In the Press

  • 31Aug 2016
    My Perfect Day

    My Perfect Day

    Samantha Wood, a.k.a Foodiva, is one of Dubai’s most respected authorities on dining out. Who better than this blogger/restaurant review website publisher to tell us about the best places to dine and drink in Dubai?

    Urbanologie – 31 August 2016
  • 10Apr 2016
    Ahlan Hot 100 influencer 2016

    Ahlan Hot 100 influencer 2016

    The food critic who’s introducing the world’s best artisan ingredients to the UAE.

    Ahlan – 20 March 2016
  • 14Jan 2016
    Eating out is on everyone’s menu in the UAE

    Eating out is on everyone’s menu in the UAE

    Dubai residents have become compulsive foodies. Here’s why…

    Khaleej Times – 14th January 2016
  • 13Jan 2016
    In Dubai, 4 Places Where Brunch Is a Party

    In Dubai, 4 Places Where Brunch Is a Party

    Friday brunches in the City of Gold are often lavish, hourslong events with dizzying spreads. Here are four to get you started.

    New York Times – 13th January 2016
  • 4Dec 2015
    What am I going to eat today?

    What am I going to eat today?

    Samantha Wood, founder of UAE-based impartial restaurant review website www.foodiva.net talks about what she knows best – food!

    Khaleej Times Weekend Magazine - 4th December 2015
  • 16Aug 2015
    Digesting Dubai
  • 23Apr 2015
    Social media feeds a hunger for nutritional knowledge

    Social media feeds a hunger for nutritional knowledge

    Since the explosion of social media, the way we share information has changed dramatically, and never more so when it comes to food.

    The National - 23 April 2015
  • 19Mar 2015
    Ahlan Hot 100 influencer 2015

    Ahlan Hot 100 influencer 2015

    Ahlan – 19 March 2015
  • 23Feb 2015
    Restaurant Buzz Awards

    Restaurant Buzz Awards

    For the first time ever in Dubai, social dining awards have been launched based around social occasions and voted by the public through social media.

  • 22Feb 2015
    Matcha to our delight we introduce you to a new superfood trend in the UAE

    Matcha to our delight we introduce you to a new superfood trend in the UAE

    Matcha is a powdered tea that completely dissolves in water. Top-grade brands are a vibrant lime-green shade. The lighter-green varieties are swee­ter, with the darker ones more astringent.

    The National Arts & Life
  • 9Dec 2014
    Dine Around Dubai with FooDiva
  • 1Nov 2014
    Insider Diner monthly column

    Insider Diner monthly column

    Food guru Samantha Wood of Foodiva.net serves up the latest on the UAE’s dining scene

  • 29Oct 2014
    FooDiva on air discussing culinary travel in Morocco and Zanzibar

    FooDiva on air discussing culinary travel in Morocco and Zanzibar

    The travel gang are getting foodie now, with Samantha Wood: a publisher, journalist and communications consultant, as well as the founder of Dubai-based food blog FooDiva.net. And today, they’re off to Morocco and Zanzibar!

    Dubai Eye 103.8FM Travel Show
  • 3Sep 2014
    Raw foodism: UAE trends feature

    Raw foodism: UAE trends feature

    A half-dozen local restaurants in the UAE are now serving dishes – or entire menus – that have never seen an oven. We meet the husband-and-wife team who have recently opened Raw Foods cafe in Abu Dhabi.

    The National - Arts & Life
  • 2Sep 2014
    FooDiva on air discussing #MyDubaiTrip with Peeta Planet

    FooDiva on air discussing #MyDubaiTrip with Peeta Planet

    The travel team are joined in the studio by some returning guests: food guru, Samantha Wood from FooDiva.net; and the founders of the Peeta Planet TV show, Mohamed and Peyman Al Awadhi, talking about the new #MyDubaiTrip planned series of webisodes.

