Never in my wildest dreams did I imagine I would be moving to a foreign country to live, let alone a country in the Middle East. Over the 2009 Christmas and New Year’s holidays, my husband Roger and I discussed what we wanted the next part of our life to be like. He thought that before retiring, he would like to do one more airport project but only if he could find something very interesting. I half-jokingly agreed that would be fine but could he try for an exotic location? As usual, Roger came through and soon we were headed to Dubai in the United Arab Emirates. This blog is a recap of our "leap-of- faith" wanderings around the Middle East and beyond. We joyfully share these expat experiences.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

"Thai Hands On" Cooking in Dubai

Chef Roger
Dubai is an intriguing international city that vibrates with an unbridled appetite for grandness. This grandness can be seen all over the city, but tasting it in the city’s vast offerings of restaurants is an experience.

For the adventurous there are small ethnic food “cafeterias” tucked into every nook and cranny in the old section and for the rest of us there are the 5 star restaurants operated by some of today’s most celebrated chefs.  

Lynn & Katie

But once a year, the most sought after reservation in Dubai is at a stylish private villa on the infamous Palm Jumeirah Island, the world’s largest man-made island. 

With the backdrop of the iconic Atlantis Hotel, the coral hues of the setting sun wash over the beachside patio where our Hostess Lynn Born has set an elegantly dinner table for 26. Inside the fragrance of Thai spices waft through the villa twitching my nose with piquant, peppery, pungent, lemony smells that makes my mouth water. 

With the intensity of a Top Chef competition, Roger and I are among the lucky guests frantically learning to cook Thai. This is "Thai Hands On" Dubai style, a gathering of expat friends who appreciate culinary adventures.

Read more at Travel & Escape.  

14 comments:

  1. I love Thai food and would love to take classes someday.

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    1. Thai cooking lessons would be well worth the time and expense. I love that I can now just whip our those fish cakes and duck curry!

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  2. This sounds marvelous! My mouth is watering just from your descriptions. We have a lovely restaurant in Hurghada called Thai Garden, and I love the great food they serve there. :-)

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    1. It is so great That Thai food can be enjoyed all over the world!

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  3. Hey Katie,

    What a fun night... and, it looks and sounds incredible. I can almost taste it for real :)

    Can't wait to see you guys and introduce you to some of our favorite dishes.

    Cheers,
    Anne

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  4. We are really looking forward to our trip to Thailand. Should get the plans all confirmed by end of next week! I know you and Doug will show us some exciting sites and introduce us to some really good Thai foods!

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