Dubai

THIS IS HOT DOG – DUBAI

…السلام عليكم ورحمة الله وبركاته

This is hot dog is a new little restaurant that opened at JLT (Cluster I). The interiors, the waitresses, the tables, the menu .. everything was done with such great details. This is hot dog is what you would exactly expect from a place specializing with hot dogs. They have a variety of hot dogs to choose from we opted for the Japanese, Mexican, Franky and BBQ Brisket. Do order their Luxury fries ( AED 15 ) as their softness from the inside but crunchy from the outside is not something to miss.

The Japanese hot dog was more on the sweeter side. Containing sweet fresh mango on alfalfa leaves and crunchy iceberg of lettuce with smooth wasabi mayo. Japanese sauce and a gentle ginger pickle ( AED 29 ). A definite re-order !IMG_5882

The Mexican included lush guacamole and sour cream mixed with spring onions, jalapeños, tomatoes and smothered with cheddar cheese on top of refried beans. ( AED 24 ). A definite re-order!IMG_5886

The Franky is exactly what you would expect a good old burger to taste like. Containing ketchup, mayo, mustard, top with onions, dill pickle, sweet corn and finished with cheddar cheese ( AED 25 ). A re-order !image2

BBQ Brisket each sandwich contained 200g of Australian brisket beef that is cooked overnight for 9/10 hours. Personally I did not enjoy it. ( AED 53 )IMG_5892

Choco bun is banana in their soft bread topped with nutella and m&ms. A good way to add sweetness after all the delicious hot dogs. ( AED 23 )image1

Telephone : 800844

Instagram : @Thisishotdog

Location : Jumeira Lake Towers, Cluster I

 

HAPPY TASTING

Alia x

RIPE MARKET – DUBAI

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Every Friday morning Ripe will host their market from 9:00 AM till 2:00 PM at Zaabeel Park (Gate 1). You will find fresh organic fruits, vegetables, local food stalls, mini version of restaurants, crafts, fun activities for the kids, live music and many more! ATM machines are available this year too. The majority of the places have reasonable pricing. There are different types of seating areas and since it is in a park it would be a fun picnic experience. I would recommend you visit the Ripe Market early as it gets VERY crowded and it would be difficult to find a parking spot (We parked in the sand pit across Gate 1!). You should definitely check this place out as it is only for a period of time. There is a clear improvement from last year.

Lemonade (10 DHS each) :
Fresh sour but sweet, the perfect balance of a good lemonade.
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Love Donuts (15/18 DHS each) :
I will have a separate blog post about this so stay tuned !
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Vanilla Milkshake (20 DHS) :
Trying to beat the heat with this milkshake that was spot on. From “54 East”.
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Green Juice, Orange Roots, Cashew Saffron (115 DHS total) :
One of the best fresh & healthy juices in Dubai. Though a little bit overpriced. From “Essentiall”.
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Sweet Potato (20 DHS) :
Crunchy sweet potato that you just can’t stop nibbling from.
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Raclette Dubai (35 DHS) :
Boiled baby potato with amazing melted cheese on top. A must try if you are there.
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Details :
Website : http://www.ripeme.com
Instagram : @RipeFresh

HAPPY TASTING
Alia x

TOM&SERG – DUBAI

…السلام عليكم ورحمة الله وبركاته

I have tried Tom&Serg for multiple occasions.. Whether it was breakfast, lunch, coffee break or early dinner and I must say I was never disappointed. This post will be about the breakfast dishes I have tried. The waiting time for the food was between 5 – 10 minutes which is fast for the beautiful flavorful dishes they serve. The menu is just a single back to back menu, short and simple. The menu includes AM food, PM food, ALL day, desserts, coffee and milkshakes. A bottle of complimentary water is given each time. The atmosphere is casual, hip and contemparory. The waiters/resses are very friendly.

Here is what we ordered:

– Flat white ( 17 DHS ) :
Just what you would expect with any good flat white. No complaints.
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– Salted Caramel milkshake ( 23 DHS ) :
Which from the name you would think it would be heavy for breakfast but nope! It was light and enjoyable.
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– Shakshouka baked eggs ( 41 DHS ) :
Melted tomatoes, mozzarella, chilli, cumin, dukkah, toasted surdough. Comes with two slices of brown bread. I would recommend this if you want to try a breakfast dish at Tom&Serg.
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– Baghdad scramble ( 51 DHS ) :
Spicy lamb sausage, minted labneh, cauliflower florets, pine nuts, raisins, hummous, paratha.
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– Details
Website : http://www.tomandserg.com
Location : Al-Joud centre, Alquoz, near Ace Hardware on Sheikh Zayed Road
Opening Hours : Weekdays ( 8.00AM – 4.00PM ) Weekends ( 8.00AM – 5.00PM)

HAPPY TASTING.
Alia x

ECLAIR – DUBAI

…السلام عليكم ورحمة الله وبركاته

Jumeira Lake Towers offers a variety of new cafés, patisseries, restaurants and many more start up companies! I really just want to spend a month there to try out all the new things!

