High Tea in Dubai

High Tea in Dubai

When I went to Dubai I really enjoyed the trip.  Some of my friends were a little hesitant to travel there due to concerns over safety and culture.  I am here to assure you that there isn’t a safer place to travel!  The people were lovely and very hospitable.  Dubai is a tourist destination, so they are welcoming and appreciative of guests.

Granted it was hot, but you didn’t really notice it because you are too busy looking in awe at the buildings.  Modern, sleek and high-tech is the best way to describe today’s Dubai.

I’m sure you all have seen the Burj Al Arab hotel on television or in photographs.  It’s the 5-star hotel that looks like a sailboat and it is magnificent.  I remember Matt Laur and Tiger Woods playing golf on the helipad…..there’s no getting those balls back!   The hotel is so tall I couldn’t even fit all of it in the photo frame.

Bubbly Horse has High Tea in Dubai

Tourists aren’t allowed thru the gates without a reservation in the bar, restaurant or for high tea.  If I were staying at the hotel, then I’m not sure I would want to see tourists traipsing in all day thru the lobby.  It’s a privacy thing.  It’s a very exclusive hotel.

During our trip to Dubai, a group of us decided to go for high tea.  We thought it would be a great way to experience the luxuries of the Burj Al Arab hotel.  High tea was served from 1-3:30pm and the charge was $138.86 US dollars. High tea at the Burj has 7 courses.  It was truly an adventure of a lifetime.

High Tea menu at Burj Al Arab

We arrived at the hotel and had to show our reservation at the gate to be let in.  We were allowed to go thru the gates and proceed to the hotel.  It was like going to Wonkaland.  Very exciting!

When we were seated for the tea we were served a glass of Louis Roederer champagne to begin.  You know how I love champagne!  Off to a great start.

Stephanie Bell at High Tea at the Burj Al Arab in Dubai

The next course was a berry tart.  It looked almost like a culinary work of art.  Almost too pretty to eat!

High Tea course at Burj Al Arab

No high tea would be complete without finger sandwiches.  The course included combinations such as goat cheese with pomegranate seeds, tomato and cucumber on whole wheat, cucumber and cream cheese, and lastly smoked salmon and cream cheese.  Smoked salmon and cream cheese was my favorite.

High Tea at the Burj Al Arab in Dubai

Chef’s carving came next.  Kobe beef tenderloin so tender it was like butter.  A little dollop of mashed potatoes completed the serving.  But wait, there’s more!

High Tea course at Burj Al Arab in Dubai

Next they brought out a tray of scones with Devonshire Clotted Cream.  I had heard of clotted cream but wasn’t sure exactly what it was, but it was really tasty! According to Wikipedia Devonshire Clotted Cream is:

“Clotted cream (sometimes called scalded, clouted, Devonshire or Cornish cream) is a thick cream made by indirectly heating full-cream cow’s milk using steam or a water bath and then leaving it in shallow pans to cool slowly. During this time, the cream content rises to the surface and forms “clots” or “clouts”. It forms an essential part of a cream tea.”

The tray was completed with an assortment of French pastries.  I found that people of Dubai love sweet treats.  Definitely my kind of people!

High Tea in Dubai Photo courtesy of Burj Al Arab

Did mention that in the ladies restroom they provided toiletries by Hermes?

If you ever get the chance to travel to Dubai, DO IT!  The people are lovely and it is the epitome of luxury.  You have to see it to believe it.  xoxo

 

 

Glitter Beer

Glitter Beer

Glitter Beer

Yes, you read it correctly. Glitter beer is a real thing! I’m not really a beer drinker but I might have to try some of this. Has anyone tried any of it?

After doing some research about this totally fun product I’ve found that glitter beer is a hot new trend according to CraftBeer.com. Glitter beer is currently being made from several brewers including Sasquatch’s Gold Dust Woman, a New England IPA. The glitter is completely edible and safe. I know what you’re thinking, you won’t have an issue on the back-end. 🙂

Some folks may think that the glitter dust contained in the beer comes from Unicorns, but that is incorrect!

“The glitter is called Luster Dust, which is made from sugar, maltodextrin and mica-based pearlescent pigments,” according to Madeline McCarthy of Sasquatch Brewery in Portland, Oregon.

