My Yellow Bells

Food, Travel and Style Guide in Dubai

September 21, 2016

Last Exit: Dubai's First Food Truck Park

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A full blown food truck craze has hit Dubai. Now we have them all in one place!

Meraas call it (E11) Last Exit.

Why?

Because, the new food truck haven is located in Jebel Ali near the last exit on Sheikh Zayed Road towards Abu Dhabi going back to Dubai.

It's near Ghantoot, the border of Dubai and Abu Dhabi.

"Last Exit is a unique food truck park destination offering commuters and visitors alike a wide selection of fresh and tasty street food and many other convenient services in a fun atmosphere . Inspired by the American food truck stops, Last Exit is the first of its kind in the region and serves breakfast, lunch, dinner or simply, a snack on the way – 24/7."-Meraas

For you to reach this place, you have to drive all the way to the last exit on E11 road, take the Ghantoot Interchange, take a u-turn towards Dubai, drive a few hundred meters and you will see it on the right side

You will be greeted by this pretty awesome pile of cars!


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Lemon Garlic Herb Roasted Chicken and Potatoes

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We all need comfort food and sometimes my comfort food looks like this.


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September 15, 2016

Kimchikin Al Ghurair Center

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I received this invitation while I was on holiday in the Philippines last month and only get to try it out with the family the other day.

Kimchikin is the first Korean fast casual restaurant in Dubai and it was their flagship store that we visited at Al Ghurair Center. It is a Korean fusion restaurant that brings Korean dishes with a twist to suit the taste of different nationalities that live in Dubai. It can get as authentic as Korean taste since they are flying most of the ingredients and spices from South Korea.


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September 14, 2016

Little Manila Celebrates its 1st Anniversary with the Biggest Pizza in the UAE

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Little Manila is celebrating their 1st Anniversary today, September 14, 2016.

Happy 1st Anniversary Little Manila from us here at My Yellow Bells!


To mark this festive occasion and make it all the more historic, Little Manila is officially launching today the biggest pizza in the UAE. A whopping 27 inches in diameter pizza with four different flavors - Pepperoni, Margarita w/ jalapenos, Hawaiian and Vegetarian.

I was thankful to be part of the food tasting committee that Little Manila organized a few days ago and I can safely say that I am impressed, with the taste of the food, the service and the overall ambiance of the restaurant. Little Manila has come a long way since they've opened and they have drastically improve in all aspects of business.

(L-R) Sir Milo Torres, Pamela of Glimpses of Pam, myself, Sir Juni of Buhay sa Dubai, MM of MMinDubai and Mar of Butter N Corn
Presenting...(drum roll please) the biggest pizza in the UAE


Biggest Pizza in the UAE (the photo shows 6 flavors for food tasting purposes only)
Priced at AED 360 only which is good for 10-12 pax inclusive of choice of pasta (carbonara or bolognese), 12 Buffalo Texas wings and choice of red tea or regular cola.

Bring your barkada and be the first to try the biggest pizza in the UAE!


For smaller groups, they have the 21 inches at AED 205 good for 7-9 pax inclusive of a choice of pasta (carbonara or bolognese), 12 Buffalo Texas wings and choice of red tea or regular cola, and the 14 inches at AED 70 good for 2-4 pax served with choice of  red tea or regular cola

The pizza crust is made of foccacia bread (a flat oven-baked Italian bread product similar in style and texture to pizza doughs), it is soft and chewy and everything that we love about foccacia bread. The toppings are fresh and cooked nice and even.

I love each and every flavor but my favorite was the Queso Loco di Pimento or Margarita with 3 cheeses and jalapenos and the Centura grande or the super supreme

I've mentioned pasta earlier, it is inclusive when you order pizza of 21 and 27 inches respectively

pasta and buffalo wings inclusive when you order the 21'' or 27'' inches in diameter pizza
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Buffalo Texas wings
The chicken is tender and juicy with just the right sweetness and zesty flavor. It comes in 12 whole wings, a very generous serving of buffalo wings.

pasta bolognese and pasta carbonara
Both the pasta bolognese and pasta carbonara were cooked al dente topped with a generous amount of sauce.

