Monica’s Weekend September 30th feast on fabulous focaccia, powerful cool coffee and some edgy finds at the Urban market

This week September 30th feast on some fabulous focaccia at La Fabbrica Italiana, cool coffee at Kaffe Bloom and edgy buys at the Urban Market Monica Kapila and Mark Lloyd broadcast every FRIDAY on DUBAI EYE 103.8 at 1.45pm repeated on the Sunday Brunch at 1.15pm Monica’s Weekend September 30th Focaccia Coffee and Edgy markets…

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Monica’s Weekend September 23rd Brilliant Business lunch at high end Hutong, a super Supper Club with new friends in DIFC and trying to Tango Argentinian style in Dubai.

This week we’re trying some business lunch Chinese style at Hutong, we’re chatting around a dinner table in DIFC at a new supper club called Break Bread and trying to get 2 to Tango at La Casa Del Tango in Gate Avenue, all on Monica’s Weekend. Monica Kapila and Mark Lloyd broadcast every FRIDAY on…

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Monica’s Weekend – August 26 delicious Indian food, sensory indulgence in a pottery class and your kid’s a powerful Super Hero!

This week August 26th on Monica’s Weekend try some deliciously different Indian food at Roobaru Downtown, get in touch with your tactile side with a cool pottery class and turn your kids into superheroes at the Courtyard Playhouse. Monica Kapila and Mark Lloyd broadcast every FRIDAY on DUBAI EYE 103.8 at 1.45pm repeated on the…

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Monica’s Weekend July 30th Lovely Lunch at Lucia’s downtown, cooling down in Salalah and beautiful jazz at TODA

This week on Monica’s Weekend July 30th indulge in a lovely lunch at Lucia at the Address Sky View downtown, cool down in sultry Salalah and get lost in some beautiful jazz at TODA at the Madinat Jumeirah. Monica Kapila and Mark Lloyd broadcast every FRIDAY on DUBAI EYE 103.8 at 1.45pm repeated on the…

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Monica’s Weekend July 23rd new Japanese menu at Intersect DIFC, incredible kids summer camp at Dubai Mall & iconic movie Pulp Fiction at Cinema Akil

This week July 23rd try the new Japanese menu at Intersect DIFC, book your kids into an incredible kids summer camp at Dubai Mall & revisit iconic movie Pulp Fiction at the cool Cinema Akil in Al Serkal. Monica Kapila and Mark Lloyd broadcast every FRIDAY on DUBAI EYE 103.8 at 1.45pm repeated on the…

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Monica’s Weekend July 16th classy Lebanese food at Cafe Beirut, dazzling aqua gymnastics at La Perle by Dragone and authentic Thai cooking classes for kids

This week July 16th classy Lebanese food at Cafe Beirut, dazzling aqua gymnastics at La Perle by Dragone and authentic Thai cooking classes for kids Monica Kapila and Mark Lloyd broadcast every FRIDAY on DUBAI EYE 103.8 at 1.45pm repeated on the Sunday Brunch at 1.15pm Missed the live broadcast on Dubai Eye? Don’t worry…

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Monica’s Weekend July 9 luxurious sunset chill vibes poolside + tapas & fizz at Ritz Carlton JBR, Modesh World & powerful theatre

This weekend July 9th luxurious sunset chill vibes poolside + tapas & fizz at Ritz Carlton JBR, Modesh World & powerful theatre too Monica Kapila and Mark Lloyd broadcast every FRIDAY on DUBAI EYE 103.8 at 1.45pm repeated on the Sunday Brunch at 12.15pm Missed the live broadcast on Dubai Eye? Don’t worry just listen…

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Monica’s Weekend July 2nd try tasty Afghani Cali food at Nolu’s, meet your idol at Madame Tussaud’s Bluewaters and live laugh love all the way to the Junction Al Serkal with Boeing Boeing

This week July 2nd try tasty Afghani Cali food at Nolu’s, meet your idol at Madame Tussaud’s Bluewaters and live laugh love all the way to the Junction Al Serkal with Boeing Boeing Monica Kapila and Mark Lloyd broadcast every FRIDAY on DUBAI EYE 103.8 at 1.45pm repeated on the Sunday Brunch at 12.15pm Missed…

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AIR FRIED LOTUS ROOT CRISPS fresh tasty vegetarian and vegan snack easy to spice up

You’ve probably eaten these as part of a South East Asian meal. They’re often served as a starter and very addictive! Better than deep fried potato crisps! Try these easy to make fresh Air Fried Lotus Root Crisps at your next dinner party and impress your friends! Ingredients for the easy air fried lotus root…

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Monica’s Weekend June 26th a roaring good Gents Night on the Palm, watch classic cinema in Al Quoz and get strong in mind and body with 2 weeks of yoga for just AED 140

This week June 26th get the gent in your life to a Roaring good gents night on the Palm, then get him strong in mind and body with some yoga at Nilaya house and watch how Barry Lyndon got on in his quest to raise his status in society at Cinema Akil. Monica Kapila and…

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Monica’s Weekend June 18th Experience Tomorrow Today at the Museum of the Future, do some powerful Vision Boarding and hear about a new Ladies Night!

