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The Saga continues in my quest for a UAE Drivers’ License

In Musings on May 31, 2010 at 10:51

OMG!!! U won’t believe what kind of lessons I’ve been getting in the driving school.

So much for road safety but it means nothing when common sense is not used. I mean who the hell steps on the accelerator when the traffic light turns amber? Apparently that’s wat my instructor wanted me to do and then he proceeded to tell me off for stopping …. WTF

The worst has yet to come! In fact, he stated that u r supposed to take corners @ 0km per hour, just put ur car in drive … Btw the same principle is to be applied for u turns …

He also said that u will be fined for going anything more than 60km/hr in a 60km zone. Guess wat when I listened to him for once, all the cars behind started to use the horn at me.

With instructors like that, no wonder many people need multiply tests before they pass.

Hopefully I can pass soon and get away from that instructor!


Krispy Kreme

In Eating out on May 30, 2010 at 18:14

Krispy Kreme

The familiar white box with the green poka dots, need I say more? It good ole Krispy Kreme, sugar laden, high fat and so totally bad for you in a good way. It a wonder how they survived for so many years and I remember trip after trip with me carrying boxes and boxes of Krispy Kreme on my flights home to Singapore for friends who loved it to bits.

Was busy shopping for things that I would need for my apartment one Friday afternoon and Lo and behold that familiar scent of fresh donuts! They smell of heavenly as it was about four in the afternoon and I had yet eat my lunch. I couldn’t resist and stepped in with my friend for some coffee and donuts!

Krispy Kreme

Mall of the Emirates

Silver Eagle Restaurant

In Eating out on May 28, 2010 at 17:45

Silver Eagle Restaurant

Had visitors from Singapore last week but as I’m still quite new, I wasn’t appointed to be the host. I could just tag along and enjoy yet another yummy meal! The menu consists of mainly Pakistani home cuisine.

This restaurant is located in the working class area of Dubai and there are many workers from the Indian subcontinent living there, it reminded me of little India on a Sunday. This restaurant is the supposedly favorite meal haunt of the Singapore Airlines Cabin Crew, the joke is that there is even a section of the restaurant/cafe that is reserved exclusively for them.

This little eatery may not be much to look at, it may remind you of a little canteen or cafeteria of the sixties or seventies that time has forgotten but don’t judge it till you try the food they serve.

The salad, good crisp and wholesome vegetables served with a twist of lime.

The hot and sour soup tasted of chicken stock that was yummy and had a solid home-cooked taste.

The mutton briyani was good, flavorful with a nice spicy kick!

The fried fish was spot on, crispy and brings the taste of the sea to you.

The fried chicken was tender and well-marinated with a whole load of spices.

The lamb curry would be kinda spicy if you are unable to take spicy food, please avoid this dish!

The dinner was paid for by our guest from Singapore and guess what? A meal for 5 people only set him back by AED144 or about SGD$55. With prices so reasonable and food so good, you can be sure that I will be back, well at least I will be back after I get my license and get the directions to this place.

Silver Eagle Restaurant
Opposite Deira Sheraton Hotel, Al Muteena Street
Contact: 04 265 0994

Seafood Tagliatelle in Sambal Balachan

In Food from Home on May 26, 2010 at 00:45

Home-cook dinner on a nice Wednesday evening for me and a friend. Was thinking of what I should cook for dinner while looking through the contents of my fridge and my food cabinet when inspiration hit. I had prawns, mussels, squid and bacon available and I decided to try my hand at a fusion dish, Seafood Tagliatelle in Sambal Balachan.

Wanna know what my friend said? My friend said that this reminded him of MeePoh Tah … Wat a joke, he must have not eaten MeePoh Tan in a long time to say this … keke

Seafood Tagliatelle in Sambal Balachan (serves 4)


1. 200g of fresh sea-prawns
2. 200g of fresh mussels
3. 300g of squid/calamari (cleaned and ringed)
4. 200g of bacon
5. 3 red onions, finely chopped
6. 200ml seafood stock
7. 50ml fresh cream
8. 400g of Tagliatelle
9. 2 tablespoon of olive oil
10. 5 tablespoon of sambal balachan
11. Salt and pepper, to taste


1. Place 2 tablespoon of olive oil in a heated plan
2. Add ½ the onions and stir fry
3. Add 2 tablespoon of sambal balachan
4. Add prawns, mussels, squid and bacon stir fry for 3 minutes
5. Add Tagliatelle (Cooked in boiling water for 4 minutes) and stir fry
6. Add seafood stock and cream bring to a boil and simmer for 10 minutes
7. Add the 3 tablespoons of sambal balachan and mix well
8. Simmer for another 5 minutes, stirring once in awhile to prevent the food from getting burn.
9. Plate and Serve

Japengon Café

In Eating out on May 24, 2010 at 12:23

Japengon Café

The first Japengo Café opened 5 years ago in Palm Strip Jumeirah and is known for being a cafe that provide pretty decent salads and pan-asian cuisine including sushi and the Yakitori selection – Japanese barbeque fish, meats and vegetables.

