0 com

Happy New Year!

Goodbye 2009 and he-he-hello 2010. We've been waiting for you!

I'm taking the week off since most of you are traveling and reveling.

Will be back on track with a fresh list next week choc full o tips on how to do things better in 2010.

Read more »
0 com

The List- Special Holiday Edition

I know it’s kind of late in the game- I missed Islamic New Year and Hanukka, and Christmas and Kwanza are just few days away, but I am sort of a Scrooge and I have been distracted from timely holiday preparations- so I have a holiday themed list this week. You may find inspiration for future gifts and outings, or a few ideas for procrastinators, either way enjoy this week’s edition 4 days early of ‘what to’, ‘where to’, and ‘how to’ in Dubai and around the globe. And if you don’t find any of that, there are plenty of great YOUTUBE links to entertain you. (FYI- the red text in each section are actually links to cool things)

Happy Holidays,

In Dubai…

Where to eat – Al Diyafa: Fah-rah-rah-rah-rah-Rah-rah-rah-raaaaaah in one of the best Christmas movies of all time, the special turkey is ravaged by a pack of dogs and the only restaurant in town that’s open is Chop Suey Palace. So it is with this in mind that I recommend Noodle Bowl on Al Diyafa Street. Delicious Chinese and Malaysian food for Recessionista prices.

Where to sip- Deira: Everybody is talking/tweeting about Toffee Nut Lattés, blah blah blah… C’mon brainwashed consumers, Starbucks is lame. Next time you’re in Deira head over to the JW Marriott and order a hot chocolate in the Vienna Café in the lobby. It’s open 24hrs and they serve them submarino style like they do in Argentinian – real chocolate dunked into steaming hot milk...mmmmm (add a peppermint stick and you'll be ooozing Christmas)

What to mall-Al Quoz: Antique Museum- Ok, it’s not a museum and it’s technically not a mall per se, but it offers 65,000sq ft of treasures from around the world all crammed in this Al Quoz warehouse, none of which are actually antiques, but you’ll find gifts a plenty. Al Quoz Industrial Estate (take the first right before Kanoo building and first right again, Antique Museum is on your right). Open 9.30am-8.30pm 04 347 9935

What to plan ahead for: Avatar has opened to rave reviews and sold out cinemas. Plan ahead and get your tickets early. It’s playing on the IMAX screen daily at Ibn Battuta Grand Megaplex 10:30am, 1:30pm, 4:30pm, 7:30pm, 10:30pm

What to gift:
etisalat or du pre-paid phone cards are probably the best thing you could give the kind people who sweep our floors, guard our buildings, pump our gas, and myriad other (often menial) jobs in this city. Stock up on a stack and take this time at the end of the year to recognize the work they do.

And around the globe…

Who to follow on Twitter: @longestwiener [teeheeheehee] the Longest Wiener Contest is a charity fundraiser for animal charities and non-profits. If wieners aren’t your thing, find another charity group to follow on Twitter, like @CharityTweets, @SavetheChildren or @CharityWater and get inspired by more ways to be a source of generosity in the world.

WTF?: A clip from a South Indian Tamil 80's movie "Athisiya Piravi". I wish I understood Tamil to know what the plot of the scene is about. (the holiday theme here comes from the song in the clip Holiday Rap by MC Miker G & DJ Sven

I imagine it goes something like this:

Migdet dances

Wife comes in and breaks up the party

“Uh dah dah dah dah dah!
“Aaaah Chemporchodi, did you got to that special market in Chennai and buy another dancing midget!? I told you not to do that, I don’t need another mouth to feed."
“Run along boys, go see if you can pawn him off on our neighbors. I think Aamithyan is getting married soon, maybe they will take him for the wedding entertainment. Puh puh puh puh puh..”
“Chemporchodi you must be tired, I can’t see that you are laying on top of a ghetto blaster, get some rest.”

Wife leaves

Midget sneaks back in

“Yo dude, your old lady busted you. I told you we had to be more smooth about this, break it to her slowly. Now give me a drag off that blunt homie and we’ll figure out how to tell her about our dream to win America’s Best Dance Crew."

The comments are equally WTF? Here is a sampling:
elsangre333 (10:05am)
WOW! i'd like to buy one, but when they are still a baby. Then i would train it. i would raise million off one of those dwarf dancers.
CoralMan24 (12:37pm)
I would pay to see him on Dancing with the Stars.
marceloribeirobarros (5:48pm)
betskier (6:03am)
Where can you buy one??????
NoiKeomisy (7:12am)
no its not a midget....its a 2 year old light skinned black dude named lil nitro
Eggroll42 (11:37am)
madshoe99 (2:20pm)
he actually lives in a zoo and eats raw steaks

Take a laughternoon break: Again, Christmas lends itself well to humor. Check out Sketchy Santas [via @urlesque]

What to read:
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens One of the greatest writers of all time, here is the entire text online. Definitely worth a read again.
And I’m also reposting a link for my other favorite Christmas story from David Sedaris, hilarious
Apologies non-Christian friends, but the I’m short on ideas for humorous Kwanza stories or classical tales of visits from jinn on the eve of the Islamic New Year, feel free to add them in the comments.

What to DVD/Slingbox/iTunes: A Christmas Story, as mentioned above, is the best Christmas movie of all time. There is a reason it plays for 24hours on Christmas eve in the U.S.

How to change the world: Kiva.org is one of my favorite microfinance programs where you browse entrepreneurs' profiles from all over the world, choose someone to lend to, and then make a small, but valuable loan to that person. For as little as $25 you can help a real person make great strides towards economic independence and improve life for themselves, their family, and their community. Throughout the course of the loan (usually 6-12 months), you can receive email journal updates and track repayments. Then, when you get your loan money back, you can re-lend to someone else.

*new* a few links and ideas I find interesting that don’t always fit into the list

Random recommendations:
Read about soushoku danshi, also known as Japanese Herbivore Men- shun sex, don't spend money, and like taking walks- represent an unspoken rebellion against many of the masculine, materialist values associated with Japan's 1980s bubble economy.

