Al Ustad Special Kebab

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Al Ustad Special Kebab or Ostadi is an Iranian restaurant that serves delicious and authentic mutton and chicken yogurt kebab platters since 1980 and was highly recommended by two of my blogger friends.

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As a treat for the family during the UAE National Day last December 2014, we popped into Ostadi even Prince was fast asleep. I wanted us to try what dubbed to be the best kebab in town

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ZEN the SPA: Look Good Feel Good

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I was at the Zen the Spa's Look Good Feel Good event at Al Ghurair Rayhaan Arjaan by Rotana earlier this month for the launch of their new facial treatment and for a tour of the spa facilities. 
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Beautiful Hue

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The weekend was gloomy and today was no exception all because of the sandstorm. I hope you are all safe, let's avoid rough seas and drive carefully on the roads, hope it will soon clear up and we will see clear blue skies again.

This morning while I was going through some of the pictures I took from the last two weeks of frolicking, I saw our days at the beach flying kites in two different occasions.

The weather was lovely and the wind was high, it was a perfect weather.

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BurJuman Arjaan by Rotana: Our City Escape

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Ferald and I needed a break and some time alone together but most of the time life gets in the way whenever we start to plan. Going beyond city limits is not an option if the kids aren't coming. Then came the opportunity to spend a night at BurJuman Arjaan - one of Rotana's many beautiful and luxurious managed properties in Dubai. It was for a Thursday check-in and Friday check-out which suits our schedule really well. I couldn't be any happier to accept the invitation. It was also a week before Valentine's day.

A luxury boutique hotel apartment - BurJuman Arjaan by Rotana is at the heart of the city and part of a multi-functional complex that includes upscale office tower, exquisite boutiques and an endless choice of restaurants and cafĂ©s within the BurJuman Centre and is located conveniently in front of the BurJuman Metro Station.

It was our home for just one night but our experience is nothing short of amusing and fun.

Check-in is normally at 2 pm but you know we have parent duties to attend to first before we can be free so we could only get there by 9 o'clock.

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PAX Italian Restaurant and Lounge

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Hello everyone, how was your Valentines date?

Mine wasn't so bad, since I knew that the husband will be working on that day, we already went for a pre-Valentine's dinner last Friday. I'm very glad to receive my annual bouquet of red roses and box of chocolate on the day itself from the loving and ever supportive husband and that's all about it coz...

I don't want to bore you about my V-day date story but instead I want to show you this. Awesome isn't it?

This was our view the last time we were at PAX Italian Restaurant and Lounge at Dusit Thani Hotel Dubai.

A lovely restaurant that serves honest-to-goodness Italian food. 

PAX Italian Restaurant and Lounge was recently awarded the Certificate of Authenticity set out in the OspitalitĂ  Italiana Seal Specification, under the Italian Industry & Commerce Office in the UAE for 2014-2015 joining the stellar list of certified Italian restaurants in the world

We were invited to sample its menu for February about a couple of weeks ago which was designed for winter or cooler months. Dishes hailed from the cities of Piedmont, Venice and Tuscany in Northern Italy, all orgasmically delicious and surprisingly affordable.

We started off with cream of pumpkin with amaretto flavored crisp. Our waiter recommended that we dig in while it's warm. It was love at first sip, so creamy and satisfyingly good.

Crema de Zuca al Crocante D' Amaretto AED35

For antipasti, Vitello Tonnato is not much to look but I tell you underneath that tuna caper sauce is a delightfully appetizing pink thick slices of slow-roasted veal in a bed of crunchy red cabbage.

Vitello Tonatto AED45

First course was risotto with green asparagus, radicchio and teleggio cheese. I don't know about you but most risotto dishes I've tried at Italian restaurants tend to be a little too salty for my palate. Maybe it's just the way it should be but I tell you if this wasn't the case, it would have been a perfect rice dish for me. The risotto rice was cooked well and the asparagus has a bite to it which added texture to the dish.

Risotto con Asparagi, Radicchio e Taleggio

We also had beef ravioli tossed in tuna veal jus, forest mushrooms and spinach of which I have all the praises. The ravioli was cooked al dente and it was perfectly seasoned with enough sauce to keep it moist. The spinach in a pasta dish is new to me but I welcomed it with open arms.

Ravioli Di Manzo Al Sugo D'Arrosto Fungi E Spinachi Novelli (Piemonte)

For our main course, we had grilled corn-fed baby chicken, roast potatoes and grilled vegetables with herb extra virgin olive oil. The chicken was crisp on the outside and juicy on the inside. I love chicken dishes but unfortunately it was served with a very strong contender...

Galleto Alla Grigla Con Patate Arrosto, Verdure Alla Griglia In Salsa Alle Erbe E Olio D'Oliva (Veneto)

...the star of the night - the grilled T-bone steak with pan fried zucchini and capsicum.

Costata Di Manzo Con Zucchine E Pperoni Saltati in Padella (Tuscany)

Look at those beautiful grill marks and juice that sits on the meat (gosh writing this make me salivate and crave for it right now). If you have a big appetite then this is good for one but can also be shared by two person and still be sated.

The juicy succulent meat was so flavorful and tender with fat that melts in you mouth, yum. I promise to return to PAX with the husband just for this part of the menu.

We cap our dinner with greetings of happy birthday to two of our friends Sheila of AB and ME and Kenneth of Ken Surat and shared an oh so creamy half pound cheese cake and two cups of tiramisu for dessert.

It was indeed a lovely evening spent with good friends over good food.

So will I bring more friends to PAX?

Yes definitely and I do suggest you trooped with your friends too and let them try the t-bone steak and you'll never go wrong with it. The service was quick but not rushed and the staff are friendly and knowledgeable.

