Best Pak Indo Taste Restaurant International City

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This is an Pakistani restaurant located in International city in the France Cluster.

They have two sections they have your bachelor hall and then you have your family section.

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Family section is good if your hubby is like mine and hates me being around the labor guys. This is something you would only see here in the middle east as back home their isn’t a family section at places.

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They gave us an good amount of cucumber slices during our visit.

During our visit we ordered 3 types of curry this is Asif favorite place to eat after the gym as for its pretty cheap for him and his brother.

First curry was the Aloo Goghi Fry

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The potatoes are a nice quarter size. This is yummy so if your a vegetarian this would make for an excellent curry option as for the serving size is pretty decent. Normally this is a dry dish but here they make it more like a curry style which I actually prefer.

Paneer Bhaji

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This is a good cheese curry. I loved the spiciness they made for us. This is probably Asif and his brother favorite out of the 3 we ordered from this place. If you love paneer aka cheese this is an excellent option as they eat this once a week outside of Ramadan.

Chicken Madrasi is the 3rd curry we ordered that day.

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This is now my favorite!! This is a good BONELESS chicken curry!

I am very picky about my curry’s I hate all bone curries. I guess its mostly preference but I would prefer to enjoy to my food verses deal with the headache of biting down on a chicken bone. The spices literally jump off this dish so if you like the heat this to me is something I would recommend if you were ordering for yourself.  I am sure they can tone down the heat but to me it was perfect.

The food is good but service is kind of slow on the family side. I put it down to when we went we were the only ones on that side while the bachelor side was pretty busy.

However, due to prices this place is defiantly worth checking out. We will be back again after Ramadan as for the prices are just too cheap since in total we spent 35 AED for 3 people to eat 3 different curries and our drinks.

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Barbecue Bites Restaurant

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The other night me and my family we decided to try this place out after going to the cinema. They offer an Iftar buffet that I will need to come check out very soon.

Anyways starting the meal we decided to try the chicken hot & sour soup

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The soup didn’t come out too spicy but they also bring you out three sauces to mix to get it the way you like.

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They give you the typical hot sauce, vinegar, and soy sauce.

I ended up adding a little of all 3 more of the hot sauce once I added the right amount the soup was pretty amazing and me and the boys were pretty happy with starting the meal off on a good foot.

Naturally we decided to try the biryani dishes as for Asif favorite meal is biryani and you can tell a lot about a Indian/Pakistani place on the quality of the biryani.

I personally ordered the Chicken tikka biryani

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Love it!! The chicken was nice and moist and packed with flavor. However to me it could have used a little more heat as I am a big fan of anything spicy.

Asif and his brother Tabish ordered the regular chicken biryani which was topped with fried onions.

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Both of them were pretty pleased with the quality and taste.

The chicken to them was nice and juicy and defiantly a decent biryani for the price.

For dessert we decided to order the Shahi Kheer

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Absolutely loved this dessert it was an amazing way to end the dinner.

The service is a little slow but in defense we did show up kind of late since we came from a movie. However, I my hubby did notice workers coming to look at our table I guess its shocking to see a white girl with two Pakistani guys.

I just wish the wifi didn’t need an password as for the server forgot to bring which I am sure my accent was maybe confusing him as my husband had to translate for me as my hindi/urdu is still pretty weak.

But for the quality and price I do recommend trying this place out.

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Badoit Sparkling Natural Mineral Water

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Do you love sparkling water?

One of the world’s finest mineral waters is Badoit it’s a light natural sparkling mineral water. This water is seen on the tables of most restaurants in France as an accompaniment to good food and wine. Here you can find it in some restaurants and in some grocery stores.

The TDS (Total Dissolved Solids) is approx. 1200 mg/lt so it ranks as a High Mineral water which is good. Although there are other waters with 3000 or more, many times a big part of their TDS is sodium. The opposite end would be distilled water which leaches the human body from its store of minerals – very harmful.

Badoit has a good amount of Bicarbonate at 1300 mg/lt and it has a PH of 6 both of which are considered to aid digestion.

Drinking this water I felt extremely refreshed and makes an excellent refreshment during my Iftar.  I feel after drinking this for a week I haven’t noticed any issues with my stomach if anything I feel things are running smoother.

To me this water is AMAZING  and if your looking for a good sparkling water to drink look no further then Badoit!

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So would I recommend this water? Better believe it I would recommend this water to anybody who loves sparkling!!

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Caramel Restaurant & Lounge – Abu Dhabi

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Last night me and Asif got the pleasure in breaking our fast at this amazing American restaurant in Abu Dhabi. The environment literally screams romantic! You have dinner by candle light which really sets the mood.  The decor and environment is something I would recommend for the guy’s here who wish to do something amazing for their girlfriends/wife. We actually got to see an engagement last night going on it was the cutest thing ever! So needing a romantic vibe this place has it!

Anyways we started our night off by getting introduced to our server Roldan. If your wanting excellent service and someone who is happy to answer questions this is the guy to ask for while dinning here. I can not rave about how fantastic he was during our dinning experience enough or do it justice. With his recommendation we started with some excellent appetizers and some drinks.

