Happy birthday Mitsuki - Shangri-la, Abu Dhabi
|Chef Jejen kitting out the young chefs.|
By 10h30, most of the little guests had arrived and after being kitted out in their chef hats and aprons, Chef Jejen lead everyone to the kitchen area. After following all the safety and health procedures, the kids were shown how the process works. It was hard for them to focus initially, distracted by all the pastry and chocolate delights being prepared for Saturday brunch. Under the watchful eyes of Executive chefs Jejen and Shammy, Chefs Sameera and Sayan guided the group of 12 through he process of making dough, with gasps of Wow! being expressed when they saw the huge mixer that creates the dough.
|Beautiful fresh toppings available.|
|This was one happy soon-to-be 8 year old.|
While this was going on, I looked at the Sofra Bld staff, working tirelessly to set up brunch, having half an hour earlier cleared away breakfast. It made me realise how as guests we don't appreciate just how hard hotel staff work. We see the smiles, the immaculately pressed uniforms and see only the glamour. It really makes you wonder how the staff manage to stay smiling and cheerful while working so hard to make suer guests experience 3 or 4 hours of delight.
|Try telling this group that only one child is allowed to blow out the candles!|
|The cake she wanted - destiny.|
As if all of this was not enough, a gorgeous ice cream mousse cake was brought in, and all broke out in singing "Happy birthday". Destiny? A week earlier my daughter said she wished she could have an ice cream cake for her birthday. True. The power of believing and quietly hoping!
|Posing for one last photo on Sofra's iconic steps.|
While my daughter celebrated her 8th birthday party, it was Childhood, that time of innocence and joy, that was the biggest celebration, and Shangri-la Abu Dhabi, a place here dreams are made, made it happen.
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