Turning 35: A Birthday Iftar Celebration and Some Reflections

My 35th Birthday Iftar at Tesoro Dubai
My 35th Birthday Iftar at Tesoro Dubai

 

This year, my friends and I chose a Peruvian restaurant for our Birthday Iftar celebration. My friend’s husband’s birthday is on the 16th of July. My birthday falls on the 15th of the same month. So we’ve been doing a one day celebration with our groups of friends for the past two years.

Tesoro is a fine dining Peruvian concept located at the new Taj Hotel Dubai. The place has a very eclectic and modern feel to it. It’s also very spacious with a huge terrace overlooking the Burj Khalifah.

Thankfully, everyone had a great time and loved the tasty creations by the Chefs at Tesoro.

So, another year has passed. I’m 35, single and still looking for a suitable job or paid internship in Dubai.

I’m grateful for the good friends that I have in this magical city, and those who shared my special day with me.

I’m also blessed for being able to constantly learn new things and new ways to develop and grow – both professionally and personally.

I’m thankful for the experiences that I had and that I continue to have. Like doing random activities, meeting people from different backgrounds and cultures, and discovering something new along the way.

What’s my plan for future days?

Honestly, I think it’s time for me to be more self-involved and self-centered. Nothing can be more disappointing to a diva than investing time and energy into projects or people and not getting similar vibes in return.

Some people like to put their self-interests first, set their own rules, and then expect others to entertain them. Well, I can publicly declare that I’m not Mother Teresa and that I never will be!

When I give someone my time, it’s because I genuinely want to. But I also have realistic expectations to be treated in the same way!

Basically, it’s now time for me to focus more on my career and personal life. I need to eventually land a full-time role that I enjoy doing. I also need to find a loving and supportive partner.

As for this blog – a project that has been so exciting to work on, and very close to my heart. It was an honest representation of my life, my struggles, my dreams and aspirations.

The time for this website to end is getting near. But I have plans to start another blog with a different niche. You can stay updated with my news and new blog news by following me on social media:

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Being 35 and single means that I have the strength and independence to make significant life decisions.

It also makes for a good time to reflect on those life decisions and possibly rethink my priorities.

Love,

The Rebellious Saudi Diva XXX

 

Lovely Birthday Iftar at Tesoro Dubai
Lovely Birthday Iftar at Tesoro Dubai

 

A dual Birthday Celebration with genuine Dubai people
A dual Birthday Celebration with genuine Dubai people

 

Bonus Track to listen to while working or reading this post!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x6B8btpBWNo

UD Review: Pizza Di Rocco Abu Dhabi

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On a recent trip to Abu Dhabi, I got to check out what is known as the best pizzeria in town: Pizza Di Rocco.

As most of you know, the UAE has a plethora of pizza joints in almost every corner. Well, this is certainly the case in Dubai. But finding a place that makes a perfect pizza is no easy task.

Luckily, Pizza Di Rocco is one of those places that knows how to make a good pizza. They managed to get the crust, toppings and taste to the right levels. You can also choose to have your pizza made with whole wheat dough for a healthier option.

Being a somewhat health-conscious diva, I went for a half-vegetarian and half-siciliana whole-wheat pizza. Siciliana comes with anchovies and capers.

Some crispy bread with dipping sauces
Some crispy bread with dipping sauces

 

A healthy and colorful Rocco salad
A healthy and colorful Rocco salad

 

Pizza Di Rocco's special oven
Pizza Di Rocco’s special oven

 

My special pizza is ready!
My special pizza is ready!

 

My half-veggie and half-siciliana pizza
My half-veggie and half-siciliana pizza

 

What I truly liked about Pizza Di Rocco’s pizza is the fact that it was so light, crispy and tasty at the same time. It made for the perfect Italian style dinner.

Since I was dining there alone, I couldn’t help but take the rest of my pizza back to my hotel room.

