Friday, January 31, 2014

Angelina Cafe - Dubai, UAE

Paris's Angelina cafe right in Dubai Mall.  Even though it has less pastries and food, their signature hot chocolate is exactly the same.  The two pastries we got were delightful!
مقهى باريس الشهير أنجلينا موجود الآن في دبي مول.الهوت الجوكليت المعروف موجود ونفس الطعم.  حبينا الحلو اللي طلبناه عندهم أنصحكم فيه

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Tom & Serg - Dubai, UAE

Homemade muesli
Pumpkin, sage, and feta fritters
Egg and veal bacon toasted sanga
Am I glad I asked about the best new places in Dubai on instagram, otherwise I wouldn't have come across Tom & Serg, an Australian brunch/lunch rustic place in Al Qouz.  I know the area isn't where you expect such a place exists in but I actually love the idea thats its located in such a place, very out of place and I love it.  The interiors of this two level restaurant is fab and the food is just up my alley.  Healthy tasty food.
توم اند سيرج مطعم جديد للإفطار والغداء في القوز في دبي.  يستغرب الناس من وجود هذا المطعم في هذه المنطقة ولكن حبيت التغيير.  و بالقرب من محل ايس هاردوير ومجمع تايمز سكوير.  تصميم المطعم عجبني والأكل بالضبط مثل ما أحب لذيذ وصحي.

Address: Al Joud Center, Al Qouz, near Ace Harware on Shaikh Zayed Road
Opening hours: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

My Stay at Conrad Dubai Hotel - UAE

As one who loves to experience and discovers new places, again I stayed somewhere new.  A place that just opened three months ago.  Against my rule of staying by the sea, we wanted somewhere very close to the center of Dubai, UAE, so we can save time that may be lost as a result of a further location or due to traffic.  Conrad Dubai Hotel is located on Shaikh Zayed Road right next to Fairmount Hotel.  Theres a train station right below and is  close to key locations in dubai, therefore perfect for my companions and myself.  The room was really nice, not as spacious as I've been used to in Dubai, but bigger than most rooms I've slumbered in in Europe.  The service was excellent for a new hotel, we got our room as soon as we arrived the hotel an hour or two before stated check in time.  In addition we got a room on a very high level, 37th floor, plus a room with "sea view".  Yes, the sea is too far away, but the view is specyacular, no skyscrapers blocking our view, everything was too tiny down below, and as you can glimpse in the last photo, we are just high enough to see the World Islands project, a 300 private man made islands, which is still in the making and been for a while now.  The only bad thing about this hotel was the breakfast, which isn't the fault of the hotel, but we had to wait in line to get a table, and it seems everyone in the hotel wanted to have it in the same time, even though it was ahuge restaurant, it was extremely busy and very crowded.  Getting to Dubai Mall or City Walk took less than five minutes by car and it took less than 10 min to the airport.
اللي متابع المدونه راح يعزف اني أحب أسكن بالقرب من البحر هالمرة حبينا نكسب وقت في رحلتنا القصيرة ونتفادى الزحمة والطريق الطويل فقررنا نسكن في فندق كونراد الجديد واللي فتح من 3 أشهر.  يقع الفندق على شارع الشيخ زايد وخدمة الفندق ممتازة لدرجة حصلنا على غرفة فورا عند وصولنا مع ان وصلنا ساعة أو ساعتين قبل موعد استلام الغرفة غير ان عطونا غرفة في دور عالي ومطلة على جهة البحر.  كنا نقدر نشوف مشروع جزر العالم من غرفتنا.  عيب الفندق الوحيد واللي هو ما كان ذنبهم ان الفطور حاشنا طابور لأن كل نزلاء الفندق كانوا موجودين ولما قعدنا الوضع كان زحمة وازعاج مع ان المطعم كان كبير.  مدة الطريق الى دبي مول وسيتي ووك هو أقل من 5 دقائق بالسيارة وأقل من 10 الى المطار.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Edo Cafe - Dubai, UAE

After having lunch at Mo's, we wanted to have dessert somewhere else while we were still in Dubai's City Walk.  So we went for Edo, a cafe that specializes in mochi, which I'm a big fan.  They have two types of mochi, a type that's filled with ice cream, and another that,s filled with cream.  The mochi comes all the way from Tokyo, so they're not locally made.  I had the green tea ice cream mochi and it was just as I imagined. My company said their coffee was good and the cream filled mochi was really something.  The shop also has some nice gifts all the way from Japan like the Japanese dolls and tea.
بعد ما تغدينا في مطعم موز في سيتي ووك في دبي, قررنا نحلي في مقهى ثاني في السيتي ووك.  اخترنا مقهى ايدو واللي هو متخصص بحلو الموتشي اللي أحبه وايد.  عنده نوعين من الموتشي.   نوع محشي بالآيس كريم ونوع محشي بالآيس كريم واصلهم من طوكيو يعني ما يصنعونه في دبي.  اخترت موتشي الآيس كريم الشاي الأخضر وكان لذيذ مثل ما توقعت واللي معاي طلبت موتشي بالكريمه وعجبها وقهوتهم حلوة.

