Dubai EatOuts #148: XIAO WEI YANG

Woot! Thanks to husband’s colleague, we found a Chinese steamboat (Hotpot) restaurant… Authentic too!! 

The hot bubbly soup experience, dunking fresh ingredients, the smell of herbs and noisy chit-chatters reminds me of home…

                 
          
                         

Although the owners are from China, they do speak basic english which comes handy for non-chinese customers. And i get to put my Mandarin into good use too (thanks to my primary education in Singapore).

You know it’s authentic when crowds of Chinese families flood in after 8pm, chatting and slurping with hunger.

But the one thing missing, was my all time favourite saltish/savory diluted chilli sauce to dip.

Looks boring on the outside?
Bah! It’s about their flavourful herbal soups and the bubbly experience that matters!

Including 2 soft drinks, one large bottle of water, we (six of us) spent Dhs308… Mmm!

XIAO WEI YANG
Location: Baniyas Road, Deira (Same street as Radisson Blu hotel)

Dubai EatOuts #147: BARRIO FIESTA

I’ve never really tried Filipino cuisine/ cooking much. Upon reading an article in the local papers (early this year i think) about a newly opened authentic Filipino restaurant, i insisted to go and taste!

We’ve been regulars, dining in Barrio Fiesta eversince! Great service, meals fresh out of the kitchen consistently, thick rich gravies and the HUGE portion!

     
                        
        

I delibrately zoomed into the large chunks of vegetables and meat, burps!

This place always reminds me of home… Asian faces, cooking style and ingredients!

We ordered:
1 pot of beef soup
1 stir-fry beans,pumpkin and tofu dish (with shrimp and coconut sauce/gravy)
1 medium sized bowl of rice to share
2 Lemon juice

Total bill was Dhs76.

We’ll always be back.


BARRIO FIESTA
Location: Burjuman Mall, Bur Dubai

Note: Barrio Fiesta entrance photo (top left) taken from google images.

We Prefer It Simple

I’ve been in an irritable mood this passing week. Mainly infuriated with people who persistently assumes we are wealthy and mighty enough to own luxury cars, high-end homes, jewelleries, and the list goes on…

If you’re one of them, here’s my response to your many assumptions about us…. Oh and answers to your “Why don’t you buy a car? You can easily afford it!”, “Why not reside nearer to the city (pricier rents), no??”.

Is it any of your concern if we prefer spending on taxi/ Metro train rides during our impermanent expat life here?
So what if we’re the minority that rather save and spend within our means and needs??
Does it matter if
we’re happy residing slightly away from the happening and lively expensive town??

Since being in this bling city, many we know – and noticed – splurge on (at least) a luxury purchase. Branded cars, gems, villas, weekly spas, weekly make-overs… All the wants money can buy.

And indeed, like most, we can afford too… But it was never in our veins to overspend and try playing rich to FIT into their ‘celebrity’ lifestyle!

Mainly because we both are, by default, simple contented beings. Period.

Upcoming House Hopping(s)?

Weeks ago, Hubs and I had an interesting snuggly conversation about our recent thoughts of needing to house hop (like 3 times at least) before leading up to our permanent long-term home in New South Wales (Aust).
IF our plan Amazing doesn’t work out as prayed and hoped, plan Backup should smoothen our predictable cosy life here, and if all fails… Migrating back to Oz – to settle down permanently – earlier would suit us best, unless our careers takes either one of us away again.

Sigh, the thought of moving about so much beforehand, can be quite, bothersome!

A Short-Term Housewife, Maybe??

I’ve been pondering for some months now about being a housewife (short-term basis) while we’re here. The husband has been dropping suggestions that he’s happy to have me at home doing my own things, running chores, dishing up his fave foods and other wifey tasks. And even IF i chose not to, he’ll still be contented about it.

Truth is, I’m willing to settle at home for awhile… A tiny breather away from ANY work-related commitments is a definite way to cleanse those dusty brain cells of mine!

As of 2002-2010 the ambitious willful me have been – day and night, month after month -chasing my ‘perfect’ career, and it ain’t easy letting all go. Even for a short period of time. A designer’s salary range depreciates when he/she takes a break, a 6-8 months break is all it takes and you’re back to three quarters –of 8 years- years’ wages. This fact was based on my last research back in 2008. Not sure about 2010 onwards.

And of course I will miss my monthly paychecks for my own personal spending and savings. Though I have an option of either, I’m not even sure which is for the better. But I’m flattered to know that I get to stay home full-time – temporarily – whenever I choose to.

So if I lose/ resign my job any day, I’m thankful that I’ve learnt to place family/friends/church/personal life first.