The café features a bar style seating area for fast informal dining with a view into the kitchen to watch the chefs at work, plus a more intimate table seating area towards the back of the café.

Was shopping at the Mall of the Emirates when a friend offered to buy me dinner, it was really crowded in the Mall, so we decided to have something that could be served to us quickly. Japengo Cafe was where we decided to eat out dinner.

Couldn’t come to a decision on what to eat and thus I had what my friend recommended, the Katsudon (Fried Chicken Cutlet Curry with Rice) for 55AED or SGD$21.50. The chicken cutlet was tender and flavourful but the curry was pretty much what you can get out package, nothing impressive. The rice was a total disappoint, I was expecting nice fluffy short grain rice but was served thai jasmine rice instead!!! The salad dressing was nice and tangy with a touch of onions.

Well at the end of the day I guess that the food was of an acceptable standard but I guess it just ain’t that easy to get nice affordable Japanese Food most of the time.

Japengon Café

Mall of the Emirates, Level 1, Store 412
Sheikh Zayed Road, Al Barshaa First
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Contact No: +971 (4) 341-1671 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              +971 (4) 341-1671      end_of_the_skype_highlighting

Oyster Sauce Chicken and Mushrooms

In Food from Home on May 22, 2010 at 10:50

There are some days when you get sick of eating out and you just crave for something from home? But you have been hard at work all day and are just too tired to cook an entire meal when there is just you that you are cooking for. At times like these, I would throw the ingredients for this recipe in a slow-cooker in the morning and come back to a nice warm dinner after work.

Debz’s Oyster Sauce Chicken and Mushrooms


1. 500 grams of Chicken Wings
2. 300 grams of Mushrooms
3. 2 big Onions finely chopped
4. 3 Cloves of Garlic finely chopped
5. 3 Tablespoons of Oyster Sauce
6. 2 Tablespoons of Dark Soy Sauce
7. 3 Tablespoons of Light Soy Sauce
8. 3 Tablespoons of Japanese Mirin
9. ½ Teaspoon of Olive Oil


1. Marinade the Chicken Wings in using Ingredients 5 to 8 for at least 2hrs, works best if you can marinade them overnight..
2. Heat the frying pan and add Olive Oil.
3. Stir fry the Onions and Garlic till they are golden brown
4. Brown the Chicken Wings with the Onions and Garlic.
5. Add the marinade to the pan and bring to a boil.
6. Transfer the contents of the pan to the slow cooker and set to low heat.
7. Come home from work to enjoy a nice and warm dinner.

Road to My UAE Driving License – Part 1 – Al Hamdulellah

In Musings on May 21, 2010 at 19:26

Al Hamdulellah (With God’s Grace)!!! I managed to pass the 1st part of the driving test in my quest for a UAE driving license.

The driving test is here to be taken in 4 parts and they are the parking test, the theory test, the circuit test and finally the road test.

The 1st part is the part I really hate cos it is parallel parking!!! I’m sure I’m not the only one who hates this. The day didn’t start too great, the tester was late and had be waiting for close to half an hour, real scary when you are already on pins and needles. The fear comes from a kill rate of 50% that might 1 out of 2 people will not pass this on the 1st try and that they will have to retake the test.

The tester finally arrived and I went on to the car with the instructor and 3 other students who were to be test with me. I was 2nd in line for the test, the 1st lady who tried didn’t manage the parallel parking and thus failed. I was next!!!

I then started the engine and looked back and started to put the car into reverse when suddenly this guy ran and rushed my path, I had to brake fast to not crash into him. Apparently this guy was trying to get the test and he just ran without looking. Luckily, I managed to stop in time and didn’t crash into him.

As I was kinda in shock, I guess my parking was not as good as it could be, alas, I thought I had failed. But to my surprise, the tester had passed me as she thought it was good that I managed to stop on time and thus passed me. Yay!!!

Onwards to the theory test!!! With all goes well I should be getting my UAE driving licence by end June 2010. Wish me luck!!!

