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Dubai summer is here. It’s hard to miss the heat. And boy you can’t ignore it! At 30+ degrees, its just warming up. Yep welcome to the desert! So as an expat here, and even the locals too, we need to just chill out this time of the year. And in case you didn’t know, there’s a perfect place here in Dubai to chill out and it’s simply called Chill Out…how cool is that?! 🙂
Chill Out is an ice lounge hidden away in a mall called Time Square. A place to eat, drink, and chill at minus 6 Degrees! But don’t worry about freezing, they provide you with thermal jackets, hats, gloves and boots.
Cobone has a current deal with this cool place and for 45aed per adult (30 for a child) you get to have a soup or barbecue, and hot chocolate or tea. So I bought 2 vouchers for husband and myself 🙂 Ooh I can’t wait to just chill baby chill…
Update: Last Friday I brought my friend to finally check out the place. Husband is away at the moment and the voucher is due to expire, I thought it’ll be great to catch up with my friend anyway and chill at this ice lounge 🙂
To be honest, I was a bit disappointed as I was expecting an actual ice lounge where you relax, snack, drink and the occasional must-snaps of the food and the place. With the help of their website, I was picturing bartenders making mocktails (they don’t serve alcohol) behind their ice bar, people drinking their teas and hot cocoas, having their kebabs and soups, and even fondue whilst taking pictures of the ice interior.
But when we walked in, the place was nice but it was showing a little neglect. No one was actually chillin’ here. Rather, people were standing up and busily posing for pictures. The place did not feel like a lounge. It was like walking into an ice sculpture exhibition, but a good one with cool lighted ice sculptures of swan, horse, the Burj al Arab, and of course the functional tables and chairs.
A waiter were handing the warm drinks. We chose hot cocoas and kebabs. To my dismay, they no longer serve kebabs on the tiny fire pits 😦 And I didn’t have soup solely for that…sigh.
But that aside, having paid for it and all, I chose to change my mindset and make the most of it! 🙂 Would I go back? Yes of course. For the affordable price, the novelty of being in an ice lounge in hot Dubai is still a super cool idea. And everyone else and even myself, had a good time.
- Chillout Cafe: Dubai’s First Ice Lounge Makes its Chilling Debut (greenprophet.com)
- Guests chill out in subfreezing cafe (wwlp.com)
I seldom eat out in Melbourne tho. My family lives here and everytime I come home, I always make the most of my mum’s cooking. 🙂 But out and about on a cold Melbourne afternoon, my sister and I stopped for something warm. Ramennnnnn
Who could resist this delicious Japanese noodle dish. We enjoyed this indulgence when we used to live in New Zealand. And there was this place in Auckland that served fantastic ramen. It was not a fancy place rather it was like an old, “dirty”, and cramped ramen house in Japan. So authentic with the cooks preparing the food infront of you, the big pots of boiling stock and noodles taking much room of their tiny kitchen. I particularly like the enthusiastic welcome they give each diner coming in. A loud “irrasshaimase!” A Japanese greeting to show respect to customers walking into a place of business.
Ramen Ya in downtown Melbourne is however “mainstream.” A modern restaurant with Japanese-inspired decor. But their ramen is definitely still traditional. In fact, they say they are the tonkotsu ramen specialist.
Can’t argue with that as I left my bowl of ramen empty and my stomach full 🙂
- To slurp or not to slurp? (sushinchips.wordpress.com)
- Ramen: Thinking Outside the Cup (introvertjapan.com)
First thing I did, afternoon tea with the sisters. It’s quite our tradition now I reckon. And we are constantly on a lookout for exciting afternoon tea escapades. So I am glad to stumble upon Cinema Nova here in Melbourne. It is a contemporary cinema, an art house, showing special movies of interest from the classics to the latest.
Cinema dining is not new, I know. We have it in Dubai, which by the way I am yet to try. But high tea at the movies was something new for me. Excited and all, we booked to watch the movie Gatsby which by the way I have seen already, but this time no popcorn and soda thank you.
For 39 Aussie dollars you get one drink (I chose Pimms cocktail), savories and the sweets, and your movie ticket. A sweet as deal I reckon even with the extra 3 dollars for a pot of tea. Did I mention the joys of a not crowded cinema? Served by a waiter, cushions for extra comfort and yes…that warm feeling too 🙂 Definitely will come back.
- Fancy some tea, old sport? (chefig.wordpress.com)
People that know me would agree that I’m not a big coffee fan. Except for the occasional frappucino from good ol’ Starbucks, coffee and I have a distant relationship. As for tea, I start to enjoy it because of the ritual of afternoon tea~scapades that I so love now, poshness and all. But hot chocolate? Ooh that’s different. My love for this dates back childhood! It gives me this cosy feel like a night-in on winter, sitting beside the fireplace while reading a good book.
Hot chocolate can easily please me. Milo, Ovaltine, Nesquick, Holicks, Cadbury…put in some mallows and they’re goooood. But if you want a proper hot chocolate than powder and water, in Dubai you can head to Rich, a cafe in the Mall of the Emirates and order one. I’m sure the food is great and all ( didn’t try yet) but their hot chocolate is to die for! A friend brought me here one day and told me to try the famous hot chocolate and yes I could thank her forever for introducing me to my old love but richer and yummier! 😉
Paying it forward, I brought a friend to this cafe yesterday. He ordered a cappuccino tho (guys *rolling my eyes now) but who cares I still ordered my love HC. And we got free carrot cake!!! A giant carrot cake! I didn’t know that my friend has friends in this business giving free cakes just because they like you! I’m so dragging this friend around now tho I just borrowed him from husband :p
- Hot Chocolate & Mexican Hot Chocolate | Pottery Barn (potterybarn.com)
- Agave Sweetened Hot Chocolate (modernmanofthecloth.com)
I love macarons and I have been dying to try the famous macarons from Pierre Herme. Who could resist when the man behind is dubbed the “Picasso of Pastry,” “Pastry Provocateur,” ” Magician of Taste,” or “The Kitchen Emperor.”
Pierre Herme macaron flavours can be daunting to the unadventurous but if you do try as the chef is reknowned for creating new and the wonderful palate experience. I wanted to try the magnifique strawberry and wasabi macaron. Unfortunately the shop I went to, did not have it. The fragola strawberry and balsamic vinegar macaron was absent too. I was bit disappointed as I wanted to try the “weird” ones, afterall Pierre Herme is famous for that. Still I bought a box for moi and filled it with mogador milk chocolate and passion fruit macaron, pistachio, salted caramel butter, crime brûlée, and 3 others.
My verdict? Yummy of course! 🙂 But really need to go back for those flavours and when the new collection comes out! 🙂
- #Macarons (dolcendiana.wordpress.com)
- Sunday Macarons at Pierre Hermé (amandine4australia.wordpress.com)
- Macarons and Chocolate. (pinkbutterfliesblogspot.wordpress.com)