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Our stay at Vida Downtown in Dubai


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As you know, I’m in Dubai, having a long weekend before a friends wedding outside the city. I haven’t been back here since I was like 8-9 years old – let’s just say its a completely different city…

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We started our Saturday with late breakfast/early lunch at La Serra, which is attached to the hotel we’re staying at. We were both starving after having been up since 5.30.

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Whenever there’s burrata with cherry tomatoes and olive oil on the menu, be sure that it will be a part of my order…

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Saif tried the french toast that they’re apparently famous for here. To be honest, it slightly under delivered, but perhaps we had too high expectations from the start?

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We were both exhausted after not sleeping much for two nights before. I had come straight from Bangalore, and Saif retired from a work trip in Paris and Milan literally three hours before we went to the airport…

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La Serra is probably the number one recommended restaurant on all the lists I’ve been given from friends who come here a lot. Definitely try it if you’re in Dubai, they’ve apparently got a great dinner menu too, which I haven’t tried.

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After our meal, the room still wasn’t ready for check-in yet. We parked ourselves by the pool which honestly wasn’t a bad plan B at all…

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I love the table set up each of the cabanas have here. You can tan and work comfortably instead of having the laptop on your stomach, the way I end up most of the time when I work by the pool…

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Saturdays are basically like Sundays here, since Sundays are workdays. It was surprisingly empty by the pool…

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Saif had picked up a bunch of magazines for me at the airport in Paris. This defines luxury time for me – reading a magazine while tanning by the pool. Yum!

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How nice?

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Once our room was ready, the hotel manager came to inform us that they had given us a free upgrade of our room since they had kept us waiting for so long.

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Our room basically has a living room, dining room, kitchen and bedroom. Talk about customer satisfaction guarantee, when you make up for a delayed check-in by throwing us in the nicest suite ever.

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Only thing is, you’d want to spend a lot of time in a room like this obviously. Considering Saif and I are quite active travellers, we promised each other we’d spend at least one out of two nights somewhat in the room, enjoying our free upgrade…

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The room has two balconies too, overlooking the

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SUCH a comfortable bed by the way.

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The view from our balcony. What a gorgeous building, right?

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We can see the pool area from our room too. It looks a lot smaller from up here than it is in reality!

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Thank you Vida Downtown for the best room we could have ever asked for. What a treat, seriously.

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After the pool and the room intro, we walked along the main road towards Dubai mall, which is about a 10-15 min walk from our hotel. We stopped at a Lebanese restaurant, smoked hookah and ate the most amazing lunch…

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Heaven on a plate? Hummus with pine nuts, grilled garlic and pieces of veal. Just…wow.

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Switched out the fries for the grilled potatoes, for once.

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So much good food! Just writing about this makes me want to do it all over again.

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In India, a small piece of halloumi at the store is literally like 800-900 INR (around 110 SEK). So, I’ve made sure to get my fair share of halloumi while here…

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After finishing up lunch, we walked to the massive mall to stroll around and pick up a few things for the upcoming wedding.

I’ll keep updating you guys about our weekend here. I’ll also make sure I upload our Dubai weekend guide once we’re back in Bombay.

Again, a massive thank you to Vida Downtown hotel, for taking such amazing care of our stay. This will definitely be our go-to hotel in Dubai during our future trips here.

Fashion, Food, Lifestyle

Podcast, fashion week and O Pedro by the bar


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The other day, I did justice to the concept of ‘making the most of the day’. Except going to the office, I squeezed in a session with my two podcast partners in crime…

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Yup, that’s right. We’re starting a podcast! I can’t wait to tell you more about it soon.

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I actually had never met Lynn or Amrita – the two girls I’m working with on the podcast project – until we sort of randomly caught up for another meeting over coffee two weeks ago. We started talking and…well, each one of us, with a different podcast idea, decided to merge our plans and make it one.

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The most amazing thing about this is that Amrita and Lynn are both members of WAC, or Women About Community – the women’s only network that I run here. Without the forum, there are so many amazing women I would have never had a chance to meet. Starting WAC was the best thing I kicked off last year. I’m so proud over what its become and how its constantly growing and evolving.

After work and podcasting, it was time to get ready for fashion week. Lakme Fashion Week is in full flare in Mumbai at the moment, and I had one special show to attend this week… 431-88 is a Delhi based fashion brand that I’ve been a big fan of for the longest time, so when they reached out to me to ask if I could come for the show, wearing something they’d put together for me – let’s just say it was an easy sell!

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On my way to the show I dropped by Maia’s and Aditya’s new place, to meet their new addition to the family. Meet Bella guys! She’s such an adorable little girl. Shy yet curious and playful.

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We were running late for the show, but luckily Maia’s car is so big we were able to set up shop in the backseat. I love being able to use commutes productively. Or just saving time in general.