Ohhh… I suddenly love how unpredictable my life is!

Dubai EatOuts #146: CARLUCCIO’s @ Dubai Mall

Weeks ago, we had a delicious breakfast experience in Carluccio’s, and because of their courteous and quality meals i decided to return, at The Dubai Mall outlet instead, for lunch.

I enjoyed lunching at THIS restaurant much more, spacious seating layout and wider food varieties.
Walking into the weekend crowd, we chose a table towards the corner… A window seat overlooking the 30-acre Burj Khalifa lake… Nice!

          
          
          

We ordered
1 Lasagna
1 Mushroom Risotto
1 Green Tea
1 Cappuccino
Total= Dhs160.

Love their rich monstrous portions (IMO)!

CARLUCCIO’s
Location:
Dubai Mall (LG level)

Dubai EatOuts #145: CREEKSIDE

Japanese cuisine is one of my favourite food likes. From their delicate ways of sushi preparation to Teppanyaki live cooking!

As i was craving for an affordable authentic Japanese restaurant… Good reviews (mainly their buffet) i read recently led us to try CREEKSIDE, with hopes of a good a la carte dining experience. 

Upon strolling towards the entrance, we were greeted with warm friendly smiles. Their crisp menu ranges from Appetizers to Bento sets, which   -i’m sure- satisfies any Japanese diners out there.
Hubs and i totally enjoyed the cosy decor/ ambience, prompt polite service and, especially their handsome portions. 

We ordered 2 set menus  (Tori Teriyaki Teishoku and Chicken Katsu Curry), served with Miso soup and Pickles. Both sets were cooked-to-order which was the reason it took about 15-ish mins to arrive. Not forgetting the complimentary savory appetizer that came before our mains.

And oh, noticed the generous chunks of seaweed in my Miso Soup? Mm mmm!

  
      
  

Inclusive a pot of tea to share, the bill came to Dhs 208. It was worth every Dirham spent!

We’ll be returning to try their buffet deals someday.

CREEKSIDE
Location: Sheraton Dubai Creek Hotel, Baniyas Street/Creek Road

Hello Thursday!

Happy Thursday people! Can’t believe weekend’s tomorrow… Sorta glad this stiff week skipped by without much fuss.

I was about to snuggle into my Thursday when, the many (usual)oogling perverts dampened my cheery mood!
You walk by them, they stare, you cross the road, they oogle… Argh!!

Sadly, it’s ‘normal’ here to be stared/ oogled at wherever you go, even when I’m decently dressed! Such filthy behaviour! My guess is they have never seen an average looking woman in their life… Tragic.

Though many wouldn’t mind the stares, I SO mind! Btw, there’s a difference between a quick glimpse and oogle alright, I KNOW how to differentiate.

And I’m wondering if anyone can be sued for visual harassment??

Oh, IF only I was ‘allowed’ to stab their eyeballs from afar!

Thursdays… Aaah.

Dubai EatOuts #144: NOODLE FACTORY

Okay, my Thai eat-and-review plan changed. Wasn’t that energized to explore much today.

So instead, i decided on NOODLE FACTORY to satisfy my noodle soup cravings. This is our fourth time lunching here… And i’m still addicted to their tasty Asian menu! 
On my first NOODLE FACTORY eat-and-review, we had Indo Nasi Goreng and M’sian Char Kwoey Teow.

      
      
                         

This time we had:
1 Wanton Soup
1 Still Water (to share)
1 Egg Noodles with Lemongrass and Chicken
1 Banana Fritters (to share)!

Total bill was Dhs105, another worth-spending eatout.

NOODLE FACTORY
Location: Dubai Mall (Grd level)

It’s Tuesday!

I LOVE Tuesdays because it’s half-way through the week (as per UAE’s weekly calender). Phweet!

Hmm, a warm stiff day to plan what to eat-and-review this weekend.

The Macbook Topic, Again.

So, the husband talked about chipping in (with a wide grin) to help me own a Macbook! I’m all smiles.

Hmm, more of a quick solution to irk me off his much-loved laptop, which i’ve been fiercely using for blog updates and net surfing.

When am i buying one? I’ve yet to decide.

Dubai EatOuts #143: MAMMA OLIVA

Here we are off to lunch at the newly opened MAMMA OLIVA  – a Milanese restaurant – at Festival City mall. The promotional advertorial article i read (featured in Timeoutdubai) boasts about its unpretentious quality of food. So here i am trying it out.

As expected, service was prompt and friendly. Good pizza and pasta selections, liking their table decorations and the woody interior made lunch light and relax.

