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Pub lunch. Pan-fried hake. Chorizo and raisins add an umami flavour dimension to the veggies. Irish coffee for dessert ๐Ÿ˜œ. At @theoarsmancarrick In pretty riverside town Carrick-on-Shannon. Satiated ๐Ÿ˜‹๐ŸŽฃ โ˜˜๏ธ ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช #PressTrip #IrelandDiva
Irish octopus?! I was convinced it was Spanish, but no, it hails from the southern shores of Ireland. A tender chargrilled tentacle served with a Romesco sauce, a cucumber mooli (daikon) salad, and a mango salsa ๐Ÿ˜‹. At the aptly named @asador_restaurant in Dublin which chargrills Irish produce. This starter was followed by a glorious whiskey-flamed grass-fed chateaubriand ๐Ÿฅฉ and bone marrow. We are off north to Emyvale today with the Irish Food Board @bordbiame ๐Ÿ˜. Any other Irish produce I should seek out here? โ˜˜๏ธ ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช #PressTrip #IrelandDiva
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Me: take a photo of me eating the doughnut Hubby: um, u might want to take another photo Me:why Hubby: because you look terrified of that doughnut! ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚ Me: no, I am smiling! SWIPE Real talk... am I this afraid of deserts or was I afraid about eating a gluten free doughnut without being able to test it first. . . Either way I had fun. I think its more of the latter and I just have been conditioned to avoid sweets. Back in the day I would enjoy a plain glazed Krispy Kreme every once in a while.
The classic H O M E R | S I M P S O N | D O U G H N U T... its made in a dedicated gluten free space in the back and fried in a dedicated fryer. #nimatested
They have gluten free donuts! Im not much for sweets, but I gave it a try.
C R I S P Y | S K I N | S A L M O N...This salmon and bacon risotto was fantastic. #nimatested
SWIPE...All kinds of salads... I wanted to take hubby's. He was sure I didn't need to test my side chicken... it was specified GF and cooked on the same grill as the ribs, but it tested positive for up to 20 ppm of gluten. I have no idea why, but I i am so glad that I did. I can't be getting sick right now so close to my anniversary! #nimatested . . . R O M A I N E | S A L A D with crispy prosciutto, hard boiled egg, and basil cream... My salad waa a kale salad with dijon mustard vinaigrette
C H I M M I C H U R R I E | R I B S...I was liking these ribs a lot... I am so glad they tested gluten free. #nimatested
Kalimera ๐Ÿ˜Ž. My top 5 Greek restaurants to try in Dubai for authenticity, plus some new openings for later this year ๐Ÿ˜‹. At last count, Dubai has a dozen Greek restaurants/ cafes, but not all serve the real deal. Written for this monthโ€™s @cntravellerme (link to online article in my profile). On another note, I am off to Ireland tomorrow on a press trip with the Irish Food Board @bordbiame โ˜˜๏ธ. The itinerary around the country is so jam-packed, am not sure Iโ€™ll get much sleep ๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ™ˆ. But I am spending the weekend in Dublin and have booked a couple of restaurants. Itโ€™s been years since I last visited, so any dining tips please? ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿด๐Ÿท๐Ÿ“ฐ #inthepress
I had a chance to try the salted caramel sundae from @dailyharvest and it was so delicious! All you have to do is add milk (I used almond milk) anf throw it in the blender. #nimatested
This was my best attempt at dressing up the strawberry cottage cheese by @good_culture . I added mint, apricot jam, and honeycomb.
