Dubai

101 Dining Lounge and Bar: Champagne Wishes and Haute Cuisine Dreams.

101 Dining Lounge and Bar: Champagne Wishes and Haute Cuisine Dreams.

Having dined at the incomparable STAY by Yannick Alleno, I was more than happy to return to the One & Only The Palm.  In our many years in Dubai, we had never ventured to 101, so I was delighted by an invitation.  Not that I needed […]

Masti: La Mer’s latest (licensed).

Masti: La Mer’s latest (licensed).

Although certain friends seem to be confused by the name and vibe of the venue, I was in good spirits as I made my first trip to La Mer to visit Masti.  With an equal focus on both the lounge and food elements, this Indian […]

Mint Leaf of London: Chef Pradeep shines.

Mint Leaf of London: Chef Pradeep shines.

There probably isn’t a restaurant that has been on my ‘need to review’ list longer than Mint Leaf of London.  Having enjoyed our last trip to the Emirates Financial Tower, Hubs and I were happy to return to visit Chef Pradeep (who was the genius behind […]

Izu Bakery/Brasserie: City Walk cafe culture.

Izu Bakery/Brasserie: City Walk cafe culture.

Knowing myself, I was both frustrated and delighted by Past Courtney’s decision to make plans for breakfast on Boxing Day.  Fortunately, due to a wildly disappointing Christmas Day brunch at Traiteur (spoiler alert: it was a total cash grab with no holiday food whatsoever), we […]

Axe House: Is JLT’s latest better than its original version?

Axe House: Is JLT’s latest better than its original version?

Friends will know more often than not, for much of 2017, there were a few reliable venues in my life — Nola, Cocktail Kitchen, and Lucky Voice.  These places always provided the kind of atmosphere I was looking for — with out of town friends, […]

Top Five Apps to download when visiting Dubai.

Top Five Apps to download when visiting Dubai.

Whether moving here, a visitor, or a long-term resident, there are a few apps that I recommend to make any amount of time in Dubai easier!  In no particular order…   Careem. I was an early adopter of the app (back in 2014), and haven’t […]

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, […]



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