Discovering Dubai: Iftar Japanese Style

Hello Dear Readers!

I am slightly ashamed of this. Like, very very slightly. But my favorite iftar meal wasn’t Arab at all. It was Japanese.

Listen, we all know that Japanese food is not cheap. Sushi rolls cost, as does sashimi, teppanyaki, and the many other accoutrements that come with a Japanese style meal.

But what…what if it was all unlimited, for one price?

What if a Japanese restaurant was celebrating Ramadan with their own version of an iftar buffet?

Enter PJ and Carissa.

Looking fly AF, we rolled up into the Kanpai Japanese Restaurant with a BOGO coupon and appetites whetted by a nearly full day without eating.

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So fly

And oh, did we eat.

We. Ate.

Did I mention that this particular iftar also included unlimited alcoholic drinks?

Let’s just say that our buffet lasted a full two hours, and spanned from an entire range of appetizers (edamame, tempura, prawns, egg rolls, pot stickers- two platters of these)

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To 5 different sushi rolls as well as sashimi (I ate it!)

And finally our entrees, which consisted of both steak and chicken teppanyaki, as well as bowls of fried rice.

This was all followed up with both desserts available on the menu- fried bananas with vanilla ice cream and also a scoop of gelato.

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Liberally mixed in with all of this were four large glasses of red wine.

And you have our Japanese iftar.

It. Was. Glorious.

Afterwards, we shambled through the Dubai Mall, trying desperately to look sober.

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Act. Sober.

I’m like 99% certain it didn’t work.

-Carissa “Why Don’t My Pants Fit?” Rawson

Discovering Dubai: The Dubai Mall

Hello Dear Readers!

For obvious reasons, we spent most of our time in Dubai indoors. This meant we were constantly looking for cool new things to do. (Thanks Entertainer app!) It also meant we spent a lot of time in the malls, where all the awesome activities are.

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Like ice skating

In fact, after our day trip to Oman, we re-showered, got re-ready, and went back out to the Dubai Mall. Since PJ didn’t really care for our Arab iftar the night before, we decided to go full American and hit up the Rainforest Cafe. Yes, it was delicious. But someone really needs to train the Emiratis on how to make chicken fried chicken. I mean, they gave us brown gravy instead of country gravy? It was a travesty, really.

Then we watched the Dubai Fountains, which were really really cool:

We also went to the ‘Aquarium and Underwater Zoo,’ which sounds really cool, right?

Yeah..so…the ‘aquarium’ part was just a single underwater tunnel that you walk through. I mean they literally have one aquarium tank. The rest of it was way cooler, but when PJ and I walked out the other side, we looked at each other confused, like “is this it?” It truly was.

To make up for it they have a gigantic crocodile, but still. Don’t sell me a ticket for your aquarium of one tank, all right?

To head off the night, we got some freshly made nitrogen ice cream, which pushed our waistbands to an uncomfortable point. Ramadan!

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Waiting for the fountains

-Carissa “Is this Authentic?” Rawson