Dubai Food Scene: La Farine, Afternoon Tea


La Farine is my favorite afternoon tea experience in Dubai so far, given my limited Dubai foodventures.

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It’s a nice mix of an airy, contemporary ambiance, welcoming staff and food that looks as good as it tastes.

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We opted for the set afternoon tea menu and the quantity of food was rather overwhelming, with its five courses starting with fresh berries, then the tea tray with a selection of sweet and savory items including cakes, sandwiches, brownies and macaroons, followed by quiches, scones and lastly tea cakes.

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Among the sweet items, red velvet stood out the most with its moist and light texture. In savory items, I am going to pick cucumber sandwich as my top pick.

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At the bottom of the list is the weal bacon and mushroom quiche. Given the quantity of food, we took-out the tea cakes and sweets and the staff was nice enough to let us.

Dubai Food Scene: Serendipity 3, Dubai Festival City


Serendipity felt like a little sanctuary, an immediately love at first sight, thanks to its quirky, colorful ambiance. Its the kind of place you’d bring a book to read, enjoy a cup of tea and relax, in a sunny afternoon.

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It also enjoys a very nice view of the skyline, a stone throw away. The staff too are lovely and happy to make suggestions, however the lack of smaller portions of food and snacks made ordering for something to go with our tea a bit difficult.

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As we dropped in for tea, we ordered the Chocolate Blackout Cake and sweet potato chips to go with the Chamomile tea & coffee.

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While the cake was to die for, it took two of us and a take-out to finish a single slice.

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So, serving size is worth considering when ordering food. It’s a place I’d like to go back to and try other items on the menu. Definitely going back again!

Dubai Food Scene: Minato, Dubai Creek


Japanese has always been a tricky cuisine for me to enjoy as love for seafood doesn’t come naturally to me. The great thing about Minato is that the buffet is super flexible and has lots to choose from.

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You get to pick the items for your teppanyaki and watch it being cooked at the live station. The staff is happy to make suggestions and guide you through the process, which is nice.

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I am also a fan of their Japanese curry & desserts.

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I hear the sushi is to die for as well (for those who prefer seafood & sushi). After a nice fulfilling meal you can also enjoy a cup of green tea which is included in the buffet.

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Dubai Food Scene: Little Bangkok


Little Bangkok is slowly becoming my must-eat for every time I visit Dubai, thanks to my friends and family who introduced me to it.

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The first time I visited Little Bangkok for lunch at the Down Town Branch. Even though the food was on point, drinks were the highlight of my afternoon.

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More so, as it was an unexpected surprise. The Bangkok Sangria was most memorable among all other drinks. It is served as fresh fruits drowned in hibiscus juice, making it a fruity yet tangy.

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We also enjoyed chicken satay, dumpling (Gai, Je, Gow, Sui May) and mango with ice cream/ sticky rice. They were kind enough to add vanilla ice cream on request.

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Later, I have visited the restaurant multiple times for its breakfast menu. The idea was a unique one for me and certainly one I am a fan of.

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Their offers make dining a wee bit more fun, so check out their website before popping in.

Is ‘having it all’ overrated?


For years I have idealized the life of having it all, having done it all and striking the right balance between ‘it all’. And while, some difficult decisions in the recent times made me wonder if this is even possible (you’re always missing out on one thing or the other and the bigger decisions you make, the bigger opportunity costs you undertake), but the article by Amy Westervelt made me think if I had been over-glorifying the idea of having it all. Is that even a realistic, or a desirable life to aim for?

‘Here’s the truth: You want to have a career and kids? You totally can, but both will suffer. You will never feel like you are devoting enough time to either. You will never feel like you are good enough at either. You will always be choosing between things that need your attention, and you will almost never choose yourself.

Let’s redefine “having it all,” or better yet let each woman define for herself what the best version of her life might look like.” And make it really completely okay for people (women or men) to make the choice to life their lives a certain way; have a thriving career without being questioned about having kids or devoting years to bringing up a family without the question of wasting ones’ potential or to prioritize whatever makes you tick!

Islamabad Food Scene: Warehouse


I have been away from the food blogging scene for a while, as I continued to get disappointed with the inconsistency in quality of food and service at most restaurants in the city. But my few visits at Warehouse have convinced me to come back; that says a lot in itself.

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Warehouse is a (relatively) new, cozy café in town with a very limited menu but everything on the menu is fantastic! Can’t say about the soups as I am yet to try them.

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There’s nothing too fancy about the food, the items are simple, well thought of and quality & taste are always on point.  Meat is always tender and succulent but not too overwhelming.

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My favorite aspects of the café are the drinks and hygiene. We know hygiene is a big issue when dining out in Pakistan, so the open kitchen where you can watch your food being prepared, does help.

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And as for the drinks, the focus is on quality (and presentation); that’s what makes them one of my favorites in town. The smoothies are to die for, with fresh fruit as opposed to canned and the mojitos have the correct balance of citrus and sweet ingredients. Presentation in a mason jar only helps.

Be sure to carry cash, they do not accept cards.

Success is for the discontent..


Ada Ferrer-i-Carbonell’s research finds that “there is an asymmetry in the way people compare themselves with others. We tend to look exclusively at those better off than us, rather than contemplate our position within the full range of outcomes. When the lot of others improves, we react negatively, but when our own lot improves, we shift our reference group to those who are still better off. In other words, we are never satisfied, since we quickly become accustomed to our own achievements. Perhaps that is what spurs people to earn more, and economies to grow.”

Source: Keeping up with the Karumes, Economist