Free New Car and Gourmet Meals with Radisson Blu’s Dine and Drive

Have you heard the hottest promo this spring break? Radisson Blu, one of the world’s leading hotel brands, recently announced the launch of its Dine and Drive promotion where patrons of the brand’s many restaurants will have the opportunity to win one of two of the latest Mazda 2’s and dine for free in their outlets.

Coinciding with the start of the Taste of Dubai, the Dine and Drive promotion runs from March 20th until May 31st. Guests will be given a dining passport in which they can collect a stamp each time they dine at a Radisson Blu restaurant. After collecting three stamps in their passports guests will receive the AED 300 meal voucher and automatically be entered into a raffle to win one of the two Mazda 2.

Picturesque location of Radisson Blu Hotel Deira Dubai Creek

I am especially excited for we have friends spending the spring holidays with us. It will be perfect to try Fish Market where we can soak the views of old Dubai. Specialising in the freshest seafood available, the restaurant serves delectable dishes like Shaam in Thai red curry sauce, live crab in black pepper sauce, tiger prawns in lemon butter garlic sauce and a live Australian lobster cooked any style.

Fish Market Restaurant

Opened in 1989, Fish Market was the first restaurant of its kind in Dubai and enjoyed instant popularity that still continues. It has been voted “Favourite Seafood Restaurant” by the What’s On Awards since 2002.

Since Radisson Blu first arrived in the United Arab Emirates, the brand has managed to cultivate a loyal base of guests. With this promotion, diners will have the chance to participate in the country’s vibrant food and drink scene, whether on Yas Island, the ultimate leisure and entertainment destination;overlooking the Indian Ocean in Fujairah; taking in the culture in Sharjah; or in Dubai, which is an emerging gastronomy destination internationally.

The dinner voucher is valid in all Radisson Blu restaurants, including those at the Radisson Royal and Park Inn by Radisson, across the UAE, offering guests a chance to sample award- winning local and international cuisine.

Our guests are also eyeing to try the worlds’ only Ferrari theme park in Abu Dhabi hence we are planning to treat them for brunch after an action packed day. Thankfully, Radisson Blu also has property in Yas Island where Assymetri is located and is one of the known leading buffet restaurant in Abu Dhabi. Hmnnn that should increase our chances of winning!

Recognized as one of the world’s leading hotel brands, the Radisson Bluhas more than 270 hotels in operation in 62 countries, with nine hotels in the UAE alone, in Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah and Fujairah.

For more information, please visit

Monte-Carlo Beach Club Saadiyat Launch New Friday Brunch

Monte-Carlo Beach Club, Saadiyat – the only private beach club on Abu Dhabi’s stunning Saadiyat beach – launches its new Friday brunch dining concept, at signature dining venue, Le Deck.

Bidding adieu to the traditional brunch format, Monte-Carlo’s UAE flagship is set to tantalise taste buds with a delicious half-half concept, with part-dejeuner buffet for starters and desserts and part-plats chauds set-menu for mains. Set on the sweeping shores of Abu Dhabi’s pristine white sandy beach at Saadiyat Island, Le Deck is the capital’s go-to venue for mouth-watering food with a view.

Bringing the taste of la joie de vivre to the capital is executive Chef Gavin, who has previously worked at Michelin starred restaurants in London and Dublin:

“We are meeting the previous dining concept half-way with a new and relaxed dining experience,” he explains. “Le Deck Friday Brunch offers more choice on the menu, with everything from charcuterie and carvery to the freshest salads and cheese selections, all crafted in our kitchen.

“We source the freshest ingredients, and prepare them in a way that truly showcases the flavour. Le Deck offers simple, fuss-free dining, in a beautiful setting.

“It’s quintessentially French-Mediterranean fare at its best.”

With a seafood display serving oysters, king crab legs, jumbo shrimp, salmon gravlax and tuna, to a cured meats and terrines section boasting cecellion de lion, foie gras terrines and parfait, all made fresh in-house, guests are left spoilt for choice.

A selection of four set menu items awaits diners for mains, changing every week to keep it new, innovative and interesting. Dishes are served at the table with enough to share amongst guests, with dishes inspired by the three regions of Italy, France and the Levant.

“The set main course selection showcases an exciting array of foods, from crusted rib eye steak to seared scallops – we are already looking to expand it as we go. The dishes are also selected based on the weather and seasons where possible. I’m getting a bit excited and want to add more to the offer each week!”

Topping-off the experience, Monte-Carlo Beach Club, Saadiyat offers “Friday at Monte-Carlo” brunch package with day pass. For an additional AED 350, guests can enjoy the club’s breath taking facilities including pool, Blue Flag-certified beach and spa facilities.

As the sun sets on brunch, Monte-Carlo Beach Club, Saadiyat’s resident house DJ’s set the tempo for a blissful afternoon, carrying on into the night at Sea Lounge overlooking the beach and infinity pool.

Soft drinks packages start at AED 270, whilst house beverage packages start at AED 400 and French bubbly packages start from AED 470. For those looking for something extra special, Monte-Carlo Beach Club, Saadiyat’s premium Dom Perignon package starts at AED999. Booking is advised.

For more information contact +971 2 656 3500

Sunshine, Tropical Muffins!

We had old friends dropped by yesterday so I quickly whipped up muffins to serve. Their visit was unannounced, G’s partner had the sudden need to order digital audio stuff specifically by Apogee . Since technical stuff are ever so alien to me, they had to wait an hour to discuss it with Hubby.  When they called for direction, they were already at the entrance of the community which simply takes about 5 minutes to reach the apartment.

Fortunately, I tucked in a muffin recipe I have been wanting to try. This was given to us by DinnerTime Dubai last year but I never got around to baking it. I adjusted the liquid and flavors and it came out so well even my chocolate cupcake devoted son could not stop reaching for another serving.

Ingredients include juice and zest of fresh clementines. I folded leftover dried cranberries but you can also use dried apricots. Or any dried fruit you have to add texture. Moist, fruity, and tropicale muffins!

Sunshine, Tropical Muffins
(Makes 12 regular size)

250 grams all purpose flour
2 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
100 grams caster sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 Clementines, grated zest and juiced
200 ml milk
100 ml vegetable oil or melted unsalted butter
1 egg
1/2 cup of dried fruits (cranberries, apricots, pineapple, etc.)

Here’s How:

1. Pre-heat oven to 220 degrees Celsius. Line 12 hole muffin pan with papers.
2. In a medium bowl, combine flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda, grated zest of clementine, and sugar.
3. Add juice of celemntine, milk, egg, and oil. Lightly beat until just combine. take care not to over beat the batter.
4. Fold in cranberries or dried fruits of your choice. Spoon the batter into muffin cups.
5. Bake in the pre-heated oven for 20 minutes or until the muffin spring back when lightly tapped.

Happy baking!