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.


BLACKBERRY APP WORLD finally available in UAE

Yesterday’s Gulf News article:

“Gulf News has learnt that Research in Motion (RIM) will officially launch in the UAE today its long-awaited BlackBerry App World with the full support of the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA).

Sandeep Saihgal, managing director, RIM Middle East, said the new apps store will be user friendly.

“BlackBerry App World will provide easy access to a broad range of mobile applications and content, everything from entertainment to news and even utilities, and has been developed with the user experience firmly in mind,” Saihgal told Gulf News. “Because the service is optimised for BlackBerry and builds on the user interface of the smartphone, it is easy to navigate, searchable, and intuitive. It’s also a great way to bring together users with our developer community.”

BlackBerry App World’s debut in the UAE is an important milestone for Canadian device maker RIM given that the BlackBerry is the preferred smart phone of choice in the country — especially among young tech-savvy Emiratis — for its encrypted BlackBerry Messenger service (BBM), suggested a survey conducted by the TRA in January.”

Click here to read the rest of the article.

I’ve checked it out…So far my interests lie with the games but for some reason, unlike the existing pre-loaded games, you can’t play with your bbm contacts…

It’s 2011, can we have a crime-free society?

I’ve been living in the UAE for a little over 3 years now and I have a habit, like anybody else, of reading the newspapers in the morning. The majority of the time, I’m reading about crime and deaths due to reckless driving. Reckless driving is an issue all over the Khaleej, it might have been reduced here in the UAE, but it still happens. This issue still effects me, I never know what’s going to happen every time I’m on the road, but I’m more disturbed with the crimes. I mean I grew up in the West where mom and dad always tried to protect us from “bad” people, lo y5afoon mn rabhom they wouldn’t rape, steal, and commit other crimes. And now I’m here and I’m thinking “oh man, how is this supposed to be a more safer society when every morning I’m reading about the latest murder, drug-trafficking, prostitution, etc”

Here’s the first article I read this morning, courtesy of Gulf News:

“Dubai: Dubai’s highest court on Monday confirmed the death sentence against an Egyptian visitor who was convicted of premeditatedly killing his compatriot and stealing his credit card.

The Dubai Court of Cassation upheld the death sentence against 52-year-old Khalaf Hussain Khalaf Hashem.

“The jury has rejected Hashem’s appeal to reduce his punishment and confirmed the Appeal Court’s verdict,” said Presiding Judge Mohammad Nabeel Riyadh upon pronouncing yesterday’s judgment in courtroom 22.

The court upheld the capital punishment against the convict who had pleaded not guilty and claimed that the victim was still alive when he left his flat. He was convicted of the premeditated murder of H.M. and the murder was associated with the crime of theft.

Prosecutors said the defendant intentionally beat H.M. with a sharp tool on the back of his head in his flat in Al Baraha. He was also charged with stealing.”

So he murdered him to steal his credit card…


And there is always something in the news about the molestation of younger children by older men. We hear alot about that everywhere, but to think three men molested a 4 year old on a school bus, now that’s disturbing and now I know why my parents (and the schools) always protected us from strangers.

“Parents and schools can no longer remain complacent against the rampant increase in child sexual abuse cases. In 2007, the International Women’s Cultural Forum in the UAE registered 21 cases of sexual attacks. Most victims were girls under the age of 14 and many of the acts took place on school buses. More recently, in the first half of 2010 to be precise, the Dubai Foundation of Women and Children (DFWC) dealt with 65 cases of sexual abuse. Twelve victims were children, mostly girls. According to Dubai Police, 33 minors were sexually assaulted in 2010.”

I don’t know what’s going on in the world, but the things I read make me want to go back to a time where life was simple. Where my biggest concern was what ice cream to eat. Where I didn’t understand what death was. Where my favorite color changed on a monthly basis.

I can easily just stop reading all the negative things but then I’d be ignorant to what is happening around me. The crimes list goes on and on and on, its like its never-ending. It’s really frustrating that these crimes are almost becoming the norms.


Totally random, but here’s a little bit of comic relief…


Al Futtaim Group’s CEO resigns


Dubai: Robert Willett, CEO of Al Futtaim Group, has resigned from the company on Monday, Gulf News exclusively can reveal.

Willett, former Best Buy and Accenture executive, was appointed CEO in May 2010 after he worked as a non-executive board director for Al Futtaim for about a year.

According to sources, Willet left the company “for family reasons” and is said to be leaving for the UK. No successor has been named as of now.

Willet said in an interview with Gulf News last June that he was planning “to build a team to walk a united way forward” with the company and gave himself a period of six month for this.

It was one of the rare cases in the region that a Gulf family business had hired a non-family member to run its operations.

*this article was extracted from Gulf News, which by the way I have a hard time reading because of the many grammatical mistakes I find…AND they update their website really late, I mean come on, by lunch time it’s updated but who’s gona wait that long

*Note to Gulf News: spell-check is not always the answer…

*Note to self: Family reasons is always a great excuse for anything ;D