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Weekend links.

Weekend links.

A busy and productive week — my favorite kind!  I had a lot of fun filming my latest episode for What’s Cooking UAE, and, actually NOT doing any restaurant reviews! In your mind, does circle food = sweet food? In town, Spinneys moves towards food […]

Il Borro Tuscan Bistro: Fit for Royalty (Literally).

Il Borro Tuscan Bistro: Fit for Royalty (Literally).

When you’re meeting the best chef in the UAE, you are pretty much happy to meet up wherever he suggests.  In this instance, a return trip to Al Naseem — perfect for a beautiful day in January, to Il Borro Tuscan Bistro.  To be completely […]

Bleu Blanc by David Myers: Renaissance Act.

Bleu Blanc by David Myers: Renaissance Act.

Having had an unexpectedly above average meal at Bhar, I was excited to return to the Renaissance.  After all, with two restaurants by the acclaimed ‘gypsy chef’ David Myers, I knew I was in for a treat.  While I somehow managed to miss the prominent […]

Top 5 Dishes in Abu Dhabi (2017 edition).

Top 5 Dishes in Abu Dhabi (2017 edition).

Well, it’s only fair that if Dubai gets a chance at these sorts of lists, then Abu Dhabi does as well!  And, as all of these delicious dishes were consumed during 2017, I’ve decided to try and make this an annual thing.  In no particular […]

Weekend links.

Weekend links.

A busy week with a book (almost) finished, a fantastic lunch, and a few trips to the gym.  I also was able to record a voiceover demo. How novelty potato chip flavors are made. Eating 30,000 calories+ in a week? A gin spa in Scotland.  […]

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 […]

Weekend Links.

Weekend Links.

I hope you’re feeling better than I am!  I got my annual cold and it’s not fun. Designing restaurants for sound.  This is music to my misophonic ears. I like the idea that grocery lists haven’t changed much in hundreds of years. Why yes, I am […]

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 […]


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