When Poker Face came out I thought it was the most ridiculous song ever.
But just like “Turn me on” by Kevin Lyttle and “Ignition” by R. Kelly, its ridiculousness eventually grew on me. And I am slowly becoming a Lady Gaga fan. It may be more that she has Rilke tattooed on her arm,
but also the fact that she’s already so incredibly successful at 23 and has been playing piano since she was 4, and no one on this earth can really rock Alexander McQueen they way it’s supposed to be rocked but her.
Her stylist Nicola Formichetti has a beautiful blog worth perusing if you are interesting in the madness that is Lady Gaga.

And speaking of dancing midgets: If you watched Twin Peaks (David Lynch’s TV masterpiece, you’ll appreciate this 'Twin Peaks' Wishes You 12 Days of Christmas
Read more »
0 com

The List- December 17

Back from 2 weeks off and starting to feel festive as the rain came and scrubbed Dubai clean, and brought great films to DIFF and generous gifts from Abu Dhabi - aptly named Sukukmas by our brilliant friend @TomGara. 2009 is quickly coming to a close and if you’re like me you are probably ready to say goodbye to this year and get on with 2010 already. But we have a few weeks left and plenty of time to assess where we are in our lives and where we’d like to be next year. Otherwise for the non-reflective fatalists out there, there is lots of goings on in Dubai to keep you busy until 2010. Here are a few ideas on what to, where to, and how to:

In Dubai…

Where to eat – Souk al Bahar: BICE Mare is now open. Practically every table in the place has a view of the Dubai Fountain and the food is excellent. Great date spot (hint hint… ya, you know who you are) Reservations: 04 318 2520

What to mall- Ibn Battuta Mall:
As much as I like sing the praises of Dubai Mall, it is worth the drive out to Jebel Ali for a visit to Ibn Battuta for several reasons, here are just a few: ِ
A. the cinema at Ibn Battuta is cleaner and has more movies to choose from than MOE, and they serve crêpes at the snack bar
B. the Forever 21 has the best selection in Dubai
C. Don’t miss the Napoli Gelato stand outside said Forever 21- amazing
D. You can get 2 for 1 tickets at the aforementioned cinema on Tuesdays
E. free parking

Who to follow on Twitter: @DubaiMallNews because they’re supercool and will tweet to you when you’re in the mall, you’ll feel special

What to weekend: It’s time to go out to the desert. The best desert escorts are the locals of course so start making friends with some of the awesome Emiratis who live here and get yourself invited to the desert. If that doesn’t happen, don’t miss the amazing weather and gorgeous scenery, grab a copy of Explorer’s UAE Off-Road book.

Who to follow on Twitter: @emiratweet is a virtual majlis for Emiratis, you could make some nice friends there who may invite you to the desert if you’re lucky

What to do after the weekend: Go see Avatar because it’s a dry night tonight so the cinemas will be crowded. It's playing on the iMax at Ibn Battuta

How to answer -“Do you want anything from Cambodia?”: “Baat (if you’re a dude)/Jaa (if you’re a chick) please bring me some spices like lemon grass or cinnamon.” Thank you @omaralfi :)

And around the globe…

Who to follow on Twitter: @chucknorrisftw Just because tweets like “Chuck Norris uses Tabasco Sauce for eye drops” are fun to read (thanks @Alexi13 for spotting it)

WTF?: Tiger Woods- seriously dude,you are disgusting.

Take a laughternoon break: One of the best marketing campaigns ever, hilarious URL. Take time to read the copy.

What to read: While all the TV shows are on holiday hiatus, it’s time to curl up with a good book. I recommend Little Bee a compelling novel about globalization played out through the intersection of a 16-year-old Nigerian orphan and a well-off British couple.

What to podcast: The Moth is a not-for-profit storytelling organization, was founded in New York in 1997 by poet and novelist George Dawes Green, who wanted to recreate in New York the feeling of sultry summer evenings on his native Georgia, where he and a small circle of friends would gather to spin spellbinding tales on his friend Wanda's porch. Each week there is a new podcast featuring someone telling true, engaging, funny, touching and eye-opening stories from their life.
Read more »
0 com

The List- November 25

Eid Mubarak,
and Happy Thanksgiving,
So much happening in Dubai over the past week that, although I’m off the crutches, I can barely keep up: Eve performed at was a major “Sheikh Up” at the top of the Dubai financial world, Global Village opened, and multiple sword fights broke out in the city. Yes...sword fights!
We’ve got a long Eid Al Adha weekend ahead of us and plenty of scandal and intrigue sure to follow.

In Dubai…

Where to eat – Mall of Emirates: Almaz by Momo serves yummy North African cuisine in a chic setting on the top floor of Harvey Nichols. Don’t miss the authentic pigeon pastille and minty Moroccan tea.

What to mall- Lamcy Plaza: It’s been on my list before, but it’s worth the drive to Oud Metha to check out this very bizarre multi-level shopping center with an open floor plan. Head straight to Daiso Supermarket for cool Japanese trinkets. You could spend hours in that place picking up things like ladies face razors, Beckoning Cats, butterfly nets, miniature clothes pins, and plenty of useful home stuff too.

Who to follow on Twitter (local): @emiratweet is a virtual majlis for Emiratis, created by @angelistiic I think she’s on to something big. You go girl!

What to weekend- Thursday: Catch an indie film at The Scene Club. This month’s film is Kerala Café, a Malayalam film directed by a team of 10 directors focusing on a common theme of journeys that reflect contemporary times in Kerala.

What to weekend- Thursday: Catch a Hollywood blockbuster on a 4000 sqft screen accompanied by a 32 speaker digital surround sound system when New Moon opens the Swiss Open Air season in Media City.

What to weekend: Take your sheep for a walk. Eid al-Adha, also known as the Feast of Sacrifice, is on Friday. It is the most important feast of the Muslim calendar and concludes the Pilgrimage to Mecca. Eid al-Adha commemorates the Prophet Abraham’s willingness to obey God by sacrificing his son. During the feast families re-enact Abraham’s obedience by sacrificing a sheep of their own. The more beloved and dear the animal is to its owner, the more meaningful will its sacrifice be. The family eats about a third of the meal and donates the rest to the poor.