This week June 18th we’re experiencing Tomorrow Today at the Museum of the Future, understanding all about how Vision Boarding works and trying a brand new, powerful Ladies Night … all on Monica’s Weekend on 103.8fm Monica Kapila and Mark Lloyd broadcast every FRIDAY on DUBAI EYE 103.8 at 1.45pm repeated on the Sunday Brunch…

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Monica’s Weekend Eat British at Gordon Ramseys Hell’s Kitchen Dubai, Octogenarian art in DIFC and the 21st edition of Sharmilas Dance extravaganza

This week June 3rd we’re eating British classics at Gordon Ramsey’s Hell’s Kitchen at Caesars Palace, taking in some iconic art by “M” now in his 80s and dancing all the way to Mall of the Emirates for Sharmila’s 21st Dance Extravaganza Monica Kapila and Mark Lloyd broadcast every FRIDAY on DUBAI EYE 103.8 at…

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Monica’s Weekend enjoy a beautiful Business Lunch at Sushi Samba, take a sunset walk and watch live theatre where a school girl is missing

This week May 27th a beautiful business lunch at Sushi Samba, a sunset beach walk from DOSC at dusk and a girl in school uniform is missing at The Junction for some thrilling theatre in Al Quoz Monica Kapila and Mark Lloyd broadcast every FRIDAY on DUBAI EYE 103.8 at 1.45pm repeated on the Sunday…

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MONICA’S WEEKEND an awesome offer at Zighy Bay luxury resort, indulge in Scandinavian style breakfast in D3 and classical mellow cello music at Dubai Opera

This week May 20th we’re telling you about an awesome offer at Zighy Bay luxury resort Six Senses in Oman, celebrating World Baking Day with some Scandi style Cinnamon Buns and relaxing listening to some classical music at Dubai Opera. Monica Kapila and Mark Lloyd broadcast every FRIDAY on DUBAI EYE 103.8 radio at 1.45pm…

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RAJ MAHAL RESTAURANT DUBAI taste genuine authentic vegetarian thali

Authentic vegetarian thali at Raj Mahal restaurant Dubai Home style tasting Gujerati and Rajasthani specialties with Indian street food to start with at Raj Mahal restaurant Dubai. Where is Raj Mahal restaurant The Raj Mahal restaurant is located on the ground floor of the Westzone Pearl Residence apartments building just behind the Bur Juman shopping…

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MONICA’S WEEKEND Try a terrific new thali meal at Raj Mahal then let’s dance off your calories at Emirates Golf Club and wander around the new indoor Ripe Market at Times Square all this weekend

This week 13th May we’re eating a terrific new thali meal at Raj Mahal in Bur Dubai, Let’s Dance off the calories with Sasha at Emirates Golf Club and then have a wander around the new Ripe Market at Times Square. Monica Kapila and Mark Lloyd broadcast every FRIDAY on DUBAI EYE 103.8 at 1.45pm…

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MONICA’S WEEKEND Experience a cool, new Ladies Night at Bar du Port Dubai Harbour, feel genuine ethnic vibes at Fab India and see Van Gough with your ears and eyes at Dubai Mall

This week 6th May we’re experiencing a cool ladies night at Bar du Port Dubai Harbour, experiencing ethnic vibes at Fab India in Mankhool and immersing ourselves in a Van Gough exhibition with all our senses at the Infinity Lumieres in Dubai Mall! Monica Kapila and Mark Lloyd broadcast every FRIDAY on DUBAI EYE 103.8…

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Monica’s Weekend 16th April 2022 authentic Mexican food in DIFC, surfing in the dessert and soulful oud music

This week 16th April we’re eating Authentic Mexican food in DIFC, surfing in the dessert and listening to some soothing oud music at the Madinat Jumeirah. Monica Kapila and Mark Lloyd broadcast every FRIDAY on DUBAI EYE 103.8 at 1.45pm repeated on the Sunday Brunch at 1.15pm Missed the live broadcast on Dubai Eye? Don’t…

