Friday, June 16, 2017

Vambina's Eats: Iftar at Pergolas Roda Al Murooj Rotana, Dubai

Ramadan 2017

For those of you that is not familiar with the term it is the 9th month in the Islamic calendar where our Muslim brothers and sister observe strict fasting from dawn to sunset. So Iftar meals are abundant in most of the food establishments around town, it is the evening meal where Muslims end their fast at sunset and it is best for sharing with family and friends.

This year is quite different for me as I am celebrating it with my new company. Our team head organized an Iftar dinner at Pergolas Roda Al Murooj Rotana near Dubai Mall. As a foodie I was excited to try what they are prepared for Iftar as mostly Muslims Family gather together during this evenings to break their fast. Her is a glimpse of the wide variety of food they offer for their Iftar Buffet at Pergolas.

My personal high!

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Vambinas Eats: Texas Road House

Date night at Texas Road House

"Date night" is important for husbands and wife whether you are married ten weeks, ten years or even ten decades, for me it should be a ritual that's regularly observed. It may sound old-fashioned and traditional that makes the notion corny and trivial to many but for me, it is one of the keys to a successful communication with your partner. With the way of living of today's millennials, who mostly depend on their mobile phones with their every move, we are competing with gadgets to have our message come across the other person. 

There's a big difference between going out for the evening and going out on a date. Date night is a night out with your loved one. It’s quick trip back to courtship, a time to reminisce those days when you both will have any excuse just to be together, finding new dinner spots, watching the latest movie release, having coffee, mall hoping etc. 
Date night says, hey right, we’re a “couple”, when too often it can seem that you’re simply business partners or roommates or two people running day care together hehehe. It is a chance to look across the table and see the person you married, the one you fell in love with, not the person who left the bed unmade or forgot to fold his clothes. 
I will simply put it this way, date night is connecting with each other and reigniting that old spark.

Enough of the seriousness and onward with our date night! The Hubby and I decided to have our dinner in our all time fave steak house Texas Road House. The atmosphere is calm during our visit which was very far from the daily grind of waiting in line for a period of time during peak hours...

 Sticking with the staple and ordered their Rib-eye Steak combo

 The hubby decided to try out something we haven't tried before.

Can you see what joy a Date night brings to partners? I'm just not sure though if it's because of our date or because of too much good food we have indulged in. :) 

Monday, May 8, 2017

Michael Kors: Studio Mercer Bag

Lovin that Michael Kors Mercer Bag

I rarely post about fashion in this platform…but when I do…it’s something that I am obsessing over or completely in love with! Since the “fashionista” inside me is still on hibernation mode, all I’ve been doing lately is just browsing through the web for the latest style and trends. A few months back I came across Michael Kors’ new collection at The Dubai Mall and the Studio Mercer Convertible Bag caught my eye…Michael Kors has been my go to designer bag, as they have collections that’s simple and classy at the same time. And I feel that working moms like me, gets to have a Designer bag that is with quality, in trend and is of reasonable price with the MK brand. 

(Photo taken from the web)

I loved how the material used, is a 100% full-grain pebbled leather, it is quite sturdy but not that rigid, the even stitching throughout indicates rigorous Quality Control and is not a bad sight either, outside you can see a plated hardware that is well polished. One important thing as well is that the zippers glides smoothly. I find it very useful that there are two major compartment in this open top style, divided by a smaller zippered compartment (which has a zippered pocket and a slip pocket on either wall). 
(Photo taken from the web)

·         100% Full-Grain Pebbled Leather
·         Interior: 100% Textured PVC
·         Lining: 100% Polyester
·         Gold-Tone Hardware
·         4.25” Handle Drop
·         Adjustable Strap
·         Interior: Center Zip Compartment

So as I close this post I’ll be dreaming of the Mercer Bag until someone out there in the universe who’s generous enough to send one on my way! :p 

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Vambina's Eats: Din Tai Fung Dubai

Date Night at Din Tai Fung Dubai

Ever Since I’ve heard about the opening of Din Tai Fung here in Dubai, I have been giddy into trying this place out! Having heard all the fuss over Din Tai Fung in other countries, especially in my home country, Philippines, I couldn’t wait to try it out.

Din Tai Fung’s opening here in Dubai, like most of the countries that have opened a franchise, was one of the most anticipated one especially for foodies like me. They are one of the most accolated restaurants, having 119 branches in 14 countries around the world. Even New York Times names them as one of the world’s Top Ten Best Restaurants.

My husband and I were quite lucky at the time that we visited Din Tai Fung in Mall of the Emirates for there was no waiting time. Doing my research beforehand I have read a lot of reviews saying that most of them waited for at least 45mins to an hour or 2 just to be seated. And that’s not just the case here in UAE, even in other countries as well. As we are seated in the restaurant, my expectations were high. Was the hype about this restaurant justified? Well…heck a big YES! J

It’s a fast-paced atmosphere, but waiters, runners and supervisors alike are patient, attentive and deferential as they cater to a wide-ranging demographic. 

The dumpling room, showcased in a see through glass with nearly two dozen white- jacketed, ball-capped dough boys who press, fill, pinch, pleat and weigh their wares. They represent roughly half the kitchen staff. 

Oooohhhhh...The Beef soup was to die for! The beef was so soft it fell apart between your chopsticks and the broth was really very tasty. I would gladly take this as one of my mains. 

Xiaolong bao soup dumplings FTW!!! Just the sight of these little pockets of happiness inside the bamboo steamer basket makes my tummy jump for joy! They're small enough to fit entirely into your mouth and they oooze with perfection with the delicious broth that is within them! 

A great experience overall and one that does not break your bank!