An Ode to the Ripe Market

Ripe Sign

I am in love with the Ripe Middle East.

A company composed of weekly organic food and craft markets, a stand alone shop, and online delivery service, it is so wonderfully pleasant.

When I first moved to Dubai, I thought I was destined to a life of wilted lettuce and other subpar produce that didn’t taste as it should (completely dramatic, I know). Continue reading

Dubai Food Festival 2016: Lunch at the Beach Canteen

It’s food festival time in Dubai. Held from February 25th to March 12th this year, Dubai Food Festival is an annual citywide culinary adventure highlighting diverse food events and experiences, such as Dubai restaurant week, tasting experiences with world-renowned chefs, and live demonstrations at various venues.

Today, I headed over to the Etisalat Beach Canteen for lunch. Located at Kite Beach, Jumeirah, the Beach Canteen houses 16 diverse food stalls housed in cargo containers and is open from 10am to 10pm for the duration of the festival.

Beach Canteen Outside

On our way to the Beach Canteen

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A Perfect Day in Old Dubai

Beyond the tallest building in the world, the seven-star hotel, and the world’s largest mall, there is what’s commonly known as Old Dubai.

Representing the city’s roots around the salt-water creek, Old Dubai is one of my favourite places in the city. Amongst all the shiny-new and man-made wonders of the city, Old Dubai feels real.

While there is too much to do in just one day, and still so much I have yet to discover, here’s an example of what I consider to be a perfect day trip to Old Dubai. Continue reading

6 Things I Love About Dubai

Dubai is an interesting, strange, and multifaceted city. It can take some time to understand the bureaucracy of getting all your documents and identifications in order, figuring out how to navigate the rental housing situation, and discovering regular life beyond the malls and hotels. In short, it takes some getting used to.

However, after a year of settling in, I’ve been able to see and experience a lot more of what the city has to offer.

Here is a list of six things I’ve come to love about Dubai: Continue reading