Brining Thanksgiving Turkey

Thu, Nov 12, 2015

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Thanksgiving Side Dishes

Thanksgiving 2011

“I don’t brine my meat. Ever.”  That’s what J. Kenji López-Alt of Food Lab writes in this article on “The Truth About Brining Turkey.”

I love reading Kenji’s food science articles. He does some pretty in-depth scientific food experimentations to determine things like what makes a perfect chocolate chip cookie or a perfect fried chicken wing.

But despite what Kenji says about brining turkey, I respectfully disagree with him and will continue to brine my turkey because mine does turn out moist AND flavorful.

I’ve previously posted about how I brine my turkey in my Thanksgiving 2011 post. Here’s what I do in a little more detail. 

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Xiao Long Bao Dumplings = #GetInMyBelly

Thu, Nov 5, 2015

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Xiao Long Bao at Din Tai Fung

Xiao Long Bao at Din Tai Fung

Restaurants and cafes seem be opening and closing left and right in Dubai. Honesty, I can’t keep track anymore when my days are filled with shuttling mothering two little cuties (some days less cute than others).

But one recent restaurant opening that really caught my eye and got me very excited about their latest expansion into Dubai was Din Tai Fung – a Taiwanese restaurant that specializes in Shanghainese Xiao Long Bao dumplings (if you don’t know what Xiao Long Bao is, then read on!).

Wee Scotch and his friend at DTF for our first visit (of many) to the Dubai branch

There are over 100 branches of Din Tai Fung around the world and two in Hong Kong have previously been awarded one Michelin star each.

Crab Xiao Long Bao at Din Tai Fung

Do you love soup? Do you love dumplings?

I love soup.

I love dumplings.

Now combine the two and, WooHoo Bob’s your uncle!*

Crab Xiao Long Bao at Din Tai Fung

Let’s get something straight though, I don’t mean put dumplings in soup. That’s just a dumpling soup.

A Xiao Long Bao (hereafter refered to as XLB) is a dumpling WITH THE SOUP INSIDE.

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Back in the day, before I stepped foot in a restaurant, I used to read all the reviews (like on Time Out, CitySearch, Yelp, Zomato, etc) so that I would know what to expect, what to order, what not to order. Especially for fine dining places where we can easily spend hundreds of dollars on just one meal and it would be a crying shame to waste it on a bad dish or experience.

But sometimes, just for a change, I like going places without reading any reviews and pretend that I’m going on a mini-adventure where I get to explore a whole new frontier of dining.

Okay, that previous sentence totally made me sound like a sad sad person with no life other than eating and living for the next eating experience. Which is true. Except for the sad part. Maybe.

Sooooo, upon arriving at Comptoir 102, I had no idea what to expect except perhaps the usual cafe setup of tables and chairs around some sort of pastry counter.

But instead, I was pleasantly surprised to discover that Comptoir wasn’t just a restaurant but a boutique as well.

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Happy Halloween?

Wed, Oct 28, 2015

Posted in:  dubai life,musings

Li’L Ginger at her first pumpkin patch in Dubai

I’ll let you in on a little secret: I hate Halloween.

There. I’ve said it. I hate dressing up in ridiculous costumes. I hate the cheesiness of haunted houses. I could go on.

But since having kids, I’ve begun to slowly like it a little more year after year. Especially since I think my kids look adorable in their costumes.

And when I see their joyous expressions post-pumpkin-carving and post-cookie-baking, I realize that I can still dislike some parts of Halloween but love the bonding moments and the family memories we are making.

So… Happy Halloween!


October = Back to Beach Days

October 15, 2015
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The arrival of September means back to school. And with October? It’s beach season in Dubai again! I have to enjoy it while it lasts because when December comes around, it will be too cold (for me) for the beach until March or April. Now the seawater is back to being refreshing instead of being like […]

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Mr. Crab (the new seafood joint in Barsha)

October 10, 2015
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Yay it’s the weekend! I hope everyone has been having a great one so far. I’m continuing to work through my blogging slump and writer’s block by typing my thoughts as they come, getting used to tapping away at my keyboard.  I bought a new keyboard this summer and it’s so shiny and new and […]

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Summer 2015 – Photo Catch-up

October 5, 2015
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Hello pork roast & crackling! #HelloScotland Last few days of cool weather + gluttony in #Scotland before heading back to the #Dubai sandpit. A photo posted by Sandy (@gingerandscotch) on Aug 23, 2015 at 9:46am PDT   Hello! Remember me? That blogger that used to blog regularly once upon a time? Now that Wee Scotch […]

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Ramadan Kareem! (And a Giveaway of the Entertainer Dubai – Kids 2015 Edition)

June 25, 2015
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Ramadan Kareem! This year, the holy month of Ramadan began June 18th and will end July 17th-ish. Wee Scotch’s last day of Kindergarten this year was also June 18th and he and I had been talking all week prior about how we were going to get burgers after school to celebrate the end of a successful school year. […]

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