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For our starter we decided to try the Caesar salad.

*Crisp Romaine Lettuce, Parmesan Croutons, Creamy Caesar Dressing*

The amount of dressing was just perfect, fresh strips of Parmesan cheese, and right quantity for a nice starter. Asif and I enjoyed the salad a lot and even loved the way it was presented. It was simple yet elegant and my pictures don’t do it justice.

However, we order another appetizer that we also halved which was the Chicken Shawarma Bites.

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The bites contained  Grilled Marinated Chicken, Datarin Tomato, Tzatziki Sauce. The tzatziki sauce I really enjoyed the hubby didn’t as much but anybody who loves greek food this sauce is very common. The sauce is normally a nice blend of  yogurt, cucumbers, and salt&pepper. I loved how the shawarma is displayed in a nice square shape. The bites literally remind me of sushi just in Shawarma form. The bites also were packed full with chicken as you can tell from the pictures. If you love shawarma you will defiantly love this starter.

During our appetizers we ordered some Mojito Mocktails.

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We tried the strawberry and Pineapple mock-tails which were AMAZING!!!  My favorite was the strawberry one but if you ask Asif his was the pineapple one. These are an excellent drink for the ones who cant drink alcohol and want to have a nice fruity drink. The bartender did an fantastic job in making our drinks last night everyone we had was mixed exceptionally well so if your wanting to just stop by for a drink or even an non-alcoholic drink in this place would be amazing.

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For our main course we ordered the steak dinner for two.  This comes with two sides and about 2 ounces of steak. Plenty of steak for two people as we had plenty between the two of us and some people it might feed 3-4 depending on how they eat. My family we both are food lovers so it was a good amount for the two of us.

Our first side was the tater tots

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These are an excellent side to have with the steak instead of the fries! To me its almost a crime to have steak and not some potato side dish and I was raised in the south your suppose to have some potato with your steak either: french fries, mash potato, season potato, or tater tots.

The second side dish we had was Forest Mushrooms

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The forest mushrooms had butter and some mixed herbs. The mushrooms were yummy had to me more of a garlic taste but I love garlic this side dish Asif probably ate 90% as he went crazy over the mushrooms. So if you love mushrooms or your partner does I would recommend this side dish for the meal of two.

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With the steak meal for two you get two of their famous sauces. These sauces were fantastic!! The white one is an green pepper corn sauce and the dark on is a red wine sauce reduction. Both were amazing but here is where me and Asif argue. To me the pepper corn is my favorite I am going to look up a recipe to try to make some at home. Asif favorite was the red wine one it reminded him more of steak sauce.

However after a fantastic main course the next final test is the dessert section.

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I ordered their brownie with french vanilla ice cream. OMG this dessert was amazing you love chocolate this is the dessert I highly recommend. The Brownie was nice and warm and extremely soft the ice cream was heavenly. Girls this is our dessert it was like I have died and gone to chocolate heaven!

Asif isn’t a chocolate person I rule it as a guy thing.  So he ordered their Caramel banana Brûlée!

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This dessert was fantastic he loved it! He even demanding me to learn how to make it as he is already talking about going back for the dessert. If your needing something sweet at the end of the meal and not a huge chocolate lover this is an excellent alternative. I took a bite it was tasty. This would be an excellent end to a excellent meal.

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Ending our meal we decided to drink come chai/tea. We ended up picking the Earl Grey it was a black tea which we added sugar and some milk. The tea was actually pretty nice and an excellent end to a nice romantic dinner.

So if your looking for an excellent place in our case for Iftar or just something with a nice romantic vibe I would highly recommend them. Specially with the weather becoming colder soon they have a nice outside section which would be amazing too sit outside too as for the view is breathe taken.

To get in touch with them for reservations here is there information

Phone02 678 3344 Emailabudhabi@caramelgroup.com Websitehttp://www.caramelgroup.com
http://www.twitter.com/caramelabudhabi

HAPPY EATING!!!!!

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Broccoli Casserole recipe

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Broccoli casserole is my all time favorite. Here is my family little recipe its easy to make here is the list you will need

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Broccoli 1 pack of frozen is good

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1 can of Cream of mushroom soup

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1 egg

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About 12 ritz crackers crushed

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Steps to make this easy dish are simple…………………

1- wash the broccoli and put into a oven safe container and preheat your oven to 180.

2- open the can of mushroom cream soup *Dont add water* and add your egg & mix good

3- pour the soup mixture over the broccoli in the container.

4- Add the pack of cheese here you can either use the whole packet or what you prefer

5- you need to take your ritz crackers and crush them up in a bag

6- Spread the crackers over the the broccoli and soup mix.

7- Then put into the oven for about 30-45 minutes

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Make sure to keep an eye on the top to make sure you don’t burn your bread crumbs you want to keep them light and toasted.

This dish is an excellent side item to any party dinner.

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Al Dar in Sharjah

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Last night we went to Al Dar located in Sharjah Rotana.

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Last night they offered two types of soup as a starter. The soups were lentil and cream vegetable.

