One of my favorite places at JBR is The Maine Oyster Bar. It is right next to the beach, and there is always such a nice vibe down there, especially if you get one of the tables outside on the patio.
One of the days, I met with J for another Barre Fitness class at StudioRepublik. We were only three persons attending the class that day, so there was no way to hide from the instructor, or take unscheduled water break, and I was completely exhausted when the class was finally over. After the workout, J had invited me for Prosecco and plant-based lunch at her place, which was what got me through the barre class:)
Today, I was invited to Dubai Opera to see the Formidable! Aznavour show. The show is a tribute to the legendary French-Armenian singer Charles Aznavour, who sold more than 180 million records during his lifetime. A very impressive number, even after today’s Streaming Age measures. His love songs probably are the most famous, counting classics such as She, but you probably also recognize the hook from Parce que tu crois, which has been sampled in Dr Dre’s What’s the difference and Blu Cantrell’s Breathe.
Last Friday we got up late and headed over to Bistro des Arts to have brunch, but the Bistro was fully booked with people waiting outside for a table, so we ended up at Baker & Spice instead.
The cool season is finally here and once again the streets are full of people. This is also the time of the year that those of us living down here receive most visitors from home. While I’m grateful and happy that friends want to travel all the way to visit us here in the desert, I’ve also learned a lesson or two through the years.
Wednesday, I was invited to an event at Eeten which is a new cafe in Dubai Marina Mall. At the event, we could try different dishes from the menu, so Mille (from Madmille.dk) and I shared a starter of avocado hummus, and then Mille had the shrimp and avo salad, and I had the Mr Benedict, which is the Eeten version of Eggs Benedict with salmon.
When we decided to start eating more vegetables and less meat, we also started doing our grocery shopping at Kibsons, because they have a really good selection of vegan and vegetarian products. The goods are delivered in big cardboard boxes that you can return to the delivery guy on the next order so they can be properly recycled.
So I signed up for the meal plan at Soul Santé, and every day at 9am, a guy comes by with the three vegan meals for the day. During the week I would usually just eat yogurt and granola for breakfast, but with the meal plan I get all sorts of nice breakfast dishes that I would never bother to cook myself, such as the super-delicious pancakes with banana and coconut that I had on the first day. This morning I had avocado toast, and for lunch I ate one of the jackfruit tacos (the same kind of tacos that I had last week in the restaurant) and half of the grilled peach salad and saved the other half for dinner tonight.
Last Wednesday, I was invited to the opening event at StudioRepublik, which is a new gym in Dubai. As a matter of fact, calling in a gym would be quite an understatement, as the multi-storey monster of a gym also has a music recording studio, as well as several stages where budding actors and artists can show off their talents. You can also take dancing, singing and acting classes, which I think is really cool.
J and I live in the same building but for some reason we haven’t seen each other for more than two months. Not ok! So tonight, we decided to go out for a drinks, no excuses, no change of plans. J had heard about a rooftop bar at Millennium Place and I knew which one she was talking about, as I had been to the opening party of Millennium Place last year.
Today I had lunch at Soul Santé, which is a vegan cafe that showed up on GoogleMaps, when I was searching for vegetarian food in Dubai Marina. The café is just a short walk from where I live, so all the time I was bitching about how Dubai is lacking pure vegetarian restaurants, there was a vegan restaurant just around the corner:)
On New Year’s Eve we had dinner at JB’s Gastropub. The restaurant was just across the street from the beach on JBR, so a couple of minutes before 12, we walked over to watch the fireworks. Compared to the world-famous firework display Downtown at Burj Khalifa, the fireworks at JBR are of a more modest kind, but still an impressive sight.
Happy New Year! For the first time in years, Poul was not working and we were both in Dubai, so we decided to celebrate New Year’s Eve at JB’s Gastropub on JBR. JB’s is just about as close as you get to a local neighborhood restaurant on notoriously touristy JBR, and I like the casual, pub-style atmosphere of the place.
My last lunch in 2019 was at Cafe Isan in JLT. The cute little Thai restaurant has just moved to a new location on the SZR-side of JLT, but the food, the super nice staff/owner, and the fun vibe, are all the same as usual.
People from all over the world come to Dubai to live and work, and many of the city’s expats are young, single and ready to mingle. Though in spite of that, finding true love in Dubai can be difficult, not to mention very expensive, especially if you are a guy. I have asked my male friend from Denmark, to tell me about dating in Dubai from a guy’s perspective.
Yesterday we ordered home delivery from Bareburger which is a New York burger chain that has become widely popular in Dubai. We wanted to try their vegan burgers which are supposed to be really good, and after browsing the menu for a while (there are eight different vegan burgers to choose among), we decided on the Duchess and the Golden State.
Christmas 2019 has come to an end and hopefully we all get a chance to sit down, relax and put our feet up before New Year’s Eve kicks in. This year, I celebrated Christmas in Dubai with Poul, and we cooked a traditional Danish Christmas meal consisting of roast duck, Waldorf salad and caramelized potatoes. For dessert we had risalamande, which is a kind of rice pudding with whipped cream and almonds.
Last Friday, I was invited to a menu tasting at Nara Pan Asian in JLT. We arrived in the quiet hour between afternoon brunch and evening brunch, so there were only a couple of other diners in the restaurant in the beginning. Though as the evening progressed, Nara was slowly invaded by happy Dubai brunchers in party-mode.
Today, it’s my birthday so we went to have breakfast at Bistro des Arts, which is my favorite place for breakfast in Dubai Marina. I love everything on their breakfast menu, from the foamy milk coffee to the delicious granola, which I am sure must be homemade. French radio is playing in the background, and the staff, and several of the regulars speak French, so it is easy to forget that you are in Dubai, and not at a cozy cafe in Paris. They have several nice breakfast set menus to choose among, but I wish they would start selling the bread basket with jam and butter as a separate item, and not only as a part of a set menu (Le Riviera).
Last Saturday, I met with Pia(@expiatriatewife) for brunch at Wild & The Moon, which is one of the few 100% plant-based restaurants in Dubai. I am very interested in vegetarian food these days, and I am seriously considering going meatless at some point in the future. I think it is exciting to see how much has happened within the field of plant-based cooking, and how the boundaries for what is possible to do without meat are being pushed all the time.