|Buffet dinner at Latitude, Jumeirah Beach Hotel|
|Cheburashka, or "Drutten" as we called him/her in Sweden|
This past week has been hectic (what's new). Being away for a few days is great but as I said, it means that you have millions of emails to attend to, tasks piling up on your desk and people chasing you with a torch in the corridor.
I am not sure if you have read about it but on November 24 2013, China, France, Germany, the Russian Federation, the United Kingdom and the United States reached an agreement with Iran on its nuclear programme, the Joint Plan of Action. Part of this plan relies on the implementation of measures to be taken by both sides for a duration of six months and includes partial relief from EU and U.S. Iran sanctions in exchange for a IAEA access to Iran's nuclear plants. This is important news and will definitely have impact on our business so most of yesterday was dedicated to thorough research on how this will affect us as a company in practice. And I'm still not finished. For once I ordered hubby to take Joli to her swimming and also go ahead with the weekly grocery so that I could dedicate the day to some work. The idea was to go to Mirdif City Centre, find a nice café and sit there and combine coffee break with work, however, I found myself roaming around the mall instead and ended up (as usual) at Max Burger. Suddenly I spotted my house doctor, also buying a Max Burger (he is half Swedish) together with his family and I quickly finished off my lunch as I find it a bit awkward to sit near my house doctor in the same small hamburger restaurant. That was however a good thing as I had to leave most of my wonderfully greasy chips behind...
The girls are organizing a SPA- evening again. It has been ages ago we did something like that and I'm looking forward to it. I'm making bruschetta for tonight, topped with mushroom stew. At least that is my plan as of now. Knowing myself, I'll be running down to Choitrams in panic to grab the last piece of Brie cheese they have in the counter. And some salty crackers.
And I forgot to mention, last Sunday, we went out for dinner, the entire Diploma course group. Funnily enough, everyone showed up on time... We went to "Latitude" at Jumeirah Beach Hotel and enjoyed an excellent buffet. The downside was that we had already enjoyed an almost as good buffet for lunch, so there was not that much room left, however, I managed to have two large servings of amazing salmon sashimi before I had to admit myself defeated (by food). After dinner, I and friend V went to the piano bar for a gin tonic to round off the evening.
Our departmental lunch finally took place yesterday, about a month late due to travelling (not me). We had made a reservation at the Italian restaurant "Sicilia" at the Movenpick Ibn Battuta Gate Hotel and they did not disappoint. I decided to go for the parma pizza and it was worth every crumble. I finished the whole thing and didn't have to eat dinner at all last night. My colleagues had chick pea soup as a starter and then pizza and our head of department opted for the veal, which also looked really delicious. We even managed to have a cheeky glass of wine with our meal! I wasn't sure whether my colleagues found it odd if I started to take photos of the food so hence, no photos.
Last Saturday, I hosted a wonderful blog evening, which I will write more about in a separate post. It was such a lovely evening with amazing people, I was on a high for days after! I think I still am!
Ok, off to make bruschetta.