The pasta carbonara is rich and creamy with juicy chicken pieces with enough cheese to add saltiness to the dish. On the other hand, the bolognese was also delicious although I find it a little oily for my liking. Chef Jojo explained that the oil came from the three way infused tomato sauce.

The cap off the food tasting event, the new Double Decker Choco Fudge Cake was served. It was indulgent, not too sweet nor bitter. If you've been reading my blog, you know that anything not too sweet is a winner in my books.

The new Double Decker Choco Fudge Cake is available at the bread shop at AED 100/1 kg. You can ask them to write your message on the cake too.


To sum it all up, our experience tasting the new addition to Little Manila's menu was a success. I personally liked the new dishes, not being biased here but because the food speaks for itself.

Visit Little Manila today to join in the celebrations. If you are like me who missed the festivities in the Philippines, it is best to go there now.





You will also be happy to find that Little Manila brought it's own jeepney and you can have your souvenir photo taken, its for free.


Sakay na!


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September 6, 2016

Mixed Berry Smoothie

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We were at the supermarket last weekend and the blueberry, raspberry and strawberry were selling cheap like 10 dirhams each pack so I bought a pack of each with a mixed berry smoothie recipe in my head. I should have grab more, I know, I hope they have more when we go grocery shopping this weekend. The strawberry is not in the photo because it is now in my digestive tract already. Oh I love strawberries.


It is still very humid and hot outside and making a healthy drink from these berries is good for you, good for me, good for us all. It is high in antioxidant that removes toxins from the body.

It is a simple recipe, you don't need to move a finger. It's a no-brainer, really.

Ingredients:

1 cup of mix Blueberry and Raspberry (washed)
1 ripe Banana (peeled)
1 tbsp of low fat yogurt
some ice cubes
1 tsp of chia seeds for protein and fiber

Tip: you can freeze the fruits so there's no need for ice cubes

Throw in all ingredients to your blender, blitz on high, transfer to your prettiest glass. garnish with some berries you set aside to make it Instagram worthy, drink and enjoy!


Berry refreshing!!!
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September 1, 2016

Tablea Chocolate Drink: Happiness In A Cup

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We brought ''tablea'' to Dubai for presents to friends and colleagues. We bought it from Taal wet market in Batangas while we were in the Philippines a couple of weeks back. We also kept some for ourselves to make hot choco drink and champorado for breakfast.


Tablea are blocks of cacao molded into small discs or balls. The cacao beans are roasted, pulverized and molded into small disc unsweetened. There are sweetened ones too but I prefer the one without sugar.


It feels weird that I never had hot choco drink made from "tablea" before. It might be a little late for Ferald to introduce me to tablea (abundant in his province in Batangas) even we've been married for more than a decade, (hahaha) but as they say, better late than never.

Only when a friend requested for it as pasalubong that I was introduced to it. So I bought more. Now I'm addicted to it and how I wish I hoarded the tablea the lady was selling in the market. Good thing, my brother is still there and he can bring some more for us.

The ones we got are simply wrapped in white paper with ten discs inside. The other ones I saw over the internet are in fancy wrapping but it doesn't matter anyway. What matter is what's inside, the chocolate itself and I couldn't be any happier to have it.


But what I wasn't happy getting was a jet lag for an eight hour flight back to Dubai, 10 actually including the delays. I never knew what jet lag was. I think I never had it before until after our flight back to Dubai from the Philippines recently. I have all the symptoms of it, to the point I had to go to the hospital. I was nauseous and with continuous upset stomach, even my mood was messed up. The following day when I report back to work, my colleague and I thought of preparing the tablea I brought to the office and we made a hot chocolate drink instead of our usual afternoon coffee break. Little did I expect that it can make a difference.


In the afternoon, my a husband greeted a much cheerful me. I felt it too, I became more cheerful compared to the previous days at work. It must be the tablea choco drink. You know when experts says chocolate makes you happy, well it's actually true, especially when it is as pure as this, and almost organic. I don't know the origin of the tablea we bought, who made it and how it was made. I'd like to check it out on our next vacation.

So, how to make tablea chocolate drink? It's pretty simple.

This recipe is for the three cups we prepared. We don't have the batirol so we just used a spoon.