Monday, January 27, 2014

My Cooking Lab's Healthy Goodies

I'm leaning into healthier options lately in addition to my non healthy options.  I've been eyeing My Cooking Lab's instagram posts for a while, and couldn't resist ordering something this week.  My favorites were the Lemon & Chia Mini Cakes, Paleo Chocolate Cake, granola with cranberries, pumplin spice flavored almond milk, and the paleo black truffles.  Basically nearly everything.  At first you would feel that it doen't taste right, but thats what the paleo diet is all about.

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Mo's - Dubai, UAE

 We heard so much about City Walk before planning a visit to Dubai.  So after checking into our hotel, The Conrad, a new hotel that opened three months ago (I will be posting about this hotel later), we thought we wanted to have lunch somewhere really close before we went to Global Village.  The taxi drive took less than five minutes.  The place was nice, a change from the usual places we go to in Dubai, but it was too overrated. Its a nice place for lunch or for coffee, and as most of our friends and family mentioned its a nice place to go to at night because they stay late.  The biggest problem with this place is that there are taxi cabs waiting, and even if you hail one they don't stop, so its better to have a taxi number in hand, or like what I usually do in Dubai, is rent a car, the safest and most efficient option.  I've had my eyes on Mo's before I asked about where to eat on instagram.  It's a sibling to the famed Caramel in DIFC, so it was a must! A casual American dining, with fancier burgers and milk shakes than Johnny Rockets. There is something we weren't able to order but it was a best seller and everyone likes it.  The TNT Shrimp Tacos and for you quinoa lovers, there's a quinoa salad in the menu.
سمعنا وايد عن سيتي ووك وهو مشروع جديد في دبي وعادة يكون زحمة بالليل وقررنا لازم نروحله للغدا بعد ما دخلنا الفندق واللي هو فندق الكونراد الجديد (صارله 3 شهور من فتح) قلنا دام سيتي ووك قريب (أقل من 5 دقائق بالسيارة) نتغدا هناك أحسن قبل لا نروح القرية العالمية.  المكان حلو بس مو لدرجة ما قالوا عنه الناس بس حبيناه لأن الجو حلو واسمه مكان جديد في دبي.  عيب المكان ان التكاسي مو سامعه عنه ومستحيل تحصل تاكسي حتى لو تأشر حق واحد بالشارع ما يوقف لك الا اذا حظك حلو والكل يبي تاكسي.  الحل الأمثل هو ان تاخذ رقم شركة تاكسي من الفندق وتتصل عليهم أو انك تأجر سيارة.  بالعادة نأجر بس هالمرة قلنا ماله داعي لكن طلع له داعي بسبب صعوبة تواجد التكاسي بالأماكن اللي رحنالها وغير ان سياقتهم استهتار. كان في بالي مطعم موز من فترة بعد ما قريت عنه في كذا موقع ولما سألت بالانستقام كذا شخص قالي أجربه.  وأهم ما في الموضوع هو أن المطعم تابع لمطعم كراميل الشهير في دبي. هو مطعم أمريكي كاجول ولكن أرقى من جوني روكتس.  في طلب يمدحونه لكن ما طلبناه وهو الـ تي ان تي تاكوز الربيان.  ولمحبي القينوا عندهم سلطة قينوا في المينيو
This dish was really something! Real comfort food! Covered Tater Tots. Its smothered with turkey gravy. On the heavy side, this dish is to be shared.
طبق عجيب وثقيل هو "كوفرد تيتر توتس" وهو عبارة عن قطع بطاط الصغيرة تشبه الهاش براون وفوقه صلصة قريفي الديك الرومي
Classic burger. My order. Really good!
الكلاسيك برقر. لذيذة!
Buffalo Chicken Crunch Wrap. Its good but ask for more sauce.
رام دجاج البافالو. جلو بس طلبوا يحطون صلصة أكثر
Address: City Walk, Al Safa Street, Dubai
Opening hours: 8:00 am - 12:00 am