Wednesday, October 01, 2014

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

Last weekend we stayed at Le Meridien Al Aqah for the weekend, you can find the article here.  I didn't get time to write about the glorious restaurants though so here it is, food @ Al Aqah.

We arrived just in time for lunch and Mitten was keen to swim so we headed for Baywatch Village which is a rather quant beach bar right in the centre of the pool area and gardens.  I ordered my favourite salad ever Prawn and Avocado and the husband opted for one of his favourites, fish and chips. The food seemed to appear in minutes and was really good, the Nile Perch was cooked to perfection with a good crispy batter.  It was here that we met The Italian One (Boss Chef) who was to come a real big part of our weekend, and after a quick chat about what I like I was told that I would be dining at Gonu that very evening and that he would personally oversee that I got yet another seafood kick.  When I am out and about I tend to opt for seafood as I am basically useless at cooking it at home.

That evening, we headed back down to the beach area to meet The Italian One and have our Gonu Experience.  Gonu is a small Bar/Restaurant right on the beach, with a sea view table we were in our element. We had a Seafood Platter for two, with grilled vegetables and steak fries. It was absolutely superb, if you ever or I should say when you visit Le Meridien Al Aqah you have got to try Gonu.  Gonu was built after Cyclone Gonu hit the East Coast in 2007, if I remember rightly Gonu was the brain child of The French One.  My husband said it was the best steak he had in a long long time, and he likes his steaks cooked to perfection.  The Lobster was so fresh I think it had just walked up from the beach. Following that we were served with Ginger Creme Brulee, georgous, but don't worry Team Al Maha you are still the winners of Best Creme Brulee in the UAE.

That was our first days dining experience we shall now move onto day two.  Breakfast is served in Taste if you are staying in a Club Room which we were but I still opted to try the busier Views Restaurant, located on the lower ground floor of the hotel. We would save our Taste Breakfast experience until the following day.  There was a great selection of food, typical of most 5 star hotels in the UAE, I am not a great one for a big breakfast so I opted for eggs and toast.  Mitten was somewhat disappointed as there was no chocolate fountain, the worrying thing about that is if The Italian One had known that he would have found her one!!

Later that morning Chef Bybee came to find us by the pool and took us on a tour of his amazing kitchens, I am getting rather into these Hotel Kitchens these days!!   so much hussle and bussle and creativity going on, I was particularly amused by the guy who was carving huge polystyrene Easter Eggs for the forthcoming Easter Weekend.  I would like to personally thank Chef Bybee and the rest of his team for being so welcoming during our time at the Hotel. 

Before we knew it was lunchtime and Chef Bybee came up trumps with some King Prawns and Mahi Mahi with vegetables, served in Sapore. Sapore is a small Italian Restaurant at the Pool Side, beautiful decor and fabulous bread! all baked in-house.  The fish, and prawns were superb, the butter orange sauce was what made it so special though!  Following this we had a chocolate and vanilla layer cake with raspberry coulis, divine. 

Now you would think that we couldn't possibly eat any more food but we did, we managed a very small afternoon tea in the Club Lounge, beautiful tiny scones with clotted cream and a nice pot of coffee, with a sea view too!! beautiful.

That evening, and by this point in time I am really struggling! more food!  yes more food, this time it was time to try out Taste, the Hotel's Thai Restaurant.  We met the lovely lady Chef who I am guessing we should call The Thai One, she personally prepared me a half portion of crispy duck and my husband had the Masaman Chicken Curry.  I love Crispy Duck, who doesn't!  It was fabulous, really tasty, moist and well seasoned. 

Day two over and now onto our last day and we returned to Taste to experience the A La Carte breakfast menu, Eggs Benedict for me and Chilli Omelette for the husband, he had to get more chilli's but I know for a fact that they will remember the next time and put loads in so that he ends up in a sweat!!

Well that was our dining experience at Le Meridien Al Aqah, a very very fine one at that.  If you want to see some photos you can them by clicking here, and if you so wish you can like my page too.

(I would like to add that we left the Hotel and didn't eat another thing until the following morning!!)

Thanks again to Team Al Aqah

GA

BBC 3 came up trumps again this week with a documentary entitled "The Worst Place in the World to be Gay".  Radio DJ Scott Mills heads over to Uganda to investigate media allegations that Homosexuality is totally unacceptable in Uganda.

Homosexuality is illegal in Uganda as well as another 17 African countries.  The Anti Homosexuality Act of 2009 states that any form of sexual relations between persons of the same sex is illegal. The punishment for having gay sex is to be sent to prison for life, if you have gay sex more than once you can be executed. Sadly they are taking this stuff pretty seriously.