I can’t wait for my next visit to this cozy and homely pizza concept. The ambiance was so relaxed, the music was lovely and the service friendly and polite.

 

Dining at Pizza Di Rocco in the capital.
Dining at Pizza Di Rocco in the capital.

 

Abu Dhabi's best pizzeria; Pizza Di Rocco
Abu Dhabi’s best pizzeria; Pizza Di Rocco

 

Give them a call for delivery, or plan an evening out for dinner with friends at their homely space in downtown AD.

 

Website:

Pizza Di Rocco

 

Authentic Pizzeria in downtown Abu Dhabi
Authentic Pizzeria in downtown Abu Dhabi

 

 

UD Review: Java Jolt Dubai

Quiche and iced tea at Java Jolt Dubai
Quiche and iced tea at Java Jolt Dubai

 

If you’re looking for a new option for a healthy and fresh lunch in Dubai Silicon Oasis, then I have found just the right spot for you. Java Jolt is a newly opened cafe at Le Solarium building in Dubai Silicon Oasis. Their concept is to create simple, tasty food with a refined edge. At the same time, they try to source organic ingredients as much as possible.

When I asked co-founder and co-owner Lora about the origin of the concept, she explains: “Since everything in Dubai Silicon Oasis was take-away and fast food joints, we wanted to bring fresh, healthy food to the area.”

Lora describes the home-grown concept by saying: “We serve food that resembles something that you would make yourself at home. We use as much organic ingredients as we can. Basically, all the elements that go into the food we make are home-grown, local produce from the region.”

Executive Chef Khomotso from South Africa prepares all the sauces and salad dressings from scratch. He also makes the bread himself in the cafe’s open kitchen with the help of a kitchen aid. Java Jolt uses organic flour to make fully organic bread, muffins and wholesome bagels.

“I actually like to make my own things – completely.” Said Chef Khomotso.

Velvety pumpkin soup at Java Jolt Dubai
Velvety pumpkin soup at Java Jolt Dubai

 

The pumpkin soup at Java Jolt Dubai tasted like home-made soup!
The pumpkin soup at Java Jolt Dubai tasted like home-made soup!

 

Best pumpkin soup in Dubai - hands down
Best pumpkin soup in Dubai – hands down

 

When asked about his favorite dish to make, the Chef immediately tells me: “My favorite thing to make must be quiche.”

 

Specials change depending on the Chef's choices at Java Jolt
Specials change depending on the Chef’s choices at Java Jolt

 

Quiche, a side salad and a home-made iced tea are key ingredients to the perfect lunch!
Quiche, a side salad and a home-made iced tea are key ingredients to the perfect lunch!

 

Healthy, fresh and tasty food at Java Jolt Dubai
Healthy, fresh and tasty food at Java Jolt Dubai

 

If you visit Java Jolt, you must try their home-made iced teas. The chef constantly makes new variations of freshly made iced tea. The first time I was there, I tried a pomegranate iced tea. This time though, I got to sample the Rooibos iced tea – made with a hint of lemon and orange. Known for its great health benefits, Rooibos tea originates from South Africa and makes for a wonderful refreshing drink when infused with orange and lemon!
“I was looking for something from home that I like to drink.” Explains Chef Khomotso. He calls his creation; Rooibos Citrus.

Freshly made Rooibos iced tea with a hint of orange and lemon, at Java Jolt Dubai - simply divine and refreshing
Freshly made Rooibos iced tea with a hint of orange and lemon, at Java Jolt Dubai – simply divine and refreshing

 

Greek salad at Java Jolt Dubai
Greek salad at Java Jolt Dubai

Co-founder and co-owner Jenny describes the new cafe concept: “We are trying to go as clean as possible in the UAE.”

Jenny explains: “In Dubai, most cafes are part of big chains or big companies. We wanted to start a more family-oriented style cafe with a homely feel.”