One more, we do have a long weekend: Go see the human cannonball at Global Village! David ‘The Bullet’ Smith Jr is the current World Record holder for the longest human cannonball flight. David will blast off twice a day between the 22nd of November and the 21st of December 2009. Just one of a many reasons you should go.

How to answer -“Do you want anything from Egypt?”: “Aiwa, please bring me a nice khamsa or evil eye to ward off the bad mojo of 2009...”

And around the globe…

Who to follow on Twitter: @urbandaily keep up to date on the newest word in the Urban Dictoinary like: darth breather, Febreze shower, and moviegating. You’ll sound so clever.

WTF?: Somewhere in India there is a Spiderman Ganesh, need I say more?

Take a laughternoon break:
This Party Took a Turn for the Douche” this is a hilarious song about a party turned bad full of hilarious pop culture and literary references- Mike Seaver, Golda Meir, "metaphysical like John Donne" [warning mom types- prolific use of the F-word, but it really is funny]

What to read: Sign up for Book Crossing Welcome, where hundreds of thousands of people from more than 100 countries come to share books through a unique method of recycling books which are left on a park bench, a coffee shop, at a hotel on vacation. You can even track the book's journey around the world as it is passed on from person to person. Very cool, very green.

What to listen to: Rakim, the godfather of the golden-era rap just released a new album. For you youngsters, Rakim is the ‘Microphone Fiend’ you hear Hova rapping about in “Run This Town” . Rakim is not slappin’ hoes, he is not poppin’ bottles, this is what rap should be. Buy his album.

How to save the Earth: Join Book Crossing.

And finally, something to inspire you: 11 Productivity Tips
Read more »
0 com

The List- November 19

It’s been a whirlwind week again. My cast came off Monday so I ventured out a bit, although I’m still a little gimpy on my left foot.
Participated in the Dubai Cool Twitter Conference, which was a really nice event.

It’s a short list this week, so much to do this weekend. Enjoy the weather and this week’s list.

In Dubai…

Where to eat Sharjah:
Samakmak I know, I know Sharjah… but this is authentic Alexandrian seafood joint is well worth the drive. And comes highly recommended by @omaralfi, my dining companion. He recommends the grilled butterfly shrimp.

What to mall-Dubai Mall:
Dubai Mall is not only big, it’s just plain cool. They offered me a wheelchair for the day so I wouldn’t have to crutch through the mall, so sweet. Regress and hit up Sega Republic and Candylicious. And Dubai Mall is on Twitter, let em’ know when you’re in the mall @dubaimallnews

Get your swing on:
the course is beautiful and tickets are free, get down to the Dubai World Championship this weekend and enjoy the weather and the best golfers in the game. I’ll let you in on a little secret too: best spot on the course is at the 17th hole in the Après tent, get there early.

What to culture: Abu Dhabi Art 19-22 November at Emirates Palace in Abu Dhabi. Abu Dhabi has been bringin’ it lately. Time to take a drive (the pastries at Emirates Palace Lobby Café alone are worth the drive!)@Abu_Dhabi_Art

What to get excited about: Global Village is opening in 3 days!!! Woohooo!!!!! And Dubai International Film Festival is coming soon. Friend them on facebook and follow them on Twitter, there are some amazing films in the lineup. @diff2009

And around the globe…

Who to follow on Twitter: @BoingBoing Cool geeky humor and news

Laughternoon break: Ok, it’s maybe more of a chuckle this week. The Top 5 Most Annoying Facebook Couples. If that isn’t enough for you this site is always good for a laugh.

WTF?: New Moon fashion

What to read: Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts. It is over 900 pages, but I couldn’t put it down when I read it. Amazing story, beautiful writing, you’ll love it.

Get ready for Thanksgiving: in this article Mark Bittman gives you 101 head starts on the most delicious holiday of the year : )
Read more »
0 com

The List - November 12

Lots of sightings this week around Dubai- Sheikh Majid on the Earth Course at Jumeirah Golf Estates, Margherita Missoni at Okku, Tom Ford at Capital Club, Tom Gara at Pinkberry- Dubai is the place to be, even Oprah says so.
The weather is lovely and there is plenty of fun to be had around the city. Here’s my list of “what to”, “how to” and “where to this” week:

In Dubai…

Where to eat- Deira: Kisaku at Al Khaleej Palace Hotel is one of the best Japanese places in Dubai. Well worth the adventure into Deira for amazing sushi and a wonderfully kooky atmosphere that you can’t find at Nobu/Okku/Zuma.

Who to follow on Twitter:
@dwchampionship OK Dubai, it’s time to get excited about golf as the best in the game descend on Dubai next week for the Dubai World Championship. I know, I know, golf? I’m way more into hoopin’ and tacklin’ but watch this video and you may just catch golf fever too! (by the ubertalented Josh Harris)

What to mall- Mall of the Emirates: Pinkberry = fat free frozen yogurt + all the fresh toppings you can fit into your cup + great people watching. My favorite is Pomegranate with Cap’n Crunch on top.

What to t-shirt: This is seriously brilliant! All the broo-ha-ha about Dr. Lamees Hamdan’s appearance on Oprah inspired @MohdSultanH to design and distribute a response T shirt. It’s a must-have for Fall09 and now the center of a major Twitter debate. Join the Facbeook group and order your limited edition T designed by "house of glaMO" - email mhab2r@yahoo.com with your size male or female retails at AED 250.

What to weekend- Thursday (or Friday): The weather is perfect for maxin’ n relaxin’ outside and there is no better place than the Terrace Bar at Park Hyatt. The view is gorgeous and the resident DJ plays the best music in Dubai. Classic Maxwell, Prince, and even Sugar Free by ‘one hit wonder’ Juicy last week, the man knows his RnB. Definitely one of Dubai’s best kept secrets.

What to weekend- Saturday: It’s time again for Dreamland. Forget Aquaventure, forget Wild Wadi- Dreamland ROCKS

What to spend 5AED on: The next time you fill your tank… oh wait- you don’t fill your own tank here in the UAE, some guy who breathes in fumes all day and makes about 1200AED a month does that for you! Even though attendants at some petrol stations have stopped cleaning windows, still give the guy an extra 5AED or so…do you really think you need it more than he does?