    Dubai Eye 103.8FM The Travel Show
  • 1Jul 2014
    FooDiva on air discussing all things foodie travel in Vietnam and Cyprus

    FooDiva on air discussing all things foodie travel in Vietnam and Cyprus

    Some foodie travel now, as the team delves into the histories and modern practices behind some great global cuisines. They’re joined by Samantha Wood: a publisher, journalist and communications consultant, as well as the founder of Dubai-based food blog FooDiva.net – who turns the spotlight on Cyprus and Vietnam!

    Dubai Eye 103.8FM The Travel Show
  • 1Jul 2014
    Table Talk interview with cookbook author, Tessa Kiros

    Table Talk interview with cookbook author, Tessa Kiros

    Taste Magazine South Africa - July 2014
  • 15Jun 2014
    A brunch in two parts: UAE trends feature

    A brunch in two parts: UAE trends feature

    We’re seeing a trend in UAE brunches: part buffet, part à la carte served at the table, all in one meal.

    The National - Arts & Life
  • 1Jun 2014
    Dubai – souks, spices and skyscrapers

    Dubai – souks, spices and skyscrapers

    Taste magazine South Africa
  • 1Jun 2014
    Table Talk interview with Chef Greg Malouf

    Table Talk interview with Chef Greg Malouf

    Taste magazine South Africa
  • 23May 2014
    FooDiva on telly revealing Dubai’s Gourmet Trails

    FooDiva on telly revealing Dubai’s Gourmet Trails

    Dubai TV Out and About
  • 11May 2014
    Will Wolfgang Puck’s steakhouse make the cut?

    Will Wolfgang Puck’s steakhouse make the cut?

    In an exclusive interview, the renowned chef Wolfgang Puck talks to us about opening his first restaurant in the country: the steakhouse Cut.

    The National - Arts & Life cover story
  • 9May 2014
    Dubai Gourmet Trails uncovered

    Dubai Gourmet Trails uncovered

    Khaleej Times - Weekend
  • 30Apr 2014
    Greek cuisine in the UAE

    Greek cuisine in the UAE

    Johnny Tomazos has opened Eat Greek in Dubai – a welcome addition to the UAE’s small selection of Greek restaurants. Plus: we list other Greek eateries in the country and share a recipe for a signature Greek dish.

    The National - Arts & Life cover story
  • 10Apr 2014
    FooDiva discussing all things food and restaurants in the UAE

    FooDiva discussing all things food and restaurants in the UAE

    On Dubai Toda’ys “Thursday Brunch” it’s all about New Zealand ingredients, dishes and cuisine, with the panel of Suzanne Husseini and 2 of the judges from Taste New Zealand – Samantha Wood and Jessie Kirkness Parker.

    Dubai Eye 103.8FM
  • 19Mar 2014
    Burger Joint New York comes to the UAE

    Burger Joint New York comes to the UAE

    The famed Manhattan eatery Burger Joint New York opens in the UAE tomorrow. ‘It’s not a fancy burger, just incredibly tasty,’ says the founder Steven Pipes.

    The National - Arts & Life
  • 24Feb 2014
    Gourmet Abu Dhabi round-up on TV

    Gourmet Abu Dhabi round-up on TV

    Tonight on Studio One – The Dubai teen who’s reaching thousands with her lifestyle tips…All the action from the finale of Gourmet Abu Dhabi…And it’s time for Jamie from the Gaucho to show off his international taste…

    Dubai One TV
  • 19Feb 2014
    A hint of good things to come at Taste of Dubai

    A hint of good things to come at Taste of Dubai

    It’s that time of year again – the seventh edition of Taste of Dubai. So what’s new on the menu this weekend?

    The National - Arts & Life
  • 11Feb 2014
    UAE chefs invited for Taste New Zealand contest

    UAE chefs invited for Taste New Zealand contest

    Second annual competition tests skills of chefs in using Kiwi products

    Hotelier Middle East
  • 9Feb 2014
    Anthony Bourdain, Eric Ripert and co predict the tastes of the future – globally and locally

    Anthony Bourdain, Eric Ripert and co predict the tastes of the future – globally and locally

    Celebrity chefs Anthony Bourdain, Daniel Boulud and Eric Ripert share their predictions on 2014’s food and restaurant scene, as well as the region’s cuisine.

