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Eating up Dubai, Uncategorized

Iftar – The feast to break the fast

Iftar – The feast to break the fast

If this is your first Ramadan in Dubai, you’re probably not familiar with the concept of Iftar. After fasting through around 14 or more hours of daylight, Muslims throughout the world break their Ramadan fast at sunset, and this is called Iftar. Traditionally, Iftar is a small meal; a couple of […]

June 21, 2016 ×

Eating up Dubai, Uncategorized

Food and drink bites, April 2016

Food and drink bites, April 2016

Hi y’all. I’ve been eating all over Dubai recently, so will try and get a few rundowns for you over coming weeks. This month, It’s brunch season, so have a few new ones and oldies to consider, also some recent openings in Dubai, and a couple of old favourites. Brunch […]

April 17, 2016 ×

Culinary Travel, Uncategorized, Wine O'Clock

Wine Cathedrals – Catedrals del vi

Wine Cathedrals – Catedrals del vi

(Apologies to those who believe that God prefers we abstain from wine. That’s not the way I was raised. You might want to skip this post because it’s full of references to booze and what you might consider to be blasphemy.) For me, the act of tasting wine has always […]

May 26, 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 ×

Eating up Dubai, Uncategorized

Greg malouf – selling ice to Eskimos

Greg malouf – selling ice to Eskimos

I’ve followed Greg Malouf’s food for quite a while. He’s a bit of a culinary personality from my home town of Melbourne (Australia), and was the first person to take middle eastern cuisine up that extra rung in the city, and serve it in a fine dining restaurant. I used […]

March 4, 2014 ×

Christmas, Uncategorized, Wine O'Clock

Food and Wine Matching for the Festivities

Food and Wine Matching for the Festivities

It’s a time of year when people will spend more on wine than any other. There’s the Champagne for celebration of course – it’s an occasion where people who rarely buy Champagne will forgo the new-world sparklings and shell out the big bucks. People bring out treasured cellared items, wine-eggs […]

December 23, 2013 ×

Christmas, Recipes, Uncategorized

Dairy Free, Gluten Free Pain d’Epices

Dairy Free, Gluten Free Pain d’Epices

I’m still working towards a love of Christmas cake. To me, it’s just a pile of boozy dried fruit – something to make you regular and drunk at the same time. Just like medicine. It’s a bit unfortunate really, because it’s actually a great recipe to make gluten-free. All that […]

December 16, 2013 ×

bar guide, Culinary Travel, Uncategorized

¡Salud! Drinking in Barcelona

¡Salud! Drinking in Barcelona

You’ll be very happy to know that during my rather long hiatus, I have been conducting some very serious research on the alcoholic capabilities of Barcelona. It’s taken quite a bit of work on my behalf, but now I am happy to share all my results so you do not […]

August 11, 2013 ×

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Les voleurs

All I can remember are a pair of tanned legs, dark shorts, white socks and runners leaping out the door. The next image is of two strapping youths leaping the 7-foot fence, one after the other – the latter heaving my laptop over at the first to cover it. Blank […]

August 5, 2012 ×