Archive for January, 2014

Eating up Dubai, Restaurants, reviews

Roberto’s – Simple Italian with complex additions

Roberto’s – Simple Italian with complex additions

Roberto’s restaurant is bathed in pink and purple light. It’s lines are lean and angular. Textures mingle subtly, only noticed when one is thrust betwixt them. The crowd is genteel and demure, effortlessly gulping Japanese oysters and flippantly smoking Cuban cigars. It’s so un-Italian, and yet, so very very Italian […]

January 30, 2014 ×

Recipes

Simple Tuna Pasta

Simple Tuna Pasta

My husband’s been away, and the first thing my kids did was ask me “Mama, can we PLEASE have REAL pasta before Daddy get’s home?” I’ll let you into a secret. It doesn’t matter how often I tell you that there is nothing wrong with gluten free pasta, I’m lying. […]

January 30, 2014 ×

Wine O'Clock

Cuvée Sabourin Blush 2012

Cuvée Sabourin Blush 2012

I have no idea where this wine comes from. The producer is dubious – according to the back of the label, it’s Producteurs Réunis de Cébazan. But that simply translates as wine cooperative of Cébezan, which is a village in the Herault area of South-Western France. But that’s a winery […]

January 19, 2014 ×

News Events and More

Dream Diary Jan 19

Dream Diary Jan 19

Any resolutions for the new year? One of mine is to stay home a little more. Unfortunately (or should I say, fortunately?), it’s been well and truly broken already. Coming up to keep us in action: Local Events Photography Workshop      Capture What: A 3-day interactive photography session put on […]

January 19, 2014 ×

Eating up Dubai, Restaurants

Zaroob: twisting roots, hurling rainbows and still coming up smelling of roses.

Zaroob: twisting roots, hurling rainbows and still coming up smelling of roses.

“It’s like an Andy Warhol take on a shawarma cafe.” was my tweet to Zaroob. Even now, I’m still trying to get over that little multi-colour cataclysm sitting strangely between the towers on Sheikh Zayed Rd. They’ve taken cans of “Zwan Big Franks” and made them an artistic feature. Nestle […]

January 18, 2014 ×

Wine O'Clock

Jean Claude Boisset Chassagne Montrachet 2010

Jean Claude Boisset Chassagne Montrachet 2010

Jean Claude Boisset only turns 67 this year. He set up his winery when he was just 18 years old (in 1961) in a convent in Nuits-st-Georges. Not a bad effort considering he did so in one of the most conservative wine making areas in the world, the Cote d’Or, […]

January 13, 2014 ×

Hotel Reviews, Photo stories, reviews

Four Seasons Hotel, Doha

Four Seasons Hotel, Doha

Once upon a time, there was a girl who looked for the most incredible luxury she could find. She decided that if there was a Four Seasons in any city in the world, she would try and stay there before looking anywhere else. Photostory – review follows the gallery. Four […]

January 13, 2014 ×

Recipes

Fenugreek and feta salad

Fenugreek and feta salad

In the UAE I have learned to work with a variety of fresh ingredients I had never even seen before whilst living back home in Australia. Herbs are one of the big ones. Each supermarket in Dubai has a fresh greens stand, piled high with scented bunches contained by elastic […]

January 13, 2014 ×

Eating up Dubai

Eataly – the megadeli

Eataly – the megadeli

I first came across Eataly in Bologna. I had been dubious even then – a city full of artisinal produce, ancient delis and one of the pioneering regions for Slow Food was spread before me, and yet everyone who had anything to do with food, wine or the city itself, […]

January 8, 2014 ×