I Know God Loves Me Because He Made Something Called Frying Pan Adventures
Absolutely beside myself with the Frying Pan AdventuresMiddle East Pilgrimage food tour I went on this week! A MUST for all foodies, visitors, or anyone wanting to do something off the beaten path.
Four Hours of Culinary Delight = Frying Pan Adventures
In a city where the food scene is ballooning, there is still a part where the true soul of Dubai lives. And it’s in the teeming retailers, grocers and eateries of Diera.
Deira resides in the old parts of Dubai. Congested it may be at times, but it is communities like these that are such an integral part of Dubai’s history. Stripped of the pretension and niceties that Dubai is so known for, when you arrive here you feel like you stepped into another country altogether.This is where you get a real feel of Dubai’s soul — a landing-place for MENA-region and Asian immigrants of all stripes. If you are adventurous enough, you can lose yourself for hours here exploring all the bakeries, Karak stops, and restos.
Our tour guide, Arva Ahmed, has lived in the area for most of her life and was simply amazing! Knowledgeable, enthusiastic, attentive, engaging, funny, and carrys a repository of both food and neighborhood history to share. With passionate fervor, she did not miss a beat with anything! Thoroughly, she delved deep into the who/why/what of regional foods and culture over our radio receivers. A true SME on Middle Eastern and Indian culture. This, by all means, is a NOT tourist trap. And by far, THE best tour I’ve done in Dubai.
Come hungry indeed, as they warned, because you WILL be fed! And amply! Talk about a feast for the eyes and taste buds as our hungry and curious group popped into numerous hidden gems in Diera. I’m talking about mom & pop eateries that you would never find on your own.
The food was all absolutely, deliciously authentic. We stopped at several nostalgic eateries with appealing stories behind each. The staff at each stop was incredibly hospitable and welcoming. The food was prepared fresh just for us from oven to table. I felt spoiled, grateful, and incredulous at the same time. Could this all be a dream? 🙂
With my survivors kit bag overflowing with the little goodies that came along, as well as those that I nabbed along the way, I arrived back home in a purely happy state — blabbering to Z about how wonderful it was until I fell asleep.
Fell in love with Dubai all over again that night. This old part of town has so much to offer. If you are looking for the soul of Dubai and some good Middle Eastern soul food this is where to go!