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A journey through local flavors

  • HIPSTER DINING IN DUBAI

    Dubai has made great strides over the last few years to keep up with the middle-range food movements that make eating out in cities like London and New York fresh and exciting. Now you can find plenty of innovative and creative dining experiences at manageable prices scattered across the city. Dubai’s fashion and music scenes are merging with, and inspiring dining experiences – a perfect example of this is Sole DXB, the annual street culture festival that brings together global and regional leaders from across music, style, sports and design. The 2015 festival featured a huge open-air restaurant and bar by New York-based Jamaican restaurant Miss Lily’s. Currently street food is the biggest dining-out trend in Dubai, and there is a bi-weekly Food Truck Jam held at The Emirates Golf Club, while food trucks can be found at just about any event. Healthy options are also gaining prominence on the Dubai dining scene, with smoothie bars and gluten-free restaurants opening across the city. The weekly Ripe market is a great place to buy fresh organic produce. 

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Taste Inspirations

Secrets of taste

A stroll through the history of the most beloved ingredients

Few fruits have the cultural resonance or play such a central role in literature and religious iconography as the pomegranate.

 

From the bible to the Qur’an, Arabian Nights to the Greek myth of Persephone, the pomegranate, with its unusual structure and fleshy, blood-red seeds and juice have captured the imagination over centuries and become an integral ingredient in Middle Eastern cuisine.

 

Think of South American cuisine and razor clams are not likely to be the first thing that will spring to mind – especially when the continent’s litany of colourful street food, grilled meats, stews, salads and soups are so well-­-known. But the region’s seafood and, in particular, its razor clams –“navajas” or “navajuelas” in Spanish-­‐speaking countries – are one of continent’s best-­-kept secrets.

 

Travel in Central or South America and you’ll find it hard to avoid the succulent and once- considered sacred avocado, not only because these fruits are often the size of footballs in their native territory, but because they’re loved and cherished in the regional diet.

 

The history of Avocado

 

The fleshy green fruit is native to Mexico, with archaeologists having found evidence of avocado eating in a cave in the Mexican state of Puebla dating back as far as 10,000 BC.

 

In 1868, British-Australian orchardist Maria Ann Smith “tipped out [the] last of some apples brought back from Sydney”. Later, she spotted a small seedling growing amongst the compost and nurtured it. When the little tree eventually bore fruit, their flavour – despite the waxy, vivid green skin – was sweet and juicy and an instant hit with everyone who tasted them: the world famous Granny Smith apple had arrived.

 

Taste Origins

Tales from Taste lovers

Once Upon a Bite

Carmen Miranda and her fruit hats

In the opening scene of The Gang’s All Here, the most expensive movie made by Twentieth Century Fox in 1943, a steamship called the SS Brazil is relieved of its cargo.

Carmen Miranda and her fruit hats

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