Smokin Hot Burgers From Smokin 9

Burgers are a always a huge hit with everyone. Be it kids or adults everyone seems to enjoy these handheld sandwiches bursting with flavors. By burgers I don’t mean those sold by corporate giants such as Mcds and KFCs, I was never into those anyways because they are so sub standard (in my opinion). If you want to have real burgers you’ve got to find hidden gems in your city. One such hidden gem I discovered is Smokin 9, JLT.

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The whole concept of Smokin 9 revolves around the 9 mini burgers. You can order a mix of all flavors in one box or opt for your favorites. Each priced very reasonably.

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Since my friend & I are both vegetarians we opted for Kenny which comes with quinoa patty & Mozzar which is fried Mozzarella cheese slab. Both comes with their own sauces all made fresh in house! Also the buns are custom made for Smokin 9, they are soft and perfect to hold the contents.

What surprised me was the fact that these burgers look really small but are packed with strong flavors and are really unique. Kenny, the quinoa burger can surely change opinions of those who aren’t fond of its texture. The patty was really firm and light and complimented the roccoto marmalade sauce and my favorite avocado. I have tried making quinoa burgers at home but never are they so perfect. Upon inquiring the restaurant manager explains that it is a secret recipe that they wont part with. Of course they don’t have to share it, I can always satisfy my cravings at Smokin 9.

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The Mozzar on the other hand is a cheese lovers paradise. With fried Mozzarella cheese slab stuffed in the mini burger alongside some sun dried tomatoes and basil. Light, fresh and classic! My guest is a true cheese fan and he enjoyed this version more than any.

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For sides, smokin 9 offers Hand cut skin on fries & sweet potato fries. In all honestly I have tasted better fries than what are served here. I was super impressed by the homemade dips which are served alongside the fries & burgers. I particularly enjoyed the taste of roasted vegetables & curry dip paired with my sweet potato fries. For drinks they have the regular soft drinks & sparkling water. I felt they could add a bit more to that like my favorite avo + agave milkshake or just some fresh juices to complete the portion of balanced meal.

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Smokin 9 is a place I would love to be for casual meet ups. As the restaurant manager Mr Amjad explains to me, they will be soon adding games section to their store wherein you could challenge your friends to a round of monopoly. The decor is minimalistic with metal caged work at the counter and fresh plants that give that green pop. In winters there will be more fun as they will be opening up to the gorgeous water view of JLT.

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Overall, smokin 9 is the new place where friends meet. They do offer super quick deliveries and cater for parties as well. A clear concept & executed with perfection! Indeed intense & mouthwatering little treats.

Ps: On my interaction with one of their regular customers, I was been informed that I can have at least five burgers in one sitting. Thought that was an easy task considering my large appetite but I could only finish three. These burgers look mini but are really heavy.

More images from tasting session will be available on Zomato.

Contact Smokin 9 at 8006464, JLT Cluster U, Seef tower 2.

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You can also order online through Deliveroo App & Zomato.

The Smokin'9 Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Nailshop.ae Nail Decals

A good manicure can make your day and what can make it better is nail art transfers.

A few months back I met lovely Natalia from Nailshop.ae. Nailshop is a very interesting website that offers you nail art transfers, magnetic nail polishes, nail art stencils and more such unique products.

I was provided some of their nail decals for reviewing and here are the results. At first I made a mistake in how to use the nail transfers. I thought it’s like a tattoo which gets stuck on the nail. It was silly of me to not watch the tutorial. However once I did watch the video, it was easy and quick!

STEP 1 Watch the nail art transfer tutorial here

STEP 2 cut out the desired nail art and dip it in water just for three seconds.

STEP 3 Carefully peel the transfer foil from the paper and apply on nail. Let it set and cut off the excess from the edges.

STEP 4 Gently apply a clear coat to finish the look!

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I tried two of their designs and loved it so much. These transfer just cost AED 12 onwards and look gorgeous on the nails. Mine lasted for about a week and because I don’t like to overdo the designs I prefer applying the nail transfer on one nail and painting the remaining with solid colors.

Overall, love the look and my nails look so pretty! Have a look at the two patterns below.

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Get your nails trendy and pretty with Nailshop.ae. Contact them on +971 56 460 48 50 or info@nailshop.ae

 

Free Entry For All At Al Ain Zoo With New Special Initiative – ‘Al Ain Zoo Free Reads!’

Are you a wildlife lover? Photography enthusiast like myself? Want to get up close with wildlife? Here is your chance. Read on to know how you could enter for free at Al Ain Zoo with their exclusive promotion.

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Al Ain Zoo today reaffirms its status as a leader in education for the UAE with the launch of a new special promotion, ‘Al Ain Zoo Free Reads!’

From 1st October until the end of Abu Dhabi Science Festival (21st November), the Zoo will give free admission for each day that a customer brings any animal or other natural history book, shows and shares their support.

This initiative celebrates reading and learning, and promotes education about our core subject, the natural world. The timing coincides with and supports both Al Ain Book Fair and Abu Dhabi Science Festival.

The promotion is as easy as 1,2,3;

  1. Bring an animal or Natural History Book- 1 per person
  2. Get snapped with your book by our campaign banner
  3. Share it on social media for all to see you support reading and learning!

