Working it out 

For as long as I can remember, I’ve battled with my weight. In my 20s I finally decided that I would make peace with my weight and accept myself the way I was. I used to go to the gym regularly but I knew food was my problem. My whole family are foodies…and not just my immediate family but my extended family as well. 4 years ago however, right after I had S, I started putting on a lot of weight. I was comfort eating and truth be told, I was comfort drinking too. A glass (or three!) of wine at the end of almost every day, once S was asleep, numbed all feelings and emotions I was going through. By the time I moved back to London in June 2013, I was at my heaviest. 

Let’s just say life took its toll and it took me over 2 years to bounce back and start doing something about it. I don’t know what shifted but something in December of last year did and from the 1st of January 2016 I felt like a new person. And thats when the change began. Many people have asked me recently how I managed to lose weight or what skin care I’m using. It’s really no secret and I’m happy to share….

1. The desire to change needs to come from within. No one can make you lose weight or be happy unless you want to. We all have different motivators. Dig deep and figure out what your motivator is. It could be seeing someone you love fall ill or your own health declining. It could be to get the attention of someone you like (listen, no judgement here!) Whatever it is, use it. Use it to inspire yourself and drive yourself to be the best version of you.

2. Download “My fitness pal” – I honestly believe this app changed my life. It made me so conscious of everything I put in my mouth. It’s a free app where you enter all your daily calories. It’s really easy to use and in the UK, most supermarket/restaurant items are on the apps database. Most actions take only 21 days to become a habit…this one probably only takes 2 weeks. Before you know it, entering your meals becomes a habit. And the best thing about the app (and weight loss) is NO deprivation. As I mentioned before, I’m a foodie and partial to a glass of wine. I wanted to be able to lose the weight without a) starving myself b) depriving myself of some Galaxy Smooth Milk Chocolate (YUM!) c) giving up alcohol – with this app it’s totally doable. I can’t recommend it enough.

3. Go easy on yourself…but be honest! If you lie, you’re only lying to yourself. We all have bad days, days we scoff chocolate or chips…nights we go out and have one too many. Don’t fall into the trap of thinking “Well I’ve buggered that up so I may as well eat what I want…” NO!! Take each day as a new day. Just because you fell off the wagon for one day, that doesn’t mean you can’t get right back on it! And celebrate your losses…and the weeks you don’t lose any weight, celebrate that week as well. And even when self doubt creeps in, speak to yourself as you would a friend…be kind to yourself…be kind to your body…remember, tomorrow is another day.

4. Find some inspiration. Unlike your motivator which is your reason for wanting to be a better you, your inspiration is something that keeps you going. When I first started going to the gym, I used to listen to Brooke Castillo’s podcast. They were and still are, amazing! Every episode provided me with a huge amount of inspiration. Till date, if I’m having a bad day/week, I’ll listen to a few episodes and I feel uplifted. Funnily enough Brooke talks a lot about weight loss but I don’t actually feel like her methods would work for me. Everything else she says though just blows me away!


5. Be conscious and present, especially when exercising. To me this means my phone and the gym don’t meet. When I’m at the gym, I’m fully at the gym, my phone stays in the locker. I do watch TV, it makes the time go by quicker but I’m not really distracted by it if that makes sense. 

6. Invest in a little me time and make a change. This could be getting your hair cut differently, changing the colour, adding a fringe, etc. A new change (you like) only adds to your confidence.

7. Visualise! Think about where you want to be and talk about it. Find a friend, a parent, a sibling…Someone you can freely talk to about your goals. Make sure this person is encouraging and inspires you to keep going.


8. Last but not least, remember, it’s not about the weight. I’m not about to say it’s what’s on the inside that counts because while that’s true, the outside does play a role in how we feel on the inside. Unfortunately we, especially women, judge ourselves quite harshly AND often equate how amazing we are with how we look. A big part of this year has been to gain back my confidence and while working on the outside has most definitely helped with that, working on the inside has been equally important as well.

I turn 33 tomorrow and I have to say, I’ve never felt better!! Working on yourself…physically, mentally, spiritually and emotionally is not easy…but it’s totally worth it!!


Now (2016).                    Then (2013). 

Back to school with the O2 centre 

There’s no doubt that all the mums I know absolutely love their children to bits…however by the first week of September, every mum I know is ready for their child to go back to school. S had 2 months off for the summer and although he did a few days at camp, we went to Butlins, he had lots of playdates and we went to Tenerife, by the end of August I was counting down the days for school to start and ready for some me time.