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ENERGY BALLS RECIPE perfect nutrient dense sweet snack

Get your Energy as naturally as possible with this simple Energy Balls Recipe UPDATED APRIL 2022 perfect Ramadan Recipe The original energy balls recipe is great but here’s another version WITHOUT the very calorific peanut butter AND without all the caffeine in the cocoa. I’ve also used a delicious coating of sesame seeds and fennel seeds making…

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MONICA’S WEEKEND experience a very special Suhoor in the Sky, eat some fish al fresco and wander around Meena Bazaar

This week on Monica’s Weekend 9th April we experience a very special suhoor in the sky, we’re eating some authentic seafood in Um Suqueim and going shopping in Meena Bazaar Monica Kapila and Mark Lloyd broadcast every FRIDAY on DUBAI EYE 103.8 at 1.45pm repeated on the Sunday Brunch at 1.15pm Missed the live broadcast…

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MONICA’S WEEKEND we’re eating authentic Nyonya food in JLT, stocking up on foodie gifts and going to a music concert at Global Village

This week 26th March we’re eating authentic Nyonya food in JLT, stocking up on some foodie gifts for Ramadan at Global Village and going to a music concert there too. Welcome to Monica’s Weekend 26th 27th March. Monica Kapila and Mark Lloyd broadcast every FRIDAY on DUBAI EYE 103.8 at 1.45pm repeated on the Sunday…

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MONICA’S WEEKEND this weekend we’re eating Indian vegetarian food, going to a yoga fest and doing some birding!

This week (17th March) we’re eating Indian vegetarian food near Mall of the Emirates, going to an outdoor yoga fest and checking out some wetlands wildlife in the city. Monica Kapila and Mark Lloyd broadcast every FRIDAY on DUBAI EYE 103.8 at 1.45pm repeated on the Sunday Brunch at 1.15pm Eating Out We loved our…

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THERMOMIX IN DUBAI

Updated March 2022 Thermomix in Dubai Is it worth it ? Read this honest review updated 2022. I found out all about the thermomix in Dubai in Feb 2017 when I did a review of the product.  But I ended up waiting till December 2020 to buy my thermomix!  I use it daily, sometimes 2…

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MONICA’S WEEKEND we’re eating Beiruti food in Al Manara, watching some Ladies Polo at the Desert Palm and experiencing art at Art Dubai this weekend

This week (9th March) we’re having Lebanese food Beiruti style in Al Manara. We’re watching the UAE Ladies polo teams while taking afternoon tea at the Desert Palm and taking a wander around Art Dubai back in it’s original home at the Madinat Jumeirah all on Monica’s Weekend. Monica Kapila and Mark Lloyd broadcast every…

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MONICA’S WEEKEND we’re eating South East Asian on the Palm, going to the waterfront market and experiencing all things oyster in Dubai

This week (4th of March) we’re eating South East Asian at Hanami on the Palm, going to the waterfront market in Deira and experiencing an awesome oyster festival. Monica Kapila and Mark Lloyd broadcast every FRIDAY on Dubai EYE 103.8 at 1.45pm repeated on the Night Shift show with Mark Lloyd at 9.15pm Eating Out…

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MONICA’S WEEKEND we’re eating Palestinian food, shopping at the Saffron Souk and walking towards the QE2

This week (25th February) we’re eating Palestinian food al fresco, bargain hunting at the Saffron Souk in Jumeirah and promenading in Port Mina towards the QE2. Monica Kapila and Mark Lloyd broadcast every FRIDAY on DUBAI EYE 103.8 at 1.45pm repeated on the Night Shift show with Mark Lloyd at 9.15pm Eating We’re eating at…

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MONICA’S WEEKEND new radio show with ideas for eating out, family outings and cool events in Dubai

Listen to Monica’s Weekend a BRAND NEW radio show for 2022. Monica Kapila and Mark Lloyd will broadcast every FRIDAY on DUBAI EYE 103.8 at 1.45pm repeated on the Night Shift show with Mark Lloyd at 9.15pm. Plan a better weekend or week ahead with your family, friends and visitors! Welcome to my new show…

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DUBAI FINE DINING RESTAURANTS – My shortlist based on real experiences

I’m always being asked which restaurants I’d choose for a special meal out so here is my pick of some of Dubai’s fine dining restaurants. Real pictures based on meals that we’ve experienced and paid for ourselves (unless stated) Note the points about outside dining and location. Remember many of these high end places have…

