Month: August 2014


…السلام عليكم ورحمة الله وبركاته

One of the famous affordable Thai restaurants in Dubai. Known for its funny menu, unique atmosphere and good food! Smiling BKK is definitely one of my favorite Thai restaurants in Dubai.


When entering the restaurant the only thing you wanted to do is just look around. There are so many things hung on the wall, mostly funny Mona Lisa portraits! As soon as you enter you are greeted and given the HUGE menu with a toy gun. YES A TOY GUN. This toy gun is used to call your waiter/ress so you do not look stupid just raising your hand and no one is looking at you. Everyone hates just waving at a waiter/ress and them not looking at you. The restaurant is fairly darker than any usual restaurant.


Here are pictures of the variety of the things we ordered, that I would also recommend you trying. You can choose the “percentage” of how spicy you would like your food to be. We usually say “50%”. The bill came out to be 225 Dirhams.

– Som Tum on the right, Laab Gai / Nuea on the left.

– Nuea Yang

– Chicken Green Curry with jasmine rice

– Pad Si Ew (Seafood)

– Mango with coconut sticky rice

Why we keep going back? The food is authentic Thai food that is very flavorful and cooked well! I never went there and was disappointed by the food or the service.

Alia x



…السلام عليكم ورحمة الله وبركاته

What other great way to beat the summer heat here in the UAE other than some ice cream. I have heard A LOT about this place in Ras Al Khaimah called Ashuk Ice Cream. Since as a family we had a weekend getaway their, we decided that we would not get a better opportunity to try this ice cream.
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I think I was too excited and in the beginning had a full spoon which of course led to a very bad brain freeze! Eeekk … Anyways after awhile, eating more and more I started to realize how unique that ice cream was! It was the perfect combination of ingredients: vanilla, mango, pineapple, pistachio, pomegranate and more! I do not know how the person that invented this ice cream made it work but it did! It is not like anything else I have tried … Every spoon consisted of soft texture from the ice-cream and crunchy parts by the pistachios etc …

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I finished the medium cup all by myself, but there was enough for two to share. There was three different sizes and the prices ranged from 6/8/10 dirhams. Personally, I would not go from Dubai to RAK for an ice cream because it is way too far for my liking ! But if I ever go back for a little getaway I would definitely revisit the place. I would recommend anyone around that area to give it a go.


Alia x


…السلام عليكم ورحمة الله وبركاته

As we all know, the world we live in has been OBSESSED lately with coffee. COFFEE COFFEE COFFEE. It seems like some of us can not function without our daily dose of coffee. And who can blame us? I mean have you tried it? IT IS DELICIOUS. Oh the things it does to you! Let alone the beautiful coffee art that is made when you order a coffee.

In this post, I would like to share with you some of my favorite places to get my daily dose of flat whites. And ( ان شاء الله ) if it becomes a success, I will share more places that serve good flat whites. Because who can have enough? Am I Right? Right? RIGHT?

Let us get started with a place I recently visited.


This flat white was from a new cafe located in Umm Suqeim Road. Cafe Rider had a unique atmosphere and concept. You are surrounded by motorcycles while enjoying your cup of flat white.

Find Cafe Rider:
– Instagram : @caferiderme
– Website : www.



Who would not want to try the flat white at one of main coffee distributors? If you want to try one good flat white, this place should be it. I mean, if they roast their own organic coffee! The owners are just the loveliest people you’ll meet. They are located in Al Qouz.

Find Raw Coffee Company:
– Instagram : @RawCoffeeCompany
– Website:



If you are in the mood for a quiet place that looks out on Jumeira Road, with couches and chairs then Spill The Bean is definitely for you. The few times I have visited this place, it had a couple of customers but was very quiet and relaxing. You can find it in Sunset Mall.

Find Spill The Bean:

– Instagram : @SpillTheBeanCoffee



I hope you have enjoyed this post and found it useful.


Alia x


…السلام عليكم ورحمة الله وبركاته


I am a 23 year old female Emirati that LOVES checking out new restaurants/cafe in and around Dubai. With the many different places I have been visiting recently I thought to myself “HEY! Why not make a blog and share my experience with everyone?!?!?!” …

As we all might have been witnessing or heard, Dubai is quickly growing into becoming one of the busiest cities ! (الحمدلله) And if you haven’t heard that yet then here I am to inform you ! Trust me …… With so many different restaurants opening in malls, streets, hotels etc, it is hard to keep up ! Everyday something pops up around the corner and you are not sure whether to give up and join the hype of trying out “THE BEST NEW COFFEE SHOP” or “DESSERTS LIKE YOU’VE NEVER TASTED BEFORE” or just stick to what you are familiar with.

What I hope to accomplish in this blog is to help anyone trying to find either a new or an old place that they have not tried yet .. Even to remind them perhaps of a place that they have forgotten about. Whether this person lives in Dubai, is visiting it soon or is just even interested in knowing about the different types of cuisines that Dubai has to offer.

Alia x