Tim’s British Roast

We cannot name it a Sunday Roast since weekends are Friday and Saturday in the UAE. However, Tim made a roast on a Saturday as a weekend meal hehe.

It was extremely delicious. Tim marinated the chicken with olive oil, rosemary, paprika, salt and black pepper. The vegetables were marinated in salt, black pepper, olive oil and honey. We bought the Yorkshire pudding and onion gravy from Waitrose and those were the ingredients we used for our amazing British Roast.

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I should start taking better pictures of our food lol 

 

 

Azerbaijani Cuisine

Azerbaijani cuisine is very similar to Middle Eastern, Russian and Georgian but it’s filled with BUTTER. On our first day, Noor took us to a restaurant called Dolma. Dolma is actually dishes which are stuffed with rice and minced meat. We of course ordered that and it’s similar to the Arabic one but the taste is slightly different and very BUTTERY.

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Our favourite dishes are Dolma which is stuffed vegetables, Azerbaijani Plov (I kept removing the raisins) it’s a rice dish served with plum, Qovurma which is kinda similar to Indian korma and our ultimate favourite AZERBAIJANI CHICKEN SAJ. THAT DISH WAS AMAZING and it’s enough for 3 -4 people. Tim and I ordered it once and he ordered it again with Mimi. The picture will speak for itself.

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Azerbaijani cuisine is quite interesting to try and if you ever visit, pleaseeee order the AZERBAIJANI CHICKEN SAJ.

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Georgian Food from Georgia the Country

I’d say Georgian cuisine is one of my favourite. It’s a mix of European, Middle Eastern, Armenian and Russian which I find incredible.

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Being half Palestinian, I add a lot of pomegranate in my dish. Whether its syrup or the seeds itself and it’s very similar to Georgian. Their kebabs and their salads are just rich with pomegranate and gives a sweet flavour to a salty dish and lots of sumac.

One of my favourite dish to have for breakfast is called Khachapuri. There are two types of Khachapuri. One is from Adjora region also called Acharuli served with egg and cheese and Khachapuri from Imereti region which looks like a pizza. I liked both but honestly my favourite was Adjora. YUMMMMMYYYYYY!!!!

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If you love cheese then you must try Imeruli cheese which is added to the Khachapuri but having it by itself it just heaven.

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Tim and I were very fond of the beetroot pkhali with walnuts. We had it at a restaurant in Tbilisi called Kafe Leila, it’s one of the best restaurants I visited around the world and till today my mouth waters every time I think of that place. Everything we ate was delicious and the cafe is vegetarian/vegan friendly. I can go on and on about their food but honestly, there is nothing like Georgian cuisine.  I assure you, you will not be disappointed with their food.

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Flamin’ Meat at Meats Flame

Tim and I were fortunate to try Meats Flame before its opening. We were invited for food tasting and had chicken wings and spicy shrimps for starters. For the drinks, we had mango smoothie and strawberry mojito. As main course, we had beef and chicken burgers. In addition to all that, we had sweet potato and beetroot crisps on the side.

Everything was delicious and the food presentation was very artistic. I highly recommend the burger place. Hopefully, when they officially open next week, we will go back. Meat Flames is located on Jumeirah Beach Road, Dubai.

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Celebrating Tim’s 29th Birthday in UAE

Tim’s 29th birthday was yesterday, 23rd Sept. and although I look younger than him, I’m only 2 months and 16 days younger. So, I’ll be turning 29 soon and since it will be our last 20’s, we agreed to make the most out of it before we could say we are 30.

Yes, we know age is nothing but a number. It’s just our last year as 20’s but I feel we will be more energetic and ready for more adventures in our 30’s.

Unfortunately, this year we were not able to celebrate his birthday abroad. So, I planned two birthday trips in the UAE in the occasion of Tim’s 29th AND here is what we did.

Trip #1: Sir Bani Yas Island

We visited Sir Bani Yas and stayed at Al Sahel Villas. A luxurious 5-star hotel located on a natural Island in Abu Dhabi. The hotel is managed by Anatara. The island is 250km from Dubai. You can either book a flight to the island or road trip it like we did and took a ferry to the island. There are 3 different types of accommodation.

  1. Dream Islands Resorts & Spa
  2. Al Sahel Villas
  3. Al Yam Villas

The island offers a lot of activities, from spa, kayaking, mountain biking, wildlife safari, falconry, archery and natural walk. Tim and I went tried the wild life safari which costs AED 200 per person. At night, we had a fine dining experience at the hotel and enjoyed African grilled dishes. The staff are so friendly and helpful. The hotel service was probably the best service we’ve experienced.

