2016 was definitely a roller coaster ride, filled with happy highs and disappointing lows, special success and frustrating failures. I definitely came out of my little protective shell and got to meet so many incredible people in the industry & make new friends, work with some of my dream brands/companies, finally conquered on one of the most challenging hurdle ever – UAE Driving test and made my biggest investment so far with my little black beauty – Nissan Sentra 2016.
Looking back at 2016, I encountered lots of good and bad memories but enjoyed plenty of “I can’t believe I did that” moments. This year, I faced the worst of depression & stumbled upon nerve-racking anxiety, but I stood strong and kicked some serious ass. Read books on self-motivation, practices self-love and most importantly trained my mind to focus on positive thoughts only.
This little recap of my favourite 2016 milestones, got me crazy excited for what 2017 has in store for me.
A diamond is just a piece of charcoal that shined exceptionally well in the dark nights. Just like Henry Kissinger said, I found a jewel in the isolated roads of Sharjah University. Going by the Instagram handle @flavors_of_the_world_uae fully justify its name to perfection. Rabiee Al Shaay Cafe is a hidden gem yet a popular buzz in the food blogging community with it’s one of a kinda sushi dessert rolls and finger licking presentations. Click here for the menu and prices.
Though the seating area is very compact and limited, the rich menu makes up for the shortage with tempting delicacies, you can’t deny. For drinks, I had their cult favourite Passion fruit mojito and my plus one settled for a fascinating twist to Kiwi lime mojito. The latter was a bit too tangy for my liking but the former was a definite winner.
While we enjoyed our vibrant drinks, the popular appetisers were served hot!! Dynamite shrimps and Chicken Wings, both came with an interesting taste like never before. Of course, nothing can beat the almighty Dynamite shrimps of Pf Changs, but this could give them a tough fight especially with their affordable prices. The chicken wings were not up to my liking, it had a bit too much soy sauce.
For mains, we got their Pink Chicken pasta which was supposed to give a taste of jalapenos, creamy tomato sauce and red peppers. Although the dish was decent, it did not match up to what was mentioned on the menu. On the positive side, one look and I knew I had to get their Cheetohs sliders, one bite and I knew SALT is no longer my favourite spot.
A) The prices are cheaper B) The taste is excellent C )It has Cheetohs
The moment of desserts. I’m always intrigued with a live cooking demonstration, the inner child in me finds it enticing and wildly fascinating but this time I was numb observing the chef master the art of crepes and sushi in one beautiful giant chocolaty delight. As he poured the chocolaty goodness over the brownie rolled in crepe and cut into bite size sushi-like pieces, my jaw dropped and my eyes were lit like a baby.
Finally, the moment of truth, one bite of this dessert and you know a connected is developed and you are coming back to this small eatery, in fact, this will be a talk topic among your friends and Instagram feed.
Overall, it is a Winner in my dictionary with its Instagram-worthymenu and affordable prices. And if you study somewhere near or work across the street, I surely recommended this exciting takeaway joint.