Taipei Dao – Taiwanese Teahouse, Restaurant, and Cafe

December 12, 2015
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Despite being Taiwan’s most famous restaurant export, Din Tai Fung’s most popular menu item – Xiao Long Bao – is actually of Shanghainese origin. If you are a lover of food science or food analness, you might be interested in this article where the author spent “16 months roaming Shanghai, dissecting XLB one shop at a time, one […]

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Eggspectation Cafe and Restaurant (The Beach, JBR)

December 5, 2015
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Even though breakfast is supposedly the most important meal of the day I find that I often don’t have time for a proper one. By the time I finish my morning routine of making and packing the kids’ school snacks and lunches, driving them to school, running errands and doing chores, it’s nearly lunch time. […]

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Celebrating the UAE’s 44th National Day at Al Barza Restaurant with Emirati Cuisine

December 2, 2015
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When I first moved to Dubai in 2007, there weren’t any restaurants (except maybe hole in the wall cafés) serving Emirati cuisine. So I started my Emirati cooking project to teach myself what local food could taste like. I say could because at the time, I had no idea if I was making the recipes […]

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Brining Thanksgiving Turkey

November 12, 2015
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“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 […]

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Xiao Long Bao Dumplings = #GetInMyBelly

November 5, 2015
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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 […]

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Comptoir 102 – Cafe & Boutique in One

November 1, 2015
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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 […]

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Happy Halloween?

October 28, 2015
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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 […]

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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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