Monday, March 25, 2019

Glad Rags

Which put into English means the folk on Twitter are having a night out.  Yes there seems to be a whole new language to learn when you enter into the world of Twitter, it's all harmless good fun however.

Next Friday (16th March) the local twitterati  have decided to have a bit of an offline get together at The Dubai Harbour Marriot Hotel, in the fabulous setting of the AZ.U.R Restaurant.   Dinner kicks off at 8 pm with two dining options, 160 dhs a head without the collapso, and 240 dhs a head with the collapso, the menu is an International Buffet. 

You really do need to reserve as the Organiser @digi_designer_  needs to liase with the hotel to confirm table bookings etc.  You can find all the information via this link.

If you are new to Dubai, or just fancy meeting a new group of friends don't be shy, get yourself along to the Tweetup, trust me you will enjoy it. 




Yesterday I was invited for lunch by the Singapore International Culinary Exchange, or as it is better known SPICE.  As some of you are aware I have been pretty much housebound recently so I was rather excited about this event which was  held in Seven Sands at the World Trade Centre.  It must be 10 years since I was in the World Trade Centre.  The traffic was a bit of a nightmare due to Gulfood taking place at the Exhibition Centre but I got there and met up with the Fooderati Twitterati, who all had fabulous flashy cameras and notepads, me being me had a small bright pink leather hand bag, an iPhone and a new lipstick.

We all took our places and were given a brief introduction to SPICE, which is "An international gastronomic initiative collaboratively fronted by International Enterprise Singapore, Singapore Tourism Board and SPRING Singapore. Its mission is to establish Singapore as a global innovative culinary capital and a must-visit food destination, raise international awareness of their most celebrated and exciting culinary names, and make Singapore food an integral part of the global food scene"

Singaporean Chef Haikal Johari and Jordanian cheft Khalel Mustafa went on to present us with some amazing food.  Haikal started with a scallop carpaccion, with fois gras mousse and Yuzu foam, followed by Lamb with Rendang, Tamarind Jus and Spicey Cabbage followed by a Singapore Sling "deconstructed".  I have never eaten Singaporean food before so this was a real treat for me, and it definitely won't be the last time I try out Singaporean food. I am on a one woman mission to find some small back street cafe as a comparison to five star fine dining with Chef Haikal. Chef Khalel Mustafa presented us with Pan-Seared Sea Bass and Prawns and "Kuay" pie tee.

The event was well organised, beautifully presented and I can safely say thoroughly enjoyed by all of us who attended it. Through SPICE I have a new passion in finding out more about Singapore and the culinary delights it has to offer, and I mean more than just opening a packet of noodles!  Yet again there was no Dinner made that evening in CASA GA ...

I dedicate this article to @sally2hats @the_hedonista @inafryingpan @girleeannyen and the guy who isn't on Twitter, and if he does join can I suggest he uses the ID @notontwitter

If you love food then you are going to love the Philips Festival of Taste Dubai 2012, just reading through the list of Chef's who are attending this event is enough to make you want to reserve your tickets now!

With Gary Rhodes, Aldo Zilli, Armani Peck, Wai Hung Ho, Ranu Irawan are just a few of the Chef's headlining the event.

Now in its 5th year, this year looks like it may well be their biggest event.  Twenty six restaurants are taking part this year including The Rivington Grill, The Ivy, Seafire, Zafran, Buddha Bar, Saffron and many more. There are so many restaurants that I have not visited it makes sense to visit the festival to check out their menu's and have tasters.

There is also a Chefs' Theatre holding culinary masterclasses throughout the three day event. Favourite Things have sponsored a Kids area (always a bonus) and then there is the British Airways VIP Lounge to take a bit of time out (only valid for VIP ticket holders).

Ticket prices are very reasonable starting at 60 dhs, there is a special offer currently running, just quote the word TWIT or FACE into the promo box and you will able to buy two tickets for 99 dhs.  Entry for under 12's is totally free!!


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Members of the local social media community based mostly in Dubai and Northern Emirates have pooled their resources to launch the first urban festival – TwingeDxb. Being organised by Sphere Events and hosted by the community’s favourite fusion restaurant, WildPeeta Open Spaces, the festival is scheduled to run every evening from 6pm between 10 and 16 December 2011.

Free to attend, like all community events, TwingeDxb will focus on the local cultural talent including arts, music, drama, comedy, fashion, books and movies. The backdrop of the event will feature the work of local painter, Noha Mourad and photographer, Catalin Marin, known better as @momentaryawe.

Festival founder, Sherif Abaza of Sphere Events said, “We have a lot of talent here and some of them just don’t have the resources to promote themselves. All of the work that will be displayed or performed will be original material. We also know that there are people in this community that are not aware of what is available locally and that they do not necessarily need to head internationally when it’s right here on the doorstep.”

The event launches with ‘Praise for Prose’ headlined by Alexander McNabb, author, Olives. It will also coincide with the second anniversary of the TwitBookClub. The line-up includes:

Dec 10

Prose and Reading Night featuring local writers Alexander McNabb, Frank Dullaghan, and Sultan al Darmaki supported by the local Twit Book Club

Dec 11

Rhythm sessions featuring Lauren Nieuwland, Gongsters and Sach Holden among others

Dec 12

Passion for Fashion featuring Sartori Sartori and Love Soni Jewellery

Dec 13

Laughter therapy featuring local standup comedians from Dubomedy featuring Ali Al Sayed, Mina Liccione, Andrew Reynolds, Omar Ismail, Ismail Seddiqui and Salman Qureshi

Dec 14

Drama in Dubai featuring short sketches from some of the local dramatists and variety entertainers We Are Firestorm

Dec 15

Magic of Poetry featuring recitations from the poets of the local Poeticians Society

Dec 16

Reels of Dubai featuring some of the local artists' short films from Shahid Azam, Faisal Hashemi and Beno Zaradzic acclaimed Time Lapse of Abu Dhabi


You can get more information by connecting with the organisers on Twitter, Facebook or their website.

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