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Mar 1, 2015

Boulevard Kitchen: An Arabian Culinary Feast in Downtown Dubai

Finely detailed with an arabesque glow, the Boulevard Kitchen glistens at the most prestigious square kilometer on earth. It was a very welcoming sight for us who just came from a traffic chaos and a long stroll caused by our own mistake of taking a new route. The warm hospitality, despite us being an hour late, was a relief. Right then, I felt my weekend night turned from disastrous to almost perfect.

Just as the world outside was in a weekend rush, Ed and I were tucked in a cozy and relaxing atmosphere. Boulevard Kitchen, Manzil Downtown's all day dining restaurant, has a contemporary vibe, yet dons classic arabesque patterns; an exemplary combination of the old and new. The restaurant offers dishes from the Middle East region; dishes that my Filipino palate considered as exotic a few years back, but eventually went down on my staple food list as years go by.

Boulevard Kitchen in Manzil Downtown
Boulevard Kitchen in Manzil Downtown

Feb 12, 2015

Play and Win with Cwikwin

If you're crazy over giveaways and contests as much as I am, you'll love Cwikwin; a new mobile app I have stumbled across last week! Cwikwin, pronounced as "quick win", is UAE's first mobile application for contests where you can win amazing prizes like a full meal in a restaurant, a new gadget, an event pass and even a medical service!

Cwikwin mobile App
Cwikwin: UAE's first mobile app for contests

Feb 10, 2015

Boodle Fight at Asian Flavors Restaurant

I finally got to dine at Asian Flavors, a Filipino restaurant that trended on social media last year. The location is too far from home, more than 10 metro stations away plus a short bus ride, hence I never got to visit despite the curiosity and a few requests from blog readers. But last month, I finally took the long journey because a family member chose to celebrate her birthday in the restaurant. 

Asian Flavors restaurant in Al Qusais
Asian Flavors restaurant in Al Qusais

Feb 5, 2015

Unlimited Tasting Night at Shanghai Chic in Movenpick Ibn Battuta Gate

I remember those days when I had to cross the pedestrian lane from Ibn Batutta metro station to the shopping mall but couldn't keep my eyes off the imposing structure on my far right, those days when I had to stop at the grassy area just for a photo of the luxurious facade with a grand arch. By merely staring at its grandeur from afar, I was pretty sure inside of it are gems, I mean perfect date night venues, I must discover.

Last weekend, the astonishment happened again. I kept my eyes fixed at Movenpick Hotel Ibn Battuta Gate, but I was no longer in the middle of the street or at the lawn. I was finally walking towards it, hoping my first impression is right, wishing I'd find a new culinary gem to love.

Movenpick Hotel Ibn Battuta Gate
Movenpick Hotel Ibn Battuta Gate

Jan 31, 2015

Celebrate LOVE at Centro Capital Centre

I've been extra mushy lately. I spent my mornings listening to Jason Mraz and my late nights having intimate conversations with my husband. I laughed over his corniest joke and got butterflies in my stomach over his cheesiest pick up line. And then out of the blue, I think about candle lights and cuddles, sunsets and sweet escapes. It's probably the hormones, but I think it's more of the Valentine's vibe! :)

For a hopeless romantic, Valentine's Day is an important holiday. It must be celebrated! :) What I love to do during this time of the year is searching for Valentine's Day offerings in the country. Ed usually does all the planning, but as his wife, it is my task to give some obvious hints! Hahah! I would appreciate a candle light dinner in a restaurant. I'd be totally smitten with a fabulous getaway with all the frills. But, I'd be the happiest if we could go on a sweet escape without spending a fortune! One of the most reasonable offers I've seen this year is from our fave contemporary business hotel in Abu Dhabi; Centro Capital Centre by Rotana.

Centro Capital Centre by Rotana
Centro Capital Centre by Rotana

Jan 28, 2015

Top Restaurants to Visit in Dubai Marina

If you are planning to visit Dubai, one of the places that you should definitely visit is the Marina. This dazzling man-made district features various amenities that tourists will surely enjoy. There are shopping districts, resorts, apartment buildings, skyscrapers, water attractions, and a whole lot more.

Dubai Marina

However, one of the things that you should never miss is to have a luxurious feast in Dubai MarinaWhether you are a meat-lover or vegetarian, there is a restaurant in this district that can satisfy your palettes. Some joints offer fine local cuisines, while others serve international dishes; it’s like visiting several countries without having to board a plane.