Iftar at Weslodge Saloon Dubai

We were lucky enough to preview Weslodge Saloon’s delicious iftar menu and it was worth writing home about! This North American venue has a great iftar menu for the meat-lovers out there!

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Weslodge Saloon is usually a North America style party destination so I was not expecting a very traditional iftar, therefore when I received a lentil soup with a side of hummus, I was pleasantly surprised! The soup was actually gigantic and though it was delicious, after glancing at the rather hearty menu I stopped myself when I reached a quarter of the way through.

I was saving myself for the ribs, chicken and salad that were yet to come for starters! The honey drizzled chicken is pretty well known and it didn’t disappoint. Super crunchy and salty with a sticky coating of honey, it won me over and the lamb ribs and salad were pretty good too. I was quite happy with them all but again had a small taster of each as mains included steak, fish and more ribs!

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The steak was quite disappointing, undercooked for medium and the lemony sauce just didn’t work for me but lets talk about those melt-in-your-mouth ribs! Now they were what you imagine when you picture a great North American Diner, they could have added a barbecue sauce on the side but they were slow-cooked to perfection and the meat fell off the bone. The fish was nice too, again everything was huge portions and I think it should be for a minimum of 4 people as 3 of us did not even get half way through any course. I hate to see wastage and especially in Ramadan so they should definitely start a fridge initiative for leftovers or just downsize.

I loved that they brought round the hummus and dates first as many places make you wait until they serve starters and this would keep you going till then. With the best yet to come, we were served Weslodge’s most requested double down hazelnut brownie or the scrumptious maple brulee; a with blueberry sorbet coupled with maple tossed blueberries – both were a delicious end to a great meal! I was happy overall and would definitely recommend this to someone looking for an indulgent iftar.

Iftar Set Menu

Date & Time: Daily during Ramadan from

Price: AED 235 per person

Too Faced Chocolate Gold Palette

20180330_122827-01196872040.jpegSince getting my hands on this Too Faced Chocolate Gold Palette I have been obsessed with it. I love the colour selection and combination of matte and metallic eye shadows! The metallics are super sparkly as they have actually been infused with real gold! Not only that but they smell delicious as they are made with cocoa powder and smell good enough to eat.

I love pairing the metallics with the mattes, I recently took this palette on holiday for two weeks and was able to create a range of day and night looks, I have featured a look I created when attending a wedding above. There are great neutral shades and also a few colours and smoky shades. There are some great transition colours too. My tip would be to spray your brush with a little fixing spray and dab on the metallic for a super shiny finish.

Too faced eyeshadows are highly pigmented and blend beautifully, this is my favourite palette of this year!

The palette is available in Sephora Middle East!
CHOCOLATE GOLD EYESHADOW PALETTE
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Max Factor Eye Makeup

Zohra Bandali Makeup

After using the Voxbox

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Rose Nudes palette swatches

I received a Vox box from Max Factor, it contained An Eyebrow Shaper a Waterproof Eyeliner, two Eyeshadow Palettes and a Brow Contouring Kit.

Unfortunately the Brow Contouring Kit was damaged when it arrived, I used the brown shades which were still intact and if you give the powder a few seconds to set, it does not rub off easily or smudge and is good to fill in gaps. The brow shaper retractable pencil was my favourite item and I have been using it daily! It has a waxy texture and really allows you to define your brows and the strokes look like real hairs. Since I started using it, many people have asked me if I had my brows micro-bladed, as they are so well defined. This is the best eyebrow product I have ever used! It just goes to show that drugstore products can be better!

The eyeshadow palettes have a lovely range of colours however they are not very pigmented. They blend beautifully and are nice for daytime but for a more dramatic look, you need to spend time to build the shadow.

The Liquid Liner is also one of my favourite products. I already had one and was happy to receive a second as mine has almost finished. The consistency is just right, it is not too watery, nor too thick and has a precise applicator for drawing. The only weird thing is when you want to remove it, it peels off in bits but you get used to it.

I have already added the brow shaper and liquid liner to my makeup bag and highly recommend them!

