut with Chef Paco Perez, Ritz Carlton DIFC.

Dubai and Abu Dhabi are both excellent cities for offering discerning diners something unique from some of the best chefs in the world (Emirates Palace continually shines in this element).  Enter Paco Perez, the Catalan chef of Restaurant Miramar fame, in town for a three […]

Bhar, modern Middle Eastern at the Renaissance Downtown Dubai.

Bhar, modern Middle Eastern at the Renaissance Downtown Dubai.

Self-admittedly, I am not the biggest fan of Middle Eastern cuisine.  Yes, even after ten years in the region.  I’m not sure exactly why, but — and please feel free to get angry — it always comes off a bit basic to me (with the […]

BB Social Dining: What DIFC didn’t know it was missing.

BB Social Dining: What DIFC didn’t know it was missing.

You probably thought DIFC had everything it needed, didn’t you? So did I. Thus, imagine my surprise when a new venue came along and is basically like, “Actually…how about we try this?” Take a former art gallery and transform it into a unique multi-level restaurant, […]

Weekend links.

Weekend links.

A wonderfully productive week here at A to Za’atar, full of great food and conversation, how was yours? Best holiday gifts for your favorite foodie who travels. A couple who decide to take their love of casual dining to the next level…by naming their daughter […]

La Môme: A waste of a perfectly “nice” outfit.

La Môme: A waste of a perfectly “nice” outfit.

“Inspired by the beauty of vintage France, La Môme Dubai serves homemade French cuisine and exquisite wines with a breathtaking view over Dubai’s skyline.” As excited as I have been by recent restaurants (Cabin and Bhar), my optimistic mood was promptly and quickly shut down […]

Cabin: A hidden gem in Barsha South.

Cabin: A hidden gem in Barsha South.

I’m going to admit to something you might have already guessed.  For the past month, I have been in a bit of an eating slump.  There, I’ve recognized my problem.  And as someone who genuinely loves food, this is a giant bummer.  To not be […]

My Top Dishes of November 2017.

My Top Dishes of November 2017.

Honestly, with a few exceptions, there was not a lot of exciting food this month.  I’m not sure if that’s because all the other months this year had so much going on, or that I slowed down a bit, but I had to think about […]

Holiday at Home: Clinton St. Baking Company.

Holiday at Home: Clinton St. Baking Company.

Let’s get one thing straight about Dubai — for the most part, the cookers (ovens) here are small.  Too small, in fact, to do much of anything useful, especially when a holiday meal is involved.  With thirty hungry diners invited to our villa, I knew […]

Top Five Appetizers in Dubai.

Top Five Appetizers in Dubai.

It seems fair that if I had a Top 5 desserts in Dubai, so it goes, I should put together a list for the rest of the meal as well (even if I’m going in a somewhat random order).  Anyway, whoever committed to the idea […]


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