Sunday, September 24, 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

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

I have to be honest and say that I am not a massive lover of ice cream, it's the kind of thing that you grow out of, grown-ups can't eat ice cream or can they? Obviously they do as the ice cream industry is quite literally huge!!

As you all know I am pretty fond of my social media and I am constantly asked questions about how effective it is and does it really work? can it really influence people into buying their brand or supporting their business.  I know it works but there are millions of people out there who think that Social Media is a fad that is just what some term a new phase in marketing via the internet.

I recently followed a new account to twitter in our region, Cold Stone Creamery.  I have been a customer at the Cold Stone before with Mitten, she loves their vanilla, I prefer the chocolate.  Anyway I had been following the account for a few weeks when they started putting pictures of ice cream cakes up, I have NEVER had the urge to buy or even want an ice cream cake in my entire life.  A few days passed and, yes you guessed it, I got into the car and drove to the nearest Cold Stone Creamery and bought an ice cream cake!!!

Trust me social media is a very powerful thing!!

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Over the weekend we decided to try out another Indian take-away that delivers in our area.  I am ashamed to say I have a huge folder of take-away menu's but pleased to confess that these days I very rarely use them.   I found a menu for Curry Box who are based in both Discovery Gardens and Business Bay.

I decided to have two starters instead of a main course, so ordered the Onion Bhaji and the Prawn Pakoras, the Bhaji's were superb but the Pakora didn't travel well and was a bit soggy by the time it got here, tasty nonetheless.   Atilla ordered the Chicken Kohlpuri was was fabulous, we ordered a couple of Naan Breads, Pappudom and plain rice, the total bill coming to 123 Dhs.  Good value for money and delivery was within the hour.   The food is delivered in a special box and packed beautifully.

Would I recommend giving them a try, yes I would.  I was rather amused when the bill arrived with my delivery address which said that I lived in Casablanket Villas!!  I also found it amusing that they had gone to the time to ensure their boxes had been printed up beautifully with their contact information but with the wrong Facebook domain!  I suppose we could say in the world of Social Media we are getting there ..... nearly.

I am however going to blatantly steal their tag line and say ... Get Curry'ed away!

Their correct facebook page can be found here.

It all started on the Wednesday afternoon after school with the comment "I feel really hot and tired", followed by sleeping for the rest of the day which is totally unusual for my child, she barely sleeps at night never mind an afternoon as well.   Next day we headed to one of the local clinics to be told she had an Upper Respiratory Tract Infection and was given the relevant medication.  Four days later no change and she was still coughing, I just KNEW something wasn't right.  I had an appointment that day for Physiotherapy at the Medcare Clinic on the Beach Road and knew there was a Paediatrician there, so off we headed.

Having worked in the NHS for sometime I am not in awe of Doctors, nor do I believe everything they tell me, they are after all just humans that chose a very important profession, but I do believe there has to be a special something to make someone want to be a Doctor, particularly a Paediatrician.  Before we went into to see Dr Hady we had a little weigh in and check of the temperature which was a bit high, Mitten was immediately given something to get it down.  We then went into see Dr Hady who had Mitten on his side as soon as she saw the free lollies, a must when working with children!  She was totally compliant to his requests.  A full history was given, a full examination was done and were sent down to the Medcare Hospital for a Chest x-ray, Dr Hady already suspecting that pneumonia may well be the diagnosis.  The lollie obviously had been eaten by this time.

Once we got back to the clinic the x-ray was checked it was confirmed that Mitten did infact have pneumonia. Shocked?  yes so was I!  I couldn't have wished for better treatment though, Dr Hady organised blood tests and immediate injections of antibiotics, with an array of drugs that had Mitten up and running in no time!!

I wouldn't hesitate to recommend Dr Hady to anyone who has children, he is a lovely man with a genuine passion for the field he works in.  Trust me, I have a gut instinct for this kind of thing.

Thank you Dr Hady for everything you did for little Mitten we truly are grateful.

GA

Have you seen the well-to-do, up and down Park Avenue
On that famous thoroughfare, with their noses in the air
High hats and Arrowed collars, white spats and lots of dollars
Spending every dime, for a wonderful time
If you're blue and you don't know where to go to
Why don't you go where fashion sits,
Puttin' on the ritz


Well it started in 1906 and has continued ever since, the words The Ritz are synonymous with everything that involves style and luxury. The musical Puttin' on the Ritz (1930) was about dressing up in your best gear and having a good time.  Well I did exactly that earlier this week, thanks to the team at Explorer Publishing, who very kindly gave me a voucher for two for Afternoon Tea at the Ritz Carlton.  (I entered their UAE for Free competition).

I am no stranger to the Ritz Carlton and have held many a Birthday Afternoon Tea there over the years. The Ritz Carlton is a beautiful hotel, with the best dressed Concierges in Dubai.  The main thing that hits you when you enter their Lobby Lounge is the amazing ceiling and fabulous chandoliers that adorn it, just beautiful.

The Geordie One and I headed outside to the terrace, beautiful time of year for outside dining. There was a lovely breeze and the views, though not as good as they were pre The Palm are still very good.  Within minutes an attentive waitress arrived and we ordered our Afternoon Teas which seemed to turn up in seconds.  There is no way I can describe the three tiered cake stand and it's contents that will give it the justice it deserves, but let's just say when The Geordie One goes silent you know it's good!!!

A couple of hours later, and full of scones, jam and clotted cream we headed home where all I wanted to do was curl up on the sofa, no dinner was made that evening in Casa GA.

Thanks to Dubai Explorer and The Ritz Carlton for letting us experience what is without doubt the best Afternoon Tea in Dubai.  For those of you who are wondering, it's also excellent value for money at just 125 dhs a head.

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Last night I managed to convince Mitten that she would be much better off staying at Nanna and Grandad's than she would be with be, as all I was going to do was watch Coronation Street, it worked and she was duly packed off for a little holiday in Satwa.

My plan then came together, with Atilla out at Golf in Sharjah I decided to have a nice hot shower, put on some PJ's and ensconce myself on the sofa with some good television and the real Blue Cat.   After a couple of hours I had an early night, slept well and got up early this morning (7.30 am is early for me).  After breakfast I headed over to Juan Salon for a morning of pampering.  To most of you this isn't really that special, to someone who hasn't been the salon for more than half an hour since last Summer, this is a MAJOR pleasure.  Three hours later with pink hair, nails and toes I head over to Mall of the Emirates.

Now seeing as I am having a day of indulgence and relaxation I had a Pinkberry with fruit for lunch, naughty but nice I have to say.  I suddenly remembered as I was sitting there that I hadn't been to the Mall on my own since the Summer either and thought it was about time I got myself a new pair of jeans. Now I am already having a super day, out on my own, hair and nails done, Pinkberry consumed when I try on a pair of jeans two sizes smaller the ones I was wearing 4 months ago!!  did a happy dance in the changing room!!

I nipped into Boots quickly for some of my secret "how to stay young cream" which you can read about here, then headed home to find an e mail from my bridesmaid in the UK to say that her and husband have confirmed their flights to celebrate our 10th Anniversary with us in March.

Did I deserve my day??  I wouldn't normally say this but yes I did! I hope you all have a day soon which makes you really really smile!

You will find me and my pink hair and nails, in my smaller jeans at Arte this weekend, Times Square from 12 Noon, why not pop in and say Hello, you will find me on the House of Colour stand right next to @toffeeprincess.

GA

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