Eating up Dubai

Mayrig, and Restaurant Chinese Whispers

Mayrig, and Restaurant Chinese Whispers

No, it’s not Chinese. But the whispers were. I heard about this place from scattered tongues – a friendly food blogger, and then a stranger-neighbour at a shared table, then a celebrity chef who never praises any food but her own (but I love her anyway), and a week later, […]

Eating up Dubai

Gold plated tandoori chicken. Is a curry worth big bucks?

Gold plated tandoori chicken. Is a curry worth big bucks?

Would you pay 350AED to eat chaat, tandoori chicken and masala prawns? What if we threw in some lamb korma and some lasooni scallops, a fillet of sea bass with crispy skin, a scoop of sorbet and a couple of chocolate truffles? No? Maybe it would be better if we […]

 

Wine Reviews

Scotchman’s Hill Swan Bay Pinot Noir 2011

Scotchman’s Hill Swan Bay Pinot Noir 2011

When I first started drinking Pinot Noir in Victoria (about 18 years ago), there were really only two big ones on the market – Coldstream Hills, and Scotchman’s Hill. I learned a very valuable lesson then. Pinot Noir grows better on hills. Eventually, I would get around to discovering Pinot […]

 

Recipes

Monochrome Chocolate Cake with Hamsa motif

Monochrome Chocolate Cake with Hamsa motif

This is a real chocolate cake, made with good quality dark chocolate, and you can really taste the difference. The fudge frosting can be made with any form of chocolate (here’s a similar version) but here I’ve mixed it up a bit and used white. This way, I could decorate […]

 

Hotels and Destinations

shisha tents on the beach

Traders Hotel, Qaryat al Beri

It seems I have to find somewhere to stay less and less in Abu Dhabi. The city is expanding at such a rate, becoming so exciting, infinitely more livable, and I find more and more of my friends are moving there, and kindly offering food and shelter for the night […]

 

Destination Guides

Stop and proceed – a story of roads in India

Stop and proceed – a story of roads in India

I just passed a roadsign that reads “Stop and proceed”, and I wondered for a moment if it was one of those times where the literal translation has lost it’s true meaning and instead left the reader with words that signify something else entirely. But as I have now been […]

 

Recently Pressed

Wine O'Clock

Scotchman’s Hill Swan Bay Pinot Noir 2011

Scotchman’s Hill Swan Bay Pinot Noir 2011

When I first started drinking Pinot Noir in Victoria (about 18 years ago), there were really only two big ones on the market – Coldstream Hills, and Scotchman’s Hill. I learned a very valuable lesson then. Pinot Noir grows better on hills. Eventually, I would get around to discovering Pinot […]

April 3, 2014 ×

Recipes

Monochrome Chocolate Cake with Hamsa motif

Monochrome Chocolate Cake with Hamsa motif

This is a real chocolate cake, made with good quality dark chocolate, and you can really taste the difference. The fudge frosting can be made with any form of chocolate (here’s a similar version) but here I’ve mixed it up a bit and used white. This way, I could decorate […]

April 3, 2014 ×

Eating up Dubai, Uncategorized

Mayrig, and Restaurant Chinese Whispers

Mayrig, and Restaurant Chinese Whispers

No, it’s not Chinese. But the whispers were. I heard about this place from scattered tongues – a friendly food blogger, and then a stranger-neighbour at a shared table, then a celebrity chef who never praises any food but her own (but I love her anyway), and a week later, […]

April 2, 2014 ×

Eating up Dubai

Gold plated tandoori chicken. Is a curry worth big bucks?

Gold plated tandoori chicken. Is a curry worth big bucks?

Would you pay 350AED to eat chaat, tandoori chicken and masala prawns? What if we threw in some lamb korma and some lasooni scallops, a fillet of sea bass with crispy skin, a scoop of sorbet and a couple of chocolate truffles? No? Maybe it would be better if we […]

March 31, 2014 ×

Wine O'Clock

Shaw and Smith Sauvignon Blanc 2013

Shaw and Smith Sauvignon Blanc 2013

I was in the Adelaide Hills in 2013. This exact time last year, in fact. It was supposed to be in the middle of harvest, but it had been such a wonderfully warm vintage, that everything had come off the vines a week early. This meant I was able to […]

March 20, 2014 ×

Photo stories

Dubai

In the meantime, happy Holi

It’s the festival of colour today, and so I thought I’d do a (fairly) wordless tribute. It’s a Hindu celebration, where they paint everything with powdered colour, and something I’d love to participate in first-hand one day, probably in Rajasthan, but I also like the idea of being in Braj, […]

March 17, 2014 ×

Wine O'Clock

Ruinart Brut Rose NV

Ruinart Brut Rose NV

I met a lady the other day who really knows her wine. She was complaining that she opened up a bottle of Ruinart Brut Rose the previous weekend, and her plebby friends sculled it back, smacking their lips, and saying, only on the last dregs “mmm, that’s luvly! I could […]

March 9, 2014 ×

Hotel Reviews, reviews

shisha tents on the beach

Traders Hotel, Qaryat al Beri

It seems I have to find somewhere to stay less and less in Abu Dhabi. The city is expanding at such a rate, becoming so exciting, infinitely more livable, and I find more and more of my friends are moving there, and kindly offering food and shelter for the night […]

March 9, 2014 ×

Eating up Dubai, Uncategorized

Greg malouf – selling ice to Eskimos

Greg malouf – selling ice to Eskimos

I’ve followed Greg Malouf’s food for quite a while. He’s a bit of a culinary personality from my home town of Melbourne (Australia), and was the first person to take middle eastern cuisine up that extra rung in the city, and serve it in a fine dining restaurant. I used […]

March 4, 2014 ×