Sign up now: Dubai Twitter Conference 18 November 2009 – look for me, I’ll be there

And around the globe…

Who to follow on Twitter: if you like to bake Cookie Expert sends out some great recipe links like Pumpkin Spice Rice Krispie Treats, Gingerbread Pancakes, and Blueberry Lemon Drops

WTF?: Often times my WTFs border on a laughternoon break, this is almost there, but despite growing up with 6 brothers, I’m a girlie girl so it’s still a WTF for me. You decide: Subtle Butt

Take a laughternoon break: This video is incredible. The story of two Pakistani brothers stealthily manufacture fetish and bondage wear, earning more than $1 million a year from their Western customers, most of whom are apparently Democrats from New York.

What to read: Season of Migration to the North by the Sudanese writer Tayyeb Salih. It’s the Kutub Book for December. Confronting displacement and post-colonial aftermath, this book is a modern Arabic classic and a vivid exploration of anti-colonialism and anti-imperialism, self-destruction, cultural exoticism, and manipulations of power. There are many copies at Kinokuniya in Dubai Mall or online at Amazon

How to save the Earth: Make your own holiday gifts this year, start now and you’ll have plenty of time. Martha Stewart has some great ideas for DIY gifts.
Read more »
0 com

The List- November 5

It’s been a busy week in the UAE following the wrap of F1 in Abu Dhabi- CNN is now broadcasting from Abu Dhabi, dozens of Champions Leagues matches to watch, Manolo Blahnik was in town, the opening of DIFC’s first dental clinic, the launch of Esquire Middle East, the premier of Ishaqamaan, and I’m trying out a new look for my blog- it almost feels like 2008 in Dubai!
I even got out on my crutches and a high heel a few times this week to keep my finger on the pulse of what’s cool in Dubai.

Here’s my take on "what to", "where to", and "how to" this week:

In Dubai…

Where to eat - Dubai Healthcare City: Wild Peeta is finally open for business! Hip Hip Hooray! Opened by two Emirati brothers with lots of input from the Dubai twittersphere, they serve up “FUSION Shawarma sandwiches and hearty-fresh salads” They do deliver, but take the time to stop in the shop and congratulate them on opening. Alaf mabrouk shabab.

Who to follow on Twitter: @wildpeeta

What to read- local: Time Out’s Jeremy Lawrence took the helm of the newly launched Esquire Middle East. First issue is a gorgeous glossy chock full of great articles. Just like the US publication, they’ve pulled together a team of talented writers. Maybe they’ll even get a few articles from David Sedaris if we’re lucky. Pick up a copy and let me know what you think.

What to mall- Ibn Battuta Mall:
Grand Megaplex. If you live on the south side of the creek it’s worth the drive out to Ibn Battuta Mall’s cinema because it’s way cleaner than the one at MOE, there is an iMax screen, and on Tuesdays you can get 2 for 1 cinema tickets with their loyalty card.

What to weekend: Dubai Sound City The Doves are on tonight, Happy Mondays tomorrow, and my favorite Echo and the Bunnymen on Saturday. True story: When I was 15 Ian McCulloch touched my hand at a concert and I didn’t wash it for a week.

Get your groove on:
Pure have launched a new Urban Night on Tuesdays at Quantum. “Shawty get loose!” thanks @AymenAlsaleh for the tip

What to do if you break your foot and have trouble getting around: the DVD Lady has a good stock of independent films at the moment. I picked up Tormented, Nights and Weekends, and Trouble the Water last week.

Sing up now: Dubai Twitter Conference 18 November 2009 - impressive speakers list

And around the globe…

Who to follow on Twitter:
big_ben_clock hahahaha, he has over 5,000 followers! via @Fran_McE

Interesting marital advice... Good find @DeusXM

Take a laughternoon break:No Zim Dollars in the toilet

What to read: Speaking of David Sedaris, it is a little early for Christmas, but this is one of his best essays ever, which was featured in Equire Magazine and can be found in his book Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim. David Sedaris is a brilliant comedian, humorist, writer worth checking out.

How to save the Earth: Try out veganism. Yes, I’m serious, keep reading. 70% of previous forested land in the Amazon is occupied by pastures. The livestock sector is a key player in increasing water use, accounting for over 8% of global human water use, mostly for the irrigation of feedcrops. he livestock sector is a major player, responsible for 18% of greenhouse gas emissions measured in CO2 equivalent. This is a higher share than transport. Mark Bittman, NY Times food genius, advocates an easy strategy of being vegan before dinnertime. I’ve never been doing a version of this for 2 months and I’ve never had more energy in my life. (And according to these ladies, you may even lose weight)
Read more »
0 com

The List - October 28


It seems that Dubai has really bounced back from summer, Ramadan, and the global meltdown. There are so many things happening this week and weekend it’s hard to choose!

This week I’ve got tips on places worth checking out as well as suggestions for what to do if you’re stuck at home.

In Dubai…

Where to eat in Oud Metha: try the ‘back a yard’ chicken at Blue Fields, a new Caribbean restaurant next to Enoc House near Lamcy Plaza Tel. 04 3357377 highly recommended by @wildpeeta

Where to eat in Deira: Bait al Mandi on Muraqabat St. in Deira serves up the delicious Yemeni dish mandi with perfectly piquant salsa. I prefer the chicken mandi, smother it with yogurt and salsa and wash it down with a “bebsi” (if they had Coke it would be the perfect meal) 04-2629139

What to read- local: The fabulous Louise Foster took over the helm of Harper’s Bazaar Dubai, sister publication to a well-known American fashion magazine that was first published in 1867, just a few months ago and added a noticeable new energy to the publication. The Beyoncé Cover in October was gorgeous. Keep your eyes open for yours truly in an upcoming issue.

