Easy Baclava

I discovered a little about baclava while I was at the Al Samadi Bakery recently – the term “baclava” actually refers to the pastry, not the sweets. It’s a super-soft mix that is flattenend, then has more layers of the same placed on top, and then is flattened again and again and again until you…

Sheikh Shaq

When someone in my group of food-obsessed blogging friends started jumping up and down about a burger joint called Shake Shack, I had absolutely thought that she meant Sheikh Shack. I pictured this majlis-style hot spot with a swanky modern take on the Bedouin tent. An elite place for the wealthy local Dubai males to…

The Golden Ticket

HWZBC7SW6Q6Y I’d like you to close your eyes for a moment. Now open them, because I need you to keep reading. But pretend they are still closed, and take yourself back to age 7. Drop all your baggage, your knowledge, your mistakes, regret, rational thought, tooth decay, and ask yourself – “What do I want…

A Week by the Lake

I had lunch al fresco today, and for the first time this year, the air was marginally on the wrong side of comfortable. It may be one of the last outdoor lunches I get before its too hot. Yes, that’s right, summer is on the way. Most would think that Dubai residents would regard the…