Authentic Thai in Dubai @ Zen, Business Bay

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Zen restaurant is located in the Metropolis Tower, in Business Bay. Zen is an Asian restaurant specializing in Thai food and a hole in the wall style restaurant with limited seating.

IMG_7474Zen has been in Dubai for a long time and the owner has established a popular client base. Their take-away/delivery service is very popular with regular customers calling in and the owner casually calling them by name and asking if they’d like their regular dish. (“,)
On this occasion I prefer to let the owner suggest what we should eat, especially since he grew up in Thailand and speaks fluent Thai; impressive!IMG_7467STARTERS:
Khanompang na going: A sesame prawn toast which is delicate and scrumptious. We loved the fact you could actually see the prawns which is never usually the case for other asian restaurants as it’s too processed. Comes with a sweet chill sauce on the side. (Recommended)
BBQ half boneless chicken: Tasty and cooked well. Accompanies the Sticky Rice & Som-tam Salad: A spicy papaya salad with a nice kick to it, whilst remaining light & fresh.
Steamed chicken dumplings: Made fresh – in house. Delectable!
Salt & Pepper Prawns: A nice light & crispy batter with the perfect seasoning of salt & pepper.
Tom Yum Soup: So much flavour! My friend enjoyed it thoroughly and she is a big Tom Yum fan. The perfect blend of citrus and spice. One of the best in Dubai!IMG_7468

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Pad Kra-pao: Minced chicken & basil with a hint of heat.
Gang Khiew Wan: A fragrant green chicken curry with ample slices of chicken
Khao Pad: Thai style fried rice. Light & fluffy rice. We had it with prawns.
Pad Se Yu: MY ALL TIME FAVORITE DISH & Zen did it justice. Soft, sticky flat rice noodles with chicken & veg. Mmmm.
We also had two Chinese dishes.
Beef in black pepper sauce: Tender beef pieces in a light pepper sauce.
Crispy shredded beef with sweet soy sauce: This was a FAVOURITE and a dish I like to cook at home. The beef coating was super crispy with a flavourful sweet and soy sauce.IMG_7475

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And last but not least, the desserts.
DESSERTS
Sticky rice with sweet mango: A traditional dessert which impressed my friends. The mango had just arrived from Thailand that day and was super sweet, with the warm and sticky rice, this dessert was a winner!

IMG_7485Tap tim crob: It’s also a traditional Thai dessert made with coconut milk, water chestnuts and jackfruit. Light and refreshing and a lovely ending to our meal.

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IMG_7484You can tell each and every dish we tried was made with love and how passionate the owner is about delivering quality food with quality ingredients straight from Thailand to provide some of the most authentic tasting Thai food in Dubai.
If you haven’t tried Zen yet, you are missing out.

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My Coachella Experience

How often is it that you get the chance to travel with your sibling especially when you live on opposite sides of the world? So when the opportunity arose I jumped on it. After all Coachella had always been on my bucket list.

So first things first, I touched down in L.A from DXB after a 15 hour flight and jumped straight onto google maps to find the closest In & Out burger. We were waiting for our transfer to Palm Springs via coach but first we need our burger fix. Getting a cab from the airport is such a rip off so we decided to walk. About 15-20 mins later just outside the airport is a In & Out burger and it is wayyy busier than we expected. But we order and wait cause were desperate for our fix.

Feeling satisfied after In & Out, we head back to the airport where we will soon board our coach and after 26 hours of travelling I dose off into a deep sleep on en route to Palm Springs.

The next day we arrive at Coachella. At this 3 day festival has it all. Some of the worlds best talent from solo artists, to bands and DJ’s, crazy art installations, food trucks and more.

Day 1 highlights included: Azealia Banks, a bit of AC/DC and a total surprising set from Nero who absolutely killed it.

Day 2 highlights included What So Not, Alison Wonderland, Chet Faker (Australia represent!!!) and Flosstradamus which was mental.

The sunsets are amazing with this skyline and FYI, the ferris wheel is definitely worth the wait.

Drake headlined the final night and made my whole Coachella experience seeing him perform live.

On day 3 of the festival the giant sized caterpillar turned into a beautiful butterfly. The art instalments at the festival are just mind blowing.

It was my first time attending Coachella festival. It’s such a happy place with so many amazing acts to see. I’d love to return again one day even though I felt like one of the oldest people there!

Traveled April 2015

Flights: AED 5,225 economy class – You can fly non-stop from DXB to LAX with Emirates. They run a once a day service.

Accommodation: We had an all inclusive Coachella ticket and hotel package which cost us 1,275 USD per person. We stayed at the Riveria hotel. This also included daily coach transfer to and from the festival. After the festival I used Airbnb to stay in West Hollywood.

Visa: USD 14 – apply online before travelling – Esta (Certain nationalities – make sure to do your research before traveling.)

Spending: USD – Food is pretty cheap depending on where you eat and the portion sizes are huge. If you are travelling with someone you could easily share meals. The shopping is also a lot cheaper than Dubai especially for cosmetics and clothes but don’t forget tax is added at the counter.

Holy SHIP!!! 2014

Imagine being stuck on a deserted island in the Bahamas, palm trees swaying in the breeze with turquoise waters in the background. You hear a sound, a bright red helicopter flies overhead then you hear the sound of the bass. You start walking towards the beat, you see a sea of people partying then you approach the stage and notice they are dancing to some of the best DJ’s in the world. Welcome to Holy Ship.

It’s a 3 day music festival on a luxury cruise liner. We were lucky enough to sail on the MSC Divina. I’d never been on a cruise ship before. I don’t even know how we heard of Holy Ship and still to this day I meet people who don’t know about it. The ship sets sail from port Miami and cruises to the Bahamas for 3 nights. You and your crew make up a total of 4,000 punters and some of the hottest dj’s from around the globe. Ship mates become family and if you search the hashtag #shipfam ya’ll know what I’m talking about. There’s so much love and happiness and everyone is there to have a good time and dance to some decent music.

Think the likes of Dillon Francis, Skrillex, Bauuer, A-Trak, Diplo, Flume, Boys Noize, Armand Van Helden, Skream, Cyril Hahn. I was actually in the lift with A-Trak at one point and was dancing at the beach party with none other than the creator of this amazing festival Gary AKA Destructo!

When you’re not on the private island dancing barefoot on the beach, you’re back on the boat, either checking out the main stage artists where you dance on top of where the main pool is, or perhaps you’re up in the discotheque which is intimate but amazing and usually where the Special Guest plays as well as some mind blowing random B2B sets like, Claude Von Stroke, Skrillex and What So Not.

If you’re a rap fan then you’d appreciate A-Trak’s Fools gold party in the Pantheon Theatre. Lots of space to shake yo booty.

Aside from the music yogi’s can catch an early morning class with Gina Turner or if you like to have a bit of a gamble there’s a casino where you can play poker with some of the elite.

I was 2 seconds too late to join Pharrell on stage but ending up bumping into him anyways as we were departing the ship.

Met so many amazing people some of which I’m still in touch with these days.

I love how music brings people together.

♥ Nossy

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