    The National - Arts & Life
  • 28Jan 2014
    Meet the new chef at the helm of Table 9 in Dubai

    Meet the new chef at the helm of Table 9 in Dubai

    Gordon Ramsay protégé, Englishman Darren Velvick is the new chef patron at the renowned Dubai restaurant Table 9.

    The National - Arts & Life
  • 14Jan 2014
    Cravin’ Cajun: American southern Cajun and Creole soul food comes east to the UAE

    Cravin’ Cajun: American southern Cajun and Creole soul food comes east to the UAE

    A new Cajun restaurant has opened in Dubai. We talk to its Louisiana-born chef about his offerings, including the most popular dish on the menu: southern fried chicken, cornbread waffles and smoked turkey gravy.

    The National - Arts & Life
  • 15Dec 2013
    Meet Mohammad Islam from Dubai’s latest chef-driven restaurant, Atelier M

    Meet Mohammad Islam from Dubai’s latest chef-driven restaurant, Atelier M

    A stylish dining spot seating 140, Atelier M is Dubai’s latest chef-driven restaurant concept.

    The National - Arts & Life
  • 2Dec 2013
    Top 10 Best Dubai Blogs

    Top 10 Best Dubai Blogs

    Dubai is a cosmopolitan city with a widely diverse population of people from many different backgrounds. There is much to do here: the city has a vibrant night life, a plethora of restaurants that feature cuisines from different parts of the world, art exhibits from aspiring local artists as well as reputable international artists as well as many entertainment options including concerts and fashion shows.

    Living in Dubai
  • 1Dec 2013
    FooDiva wins Gold for UAE in 2013 Expat Blog Awards for second consecutive year

    FooDiva wins Gold for UAE in 2013 Expat Blog Awards for second consecutive year

    Expat Blog Awards 2013
  • 12Nov 2013
    Dubai to showcase Emirati traditions of taste

    Dubai to showcase Emirati traditions of taste

    Dubai is hosting its first significant showcase for Emirati cuisine via the World Hospitality Championship.

    The National Arts & Life
  • 15Oct 2013
    The food writer Anissa Helou on her new cookbook, Levant

    The food writer Anissa Helou on her new cookbook, Levant

    The food writer Anissa Helou’s Levant is a cookbook peppered with memoirs and traditional recipes from Syria, Lebanon, Palestine, Jordan, Turkey and Iran.

    The National - Arts & Life
  • 1Oct 2013
    The top 3 mistakes bloggers make

    The top 3 mistakes bloggers make

    As top food writers converge in Dubai for the city’s first Food Blogger Connect event, we talk to the best of the UAE’s 100-plus food bloggers about their recipe for success.

    The National - Arts & Life October 1, 2013
  • 1Oct 2013
    The impact of social media on F&B (page 22)

    The impact of social media on F&B (page 22)

    It’s about food. Seriously. Unlike other F&B trade magazines, The Pro Chef Middle East focuses on chefs and their inspiration, allowing them to demonstrate their talents as well as providing a …

    The Pro Chef Middle East
  • 25Sep 2013
    On the world’s spice trail with Atul Kochhar

    On the world’s spice trail with Atul Kochhar

    Atul Kochhar talks about menus, curries and Michelin stars.

    The National - Arts & Life
  • 3Sep 2013
    Savoury selections blossom at Magnolia Bakery in the UAE

    Savoury selections blossom at Magnolia Bakery in the UAE

    The Magnolia Bakery has just opened its first store in Abu Dhabi, and for the first time, the menu has more than just the sweet items we’ve come to love.