Various people were interviewed and they all felt the same. Comments like gays should be killed, hung, murdered, beaten were common place in conversations surrounding gay people in Uganda.  Anyone who comes out openly as being gay is disowned by their family and alienated by the local population. The Rolling Stone newspaper prints names of people who are gay to create awareness to the authorities.  There is a strong belief that it is because of the Bible that they hate homosexuals with such a vengeance.  I rather think it is more to do with the fact that AIDS originated in Africa but no one seemed to bring that up.

The ignorance of homophobes globally has been something I personally have never been able to come to terms with, the attitudes in Uganda are beyond comprehension, sickening infact.  How people can hate someone because of their sexual orientation is beyond my way of thinking.

Sadly in January of this year, David Keto, a well known gay rights activist was beaten to death with a hammer, Police however were quick to report it as a robbery and not related to his sexuality, I believe it was due to his sexuality. (http://www.nytimes.com/2011/01/28/world/africa/28uganda.html)

I am not a particularly religious person but for research reasons I did look up homosexuality in the Bible and the Koran, but I have no desire to publish either view on here.  I did however find this statement, I have removed the name of the author, but it just shows quite clearly how ignorant some people really are.

"Homosexuality is a moral disorder. It is a moral disease, a sin and corruption... No person is born homosexual, just like no one is born a thief, a liar or murderer. People acquire these evil habits due to a lack of proper guidance and education."

All I have to say on the matter is that religion has alot to answer for; and that I hope and pray that no women in Uganda have the misfortune to produce a gay child .....


http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00yrt1c

As some of you are aware I have an iPhone, which I absolutely love, too much at times it has to be said as I missed half of Coronation Street the other night as I was busy downloading and investigating this new application that hit the App Store a few weeks back.

There are a few different money saving concepts out there and as you know I am a big fan of iShopaholic too.  iVoucher however is completely different and offers us individual discount vouchers for various outlets around the UAE. Quick and easy to navigate, paperless, and with a GPS to find locations a the tip of your fingers, it is well worth the $3.99 price tag.

Everyone wants a bargain these days and there are plenty of great special offers to choose from in this App, with a good variety of choice from Hotels, Restuarants, Spas, Cruises, Tours, Special Venues etc. The App can be downloaded to your iPhone, iPad or iPod so plenty of options for you to try. 

Choose your offer, then all you have to do is show your screen at the participating venue offering the discount/promotion, easy as 123!! And don't panic if you aren't in Dubai, there is an App for Abu Dhabi too! All you have to do now is head to the App shop and search for Dubai Voucher. Let the fun begin!

www.ivoucherdubai.com or follow them on twitter @iVoucherUAE

Enjoy

 


Yes at long last it is September and the last minute rush to buy school uniforms, school bags and healthy snack box foods is upon us.  For some of us we have had years of experience of this, what seems like an enormous task when in reality we do the majority of it every Saturday evening throughout the term time.

I am sure I am not the only Mother who has spent 20 minutes battling in the stationery section of Carrefour pleading with their child, begging them not to buy yet another Pretty Kitty rubber or Ben Ten pen. It's just another commercial revolution, the "Back to School" bonanza, what a waste of time and energy. Stick some pencils in a fluffy 7 dhs pencil case from Daiso and pack them off to school with a smile on their face.

This year Mitten enters year three, I can't believe where the years have gone, this is the start of her 5th year at school and she is only 7!

Just remember that it really doesn't matter what they achieve or if they have the trendiest school bag known to the Beckham's.  What is important is that they are happy and that they enjoy their time at school, each and every minute of it.  School is not a competition created by parents to ensure their child is the most liked, but a place where children develop their skills and personalities and become the people we hope and pray they will come.

Tomorrow, with pride, I will thank God for giving me the opportunity to me a Mother, it's the best thing in the world.  I know the house will feel empty without her, it's going to take me a while to adapt to the silence but at least it will give me a chance to write, something I haven't done much of over the Summer due to one thing and another.

All children are a blessing, just make sure your remember that.

GA

I heard about this and thought it would be nice to share it with you all, here goes ....

The British Business Group is the most active business club in the region both online and off celebrates its Silver Jubilee Year; More for Members in our Jubilee Year.

In October 1987 Founding-Chairman Charles Neil signed the document that brought the BBG into existence - a quarter of a century later and British business still flourishes in the UAE.

This gala event will bring together BBG members new and old as well as past Chairmen and their families. Hear how it all started, experience the BBG at its best - shake hands with people who have been with the group from the start.

We are all looking forward to celebrating this prestigious occasion in style but do not forget to bring your business cards - some of the UAEs most influential business men and women will be there.

Date: 14th October 2011
Venue: Safina Ballroom, Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Dubai
Dress: Black Tie or National Dress
Tickets: 600 AED per person, 4800 AED per table of 8, 6000 per table of 10

Book here

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GA 

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