Here is one of the new patisserie dedicated entirely to éclairs! The éclairs are high quality with fresh & fine ingredients. Though they need to be consumed in the next 24 hours after purchase to enjoy it (suggested by them) !

These mini éclairs are the perfect size for fancy gatherings or casual meetups with friends ! They are creamy and soft. Éclair offer 12 different flavors ranging from milk chocolate and passion fruit to Japanese green matcha tea.

Price: Each mini éclair is for 8.50 DHS while the regular is for 19 DHS.

Here is the box that we bought:
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Size of éclair:
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Inside of éclair:
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Details:
Location: Lake Shore Towers, Cluster Y, JLT, Dubai
Instagram: eclairium
Twitter: @eclairtweet
Phone Number: 04 – 4279901
Website: http://www.eclair.ae

HAPPY TASTING.
Alia x

KRUSH BURGER – DUBAI

…السلام عليكم ورحمة الله وبركاته

I think I am the last person in Dubai to try Krush Burger!

This joint has a short menu with 4 burger choices, french fries or sweet potato tots, milkshakes and soft drinks. You could order the two mini burgers as a combo with a side (46 DHS). And you can refill your soft drinks. The bill came out to be 104 DHS (for 2 people).

This was our meal, they would put everything in a tray but it looked SO good.
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French Fries & Sweet Potato Tots :
The french fries was crispy from the outside but soft from the inside, just how I like them! The sweet potato tots was something different than the usual. But I am not sure how well it goes with the burgers. Would definitely go for french fries only next time!
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Original & Philly :
The original consisted of grilled onion, lettuce, tomato, american cheese & house sauce. The Philly consisted of grilled mushrooms and onions, aged provolone, & red pepper aioli.
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Buffalo Chicken & Cowbell :
The Buffalo Chicken was by far my favorite. If you enjoy something spicy then this is the burger for you. Cowbell had beef bacon, crispy onions, smoked gouda & BBQ sauce.
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Personally, I would recommend a person to try the Buffalo Chicken & Cowbell with french fries. Things might get messy because their burgers are saucy.

Details :
Opening Hours : Sun-Sat 11:00AM – 10:00PM
Location : Between Murooj Rotana and Cafe2go, financial centre road.
Telephone : 04 388 77 44
Website : http://www.krushburger.com

HAPPY TASTING
Alia x

CHIKALICIOUS – DUBAI

…السلام عليكم ورحمة الله وبركاته

Today I visited the newly opened! Award winning! Dessert club! All the way from New York! In Dubai! EXCUSE THE SUGAR RUSH. After the waiter/ress hands you the menu, you are then greeted by Chef David, which may I add is the nicest and funniest Chef I have ever met! Just one of those people you instantly love.

ChikaLicious is located in The Village Mall at Jumeirah Road. They offer a variety of cakes, e-clairs, doughssants, cookies and many more. You can choose to experience to sample three desserts at The Dessert Bar. Here is what I ordered:

– Orea Doughssant (25 AED):
Surrounded by sugar and a crunchy croissant from the outside, as soon as you break in oreo mousse is squeezed out.
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– Vanilla Milk Crepe Cake (35 AED):
This cake is not as heavy as it looks. It was really light and soft. It delivers exactly what you expect when you see it.
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– Rose Doughssant (25 AED):
Save the best for last! Just so good… Might look “average” but as soon as you break in the doughssant, its like a waterfall! It just oozes out custard goodness!
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This place is A MUST visit if you want to be served some heavenly desserts!

HAPPY TASTING
Alia x

SMILING BKK – DUBAI

…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.

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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.

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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.
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– Nuea Yang
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– Chicken Green Curry with jasmine rice
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– Pad Si Ew (Seafood)
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– Mango with coconut sticky rice
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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.

HAPPY TASTING
Alia x

ASHUK ICE CREAM – RAK

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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.

HAPPY TASTING.

Alia x

TOP 3 FLAT WHITES IN DUBAI

…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.

CAFE RIDER

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. cafe-rider.com

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RAW COFFEE COMPANY

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: http://www.rawcoffeecompany.com

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SPILL THE BEAN

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

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

HAPPY SIPPING.

Alia x