Week 35 – Jones the Grocer Cheese and Wine

The summer months in Dubai can be very quiet – most people use this time to travel (especially if you have kids as they’re on summer break), and generally work gets a bit quieter, shops get quieter, the whole city just chills out a bit.

So after a few of my friends had finished with their big summer travels I decided to get us all together for a catch up – and what better way to do it than around a table filled with cheese, and unlimited wine?!

Jones the Grocer have recently started having Thursday night Cheese & Wine nights – it’s AED199 per person for a cheese board, and unlimited red or white.
Should you not be a wine-person, then you are welcome to still order off their menu and enjoy anything else that they have to offer… and they’re in the entertainer so if you’re hungry and the cheese board doesn’t fill you up, you can go mad with their delicious food menu πŸ™‚

I’m not a huge wine connoisseur (or anything of the sort in fact!) so I very much stick to the one kind I know… but everyone else seemed to enjoy the selection that they had on offer!


Us πŸ™‚ ❀


Week 30: Cheese & Wine!

With the summer temperatures soaring above 40Β Β°C, it’s difficult impossible to do anything social outside so we spend our time indoors, living off AC.

Another way to keep things cool is to refresh ourselves with beautifully chilled wine, fresh fruit, and cheese platters while still being inside… at a cheese and wine evening πŸ™‚

A friend of mine recently organised a group of us to head out to Media One Hotel, Cafe M, where they have started running Thursday night cheese & wine nights for AED199. But to put the proverbial cherry on the top, they have entertainer vouchers so it works out to an impressive AED100 pp. And here’s what you get:

Cafe M

On arrival, we were seated at our table and immediately brought a cheese fondue with bread. We canΒ then help ourselves to the wine selection (white wine standing in buckets on ice, while the red bottles are laid out for you to choose your favourite). You grab a glass, pour your wine (and then refill again and again and again…), and stop off at the buffet table on your way back to your table.

The buffet table is laid out with a large selection of cheeses, fruits, breads, crackers and other little nibbles that you help yourself to.

Part of the buffet table

Once back at your table, you stuff your face with the deliciously warm and extremely tasty cheese fondue, while trying to keep space for the cheese & crackers you’ve brought from the buffet table. And once that fondue pot is empty, they’ll bring you another one!

You need to try keep your head about yourself though because while this cheese fondue and the buffet are exceptionally yummy, there is also the dessert. And let’s not forget the CHOCOLATE FONDUE that is also brought to you once you’re ready for that last sweet taste in your mouth.

This is definitely one that we’ll be repeating!

Chocolate fondue

100 happy thoughts

About 3 months ago I was reminded of a post that I did 2 years ago – a post that made me focus on finding the happy things in my day-to-day life.

I had been feeling a bit out of sorts for the longest time at that point and so I thought it would be a great idea to once again find something each day to be happy and/or thankful for…. and here are my 100 days! Enjoy πŸ™‚

Day 1 (18 April 2017) – Being reminded of 100 days of happy Hazy

Day 2 – Peanut butter cookies for lunch snack

Day 3 – Cheese and wine night at home

Day 4 – Excellent night out at dinner and partying afterwards

Day 5 – House hunting

Day 6 – Public holiday: went for a run, escape room, visited a friend who’s just had a baby

Day 7 – Fabulous easy-paced 5km run

Day 8 – Random dinner with friends – home-cooking, wine, dessert, giggles

Day 9 – Bonkers Bingo!!!

Day 10 – Landlord agreed to drop rent so no need to move; Eddie Izzard live in Dubai!!!

Day 11 – Hilarious day / night out with friends

Day 12 – Total lazy day on the couch with loads of laughs, and even managed my 2km run!

Day 13 – Last day of running for run.every.day challenge – 140 km’s!

Day 14 – Wings & Rings dinner – YUM! (1 May)

Day 15 – Skype chat with the parentals ❀

Day 16 – Sports massage for tired & achy legs

Day 17 – Curry, wine & movie night at home

Day 18 – AWESOME brunch afternoon / night out

Day 19 – No hangover; random movie night at cinema

Day 20 – Wings for life run!

Day 21 – Just a typical day – nothing bad; nothing overly good

Day 22 – Olly being silly and jumping into the fridge

Olly playing hide and seek πŸ™‚

Day 23 – Excellent 7km run at autodrome

Day 24 – Girls night out

Day 25 – Mary Poppins at The Opera!!!

