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A night out at Mina Brasserie

I’m no food expert. Let’s make that perfectly clear. I like to eat, but I’m not a connoisseur. If anything, I’m slightly picky, which tends to keep me from the really exotic foods on offer here in Dubai. I’m…

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A very Dubai Christmas at the Waldorf Astoria

The Dubai brunch. It is a ex-pat mainstay, and every weekend you can find Brits-abroad getting tipsy and embarrassing themselves in public. They are expensive, rowdy, and they can get messy fast. We not really brunch people.  However, it…

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Beat the VAT – fly and buy

Having access to international travel on a regular basis does have some advantages. One of these is bringing back tasty treats (as well as useful household items) from overseas. Remember, hold on to your receipts, just in case. Alcohol…

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Quick 8 Café and Restaurant Reviews

As I haven’t had much time to write lately, I’ve got a bit of a backlog of food and dining reviews to get through! Below are some quick thoughts on the places I have visited lately, most of which…

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Two days in Oslo

Oslo, much like Iceland, felt like home. It is probably the city that feels the most like Wellington, my hometown in New Zealand. It’s small and manageable. It’s based on a harbour. It has fantastic food and drink. What…

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Tong Thai at the JW Marriott Marquis

When we first moved to Dubai, someone in our building pointed out the JW Marriott Marquis to us. They said that the hotel was so nice, they had been for a staycation there. Down the road. A five minute…

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Tasty Noods

It’s not quite what you think. I love Japanese food. It is my favourite type of cuisine. I have very, very simple tastes. While I’ve found a few lovely Japanese restaurants here in Dubai (Motomachi springs to mind), it…

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Suzette of Freshly Foraged

For a little while now, I’ve meant to write about some of the interesting people I know – people all over the world doing some pretty exciting things. I’ve decided to start with Suzette of Freshly Foraged. She isn’t…

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Reform Social and Grill

Sometimes in Dubai, you just want to see a little bit of greenery. No, I don’t mean those sad little patches of grass that have sprung up next to lots of the metro stations. I mean some real grass,…

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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…

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Common Grounds

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…

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48 hours in Lyon

I didn’t really know what to expect from Lyon. Though I’ve been to Paris a few times, and to Versailles, I’d never been anywhere else in France. I didn’t even know anything about the history of Lyon, or where…

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Five days in St Petersburg

I had forgotten how beautiful St Petersburg is. I last visited in 2012, when mum and I went on a cruise around Scandinavia and the Baltic. We spent two days in St Petersburg, but it was really just one…

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Jones the Grocer

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…

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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.…

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A day in Hiroshima

Actually, not even a day. We spent about eight hours in Hiroshima, but it was a worthwhile visit.  Most people have a particular vision of Hiroshima in their head. That vision is undoubtedly based on the horrific destruction that…