The awkward moment of waiting for my date at the Emirate mall :-)

Dubai day 4 –  The Miracle Garden of Dubai, is on my list to visit..imagine! 45 million flowers in 72000 sqm area in a desert?  who can’t be curious at that?

not me! – kevin said, but if you want it’s ok for me, I’ll go with you.

you’re right! I woke up early in the morning just to find him very sleepy and sluggish, well, probably he was not well yet.

So, I decided to brave the road alone in a taxi to see the magic moment I was waiting for… huh! almost one hour drive .. only to found out ..CLOSED!! what? the website said , oh dear, what a day, no advance notice whatsoever…# %* #.

Anyhow, it’s too early in the morning to ruin the day so, I decided to went straight to  Mall of the Emirates (Emirate mall).

Wow!

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high ceiling

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A lot of international outlet and restaurant to choose from! and this also housed the first Middle East indoor ski, the Ski Dubai. I roamed around before calling my date that I gonna wait for him here.

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Hmm let’s see if I can get some souvenirs from Dubai.

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900 dirhams?
900 dirham?

Oh well, I can’t afford to spend any more dirham 🙂 Walking by myself, carrying a camera click..click.. touristic moment but not really fun doing it, so I decided to have  light breakfast and sipped Seattle’s best coffee and churros!

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and finally here he comes, my nomadic Chef Kevin..we went to bookstores, walk few more rounds before having lunch at Cheesecake factory and of course, movie date at reel Cinema.

What movie?

Big Hero 6 🙂

Great time!! worth waiting for my date 🙂

happiness 🙂 🙂

Cheers,

Jamilamimi

Dubai Food Trip with Chef Kevin – Galeries Lafayette (Day 3)

Third day of the conference, my chef Kevin was still not feeling well so after I’m done, we went strolling along the Dubai mall.

What a festive atmosphere in Lafayette Galleries!

I wish Jeddah would have something like this too 🙂 probably,.. in many long years? well, not really sure 🙂

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not only that..what about ham, pork and other foods ohh yes, we can’t have like this in Jeddah, not in million years!

Actually, we would like to have a  hot Thai soup to soothe chef Kevin’s sore throat unluckily, we were not able to reserve, so we opted to just go for a fast-food at the terrace of Outback steak, the food was not that  great, so we just enjoyed looking at the Dubai fountain.

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Not much to write though, we ended the night early for another day ahead.

Cheers,

Jamilamimi

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Dubai Food Trip with Chef Kevin – La Parilla -dine amid live Latin American music and dancing (Day 2)

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What a view to start the day!

Burj Al Arab at a distance- early morning shot
Burj Al Arab at a distance- early morning shot

First day of Dental-Facial Cosmetic Conference at Jumeirah Beach hotel and of course, looking at the ceiling is my way to get a snap shot of anything that catches my eye 🙂

After a day of workshop, time to unwind and what else to do?

Dinner date with Chef Kevin at La Parilla- an Argentine American Restaurant at the 25th floor of Jumeirah Beach hotel with live band and Argentine dancing.

While waiting for our food we got the chance to see the spectacular skyline view of Dubai. The terrace location was excellent !

Dubai skyline
Dubai skyline
Burj Al Arab At night
Burj Al Arab

and finally dinner is serve!

With a live band playing Argentine music, how I wish ..I practice my dance move so I can beg and pull my son to dance with me 🙂 … in my dreams.

Oh! If he was feeling well and in the mood,… I might be lucky!

nope!..I ‘m not rolling my eyes! neither you! I guess 🙂

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Ladies, If ever you’re in Dubai, don’t forget to visit this place!

Cheers,

Jamilamimi

 

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Dubai Food trip with Chef Kevin – Katsuya and Teavana (Day 1)

Yes! I’m back to Dubai to attend Facial-Cosmetic Dentistry conference at Jumeirah Beach hotel.

I arrived a day early for the conference, checked-in to City Premier Hotel Apartment, this time our room got upgraded to premier deluxe, a bigger room and a huge balcony overlooking Dubai skyline.

My Chef Kevin has been sick for two days before I arrived but he managed to be with me and even went for a dinner!

