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Succulents

Succulents oh my succulents

I’ve been obsessed with succulents recently. Not only they sound lovely to the ears (I love saying it – SUCCULENTS) but they also look really pretty and they make me happy. So one day I dragged Ricky and off to Dubai Garden Centre.

It’s our first time to visit. The place is massive. It has an outdoor and indoor area with loads of different plant species. And a lovely cafe inside that gave me nostalgia as if I was back in Europe. So pretty!

 

I got one of each different cacti which costs 25 dirhams each. I also bought one bag of mixed soil that costs 20 dirhams and extra pots.

The good thing about succulents – since they are naturally desert plants they require less maintenance which is perfect for apartments. They are watered only once a week. But they also need to have a good amount of sunshine now and again. I’ve put them close to the window so brightness can reach them.

 

 

 

propagating-succulents

I’m really excited to see roots growing. Fingers crossed! Do you like plants? If so, I think we should be friends! lol

 

Nadi Al Quoz

Nadi Al Quoz | Creative Space

 

Are you looking for a new space for creative inspiration? Then I think you should check out the new cultural pop-up in Nadi Al Quoz where you can do work, meetings, meet-ups or just chill-out with healthy food and refreshements from Wild & the Moon. This is one of the reasons why I love Dubai so much.

We’ve popped in last week and I was really impressed with the concept. The lovely wood features gives you homely and relaxing atmosphere.

The space is located at the Warehouse 90 within Al Serkal Avenue. It’s open seven days a week (10am-7pm). They’re hosting a community programme such as yoga, flower arrangement etc.

The Nadi Al Quoz will not be forever. Catch it before 29th October!

 

Creative Space for Freelancers Dubai

 

 

The Bench Breakfast Buffet

Breakfast Hunt in Downtown Dubai

Picture any Friday in Dubai and you will find Myla and Ricky sitting in a restaurant sampling yet another breakfast nook.

The Friday breakfast has become our tradition so what a wonderful surprise when I was invited by my blogger friends to go on a breakfast hunt. A one day breakfast trek around Downtown Dubai. 

This was the only thing that could get me up on a 630 on a Friday morning! Having forced ourselves out of bed we arrived with a big smile greeting our friends (Lady, Doc Gelo, Kriska and Joy) at La Serre restaurant which is our first stop.

 

This was somewhere we were looking at for a long time so I was delighted to visit here. Unsurprisingly all of us started with a coffee. Mine was a coffee latte which was just perfect to kickstart the day.

The Eggs Benedict we ordered was beautifully presented with a scrumptious creamy hollandaise sauce on top. The eggs were cooked just as we asked. I also have the chance to try the french toast which was amazing too! No wonder La Serre won prestigious awards as one of the best restaurant in Dubai.

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As bloggers always agree “sharing is caring” so I got to try their dishes too. The french toast was decadent with a wonderfully soft and sweet paired perfectly with the fresh cream and jam. The croissant was hands down the best I’ve ever tasted! It was so flaky and buttery you could tell it had been made by a French chef!

La Serre breakfast spread

The ambiance in the downstairs area was perfect way to kickstart a day. With the beautifully laid out pastries and the whole restaurant lit up by the glass walls. You really feel you’re in a foodie paradise. 

La Serre Bistro & Boulangerie

Vida Hotel,Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard, Downtown – Dubai

04 428 6969

 

 

Fume-Neighborhood-Eatery-Downtown

Fume Neighborhood Eatery

 

For our next stop we headed to Fume. Ricky and I had been here before for lunch but we were very interested to try their breakfast. Together we ordered breakfast pan and an omelette. These were beautiful with the omelette garnished with fresh rockets perfectly cooked and the breakfast pan giving you that classic english breakfast taste. I love the giant mushrooms but what was most magical about our visit was the monster shakes! These crazy concoctions included a strawberry milkshake with an upside down cone and a chocolate flavoured one with a whole brownie on top. They tasted lovely but to be honest you need to check my photo below to understand.

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Monster-shakes

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Rainbow Cake

 

As with La Serre, the staff at Fume were extremely welcoming and attentive but not over bearing exactly what you need on a Friday morning. To end they gave us Rainbow bagels with nutella fillings for someone with a sweet tooth this is a dream star to your day – plus they’re very photogenic. 

Fume Neighborhood Eatery Downtown

Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard – Dubai
 04 456 8784

To digest our food we decided to wander around Downtown area. Of course we took our classic blogger pose!

 

We took a taxi to Rove Hotel. This is a really cool budget hotel concept and I hope to review my experience here at some point. But for today we only have one mission – breakfast! 

 

Every Friday, the hotel do a The Bench brunch which used to be located in Pavilion Dubai. 

