Monday, November 20, 2017

April

What an amazing month March turned out to be, we celebrated our tenth wedding anniversary for an entire week, starting of at Le Meridien Al Aqah and finishing at Al Maha Desert Resort and Spa, with a trip to Jumeirah Beach Hotel and Emirates Golf Club inbetween!!  The weather has finally broken and we are experiencing a rise in temperatures, it's no secret I prefer the hotter months over the cooler ones. It's Easter this month, so I hope the Easter Bunny is really kind to you all. Have a fabulous month wherever are you are.

GA

The lovely people over at Nescafe asked me if I would very kindly try out their new Coffee machine the Dolce Gusto, I immediately said yes.  Before I start let me just say that I gave up on coffee over three years ago only having the occasional overpriced cappucino with friends out of habit more than out of actually wanting one.  However Santa very kindly delivered a fantastic Nespresso machine to my husband at Christmas and my taste for coffee became re-ignited, not alot but it was brought back from the brink of extinction!!!

Getting back to the Dolce Gusto, it arrived last week, all packaged beautifully, including a copy of my twitter time line on the box and boxes of coffee with suggestions of people from twitter who I could share a coffee with, media genuises this lot I tell you!!  and for those of you who still don't rate twitter and the power of it think again.  This campaign has been engineered through twitter and trust me it has created alot of talk about the Dolce Gusto.

First impressions of this amazing machine? small, neat, functional, pretty even, nice colour though personally I would have preferred pink but I am guessing globally that wouldn't have been a best seller so the universally loved red it is.  Getting it out the box was easy, understanding the instructions not quite as easy but we got there eventually and the one word that came straight to mind when I sipped a cappucino was IMPRESSED, I was even MORE IMPRESSED when I tried the chocochino, and speechless when I came to the Iced Cappucino (which I think is my favourite).

Being so impressed I thought I better get the GA Support Team in to see what they all thought and a Nescafe Coffee morning was quickly pulled together, everyone was keen to try it out so much so that I have ran out of the original sample boxes.  The only worry between the team was how many calories they were drinking, quite a normal reaction for a bunch of 40 somethings all having mid life weight issues. It didn't stop them from trying it though. Nescafe have since told me that there is a Skinny Latte option but it is not currently available in the UAE, but in time it will come. I have put some photos up on my facebook page for you all to see, click and like if you wish.

The word Nespresso is one you associate with a luxury brand,  whilst the word Nescafe is to my mind a cheap cup of coffee that is well known right around the globe.  People were commenting on twitter saying, that anything that had come from Nescafe and was out of a machine could not be good.  Trust me they are very very wrong. The coffee that comes from the Dolce Gusto is better, in my opinion than the coffee that comes from my Nespresso machine. The biggest plus point with the Dolce Gusto is that it comes with milk capsules so basically you don't have to worry about having milk in the house to enjoy a cup of coffee. 

Well I think you pretty much get the message, so if you want one of your own you better take yourselves off to Carrefour ASAP where you can purchase the one I have for

749 dhs, and boxes of coffee are 31.50 dhs a box (8 cups for milky coffee, 16 cups for espressos etc).  Don't forget to pick up a box of the chococino as well, the

kids will love you for it!!

Dolce Gusto really is a sweet taste ....

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The United Arab Emirates is hardly famous for its standard of reporting, I think that is one comment we can definitely all agree on.  I am not saying that there aren't some good journalists out there, they just seem to be few and far between.

For years we subscribed to Gulf News, why?  because everyone did and you got a free pen when you renewed your subscription. Everyone moaned about it but everyone still subscribed for the free annual gift. The content was poor at the best of times, and it got to the point that I only ever read the tabloid to see if I recgonised anyone I knew.  We stopped it about 5 years ago.  Did I miss it? no.

We then went down The National route, definitely a better paper with English Speaking reporters, we subscribed for a year I think, and didn't bother to renew as it was just as easy to read it on line for free or via links on Twitter and Facebook.

So for the last three years we haven't had a daily newspaper, we did get a copy of 7days thrown on our front lawn a couple of times then that stopped as well.  The only reason that paper is free is that no one in their right mind would actually pay for it.

Last week I subscribed to the Sunday Times Middle East, it's superb!!  no drivel about expats crashing cars and moaning about the lack of imported products in their local Spinneys.  Just a great read, and I haven't found one spelling mistake yet!! (that was one of my hobbies when we received local newspapers).  So for 12 dhs a week I am having the Sunday Times delivered to my door, in a cellophane cover so not covered in sand!!

I strongly recommend you do the same, you can subscribe via this link.

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We all have a little something in our lives that we like to indulge in every now and then.  It could be your favourite chocolate or bottle of wine, or even an indulgent night out somewhere special. 

For me it is the LÓccitane Citrus Verbana range.  I absolutely love it! For Christmas I was given a gift bag containing the entire range, I was very very impressed with Santa this year!!  Whilst the Citrus Verbana is definitely my favourite by a long shot I do quite like the Rose perfume which I have been using for the last couple of months.

