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Award-winning food critic🍴🍷🍾✈️  * Impartial website/app on UAE restaurants, culinary travel * Mystery #DineAroundDubai events * Writer, consultant, awards judge

Meet chef Tim Raue who I interviewed this afternoon. Surprisingly, despite proclaiming to be "ego-centric" on Chef's Table, he comes across nice as pie πŸ˜‹. Definitely a strong, direct character but then again I have yet to meet a chef of his calibre who isn't. Unsurprisingly, by his own admission the lack of alcohol at his restaurant in Dubai, @dragonflydubai has been a "struggle" but he is hopeful that area may soon be licensed. More in my interview soon. Have you eaten at his flagship two Michelin star @restauranttimraue in Berlin? 🍴🌢🍴#meetthechef #worlds50best #michelinstar

I am often asked to recommend private dining rooms for social celebrations or corporate events, so I asked the lady who books them all the time to compile a round-up πŸ˜‹. Here are the top 12 private dining rooms in Dubai, recommended by Lindsay from @thetastingclass Now live on (see link in profile). Do you have a favourite PDR that you have used? 🍴🍷#privatedining

We stirred things up a little (excuse the pun) at our mystery #DineAroundDubai last night adding a martini masterclass to our last dessert venue πŸ˜‹. Organised by @toniqueconsultancy and @absolutelyx Swipe for more photos from the three restaurants and our guests. Great company πŸ’›. Next and final experience before Ramadan kicks in is on the 22nd May! See link in profile for more info ( 🍴🍾🍷🍸

Where might we be? 😜 #DineAroundDubai

Pretty in pink πŸ’•. Prepping the gift bags for my #DineAroundDubai guests tonight, with a new partner on board, my go-to online tea supplier @avantchatea πŸ˜‹ Ever since I discovered them 18 months ago, I have lived off the white bud silver needle tea (and the odd burst of Lapsang Souchong). I've also set the date for a final mystery dine around before Ramadan kicks in...22nd May! More info on if you fancy joining. 🍴🍷🍾πŸ₯‚

It's been a long time in the making, but it's finally here! A tribute to 23 golden oldie, longstanding licensed restaurants in Dubai now live on FooDiva πŸ˜‹. Which one is your go-to haunt? Have I missed any of your favourites? It seems apt to organise a Golden Oldie #DineAroundDubai for later this year - if you are interested drop me a comment. See link in profile for the #GoldenOldieDubai guide ( ❀️🍴🍷❀️

Thanks to your wine recommendations here's the small stash I brought back 😜. Champagne aside, I am a red wine girl at heart. A couple were not available including @gregmaloufchef's suggestion of Atibaia. When I asked Ramzi Ghosn of @massayalebanon how his wines differentiate he said, "The care and control we put into our wines. We're not the largest winery but we grow all our grapes. We have two French wineries as partners. We don't follow fashion for the sake of fashion." The only local grape used is Obeideh for white wine - and he shies away from Cabernet Sauvignon as it's not suitable for the Lebanese terroir. How do you think the other Lebanese wineries compare? πŸ·πŸ‡³πŸ‡«πŸ· #theartofthemiddleeast #beirutdiva

Local Lebanese quails cooked over an open wood fire in the @massayalebanon restaurant ❀️. Another dish by @gregmaloufchef - fiddly to eat but with such a lovely earthy flavour πŸ˜‹πŸ΄πŸ‡±πŸ‡§ #theartofthemiddleeast #beirutdiva

A rooftop bar with a view πŸ’•. Beautiful Beirut by night from Eau de Vie at the grande dame hotel @phoeniciabeirut our home this week. When travelling I always find a high viewpoint (preferably one that can serve me a dirty martini or a glass of Champagne πŸ˜‰) to appreciate a city's perspective. How about you? πŸ’™πŸΈπŸ₯‚βœˆοΈπŸ’™ #beirutdiva

"Welcome home," reads the signage at @massayalebanon Our day in this rustic beauty, and in their Beqaa Valley vineyards has been a true home away from home. Hospitality at its best. A lunch feast cooked by @gregmaloufchef (who was slaving in the kitchen all day long) and served by our charismatic host and co-owner pictured here Ramzi Ghosn. A sublime risotto with puy lentils, lamb and shaved almonds. As for the wines, more later πŸ˜‹. The only thing missing is rooms to stay the night! Where feels like a home away from home for you? β€οΈπŸ΄πŸ·πŸ‡±πŸ‡§β€οΈ #theartofthemiddleeast #beirutdiva

Lebanese meze with a twist at @lizabeirut πŸ˜‹. A delightful ceviche-style dish of red mullet marinated with lemon and sumac. With our hosts @gregmaloufchef and the joyful character that is Ramzi Ghosn, the co-owner of @massayalebanon Off to the winery today! β€οΈπŸ΄πŸ·πŸ‡±πŸ‡§β€οΈ#theartofthemiddleeast #beirutdiva

Hello from sunny Beirut πŸ’›. Lunch at Tawlet, a gorgeous cafe where home cooks rotate as chefs. Here we have chicken and sumac musakkhan wraps, part of a delicious Levantine spread made from local, seasonal ingredients πŸ˜‹. A regular haunt of our guide @gregmaloufchef - what's the one dish I should eat in Beirut? πŸ΄πŸ‡±πŸ‡§πŸ΄#theartofthemiddleeast #beirutdiva

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