Being residents of the Dubai Silicon Oasis area, the sisters who founded and manage the cafe together with their mother felt the need to fill a gap in the market. With the majority of the available options being chain and processed food cafes and restaurants, they wanted to introduce a home-grown, wholesome concept with a friendly, welcoming and family-oriented atmosphere.

Another element that was lacking in the Dubai Silicon Oasis community was the option of an outdoor area, where friends and families could meet and catch up over coffee and fresh fare.

The New Zealand style cafe with a South African twist offers guests the option to sit outside – at the spacious and inviting terrace. “There’s no where to hang out in the area and sit outside. We created a space where parents could meet and bring their kids to play” – explains Lora, co-founder and co-owner of the fresh, wholesome and healthy concept.

 

Java Jolt Dubai has a spacious terrace for relaxing in the cool weather
Java Jolt Dubai has a spacious terrace for relaxing in the cool weather

 

A homely, friendly and family-oriented style cafe
A homely, friendly and family-oriented style cafe

 

Java Jolt will be open on Saturdays from 8 am to 5 pm starting next week. They also have plans to open on Friday mornings for breakfast, and on Saturday evenings for an evening roast dinner.

To find out more about the cafe and their opening times, check out their Facebook Page.

 

Coffee Barista Koli preparing a latte using RAW coffee beans
Coffee Barista Koli preparing a latte using RAW coffee beans

 

Majestic Muscat: Nightlife in Muscat

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I don’t know why I traveled all the way to Hong Kong to escape busy, fast-paced and crowded Dubai! But, you can read all about my trip to Hong Kong in my earlier posts here.

Then, I decide to visit Muscat to relax by the beach and do some man hunting! (as in finding a partner basically). Of course I was only confronted with the fact that the nightlife in Muscat is struggling to survive.

I found out from residents of the enchanting city that all types of live entertainment have been banned recently in all hotels and establishments. Apparently, the new rules were enforced by the new tourism minister. This left only a few options for a night out in town. Half of them were chains that had branches in Dubai.

The stage for the liveΒ  band at Pavo Real – a cool Mexican restaurant and bar – was still there. As if it was waiting for the live band to come back and play their regular tunes one day soon. Everything was still in place – as it was left by members of the band on the last day they were allowed to perform.

Since I now have less time for blogging – busy with University and other things – I decided to write this post in the form of a photo essay. It saves me time and makes it easier/faster to you readers to go through the post. So let’s look at the photos from my Muscat nightlife exploration attempt πŸ™‚

 

Delicious Arabic Mezze at The Chedi Muscat
Delicious Arabic Mezze at The Chedi Muscat

 

Scrumptious Falafel bites at The Chedi Muscat
Scrumptious Falafel bites at The Chedi Muscat

 

Mexican fare at Pavo Real Muscat
Mexican fare at Pavo Real Muscat

 

Chicken Quesadilla at Pavo Real Muscat
Chicken Quesadilla at Pavo Real Muscat

 

Tuna Sashimi salad at The Left Bank Muscat
Tuna Sashimi salad at The Left Bank Muscat

 

Top quality club sandwich at O'Malley's in Muscat
Top quality club sandwich at O’Malley’s in Muscat

 

O'Malley's Irish pub in Muscat is worth a visit
O’Malley’s Irish pub in Muscat is worth a visit

 

Taking notes gets easier at a cozy and friendly pub atmosphere. O'Malley's Muscat is a favourite of mine!
Taking notes gets easier at a cozy and friendly pub atmosphere. O’Malley’s Muscat is a favourite of mine!