…. And then enjoy all the fun and educational encounters of the zoo, including our new Tour Guide experiences, Kashtah behind the scenes tour and amazing new UAE World Deserts featuring 4 special Arabian hilltop exhibits featuring Oryx, Gazelles, Tahr.

Al Ain Zoo Director General, His Excellency Ghanim Al Hajeri said “In many ways visiting a zoo is like reading a book. Both can provide a fun and engaging learning experience that opens your eyes to the beauty and truth of the world around you – and once you’re hooked it’s always part of your life.”

He added “We’re proud to be able to offer this initiative in support of these two great educational causes; reading and science. The zoo is a great place with beautiful green spaces in which to enjoy your favourite books and to encourage children to find their joy of reading, and what better topic to read about than our natural world.”

So whether you bring The Hungry Caterpillar, a university biology text book or Out of Africa, and whether you’re starting a new chapter in your life or already an avid book worm, Al Ain Zoo’s new offer is bound to be a bestseller and something you just can’t put down!

Leaving you all with a beautiful image I took at the Zoo.

Product Review: The Body Shop Born Lippy Lip Balm

The Body shop, I was so fascinated by the name of this brand that hit the middle eastern markets in 90’s. I read about Dame Anita Roddick and actually had visited the first store which was in Jumierah near Magrudys. I was about five or six and after reading about this ambitious woman, I wanted to make sure that one day I will buy something from her store. Anita Roddick’s philosophies, her ideas were revolutionary and her passion has made this brand recognized all over the world. She was and is my idol, I love how she stood up for herself and changed the beauty world.

When I first started earning, I was fifteen and it was a promotion that I did at a mall. We were paid wages by hours, after my day’s work I was strolling around and I spotted The Body shop store. I made my first purchase, it was coco body butter and I just loved it! I had fulfilled my little wish and ever since then I have been purchasing from The Body Shop.

My favorite ranges are Vitamin C range and Tea Tree.

Recently I realized that I have been only purchasing products from their skin regime range and not tried anything different. To start trying out other ranges, I tried the BORN LIPPY™ pot Lip Balm Strawberry flavor.

Let us first learn about the ingredients of the product:

Ricinus Communis Seed Oil (Emollient), Lanolin (Emollient), Polyglyceryl-3 Beeswax (Emulsifier), Parfum (Fragrance), Cera Alba (Emulsifier/Emollient), Hydrogenated Castor Oil (Emollient), Silica (Absorbent), Tocopheryl Acetate (Antioxidant), Carthamus Tinctorius Seed Oil (Occlusive, Skin Conditioning Agent), Ammonium Glycyrrhizate (Flavour), Aroma (Flavour), Fragaria Vesca Fruit Extract (Natural Additive), Tocopherol (Antioxidant), Benzyl Benzoate (Solvent), CI 15850 (Colour).

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Two weeks down I regret my purchase of this product. The fragrance is fantastic but honestly this product doesn’t do any good to the lips. There are too many flaws in this product and I shall be pointing them out to you in points as the nerd in me says so.

  • The product claims to give a red tint to the lips, nothing as such really happened.
  • You have to use your fingers to dip in and apply on lips. Its a nightmare for women with longer nails.
  • Heals Chapped lips? No. not at all.
  • Long stay? Not that either, you have got to apply this product every 2-3 hours
  • Super sticky! Winding day, blowing hair and disaster that the hair get stuck on lips thanks to the lip balm.

Conclusion: Even though I love The Body Shop, I will definitely not recommend this product to those who are looking for soft and supple lips since it doesn’t help at all. I think it product is targeted to the younger audience because the range has these funky names like Satsuma Shimmer, Raspberry, Strawberry and Pink Guava. These are generally popular with teenagers.

Weekly Photo Challenge- Today Was A Good Day!

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Today Was a Good Day.”

Yesterday I had a fab fab day! I got a surprise off from work as our servers had issue, my bestie came back from her Europe trip and bought some delicious chocolates. Also we ended up making profitroles, something that I could not make alone.The choux pastry is my weakness but she has mastered the art.. So here it is the fruit of our four hour labor..Pretzel Chocolate Profitroles.

Hope you liked my interpretation of a good day. Follow me on Instagram for more amazing images.

Photo Challenge of the Week- beneath your feet..

https://dailypost.wordpress.com/dp_photo_challenge/beneath-your-feet/

Loving the theme this week..floors have many designs, motifs and beautiful patterns. I chose to click something different. This week challenge entry is..grains that are scattered on the floor for birds around.

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Let me know if you like my take on this week’s challenge.

Don’t forget to follow me on instagram – @pinkasfourablog

New Beginnings For Pink Asfoura Blog…

Hello everyone!

Its been a busy year at P.A.B. headquarters. I have been occupied with various projects and juggling my personal and professional life. However all that aside I have always wanted to revamp the look of my blog, wanted to give it a more softer, feminine feel with a cute logo.

So ladies and gentlemen, presenting the new and improved Pink Asfoura Blog. Blog has been updated with a lighter color scheme, new logo and easier navigation options. Enjoy browsing and as always do leave your feedback.

Love,

Mxx

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Revamped Logo for Social Media Designed by @JavaNikita from Instagram