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in which people who have never ever been to abu dhabi say a whole lot of stuff about abu dhabi (and my job)

I live in Abu Dhabi. When I tell people that, I usually have to do a few follow-up comments. No, Abu Dhabi isn’t where they filmed that “Mission Impossible” movie, that’s Dubai; yes, it’s the setting for the dreadful “Sex and the City 2” movie, but that movie was actually filmed in Morocco; no, I don’t have to wear a veil; yes, I can move freely around the city; yes, …

no parking, no problem: parking lot freestyle

The other day I went to Spinney’s, a grocery store that caters to expats. Spinneys has a pork room (aka “the hall of shame”) and next door to the grocery store is the liquor store (hall of double shame). And upstairs at Spinney’s is  Mug-and-Bean, where you can get bagels. They’re not the best bagels in the world, but they’re better than the doughy pucks from the freezer section. Because …

Monday Listicle: (Not) The End of Summer

This week I remembered that it’s Monday! Stasha’s prompt is quite seasonal: the end of summer recap. But you know what? I can’t do it.  It’s 100 degrees out there, with a breeze blowing hot from the east and the air feels like soup. So…nope. No end of summer here.  I’m going to do the reverse of this prompt, I guess you could say: a list of what I’m NOT …

Gabrielle Hamilton’s Memoir of Food and Family

Click on this link to go over to Blogcritics and read my review of Hamilton’s brilliant memoir. Then click over to Amazon and get yourself her book…it’s one of the best books I’ve read this year. Then probably you should go to her restaurant and order yourself a drink and her version of egg-on-a-roll.  Sit at the bar, soak in the atmosphere.  I’ll meet you there.