Hello, welcome to Matt and Katie's Blog! We originally started this for our friends and families, and to help acclimate to the desert heat. It's taken on a life of its own, and we're now using it to share the best of what we see, point out our mistakes, and, with any luck, help others around us THRIVE. Enjoy!
Sunday, May 24, 2009
As if we weren't thrilled enough with our take, the next day Lisa's magazine was hosting a beauty sale. That means that a lot of the products that are sent to the magazine are sold to the staff to try out at major discounts from the market price! I sent her off with 200 dirhams and god's speed to do her best. Apparently these events can get quite competitive, think Walmart on black Friday, I don't think there has been any blood drawn...yet. This time she went in with a plan: step 1 - run into the room, step 2 - grab everything in sight no matter what it is, step 3 - find a secluded corner and sort through your booty while avoiding other vultures, step 4 - lather, rise, repeat until all items are gone...
She did a great job! Our biggest win was the Photo Finish silicone-based makeup primer. If you don't know what that does, then you certainly don't need too!
But if you're ever in the neighborhood and need some extra moisturizer, stop on by!
Dinner in the Sky
Apparently ‘Dinner in the Sky’ is looking to revamp any conventional ideas you might have about where you sit for your next meal. This concept has just come to Dubai and Matt and I recently had a chance to check it out as we were walking along the beach. Honestly, we see the craziest things here! In short it is a platform with seats (think like a roller coater, harness and all) suspended 50 metres in the air. Once you are strapped into your custom designed seats around an unconventional dining table, you are hoisted into the air by a 100 ton crane. Once in the air, the table is free to rotate 180 degrees while the your feet hang free under the dinner table. Apparently, this is no burger shack. According to their website they serve gourmet three course meals with chefs and waiters on hand to pamper the guests, er…guinea pigs.
Monday, May 18, 2009
Saudi Champagne: Eat, Drink, and Be Merry
Friday, May 15, 2009
The Air of Lebanon
Welcome to the first in a three-part series, wacky things from the Middle East. Yes, I know - a lot of what we write about are wacky things from the Middle East, but these are small, carry-on-sized things from the wacky Middle East. First up: Hawa Lebnan, or the "Air of Lebanon". Here's an excerpt from their facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=20939306456&ref=ts)
- Simply, Hawa Lebnan is a can that is made of the air of Lebanon, it is sealed and can be bought to remind us that inside that can, a part of Lebanon is at home with us or at a friend's house thousands of miles away.. The product is registered in the Ministry of Economy and Trade No:4011 - Date : 19-7-2007
The Ingredient is Fresh Air from Lebanon. No liquid, no gas, no chemicals, no pressure, and no alcohol.
The Idea has sprung out of the love of Racha Najjar to her country and at a time where Lebanon is still suffering from the issues it has always suffered from. Her thoughts were " maybe I can do something good for my country before it's too late". Well she's done it and we all wish her all the luck. Racha Najjar is a true advocate of Lebanon.
Cool, eh? The first thing that came to my mind was Spaceballs. Does anybody else out there remember PerriAir, the salt-free canned air from Druidia? Nobody? Let me refresh your memory:
Coming up next: Saudi Champagne (not kidding).
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
We just flew in, and boy, are our arms tired!
For the past two weeks, we've been all over the planet put together a wedding, and now that I'm catching up on a couple of projects in Bahrain and Saudi Arabia (and it's 110 degrees out), I can honestly say I prefer the cold, rainy days on the good old East Coast USA for a while.But, if we HAVE to be running around the Gulf for a little bit, we might as well get back to the 4 B's: Beach, Brunch, Burj, and dune Bashing. This past week, we shared the 4 B's with two friends visit us from DC and New York. With the temperatures pushing 105 degrees fahrenheit, our days of all of those are getting numbered - time to squeeze in as much as possible before you can fry an egg just by putting it near the window! Here's an artist's rendering of summer brunch in Dubai: