Friday, December 30, 2011

Hey Sugar (A.K.A Sugar Daddy)

Remember my post on Sugar Daddy? I went one afternoon to buy another box of cupcakes and guess what? Name changed.

What do you think of their new chosen name? Better than the previous one, right?

It wasn't really explained why they have to another name, maybe sugar daddy has a double meaning. Hahaha! Anyway, whatever the name would be, it doesn't really matter as there was no change on the taste of their cupcakes. It is still the same delicious flavors. Guess, some things remain unchange.

All the best,

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Feather Necklace from TopShop

I'd like to share with you another accessories I got from TopShop as promised. My 3 feather necklace.

Have not paired it with anything yet, but I am excited to do so.

The colors are brown, red, and blue.

What "look" do you think would fit my necklace? Indian look? Not the OA Indian look,
Anyway, I'd better just wear it simple like on a black top?

Whichever way I want it, the important thing is, it is already on my closet and just waiting to use.

All the best,

Monday, December 26, 2011

Starbucks Treat for the remaining days of 2011

Its five more days to go and we can say goodbye to 2011 and say hello to 2012, something to look forward to. I don't really have that much memory to cherish. Except of course, my Bella being the highlight of my life for this year. She was with us since May 2011 and every day is so much fun with her. Although, its also a test of patience as she is on her terrific Two's! Hopefully by next year - she'll mellow a bit. Hahaha.

But before the year ends, I have to share something for Dubai Starbucks fans, if you still have not check it out yet.

Order any frappuccino of any size and get the second beverage for the same or lower value for free.

This is for Starbucks Frappuccino hour from 3:00 - 5:00pm.

Another one is getting your freshly brewed morning coffee at half-price.

And last but not the least,

Morning favorites of freshly brewed tall coffee and butter croissant at Dhs 10.00.
Offer price shown on a tall brewed coffee and a butter croissant. Grande croissant bundle offer: Dhs 11; Venti croissant bundle offer: Dhs 12. Valid from 6:00am - 12:00pm.

Your truly had the opportunity to take a few moments alone and was able to have coffee at Sheikh Zayed Road the other night, unfortunately the offers were no longer available during that time. The place was not as full as the one beside it, yes, Tim Hortons.

Since there was no more available seats - I chose to stay loyal to my favorite coffee shop and spent my time alone and avoid getting into the crowded place. Just like this lonely little cupcake that I ordered.

They are offering the promo until 31st December 2011. Hurry, counting starts now.

Enjoy the treat.
All the best,

Saturday, December 24, 2011

TopShop Accessories

Remember my post a few days back regarding the accessories I paired with my flower printed shoes? Then here it is, accessories from TopShop.

The necklace has 2 colors - the longer one is neon green and the other is fuschia pink. Unfortunately, you cannot separate one from the other though.

If you look a little closer, there is a violet, purple and sky blue stones, a heart and feather-like pendant as well. Something that you can pair with the same colors as your clothes and shoes.

Trivia: If its near blue, its violet. If its near red, its purple.

The shorter necklace has a real feather, a leaf and cute hair-like strands.

Its best to minimize on accessories if you want to make something the focal point on your over all. Excuse me, I am not an expert when it comes to this stuff. I surely failed big time when it comes to fashion. But dressing up once in a while will be safe for me. I just love looking for nice accessories from shops. This one I got for Dhs 10.00 from TopShop City Centre Deira as they are renovating their boutique.

There is another one that I bought from them. That will be on my next post.  

All the best.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Style&co. shoes

I was never this bold when it come to shoes. I'd rather keep it simple and comfy. But admit it or not, when wearing heels, you feel sexy and you really make an effort to walk with grace. Just like what I did today, I thought a hundredths time if I will wear it or just keep myself in my safe zone before leaving the house. I finally decided that I will wear my shoes. I was still self-conscious while wearing it but then again, hearing my colleagues nice comments really made me more confident in wearing it. I'd like to introduce to you may current love! love! love! Style&co. shoes

I know right?! Its flower printed shoes. Something that is difficult to pair with. What I did was minimize my over all - just a white blouse, a black jacket, jeans and put a little accessories with the same colors to match it (I will post a new entry with this cute thingie) and make the shoes the eye-catching on me. Imagine people looking at my shoes instead of looking at my face. The best thing about it is, I got a good deal out of it from brands for less. Yey!

All the best,

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Tim Hortons cafe & bakeshop

I never knew there were such a coffee shops as Tim Hortons. Forgive me for being ignorant. The only famous for me is Starbucks - Admit it, the shop is more like a mushroom that keep on popping up everywhere you go. So when I first heard of Timmy's (as what my colleague calls it), it stirs excitement to my bone.

I think my colleague felt my frustration as its been weeks that I've been dying to try their coffee and donuts - I've actually been picturing myself just sitting and sipping the coffee from a very cold morning.

As a very thoughful person that she is, she ended my whining and invited me to Tim Hortons - as a treat! Weee! So excited!

She said that their bagel is a must try.

Indeed. Above is cheddar bagel with cream cheese (Dhs 13). You may order this as plain as well. I am not a fan of this kind of bread product but tasting it with cream cheese was a delight.

Aside from it, we also tried the timbits (Dhs 9/box), its like the munchkins of Dunkin Donuts.

And of course, the coffee!

Iced Capp Supremo (Dhs 21). This is what I love! love! love! of course, the whipped cream was an added treat.

