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December 4th 2012 winter mornings

A few days before it was raining with a little bit of lightning for a few hours here in Dubai. As winter has approached the climate is awesome. I really love dubai during winter.
Today Early morning at 6:45 am I slightly drew the curtains to see If it’s raining and found this lovely view from my balcony.
Yes, a beautiful cloudy sky with blue, grey and a lovely pink. I guess the sun has just started rising and the sky was looking beautiful. Nature has many natural colors.
Standing along my balcony the winter air blows in a slow breeze while I enjoy the beauty of nature, birds flying around from one place to another buses and cars moving fast on al khail road, school busses moving around emirates garden 1, construction workers starting the days work with more buildings being built around in this developing area called Jumeira village circle it’s really a kind of meditation to wake up early and admire the beauty of nature.

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Street food – Bhel puri

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Bombay chowpathy is an Indian restaurant that has branches in three malls that I am familiar of and am not sure how many more branches they have. There food is incredible and delicious not to mention the idli quantity although its only 2 per pack which costs 7 dirhams yet the taste is good.
I always love having Indian food having lived in India for a couple I years I fancied Indian food.
Especially Indian street foods. There are a wide variety of street food in India and a few of my favorites are bajji, masala vada, dhal vada, bondha and pakora to name a few. Every morning with my tea I used to have those sweet fried flat item and I really liked it. There are many more Indian street foods I have not mentioned above and two of those are bhel puri and pani puri. I have never tried pani puri but I did try the bhel puri once, although I dint like it much then and I can’t remember the taste now, I decided to try it when I went to get some dinner at Bombay chowpathy.
It was my first try in 10 years. As I scooped a few spoons of the bhel puri thinking it would be spicy I was surprised there was a spicy, sweet and pickly flavor with some crunchiness.
Yes it was delicious.
The pickly caramelized onions, mango which was raw but had a sweet coating like a sweet pickle and a potato mixture, a few puris etc.
Yes I really enjoyed my bhel puri on my way home.
Street food is alway delicious and better consumed in smaller portions.

Street food – Bhel puri

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Bombay chowpathy is an Indian restaurant that has branches in three malls that I am familiar of and am not sure how many more branches they have. There food is incredible and delicious not to mention the idli quantity although its only 2 per pack which costs 7 dirhams yet the taste is good.
I always love having Indian food having lived in India for a couple I years I fancied Indian food.
Especially Indian street foods. There are a wide variety of street food in India and a few of my favorites are bajji, masala vada, dhal vada, bondha and pakora to name a few. Every morning with my tea I used to have those sweet fried flat item and I really liked it. There are many more Indian street foods I have not mentioned above and two of those are bhel puri and pani puri. I have never tried pani puri but I did try the bhel puri once, although I dint like it much then and I can’t remember the taste now, I decided to try it when I went to get some dinner at Bombay chowpathy.
It was my first try in 10 years. As I scooped a few spoons of the bhel puri thinking it would be spicy I was surprised there was a spicy, sweet and pickly flavor with some crunchiness.
Yes it was delicious.
The pickly caramelized onions, mango which was raw but had a sweet coating like a sweet pickle and a potato mixture, a few puris etc.
Yes I really enjoyed my bhel puri on my way home.
Street food is alway delicious and better consumed in smaller portions.

Street Food Shawarma

Have I been away from blogging for a long week or less with no posts? Oh, my that’s kind of unbelievable for me. Yea blogging is almost my full time job. Everywhere I go or whatever I do I think of writing an interesting article from the information I gather. Yesterday was a very fine day, had a long drive from Jumeira village circle to deira. Here in Dubai the temperature is around 30-40 during the night, I am guessing based on the weather report I heard a few weeks ago. I never checked it since then will be checking after this, these days have been very busy. But believe me it’s so hot and you can never spend the night out in the streets walking for too long unless someone invents a cooler like a sweater. Walking along the streets close to al wasl or souk as they call it, everywhere you smell the exiting mouth watering aroma of grilled chicken, Which is grilled in a skewer placed along a grill vertically for almost a day or so, hot and spicy as you can call it to the Arabian level of spiciness, where as my level is way to adventurous, as we opt for a bit extra spiciness. Let’s get back to the grilled chicken, there is a grilled beef option as well. Both are delicious but chicken is my favorite when it comes to a shawarma. Shawarmas are a flat bread or Rotti filled with those grilled chicken or beef, a vegetable salad and some tomatoes with a couple of spoons of humus which goes really well with the Arabic flat bread/Rotti that is used for the shawarmas, always served with a slice of pickled green chillie, carrot, jalapeño or gherkin. I got some pictures but unfortunately I couldn’t get a picture of the shawarma as I had no patience to wait till I get home to eat it, the lovely smell of the shawarma said eat ‘ASAP’ so I ate it in the car. I really enjoy eating while driving. Oooops! I dint mean it that way, I wasn’t driving my hubby was!!!

