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Thursday, 4 April 2013

miss b loves.........spring in Dubai


It was such a treat escaping the freezing UK temperatures to  spend a week in March in Dubai. The perfect temperature to spend time outdoors starting with a stroll around Safa Park.....with great views of the Dubai skyline...



and the Burj Khalifa towering above the other skyscrapers......



.....a quick stop at the newly opened Pantry Café at Al Wasl Square opposite the park........for a rhubarb muffin...



No need to reapply my lipgloss in the ladies when I read this next to the mirror!!!...



'A Taste of Dubai' festival in Dubai Media City reminded me of the BBC Good Food Show except this was outdoors. We particularly enjoyed a cookery demonstration by British celebrity chef Gary Rhodes.......



...fruit carving by a chef from the Royal Orchid restaurant....



... and top restaurants including Gaucho and Nobu served sample sizes of their signature dishes at very reasonable prices. Our favourites were the white tomato soup from Rhodes Mezzanine....



and the burger with fois gras, fondant potato and devilled sauce from  Rhodes 2010......



..dishes which we had enjoyed before at Gary Rhodes' restaurants. 

A couple of days later.... St Patrick's Day, and the iconic Burj Al Arab Hotel was illuminated in green (with a shamrock too!) We had a perfect view from the outdoor terrace of Koubba, an excellent bar...


Of course there had to be some shopping..... Galeries Lafayette, the biggest department store in Dubai is always worth a visit......



....and how could I resist a cobalt blue bikini........



and another visit to TWG Tea Salon which I reviewed here. This time lobster tagliatelle in a Korean tea-infused bisque....



.....followed by a chocolate brownie cake layered with honey ganache and a Vanilla Bourbon tea-infused mousse...... 



and an amazing cappuccino at the new Caffè Vergnano 1882....



During the week there was plenty of activity down at Dubai Marina with a Street Festival and some very talented performers.......it was like being back in Covent Garden...but about thirty degrees warmer!...



There were brand new bikes to hire around the Marina....the 'Byky'..........



...and there's always time for a cappuccino and macarons at Chocolat Chic, one of our favourite cafés....



Before going back to England, we returned to two more favourites.....Traiteur restaurant at the Park Hyatt Hotel where I had the most delicious duck à l'orange I have had outside France.....



and back to Hey Sugar Bakeshop for more cupcakes (we are gradually making our way through the whole menu!) This time it was Scent of a Lemon and Kitty Kat........



........yes we did eat very well during our time in Dubai!!

PS Back in Manchester it was just one degree celsius....so cold after our week in the sun and last week at home we had a few flakes of snow but just a few miles away there was this scene...




I hope it's warmer where you are............

More Dubai posts........

Winter sunshine in Dubai

Dubai old and new

67 comments:

  1. Bonjour miss b. First, I must say I am sold and have decided to visit Dubai very soon, so great job. Second, you must be a very pretty girl if you can fit in that cobalt blue bikini after enjoying all the treats featured in this post! Good for you! :-) By Golly, they even have a large Galeries Lafayette department store there; and a rental bike program similar to the Velib initiative in Paris; and macarons; and... Well, I must stop. Clearly, I have to start saving now so I can afford airfare. I hope the weather warms up in Manchester. Even though we are having a decent spring in Seattle for a change, I must confess the poor Emerald City can't possibly compare with fun and cosmopolitan Dubai. A bientôt. Veronique (French Girl in Seattle)

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    1. Just as well we were only there for a week otherwise.... more cakes and I would have had to go back and buy another bikini in the next size.

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  2. OMG you've been again, life is so unfair *sigh*. I didn't get to go in Feb half term but am just about to book for next February. I could do with a break from this weather, still only six weeks till Marbella! I keep your posts in a folder so I know where to go when I get there so thanks so much for sharing xxxx

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    1. I'm so pleased that you are finding my Dubai posts useful. Only six weeks - not long at all, then you will be soaking up the sun in Marbella!

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  3. wow, this looks amazing! i love your blue bikini and that cute coffee with the heart. :) it's absolutely freezing in boston for april and i can't wait for warmer temperatures! glad you got to get away and enjoy some sun!
    xoamy
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  4. I enjoy reading your Dubai posts. A lovely day in Safa park with the city skyline is just beautiful and so many fabulous treats too.