Discover a little bit of Italy at PAX Ristorante & Lounge
24th floor, Dusit Thani Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road
Lunch: 12:00 to 15:00 | Dinner: 19:00 to 23:30
For reservations 04 317 4515
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Win A Dinner for Two at The Gallery Restaurant, Burjuman Arjaan by Rotana

It's the love month and I bet you must be planning something for your better half or your girlfriend or maybe even for your boyfriend or even just for a friend you like a lot.

How would you like to take him/her to dinner for free?

My Yellow Bells in collaboration with Burjuman Arjaan by Rotana is giving away a dinner for two at The Gallery Restaurant just in time for the Valentine's Day.

Read on and I will tell you 5 simple ways on how you can enter to win

Did you know that Burjuman Arjaan by Rotana is a one stop shop destination for all?

There is no doubt that Dubai is a central business hub in the region attracting thousands of business travellers from all over the world. Many travellers are constantly on the hunt for hotels that provide comfortable accommodation along with top notch service. Soaring above the city, the BurJuman Arjaan by Rotana is a preferred destination for leisure and business travellers alike.

Located in the heart of the city, BurJuman Arjaan by Rotana sets the standards for excellence in hospitality. Directly connected to the BurJuman Business Tower and the prestigious BurJuman shopping centre, the hotel is a one-stop destination for all. The hotel consists of 148 suites including Classic, Deluxe and Premium 1 bedroom suites, duplex 3 bedroom Townhouses, and a luxurious 4 bedroom Penthouse. Each suite is unique and promises to make one feel ‘at home’ with spacious living and dining area, fully operational kitchen that includes microwave, fridge, hot plate, washing machine, dryer as well as iPod players and high speed internet. The size of the 1 bedroom suites range from 70sqm for Classic Suite, up to a spacious 144sqm for Premium Suite, with floor-to-ceiling windows, in addition to a private balcony where one can enjoy stunning views of the city and Dubai shoreline.

Guests can savour the world’s most famous flavours from Asia, Europe and the Middle East at The Gallery – all day dining restaurant. The Gallery offer guests an intimate dining experience in a casually elegant setting with an excellent selection of international cuisines with their daily breakfast and lunch buffets and a la carte menu.

Not only is the hotel attached to the BurJuman Business Towers, a complete floor for meetings and conferences is available for corporate and private functions like weddings and birthday parties. Seven well-equipped, individual meeting rooms can be combined into one spacious meeting room. With provisions for natural daylight, the latest audio-visual equipment and a dedicated service team, BurJuman Arjaan by Rotana the ideal venue for meetings, conferences and seminars. 

Staying at BurJuman Arjaan by Rotana also means guests have direct access to one of the high end malls in Dubai. BurJuman Mall is well known for luxury shopping brands including Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Cartier, Saks Fifth Avenue, and lots more. Guests have the convenience of BurJuman Metro station which is directly connected to the mall and just a short walk from the hotel. 

Maintaining your fitness routine while traveling is simple at BurJuman Arjaan by Rotana. The outdoor swimming pools are an oasis of relaxation offering a sundeck with beautiful views of the city skyline.

As a city hotel with excellent facilities, service, convenient location, business and leisure environment close enough to major attractions; BurJuman Arjaan by Rotana is your new destination for comfort

If you have read the above you must have found the answer to the question below or visit Burjuman Arjaan by Rotana's website. Comment, like, follow, tweet and share to win.

Good luck and don't forget to spread the LOVE

Increase your chances of winning by following us on instagram @myyellowbells and @burjumanarjaan

1. The Dinner for Two at The Gallery Restaurant at BurJuman Arjaan by Rotana is open to all UAE Residents only.
2. The giveaway will run from 2-12 February 2015.
3. One very lucky winner will be picked by Rafflecopter.
4. Winner will be announced here on the blog and on My Yellow Bells Facebook Page so stay tuned.
5. The voucher can be collected by the winner at the concierge desk at BurJuman Arjaan by Rotana.
6. Please follow the instructions as only valid entries will be included in the draw.
7. To comment, if you don't have any of the mentioned accounts, just chose Name/URL. Simply type your name and ignore the URL box and type comments on the comment box.
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Kite Flying during the Dubai International Kite Festival 2015

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I remember flying kites with my dad and siblings when I was a little girl. I didn't know why it took this long for me to take my kids to fly kites.

They did light up when we told them we will be flying kites during the weekend and Prince kept talking about it until bed time. I was glad we took them last Friday to fly their very first kite on the second day of the Dubai International Kite Festival at Jumeirah  Beach because even Ferald and I enjoyed doing it together. It only means more kite flying days for us.

Dubai International Kite Festival is on its second year and it was attended by so many, open to all and free admission. Something a family living in Dubai shouldn't miss.

I'd only hoped that the main event of setting the Guinness World Record was done on a Friday because we can't come Saturday but any how our experience is something we will treasure forever as a family and one thing I believe my kids will never forget. We will be looking forward to this kite fest every year from now on.

Back in the Philippines, we make our own simple kites using bamboo as its skeleton, we use plastic for the skin and a string. We could have made our own kites but we don't have much time so we bought our kids kites from Daiso with Disney characters.

At #DIKFest, you will finds kites of all kinds, smallest to biggest and all are very colorful, even some have led lights, it was beautiful.

We stayed until sundown so the kids and adults :D can fly their kites longer.

It took us awhile to make our kites airborne, Ferald needed to adjust the string so it will fly and it did. We went far from where many are flying their kites so ours will not get tangled with someone else, we are beginners :P you know.

This beginner looks like he is enjoying himself. One funny thing Prince did was letting go of his already airborne kite and Mica who was steadying her own kite had to run after his brother's. Good she get hold of it before it gets too far and rammed to other kites. :D

It was an awesome experience and surely one thing we will never forget.

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