Week 5 – Tribeca

Time for a night out with the girls!

Eating, drinking, chatting… a perfect combination for a group of girls on a Thursday night – and even better when it’s a package deal that doesn’t break the bank!

We decided to try out TriBeCa, located at the JA Ocean View hotel, JBR. It’s been around for a while, but since I’ve never been there, well, that makes it something new 😉

They have a live Jamaican Band on Thursday nights to get you in the party mood, and a teddy bear who hangs out on the speakers – just in case you need a cuddle 😉

On arrival (after battling out the Marina traffic!) we were all pretty much in need of a cold beverage and food… and thankfully neither of these took long to arrive! Since we were all going for the package deal option, the food came out super quickly – sharing starters are brought to the table, and once you’re done with them, if you feel like you need more, you just ask! And they’ll bring!

But don’t get too full on the yummy starters – flatbread, chicken wraps, nachos – because the mains are still coming, and there’s dessert!

Starters!

The mains are a pick-one-item kinda effort – between the 6 of us we ended up choosing either the cod or the risotto. The risotto was the hit of the table!

Risotto

They then give you a nice break between the meals to savour some more beverages – which just keep coming as and when you stick your hand up. And then the desserts are again pick-one-item so we ordered two pieces of each (there are only 2 options) and shared them among us. Nutella/banana cake, and good old plain ice cream! Yum!

Desserts

I highly recommend this place as an option to go for a package deal – and not just for a girls night out! The band was a lot of fun, the food was tasty and for AED249 all-in, you absolutely cannot go wrong!

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Week 50 – Christmas Season!

‘Tis the season to be jolly!

And because it’s such a jolly season, it means that we get to be jolly, and act silly and have fun times with great friends – which is exactly what I’ve done this past week 🙂

  1. I bought a Christmas sweater and got to enjoy wearing it out at our own little sweater party night out
  2. Dave Minion got to join us, all decked out in his brand new Christmas Coat
  3. I went for a run on the beach with Nat & Sara, donned in our Christmas colours and Christmas hats
  4. And completely unrelated to the festive season but part of my something new for the week: I ate a cauliflower-based pizza for dinner after our run. This wasn’t quite running to breakfast, but it was running to food 😉

Christmas Sweater Party 🙂

Dave Minion in his Christmas gear 🙂

Beach run with the girls 🙂

Cauliflower-based pizza… YUMMY!

Week 45 – Al Qudra Lakes camping site

At last! The temperatures in the UAE are dropping to below boiling, which means that we get to sit outside, enjoy more outdoor activities, not melt in your car… and go CAMPING!

I’ve camped plenty times in the UAE – mostly out in Fujairah – and it’s always a fabulous night out, sitting around the fire, music playing, drinks flowing, laughter a-plenty. So, this time we decided to try out a new-ish area, Al Qudra Lakes… an entirely man-made lake area, complete with wildlife, and it’s only approximately 30 minutes drive out from Mall of Emirates area. Winning!

(Taken off a Google search)

We loaded the cars with food, tents, sleeping things, drinks and people, and off we went. 6 of us girls were spending the night, and we had some friends joining just for the afternoon / dinner part of the fun… it’s so easy when it’s so close to home!

When we arrived we drove around the entire lakes area to find a spot – man is this place HUGE! We eventually settled on a spot and got sorted with unloading our goods and setting up camp… and then the serious business of making fire and stuffing our faces 🙂

It’s absolutely pitch black out there once the sun goes down; a real treat to be away from the lights and madness of Dubai for one night… which also means that the stars are AMAZING! Unfortunately no shooting stars for us though 😦

Sunset over the water

But that was not to spoil our night. We had a great time playing games, talking nonsense, having a giggle and enjoying a night out in the desert – to be woken up to the sounds of birds chirping. Fabulous!