Hiya! (been a few years since I shifted from London, but somehow the habit of saying ‘hiya’ remains) … In case you’re wondering where I had disappeared off to, was away on holiday in Italy – a dream destination for foodies like myself .. To give you a short recap, breakfast every morning was a delight for anyone with a sweet tooth as the Italians are quite big on desserts for breakfast. Unfortunately I only made use of that on the last day, as otherwise I just can’t get myself to eat so much sweet in the morning!! But don’t you worry, I was far from being ‘good’ on holiday as their gelato ice cream was impossible to resist (and everywhere you turned around to look!) As for the pizza’s, not only was I impressed with the texture of their thin crust pizza’s, but in love with the square pizza’s they serve! The fact one can choose the size of their own pizza slice, meant being able to taste more flavours without going overboard … My absolute favourite had to be the ‘potato pizza’ (which we had at an amazing place called ‘Alice’) and the ‘chicken kebab pizza’ (which was at a Halal place I managed to forget the name of, but promise to google it later!). Booked a ‘food tour’ as well which involved a pizza making class in a wooden burner (it only takes 3 minutes to bake a pizza in that!) which was loads of fun, particularly watching Mr. Bakealogue make his very first pizza ❤ … Tasting different kinds of bread as well as cheese (omg, the variety!) was also part of the tour which was a learning experience. So that was the food side of things in a nutshell.. I’m actually laughing to myself right now, as I re-read the post and feel like I did nothing but eat in Italy .. haha! It would only be fair to mention, given the great weather there, we walked to most places making sure those calories were burnt! 😉 Obviously there is a lot more to Italy than just the food, but won’t touch on that, as it is a food blog after all. 🙂
Walnut Coffee Cake
Coming back to today’s dessert, baked a ‘Walnut Coffee Cake with Coffee Buttercream Icing’. Got the cake recipe from a book called ‘A World of Cakes’ that was gifted to me by a friend. However, I have tweaked it a little bit to suit my own taste. The Coffee Buttercream Frosting is also entirely optional and was not mentioned as part of the original recipe. I personally thought it added a lot more flavour to the cake.
Ingredients for the cake:
All-Purpose Flour: 2 1/2 cups
Vegetable Oil: 1/2 cup
Unsalted Butter (melted): 1/2 cup
Sugar: 1 cup
Packed Brown Sugar: 1 cup
Vanilla Extract: 1 tsp
Baking Soda: 1 tsp
Salt: 1 tsp
Cinnamon: 1 tsp
Buttermilk: 1 cup
Chopped Walnuts: 1 cup Read the rest of this entry
Sapori di Bice, City Walk, Dubai
This week I’m taking you on a mini trip to Italy …and if you have been to Sapori di Bice in Dubai, then you will know I am not exaggerating one bit! I stumbled upon Sapori di Bice by chance, as my girlfriends made a last minute plan to meet up there for breakfast. The minute I stepped inside I just knew I had to come back again for my cake spy section … Sapori di Bice has such a positive vibe about it, and is one of those rare places where whether you go alone, with friends, or even kids, you will feel very much at home. They have an all-day dining menu and the portions served are generous enough to be shared! So if you’re feeling the pinch a bit, then don’t worry as Sapori di Bice will be your perfect choice to enjoy good quality food at a very reasonable price, in a very warm and friendly-setting. The interior at Sapori di Bice has been done to perfection, with every little minute detail taken in to account to remind you of Italy. I’ll let the slideshow do all the talking as far as that’s concerned.
Whether you’re in to savouries, sweets, or even just one of those healthy fruit and veg kind, there is a section for everyone. Everything at Sapori di Bice looks so fresh and welcoming and is prepared by a full Italian culinary team. Starting with the savouries, there is a very good selection of freshly made bread served with different kinds of sauce. One basket of bread would be more than enough for 2 people to share, and costs just 20 Dirhams. Kids will particularly enjoy the pizza section, as they do get to be involved in the making-process and choose their own character shapes and toppings. Heading over to desserts, there is a large selection of cakes, muffins, and mini appetisers. My choice for the day was ‘Italian Cheesecake’ and I just had to try their ‘Grandmother Cookies’ filled with raspberry jam. Both were an absolute delight to have. In fact I will head back there on my day off with a book in tow just to have those ‘Grandmother Cookies’ again with a cup of coffee while soaking up the sun (until the good weather lasts!). I spent approximately AED 80 for the 3 items ordered. Now that is a very reasonable price considering the portions that were served.
With the weekend coming up, Sapori di Bice would be our ‘pick of the week’ for you to enjoy. It is the perfect place to unwind after a long week. So make the most of this amazing weather and enjoy some good quality food with people who matter most to you. Thank you to the entire staff at Sapori di Bice for making our visit a special one! Will definitely be back again soon!