In New York, oyster happy hour means $1-dollar oysters and inexpensive drinks. It’s a great way to turn an ordinary school night into something, that feels like Saturday, and it’s a great deal for someone like me, who orders oysters by the dozen.
A couple of weeks ago, I was invited to the Hotel Cartagena Opening Party at JW Marriott Marquis. Hotel Cartagena is a Latin American fusion restaurant/bar on the 72nd floor, so it goes without saying that the view is quite awesome up there. They’ve also done an excellent job transforming the restaurant into what seems like a grown-up version of Rainforest Cafe sans the wild animals (thank god!), and I really liked the vibe of the place.
Here’s what you’re having for lunch: Salad with seared tuna, avocado, mango and lots of other healthy stuff. It takes around 20 minutes to make the salad and 5 minutes to eat it, because, trust me, it’s super tasty:)
Lately, a lot of things have happened. I’ve started studying for two big exams in the U.S. in August, and it’s taking all my time, so I took a short blogging break, but now I’m back. I’ve also started playing golf, and I’m taking lessons at Peter Cowen Academy at Emirates Golf Club. My friend Peter (not Cowen, ha ha) had been nagging me to start playing for a long time, and I finally gave in. It’s a lot of fun, and I’m so happy that I finally did it.
A lot of things have happened at Media One hotel. DEK on 8 is now Coco (read my blog post about Coco here), and the former Crab Tavern has turned into a kitschy-cool Asian restaurant/bar, Mr. Miyagi’s, which was where we decided to go and celebrate Pia’s birthday. On Saturdays, the Lady’s Boy Night deal is 99 AED for 3 courses and all-you-can-drink for 2 hours. I don’t think it comes any better in Dubai. Well, maybe they’ve changed the deal after we been there, because we could drink a lot:)
Courtney from A to Za’atar was invited to come by Carine at Emirates Golf Club and check out their new lunch menu, and she asked me, if I wanted to come along? Of course I would, because 1: Courtney has been on my Bloggers I Would Like To Meet IRL list for a very long time and 2: I’ve finally decided to sign up for golf lessons (yes! More on that in another post). And let’s not forget 3: My previous experiences with golf club dining have been nice but also very predictable, so I was curious to see how Carine had decided to do things.
Wednesday, I was invited to the HTC Vive Pro launch. The event was held at the 112th floor in Burj Khalifa, so the new VR gadgets were competing with the marvelous view over the city for the visitors’ attention. Around sunset, the view won, and most people gathered outside on the open terrace to take photos, but before that, HTC Vive managed to showcase what’s going on at the VR forefront.
Last Friday, the K-Pop crème de la crème all came together in Dubai as part of the 6th SM Town world tour. Korean music is very popular down here, especially among the young generation, and it was fun to see how Dubai teenagers of all nationalities had found their way to the concert. Trine and I had media Fan Pit passes, so we were right in front of the stage along with the most dedicated K-Pop fans.