Authors Posts by Courtney Brandt

Courtney Brandt

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Hi there – I’m Courtney, an American expat who seeks to share unique culinary and hospitality experiences from the UAE and beyond. I’m currently living in Dubai and have lived in the GCC since 2007. I have seen the region change and grow – it’s been an exciting process! I love flying up front, Veuve Clicquot, salmon sashimi, salsa dancing, beauty boxes, formal shorts, kawaii stickers, and sharing my love of exploring and fine dining with the world. I enjoy hotels so much I even wrote a novel about one! I'd love it you checked out Room 702 by Ann Benjamin (my pen name).
On average, as an expat, I'm lucky enough to travel to about five countries a year (some I’ve visited previously, and others are new).  In most of these cases, I will be in one city for multiple nights.  With...

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