Brunch at Roberto's
Now when you imagine brunch you might picture a raucous booze-laden experience, packed full of Europeans imbibing like there's no tomorrow. Although there are plenty of places where you can experience that, Roberto's is totally different. Everyone at the table collectively agreed that this is the most leisurely, relaxed and enjoyable brunch that we had been on. This is all about the food.
It starts with a seafood platter (I tried a morsel of lobster but that's all the raw fish I can stomach), moves on to a selection of meat and vegetarian antipasti. Once that has been consumed it's time for the a la carte portion of the menu with a pasta plate, the meat course and then, dessert.
It's ALOT of food but it is carefully paced by the wait staff. They give you little breathers between courses which is nice because you don't feel rushed but note that this also extends the brunch to a marathon 4 hour+ session, making your Friday a total write off.
Black pepper? :o
- Don't be put off by the sound of Ferrari sparkling wine - as naff as it sounds it's actually very nice and dangerously easy to consume.
Coffee at Mokha1450
Mokha 1450 - named after the port in Yemen that first began exporting beans and therefore kickstarted the whole coffee culture that we know today - opens in mid-April and provides an experience a world away from from mainstream coffee shops.
Look I like a double shot cappuccino from the green Medusa every now and then but this place is serving up specialty coffee and the difference in the taste is incomparable. The commercial logistics set it apart further - Mokha 1450 aims to help the farmers gain a more beneficial share in the profits of coffee bean sales and they actively support farms in Yemen and Ethiopia.
Going here made me a little wistful for two speciality coffee shops back home - Wellington Coffee in Edinburgh and the Workhouse in Reading. If you are located near either pop in, order a drink and then tell me what you think about how the coffee tastes :)
- Order the Ethiopian Geisha blend - they have the world's first batch.
Tom Ford Lips and Boys launch
The Middle East is the last invite to the Lips and Boys party. While other markets have seen these diddy lipsticks completely sell out, round here they have only just arrived.
I went to a schnazzy event last week, wearing Olivier (AKA Violet Fatale) over the Bobbi Brown Art Stick in Hot Berry (new favourite combo) and along with some male model posing I was able to select three new colours.
I got a little overwhelmed - and it wasn't the Champagne that confused me either as Simone and I were the very first people to arrive and got down to the serious business of lipstick selection as soon as we entered the venue.
I am happy with my choices - Giacomo (a gorgeous pink-plum hybrid), Leonardo (a rich deep reddened berry) and Wes (a scary burgundy red that I am very excited about). I still pine for Didier and I feel like a nude should be added but I need another lipstick like I need….
- These are on sale at Bloomingdales/Dubai Mall now and after 22 April, all other Tom Ford counters.
My next post is one that I mentioned I would do on Facebook - my "Expat in Dubai" FAQ.
It's been interesting to see the questions that have come in. I feel like there is perhaps a perception that Dubai = Middle East = very difficult/different place to live. Although this is a country that rests in the region, psychologically it could be any Western city. It's a very cosmopolitan and in many respects, a very easy place to live. Unless you have been here I think it's hard to imagine. I'll tell you more about it tomorrow but as I said, any questions that you have do let me know in the comments!