Bodega Streetfood at Port Saeed, Deira

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Right after the Friday Church service, we adjourned to Bodega StreetFood for lunch. Had we scoured for a good eat-out?

I quick glanced at the full crowd of the outdoor area. Smoke smell of some hot relish dishes were so inexplicably good as we walked near to the outlet. All but from the adjacent restaurant – Dampa Seafood restaurant.

Bodega StreetFood as a solo spot  in Port Saeed, Deira, Dubai specializes in American/Asian streetstyled foods. Place your order at the counter/kitchen area, and the attendant will deliver the food to your table. The outlet  has two floors with fine dim light interiors. The wooden chairs were comfortable with proper tables. There played a smooth upbeat music as I observed the second floor was diner-less. Upon glancing on the menu, I was expecting a lot more dishes. They only have few mains, few sides and that’s it.

We had The Airmax, The Booty, Glazed Chicken Wings with fries. It was also suggested that Vietnamese Pho tastes good and with no hint apart I knew it’s a Vietnamese dish so I requested for it. While we waited for foods to be served, the attendant tapped down on our table placemats that I found simple but innovative!  Look!

Magazines pages as Table Placemats at Bodega StreetFood

The Airmax was quite spicy and reasonably good. The bbq-ed chicken wings were the best food item because we nailed the fries! Kidding aside, the wings were quite juicy with proper blend of spices which made it a must try!

Airmax aka chicken feet (glazed)
Chicken wings with fries

Chicken Satay

The Pho came a hot topic as we clung on to enjoy foods served!

What the PHO?!

Let’s get right to the Vietnamese Beef Pho Recipe. It is a Vietnamese Beef Noodle Soup, or Pho. The dish is pronounced “fuh” and not “foo” or “foe” or “puh”. Yeah, Pho is cheap eat out. Fresh mint, cilantro, basil, bean sprouts, sliced chili peppers are just some of its accompaniments. Much to this and moving on..

Vietnamese Pho

Everything was served on reasonable time and attendant was decent and attentive.  All items on the “Street Menu” comes with Java rice and unlimited carbonated drinks. As a whole, I was expecting for a more uniquely enhanced streetfoodies such as Squid Balls, Chicken Balls, Fish Balls, Kikiam, Hot Dog, Salted Peanuts, Kwek Kwek, Quail Egg, Pork BBQ, Tokwa and Isaw,  that are prepared in a more scrumptious way!

Ambiance: 5/10
Price: 5/10
Food: 5/10
Verdict : I came, I tried, I’m looking for really more authentic!

Bodega Streetfood
Port Saeed, Deira, Dubai
971 4 299 0884

Not just any cookie: A DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Dubai Jumeirah Beach Experience

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Catch-a-Cookie!: A DoubleTree by Hilton Holiday Experience

 It was a pleasant surprise to receive the symbol of the warm and caring hospitality DoubleTree by Hilton provides –  chocolate chip cookie – during Al Maeda restaurant opening at DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Dubai Jumeirah Beach, where I was part of the team that handled PR activities for the brand.

More than 300 million of these sweet treats have been shared with guests, customers and the community for more than 25 years.

It goes without saying this:

Tease your tastebuds

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It’s cake o’clock! The best things in life are sweet! Spoil your taste buds with a wide selection of cakes and desserts at Emirates Grand Hotel in Sheikk Zayed Road, Dubai.

  • Panorama Restaurant is gorgeously located on the 43rd floor, with panoramic Arabian Sea and city views, the restaurant offers exquisite Arabic and international cuisine. Timings: 6:30am until 11:00pm
  • Emirates Grand Lobby Lounge serves Lunch Buffet with International cuisines warm and freshly prepared daily by our chef as well as the delicious pastries.
  • Timings: Lobby Lounge  – 12:30pm  – 4:00pm
  • Pastry Counter – 8:00am –  11:00pm





Behold Vegetable Pakora

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At the first glance, I pondered on what to eat. Looking at the traditional setting at Bastakiya Cafe with lavish iftar buffet that includes a nice spread of different cuisines and mostly Indian, Pakistani, traditional Arabic and International. It was the property’s celebration of media iftar dinner for this year and the anticipated media attendance was positive and the foods fab!

Vegetable Pakora

The award winning hotel, Arabian Courtyard Hotel & Spa is a four-star centrally located in Bur Dubai opposite Dubai Museum. The hotel is so close to many historical and cultural places such as the heritage village, historic bastakiya, Dubai Creek and abra. Abras,  in layman’s terms are water taxis used to ferry people across the Dubai Creek in Dubai. Passengers travel between the water station at Shindagha/Al Ghubaiba on the Bur Dubai side, and the water station at Al Sabkha on the Deira side. The abras depart every few minutes.The hospitality spirit within Arabian Courtyard Hotel and Spa  bestows the opportunity to submerge into the traditional Arabic culture.

