Mix Races and Nationalities
The most interesting part of Dubai is you can meet people from all over the world. There are around more than 170 nationalities living and working in Dubai.
You can find many different cultures, languages, customs and food. It's always invite curiosity to hear people talking in their native languages . (Sometimes, you can hear also dozens of swearing in different languages)
And among friends, we like to play 'guess-where he/she- is-from' game. And the answer can be surprising.
If you ask poltely, the opening question can lead you to a new friend. It's fun!! Because, even we are different, there is always universal language that most common, such as smile, polite and friendly.
We enjoy playing minigolf when we travel and also in Dubai we managed to find a course. It was not great but it was enough for us. It had a clever layout. A normal putting practice golf course had been laid out as a circle and outside of the minigolf course. The course can be found at the Hyatt hotel (not to far from the Gold Souk).
Directions: Hyatt hotel (not to far from the Gold Souk).
Lamcy Plaza, (Mind Your Credit Card, Fellow)
Lamcy Plaza is one of my favorit shopping mall. Located in Bur Dubai area, Lamcy offers a great variety of fancy stuffs. Just a small thing annoying that I find in Lamcy…..I could not stop my credit card stay in my wallet. Lamcy has seasonal discounts for their stuff.
If you are a fan of Dorothy Perkins, Camaieu, Guess, Tammy, Benetton, BHS, Lamcy is the right place to shop around. Don’t forget also to visit Mexx For Less, they usually have something for everybody with a great price.
Lamcy also has food court, Children’s Play area, supermarket, and don’t forget to visit Daiso in third floor. A Japanese shop which offer you household to food with a same fixed price (5 Dirham)
Al Ansari Money Exchange, internet to post office is also available here.
Lamcy is the only Mal in Dubai open in Friday morning. (Usually, in Friday, malls open starts at 2 PM) Many things!! You just name it. Credit card and cash.
SERENADED BY SHISHA
It's all very 1001 Arabian Nights, but in a disarmingly non-tacky, charming way. The Shisha Courtyard draws you in with its lilting atmosphere, pulls you in further with its Arabian-dream flourishes, and then makes sure you won't be leaving for atleast a while with its comfy couches scattered within cozy billowing tents.
Mezze and hummous are by-the-book, but the delicious lamb and grilled meat tawooks are a notch above the usual fare. All to be washed down with some finely authentic Moroccan tea, and then made to linger with shishas which you'll truly savour... Rose-el-Fakheri, The Mirage special, and the usual mint - apple suspects.
The wailing Arabic singing can start to grate just a bit, but never to the detriment of the blissful setting all around. English tunes from the Rooftop above sometimes waft down to form an amusing fusion with the Arabic chanting. Wrapped in the special hug of a lovely winter's night outside, you just might be to too charmed out to even notice...
Verre by Gordon Ramsay
That Gordon Ramsay sure does get around - he even has a restaurant in Dubai. Verre by Gordon Ramsay serves up Modern European cuisine, and was recently voted Restaurant of the Year by the Dubai TimeOut magazine. Verre was conveniently located in our hotel, the Hilton Dubai Creek, so it seemed appropriate that we dine there one evening.
This is a stylish restaurant with subtle lighting and impeccable service. We very much enjoyed our meal there, though one or two of the dishes we chose were not up to the level you would expect from Mr Ramsay's brigade.
After we were seated and were perusing the menus, some snacks appeared, including sesame bread sticks, spring rolls, cheese puffs, and croutons to dip into creamy pots of perfectly pureed mushroom and foie gras pate. After we ordered, an amuse bouche was presented, but for the life of me I can't remember what it was (a salmon concoction perhaps), and I forgot to take a photo. To start, I had the Yellow Fin Tuna two ways - marinated then seared and carpaccio with pickled white radish and soy dressing. This was beautifully presented and very good quality tuna. Alex had the Sautéed foie gras with pear and saffron chutney, Madeira lentils and carrot foam. The flavours were great, but unfortunately the foie gras was very stringy, more so than we had ever seen before.
Main course for me was the Line caught halibut with lobster and herb risotto and lobster bisque. The fish was perfectly cooked, though I just found the dish too rich and nothing special at all. Alex had a bit more success with the Castaing duck breast, creamed cabbage, pancetta, wild mushroom tortellini with morels bouillon, which included a generous serve of perfectly pink duck. The dish was good, but not outstanding.
Next was the pre-dessert, which was a small glass with three layers - the bottom layer had mushy raspberries, the middle was yoghurt, and the top layer was a raspberry granita. It was a great palate cleanser.
But the best was still to come - dessert. Pretty full by this stage, we decided to share, and we couldn't go past the Pistachio soufflé with mint chocolate ice cream. The last time we had a pistachio soufflé was at our wedding dinner, so this one had a lot to live up to. Well, it surpassed it - this was the most delicious soufflé we had ever eaten, made even more special by the accompanying ice cream which was made with fresh mint. Gordo, you've still got it!
ps. Forgot to mention the petit fours - dark & milk chocolate truffles, and some fruit jellies. They were a bit of an anti-climax though after that amazing soufflé.