Monday, June 25, 2018

April

What an amazing month March turned out to be, we celebrated our tenth wedding anniversary for an entire week, starting of at Le Meridien Al Aqah and finishing at Al Maha Desert Resort and Spa, with a trip to Jumeirah Beach Hotel and Emirates Golf Club inbetween!!  The weather has finally broken and we are experiencing a rise in temperatures, it's no secret I prefer the hotter months over the cooler ones. It's Easter this month, so I hope the Easter Bunny is really kind to you all. Have a fabulous month wherever are you are.

GA

Geordie Armani

If you love food then you are going to love the Philips Festival of Taste Dubai 2012, just reading through the list of Chef's who are attending this event is enough to make you want to reserve your tickets now!

With Gary Rhodes, Aldo Zilli, Armani Peck, Wai Hung Ho, Ranu Irawan are just a few of the Chef's headlining the event.

Now in its 5th year, this year looks like it may well be their biggest event.  Twenty six restaurants are taking part this year including The Rivington Grill, The Ivy, Seafire, Zafran, Buddha Bar, Saffron and many more. There are so many restaurants that I have not visited it makes sense to visit the festival to check out their menu's and have tasters.

There is also a Chefs' Theatre holding culinary masterclasses throughout the three day event. Favourite Things have sponsored a Kids area (always a bonus) and then there is the British Airways VIP Lounge to take a bit of time out (only valid for VIP ticket holders).

Ticket prices are very reasonable starting at 60 dhs, there is a special offer currently running, just quote the word TWIT or FACE into the promo box and you will able to buy two tickets for 99 dhs.  Entry for under 12's is totally free!!

Enjoy!!

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Last weekend we got our passports out and headed over to Le Meridien Dubai (the one near the airport), living in new Dubai means I very rarely head over Garhoud Bridge, in all fairness we have everything on our doorsteps here, but we don't have M's Seafood Bistro ...

M's Seafood Bistro only opened last month in the location that some of you might remember as Cafe Chic at Le Meridien.  The weather that day was sunny which makes a change at the moment, so we decided to dine inside.  The restaurant is small and tastefully decorated though I have to say I don't quite get the branding of the dated supermodel and the fish, however you don't judge a restaurant on its decor you judge it on the food which I have to say was really good. I did however absolutely adore the plates on all the tables, especially the ones that had the menu's on them.  You can find some photographs here.

As it was lunchtime we didn't opt for starters and went straight onto mains, though Chef did bring us a complimentary seafood chowder which was absolutely delicious, Mitten wasn't impressed (sorry Chef it appears 7 year olds and seafood don't mix). We were also presented with beautiful fresh bread and pressed butter, Mitten loved the salt bread.

For my main course I chose the Sea Bream with Crushed Potatoes and Anchovy Juice whilst my husband opted for the Marinated Black Cod Loin, Brandade with Light Herb Dressing.  Mitten had the childrens Beef Burger which whilst it was on the children's menu it was more suited to a teenager than a 7 year old, I have to say it looked fabulous though, with lovely big chips!!   My Sea Bream was perfect, beautifully cooked and presented as was the Black Cod Loin, I have posted some pictures here.

In true GA fashion we had to try the Creme Brulee, very very good but Al Maha Desert Resort and Spa are still the current title holders of Best Creme Brulee in the UAE.  We had a great time at M's and I would like to thank all the staff who were so attentive, the Chef who made our dining experience special and most of all Le Meridien Dubai for inviting us along for lunch in the first place. Well done team Le Meridien Dubai.


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I first came across Antiques Museum in Al Quoz about three years ago, it had been recommended to me by a friend as being a rather different place to check out.  I went three years ago and then tried to go again and couldn't find it!  Last week though I got some good directions from one of the twitterati and managed to find it.   The first thing I must say is that, it is not a Museum, it is a warehouse, and were there any antiques there?  genuinely I doubt it very much.

BUT there is a hell of alot of other stuff there, I mean tons and tons of stuff, this warehouse is basically Karama indoors! it is huge and has so many little nooks and crannies that you can easily get lost.  They sell everything from tourist tat, to beautiful bedcovers and cushions, shisha, shoes!  you name it they have it at Antiques Museum.  I specifically went as I have some pictures that need framing, I was really impressed with the choice of frames available and the fabulous collection of Middle Eastern art that was for sale.

