Archive for November, 2011

Eating up Dubai

Celebrating National Day the Emirati Way

Celebrating National Day the Emirati Way

The United Arab Emirates is officially 40 years a nation, as of December 2, yet considering many believe Mesopotamia to have been the birthplace of civilization, and factoring the nomadic nature of the people who have previously populated the Arabian Peninsular, it’s hard to celebrate the day without bringing in […]

November 30, 2011 ×

Recipes

Balaleet – An Emirati Breakfast

Balaleet – An Emirati Breakfast

Noodles for breakfast? With fragrant spices and omelet morsels? Doesn’t sound like the kind of thing you could just whip up every morning for breakfast? Well the Emiratis do – citizens of the United Arab Emirates. Maybe not every morning, but more than just sometimes they might prepare this traditional […]

November 30, 2011 ×

Destination Guides

White Elephants, Wafi and unhappy pyramids

White Elephants, Wafi and unhappy pyramids

The white elephant is the rarest of all elephants – an albino – both sacred to ancient Thai court and belonging to the god Indra in Hindu mythology. Due to the holy reverence of the animal, It is not allowed to work. Therefore, although beautiful and rare, it is expensive […]

November 28, 2011 ×

Eating up Dubai

Kids’ Menus – what a load of….

Kids’ Menus – what a load of….

I have absolutely had it with “Kids Menus”. Why is it that restaurants put so much effort into preparing flavoursome meals for adults – fusing cuisines, experimenting with ingredients, prepping a plate that is good enough to photograph, and then think that we will be prepared to spend good money […]

November 20, 2011 ×

Recipes

Kids Chicken Urumaki

Kids Chicken Urumaki

  So pretty. I love japanese food, but my kids don’t. I used to look longingly at children in malls munching on sushi cones while mine dragged me towards the chicken nuggets. All that lovely flavour, nutrients like iodine omega 3 and zinc that their diets are so deficient in. […]

November 20, 2011 ×

Culinary Travel

The Press Club – distinctly impressive

The Press Club – distinctly impressive

I’m anticipating great things. It’s a precarious position. On one side is a full belly, tickled senses, giddy smiles, a little blissful inebriation and a wonderful story to tell. On the other is “meh” and an empty wallet.So far, my introduction to the Press Club is faultless. The brass plate […]

November 16, 2011 ×

Culinary Travel, Destination Guides

Vienna – what did I miss?

Vienna – what did I miss?

Inside knowledge. It’s not as important in some places. Paris, for example, is hard not to enjoy, as are Tuscany, and sunny happy places like Byron Bay. Travel is easy where the sights and culture of destinations reveal themselves spontaneously. But there are other places where what lies on the […]

November 13, 2011 ×

Recipes

Schnitzel

Schnitzel

  Before visiting Vienna (read my food path through old Vienna here) I had only had one great schnitzel in my life, and that was at the Tivoli Club, in Prahran, a German club with platter-sized schnitzel, cheap boutique beers and lederhosen to be enjoyed in the glow and tinkle […]

November 8, 2011 ×

Destination Guides, Expat Ponderings

Expat Expectations in Dubai

Expat Expectations in Dubai

The honeymoon is over. For the first time since April 2008, just recently, I decided that Dubai is “home”. I’m sure it has quite a bit do with an excessive amount of travel recently. It’s hard being homesick when your home is not really home, and so I would imagine […]

November 6, 2011 ×