And so, there was a wide array of food on the buffet. International foods, mouth-watering lineup of salads and beautiful spread of dessert. Nice atmosphere, good service, wide range of tasty Indian food and behold I really liked their vegetable pakora. At first, I thought it was a crispy fried vegetable or meat, and the color is wonderful.

Thankful  to the property’s main chef, Mr. Glen, who trustfully handed down the recipe and so I’m kindly sharing with you all as well.

Recipe Source Chef Glen.
Vegetable Pakora
Yield: 05 pts (x 200 gm ea.)

This could be any of the below listed vegetables used individually for the preparation of Pakora. If it is mixed pakora any of the soft vegetables can be mixed together and the fried. Eg; Onions, chili and spinach.

Ingredients:

Sliced onions 01 kg
Coarsely sliced spinach leaves 01 kg
Chili pakora 01 kg (Big long mild spicy chilies)
Sliced potato 01 kg
Cooking oil 01 lt (For frying)

For the Batter

Gram flour (Chick pea) 250 gm
Corn starch 50 gm
Turmeric powder 01 tsp
Cumin powder ½ tsp
Whole cumin 01 tsp
Red spicy chili powder ½ tsp (Optional)
Orange food coloring ½ tsp
Water ½ lt
Salt and white pepper powder to taste

Method

Mix all these ingredients with water to form quite a thick batter.
Preheat the oil over high flame; once the oil is very hot reduce the flame slightly
Take the desired quantity of the vegetable individually dip in the batter and place it in the hot oil immediately. Continue to do the same until the desired quantity is reached. Fry until done and place it in a strainer to remove the excess oil

For potato and chili pakora dip the in the batter coat all over and fry them individually

Ciao!

Nacho cheesyyy

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Nachos is a popular Tex-Mex (Texas – Mexican) food which can be a snack, appetizer or even a full dish and it is defined by the ingredients you put in.  The simplest is to have nacho chips,cheese sauce and chillies plus chilli con carne, sour cream, shredded lettuce, sour cream, cheese and tomatoes.
Chilli con carne – is a Spanish word for “Chili with meat”.

I’m a big fan of eating nachos while watching a movie –  nachos are easy , tasty and generally a big hit as “Titanic”. It would have been better off with a can of coke or pepsi, oh – but doesn’t sound healthful, munch,munch,munch 😀

Spagetti surreal

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Who would not love Spagetti? Fun and easy to cook. My heart goes out to passion for cooking not only for healthy recipes but also spur of the moment food cravings for siopao,dumplings to banana-que! Healthy food and related element should not be oily or butterly. I presume not all healthy foods qualify the taste buds! In my thought ‘tho unsettled 😉 healthy foods serve in restos have the infusion of herbs as  main ingredient. Well, that’s just a wilderness in an anticipation to come up with something deli.I decided to hurry back home from my work and made sure I brought a printed copy of the recipe that I saw on pinoy recipe website. I was just too excited to cook..presto!

This is longganisa – Filipino’s popular breakfast meal. It is the counterpart of sausage for English and chorizo in Spain.
Spagetti Ingredients:
1 kilo spaghetti pasta, cooked as per package instruction

1/2 kilo Pampanga’s longganisa, cut into four
2 250 grams packet Filipino style tomato sauce
150 grams shredded ham
1/2 head garlic, finely chopped
1 medium size onion, finely chopped
1 medium size carrot, finely diced
2 pcs small size red/green bell pepper, finely diced
1 large stalk celery, finely diced
2tbsp. sweet pickled relish
1/4 cup cornstarch
1/2 cup sweet chili sauce
salt and pepper
cooking oil grated
grated cheddar cheese

Here’s how:
1.Saute onion, garlic and longganisa ( chorizo in Spanish while sausage in English) for 2 to 3 minutes.
2.Add in shredded ham, tomato sauce and chilli sauce, stir cook for 1 to 2 minutes.
3.Pour in 3 cups of water and bring to a boil and simmer for 3 to 5 minutes.
4. Add in carrot and cover and simmer for another 8 to 10 minutes.
5. Season with salt and pepper to taste while adding in sweet pickled relish bell, pepper, celery and some grated cheddar cheese cook for another 2 to 3 minutes.
6. Thicken sauce with cornstarch diluted in 1/4 cup of water, cook for another minute or until sauce has thicken. When done remove from heat.
7.Garnish with grated cheddar cheese.

I was looking through step by step as I work on my wok and bingo! I got the taste that I want for my Spagetti. And here’s the result 🙂

And a juice drink to go with my Spag 😉 Ciao!!