3-Ingredient Cran-Brie Bites

Flaky puff pastry, creamy brie and tart cranberries—that’s all you need to pull together these fancy appetizers. We guarantee no one will believe you when you tell them how easy they are to make.



  • 1 package (17 1/4 oz) frozen puff pastry, thawed
  • 1/2 lb Brie cheese
  • 1 cup cranberry sauce (purchased or homemade)


  • Preheat oven to 375°F. With a sharp knife or pizza cutter, cut the sheets into approximately 3 inch x 3 inch squares. Press each square into a muffin cavity.


  • Cube the cheese – about a 3/4 inch cube for each (you may have a little cheese left over). Place a cube of brie in the center of each puff pastry square. Top the brie with a small dollop (about 2 tsp) of cranberry sauce.


  • Bake about 10 minutes or until puff pastry corners are toasted lightly brown.


  • Let cool 5 minutes before serving.

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These yummy bites might look fancy, but don’t let that fool you. (Definitely let it fool your friends, though.) I fell in love with these little Cranberry Brie Bites appetizers this fall when a friend brought them to our bi-monthly gourmet club. And when I said that I swooned, I meant that I tucked into more than my fair share. In fact, I can’t be sure anyone else actually had any. Melty cheese makes me a bit weak in the knees – the addition of a little fruit, the puff pastry and that’s about all I need. (Dinner, schminner! Where’s the Sauvignon Blanc!) Once I learned how easy Cranberry Brie Bites were to make, I wanted to share them with you! I was a bit intimidated by the puff pastry, having never worked with it before. This recipe requires no additional rolling (I don’t know about you, but the rolling pin is my nemesis . . .). Just thaw the frozen puff pastry, and cut with a pizza cutter. Easy! Allow these golden bites of brie cool for a few minutes before serving and devour!


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This recipe was first featured on Tablespoon.



#SLYTHERINPRIDE: The Magical Weight-Shredding Potion


Well, you could just start with this.

#SlytherinPride is my secret cleansing potion, to wash off all the holidays’ calorie excess… Wanna get on it? Check how you can do it below.


This recipe was perfected with Bosch MES4000GB Juicer, now available during the Dubai Shopping Festival.

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BURGER BOMBARDA: Dubai’s Finest Buns

Four months into 2018, and I bet all your “New Year, New Me” hogwash has gone to waste. If not, LEAVE THIS PAGE RIGHT NOW. I mean it.

Yes, Dubai is awash with buns, patties and pickles, with everyone from street food stalls to full-service joints getting in on the burger action.

So without further ado, here are, according to my palate, belly fat, and my featured reviewer Giordana Attilio aka Georgette, Dubai’s finest burgers, sliders and buns.

1- THE COUNTER – MAKE YOUR OWN: Nothing feels like casual dining more than a burger built based on your peculiar taste buds. The Counter makes it easier for you to indulge in burgers more often with even more options for a specialized meal on different days. “Anything off the trolley dears? I’ll take the lot.”


2- CLASSIC BURGER JOINT – BEST FRIES: And what is a list of best burgers if those salty crisp golden fingers aren’t included? Classic Burger Joint needs no introduction for their glorious fries with the special spices. A particular standing ovation for the free refill!


3- INDIE DIFC : From the same stable that brought us IRIS, this chill-out lounge might not be an obvious place to go looking for a burger. But INDIE defies all rights and wrongs with its uproariously good burger.


4- GOURMET BURGER KITCHEN: Look at it. Just look at it and read later. A juicy burger that’s just as knock-your-socks off as ever. Can you feel my agony yet? Thank you.


5- THE GRAMERCY DIFC – WAGYU BURGER: The Gramercy boys pride themselves on using the best homemade 100% Wagyu beef. Top that with onion relish, aioli, provolone cheese *swallows* and some gherkins. My heart might have skipped a beat just remembering The Gramercy’s Wagyu Burger’s taste.


6- DIRT – A VEGAN OPTION: Whether you have taken the life commitment of a vegetarian/vegan, you are still entitled to the goodness of a burger. DIRT leaves no-one behind; DIRT’s burgers form the healthiest of all burger options.

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7- PARKER’S: One patty is great, two patties of Wagyu beef are a party of pleasure. Invite cheddar, jalapeño, shredded lettuce, tomatoes, and a bit of caramelized onions on top, you get a creation of culinary holiness. Oh, and one more thing, do you have the key?


8- SALT: The all-time American combination is in town, and you must try it. Salt offers the meat of the year; Wagyu beef embraced by a butter bun and a choice of Lotus, Vanilla, or Strawberry shakes. Move away ice cream man, SALT’s food truck is the new badass on the streets. Oh yeah, and if one is not enough? Get them in double.


9- BRUNSWICK SPORTS CLUB: You’d wish you were stabbed in the heart just like this burger, in a good way though. Looks enchanting, don’t you agree? Brunswick Sports Club’s best seller burger is their newly introduced, Return of the Mac! Truffle oil, mac n cheese and a hefty portion of beef bacon!  Close your eyes and feel that juice running down your fingers; that’s how you know you’ve got a serial filler.

