Posted in Diary of Newbie Mom Recommends, Dining Out - Sharjah, Sibling LOVE, Sister bonding, Tried and Tested - Food Galore, Uncategorized

Sharjah Dining – Applebee’s at Sahara Centre

We hang out, we help one another, we tell one another our worst fears and biggest secrets, and then just like real sisters, we listen and don’t judge

   
 

If there’s one thing that I loved about Raquiza is she really knows me well. Some people are asking us if we are also fighting. To be honest yes! And that’s because of me and my big mouth.😆

Most of the time we also have differences and arguments but at the end of the day we choose to believe that like Joseph forgiveness, love and humbleness should reigns in our heart.

Raquiza is the youngest among our four siblings and she’s the sweetest. Kaya lagi niya kong nililibre pag sweldo or she’ll see that I need time out from all the mother duties. Ang chweeett😍

And today is no exemption, we had our shopping bonding and dinner date at Applebee’s Restaurant – Sahara Mall.   

       

The Applebee’s concept focuses on casual dining, with mainstream American dishes such as salads, shrimp, chicken, pasta, and “riblets” (which is considered Applebee’s signature dish)

The orders – We started with their Ultimate Trio Appetizer. We settled upon with Twisted Pretzel and Dip, Fried Calamari and Cheeseburger Sliders.

  
Then we also ordered their new Cowboy Ribeye Portobello. It’s a bone – in steak seasoned with salt and pepper and topped with sauteed Portobello mushrooms. Instead of baked potatoes we replaced it with fries.

  To satisfy our thirst we also tried their Mango Banana Smoothie. It’s a combination of banana and mango purees blended with vanilla mix, apple and orange juices, garnished with fresh apple and pineapple. I highly recommend this!   

The verdict – A great night out with my sister! Nothing beats great drinks and great food in a casual dining setting. The service here was friendly and efficient, and staff were confident to offer advice on the menu.👍 

Applebee’s Sahara Centre
Applebee’s Sahara Centre

Sahara Centre, Sharjah

East Atrium, Restaurant Area 

Phone: +9716-555-0245

Home Delivery : No

City : Sharjah

Timing: Sun – Thu: 10:00 am to 11:30 pm

Fri: 2:00 pm to 12:00 am

Sat: 10:00 am to 11:30 pm  

***Restaurant timings and services may change during the Holy month of Ramadan. Please directly confirm with the restaurant for operations during this month.

Posted in Food review, Weekend escapades

Dubai Dining- Unwind at the weekend @ The Cheesecake Factory, Dubai Mall

Enjoy the warm and cosy atmosphere and walk through the front doors of The Cheesecake Factory and you will know you are
in for something special. 

 Located in the Suoq area of Dubai Mall, The Cheesecake Factory menu boasts more than 200 selections made fresh from scratch daily. 

What we ate: 

While choosing to their wide selection menu, we were given a complimentary bread with uber- creamy butter. I so like the butter that I wanted to ask the waiter from where they are getting it. Kaso nahiya naman ako..hehe 

Appetizer– we had Fried Calamari it’s fried light  and crisp squid served with garlic dip and cocktail sauce. 

Main Course– we tried their Famous Factory Meatloaf served with mashed potatoes, gravy, grilled onions and corn succotash and the Salisbury Chopped Steak combined with onions, mushrooms and garlic served with mashed potatoes, gravy and fresh green beans. We also ordered Fettuccini Alfredo a rich parmesan cream sauce with chicken for little A since he only likes white sauce in pasta. 

Dessert – we sampled their Ultimate Red Velvet Cake Cheesecake, it’s a layers of red velvet cake and cheesecake covered in cream cheese frosting, finished with white chocolate. The cake was extremely heavy and rich in taste. 

Verdict – The portions are very generous and amazing food. The staff are  friendly with great recommendations. It’s definitely worth a visit! 

