Week 38 – Johnny Clegg, The Final Journey

Months ago when I was over at a friend’s house having dinner, we happened across an advert for Johnny Clegg performing at the Dubai Opera in September. We were 3 South African girls sitting there at dinner and immediately decided that this was something we had to do and so went online and booked tickets right there and then.

Fast forward 3+ months and the day finally arrives. Johnny Clegg performing his Final Journey tour at the Dubai Opera 🙂

The tour was put together as a way for him to travel and say ‘goodbye’ to his fans all over the world; he was diagnosed with cancer approximately 2 years ago 😥

I have been to countless concerts and performances in my lifetime but I have never, NEVER been to a concert that stirs emotion in me like this one did. The constant fighting back of tears as he told us his stories, performed songs that brought back so many memories, and the longing to be back home… well, needless to say that the 3 of us walked out of there, ready to go home and pack our bags and head HOME.

Wherever you are in the world reading this, if the concert is still coming to your town, I absolutely urge you to get tickets and go watch it – especially if you are South African!

I won’t spoil it by telling you anything about the concert, but here are a few photos and some videos that I took on the night ❤

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Week 37 – Wanderlust brunch

One of the newest brunches to hit the scenes in Dubai is Wanderlust at JW Marriott Marquis hotel.

People have been talking about it for a little while now, going on about how amazing it is. I had previously experienced the post-brunch madness, which was not really my ‘cup of tea’, but when I was invited to a birthday brunch I had to give it a proper chance.

And boy am I glad I did!

The brunch is split over 3 restaurants, with the food and drinks stations laid out across all of them… in fact, it’s so huge that they have a map printed for you to try figure your way around!

Map!

We sat in the ‘garden’ area of the brunch which is definitely my favourite of the 3. It’s airy, bright, and seems to be the most popular – it is also in the middle of the food and fun.

The food is fantastic! It’s all help-yourself style (grab a tray, load it with food) which means getting up from your table regularly to grab your food, so sometimes the food areas can be a bit busy and crowded, but you find a rhythm and make it work. The food is all freshly prepared – you even get to walk through the kitchen for some of it! – and there is no shortage of different types of food to enjoy… pulled beef, curries, Italian, sushi, seafood, bread & cheeses, quiches, sandwiches, and of course dessert!

Ellie chose to have a 90’s theme for the brunch which was pretty cool. It’s a fairly easy era to dress up in as so many of the clothes are things that people still wear today… my outfit was thrown together in about 10 minutes on Friday morning, using Gwen Stefani as my inspiration 🙂

This is definitely one of the brunches to check out! Great party atmosphere, great food, and lots of post-brunch dancing if you wish when they close off one of the areas, shut the curtains and pump the DJ’s jams!

Why so serious?

Week 36 – Some food, some funny

There is never a shortage of (new) things to do in Dubai. While it’s easy to get sucked into a routine and do the same things week in and week out, it really is easy enough to break out of that mould and enjoy new and interesting things to do – if you spend just a little time looking around for them.

Take for example my new things for the week… a new restaurant (it’s actually been around for longer than I’ve lived here, but I’ve never been to it), a stand-up comedy event (again, been going for years and years but I’ve never made it there), and a new bar (I think this one is actually fairly new in the area).

Frankie’s, located in Al Fattan Tower, JBR

Now, while I’m a lover of all things food, I don’t actually know much about the big fancy chef names behind the food – and we have a plethora of them here in Dubai – so I wasn’t familiar with the names behind Frankie’s (sorry!!!). However, we were after a fancy night and apparently these guys know how to do that, so Frankie’s it was 🙂

And these guys did not disappoint!

Warm aubergine (involtini de melanzane) for starters, and chicken ravioli (ravioli ripeni di pollo, fonduta di taleggio, funghi di bosco – try saying that out loud!!!!) and seafood taglioni (padellata al frutti di mare) for mains. YUM!

The Laughter Factory, Movenpick, JBR

We then moved on to some stand-up comedy at The Laughter Factory. These guys run a stand-up comedy night that runs for a few weeks at a time, changing venues around Dubai each week… I guess to make it easily accessible to as many people as possible.

If you’re looking for some side-splitting, spit-your-drink-out-your-nose kinda laughing, then I urge you to check out the next Laughter Factory date and get yourself some tickets! This will definitely become a regular feature in my life!

JB’s bar, JBR (kinda nice ring to it, hey?!)

Time for a nightcap and JB’s provided it perfectly. Bustling little bar, but not so busy that you can’t get a drink; decorated brilliantly; decent music; some cute little touches. The kind of place that could be ‘the local’ 🙂