Burj Al Arab
Life after 50.. and beyond
15 Dec 2014 Leave a comment
Dubai day 4 – The Miracle Garden of Dubai, is on my list to visit..imagine! 45 million flowers in 72000 sqm area in a desert? who can’t be curious at that?
not me! – kevin said, but if you want it’s ok for me, I’ll go with you.
you’re right! I woke up early in the morning just to find him very sleepy and sluggish, well, probably he was not well yet.
So, I decided to brave the road alone in a taxi to see the magic moment I was waiting for… huh! almost one hour drive .. only to found out ..CLOSED!! what? the website said , oh dear, what a day, no advance notice whatsoever…# %* #.
Anyhow, it’s too early in the morning to ruin the day so, I decided to went straight to Mall of the Emirates (Emirate mall).
A lot of international outlet and restaurant to choose from! and this also housed the first Middle East indoor ski, the Ski Dubai. I roamed around before calling my date that I gonna wait for him here.
Hmm let’s see if I can get some souvenirs from Dubai.
Oh well, I can’t afford to spend any more dirham :-) Walking by myself, carrying a camera click..click.. touristic moment but not really fun doing it, so I decided to have light breakfast and sipped Seattle’s best coffee and churros!
and finally here he comes, my nomadic Chef Kevin..we went to bookstores, walk few more rounds before having lunch at Cheesecake factory and of course, movie date at reel Cinema.
Big Hero 6 :-)
Great time!! worth waiting for my date :-)
happiness :-) :-)
10 Dec 2014 2 Comments
Third day of the conference, my chef Kevin was still not feeling well so after I’m done, we went strolling along the Dubai mall.
What a festive atmosphere in Lafayette Galleries!
I wish Jeddah would have something like this too :-) probably,.. in many long years? well, not really sure :-)
not only that..what about ham, pork and other foods ohh yes, we can’t have like this in Jeddah, not in million years!
Actually, we would like to have a hot Thai soup to soothe chef Kevin’s sore throat unluckily, we were not able to reserve, so we opted to just go for a fast-food at the terrace of Outback steak, the food was not that great, so we just enjoyed looking at the Dubai fountain.
Not much to write though, we ended the night early for another day ahead.
09 Dec 2014 Leave a comment
in Personal blog, Travel Tags: argentine dance, Burj Al Arab, Chef Kevin, Dubai, Dubai Skyline, Dubai UAE, food trip, Jumeirah Beach Hotel, La Parilla Dubai, La Parilla Terrace, travel, Travel Photography
What a view to start the day!
First day of Dental-Facial Cosmetic Conference at Jumeirah Beach hotel and of course, looking at the ceiling is my way to get a snap shot of anything that catches my eye :-)
After a day of workshop, time to unwind and what else to do?
Dinner date with Chef Kevin at La Parilla- an Argentine American Restaurant at the 25th floor of Jumeirah Beach hotel with live band and Argentine dancing.
While waiting for our food we got the chance to see the spectacular skyline view of Dubai. The terrace location was excellent !
and finally dinner is serve!
With a live band playing Argentine music, how I wish ..I practice my dance move so I can beg and pull my son to dance with me :-) … in my dreams.
Oh! If he was feeling well and in the mood,… I might be lucky!
nope!..I ‘m not rolling my eyes! neither you! I guess :-)
Ladies, If ever you’re in Dubai, don’t forget to visit this place!
09 Dec 2014 Leave a comment
in Personal blog, Travel Tags: Chef Kevin, City Premier Hotel, City Premier Hotel Apartment, Dubai, Dubai fountain, Dubai mall, food trip, Japanese food in Dubai, Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Katsuya, Tea pot, Teavana, travel, Travel Photography
Yes! I’m back to Dubai to attend Facial-Cosmetic Dentistry conference at Jumeirah Beach hotel.
I arrived a day early for the conference, checked-in to City Premier Hotel Apartment, this time our room got upgraded to premier deluxe, a bigger room and a huge balcony overlooking Dubai skyline.
My Chef Kevin has been sick for two days before I arrived but he managed to be with me and even went for a dinner!
We went to Katsuya, oh yes! another Japanese food, my chef kevin definitely made my palate accustomed to Japanese cuisine, I can now savour every sushi in the table. hahaha I must admit, I’m not a great fan of sushi before!
We wanted to see the best view of the terrace so we waited for a while to get the seat. We went to Teavana for him to drink ginger tea for his sore throat. What a display of tea pot!
At last , we got the seat, it wasn’t the best but at least we got the view of Dubai fountain.
With a chef as a son, you can’t go wrong ordering nice dishes, I enjoyed the food as much as enjoying his company and watching Dubai fountain. Lucky me!
Good food,nice view..great company ..what a night!
06 Dec 2014 6 Comments
The challenge I took to make fifty Flavours of Cheesecakes,all eaten and gone but not totally forgotten!