With the long summer days and my hair being battered by both the sun and chlorine, I was desperate for a hair cut. I’d seen Live True London everytime I drove by the O2 centre but had never been. I was booked in for a hair cut at 9am on a Saturday morning. S had back to back birthday parties that Saturday and I needed a little pampering before I faced 20+ children high on sugar! Seraphine was my stylist. We went through what I wanted and then she took me over for a wash. I love the rustic feel of Live True London with their exposed pipes and yet they’ve accentuated it beautifully with gorgeous mirrors at each station.


My hair felt light and bouncy as I walked out. Unfortunately the blow dry didn’t last too long, the curls fell out quite quickly but I’ve had at least 4 people ask where I got my hair cut since!


As many of you know, I’m going back to work next week and even with phones and digital organisers, I’m a fan of good ol’ fashioned paper. So post hair cut I wandered into Tiger to see if I could get myself some back to work bits.


Tiger had a vast range of stationary to suit everyone’s needs. Funky highlighters, cool erasers and note books galore. I wasn’t a huge fan of the humour on some of their notebooks but I picked up some post it notes and a map of the world for S. We travel quite frequently and he takes a real interest in where we’re going and the different continents/countries.


I then popped into a stationary lovers dream store…paperchase where I found a gorgeous ethereal like list/note book.



For those who know me, you’d know how much I love London so when I came across Paperchase’s London themed section, I was spoilt for choice. I finally settled on a notebook of the skyline and a fluffy pen with a red bus at the top (who can resist a fluffy pen?! It’ll brighten up those upcoming winter months). 


Lastly, I saw a mug I had to have. I love mugs and I think starting your day as you mean it to go on is a positive way to start. You can’t see it all but it says “Today will be amazing.”


Last but not least I popped in to Sainsburys to get some back to school bits for S. Unfortunately I’d left it too late and they didn’t have what I needed in his size. Nevertheless Sainsburys is our weekly shop supermarket and I’m always finding bits and peices S loves…especially their Avengers stuff (and their Captain America’s shield lunch bag).

The O2 centre is a great one stop shop for mums and kids alike. It’s got a Vue cinema, restaurants, a huge Waterstones book store, cafés, Tiger, Paperchase and lots of other quirky stores.

Disclaimer : I was invited by the O2 for a cut and blow dry and to pick out a few bits and peices for back to work / school. All thoughts and opinions are honest and my own.

From SAHM to Working Mum

I’ve always defended stay at home mums. I have been one for a long time and although I have been working for the last year, I was working from home and choosing my own hours so really, I didn’t feel like a working mum. I was still at every community time at school, at every school event and regularly had coffee with other fellow “school mums”. But all that is about to change. After 5 years I am going back to a 9am – 5:30pm job. I didn’t realise it was possible to feel so excited yet so anxious at the same time. To feel like everything was coming together and falling apart at the same time.

I haven’t even started working yet but the guilt is slowly creeping in. Am I doing the right thing? Will S be okay without me? Does he still need me? How will he feel if I’m not there to watch him perform (read: stand on stage and pick his nose) at community time? How will he feel when he comes rushing out of the school doors and not have me there to pick him up? S has had my undivided attention for 4 and half years and all that is about to change. And my biggest worry is how he’s going to cope and feel. Although judging by the way he was acting today I think I should be more worried about how I’m going to cope because he’ll probably be just fine.

Many people have said to me that he’ll be fine and that it’s a good thing. That by working I am showing him good work ethic, etc. So yes while I’ll be doing it for him, I’m really doing it for me. Because I need it, because I want it. I absolutely love being a mum but I miss being Natasha too. And let’s be honest, when you’re a single parent and the centre of your child’s world, it’s very easy to forget who you are. To put your desires, dreams and goals on the back burner.

September is my birthday month, the start of the school year and a time for new beginnings. I’m about to start a new role I know I’ll enjoy which will also mean compromising on another role I’ve loved for the last few years. I guess my biggest fear is my own judgement. We’re so conditioned to believe our kids need us and that only we can do the best job raising them. One of my challenges is going to be getting past that mindset knowing he’ll be everything he’s meant to be whether I stay at home with him or go out to work.

As a mum I think I’ll always have the question looming over my head: Am I doing the right thing?