Tim Hortons is more popular in Canada but now making waves in Dubai - and definitely stirs the competition of coffee shops. They also have a lot to offer. Different kinds of breads, cupcakes, croissant, cookies,

Donuts! donuts! and more donuts to choose from

Try it,

(photo courtesy of The National)

The cafe is always jam packed so make sure to bring with you lots of patience too as it worth all the wait.

That's not all, I also have a take home gift, grind coffee

Finally, I don't to day dream it any more. Ekk! I am being more of a drama queen.

All the best,

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Daphne of Urban Zone on Vogue Italia

Yes! Our very own Daphne Osena Paez of Urban Zone was featured on Vogue Italia. She was even given an opportunity to share our Beautiful Philippines. You can watch the video here

Let's all be proud of her. Share, repost and retweet the link. Spread the word!

All the best,

Saturday, December 10, 2011

P.F. Chang's China Bistro

I'm getting really frustrated with the turn out of my photos. Especially when its dark inside a restaurant, I couldn't get a decent pictures.  This particular blog entry is one of the many where I needed to really take several trial before getting a nice shot.

Today is Chinese food day. "At P.F. Chang’s we are committed to providing you with an exceptional dining experience every time you walk through our doors. Each dish on our menu is prepared to order using the freshest and highest quality ingredients.

At P.F. Chang’s you are surrounded by a unique environment combining influences of Chinese and American cultures. A panoramic, hand-painted mural depicting 12th century China, is visible from the main dining room and commands attention as the restaurant’s centerpiece, while several terra-cotta warriors stand guard.

Our majestic 11 ft. tall horses grace the entrance to many of our restaurants. The horse symbolizes the original Forbidden City in China, which was built for China’s first emperor Qin Shi Huangdi.

These elements showcase the cuisine and create a stylish, comfortable, upbeat dining experience for our guests."

Let's start of with none other than our drinks, Mom's Shanghai Sunrise (Dhs 19). A fusion of mango, pineapple and orange juices with a hint of sweet strawberry and a splash of ginger ale is a sweet and a refreshing to go along with any dish.

Mine is Asian Pear Mojito (Dhs 19) A Cuban tradition with an Asian twist. Always, Mojito. My Mojito.

Far-ouT ordered us a bottle of water. It looks like a sparkling one but good things its not. Haha! Because that may be expensive.

Chang's Chicken Lettuce Wraps (Dhs 36). It is Chang's famous appetizer, they said its always copied but never equaled. That's for sure, its a combination of chicken and other traditional ingredients prepared in the wok. Served with fresh iceberg lettuce cups

Dumplings (Vegetarian Dhs 22, Chicken Dhs 25, Shrimp Dhs 30). Handcrafted Wontons filled with chicken, shrimp, or vegetables steamed or pan fried accompanied with sauce

Mongolian Lambs (Dhs 49). Its their traditional recipe from Mongolian region of China. Its a thin slices of lambs with onion strips.

Sweet and Sour chicken (Dhs 45) Diced chicken breast with pineapple, green bell pepper and yellow onions with sweet and sour sauce.

You can never go wrong with Chinese foods.

All the best,

Friday, December 9, 2011

Red Lobster at Dubai Mall

I'm a seafood lover. Good thing I am not allergic to any, especially shrimp. One of the best dine in experiences for me always include Crustaceans.

Our recent food trip was in Dubai Mall and the latest craze, Reb Lobster, the seafood restaurant that has been America’s best for 40 years is now in the Middle East.

"Red Lobster is famous for its delicious and daily fresh seafood menu that is suited to every taste. Whether you like lobsters, shrimps, fresh fish, your best choice would be Red Lobster. The secret behind its delicious taste is in its unique wood-fire grill technique that gives the dishes the perfect flavor in a great atmosphere and affordable price."

To start of, Mom and yours truly are into experimenting with our taste buds and getting new drink in every place that we dine in.

This is Berry Mango Daiquiri (Dhs 18). It's a frozen combination of Caribbean flavor syrup  and tropical mangoes swirled and topped with sweet blended strawberries

Now I want to refrain what i said earlier, its not "Mom and yours truly," its only "mom" I guess. Because yours truly order the same drink over and over again.

My fave, Mojito (Dhs 16), prepared with a Caribbean flavor, mixed with margarita twist, and garnished with crushed crispy mint leave. Simply to die for.

let's get on with our foodies, below is Lobster Nachos (28), Crispy tortilla topped with langostino lobster meat, cremy Cheddar and Montery Jack cheese, fresh pico de gallo, Jalapeno peppers, and sour cream.

I don't know why we ordered 2 starters but anyway, I guess it is still better hitting 2 birds with one stone Haha, what am I saying?

Above is Red Lobster Garden Salad, a crispy mix of iceberg romaine lettuce, red cabbage and carrots, served with your choice of dressing. There is Italian, French, Ranch Thousand or Blue cheese. We chose the latter, I want to taste the blue cheese of course.

Here we go, Wood -Grilled lobster. The restaurant has a aquarium full of lobsters. Mom and yours truly shared this big of a seafood.

My dear Bella will show you how big our lobster was.

Which we paired with none other than rice.

While Far-ouT ordered a separate menu from himself, Wood-Grilled Lobster, shrimp and scallops (Dhs 85) its a split Maine Lobster tail and skewered jumbo shrimp and sea scallops with a buttery garlic finish, over wild rice pilaf.

 Just like in Aprons and Hammer, they also have aprons, but this ones are disposable. Aint it cute?

What a yummy seafood evening,

All the best,