My chef Kevin
My chef Kevin

We went to Katsuya, oh yes! another Japanese food, my chef kevin definitely made my palate accustomed to Japanese cuisine, I can now savour every sushi in the table. hahaha I must admit, I’m not a great fan of sushi before!

Katsuya at Dubai Mall
Katsuya at Dubai Mall

We wanted to see the best view of the terrace so we waited for a while to get the seat. We went to Teavana for him to drink ginger tea for his sore throat. What a display of tea pot!

 

At last , we got the seat, it wasn’t the best but at least we got the view of Dubai fountain.

Dubai fountain
Dubai fountain

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With a chef as a son, you can’t go wrong ordering nice dishes, I enjoyed the food as much as enjoying his company and watching Dubai fountain. Lucky me!

Good food,nice view..great company ..what a night!

Cheers,

Jamilamimi

 

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Weekend At Rabigh -Saudi Arabia

I haven’t posted my Dubai trip last week yet, yes! I was out of Jeddah, KSA again..hurray! It is always a treat to be out of this shell, Oh how I wish it will be forever!

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Anyhow, my friends and I were planing a weekend trip for a long time now, so even though I just came back from Dubai and needed a rest, I didn’t miss this happening! And I was right! This place is awesome as if we’re not in Saudi Arabia. And to be surrounded with friends is a bonus in itself!

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We left Jeddah late at night and woke up early to catch the sunrise at the beach. I learned the coconut trees were taken from the Philippines, great!

The place is so serene, as if the place was reserve for us only. there was a couple of families fishing along the edge and a few women who are still wearing their abaya, strolling along the beach.

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Thank you so much for the spectacular weekend! 🙂

Cheers,

Jamilamimi

 

Dubai,UAE Food Trip with Chef Kevin (day 4) at Nobu

 

My last night in Dubai … I can’t leave without even trying to see Atlantis The palm Dubai, unfortunately our reservation was already late in the evening. It took us about 40 minutes drive from the city premier to Atlantis. the driver dropped us a bit far from the entrance of the hotel and just imagine wearing high heels walking through the pavement, huh! the next time oh yeah there will be next time 😉 save it to the last…keeping my fingers crossed! ain’t gonna ride with you,no more driver!

Chef Kevin choose “Nobu”, just for bit of information Nobuyuki “Nobu” Matsuhisa is a celebrity chef known for his fusion cuisine blending traditional Japanese dishes with South american ingredients. http://www.nobumatsuhisa.com

Just look at the face of my Chef Kevin, smiling from ear to ear, oh! it’s great to see him very happy after working 12 hours. I  wish that my eldest son Edge was also with us. We invited his friend Kary to join us too, so I got two dates at one night 😉

 

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ceiling art at the entrance
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see the tag?…Atlantis
entrance at the sake lounge
entrance at the sake lounge
interior
interior

We would like to experience the essence of Nobu cuisine so we opted for Omakase- 8 course meal and true! It was the best choice that evening. I am not into eating raw but tonight was different…I love Sashimi hmmm great meal..great company!

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We had salmon,caviar,Sashimi,scallop,wagyu beef, sea bass,matcha green tea cupcake with passion fruit,mochi ice cream

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enjoying his night ;-)
enjoying his night 😉

at the sushi bar

Ladies, fine dining experience at Atlantis is also an excuse to dress up 😉

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How I wish, I was able to go around, but for now I am so blessed to have seen my Chef Kevin and Dubai (half of it 😉 ).

😉 😉 😉

Cheers,

jamilamimi 

Dubai,UAE Food Trip with Chef Kevin (day 2)

Friday brunch at Kitchen 6, JW Marriott Marquis Hotel Dubai..what an awesome experience! Chef Kevin and I choose once more to dine at JW Marriott, His work starts at 2 in the afternoon and we invited his cousins to join us for lunch so the choice was perfect!

 

Kitchen 6 is located at the first floor. We choose the place that was a bit far from the food tables so we had the chance to walk a bit far ,a chance to digest a bit and be ready with all the different cuisines. I just had my coffee early in the morning so I kind of ready to savour everything that was there…I wish !  The ambience was overwhelming and all that’s in there .. I felt my tummy was already satisfied by just looking at it 😉

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Sweet indulgence 🙂

hmmm u think this is enough?
hmmm u think this is enough?

