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A Capella, a new reason to visit The Pointe.

A Capella, a new reason to visit The Pointe.

Although signage is still a bit of an issue at The Pointe (and really, many places in Dubai), my dining partner and I found our way to A Capella, a newly launched global tapas bar on the Palm Jumeirah.  Located on the second level, there […]

My Top Dishes of March 2019.

My Top Dishes of March 2019.

March certainly kept me busy.  Even with a cold mid-month, there was still plenty going on.  Overall, I feel very good about my balance this month, and will endeavor to do more of the same in April.  This means, sticking to my diet (more than […]

Kulture House, a welcoming space in Jumeirah.

Kulture House, a welcoming space in Jumeirah.

Although I rarely drive to Jumeirah, and even more rarely to review a cafe, from what I’d heard about Kulture House, there was something unique enough about the venue to draw me in.  Was it the unique decor?  Maybe.  Was it the lure of deep […]

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 […]

Welcome To Miami: What You Should Know Before You Visit.

Welcome To Miami: What You Should Know Before You Visit.

Today we welcome a collaborative post from a talented contributor.  Enjoy, C.  If you’re soon to be visiting Miami, you’re probably super excited for this adventure.  However, you shouldn’t just show up to Miami without knowing a few crucial things first.  Below, we’ll talk about […]

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 […]

Weekend links.

Weekend links.

A busy week – and one you’ll be hearing all about in the next post.  Anyway, I’m officially 39.  Go me. How not to put together a press trip. The women of champagne (and one of the main reasons I love Veuve so much). This […]

Is Lowe worth the drive?

Is Lowe worth the drive?

Having heard wonderful things from my favorite local chef/part-time food reviewer (Reif Othman), I knew I had to bump Lowe to the top of my Dubai review list (currently, with 38 restaurants –  yikes!).  Although a bit of a challenge to get to (let’s face […]

Alici, subtle flavors at Bluewaters Dubai.

Alici, subtle flavors at Bluewaters Dubai.

For reasons I’ll get into later in a later post, last week was a weird week.  There were highs and lows, and as my 38th year drew to a close, I decided to meet up with a friend for a long lunch on Thursday afternoon […]


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