 

Here’s a sum up of my Muscat night spots:

  • Pavo Real officially has the best long island iced tea in town.
  • The Left Bank had a strange crowd of expats, locals and pretentious people from Dubai. I felt like I was flown back to a pretentious Dubai bar when I was there. I truly hated my experience there.
  • Trader Vic’s at the Intercontinental hotel is quite spacious with a big outdoor dining area. It had a very upbeat and lively atmosphere. Everyone who was there seemed to be having a good time, dancing to Latin beats. No live band here either – just a DJ or playback music.
  • O’Malley’s at the Radisson Blu Hotel was by far my favourite place to hang out. It’s a casual pub with an Irish theme, and friendly staff. The food was great, the DJ played commercial tracks from different decades, and I met some nice people there. The funny thing is that no one toldΒ  me about this place! I found out about it by doing some research online. I’m so glad that I ended up going there on my last night in Muscat. At least I managed to have some sort of fun eventually πŸ™‚
  • Zouk night club: Unfortunately, I didn’t get the chance to check out Zouk on this trip. It was located right outside of my hotel, but I just didn’t get the time to visit.

I hope that this post was somewhat useful or interesting. Have you visited any of the places that I’ve mentioned in this post? If so, how was your experience?

You can view my previous post on the Muscat trip here.

 

O'Malley's Irish pub scored high in my books
O’Malley’s Irish pub scored high in my books

UD Review: Urban Bistro Dubai

Urban Bistro's spacious terrace
Urban Bistro’s spacious terrace

 

It’s winter in Dubai, and no one wants to spend all their time indoors. The weather is at its best and we are all want to make the most of it while it lasts. That’s why, I’ve been trying out different outlets for a weekend breakfast. But they must have one thing in common: a terrace or outdoors seating area.

Luckily, Urban Bistro has recently expanded their terrace to accommodate more people. I’ve visited this cool Media City cafe a few months ago and tried their Friday brunch – which I think you should too. The brunch had a great selection of fresh salads, healthy and tasty juice blends, and a good variety of main courses.

Today, I opted for the breakfast meal. My friend and I both went for the vegetarian breakfast. You can choose how you want your eggs to be cooked – we had ours poached. This healthy breakfast option comes with sauteed spinach, roasted cherry tomatoes, avocado slices, Portobello mushrooms, and roasted new potatoes.

I teamed up my veggie breakfast with a green juice for a super nutritious meal πŸ™‚

 

Urban Bistro's vegetarian breakfast.
Urban Bistro’s vegetarian breakfast.

 

Poached eggs for breakfast at Urban Bistro Dubai
Poached eggs for breakfast at Urban Bistro Dubai

 

If you’re someone who doesn’t like to have any meat (chicken, beef or salmon) with their breakfast, then you should give Urban Bistro’s vegetarian breakfast a try. And if you’re tired of the conventional glass of orange juice with your breakfast, then you’ll love the different blends that they serve at this chilled Media City cafe.

I personally prefer to go somewhere quiet and peaceful on the weekend – away from the busy cafes and malls. Somewhere where I can have a nice conversation with a friend, work peacefully on my laptop, or just take in the beautiful view as I sip on my cup of latte.

 

Relaxation mode at Urban Bistro's terrace
Relaxation mode at Urban Bistro’s terrace

 

Urban Bistro Dubai's interior is spacious and airy
Urban Bistro Dubai’s interior is spacious and airy

 

Urban Bistro is a hidden gem that I’m glad I discovered. It’s located in a lovely area of Dubai Media City – surrounded by a tranquil and peaceful green space. There’s even a lake with turtles and sea birds in front of the cafe – perfect for a day of relaxation.

Whether you work in Dubai Media City or just live nearby, then I would definitely recommend that you check out Urban Bistro.

On weekdays, the place is buzzing with media professional and other working people on their lunch break. And in the weekends, it is the epitome of tranquility and peacefulness in a busy, modern city life.

 

Web site: Urban Bistro Dubai.

 

Urban Bistro Dubai - a hidden gem
Urban Bistro Dubai – a hidden gem

Majestic Muscat: The Exclusive Qurum Club Lounge at Crowne Plaza Muscat

UD at Qurum Club Lounge at Crowne Plaza Muscat
UD at Qurum Club Lounge at Crowne Plaza Muscat

 

After my traditional market escapade at Muttrah Souq, I head to the Crowne Plaza Muscat‘s Club Lounge for some canapes and refreshing drinks.

