Abu Dhabi City
January 23, 2016
Today, I travelled to Dubai for the first ever meet-up of the Facebook community BALA, Black Americans Living Abroad. We met at Tribes restaurant at The Mall of the Emirates. It was a wonderful afternoon of good food, good people, and good vibes. I was reminded of how important it is to connect with like minded people; sojourners who are traveling the same path.
Wishing you many opportunities to connect with your tribe,
The food was delicious!
Afternoon tea is usually thought of as the purview of women, but I had the opportunity to introduce a gentleman to the pleasures of tea. Today, JG found “a little bit of heaven” while savoring scones with cream and jam. I think it’s safe to say the gentleman’s been turned on to afternoon tea. We enjoyed tea at The Chocolate Gallery in the Fairmont Bab al Bahr. Their afternoon tea features a great modern presentation.
I am a bona fide foodie. I travel to eat as much as anything else! In addition to must see sights, my travel itinerary often includes must eat foods. I’m happy to report that I hit almost all my must-eats for Singapore.
While in Singapore, you must eat at a hawker center. It’s THE place to get your chicken rice.
I was positively thrilled to experience these 2 uniquely Asian treats!
I did miss out on chili crab…next time!
As I was researching places to have afternoon tea in Singapore, I came across a phenomenon that was entirely new to me. Of course, I expected that there would be no shortage of tea experiences in Singapore, but this blew my mind! You see, on the weekend, in Singapore, one can partake of an afternoon tea buffet! (Yes…squeals of delight are entirely appropriate here!)
After more research, I made my reservation for the highly touted tea buffet at Regent Singapore Hotel Tea Lounge. I arrived early and waited in the lobby for the second seating to begin. I approached the hostess stand about five minutes to three and found a line was already forming! Fairly quickly after I was seated, the lobby lounge was bursting with tea takers! There were couples old and young, groups of friends, and families too. It was wonderful.
We were treated to a delectable smorgasbord of small bites, from scones to creme brulee, finger sandwiches to sushi, and caviar to congee.