ABU DHABI: Picking Vegetables from Emirates Bio Farm

It’s a 2 hours drive from Abu Dhabi and extremely long and boring drive but it was indeed worth it. I always wanted to visit the farm and learn few things here and there. Tim and I love to plant. Especially Tim but sometimes, he doesn’t let me touch the plants.

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Anyway after driving for 2 hours straight, we finally arrived at Emirates Bio Farm at 11AM. We bought our ticket which is about AED 35 per person (approx. £ 8) and booked a farm tour for 12PM. We walked around the public area and bought cold beverages to keep us cool. We then started the tour and they made us pick our vegetables.

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Right after the tour, we had brunch at their restaurant and paid AED 90 (approx. £ 21) for a breakfast platter for two.

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We really had an amazing time and bought fresh organic vegetables from their mini supermarket and it a great place for families to visit.

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Most Delicious African Cuisine

This is strictly my opinion. I have tried Moroccan, Sudanese, Egyptian, Kenyan and other few African cuisines but Ethiopian is my ultimate favourite and I’m sure a lot of people will agree.

My first Ethiopian experience was at home in UAE. Our helper was from Ethiopia and one time we went to her local restaurant and bought Injara (Ethiopian Bread) and she cooked a spicy potato stew and I immediately fell in love with Ethiopian cuisine. The first time, Tim and I had Ethiopian food was at Harlem in New York City with my friend, Marwah. Tim really enjoyed it so we tried several restaurants in U.A.E and his favourite thing about their cuisine is their famous coffee. One of the best coffees around the world.

When we had the opportunity to travel to Ethiopia, the first thing that crossed our mind was OMG!!!! We are going to have authentic Ethiopian cuisine’.

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Ethiopian Coffee

Our first day in Addis Ababa, we learnt that Ethiopian Christians fast on Wednesdays and Fridays which means they only have vegan food on those days and avoid meat. I LOVED it because I really enjoy vegan food. My favourite dish is called ‘Shiro’, it is a stew made out of chickpeas. Our first meal was ‘Wat’ which is a spread of the injera bread with lots of stews for everyone to share. Since we landed on a Friday, we had vegetarian stew and their cooked spinach was soo…. delicious.

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Tim is a meat lover and especially a red meat lover. At the age of 14 years old, I decided to become ‘pollo-pescatarian’. A person who eats only white meat. That’s why I married a white man LOL. Just Kidding. It was for health reasons and also I was never a fan of red meat anyway. When I married Tim, I tried some steaks from his plate but honestly, I couldn’t have more than a bite except in Tokyo; he begged me to eat a whole Wagyu Steak and once his step-mum cooked steak at home which I ate and it was good too but that did not convince me to like red meat. After turning 30, I decided that I want to cut down my meat intake so I starting having vegetarian or meatless meals on weekdays and eat fish or chicken on a Saturday. My family and friends found it weird but I feel happy so when I knew that Ethiopia had a variety of vegetarian and vegan dishes, I was so pleased.

Ok meat lovers, I won’t bore you. Tim’s favourite dish was ‘tibs’, meat mixed with vegetables and our tour guide told us that the meat are all organic and that I should give it a try. I had a piece and honestly, it didn’t taste fatty at all and really had a fresh taste to it. Tim also liked ‘Gored Gored’ which is a beef stew.

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For breakfast, we had ‘Fir Fir’ which is Ethiopian and Eritrean meal. It is basically made out of shredded bread, butter and Berber spice. Berber spice is the most famous spice in Ethiopia. Another breakfast meal is ‘Kinche’ similar to an oatmeal.

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Fermented Banana Bread. Technically it’s scrapped from ‘fake’ banana trees. It a tree that looks like a banana tree that does not grow bananas.

When it comes to Ethiopian beverages, all we think about is their coffee and yes, their coffee is extremely delicious. They also have a coffee ceremony.

Another famous drinks are their honey wine called ‘tej’. Ethiopia has a variety of beverages and dishes but this is what I encountered during our trip and I love it and I highly recommend it.

Let me know your favourite Ethiopian dishes.

 

 

Tim’s 31st Birthday

Tim’s 31st Birthday was on 23rd Sept and I now managed to find time to blog about it. His birthday was on a weekday so I decided to invite him for a meal at Zuma. 

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Zuma is a sophisticated twist to the Japanese cuisine and was founded in 2002. It has 11 venues globally and is one of the best restaurant in the world. Zuma is located near Rosewood Hotel and Galleria Mall in Abu Dhabi.

