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When In Vienna, Don't Forget the Schnitzel

Apart from history books I've read and movies I've watched, I first heard about Vienna when one of my college classmates bid farewe...

February 3, 2016

Dubai Food Scene: Breakfast for Dinner at Denny's Al Manara Sheikh Zayed Road

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Al Manara street along Sheikh Zayed Road is a popular destination among foodies in Dubai. There are many restaurants that lined the street. There's Olive Garden - another American chain, plus a host of other outlets such as Jones the Grocer, Crumbs Elysee and Reem Al Bawadi. A recent addition to this growing strip of restaurants is Denny's - a South-Carolina based restaurant that took Dubai by storm. It opened last December 2015 and is located in the same building of Bertin Bistro. An invitation for their grand opening landed on my inbox but unfortunately it was conflicting with my work schedule.

I've been seeing mouth-watering breakfast specials from my friends social media posts but I didn't have the chance to visit the branch in Al Ghurair Mall in Deira. I only managed to go to the new branch to try my first ever Denny's breakfast during my short leave last holiday season and I am hooked.


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January 31, 2016

When In Vienna, Don't Forget the Schnitzel

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Apart from history books I've read and movies I've watched, I first heard about Vienna when one of my college classmates bid farewell to us one day. She said she will be moving to Austria to continue her education over there. We were sad that a friend is leaving us but at the same time we were happy for her. I haven't heard of her until the internet and social media made the world closer.

After many years, we meet again on Facebook. Looking at my friends photos around Austria made me include this country particularly Vienna in my wish list to visit. The longing to experience Vienna intensified when I accepted this project.

After a good chat with my friend earlier today, I wanted to pack and jump into a plane to Austria even I know in the back of my head that that's a ridiculous plan. Me in Vienna in winter? I always say that my body was designed only for tropical and arid weather as I can't stand the cold. I always have cold hands and feet and I freeze in the slightest touch of damp air in my skin. Well, that's an even ridiculous thought. I know right? Who can resist the beauty of Vienna, I think none.

So, I started day dreaming and researching about Vienna. I watched too many videos including Anthony Bourdains No Reservations episode in Vienna that made him convert his feelings about this magnificent city. In the end, he fell in love with Vienna and wished of many more trips there. I think, I can brave the cold weather if there's ever a slightest chance of going to Vienna now.

My friend told me that it is best to visit Vienna between July and August to September as it is in those months when Vienna is most beautiful and romantic as there are blooms everywhere.

I asked her where will she take me if ever I will be her guest and she gave me random names of food and places I can't even pronounce.

(1.) The first thing I actually want to do when I arrive in Vienna is to eat. Food has always been apart of each country's culture and tradition and to have a good feel of the city is to eat their food.

I don't intend to roam around Vienna with an empty stomach. I would say that it's the sausages I'd like to try first. Käsekrainer (a pork sausage stuffed with cheese), Debreziner (smoked sausages with paprika) and Burenwurst (a coarse cut boiled sausage) with all the sauces and pickles on the side.

(2.) What else follows a good meal but a good dessert  of course. Vienna is famous for its pastry and they say that your trip to this city in never complete without having to try their pastries like the world renowned chocolate cake called Sachertorte.

Wien Tourismus/Peter Rigaud
There are many places to go for the good ol sweets. There's Demel, Sacher, Altmann & Kühne, Mannerschnitten, Aida, and Mozart balls.

Wien Tourismus/Peter Rigaud
In Viennese lifestyle, when in a coffee shop, people relax and talk about intelligent thoughts like what type of cake to order :D In the old times, so many books are written in coffee shops and Vienna take their coffee shops and restaurants seriously.

Wien Tourismus/Karl Thomas
(3.) So as my friend told me, Schönbrunn Palace is one of the most important architectural, cultural and historical monuments in the country. It is a former imperial summer residence and this Baroque palace has 1,441 rooms.

Wien Tourismus/Peter Rigaud
(4) The vast garden of Schönbrunn Palace, the Schlosspark Schönbrunn is also a must see. This place is amazing and huge!!!

Wien Tourismus/Peter Rigaud
(5.) The Hofburg is another palace to visit. It is the former imperial palace in the center of Vienna. Part of the palace forms the official residence and workplace of the President of Austria

Wien Tourismus/Lois Lammerhuber
(6.) As if I have not seen most of Vienna yet in this armchair travel, there is another beautiful place to explore. Burggarten looks so amazing and you all know me, I can't resist a place this green and magical

Wien Tourismus/Lois Lammerhuber
(7.) As a practicing Catholic, I would definitely pay visit to St. Stephen's Cathedral and make a wish. In my country, it is customary to pray and make a wish if it is your first time in a particular church. I wouldn't mind climbing the 350 steps to the roof top of the cathedral just to have a eagle eye view of the city.


(8.) It seems so fancy but also very romatic to ride in a fiaker while in Vienna. If I can afford it, I'll do it.