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  5. Love the photos- has me craving a warm-weather getaway! :)

    -Ashley
    http://lestylorouge.com

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  6. After the Easter feasts the sight of those macarons and cupcakes reminds me of the chocolate goodies awaiting me in the cupboard... Must be strong and wait until at least after lunch! Looks like a fabulous time, love the bikini, and wonder at the exercise regimen required to combine the two :)

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  7. Miss B, you have the most AMAZING life! Can we trade? Just for a week? HaHaHa I'm still salivating from your Taste of Dubai pics! How fabulous is that food! I've seen fruit carvings, but these are ingenious. So glad you had a marvelous time and I hope sunshine & warm temps come your way soon. That bikini is rockin!

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  8. Wow lucky girl - that's a big 'treat'. The pasta dish looks divine. Welcome home!

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  9. Miss B, you must really love and enjoy there at Dubai. Wonderful scenery and looks so delicious food. It must be fabulous shopping at Galeries Lafayette.

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  10. WOw, lovely pictures and I've never been to Dubai before, but it seems fantastic! This food looks so tasty! Lovely

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  11. The views of Dubai look amazing and so does that delicious food! What a fabulous trip!

    Rebecca
    www.winnipegstyle.ca

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  12. Super sympa une semaine au soleil.... le retour au froid et à la neige a dû être difficile.... mais le printemps va bientôt arriver et c'est tant mieux!!!!
    Belle semaine
    Laure

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  13. That's it, I am going on holiday with you next time, haha! Everything absolutely looks amazing and the cobalt swimsuit? Brilliant! Sounds like such a divine time well spent. xx/Madison

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  14. Oh Miss B, how refreshing it must have been to escape the cold for a sunny week in Dubai! Your travel posts always have me wanting to pack a suitcase and run away... and the more I read about Dubai, the more appealing it sounds (especially knowing they have Galeries Lafayette!) I have to admit, the real selling point in this post was the Kit Kat cupcake. Kit Kat has always been my favourite chocolate bar and I can only imagine how delicious it must have been in cupcake form!
    xox,
    Cee

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  15. What amazing food... You must have rolled onto the plane after all that feasting! Loved the blue bikini, great colour and I'll keep my fingers crossed for you that the weather turns soon and the sun comes out. xx

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  16. I have travelled to Dubai and I loved it. So nice to gold from cold weather to warm. Thank you for your lovely comment. Would you like to follow each other through bloglovin?
    xxx
    Nina
    http://trendsurvivor.com/

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    1. Thank you :) I am following you too through bloglovin (#37)

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  17. awww Miss B wow I've been dreaming to visit Dubai but never got the chance to do so!!! just looking to your pictures makes me wanna go there!!!!! I'm sure you really love there!!! and those little yummies and pasta hmmm I'm totally craving right now!!! Dubai is definitely in one of my list to go ;)

    take care and wish you a lovely weekend!!!
    xoxo,Meg
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  18. Such a gorgeous place. I have a friend that moved there and she says it's AMAZING. Burj Khalifa is such an interesting building. It almost appears slightly tilted in the picture. The food you show is always delicious and I can see the shopping is some of the best in the world:) That cobalt blue bikini is so pretty!

    Wishing you a great weekend ahead!
    xxleslie

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  19. What a lovely escape! The architecture in Dubai is so interesting and your food pics always make me hungry :)

    Rowena @ rolala loves

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  20. You know how to live the good life! Amazing food and Dubai photos. Surely, it must have been very pleasant to get away from the cold (which seems never ending this winter)... Have a great weekend.

    LUXESSED

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  21. How lucky are you it is the perfect time to head to the sun. Simply great pictures. I so love Dubai such a mixture of cultures.

    I love the blue bekini.

    It is still so cold here I am so fed up wearing winter clothes.

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  22. I love rhubarb, Mum grows a patch for me in Ohope Beach for when I get home. love with Weetbix and yoghurt - heaven!

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  23. What amazing images - definitely want to visit just to see the buildings...incredible! Have a wonderful weekend ~

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  24. With this kind of food, i would adore spring in Dubai!!
    Thanks so much for your comment! :)
    Best Regards
    Miss Margaret Cruzemark
    http://margaretcruzemark.blogspot.com/

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  25. Gorgeous post! feels like I just went on a journey through Dubai thanks to this post. THANK YOU!

