Year: 2017

Where to find Filipino comfort food in Dubai | Manila Grill Asiana Hotel

Having just returned from Philippines for our wedding, Ricky and I were commenting how hard it is to find good Filipino food here in Dubai, especially with pork!  It was a pleasant surprise then that we were invited to try out the Manila Grill; a restaurant serving Filipino food (and yes, pork!) in the Asiana hotel in Al Rigga area. Although we were a little unsure of what to expect, after looking at the menu we were very excited to get stuck in! We started off with Sinigang na Hipon which was delicious, and packed full of massive juicy prawns. The soup itself had a lovely coconut flavour with a spicy tang. It reminded us a bit of Tom Yum Soup – which we are huge fans of. Our first main was the Sisig.  Ricky loves sisg whenever we are out (he says it’s the perfect drinking food!) and this dish was made in the Pampanga style.  I was informed by our very helpful waiter, RJ, that the chef is from the Pampanga region and …

Best rolling roast in Dubai

Rolling Roast at Jekyll and Hyde DIFC

My first taste of a classic British roast was when I visited UK and Ricky’s mum cooked me one of her signature roast. Ever since I’ve been craving for that wonderful dish with so many flavours. I was delighted when Jekyll and Hyde invited me to try their new Rolling Roast concept. Jekyll and Hyde is located in Al Fattan currency house in the DIFC area. It is a really smart venue that reminds us of a modern British pub. I was a big fan of the music they played and the smiling faces of all the staff as we arrived. When seated, we were served by the lovely Ryan who suggested that we try their signature cocktail the Jekyll martini with passion fruit and the Mango Daiquiri (this one was buy 1 get 1 as part of happy hour) both of these drinks were lovely. I love the bitter tang of the Jekyll martini and Ricky was a huge fan of the sweet Mango flavours in the daiquiri.     After a short wait Ryan arrived with our two roasts. …

Fiesta Filipino at Skye and Walker

     We were feeling adventurous on a Thursday night and decided to take up an invitation from Skye & Walker to try their Filipino Buffet night. It had been a while since we’d eaten some of my homeland cuisine – were excited for our trip to a new place and we were not disappointed! Upon arriving at S&W the first thing we noticed was the stunning interior, it is a beautiful modern style restaurant that reminded us of the sort of places you see in Bay Square or Citywalk. We were met by the lovely staff who sat us down and took our drinks orders (fruit juices). The buffet selection is in line with S&W’s principles of healthy cuisine along with some Filipino classics (especially for the Thursday promotion). We started off by sampling the salads, which were packed full of fresh and tasty ingredients. My favourites were the macaroni salad (a Filipino classic!), whilst Ricky loved the eggplant and tomato salad – which he said reminded him of the Arabic staple baba ghanouj. After …

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Things To See And Do In Italy

  A roadtrip is one of my favourite things to do when traveling. It gives you plenty of opportunities to snap pictures or to stop over whenever you feel like having a good look at some stunning views; It’s like having your own time to do your own thing. For this post I’m going to share to you how we hit the road to discover Italy outside of Rome on our recent trip. Villa Gregoriana in Tivoli   It was spitting with rain when we headed on an early morning trip to Tivoli. It took an hour to reach the town located in central Italy, about 30 kilometres north-east of Rome. We arrived to discover a lovely, quaint little town. After a brief wander around the town-centre, we ended up exploring a place called Villa Gregoriana. We were delighted to discover this massive park with pathways leading to eerie caves, and eventually a great waterfall. Villa Gregoriana is world famous for its epic waterfall created by the river Aniene. It is perfect for people who …

Jannah Resort & Villas Ras Al Khaimah

As you know Ricky and I enjoy exploring different emirates in the UAE and recently, we’ve been lucky to be invited to experience a “weekenders paradise” for the soft opening of the new Jannah Hotel located in Mina Al Arab. Known for it’s noble Bedouin hospitality, Jannah hotels opened their third chain in Ras Al Khaimah.   Despite the crazy weather, we arrive safely at the hotel and what a relief it was to see the smiling faces of the hotel staff known as Karims. We were escorted to a luxurious one bedroom suite with a breath-taking sea view. I love its contemporary Mediterranean-inspired theme, especially the marble tables. The kitchen and living room are massive but my favourite thing of all is their signature spa bed. It’s the comfiest bed I’ve tried! Perfect for a bed weather.   We had the opportunity to peek around the huge villas. They have a total of 22 villas with 3 bedrooms. One with a private swimming pool. It made me want to move to Ras Al Khaimah. …