Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Christmas in our hearts

It's been my seventh Cristmas away from my family and though it's kind of sad we make do with our own festivities here in the Abu Dhabi. We celebrate by having a mini party at work - complete with dressing up in Christmas colors, another party with flatmates during the weekend - that way everybody can stay up, eat drink and be merry till the wee hours of the morning and a simple some cooked Christmas dinner after mass on Christmas eve and Christmas day.
 
I wish everyone a Happy Christmas! rejoice for the child Jesus was born! keep Christmas in our hearts and not wrapped in fancy paper under the twinkling lights of a tree.
 
santa what will you bring me this Christmas??!

my first ever gingerbread house

 even my nails are festive

sweet treats for friends

 nativity

Thursday, December 20, 2012

snap happy - blue skies

... so the Mayan prediction of a 21.12.2012 doomsday was an epic failure, but I am not complaining! It's good to be alive and I thank God for waking up to clear blue skies!





 

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Sumo


When a friend suggested we try out Sumo Japanese restaurant in Masdar City, I quickly searched the net for its website hoping for a glimpse of their menu – I know I would be bombarded with choices so I wanted some time to contemplate, yeah I am mental like that.

 The menu looked promising. They have the usual appetizers, salads, bento meals, noodle and rice dishes but highlight if the menu would be the wide selection of hand rolled sushi, sashimi and nigiri. I was glad to have found an online menu to mull over my choices otherwise the wait staff would be rolling their eyes at me at my indecisiveness.

 So I decided that I would get myself a bowl of ramen and side orders of nigiri. I have never had ramen in any Japanese restaurant I have been to and I have ‘Sumo’ (big) expectations of this restaurant.

 When we got there I was surprised at how small it was, thank god for its outdoor seating otherwise it can get crowded. I don’t remember much of the interiors except that it looked contemporary with dark wood furnishing and that there was nothing Japanese or Oriental feel to it.
 
 
 

 So I ordered my Miso Ramen proudly but when it was served it fell short of my expectations. First the bowl it was served in was not the traditional Japanese big round bowl that I was expecting but a triangular one. What’s with the bowl obsession you might ask – well I just had this vision of me sipping the soup straight from the bowl with a satisfying slurp just like they do in animè. Second, the noodles were all clumped together and I had to ‘fluff’ it with my chopsticks otherwise I would be eating a noodle disk. The ramen’s saving grace was the broth – it was flavorful yes but then again it tasted like a souped-up version of the beef teriyaki.
 
 
 

 

 The bento meals were good and came in big servings but I did not care for the presentation. It was served piled up in bento boxes without dividers so you have to dig to get a portion of rice with your mains which can get a bit messy, also the bento meals did not come with a bowl of miso soup and other sidings like they do in other restaurants.
 
 
 

 

 As expected the best part of the meal was the sushi nigiri which we ordered a variety of.

 Overall Sumo is slightly above your average Japanese Restaurant. There is a variety of inexpensive items on the menu but I would stick to their sushi, sashimi, nigiri and maki rolls and signature dishes the next time. It is a great place to go to if you are within the area but there is nothing spectacular about it that would make me want to drive all the way up to Masdar City.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Monday, December 10, 2012

ride of the future

We drove all the way to Masdar city a few nights back for some bento and sushi. My friend had raved about the place and being someone who is always up for trying out new restaurants I happily/ reluctantly missed a night of yoga, but more on the food in the next post because I think the highlight of the trip was the novelty of getting to ride the Personal Rapid Transit or PRT.
 
 
 The PRT, also called a podcar is designed for individual or small group travel
 

 the podcar runs from point A to B via a network of magnets embedded in the ground, there are no visible cables or rails - quite amazing!


cozy interiors with leather upholstered seats
 

 all you need to do is tap the screen 'go' and off you go! Powered by rechargeable batteries - they are eco friendly
 
It really was quite an experience, I felt like a kid on her first carousel ride. I was all giddy and excited!

Monday, December 3, 2012

snap happy - bright ligts

Companies take part in the UAE National Day Celebration by adorning their company buildings with bright twinkling lights, they get more and more extravagant each year and I often wonder why there aren't any initiatives to make a competition out of it for fun.












 

Sunday, December 2, 2012

happy 41st UAE!

Happy 41st National Day UAE!!! at 41 you have accomplished big things.
 
What was once a sleepy Gulf village dependent on pearl fishing you have grown into a global cosmopolitan city that is a center for business and trade, luxury destination for travelers with world class hotels, shopping malls and theme parks; and an ideal work place for expats with competitive salary offers.
 
As one of the many expats who have made UAE my home for the past seven years I thank you for being a good host country and here's hoping I may be a part of your growth as a nation.