Review: Healthy Little Secrets Cafe

Healthy little secrets is a quaint cafe with some very delicious goodies! 
Most of their menu is based on salads or sandwiches. We opted for organic sprouted quinoa salad, pulled chicken sandwich, classic avocado toast. We absolutely loved and devoured the huge salad portion that came with lime and coriander dressing. My guest loved his pulled chicken sandwich as well. Our desserts were khasha cream & carrot cake. While we did not enjoy the khasha as none of us are buckwheat fans, we loved the healthy version of carrot cake and would mind going back for the same.
For a drinks, my guest opted for whey protein shake in almond milk & I opted for pink Pitaya smoothie in regular milk. Both were decent enough in taste. We loved the chocolate chai bubble tea that we had with our desserts.
Overall, HSL is a great cafe option for deliveries & takeaways. The prices are tad higher than usual but considering the fact that they have completely organic ingredients one wouldn’t mind paying additional.
location: Shop G09, Ground Floor, The One by Omniyat, Business Bay, Dubai
Contact: 04 4306820

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Chilling At Kava & Chai Al Seef Dubai

Kava & Chai is hugely popular in emirate of Sharjah. I have been to their university city branch and it’s a perfect grab and go outlet.
They recently have opened up at Al Seef Dubai. A larger branch, gorgeous views of creek. I can totally vision myself visiting here more in winters. Enjoying a great cuppa along with some snacks. On my recent visit to this branch I was forced to sit inside because it was so humid in the afternoon. However once inside I was enjoying my delicious detox drink called green veggie blend. Kale, green apples and baby spinach have never tasted so good!
My guest loved his signature chai latte, it was strong and perfect accompaniment to his chicken ceasar salad. I tried out the cauliflower & quinoa salad which was a great portion for the price and tasted so good. We also tried out the halloumi sandwich, pistachios and halloumi a match made in heaven!
Coming to desserts, we tried the oreo red velvet cake. The looks of this one are clearly deceiving. It was moist, the gooey chocolate center and perfectly sweet! this dish was a treat. Our second dessert, the carrot cake was again delicious and lovely!
Kava & chai has range of teas to try from. Their staff members are well aware about the infusions offered and they are more than willing to educate guests of the blends on offer. I would have loved to try these but since I am off caffeine, I couldn’t really taste their lovely selection.
Visit for great views, especially during sunsets and fabulous selection of hot beverages.
contact: 04 3941201
Location: S 26, Al Seef, Al Seef Street, Umm Hurair, Dubai

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Dessert Heaven – Sukkar

I am a hardcore dessertarian which is why most of the time my instagram is filled with images of various desserts. When an invite from lovely lads at Sukkar popped up, I was super excited to visit them & try out their delicious offerings. Sukkar in Arabic means sugar & the name is apt for sweet treats they offer.
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Located next to my favorite Logma, this place was once for brownie box. Same has been replaced with Sukkar.  Whatever I tried, everything was proportionate to price & quantity. We tried, arabian affagato, rose kunefe cheesecake, pretzel brownie, massive snickers milkshake, nutella well, assorted puffs & rosemilk cheesecake.
My favorites will always be the nutella well & pistachio & rose milk cake. I have never had a more moist milk cake.
If you haven’t visited sukkar yet.. Do make sure to try out their desserts once. I would skip multiple meals to try out their sugary goodies ❤
I will let the images talk to you & tempt you!

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 Location: BOXPARK, Al Wasl Road, Al Safa, Dubai
Contact: 04 4376048

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Larte D3 – Where Food meets Fashion

Larte is the latest addition to dining options in D3. I personally love D3 but the road to that place is a mess even on Google maps. Anyhow my guest and I reached the place to try out some italian delights and did the food meet our expectations? Read to know…
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Our appetizers consisted of burrata, truffle arancini & zucchini fritters . All three were superb! Our favorite was the fritters which were perfectly cooked.
For our mains we selected Truffle mushroom risotto which is their signature dish & my guest opted for Lobster linguine. The presentation was spot on.Generally I am not a risotto fan but this one I would certainly order again!
 Our desserts were Larte special Bueno, Cannoli & deconstructed tiramisu. While the tiramisu sadly didn’t impress me, I was completely drawn towards the bueno which had elements of chocolate such as milk, mousse & even tempered. The cannoli dish was tad sweeter due to candied orange peels but we loved the citrusy twist to the dish.
La Arte is licensed restaurant & they have some killer cocktails which would be best with sundowner meals. They do have a good selection of mocktails as well.
Reservations recommended,  contact 04 2400441
Location: Ground Floor, Building 10, Dubai Design District, Dubai