Late last month I partnered with @GoodCulture to see if I could enjoy cottage cheese! Its organic, gluten free, and high in protien. Real food, simple ingredients, no artificial anything Non-GMO, certified gluten free, and kosher Farm sourced, grass fed, whole milk High protein, low sugar Live and active cultures
My Robinson Crusoe life is sadly over. I will miss the privacy of this beach and pool villa, the sumptuous leisurely breakfasts, the cheese and charcuterie room, Claudioโ€™s reflexology, and our Miss Friday (Aju) - aka butler ๐Ÿ˜Ž. I thought I might get bored with a week at Soneva Fushi @discoversoneva - but I could have stayed longer. The only holidays I manage to unwind and relax are in the Maldives. No other destination comes close. Huge thanks to family and friends for our @relaischateaux wedding gift vouchers - you know who you are ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿผ ๐Ÿ’™. I am keen to try @conrad_maldives next time. Which resorts would you recommend in the Maldives? ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ป #MiniMoon #MrandMrsSLove #MaldivesDiva
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I have a little post on the soft opening of Spice kitchen in New Tampa. Check it out! They had my favorite on the menu: Kadai Chicken
Not a bad sunset view from this newly opened restaurant ๐Ÿ˜œ. Out of the Blue at Soneva Fushi @discoversoneva with Japanese and Thai menus. A few issues with the execution of some dishes (the Japanese is better than the Thai) which is at odds with the rest of the resortโ€™s restaurants where the food has been excellent. Hopefully just teething challenges. Enjoy your weekend lovelies. ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ป๐ŸŒ… #MiniMoon #MrandMrsSLove #MaldivesDiva
#oceanprimetampa this is my final post on the Summer happy hour menu at Ocean Prime. These last two items are not gluten free btw. There were a few other items I didnt get good shots of, but you get the gist. I recommend the blue point oysters ๐Ÿ˜ป๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ‘Œ
The last #oyster ...aw man... I'll take more #rosรฉ #oceanprimetampa
Daily walks on this white sandy beach that curves round Soneva Fushiโ€™s @discoversoneva island ๐Ÿ˜Ž. Hard work when the tide comes in, but worth it for the pina colada treat ๐Ÿ˜œ. My gym gear remains tucked away in my suitcase ๐Ÿ™ˆ. Walking, swimming and cycling instead. I exercise because I have to, not because I love to. Anyone out there who can relate, or convince me otherwise? ๐Ÿ๐ŸŒŠ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ป #MiniMoon #MrandMrsSLove #MaldivesDiva
I was excited to be invited to a curated dinner showcasing the rosรจ and happy hour menu for summer. If you havent read it just search Ocean Prime on my blog and it will come up. I frequent this restaurant a lot even in different states, but I have never done happy hour because it didnt appear that anything was gluten free. . . . So here are some more options that can be made GF for those of hiu with Celiacs Disease. . . The lamb lollipops can be modified and made with gluten free soy sauce on the happy hour menu ๐Ÿ˜ #oceanprimetampa
This waa the chefs creation so you won't find it on the menu bc it changes daily. It was also modified to be gluten free. This grouper dush was amazing and I told the guy this tastes like something I would make! And he said aw, Im sorry! ๐Ÿ˜‚
Always eat local ๐Ÿ˜œ. I surprised the staff at Soneva Fushi @discoversoneva by requesting a typical Maldivian breakast - barabo mas huni. Grated pumpkin, coconut and chilli - plus a separate bowl of tuna, coconut and onions - all spooned into roshi (roti) ๐Ÿ˜‹. Wonderful, but something I would prefer for lunch. Do you search out local delicacies when travelling or is your palate not particularly adventurous? ๐Ÿฅฅ๐ŸŒถ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ป๐Ÿ #MiniMoon #MrandMrsSLove #MaldivesDiva
Surround yourself with good food and good vibes...
Its always a good way to start the perfect night. #Charcuterie
B R E A K F A S T | gouda Veggie #omlette (made by hubby) and one slice of bacon. I ran out of turkey bacon thats Certified gluten free (Applegate Farms) so I had to test a slice of hubbys and its #nimatested gluten free (this is the Whole Foods 360 brand).
Spot the ๐Ÿฌ. Canโ€™t visit the Maldives without seeing these graceful creatures. Surprise dolphin cruise for the birthday boy at Soneva Fushi @discoversoneva ๐Ÿ’™. Enjoy your day lovelies ๐Ÿ˜Ž๐Ÿ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ป #MiniMoon #MrandMrsSLove #MaldivesDiva
D I N N E R | F O R 1 ... hands down my favorite meal and it takes 30 minutes or less. I love asparagus & salmon!
S T O V E | T O P | M A C . Broccoli, cheddar, gouda. . . This is my 2nd time making stove top mac and cheese. As I explained on the original post a lot of times when my husband is on business I will get a gluten free Udis frozen mac and cheese for 5$ and its usually not that great. . . So, I decided to just make it myself. This is a different version of the first recipe I posted in February and I added broccoli florets which made the flavor pop. Full details are on the blog.