Wish me luck!

Michael McIntyre’s Big Show 

I don’t know how I heard about it but I started getting emails from The Applause Store. I’m a huge comedy fan so back in June I signed up for tickets for Michael McIntyre’s Big Show. I even tweeted asking when I’d hear back and about a month ago I got an email saying I’d got two tickets. Given that it’s a raffle draw, I was thrilled when I got the email! My friend Louise is in town from Istanbul and I knew she’d love this sort of thing so I invited her to come with me.


I’m on my way home from the show and amazing is the only word to describe it. As I mentioned, I love comedy and of course Michael McIntyre was brilliant. But it was all the extras that made it hilarious. He took Alexander Armstrong’s (presenter on Pointless) phone and sent a random rude text out. He had 12 year old Brooke come out as a secret star and do an amazing rendition of Whitney Houston. He had Ross Howard the comedian (amazing) and to end the show it was none other than Rick Astley (blast from the past!). 



They even had an old lady play “soap or nope”, only to meet her life long pen pal from Australia (they’ve been pen pal for 71 years!!!) I mean if that doesn’t bring you to tears, I don’t know what will!!?!


This is just one more reason why I love London. So if you fancy being in the audience at an amazing London show, head over to the applause store. You won’t always get tickets (I applied to my favourite Britain’s got talent and didn’t get it) but I got this and it made for a great night out!

Oh and the best bit? During the interval we were asked if we’d like to come up front and we moved from the Royal Circle (Row K) to the very first row in the theatre. Talk about up close and personal….score!!🙂

London Duck Tours

Back in February we visited Windsor Castle and S spotted a yellow “Duck”. The same ducks that were used during WWII have been restored and much like the amphibious creatures, they drive on land and sail in water.


Ever since, he’s been saying he wants to go on one and I promised we would when the weather got warmer. And that’s exactly what we did yesterday with my friend R and her gorgeous girl N (who S loves). It was a beautiful summers day and we met at our favourite spot in London….Southbank. We also ended up lunching at one of our favourite child friendly spots, Giraffe.

I’d booked our tour for 2:15pm and they’d asked us to get there about 15-20 minutes early to check in. We promptly arrived there at 2 but our duck didn’t arrive until 2:30. I understand there may be delays on the road, etc but these things should be factored in. Waiting half an hour in the heat with a restless 4 year old will give anyone’s patience levels a battering.

We finally set off on “Beatrice” at 2:35 and thankfully it was much cooler on the duck than it was standing on the street. Our tour guide who was Australian was absolutely brilliant and did a great job of keeping us entertained. 


We quacked at other ducks, took in all the sights and learnt a few new things about London. For example, did you know there are 42 capsules on the London Eye, to represent the 42 Boroughs of London? I didn’t! And because they thought people wouldn’t want to go on capsule 13, they are numbered 1-12 an 14-43. Fun fact! Here’s another one…all the Ducks are named after Shakespearen  characters. Except Elizabeth! They wanted to name her Ophelia except that character died by drowning. Not a good omen. She was restored during the Queen’s Jubilee year and so they named her after Her Majesty.

S absolutely loved it (apart from taking a 15 minute power nap because he was so tired!) Bless!


I enjoyed the tour because unlike the London bus tour, it’s short and sweet (the whole thing took about 75-80 minutes). However, you do pay for the novelty. Adult tickets were £26 and   child tickets are £18. I’m pretty sure the bus company are similarly priced except you get a lot more thrown in and your tickets are valid for 24 hours so you can see the sights over 2 days. The Duck Tour company are in the process of restoring some of their ducks so unfortunately we had to move from Beatrice to Elizabeth for the river part of our tour.

Of course 4 is on the young side to really learn anything on a tour like this but seeing the joy on S’s face made it worth it and I learned a few things about this glorious city myself. Win win!

You can book your tickets here. Another fabulous London day out!

London Zoo & Zoological Society 

London Zoo and it’s iconic birdcage is quite the landmark of this city. You can see it from the top of Primrose Hill and most people will recognise it, even if they’ve never been there. We’re lucky enough to have The London Zoo on our doorstep.

When we first moved back here, I bought their membership for myself. S was still free (under 3) and it was a great thing to have. During term time members can park in their car park for free so very often it was something we did after nursery or on Sunday mornings.