What to read- local: Rex men’s online magazine is handsome, witty, charming, almost perfect… The Rex boys have a good eye for style and a great sense of humor. Now all they need is a clever advice column

What to mall- Dubai Mall: Candylicious 10,000 square feet of every color, flavor, and texture of crack- ahem, I mean sugar- you could ever dream of. Don’t miss Pixie Stix and Peanutbutter M&Ms

What to weekend: Formula 1 in Abu Dhabi of course…

if that’s not your thing… what to weekend: Dubai Fashion Week Grande Finale at the Intercon Festival City on Thursday night.

and if that’s not your thing…what to weekend: it’s Halloween on Saturday. Find a party and think of something clever for your costume. ***Please note- clever does not mean dressing up like a whore*** Be creative. I always like pop cultural references- get a wig and do Kim Gosselin, buy a bunch 8 baby dolls and be OctoMom, or grow a beard and dig up a nice windbreaker and be Ahmadinejad

or do all of the above, as I am sure many of you will!

Get your groove on: check out the new Wednesday House night at Sho Chos. The weather is amazing these days so book an early table for dinner and stay for the evening.

What to culture: The Scene Club is screening “Iran: The Hundred Year War on Thursday the 29th. The Scene Club' is the UAE's first official film club and showcases a non-commercial feature film every month followed by a post-event Q&A session with the director, audience, and media. All for FREE.99 peeps!

And around the globe…

Who to follow on Twitter: urlesque combs the web searching for the funniest web videos & photos, cool websites, and internet trends and brings them all to you on your Twitter page.

WTF?: Handerpants- underpants for your hands…. Apparently there are “ hundreds of uses”: Girly Stuff, Social Networking, Construction, Texting, on your motorcycle!, the elderly, Night Blogging (FYI- I am not a "night blogger")


What to read: Going Rogue- An American Life by Sarah Palin.

PSYCHE!! Please don’t. Even 432 pages is too much for a good party trick.

Actually you should read: Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak because the book is 10 brilliant sentences and the new movie based on the book is not worth the $9 ticket. And then read In the Night Kitchen, also by Sendak, which is one of my all time favorites.

How to save the Earth: Stop idling. Ok, ok, it’s tempting in the summer in Dubai to leave your car running when you run into the pharmacy, but every moment you spend idling your car's engine means time spent needlessly wasting gasoline, as well as rougher wear on your vehicle.

What to do if you break your foot and have trouble getting around: learn to do something on Youtube. Youtube is a treasure trove of information; you can learn how to do anything on there! Some of my favorites are: super sexy smoky eyes from Makeup Geek TV, Special Forces Combatives- Knife Fighting How To’s, and How to Make Risotto
Read more »
0 com

The List- October 22

I’m back in action Dubai darlings, although somewhat hindered by a fractured 5th metatarsal. Fear not, I am still managing to crutch my way around Dubai, uncovering the best of the best to share with all of you.

Just in time for the weekend, here’s my weekly list of ‘what to, where to, and how to”:

(apologies for the font issues, I've been fighting with blogger all day and can't work it out)

In Dubai…

Where to eat- Souk Al Bahar: Rivington Grill- in Souk al Bahar. The entrées are delicious, but I say skip em’! and head straight for the toffee pudding and banoffee pie. You will not regret it.

What to mall-Dubai Mall: Spend a day or two, or three exploring all the mall has to offer. Harper’s Bazaar’s Fortnight of Fashion – on til the 23rd- has highlighted some fab designers, like my personal shoe fave Luciano Padovan. And there was even a Kenzo event… who knew Kenzo had made it out of the 80s!

Where to spa (men): consistent feedback from "Lulu’s Dudes" says that Feet First at Ibn Battuta is a sure bet for a great massage. It may not be as fancy as 1847, but if you are a “knotty” boy the masseurs can really work the stress of Dubai out of your back and shoulders.

What to culture: Kutub is a literary circle that reads works by Middle Eastern authors published in both Arabic and English. Held the first Monday of every month at The Third Line gallery in Al Quoz, it’s a great way to expand your reading list and check out The Third Line's latest contemporary art collections.

Get your groove on: try something new and get on the Brunch Cruise by Bateaux Dubai. Cruise the Creek and enjoy DJ Sticky Fingers spinning latin rhythms, soul grooves and laid back reggae.

What to do on Saturday October 24: Stock up on books. Get out early for the annual Warehouse Sale at Magrudy's (starts at 7am) and then head over to Ibn Battuta Mall (near Géant) and dig into the House of Prose: 2nd Annual Book Sale from 10 am -2pm all the books are only 5AED each 043685526

Random act of kindness: the next time you see a family taking turns being the photographer of their group (or couple) stop and offer to be the photographer. You’d want the same from someone next time you find yourself standing in front of a giant fountain or an elephant clock.

And around the globe…

Who to follow on Twitter: God- A. because he’s was clever enough to get that Twitter name. B. because he's a Pixies fan, and C. because his bio reads “Hells yeah, it's me!”

WTF? Cat massage… "the front of your cat is a veritable treasure chest of fun.” ???? Via Warming Glow blog.

Take a laughternoon break: Naked Street Running “One man. So much to prove.”

What to read: If you have a daughter, or plan to have a daughter, or a much younger sister; or teach school you should read this book. Queen Bees & Wannabes explains how girls’ experiences before adolescence impact their teen years, future relationships, and overall success in life. Fascinating

What to podcast: iTunes U has 200,000 educational audio and video files from top universities, museums and public media organizations from around the world. No tution, endless topics. I particularly enjoyed the History and Theology of the Puritans series from RTS, they really did get a bad rap…

And speaking of rap…

“if you don’t know, now you know n***a”: Know your history kids. Hip-hop lost one of its most influential figures this month- Mr. Magic. He brought rap to mainstream radio in the 1980s helped pave the way for the breakout of hip-hop culture.
Read more »
0 com

bad, bad Lulu

Yikes! Has it really been 2 months?
Ramadan+a month's vacation+jetlag+a last minute/whirlwind trip to DC from Dubai do not make for favorable blogging conditions. But rest assured fair readers and followers, I'm back in action in Dubai scouting out the coolest of the cool.
I'll be sharing a new list with you Tuesday, chock full o' fab tips on 'what to', 'how to', and 'where to' in Dubai and around the globe.
Your's truly,
Read more »
0 com

The List - August 13


It's the dead of summer, but why are we still so busy? Time to slow down, take stock, and get ready for Q4, for school, for Ramadan...whatever it is that is bearing down on us as we slide into mid-August.

