Arabic food is yummy. Very meaty. We head to a tourist district called Souk Madinat Jumeirah that is just gorgeous. Right on the water with the majestic Dubai skyline as backdrop, and tourists from all walks of life dressed up and enjoying themselves. We decide on Persian food and go to an Iranian restaurant called Anar, which translates to “pomegranate.” The red seeds were part of many dishes (love that).
I had a creamy pistachio soup and then we had some stewy chicken and lamb dishes that immobilized us for the rest of the night. Heavy! Ugh. No, we don’t have room for dessert. Nor do we have the capacity to breathe.
TIP: Checking out Souk Madinat Jumeirah is a must, and I would definitely suggest Anar, but watch those stews, they are incredibly rich and filling.
Bevan has to make his fridge more Jenn-friendly, so we stop at Spinneys to stock up. It’s so fun to traipse up and down the aisle looking at all of the different stuff. Love the cereal aisle – “Curiously Cinnamon” seems to be a take on Cinnamon Toast Crunch. I get an apricot-stuffed mini-wheat-type cereal. I notice cream cheese and Laughing Cow cheese on the shelf.
Love the gum section, obv. So strange, the refrigerated dog food. Packaged in the way they do polenta. And massive ones at that!
TIP: When overseas, go into a grocery store and buy what the locals buy. Noticing the variances is fun.
I peruse a noteworthy menu (menu!). Lamb cutlets with blah blah blah deliciousness and red Thai chicken curry sounded great but the fish sayadiah sounded just right – especially since I didn’t know what it was. It was a Middle Eastern dish, and that was how I wanted to kick off the gastro portion. Traipse to the unknown and eat the unknown. Yes I’m well aware it’s just halibut but all done up with cinnamon and Arabic spices – I am pumped. I have every confidence the chef du plane has done a proper job.
TIP: Yes definitely go for the fish. And eat as much of a country's local food as you can.
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