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Asif decided to go with his favorite the lentil soup while I decided to try the cream vegetable soup.  The vegetable soup was nice and different had chunks of veggies and had even some lemon pieces in my soup. An excellent way to kick start of Iftar last night.

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The salad bar was nice they had the vine leaves, hummus, Arabic salad, olives, and ect.

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Asif started with rice, salad, and some corn. He really enjoyed the salad part. Me I decided to try the hummus, vine leaves, cucumber salad and two bread rolls. The hummus was fantastic and I also really enjoyed the cucumber salad. This was defiantly a good start after our soups leading up to our main course.

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Main course had a lot to choose from mutton curry, mixed vegetables, masala rice, white rice, lamb, beef kebabs, and chicken kebab’s.

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The absolutely loved the grilled chicken! It was a nice touch to the masala/biryani like rice. The lamb was also nice and tender and was a good dish I think next time they need to have some brown gravy to increase the yummy factor of the lamb and rice. I loved the little empanada’s they were filled with cheese. I am like a cheese love can never have too much cheese even though my scale would disagree. The main course was yummy defiantly geared more towards Indian/Pakistani dishes. The dishes were nice but could have used a little more heat as for me and my hubby love spicy food.

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If you are able to make it to the dessert section they have the typical Arabic desserts, cake and fruit.

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The desserts was fantastic!!

I loved the chocolate cake, the birthday cake, and the kunafe.

Would I recommend this place? Yes, specially if your living in Sharjah and looking for an quite and peaceful Iftar then check out Al Dar.

T: (+971) 6 563 7777 or Email: sharjah.hotel@rotana.com

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Arabesque Café Iftar dinner

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This is a perfect restaurant to have Iftar if you love Arabic food!! Its located in Arjaan in Media City.

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Last night they had two soups they offered the typical lentil soup and then an chicken hot& sour soup. Since coming to Dubai the hot& sour soup has slowly became one of my favorites.

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The soup was nice and just the right amount of hotness. I even topped the soup off with some nice croutons.  This soup was an excellent way to start the buffet off. I recommend leading with a nice bowl of hot and sour but if your like my hubby Asif he would recommend the lentil as for according to him it was fantastic.

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Next was the yummy salads and spreads.

The salad section literally contained a little of everything from Arab salad, Fattoush, Watercress salad, Tuna salad, vine leaves, hummus and a few other typical Arabic starters.

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My hubby decided to load up on corn, cucumbers, bell-pepper salad, and some kidney bean salad. Me naturally I have my hummus what kind of Iftar isn’t complete without at-least trying it. The hummus was amazing the cook really nailed it as for it had the right taste wasn’t too sweet and wasn’t too bitter.  I loved the tuna salad! This would have been excellent on crackers but still amazing as for I just ate it by itself. The vine leaves were excellent not too much of a heavy vinegar taste as sometimes that’s all you taste when eating these bad boys.  The Arabic salad’s were also fantastic and really enjoyed the pepper salad.

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Main course last night contain Dajaj batata, hammout harra, kibbeh bil laban, penne bolognaise, steamed vegetables, spinach fatayer, mansaf, shrimp money bags, cumin potatoes, Arabic sausage, chicken smoothered in mushroom sauce, daoud basha.

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Last night was a first time in trying a few of these dishes. We really enjoyed the Arabic sausage. The taste is hard to describe but it almost reminded me of a slimjim from back home. Another item I liked a lot was the daoud basha which is what someone back home would call meat balls. The potatoes were nice and soft with the nice touch of cumin.

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The Mansaf was also a first for me this dish is a typical Arabic dish you can find throughout the middle east but mostly from Jordan, Iraq, Syria, and Saudi Arabia . The lamb was cooked to perfection. The rice was defiantly different for me then the normal basic white rice I eat. However, I enjoyed the dish and I would say it was a huge hit as for there was an Arabic family of 30 going back for seconds and thirds.

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Shawarma!!!!!!!!!

They have their own shawarma station here at Arabesque. This was another popular station as they offered the yummy Arabic pickles and the garlic sauce along side of your shawarma. I am like addicted to anything garlic and the typical garlic sauce that comes with an shawarma. So to me this was just the icing on the cake to tie everything to an Arabic theme Iftar.

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Dessert section is defiantly my favorite part of a meal. I think everybody should do dessert first then the meal as for its so hard to make it there after multiple plates of good food. The desserts last night had a good portion of famous/common Arabic Desserts. There was some cakes and they offered an dry fruit section.

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Asif naturally went with the dry fruit which was an excellent dessert even though he is diabetic. However his brother and I went straight for the chocolate cake. This cake was nice and moist it was in layers with chocolate mouse in between the layers.

So would I recommend this place yes!!! This place is an excellent choice for an Arabic theme Iftar. Also if you love Arabic food and one of your family members is more of picky eater the cooks are fantastic they will whip something up to ensure that every customer is happy can’t get much better customer service then that at Arabesque!

To book your Iftar dinner with them as for they get crowded here is there contact information

Telephone is 04436000 or by email at arjaan.dmc@rotana.com

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