Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Vambinas Eats: Texas Road House

Date night at Texas Road House

"Date night" is important for husbands and wife whether you are married ten weeks, ten years or even ten decades, for me it should be a ritual that's regularly observed. It may sound old-fashioned and traditional that makes the notion corny and trivial to many but for me, it is one of the keys to a successful communication with your partner. With the way of living of today's millennials, who mostly depend on their mobile phones with their every move, we are competing with gadgets to have our message come across the other person. 

There's a big difference between going out for the evening and going out on a date. Date night is a night out with your loved one. It’s quick trip back to courtship, a time to reminisce those days when you both will have any excuse just to be together, finding new dinner spots, watching the latest movie release, having coffee, mall hoping etc. 
Date night says, hey right, we’re a “couple”, when too often it can seem that you’re simply business partners or roommates or two people running day care together hehehe. It is a chance to look across the table and see the person you married, the one you fell in love with, not the person who left the bed unmade or forgot to fold his clothes. 
I will simply put it this way, date night is connecting with each other and reigniting that old spark.

Enough of the seriousness and onward with our date night! The Hubby and I decided to have our dinner in our all time fave steak house Texas Road House. The atmosphere is calm during our visit which was very far from the daily grind of waiting in line for a period of time during peak hours...

 Sticking with the staple and ordered their Rib-eye Steak combo

 The hubby decided to try out something we haven't tried before.

Can you see what joy a Date night brings to partners? I'm just not sure though if it's because of our date or because of too much good food we have indulged in. :) 

Monday, May 8, 2017

Michael Kors: Studio Mercer Bag

Lovin that Michael Kors Mercer Bag

I rarely post about fashion in this platform…but when I do…it’s something that I am obsessing over or completely in love with! Since the “fashionista” inside me is still on hibernation mode, all I’ve been doing lately is just browsing through the web for the latest style and trends. A few months back I came across Michael Kors’ new collection at The Dubai Mall and the Studio Mercer Convertible Bag caught my eye…Michael Kors has been my go to designer bag, as they have collections that’s simple and classy at the same time. And I feel that working moms like me, gets to have a Designer bag that is with quality, in trend and is of reasonable price with the MK brand. 

(Photo taken from the web)

I loved how the material used, is a 100% full-grain pebbled leather, it is quite sturdy but not that rigid, the even stitching throughout indicates rigorous Quality Control and is not a bad sight either, outside you can see a plated hardware that is well polished. One important thing as well is that the zippers glides smoothly. I find it very useful that there are two major compartment in this open top style, divided by a smaller zippered compartment (which has a zippered pocket and a slip pocket on either wall). 
(Photo taken from the web)

·         100% Full-Grain Pebbled Leather
·         Interior: 100% Textured PVC
·         Lining: 100% Polyester
·         Gold-Tone Hardware
·         4.25” Handle Drop
·         Adjustable Strap
·         Interior: Center Zip Compartment

So as I close this post I’ll be dreaming of the Mercer Bag until someone out there in the universe who’s generous enough to send one on my way! :p 

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Vambina's Eats: Din Tai Fung Dubai

Date Night at Din Tai Fung Dubai

Ever Since I’ve heard about the opening of Din Tai Fung here in Dubai, I have been giddy into trying this place out! Having heard all the fuss over Din Tai Fung in other countries, especially in my home country, Philippines, I couldn’t wait to try it out.

Din Tai Fung’s opening here in Dubai, like most of the countries that have opened a franchise, was one of the most anticipated one especially for foodies like me. They are one of the most accolated restaurants, having 119 branches in 14 countries around the world. Even New York Times names them as one of the world’s Top Ten Best Restaurants.

My husband and I were quite lucky at the time that we visited Din Tai Fung in Mall of the Emirates for there was no waiting time. Doing my research beforehand I have read a lot of reviews saying that most of them waited for at least 45mins to an hour or 2 just to be seated. And that’s not just the case here in UAE, even in other countries as well. As we are seated in the restaurant, my expectations were high. Was the hype about this restaurant justified? Well…heck a big YES! J

It’s a fast-paced atmosphere, but waiters, runners and supervisors alike are patient, attentive and deferential as they cater to a wide-ranging demographic. 

The dumpling room, showcased in a see through glass with nearly two dozen white- jacketed, ball-capped dough boys who press, fill, pinch, pleat and weigh their wares. They represent roughly half the kitchen staff. 

