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Gourmet by KCal

Gourmet by Kcal is one of those hidden Dubai treasures. It’s tucked away down the side of the lobby of the Le Meridian Mina Seyahi, and it’s the sort of place you would wander right past, if you didn’t know it was there. However, it offers delicious, healthy food in a beautiful setting – overlooking […]


Common Grounds at Mall of the Emirates

I can’t believe I haven’t written a post on Common Grounds yet. Situated in the Mall of the Emirates, Common Grounds was the first cafe we visited the day we arrived in Dubai. It has delivered us tasty comfort food ever since. Run by the ubiquitous Bull&Roo, a company well known throughout Dubai for its […]

Jones the Grocer

Jones the Grocer at the Dusit Thani

Jones the Grocer should be nothing special. It is just another chain of cafés, one of many in a city full of eateries. There is even one in New Zealand, although I have admittedly never visited it. But what it does, it does very well. We visited Jones the Grocer during Ramadan. It was one […]


24 Hours in Wellington

It’s an interesting experience to write a post about enjoying a day in your own city. You know it so well because you have spent so much time there, but you haven’t experienced it in a 24 hour block. It is not often that you sit down and distill exactly what it is that makes […]


Marimekko Cafe at BOXPARK

Yesterday, I just really wanted to get out of the house. Despite it being 46 degrees outside, sometimes, it’s good to do something. Those of you experiencing the Dubai summer will understand. Our choice of activities is rather limited at the moment…. should we eat, drink, or go to the mall? Eating won. We decided […]

Din Tai Fung

Din Tai Fung at the Mall of the Emirates

When Matt and I visited Beijing earlier this year, we visited the famed Din Tai Fung in Beijing. After I returned to Dubai, I realised there was one at Mall of the Emirates! Before heading to the movies, some friends and I decided to visit Din Tai Fung Dubai for lunch. The first thing we noticed […]


Brothaus Bakery at the Steigenberger Hotel

Before I wrote my spa review the other day, I had no idea that Platinum card holders now get a discount at the Brothaus Bakery-Bistro at the Steigenberger Hotel. This was news to me! Although Matt has been to the Backyard and Swim and Tonic, I’d never tried any of the bars or restaurants at the […]


One Life Kitchen and Cafe

I’ve already written about the Dubai Design District, the home of Craft Cafe and a new Japanese restaurant, Yui. My first visit to D3 was to visit One Life Kitchen and Cafe – and I wasn’t disappointed. One Life offers fresh, light and tasty food at excellent prices. It is one of those cafés that […]

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Nouq Camel Milk Products

Of all the different food I have tried since moving to Dubai, I did not expect to take such a shining to Nouq camel milk ice cream. Not being able to tolerate much lactose, camel’s milk is a bit of a saviour for me. It doesn’t have as higher levels of lactose as cow’s milk, […]


Craft Cafe, Dubai Design District

One of the best things about moving to a new country (or city) is the opportunity to try lots of new things. Back in Wellington, the best we could have hoped for was a new cafe or restaurant opening, or a new exhibition or show. It was still always good – and we made the […]

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