(major) #throwbackthursday @Singaporedeli

Picture borrowed from Zomato

Singapore Deli is a hole on the wall restaurant that I’ve gotten to know 10 years ago! Yes! You read it correctly 10 YEARS! This restaurant is in any foodie’s must visit list.

It hasn’t changed much since the last time we ate there and if I’m not mistaken the prices too remain the same (or almost the same). Dubai is changing so much that it’s amazing for me to find places like this that stay the same after all these years. Business must be doing well since they still don’t accept credit cards and the menu is still the same. The restaurant is kept simple with about 5(?) tables inside and tables outside. Chances are if you’ve been here before it’s still the same as you remember it.

Picture borrowed from Zomato

It was nice to go back to our old stomping ground, this time with our boys walking errrr driving along the streets of Karama. This may seem corny but it’s where I first learned to be independent and to live on my own so it may not be the poshest place in town but it holds a special place in my heart(Naks! Told you it was gonna to be corny).

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He loves to order noodles and soup but only eats the noodles

I’m happy the boys enjoyed the food too. I think I’ve said it before but I’d sure love to raise my boys with an open mind when it comes to food and hopefully this type of thinking transfers to love of travel, open mindness to different cultures and to be more accepting of people who are different from who they are.

Here’s hoping to more adventurous Thursday dinners with my boys and hopefully I get some interesting posts out of it too. 😉

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Dose of my own meds

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It’s a tale as old as time, husband and wife arguing about how one often disregard ones needs.

You hear it over and over and even see it on comedy sitcoms.

My husband and I are no different. I always expect him to help me even without me asking and of course he never does because well simply he didn’t know. He never says anything and just lets me fume on my own resulting to me feeling stupid in the end. There was one time I think he felt he had to say something and it actually struck a chord. He said that he’s not a mind reader and I cannot simply expect him to know what I need by just looking at him, I have to actually say it…

After that I think I backed off him (a little – I think).

Today, I got a dose of my medicine and it was awful!!!

Long story short: We had to renew our residence visa and prelude to this I had to take a medical exam. Me being Mrs.  Spoiled Rotten thought all I needed to do was just show up. Of course there was more to it than that. I didn’t prepare a thing for my medical and of course like any smart wife I started to blame him. He said he texted me what I needed and of course I had to check. All the text said was

Medical for visa renewal, Thursday

I didn’t know that was code for bring passport, 2 ID pictures and a photo copy of visa page and 1st page of passport.
In the end we managed to do my medical and in his true “gentlemanly” fashion I never heard a word. Which made me feel worst because if I were in his shoes I’d never stop talking. But all I could think of was “How was I suppose to know?” which made me think of all the times I get frustrated by him not doing what I wanted him to do (in my head). This had such a big impact on me that I simply had to write about the experience

I guess the lesson for today folks is this:

Never assume. Never assume that the person knows what you are talking about and /or knows what you need. And if you don’t tell the person what you need NEVER GET MAD at the person because at the end of the day, you didn’t marry a mind reader so deal with it!

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Din Tai Fung

Intro: Weeks before I had to get out of the house at night to help out a friend. This made me very nervous because it was the first time I left the  boys on their own(FYI boys including their father). I’ve left them a couple of hours before but never at night and never until bed time. When I got back, the house was still standing and the boys were all tucked in which gave me the inspiration that maybe I can have a mommy night out. Ever my no. 1 supporter my husband agreed to take the kids one night and me and my friend M planned a nice dinner out.

We had our eyes, heart and tummies set at Din Tai Fung. They opened at the Mall of the Emirates around September of 2015 and as expected there was always a line and although it is a Michelin star restaurant, it is not fine dinning which means bringing the boys (which are 1/2 monkeys) would’ve been possible. But because of the line, I’m afraid that the waiting would trigger tantrums from all three of my boys.

My friend M on the other hand has picky eaters, husband and son. Which means trying anything new is her personal nightmare –  that’s why they don’t.

So for our first mommy night out we chose Din Tai Fung. We were both so happy to get out of the house that I think we ordered the whole menu. The table was so small that our food barely fit on it.

Here’s what we tried:

Of course we had to order some Seafood Xiaolong Bao since that is what they are known for.

Screen Shot 2016-02-12 at 8.50.54 PMJa Jian Noodles in minced Chicken sauce. I don’t think Ive ever had these type of noodles before but it was surely yummy.

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Hong Kong style Roast Duck, these came with the usual pancake and cucumber plus plum sauce yummy but really nothing to write home about.

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Shrimp Fried Rice, I love fried rice so this was a no brainer.

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I’m not a food critic but to be honest I didn’t know what was the fuss about…I can’t say I’ve eaten at better Chinese restaurants before because to be honest they all taste the same to me…sorry.

My first Michelin restaurant and I can’t say it blew my socks off.

*All pics I’ve grabbed from Zomato’s menu pics

 


nix can stitch

Time flies when you are having fun

– says every crochet enthusiast ever!

Yes, Hi! my name is Nicole and I am a crochet and yarn addict.

It’s been a year since I started to go down this path to spinsterhood but I have to tell you I’m loving every step of the way. I’m not trying to persuade you to take it up but if you were like me who was juggling a house, a carpool, a 3 year old (then 2 clingy toddler), and just need some time to escape think about crochet my friend! It’s changed my life.

