Abu Dhabi

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 […]

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

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 […]

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

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) […]

Teatro: Options Abound in Abu Dhabi.

Teatro: Options Abound in Abu Dhabi.

Long time readers will know that when I lived in Abu Dhabi, I was an island snob.  I was also overworked and a bit of a shut-in, so I limited almost all my dining to Saadiyat (with occasional trips to the main island and Yas). […]

Hooked: Island vibes on Zaya Nurai Island.

Hooked: Island vibes on Zaya Nurai Island.

When I’m not reviewing food, I’m often writing — usually novels — but also about hotels (and very rarely, novels about hotels).  In this instance, I was out at Zaya Nurai Island for some freelance coverage and was invited to dine at the newly opened Hooked with […]

Butcher & Still: My #1 Restaurant in Abu Dhabi.

Butcher & Still: My #1 Restaurant in Abu Dhabi.

Butcher & Still has been on my ‘to dine at’ list (the longest list ever, BTW) for the better part of four months, and I was glad to finally make the visit (sorry, Abu Dhabi, you are sometimes wildly difficult to schedule).  Coming off a […]

Michelin style dining at Emirates Palace.

Michelin style dining at Emirates Palace.

Billed as a ‘Theatrical Deconstruction with Michelin Star Chef Hendrik Yde Andersen,’ I was invited to lunch earlier this week at the Emirates Palace with this celebrated Dutch chef, who just so happens to specialize in Thai food. From the press release: Henrik Yde Andersen, […]