Robinsons Launches Its Ramadan '19 Collection

Sunday, April 14, 2019

Robinsons is slowly becoming one of my favorite destinations to shop at. The other day my mum and I went shopping for a dainty gift for one of her friends. I happened to wander off and ended up admiring the beautiful Alexander Wang shoes on display. I wandered off a little further, tried a few fragrances and discovered how much I love YSL's Black Opium. There's something about this fragrance that gets to you right from the first spritz.

Of course Robinsons has a gorgeous collection of gowns and dresses. I have 2 gowns that I have yet to wear but wanted that one dress from Poca and Poca just because "it's so pretty". Alongside the gowns is the new modest wear collection. Just in time for Ramadan (and Eid), the collection features an array of classic designs and elegant pieces.

I attended the launch that was hosted in an intimate setting with a beautiful Bohemian feel to it.

The Food Byte: Cooking With Zahra Cookbook Launch

Saturday, April 6, 2019

While I may not be a pro in the kitchen, I love to experiment with food. As a teen, I remember tearing out desserts recipes from magazines and creating my own recipes scrap book. The book contained more sweet than savory recipes and I eventually made my first dessert- a decadent velvety rich chocolate mousse. After that, no matter how much I tried I couldn't get the recipe right. There's an art to cooking...the mixing, the tempering, the melting and everything in between.

Fast forward to me as an adult- I've made numerous desserts at home (let's not talk about the savory, because I'm still perfecting them) including Banana Chocolate Chip Bread that didn't last more than an hour. It makes me smile knowing I'm not as bad in the kitchen as I feared I would be. And hey, if your brother asks you to make Oreo and Chocolate Truffles again, you know you're getting there.

So, when I was invited to Zahra Abdalla's cookbook launch, Cooking With Zahra, I was ecstatic.

The Food Byte: Play House Brunch at Swissotel Al Ghurair

Saturday, November 3, 2018

It's rare for a restaurant to focus their brunch around kids. I've been to several brunches where there's a small section for little humans and the rest is devoted for adults. The new Friday brunch, Play House at Swissotel, Al Ghurair Dubai specializes in keeping kids entertained during brunch.

What a novel idea! Kids get to don chef hats and indulge in a variety of activities and consume food much to the pleasure of the parents who don't quite have to go running after them.

I was pleasantly surprised when I stepped into Liwan, the restaurant hosting the brunch.

The Food Byte: Zaatar W Zeit, Palm Jumeirah, Dubai

Friday, August 17, 2018

To me, Zaatar W Zeit is pretty much like a friend's home I'd go hang out at. It's got the same friendly vibes, home food aroma wafting through and familiar faces. From "Hey, you want to go to Zaatar W Zeit?" after watching a movie to "I'm ordering from Zaatar. You want anything" at work, the Lebanese restaurant has become a staple in my life.

These days whenever I'm in Abu Dhabi, a quick lunch is always at Zaatar W Zeit (also known as ZwZ). On that note, there's nothing 'quick' about the lunch. We usually take an hour and 45 mins to eat our way through and have a good conversation. 

The food at ZwZ never gets old. Everyone I know has a special love for that one item off the menu. I have several favorites (featured here is the one that tops my list!) and I had them again when I visited the new branch at Palm Jumeirah. 

The Food Byte: Cucina Mia Ristorante, JBR, Dubai

Saturday, June 23, 2018

The last time I planned a Euro trip, Italy, Netherlands and Switzerland all got left out of the travel itinerary due to insufficient days off from work. Never got to savor the taste of authentic Italian cuisine. The dream of sinking my teeth into melting buffalo mozzerella cheese topped with the finest tomato sauce, zucchini and the likes, pretty much remained a dream.

Fast forward to 2018, I've had my fair share of Italian cuisine in Dubai but you have to go to a restaurant/cafe that hosts an Italian chef to really savor this cuisine. I recently paid a visit to Cucina Mia Ristorante.

Nestled in JBR, this little Italian gem is not hard to miss. With the interiors giving off an air of Italian streets, Cucina Mia is a quaint restaurant with a menu that excels in variety. The chef, Matteo Bissante takes great pride in his craft and the food served on the table is a result of that passion.

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