Review: Black Tap Craft Burgers and Shakes

If you live in Dubai and you’re searching for the ultimate cheat meal, look no further. Black Tap Craft Burgers and Shakes, located in Jumeirah, is home to the most monstrous grub you could ever imagine.

We’re talking American-sized portions of the most dense, delicious and downright nawwwwwti food. This New York eatery is everything you could want in a cheat meal (and a whole lot more).

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The Milkshakes:

Feeling brave? I hope so. Imagine the biggest and best milkshake you’ve ever seen… And then multiply that by a million. Stick some FULL SIZE snacks on the side of the glass (quite literally – none of this ‘miniature’ business), and jump right in.

The verdict: creamy, velvety, and totally worth every single sugar-laden calorie. If food could deliver you to heaven, this would be the one (in regards to both its tastiness and questionable nutritional value, oops).

We tried ‘The Cookie Shake’ and ‘Brooklyn Blackout’ (pictured below). I’m not sure what was more difficult… Deciding which drink to order, or overcoming the sugar high and consequential food coma caused by this demon of a shake. If you’re in Dubai, you’ve simply GOT to try one. No questions.

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The Burgers:

Admittedly, I didn’t actually eat one for myself. You’re probably wondering why the queen of burgers would go to a burger joint and only order a milkshake. Well:

  1. Have you seen the size of those shakes!?
  2. Only I could be stupid enough to go to Black Tap on a whim, just moments after having eaten a lunch of two chicken breasts and a whole load of sweet potato fries. Cheat day at it’s finest.

Although I can’t comment on how the burgers taste, one thing’s for sure… They look UNBELIEVABLE. Juicy, cheesy and super fresh.

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No doubt I’ll be back soon to check them out for myself. Next time… On an empty stomach.

Find Black Tap in the Jumeirah Al Naseem Hotel.

Food Diary

I’ve had a few requests to write a blog post on my personal food diary. This is a difficult one, because every individual’s needs are very different when it comes to nutrition. Factors such as height, gender, age and activity levels hugely affect your body’s nutritional demands. With this in mind, I want to make it clear that I’m not suggesting for anyone to follow these guidelines directly, because it’s more than likely that they aren’t tailored to your individual needs.

My body is incredibly consistent when it comes to food, and I know my metabolism well enough to expect hunger around every three hours. If I don’t eat, I quickly become hangry (something that my friends and family will definitely vouch for). As such, I generally eat three main meals a day, with two substantial snacks in between. This won’t be the same for everyone, it’s just the way my body functions. I eat a lot because I lead a very active lifestyle.

Below, I’ve drafted out two rough examples of what I may eat in a day.

Day One:

Breakfast: Two eggs, poached or scrambled, half an avocado and one slice of wholemeal/rye toast.

Mid-Morning Snack: Protein shake, consisting of one banana, one scoop of protein powder, a small serving of oats (same size as protein scoop), topped up with water and ice.

Lunch: Chickpea, mixed bean and red pepper stew, with plenty of kale, and a spoonful of houmous.

Mid-Afternoon Snack: One small pot of Fage 0% fat yoghurt, with a handful of mixed nuts, a handful of berries, and a drizzle of honey.

Dinner: Two grilled cod fillets, with one mashed sweet potato and a large serving of mixed veggies.

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Day Two:

Breakfast: Protein zoats, consisting of one grated zucchini, mixed with approximately 50 grams of oats. These are cooked in water, with one scoop of protein powder, topped with a spoonful of nut butter and a handful of berries.

Mid-Morning Snack: Protein shake, as above.

Lunch: Quinoa and spinach salad, dressed in balsamic vinegar, with one can of tuna, half a mashed avocado and fresh sweetcorn.

Mid-Afternoon Snack: Houmous with carrot, celery and apple sticks. If I’m really hungry, perhaps also half a wholemeal pitta bread.

Dinner: Two mixed bean veggie burgers (no bun), topped with one egg, and a large side of mixed veggies.

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If I get hungry at any other stage in the day, I usually snack on fresh fruit. I don’t count my macros, I just enjoy eating healthy food. That being said, if there is a day when I fancy something naughty, I’ll have it. It’s all about balance.

My diet varies a lot from day-to-day, depending on what I’m doing. One thing that’s certain for everyone is that if you want to maintain a clean diet, you have to be organised. My top tips are:

  • Always aim to eat breakfast before you leave the house
  • Prepare your own food whenever possible – those shop bought lunches are full of hidden nasties!
  • Try cooking extra dinner in the evening to pop in a tupperware for lunch the next day