The exclusive Qurum Club Lounge is located on the 6th floor of the hotel, overlooking the beautiful Gulf of Oman.

What’s great about this club lounge – apart from the amazing views – is that it’s open all around the clock. A wide range of snacks and drinks are served throughout the day, to match every mood and palate.

You can choose to sit inside and work on your laptop, read a book, or watch the news on TV. In the evenings, I would suggest sitting out in the terrace and cherishing the tranquil and peaceful beach setting.

Of course with me being the Saudi Diva, I chose to do it all! At one point, I was reading my book inside while having some tasty canapes. And on anther occasion, I was outside on the terrace taking a break from my sacred tanning sessions. I even spent some time networking with some business guests πŸ™‚

I must warn you though; the canapes served at the Qurum Club Lounge are pretty addictive! Honestly, I couldn’t stop myself from making numerous trips to the buffet to refill my plate. I even felt a combination of guilt (for overeating) and embarrassment (from the repetitive trips to the buffet). But what can I say, the food at Crowne Plaza Muscat is of great quality and the Club Lounge snacks were no exception.

If you’re a foodie like me, then I can’t recommend any other hotel in Muscat other than the Crowne Plaza. The standard of the F&B in that hotel is truly exceptional.

In the following photo, I’m wearing a short floral print summer dress from cool 90’s urban style label: Pull&Bear.

Being a 90’s girl, I can’t think of a high street brand that matches my personal style like Pull and Bear. A mix of feminine, tom-boyish, and street style outfits. Love that label…

Sunset at Qurum Club Lounge at Crowne Plaza Muscat
Sunset at Qurum Club Lounge at Crowne Plaza Muscat

 

Canapes at Qurum Club Lounge
Canapes at Qurum Club Lounge

 

A great spot for contemplation
A great spot for contemplation

 

Gulf of Oman view from Qurum Club Lounge Terrace
Gulf of Oman view from Qurum Club Lounge Terrace

 

Fishing Harbor view from Qurum Club Lounge
Fishing Harbor view from Qurum Club Lounge

 

Qurum neighborhood view at Qurum Club Lounge
Qurum neighborhood view at Qurum Club Lounge

 

Doing business with stunning views
Doing business with stunning views

 

See you at the next post!
See you at the next post!

 

The Qurum Club Lounge is not only a place to do business or network with other hotel guests, it’s also a place for celebration! While I was there, the staff brought a birthday cake and sang Happy Birthday for one of the business guests at the lounge. Now if that’s not outstanding and personalized service, I don’t know what is…

Stay tuned for more posts from my Muscat trip!

Love,

The Rebellious Saudi Diva X

Majestic Muscat: Amazing Crowne Plaza Muscat Breakfast!

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One of the remarkable things at the Crowne Plaza Muscat is the breakfast buffet at Tropicana restaurant. Honestly, even the 5-star property hotels can’t match this vast and fresh breakfast spread. The extensive breakfast buffet is served from 6 until 10:30 am on weekdays, and ends at 11:30 am on weekends.

A wide selection of all the possible breakfast variations that anyone might think of is included in the Crowne Plaza muscat breakfast buffet.

With different corners for Arabic, Asian, and Western types of breakfast, prepare to be spoiled for choices and confused as to what to have!

There’s even a pancake machine, coffee machine, and a live cooking station where a chef will make your eggs the way you like to have them.

No matter what your ethnic background or country of origin is, rest assured that there will definitely be something at the Crowne Plaza Muscat buffet to satisfy your palate.

All the staff at this hotel are extremely friendly, well experienced and highly professional individuals. So, having breakfast every day on my own didn’t make me feel awkward or anything. Instead, I felt at home and truly enjoyed my little chats and casual conversations with the breakfast restaurant staff members.

