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

Camping in the UAE: 24 Hours at Al Qudra

Camping at Al Qudra

People are always talking about camping around this time of year, trying to get a few trips in before the weather becomes unbearably hot.

Talking in theory is one thing, but then our kind Canadian friends invited us to go – on a specific weekend, to a specific place. My husband loves camping, so there was no backing out now.

We were lucky enough to tag along with their friends, as well – avid campers who knew the scene and were equipped with the patience and gear to host us newbies to UAE camping life.

So last Saturday, armed with our Toyota Yaris and 25 dirham-Carrefour sleeping bags, (roughly $8.50 Canadian… you don’t need heavy-duty Coleman for this weather!) we set off to Al Qudra Lakes.  Continue reading

Spoken Word in the City: Dubai Poetry Slam at The Intersect by Lexus

Known as the “competitive art of performance poetry,” poetry slams are an exciting, creative, and soul-satisfying way to spend your evening.

When I was in high school, I used to love making the trek downtown to watch and experience amateur and experienced poets alike take the stage at Toronto Poetry Slams at the Drake.

Recently, I was feeling nostalgic and craving the bittersweet beauty that only spoken word can bring.

So I decided to take it to Google, and check out whether there was anything similar in Dubai.

Turns out, there is. Continue reading