    The National – Arts & Life
  • 7Aug 2013
    A taste of Eid traditions

    A taste of Eid traditions

    What’s on the menu for Emiratis over Eid? The UAE’s first Emirati chef reveals his family food traditions.

    The National - Arts & Life
  • 5Aug 2013
    Dubai’s Table 9 founders move on

    Dubai’s Table 9 founders move on

    Nick Alvis and Scott Price, the Dubai chefs behind Table 9 are leaving at the end of the year to work with Spinneys.

    The National - Arts & Life
  • 1Aug 2013
    Interview with Expat Stars Award winner August 1, 2013

    Interview with Expat Stars Award winner August 1, 2013

    Welcome, Samantha, food and travel writer at foodiva.net, our Expat Star Awards 2013 Gold Winner. Comprising of food experiences and restaurant reviews in the UAE and on her travels, Samantha’s blog is an exciting and quirky spot for all readers to enjoy and learn something new. 1. You say…

    MyCurrencyTransfer
  • 3Jul 2013
    The veggie way of life: 77 Veggie Boutique

    The veggie way of life: 77 Veggie Boutique

    The newly opened 77 Veggie Boutique serves mostly local organic produce at a reasonable price.

    The National - Arts & Life cover story, July 3, 2013
  • 29Apr 2013
    An interview with FooDiva

    An interview with FooDiva

    Dubai | United Arab Emirates

    100 Tables
  • 10Apr 2013
    Mediterranean diet for a longer, healthy life

    Mediterranean diet for a longer, healthy life

    With recipes and restaurant recommendations: Research now indicates that it can reduce the risk of heart disease by 30 per cent and add up to 15 years to your life.

    The National - Arts & Life
  • 1Mar 2013
    At home with the foodies

    At home with the foodies

    Viva magazine
  • 19Dec 2012
    FooDiva scoops gold in the Expat Blog Awards for UAE

    FooDiva scoops gold in the Expat Blog Awards for UAE

    The National
  • 16Dec 2012
    FooDiva scoops gold in the Expat Blog Awards for UAE

    FooDiva scoops gold in the Expat Blog Awards for UAE

    FooDiva proved her immense popularity stealing the show: Expat Blog Awards judge

    Emirates 24/7
  • 16Dec 2012
    FooDiva scoops gold in the Expat Blog Awards for UAE

    FooDiva scoops gold in the Expat Blog Awards for UAE

    Hozpitality
  • 16Dec 2012
    FooDiva scoops gold in the Expat Blog Awards for UAE

    FooDiva scoops gold in the Expat Blog Awards for UAE

    FooDiva, the Dubai-based food website and blog dedicated to impartial restaurant reviews has scooped the gold title for the UAE in the first international Expat Blog Awards garnering 372 public votes and beating 35 other blogs to the top spot.

    Ameinfo
  • 4Dec 2012
    FooDiva scoops gold in the Expat Blog Awards for UAE

    FooDiva scoops gold in the Expat Blog Awards for UAE

    Expats Blog
  • 27Nov 2012
    Giannino rogue chef tirade, Blog Post

    Giannino rogue chef tirade, Blog Post

    Dianne Jacob Blog
  • 20Nov 2012
    Cyprus to Dubai, UAE: Expat interview with FooDiva

    Cyprus to Dubai, UAE: Expat interview with FooDiva

    Expats Blog
  • 16Nov 2012
    Giannino rogue chef tirade, Cypriot-born food critic at centre of online review spat

    Giannino rogue chef tirade, Cypriot-born food critic at centre of online review spat

    Cyprus Weekly
  • 5Nov 2012
    Giannino rogue chef tirade, Online Reputation Disaster for Giannino in Dubai: Five Takeaways

    Giannino rogue chef tirade, Online Reputation Disaster for Giannino in Dubai: Five Takeaways

    Be Found Online
  • 2Nov 2012
    Culinary Journey: Sated in Cyprus

    Culinary Journey: Sated in Cyprus

    Samantha Wood revisits childhood memories and exquisite dishes on a trip home.

