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So, someone wants you to take down an Instastory?  Two versions of how this plays out.

So, someone wants you to take down an Instastory? Two versions of how this plays out.

Hi, I’m Courtney.  In addition to this blog, I run an Instagram account called A to Za’atar (give me a follow if you haven’t already).  Before we begin, ahem, a gentle reminder that I am NOT an Influencer. As part of my remit as a […]

A week of freelance (including saying no to Gordon Ramsay).

A week of freelance (including saying no to Gordon Ramsay).

A post that literally no one asked for… But one I still feel inspired to write. This post is part of a larger – sometimes internal, sometimes external – conversation I’ve been having.  And a discussion I wish I’d had with myself a bit earlier in […]

I low key hate Instagram.  Here’s why…

I low key hate Instagram. Here’s why…

And no, this isn’t going to be one of those articles where it’s all ‘ha ha, when I said hate, I meant love.’ So, I’m starting 2019 out on a spectacularly negative note, and I hope you don’t mind.  As much as I try and love […]

My first press trip: So many lessons.

My first press trip: So many lessons.

So, thus far in my social media career (for lack of a better definition), I’ve managed to travel on a few overseas visits.  Mostly, they were for specific properties, and once for a speaking engagement in Jordan.  I’ve also had my share of trips fall […]

Dear UAE F&B, A few suggestions for you…

Dear UAE F&B, A few suggestions for you…

Hey Dubai restauranteurs, GMs, and various F&B personnel, Courtney here!  After a few years of ‘official’ dining in the country as A to Za’atar and living here for 11 years, I thought it might be helpful to put together a short list of suggestions. Let me […]

Don’t Call Me an Influencer: My thoughts on the upcoming UAE social media influencer rules.

Don’t Call Me an Influencer: My thoughts on the upcoming UAE social media influencer rules.

Before June, and perhaps, before the industry changes forever, let’s clear the air. First of all, I’ve never considered myself an Influencer.  I don’t categorize myself as one, and I’ve never set out to become one.  I have spoken about this differentiation to both private […]

A to Za’atar’s Resolutions for 2018.

A to Za’atar’s Resolutions for 2018.

Yes, I am one of those people who like to check in on a yearly basis and attempt to make (somewhat) realistic goals for the coming year.  Sometimes I do this on my birthday, sometimes I do it at the start of the year.  Anyway, […]

On Dining Alone…

On Dining Alone…

“I know what I bring to the table, so trust me when I tell you, I’m not afraid to eat alone.” ~ Unknown First of all, I love this quote.  And for reasons I won’t go into today, I’m really feeling it.  Let’s just say […]

A to Za’atar video trailer.

A to Za’atar video trailer.

So, I thought it might be fun to make a ‘hype’ video of sorts for my little blog.  Let me know what you think!  (Its permanent home will be on the ‘Work With Me’ tab.)  



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