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Mighty Quinn's BBQ at The Dubai Mall

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October 18, 2018

Every time Ferald and I open our Instagram accounts, we are always prompted with photos of mouth-watering and juicy looking smoked meat, burgers filled with slices of beef brisket piled high and delicious looking beef ribs soaking in barbecue sauce. Each time, we were like "okay we got to have that and that too, also that one," while checking the photos one by one for who knows how long. Lol!!!

Those pictures were posted by Mighty Quinn's, a highly-celebrated BBQ chain in New York who now have two branches in Dubai. They are located at the Duba Mall inside the Souk, ground floor parking 3 cinema parking and the other, in JBR. With all the hype and the good things we heard about this joint, we decided to check them out.


It was lunchtime in the middle of a work week when we went there to eat. I jokingly thanked my husband for renting the whole restaurant to ourselves. It is usually crowded when we pass by it at night and/or on weekends.


The restaurant interior has all that industrial vibe. Wood and steel dominate the furnishings and decorations. Very casual and relaxed. And very manly.


It's awesome really but our eyes were fixed on their 16-22-hour smoked meat cooked the old school way, with lots of wood and plenty of time in the smoker. It is what really makes it special.


For starters, we had some nice and crunchy Onion Rings (AED25). It's one of my favorite starters, it simply livens up a meal.


For the main entry, we ordered the Mighty Trio Platter (AED129) as recommended by our server. It comes with slices of beef brisket, BBQ chicken breast, and lamb ribs but we omitted the lamb and replaced it with more beef brisket instead. The beef brisket is fork tender and cooked perfectly. It is even more delicious doused with their special bbq sauce. I like that they serve it with some freshly pickled salad on the side. The chicken, on the other hand, was flavorful as well. This order comes with one side dish and we opted for the baked mac and cheese which was excellent.

We wanted to try their burgers too so we asked for the Brisket Sandwich (AED 75). Sliced in half to share. I couldn't finish my burger just because I was already full from all the beef brisket I had but it was really yummy with the flavor hugged together by the jack cheese and spiced up by the slices of jalapeno peppers.

We thought that the beef brisket portions were small but it was really filling, trust me. Coming in hungry is highly recommended. Lols!!!


And because it was our special day, we got dessert to cap off our lunch. Blueberry cheesecake courtesy of Mighty Quinns. Thank you.


What I didn't know, it came in with a surprise from my love and partner. Thanks love!

Happy 15 to us.


Our overall dining experience at Mighty Quinn's Barbeque at The Dubai Mall was great. Service was excellent, food was delicious and the staff is friendly and well informed. Price as expected. We are definitely going back.

Mighty Quinn's Barbeque
The Dubai Mall - Gold Souk area facing the Dubai Mall Dino
+971 4 341 7158

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Chicken Pizza Crust

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The week before I got sick almost two weeks ago, I was on a ketogenic diet. I craved for pizza but couldn't eat a regular pizza because I was trying to reach ketosis.

When I went to see the doctor, he said the space between the L4 and L5 of my spinal segment is smaller than usual causing the disc to bulge touching the nerve roots. This is what causes the tingling sensation, pain and a bit of numbness in my lower back and left leg. This condition is called sciatica. Common among people working longer hours sitting. I was given medications to be taken morning and night after food. Was taught how to exercise my back to open the spine and release the pressure on the disc. Then there goes my vitamin D deficiency and some infections here and there.

In short, I am not on diet right now. I am eating normally but as healthy as possible. I am very careful not to gain back all those pounds I've already lost. The good news is, I am almost done with all my medications and feeling much better now. Hoping to get back to eating low-carb after this.

Going back to that pizza craving, I tried making another keto recipe. It is called Chicken Crust Pizza.

It is easy to make and it tastes good too. I am going to make another batch of this soon. It is great for kids packed lunch too. You can even eat it with rice, my daughter did.

I am sharing this recipe with you and you can make it if you are craving for pizza but couldn't compromise your diet just because you are having a craving.

Ingredients

1 lb Ground Chicken
1/2 Cup Shredded Mozzarella Cheese
1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
1/4 teaspoon salt
Your favorite pizza toppings (mozzarella cheese, red pepper flakes, fresh basil leaves)

Equipment Needed

Bowl
Parchment Paper
Pizza Cutter

Instructions

1. Pre-heat the oven to 180C

2. Add the ground chicken, cheese, Italian seasoning and salt to a bowl. Mix thoroughly with your hands. 

3. Pour the mixture on a piece of parchment paper and spread into a pizza shape about 1/2 inch thick.

4. Place the pizza crust and the parchment paper directly on the oven rack. (I don't have parchment paper so I used foil) Bake for 20 minutes

5. Remove from the oven and add your favorite pizza toppings. I added pizza sauce and more cheese.

6. Bake for an additional 10 minutes.

Remove from the oven and cool slightly. Slice and serve.

