It’s not just who’s FooDiva, but why FooDiva? New hotel and real estate developments are on the rise again, including a constant flurry of restaurant openings, almost weekly. Dubai has approximately 10,000 eateries of which 3,000 are licensed establishments serving booze. That’s a staggering amount for a population of just over two million, remembering that probably only about a quarter have the disposable income to eat out well. So with Dubai’s burgeoning dining scene fuelled by a primarily expat population, and a real gap in the market for a website dedicated to impartial, intelligent restaurant reviews, FooDiva brings you her very own critique on where to dine, what to eat, and in some cases where to buy it.
Aside from restaurant reviews, you’ll find F&B (industry lingo for food & beverage) interviews with chefs for instance, food features, gourmet shop openings, culinary travel, product reviews and competitions. More here in FooDiva’s editorial policy. You can subscribe for free to regular updates, or just type what you’re looking for in the search function, and the relevant reviews will pop up.
I am Greek-Cypriot-British, based out of Dubai for the last 14 years, but never happy to sit still am always searching for a new quality dining experience in the UAE and on my travels. Anyone who has eaten with me, knows how fussy I am, so prepare yourselves for a culinary odyssey. You may also catch me cooking up a storm at home, and may get the odd recipe thrown in but don’t hold your breath!
I have been passionate about food ever since I can remember – most probably thanks to my dad, and my upbringing in hotels around the world. Lucky moi! When a GM’s daughter wants those hand-cut French fries she gets it! Nearly two decades of public relations experience in Europe and the Middle East, of which many are in the hospitality and F&B industry (that’s a lot of lunches and dinners) go some way to fine tuning my taste buds, whilst developing a good sense for what makes or breaks a dining experience.
My days have always revolved round what’s for lunch and dinner (plus the odd breakfast) – even when working ungodly hours, always remember to eat! Don’t ever take me on holiday, where food is not at the core of any itinerary. I adore discovering new eateries, whether the simplicity of a cafe, the authenticity of a street joint, the glamour of a fine dining experience, or just the most sublime kronut (google this latest fad!) – and even where to buy the best tea or chocolate.
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P.S – incase you’re wondering I do have other ‘hats’ – a monthly contributor to ITP’s Gourmet magazine, a freelance journalist writing for The National and a communications consultant supporting companies with internal and external strategic communications, reputation management, PR training, plus copywriting and guest column writing. I judge F&B awards including the annual Caterer Middle East awards and Taste New Zealand Chefs Competition UAE, plus another one am not permitted to talk about, whilst also taking on speaking opportunities on my favourite subjects – food, restaurants, travel and social media. Click here for my portfolio of feature articles.