Waterfalls adorned with statues of human divers at Dubai mall, Dubai UAE
Life after 50.. and beyond
10 Oct 2014 2 Comments
Waterfalls adorned with statues of human divers at Dubai mall, Dubai UAE
10 Oct 2014 Leave a comment
My last night in Dubai … I can’t leave without even trying to see Atlantis The palm Dubai, unfortunately our reservation was already late in the evening. It took us about 40 minutes drive from the city premier to Atlantis. the driver dropped us a bit far from the entrance of the hotel and just imagine wearing high heels walking through the pavement, huh! the next time oh yeah there will be next time ;-) save it to the last…keeping my fingers crossed! ain’t gonna ride with you,no more driver!
Chef Kevin choose “Nobu”, just for bit of information Nobuyuki “Nobu” Matsuhisa is a celebrity chef known for his fusion cuisine blending traditional Japanese dishes with South american ingredients. http://www.nobumatsuhisa.com
Just look at the face of my Chef Kevin, smiling from ear to ear, oh! it’s great to see him very happy after working 12 hours. I wish that my eldest son Edge was also with us. We invited his friend Kary to join us too, so I got two dates at one night ;-)
We would like to experience the essence of Nobu cuisine so we opted for Omakase- 8 course meal and true! It was the best choice that evening. I am not into eating raw but tonight was different…I love Sashimi hmmm great meal..great company!
We had salmon,caviar,Sashimi,scallop,wagyu beef, sea bass,matcha green tea cupcake with passion fruit,mochi ice cream
at the sushi bar
Ladies, fine dining experience at Atlantis is also an excuse to dress up ;-)
How I wish, I was able to go around, but for now I am so blessed to have seen my Chef Kevin and Dubai (half of it ;-) ).
;-) ;-) ;-)
10 Oct 2014 Leave a comment
in Personal blog, Travel Tags: Burj Khalifa, Dubai, Dubai mall, Dubai Water falls, JW Marriott Marquis Dubai, JW Marriott Marquis Hotel, La Farine, Mexicano Restaurant, Rosa, Rosa Mexicano, Rosa Mexicano Dubai, travel, UAE
We started the morning with a breakfast in La farine at JW Marriott Marquis Hotel, joining us.. is the eldest daughter of my consultant and her husband. It’s been three years since I attended their wedding. It was great seeing them.
La farine is 24/7 cafe & bakery and I took fancy of the mirrors on the wall, If I count it all.. it will total into 247 mirrors according to #fact friday of JW Marriott Marquis Hotel Dubai. Interesting!
Chef Kevin has to work on that day so I spent the day at the largest shopping mall in the world …Dubai mall. I went to spa for an hour.. had full body massage and Yes! ladies I did some shopping but I must say,being a single provider, I got to be stingy this time… not enough budget to spend ;-)
The mall was crowded with different people from different countries which is visible by the clothes they wear. It was like attending a United nation day celebration!
I spent a lot of time taking photos of the amazing waterfall adorned with fibreglass statue of human divers. It runs through the entire height of the mall. I started from the top to the bottom (1st to 4th level). Whew! that was a good exercise ! that’s what I needed…before I dive into another food trip with Chef Kevin ;-)
at Rosa Mexicano restaurant… Hola y bienvenidos Dubai ;-)
Guacamole en molcajete – freshly made and so yummy!
with avocado ,jalapeño,tomato ,onion and cilantro hmmm and served with chips..I did not order my dish anymore, this was enough for me. I love it!
Ladies if you happen to be in Dubai, I recommend Rosa Mexicano Restaurant…you’ll love it too!
08 Oct 2014 Leave a comment
Friday brunch at Kitchen 6, JW Marriott Marquis Hotel Dubai..what an awesome experience! Chef Kevin and I choose once more to dine at JW Marriott, His work starts at 2 in the afternoon and we invited his cousins to join us for lunch so the choice was perfect!
Kitchen 6 is located at the first floor. We choose the place that was a bit far from the food tables so we had the chance to walk a bit far ,a chance to digest a bit and be ready with all the different cuisines. I just had my coffee early in the morning so I kind of ready to savour everything that was there…I wish ! The ambience was overwhelming and all that’s in there .. I felt my tummy was already satisfied by just looking at it ;-)
Sweet indulgence :-)
Who doesn’t like Japanese food?
