Geordie Armani …


Geordie Armani is the food-loving alter ego of myself, a long time Dubai resident. I am the mother of an eleven year old daughter, wife to a Scot, and a slave to four daft cats. A few years ago I started a food blog and this has snowballed into something bigger than I ever expected, but I am extremely happy about this. I usually write about affordable restaurants and cafes, not the fancy high end places that are out of many people’s budgets, so the blog resonates with the majority of Dubai residents. I love to explore new openings and areas that are up and coming in terms of dining. I am a keen cook, but not a food professional, my reviews are down to earth and honest. I hope you enjoy reading my reviews, don’t forget you can find me on Twitter and Facebook.
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Amal Villa Restaurant

Dining in Bentota

Dining in Bentota We recently visited the amazing Vivanta by Taj Bentota hotel in Sri Lanka, an absolutely beautiful hotel which offered five different dining options and of course the 24 hour room service.  We dined mainly in The Palms the all day dining option available at the hotel, food was excellent as was the …

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Vivanta by Taj Bentota Sri Lanka

Vivanta by Taj Bentota For many years I have wanted to visit this particular hotel, sometimes you get something in your head and you just can’t get it out again.  Recent holidays have either been to the UK or the Maldives but this year I decided it was time I visited Sri Lanka, and at …

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Hilton Ras al Khaimah Resort and Spa

Fancy a staycation at the Hilton Ras al Khaimah Resort and Spa? Staycations in the UAE have become big business for local hotels in recent years.  The days of people hopping on a plane for an entire month to visit their home countries seems to be a thing of the past.  Instead these days are …

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Taste of the Sea platter - Alto Mar

Alto Mar

Alto Mar and my birthday It was my birthday earlier this week, and seeing as it was Ramadan we decided to celebrate the weekend before.  It was my turn to pick my favourite cuisine, seafood. Regular readers know how much I love my seafood.  I had also heard an interesting segment on Suzanne Radford’s Thursday …

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Smokin’9 opens in Jumeirah Lake Towers There is nothing more refreshing than sitting down to a menu that only has 9 main course items.  Some would argue and say that they prefer more choice.  On this occasion I shall disagree and say that when an outlet only sells burgers and fries then 9 differently themed …

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Fancy lunch or breakfast during Ramadan?

Fancy lunch or breakfast during Ramadan 2016? For the fifth year running Foodiva and I have got together and compiled a list of independent (and a few others) outlets that are open and serving food during the month of Ramadan.  By law hotels in the UAE have to have at least one outlet open for …

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The Sheraton MOE welcomes Brunswick Sports Club The dynamic duo in the Dubai food world, known you and I as Tom & Serg opened the doors to the Brunswick at Sheraton MOE recently.  Brunswick is their fourth outlet to open, their first to hold an alcohol licence.  I say their first as I know there …

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Toshi Restaurant


Toshi gets a new look … I am no stranger to the Grand Millenium Hotel in TECOM, we used to live in TECOM and were one of the first families to visit the hotel when it opened some 8 years ago.   I have hosted events at the hotel and my husband has held conferences …

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Palm Court

Palm Court Lobby Lounge I was recently given the challenge of organizing afternoon tea for a very special birthday that was taking place in my circle of friends. The guests attending this afternoon tea would span 5 decades, if that isn’t challenging enough I needed a venue that had easy access for people in wheelchairs. …

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How to treat a Maid

How to treat a maid … Firstly I have to honestly say that I never thought I would be sitting down and writing a post on this particular subject, but it has come to the point that I feel it might be appropriate to point out to people how easy it is to treat another …

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Savour @ Jumeirah Beach Hotel

Savour the best Jumeirah Beach Hotel has to offer Its no secret that Jumeirah Beach Hotel is one of my favourite hotels in the UAE.  I remember when the hotel was being built and the excitement among local residents when the Burj Al Arab started to emerge out of the sea.  Jumeirah Hotels and Resorts …

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Wok and Co

Ibis One Central opens and brings us Wok and Co …. Another week and another new hotel opens its doors in Dubai.  We have over 900 hotels in Dubai and this number is very definitely on the increase.  Ibis One Central opened a few weeks back but the official opening is taking place later this …

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Naya and its Maharaja Feast I love Jumeirah Beach Hotel, I feel as though part of me was built into its foundations when we watched it rise from the sands way back in the mid 1990’s.   I have watched the brand Jumeirah grow from strength to strength and expand, not only here in the …

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Sandwich Express Artisan Bakery

Sandwich Express Artisan Bakery The earliest evidence of bread dates back over 30,000 years ago, so it is no surprise that it is a staple part of many diets. Bread in its many forms is often the first thing that is placed on any table, everything from flat breads to crisp white rolls, there is …

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