Pizza Pino in Downtown Dubai

I’ve never been to Italy, but I love a good ol’ pizza. You can never go wrong with a combination of dough, veggies, and cheese. I love pasta too. It was the first thing I learned to make when I was younger. I loved it so much I asked my mom for the basics and after that I grew to learn how to make my own pasta sauce.

As a picky eater, who is still trying to expand their palette, I normally eat the same types of food. This weekend, I decided to try Pizza Pino in Downtown Dubai which just opened not too long ago. I’ve seen pictures on Instagram which caught my eye and the comments suggested that the food was good. So I decided to head over and give it a try. I did Google it beforehand though and found out it’s not even an Italian company, it’s actually French! Regardless of that point, I still went with high hopes.

The tables were huge, and then I realized it’s to hold their excessively huge plates. We sat at the high table with the high chairs, which were uncomfortable because you can’t tuck in your chair and eat with relaxed manner. The interior was still beautifully done, rustic with a touch of class. Ipad minis were used for their menus, but nowadays everyone is using advanced technology in different ways, so it wasn’t a wow factor or anything like that.


We ordered pasta, pizza, and a caesar salad. I can’t remember the names of each but they were all vegetarian. I was already so hungry, so everything should have tasted delicious but all I could taste was oil. The salad was fine but caesar salads are fail-proof, except I was slightly concerned about the chicken. It was thinly sliced but seemed like it came from a package (I should have asked the waiter). The pasta was drenched in olive oil and the veggies were not well done. The pizza was also really oily and the veggies were not chopped well (yes, I think they could have done it better to ease the chewing; the same goes for the salad).

Would I eat there again? No. Pizzaro, which is down the street from Pizza Pino, has better pizza, also oily but it’s flavorful.


Texas Roadhouse opening soon in Dubai Mall

Texas Roadhouse, an American chain restaurant based in Kentucky, signed it’s first international deal with ALSHAYA where they plan to open 35 restaurants across the Gulf during the next 10 years.

The first restaurant will be opened in Dubai Mall this year. I saw the hoarding today on the bottom floor across from the organic supermarket, it’s also close to where Red Lobster will be opening.

Update: Both Texas Roadhouse & Red Lobster have opened and they seem to be a big hit. TexasRoadhouse had a good atmosphere, the food was good but a bit on the heavy side, but overall I enjoyed it.


During an interview with Gulf News, NE-YO commented on the Middle East: 
“I did my first show in Kuwait this year and it was a lotta fun,” he said, sounding surprised. “All we hear of the Middle East is war, so I had no idea what to expect. But obviously it was ridiculously peaceful and the food was good,” he said before reiterating his concern over menu options. “I was worried about the food. I shouldn’t have been.”

May 29, 2011 9:00 pm
250/350 AED
CHI Garden
Oud Metha, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Tickets can be purchased ONLINE:


Red Lobster coming soon…

To all the seafood lover’s out there, Red Lobster is opening soon in Dubai Mall and Kuwait City, as part of the initial two of 60 planned restaurants in the Middle East.

An agreement signed by Americana Group & Darden reveals a 5-year deal for 60 restaurants to open in the Middle East

Darden Restaurants is a multi-brand restaurant operator headquartered in Florida, where they own several casual dining restaurant chains, most notably Olive Garden, LongHorn Steakhouse, and Red Lobster.

The first is scheduled to open this summer inside Dubai Mall, and another will follow later this year in Kuwait City (but no details where exactly).

So along with Red Lobster, you also have The Cheesecake Factory (thanks to AlShaya) opening also in Dubai and Kuwait this year 😉

*****update***** Red Lobster is now opened in Dubai Mall, next to Texas Roadhouse and it seems to be a hit. Cheesecake Factory is not scheduled to be open until 2012 in Mall of the Emirates.






Now opened in Dubai Mall & DCC.


Potbelly Sandwich Shop began in Chicago in 1977 as a small antique store. The couple running the store decided to enhance their business by making sandwiches for their customers.

Potbelly is known for their made-to-order wholesome sandwiches, shakes, and cookies at reasonable prices. Their Continue reading POTBELLY in DXB

N.E.R.D in Dubai

Pharrell Williams & NERD (No-one Ever Really Dies) are scheduled to perform in Dubai on Feb 10 (8pm @ Festival City). My friend is trying to get me to go with her and the girls, but as I’ve stated previously, I’ve quit on music. I can’t say I’m not tempted, because I once was a fan, but no no no, no concerts for me… but she doesn’t get it, she’s says 3shan n’3ayr jow… geez, it’s like someone on a strict diet watching their friend shove delicious food in their mouth…nope nope nopity-nope..

I have something greater.. called will power … so she can annoy me all day, but I’m not giving it… +_O



Anyone interested, prices are:

AED250 per ticket – General Admission
AED500 per ticket – Rockstar Lounge

and can be purchased at:

  • Virgin Megastore
  • Time Out Tickets
  • DJ Middle East
  • Box Office ME

P.S. Amy Winehouse performs the next day at 9pm, prices are:

AED300 per ticket – General Admission
AED500 per ticket – Golden Circle