Day 26 – Looooong breakfast & lunch at Crumbs with the girls πŸ™‚

Day 27 – Cheeky, unexpected HazAl evening

Day 28 – Excellent night out at pub quiz, very funny!

Day 29 – Great training session; reminiscing on photos; great night’s sleep

Day 30 – 2 very successful & interesting job interviews – what will be the outcome?!

Day 31 – Bolognese pizza at Jebel Ali Club!!!!

Day 32 – Football tournament scorer, followed by great night out on the dark side

Day 33 – Minimal hangover, ending the day off by being photographer at football awards evening


Day 35 – Fabulous morning run

Day 36 – Fun night out at work social – tenpin bowling

Day 37 – Hardcore hill session at autodrome

Day 38 – Tough A – Z session at gym which felt great to be able to complete

Day 39 – Night away in RAK – clear the head a bit!

Day 40 – Chilled evening on the couch with the housemates after a night away

Day 41 – Received contract for new job offer

Day 42 – Fun night out at quiz

Day 43 – Spontaneous night on the couch with the girls, eating cheese & drinking wine

Day 44 – Signed contract for new job

Day 45 – Resigned! (1 June)

Day 46 – Fun morning on the beach, hilarious night out with friends

Day 47 – Found a brilliant new TV show to watch – The Handmaid’s Tale

Day 48 – Enjoyable short run to clear the head

Day 49 – Excellent workout at gym

Day 50 (HALFWAY!) – Wrote speech for sister’s wedding

Day 51 – Just your standard Wednesday

Day 52 – Very quiet night at home – finished The Big Bang theory (Amy & Sheldon?!?!?!)

Day 53 – Early morning gym session, catching up with friends, games night at home

Day 54 – Burj al Arab for dinner with the girls!!

Day 55 – Paid off teeth loan early

Day 56 – Smashed my 10-minute rowing PR

Day 57 – Blue Orange prize dinner Β – mini birthday celebration for Daniel

Day 58 – Chit chat with new boss

Day 59 – Couple of beers with ex-work colleagues

Day 60 – Last morning run with Nat; Nat’s farewell – sad day, but great time out

Day 61 – Braai at a friend whom I’ve not seen in a while

Day 62 – First Pilates class at gym

Day 63 – Dinner with friends

Day 64 – Interval training – good run in this heat!

Day 65 – Work iftar / final dinner / farewell

Day 66 – Prague

Day 67 – Prague

Day 68 – Scored my first-ever goal (plus 2 more!!)

Day 69 – Very happy to make my flight home after oversleeping and missing my taxi by one hour!!!!

Day 70 – Packed for my trip home; lots of kitty cuddles

Day 71 – Fly to South Africa!!!

Day 72 – Family ❀

Day 73 – Went for a fabulous 5.5km run at home πŸ™‚

Day 74 – Bootcamp with mom & Stretch – surprise hen party for my sister

Day 75 – Stretch’s hen party (1 July)

Day 76 – Sleepover at Maaitjie

Day 77 – Sleepover at Kimmie

Day 78 – Saw Kimmie’s baby on the scan!

Day 79 – Milo milkshake & chicken mayo sandwich with Stretch

Day 80 – Dinner with Kimmie – soooo many laughs and memories ❀

Day 81 – Girlie day with mom, Stretch, Feather – breakfast & massages

Day 82 – Fantastic day at the Fairway with Stretch & Dwayne ❀

Day 83 – Just being in South Africa!!!

Day 84 – Mauritius!!!!

Day 85 – Hilarious night with the bride, bridesmaid & one of the groomsmen πŸ˜€


Day 87 – Catamaran cruise

Day 88 – Hassle-free travel with zero queues at JNB airport with transfer

Day 89 – Catching up with Villa Kunterbunt πŸ™‚

Day 90 – Start new job!!

Day 91 – Catch up at HazAl!

Day 92 – Game of Thrones, with popcorn

Day 93 – Hot but enjoyable 5km run in the park

Day 94 – Chilled night at home, on the couch, on my own

Day 95 – Great 9km run in the morning; fab night out with friends

Day 96 – No hangover; fabulous neck & shoulder massage

Day 97 – Given news that BRACES ARE COMING OFF after only 9 months of being on!!!

Day 98 – Paid for the first level of my degree; Slow enjoyable run with Sara & Ellie

Day 99 – Shopping for stationery for my degree LOL

Day 100 – Hill Training! (26 July)

Be happy!!! ❀