SARAH WALTON: I’m often asked what are my favourite restaurants in Dubai – well then, here they are.
SARAH WALTON: How did I not know of it before? The heavenly taste of freshly baked feteer is a treat worth celebrating.
SARAH WALTON: Every Friday she cooks for her husband we frequently receive ‘surprise’ visits from friends who are in thrall to her dishes.
SARAH WALTON: A weak joke with your offspring perhaps but Asado offers some seriously tasty dishes for confirmed carnivores.
SARAH WALTON: Wadi Rum, Dead Sea, Jerash – it’s a familiar tourist trail but don’t forget to spend some time in the capital, Amman
SARAH WALTON: There are some places in the world however, where the luxury you think you want is not the best you can get.
THE HEDONISTA: The rules surrounding alcohol in the Muslim world are often as cloudy as the Lebanese liquor, arak.
THE HEDONISTA: A minor setback then an evening full of flavour and warm company.
THE HEDONISTA: It was ‘the same old, same old’ at this year’s Taste of Dubai festival.
THE HEDONISTA: Each bite holds the adventure, terroir, culture, simple pleasure, even that tick on the bucket list others can only find in grander things.
THE HEDONISTA: If you’re a lover of sugar then the Middle East is the place for you – it truly is ‘confection heaven’
THE HEDONISTA: Drums, desert, camels and Santa, a heady mix which produced an unforgettable night at Dubai’s Full Moon Drumming session.
THE HEDONISTA: It’s a source of much chagrin – it’s easy to find food from the middle east, but something essentially Emirati? Nigh impossible.
THE HEDONISTA: Shop assistants mimic the foyer’s statues. A janitor sweeps the floor. It is already clean. He buffs it. But it is already polished.
THE HEDONISTA: Eid al Adha has been my favourite – the last few years it has fallen far enough out of summer it occurs with the change of season.
THE HEDONISTA: Dubai is a city that has both everything and nothing. There’s very little unique, nearly everything is borrowed – and I’m not just talking about the financial crisis.
THE HEDONISTA: ‘No photos’, ‘No Fixed Price’, ‘Come back later?’ Ah yes, the recurrent phrases heard buying ‘Dubai Kitsch’. So what’s the best way to go about it?
SARAH WALTON: “Us from Dubai are only occasional snow dwellers, and so I enter the fields in pink borrowed gear that results in the nickname “marshmallowzilla”…
THE HEDONISTA: It’s hot enough to melt a credit card left on a car seat, even though the A/C is set to max. Everyone is lethargic, moody and possibly sick. Hooray for Summer in Dubai.