Oooohhhhh...The Beef soup was to die for! The beef was so soft it fell apart between your chopsticks and the broth was really very tasty. I would gladly take this as one of my mains. 

Xiaolong bao soup dumplings FTW!!! Just the sight of these little pockets of happiness inside the bamboo steamer basket makes my tummy jump for joy! They're small enough to fit entirely into your mouth and they oooze with perfection with the delicious broth that is within them! 

A great experience overall and one that does not break your bank! 

Monday, April 3, 2017

Vambina's Travels: Global Village Dubai

Capturing the world under one roof

Every year, representatives from over 30 countries come together to be part of one of the largest cultural festival in the region. Each country hosts their own pavilion where they feature local handicrafts, traditional clothes and foodstuffs. There are a lots of programs and cultural shows of different countries, musical concerts, children's entertainment and a fireworks display every evening to mark the end of the night. And have I mentioned the huge amusement park inside where there are spectacular funfair rides that both kids and kids at heart would enjoy. No need to break the bank on this one for the entrance here is cheap! 15aed or $4 :) The atmosphere here is ideal for families and food options are abundant!

The family and I went there during winter time when the weather was still permissible and colder.
Here are some photos we took while inside Global Village.

Catch them on their last few days.

Global Village Timings 
1st of November 2016 until 8th of April 2017 

    4PM TO 12AM (Entry Gates Closed at 11:30pm)
    4PM To 1AM (Entry Gates Closed at 12:30am)
  • MONDAY IS A FAMILY DAY (Except Public Holidays)

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Vambina's Eats: Chili's Dubai Mall

Celebrations are in order!

As the saying goes “Never get so busy making a living that you forget making a life”. A quote that best describes basically almost every expat, busy making a living outside their comfort zones and making money for their families back home. And I, being one, tries to make it a point to enjoy life and to never forget to have fun.

We are all caught up in a world that requires us to push our limits to be at our best in our work that we forget living. I was very fortunate to find a group of ladies at work that have the same level of “crazy” as I am. J  So recently, we Gals have decided to start having a routine of having a get together outside work in celebration of whoever’s Birthday it is.

After sometime of deliberation we all have decided to go to Chili's Dubai Mall. Here’s a glimpse of the celebration we had. 

 Oh Chili's you never fail to make me happy! you have been a ritual go to place of mine! Their Cajun Pasta has always been my favorite for it's creamy white sauce, al dente Pasta and on point spiced Cajun style Chicken on top! Their Bone in Ribs, a mouthwatering experience, fall of meat and a sweet barbecue dressing complementing everything else. Only a few of my favorites from Chili's! 
(Kindly note that this is not a paid review, it's purely out of LOVE for their food!)

It was an evening of laughter and fun and a lot of catching up! 

A shout out to the celebrants! Ate Sherlie and Girlie! :) May your days be more blessed and fruitful this 2017!

Special thanks to Ate Sherlie for the Dinner treat! :) And to these ladies for a fun filled night!

Monday, March 20, 2017

Vambinas Travel: The VOID at The Beach, Dubai

Experience Hyper Reality 

The Void a US based company which is currently only open in New York City, has partnered with Meraas to bring it's aced hyper reality experience here in Dubai. It’s like stepping into something unimaginable that is virtually possible! J  It’s virtual reality but way better for it lets you live in the moment and be able to physically interact with the items that exist in both virtual and the real world.

 (Photo Credit from the web)

 (Photo Credit from the web)

They currently feature the Ghost busters Dimension where you get to be a Ghost Buster and fight off those pesky and most of the time scary ghosts! We all were scared and excited at first, for we don’t really know what to expect! But mostly it was more of excitement as we get to experience something new and so millennial! Once you’ve logged in via your wrist band, you will be guided inside to watch some do’s and don’ts, and once inside the virtual reality area our excitement reached its high point as we get strapped into our virtual reality gear…mind you that the gears are all heavy and requires a little effort at first for it weighs a lot, but once you're in your virtual reality "game on" zone you won't mind the weight of the gear itself.  

It really is one of a kind experience and is fun for a group to try out! So I highly recommend for you guys to check it out! J

The VOID is located at The Beach overlooking the Persian Gulf. They are here only for limited engagement so better think fast and book your adventure starting 24 March 2017.

 (Photo Credit from the web)

The Beach, Dubai - UAE
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