Archive for May, 2011

Arabian Courtyard Hotel, Biryani, bur dubai, competition, Dubai restaurants, Indian restaurants, japanese restaurants

Biryani v Biryani

Biryani v Biryani

What is it? I know it’s more than just curry and rice. And it’s not pilau – that’s lighter, I think. And is it the same as Pilaf? Or isn’t it? I wikipedia-ed it, and it says it is spiced meat or vegetables and plain rice cooked separately, then brought […]

May 30, 2011 ×

come dine with me, competition, foodies

Come dine with me.

Come dine with me.

Foodies. The word itself is cozy. It’s got a lovely long vowel sound that makes one pout, followed by one that encourages a smile. a kiss and a grin – worthy of replacing the word “cheese” during a photo shoot. So why is it that I find myself gritting my […]

May 26, 2011 ×

brands, Cafes, Dubai restaurants, imports, Italian food, rant, truffles

Venice Transplants

Venice Transplants

Imports… In Dubai, it would be nigh impossible to live without them. Even historically, this region has been a centre of trade – silk, spices, gold, food, it all comes and goes. When I do my weekly shopping, I return home with beef from Australia, prawns from Oman, apples from […]

May 22, 2011 ×

birthday parties, family, kids, parental madness, western culture

Happy Birthday

Happy Birthday

Lucrecia is a lovely gal. She’s happy all the time. She brings energy and giggles into any room, but not only that, she’s worldly, opinionated, unabashed and particularly good at funny voices. I had always thought she was smarter than the average bear, but then she invited me to Angel’s […]

May 18, 2011 ×

Recipes

Sticky Date Pudding

Sticky Date Pudding

It’s always baffled me in this part of the world. Why is there a complete lack of sticky date pudding on menus here? It is one of the best desserts in the world, and we are living in the centre of all date production. It’s a travesty.  Recently, a bunch […]

May 16, 2011 ×

Eating up Dubai

The gift of food art – Honyaki Restaurant

The gift of food art – Honyaki Restaurant

Natural Disasters tend to have a ring-on effect. A tsunami brings with it waves that continue to beat the country even months and years after the waters recede. Although the news has petered to a trickle,  Japan’s problems are far from over. Of course, there is the rebuild, the ongoing […]

May 14, 2011 ×

Destination Guides

Over the hills and far away

Over the hills and far away

Muscat. If you say that word in my home town, what comes to mind is an unctuous ambrosia made in the Rutherglen region. Sweet, drippy, fortified wine that is produced in a solera method, a little like a sourdough – the wine goes into barrels and is aged. Half is […]

May 11, 2011 ×

beef, children's meals, meatballs, rice, tomato

Giving veggies a hiding

Giving veggies a hiding

My mum used to make me eat brussel sprouts. Not the tiny little gourmet buttered brussel sprouts with roasted chestnuts that you find on a lavish European Christmas table. Oh no – these were 1970s Australian versions – bitter, olivey-grey, egg-sized, boiled monsters of torture that would keep me sitting […]

May 10, 2011 ×

Cafes, Eating up Dubai, Emporio Armani, Italian food, Lunch, Mall of the Emirates, reviews

The essence of Italy and Emporio Armani Caffe

The essence of Italy and Emporio Armani Caffe

What do you think of when someone says “Italian”? For me, foremost, it’s always food. Pizza, followed by pasta. Gingham tablecloths, chunky white glazed terracotta pitchers filled with light red wine. Overhead pergolas creaking under the weight of hundred-year-old grape vines. Patchwork quilt panoramas over blanketed fields and forest of […]

May 7, 2011 ×