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Hotel Reviews, reviews

Hotel Review: Zabeel Saray, Palm Jumeirah

Hotel Review: Zabeel Saray, Palm Jumeirah

I’m generally quite an avid fan of the Jumeirah group. They really have led Dubai’s hospitality sector for many years. Jumeirah Emirates Towers have stood side by side for nearly two decades, at the doorway of New Dubai like a married couple welcoming guests into their home. Madinat Jumeirah is an […]

November 1, 2015 ×

Eating up Dubai, Restaurants, reviews

Food and drink bites from Dubai – September 2015

Food and drink bites from Dubai – September 2015

Yikes! Just before we finish October, here are last month’s food and drink bites from Dubai. This month was the wind down of Summer, so plenty of indoor dining still on the agenda. A guide to ratings: These take into account the price, quality, service and the facilities, and in […]

October 30, 2015 ×

Hotel Reviews, reviews

St Regis Abu Dhabi

St Regis Abu Dhabi

This world now has so many people, travelers in need of succour. Marble lobbies, swipe keys, feather pillows, tiny bottles of terrible shampoo you are allowed to steal and decadent fluffy bath robes that you are not. We all seem to need these things all the time now, especially in […]

September 11, 2015 ×

Recipes

Beer-bum chicken

Beer-bum chicken

Oops – did I just say that? Yes, I did, and I’m certainly not the first. This recipe has been handed down from father to son in many an Australian household, at least since the 1980s. Somehow I got let in on the secret, and I have to tell you, […]

September 10, 2015 ×

Activities, Attractions, Hotel Reviews, reviews

Anantara Desert Islands (Sir Bani Yas)

Anantara Desert Islands (Sir Bani Yas)

I kept on deferring, it was just too far away. Three and a half hours, with the kids in the car. Then a ferry. Just for a weekend? It took me five years to get over myself and do it. Now I just want to go again. Photo story, review follows […]

June 12, 2015 ×

Eating up Dubai

Bringing home my own chef

Bringing home my own chef

You see what full time work has done to me? I never cook any more. I can’t remember the last time I posted a recipe. I suppose I could look it up, but I don’t have time (and I don’t want to disappoint myself). It was my birthday. A lovely […]

June 5, 2015 ×

Eating up Dubai

Brunch at Tower of the Arab

Brunch at Tower of the Arab

When I had never been to Dubai, there were three things that came to mind when someone spoke it’s name. Sand, gold, and The Burj. At that stage, it was still simply ‘The Burj’, in the times before there were so many burjs in the city that it was eventually […]

May 8, 2015 ×

Destination Guides

Bewitching Salzburg

Bewitching Salzburg

  This article first appeared in Global Citizen Magazine. Issue embedded at the end of the post. Everyone knows Austria is beautiful. There is Vienna, the squeaky-clean, palace-filled city of roses and dancing horses. Then there are the Alps, populated with crisp snowy peaks, Christmas trees and candy-coloured communes. There […]

February 11, 2015 ×

Eating up Dubai

2015 Food trends to look for in Dubai and further afield

2015 Food trends to look for in Dubai and further afield

Granted, I’m a little bit late this year, but I’d like to say I’ve used the time to assess the lie of the industry a little. Most of the predictions I made last year, are in full swing, with a lack of Peruvian influx as guessed (only Coya opened and […]

February 6, 2015 ×