    The National
  • 1Nov 2012
    Seafood sustainability

    Seafood sustainability

    The Pro Chef Middle East
  • 1Nov 2012
    Giannino rogue chef tirade, Editor’s letter

    Giannino rogue chef tirade, Editor’s letter

    Hospitality Business ME
  • 31Oct 2012
    Giannino rogue chef tirade, Cierra tu bocaza y contén el orgasmo de tu ignorancia

    Giannino rogue chef tirade, Cierra tu bocaza y contén el orgasmo de tu ignorancia

    El Confidencial
  • 29Oct 2012
    Giannino rogue chef tirade, Dubai’s restaurant scene comes of age

    Giannino rogue chef tirade, Dubai’s restaurant scene comes of age

    If this week’s high-profile spat between Dubai-based food blogger FooDiva and hot-headed Italian chef Andrea Brambilla has done one thing, it’s shown me how far Dubai’s restaurant scene has come in the past decade. When I started writing restaurant reviews in Dubai 13 years ago, my editor gave me strict instructions: “You can’t write a bad review. If you want to say something negative, say two positive things before it and two positive things after it. Always start and finish on a positive note. If the restaurant is so bad you can’t think of anything nice to say, don’t write anything at all.”

    My Telegraph – Expat
  • 27Oct 2012
    Giannino rogue chef tirade, Top Italian chef makes vulgar attack on Dubai restaurant review that points to huge overcharging

    Giannino rogue chef tirade, Top Italian chef makes vulgar attack on Dubai restaurant review that points to huge overcharging

    Arabian Money
  • 27Oct 2012
    Giannino rogue chef tirade, Michelin-starred chef’s fury after blogger complained about cost of her £200 meal in review

    Giannino rogue chef tirade, Michelin-starred chef’s fury after blogger complained about cost of her £200 meal in review

    Samantha Wood was stunned when chef de cuisine Andrea Brambilla responded to her review of the Meydan Beach Club in Dubai (pictured).

    Mail Online
  • 27Oct 2012
    Giannino rogue chef tirade, Il ristoratore italiano lascia la blogger con l’amaro in bocca

    Giannino rogue chef tirade, Il ristoratore italiano lascia la blogger con l’amaro in bocca

    Samantha Wood cena da Giannino negli Emirati Arabi. E sul suo blog volano i coltelli. La replica (pepata) dello chef

    Corriere della Sera and Arabian Money (Italian)
  • 26Oct 2012
    Giannino rogue chef tirade, Milan chef vents his wrath at restaurant blogger whose review left a bitter taste

    Giannino rogue chef tirade, Milan chef vents his wrath at restaurant blogger whose review left a bitter taste

    For more than a century, Giannino restaurant in Milan, with its three Michelin stars, has drawn the great and the good, with its rustic charm and sepia-tinted photographs.

    The Telegraph
  • 17Oct 2012
    FooDiva judges Hilton Worldwide MEA F&B Masters

    FooDiva judges Hilton Worldwide MEA F&B Masters

    The second annual Hilton Worldwide Middle East & Africa F&B Masters, held on October 17 at Hilton Abu Dhabi, brought together three teams from Hilton Worldwide hotels across the region to compete for the title of F&B Team of the Year via two live cooking challenges.

    Flickr
  • 19Sep 2012
    60 seconds with FooDiva

    60 seconds with FooDiva

    Meet Samantha Wood. The lovely restaurant review food blogger behind Foodiva (@FooDivaWorld) from Dubai in the UAE.  What would your last meal be? I would have picked El Bulli before it closed down. Perhaps now Ferran Adria can invite me over to his for dinner. Otherwise I will happily settle for Noma in Copenhagen. What celebrity or celebrity …

    Food Blogger Connect UK
  • 30Aug 2012
    Self-confessed foodie is making it happen

    Self-confessed foodie is making it happen

    Cashy ME
  • 23Aug 2012
    Meet the Caterer Awards 2012 judges, FooDiva included

    Meet the Caterer Awards 2012 judges, FooDiva included

    Largest Middle East’s hotelier & hospitality news portal including latest Gulf,UAE & Dubai hotelier news,analysis,comments,events,directory,business opportunities,tenders,projects,training courses,jobs,photos & videos. Also find hospitality,catering,leisure, meetings & retail industries.