Manzoni Montecristo is a classic story of an innocent drink with vibrant colors but has a brilliant strategy to take you back to Montecristo in France. _________________________________ * * #manzoni_bistrobar #Dubai #pullmandjlt #uae #manzoni #drinking #dinks #foods #foodiva #foodies #foodie #montecristo #france #Italy #foodporn #bartender #bartendering #bartenders #bar #bistro #cocktail #cocktailporn #bloggerstyle #bbloggers #foodbloggers #instafood #instagood #instagram
S T E A K | F R I T E S ... hubbys food. He was trying to avoid the breadding since he is doing keto and asked for no potatoes and they erroneously gave him onion rings. He is coming along at a 21 pound weight loss now since he originally started the Pescatarian diet earlier in the year! #artovation
A restaurant going by the name of โ€˜Fresh in the Gardenโ€™ is perched over a vast vegetable and herb garden which feeds Soneva Fushiโ€™s @discoversoneva guests ๐Ÿƒ. The cooking here is excellent and full of flavour thanks in part to local and sustainably sourced produce ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿผ. I have been living off local reef fish from raw, ceviche-style to grilled, steamed and in a curry ๐ŸŽฃ. Glorious ๐Ÿ˜‹. Unnecessarily expensive though (makes Dubai dining look cheap) ๐Ÿ™ˆ. It amazes me how many people visit destinations/ resorts where the food is not up to scratch. I would have to leave. Itโ€™s a deal breaker for me. How important is food for you when holiday planning? On another note, the sun popped out yesterday, just in time for Mr Sโ€™ birthday today; long may it stay ๐Ÿ˜Ž ๐Ÿ๐Ÿด๐Ÿน๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ป #MiniMoon #MrandMrsSLove #MaldivesDiva
F R E S H | S A L A D ... with candied bacon, buttermilk dressing, and feta. I was not a fan of this candied bacon and it was put in almost everything I ordered. I can tolerate bacon, but I i really hate sweets and this was team too much. With that being said, the staff did check to make sure everything I had at the Ovation Lounge was gluten free which I appreciated. #artovation
Summer nights have to kick off with a little somethin somethin... jalepeno margarita is my fav next to wine that is.
My version of a Maldivian breakfast ๐Ÿ˜œ. Day 2 at Soneva Fushi @discoversoneva Itโ€™s amazing how quickly you can relax when you donโ€™t have to research restaurants ๐Ÿ˜‰. Weatherโ€™s not great though so I hope it perks up pronto. Many resorts in the Maldives boast a complimentary ice cream room, which this one has too, alongside a chocolate room. But thankfully they also cater to my savoury needs with a cheese and charcuterie room that you can visit all day and night long ๐Ÿ˜‹. Happy days ๐Ÿ˜Ž. If you had to pick one which would it be - ice cream, chocolate, cheese or charcuterie?๐Ÿฆ๐Ÿซ๐Ÿง€๐Ÿฅ“ ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ป#MiniMoon #MrandMrsSLove #MaldivesDiva
H A L I B U T W fingerling potatoes and asparagus
A L A S K A N | K I N G | C R A B ... these were the best I have ever had!
Join us for lunch and try one of our main courses "Roasted Sea Bass". Open daily from 12 to 12. For RSVP's call 04 567 1221 __________________________________ * * #Manzoni_bistrobar #pullmandjlt #dubai #uae #seafood #seabass #fish #food #foodies #foodporn #foodbloggers #foodstyling #instafood #instagram #instalike #insta #instagood #bistro #bar #foodiva #eat #drink #fun #family #friends #dxb #mydubai
I have #oysters at about 25 different restaurants. Everytime I think I have had the best another place wows me. Now get ready for this list... . . . Grand Oyster Tasting: 2 Washington State Totten Burns Points 2 PEI. Cupid's Choices 2 Massachusetts Duxburies 2 Martha's Vineyard Katama Bays 2 Rhode Island Dutch Islands 2 Connecticut Blue Points
Don't worry about the weather today. Your #weekend can still be epic! Join us for #brunch with loved ones and don't miss the spanish G&T station. For reservations email dining@trumpgolfdubai.com or call 04-2453939 for more information
H O L I D A Y
A H I | T U N A w Spicy aioli. It looks very artistic right?
F a v o r i t e s
G R O U P E R & G R I T S with bacon and lump crab.
Tiny. 13 covers only. All stools. A hole in the wall houses the Mexican kitchen. @isaactacomachine is back with his brother as chef - in partnership with @joshbenson21 from @bystrodubai ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ. Superb home-made tacos ๐ŸŒฎ (AED30-35 for three) ๐Ÿ˜‹. Delicious hearty sopa ๐Ÿฒ (AED15). Best guac ๐Ÿฅ‘ in town (AED15). No desserts (hurrah!). @el_mostacho_dubai in JLT. Go. Now. I am working on a round-up of new-ish cafes and eateries with a difference (unlicensed). Any other new quirky joints I should try? #foodivaloves #foodiva
New post is up! One of many!