Now, let’s have a look at some of the breakfast buffet options at Crowne Plaza Muscat…

Pancake Machine at Crowne Plaza Muscat Breakfast
Pancake Machine at Crowne Plaza Muscat Breakfast

 

Coffee Machine
Coffee Machine

 

Asian corner condiment table
Asian corner condiment table

 

Fruit Selection at Crowne Plaza Muscat breakfast
Fruit Selection at Crowne Plaza Muscat breakfast

 

fresh fruits at the Crowne Plaza Muscat breakfast buffet
fresh fruits at the Crowne Plaza Muscat breakfast buffet

 

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Being a huge foodie and a true breakfast lover, I was taking my time in having breakfast every day…and in a failed attempt to avoid over-eating (which I must admit that I did during my Muscat trip), I decided to have a delicious freshly made vegetarian omelet on one day, and an Arabic breakfast of “foul” (fava beans) on another πŸ™‚Β  Not to mention the fresh salad that I would team up with my “foul” day. I know, I’m such a nerd that I even plan what to have for breakfast….

I truly miss the wonderful and fresh breakfast buffet selection at Crowne Plaza Muscat. I was so craving a hearty breakfast this morning, but I decided to stay at home to write this post with a reliable wi-fi connection. All I had was a banana for breakfast, so you can imagine how much I would love to indulge in a Crowne Plaza Muscat breakfast at this very moment…

Stay tuned to this blog for the next post from my Muscat trip…hint: it involves some souvenir shopping and traditional souk hopping πŸ™‚

In the meantime, you can check out my previous Muscat post at the famous Barr Al Jissah.

 

Love,

The Rebellious Saudi Diva xxx

Majestic Muscat: Breathtaking Barr Al Jissah

Exploring Barr Al Jissah
Exploring Barr Al Jissah

 

You might have read my introductory post about my recent trip to Muscat, and how I got most of my friends and family worried about me. How come? well, I decided to disappear from Dubai for a short break without informing many people that I was leaving πŸ™‚Β  My dad knew that I was going to Muscat, but since he’s always been a forgetful person, he completely forgot about it. And I ended up being the center of attention – even to my building’s security guards! If you missed that post, you can still find it here.

Because I like to haveΒ  music as a background to my life – be it radio, music TV channels, or Youtube music videos, I decided to share with you this uber cool playlist that I discovered recently. The best part? it’s mainly old-school R&B – my favorite music genre! You can keep this playlist playing in the background as you go through my second Muscat trip post – if you wish of course:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nOmTIiyQRjI

 

Now, if you are visiting Muscat for the first time, you must understand one thing: Most tourist areas, green mountains, wadis, hot water spots, nature, whatever it is – is located at least two hours or an hour and a half away from Muscat downtown.Β  You could take a tour day trip, hire a taxi driver, or rent a car and drive there yourself. However, for a Diva like me, I decided to just lounge by the beach all day and leave all the sightseeing for another trip! Yes, I was really exhausted from the super fast-paced Dubai life and I wanted to take a break to just breathe…

On the bright side, I did meet some nice people during my trip who offered to take me sightseeing on my next visit to Oman.

So my suggestion for you would be to make friends as soon as you land in Muscat (provided that you don’t have ones already) and ask them to take you around the city and the beautiful green landscapes (which I didn’t get a chance to see really!).

