Gary Rhodes in Dubai

Located at the Grosvenor House was my favorite restaurant for years, Rhodes Mezzanine, a gift bestowed on Dubai by talented British Chef Gary Rhodes. The restaurant was a feast of luxury with champagne flowing, more blinged out then P-Diddys house in the Hamptons it was glorious. But sadly, it wasn't to last. A few months ago it closed only to re-open recently as Rhodes W1....more

My Journey to cooking #1

I don't cook. It's not that I can't, I just don't want to. I have no passion for it. I don't have the patience.But today, I ventured into the kitchen... and made Buffalo Wings. Yup, that's what I did. So what do you need to make this?...more

Get your kids enrolled to art classes and bring out their talent

Kids these days want to learn and explore, so it is always advisable to ensure that their creativity and skills are enhanced to the best of levels. Kids are so innocent and it becomes very important that their talent, skills and intellectual capital is used at the right  areas that helps them to groom as a personality. All these activities should be supported with an appreciation to their skills and work that they perform and carry out. This gives them motivation to perform even better next time....more

Thank You, Beirut. Your Friend, Dubai.

This editorial first appeared in the Huffington Post on April 24, 2013Before I left for my trip to Lebanon this December, my 84-year-old neighbor told me about the fantastic nightlife in Beirut. She had visited the city after World War II, while her husband was stationed in Europe. She told me about Beirut's unique blend of European sophistication and liberal leanings in an Arab milieu. Just about 150 miles from Cyprus on the Mediterranean, Beirut served as a gateway to the Middle East....more

Like A Tourist In My Own City

Mums Who Share @JBR

All my associations – with people, places or moments start with the kitchen. This was no different. It was almost 2 years back that my association with Mums Who Share began. A small email from my good friend Priti initiated me into a group of Mums who would cook food in their kitchens and go and distribute the food among the construction workers in a pre-fixed construction site every Thursday mornings....more
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Dubai For When You Really Want to go Shopping

A l'il shopping and food in Dubai. I went through here on a whirl as I was on my way to Qatar about a month ago.Dates in multiple flavors, nuts in even more flavors, materials, silks, dresses, pillows, covers, tablecloths, runners, gold statues, tea pots, incense burners, painted wooden figurines, books, photographs, books, perfume, art and jewelry....more

A Visit to Dubai's Burj Al Arab Hotel

If you go to Dubai you will want to visit Burj Al Arab - probably the world's most luxurious hotel. The building is stunning and is a hallmark of Dubai's skyline. Since a one night stay costs $1,000 to $27,000 per night, I recommend doing the next best thing - go for a cocktail or dinner....more
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Sassing It Up In Dubai

Let me get this out of the way, since it just happened. I was watching Oprah in Dubai (I'm in Dubai, not Oprah) and it was the Australian episode where she takes her show down under....more

No Holding Hands on Vacation

“When in Rome, do as the Romans do” goes the old saying.  See, cultural tourism goes back a long way, folks! But what if local culture doesn’t lend itself well to vacation behavior? ...more