Are you a fish lover, just like me?
If so, book a table at the newly open THE FISH HOUSE at Intercontinental Festival City. You will you enjoy a delicious culinary experience, while being surrounded by some impressive décor pieces.
As expats know, over the last century fishing and pearl diving have been at the heart of Emirati life. The Gulf is home of a variety of fish and sea treasures: The Fish House is the proudly recipient of this daily bounty. At dawn the chefs scour local markets carefully choosing the freshest catches of the day from experienced and skilled fishermen.
The Fish House is built on the simple premise of promising the best range of fish prepared however you like it. Unconstrained by tradition, the chefs will take fresh produce, prepare and cook it just the way you like; whether it is a nostalgic style that reminds you of your childhood days or the latest fusion concept.
A tip: simply order the catch of the day, you will not be disappointed!
THE FISH HOUSE – Intercontinental Festival City – @thefishhousedubai
STILL DREAMING – SAFWAN DAHOUL
When art touches your soul. I was recently blessed to see the awesome work of artist Safwan Dahoul in DIFC: I didn’t plan to visit this exhibit, just bumped into it. And it was surprisingly beautiful.
Since the late 1980s, Dahoul’s ongoing Dream series has explored the physical and psychological effects of alienation, solitude, and longing that punctuate the human experience at various stages in life. Partly autobiographical, the artist uses the formal properties of painting to recreate the subconscious sense of enclosure that surfaces during periods of crisis. in his newest work Still Dreaming, he continues this exploration, however this time posing the question: Are we still dreaming?
Dahoul focuses on the nostalgia of home while trying to depict a representation of both what he sees and feels. The exhibit features two large paintings and 16 identically sized works, 120 x 76 cm. In the 16 works, Dahoul’s recurring female protagonist is painted at the center of each canvas, she sits in precisely the same position, focusing the viewer straight on. Each painting, different to the other, is defined by the placement of various objects on the figures chest, that seem to deepen the state of her disaffection, as even the familiar becomes a trigger of distress. the figure is sometimes vacant-eyed, other times more expressive, with minimized physicality. The female’s eyes are lauded with emotion; her lips are slightly parted, seemingly caught in the moment of deciding whether to speak or remain silent. The works echo of a deafening silence that paralyses the viewer in front of them.
AYYAM GALLERY – Gate Village Building 3 DIFC
You can follow and discover more about this stunning artist @safwan_dahoul on Insta.
After moving to Dubai, I have been experiencing some trouble sleeping at night. Be it the change itself, the lifestyle, the pace of the city itself… I still do not know.
That’s why I decided to invest some time in putting together a pre-sleep ritual I try to adhere to every evening. I try to end the day listening to soothing music or reading an inspirational and calming book. The body likes routine so I aim to be in bed no later than ten ready for sleep. Just before bed, when all other preparations are finished, my practise involve these four steps:
- conscious breathing exercises (10 min)
- stretching to release stagnant energy and recalibrate the flow of energy in the body (5 min)
- seated “cleansing” meditation (10 min)
- legs up the wall (10 min)
Then I get into bed and give myself the bare minimum of 8 hours before the alarm goes off.
My Dubai Essential
Creating a relaxing atmosphere definitely helps me to relax and sleep. My “little helper”: MR FOX LAVANDER essential oil. Mr Fox is an independent niche company that creates with passion a range of Fantastic, Magic & Organic products, handmade and 100% natural, for the skin, hair, body & mind.
The Latin name of lavender is Lavare, which means “to wash”, due to its particularly clean aroma. Today, lavender is the most used essential oil in the world: it has a sweet, floral aroma that is calming, relaxing and balancing – physically and emotionally. Lavender oil benefits include its ability to regulate the nervous system, promote sleep, relieve pain, disinfect the scalp & the skin, help acne & psoriasis, enhance blood circulation, heal wounds and treat respiratory problems. Because it’s the most versatile of all essential oils, is a “must have” for the home!
I focused myself a lot lately on essential oils, after having discovered dōTERRA products. But this topic deserves a whole dedicated chapter, and all your attention. Stay tuned for more!
This Week We Love
The truth is everyone admires les Parisiennes: they are naturally chic and desirable, they admit to being snobs, unpredictable but not unreliable, bossy and opinionated yet tender and romantic.
They always know how to be mysterious and stylish, they will tell you the right way to approach people at the gym, they will share with you the best addresses in town, for where to go at the end of the night, for a birthday, for a smart date, for vintage findings and much more.
Here is where to find that Parisian allure in Dubai (well it’s also my absolute favorite spot in town):
Launched in 2012 by Emma Sawko (a true Parisian), Comptoir 102 has been acclaimed one of the best concept stores in the city by international travel guides and fashion magazines. The space has been conceived as a home – with its kitchen, lounge, garden and terrace combing fashion, design, jewellery, beauty and organic café. This amazing store, nestled in the heart of old Jumeirah, between sea and palm trees, is a little sanctuary away from the malls.
Sophie Mas, Audrey Diwan, Caroline de Maigret, Anne Berest – How to be a Parisian wherever you are – Ebury Press.
Tribe is an independent, bespoke home decor studio located at The Courtyard, Al Quoz. It’s a truly hidden gem, a special place with a strong core belief in sourcing ethical, sustainable, handmade, fair trade and natural products directly from talented craftspeople and artists globally.
Curated by Australian designer Jo England, Tribe has an enchanting essence of natural beauty with a one-of-a-kind chic edge.
If you head there this weekend, it’s winter clearance – up to 60% off beautiful furniture, home accessories, cushions, rugs and lighting.
And don’t forget to grab a coffee and a sweet treat at Boston Lane Cafe, so yummy!