Set the place a - blaze

When we first get to the entrance of Blaze Burgers, the sign on the door has a rather hilarious sign. 'No stupid people beyond this point.' Its a pretty bold statement to make for an eatery that's barely opened five months ago. This premium burger joint has met tremendous fame in Bahrain and is now receiving a lot of attention in the UAE. Something tells me that this was going to be a fun venue. We choose the outdoor seating to soak in the January weather. Located amid the bustling scene of The Walk at JBR. To me it resembles Beverly Hills, where luxury cars and fashionably dressed people brush past each other. We are literally a stone’s throw away from the beach access. In the distance an outdoor foos-ball table is set up for the public and teenagers are having a game. There’s an outdoor theatre in the vicinity and everyone seems to be on a mission to make their weekend matter.

Soon our focus soon shifts to the spread prepared by the staff at Blaze. My friend is off carb…

Cleaning up the ocean

The news these days is often times pretty grim. Disasters and pollution seem to have sadly become a way of life. Thankfully we still have a lot that we can do to change the scene.
On Saturday 13 January, a team of committed divers, volunteers and various officials got together to clean up our seas.

The Souq Al Jubail fish market is one of the most busy areas for daily fish, vegetable and meat purchases by residents of Sharjah. The marine area surrounding the souq is home to many marine animals and fish which of course sustain most of us living in this Emirate. Many boats are permanently docked here as trade and purchase carries on. What we don't know is that unnecessary trash and old fishing nets and plastic is choking the sea. 

The Sharjah Aquarium which is a part of the Sharjah Museums Authority, together with Sharjah Muncipality has been running clean up events such as this in various locations for the past 8 years. They believe that a lot can be done to create awareness on such …

Crisol - fusion food in a contemporary setting

When we arrived outside Crisol restaurant, we had to pause to pay attention to the stunning decor that made up the facade. It is tucked away on University Road in Sharjah and offers a pleasant change from the ordinary.

Serving a fusion of Spanish, American and Mexican delights, I'd definitely reccomend going with an empty stomach. Brown panels and patches of green make up the spacious interiors which are dimly lit in gold lighting. Getting to the starters was easy. We were given a choice of a few dishes and we chose Trash can Nachos. Yes, the name did get me puzzled for a moment but I soon realised these cheesy, crunchy starters were definitely worth ordering. Topped with veggies and not overtly cheezy, the nacho portion is large enough for more than one.

                                                                 Trash Can Nachos

                                    Dangerous and Sand Blaster Sliders were part of the main course

We then tasted the Rocket Shrimp which clearly…

A cut above the rest

Like a kid in a candy store, I set out to explore Anisaty Ladies Salon in Sharjah. What a better way to start the weekend! A trendy establishment Anisaty offers the works from flawless mani-pedi's to soothing hair treatments. 

Located in the heart of Buhaira Corniche, right behind a swanky new Lulu supermarket, this salon has had a steady stream of clients for a long time.

I first set out for a much-needed hair treatment. Like most women in the UAE, my hair is often dry and dull. Thanks to the staff at Anisaty this was soon a thing of the past. They gave me a quick hair wash and then applied a Loreal hair mask that was kept for an hour. In normal circumstances the hair mask needs to be on for about 10 minutes or so. I kept mine on while I had my nail treatment. Soft tresses soon appeared leaving me speechless.

The lady doing my blow dry offered to try something different. We went in for soft curls at the end of my locks. It was a very welcome change as I am usually going for a straig…

Surrounded by the Greens - A staycation at Bin Majd Mangrove

When the working week comes to an end most of us like to just kick back and unwind. An ideal location to do this is just under two hours away. At Bin Majid Mangrove Hotel you can find comfort and relaxation in no short supply.   Who knew that an urban escape was so easy to find? After a short drive to Ras Al Khaimah, my family and I were pleasantly surprised to be surrounded by thick green mangroves. The hotel staff welcomed us with a chilled welcome drink and we soon made it to our room. A cozy Queen Suite, it had a separate living area, bathroom and two large TV screens. I was only interested in the view outdoors. A long line of mangroves stretched as far as the eye could see. Mangroves are shrub and tree species that live along shores and rivers and on muddy soil. In fact they live in water that is up to a 100 times saltier than other plants can tolerate.
The mangroves in Ras Al Khaimah were truly unique We explored the area which has a nice jogging track, a promenade and many eatin…

Rejuvenation redefined

It has been a special summer but what made it even brighter was a staycation at Centro Barsha. After a particularly busy week, a relaxing hotel stay was a heaven sent. 
Centro Barsha is centrally located and about a six-minute walk from Sharaf DG metro station. It is just 8km from the Mall of the Emirates as well. The lobby of the hotel bears a stylish, uncluttered look. We were greeted by Faisan who was extremely efficient and kind. We could not wait to see our room.  Located on the 6th floor, our room had an attached suite. It truly felt like home. Not one, but two television sets spelt ‘excitement’ for my family. Finally, there would be no arguments on what we could watch on the telly.  Managed by the Rotana group, Centro Barsha pitches itself as a business hotel. The pricing is modest and there are 245 rooms in all. The hotel has a swimming pool which was the highlight of my stay. Situated on the rooftop, with a separate outdoor seating area, besides a few deck chairs, the pool had m…

Brunch with a view

If you’ve lived in this region, a brunch is probably something you’ve been to. For the unacquainted, it is a combination of breakfast and a hearty lunch spread over approximately four hours. From noon till about 4pm. Most brunches are held on Fridays -- the weekend for residents here. There is no shortage of food and beverage in most venues. Some brunches organise activities for families with children.     
We visited the brunch held at Park Regis hotel in their restaurant called Kris with a View. True to its name, the view was certainly one of the best highlights. It is located on the 19th floor of the hotel. One can gaze at the heart of Dubai with its metro and iconic landmarks in the far distance. There are a lot of venues in this exciting city that have stood the test of time. For me, these are establishments that are worth visiting time and again. As the venue filled in, it didn’t take long to realise that this brunch is particularly popular with a lot of visitors. A live band …