However, I did manage to check out the Barr Al Jissah area. Which is basically a mountainous landscaped area – beautiful at sunset time. I even stopped at the highway to take some pictures for you guys to see! How brave is that? πŸ™‚

 

Barr Al Jissah in Muscat
Barr Al Jissah in Muscat

 

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Both my top and skirt are from the very feminine Miss Selfridge

 

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The road through Barr Al Jissah can only take you to the Shangri-La Barr Al Jissah Resort & Spa. And that’s where I went to check out Long Bar, after seeing it listed in the first edition of Conde Nast Traveller Middle East. I had always dreamed of visiting Oman, so I kept that copy of the magazine’s first edition…and it sure came in handy! It does take time to realize your dreams, but it’s never impossible. So whatever those dreams are – whether you dream of visiting an exotic beach destination or becoming a well-known artist – you will get there if you have a strong will and a bit of patience πŸ™‚

 

Shangri-La Barr Al Jissah Resort & Spa
Shangri-La Barr Al Jissah Resort & Spa

 

The beach width at Shangri-La Barr Al Jissah Resort & Spa is quite big. But I must admit, I had higher expectations for this resort. Coming from glamorous and shiny Dubai, I honestly wasn’t impressed with this hotel to say the least. This property didn’t match the standard of this renowned five-star hotel group, nor did the ambiance or food at Long Bar. I felt that the hotel was kind of shabby – I know it’s Oman and not Dubai. So it’s meant to be kind of old and rich in heritage. But I still didn’t feel like I was at the Shangri-La! I had heard a lot about this specific resort prior to visiting. But sadly, I was disappointed with my experience there.

As for Long Bar, it did have an outdoor seating overlooking the bay. However, there were no coolers in the outdoor area (unlike outdoor spaces in Dubai). Plus, there was no music playing in the outside area – apart from the Oud player serenading us with “Om Kulthoum” classics in the next door venue. Now if I wanted to listen to Oud and some classical Arabic tunes, would I be heading to the Shangri-La Resort & Spa for my night out? Hmm…maybe not. It’s true that it was a quiet and serene spot for a chilled night out. But I would say it was too quiet for my liking. Quiet at Long Bar translated into “haunted”. And that’s not what you expect at a five-star beach resort bar.

I only had breakfast that day, so when I saw that they had Spanish tapas on their menu at Long Bar, I got excited! I ordered the classic Spanish omelet starter – only to be even more disappointed with this sports bar. The omelet tasted like something that you would get at a breakfast place that doesn’t serve decent breakfast. In Dubai, ordering International dishes means that the restaurant will try to make them in a way that is highly similar to the original recipe. It will taste very close to the real thing too! Not at Long Bar unfortunately. They might as well remove the Spanish tapas from the menu if they can’t make them properly. This is what I had at Long Bar:

Spanish Tapas at Long Bar - Barr Al Jissah Resort & Spa
Spanish Tapas at Long Bar – Barr Al Jissah Resort & Spa

 

"Resort Fling" nail polish by Essie
“Resort Fling” nail polish by Essie

 

In the above photo, I’m wearing “Resort Fling” nail polish shade by the famous Essie brand.

 

Long Bar at Barr Al Jissah Resort & Spa
Long Bar at Barr Al Jissah Resort & Spa

 

I think that’s about all I had to say about this part of my Muscat trip. But stay tuned to hear about more places to see in Muscat…

Love,

The Rebellious Saudi Diva XXX

 

UD explores Shangri-La Barr Al Jissah
UD explores Shangri-La Barr Al Jissah

UD Recipe Story: Couscous-Stuffed Peppers

Couscous-stuffed Peppers
Couscous-stuffed Peppers

 

I just finished having dinner about an hour ago, and I couldn’t feel more satisfied and content! I made these stuffed peppers for lunch yesterday. But because I made four pieces – and had two for lunch yesterday, I still had two more in my fridge. So, it felt great coming home at around 9 in the evening after a blogging-related meetup and not having to worry about what to eat – or to resort to a sandwich or a takeaway…I heated these babies in the oven for a few minutes and they tasted even better than when I first made them!

This is why I recommend this extremely simple recipe for a tasty and healthy dinner. I got this recipe from Good magazine, but I made some minor changes to suit my preferences.