10- THE SLIDER CORNER – THE SUMMER SLIDER: Excuse me as I eat my laptop while looking at this marvelous sight. Have your choice of beef, chicken, prawns, or lobster, but whatever the weather, The Slider Corner will make sure to uplift your day and morals with their burgers.


12- FIVE GUYS: Step away from the drama and let those Five Guys’ cheeseburgers fill your soul with happiness and satisfaction. Oh, and grab their famous Milkshake for an extra stash of glee for later on.


The omnipresence of burgers in Dubai is getting a little haughty; and YES, I’ve (almost) seen about every version of them by today – but this does nothing to tarnish their intrinsic lusciousness, F*CK IT.

I hope you enjoyed your stroll down my selection of the city’s finest buns.

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ALO: World’s Almost FREE Detox Water

Bright, cheerful and healthy, today’s discovery is a fusion water combining a holistic approach to well-being. Aguamanti!!!

It’s easy to enjoy the tantalizing tastes of ALO‘s brilliant blends. Their Original® line takes natural aloe vera juice and pulp that they harvest on an organic farm and adds in a splash of real fruit juices.

Best part of the story, the bottle is for LBP3000, ONLY, and is available in most convenience stores around town.


“We don’t skimp on the quality of our ingredients–what you see is what you taste. Our drinks start with real aloe vera that we hand pick on our organic farm. You get all of the benefits of real aloe vera because our juice and pulp never come from powder, only our pure, powerful plant. Here’s where we get personal.


Our crisp, refreshing base is amplified with unique mixes of real fruit juices to create 20 blends that match your every mood. From hydrating ALO Exposed® to super smooth ALO Pulp Free, we’ve refreshed how people personalize their aloe vera experience.

Our taste is all about transparency. We are Non-GMO Project Verified, gluten-free and fat-free (health junkies rejoice), and only use real aloe vera juice and pulp harvested straight from the leaf. We don’t hide anything in our drinks, and you’ll see and taste the difference.

With 20 blends across four distinct lines, there is an ALO drink for everyone. From sports fans to fashionistas, we’re the favorite accessory to every lifestyle and personality. Sip to suit your mood!”

Pulp-free lineup

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For Crust’s Sake, Harry!

Once you realize that pie dough isn’t the only option for the foundation of your pie, the number of potential crust-and-filling combos multiplies endlessly! The hardest part (of course) is deciding what pairing to choose. 

Chocolate, Caramel and Waffle Cone Ice Cream Pie

This easy-to-make frozen pie will remind you of a favorite ice cream truck treat. Plus, it’s a great way to use those inevitably broken ice cream cones at the bottom of the box.

Easy Berries-and-Cream Pie

You’ll think the crust for this super-simple pie is a mistake, but trust us. Letting the puff pastry rise and then gently patting it down makes for an easy instant crust. Layer your favorite fruit preserves or jam under the creamy filling for an extra sweet surprise.

Key Lime Pie with Butter Cracker Crust

We were pleasantly surprised that salty, buttery crackers worked just as well as graham crackers for this Floridian custard pie. This crust would also take nicely to a filling of peanut butter mousse or pudding.

Milk Chocolate Pudding Pie with Brownie Crust

Calling all chocolate lovers: We made a crust that tastes exactly like a brownie and then filled it with milk chocolate pudding. Not a fan of pudding skin? Just cover the pie when you chill it.

Article extracted from Food Network
Photos by Renee Comet.

The “Unfinished” Italian Project

Let’s cut the crap.

There’s only a couple of reasons to come to The Italian Project, a newly opened restaurant which took over the location where charming Les Fenetres once captured my heart: their dreamy (yet mushy) risotto selection and innovative cocktails.

I know you might find this an exaggerated take on things, but there isn’t much left of the chef’s talents to enjoy there. Starters like the marinated salmon, mozarella in carrozza, bresaola and vitello tonato were of average taste. I mean they’re as good as Mrs. Weasley’s plum cake. Right Harry?

Of course pizzas had to find their way in there  , so we’ve been graced by the presence of the carpaccio and vegetarian ones. The rest of the meal was a big draw – three dishes, consisting of pumpkin & truffle, seafood or trofie risottos.

You’ll need to be patient and reserve far in advance to get one of the few tables outside (because according to the manager, self-centered Mr. Malfoy: “we’re full and we shall hopefully always be”), and once you get in the service isn’t that charming, rather disarmingly pushy.

Italian Project Kitchen & Bar Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

The Shogun X Alchemist Dzou Yen

It was late 2015, the Shogun had gleamed in the sunlight as he set out with a full crew, a long list of fresh catches, and a hull full of merchandise for the Chinese colonies that winter.

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He had his share of surprises when he landed on the bays of Shanghai. He knew, only then, that a new future lies ahead of him.

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Introducing the Shogun Chinese Menu: #FromKyotoToShanghai