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Crustless Keto Cheesecake in Coffee Mugs

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My officemates and I had this crazy craving. We all want to eat cheesecake but doesn't want all the carbs in it. To satiate our cravings, we decided we'll make crustless keto cheesecake in coffee mugs for dessert, to be eaten after our office lunch or during our tea break. The keto cheesecake recipe was courtesy of my colleague's friend doing the ketogenic diet like us. It is a no-bake recipe because there's no crust. It was very easy to make and it tastes so good sans the guilt. If you have a microwave and fridge in your office pantry and an hour lunch break, this recipe is for you. It only takes less than 10 minutes to make.

Here's what you'll need

Ingredients

8 tbsp Kiri cream cheese
4 tbsp Kiri labneh
4 tbsp Cooking cream
2 tbsp of Stevia
2 tbsp lemon juice
1/2 tsp of lemon zest (optional)
2 heaping tbsp of sugar-free raspberry jam
fresh raspberry

Procedure

1. In a bowl, mix cream cheese, labneh, cooking cream, stevia, and lemon juice.

2. Mix it until incorporated.

3. Microwave it 3 times 30 seconds each time, mixing it each time it comes out of the microwave

4. It will soften a bit. Mix it once more and divide into coffee cups.

Since we are five, each got 2 1/2 tbsps of cheesecake filling.


This recipe serves two or one if you don't want to share. Lol!

5. Place the cups in the fridge and chill for two hours or until it sets.

6. Top with raspberry jam and fresh raspberries.


7. Serve and enjoy!

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Family Portraits with Great Image

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They say family portraits are important because of three main reasons. Growth. Milestone. Memories


We grow each year and having family photo captures how we look at that particular year. Doing it every year or once in two or three years will show how we have changed over the years.

Throughout our lives, we will pass quite a lot of milestones and wouldn't it be nice to remember them all through photographs. When our kids are newborn or when they enter kindergarten or graduate college. Kids grow up too fast while on the other hand, the parents grow old. Life happens and even we may not want to admit it, the make-up of the family can change without warnings.

Photos also bring us back in time. It is a great way to reminisce. Wouldn't it be nice if you have family photos to show your children or great-grandchildren?

My sister has been doing this practice for many years for her own family, I did it twice and I will continue doing it every now and then. Remember the photoshoot we had before.


Last year was our family reunion and we took advantage of it capturing beautiful images we can look back after a few years.




Emam Concepcion with Benjo, Erin, Claire, Faith, Lanna, and Prince. We missed Dinoh here but we hope he can join us next time.

Don't wait for the right time because there is no such thing. A moment gone is lost forever. If you have the chance, grab the camera, put on some coordinated clothes and shoot away. You can also have it done professionally with many studios providing such service. Thank me later. You're welcome!


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Hot Spring Resorts in Pansol Calamba Laguna

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Same time last year, I was already counting down the days to my vacation.

But now, all I can do is wait and be patient. At least for a few more months. Not that I'm complaining. I am actually thrilled that we will be spending Christmas and New Year in the Philippines again with our family. I just can't wait to go as if my body clock has set this time as a vacation time after two consecutive years of going in the same month. If only I can drag the days faster, I would.

My kids (well we) are missing everyone and we can't wait to see all of them again.


This was taken in a private resort we rented for a day in Pansol, Calamba Laguna, (where hot spring resorts are famous), while we were having lunch-boodle fight style at the rooftop (3rd floor) of the resort.

We had the whole resort to ourselves. It was like a vacation house with five or six air-conditioned rooms with ensuite toilet and shower. It has a swimming pool, kitchen with stove and fridge, shower room, videoke machine, billiards table and a grill. All you have to bring is food, refreshments and loads of fun.

There are many private resorts in this area but to be honest, I couldn't remember the name of the resort we rented, it was my sister-in-law who did the booking for us.


What I do remember is that we paid half the price because it was off-peak.  And yet we enjoyed the same amenities and the same incredible views.


Not all of the private resorts in Pansol have hot springs, most of them have private pools. If you are after dipping in a real hot spring pool, make sure to check with the resort if it is available.

If you are looking for a place to take your family around Calamba Laguna, this is still a very good option for a day of bonding.

We had a good time here, I'm sure you will too. Sharing with you some more of our photos in the resort with my husband side of the family.









We really miss everyone. We hope to see you all very soon.


If you are wondering, we got the crabs from here.


We spotted the stall on our way to buy some fresh fruits.


and the fresh fruits were from here.


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Ramadan 2018 Iftar Guide

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Ramadan is a beautiful time of the year here in the UAE. It is when the whole country and its people including us expatriates embrace the spirit of the season. 

During this period, our Muslim brothers abstain from eating or drinking from dusk till dawn. They wait until sunset to break their fast. Traditionally, fast is broken by eating 3 dates and some water. Followed by a prayer called Maghrib. Only then iftar commenced. Iftar is the meal shared with family and friends after a long day of fasting. It is a meal either prepared at home or savored at many restaurants around town offering Ramadan buffet. 

