Aloft Al Ain: Modern hospitality in the desert.

Spoiler alert, I’ve lived in the UAE for ten years, and while I’ve driven through Al Ain a few times, I’ve never actually stayed overnight.  As Hubs did quite a bit of work in the city circa 2009 (including the wildlife park), I was happy to accept an invitation to revisit this slower paced desert city. […]

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Loca Abu Dhabi: Sí!

Long before Loca opened in Abu Dhabi, Hubs and I were over the moon that authentic Mexican (or as close as our SoCal taste buds could discern) was available in Dubai (long time residents will recall the location at Dubai Marine).  Thus, when an invitation came through to check out one of the sister properties (Loca […]

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Saturlaze @ Finz, Beach Rotana, Abu Dhabi.

While the Rotana hotel brand might not be the most flash, it does get the job done and has been doing so across the GCC for many years.  With an invite for the recently launched ‘Saturlaze’ brunch, I first had a visit to the Finz website to see what it had to say about the meal: […]

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Chef Norbert Niederkofler at Emirates Palace.

Emirates Palace has been knocking it out of the park recently!  After my last (delicious) trip to meet Chef Hendrik Yde Andersen for lunch, I was more than happy to return and taste some of the dishes from Chef Norbert Niederkofler, the patron of the two Michelin star St. Hubertus restaurant (located at the Rosa Alpina […]

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Ladylike @ 55 & 5th: St. Regis Saadiyat Island.

While my inner feminist cringes slightly at the name of the evening (I get ‘Boss Bitches’ or #GirlBoss is probably not going to be successful in the capital of the UAE, let alone on point with the St. Regis branding, but the term ‘Ladylike’ is just a bit too overtly feminine for me).  Additionally, for […]

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Roberto’s Abu Dhabi: Business Lunch at The Rosewood Hotel.

Another one where my prayers to the scheduling gods finally paid off!  This week, I was able to attend the business lunch at Roberto’s Restaurant and Lounge, and I’ll be the first to say it was definitely worth the wait.  As familiar as I am (not) with The Galleria, I ended up parking on the far […]

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Flavours of the Palace @ Emirates Palace.

With a trip to Abu Dhabi on the calendar to attend the media preview of the Flavours of the Palace event (March 16th – mark your calendars), I was delighted to once again walk through the soaring spaces of Emirates Palace.  With a collection of the top talented chefs from the property, we were in […]

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