Week 9 – Ready to pop at Jones the Grocer

Not only was Zunรฉ, who was our guest of honour on Saturday, ready to pop, but all of us left there feeling ready to pop after the delicious food and cake we stuffed our faces with!

The guest of honour โค

Nadia and I organised a baby shower for our friend Zunรฉ, to be held at the newly opened Jones the Grocer at Emirates Golf Club. Most people will be familiar with the restaurant on Sheikh Zayed Road… they’ve now expanded and taken over what was the clubhouse restaurant at Emirates Golf Club. And they’ve done a great job!

This establishment, being associated with the golf club, is able to offer up alcohol and pork options to their already winning menu… it had us very happy at breakfast time!

There’s not much that one could say that’s not already been said / or is known about Jones so I’m not going to try… I will just say that apart from some confusion on getting me an ice bucket filled with water for some flowers (it arrived filled with ice, thinking that it was for wine or similar), our morning was spectacular and we were very well looked after by the waiters. The food was scrumptious, the atmosphere nice and relaxed, and we were able to sit there for hours, chatting away and enjoy very many laughs as one would expect from a table full of girls, enjoying a baby shower ๐Ÿ™‚ They even allowed us to bring in our own cakes and bits and pieces for the baby shower, which was greatly appreciated!

If you’re a big fan of Jones, but find their SZR location a bit ‘far out’, then you absolutely must give this venue a try! I think I need to make more of an effort to breakfast on weekends and visit Jones regularly!

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Week 42 – Local is Lekker

“Local is Lekker” is a very well-known South African saying, and this past weekend I got to experience some real “Local isย Lekker” at the South African Braai Day, held at Emirates Golf Club, and hosted by House of Afrika… took me right back to a summer’s day in SA!

The doors opened at 2pm, but my friends and I only started arriving around 3:30pm (I arrived closer to 4pm)…. a) because I had stuff to do during the day, and b) because I thought it might be a tad too hot to be there in pretty much the heat of the day.

Thankfully arriving at 4pm wasn’t too hot, and my friends had found a fabulous spot in some shade, which definitely worked in our favour. Shoes were quickly removed and remained off the entire day/night, while we got to enjoy walking around barefoot on the grass ๐Ÿ™‚

Local South African drinks were very quickly ordered and put into ice buckets next to us and we settled into a day of total chill, listening to some great South African live music. Dan Patlansky and aKing were brought over for the event, and while I’d not heard of either of them, everyone whom I spoke to prior to the event said that they loved aKing, so I knew I was in for a treat!

There was a braai area set up – that’s a barbeque for the non-South Africans ๐Ÿ˜‰ – and you were able to either have brought in your own meat, or could purchase braai packs at the venue, and then make use of the braais to cook your own meat. Alternatively, for those lazy buggers like us, you could also buy ready-made (or, made on the spot while you wait) food – all with a South African touch to them. Sadly, there were no boerewors rolls which was a big disappointment, however the pap and wors that we had was really good!

There were Amarula stands, Savanna stands, jumping castles, a petting zoo, arts and crafts, pony rides, touch rugby, frisbee players, koeksisters (which I never knew about at the time ๐Ÿ˜ฆ !, the braai area, live cooking stations, live music, our national anthem, Mango Groove songs played, great atmosphere, grass, friends. What a great day this was!

And all of this sitting around on the grass all day, listening to music, watching kids (and adults!) run around and enjoy the cooler weather really made me think of days back home where we’d gather around someone’s swimming pool, a braai going in the background, the girls gathering in the kitchen (or the pool!), giggling and catching up on chatter.

Local is definitely Lekker!

PS – you can click on any of the photos to open up a larger gallery view. I recently bought a new lens for my camera, and this was the first time using it and I am super happy with the results ๐Ÿ™‚

Cee’s Black and White Challenge: Sepia tones only

This week’s challenge allows us the freedom of choosing pretty much any photo and turning it into a sepia tone, so because we have so much choice, I’ve tried to find completely random photos of mine and played around with them a little bit.

I hope you’ll enjoy ๐Ÿ™‚

Fountain at Dubai Mall

Fountain at Dubai Mall

Afternoons at Barasti

Afternoons at Barasti

Abra rides at Madinat Jumeirah

Abra rides at Madinat Jumeirah

Looking out over Emirates Golf Club

Looking out over Emirates Golf Club

Burj Al Arab, seen from Bahri Bar

Burj Al Arab, seen from Bahri Bar

Family spending time with me in the desert :)

Family spending time with me in the desert ๐Ÿ™‚