Mumbai has been home for a very long time. It satiated the food enthusiast in me through countless ways. From being able to try out different cuisines while eating out to experimenting at home (since a lot of stuff is easily available here), foodie events to meeting like minded people who continue to inspire me every single day. In a way it does hurt a bit to leave this place. In a few months from now, I will be moving to Dubai, another place I can call home.
Dubai is a beautiful place. But I was still skeptical. While I was there for a short visit recently, I was curious to see if Dubai would help me sustain my culinary enthusiasm. I knew there would be something to surprise me since I love to explore different cuisine cultures. Dubai with its bustling food scene, left me mesmerized and how!
Gulfood, Dubai Food Festival, Taste of Dubai are some events that I would love to experience. Frying Pan Adventures conducts food trails in Dubai, I hope to go for one someday or many more. I also got to know about a few UAE Bloggers, it would be nice to connect with them and see my blog someday on that list (wishful thinking) 🙂 And just like Mumbai’s FBAI Salt, Dubai also has an e-magazine by bloggers called FoodeMagdxb. If you are visiting Dubai any time soon, you must visit the Global Village for some amazing middle eastern and turkish desserts.
When it comes to food, here are my favourites:
I call this the godfather of all middle eastern/turkish desserts! I had it fresh out of the oven, still warm and the cheese all melty with a crisp shredded pastry covering soaked in pleasantly sweet syrup to keep it juicy and topped with pistachios. If you have a food bucket list, this goes straight in it.
When in the middle east, eat Baklava! Although you do get variations of these with different nuts, I prefer mine with just pistachios. If only I could pack tons of it and carry it back home, sigh.
3) Charcoal Chicken
You do find chargrilled chicken at most places in Dubai. I had this at YAM’s a small little joint at AL Hurair, Bur Dubai. Chunky chicken charred on the outside and succulent and juicy on the inside is served alongwith pita, hummus, garlic sauce, salad and fries. After, shawrma, this is #MyDubai comfort food.
I know there is still a lot left to discover but Dubai has managed to woo the foodie in me. I have vowed to explore Emirati cuisine and I can’t wait to get my hands on some beautifully designed tagine pots. Can’t wait to move to Dubai! For now, I just have to figure out how I’m gonna pack & carry all my baking stuff there.