    Hotelier ME
  • 12May 2012
    10 points to consider before earning a living as a blogger

    10 points to consider before earning a living as a blogger

    Samantha Wood’s top 10 tips on how to make money from blogging.

    The National
  • 1May 2012
    FooDiva features as a blogger case study in Emirates Woman

    FooDiva features as a blogger case study in Emirates Woman

    Emirates Women
  • 3Mar 2012
    Chasing the dream interview with FooDiva

    Chasing the dream interview with FooDiva

    Who hasn’t thought about quitting that dreary job and doing what you really want to do? Tahira Yaqoob profiles five business owners in pursuit of their passions.

    The National’s M Magazine
  • 1Feb 2012
    The value of restaurant reviews

    The value of restaurant reviews

    The Pro Chef Middle East
  • 1Dec 2011
    FooDiva wins 2nd place in Best Blog in Dubai 2011 awards

    FooDiva wins 2nd place in Best Blog in Dubai 2011 awards

    The 2011 Best in Dubai winners and runners-up revealed

    Ahlan Live
  • 18Jul 2011
    FooDiva features in Top tweets

    FooDiva features in Top tweets

    The international nature of expat life leads itself to a little culinary experimentation – and where better to swap restaurant tips and recipe ideas than Twitter?

    The Telegraph Expat
  • 1May 2011
    BBC Good Food Middle East interviews FooDiva

    BBC Good Food Middle East interviews FooDiva

    BBC Good Food Middle East
  • 1May 2011
    Food interviews FooDiva on Acquired Taste

    Food interviews FooDiva on Acquired Taste

    Acquired Taste
  • 30Apr 2011
    The National interviews FooDiva for Money & Me

    The National interviews FooDiva for Money & Me

    The National
  • 25Apr 2011
    Expat Echo Dubai interviews FooDiva

    Expat Echo Dubai interviews FooDiva

    Expat Echo Dubai
  • 16Mar 2011
    Khaleej Times interviews FooDiva

    Khaleej Times interviews FooDiva

    Khaleej Times
  • 16Mar 2011
    FooDiva and RoundMenu partnership announcement in Gulf News

    FooDiva and RoundMenu partnership announcement in Gulf News

    Gulf News


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9 Responses to “In the Press”

  1. suzanne radford September 3, 2012 at 1:22 pm

    Hi there,

    would love to chat with you on the foodie segment on Dubai Today Thursday’s at 11am.

    Drop me a line if you are available this Thursday and we can discuss further.

    Suzanne

  2. Nader January 14, 2013 at 8:47 pm

    Hello FooDiva,

    wanted to send a special invite to your team to join our Bloggers & Press day this Sunday at Zpizza 🙂 pls follow this link: http://ztribe.zpizza.ae/cligx/429513/web/newsletter/bloggers-and-press-invitation.html

    Regards:)

    • FooDiva January 15, 2013 at 4:27 pm

      Thanks very much Nader but sadly I can’t make this date 🙁

  3. Shradha June 4, 2013 at 1:19 pm

    Hello,

    Can you please connect me to an editor from Food Diva? I am from a PR agency in Dubai – PR Squad, and have a couple of restaurants as clients. We can work together towards a mutually beneficial relationship. Please get in touch with me on the email ID provided or you can also call me on 0529200650.

    Thanks & Regards,

    Shradha

  4. Mahmoud July 25, 2015 at 11:39 am

    I can be a restaurant reviewer in Abu Dhabi, I live in abu dhabi and I do reviews on Zomato. My mother language is Arabic but my english is fair enough. Contact me if you are interested.

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