My favourite shots:
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03 Dec 2014 Leave a comment
in Home-baked Cheese Cake Challenge, Photo blog Tags: almond meal, arabic sweet, basbousa, basbousa cheesecake, cheesecake, home baked cheesecake, jeddah, Philadelphia cream cheese, Saudi Arabia, semolina, semolina cheesecake
B is for basbousa…no!!! B is for birthday, alright I know this post is so late, but it’s better to be late than never :-)
You see the background? that’s where I want to celebrate my birthday …in my dreams :-)
Anyhow, basbousa is a traditional arabic sweet made of semolina and soaked in sugar syrup. Almond and coconut is the usual mixture and I thought why not cheese? so, here’s another flavour I did on my 55th birthday . I did two version, one with the basbousa as a crust and one ,with a cream cheese as a filling.Both were delicious and heavy calories..omg!
1 cup semolina
1 cup almond meal
1/2 cup melted butter
1 can condensed milk
3/4 tsp baking powder
1 cup water
1 (300G) philadelphia cream cheese
1 cup heavy cream
1/2 cup sugar
1 cup water
1 tsp lemon juice
1 tbsp cornstarch and 1 cup cold water to mix
1 tbsp rose water
Pre heat oven Gas mark#3
Combine melted butter,condensed milk and baking powder and stir well. Add semolina,almond meal and water, mix until well combined. Divide into three parts.
Meanwhile, cook the syrup ,mix all ingredients and bring it to boil until it thickens and set aside.
Mix cream cheese and heavy cream thoroughly until smooth and well combined.
Pour one part into the baking tin, add the cream cheese mixture and Pour the second part. Bake into the oven for 35 minutes or until golden brown. Cool completely before cutting into triangular shape and pour all the sweet syrup.Chill before serving, top with pistachio or almond nuts.
I used the last 3rd part of the basbousa as a crust for my cheesecake. Great idea huh! two birds in one shot?
3 pkg (300G) Philadelphia cream cheese
3/4 cup whipping cream
3/4 yogurt or sour cream
3 whole eggs plus 1 egg yolk
1 tsp rose water
a pinch of salt
3 tbsp almond meal
Pre heat oven Gas mark# 3
Beat cream cheese and sugar at medium speed,add whipping cream and yogurt. Combined well until the mixture is smooth and creamy. Add one egg at a time, mix thoroughly ,add a pinch of salt, almond meal and rose water together.
Pour into the prepared basbousa crust. Bake for 1 hour and 25 minutes. turn off the heat and leave the oven door open for another 30 minutes. Remove and cool at room temperature for about an hour. Chill for another 4 hours or overnight before topping and serving.
Yahoo! happy birthday to me :-)
01 Dec 2014 Leave a comment
in Beauty and Fashion, Personal blog Tags: 55 and counting, aging, beauty beyond fifty fashion, fashion, hourglass shape, how to dress like 19, kristine Solis, Model-Kristine Solis, smile, young and old
Are you beyond fifty years of age? Is there a protocol of what to wear when you’re fifty and beyond?
Is it about you? or is it about how people perceive you? Are you afraid of humiliating your family more than yourself?
What do we consider when we want to wear something in fashion?
Have you heard how President Obama’s daughter got critiqued in Facebook because of wearing what teens wears today?
so I thought, what will happen if I, a woman of fifty-five years old wears what a 19 years old model wears during photo shoot?
will I be shoot to kill? (wink) or will people be dismayed of what I did? :-)
huh! over thinking will kill the fun :-)
Have you ever wondered how time flies? The time that you were so skinny and have a coca cola body or hourglass shape?
34-24-34 statistics as we age will be like 34-34-34 :-) because of aging process specially after menopause, the estrogen levels goes down and it seems the fat distributions are all in the abdomen,thigh,hips and buttocks , so from hourglass shape to an apple shape huh! at least there’s still a shape! hahaha
and what about the hair? have you noticed? it get’s thinner by the years! well, at least we don’t get bald like the old men!
and beautybeyondfifty wears the most outrageous attire at age 55!
Are you still breathing?
good! because life goes on..no matter what, so enjoy your day, don’t fret about what you gonna wear today, what other people would say, what matter most is the fun you’re having :-) right?
Wrong at certain times, i.e. wearing high heels on the beach! well, that’s an exaggeration :-), what about wearing crop top and your bulging tummy is getting ready to burst! hahaha wild imagination :-)
What I mean..wear what’s comfortable,don’t count your age count your money instead (joke).
Be who you are, …dress what you like,… be free but if people laugh at you be ready to laugh at them too!
Ladies, enjoy the short time we will be here on earth, look around, feel your happiness…breath…Live!
Bio: Kristine Solis is a singer,model and a pop artist
Photographer: B.Solis and M.Suarez
Clothes: Zara,Pull and Bear
Make Up:K.Solis and M.Suarez