Wien Tourismus/Peter Rigaud
(9.) There are so many things to do in Vienna and the list can just go on and on. I'd like to see also the Vienna City Hall or Wiener Rathaus. If I have time in my hand, I'd like to go to Salzburg too, the birthplace of Mozart as well as visit a winery and vine yards.

(10.) Lastly, there's still the Schnitzel. :P and I am so not going home without a taste of it. 

After touring all these places which for sure I cannot do in three days, I'll be needing some good unpretentious food to refuel like the schnitzel and of course dessert, more reason to get the taste of the Sachertorte and probably Mozart balls. Learn more about sweet Vienna.

Wow Austria! You are simply amazing and I can't wait to visit you one day.

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January 23, 2016

Dubai Food Scene: Tuesday Asian Night at The Avenue Restaurant Gloria Hotels and Apartments

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I am sold to those who give reverence to Filipino cuisine and I am elated to know that The Avenue Restaurant in Yassat Gloria Hotel and Apartments serves Filipino dishes in their Asian Themed Nights every Tuesday. Something that we seldom see in other restaurants who offered Asian themed nights dinner.
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The White Room

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I've recently discovered one of the best salons in Dubai Marina area, The White Room Beauty and Spa Lounge. It's now on top of my list when I want some highly efficient, affordable and luxurious pampering.





My appointment was at 7 pm on a Thursday but due to work load, I needed to call them to adjust it at a later time which they accommodated even with a very tight and busy schedule.


When I arrive, the staff greeted me with a smile and offered some refreshments. The lady who assisted me showed me a large collection of nail polish to choose from.



I picked Esse leading lady and it suites my hands perfectly.


We entered a stunning white room, it was immaculate. I don't have a photo of it though, it felt awkward to take photos with other ladies having their hands and feet done and with just a towel wrap around the waist

The pedicure started with a warm foot soak, scrub and foot and leg massage, it felt heavenly. The same for the hands follow suit while the masseuse gave me the most relaxing 30 minutes head, neck and shoulder massage with oil. It was so relaxing I never wanted it to end.


These three amazing ladies handled me with care. We were done in an hour and a half I guess, I felt so relaxed I didn't notice the time.


Manicure and Pedicure for 30 minutes cost 75 dirhams base (there are other service combinations to chose from depending on your budget) while the 30 minutes head, neck and shoulder massage is 55 dirhams.

The White Room has many nails services, nail enhancements, hands and feet treatment, massage treatments, hair styling, wax treatment, eye care, facial and make up. It is a one stop shop beauty haven for ladies, mommies, residents, tourists and business travelers alike.

The White Room Spa
Marina Plaza, Shop 1, Ground floor
Marina Plaza, Dubai, UAE
Connected to Dubai Marina Mall
Tel: +971-4-4421110
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5 Easy Steps for a Smooth Philippines Passport Renewal in Dubai

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When our passports expired in August last year, I dreaded the renewal process. Philippines passport renewal in Dubai can be tedious but surprisingly this time around, it wasn't that hard and lengthy as I expected it would be. It was easier and faster compared to the process I've gone through five years ago. Even with two kids in tow whose passports are also to be renewed, we didn't feel annoyed nor waited too long in line.
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January 11, 2016

Life Updates!!!

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Finally, I have the time to post an update, and honestly, I don't know where to begin. How about this?

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all of you!!! 

I know, I'm too early for next year hahaha :D but better late than never sabi nga nila!

OMG, I got so busy and caught up in all the action during the holidays, I never even had the chance to post a greeting here on the blog. To make up for the lost time and to ward off all the dust and cobwebs here, I'll just give you a random update of what has transpired with our life during the holidays.

The first thing I remember now is how much fun we had during the bloggers Christmas party. 2015 was my year of friendship, these are the wonderful bloggers and their family I am privileged to be friends with online and offline. Beautiful, unique and witty people!


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December 23, 2015

Bikes N Bites, Box Park

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Bikes N Bites opened a couple of months ago at the hip Box Park in Al Wasl, Jumeirah. This new restaurant has a casual, urban feel perfect for bikers and non-bikers alike.



With an urban and contemporary interior, guest can relax and socialize while enjoying a wholesome salad or a good plate of sticky ribs while adoring a line of high end bikes park out front.




The menu is straight forward so it is easy to order


I am dreaming about this now, cooked ‘low and slow’, the meats are best served with a handful of sides, like crunchy slaw, crispy fries, and onions rings, add up some fresh salad for your five a day.


The range of over 40 sauces can help you to customize any dish and to dip those to die for crispy chicken wings. 


Not on meat? No problem, why not have desserts and stay cool with some awesome drink




while shopping on some cool merchandise


There's also an amazing menu for kids so you can definitely bring the tots here too anytime.



Bike N Bites
39 2 b St. Box Park
Dubai, UAE
info@bikesnbites.ae

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