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CHINESE SUPERMARKET IN DUBAI fabulous food and shopping in Deira

Chinese Supermarket in Dubai UPDATED NOVEMBER 2021 Do you get bored shopping at your regular supermarket? I certainly do and so was delighted to find an amazingly authentic Chinese supermarket in Dubai’s International City. NOW RELOCATED TO AL RIGA IN DEIRA just near the Clock Tower. Well worth a visit for all real foodies. BUT…

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HERITAGE EXPRESS DUBAI experience a fascinating ride showcasing Dubai’s culture and customs. Forget the malls for a morning

What is the Heritage Express Dubai The Heritage Express Dubai is an immersive experience taking you on an insightful and entertaining journey of Dubai’s culture, customs and traditions as explained by young, enthusiastic Emirati ambassador/guides. All Aboard For a Fascinating Ride Is the Heritage Express Dubai the same as a Dubai Sight Seeing Bus No…

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BIRIYANI IN BARSHA

Biriyani in Barsha from a secret location. Is it worth it? UPDATED OCTOBER 2020 Welcome to the first MonicMoment, an honest, often funny insight into the real world of a Dubai based foodie blogger, starting with my experience of biriyani in Barsha. Digest and laugh! UPDATE OCTOBER 2020A delicious prawn biriyani has been added to…

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AIR FRYER SPICY PRAWNS

AIR FRYER SPICY PRAWNS Air Fryer SPICY PRAWNS Indian Style A versatile, tasty prawn dish, cooked in minutes with barely any preparation once your prawns are cleaned and defrosted. Curry Leaves very easy and cheap to get here in Dubai. INGREDIENTS Indian Style medium size prawns  Oil for spraying RUB MARINADE Salt  1/2 tsp turmeric…

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KENYA BEACH RESORTS

3 Kenya Beach Resorts A Kenya Beach resort holiday beckons but how to choose your resort? I’ve been to 3 luxe beach resorts in Kenya and can’t wait to go back. Read the honest detailed reviews here to help you make a more informed choice. Msambweni Beach House Splendid Isolation at Msambweni Beach Resort Hemingways…

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AIR FRYER AUBERGINES

AIR FRYER AUBERGINES Air Fryer Aubergines Oriental or Indian style Air Fryer aubergines are a great dish to prepare this way. Why? Because aubergines or egg plants are sponges for oil, this way you use very little oil but the marinade means no compromising on umami flavours. It’s also much quicker to cook them like this.I’m…

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IS VEGAN CHEESE KETO ?

Is vegan cheese keto? This week we need the answer to the question:  is vegan cheese keto?Update: Re Colin and his dessertsColin has decided not to focus on the desserts that we featured on last MonicMoment post but rather on his Keto business for which there is an instagram already! However, he would like to…

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KOREAN SUPERMARKET IN DUBAI

UPDATE JUNE 2020 I visited the new location of the much larger Korean supermarket in Dubai, then called 1004 Mart, now known as 1004 Gourmet. New location, new products, new cafe. DEFINITELY WORTH A VISIT. Read on to find out why.  Korean Supermarket in Dubai1004 Gourmet is an unusual name for a Korean supermarket but…

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INDIAN CURRY BASE

eating Indian Curry Base Indian curry base We call Indian curry base “masala” which means the gravy or sauce element in the dish. It’s also the generic term for spices. This is my go to easy recipe for a versatile tomato base that you can use for chicken, prawns, lamb or chick peas! It’s made…

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WIN A CHEESE BOARD now closed

CONTEST WIN A CHEESE BOARD from DISH CATERING THE PRIZE DISH CATERING have offerend to GIVEAWAY not one but two artisanal cheese boxes for DOINDUBAI READERS! Expect 4 or 5 types of cheese, crackers, olive breads, fresh fruit and some dry fruit too. All delivered to your door in Dubai.   HOW TO ENTER Make sure…

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HEALTHY SPRING ROLLS

EATING healthy spring rolls not fried or baked healthy spring rolls These healthy spring rolls look hard to make, but I promise you they are not! I watched 3 or 4 different you tube videos and put all the good bits into one, informative video showing you how to make these healthy spring rolls.  Ingredients…

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3 INGREDIENT PANCAKES NO EGGS

EATING 3 ingredient pancakes – no eggs or flour 3 ingredient pancakes Bananas, Oats and Milk. That’s it. You want to make your 3 ingredient pancakes VEGAN? Then just use a nut milk, like almond or even oat milk. You want to make your 3 ingredient pancakes gluten free? Then use gluten free oats.  There…

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