What started out as a project for Christmas presents for friends has now evolved into a small business aptly named nix can stitch. It hasn’t raked in the BIG bucks (yet!) but it has stirred in me a certain drive that makes me want to improve myself (naks! all that from crochet 😱 imagine).

I could talk about it on and on and on or you could just try it for yourself and discover the joys of a new found hobby. There are lots of online tutorial on youtube that may help you start this journey and if I can help in anyway please don’t hesitate to ask.

The genesis of my crochet and yarn addiction as documented by Facebook…

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…and the rest as they say is history.


Lights out at 8PM

I run a very tight shift at home. I like my schedules and I want them followed to the T. My husband, not so much…he’s very relaxed and has a “go with the flow, enjoy the moment” type of personality. We’re polar opposites when it comes to timing but as always we make it work.

It’s been a week now that he’s been away on business and the kids are running on my schedule

6:40 leave house for school

7:30 big one at school

8:00 little one at school

13:00 pick up little one

14:15 pick up 1st one

15:00 home – rest

16:00 bath

17:00 all homework done

18:00 dinner

wind down and by …

20:00 light out

Of course sometimes they’re still hyper and active but I realized that if you close the lights on them sooner or later they WILL fall asleep, that’s if you don’t fall asleep first (which is usually what happens to me).

I know enjoying life and taking time to smell the roses is a good thing but I truly believe that being punctual is also a trait that they should instill in themselves. It’s one thing that’s very important to me and I think that if everybody in the world would be punctual we are 1/2 way to world peace as we know it.

OK, I’m not saying I’m perfect, I’m late sometimes too and I often feel bad about it, it’s easy to blame someone else for my tardiness but what does blaming someone else do for the one who waited for me and wasted their time? the answer NADA. Time was still wasted and we can’t bring that time back.

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I’m sometimes/often seen as the villain at home because of my sergeant ways of barking orders to move quickly because we were going to be late (2 hours before) but my ethos is, let’s get there on time and then enjoy the moment …why not have both worlds working in together right?


On our way home today, we ran into a couple of men who needed a lift to the nearest mall. It was an extremely hot day and they seemed harmless so I agreed I’d take them. It was only 4.4km and about 9 minutes away so it really wasn’t a big deal plus it was on my way home. I know it seems like a pointless story to write about but the best part of this story were my boys!

In 9 minutes (or less) my eldest had introduced himself and his brother to the men and even asked them their names. He even went above and beyond by offering his chocolates (treats he got from their field trip) to them, something which I know is considered precious to him since chocolate is a contra ban in our house. My youngest, not willing to be out shined by his brother offered his juice to them. All this without my direction.

At the end of the trip, my eldest said he wished he could have spent more time with his “friends“. I was tempted to tell him not all strangers can/may be trusted and that he shouldn’t be so willing to help others. But I was so proud of how accommodating and friendly they both were that I decided not to. I figured there will be more opportunities for me to explain this to him next time.

Besides we watch TV Patrol every night so that should be enough to teach him the world isn’t all good.


Bystro Dubai

My first post back and you just have to know it’s got to be about my favourite topic, FOOD (specifically breakfast). Also since I missed so much, I’m going through my memory bank from the latest experience and going back from there.

Bystro Cafe is along Sheikh Zayed road and I pass by it every single day when I drop off big A to school. It first caught my eye when I stumbled upon their instagram account (@bystrodubai) and I’ve followed them ever since. I’ve been such a big fan that it’s almost embarrassing that it took me this long to go and actually try them.

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As expected the ambiance was perfect for me and my 3-year-old. I was surprised that the day we came in there were more office type people dining and not mother and kids combo but then I quickly realised that it was summer and most families were probably away for holiday.

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Love that there’s a small space for the kids in the corner.

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I know I’m not the only one happy about this 😜

But my timing couldn’t be any better, for this summer they are having a 50% off your bill promo. Of course it’s not that easy, you must order a coffee, any fresh juice and any item from their breakfast menu then you get the 50% off. I don’t know about you but I’m a real sucker for any % off my food bill. Fine print is it’s only valid from Sundays to Wednesday and from 8am to 11am and it’s valid until the end of August (not sure about the date, but why wait until then, right?). Which for me was absolutely perfect.

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not my actual order but close enough

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The sweets display, which I desperately tried to stay away from but managed to take a peek.

I ordered the French toast with banoffee sauce with caramelized walnuts and of course coffee for me and fresh juice for the little one, which was enough for us to get the 50% deal. (I can’t stress to you how happy I am to get this deal). To try to describe my meal would be worthless because there are simply no words. I’d like to especially mention the servers that they were amazing, they were friendly but not too intrusive which is exactly how I like to interact with people most of the time.

Another piece of good news is that they are also included in the infamous Entertainer App so there is absolutely no excuse for you not to go right?

Like NOW???!!!!!

*all pictures were “borrowed” from @bystrodubai instagram account (you think they’d mind?😉)

If you’ve been here and loved it as much as I did, don’t forget to vote for them for What’s on Best Cafe category. I put the link down below for you x

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