Recipes

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Scallops with chipotle cauliflower cream

This is one of my cheat dishes. You know those ones that look really amazing but take 5 minutes to make and absolutely no technique? It’s inspired by a pintxo I tried in San Sebastian over the summer (Scallop with roasted nori and almond cream from Casa Urola), but it’s […]

Recipes

Beer-bum chicken

Beer-bum chicken

Oops – did I just say that? Yes, I did, and I’m certainly not the first. This recipe has been handed down from father to son in many an Australian household, at least since the 1980s. Somehow I got let in on the secret, and I have to tell you, […]

 

Hotel Reviews

Hotel Review: Zabeel Saray, Palm Jumeirah

Hotel Review: Zabeel Saray, Palm Jumeirah

I’m generally quite an avid fan of the Jumeirah group. They really have led Dubai’s hospitality sector for many years. Jumeirah Emirates Towers have stood side by side for nearly two decades, at the doorway of New Dubai like a married couple welcoming guests into their home. Madinat Jumeirah is an […]

Hotel Reviews

St Regis Abu Dhabi

St Regis Abu Dhabi

This world now has so many people, travelers in need of succour. Marble lobbies, swipe keys, feather pillows, tiny bottles of terrible shampoo you are allowed to steal and decadent fluffy bath robes that you are not. We all seem to need these things all the time now, especially in […]

 

Culinary Travel

Visiting Champagne? Tips for your tour.

Visiting Champagne? Tips for your tour.

Although Champagne is one of the most well known wines in the world, visiting the region is not as simple as many would expect, especially if you want to get the best of it. After two visits with plenty of research and aforethought, I’m still learning what it’s all about, and […]

Culinary Travel

Cheesecake and Pedro Ximinez (La Vina)

Disecting San Sebastian Pintxos

On my fifth day in San Sebastian, I was perched in a seafood restaurant at the tiny port of Bahia de la Concha on a rickety wooden folding chair about the size of a postage stamp. With a personality that requires elbows often to be airborne, I quickly found myself […]

 

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Culinary Travel, Destination Guides, Wine O'Clock

Visiting Champagne? Tips for your tour.

Visiting Champagne? Tips for your tour.

Although Champagne is one of the most well known wines in the world, visiting the region is not as simple as many would expect, especially if you want to get the best of it. After two visits with plenty of research and aforethought, I’m still learning what it’s all about, and […]

September 26, 2016 ×

canapes, entree, quick and easy, Recipes, seafood, snacks

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Scallops with chipotle cauliflower cream

This is one of my cheat dishes. You know those ones that look really amazing but take 5 minutes to make and absolutely no technique? It’s inspired by a pintxo I tried in San Sebastian over the summer (Scallop with roasted nori and almond cream from Casa Urola), but it’s […]

September 19, 2016 ×

Culinary Travel, Spain

Cheesecake and Pedro Ximinez (La Vina)

Disecting San Sebastian Pintxos

On my fifth day in San Sebastian, I was perched in a seafood restaurant at the tiny port of Bahia de la Concha on a rickety wooden folding chair about the size of a postage stamp. With a personality that requires elbows often to be airborne, I quickly found myself […]

August 29, 2016 ×

Eating up Dubai, Uncategorized

Iftar – The feast to break the fast

Iftar – The feast to break the fast

If this is your first Ramadan in Dubai, you’re probably not familiar with the concept of Iftar. After fasting through around 14 or more hours of daylight, Muslims throughout the world break their Ramadan fast at sunset, and this is called Iftar. Traditionally, Iftar is a small meal; a couple of […]

June 21, 2016 ×

Eating up Dubai, Uncategorized

Food and drink bites, April 2016

Food and drink bites, April 2016

Hi y’all. I’ve been eating all over Dubai recently, so will try and get a few rundowns for you over coming weeks. This month, It’s brunch season, so have a few new ones and oldies to consider, also some recent openings in Dubai, and a couple of old favourites. Brunch […]

April 17, 2016 ×

Eating up Dubai

Tresind, modern Indian fine dining

Tresind, modern Indian fine dining

Dubai, due to it’s high level of Subcontinental expats and tourists is unsurprisingly beginning to brim with fine dining Indian cuisine. Tresind competes with the likes of sleek Amal at Armani, templesque Rang Mahal by Atul Kochhar, classic Indego by Vineet and exotic Amala on the Palm. And I must […]

April 7, 2016 ×

Eating up Dubai, Restaurants, reviews

Alta Badia – of food festivals and flashbacks

Alta Badia – of food festivals and flashbacks

Picture a Christmas in the alps with no snow. Fortunately you are in the postcard village of Cortina, which is bursting at the seams with gingerbread, hugos and Christmas spirit. But as you indulge over a dining table in leisure time that is supposed to be crammed with sub-zero exercises, […]

February 28, 2016 ×

Culinary Travel, travelling with children

Culinary Travel with Kids – Paris

Culinary Travel with Kids – Paris

I remember the days when I used to travel with microwaveable tomato soup, apple sauce and single-serve packets of Rice Crispies. I try to repress that moment when surrounded by friends in a nice bistro in Nice, my eldest son declared at a thousand decibels, that he “will NOT eat the risotto […]

February 1, 2016 ×

Eating up Dubai, Restaurants, reviews

A pigeon, wrapped in a mystery, inside an Enigma at Palazzo Versace

A pigeon, wrapped in a mystery, inside an Enigma at Palazzo Versace

“My favourite was the duck…” “The duck? I didn’t have duck. Did you steal my duck?” “I did no such thing – I saw you with it. In fact, I think I heard you groan.” “That was the pigeon. My favourite too, or maybe second to the living forest.” “Pigeon, […]

January 20, 2016 ×