Friday, 26 December 2014

Dubai in photos

A few weeks ago, I went to Dubai with my mother. Needless to say, it was my idea of heaven - lovely people, perfect weather (25 degrees), luxurious as well as scrumptious food. 

My mother and I decided to make the most of each day as we were only there for seven days. We stayed at  The Oberoi hotel. I booked this hotel because it was close to the tourist attractions in Dubai and it is also renowned for its' food and great service. This hotel exceeded my expectations - I would recommend this hotel if you want to go to Dubai.

Here are some photos from my trip:

On the first day my mother and I went on a 'Dhow Cruise':

The next day, we decided to go to Dubai Mall:
Yes, they have an aquarium inside the mall!
 The mall was very grande, and very expensive. We just looked around and didn't buy anything - most of the shops in the mall can be found in London anyway (for a lot less money)

We also embarked on a city tour in Dubai:

The Burj Khalifa - the tallest building in the world!
The Burj Al-Arab - the first seven star hotel in the world

 The breakfast in the Oberoi hotel was to die for:

 We also went to eat dinner at Pai Thai which is in Al-Qasr hotel - you can access the hotel by boat. It was the most surreal experience - the food was delicious too. We were also given a free fruit platter too ;)

We went to Meena Bazaar (a place in Dubai which is full of sari shops). I ended up buying my wedding and reception outfit (it is not the one in the photo below)

 We went on a desert safari in Dubai. I have been to plenty of jeep safaris, and I was not impressed with this one. It wasn't scary enough and the entertainment afterwards was pretty boring.

 Have you been to Dubai before?

My daily bowl of porridge

For twenty three years I have been having the same breakfast every single day - a cup of Indian tea and toast with margarine. By 9.30 in the morning I am normally starving and end up snacking on a cereal bar. I decided I had enough and I wanted something that will keep me fuller for longer. 

I was inspired by Gemsmaquillage, and decided to make something similar myself.

You will need:
  • 1/2 cup of porridge oats ( I am going to switch over to gluten free soon to help with digestion)
  • Milk (I use unsweetened almond milk)
  • Banana (preferably ripe)
  • 1 tablespoon of almond butter
  • 1 tablespoon of coconut oil
  • 1 tablespoon of honey
  • 1 tablespoon of pumpkin seeds 
  • Blueberries
  • Baobab powder
  • Cinnamon

1) I start of by heating the oats and adding enough almond milk to cover the oats

2) I then mash a banana and add it into the porridge. The banana makes the porridge taste so much better!

3) I also like to add the almond butter, coconut oil and honey
4)The porridge only takes a few minutes to make! I like to add pumpkin seeds, blueberries and cinnamon and baobab powder to it :)

This only takes 5 minutes to make. The porridge keeps me full for hours (I have breakfast at 6.45am and I end up eating a snack at 11.30am - not bad!). Also, it's absolutely delicious and I look forward to a warming bowl of porridge every morning.

What do you eat for breakfast?