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#MYDUBAI WHATS HOT TASTING SESSION

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Whats Hot Session
WHATS HOT TASTING SESSION: Faarah Mehta flanked by Kavita Srinivasan and Saagar Shewakramani (standing Danielle Sallam and Sridip Ganguli)

Is it possible? Can just one evening tasting session deliver the best of a city’s food-scene?  The very best of cupcakes Gourmet shewaramas, salads et al? yup! possible, but only when the knowledgable foodie hostess and publishing consultant and whiz, the lovely Faarah Mehta generously sources and then equally generously opens up her stylish villa (private beach et al) for my Whats hot tasting session. As does her  foodie husband, retailing tycoon, the dashing  Saagar Shewakramani. High voltage, brilliant editor  of a leading lifestyle magazine Kavita Srinivasan, Sridip Ganguly, software expert are foodies extraordinaires too.

CUPCAKE CHALLENGE

Sweet seduction! Cant stop eating. Swirls of luscious frostings whirl tantalizingly.What do  “sex and the city”  “Devil have Prada” and Dubai have in common ? Cupcakes from the NYC based Magnolia. Carrot cake gets our vote.

From Sweet stuff (owners sisters Farah and Aaliya Gokal) it’s the  Chocolate cupcake as also from the other UAE homegrown success, Kitsch Concept.Hey sugar’s vanilla with chocolate frosting is to kill for . The Hummingbird bakery’s Red velvet is top of our list.

SALAD IN A JAR

I tracked down Canadian born, fitness-enthusiast turned entrepreneur (the salad jar) and Voila! Danielle Sallam turned up with jars of  8  varieties of salads. Gourmet-salads-eaten-in-the-jar-home-delivered. Bursting with ooze and crunch,calorie sparse and nutrient dense are superb. The Mango tango, sweet beet are the best.

SWICH

Street food shewarama goes gourmet ...and veggie options too. portobello/ haloumi abd more. Yum
Street food shewarama goes gourmet …and veggie options too. portobello/ haloumi abd more. Yum

OMG! Streetfood goes gourmet! home baked bread, premium, fresh, organic Ingredients drizzled with gourmet sauces redefine shewarama. Superb pure vegetarian Portobello, duck and veal too) Fadal belmahdi’s passion shines through.

ZAATAR W ZEIT

Open 24 hours. Take your pick! White saj wholewheat saj (Lebanese  bread) plump with  Sfillings be it Spicy Chicken. Turkey cheese or barbecue steak. Veggies go for jebneh halloumi

 

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Note: Im researching the Ultimate Vegetarian Guide to Dubai (so this Tasting session) your recommendations please rashmiudaysingh.dubai@gmail.com, instagram, twitter @rashmiudaysingh

 

 

Review: Colaba Social

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A gamechanger! And boy! What a gamechanger… quirky,  workplace, bar, hangout, buzzing, comforting … words which normally do not fit together but do so here in a comfy, tight hug. One more “bullseye” from the restaurant maestro marksman Riyaaz (Mocha, Saltwater café et al) Amlani.

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Review: Bar Stock Exchange

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This boozy stock exchange has hit the sweet spot. That’s why its packed noon onwards. It injects excitement into getting the cheapest booze price, using TV monitors and phone apps.

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Review: Hoppipola

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I admit. I love happy people, happy movies, happy songs, happy books and ofcourse happy restaurants. And this brand new Parel restaurant aint just happy, it’s “hopp”ingly happy.

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World’s 7th Best Restaurant: Dinner By Heston, London

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The Worlds 50 best restaurant awards celebrate extraordinary culinary talent providing an annual barometer of the greatest gastronomic experiences across the globe. I dine at the world’s 7th best, Dinner by Heston.

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Roc-ing and Rolling at Roka Mayfair, London

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ROKA is London’s award winning Japanese restaurant, serving contemporary Japanese robatayaki cuisine in striking yet informal surroundings.

ROKA brings its unique style of contemporary japanese robatayaki cuisine and its sophisticated design to Mayfair.

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Review: Villa Vandre

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Villa Vandre sharply reflects a few of the most  rewarding developments in Mumbai dining over the  25 years during which I’ve been tracking the restaurant scene (at a time when foodwriting was considered low brow ) . Now more than ever, I find principled, distinctive cooking in places where I wouldn’t have expected it before:  in the postage stamp sized Villa Vandre.

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L.A LIVE

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 Celebrations continue in Los Angeles, the city of angels. Dining in  dazzling  Hollywood’s glamor restaurant, the iconic Spago (a known celeb magnet since the 80s where Oscar parties are held) is a celebration in itself. The  down to earth genius,  Wolfgang Puck’s restaurant has been on Americas top ten list for three decades. It is here along with the lovely Angelino Pia Davis, that we are celebrating her mother  Meher Davis’s birthday along with Firoza Moos. For the past 14 years, these two healers extraordinaire  have been coming to Los Angeles’ cutting edge allergy eliminating research institute to upgrade their healing skills.

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Review: Hotel Sunny

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Here is the kind of restaurant which makes my entire work as a foodwriter exciting. Hotel Sunny in Chembur is no-frills, inexpensvie and serves the authentic flavor of Kerala! Read my full review on TimesCity.
http://timescity.com/…/south-indian-restaurant-hotel…/102627