Here’s December, and me getting all antsy to feel seasonal… I have just completed a local excursion to find and document an extraordinary array of fantastic feasts. Gear yourself for some serious festive cheer!
I reckon a quick spin around one of Dubai’s holiday brunches should do it – or, if you’ve had one festive drink too many, there are loads of non-crimbo happenings to check out too:
THE RIPE FESTIVE NIGHT MARKET, AL BARSHA POND PARK: 24 December | 3.00 p.m. to 9.00 p.m.
A Dubai park is transformed into a food-focused party for this weekly night market which features a revolving cast of traders and dishes from all over the world, served in stalls and trucks. Visitors can also order a Festive Box, which comes packed with Brussels sprouts, clementines and more.
CHRISTMAS EVE AT SPLENDIDO: 24 December | 7.00 p.m. to 11.00 p.m.
Talented Italian chefs will be serving up a seasonal five-course menu, accompanied with a glass of mulled grape beverage or specialist Splendido Spritz. With live Italian tunes and a soothing ambience, the evening promises to be a delightful dining experience for families and friends alike.
CHRISTMAS MARKETS BRUNCH at IRIS, The Oberoi Dubai: 23 December | 12:00p.m. – 5.00 p.m.
Located on the twenty-seventh floor of The Oberoi Dubai, Iris is a restaurant and lounge that features an extensive menu of international meals, a sophisticated ambiance and stunning views of the city.
The festive season at Iris boasts an impressive list of creative concoctions and a Christmas Markets edition of their weekly, “Le Brunch”. Live BBQ stations with everything from tender steak to delectable chicken skewers and divine mini burgers, a lushly tempting dessert station so pretty it almost looks too good to eat,
… and a creative specialty cocktails station to keep you locked up in an endless Holiday “spirit”. See what we did here?
A FADEIN CHRISTMAS, at OLIVER’S KITCHEN & COFFEE SHOP, Beirut: 10 December | 2.00 p.m. – 8.3- p.m.
An enchanted literary collaboration between Oliver’s Kitchen and Fade In will take you on a journey of creative writing along with some Christmas shopping. Be prepared to lash out your ideas, meet with fellow writers, and enjoy sipping on cocktails with some Jazz music in the background.
CHEESE & WINE NIGHTS at INDIE, DIFC: Every night, all December long.
The food at this local restaurant in DIFC is so off-the-chart delicious that it threatens to upstage everything else in the venue. A reason why a recurrent “Cheese & Wine” night at INDIE is NOT a bad idea, at all. When all you want to do is graze on a luxurious cheeseboard and put a solid dent in a bottle of wine, this December, INDIE’s got you covered.
… or just screw it all and go for this burger. FUCK’s sake!
GINGERBREAD FROSTING AT LE BRISTOL, BEIRUT: 3, 4 December | 2.00 p.m. to 4.00 p.m.
‘Tis the season to frost those delicious gingerbread cookies while helping the underprivileged get a feel of the holidays. “As Christmas Season is almost here, we gather kids of all ages near, choose a gingerbread house, man or star, and frost as you please for a tasty memoir!”. RSVP at www.helpandhealrsvp.com
TURKEY TAKEAWAY FROM The Ritz-Carlton DIFC: Until Dec 26.
From Beirut to Dubai, and to the globe of festive foodies, enjoy the holidays (and the calories) for they come once a year. Happy turkey and merry chocolate truffles, everyone!