Call: The Cheesecake Factory

04 3253521

– Ground Level, Dubai Mall, DubaiUAE

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Posted in Food review

Fridate @ Shake Shack Mall of the Emirates

If you have OSN cable in your house then you’re familiar with Guy Fieri as he visit America’s most interesting and unique restaurants in Food Network’s Diners, Drive-ins and Dives. When he featured burgers in his show it was so tempting that right here and there I wanted to grab a bite of burger. But since it’s Ramadan here, most of the restaurant will open after 7pm, so I ignored the idea and instead I asked hubby if we can visit the much talked about Shake Shack located in Mall of the Emirates.
We arrived to Shake Shack almost 7pm just in time they were about to open. Upon entering they give you the menu and you get straight away the feeling that you are going to really indulge yourself with a big fat cheeseburger and fries.

There is almost always a line of customers, but don’t fret the line tends to move quickly, but you should be prepared to wait 15-20 minutes and sometimes even longer. Since all the food is freshly made, it takes another 10-15 minutes for most orders to be completed.
While on the queue they are giving complimentary water and dates.

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We ordered their signature meal, the Shack Burger and Shack Stack.

Shack Burger features well-seasoned freshly ground beef, served with cheese, lettuce, tomato and shack sauce while Shack Stack is cheeseburger with a fried Portobello mushroom, topped with onions, cheese and shack sauce.We also ordered Strawberry Milkshake and Root beer float. The orders arrived on a tray; they’re colorful, good looking burgers, much similar to a gourmet kitchen than the fast food chain.

Verdict – I was a little disappointed to be honest. considering the hype surrounding it, but maybe I expected too much. Or should I say it depends on how you like your burgers but I also asked hubby and Raquiza and they were not even satisfied with their food. The flavors are simple and there is no wow-factor considering that the price is much expensive than the other burgers. But the good news it’s less guilt and less calories as the burgers were made 100% all-natural Angus beef, vegetarian fed, humanely raised and source verified. No hormones or antibiotics. Will I come back again? Maybe if it’s for free!! hehehe..

Posted in Family matters, Food review, Our little man

Weekend Chill Out

Have you ever been so tired the whole week that you become completely non functional at home? That’s what’s happened to me in the last few weeks; all day morning sickness have left me completely drained. So when hubby asked me if we can dropped by in Al Qasba for a Barney show I was more than happy to say yes. This is a great chance for little A to meet Barney and Friends.

Children’s favourite purple dinosaur was in Al Qasba last 25th – 27th April, 2013 and 2nd – 4th May, 2013 to spread his trademark cheer to every child who takes a ride on the Etisalat-Eye of the Emirates.

Barney along with his two bubbly friends, Baby Bop and BJ, had a fun time meeting kids and sharing giggles and songs, making this a perfect time to take a ‘flight’ on the region’s tallest Ferris wheel for anyone that is young at heart.

Entrance was aed 50 for kids and aed 30 for the parent/guardian. But we find it too expensive so we decided to watch na lang outside..hahaha

But the package includes fun-filled activities including face painting, an arts and crafts workshop, and even a photo booth so that they can take home a permanent souvenir of to remember the day. Kodak are charging extra aed 50 for printing.

After the show we ate at Nando’s hubby wanted to try the Espetada meal.

Hubby choose the Espetada Rustica – is an Age-Old-Recipe-a Wholesome Dish Made from Succulent, Flame Grilled Chicken Thighs, Basted in Peri-Peri, Stuffed with Sun-Dried Tomatoes and Skewered with Red Onion. It’s Served with Bolo, a Homestyle Portuguese Bread, Bay Leaf Butter and a choice of side dish. But instead of salad he wants to eat it with rice. While he’s feasting with his food I ordered naman the Beef Trinchado – it’s a piping hot cubes of beef,basted with lemon and herb.Served with a Sprinkle of Bell Peppers and Jalapeno.I wanted mine naman with french fries.

Verdict – Everything we tried was fantastically flavored and grilled to perfection.