Fast forward 2 years and I decided to get their annual membership again. This time for one adult and one child. While you hear of many Zoo’s that don’t treat their animals well, one thing I love about ZSL is all that they do for their animals. You can feel the love the Zoo Keepers have for the animals they look after. 


And every time I visit there, I learn something new. I also love that from such a young age, S is absorbing it all as well. 

More recently, ZSL embarked on protecting Sumatran Tigers and back in June, two tiger cubs were more at the Zoo. They are adorable!


All the funds raised by ZSL go back into the Zoo. They recently revamped their lion enclosure and it is amazing! You really feel like you’re in India. They designed it to give Zoo goers a very realistic take on the lion’s  original environment. Being of Indian origin myself, I can tell you they got it down to a tee. I have to admit I was surprised they haven’t got any backlash for having various idols dotted around the enclosure but personally I feel it all adds to the charm.

At every opportunity around the Zoo they provide information for learning as well as information that let’s you know more about their animals. At all feels very personal.


The gorilla loves to put on a show and you can get quite up close and personal with their jiraffes during feed times. 

If you plan your day right, you can feed the meerkats yourself and watch the penguins being fed. If it’s a hot summers day, don’t forget the sprinklers at the back, kids love running through them. They also have a lovely little playground, a carousel and in the summer, a bouncy castle.

ZSL obviously enjoy their work, they recently had a naked fundraising streak event to raise money for the tigers! You can read more about that here

If you’re visiting London or even if you live here, I totally recommend visiting and supporting the Zoological Society of London. You can read more about what they do here

The scarecrows wedding, London 

A couple of months ago my friend R asked if S and I would like to join her and her little girl to go and see The Scarecrows Wedding. To be honest I’d never heard of it but S loves going to the theatre to essentially watch books he’s read. We’ve previously been to see The tiger who came to tea, Peppa Pig and Ben and Holly. So I ordered the book and he’s read it quite a bit in the last month.

Leicester Square theatre isn’t huge and R had booked us tickets in the very first row so we got to watch the show up close and personal. The stage was quite “busy” with props but the show only had 3 actors. Although they do follow the story, they set the scene with a few songs. 10 minutes in and S asked me when the scarecrows were going to come out 😕 They were already on stage…
Once they got into the show, it was pretty entertaining. There were lots of songs (which obviously they don’t have in the book), Betty and Harry were played by 2 individuals but everyone else in the play was depicted by 1 actor. There were a lot of scenes where you had to use your imagination and I did wonder if it would go over the kids heads but I think I underestimated them. It was quite humorous (they involved the audience a couple of times) and I looked over to see S sniggering. Another time I looked over and he was bopping his head to one of the songs.

The whole show was only 55 minutes. S did get a little restless half way through but overall I think he and N enjoyed it. I do think it would have been nice if they had one other actor playing all the animals and left the original actor to just be the farmer and the narrator.

As far as plays go, it was pretty well done. The acting was great and their musical abilities were fantastic. As far as stories go (I realised this a bit late), I think it’s weird that a children’s book introduces smoking of cigars. But I’ve used it to my advantage and S now declares “mummy smoking is very bad!!” everytime he sees a no smoking sign or when we get to that part of the book. 


The Scarecrows Wedding is playing at The Leicester Square Theatre until the 4th of September so you still have lots of time to catch the show. 

Sea Life, London Aquarium 

The summer holidays started for us last Friday and S has a whole two months off!! I was hoping to make the most of the glorious sunshine (yeah right!) but unfortunately (perhaps as expected), it’s been raining  a lot.

Nevertheless, a little rain never hurt anyone so last Monday a few nursery mums and I decided to take the kids to Sea Life, The London Aquarium. The school had given us some coupons allowing the kids to go free so we just paid £24.50 for each adult.


My friends nanny called in sick on the day and she had to work so I offered to take her daughter with us. Although A is such a sweetheart, it did make me wonder how I ever thought I wanted twins! *cray cray*

We just visited Dubai for half term and I’m not even going to begin to compare the London Aquarium with the Aquarium in Dubai Mall (because Dubai would win hands down) but you can see the whole Aquarium in Dubai in 5 minutes. What the London one lacked in grandeur, it made up for it in variety (and information!) 3 adults and 5 kids, we spent just over 2 hours in there!