Hotel Rating : 5 STARS

Budget : $$$$$

Hotel Service : 10/10

Visited : September 2017

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Trip #2: The World Island

We booked a ticket to Lebanon for the 13:00 slot. Not the country but the island located in the World Island LOL. We arrived at Jumeirah Fishing Harbour at 11:30 and had breakfast at omniyat. At around 12:45, we walked to the deck to get on a speed boat and headed straight to the island.

As soon as we arrived, we were greeted with cold drinks and were given towels. They later walked us to our beach bed. AHHH, the view was surreal and it felt like we were on holiday. Tim and I ordered the platter for two which included 2 sliders, 4 lamb chops, coleslaw, French fries and chicken skewers.

At around 18:00, we headed back to the city and civilisation which SUCKED lol.

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Dinner at Ting Irie

On his actual birthday, we had dinner at Ting Irie. A Carribean/ Jamaican restaurant in Downtown Dubai. Everything we ordered was delicious. The staff are super friendly and the music was so good that I even asked for the name of the album which I got and downloaded hehe.

Tim and I ordered Plantain Chips, Cocobread Buns, Jerky Hummos and Johnny’s Cakes. For the main course, we had Dat Lamb THO and Ackee & Saltfish.

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So CHEERS to 29 and to Health, Wealth and Happiness.

Last Exit – Mad Max Theme

Now that Tim drives everyday to Abu Dhabi, he noticed that Meraas (UAE Real Estate Developer) were building a new Last Exit on the boarders of Dubai-Abu Dhabi but you know what’s cool about it..IT’S A MAD MAX THEME BABY!!!! They named it Last Exit Mad X.

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As soon as they announced the opening, we went there as early as we could to check the place out. The ambience is much cooler than the other Last Exits but because it’s new, the place isn’t as busy as the others. They’ve got several Food Trucks with awesome international cuisines and we picked ‘The Stuffed Burger’.

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Bellion Travels Rating:-

Food: Good

Atmosphere: Very Good

Menu Variety: Very Good

Value for Price Paid: Good

Visited: August 2017

*this is not a sponsored post and all opinions are my own

Fresh Juices at Rose Leaf Cafe and Garden Shopping

Rose Leaf is a lovely coffee shop introduced by my dear friend Christina. Tim and I visited Dubai Garden Centre to look for indoor plants for our living room. We stopped at Rose Leaf Coffee Shop for Fresh Juice, the coffee shop is located in the Garden Centre itself. The vibe is so welcoming and cozy and makes you feel like you are away from the city and the desert.

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Bellion Travel Rating:

Food & Drinks: Good

Atmosphere: Good

Menu Variety: Very Good (All Healthy)

Value for Price Paid: Good

Visited: July 2017

*this is not a sponsored post and all opinions are my own.

Breaking Bad – Walter’s Coffee Roastery

If you are a Breaking Bad fan, then I recommend you try out the coffee shop. It is located on the lower ground floor of Dubai Mall. Tim and I were accompanied by our best friend Mimi and her sister Safa. Who are fans of the show but don’t judge me, I’m still on season 2.

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They prepared the coffee in the coolest way. The Walters Lab is where all the coffee experiments happen. Nah, it’s just a show to attract the customers but honestly it pretty cool.

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Bellion Travel Rating:

Drinks: Good

Atmosphere: Good

Menu Variety: Good

Value for Price Paid: Fair

Visited: June 2017

Location: Dubai Mall

*this is not a sponsored post and all opinions are my own.

Breakfast at Jones the Grocer

Jones the Grocer – Dubai

One morning, Tim and I decided to use our Entertainer and look at the breakfast options they offer. We looked up restaurants that weren’t far away from our place and agreed to eat at Jones the Grocer. The restaurant serves lunch and dinner and has a mini mart, bakery and sells variety of cheese. The menu offers mainly western food but has range of dishes to try.

A restaurant ambiance is pleasant, it has floor to ceiling windows which allows natural light to brighten the space and the interiors are quite minimal. I like its interiors and everything they offer. Yes, it is a bit pricey for what they serve but every now and then I like to buy cheese from their store.

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Bellion Travel Rating:

Food: Good

Atmosphere: Good

Menu Variety: Good

Value for Price Paid: Good

Visited: July 2017

Location: Sheikh Zayed Road Dubai, Al Safa 2, Dubai

*this is not a sponsored post and all opinions are my own.