Weekend Brunches I first visited No. FiftySeven Boutique Cafe when it had opened a few years ago, and hadn't been back. A couple of months ago, No. 57 had a food truck at the Abu Dhabi Food Festival and having sampled one of their signature desserts known as "Ermaghgerd" at the Abu Dhabi Festival, I had been wanting to go back. I mean, the name alone of that dessert was enough to get me to go back. Cue, this weekend. My friend and I happened to be free on a Saturday morning and we arranged to catch up over brunch at No. 57. The restaurant . . .
Escape from Abu Dhabi Sir Bani Yas Island had been on the family bucket list since it had been opened to the public. After many months of talking about want to visit, we took advantage of a long public holiday weekend in October and booked a stay at the Anantara Sir Bani Yas Islands Resorts. Apparently, a couple dozen other couples/families had the same idea. Anantara manages and operates three distinct properties on the island, (1) Desert Islands, (2) Al Yamm and (3) Al Sahel, the latter two being villa properties. But let's start at . . .