I say if you have visitors or you just fancy somewhere different, get yourself along to Antiques Museum, if you can find that is!! here are my directions ...  you know the lights BEHIND Times Square? turn left there, then second right, then first right, then park. It is a big grey warehouse on the right hand side.

Enjoy!!!

Members of the local social media community based mostly in Dubai and Northern Emirates have pooled their resources to launch the first urban festival – TwingeDxb. Being organised by Sphere Events and hosted by the community’s favourite fusion restaurant, WildPeeta Open Spaces, the festival is scheduled to run every evening from 6pm between 10 and 16 December 2011.

Free to attend, like all community events, TwingeDxb will focus on the local cultural talent including arts, music, drama, comedy, fashion, books and movies. The backdrop of the event will feature the work of local painter, Noha Mourad and photographer, Catalin Marin, known better as @momentaryawe.

Festival founder, Sherif Abaza of Sphere Events said, “We have a lot of talent here and some of them just don’t have the resources to promote themselves. All of the work that will be displayed or performed will be original material. We also know that there are people in this community that are not aware of what is available locally and that they do not necessarily need to head internationally when it’s right here on the doorstep.”

The event launches with ‘Praise for Prose’ headlined by Alexander McNabb, author, Olives. It will also coincide with the second anniversary of the TwitBookClub. The line-up includes:

Dec 10

Prose and Reading Night featuring local writers Alexander McNabb, Frank Dullaghan, and Sultan al Darmaki supported by the local Twit Book Club

Dec 11

Rhythm sessions featuring Lauren Nieuwland, Gongsters and Sach Holden among others

Dec 12

Passion for Fashion featuring Sartori Sartori and Love Soni Jewellery

Dec 13

Laughter therapy featuring local standup comedians from Dubomedy featuring Ali Al Sayed, Mina Liccione, Andrew Reynolds, Omar Ismail, Ismail Seddiqui and Salman Qureshi

Dec 14

Drama in Dubai featuring short sketches from some of the local dramatists and variety entertainers We Are Firestorm

Dec 15

Magic of Poetry featuring recitations from the poets of the local Poeticians Society

Dec 16

Reels of Dubai featuring some of the local artists' short films from Shahid Azam, Faisal Hashemi and Beno Zaradzic acclaimed Time Lapse of Abu Dhabi

 

You can get more information by connecting with the organisers on Twitter, Facebook or their website.

A few weeks ago I wrote about the Laws of the land and being safe whilst living in the UAE.  Here is the link for that article for those of you didn't see it the first time ... http://www.geordiearmani.com/topical/146-safe-in-the-land-of-sand.

In that article I mentioned how Danielle Lloyd had visited Dubai for a short break and I commented on the fact that she was pregnant and single and hoped and prayed she wouldn't need the services of a hospital whilst she was here as she may find herself in a bit of trouble. I found out a few days ago that sadly she did need the services of a hospital but she was thankfully back in the UK.  She and her baby are both safe and well.  

 (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-1373448/Danielle-Lloyd-tells-terror-hospital-drama-medics-unborn-babys-heartbeat.html)

Earlier today I wrote about my friend who is gay, and was beaten up because of his sexuality. Today on twitter it has been brought to my attention on more than one occasion that people feel there is one rule for the Western and Local residents and another one for the Asian residents of Dubai.  I think, and have always felt that this is the case.  How often do we hear of gay celebrities visiting the UAE? and how often are single pregnant stars visiting the UAE?   Would a male Asian guy arrested for displaying affection at his male partner receive the same sentance as say Elton John and David Furnish? who incidently are actually "married".  I am guessing the answer to that would be a resounding no.

Whatever we think or feel, we are guests in this Country, a Country that I have come to love very much over the years. I am proud to say that I witnessed the growth of Dubai through my own eyes, not through jealous documentary makers who are quick to condemn and criticise.   I have always respected the Laws and taken time to try and understand them as best I can.

Stick to the rules and you will all be safe in the Land of Sand, however bizarre those rules may sound, they are the law of the land ....

 

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