So whatever it is that is your little indulgence, I hope you enjoy it as much as I enjoy mine!

GA

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My personal facebook page has always been in the name of my alter ego, Geordie Armani. In January of 2011 I launched this very website and at that time I honestly had no idea that it would be successful and had visions of it ceasing to exist after a few months! I however was very wrong and it has gone from strength to strength thanks to you my loyal readers.

Over the last 12 months I have received hundreds of friend requests on Facebook from people who read this site and possibly follow me on twitter.  I haven't accepted all these facebook requests as I have tried to keep my facebook page for family and close friends. I toyed with the idea of setting up a separate page for Geordie Armani a while back but to be very honest with you all, I didn't want to come over as being pretentious in anyway.  People who know me in the real world know and understand how I feel about "Geordie Armani", one of these days I might share that with you all. 

So in this ever changing world of social media and self promotion a page has been set up to enable me to direct people to it who have an interest in the website. You will notice that there is a different logo, I am in the process of rebranding the entire site, which should happen in the next few weeks, this logo is a temporary one.  As you are aware I don't have comments enabled on this site, but you will be able to ask all your questions via the Facebook page.  You can of course always follow me on Twitter, I am always tweeting.

Thanks for all your support it is greatly appreciated.

GA

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The lovely team at Kaya Skin Clinic invited me in the Summer to experience their Aqua Radiance facial, at that time due to my back issues I couldn't make it but I did manage to catch up with them earlier this week at their Town Centre branch in Jumeirah.

I have to be totally honest and confess I have never had a facial before, I have had many offers passed my way to experience a facial but I have turned them down, why did I choose Kaya for my first experience?  Quite simply because they have an excellent reputation when it comes to skin care and I had been recommended to try them many times over the years by friends.

I chose Town Centre for my experience, easy to get to and there is basement parking.  I arrived at the clinic a bit early which was perfect as it gave me time to fill in their customer profile paperwork.  Once that was done I had a consultation with Dr Sonia, a qualified Skin and Beauty Advisor.  After sticking my face into a rather weird but technical machine we had a discussion about my skin, and skin care.

Then it was onto the actual facial itself with the lovely Beauty Therapist Imam. The Aqua Radiance facial uses a fine spray of water infused with oxygen that gently massages your face to exfoliate off layers of dead skin, leaving your skin able to breathe.  After the actual aqua experience, which is a little bit weird it kind of tickles, Imam covered my face in a fabulous vitamin rich cream which we let "set" for 15 minutes before peeling it off.  Afterwards I could see a visible difference to my skin, it felt alot smoother and brighter than it did before.

I thoroughly enjoyed my experience with Kaya Skin Clinic, the reputation they have acquired over the last 7 years is well deserved.  The team working at Town Centre, I found to be efficient and professional, I think that may well be down to the organisational skills of the Receptionist Joan.  I have uploaded some pictures which you can find here (like the page please).

The cost of an Aqua Radiance Facial is 600 Dhs, if you book 4 it is 2040 Dhs.

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Following my experience at the SPICE media lunch I have a renewed appetite for trying new cuisines.  For months and months I have driven past a Korean Restaurant in Al Barsha and wondered what their food was like.  Yesterday family GA went along to experience Koreana.

The first thing that I noticed on entering Koreana was how bare it seemed, most restaurants here are amazingly well fitted with massive attention paid to interior design.  Koreana I rather suspect is typical of a traditional Korean restaurant, with its small dining areas and wooden tables. I loved the fact the plates didn't match, it was all rather quirky and I felt I wasn't only experiencing Korean food but the authenticity of a Korean restaurant too.

Obviously we didn't have the faintest idea what to order but that wasn't a problem, the Owner spotted us and came over to help us choose, we left it very much in her capable hands.  We started off with four small dishes, which is known as Panjang, they were potato, egg plant, kimchi and salad. Koreana also offers an extensive Japanese menu, another cuisine I am yet to try, I have to say the menu looked very interesting!

The two main courses that were chosen for us were Bulgoki and Buldal (I apologise if these aren't correct as the bill isn't too clear).  The Bulgoki was cooked at our table which was rather different.  It is a beef dish, they call it Korean BBQ but it was more of a stir fry in my eyes.  The beef was shredded and spiced and cooked in stock, and was served in lettuce wraps with garlic and chilli.  Very tasty and a different dining experience.

The Buldal was a chicken dish served on a bed of mozarella cheese, a rich dish of diced chicken in chilli and garlic and no doubt countless other spices that I have never heard of, it was very tasty and had a bit of a kick to it. 

The meal was finished off with a complimentary slice of watermelon and orange, which was lovely and refreshing.

All in all we enjoyed the Koreana experience and with a final bill of 153 dhs we can't complain about the price. You can find Koreana in Al Barsha, the best way I can describe it's location is near the Ibis Hotel and the new Al Zahra hospital that is still being built.

I have uploaded some pics onto the Facebook page which you can find here.

Enjoy!

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