California Pizza Kitchen – Dubai Mall

In Eating out on May 20, 2010 at 20:50

California Pizza Kitchen

Spent Friday shopping with C for the stuff that she needed for her new place which is just a stone’s throw away from mine! Yay! Another friendly and familiar face in the neighborhood.

Met up with G for dinner, it has been awhile since I met G so it was nice catching up with her. As we were all hungry from a full day of shopping and most places were packed, we decided on a old favorite that could be trusted to deliver consistent food standards, California Pizza Kitchen or CPK.

I remember going to the outlet in Singapore more than a decade ago when I still in my teens, in those days eating at CPK with friends was considered to be a major treat. I’m glad to say that the CPK in Dubai bought back many pleasant memories.

The CPK @ Dubai mall is the 1st branch that was opened in the UAE but I heard that the 2nd had just been opened in the new Midiff City Centre Mall. The open-exhibition kitchen takes center stage where guests can watch as all of California Pizza Kitchen’s innovative dishes are prepared.

They have the Works Pizza and the popular Spinach Artichoke Dip to Kung Pao Spaghetti and the award-winning Thai Crunch Salad but no Peking Duck Pizza that is sooo loved by me.

The buffalo chicken tenders were nicely favored and had the nice smokey taste that was so yummy!

They delivered on the old favorite the original BBQ Chicken Pizza with Barbecue sauce, smoked Gouda and Mozzarella cheeses, BBQ chicken, sliced red onions and fresh cilantro. It most certainly didn’t disappoint me! It was done just the way I remember it.

The Shrimp Scampi had sweet fresh shrimp, mild onions, roasted garlic, Mozzarella cheese, fresh oregano and Italian parsley with a white wine lemon-garlic butter sauce.

A more than decent meal with drinks that only set the 3 of us back by just AED165 or less than SGD$70. I’m certain that we will have more return trips ! But its a pity that they don’t have a delivery service …

California Pizza Kitchen
Dubai Mall
LG108 at Dubai Mall, Lower Ground Floor between Star Atrium and The Waterfall.
Contact: +971 (0) 4 3399099 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              +971 (0) 4 3399099      end_of_the_skype_highlighting
Opening Hours: Monday to Sunday :12:00 PM – 12:00 AM

Debz’s Home Baked Chocolate Muffins (makes 24 minis)

In Food from Home on May 18, 2010 at 10:18

What happens when its Thursday night and I don’t feel like going out to paint the town red? Well I do my laundry, clean up my apartment. What happens when all that is done and I still have some time at hand and I don’t wanna sleep that early? Well I bake! This is what I baked last Thursday it is an easy recipe that almost anyone can use and here I’ve included it for you to try.

Debz’s Home Baked Chocolate Muffins (makes 24 minis)


1. 1 cup all-purpose flour
2. 1/3 cup of coco power
3. 1/6 cup sugar
4. 1/2 tablespoon baking powder
5. Pinch of salt
6. 1 egg
7. 1/2 cup milk
8. 1/6 cup olive oil
9. 200 grams finely chopped preferably FORREY & GALLAND Dark Chocolate


1. In a large bowl combine the flour, coco powder, sugar, baking powder and salt.
2. In a small bowl beat the egg, milk and oil.
3. Pour into the dry ingredients and stir just until moistened.
4. Stir in the finely chopped FORREY & GALLAND Dark Chocolate.
5. Fill paper-lined mini muffin cups with 2 tablespoons of batter and bake at 200 degrees C for 18-20 minutes.
6. Wait for the muffin to cool and you have yummy muffins!

Barasti Beach Bar

In Nightlife or what passes for it on May 16, 2010 at 16:27

Barasti Beach Bar

Was feeling a little sluggish and was gonna stay at home last Friday but guess that the fates had other plans for me. Got a call from a friend at about midnight and I ended up at the Barasti and dancing the night away.

The crowd is so varied that you could be in any major city, however it is the people chilling near the beach smoking shisha that remind you that you are in Dubai.

Beautiful sunset views, a more than decent live band, a nice DJ spinning and yummy finger foods but so much can still be improved. Although the beers are cheap, be prepared to pay for anything with hard liquor and this includes the cocktails so loved by the ladies. The wait staff can also be a pain as they can be awfully slow and not hear your order unless you are a girl as my friend found out. He only got his drink after a 25 minutes wait whereas I got mine in less than 5 minutes.

I wouldn’t say that this is the best beach bar and I will not make a trip there by design but it is a place that I don’t mind chill at if my friends are there.

Barasti Beach Bar
Le Méridien Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina,
Jumeirah, Al Sufouh Road , Dubai
Contact : +971 4 399 3333 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              +971 4 399 3333      end_of_the_skype_highlighting