Let’s start with the ingredients that were listed in the magazine:

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And the instructions:

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Here are my ingredients for the recipe (I skipped the feta cheese and toasted pine nuts):

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Now if you’re like me – you don’t have all the time in the world to cook your own food and you hate having to wash so many post and pans after cooking – then you can buy ready-made couscous from the store’s ready food counter πŸ˜€

Of course, for those ofΒ  you who prefer to make their own couscous, then by all means, go ahead. I admire you for your culinary skills and passion and I hope to reach your level one of those days πŸ™‚

As you can see in the above photo, I added capers – which I’m a huge fan of…Here’s a close-up of the ready-made couscous:

 

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Here are my chopped veggies…I added some spring onions, parsley, and green chilies for my personal taste:

 

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I added some sea salt, freshly ground black pepper, and drizzled some olive oil to my halved red peppers before putting them in the oven:

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For the filling, I mixed all the ingredients in two small bowls (because I didn’t have clean large bowls) – I told you I hated washing dishes :p

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Next, simply stuff the roasted peppers (which I cooked in the oven for around 25 minutes) with the couscous and vegetables mixture. I added the capers, chopped olives, some salt and pepper and some lemon juice too.

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Finally, put the stuffed peppers back in the heated oven to bake for another 10 to 15 minutes. And voila! you’ve got your juicy, tasty and nutritious meal, which you can have for lunch teamed with a salad, or on its own for a light dinner πŸ™‚

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Stay tuned to the blog for more healthy, quick and scrumptious recipe posts….You might want to follow my fan page too!

Love,

The Rebellious Saudi Diva

 

 

UD Recipe Story: Vegetable Frittata

simple and tasty vegetable frittata
simple and tasty vegetable frittata

 

Do you want to know the precise meaning of the word: comfort food? If you’re a foodie like me, then you won’t be surprised when I tell you that I started making this healthy frittata late one evening – it was around 11:00 or later…I had to finalize my University’s research project the following day, so I decided to make this simple and tasty dish the night before – to save time during the day so I can work on my project.

To tell you the truth, I couldn’t have made a better decision in my life! This frittata turned out to be the first culinary creation that I make from scratch on my own and ACTUALLY like the taste of! I’ve been experimenting in the kitchen for some time, but most of the dishes I make are just OK…nothing really special. This dish however, made me feel ecstatic, satisfied and full πŸ˜€

I got this recipe from the fabulous Gourmet magazine, which I have been featured in a few months ago. You can find a photo of my appearance in Gourmet on my blog’s Facebook Page – while there, don’t forget to hit the “like” button!

The great thing about this frittata as mentioned in the feature is that it can be eaten at room temperature, or warmed up. And can easily be packed in a container to take to work or school. Also, I personally can have frittata for breakfast, lunch or dinner.

Let’s have a look at the ingredients (as taken from Gourmet magazine):

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And the method:

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To make my frittata more filling, I added some potatoes that I boiled for some time. As well as a yellow pepper that I had in my fridge πŸ™‚

Vegetable Frittata Ingredients
Vegetable Frittata Ingredients

 

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Here are my vegetables, after they have been chopped:

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My potatoes as they are boiling:

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The veggies are being sauteed…

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Whisking away those eggs, with some coconut milk, parsley, sea salt (which adds amazing flavor to the food) and black pepper:

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Then, once the vegetables are soft, you can add the potatoes followed by the egg and parsley mixture….

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After baking the frittata in the oven for 20 – 25 minutes, you are rewarded with a comforting meal that you can have over the next couple of days (if you live alone and are still not confident enough with your cooking skills to share the results with friends or neighbors) πŸ˜€

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I can’t describe how good it felt to have this perfect frittata at around midnight – a foodie’s dream πŸ™‚

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I hope that you will try to make this simple dish and enjoy eating it as much as I did…I’m so excited to try another recipe from Gourmet magazine. I will share it with you once I’m done from my final exam for my “Media Audiences and the Public” class. That will be on the 10th of August. Looking forward to taking a break from University assignments and exams…

Wishing you a wonderful week and see you soon X

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