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Cameras are not allowed inside the venue without a press pass, but we managed to sneak a selfie before the show started. Prithvi, Maia and me.

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I don’t know how many times I got stopped by people asking where my outfit was from. Isn’t it so nice when women are actually not afraid of stopping a stranger to tell them that they like what they wear? Reminder to self to always do that from now on. Such an awesome thing to do!

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Maia is a frequent attendee of these type of events – she’s been a fashion blogger for the longest time now, and runs one of the biggest fashion platforms in the country. You can check out her site here.

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After the show we sneaked a few more photos before we grabbed a coffee and sangria at the bar. I ended up rushing to the salon for a blow dry right after this photo, because of how greasy my hair looked in the photos. Probably one of my biggest pet peeves in life: Greasy hair.

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Last but not least (and not actually last), Saif and I met up for dinner at fabulous O Pedro. I have been there once for lunch before, but last night’s dinner was even more outstanding than the first time we went…

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Safe to say the best ceviche I’ve ever had.

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Their cocktails are amazing too. Try their special recipe on a whiskey sour. I don’t even like whiskey and it was one of the best cocktails I’ve ever had.

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Is there anything more romantic than going for a nice dinner and sitting at the bar? Saif and I usually prefer to sit at the bar together on dates even when there are tables available. You can interact with the staff, ask them questions about the food, and it generally just feels more festive than sitting down at a dining table…

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The grilled lobster with orange (!) was also unbelievable…

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This chorizo dish was also one of my favourites. Love chorizo.

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After three cocktails and a ton of food, we went for a friends wedding function to end the night.

Safe to say, one of the busiest days. And one of the best ones, too.

Thanks again to 431-88 for having me!

Food, Lifestyle, Recommendations, Travel

The end of a year, the start of another…


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Happy 2018! I hope you have had a smashing year so far.

I’ve taken a blog break for a few days, mostly involuntarily because wifi was so bad at the house we were renting in Goa, but also because I just sort of decided that I deserved it. Now its time for me to recap my last days of 2017, and the tell you a thing or two about my start on the new year…

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One of our last meals was at Pali Bhavan. The bar here is by the way where Saif and I met the very first time, if you must know

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We had a banging Indian meal and went home to bed right after

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An hour flight and some time on the road later, and we were in Goa paradise

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We had cheese and wine on our terrace, then dropped by Saturday night market

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Looked around a lot but bought very little

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Joakim and Maja bought a hammock to take back to Sweden. I thought that was a cute thing to buy

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I’m not a fan of crowds or markets but was doing my best to stay calm

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Then we had White Owl beers and felt very happy and calm

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Watched a fire show and listened to trance music (not my mom’s favourite)

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Ate home made pasta at Ciao Bella

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Captured some special moments

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Failed at taking group-selfies, and drank more wine

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Then it was morning, so we ate again

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At Orange Boom. Nom nom nom

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After breakfast, we headed to Ashwem, my favourite beach in Goa. Kind of everyone’s favourite

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Drank beer and cuddled in the sun with my favourite people. Tough one to beat! On the last day of the year too

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Saif stayed in the shadow. He doesn’t enjoy the sun much – probably the biggest difference between us. Not that bad of a difference to have though

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Guess how happy I was to see this fellow Swede on the beach? They decided to celebrate New Years Eve with us later in the day. Wiho

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Last lunch view of the year from La Plage

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Maja was trying to tan. The food took kind of long to arrive so she tanned next to the table while waiting. Very Swedish, if you ask me

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Feet in the sand, beer in hand. Wasn’t even meant to rhyme but it did

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I mean…

 

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Then it was time to bring in the New Year at Sur La Mer. Coziness central basically

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We booked a table for all of us + Kyron and Paulina

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Danced to Knocking on Heavens Door. Yes I know not the best song to valse to

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Burger for breakfast and lunch in 2018

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And browsed cute shops on the beach

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On New Years Day-Eve we were all really tired so we went for an even cosier dinner on the beach

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Somtimes I wonder if its abnormal to love your mom as much as I love mine. Hmm

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It may also be abnormal to eat as much as we do. It was great anyway. Highly recommend Sublime in Morjim

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Sounds about right

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A stray puppy followed us to eat again the next day. Want. Need.

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Always eating. Here at Anahata in Ashwem. Highly, highly recommend. Also awesome staff. Warning for a lot of Swedish tourists though

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Maja and I bought my mom a gift at one of the cute stores in Vagatore

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Attempted cute boomerangs with my mom and Maja…

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Snapped this photo highlight with my younger half

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And before we headed back to the airport on our last day…

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We ate again…

What a start on a new year, right? Couldn’t have asked for more. Except a little less indulgence and feasting, perhaps.