                    
                    
                              
                               
        

Inclusive of 25% discount, the bill came to Dhs 120.
MAMMA OLIVA
Location: Dubai Festival City (Ikea), Festival City.

Dubai EatOuts #142: MANNALAND

Thanks to an ex-colleague, i got to know this Korean eatout known for their rich and flavourful foods! The must to order any KimChi-related dishes/soups whenever you dine at a Korean place is unavoidable.

What i love about this claustrophobic restaurant is that they serve PORK! Mm!
And don’t be deceived by their shabby looking facade/ interior, as they easily attract crowds (mostly Koreans/ Asians) during weekends and weeknights.

                                       
                                       
          
          

We ordered:
1 BBQ Marinated Pork
1 Kimchi Tofu/Seafood (Hotpot) Soup
2 bowls of rice
1 Onion and Seafood Pancake
1 Large bottle of water
Complimentary pickled/fresh appetizers

Total bill was Dhs120. Worth it!

So if you’re craving for some Korean, do check out cosy Mannaland for an exotic treat.

Oh wait, the only downside is exiting the restaurant smelling like a BBQ stove!

MANNALAND
Location: Mina Road, Satwa (beside Capitol Hotel)

Thoughts of CNY 2011 Holidays

Okay. Yeah, i was recently posting about our upcoming December holidays and here i am thinking ambitiously about Chinese New Year celebration back home in Kuala Lumpur with family/ relatives.
Pekish thoughts about roasted pig skins, mandarin oranges, pork/chicken floss, plates of home-cooked dishes, and large bowls of herbal soups!
Oh, the fun of giving out ang pows to my singleton (regardless of age) cousins, and stuffing myself fat with festive cookies…

You see, as of Jan 2009, i’ve missed two CNYs. And mom’s been dropping our-new-guestroom-is-ready-for-CNY hints yesterday. So… We’re VERY tempted!

Once our Christmas holidays (In Sydney) are settled, will surely update if we’re travelling home again on Feb 2011. It’s still a doable plan, but it all boils down to how my work schedule and contract tie in with the holidays.

Ah well…

Visiting In-Laws During Christmas

After some net browsings, i noticed the flight rates direct to Sydney has reduced by 10% during mid Dec! Woopeee!

I quickly filled up my leave  (2 weeks) form and HOPING it will be approved… Good news please. Good news please. Good news please…

Dubai EatOuts #140: CARLUCCIO’S

This weekend i wanted to try something different for breakfast, well, ain’t much of a difference really.
Instead of the usual typical western menu/ setting, hubs and i decided on the newly opened Italian restaurant/cafe in Mirdif City Centre.
Carluccio’s known to be the ideal place to relax and enjoy their authentic foods.

The second I stepped in, i was so keen on their minimalist interior. Crisp and neat, and service was good as expected.

                  
                  
  
                                        

Hubs ordered the Colazione Magnifica (Scrambled eggs with grilled pancetta, sauteed mushroons, tomato and toasted bread. Coffee or tea and a fruit juice) and i picked the Uova E Funghi (Free range scrambled eggs with sauteed mushroons on toasted bread). The bill came to Dhs 85.
Mmm!
Carluccio’s
Location: Mirdif City Centre (Mirdif)

Dubai EatOuts #139: DUCK KING (II)

Another visit to Duck King! Mmm, me and my duck cravings…
This time we both ordered the tender and juicy Roasted Duck (Egg noodles in dry style) that comes with a bowl of soup and Char Siew Bao (Steam buns with chicken stuffings), of course nothing beats the real pork fillings in them!

               
                                    

BuurP!

Oh My Head Hurts!

With so much recent drama at work, i couldn’t help feeling brain heavy!

I’m glad weekend is here, which helps -at the least- to reduce unecessary fretting and concerns. Hmmph…
I seriously hope this dramatic episode sorts itself out next week or so.

Oh, here’s today’s weather news:
Hot and heaty at 46 degrees (real feel) This increasing heat is suppose to start in July, NOT June! Tooo soon…

Why I Crave Saturdays

Now that we get to chill out together much more during Saturday mornings… Reading the local paper, deep discussions about everythings and sipping our fave Cappuccino and English Breakfast Tea! Aaah… I always want my work weeks to swoosh by instantly!

               
Mmmm…

But here’s an honest dilemma.
I’m still under the uncertainty mode of what’s tomorrow may be.

So, enjoying what we have, is the best thing to do!

The Overdued Gynae Post

Oh, for those wondering what’s the status of my last gynae visit , it turned out good. No signs of cyst, whatsoever. Clean.

As for the other troublesome check-ups… Well i’m not so bothered. However/ whatever happens, it’s for a blessed reason. *wink*

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