Simply add six discs of tablea to three cups of boiling water, make that three cups of fresh milk for a more rich texture, you may add more tablea if you want it extra thick. Add sugar depending on how sweet you want it. Boil and stir until all the tablea is dissolved. Serve hot and enjoy!

There will be bits of cacao at the bottom of your cup, finish it too.  
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August 7, 2016

Wellness Family Affair at Zen the spa

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Before we headed to our month-long vacation to the Philippines at the end of July, Ferald and I went to take the kids at Zen the spa for a swim, yes for a swim and I kid you not.

Zen the spa located at Al Ghurair Rayhaan by Rotana in Deira is currently offering the Wellness Family Affair package for the whole family.

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For the price of AED 500 (AED 600 during weekends), your family gets a 60 minute aromatherapy massage OR a 60 minute facial for Mom, a 60 minute aromatherapy massage for Dad and swimming pool access for 2 kids

Zen the spa Reception with water feature at the entrance
minimalist Zen the spa waiting area
The last couple of weeks before our much awaited vacation was busy and rather stressful as we try to finalize all our work before leaving. The kids on the other hand were both bored at home and so the whole family actually needed this quick break that Zen the spa offers.


Our treatment started at 7 pm. After ensuring the kids are comfortable at the lounge area while they wait for our treatment to finish, with the spa staff looking after them, we were immediately led to the the changing room. There's a separate entrance for ladies and gents. Ferald went on his way and I on mine. I changed to my over-sized robe, put on my slippers, remove all my accessories and headed to the couple room reserved for us where we meet again. Lights were dimmed and a soft relaxing music played at the background to set the mood.

Zen the spa treatment room

Ferald and I both had the signature aroma therapy massage using de-tress oil with almond oil as base, mixed with lavender oil. He has a male therapist and I had Ni-Made. My massage therapist asked if I have a part in my body that I want her to focus on. I asked her to untie the knots in my back and my shoulders that are both bothersome. She made sure that I am comfortable before starting with my de-stress 60-minute aroma therapy massage. She applied soft medium pressure, just the right amount of pressure I can handle. Not too soft nor too hard. I felt so relaxed I almost fell asleep but I stayed awake to enjoy every minute of it. I felt like a renewed person altogether. An hour of massage for me is enough but this time it seems my body is yearning for more. I would definitely want to come back for another treatment, maybe a body scrub and a facial next time.

After the massage, Ferald said he is so ready to take on any adventure I am going ask him when we get to Manila. :D So was I.

He went to change and went out to see the kids while I was led by Ni-Made to the relaxation room to have some tea. I finished my tea quickly to join my family who were already at the entrance of Bodylines ready to go to the swimming pool. The kids were excited.


The pool is open until 11 pm and we have plenty of time for kids to enjoy swimming. There is an adult pool and a separate kids pool both with many lounge seats. I didn't swim because I still have my period so Ferald went to the water with my kids to assist Prince who still needs to perfect his swimming skills. They have a lifeguard but I am more comfortable if his dad will swim with him.

kids pool

adult pool
It was past 8 pm and we haven't had dinner. We checked out their poolside menu and ordered. Few minutes later our dinner is ready. We had burger sliders with fries on the side for Prince and burger for Ferald. It was delicious, the burger patty was juicy and flavorful. I ordered panini and Mica had some nachos. We also ordered a Margarita pizza to share. I adore how they set up this pool side dining for us.





It was such a wonderful experience I tell you.

"Mommy this is the best day ever!" That's what nailed it because whenever the kids say that, it means they truly enjoy the experience. Ferald and I couldn't agree more, it was indeed the best day this summer everrrrrrrrr!

Thanks to Al Ghurair Rayhaan by Rotana and Zen the spa for this amazing experience.

*We are guest of Zen the spa but all words, opinions and photos are mine except otherwise stated.
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July 5, 2016

Eid Mubarak!

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Happy Eid to all our Muslim brothers and sisters here in the Gulf and around the world.

I wish you all a very happy and peaceful Eid celebration. May Allah accept your good deeds, forgive your offenses and ease the suffering of all people in the world.

To my Muslim friends and my brother Dinoh who successfully finished their month of fasting, Eid Mubarak!
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