I love mall-hopping with my
little girl. It’s our mummy-daughter bonding time, and one of our favorite
shopping destinations has always been Dubai Festival City Mall.
Apart from a wide range of shopping
options including the two anchor tenants Ikea and Robinson’s which do not have
stores anywhere else in the city, Dubai Festival City has a great selection of
restaurants and cafes, and the spectacular IMAGINE show that takes place every
half-hour at the harbor front is absolutely magical for kids and grown-ups
Last weekend, I flooded my Insta Stories with
live updates from our weekend away at Radisson Blu Ajman. This is one of the
Radisson Blu group’s newest hotels and opened its doors a little over a year
Located in a quiet corner of the industrial
heart of Ajman, the grandeur of the hotel façade stands out with its European-inspired
arched windows and astute driveway. The location is actually ideal for tourists
wanting to explore the Northern Emirates as it is just off-road from the E11
highway that connects Ajman, Sharjah, Umm Al Quwain and Fujairah.
Last weekend, we stayed at Radisson Blu Ajman, and had
dinner at Filini. The fully licenced Italian restaurant has stunning, welcoming
interiors complete with a real-life Vespa at the front, a rose-gold coffee urn
and other interesting artifacts from an Italy we envision when flipping through
What’s not to love about Thai cuisine? The exotic blend of
herbs and pungent spices makes Thai dishes a treat for the entire senses, and
despite having that ‘feel good’ comfort food vibe, Thai food in general is very
wholesome and healthful.
Great news for Thai cuisine lovers out there, we have a
brand-new nook in town that gives you an entirely authentic Thai dining
experience. Introducing Master of Wok, now open on the bustling 2nd December
street juxtaposed between swanky Jumeirah and great-value Satwa.
There is nothing like traditional Indian hand-worked embroidery. Every region of this vast country boasts of their own style of handiwork and hand looms, and the North Western state of Rajasthan arguably takes the lead when it comes to the brightest hues of color and color clashes. The art of tie-dye that was an integral part of the hippie movement of the roaring sixties was born here.
Rajasthan is also home to Gota Patti. What is Gota Patti you ask? It is an ornate version of applique embroidery where intricately cut pieces of gold or silver ribbon are placed into a pattern and sewn onto either georgette or silk.
South African fine-dining cafe and diner concept Walnut Grove has opened its second store in Dubai. Their first branch is located in CityWalk, and their newer and arguably more prominent location is in the heart of The Dubai Mall, right by the waterfalls.
The savvy, brightly lit cafe looks delightfully inviting with its Parisian-inspired interiors but the real highlight of the new branch is its spacious outdoor seating area that boasts of a stunning view of the Dubai Fountains and the mighty Burj Khalifa.
If you are following me on Instagram, you might have seen my stories showcasing my experience at The Grove Salons at JLT, Dubai. I don’t think I’ve had such a detailed chat about my hair as I did with their hair magician Cherizeh Gadhiali. She didn’t just give my hair a new color, but brought it to life with a special state of the art Kerastase treatment that gave my dried up ends some much needed TLC.
Loving my new ‘Matte Blonde’ color. Its less on the brazen orange and more on an earthy muted, nearly green tone that seems to work well with my tanned complexion.
I am a big fan of Suchita Stylista, the Indo-Western fashion label created by locally based German-Indian designer Suchita Pandey. With roots in the heart of Rajasthan, the collection is inspired by the folklore of cultural fabrics and hand-dyed traditions yet recreated for the silhouette of the modern woman.
When Suchita asked me to showcase some of her latest designs, I turned to my very talented photographer friend Nervijo Photography for inspiration on a mood board that will be apt for the Suchita Stylista story.
If you are a fan of North Indian thaali’s, chances are Rajdhani is way up on your list. Banking on their well-established brand name, the company has now opened a sister chain called Rajdhani Street.
I visited their branch in Karama (Dubai) last weekend. The
interiors are colorfully kitsch and inviting. The walls are splashed with
color, and at one end is a retro-style Indian bicycle heaped with a pile of
A night’s stay at five-star property Marriott Al Jaddaf includes a complimentary breakfast at their all-day dining restaurant, The Market Place. The breakfast runs from 8 am till 11 am and covers a wide range of international breakfast favorites.
Having over-snoozed in my comfy queen bed with the curtains
blocking out the morning sun well past
9, all my good intentions of doing a few laps at the pool post breakfast were
forgotten and we headed downstairs a little past 9.30 am.