 

 

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International fine food festival 2012

The “POSH PICNIC” at the INTERNATIONAL FINE FOOD FESTIVAL held in Dubai from 30th october to 2nd november at meydan grandstand.

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Since I read about the international fine food festival I was very inquisitive to find out what it will be like and how?
I anxiously awaited the day and finally I made it one the third day.
As I entered the meydan grand stand and walked in through the doors I get encountered the chefs table where many chefs were competing amongst one another.
As I walked behind the booths of the chefs table I was really glad to see shop with fresh ingredients from various parts of the world which can be used to create various fine foods.
For those of you wonder as of what fine food is here are some details by a foodie who shared her opinion on fine food.
“Fine food is anything that’s expensive and looking good”
So I walked around the fine food festival Learning and discovering what’s fine food.
Here are a few points I learnt –
Fine food I’d of course expensive
And good looking presentation wise
Served in small quantities
Prepared using various types of techniques
Ingredients are sometimes not easily accessible at a local grocery store

What I saw at the fine food festival
Honey
Fresh olive oil
Freshly prepared Pickles
Cheese
Breads and buns
Organic vegetables
Organic herbs
Organic pasta etc
Organic eggs, chicken and tropicaii coconut powder
Fresh chocolates
Fresh seafood

Activities
Chef coking competitions
Keen amateur for home cooks
Kids cookery demonstrations

What I learnt
Never use a tissue for draining any food items its not hygienic
Always serve food warm not cold
Try new things eg I used black salt for the first time in my life and the food tasted great.

International fine food festival 2012

The “POSH PICNIC” at the INTERNATIONAL FINE FOOD FESTIVAL held in Dubai from 30th october to 2nd november at meydan grandstand.

Since I read about the international fine food festival I was very inquisitive to find out what it will be like and how?
I anxiously awaited the day and finally I made it one third day.
As I entered the meydan grand stand and walked in through the doors I get encountered the chefs table where many chefs were competing amongst one another.
As I walked behind the booths of the chefs table I was really glad to see shop with fresh ingredients from various parts of the world which can be used to create various fine foods.
For those of you wonder as of what fine food is here are some details by a foodie who shared her opinion on fine food.
“Fine food is anything that’s expensive and looking good”
So I walked around the fine food festival Learning and discovering what’s fine food.
Here are a few points I learnt –
Fine food I’d of course expensive
And good looking presentation wise
Served in small quantities
Prepared using various types of techniques
Ingredients are sometimes not easily accessible at a local grocery store

What I saw at the fine food festival
Honey
Fresh olive oil
Freshly prepared Pickles
Cheese
Breads and buns
Organic vegetables
Organic herbs
Organic pasta etc
Organic eggs, chicken and tropicaii coconut powder
Fresh chocolates
Fresh seafood

Activities
Chef coking competitions
Keen amateur for home cooks
Kids cookery demonstrations

What I learnt
Never use a tissue for draining any food items its not hygienic
Always serve food warm not cold
Try new things eg I used black salt for the first time in my life and the food tasted great.

International fine food festival

The “POSH PICNIC” at the INTERNATIONAL FINE FOOD FESTIVAL held in Dubai from 30th october to 2nd november at meydan grandstand.

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Since I read about the international fine food festival I was very inquisitive to find out what it will be like and how?
I anxiously awaited the day and finally I made it one third day.
As I entered the meydan grand stand and walked in through the doors I get encountered the chefs table where many chefs were competing amongst one another.
As I walked behind the booths of the chefs table I was really glad to see shop with fresh ingredients from various parts of the world which can be used to create various fine foods.
For those of you wonder as of what fine food is here are some details by a foodie who shared her opinion on fine food.
“Fine food is anything that’s expensive and looking good”
So I walked around the fine food festival Learning and discovering what’s fine food.
Here are a few points I learnt –
Fine food I’d of course expensive
And good looking presentation wise
Served in small quantities
Prepared using various types of techniques
Ingredients are sometimes not easily accessible at a local grocery store

What I saw at the fine food festival
Honey
Fresh olive oil
Freshly prepared Pickles
Cheese
Breads and buns
Organic vegetables
Organic herbs
Organic pasta etc
Organic eggs, chicken and tropicaii coconut powder
Fresh chocolates
Fresh seafood

Activities
Chef coking competitions
Keen amateur for home cooks
Kids cookery demonstrations

What I learnt
Never use a tissue for draining any food items its not hygienic
Always serve food warm not cold
Try new things eg I used black salt for the first time in my life and the food tasted great.

Mandi

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Mandi is a Yemeni rice served with half a grilled chicken, beef or fish of choice and some yogurt, lettuce, cucumber, onion and tomato salsa.
A soup is also provided with the rice which can be mixed and eaten.
I really loved the entire meal.
Its ideal for a weekend and treat your visitors with mandi rice and meat to give them the real Arabian feel.
Never forget to visit one of the mandi restaurants in Dubai.