Local families prepare a big meal for Iftar to share with the relatives and friends they invited over. One of the best ways to truly feel Ramadan is to join and have an Iftar meal whether it is in the comfort of a friends home or go out. But before you go, you may want to check first where to go.

Just make sure to book ahead of time.

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Dinner Date at Serendipity 3, Dubai Festival City

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I've always wanted to dine at Serendipity 3 but never had the chance, because you know, we have gazillion dining options in Dubai. Until finally, hubby and I decided to try a new restaurant at Dubai Festival City hence a visit to Serendipity 3 to celebrate 15 years of togetherness.

15 years and 4 months to be exact last April 19.

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Famous Filipino Restaurant Gerry's Grill, Now in Dubai

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Gerry's Grill Dubai

Gerry's Grill's first branch in the UAE opened in Karama, Dubai just recently. Gerry's Grill serves delicious authentic Filipino food with an emphasis on char-grilled dishes. It is a famous restaurant and bar in the Philippines with branches all over the country. They also have international branches in the US, Singapore and UAE's neighboring country.
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Friday Brunch at Waves, Fujairah Rotana Resort and Spa

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Fujairah Rotana Resort and Spa

We were back at the beautiful Emirate of Fujairah at the beginning of April for an Easter Brunch invitation by Fujairah Rotana Resort and Spa, together with some of our blogger friends from Dubai.

The Friday brunch was at Waves Restaurant, ideally located in between the hotel's swimming pool, spacious garden, and white sandy beach. It's a perfect setting, and the weather was fantastic.

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Luigia, Rixos Premium JBR

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LUIGIA, the newest Italian restaurant in Dubai tucked inside the stylish Rixos Premium JBR has a new brunch concept dedicated to kids. Moms and dads, if you're listening, this one is for you.


Bambini Kids Brunch is every Friday from 12 pm to 5 pm. The kids to can eat unlimited pizza and pasta for free and can also have an unlimited fun inside a dedicated playroom full of books, toys and gaming console and a cinema that plays children's favorite movies. There's a playroom attendant so you can sit, relax, and enjoy your meal without worrying about the little ones. We were invited to try it and we only have praises for the Bambini Kids Brunch concept.

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5 Ways to Make the Most Out of Your Motiongate Dubai Experience

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Motiongate Dubai was the first park we ever visited out of the four theme parks inside Dubai Parks and Resorts.

And it has blown us away. We had so much fun and the adrenaline rush we had was unimaginable.

All four of us are movie lovers so imagine our excitement. When you have children, most likely you know all the characters in many if not all children's movies. Most likely you also know the names of the characters, even the dialogues. Yeah, do I see moms nodding?

If you're like us, I am sure, you and your kids will enjoy Motiongate. The park is geared to entertain all ages so there is always something for everyone.

If you've been, what was your favorite part of it? Please share us your experience.

Mine was Lionsgate The World of The Hunger Games.

We were invited to its grand opening and that was our second time at Motiongate Dubai.

Lionsgate The World of The Hunger Games was A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!!!! Motiongate Dubai was A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!!!!

That's exactly what Dubai Parks and Resorts wants every visitor to experience and it did not disappoint. It even exceeded our expectation. We simply love every inch of the place.

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Armenia: Winter Travel Diary Part 3 l 10 Places in 2 Days

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Seeing this view from my airplane window seat as we approach Armenia made my heart skip with excitement. I knew right away that Ferald and I were in for an awesome adventure.


Half of the fun we had in Armenia is narrated here and here. For the most fun part, allow me to share with you our first snow experience when we explored, for two days, this beautiful Caucasus country last January.

On our second day in Armenia, we joined a day tour north of Yerevan to Kotayk and Gegharkunik provinces. The day tour cost AMD 7000 / AED 53 per person exclusive of entrance fees. The only place with tourism fee is the Garni Temple. It's AMD 1500 per person. The rest is for free.

Beautiful Tourist Spots in Armenia

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Basilico's GourMed Brunch l The Cove Rotana, Ras Al Khaimah

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If someone asks me where to eat in Ras Al Khaimah before, I might find it difficult to give a quick reply.

Ask me now and I will recommend Basilico in a heartbeat. 




Go on a Friday between 12 to 4 pm and experience GourMed Brunch

It is where you'll find delicious food, upbeat atmosphere and stunning views of the Arabian Gulf.


That's exactly how I remember our dining experience here.


Basilico is an award-winning restaurant. It offers a variety of traditional choices of delectable Meditteranean dishes with reverence to Italian cuisine.



You'll find Basilico nestled at The Cove Rotana, a five-star hotel and resort located on an idyllic water inlet on the Ras Al Khaimah beachfront. The resort boasts 600 meters of pristine beach overlooking the Arabian Gulf, two outdoor infinity pools, and Nubian inspired rooms and villas.

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