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Award-winning food critic🍴🍷🥂✈️  🍾 Impartial website/app on restaurants & travel 🍾 #DineAroundDubai mystery tours 🍾 Food writer 🍾 F&B/digital consultant 🍾 Restaurant awards judge

✨NEW #DEALDIVA ALERT✨. I am not a fan of Dubai’s all singing and dancing bubbly-fuelled ‘brunch’ feasts, unless it’s a special celebration. Instead, I love how New Yorkers and Parisians embrace their weekend with a real brunch of proper breakfast dishes 😋. @bistrodesarts has a great value deal for AED99 on both Friday and Saturday between 10am – 2pm, Ramadan included 😜. A choice of 14 breakfast dishes (this traditional Brittany speciality of a buckwheat galette filled with Emmental and smoked turkey, and topped with an organic runny egg is so deliciously light - gluten–free as well!); a buffet of cold breakfast items, cheese and charcuterie included; one sweet crepe; plus juices, tea and coffee of course. If you fancy a tipple, an extra AED75 gets you three drinks. For more independent restaurants open during the day over Ramadan in Dubai and Abu Dhabi, see our annual guides (link in profile). How do you like to brunch? 🍴🥞🍳☕️ #RamadanDining #FooDivaLoves #foodiva

Every Arab country stakes claim to a different version, spelling and even naming of what we commonly refer to as ouzi here – zarb, madfoon and shuwaa for instance. Any others I should know? This slow-cooked lamb @fairmontthepalm’s Fairuz Ramadan tent with its rich, earthy flavour is beautifully tender 😋. The one thing that always concerns me with any type of buffet is the amount of food wastage, so it’s reassuring that leftovers are shared daily amongst Fairmont’s 800 staff 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼. The buffet is reasonably priced at AED215 p/p, with a la carte suhoor also available. A calligrapher @udayalaraji was on hand for the opening night to write guest names as a keepsake - see Stories Highlights and let me know if FooDiva reads correctly 😜. My first and last iftar of the holy month (I only ever try one every Ramadan) 😍 🌙💫 #mediainvite #sponsored #fairmontthepalm #Ramadan2018

Ramadan Kareem to all my Muslim friends 😍🌙. We’re lucky to live in a tolerant society so for those not fasting, if you missed these, our Dubai and Abu Dhabi daytime dining guides are live. We have focused on independent non-hotel restaurants and cafés that are open for dining IN during the day over the holy month 😋. Over 150 for Dubai including those that serve more than just juice in the day 😉, plus 50 outlets for Abu Dhabi (compiled by @finediningmatt) - see links in profile. The guides are updated daily as more restaurants confirm opening hours. Please be mindful of our Muslim friends, and patient with waiting staff who may be fasting. 📷 glorious huevos rancheros for lunch on Tuesday @bystrodubai 🍴☕️🍳 #RamadanDining #foodiva

I visit the rather obscure Barsha Mall every now and again for two reasons - @dnpdubai (Dr Nutrition) for a decent selection of the more hard-to-find supplements, followed by a meal (or take-away) @littlegreeceuae deli. Literally a little slice of Greece in Dubai with home-cooked, wholesome fare 😋. Last night I ordered baked aubergine with bechamel (a little too creamy for my liking), a huge Greek salad with fetta from the barrel which I brought home as I couldn’t finish it, along with a cheese filo pastry pie for lunch today (and a bucket-load of Kalamata olives). Any other gems hidden away in malls that I should know about?🍴🍆🥗 #foodivaloves #foodiva

Well we have Burj Khalifa and Burj Al Arab views. Why not @atlantisthepalm views, complete with fountain show 😜. The promenade here goes by the name of @thepointepalm - a new restaurant and retail development on Palm Jumeirah by Nakheel opening in Q4. I never even knew this part of the Palm existed 🙈. A staggering 100 outlets (F&B/ retail) of which 20 will be licensed. I hope they can lease them all 😉. One thing’s for sure they can rely on Atlantis for a spectacular new year’s eve firework display 🤣. Would you venture here for a meal? 🏝🍴🍷 #mediapreview #foodiva

✨NEW RESTAURANT REVIEW✨. When guest contributor @finediningmatt sees that his favourite dish of all time, bouillabaisse, is on the menu @morimotodubai he is intrigued and excited to see if parity can be achieved. How does his dining experience compare to the likes of Zuma? Find out in his review now live – see link in profile. Can ‘classics’ be successful when cooked differently? Are you a stickler for tradition, or a fan of innovation and novelty? 🍜🍷 #foodivareviews #foodiva

I wanted something simple and rustic yet chic. And with no flowers. Our herb and olive leaf themed table setting 🌱🌿. Created in-house by @follydubai 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼. Swipe for photos of our menu and food glorious food 😋 📷 @visualsbyabbi 💕 #MrAndMrsSLove

So @_brunswick.ebt_ has been revamped to a more female-friendly bistro 😜. Always love a menu that makes me want to order everything 😋. This charred spiced octopus with nectarines, tomatoes and hazelnuts is sensational as are the de-boned quail, and eggplant fetta barley dishes. Post-movie dinner on Saturday. Red Sparrow is bloody brilliant; excuse the pun 😉. Have you watched it?🍴🐙🍑🍅🍷 #foodivaloves #foodiva

✨ANNUAL RAMADAN GUIDE TO DAYTIME DINING IN DUBAI✨. For those not fasting, our round-up now live lists over 150 independent non-hotel restaurants and cafés in Dubai open for dining IN during the day over the holy month - see link in profile 😋. Plus those that serve more than just juice in the day 😜. If you have any additions or changes, let me know and I will update 😍. If you missed it, Abu Dhabi’s is also live with link included. 📷 taken from lunch @bbdifc 🍴☕️#RamadanDining #foodiva

✨ANNUAL RAMADAN GUIDE TO DAYTIME DINING IN ABU DHABI✨. For those not fasting, our round-up is focused on over 50 independent non-hotel restaurants and cafés in the capital open for dining IN during the day over the holy month 😋. Compiled by @finediningmatt – see link in profile. If you have any additions or changes, let us know and we will update. 📷 taken from lunch @coyaabudhabi 😍. Link to Dubai guide is included.🍴☕️ #RamadanDining #foodiva

To appease Mr S’ sweet tooth (and our guests), here’s our dark chocolate orange wedding cake, baked by the super talented Sahar of @whenindoubteatacupcake 😋 🍫🍰🍊. If you missed it, the British cheese tier (swipe) created by @follydubai appealed to my cheese tooth (and his) 😜. Cake topper by @_the_party and 📷 by @visualsbyabbi 💕 #MrandMrsSLove

The so-called ‘street food’ cafe, Mishmash, in Jumeirah’s new boutique bolthole, @zabeelhouse in the regenerated @alseefdubai district. The decor may be eye-catching but the food is nothing to write home about (a little like its name 🙈). Good customer service recovery though. Perhaps we should have tried C.U, the all-day dining concept instead. Have you? 🍴#foodiva

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