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Chill Out Baby *updated

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…

Time to change the heels into something warmer

Time to change the heels into something warmer

With the provided winter gear, I'm ready to hit minus 6 degrees!!!

With the provided winter gear, I’m ready to hit minus 6 degrees!!!

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.

Mini barbecue pit. Photo from the net

Mini barbecue pit. Photo from the net

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Our actual kebabs on less exciting plate.

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.

With sheepskins to warm your derrière

With sheepskins to warm your derrière

Yours truly, warm and all :)

Yours truly, warm and all 🙂

The chandelier

The chandelier

Ice vase

Ice vase

Front of the supposed bar

Front of the supposed bar

Our waiter

Our waiter

Raise your hot cocoas and cheers nways :)

Raise your hot cocoas and cheers nways 🙂

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Rich Cafe, Dubai

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! 😉

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doesn’t it look rich?:)

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

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I didn’t get the cream this time ???? 😦

Giant carrot cake every bunny would love lol

Giant carrot cake every bunny would love lol

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