For this we started with the buffet selection. They had all sorts of dishes here. I particularly like the fresh healthy juices , cheese board, fresh smoked salmon. Oh they have Sriracha sauce to which is a bonus point. As per the brunch we ordered one main dish each. I ordered the Burger which was perfectly cooked succulent beef and Ricky had Shakshuka which is an arabic breakfast dish with eggs and tomato.   

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The-Rove-hotel-brunch

Rove Downtown Dubai

312 Al Sa’ada Street – Zabeel 2 Downtown – Dubai

04 561 9999

So if you like a classy French style experience I would recommend La Serre restaurant with a tasty twist on classic breakfast dishes and an amazing selection of freshly baked breakfast treats. Plus croissants to die for! For those who fancy a classic English breakfast or to take some Instagram worthy pictures and to see the craziest drink I’ve seen in Dubai I would recommend Fume. For a good value deal especially for families I would recommend the Rove Bench plus a chance to see one of the coolest new hotel concepts of Dubai. All three provide great value for money and were certainly within our normal breakfast budget of max 100 per head.

So guys happy breakfast hunting! Let me know what your favourite breakfast nook in Dubai!

Thanks Ricky for suggesting our Game of Thrones inspired hashtag. Follow our feed on Instagram with #brekkyiscoming.

Zafran Indian Bistro pic 2

New Zafran Indian Bistro in Mirdif City Centre

 

A good few years ago while we were staying in Mirdif – we’ve visited a certain Indian restaurant that we talk fondly about. Unfortunately we haven’t got to visit it again, that place was called Zafran. I’ve just found out the very same place was to re-open with a new bistro concept adding a modern touch with a more affordable menu. This was an exciting news for us as we really love the old place and was really excited with the revamp.

Last week, we had the privilege to try the new menu and had a memorable tour of the new restaurant and what an experience it was. When we arrived we were amazed at the very casual inspired design in the front and a comfortable discreet lounge at the back. I can’t state enough how much I love the new design. The colours they use are so cool and different from the other Indian restaurant I’ve been to before. 

The menu was really fresh with some cool concepts. We decided to go for the chefs recommendations. As soon as we sat we were greeted with wonderful popodoms and a variety of home-made chutneys. These were amazing especially the beetroot one.

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A little later our soup was served. I had a chicken and mushroom soup while Ricky had the tomato and cinnamon one. I was really enjoying my soup. I love its creamy texture with garlicky flavour. Ricky reminded him of classic buttered chicken gravy sauce infused with cinammon and it worked really well.

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For the appetizer they recommended us to try the Dahee Kebab, a deep-fried yogurt with coriander dumplings. Its very unique. The chef pointed out how difficult it is to deep fried the yogurt and keep it with such a soft fluffy consistency. I really love this one and it reminded me of very light cheese balls. For those who love dosa the Aloo Tikkia, had a wonderful dosa filling potato cutlets with chickpea masala which is lovely.

Zafran Indian Bistro

Before we head to the mains we were invited to have a tour inside the kitchen. This was an amazing experience. Especially to see the amount of preparation in the tandoori area where we also saw our chef make for us the family sized Nan in front of our face. This thing was huge!

Biggest Roti in Dubai

After we met all the lovely kitchen staff we went back for our mains where alongside our giant Nan. We had tandoori king prawns and lamb rogan josh. The tandoori king prawn were out of this world. They were huge and tasted more lobster to me and the wonderful charcoal spicy tandoori coating has left me dreaming of them in recent days.

King Prawns

The lamb is another of their signature dishes and the tender chunks of lamb in a creamy spicy sauce was amazing. Ricky is addicted to popodoms dipped with rogan josh and he made sure all popodoms remaining on the table are finished. My favourite is the Subzi Masala, mixed vegetables with onion and spices. It was very tasty.

 Zafran Indian Best indian food in Dubai

To finished our meal we have a small samples of Zafran desserts. The most memorable one for me is the carrot dessert which reminded me of a very sweet carrot cake and Ricky like the Kofi the cool and refreshing traditional ice cream with a Zafran twist.

I would like to thank Flo, Mr. Gaurav and his wonderful team for their polite and welcoming service througout the night. For anyone who fancies modern Indian cuisine at an affordable price head on down to Mirdif City Centre and try Zafran!

Indian Sweets

Zafran Indian Bistro (across Bateel)

Mirdif City Centre

Follow their Instagram at @zafranindianbistro 

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Sri Lanka, why so beautiful?

Known as the teardrop-shaped island, Sri Lanka has been one of the frequent holiday destination for Dubai expats. Why? Because of its quick access for only 4-hour flight you will be transported in to a beautiful tropical country. If you’re a Filipino reading this, the great news is you can get your visa upon arrival and online.