Appetizer

what about this?
what about this?

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Who doesn’t like Japanese food?

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my first plate ;-)
my first plate 😉 and more!

Main dish

I know your enjoying it!
I know you’re enjoying it!
yummy!
yummy!
oh yes!
oh yes!

There was a lot more.., but I was full and satisfied with what I ate for the day. We decided to visit Chef Kevin at work and took some pictures with him. I appreciate the kindness of his head chef and again..and again..I am so proud of you Chef Kevin, keep up the good work and may you have more blessings to come.

My Chef Kevin
My Chef Kevin

Keep the flame burning.., I know it is creatively taxing..collectively draining..but I know and you know and everyone knows..you can do it! I’ll see you at the vertex of your success soon!

I love you so much,

mom

Ps,

If you want to know more about my nomadic chef please visit :  http://nostalgiaknows.wordpress.com/2014/09/28/oi-pre-grad-me/

Cheers,

jamilamimi

 

Dubai,UAE – food trip with Chef Kevin (day 1)

I knew that I was planning for a holiday but I wasn’t sure if it will push through or not until, the last week before Eid Adha when suddenly my consultant asked – when are you leaving? who me?  Surprise ? yep! because a week ago when I was asking for a holiday, he was refusing to let me go and now, he is asking? I am a lucky lady!

Chef kevin and mom
Me and my Nomadic Chef

huh! yes this weekend! I readily got my ticket and confirmed my hotel booking. I was so excited, as far I can remember this will be my first time to go on holiday without a dental conference on the side.But I also knew , that this will be a fun holiday with a food trip ..yes! what else? If you remember well..our common ground is food 🙂 and with Chef Kevin, it’s not only food like eating in fast food restaurant but he likes to savour a real dish, if possible to go on fine dining restaurant. He is doing his culinary internship in JW Marriott Marquis Hotel Dubai,UAE. Surely, this will be our first stop.

Did I stayed in the hotel? nope! I can’t afford it at the moment (both of my sons are still in College). I stayed at City Premier Hotel Apartment which is a very cozy place and about 20 minutes walk from his work.There are two supermarket on each side of the building, a pharmacy and salon spa nearby.It is also located near the business bay metro station.

one bedroom apartment
one bedroom apartment

It has all the amenities of the hotel, one bedroom,with separate kitchenette,dining and living area. Two bathroom (one inside the bedroom and one for the guest).

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metro station
business bay metro station
business bay metro station
burj khalifah
burj khalifa

After I dropped off my luggage, we started the day meeting his colleagues,Head Chef and Manager at The La Farine,

JW Marriott Marquis Hotel Dubai. The welcome was warm and pleasant, I felt I was the only proudest mom in the world, my heart swelling of pride and happiness when I heard how my youngest son is doing well in his internship job. Thank you Lord for all the blessings!

La Farine – is 24/7 bistro and bakery, catering for breakfast,lunch and dinner.

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Thank you so much chefs!!

After the sumptuous lunch, we went to “The Lounge” to get some green tea and macarons.

Before having dinner, we strolled along Dubai mall, I got fascinated by the high ceiling intricate light decor , here are some of my shots.

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me and a camel
me and a camel

Outside the mall, between the man- made lake, the address hotel and the sight of burj khalifa, there’s a big fat horse, i would guess it is one of Fernando Botero art sculpture, who’s signature style of large and exaggerated volume can be seen.

botero fat horse
botero fat horse
behind the scene ;-)
behind the scene 😉
The address
The address
burj khalifa at night
burj khalifa at night

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real gold
real gold

We had a glimpsed of dancing fountain but it was so crowded that I was not able to take a good picture of it. What comes out was all heads and heads of people looking at it in awe 😉

And dinner was at the italian restaurant inside the mall.

Ladies, how about shopping? hmmm not now, let’s enjoy the day with my Chef Kevin. 😉

Cheers,

Jamilamimi