Just in time for the weekend, here’s my weekly list of ‘what to, where to, and how to”.


in Dubai...

Where to eat in Al Barsha: Check out Bay Leaf for delicious Indian food in Al Barsha. Great prices, delicious food, and very pleasant atmosphere. The best mango lassi I have ever had. Word to the wise, if you like spicy and you are a fair skinned redhead like yours truly, you will have to insist pretty adamantly that they make it spicy or they will give you some weak-a$s white girl stuff. Located behind Lulu Hypermarket in the Baron Hotel bldg 043235265

Where to eat on SZR: Bento-ya is a great little sushi place tucked away at the back of the Sketchers building on the east side of SZR. Don’t go there for the décor, but the sushi is fresh and friendly.

What to mall – MOE: Scoop up what’s left of the summer sales before everyone else gets back in town. Or as my lovely friend @IvanaSaveska put it, get in a good workout by visiting all three floors at Harvey Nics.

What to mall- Burjuman: Ditto on the sales here. There are some great stores in Burjuman that you don’t find in all the other malls like Saks Fifth Avenue, Max Mara, and Ace Hardware. But the best part is that there is a Mrs. Field’s Cookie shop in the mall. The perfect “post workout” treat.

What to do this weekend: Clean out your closets. Of course to make room for anything you bought as a result of the aforementioned, but more importantly there is a clothing drive in Dubai run by Liberties Textiles. Clothing banks can be found in several neighborhoods in Dubai (thanks to @mzaher for bringing this to our attention)

Get your groove on: House legends Sasha and John Digweed spinning together at Skanktuary on Friday night.

How to answer -“Do you want anything from the U.S.?”: “How much space do you have in your suitcase? Just kidding… there will have to be another list as the possibilities are endless, but you can’t go wrong with candy like Hot Tamales, Peanut Butter M&Ms, & Sourpatch Kids; Blax snag-free hair ties; Rooster Sauce-the best condiment in the world!

and around the globe…

Who to follow on Twitter: Chunneltv “content discovery tool for the creative, the cultured, and the curious.” now this is what Twitter is all about! 100s of personally selected minions combing the web for interesting things and bringing all to your Twitterfeed. Another great suggestion from my good friend @OmarAlfi

WTF?: Really, there are no words to describe this other than I believe that there is a conspiracy in the fitness industry to humiliate women.

What to read: Another critically acclaimed graphic novel, that uses comics to make the unthinkable familiar. Persepolis is timeless memoir of a young girl's life under the Islamic Revolution. Don’t wait to read this book.

Take a laughternoon break: My cohort @samirkilachand sent me this site- aptly titled Don’t Even Reply: E-mails from an A-hole. It is quite irreverent, so if you like that kind of humor, you’ll enjoy this.

How to save the Earth: This is a great one from Chunneltv. You don’t need to speak Portuguese to understand that faça xixi no bahno means “pee in the shower” & save thousands of gallons of water.

What to plan for: A Freight Escape - Hopping a freighter to travel the world isn’t just the stuff of fiction. If you’re a true adventurer you can go around the world on a massive cargo vessel for as little as $90 a day.
Read more »
1 com

The List- August 6

Summer is flying by, can’t believe we’re a week into August already.
Here is my weekly installment of ‘what to, where to, and how to’. Maybe you’ll find some fresh ideas for how to spend a few days of what's left of summer.

in Dubai...

Where to eat in Karama: Arz Lebanon- good Lebanese food, yummy hummus Beiruiti and don’t miss the spicy khashkhash kebabs. You don’t have to drive all the way to Karama for this place as there are a few locations around Dubai, but you never know when you may be hungry after shopping at Burjuman or buying pashminas and ‘copy watches’ in Karama. Trade Centre Road 04 3964466

Where to eat in Souk Al Bahar: looking for good sushi ? Mix it up and try a place with more than two syllables. Momotaro in Souk Al Bahar is delicious. Don’t miss the fresh sashimi, my favorite the Arctic Roll, and the special green tea served in the coolest little tea pots.

Tired of going out for dinner and spending too much?: eat better at home

What to culture: Dubai Museum if you haven’t visited yet, it’s really worth the trip down to Bur Dubai, yes even in the August weather. What else are you going to do with all your unpaid leave?

What to mall - Dubai Mall: My friend from Hershey Pennsylvania, the chocolate capital of America, pointed out that there are scores of chocolate stores in Dubai Mall. It’s quiet and hot in Dubai right now, go enjoy the AC and go on a Chocolate Safari in Dubai Mall. Let me know what you discover. I’m still a Fuala fan myself…

What to mall- Dragon Mart: with a shortage of real street food variety in Dubai, Dragon Mart offers plenty of interesting choices within 1.5km air conditioned corridor. Don’t miss the saj, the crisp green mango, and soft-serve ice cream. Don’t miss the newly expanded J Section for a great selection of home furnishings.

What to do this weekend: find a house party to crash. There are always parties on L Frond…

Get your groove on (next weekend): get your dancing shoes ready, Sasha and Digweed will be at Skanktuary on August 14th . I know, I know, I hate that place too, but I had the funnest night there with @freespiritsarah as we were serenaded on two separate occasions, and one time it was by an peculiar grey-haired man who was no more than 4ft tall.

Where to spa: Amara Spa at the Park Hyatt is my absolute favorite spa in town. Cross the creek and feel like you’ve gone on a mini-vacation for the day. Check out the summer specials valid until the end of the month.

How to answer -“Do you want anything from Turkey?”:Evet! Please bring me some fresh Turkish Delight (not the pre-packaged stuff); an ornamental backgammon set (lovely, hand-made from wood and embedded mother-of-pearl); and a cute little Nazar Boncugu (evil eye bead) to keep dem haterz away.”

