Friday, November 17, 2017

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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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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.

Not sure how many of you have managed to get your hands on a copy of this fantastic new Magazine that launched for the ladies in October of last year.  I have got every single copy and absolutely love it. It's like the magazines from home with loads of information about what's going, what's new, what to do! you name it and Good Taste seem to cover it.  Split up into four sections; Good Life, Good Style, Good Looks and Good Health it really does have something for everyone.

Here's the good bit .... It's free and available at all Choithrams outlets from the beginning of every month.

Well done to the team at Good Taste, it filled a gap in the market very nicely.

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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On Sunday myself and The Geordie one took a little trip down to real Dubai to check out the newly opened Stables Bar and Restaurant. After a traumatic time trying to find the place, and a helpful valet driver we headed into the Stable!!!  quite literally!!!

The Stables is the brainchild of local resident Alex Bracken who has his feet firmly established in the hospitality industry in Dubai.  Even from the carpark I knew were going to enjoy our experience, the amazing stained glass windows that adorn the entrance will impress anyone never mind people who are passionate about the Equines.

The ground floor basically is a mock farm shop, then as you go up to the first floor you are welcomed into the Stables Bar, which is a mock stable!  it's really amazing the attention to detail that has been invested into the Bar, which has paddocks/stables to dine in and tables all individually named after famous race horses!

On the second floor is the Racecourse Restaurant, a fabulous open area with a warm feel to it, with amazing gothic chandeliers hanging from the ceilings, the tables this time are all named after famous racecourses, of course the main feature being The Meydan area.  The entire building has an amazing atmosphere, you really do feel that you are at a race meeting! 

As the main restaurant isn't open yet, it's due to open to celebrate Valentines Day we decided to take a "stable" in the bar and order some lunch.  The Geordie One yet again opted for fish and chips which were served with Mancunian Caviar!!! Let's see if any of you can guess what that is.  I had the Chicken Ceasar Salad, and Mitten had a pork sausage sandwich.  Absolutely no complaints whatsoever about the food, served quickly, all fresh ingredients, and reasonably priced.  The Fish and Chips are only 50 dhs, the Ceaser Salad was 30 dhs.

The Bar has an extensive collection of beers and The Geordie One tried out the Belle Vue Kriek which is a lambic fruit beer from Belgium, it tasted of cherries!!  I was reliably informed that a pint will only set you back 25 dhs, which for Dubai is pretty cheap. 

Anyway The Geordies approve The Stables 100% and we would both like to take this opportunity to wish Alex, Chef Romain and all the team good luck, we really do think you've backed a winner!

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