Memoirs of a Hiatus: The Baby Edition

A Little Life Update

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I did a bit of a disappearing act this last year, in fact the date of my last entry was July 16, 2016, 11 months ago… sigh. If you follow me on Instagram then you probably know that I gave birth to a beautiful baby girl last November, so naturally I’m gonna go ahead and blame her for my year-long hiatus. The truth is that between my lazy pregnancy, the mad rush of motherhood, nappies changes, breastfeeding, starting solids and returning to my corporate job, writing just got away from me. I’m not sure if anyone is actually reading this, I haven’t had the courage to check the blog stats in some time, but I’m here to let you all know that I’m alive and well and to introduce you to my baby, Zara.

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101 GREAT PLACES TO EAT OUT IN UAE – AZKADENYA

101 Great Places to Eat Out in UAE

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Sharing a delicious episode of 101 Great Places to Eat Out in UAE as we take on my native, Arabic cuisine, at Azkadenya. If you visit, be sure to order the Osmaliyet Ward, two crunchy knafeh-like cakes with rose ice cream sandwiched in between, a very special dessert! Continue reading

The Huffington Post: Eating My Way Through The Western Cape

Travel Feature: Western Cape, South Africa – as seen on The Huffington Post Travel

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Camp’s Bay beach and Lion’s Head

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A few months ago my husband and I decided to tick off a bucket list destination, after debating on Toyko and Cape Town, the decline of the Rand sealed our trajectory to South Africa. I carefully studied the Western Cape’s safari’s, wine country, hiking trails, culinary scene and mapped out our 11 day holiday. Best known for for its natural beauty, sandwiched between the magnificent plateau Table Mountain and the icy Atlantic, Cape Town is so much more than a pretty face. From the wine estates of Constantia to the colorful homes of Bo Kaap and the shacks of the suburban townships to the hipster enclave of Woodstock, Cape Town is a cultural cocktail with a rich history to say the least. I was told that 11 days in the Western Cape was too much time, the truth is it was the perfect combination of discovery and relaxation.   Continue reading

Zaya Nurai Island, also know as Paradise

Travel Feature: Zaya Nurai Island, Abu Dhabi, UAE

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Planning a vacation isn’t easy and planning a staycation in the UAE isn’t all that much easier. Once I’ve settled on a location I usually scour Tablet Hotels or Mr & Mrs. Smith before cruising a plethora of sites for the best deals. The rise of travel search engines however have done us all a favor and saved us all a lot of time. One site to aggregate the dozens of various deals from around the web in one place? Yes please. Enter Hotels Combined. One simple search provided over two dozen results for my staycation destination of choice Zaya Nurai Island, an island far far away also known as a paradise. Continue reading

Citizen K Homme – A Play on Words

Restaurant Feature: As seen in Citizen K Homme, click here for the full story

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Citizen K Arabia – Enigma Literally & Figuratively

Restaurant Feature: As seen in Citizen K Arabia, click here for the full story

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Seared Scallops over Sweet Potato Puree and Apple & Basil Quinoa Salad

Recipe: Seared Scallops over Sweet Potato Puree and Apple & Basil Quinoa Salad

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Ladies and gentleman, I’ve broken the cardinal rule of blogging, I haven’t written a blog post in over 2 months. Now I know that we write our own rules when it comes to blogging but consistency is very important to me and my goal has always been to write 2-4 blog posts per moth. The truth is I’ve been avoiding eating out quite as much in an effort to get healthy and I’ve also spent some time writing for a magazine recently (more on that soon), but really I have no excuse, I’ve been blissfully lazy. I’ve spent most of my weekends getting to know Frank Underwood and Tony Soprano and experimenting in my kitchen.  Continue reading

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