Crisol Restaurant and Lounge

Lets talk about Sharjah… I can’t deny the traffic is horrendous but this Emirate retains something that Dubai doesn’t…culture, heritage, art, history and so much more. I like the rawness, the feeling of being somewhere foreign where they retain their heritage and in a Shariah abiding country you actually feel the presence of Islam unlike Dubai. Anyways I could write a whole other blog on that but I recently discovered one more reason to go to Sharjah and that’s what I’m here to tell you about.

I was recently taken to Crisol Restaurant and Lounge for work purposes, while weaving through the industrial district with cranes overhead and building sites all over I never imagined that such a beautiful restaurant could exist there. The wooden exterior with gold geometric panels caught my attention and I was surprised to see such a place there. I went in and I was enamored by the interiors, it had this contrast of styles that just married perfectly, a secret garden combined with a geometric jungle. Your gonna have to go there to understand what I am saying but it really is a beautiful space designed by Bersun who has a very unique style and ability to bring things together. I asked for a green tea and fell in love with the marble printed mug and oval saucer. Details are everything to me and when I dined there I loved every piece of crockery and cutlery.

The food arrived and again the attention to detail was immaculate. The food was so beautifully presented and considering the reasonable price-point (AED 150 for two), the portions were mammoth! The Rocket Shrimps were everything, a tower of crunchy root vegetable crisps with rice noodles drizzled in a generous helping of their special rocket sauce. Trust me after you try this dish you will never crave P.F Chang’s again! The dangerous sliders were delicious, served in a red beetroot bun with a crispy chicken patty with lettuce and jalapenos topped with pepper and jack cheese and a dollop of aioli, this is the best chicken burger I have ever had! I would go back for these two dishes alone but everything was good. I also tried the taco’s, sand blaster burger, trash can nachos, matchstick fries, crispy fried chicken, watermelon salad and cuban salad (yes I left the healthiest till last!).

The desserts were out of this world, again some of the best desserts I have ever had and it really was all in the details. The Crisol hit was theatrical, if like me you eat for the insta then this was a totally insta-worthy dessert. They pour a hot chocolate sauce on a chocolate coated ice-cream which eventually melts and you hit it with your spoon and the ice-cream bursts out! It was amazing! I am not sure exactly what was in it, I think a layer of chocolate cake and then it had these crunchy hazelnut pieces at the bottom which gave it a crunch. The lotus pancakes were also really good, super-fluffy and there was no scrimping on the lotus. There were berries to break up the sweetness and it was a delicious combo. The milk cake surprised me the most because it looked really average but the flavour and textures were really interesting. The cake soaked up the milk at the bottom so it was a cake texture on top and a really sweet gooey texture underneath. Picking a favourite is too hard!

In conclusion, Crisol Restaurant and Lounge is a must-see. Even if you do spend an hour or two sitting in traffic you will not regret it once you eat there!

Crisol Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

 

Manzil Downtown Dubai

 

Manzil Downtown is a modern designed boutique hotel with a traditional Arabesque flair. The Arabic themed interiors intensify your Dubai experience making it authentic while still maintaining a contemporary feel.

The hotel has a large lobby area with an array of beautiful design features and the staff are extremely welcoming. There are seating areas where you can order tea or coffee or help yourself to a refreshing fresh mint and lemon juice.

My mum was in Dubai so I thought it would be a nice little treat for us to have a little staycation at Manzil Downtown Dubai. We checked in at 3pm, unpacked had a cuppa and headed for the pool. The pool was a decent size and we had it all to ourselves! There was a poolside bar and the lifeguard brought us some ice cold water. I realized nobody was using the pool because it was over 40 degrees outside (these Dubai Summers are a killer) but the water was temperature controlled and once I got in it felt great!

We finished up at the pool and got ready for dinner at The Courtyard restaurant. I was a bit apprehensive about eating outdoors in the heat but when we stepped into the courtyard I was amazed at how cool it was. There were beautifully carved wooden cupboards that had air conditioning units inside and were placed all the way around the courtyard. Somehow it channeled through the space keeping it super cool!

