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Blue Flame – hot, pure, fast, and full of treasure.

Blue Flame – hot, pure, fast, and full of treasure.

It’s the kind of flame that comes from a gas cooker – shaped like a lotus, perfectly rigid until a pot is slid across it, then it too opens like a flower, and spreads, stretching always up – trying to find the highest point. It’s contained in a blowtorch – […]

September 19, 2012 ×

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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 ×

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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 ×

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The un-french cafe and the preposterously good eclair

The un-french cafe and the preposterously good eclair

This is what I picture when I imagine a Paris cafe. I’ve never really liked the term “soft opening” when referring to the commencement of a business. It’s a term restaurants and hotels like to use to describe that they have in fact opened, but have not had a big […]

March 22, 2011 ×

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Dubai in 48 Hours

Dubai in 48 Hours

Two days – it’s not long. If you were in Paris, you would have enough time to visit the Eiffel Tower, Musee d’Orsay, and possibly Notre Dame, maybe with enough time for a little cafe au lait and croissant before jumping on the metro, and heading back to the airport. […]

March 12, 2011 ×

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Taste Of Dubai

Taste Of Dubai

After waiting in excited anticipation for Taste of Dubai for weeks, I woke up this morning with a major sinus block. Overnight, my olfactory system had turned into what felt like a brick – yes, a big hard, rectangular brick. My ears were bubbling, my eyes watering, and all I […]

March 4, 2011 ×

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Flashbacks at Frankie’s

Flashbacks at Frankie’s

I have just been transported back to Melbourne, circa 1995. I am sitting on plush ribbed velvet in a jockey-owned restaurant. There is deep red carpet, white linen, a balsamic/olive oil combo bottle, and a waitress looming over me with a titanic-sized pepper mill. But then again, if it was […]

February 3, 2011 ×

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Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmare

Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmare

more about the show here I love the food channel. Back in Melbourne, before my kids grew up and commandeered the television, Saturday mornings would provide 4 hours of back-to-back entertainment by the way of Masterchef and Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares. It’s the perfect way to clear the hungover brain – […]

January 16, 2011 ×