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Sass Cafe: A beautiful setting, but…

Sass Cafe: A beautiful setting, but…

I’m going to go on a slight tangent here, but please stay with me.  I think that no matter what is being sold, the company, organization, or person doing the selling has an obligation to determine who their target demographic is.  In the instance of […]

Weekend links.

Weekend links.

Honestly, where has August gone?  Can someone tell me? A crossword themed cruise… Uh, maybe? An updated list of the most expensive restaurants in the world. Ina Garten avoids this ingredient (but I love it). Rachel of Life on the Wedge asks a great question […]

Fume: That Place Everyone Talks About (For A Reason).

Fume: That Place Everyone Talks About (For A Reason).

Full disclosure, I’ve recommended this venue to people without having ever visited.  In fact, just last weekend, friends were in town from Abu Dhabi and looking for a suitable breakfast place.  I told them about Fume and got a text during the morning telling me how impressed […]

A to Za’atar’s elements of a perfect hotel.

A to Za’atar’s elements of a perfect hotel.

On average, I stay in a hotel at least once a month (and usually more nights than that).  While the majority of my experience is in the GCC, I have been to a few other countries (and took the research of my novel pretty seriously). […]

Asado: Steak night delight.

Asado: Steak night delight.

If memory serves, I went to Asado for the first time around 2009/10, when the Souq Al Bahar was brand new, as was most of the area.  I was struck by the stunning view of the Burj Khalifa — one of the best in the […]

Weekend links.

Weekend links.

I’m beyond exhausted by what’s going on in my home country, so let’s just focus on the links, shall we? The public school restaurant has me intrigued.  San Fransisco has been making avo toast for more than 130 years?  Who knew?  The untouched food of […]

Le Cirque: Magnifique Déjeuner avec le Chef!

Le Cirque: Magnifique Déjeuner avec le Chef!

Can I let you in on a secret?  In the ten years or so I’ve lived in the region, I’ve never actually been inside the Ritz Carlton DIFC.  Even when I was living across SZR and walking to the Gate Village, I never once stepped […]

Q’s Bar & Lounge: Quincy Jones brings cool to Dubai.

Q’s Bar & Lounge: Quincy Jones brings cool to Dubai.

After a very disappointing meal at Enigma (Chef Bjorn, please come back!), The EmirEATi and I decided to cut our losses and walk next door to Q’s Bar and Lounge, a jazz bar I’ve long heard about, but haven’t managed to visit.  Walking in, the […]

Yalumba: New squid on the block.

Yalumba: New squid on the block.

“Don’t be crabby, we have organized a craysea Friday seafood supper and promise you’ll have a whale of a time!” Ahem. As Hubs and I were on the way to Yalumba, we reminisced about our last visit to the airport Le Meridien, when — if […]


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