As an ode to my Bengali heritage, here’s the list… A-Z of Bengali Fish and the best possible preparations for that particular fish. I have listed only the ones where I have had the good fortune of laying my fingers on the fish bones, so a few alphabets are still sitting empty!
Where to have your last meal before you leave UAE, specially if you have been living here for long.
Shubho Bijoya! Durga Pujo (wiki at your service) evokes a sense of pride, love and communal feeling among Bengalis, in whichever part of the world they have chosen to call their home. For me, Dubai has been my adopted home at this hour, for the last many hours throughout the last few years.
Bu Qtair – the Dubai institution – has a new location now, a shift of 100 meters from one side of the road to the other – an upgraded location – a sea view along the fishing harbour. Here’s presenting the video of the new Bu Qtair!
So, here’s our new find (almost budget find). Located inside the Umm Sequimm Fishing Harbour and the Dubai Ports and Customs Authorities, our hunch is that this hidden gem is soon going to be the next ‘Bu Qtair’ in town, alibi some fairy lights, melamine plates, steel cutlery and queue-less waits. Also with better fish and a lesser bill!
Each person is an enigma. You’re a puzzle not only to yourself but also to everyone else, and the great mystery of our time is how we penetrate this puzzle. ∼ Theodore Zeldin enigma ɪˈnɪɡmə/ noun noun: enigma; plural noun: enigmas a person or thing that is mysterious or difficult to understand. Difficult to understand, yet beautiful and stimulating to the senses… mysterious yet … Read More Quique Dacosta | When Food Becomes An Enigma
I don’t understand why the press is so interested in speculating about my appearance, anyway. What does my face have to do with my music or my dancing? ∼ Michael Jackson The above quote stands true for Bu Qtair too. What has the new look of Bu Qtair got to do with the taste of the fish it serves? The charm is still all … Read More Bu Qtair In A New Avatar | A New Year, A New Location
Distance not only gives nostalgia, but perspective, and maybe objectivity. ∼ Robert Morgan And maybe packets dripping with sugar syrup and home made sauces, fried fish and random biscuits – all stuffed in a suitcase while flying back to Dubai from Kolkata… rephrasing it… flying back to my adopted home from my childhood home. Expats have an amazing way of converting wherever they are … Read More Food, Love And Good Memories Travelling in My Suitcase!
Get to know the Chef and you will start to enjoy dining out even more. ∼ John Walters Nominated for #MasalaAwards2015 as Best Asian Blog! To vote for me, please click here… masala.com/awards And how much better can you know your chef than when he comes home into your own kitchen to cook? And serves delicious food – course by course, and leaves your … Read More ChefXChange | When A Chef Comes Home
There are little gems all around us that can hold glimmers of inspiration. ∼ Richelle Mead Hidden Gems. The term is sometimes too clichéd and overrated, specially in an ever evolving city like Dubai. Here, big shopping malls are easier to spot than hidden gems and the few gems that have remain hidden are exposed all too sudden. The example of the latter is … Read More Hidden Gems of Dubai | My Pick of Restaurants
The ‘Dubai Brunch’ makes it to the definition of Brunch in Wikipedia. Although the Friday Brunch is the most common of all, lately Saturday Brunches are also becoming fashionable followed by late evening brunches that are gradually extending upto midnight. Here’s a compilation from my brunch experiences.
No looking back. Love where you are going. ∼ web wisdom Today (now yesterday, post Cinderella hour) was our last day of living in JBR. It has been 6 long years of living here… amidst cool sea breeze, beautiful sunsets, broken down sand castles… a few good friends… many restaurants that I have written about… we have seen some restaurants from the day their … Read More Leaving JBR | Capturing The Last Day in HD (Heart-Devastating) Mode
“Don’t eat until you’re full, eat until you’re tired!” Hawaiian saying The above quote might be a Hawaiian one, but it could have well been mine. So it all started with a ‘Chai’ invitation. Strictly chai… strictly on time… with an expected time of our arrival being much earlier than the terrible late entries that have lately become fashion statements (hiding here – I … Read More The Desi Chai Binge With Pani Puri | And Please Don’t Mind The Hands!
The weekend leading to Lil Z’s 6th birthday wasn’t really all about chicken nuggets and pasta. After all, her meat eating parents also have some say in her celebratory food. Making soft toys with friends in Build-a-Bear comes later. But meat first. That too of the Afghani kind. A place that had been high on my radar after S had been talking about it. … Read More Wakha Wakha Eh Eh (This Time For Afghanistan)!