Archive for March, 2011

Asian Food, Bars, Deira, Movenpick, restaurants, reviews, Wok In

O happy biscuit

O happy biscuit

“You are going to have a very comfortable old age” That, I seriously doubt. With my love of Champagne, Bouche D’affinois, chocolate truffles and many other vessels of alcohol, sugar and saturated fat, combined with my complete lack of willpower, I am probably going to spend my old age unable […]

March 31, 2011 ×

Beach, restaurants, Sri Lanka, travel

Poetry in ocean

Poetry in ocean

On the New South Wales coast, a couple of hours south of Sydney, there is a deep blue bay by the name of Jervis. On the southern arm, nestled in a crooked wrist, between the retiree-infected Vincentia, the most chilled out army base in the world, and the breathtaking Jervis […]

March 29, 2011 ×

capers, chilli, olives, pasta, tomato, tuna

Putontha Puttanesca

Putontha Puttanesca

When I was living in Melbourne, I used to get acupuncture once a fortnight after work. I would look forward to this day for thirteen days before it – not because I was going to get stuck with needles, sucked with cups and given a revolting tea decoction by Marina, […]

March 28, 2011 ×

alcohol, burgundy, Dubai, liquor license, wine, wine tasting

A drink, a drink, a drink, a drink, a drink…..

A drink, a drink, a drink, a drink, a drink…..

Excerpt from the Qur’an: “Shaitân (Satan) wants only to excite enmity and hatred between you with intoxicants (alcoholic drinks) and gambling, and hinder you from the remembrance of Allâh (God) and from As-Salât (the prayer). So, will you not then abstain?” I live in a region of alcohol avoiders. It’s […]

March 27, 2011 ×

abaya, arabic dress, burqa, niqab, oppression, shela, Traditional Dubai, women

Sheilas in shelas and impressions on oppression

Sheilas in shelas and impressions on oppression

Australian Sheila in dress-ups In Australia, “Sheila” is a term for a woman. It’s fairly archaic now – generally only used by rusty old bogans from the outback, and rarely comes without the obligatory sexist smack on the bottom and a demand for a “frosty one from the icebox” (beer […]

March 25, 2011 ×

Cafes, Dubai, Dubai restaurants, eclairs, France, reviews

The un-french cafe and the preposterously good eclair

The un-french cafe and the preposterously good eclair

This is what I picture when I imagine a Paris cafe. I’ve never really liked the term “soft opening” when referring to the commencement of a business. It’s a term restaurants and hotels like to use to describe that they have in fact opened, but have not had a big […]

March 22, 2011 ×

cupcakes, Dubai, fashion, macaroons, Magnolia Bakery, turkish delight

Pretty Sweet Things

Pretty Sweet Things

There’s just something wonderful about a gorgeous thin woman stuffing her face with something extravagant. It’s damn sexy. Even for me – despite the lack of lesbian tendancies. But rest assured, I’m lusting after the cupcake, not the woman.  I find it quite amusing watching food go in and out […]

March 20, 2011 ×

baker and spice, breakfast, farmer's market, restaurants, shopping, Souk al Bahar

The good, the bad and the eggly

The good, the bad and the eggly

It’s Friday morning. I’ve been in Dubai long enough now that I don’t accidentally call it Saturday any more. To my right is the aroma of fresh cut herbs and earthy vine ripened tomatoes. To my right, the alluring nutty aroma of artisinal bread. I can’t stop myself from running […]

March 16, 2011 ×

capsicum (red), chilli, cumin, garlic, one pot wonder, onion, Ratatouille, tomato, zucchini

Twisted Ratatouille

Twisted Ratatouille

With multi-hued farm-fresh capsicums as my inspiration, I set off to make one of my all-time comfort foods, ratatouille. Now, there are a million recipes out there for ratatouille, and probably 90% of them would offend the historically correct die-hard ratatouillans, but general consencus is that it has to be […]

March 16, 2011 ×