Whose up for some gossip then?:D Today was an afternoon well spent not just gossiping with my old school friends, but also at a cafe that happens to be called Gossip Cafe & Desserts. Catchy name isn’t it? That’s what actually tempted me to try out the place at Box Park (Dubai), as I was initially headed somewhere else. Well, I’m certainly glad I did, coz it ticked all the boxes I look out for when visiting a cafe … Ambience? Very cosy .. Friendly staff? Definitely .. Helpful staff? Very … Dessert variety? Gained calories just by going through the options … Dessert taste? Deeelicious, or at least the Date & Toffee Pudding I tried definitely was … Pricey? Just a tad, but certainly not if you’re sharing the dessert .. Will I go back again? For sure! Still have to try their ‘Ultimate Dessert’ which the staff highly recommended! It’s not just desserts by the way, as they have other options too for the ones with the missing sweet tooth ;). So fix a date with your besties and stay up to date with all the gossip at Gossip Cafe & Desserts located at Box Park, Dubai.
And I’m back!! How’s it going everyone? Apologies for the silent treatment the last few weeks, but had family and friends visiting recently and I went into complete lazy mode after they left. My friends have been nagging me the whole time to get back on baking track but I just wasn’t finding that inspiration anywhere to snap out of this phase … that was up until I came across a brilliant cafe yesterday that did the trick and made me want to bake again …
I’m referring to Spontiphoria Cafe on Wasl Square in Dubai. This cafe was truly love at first sight for me .. it was very bright and welcoming, and had such a cosy set up and ‘feel good’ factor, it almost felt like walking into the brightest room of your house! Spontiphoria is the first of its kind in Dubai as it’s actually a boutique as well a bakery. I was there to attend a Basic Baking Demo session yesterday which my friend had luckily signed me up for (and will probably expect baked goodies in return now as a thank you). I was greeted by the friendly owner, Sidiqa Sohail, and it was great to speak to someone who also has a strong passion for baking and had come such a long way to set up a wonderful cafe that had obviously become a crowd favourite by many.
As I waited for the demo to start, I flicked through the menu which was an absolute treat! They have so much to offer be it breakfast, snacks or simply desserts. The sandwiches they offer as snacks looked quite interesting as they were named after different cities worldwide. They served mini chutney sandwiches as the nibbles during the demo, and they were absolutely delicious! Definitely ordering those again when I visit next. But the part that stood out for me the most, was the section named ‘Dessert as meals!’ … and I do not joke, when I say there was a ‘Chocolate Burger’ on that menu as well! Now that is a dream come true for chocoholics like me! But as I was there for the demo, I had to behave, and decided to save digging in to all the wonderful treats at Spontiphoria for my next visit. It didn’t stop me from tasting their best seller ‘Salted Caramel Brownies’ though …. yummylicious!
The baking demo in itself was very informative. It was a good turnout, and everyone absolutely loved icing their own mini cupcakes towards the end. Spontiphoria does host many events throughout the year, so make sure you visit their Facebook page www.facebook.com/spontiphoria to keep track of it all.
My overall experience at Spontiphoria was an excellent one! I’ve always had a soft corner for cafe’s with the ‘home-made’ feel to it, and Spontiphoria definitely ticks that box. I’ve already made plans with friends to visit Spontiphoria again soon and will keep you posted on all the new goodies I try out. In the meantime, make sure you make your way there too and you’ll see what I meant about the ‘feel good’ factor.
Thank you Spontiphoria team for the wonderful experience!
News Flash: discovered a really nice place for breakfast at Taste Kitchen in Mercato Mall, Dubai. Popped in for breakfast the other day and really enjoyed their ‘Home baked Granola with Whipped Yogurt and Mixed Fruit’ … Had no idea using freshly whipped Greek Yogurt could make such a difference to the dish! Will be going there again soon for lunch, which is when I’ll do my proper review of the place … and judging by the number of people who were walking in at the time, I’m sure I won’t be disappointed! Give it a try!