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Vegans Rejoice At Baker & Spice

Fresh organic produce is one thing I always stress on. I love the crunch of the vegetables, the colors and how gorgeous they look! One restaurant’s name that always pops up in my head is Baker & Spice. I have a lot of memories attached to this restaurant as it was my dad’s favorite. Right after shopping from farmer’s market, picking out fresh produce we (dad and I) use to head to baker & Spice souk Al Bahar for a slice of cake & coffee.
Recently, Baker & Spice invited me to try out their vegan/vegetarian options from the menu. A visit to their branch bought back all the memories. Did the food quality change?  With time they have only improved upon the flavors, the textures and the techniques.
We started off with Avocado feta salad & Burrata. The avocado feta salad was just perfect with confit tomatoes cutting down the richness of the cheese. Our burrata was fantastic too! Fresh burrata with pesto & pinenuts a classic combination that never fails. To wash it down we had our charcoal lemonade & Apple mojito. Charcoal lemonade was tad sweet for my liking but I loved the presentation.
Our mains are something I cannot stop talking about. My beetroot bucatini was really impressive! A resident dish on the menu this is the kind of dish I expect for vegetarians. Served with organic spinach, chickpea curry and coconut, this dish was a hit. My guest’s main was squash tortellini with goat’s cheese. Now my guest is really fussy and not someone who experiments beyond basic vegetables and fruits. This dish was new to him too and the flavors were just perfect! This dish was one of specials of the day and kudos to the chef for such a creation. Both bucatini beetroot pasta and tortellini dish were handmade!
After delicious mains, we set off to try some desserts. Chocolate sundae was something that caught my eye and my guest opted for chocolate torte. The sundae consisted of their in house baked brownie. Both our desserts were heavenly as they are always at Baker & Spice. I have been ordering cookies and bakes from them for years so there is absolutely no doubt about the quality of their products.
With views of mighty Burj Khalifa & Dubai fountains, Souk Al Bahar branch is the best of all to visit.There are ample amount of dishes for both vegetarians & non vegetarians. All dishes are made with organic local produce that they have always been associated with. I reckon this place would be perfect for a lunch date! The ever smiling staff were friendly and helpful with menu options. They were even careful of allergies and suggested dishes as per our liking.
More vegan/vegetarian options are avavailable on Monday as they have Meatless Monday promotion.
Contact: 04 4252240, 04 4252241
Address: Level 2, Souk Al Bahar, Downtown Dubai, Dubai
  • Breakfast
  • Wheelchair Accessible
  • No Alcohol Available
  • Outdoor Seating
  • Desserts and Bakes
  • Kid Friendly
  • Wifi
  • Vegan Friendly
  • Organic Produce

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Versailles Brunch At Brasserie Quartier – The St. Regis Dubai

Brasserie Quartier located at St Regis Dubai is one of popular eateries in Dubai. The quality of food is the finest and french delicacies like never seen before! We happened to try out the famous Versailles brunch which is an unforgettable celebration of style and culinary art at BQ’s.
Decor wise the restaurant is very royal! With mannequins displaying logos from famous designers such as Chanel look elegant and different. They do have a live band as well.
Coming to the most important part, the food. Simple flavours yet all shining. There is a wide variety of salads, appetizers and patisserie served throughout the courses. While the salads, appetizers and few other dishes such as pasta & burgers can be enjoyed live from the counters, the main course is served on the table.
We got a red band & green one. Green for non alcoholic bevys & red for the alcoholic ones. The variety of drinks is spot on! You can enjoy unlimited drinks along with some scrumptious food! The wine options are huge and the cocktails are great too!
The best part of the whole deal is the desserts! Oh so decadent and delicious! Each one better than the other. Mind you it’s not your single table filled with goodies but an entire section dedicated to sinful sweets.The chocolate fountain, mousses, macrons, truffles & cakes. All made in house and served as many times as you please.
Overall, we enjoyed our experience, except the main course option which I felt was weak for vegetarians. The same was compensated with the delicious pasta dishes, salads and desserts. The live band is enthusiastic and fun to watch!
Cost:
AED 350 Haute package
AED 550 Couture package
AED 650 Versailles package
Visit http://www.bqdubai.com/ to book or call 04 4355577 to add a reservation.