    Meghan Silva's Blog

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  26. Oh so gorgeous,sweetie!
    xx
    B.
    http://www.beeswonderland.com

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  27. Wow! Dubai is on the bucket list for sure. I like the way you travel;) b

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  28. I always feel like I am missing out on such a fantastic city whenever I read your Dubai posts because I have never visited – I need to rectify this ASAP. Your culinary delights had me drooling at my keyboard (as did that beautiful cobalt blue bikini)!

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  29. Hello, thank you for the lovely comment. I enjoyed browsing through your blog.
    It's a pleasure to read your stories!
    Have a nice week!
    Audrey

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  30. What a fantastic holiday! It's funny that I knew somebody who lived in Dubai for several years and yet I saw more "location photos" on your blog in 5 minutes! :) x

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  31. It sounds like a heavenly vacation and how smart to get out during the cold weather! I've always wanted to see someone do that fruit carving in person--now it's on my list of things to do! Hope you're having a wonderful week!

    xo Mary Jo

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  32. I love your Dubai posts. I like the food and the fashion, but Dubai's buildings are just so amazing too.

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  33. food looks so yummy!!! thanks for sharing these!! i'd love to visit dubai one day too!!

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  34. I'mm intrigued with the building in the first picture. Also love to visit Dubai--it seems like a real oasis!

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    1. It's actually two towers, the new JW Marriott Marquis Hotel. The world's tallest hotel with 72 floors and just 290 feet shorter than the Empire State building!

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  35. lovely blog :)
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  36. You are so lucky. I would love to visit too. I hope the Spring will finally arrive in Europe too :)

    xx

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  37. Miss B, I always want to visit Dubai, must be an amazing city full of things to see and do! I enjoy your post so much, the cobal blue bikini is awesome, great purchase!:) Yum for all the good treats you had!:) Also here is pretty chilly, hoping sun shines soon in your place! Kisses! xo

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  38. That Rhubarb Muffin looks yum; and I love the images of the buildings! :)

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  39. cool!

    Hope you''ll have time also to say hello on my blog :)
    have a nice day!
    xx
    www.ireneccloset.com

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  40. Amazing pics, darling!
    Must visit Dubai someday!

    xoxox,
    CC

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  41. I'd love to go to Dubai once :) Great pictures! I'm definitely getting hungry over here!

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  42. So much good food, I get hungry now, want it all...Dubai sounds extremely nice! Thanks for sharing your inspirational photos! xo Caroline

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  43. The food looks incredible and the place looks amazing! I love that quote on the frame, simply beautiful!

    -Vogue&Heels
    vogueandheels.com

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  44. Wow beautiful post!!! great architecture in Dubai!!!
    Have a good week, dear!! and my g+ for you!!!:)))

    Besos, desde España, Marcela♥

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  45. Hi dear! Had I known you would also be in Dubai, we should have organized a blogger meet up! Hope you had the most wonderful time, it was extremely hot, far warmer than it ever gets here in SA. I would love to swap weathers with you :) Really impressed by all the food, looks divine! Wish I made it for the festival. The first skyline pic is wonderful.

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  46. I've never been to Dubai, I heard itäs nice, hot and they have a lot of shopping Malls!

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  47. beautiful photos and so many delicious things! These photos made me hungry :)

    www.carolinellle.com

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  48. such a great quote in the end!! Hope you are having a wonderful day!
    -Jyoti
    Style Delights Blog

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  49. I was practically drooling over the photo of the burger with fois gras, but then I saw that pasta and it just about tipped me over the edge! Obviously Dublai is worth a trip for the food alone!

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  50. OMGGG IT LOOKS AMAZING:) and I wanna go there now so bad haha.

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    LOVE Maria

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  51. Looks like an AMAZING trip!! So lovely! The food looks delish too! xx

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  52. Dubai looks amazing!

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  53. Sounds like it was a rather pleasant trip! Lucky you. It's always nice to see other people who are passionate about eating and traveling. I am now so hungry with all your pictures!

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  54. Now that I am kind of on a diet, these dishes and desserts look even yummier : ) I wan to try all these places when back again in Dubai : ) I wouldnt resist that cobalt bikini either : )

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