The food was to die for, we had a salad and a beef and basil dish to start and both were delicious. The meat was so tender and the basil infusion was divine. For mains we had grilled fish and a lamb tagine. The tagine was packed with flavour and was by far my favourite dish. The fish was also delicious and we agreed we would definitely be coming back for dinner. We had some dessert, shisha and tea by which point we were ready to roll into bed.

When we got back to our room I saw the view of the breathtaking view of the Burj Khalifa and we decided to take a walk down the boulevard as we definitely needed it after that meal. The hotel has the perfect location! We crossed the road and walked to Souk al Bahar where we watched the fountains (which were also visible from our room)

The beds were super comfy and we both had a great nights sleep. We woke up and headed to the Boulevard Kitchen for breakfast. The staff are amazing at the hotel and so friendly. They explained the breakfast items and showed us the various buffets, it was honestly the biggest variety of breakfast items I have ever seen! I could not wait to get started so I went in with some Mediterranean spreads with bread and cheese. Then we got Eggs Benedict and then some tea and pastries! I can honestly say this was hands down the best breakfast spread I have seen in Dubai. Not only did it have so much variety but the quality of the ingredients was great too and I think I managed to sample a 10th of what was there!

We went to the pool for a bit and then decided to do a spot of shopping at Dubai mall which was just through the Souk across the road. We got back in time to check-out at 12 and then remembered we had a lunch reservation at their third restaurant Nezesaussi grill! It was a New Zealand, South African and Australian sports bar which specialises in Pub Grub. We were typical Brits and went for the Pie and Fish and Chips which were both superb. We played some video games and they also had pool and darts and then it was time to head home!

I will definitely be recommending this to any friends of mine looking for a hotel in Dubai. For me location and food is all that matters and this place nailed both so for me it was perfect. If your looking for something Downtown I don’t think it gets much better, it isn’t a resort though. The pool and gym facilities are mediocre but if you are just in Dubai for a short-stay to explore the City then this is the place for you!

Publique

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Publique is located in Madinat Jumeirah and oozes character. It is ski themed with an Alpine inspired environment and menu.

The restaurant is like a wooden ski chalet, it has ski lifts as seats and electric wood fires which make it really cozy. Publique’s menu has Swiss and French dishes and the specialities include raclette, fondue and stone cooking meat on your table. The named dishes require a minimum of two people so it is a fun place to go in a group.

For appetisers we had a mixed platter, it had dynamite shrimps, onion rings, foie gras and Pissaladiere which is an onion tart. The Pissaladiere was my favourite, It is on a bread base and crunchy with a soft centre. It was probably the only starter I would order again but in future I would save more room for the Raclette as it is mammoth!

We ordered the Raclette for mains to share between two of us and our friend had The Desi burger which he found average. The Raclette was huge, it definitely could be shared between 4 people as we probably didn’t even eat half. The cheese was delicious and the platter that came with it had a good range of accompaniments; Potatoes, salad, cold cuts, pickles and bread!

If you love cheese and have never had Raclette it is a must try! They put a machine on your table which the cheese is hooked to and then the two burning hot coils come down and melt the cheese. When you have enough melted cheese you push the coils away until you are ready for more. You can scoop the melted cheese onto your bread or potatoes and you are in cheese heaven! I would say its not the best dish to order in summer as the heat coming off the machine is pretty intense.

I would definitely go back for it again, the melted cheese is gooey and delicious and a mild cheese so you can eat quite a lot…we certainly did. I highly recommend Publique, it has good food, beautiful views and the ambience is lovely too.

Fen Cafe and Restaurant, Sharjah

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This hidden gem can be found within the courtyard of the Sharjah Art Foundation Art Space. It has a creative fusion menu of Asian and European flavours.

I loved the setting of this place, the sand coloured traditional walls and beautifully carved wooden doors added an authentic Arabic touch. The name, Fen, can be translated as ‘art’ or ‘the art of …’, and I am sure from looking at the photo’s you will agree that the food lived up to the name as these stunning creations are like works of art on a plate.