There was a lot more.., but I was full and satisfied with what I ate for the day. We decided to visit Chef Kevin at work and took some pictures with him. I appreciate the kindness of his head chef and again..and again..I am so proud of you Chef Kevin, keep up the good work and may you have more blessings to come.
Keep the flame burning.., I know it is creatively taxing..collectively draining..but I know and you know and everyone knows..you can do it! I’ll see you at the vertex of your success soon!
I love you so much,
If you want to know more about my nomadic chef please visit : http://nostalgiaknows.wordpress.com/2014/09/28/oi-pre-grad-me/
07 Oct 2014 Leave a comment
I knew that I was planning for a holiday but I wasn’t sure if it will push through or not until, the last week before Eid Adha when suddenly my consultant asked – when are you leaving? who me? Surprise ? yep! because a week ago when I was asking for a holiday, he was refusing to let me go and now, he is asking? I am a lucky lady!
huh! yes this weekend! I readily got my ticket and confirmed my hotel booking. I was so excited, as far I can remember this will be my first time to go on holiday without a dental conference on the side.But I also knew , that this will be a fun holiday with a food trip ..yes! what else? If you remember well..our common ground is food :-) and with Chef Kevin, it’s not only food like eating in fast food restaurant but he likes to savour a real dish, if possible to go on fine dining restaurant. He is doing his culinary internship in JW Marriott Marquis Hotel Dubai,UAE. Surely, this will be our first stop.
Did I stayed in the hotel? nope! I can’t afford it at the moment (both of my sons are still in College). I stayed at City Premier Hotel Apartment which is a very cozy place and about 20 minutes walk from his work.There are two supermarket on each side of the building, a pharmacy and salon spa nearby.It is also located near the business bay metro station.
It has all the amenities of the hotel, one bedroom,with separate kitchenette,dining and living area. Two bathroom (one inside the bedroom and one for the guest).
After I dropped off my luggage, we started the day meeting his colleagues,Head Chef and Manager at The La Farine,
JW Marriott Marquis Hotel Dubai. The welcome was warm and pleasant, I felt I was the only proudest mom in the world, my heart swelling of pride and happiness when I heard how my youngest son is doing well in his internship job. Thank you Lord for all the blessings!
La Farine – is 24/7 bistro and bakery, catering for breakfast,lunch and dinner.
Thank you so much chefs!!
After the sumptuous lunch, we went to “The Lounge” to get some green tea and macarons.
Before having dinner, we strolled along Dubai mall, I got fascinated by the high ceiling intricate light decor , here are some of my shots.
Outside the mall, between the man- made lake, the address hotel and the sight of burj khalifa, there’s a big fat horse, i would guess it is one of Fernando Botero art sculpture, who’s signature style of large and exaggerated volume can be seen.
We had a glimpsed of dancing fountain but it was so crowded that I was not able to take a good picture of it. What comes out was all heads and heads of people looking at it in awe ;-)
And dinner was at the italian restaurant inside the mall.
Ladies, how about shopping? hmmm not now, let’s enjoy the day with my Chef Kevin. ;-)
30 Sep 2014 Leave a comment
in Home-baked Cheese Cake Challenge, Photo blog Tags: Apple rose, Apple rose cheesecake, Apple Rose mini Cheesecake, apple syrup, baking, cheesecake, food photography, home baked cheesecake, Philadelphia cream cheese
I love the look and taste of my Cheesecake Flavour no. 45..Apple Rose Cheesecake
Actually, I have seen Apple Rose pie in pin interest, so It gave me an idea, why not? Apple rose Cheesecake!
At first, I cut the apple into thin slices, add water and sugar and boiled it for 15 minutes until soft, then I rolled it forming as a rose. I used a small paper cup to hold it while I am mixing the cheesecake batter.
1 apple slice thinly
1/3 cup sugar
1/2 cup water
Mix and bring it to boil for 15min. Form into roses. Set aside the syrup.
12 pcs. digestive cookies
3 tbsp sugar
3 tbsp unsalted butter
Mix together and press it into the pan. Set aside.
2 pk (300G each) Philadelphia Cream Cheese
1/2 cup sugar
3 tbsp condensed milk plus 1/3 apple syrup
1 tsp vanilla
1/3 cup sour cream
1/3 cup whipping cream
Add sugar to the cream cheese and beat at medium speed until smooth. Add one egg at a time.Combine whipping cream and sour cream, add vanilla, condensed milk and apple syrup, mix into the cream cheese batter. Mix thoroughly. Pour into the prepared crust.Top with apple rose.Bake for 1 hour and let it cool for another 45 min. Chill overnight.