Personally I would like to see the beer a lot more glittery but this is certainly a start! Cheers, xoxo.

Wedding Party

Wedding Party

Hi! I’m back.  After a crazy month of selling hats and horse racing I’m back to blogging!  It’s great to be back with you.

What are you doing this weekend for the big wedding?  I’m going to a party that begins at 6:30am.  Doesn’t that sound like fun? One of my friends is hosting the party and I believe there’s going to be around 10 of us attending.  Party directions are that I wear my pajamas and a fascinator/crown/hat.  We’ll be drinking champagne and eating fancy little cakes while the royal nuptials are taking place.  The wedding begins at 8am EST (that’s 12noon in London).

So, I’ve been planning my outfit.  It’s got to be super cute!   I’ll do a blog post about the fete next Monday and give you all the details.  Stay tuned!  In order to get your outfit thoughts together I’ve collected a few photos of Prince William and Katherine’s wedding guests.  Cheers to an American Princess! xoxo

photo by Weddingseve.com

 

Springtime Bubbly

Springtime Bubbly

It’s almost spring and that means that Derby is right around the corner!  Time to celebrate. Everybody knows that I love champagne but Cava is my new favorite.  For those of you who aren’t familiar, Cava is Spain’s twin to Italy’s Prosecco.  It’s really good and it’s so affordable.

I have a secret that I will share with you.  Cotton Candy.  Yes, that’s right, Cotton Candy is super good in your champagne.  You can buy it at any grocery.  Try it you will like it!Cheers xoxox!

 

Santiago Chile

Santiago Chile

I’m planning on visiting Chile and Argentina this fall.  I’ve read so much about these two areas recently.  Both places seem to be very high on travel experts destinations for 2018.

Recently T & L did an article on Santiago that included things to do and sights to see.  The city has a lot of offer tourists including mountains, beaches and did I mention the Mendoza wine region?  That’s where you’ll find me!

Enjoy reading about this exciting region!  xoxo

santiago

http://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/santiago-spots-to-visit#santa-lucia-hill

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Spas are Us!

Spas are Us!

Travel, travel, travel is what I just love to do, read about and discuss.   Recently T + L wrote an article that ranked the best spas in the country.  You should definitely read the article.  These are actual ranks from visitors.

I’m very excited, the top spa is only 5 hours from Lexington!  Let’s get ready to kick back, relax and have a glass of wine.  Namaste xoxo

http://www.travelandleisure.com/worlds-best/spa-getaways-in-us?xid=NL_TLDaily012418&utm_medium=email&utm_source=travelandleisure.com&utm_campaign=daily-transporter&utm_content=2018012422PM#westglow-resort-spa

2018 Top Places to Visit

2018 Top Places to Visit

All the lists are coming out for 2018.  T + L recently sent out the top places to visit in 2018.  Interesting choices.  You might want to check it out! xoxo

http://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/best-places-to-travel-in-2018?utm_source=travelandleisure.com&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=letter-from-the-editor&utm_content=20171205#nacujam-bay-croatia

 

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Let’s go drink Pisco!

Let’s go drink Pisco!

Travel and Leisure released their #1 place to visit in 2018.  It’s got world class wine, Easter Island, active volcanos and lots of penguins!  Did you guess Chile?

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By
Roberta Fiorito

Prepare thine passport. The travel experts at Lonely Planet just released their list of the top ten countries to visit in 2018, and the number one country is…Chile!
Pack your bags, seasoned traveler, because we’re headed to South America. With the Andes, Pacific Ocean and Atacama Desert, the country’s vastly diverse geography lends itself to all types of explorers. Also, we heard the capital, Santiago, has become a hub of trendy shops, restaurants and culture just waiting to be discovered. Finally, to top it all off, the country will celebrate 200 years of independence next year.
So bring on the pisco sours and empanadas…we’re headed to the land of poets.

 

Top Travel

Top Travel

T & L wrote a recent article on the top city hotels to visit in US.  These look super cool and some places that you might not think of visiting.  Hint, there is a Lexington/Kentucky connection! xoxo

http://www.travelandleisure.com/worlds-best/city-hotels-in-us?xid=NL_TLDaily112717&utm_medium=email&utm_source=travelandleisure.com&utm_campaign=daily-transporter&utm_content=2017112722PM