Weekly A to Z, Jan 8th.
The longest week ever edition.
As an American ex-pat (and someone who will always identify as a Georgian), this was an emotional week. While the intent of this newsletter is to be (mostly) upbeat and optimistic, I’m incredibly disappointed by what’s going on in the States. On the same day (!) where Warnock and Ossoff won seats in the Senate, domestic terrorists marched on the Capitol.
Moving on, but please know the state of my troubled home country is very much in my thoughts.
In my real life, I certainly thought this week was going to go differently. I was asked back to the studio, which, after some consideration, I said yes to producing two days. (Cut to: working all day on Monday, anyway). I did manage to edit some pages of my current manuscript and stay true to my Dry(ish) January. Essentially, towards the end of last year (terrible advent calendar, *cough*cough*) I got far away from my rule of only having alcohol when reviewing a restaurant. So, that’s where I’m back to, and honestly, it feels great. I’ll be posting (hopeful) weight loss wins every Sunday on my Instagram stories.
Deliveries also seem to be making their way back to my villa, and I’m quite happy about that. On Sunday, I received a delivery from Project Chaiwalla. While their chai is still (always) delicious, I would be happy to eat the cinnamon apple muffins any day of the week. Just Vegan was also nice enough to send some office goodies to kick off 2021. Casinetto sent through a range of sweet treats. In case you’re looking to order, a reminder of my affiliate link, or use ATOZ to save 10% to place your order for a range of Italian products.
Last night I went to the Ana Ros x Chef Himanshu pop up, which was absolutely delicious — great to taste new dishes as well as some familiar ones. Also, so wonderful to see continued global excellence at Tresind Studio. I’m already looking forward to the next collaboration!
An excellent view of the Dubai food scene (and its future) from Liam. EatGoSee
The rise of charcuterie free charcuterie boards. Vice
The truth about natural wine and hangovers. Saveur
Do four teenagers understand the future of food? Taste Cooking
You want some beans on toast? Hold on, it’s a very bumpy ride. Mashable
In case you missed the Best Chefs in Dubai event at Reform, here’s a quick video recap. Also, mark your calendars for February 6th, as a similar event is rumored to be taking place. YouTube
Looking forward to the BOCA x Carnival by Tresind pop up later this month. Are you going? Instagram
Just crumple that paper. Epicurious
Donate any extra air miles you have (similar to what Careem does). Miles 4 Migrants
Can I finally use some of my 100K QR miles?!?! One Mile at a Time
Seriously, don’t eat icicles. The Takeout
Sure, I would try hallucinogenic honey. Munchies
Still thinking about this tortilla wrap hack. The Kitchn
While we’ve had Viennetta in the UAE for years, the US is excited to get the product back in freezers. True story, if you asked me when I was 8 what ‘fancy food’ was, I would’ve told you about Vienetta. Eater
Next week I’ll be catching up on everything I should’ve done this week, and I’m looking forward to dining at CLAP, which recently opened in DIFC.
Stay vigilant out there, friends. COVID numbers across the world are no joke.
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