For starters we had Vietnamese rolls, Gazpacho and a fish tartare. The Gazpacho was so beautiful to look at, we fussed over it for ages before we actually poured the tomato liquid into the beautiful garnish and drizzled the basil oil from the pipette onto the dish. This was my favourite starter, it looked beautiful and I liked the marriage of the flavours in my mouth. The tangy tomato was sweetened by the basil oil and the garnish added a nice bit of colour and texture. I found the fish too fishy for my tastes as I prefer quite subtle sweet fleshed fish like seabass, this was too pungent and overwhelming for me. The Vietnamese rolls were enjoyable with the peanut sauce but nothing to write home about.

The mains arrived and again they were a visual feast. The jumbo prawns lived up to their name as they were huge! They were succulent and had a nice flavour to them, I felt the lemon butter did not add much and they were nicer on their own. The Scallop risotto was delicious, the risotto was cooked to perfection as were the scallops and the amount of cheese was perfect so as not to overpower the delicate flavour of the scallops.

Now lets talk about the pièce de résistance…the miso sea bass was to die for! It literally melted in your mouth and had a beautiful salty sauce on it which complemented the sweetness of the fish perfectly. It was topped with delicious mushrooms and then garnished with some green leaves. I thought the flavours together were beautiful and we all agreed we would drive from Dubai again for that Sea bass!! The spots of sauce in different colours made the dish beautiful to look at and also added some exciting tangy flavours.

The dessert blew our minds, we were literally like paparazzi shooting non-stop as the waitress set it down on the table and we were cooing over how stunning it was. None of us wanted to eat it as we felt awful to destroy these works of art!

The most gorgeous to look at was the sorbet and ice cream dish which looked like a coral reef. It had these intricate leaves of coloured sugar wedged in the dish in sunset hues and it was just beautiful. It was nice to eat but the vanilla ice-cream was infused with truffle which I didn’t feel fit well together. The matcha, avocado and beetroot desserts were beautiful but just ok to eat…they were super healthy and had no sugar but unfortunately you could tell. The nicest dessert was by far the Ube Leche flan which was a purple yam cake accompanied with a caramel pudding topped with a beautiful solidified bangle of caramel. They really were works of art!

We tried quite an assortment of dishes and although there was room for improvement on some, when they got it right …they got it sooo right! Me and my foodie partner in crime, What Nossy Ate, are in agreement that we will be going back to have that Seabass again and discover more of their menu!

Fen Cafe & Restaurant Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Rituals Karma Collection

2017_01_05_015201smallI had a fantastic time at the launch of Rituals new core summer collection: The Ritual of Karma. The launch perfectly captured the essence of the product which immerses you in the positive vibes of summer. The Rituals Karma Collection body products combine the sweet, floral aroma of holy lotus with the nourishing power of organic white tea, evoking a special, summery feeling. The sun care products contain a powerful natural anti-oxidant complex based on organic white tea, natural vitamin E and ginkgo biloba.

Get your skin summer ready by using the Shower Scrub, an ideal 2-in-1 shower product that both exfoliates and cleanses the skin. Follow with the Foaming Shower Gel, which soothes and nourishes the skin and contains a delicate, sweet fragrance. Sun protection is a must whenever you venture into the sunshine so use the Sun Protection Face Cream SPF 30 or 50 to protect yourself from harmful UVA and UVB rays that cause premature aging of the skin.

The Sun Protection Body Oil – SPF 30 is a non-sticky oil with a tan booster that ensures fast tanning and it contains natural oils that nourish the skin as well. I always get really dry hair in summer so my favourite product in Rituals Karma Collection is the Sun Protection Hair Spray, which gives your hair a long-lasting shine and protects it from discoloration.

After moisturising with the After Sun Lotion, have a spritz of the Bed & Body mist that has you smelling fresh while creating a calming atmosphere with the spa-like scent. We all know Dubai’s sun can be a bit too hot in the summer so you can get that golden glow by using the Self Tanning Body Lotion which has a heavenly, fresh summer scent.

Visit the Rituals store at Burjuman or MOE to pick up your Rituals Karma Collection products!

 

 

Waka Dubai

Waka Dubai

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As we entered we were warmly greeted by the staff and our waiter came over shortly to explain the ladies night deal at Waka Dubai which was 3 free drinks and 50% off food! He asked us if he should explain the menu and we asked him some questions which he was well equipped to answer.Most of my friends know I lived in Peru and loved the cuisine so I always get told about any new Peruvian joints in town. I had heard a lot about Waka Dubai before I had the chance to go. All good things so expectations were very high!

