Arabian Nights Village: Serenity, At Last

My experience with local desert safaris has been limited to the cheap, run-of-the-mill tourist packages based out of Dubai. To a newcomer who isn’t seeking the romanticized ambience I had envisioned, these fit the bill nicely. Escape the bustling city, bash some dunes, and feast…

ChefxChange: Keeping the Flame Lit

Life with kids certainly limits the capacity for romantic moments. But given that romance is such a crucial piece of what it takes to sustain a marriage and thus create the foundation for a healthy family life, we have to work around those limits to…

Picnic Brunch at Iris (PS – Mother’s Day Tip!)

Suddenly, picnic brunches are all the rage and while it sounds nice, it usually isn’t a picnic (pun intended). To me, the central elements that make a picnic are not simply baskets and red and white checkered tablecloths. What I enjoy most is that they’re usually outdoors, away…

Escape the Minivan: Chevy Traverse

A big family means you need big cars. Having a large, cool-looking SUV seems to be Abu Dhabi’s standard, regardless of family size – look at all that empty cargo space behind the single, young driver! But when your family grows to two adults, two children, and a baby – that is…

Staycationing in the Middle of Nowhere

Back home before we came here, our family used to spend a lot of time in the outdoors- taking trips to the countryside, hiking, exploring the natural world around us. Since moving here, between the summer temperatures that prohibit spending anytime outdoors and the centralization…