Having a tour of a smokehouse might not be everyone’s cup of tea but I’d been badgering Jason of Salmontini for a visit since last November. Partly because of the story behind it – his Dad had started the business in Beirut smoking five fish a week on their balcony in a home-made smoker made out of a cupboard due to the introduction of a huge tax on smoked goods (which he was then importing). Partly also in awe that someone could actually be bothered to fly fresh Scottish salmon to Dubai and smoke it here and make it taste absolutely sublime. Finally because I was refused entry to a kipper smokehouse in Craster – “against rules and regulations you know. We supply Waitrose.” Yes the inner rebellious teenager in me is alive and kicking; if someone says I can’t do something it makes it even more compelling. Read more
Do you get bored shopping at your regular supermarket? I certainly do and so was delighted to find an amazingly authentic Chinese supermarket in Dubai’s International City where I bought fresh Kai Lan (Chinese broccoli) Choi Sum and Pak Choi all at around Dhs 3 to Dhs 5 per bunch, a fraction of what I’d normally pay. I also got a large packet of fresh brown noodles, some ready fried tofu, steamed chicken won tons for soup and all manner of baked rice snack items for school munchies; I even found some rice baked sweet snacks similar to chocolate but much lighter. I wasn’t brave enough to try some of the more exotic and painfully authentic ingredients such as the chicken’s feet or sheep’s tongue but steer clear of these more squeamish items and you still have a huge, well stocked shop that boasts fresh ingredients regularly flown in sensibly priced. Read more
Dubai means five-star (and seven star) hotels, lavish limos, outrageous gold cocktails and luxury dining doesn’t it? Yes…and no. This city is home to all nationalities and budgets with a wealth of eateries to match. Since we arrived in Dubai in 2000 we’ve had a steady stream of visitors, many returning again and again. Their favourite places to go are not the sparkly, glitzy ones (although they like those too) but the street cafés, holes in the walls and other unique eating haunts. So when you’ve maxed out your credit card at the Skyview bar, in Dubai Mall or at Dubai World Cup, here are the top three favourite budget places to eat as road-tested by my friends and family. Highly recommended whether you’re a tourist or resident – just don’t expect linen napkins. And I better mention that they are all Read more
There are loads of Easter activities planned for the Easter weekend. Easter Bunnies will be busy entertaining children in various locations throughout the city. It will be an egg-citing time for the entire family!
Here is a listing of the Good Friday and Easter Sunday brunches happening over the Easter weekend in Dubai…
MBLM launches new mobile web app for I Drink Local Campaign. Technology enabling participation.
Recognising mobility as one of the key attributes of modern consumers, MBLM have developed a new mobile application to support the I Drink Local Campaign and enable UAE residents to participate, whereverthey are.
I Drink Local supports the supply of local water and encourages consumer choice. Jae Hwang, Partner at MBLM, said, “We’ve been getting a lot of favorable feedback from the local community and we’re very proud to have made such a big splash with not only the campaign but the website as well. Many people are logging in and tagging locations so we wanted to go a step further and allow users to tag restaurants and coffee shops from the convenience of their own smart phones and tablets.” Read more
Indulge your senses at the world’s greatest restaurant and music festival! If you love food, drink and music, you’ll love Taste of Dubai. The food lover’s favourite festival will bring together the city’s highly acclaimed restaurants, prestigious celebrity chefs, premium beverage brands, gastronomic exhibitors and an incredible entertainment stage playing host to live international acts. Read more