Sunday, April 12, 2015

Creole Cooking class in Seychelles

I was intrigued by the Cooking Class offered by Avani Seychelles Barbarons  so I made a reservation with the head chef, Ashley from Australia and we were all set for the next day.  There were two option, Creole and Thai but I felt like I knew how to make the Thai dishes so I opted for the Creole.

Originally, we had planned on cooking al fresco on the beach but due to the winds and threats of a storm, they made the decision to head indoors and use the kitchen at their onsite specialty restaurant, Tamarind.

Mami Eggroll with Avani chefs from Thailand, Australia and Seychelles

Al Reem Lounge at Abu Dhabi Airport

On our way back from Seychelles, we had an 8 hour layover in Abu Dhabi.  Our flight from Mahe was delayed a couple of hours and by the time we disembarked the plane and went through customs and immigration, it wasn't worth it to leave the airport. We still had about 4 hours to kill before we were required at the gate so the Mo and I opted to pay for access to Al Reem airport lounge in Abu Dhabi airport.

The lounge is located in terminal 1 and was a bit of a walk from our gate 58 in terminal 3.  The lobby was inviting and had a "spa like" check in desk.  The 3 ladies behind the desk were very informative and kind.  They even suggested that we take a tour before we commit.

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Feng Shui lunch buffet in Chelmsford

Feng Shui operates 3 restaurants in Massachusetts, one in Chelmsford, one in Tyngsboro and another in Cohasset.  The restaurant boasts high end Asian cuisine featuring special maki rolls and Japanese hibachi teppanyaki style meals.  If one doesn't want to participate in the lively cooking show, there's an extensive menu with Japanese and Chinese offerings.

We visited the Chelmsford location today for their weekend lunch buffet.  Price was reasonable, less $15.00 per person.  We got there right when it opened at 11:30 AM and the workers were still setting up the buffet.

Our server came to get our drink order and asked if we wanted soup.  The options were miso, hot and sour and wonton.  There was no egg drop so I went with the wonton. It was actually pretty good.

For the buffet, there were 7 types of maki rolls and 3 types of sushi on rice.

Feng Shui Chelmsford Lunch buffet

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Pan-Asian cuisine at Tamarind Restaurant on Mahe Island Seychelles

After a day of sleeping, reading, swimming and drinking, one can develop an appetite.

I might be biased because I'm Asian but the specialty Pan Asian Tamarind Restaurant at Avani Seychelles Barbarons  is probably the BEST resort dining that I've tried.  We ate there 3 nights out of the 4 nights we stayed in that area of Seychelles.  There were other restaurants on site and others nearby but we opted for Tamarind almost every night (maybe it's also the fact that we were drunk most nights and the restaurant was only a few steps from our suite.)

The beachfront restaurant features an Asian inspired menu with a chef from Thailand.  Most of the ingredients are local but there are some specialty items that are imported from United Arab Emirates and Indonesia.

Tamarind Restaurant at Avani Seychelles
via Avani

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Rest and Relaxation at AVANI Seychelles

It is quite a change from going from "Backpacking" and always having to catch a ferry or bus to doing absolutely NOTHING and I loved it.  Today, we completely chilled out and slept most of the day.  I'm quite the anxious person, so it already takes me 3-4 days to get completely relaxed into vacation mode.

I spent part of my morning poolside, updating the blog.  It's actual peaceful and nice by the pool when no one is around. It is calming to hear the birds chirping and feel the ocean breeze while sitting by the pool in the cabana.  I don't feel like its a burden at all to blog.  To others, I probably look like a crazy woman working on vacation but I actually enjoy it.

Breakfast was quite the change from Savoy.  I loved the sliding glass doors for the onsite Element restaurant.  The Mo joked that it felt like we were on a reality cooking TV show.

AVANI Seychelles Barbarons Resort & Spa

The view from our balcony

AVANI Seychelles Barbarons Resort & Spa just opened its doors a couple months ago after a multi-million dollar makeover.  We took advantage of its grand opening rates and decided to spend the last leg of our vacation here.  Formerly known as Le Meridien Barbarons, the new hotel boasts a "contemporary tropical island vibe."

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Goodbye Savoy Resort & Beau Vallon...

until next time...

(Disclaminer: All pics were taken with my Samsung Galaxy S5 not the DSLR, I wasn't going to lug around that shit all day)

Beau Vallon Beach

You can take the girl out of the hostel...

but you can't take the hostel out of the girl.

The price shock of Seychelles wasn't getting any easier.  We took it easy today and just laid out by the beach and pool, spending as little money as possible.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Beau Vallon Beaches & Mimosa Bar

Beau Vallon Beach
Mahe, Seychelles
1st night in Seychelles and we're still jet lagged.  We woke up around 3 AM, WIDE AWAKE with nothing to do. After unsuccessfully trying to go back to sleep, we put on our gym clothes and head to the brand new 24 hour gym.  Of course we were the only ones there.

We waited for 7 AM to come so we could indulge in the breakfast buffet that came with our room package.  The breakfast offerings was quite extensive.  There were pancakes and waffles bars, omelette station, fruit stand, FRESHLY BAKED artisan bread and pastries, a salad station with CHARCUTERIE staples, hot entrees and my absolute favorite, a MIMOSA BAR!

From Hostel to a 5-star hotel: Savoy Resort & Spa

Savoy Resort & Spa
Mahe, Seychelles
 The ride to Abu Dhabi airport was cheaper than what we paid the previous night. It only set us back 75 AED instead of the 100 AED.  Since we had some time, we did some duty free shopping and the Mo bought a bottle of Johnny Walker Platinum 18 Years and I scored a free carry on luggage.

Our flight was delayed by an hour and we finally herded onto the plane via a shuttle.  The 5 hour ride seemed like it took forever but I had some company sitting near me. I met a British girl that does vocals for Calvin Harris. She had some very interesting celebrity stories to share.