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So here is what we ordered from their menu
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Spicy Beef Tenderloin 
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Black Cod
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Unagi
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Green Tea
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Salad: Spicy Fried Tofu
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Cold Dishes: Slice Seared Tuna
On the weekend, we drove to Fujairah and stayed the night at the Intercontinental Resort. We took Scuba Diving class, well I did because Tim already has the license. We went swimming and had dinner by the beach. On our last day, we decided to go for a massage and use the spa facilities and on our way back to Abu Dhabi, we made a stop at the local market to buy fruits and vegetables. We really enjoyed our stay at the hotel and the service was over the top. We highly recommend you visit the hotel.
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ABU DHABI – Dinner at Kuya Juan

Filipino restaurant in UAE that serves alcohol and pork so that is why a lot of Filipinos recommend it. I do not drink or eat pork but was like YEAAH LETS GIVE IT A TRY LOL.

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Tim and I ordered seafood Kare Kare and Chicken Inasal Bacolod style hehe and had ensaladang talong and garlic rice as a side. We ended our meal with a dessert called Leche Flan.

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Leche Flan: Filipino Creme Caramel
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Chicken Inasal Bacolod: Grilled Chicken marinated with Filipino BBQ Sauce
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Seafood Kare Kare: The sauce is made out of peanut butter

Every night, the restaurant has a band that performs old songs and the vibe of the restaurant really does remind me of the Philippines.

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Tim and I give 5/5 for the restaurants service. They are so nice and friendly and make sure you are happy and having a good time.

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MARAMING SALAMAT KUYA JUAN

ABU DHABI – Lunch at Azkadenya

Since I got my first salary, I decided to invite Priyanka, Clint and the girls for lunch at Azkadenya. It is a Jordanian restaurant in Abu Dhabi located in Marina Mall. They also have other branches in Dubai.

The restaurants vibe is positive and colourful. They also have funny displays around and the artwork is extremely unique. The food was delicious and everything we ordered was really good.

So here is what we ordered….

Appetisers:

  • Spicy Hummus
  • Garlic Hummus (Beiruti)
  • Tabouleh Salad
  • Muhammara

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Main:

  • Meatballs with tomato sauce and freekeh
  • Beef Shawarma
  • Chicken and Mushroom
  • Kibeh with Laban

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Desserts:

  • Watermelons
  • Moroccan Tea

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We recommend you try the restaurant and order the Chicken and Mushroom and Kibeh hehe

Sahtein (Bon Appetite in Arabic)

 

ABU DHABI – Yellow Chilli by Sanjeev Kapoor

Tim and I decided to hang out at Dalma Mall to be closer to Mitsubishi Service Centre to pick up his vehicle.

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We were so hungry and we were meaning to try Yellow Chilli by Sanjeev Kapoor. It is an Indian restaurant located in the Mall and is also combined by a Chinese restaurant called Hong Kong. We felt like having Indian so we went for Yellow Chilli and honestly their food was delicious and they have one of the best Lassi’s in Abu Dhabi.

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Hahahha we were so hungry, we didn’t take pictures of the restaurant and the food but here is a food blog for you LOL. Sorry

ABU DHABI – Dinner at Katsuya

Yas Mall opened a new Japanese Restaurant and damn it’s expensive. The restaurant is called Katsuya. Honestly, it should be under fine dining.

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Since I started a new job, I thought it would be a great idea to invite Tim for a meal. This time, I decided to go full on meat since I was treating Tim and he is not really fond of vegetarian dishes.

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While reading the chef’s signature dishes, I came across Black Cod which reminded me of Zuma. It’s my favourite dish from Zuma, I LOVE IT LOVE IT LOVE IT. Of course, I ordered the dish, it doesn’t taste as good as Zumas HOWEVER, it is the closest than any other restaurants I’ve tried and so was the price LOL.

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We also ordered Wagyu beef since Tim is a  massive red meat lover and I’m not but I gave it a try and the quality of the meat was fantastic.

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We also had crispy chicken and mochi for dessert. For drinks, we ordered Jasmine Tea and it was WOW.

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I highly recommend it but heads up, it’s extremely expensive.

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DUBAI – Din Tai Fung

Din Tai Fung was introduced to us in 2015 when they first opened in Mall of the Emirates in Dubai. It was my first time to try Taiwanese Food and it was extremely delicious.

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It is one of our favourite restaurants in Dubai and it is first come first serve basis but also fully booked so you’d have to wait 46 minutes to 2 hours depending on the amount of people.

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When Tim and I went to Dubai, we were craving Din Tai Fung so here is what we ordered. Hopefully once we visit Taiwan, we get to try the original restaurant.

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We highly recommend the restaurant and the chilli won-ton which we ate and forgot to take a picture of and is indeed worth the wait.

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