shopping

Cafes, Cheese, Dubai, food sourcing, Gourmet, Jones the Grocer, shopping

Shopping for groceries at Jones the Grocer

Shopping for groceries at Jones the Grocer

I’m a fairly literal person. As far as I’m concerned, if you are going to call yourself something, it must reflect what you are. Otherwise it causes disappointment for everyone on the receiving end of your name and your offer. A wine called “The Chocolate Block” must be big and […]

September 23, 2011 ×

arabic food, shopping, Traditional Dubai

Souk, Souq, Suq

Souk, Souq, Suq

Cinnamon I can smell it as the abra touch-parks at the riverbank. The aromas lead me stumbling up the gangplanks and into a throbbing intersection. I ponder for a moment – safe stroll through the subway, or manic death-wish rush through Deira traffic? I opt for the road – the […]

April 18, 2011 ×

baker and spice, breakfast, farmer's market, restaurants, shopping, Souk al Bahar

The good, the bad and the eggly

The good, the bad and the eggly

It’s Friday morning. I’ve been in Dubai long enough now that I don’t accidentally call it Saturday any more. To my right is the aroma of fresh cut herbs and earthy vine ripened tomatoes. To my right, the alluring nutty aroma of artisinal bread. I can’t stop myself from running […]

March 16, 2011 ×

Bab al Shams, Beach, Burj Khalifa, Desert, Dubai, Dubai restaurants, karama, madinat Jumeirah, shopping, Traditional Dubai, travel, visitors

Dubai in 48 Hours

Dubai in 48 Hours

Two days – it’s not long. If you were in Paris, you would have enough time to visit the Eiffel Tower, Musee d’Orsay, and possibly Notre Dame, maybe with enough time for a little cafe au lait and croissant before jumping on the metro, and heading back to the airport. […]

March 12, 2011 ×

Deira, Dubai, fish, Fish Market, lobster, prawns, shopping, Traditional Dubai

The early bird catches the fish

The early bird catches the fish

It’s more than a little too early… I can hear the muezzin to the north, and he is soon joined by the east and south. It can’t be more than 16 degrees, and my heat-accustomed body is shivering despite a cardigan, jeans and boots. It is predawn, still dark, and […]

January 8, 2011 ×

coffee, Dubai, Dubai Mall, Galeries Lafayette, shopping

The Secret Circle

The Secret Circle

Galeries Lafayette Dubai Mall Christmas eve brought me here for my virgin experience. I had been in Galeries Lafayette before, but it’s the kind of store I tend to walk through quickly and wistfully on the way to the carpark, trailing my fingers over the dangly costume jewelry, not bothering […]

January 6, 2011 ×

cheap designer goods, Dubai, fake, genuine copy, handbags, karama, shopping

Pretty Woman

Pretty Woman

I don’t own this bag There is only one occasion in my life where I feel like Julia Roberts. It’s when I am surrounded by mirrors, I have my bewedged heels sinking in white plush carpet, my hand is rummaging in the depths of a handbag that is not mine, […]

December 16, 2010 ×

Dubai, Mission Impossible 4, Satwa, shopping, Traditional Dubai

Mission Possible

Mission Possible

Yesterday I was flicking around other people’s blogs, and I found out about tnchick.com and the photohunt challenge. This week it is “Hard to Find”, and because my beloved photography course is finished, I decided that it was best to occupy myself with something productive or I might end up […]

December 1, 2010 ×

carpet, Dubai, salesmen, shopping, Traditional Dubai

The magic carpet ride

The magic carpet ride

Once a month, Mr Ahmed guns his old land cruiser over the sand in front of my house and knocks on my door. He always greets me in Arabic, living in the hope that one day I will finally remember more than how to say “hello”, “beautiful” or “god willing”. […]

November 29, 2010 ×