Dinner @ HATAM, Burjuman

So as me and my son are back in Dubai and we thought taking our son out for a walk would be ideal as he feels like an alien already and seemed like he misses sri lanka. So we drove towards Dubai mall and met up with a humongous line up of vehicles waiting to enter the parking. It was no wonder as the weekends are always jam packed in many malls so we decided to head over to Burjuman. It was my husband’s idea and was less crowded. As we walked around Burjuman heading towards the food court looking for somewhere to sit and eat. Yes Burjuman centre had a very nice food court in their new phase which had upstairs as well.
I wanted to sit up in one of those cabins and eat in style after all it’s my first weekend out in Dubai after my vacation. So we decided to go for grills and chose to dine at HATAM. Am not sure what cuisines they serve but it sure is Arabic food. There menu was awesome. I asked the manager to get us a seating upstairs and he straight away rejected saying “no ma’am, we don’t give upstairs seating”, is that it? Well I saw the opposite restaurant masala house served food upstairs for the customers. I was disappointed. They might or might not have a proper reason for not providing upstairs dining but it was very impolite. Anyway as they were the only ones who had a grills option we decided to sit and eat though not hungry.
The person took the order in a few minutes and went away.
Serving was quick and we were in no time digging into our plates. The portion was fine. Even my 9 month old enjoyed the piece of rotti 🙂

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The salad was good and I loved the kebabs. It was a mixed grill with rice.
Finally as we finished our meals and paid for it we walked out towards the parking taking pictures as any tourist would do and finally I remembered that we were not served hot water as I requested and they even forgot to provide Bavaria as ordered. It was good they dint charge for it though. Anyway the first weekend in Dubai dinner was good :

Hog apple juice

Sundays are always special whether you go out or not. No matter if you had a good biriyani feast or had the simplest of food like plain rice with papadams and curd chillies or pol (coconut) sambol. Sundays means less traffic, nice movies on television while rest from work or for some it’s a no  cooking day while for some its the best meal day. There might be some who have sunday as hubby’s cooking day.
May Allah bless everyone.
Last sunday was my outing day after many many months. Since my dad sold his car we never went for a dinner out together while the few times we went was only the three sisters and my mum and son on a tuk tuk. It was always a rushing shopping spree and never got some time to sit and have a snack nor enjoy a drink.
So last sunday we decided to go out in our usual vehicle the tuk tuk and headed off to majestic city.
The same old shopping complex where they had a play area with many games for kids and adults of all ages. We had some time exploring the play area as it was our visit after 15 years, although we shop at majestic city we never go around to the play area as we had no kids to play.
So last Sunday we went to entertain my son. After spending some time at the play area we walked over to the food court and decided on having some fresh juice from roots while also looking for a snack.
As I went over to the counter to order some juice I was drawn towards the board in the from next to the cash counter which said amberella juice.
Amberella is the sinhalese name for hog apples and its believed to have some health benefits over diabetes patients.  My mother in law used to suggest hog apples during my gestational diabetes.
I came across on Facebook that they do sell hog apple juices somewhere yet I never tried them.
As a food blogger who is on the lookout for new food while travelling and who likes to try different types of food I decided to try it for my blogs sake and write about my experience which I hope my readers would enjoy reading.
I grabed some pizzas from peppers as I believed that hog apple juice would be bitter and taste bad. So the pizza was my taste enhancer. I ate the pizza thinking, am gonna enjoy this piece of pizza to the fullest as the hog apple juice was waiting till I drank it and I was so sure on each of my bite that this hog apple juice is not gonna be good. I was looking around the food court thinking of buying something sweet to adjust my taste buds after the hog apple juice.
Finally I toom the first sip and was amazed at how sweet it was, the hog apple flavour and taste was exactly there while the drink was palatable.
It tasted so good which made me think of how stupud I have been to think it would tastw bad.

My husband always “says don’t assume try and find out for sure”.

He is right thats something I need to keep reminding myself about as I can’t stand if food tastes unpleasant.
Well am now over excited and feel like trying things out more for an experience while I look forward to blog about it too.
Here are some pictures captured through my s4 –


My seafood pizza which I ate half heartedly and never enjoyed as I wanted to thinking if it was halal although the salesman pointed out they used bairaha  chicken am not sure what cheese they used and finally I had to take off a bit of cheese. This pizza was from peppers at the food court in majestic city. Am not sure if they are or were halal certified.  Pizza hut is the best option I guess which people believe to be halal certified.


Its inexpensive, healthy and delicious.


My hog apple juice amberella juice


Finally what I wanted to enjoy was not enjoyed while what I believed that I wont like was my favourite.

Conclusion- try different food and drink.
Experience everything permitted.
Eat well and healthy.

Never come for a conclusion by assuming but by confirmation.



The crab soup

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It’s really surprising to think that I’ve fallen in love with seafood very lately amidst the fact that I hardly buy prawns in dubai and hatted fish since my pregnancy.
I enjoyed eating prawns and fish when I was in sri lanka but after marriage moving into dubai has changed me due to my partners preferences.
Coming back to sri lanka on vacation for delivery encouraged me to try new things out and seafood hit the list first. The opening of the manhattan fish market helped me explore the seafood galore and the taste was incredibly delicious that made me fall in love for seafood. Eating out, next in line was the very latest seafood restaurant in colombo at the Kingsbury hotel “The Ocean” which served high class seafood meals that dint let down my new found love for seafood.

Next dine out plan was to spend less and eat well.
Expecting less for a nominal price walking into a chinese restaurant in colombo along the sea which Is very famous for it’s chinese food I was let down. The standards never met even to match the sea over looking the restaurant. Ordering a crab soup was waste as the bowl was filled with basic sweet corn soup and two 1 centimeter piece of crab legs I guess. Surely the soup was delicious yet it doesn’t suit the name crab soup. My seafood love hasn’t faded off myself yet has warned me not to order seafood at a normal chinese restaurant. Feel like having seafood for dinner walk in to a seafood restaurant is what I’ve memorised.
Not all restaurants are in the same standard yet it’s always safe and best to eat what you want at a place that specialises for that particular cuisine or meal. Its always better to eat thosa at an Indian restaurant isn’t it?

World heart day

World heart day is held on the 29th of September every year. Several events and campaigns are held around the world to mark this day With the aim of raising awareness amongst the general public.
Men have the Possibility of being affected with Cardiovascular disease has been a myth now. cardiovascular disease can cause severe illness and disability.
Campaigns and several other types of programs are held around the world to create awareness amongst the general public.
Here are some pictures from a brochure at deira city center which was themed to mark the world heart day.
Hearts are not just for valentines day!!!

The Big Year

The Big Year is the story about three guys whose life is totally different to one another as they start to travel around america looking for birds. it was a movie i really really enjoyed. its a movie with a bit of comedy and drama. as a bird lover i really enjoyed watching it which is what made me start a post on the big year.
await more!!!