The kids loved watching all the different fish, finding nemo, spotting giant turtles, admiring the beautiful “glitter fish” and getting up close and personal with the penguins. The penguin enclosure is the last bit and was probably my favourite. They had a really cool screen that acted as a mirror (so we could see ourselves) and it looked like we were standing right beside a pool with polar bears and orcas. The picture doesn’t do it justice, you had to be there.

The kids also got to touch star fish which they were thrilled about and check out a giant whale tooth!


If you’re looking for something to keep the kids busy this summer, check out The Aquarium. It’s down on the Southbank which also hosts some fabulous child friendly restaurants (like Giraffe) so you can make a whole day of it. Make sure to look out for discount coupons on boxes of cereals.

 

 

Rush Hair, West Hampstead 

A few months ago I spotted a Groupon voucher  for a cut, condition and blow dry at Rush West Hampstead. I’d walked/driven by it a few times and it looked good so I thought I’d give it a go. When I got there I was seated and immediately offered a drink. Although I opted for a coffee, they also serve wine! My stylist Veronica came over, pulled up a chair and sat down to go over what I wanted. While cutting my hair she chatted to me about ways to look after my hair and my colour. I left there promising I’d come back when I was ready to re-do my highlights.

Fast forward to June and I was ready for some summer hair. I went on the website to get their number and noticed they had something called “Colour Tuesdays” which is 50% off all colour treatments on a Tuesday. I booked myself in last week while S is still at school and I actually have some time to myself. Again I was seated and offered a drink (and offered a few more times over the next 3 hours). Given the length of my hair now, it took longer than anticipated and I didn’t have time for a cut. I made an appointment to go back on Saturday with S in tow and headed to pick him up from school.

By sheer coincidence, I got an email the following day asking if I’d like to go in to Rush West Hampstead for a treatment. They agreed for me to come in as planned for my hair cut and blow dry on the Saturday.

When I got there, both S and I were seated and offered drinks and biscuits. He was thrilled with his massive glass of apple juice and I settled in with my coffee. Although we were taken care of, I did have to wait 30 minutes before I was seen. I understand things can get delayed on a Saturday morning but it would have been nice if I was taken in for a hair wash by someone else in the mean time. Nevertheless S was occupied and the 30 minutes went by quite quickly. Veronica came over and took me in for a wash while S was being entertained (spoilt) by the lovely ladies outside. I’d taken his IPad but they also gave him lots of paper and some highlighters to entertain himself.


Veronica took time with my hair, asking what I’d like and offering advice on looking after my newly highlighted hair. Having had a few bad experiences with hairdressers who take too much off because they think my hair needs it, she respected my choice to keep it long and worked around what I wanted.

What I loved about Rush was my experience as a paying customer and a blogger. It was the same. I felt taken care of everytime I went there. And the fact that they were so good with S was an added bonus.


I’ll definitely be going back in 8 weeks for a trim. I left there with some very glamorous looking hair!


*Disclaimer: My Saturday cut and blow dry was complimentary, I paid for all other services. All opinions are honest and my own.

Holiday in Dubai (places to eat)

Our recent trip to Dubai was spontaneity at it’s best. My brother and dad were going to be there, S had half term coming up and pre Ramadan we got a great deal, so we booked on a Sunday afternoon and flew out on the Friday morning.

S and I visited Dubai in December 2014 and although we were there for 2 weeks, I was ill for a lot of it and it wasn’t the best time, weather wise. This trip on the other hand was fantastic. We fit quite a lot in, the heat was bearable and we’re home now with lots of memories, new experiences and fab tans😉

On this post I’m going to focus on all the best places to eat/drink/stay in Dubai. We stayed at the Ritz Carlton DIFC which is as central as it gets. Getting a cab was never an issue (there’s a metro station close by too), Dubai mall was a 5 minute drive away and the service was second to none. The staff were attentive, polite and went out of their way to make our stay as comfortable as possible. Breakfast was included in our package and they had everything you could think of. A selection of breads and pastries, yoghurts, smoothies and museli pots. Dim sum, sushi, cold cuts, cheese and mezze. A selection of fresh fruit, an Indian counter (that changed daily), a live cooking station that made eggs (however you like them), waffles and pancakes. There was a good variety of both vegetarian and non vegetarian options.

