July 2015 | Lady & her Sweet Escapes

Jul 29, 2015

Benjarong: Royal Thai Restaurant in Dusit Thani

Last weekend, I felt like I traveled to Thailand and back! And it wasn't just an ordinary trip, it was grand! 

Ed and I had our weekend dinner in Benjarong; a highly commended Thai restaurant at the 24th floor of Dusit Thani in Sheikh Zayed Road. It's actually a dream come true for me. I have been eyeing the uniquely shaped Dusit Thani hotel in my travel guide book before I came to Dubai seven years ago, so during our first wedding anniversary Ed took me to the hotel for a dinner date. It was because I dropped hints non-stop of course. Heh. But it was at The Californian - Dusit Thani Dubai's international buffet restaurant. 

The Californian is lovely, yet I couldn't help but notice the restaurant adjacent to it. I came to know that it is Benjarong - the hotel's signature restaurant which has won various restaurant awards! So, I wrote it in my long foodie list, and I happily ticked it off last weekend!      

Benjarong in Dusit Thani Dubai
Benjarong in Dusit Thani Dubai

Jul 25, 2015

100 Things To Do in Dubai

Dubai is where east meets west, where traditional and contemporary jives along, where almost everything is made possible.

So, how will you spend your days in a city full of surprises? If you ask me, I got thousands of things-to-do running in my head. The city is known for its diversity; hence experiencing the culture and traditions, sampling authentic and exotic cuisines, and exploring the cosmopolitan metropolis are on the top of my list!

100 things to do in Dubai

Jul 19, 2015

Jollibee: Langhap-Sarap Goodness in Dubai

"Jollibee is open!"  "Let's go to Jollibee!"  "I miss Jollibee."

My husband sounded like a broken record on the day Jollibee opened at The Dubai Mall. And there I was, pretending not to hear a thing or saying "Ok, I'll try to wake up early this weekend." when I sense that he is about to say something about Jollibee again.

Don't get me wrong. I was excited to go to Jollibee too, but I had no plans of getting my Chicken Joy on its opening day, not even on its first month of operations! Why? Well, you all know why! I hate queues, and queuing at the first and currently the only Jollibee in the UAE is no joke! A friend told me she waited for 4 hours. Another said she went home with nothing! So, my plan was to wait until the hype dies down. 

Jollibee at The Dubai Mall
Jollibee at The Dubai Mall 

Jul 15, 2015

Dubai DIY Tour: Attractions on Route D94 (Jumeirah Road)

Our Dubai DIY Tour via the Dubai Metro and Dubai Tram, and the Old Dubai Walking Tour have been well-received by tourists and residents alike. My heart overflows with joy every time I receive an email or a Facebook message on how this blog was able to help!

The messages and inquiries are my sources of inspiration; hence, I am happy to share another DIY tour. This time in a road lined with magnificent attractions - Jumeirah Road or Route D94

Jumeirah Road attractions
Explore Jumeirah! 

Jul 10, 2015

Giveaway: Dinner for Two at Channels

I'm always happy to share new restaurant discoveries and foodie finds, but I'm the happiest when I can literally share the experience! So, today, I am excited to launch a giveaway which entitles a lucky blog reader to dine with a loved one at Channels in Media Rotana!

Channels is a chic and casual restaurant with an extensive buffet of specialty dishes. The hotel restaurant is popular for daily theme nights wherein each type of cuisine is masterfully prepared by a chef. 

The English Chef takes over the kitchen every Sunday. The Oishii Sushi Chef is on every Monday,! Say Hola! to the Mexican Chef every Tuesday. Experience the richness of the Mediterranean with the Mediterranean Chef every Wednesday. Take a culinary trip to Asia with the Asian Chef every Thursday and Friday. And seafood lovers will be delighted to meet the Pacific Island Chef every Saturday!  

Know more about Channels' theme nights at Media Rotana's official website. If you haven't read the blog post on my dining experience at Channels, here's the link: Iftar Dinner at Channels

Buffet at Channels in Media Rotana
Buffet at Channels in Media Rotana

Jul 8, 2015

Ramadan Iftar at Channels in Media Rotana

Residents and tourists alike are spoilt for choice in Dubai's dining scene. Ramadan season is no exception! For those who are not fasting, some restaurants serve food discreetly during the day. And when sundown comes, thousands of Iftar options are being offered. 

Last weekend, Ed and I were invited to experience one of the thousands of Iftar buffets in town. It was my fifth invitational Iftar for this season, but I was excited like it was my first because of the venue. It is in Channels - Media Rotana's all day dining restaurant!

Channels is a casual dining venue which is already quite popular for themed buffets on regular nights. This Ramadan, Channels harmoniously combines Arabic and International specialties. So, I was expecting an extra-special Iftar buffet in which I can have a glimpse of the Themed Nights.

Iftar at Media Rotana
Iftar at Media Rotana

Jul 3, 2015

Special Iftar at Liwan in Al Ghurair Rayhaan by Rotana

On the sixth day of Ramadan, I went to a special Iftar for the press and bloggers in Al Ghurair Rayhaan by Rotana. My husband and I, together with a fellow Pinoy Blogger Doc Gelo, were the first guests to be welcomed. We wanted to take photos of the untouched banquet; hence we were in Liwan restaurant 30 minutes before Iftar time.     

It was one of the moments when I had to give myself a pat on the back for being an early bird caused by not having a wardrobe dilemma! We didn't just manage to capture the beautiful food presentation, but witnessed how a glorious sunset signified that it's time to break the fast! 

Liwan is a glass-clad all day dining restaurant where guests can watch the world go by through the tall glass windows while having a sumptuous feast. This Ramadan, it is where family and friends can gather, watch the sunset over the horizon and experience the true meaning of the season. 

sunset at Liwan in Al Ghurair Rayhaan by Rotana
sunset at Liwan in Al Ghurair Rayhaan by Rotana