Ramadan Reflections & Losing Weight

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Ramadan That's it! Ramadan 2017 is officially over, as is EID and after twenty-nine days of fasting I jumped on the scales to see whether fasting had been good or bad to my body.  The good news is that I lost weight! I'm down a fantastic 3.2kgs (7 lbs) which is…

Ramadan 2017 Specialty Coffee Shops

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Speciality Coffee during Ramadan Love your Specialty Coffee and want to savour it during Ramadan? Here's the list for you!  This year just a small handful of Speciality Coffee shops have a license to operate during daytime.  The rest will typically open from Iftar til late although a few will…

FillingTheBlues an Infographic

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Filling The Blues Just as my body clock and daily routine have adjusted to Ramadan hours and a new routine, it's over and today we celebrate Eid.  They say it takes 30 days to change a habit, and I guess that's true, although I'm hoping to undo some of the…

Ramadan | Dubai Homegrown Restaurants giving back

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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]A memory popped up on Facebook a few days ago, the memory of the first ever Filling The Blues which started in 2012.  The shaky video and photos from my Facebook page got me thinking back to how a simple tweet from 1 person (Tahir from Moti Roti) started something…

Ramadan | My second year fasting

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  Fasting Year 2 How did Ramadan sneak up so quickly? It's hard to believe that a year has passed since I first did my full fast. This year I'm doing a second year of Fasting and am sharing here some of my experiences. Day 1 I learnt a lesson…

Ramadan | Alternative Ramadan

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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] A video posted by Culinary Travel & Coffee ☕ (@coffeecakesandrunning) on Jun 4, 2016 at 7:54am PDT [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Want to do something different this Ramadan?  #FillingTheBlues could be just the thing for you.  Each night for the whole of Ramadan (except Fridays) local Food start ups, small businesses and volunteers…

Ramadan | Some alternatives … to Iftars and Suhoors

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An Alternative Ramadan Hold on .... Ramadan isn't just supposed to be full of  Iftar buffets, Suhoors and excessive food consumption and waste, so don't forget to enjoy the simpler pleasures and relish them (this year, for the second year in a row, I'm fasting so am perhaps seeing Ramadan…

Ramadan | Coffee Shops

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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] Coffee Shops Open During Ramadan 2016 Love your coffee? Here's a special curated roundup of places to get a coffee (Specialty and otherwise) during Ramadan.  The places listed are independent or standalone cafe's and coffee shops, plus the chains which are outside of a hotel.  I've selected those places…

Ramadan 2016

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Ramadan | FilingTheBlues and Huawei P8 Review

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If you read any of my social media feeds you will have seen more than a smattering of ‘boys in blue’ this year as I am taking part in a Ramadan initiative organised by Tahir of Moti Roti called Filling the Blues. The focus of the project is to bring together homegrown food businesses and volunteers, who join together for Ramadan and distribute food and drink to the ‘boys in blue’ the term we use to cover the guys who work tirelessly throughout the year building Dubai literally brick by brick.

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Ramadan | Fasting for the first time

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UPDATE : This was written during 2015 which was my first year of fasting. I will be fasting again in 2016 and will share my experiences along the way.

Fasting | Ramadan 2015

So this year I decided to fast for the whole month of Ramadan, whilst not a Muslim I have many Muslim friends and wanted to experience fasting for myself. Not just for a day or two, or for a week, but for the whole month.

Today is Day 20 and the first time that I’ve sat down and thought about my experiences so far and put a figurative pen to paper.  So here goes :

Day 1 Woke 9.30 am – Bed 12.30 am

As a complete coffee addict the first thing I notice is the big change to my routine, I normally make my first coffee almost on waking and drink coffee continually during the day. Linking to the coffee thing, I have a headache for most of the day and have a dry mouth partly due to fasting and partly, I’m sure due to a serious caffeine withdraw.  Driving in the afternoon I feel less attentive and can’t concentrate, finding a parking space is hard, getting parked inside the lines is a bit harder as I can’t quite concentrate fully, this worries me, surely if I feel like this on day 1 it will get much worse by 30….

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