Archive for April, 2014

Photo stories, travel

The accidental wedding

The accidental wedding

One week before Christmas I cashed in our skyward miles and flew to the Kerala city of Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum to the thick tongued), and decamped at the Kempinski in Kovolam, taking two of my lovely female friends with me, and leaving all stresses, children and husband behind. Did I miss […]

April 25, 2014 ×

Eating up Dubai

Qbara, Arabic Back to Front

Qbara, Arabic Back to Front

Qbara is the word Arabic back to front. Qbara itself is Arabic dining inside-out. Its far too sassy to be an Arabic restaurant in an Arabic region. Qbara is completely out of place, and should be in Soho, La Marais or a Melbourne CBD laneway. For a start, the cocktail […]

April 22, 2014 ×

Wine O'Clock

Scotchman’s Hill Swan Bay Pinot Noir 2011

Scotchman’s Hill Swan Bay Pinot Noir 2011

When I first started drinking Pinot Noir in Victoria (about 18 years ago), there were really only two big ones on the market – Coldstream Hills, and Scotchman’s Hill. I learned a very valuable lesson then. Pinot Noir grows better on hills. Eventually, I would get around to discovering Pinot […]

April 3, 2014 ×

Recipes

Monochrome Chocolate Cake with Hamsa motif

Monochrome Chocolate Cake with Hamsa motif

This is a real chocolate cake, made with good quality dark chocolate, and you can really taste the difference. The fudge frosting can be made with any form of chocolate (here’s a similar version) but here I’ve mixed it up a bit and used white. This way, I could decorate […]

April 3, 2014 ×

Eating up Dubai, Uncategorized

Mayrig, and Restaurant Chinese Whispers

Mayrig, and Restaurant Chinese Whispers

No, it’s not Chinese. But the whispers were. I heard about this place from scattered tongues – a friendly food blogger, and then a stranger-neighbour at a shared table, then a celebrity chef who never praises any food but her own (but I love her anyway), and a week later, […]

April 2, 2014 ×