Ladies, enjoy the Apple rose with a cup of rose tea with apple syrup hmmm so delicious!
27 Sep 2014 2 Comments
I took this picture when I was working at night during Ramadan this year at Jeddah. The clinic care taker called it “Saradenia”. This white flower bloom only at night. I tried to get more information but It seems I needed more help. Maybe YOU can? Anyone?
22 Sep 2014 Leave a comment
in Home-baked Cheese Cake Challenge, Personal blog Tags: baking, baking with friends, banana, Banana and Nutella Cheesecake, cheesecake, food photography, home baked cheesecake, nutella, Nutella Cheesecake, Philadelphia cream cheese
” Friends that baked together… ate together… gained weight together” lol! ;-)
This challenge is nearing to an end so we decided to bind force and bake together!
Flavour no. 44 Banana and Nutella Cheesecake
2 pks biscuits of your choice ( I forgot the brand, sorry beautybeyondfifty is..)
1/3 cup butter
Mix together ,press into the springform pan and set aside.
3 pkgs (300g each) of Philadelphia cream cheese
1/3 cup sugar
3 eggs plus 1 egg yolk
1/2 cup sour cream
1/2 cup whipping cream
3 pcs banana mashed and mix with 1/2 cup condensed milk
1 tsp banana essence
Pre-heat oven Mark Gas #3
Beat the cheese at medium speed, add sugar and egg one at a time. Combine sour cream and whipping cream.Add banana mixture and banana essence. Pour into the prepared crust. Wrap the pan with aluminium foil, place it in another bigger tray with hot water(3 cups). Bake for 1 hour and 20 minutes. Turn off the heat and leave the oven door slightly open for another 30 min. Remove and let it cool. Chill for additional of 3-4 hrs.
The ladies in action!
And the winner is…
In fairness of all , the cheesecake turned out very well and delicious!
Ladies, this activity is so much fun and very therapeutic to our tummy :-) and body hahaha!
and guess what?
we did some zen cooling down after continuous eating (breakfast-lunch-afternoon tea and cheesecake)
I know ;-) my phone will be ringing in few minutes after I publish this…why you include this picture?
:-) :-) :-)
21 Sep 2014 Leave a comment
in Home-baked Cheese Cake Challenge, Photo blog Tags: al safarjal, baking, cheesecake, home baked cheesecake, mini cheesecake with quince compote, Philadelphia cream cheese, quince, quince cheesecake, quince compote, quince jam, quince jelly
Home baked Cheesecake Challenge : Flavour no. 43 – Quince Cheesecake
Having once a week off from work, my friends and I always walk along Jeddah corniche to de-stress and have breakfast together. While we were eating, I asked them to help me with my Cheesecake Challenge.
My lebanese friend said, why not try al safarjal?
What? What is al safarjal? so we asked our good friend goggle and bingo! we got the name QUINCE!
Quince – Al safarjal in arabic, is hard yellow fruit which is similar to a pear in shape.
Fantastic taste but let me warn you, it’s so hard ,be careful when you cut it! he chuckled .. as if teasing me for the challenge :-)
Challenge, accepted, I went to Danube Supermarket and I tried to squeeze it with my hand :-) as if I gonna find a soft one! hoping… but no luck. Even my knife was not that sharp! I confess, I don’t know how to sharpen my knife hahaha!
Quince Compote for cheesecake topping
3 quinces fruit
1 cup white sugar
2 cups water ( i added one cup more after boiling)
1/3 cup lemon zest
1 tbsp rose-water
Cut the quince into wedges or any shape you like, add 1 cup sugar and 1 cup water, leave it in the refrigerator overnight.
When ready to cook, add the remaining water,sugar,lemon zest, and bring it to boil. Add another water and rose-water, reduce the heat and continue boiling until the colour change to reddish-brown.
Success!! ;-) I was so excited to taste it hahaha by the way I don’t think you can eat the Quince raw, It taste tangy, kind of sweet and sour too! but once it is compote, so deliciously sweet and the sourness was a surprise to my palate.
Where is the cheesecake?
Well, I won’t tell a lie, I took the left over cheesecake, shape it into a mini cheesecake and top it with quince compote…and the next is history..I ate the quince compote with a spoon of Philadelphia cream cheese on my right and cheesecake on the left, my morning just turned right!
calories…calories..who cares? ;-)