*new* Random act of kindness: Take 5 AED, buy a big bottle of COLD water and some fruit juice, then give it to the poor guy who has to sit/stand around and “guard” your parking lot all day. They are all over Dubai sweating through the summer

and around the globe...

Who to follow on Twitter: ManagementTip- quick, practical management tips and ideas from HarvardBusiness.org. No one is a natural manager; these tweets will either reinforce that about your current manager, or make you a better one.

WTF?: California Cryobank has added a celebrity look-a-like feature to its donor search function. “CCB Donor Look-a-Likes link directly to photos of the 2-3 celebrities our staff has deemed each donor most closely resembles.” Choose a sperm donor who looks like Ronaldo, John Abraham, JT, or William H Macy- really, you’d choose that for your child? Sorry Felicity, I’m sure he’s a lovely man, talented actor, but not such a looker…

Take a laughternoon break: Thank you @AymanDXB for this hilarious laughternoon break. Egyptian paparazzo in Hollywood Yehya at Night of 100 Stars "boke me, boke me" hahaha

What to read: Watchmen- my dear friend Dhani gave this to me for my birthday last year. It took me a while to get into it, the whole graphic novel thing was new to me, but I have new found respect for the form and I recommend the book. Take time to appreciate the intricacies of the illustrations.

What to podcast: make good use of your commute, listen to enlightening podcasts instead of Lady Gaga and Akon. Our Ocean World is a daily podcast that features news and information about issues related to the ocean, as well as suggestions on how listeners can help preserve our most vital natural resource.

What to plan ahead for: Aren’t you bored of going to London every summer and hanging out at Harrods??? do something meaningful with your holiday next year. Check out Roadmonkey adventure philanthropy expeditions
Read more »
0 com

The List - July 30


Dubai is really starting to feel empty these days, but there is still plenty of fun to be had.

Watch the weather, there have been some mild evenings in the past week and I even managed to take a long walk one night and solve all the world’s problems, it was lush.

Here’s my take on “what to, where to, and how to” this week:


Where to eat in Satwa: Il Rustico's pizza is some of the best I’ve had in Dubai. Located in the Rydges Plaza Hotel at the big roundabout on Diyafa Street

Where to eat in Al Barsha: This neighborhood is hard to navigate, but there are some hidden dining gems in the tangled streets. My friend PC, who has impeccable food taste, highly recommends Kabab Roll. I coundn’t begin to describe how to actually get there, but if you stumble upon it, give it a try.

What to buffet: Chocolate Buffet in the Lobby Lounge at Shangri-La Hotel for 75AED Wed, Thurs, Fri from 6-11pm.

What to culture: The Scene Club is the UAE's first official film club and provides a monthly platform to enjoy independent films. Every month they showcase a non-commercial feature film from around the world and also fly-in their directors to Dubai for their film screening followed by a post-event Q&A session with the audience and media. It's free and includes popcorn and soft drinks.

What to mall – Oasis Center: Remember the mall that “accidentally” burned down in 2005 and was rebuilt along SZR? It’s worth a visit to check out Gourmet Station. This hidden gem for gourmet food lovers offers a wide range of select gourmet products you normally can’t find In Dubai markets; from foie gras and caviar, to marmalades and infused olive oils.

What to get your hands on: there are copies of Bruno floating around Dubai.

Get your groove on: Don’t miss Roni Size at Alpha Club on tonight!!! I’ll be there in my checkered Vans dancin’ my little heart out.

Get your rub on: Yin Yang Massage Center (043444211) in Beach Center on Jumeirah Beach Road (near the zoo) has the some of the best massage prices in town- you can get two full hours for 300AED. Follow it up with dinner downstairs at Sammach. Perfection

Check it out dudes: I’m excited about the potential of this new online men’s mag for the Middle East.

How to answer -“Do you want anything from Oman?”: "Na’am, RC Cola and some frankincense." RC Cola is oddly widely available in Oman. It goes really well with pizza, mmmm.

and around the globe...

Who to follow on Twitter: Lifehacker “Don't live to geek; geek to live.” As a ‘maven’ and a Virgo I’m all about increasing efficiency in one’s life. Lifehacker has a constant stream of good ideas

Great things you find on Twitter: for my muhajaba friends

WTF?: The CEO called it Big Willie? where’s his PR girl? Don’t let him near our phallic icons

Take a laughternoon break: American fast food chains come up with some pretty funny ads. I loved the Burger King paparazzi ads with Brooke Burke- brilliant! This new one from Hardees is hilarious.

What to read: The Accidental Billionaires: The Founding of Facebook A Tale of Sex, Money, Genius and Betrayal Ben Mezrich's new book about the founders of Facebook. You spend half the day on the site, might as well read this sensational book about its genesis.

What to podcast: This I Believe podcasts feature a different person reading an essay they have written about their most deeply held beliefs. Since its debut in 2005, the This I Believe series has featured essays by Colin Powell, Bill Gates, Gloria Steinem, Muhammad Ali, and many everyday citizens. One of my favorites was this one about the power of literacy; something we who can read this blog probably take for granted.

Weekend jam: just for fun Gettin' Jiggy With It na na na na na na na nana na na na na na....
Read more »
0 com

The List- July 22

He-he-hello peeps,

Another hot weekend is upon us and as the life slowly drains from Dubai your pal Lulu is here to give you some freah ideas for going out or staying in.

in Dubai

Where to eat in Jumeirah 1: Istanbul Flowers next to Safestway (with the giant lobster) is a great spot. Don’t miss the Ïskender kebab and the yummy banana juice

Where to eat in Souk Al Bahar: Mirai joins the ranks of the duo-syllabic Japanese fusion Dubai hotspots. No black cod on the menu, Mirai actually has something different to offer. Head over to Hive after for some great music and a cool crowd.

What to do for a chill weekend: Potluck Brunch - invite the most interesting people you can think of and everyone brings a dish and a bottle of something (great suggestion Ayman)

What to culture: check out the new Islamic art exhibition at Emirates Palace.

Puff-puff-pass: with a cool breeze coming off the Gulf you can honestly still enjoy outside shisha these days. Koubba Bar at Al Qasr is a gorgeous place to smoke some shisha and enjoy the sea breezes.

