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What’s on your plate? 

Do you decide what to wear depending on the cuisine of the restaurant you choose to dine in? While I may not always do that (like come on, what do you expect me to wear to an Egyptian restaurant?), I somehow dressed up just right for my visit to Aseelah.

My knowledge was limited to Aseelah (located at Radisson Blu Hotel, Deira Dubai Creek) being a Fine Dining Emirati restaurant, which stands true, but it’s worth mentioning that it has a modern twist to it. The dishes have a perfect blend of Emirati spices served in a modern way.
While the dining area is warmly lit, the entrance stands to be my favorite part of the restaurant.


Starting with Date and cheese manakish and saffron water, we picked the items from the menu and went to explore in and around the restaurant.

Currently, there is an Iftar buffet option too during the month of Ramadan which lets you choose from the array of restaurants including Shabestan and Minato, Fish Market and of course Aseelah.


It was my first experience at an Emirati restaurant (yes, even after having stayed here for n number of years), I was nothing but impressed.

With Fennel and Orange salad, we went in for Lentil soup and Spiced Parsnip soup. It’s pretty obvious what my choice would have been. We were happy with our choices.

Did I tell you that this is the only Emirati restaurant in UAE for now, that serves alcohol?

Our mains included Aseelah Signature Chicken Roulade (suggested by our server) and Home Smoked Rack of Lamb.


I was amazed with the Chicken Roulade which had the right amount of spices served with freekeh risotto and smoked eggplant puree. It was nothing less that outstanding.

My friend equally enjoyed her Rack of Lamb which was served with Apricot cous-cous, sautéed spinach and saffron (her favorite) cardamom infused gravy.

For desserts, while my friend went the traditional way and opted for Date Pudding, I went in for Baked Cardamom Cheese cake. The lime and laban ice cream served with the cheesecake was quite refreshing.


Mr. Tawfik, the Restaurant Manager, enlightened us with the concept behind the restaurant from the menu to the interiors. Each detail has been carefully thought about and holds a meaning.

My friend and myself are already waiting to experience the outdoor lounge which is expected to open once the summers of Dubai start receding.

Winter in Dubai

  
I came back from a short trip last night only to be welcomed by the beginning of Winters in Dubai today, 22 December 2015, bidding a farewell to the Autumn season. 

Winter solistice, day with least sunlight, is witnessed around 21 or 22 December in the Northern Hemisphere while Southern Hemisphere witnesses it around 20 or 21 June where the sun is farthest from the Sun. 

  

While it doesn’t get end up snowing here, except on the peaks in other emirates of UAE, the change is welcome from the gruelling summers, which is borne for most of the year. It’s good enough to pull out the sweaters buried deep in the wardrobe. 

How could I not go on clicking photos? 

   
 

Connect the dots

Traffic is not a recent hurdle but something I have been stuck in quite often, recently. Have I been traveling more? I think. 

It was no surprise when I saw standstill traffic when I looked out of my window on a early bright sunny evening, except it was on the opposite side of the road. What was I missing? 

Twitter refused to upload the photo I clicked and my query to the media was unable to get through. 

Google maps was surely stunned by this situation, the traffic pile up it showed, was unimaginable. 

  
Just when I concluded it was a mere security stunt, I see Dubai Media Office’s photos on Twitter of Sheikh Mohammad on an inspection tour of the streets of Dubai with the Egyptian President, Abdel Fattah al-Sisi.

Welcome to Dubai! (This was just a part of the trailer.) 

It can’t get any simpler #ThinkCareem

With a speedy internet at everyone’s disposal in this region and apps for every move you want to make, life has become a smooth journey.

And Careem makes it even better.

The thought of heading to Sharjah drains out all the energy from one but what more could you ask for when Careem assures you a smooth and luxurious journey.

Prompt lunch plans with a friend in Sharjah cropped up and the heat outside was just dreadful. That’s when I chose to book a car for myself through Careem.

The Careem app is very user friendly and in minutes one can do the booking simply by entering the Pickup point. Entering the destination at the time of booking is optional. One gets to choose from Economy cars, Business cars, SUVs, First Class cars and Careem kids (new).

Once done with the booking, I got an SMS too informing me that I got an automatic upgrade to Business car from the Economy car I chose (Isn’t that simply wonderful!)

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One can track the driver’s location through the app. I hardly got to wait for 10 minutes before the car landed at my doorstep.

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And they do send you an SMS too upon your driver’s arrival.

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A white luxurious Lexus driven by a very courteous driver who confirmed my name as I sat and offered me water safely stored for his customers.

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While we passed through my favorite roads of Dubai

 

I think I may have started liking Sharjah

 

Saturday views

Saturdays are meant to be relaxing after a super busy (lazy) Friday.

Office is quiet and empty and there is no rush. This is in case it is my working Saturday. Otherwise, it is nothing special except for last Saturday.

It started with some social service with an awesome view of Dubai.

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Followed by gobbling down yummy pizza and warm dough balls with Nutella dip.

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Photo credits : My lovely friend

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It didn’t just end there. The selfies without selfie stick happened. Trust me, it was fun 🙂

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Photo credit : My lovely friend again used her magic wand 🙂

I couldn’t ask for more than a seat in the metro while on my way back.

Reached home only to be informed I had to attend a gathering with Mom. The day got even better with the view, delicious food and lovely people I met there.

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Coming to today, my working Saturday. The sky outside was so pretty that it kept distracting me.

Mornings like these.

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Only for it to get better.

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And just before I left office. The cool breeze makes it even better.

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I have seen it all

And here is hoping we get to see more.

I write this while on our way home.

Heading to Jumeirah Lake Towers (JLT) at around 11:00 pm wasn’t as bad. Sheikh Zayed road was more like a garden. Cars parked as per their convenience and people crossing the road, around the diversion area especially. But after that it was a smooth drive.

We were at a height so we could see fireworks which we believe were being bursted at Global Village and on the other side there were fireworks of Burj Al Arab. What beauty!

One hour on and around Al Khail road and we are contemplating which exit would take us home at the earliest.

While we find our way home, here is wishing you all a year as colorful and bright as the fireworks being lit in this city of Dubai.

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