We booked our ticket for 600 dirhams each for a return flight from FlyDubai.

Visa is around 100 dirhams 

 

What we think of Sri Lanka

  • very clean
  • friendly people
  • safe
  • tuktuks everywhere
  • many ways similar to Philippines
  • were so amazed by the religious culture like Buddhism
  • beautiful beaches
  • amazing waves
  • beware of tourist traps like tuktuk dirvers took us to bars and resturants which is very expensive and they admitted that they get commision when taking us there
  • don’t ride elephants go to the wildlife park instead thats where you see them in their natural habitat
  • monsoon season, so not very many tourists but were lucky to not have too much rains
  • food was okay – we end up in tourist traps similar price to Dubai! I recommend to try Sri Lankan food for example Kottu
  • if you’re unsure go to Tripadvisor and look for local nooks
  • staff are very friendly and accommodating
  • give tips  – they appreciate it so much
  • one advice – find a tuktuk driver that you can trust and pay them for a day and ask them where they go for local food

 

Where we stayed

Temple Tree Resort 

Costs 240 dirhams per night which is quite a good deal. It’s an hour and a half drive away from the airport. Our room was so clean with a lovely balcony facing the beach. We can actually hear the strong waves splashing outside. There are not too many people in the hotel due to monsoon so we have the place mostly to ourselves.

The restaurants close early so better to dine earlier like 5pm 

Temple Tree Bentota SriLanka

Temple Tree Induruwa

 

If you like Pinacoladas and getting caught in the rain #holidaysong #pinacoladas #vscocam #srilanka

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The local beer is called Lion. It’s very nice and cheap for those who want to sample the local brew.

Sri Lanka’s local beer #lionlager #vscocam #srilanka #findmeabreak

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Turtle’s sanctuary

We met two lovely Japanese volunteers who were studying and taking care of the turtles. They put them in different sections such as hatching area, turtles with different breeds, turtles that are in need of medical attention etc. We paid 50 dirhams each for a quick tour. It was fun!

Turtle Sanctuary

baby turtles sanctuary

 

Buddhist Temple 

Kandeviharaya Temple – our tuktuk driver took us to this temple just a couple of minutes away from our hotel. It was raining so hard when we arrived and we were told to take off our shoes as a sign of respect. The buddha statue was massive. We had a quick tour around the temple. Appreciating the wonderful carvings of the wall and paintings.

We saw an elephant that was chained outside the temple and we felt so bad looking at him. 🙁

Rule your mind or it will rule you 🙏🏻 #buddha #vscocam #srilanka #passionpassport

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🐘🐘🐘 #fujifilm #srilanka #vscocam

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We were all walking barefoot around the temple

Kandeviharaya Temple

 

Boat Safari

This is the best part of the trip. We were debating whether to do the wildlife safari but we were short in time so we’ve decided to do the boat safari instead. The tour lasted two hours. We’ve seen crocodiles, monkeys, monitor lizard, bats, tropical birds, mangroves etc.

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Crocodile Srilanka

Jet skiing

It’s crazy! It’s my first time to jet ski and it was in Sri Lanka! My cousin RJ let me drive and it feels amazing. Will definitely do it again in Dubai.

Jetski in Srilanka

Precious stones

Sri Lanka is famous for their precious stones and gems. We had a bit of a tour around the shop and of course I bought a souvenir for myself. My birthstones are Topaz and Citrine but they’re too pricey for me so I’ve asked the guy to give me 100 dirhams worth of stone haha. He gave me Tourmaline. I have no idea what this stone is but I think it’s nice. 🙂

precious stones in Sri lanka

Food

Ricky highly recommends the Kottu roti, a famous Sri Lankan dish made from Godhamba roti and vegetables, egg or meat, and spices. Beware if you can’t tolerate spicy food then you need to specifically inform the staff to not make it spicy. The medium spicy is killer spicy but I love it.

Srilankan food

🌴🍴#foodporn #srilankanfood #vscocam

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The waves. Wait for it. #SriLanka #bentota #findmeabreak

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Overall, Sri lanka is a place that we would happily recommend. On our next time we will surely go to the wildlife park to see the elephants and different animals in their natural habitat.  I hope you enjoyed my little tour about Sri lanka. Have you been there? I would love to hear your experience! xoxo

 

Tropical island girls in their natural habitat #cousins #srilanka #boatsafari #vscocam

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I got all the time in the world #vscocam #srilanka #colombo #passionpassport

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PS I’ve been featured from Read Magazine’s travel section. Check it out! 🙂