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As soon as I told my friend A I was coming to Dubai, she got booking different restaurants and when I finally got there, she said the only place we *had* to go to was Catch. Catch opened last year and is located in the Fairmont Hotel, 5 minutes drive from where we were staying. Paying homage to the original Catch in New York, the decor is quite eccelectic with exposed brick wall covered in graffiti and soft leather interiors. We had the Crispy Shrimp, the Lobster mash, the Hell Fire roll, Wagyu on the rock and the Truffle Mushroom Spaghetti.

If there’s one thing that I should warn you about, it’s the portion sizes in Dubai. Everything is huge!!

The Hell fire roll was so good I forgot to take a picture before devouring it, The Truffle Mushroom Spaghetti was really yummy (especially the hint of truffle) but quite heavy. Wagyu on the rock with an accompanying teriyaki dip just melted in your mouth. I think we over ordered slightly and I wasn’t able to enjoy the Lobster mash as it was far too heavy for my liking. The Crispy Shrimp was good (although it had a touch too much mayo) and the size of the portion (given that it’s a starter) was overwhelming.

On the Sunday we spent the day at the Mall of Emirates and had lunch with my cousin at The Cheesecake Factory. I actually wanted to take S to ski Dubai (an excuse to go myself!!) but as I expected, he chose to spend time with my niece L rather than go snowboarding and so that’s what we did (she really is the cutest!). We were lucky to get a booth overlooking Ski Dubai where I got to watch everything I was missing out on😉 I ordered the Chicken Strips and Chips for S and my mum and I ordered the lunch sets (the menu said they were smaller portions). I can tell you, the menu was wrong. I had the Santa Fe salad and she had a sandwich and a bowl of soup which came with a green salad. My cousin got to us late but looking at the portions (which we all ended up sharing), she ordered the garlic stuffed mushrooms. My salad was great: very fresh with a zingy dressing and a nice crunch offered by the pieces of fried noodles in it.

On Sunday evening, my brother, mum and I went to the Sunken Garden at the Ritz for a drink before walking over to La Petit Masion at DIFC for dinner. The Sunken Garden is an outdoor venue but in typical Dubai fashion, it’s temperate controlled. So although I knew it was a balmy 25 degrees, it felt like it was 18 degrees. Dubai…never ceases to amaze! I’ve never been to La Petit Maison in London so was quite excited to be checking out the Dubai version. We had the warm prawns in olive oil (divine!), the fresh lobster and crab salad (fresh and delicious!), the burrata (melts in your mouth deliciousness!), the lentil salad (perfectly cooked and very well seasoned) and The Arrabiatta (can’t say I thought much about this dish!).

On the Monday my friend A suggested we take S to The Rainforest Cafe. She’d taken him to the one in London for his birthday last year and although the restaurant in London is quite dated, he enjoyed the experience. Being a whole year older, he enjoyed it even more this time. And like everything in Dubai, it was amazing. Being a much newer version of the restaurant, it was brighter and the “thunder storms” and “animal acts” were a lot more real. But the piece de resistance was the fact that the whole front of the restaurant looked on to the massive Aquarium in the centre of Dubai mall. So not only did we feel like we were in an actual rainforest with monkeys shaking trees and a snake slithering down on us at the entrance, but we got to eat watching sharks and stingrays swim by. It’s an experience no child will forget.

On the Tuesday my mum, S and I spent the day at Dubai mall and had lunch at Markette. It’s a casual cafe style restaurant in the middle of the mall, opposite the Aquarium (my favourite part of the mall). Having learnt our lesson about the portion sizes, I ordered a starter of grilled chicken skewers with salad and humous, my mum ordered a chicken burger from the children’s menu and S had the fish and chips. I was hoping to save some space for frozen yoghurt but even with just a starter portion, I was well and truly stuffed.

On Tuesday night we were invited out by some family friends to Tresind. My dear readers, if there is one place you go to when you visit Dubai, let this be it. Molecular Gastronomy! It’s not just a meal, it’s an experience. They call themselves “Modern Indian” but it’s really “Scientifically Brilliant Indian”. We started with some pani puri bites that had been transformed into jelly. It was literally an explosion of taste in your mouth. We then went on to have the chaat trolley, the lamb shank, some mock meat, a really tasty dry chicken dish, the mushroom steak and the deconstructed black forest cake (which was worth every bite!). It is progressive dining at it’s best!

On Thursday we spent the day at Atlantis on the Palm and we left on Friday. Look out for my post on things to do with kids in Dubai, next week! Here’s a teaser…

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Have you been to Dubai? Do you have any amazing restaurant recommendations?