A Vegetarian Guide to Eat The World DXB

Happy Maki Sushi

A Vegetarian Guide to Eat The World DXB

Out of all the Dubai Food Festival events (and there are quite a few) Eat The World DXB was the one I was most excited about; a celebration of Food Trucks and Street Food. Fifteen trucks have been brought in from the UK and joined forces with some of the UAE’s…

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Sunset Bahrain National Museum

Relaxing at the Sofitel Bahrain Zallaq

It’s not what a hotel gets right that shows you how good it is, it’s  how it fixes what went wrong I think it was my friend Alison from Cheeseweb who first something like that to me about somewhere she was staying.  I couldn’t really relate at the time, but after…

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Topkapi Palace from Galata Tower

Crossing The Galata Bridge

Are you sure we can get through there, it doesn’t look like a road to me I lost count of how many times Phil asked me that question while we were walking around the Galata neighbourhood of Istanbul. Dating back to at least the third century,  Galata was called Pera by…

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Masala Apple Crumble with Avantcha Tea Recipe

Masala Apple Crumble with Avantcha Tea

I had forgotten just how beautiful the ceremony of tea-making is.  As we watched the sunset, the light caught each of the teapots along the table and the liquid inside shone through the glass like jewels. Marina had a little hourglass timer for each different blend and she was bobbing up…

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800 Degrees Pizza, MOE, Dubai from www.veryhungryexplorer.com

800 Degrees Pizza at MOE

I stumbled across the opening of 800 Degrees Pizza quite accidentally.  Phil and I were meant to be heading to a private film screening, but a lack of available cabs and a shit tonne of traffic meant that we were way too late for that. So we thought we’d check…

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Dubai Butterfly Garden from www.veryhungryexplorer.com

Dubai Butterfly Garden

Is there anyone who doesn’t love butterflies?  So beautiful and delicate, I remember as a kid, lying in fields of long grass as flashes of colour would zoom about around me. The Dubai Butterfly Garden hasn’t been open for very long, but it promised hundreds of different species within a…

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Garlic Mushroom Orzo Recipe

Garlic Mushroom Orzo Recipe

Garlic and Mushrooms – two ingredients that taste fabulous on their own, but put them together and you have a dish that is truly scrumptious.  Mix them into orzo and sprinkle a little parmesan on top and you have something very special indeed. I could probably just stop there and…

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We Love Art Dubai Wine and Paint Night from Very Hungry Explorer

Painting Dali and Drinking Wine

Since I was a kid,  I’ve told myself that I am not very creative and I’m ‘rubbish at arty stuff’.  But over the last year or so, I’ve been strangely attracted to arts and crafts type things. When I saw that local company We Love Art were offering the chance to…

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Les Machines des L'ile, Elephant, Nantes via Very Hungry Explorer

You Need To Know About Nantes

Brace yourself, I’m about to make quite the sensational statement. My favourite City in France is no longer Paris. I know – shocking right 😉 Last year I spent a week in Nantes and I was blown away by a beautiful, friendly, stylish place that is jam packed full of…

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tourist or traveller

When Did Tourist Become A Dirty Word?

Is it just me or is this whole ‘tourist shaming’ thing getting out of hand.  I don’t remember there being such a stigma attached to being a tourist. This is something that has been playing on my mind for while, but the recent campaign from Holidify was the final straw….

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Sandwich Selection Afternoon Tea Burj Khalifa

Afternoon Tea at the Burj Khalifa

What’s the best way of celebrating getting passed that ‘seven year itch’ ?- taking afternoon tea in the tallest building of the world of course. We arrived at the Burj Khalifa in the blistering summer heat, as soon as you walk through the door the air conditioning takes your breath…

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mrbenbrown

Getting My Travel Fix – Top 5 Instagrammers

It has been 10 weeks since I arrived in Dubai and handed my passport over to the authorities so that they could process my visa. I’m trying to be patient and not grumble, I really am.  But these two and a half months have been the longest I’ve gone without…

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Egg, Lemon and Rocket Soup from veryhungryexplorer.com

Egg, Lemon and Rocket Soup

It isn’t often that a recipe stops me in my tracks.  But that is exactly what happened when I was looking through The Vegetarian’s Complete Quinoa Cookbook by Mairlyn Smith. An Egg, Lemon and Rocket Soup; I’d not seen anything like it before and was really wanted to test it…

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Slidefest XVI Dubai

An Evening Of Photography at Slidefest XVI

An entire evening dedicated to photographers and their personal projects – count me in! And it seems I’m not the only one who feels like that, as this was the 16th Slidefest that Gulf Photo Plus was hosting. An entirely free event, held in the Dubai Knowledge Village Auditorium,  talk…

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River Crouch Essex

Churchyard Instagram Mission

There is something incredibly exciting about finding an album of photographs that you had completely forgotten about – especially when they tell the story of an Instagram mission my Mum and I went on during my last trip to the UK. We took a drive on a lovely day and…

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