The holiday season is almost here … that time of the year when the wallets shrink but waists expand! After having done a shopping marathon at Dubai Mall today, I was absolutely starving by lunch time! But I knew exactly where to order lunch from today… Thai Wok! If you haven’t tried out Thai Wok yet then you’re missing out on some real good food at a very reasonable price considering the generous portions they serve! Although their menu had quite a few tempting lunch combo deals to offer, I had to look no further once I came across their ‘Stir Fried Heaven’. And here’s the best part, I was done placing the order within minutes, without even going through the hassle of dialling a number, waiting for someone to answer and then placing my order! Although they do offer that option, but there’s also a much easier ‘online option’ to order. So all you have to do is sign up for an account, choose your meal exactly the way you want it, a few clicks here and there, and that’s it! But the royalty treatment doesn’t just end there, as within minutes there is someone calling you from Thai Wok, to confirm your order and to let you know how long they will take to deliver! Now for me as a customer, these little things count for a lot as the number one priority for any restaurant should be to make sure a customer is their top-priority. So thank you very much for that Thai Wok. Wait there’s more …. keep reading! 🙂
Moving on, the food arrived bang on time (another tick for punctuality) and did not even need to be re-heated. In fact I was quite surprised to read afterwards that Thai Wok is actually based in Al Barsha, so it wasn’t exactly near to where I was, but the food still didn’t arrive cold, which is a problem that I have with a quite a few delivery places here, as they just don’t taste the same after being re-heated (another tick for being considerate). The aroma of the ‘Stir Fried Heaven’ was divine, and I couldn’t wait to dig in, but could I? Of course not! Coz I had to take pictures for you guys first to give you my priority .. haha! They say looks can be deceiving, but certainly not in this case, as the ’Stir Fried Heaven’ tasted as good as it looked. The meal included a chicken spring roll, egg fried rice, chicken with cashew and chilli paste. The ‘regular’ portion was so generous I was quite surprised it was only priced at AED 30. I’d call that excellent value for real good food! Now I know, not everyone is a huge fan of chicken, so I did do my homework, and had a look at their menu again, and can tell you they do offer a lot more such as grilled beef salad, prawn purse, beef oyster, penang curry, fish in tamarind sauce, Pad Thai and what not! So I would strongly suggest, you have a look at their menu on http://www.thaiwok.ae and see what you think could tickle your taste buds. I should probably mention here too, that Thai Wok is not considered to be a proper dine-in restaurant, but is a very popular delivery option (not surprised why after tasting their food today) and also let you order your meal in advance. So say, you’re feeling super hungry after reading my review, you can already order your dinner by either going online or simply calling Thai Wok at 04 430 8119. I would strongly suggest you do try out Thai Wok at least once and then be the judge for yourselves. I personally had a very pleasant experience of enjoying a delicious meal from Thai Wok today, and am now all energised to begin round 2 of shopping! Thank you Thai Wok! 🙂
Today was dedicated to doing a bit of admin work on The Bakealogue and going through various sections to analyse which ones can be improved for the better! And one such section in my opinion is ‘Cake Spy’ – a section dedicated to written reviews on recommended cafe’s and bakeries out there (https://thebakealogue.wordpress.com/cake-spy/) …. As The Bakealogue now reaches out to a more global audience (can’t thank all of you enough for your support with the blog!) I realised not everyone would necessarily benefit from it as all my reviews have been Dubai-based so far due to my current location …. Therefore I thought this is a good opportunity to invite you to contribute to the ‘Cake Spy’ section and give a more global feel to it … so regardless of which part of the world you live in, if you know any cafe or bakeries which you would like to recommend to others, then all you have to do is write a short review on it (include images if possible) and send to firstname.lastname@example.org along with your name! The aim of The Bakealogue has always been to share baking experiences with everyone so if you feel this is your cup of tea then I look forward to hearing from you … feel free to share this post with friends who might find this of interest … Thanks for listening … back to work now! 🙂
Today was supposed to be ‘Cake Spy’ day at The Bake-a-logue, but due to road closures for the Dubai Tour 2014 (cycling event), decided to postpone that until next week and bake something instead …. So the recipe for today is going to be Blondies! If you are a fan of chocolate chips and enjoy the caramel taste, then this recipe is definitely for you! In fact if you bake regularly then you may well be munching on these in the next hour or so, as it requires very basic ingredients. Click Here to view the recipe …
I usually like to put in a bit of an effort when it comes to baking, so when the recipe is as simple as this one, then I just have to do something different with the presentation. As most of you already know, there’s a hidden Brit in me that tends to make an appearance every now and then, and today is one of those days … so allow me to present to you, the first Wonder of my kitchen …. the Stonehenge! 😀 Is that creative enough for you? 🙂
It’s that time of the day when you’re back at your desk after a lovely lunch hour, and all you want to do is snooze and wish the clock-hand would start to move faster! Well don’t worry as The Bake-a-logue has come to your rescue to help kill time with another new recipe … Apple & Raspberry Bread! This would make a healthy breakfast item (anything that has fruit in it is considered ‘healthy’ by me :D) and can be made in variations. I chose to divide the batter into cupcake cases as well as the loaf pan just to add to the options. Think it would make a great cake as well! Tempted to try it out yet? Then click here to view the recipe (and make sure the boss isn’t standing behind!) … Happy Baking! 🙂