โœจNEW CULINARY TRAVEL GUIDEโœจ. The German capital dishes up more than the national dish of currywurst (curried sausage), eisbein (pork knuckle) and the fairytale name of hoppel poppel (scrambled eggs with leftover meat and potatoes). Berlin in north-east Germany boasts a treasure trove of edgy cuisine, whilst still grasping firmly to indigenous kitchen fare ๐Ÿ˜‹. On a recent tour of Champagne, Paris, Hamburg and Berlin, we spent five days in the latter - and another so many days researching the destination ๐Ÿ˜œ. My sister once said that she sometimes loves the research more than the place itself. I tend to agree...can you relate? ๐Ÿ˜‰. See link in profile for a FooDiva culinary travel guide on where to dine in Berlin for brekkie, lunch and dinner โ€“ as well as a few drinking options. Anywhere else youโ€™d like to recommend? Guten appetit ๐Ÿ˜‹๐Ÿด๐Ÿท๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช #BerlinDiva #GermanyDiva #FooDiva
G L U T E N | F R E E | C A L A M A R I ... coated with rice flour and cooked in a dedicated fryer.
My kind of steak sandwich ๐Ÿ˜œ. Seared Wagyu beef with caramelised onions; toasted buttery brioche; spiced mayo (with togarashi maybe?) for dipping = insanely delicious ๐Ÿ˜‹. Gobbled up like canapรฉs. A new dish @bbdifc - one of my favourite restaurants in Dubai - for the other 27, see link in profile ๐Ÿ˜‰. Whatโ€™s your favourite sandwich filling, or do you only eat lettuce wraps (which I ๐Ÿ’› too)? ๐Ÿ™ˆ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿฅช๐Ÿฅฉ #foodivaloves #foodiva
Because I can... brunch with hubs at a highly rated restaurant amongst those w Celiac Disease. They did not dissapoint!
I think I am addicted to #brunch lol. This is the #seafood tower for two.
Y U M ๐ŸดSeared snapper over tomato soaked Savannah red rice and shrimp.
Now open for brekkie ๐Ÿ˜‹. With a helluva good choice ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿผ. At the new-look @_brunswick.ebt_ this morning. I love that it stocks my go-to tea @avantchatea ๐Ÿ’›. I actually pick breakfast spots based on a decent leaf tea selection. Given my recent tea v. coffee poll showed a 36% v. 64% breakdown respectively, I donโ€™t suppose anyone else seeks out tea as much as me? ๐Ÿ˜œ๐Ÿณโ˜•๏ธ๐Ÿด #foodivaloves #foodiva
T U N A | tea spiced tuna Carolina gold rice and pole beans... twas great!
*this isnt gluten free btw. Some of the happy hour items can be adjusted for gluten allergies & Celiacs such as the lollipop lamb chops & tuna tartar. . . . I still want to share the photos though and no, I didn't eat anything containing gluten because I am not risking my health. I don't mind sharing for those who can eat it. #oceanprimetampa
T U N A | T A R T A R is on the happy hour menu for summer. I've never had tuna tartar before until yesterday because it usually doesn't look appealing, but this dish is pretty and it tasted great too. #oceanprimetampa
H A R V E S T | B O W L ...OK so I am a organic veggie bowl junkie and I can usually get one in Soho for 12$ which is great, but this is a LOT better. Each superfood cup is about 6.70$ and even though I have to add my own sides I appreciate that it's home cooked, organic, and gluten free. I am drooling looking at this right now. Deets are on my blog, but if any of u want to check it out use my code AIRIE to get 3 for free when u sign up. . . . Shown: baked salmon, sauteed asparagus & bok choy, and the contents of this Harvest Bowl which is red lentils and cumin.
Dinner in 1 step! C/o @dailyharvest
In this months latest food vlog I share a bunch of my home cooked meals that are just for me! Basically what I eat when my husband is away on business. . . . @dailyharvest sent me more goodies so I have the butternut squash & chimichurri which take 5 minutes to prep. I added all my sides and rib eye steak. . . Deets as well as other recipes are kn my blog. Ill put the link back in the bio. #freezergoals
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