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Staycation Experience – Manzil Downtown

What’s the first thought that comes to your mind when you are choosing options for staycations? Comfort for me has been a priority, not only of myself but of my guest/s as well.
When the amazing folks at Manzil Downtown invited me for a staycation, I accepted it in a heartbeat! This gorgeous Emaar property is once of finest boutique hotels in UAE. The arabesque theme runs in the decor throughout the hotel. You will definitely learn a few Arabic words while your stay. My guest and I were upgraded to a deluxe Burj Khalifa view suite. With amazing view,cozy room and service fit for a queen, Manzil Downtown surely scored solid points for stay!

Room

Our room overlooked a not to be missed view of Burj Khalifa and downtown Dubai. The wall features Arabic murals above the headboard, the color scheme is grays, whites and blacks. Generally I would expect more woodwork in room as that would go with the Arabian theme however here they given a modern touch which makes it perfect for any type of stay whether it’s business or pleasure.
The room features basic facilities like 42 inch flat TV, coffee & tea self serve facilities, hairdryer, Mini Bar, multi charging points & ironing facility. Another thing I loved about the hotel is that every guest is entitled to complimentary high speed WIFI that extends to pool as well. The white beddings give a very calming effect to the room. There is also a compact study and a lounging sofa. A lot of attention has been paid to the details in the room, there are Arabic words and meanings of them on many things such as the bathrobes, do not disturb signs and more.

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The bathroom

It’s spacious and comes with separate shower area. Basic toiletries such as shower caps, ear buds and such are provided along with shampoo, conditioner and body lotion.
The bathtub is spacious and good to fit two people. I had a few concerns with the bathroom as it is door-less one, which means you cannot just share room with anyone but someone close to you. Also there aren’t any anti slip mats, considering the shower area can be slightly slippery after the use.

Swimming pool & Gym

Post our brunch we headed to the pool for some relaxation. Unfortunately I forgot my bathing suit and couldn’t enjoy a swim but my guest and I had a great time soaking the sun and lounging at our cabana. We also enjoyed some drinks at the pool from Oriental pool & Bar. They also have a 24 hour open gym for those interested in staying fit during their stay.

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Service

I loved the fact that there are specific tags that you can place at your room door. If you want the room to be made you can place the tag for the same. I spotted housekeeping staff several times at the foyer and they would always ask if I needed any assistance. The lifts can be operated by tapping your room key which is more secured feature added by most of hotels today.  The staff members had also added some welcome sweets in my room which clearly shows how much they love personalising the experience for thier guests.

Food

We opted for breakfast & brunch at Boulevard kitchen & dinner at the courtyard. You can read the detailed review for the same by clicking on the following restaurants – Boulevard Kitchen & The Courtyard.
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Synopsis

Overall, we thoroughly enjoyed our stay. My mom was in town and she was visiting Manzil Downtown for the first time and she was impressed too! Everyone is warm & friendly right from the staff at the entrance to housekeeping. There is certain comfort level that gets built with the staff and makes it easier to interact with. Manzil Downtown is a home away from home. The room is ideal for couples or even besties for stay. The hotel also offers shuttle buses & airport transfer facilities. Check in time is as late as 2 pm.
As mentioned earlier, there are a lot of details been added to the hotel to make it more homely like the floral centerpiece at the lobby is fresh flowers in pots & there is even a mini herb garden at the pool area. Manzil Downtown is a dreamy arabic home that provides you all the luxuries! Check out the gorgeous view from my room’s window:
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Contact: +971 4 428 5888 or connect.downtown@vida-hotels.com
Address: Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard
The Old Town, Downtown Dubai
Visit their website for more information: http://www.vidahotels.com/en/manzil/restaurants/ 
Nearest attractions:
  • Downtown Dubai
  • Burj Khalifa
  • Dubai Mall
  • Dubai Fountains
  • Dubai Trolley