Get your groove on (next weekend): Legendary drum&bass DJ Roni Size will be spinning at Alpha Club July 30th. I saw him at iBO years ago-one of the best shows EVER.

How to answer -“Do you want anything from Scotland?”: tablet candy or a wee Jimmy *note to AnnaLouise- this is a hat, not what you are giggling about

What to get excited about now: The Dubai World Championship. Golf? Normally I’d say *yawn* but one of finest courses in golf-dom will open soon at Jumeirah Golf Estates, get your J. Lindeberg outfits ready

… and around the globe

What to salad: I know, random; but summer is all about cool crisp salads. From The Minimalist: Mix wedges of tomatoes and peaches, add slivers of red onion, a few red-pepper flakes and chopped cilantro. Dress with olive oil and lime or lemon juice. Astonishing.

What to read: Creation by Gore Vidal Recommended by @OmarAlfi A historical novel chronicling the adventures of an imaginary "Cyrus Spitama", an Achaemenid Persian diplomat of the 5th century BC who travels the known world comparing the political and religious beliefs of various nation states of the time. Along the way he meets influential philosophical figures of his time, including Zoroaster, Socrates, the Buddha, Mahavira, Lao Tsu, and Confucius.

What to read – if you’ve already read that: there are some great book lists circulation on Facebook right now look for "15 books that will stick with me"

Weekend anthem: 'Insatiable' by Prince… put together a nice makeout playlist with this Prince classic as your anchor.

What to podcast: I usually advocate podcasts for your commute, but I have so many friends with insomnia I think everyone should have this one handy.

WTF?: speaking of insomnia..."D’you ever lie in bed at night in your lacy, beribboned bustier and bemoan the fact that you just can’t get those cans comfy?” (beaut.ie) hahahahaha

Take a laughternoon break: I just replaced another iPod. It killed me to have to do that again, but I was dying without one. Just caught this Simpsons classic the other day that summed up my exact sentiments about Apple.

Who to follow on Twitter - for political science nerds: Arabist- a blog from Cairo about Arab politics and culture. Interesting insights

*How to Twitter: for those of you who want to try, start here
Read more »
0 com

The List- July 15


Anyone know where that greeting comes from? Hints- movie, Sisyphus , falafel- classic.

Anyway, still working working toward more consistent distribution for The List. I'll get it together soon, stick with me.

I am constantly on the lookout for the best tips, suggestions, and commands about living it up in Dubai and elsewhere. So here's what I've got for you this week:

In Dubai

Where to eat in Deira: How could I forget the delicious kebabs from Samad on Muraqqabat Street? My new foodie soul mate @OmarAlfi reminded me of this gem in Deira. Open until 2:30am too. Don’t be afraid of Deira. 04 229 3660

What to culture: Drumming Week at Dragon Mart. FREE traditional Chinese drumming classes 23-25 July at 5pm, 7 pm and 9 pm at the Atrium - main entrance of Dragon Mart – don’t miss the kashkawan saj in Section FA after, yummmmm….

What to mall - MOE: Harvey Nichols, oh wait... no it’s closed... or is it? Did anyone else follow that T-shirt saga on Twitter or bbm?

What to mall- Lamcy Plaza: Sticky, sandy summer weather sends us all the malls in search of sales, “surprises”, and AC. Try Lamcy Plaza on Oud Metha St. in Bur Dubai for a change. A very bizarre vertical open floor plan head straight to Daiso Supermarket for cheap cool Japanese products and then see hunky Bollywood star John Abraham in his latest film ‘New York’ afterwards.

Get your rub on: Atlantis Spa has some amazing summer massage deals. Book two 90 minute massages during the month of July and get 90% off the second one. (60 Minute – 60% off 2nd one but 90 minutes is the way to go) 04-4261020

Get your groove on: table or not Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at Boudoir in Dubai Marine will never let you down if you’re in the mood to shake your money maker.

How to answer -“Do you want anything from Tunisia?”: “Oui, please bring me some fresh Tunisian tuna and some gants de hammam (they’re like 500fils).” Tunisian tuna is the best you can get. And the gants de hammam will keep your skin soft all year round.

… and around the globe

What to read – for thought: Wild Thorns- an Arabic novel, that portrays two brothers different perspectives on the Israeli occupation of the West Bank. The female author does an incredible job with the narrative and “portrays credibly a troubling spectrum of understandably extreme responses to disenfranchisement and oppression.”

What to read – for fun: The Prince and the Pauper - as I always say, summertime is ‘Mark Twain Time’. Start with this little gem by ‘the father of American literature’. “Out of the theme of switched identities, Mark Twain fashioned both a scathing attack upon social hypocrisy and injustice, and an irresistible comedy imbued with the sense of high-spirited play that belongs to his happiest creative period.” You should be able to pick this up at Borders in the classics sections for 15AED or less.

Anthem of our youth: Fool’s Gold by the Stone Roses

“These boots were made for walking

The Marquis de Sade don’t wear no boots like these”

What to podcast: We inevitably spend lots of time in our cars in Dubai (or LA for that matter) and why suffer through hours of Lady Gaga and those lame Radio DJs when you can use that time to enlighten your mind? I absolutely love the podcast Speaking of Faith. I recommend “The Ecstatic Faith of Rumi” and “The Shia-Sunni Divide” with Vali Nasr- I used to work with this man and he’s brilliant, one of the greatest brains writing about Iran right now.

WTF?: What were these photo editors thinking? Oprah's head on Ann-Margret's body?

Get your nostalgia on: defining moments in our collective consciousness presented by the Fuggers on their 5th birthday (my favorite has to be #6, ahahahahaha, Dawson, ahahahaha)

Take a laughternoon break: A classic from The Onion

Who to follow on Twitter (for Twitter enthusiasts): Tweeterism a blogger who writes about Twitter

Who to follow on Twitter (for fun): Sockington a hilarious tweeting cat who has ¾ of a million followers.

Who to follow on Twitter (Dubai): Modhesh, bio says Yellow and fun! This thing's a real character, no pun intended…

How to tweet better: I really like Tweet Genius better that Twitterberry

Read more »