Weekly A to Z, May 28th.
The one with the accidental tequila tasting.
An excellent week — progress on projects, and a lovely lunch at BOCA. The daily lunch menu offers value for money in spades, so make a plan to go if you’re near DIFC. In addition to our meal, we sampled some delicious (and pink!) Matusalem Insolito rum and Bonanto Apperitivo (personally, I prefer it over Aperol). Also, some of the BOCA team were preparing for an upcoming Patron competition, so we ended up trying and giving feedback on a bunch of tequila-based cocktails. #notabadTuesday
There were a few deliveries. Thank you, The Goods Collective for the yummy oat milk, and Casinetto paired with Peroni for a refreshing summer box that I can’t wait to make this weekend. The Bookers enjoyed a vegetarian feast at Epitome (even if we didn’t all like the book). Here’s my Reel from our visit, if you want a quick look.
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Relevant to everything. Why do we eat too much? The School of Life
It’s never too late. Looking forward to this podcast series, 70 over 70. Apple
How DO you overcome a food aversion? Bivalves are gross and you can’t convince me otherwise. The Takeout
Interested in the results of this tipping survey. Caterer Middle East
In and Out did a pop-up at Ibn Battuta Mall. Lovin’ Dubai
Summer of ‘revenge’ travel. Refinery 29
Did you know there are different kinds of eggs for McDs breakfast? The Takeout
Looking forward to watching High on the Hog on Netflix. NYT
All lime Skittles. The Takeout
Forget parsley, chips are the best garnish. The Kitchn
Now that we’re traveling again, how to manage your anxiety. CNT
If life is getting back to normal, should we get offline? The Atlantic
Yes, I would eat a DiGiornut. Food and Wine
A year after George Floyd, what progress has been made? Cup of Jo
This weekend, The Bookers are getting together for some boat party hijinks. Next week, I’m looking forward to a dinner with Australian Beef and Lamb at Reform. Otherwise, I’m keeping things low-key.
What were my favorite dishes this month? It was a busy one! The Tresind Studio Ghee roast crab was memorable, the Matcha fondue from Reif Kushiyaki is something I’m still thinking about, and the beautiful Seafood Escabeche from Wave restaurant in Hilton Northolme also makes the list. What did you enjoy during the month of May?
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