We ordered a Chimera Ceviche and the mushroom ceviche to start. They both came presented totally different to any ceviche I had ever had. The seafood ceviche had a tigre de leche foam underneath which the seafood was in. The foam was adorned with flowers and garnishes and was impressive to look at. Had the waiter not explained that the ceviche should be poured into the bowl and eaten with a spoon as it is particularly juicy, I would have probably said that it had a bit too much juice. The taste was divine though, zesty, infused with herbs and onions and the seafood melted in your mouth just as a ceviche should.

The mushroom ceviche had a totally different consistency, it was more dry served with pureed sauces and it was also delicious. The table voted the mushroom ceviche the better dish of the 2 starters although I preferred the traditional flavours in the seafood ceviche and the fact that it was different.

For mains we had Lamb chops, Salmon altitude and Roasted baby chicken. The plates at Waka Dubai were so beautifully presented! The lamb chops were jewelled with flowers and served with spicy pickles which was actually just a bowl full of chillies! The chops were divine and I would get them again but I would request they add something to the chillies to make it more of a relish/pickle as it was too hot to eat it all. The salmon was by far the best looking plate, if you love salmon you can’t go wrong! It was crusted with quinoa and had beautiful ricoto and cauliflour puree to accompany it. The baby chicken came served on a grill and was a pretty simple dish. Nice but I would not order it again, more for the unadventurous diner as it was just chicken and roasties and there are far more interesting flavours on the menu.

We had the cheesecake for dessert which was absolutely delicious and looked so pretty you wouldn’t wanna destroy it…but we did! The ambience was fab, they were playing old-school R&B music and the cool blue tones just gave the place a great vibe. The service really was impecabble, the attentive staff really want you to have the perfect experience and I couldn’t fault it. I want to try so many more dishes and have already booked to go back to Waka Dubai next week.

Waka Dubai is located in the Oberoi Hotel in Business Bay and definitely a place I will be frequenting often! You can check out their menu here and make reservations by calling  +9714 444 1455 / +971 54 445 4792.

Waka Restaurant & Bar Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Glam Glow Glowstarter

Glam Glow Glowstarter

I have been a fan of Glam Glow since its launch in 2011 and started using their incredible face-masks then. Over the last few years Glam Glow has become one of my favourite skincare brands. The products are beautifully packaged and they smell divine!

I have been using Glam Glow’s Glowstarter for 6 weeks now. I have all 3 shades; sun-glow, nude-glow and pearl-glow. I can wear all of them because they blend and leave a luminescence and I like mixing pearl-glow with my foundation. I have been using Glam-Glow daily and I love the effect. Its an illuminating moisturiser so I have replaced my daily moisturiser with it and it was great on holiday as it just leaves your skin glowing and I felt like it set my tan on fire, it just enhanced it perfectly that I could go bare-faced on good skin days. It doesn’t really give coverage so you would wear your foundation with it or mix it into your foundation.

It contains hyaluronic acid, plus vitamins and green tea for energized and moisturized skin. Added illuminating pearl particles help make you look instantly more radiant, blurring and reflecting light, so that all lighting is goodlighting. I love mixing it with my foundation as it gives you that flawless look.

Skin-moisture balance is restored by a combination of emollients including jojoba oil, shea butter and ceramides. A special skin-conditioning lipid complex is designed to help infuse skin with optimal hydration for a luminous finish. I do love the moisturiser however I stopped using it when I had a break out for a few days as the last thing you want is to add dimension to your pimples. This product definitely has a better effect on good skin, its also probably not ideal for very oily skin. I have combination skin and thought it was ideal and it would also be great for dry skin.

I also got the plumprageous lip plumper treatments which are insane! When I wore it my friends asked me if I had lip fillers so its obviously noticeable! It does sting after about 30 seconds for a good 5 minutes or so but it def gives you those bee stung lips and I like the natural colours too. Of course you can put a lipstick underneath it or even on top after your lips are plumped.

I love Glam-Glow and would highly-recommend these products!