Abu Dhabi

An evening with Chef Carlos Gaytan at Emirates Palace.

An evening with Chef Carlos Gaytan at Emirates Palace.

Unless you’ve been living under a rock in 2017 (and for that, well, maybe I can’t blame you, given the current state of the world), you’ll know that Emirates Palace has played host to a number of globally renowned chefs throughout the year.  I’ve been […]

Marriott Al Forsan, not quite perfection in Khalifa City.

Marriott Al Forsan, not quite perfection in Khalifa City.

We’ve probably already established I am a creature of habit, and as such, my time in Abu Dhabi is primarily focused on Saadiyat or the main island.  Thus, when an opportunity to explore a bit more of my former city, my interest was piqued.  For the […]

The Grill, Marriott Al Forsan: Protein paradise.

The Grill, Marriott Al Forsan: Protein paradise.

Looking forward to dining with Abu Dhabi friends we hadn’t seen in far too long, anticipation was high for our meal at The Grill.  The restaurant — like the majority of the venues at the Marriott Al Forsan — is located on the main floor, […]

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 […]

Catch: The best seafood in Abu Dhabi.

Catch: The best seafood in Abu Dhabi.

It should come as no surprise that this venue has come highly recommended to me for ages. Almost every person who’s visited Abu Dhabi has asked me, “But have you been to Catch?”  Well, now, I am delighted to say I have finally joined the […]

Aloft Al Ain: Modern hospitality in the desert.

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 […]

Loca Abu Dhabi: Sí!

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 […]

Saturlaze @ Finz, Beach Rotana, Abu Dhabi.

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 […]

Chef Norbert Niederkofler at Emirates Palace.

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 […]



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