A few weeks ago we were lucky enough to be invited to a menu tasting at a recently opened dining outlet in Abu Dhabi. The Fifth Street Cafe is part of the Courtyard by Marriott World Trade Center Hotel, which opened late last year, and is currently in its “soft launch” phase. Needless to say we were very pleased to accept. Continue reading
Where did February go? I last posted at the end of January and since then life has been very busy, which combined with another case of “blogger’s block”, means I haven’t got round to posting. Continue reading
“Beep, beep, BEEEP, BEEEEEP”.
The traffic lights had turned green a millisecond ago and I hadn’t floored the accelerator immediately so the man (I assume it was a man, the front windscreen was so tinted I couldn’t see in) behind was letting me know how much inconvenience I was causing him.
I accelerated away, with him maintaining a minuscule gap between our vehicles, but had to slow down 200m later as the next set of lights turned red. Three minutes later I once again missed the “B” of the bang and was rewarded with another prolonged honking of the horn.
Thankfully shortly after this there was room for me to move over to another lane, allowing him to hurtle past, only to have to slam his brakes on straight away to stop ploughing into the next car that was daring to block his progress.
Just another day on the wild roads of Abu Dhabi. Continue reading
There is a definite “mall culture” here in the UAE. The main reason for this is that at the height of the summer it is too hot to be outside so many people gravitate to the malls for somewhere cool to walk, shop, eat and generally enjoy themselves.
When we lived in the UK we ate out occasionally, but not often. I suspect it was a combination of the fact that we tended to live out of town, the lack of quality eating places in our area, and the cost of taxis if one wanted to enjoy a drink or two. I don’t need to look at my spreadsheet to know that the situation has changed completely since moving to Abu Dhabi.
On Saturday we waved goodbye to our first visitor of the year. Penny arrived last Monday and in the five days she was with us she and Jo packed a huge amount in, including a ladies night, cycling on the Corniche, multiple gym sessions, a day at the beach, a visit to the Grand Mosque, various other things I have forgotten (or never knew about), and (of course) a brunch. Hopefully Penny enjoyed herself, and we now have a break of a few weeks to get ourselves sorted before we welcome our next visitors.
One of the things I tracked in 2014 was what we ate for our evening meal each day. Why did I do this? Because some time ago Jo was criticizing herself because she thought we didn’t have enough variety in our evening meal selections, so I thought I would prove her wrong.