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Posted in Family matters, Friendship

Splish.. Splash.. Summer Fun @ Dreamland Aqua Park

Last Saturday marked our 5th year wedding anniversary. But instead of usual fine dining we decided to spend the day splashing water @ Dreamland Aquapark. Luckily, I was given a two free passes and 3 tickets with 50% discount for general admission. The perks of working in a publishing company!

Dreamland Aqua Park, is the largest water park in the UAE and it is located on the scenic coastline of Umm Al Quwain, about 30 minutes drive from Sharjah.

Dreamland is strict on bringing food inside the premises so instead of bothering ourselves with baon, my uber sipag sister woke up early and prepared heavy breakfast for us. Yummy Adobo Rice and Pork Adobo with sunny side up eggs. Sweet noh!

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We arrived at Dreamland passed 11 am and went straight to the free locker room and kept our belongings. While we are all excited the little boy naman is having a tantrums. He doesn’t want to swim at all. Look how suplado he is! He said he will only seat on the sun bed. Instead of stressing ourselves we just roamed the place for him to familiarize. When he’s ready na wala ng pilitan..wala pang ahunan!! hehehe

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Dreamland is the perfect place for holiday escape.The 250,000 square meter expanse of lush,green,landscaped gardens.With over 30 thrilling rides,slides and attractions.

Being preggy,hubby and I stayed in the kiddie pool while Ann and Raquiza tried all of the rides and slides.They called it buwis-buhay slides but infairness they were so excited to try them all.

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We were so immersed with the water and we didn’t notice the time. It’s almost 3pm when we realized that we are not yet eating lunch.We ate at the Snack Attack food chain. Al and I shared 3pcs Chicken with fries, coleslaw and Cola for Dhs 39. While Angelo ate Chicken Nuggets with Fries for aed 25. When Raquiza and Ann came to our table I only had aed 36 money left and they don’t like to go to the locker room kasi malayo. Guess what they did?? Nanghingi sila sa isang mabait na kabayan ng aed 3.00..mabuti na lang di sila napahiya!! hehehehe

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We stayed till 5pm and decided to eat our dinner in Al Qasba. It’s our way to tour Ann to our beloved place, Sharjah.

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Chowking Dishes Out ’10 on 10′

CHOWKING Orient Restaurant today announced a ’10 on 10’ Special as it completes 10 successful years of operation in Middle East.  10 Products from the menu will be sold at only AED 10 each as against their original selling price from 10th April to 8th May 2013 (excluding Thursday & Friday). Customers can choose from-

Beef Chao Fan
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Fish in Hot Garlic Sauce
Crispy Vegetable
Crispy Vegetable
Chopsuey
Chopsuey
Chicken in Schezwan
Chicken in Schezwan
Chicken Haka Noodles
Chicken Haka Noodles
Beef Mushroom Wanton Noodles
Beef Mushroom Wanton Noodles
Halo Halo
Halo Halo

The month long event is first of its kind here in UAE. This is their special way of thanking and appreciating their valued customers who have loved the food and brand through this ’10 on 10’ special.”

Posted in Our little wiggle

Pregnancy Cravings – Max’s Restaurant

I’m curious what’s your cravings during your pregnancy?

Most of us women experience cravings at some point.  The most common cravings I experienced from my first son are for sweets, dairy products and salty foods although there are some weird cravings out there.

But with little wiggle, I haven’t had too many pregnancy cravings except lately, I have an intense craving for Kare-Kare and Shrimp.

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Beef Kare-Kare
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Shrimp Gambas in Aligue Sauce

Max’s Restaurant would be an obvious solution to my cravings, but it can be hard to get over excited to indulge kasi I am getting heavy. I am eating plenty of rice lately. I need to know how to eat by portion.But how can I say no to these fantastic foods. I guess, giving in to my cravings will not make me  a bad person, di ba?? hehe

Kayo anong pinaglihian nyo??