So yesterday Scott and I slept in until 1:00 in the afternoon – we needed it! After 24 hours of traveling and barely any sleep it felt good. We woke up to this outside our window:
We were feeling pretty sleepy and not too adventurous so we decided to just lay low and explore the hotel. It’s really nice – we checked out the lobby and then went down to the harbor and the beach! So even though we didn’t go anywhere we still got some sun and took a dip in the warm Arabian gulf waters:
So after our swim we decided to splurge and eat at the Belgian Cafe – one of the many restaurants located in the hotel. It seemed perfect. And, because we are here with the ADEC (Abu Dhabi Education Council) we get 35% off at all the restaurants. And of course they served my favorite – Belgian Beer!
And now – for the first major blunder of this wonderful adventure . . .
I hope, those of your who know what this is, that you are laughing right now. If you don’t know what it is (as I didn’t) it is steak Tartare. All the menu said was Steak Tartare with salad and fries. I thought, yeah, that sounds good! Well, little did I know that Steak Tartare is raw, yes RAW beef! And if you know me I like my steak WELL DONE! I didn’t know what to do. Raw food in a foreign country seems like a big no no. But it is a fancy restaurant in a 5 star hotel so I decided to try it out. I noticed that it came with, what looked like, as kind of sauce – maybe a mustard. So i took a piece and dipped it into the “sauce” and, come to find out, my “sauce” is really a raw egg. Who does that? A raw egg with my raw meat – are you kidding?! I just couldn’t stop laughing!! It was actually really good once I got over the fact that it was raw. It was highly seasoned and served with pearl onions and dill pickles and other spices. I left the raw egg alone though. When we got back to the hotel room I was still laughing – I kept thinking, here I am, in the middle east – the heat won’t kill me, the Arabian food won’t kill me, and no terrorist will kill me – but eating raw meat at a Belgium cafe in a 5 star hotel just might!!! So far no problems, no upset stomach, nothing. I only ate half of it just in case. But enough about my disastrous dinner – it is now 8:30am on August 11th and we are headed down to our complimentary buffet breakfast – and I’m really hoping that there is no tartare – and if there is I will certainly know what it is – and let this be a lesson for all you who are reading as well!! So for now: Sabah El Kheer (good morning). I can’t wait to share more adventures with you all later!