South Beach – Camps Bay

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When I received an email that read: ‘On behalf of the team at BBC Good Food Middle East I would like to extend a big congratulations on winning the BBC Good Food Middle East Awards voting prize!’, I initially assumed it was spam that had somehow gotten through.

I went and googled ‘BBC Good Food Middle East Awards voting prize’, and then realized I had actually posted the same thing on my facebook page a few months earlier to encourage readers to vote for their favorite blogger, restaurants and foodie brands in the UAE.

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Mezzerie – Dubai

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Mezzerie is one of the six food and beverage outlets in the Waldorf Astoria Dubai Palm Jumeirah hotel, and is the usual location for the New York-inspired Mezzerie Friday Brunch buffet.

About two weeks after my Restaurant week dinner at Social by Heinz Beck at the Waldorf Astoria Dubai Palm Jumeirah, I received an email about the Mother’s Day brunch on March 18th, 2016. In celebration, they were offering all mothers 50% off at the Mezzerie Mother’s Day Brunch buffet, and invited me to experience it.

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Orange cake

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This orange cake is pure sunshine, loaded with intense orange flavor from both the juice and peel of sweet navel oranges. It tastes equally delicious with the hot syrup or cold glaze.

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Spiced boiled fruit cake

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If memory serves me, this recipe for a moist, dark, rich and beautifully spiced boiled fruit cake was passed to my mother from an old family friend.

The first time I tasted this spiced boiled fruit cake recipe was on a vacation to the Wild Coast with my mum, her friend Aunty Joan and my cousin. The vacation was Aunty Joan’s gift to me for passing my senior year at high school. 🙂

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Social by Heinz Beck – Dubai

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Choosing Social by Heinz Beck – Dubai, for my first dinner during the inaugural Dubai Restaurant week, was a no brainer. Firstly, because it is in the Waldorf Astoria, the quintessential luxury hotel brand that I love. Secondly, because I had read numerous glowing reviews about the restaurant in the previous months that had piqued my curiosity.

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