Can you believe the iconic McDonald’s Big Mac Burger is turning 50 years old this Wednesday 14th March 2018? Despite all the media slack this fast-food giant may have faced in the recent past, big brands like these are here to stay and celebrate their success.

To commemorate 5 decades of decadence, McDonald’s has come up with 2 limited edition versions of the Big Mac.

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Last Friday I had the honor of meeting a real legend of the Indian culinary world. Chef Satish Arora has a career expanding over 50 years. He started his career with the Taj Group of hotels in India, wherein he became the world’s youngest Executive Chef of a five-star kitchen at a mere 26 years of age. His trailblazing career has won him many accolades including being listed among ‘the world’s 20 best chefs’ in 1991, receiving the ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’ from Curry Club of England in 2007, Star Group in 2016, Hospitality Leaders Choice UK in 2016, and Food Food TV Channel in 2017.

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The secret to his success is his undying passion for simple, authentic Indian cuisine and this has won him a very prestigious lineup of fans including Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Charles, Amitabh Bacchan, John Major… and the list goes on.

Still going strong, Chef Satish Arora has recently taken over the menu at Mahec, the fine-dining Indian restaurant in Le Meridian, Airport Road Dubai. The menu has been renovated by the culinary legend from 20th Feb this year, and he is adding more of his magic in the coming few weeks.

Dubai foodies are a blessed lot. The number of new entrants into the foodie scene is expanding exponentially, each claiming a new take with Insta-worthy offerings. If you love Indian cuisine, you might have come across tempting shots from brand new Indian joint Roti Rollers. 

Roti Rollers is anything but another Indian restaurant. First off, with competitive pricing and a signature menu to boot, the restaurant fills the vacuum between fine-dining and the ultra cheap bachelor haunts.

Secondly, Roti Rollers dedicates its menu offerings to classic Indian street-food, but with urban tastes in mind. The food takes cues from international ingredients, and also makes an attempt at keeping the calories down. No greasy aftermath here. 

Le Meridien Hotel on Airport Road Dubai houses a number of award-winning restaurants, and this includes one of my favorite Thai places, Sukhothai.

Inspired by the Sukhothai dynasty, the architecture and ambiance of this place resonates a timeless era of Thailand. The menu here is extensive as it is exotic, and given the menu pricing, we often reserve a booking here for a special night out.

But I have great news… Sukhothai has launched their Thai Street Food Nights every Tuesday from 7 pm to 11.45 pm, and this unlimited buffet costs a mere AED 149 per person!

The waters of Dubai Creek host a wide number of floating restaurants, the majority of which serve up buffets onboard gaudily decked up wooden dhows. Bateaux Dubai is a far cry from the norm. This glass-enclosed air conditioned luxury cruise, complete with a set gourmet menu and live entertainment, makes for a very memorable experience and it is therefore no surprise to learn that Batueax Dubai has been touted as one of the top 10 things to do in our city.

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My husband and I set aboard Bateaux Dubai last Friday. Docking time is between 7.45 to 8.15 pm, and the cruise sets asail at 8.30 pm sharp. 

Located in the ground floor of trendy new Park Regis Boutique Hotel on bustling Jumeirah Beach Road – Dubai, 21 Grams was my very first introduction to the authentic cuisine of the Balkans.

We had the pleasure of having breakfast here during our stay at the hotel, and I was rather pleased to see this wasn’t yet another expansive buffet where so much food and drink go to waste. Instead, you get to choose a main dish that comes with freshly brewed coffee and squeezed orange juice.

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Hooray its Thursday! The weekend is finally here. Looking for dining options tonight? If you are a true-blue seafood fan, I would highly recommend the Seafood Night at Ballaro, the Italian fine-dining restaurant at Conrad Hotel (Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai).

The expansive buffet has you covered with all things seafood, with a wide variety of world cuisines to boot. From sushi to fish & chips, they have something here for even the most discerning diner.

Happy New Year! Today, 16th February 2018, we are entering the Year of the Dog. Like man’s best friend, this coming year promises to be one of loyalty and relationships, and is also believed to be a lucky year for business.

The Noodle House, one of UAE’s best known contemporary chain of restaurants specializing in ‘soul food’ from a diverse range of Asian countries, pays homage to this special occasion with a limited edition ‘Chinese Noo Year’ menu.

It is no secret that Thai cuisine is my ultimate favorite. I love the medley of hot, sweet and sour, and we even have a go at cooking Thai at home several times a week.

While many places serve Thai cuisine in the UAE, a few recipes get lost in translation when more commercial, creamy sauces are used. As a true-blue Thai cuisine lover, I crave the spicy kick of Bangkok streets, and my culinary reminiscing lead me to try out the Thai Street Food Festival at The Backyard (Steigenberger Hotel, Business Bay – Dubai).

The Backyard’s Thai Street Food Festival will run on 3 consecutive Saturdays from 24th February through to 10th March, and will feature live cooking stations featuring the finest from Bangkok street-food, along with beverages, Thai music, karaoke and more.

‘No Stupid People Beyond This Point’ read the large neon signage at the front of newly opened Blaze Burgers on foodie strip, JBR. Passerby’s stop for a giggle and an Insta-worthy click, but the real artistic renditions lie beyond the neon signage where walls are done up in tattoo-style graffiti, a pair of eyes peep out from the pipe-works and an entire shelf of enticing sauces and cutlery are ready for pickup in your very own shopping basket.