PEr FYI

June 3, 2010

Reydan restaurant, Jeddah…great restaurant where the locals go

This place has some seriously fantastic food. They serve a traditional bedouin feast, where a selection of food is placed on the floor in the centre of a ring of seated guests. Makbus and Lahm Mindi (casserole of meat, usually lamb, or chicken with rice) are particular favourites. The lamb biryani, slow roasted lamb shank buried in a mound seasoned basmati rice made with walnuts and raisins was great too.

“THIS TASTES SO GOOD”… that is what goes through my mind every time I take a bite. The chunks of lamb are tender, juicy and bursting with flavor.

Overall everything was great and plenty of food for us.  Didn’t cost that much either.  Very nice find.  Only one minor note, the workers there are a bit hard to understand and may not understand you that well so you may have to repeat yourself or go with someone who speaks Arabic.  However, to me that’s a sign of a very authentic and delicious place. This is the true truth because I always say it as it is…

from left: Gary, Adrian, GGM, Hawk, Paul

May 21, 2010

Desert Safari by Knight Tours, Dubai…2 hours of fun and 4 hours of yawn

Filed under: Activities, Tour, Travel, UAE — Tags: , , , , , , — PEr @ 10:00 am

Desert Safari is a must do when you are in Dubai. At least once and you don’t have to do it again. Also known as dune bashing, it  is a form of off-road driving using an off-road vehicle to explore the way on sand dunes of the desert.

The company we used was Knight tours. They pick you up from the hotel at about 15:00 and take you East for about 1 hour in a 4-wheel drive. The driver lets the air out of the tires ready for sand dune bashing and then away they go, driving maniacally around the dunes. They get those Toyotas on some crazy angles on these wild rides. An ocean of sand with waves that seem to swallow the 4×4’s whole. Then they bring  you to a camp that has dinner and a belly dancer show. Oh! Did I mention the brief camel ride for photo opportunity.

Here’s where it all begin to go downhill. The food was awful. The entire campsite was shrouded in a mood of boredom and restlessness. 2 hours goes by so sloooowly when you are comatosed.  We laid back on a majlis (a low cushion) smoked an apple-flavoured shisha (hubbly-bubbly/water pipe) under the night sky. We were revived at the end for a belly dancing and male spinner performance to the beat of Arabic music.

Having said that, I have to say this: a visit to Dubai would be incomplete without a trip to the Desert Safari. That’s the true truth because I always say it as it is.

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