Last week we had the chance to visit friends who live in the hectic and futuristic city of Dubai. My God, this city is definitely something you need to see in your life if you can. You may like it or hate it, but you can’t say it’s not extraordinary.
When you think about Dubai, you think gigantic malls, buildings, desert, palm trees, but you don’t hear that much about the food experience.
Arabia being a crossroad between 3 continents, I was excited to discover what was the influence on the food and cuisine.
And, oh boy, I was not disappointed: Lebanon, Iran, India, Turkey, Greek, California… I was able to experience a real panel of dishes. All in the same city. If you take the time to do some research, you’ll be able to find very good cafés and restaurant with quality ingredient and sometimes locally sourced (yes, huge greenhouses in the desert!!).
And of course, I found that a Dubai edition of a “What I Eat in a Day” post was an obligation.
Here is a reminder of my commitment to you regarding my “What I Eat in a Day” posts, I will:
- share everything that I ate for the day (including the chocolate, pastries and “carpe-diem” meals)
- include full recipes as much as possible (if homemade)
- try to tell you my opinion about my day of eating (was it balanced ? if not, what will I do to compensate on the next day ?)
WHAT I EAT IN A DAY #3 – DUBAI EDITION
BREAKFAST – 9 am
- a bite of scrambled eggs on a toast (not mine 🙂 )
- Flat white coffee
- Homemade granola with yogurt and fruits
MID MORNING SNACK – //
- no mid-morning snack, i was full from my breakfast
LUNCH – 12 am
- Starter : a small “peasant salad” made of fresh tomatoes, cucumber, parsley, olive oil and lemon
- Main : poached eggs with avocado, arugula on a toast.
- Dessert : no desert, I was full, I just had an Arabian cardamom coffee
GOUTER – 5 pm
- 1 lemon froyo with blueberries, pomegranate seeds and Reese’s crumbs (the lemon froyo was pink, I did not understand why)
DINNER – 7pm
- Starter : Moutabal (eggplant mashed up)
- Main : a monk fish casserolle with red and green pepper and a small bowl of black rice with spices
- Dessert : no dessert I was full
I cheated I little bit by showing you my best day of eating here (and because I had the pictures). This was for me a good day of eating, indulging in small things but not too much (Reese’s on the froyo, hehehe).
We walked A LOT in Dubai (8 miles on average!) and that definitely made me more hungry. Moreover, the vacation vibe was there and as always in holidays, you tend to let go, relax and indulge like I would during the Week-ends in France. And, by eating out most of the time, you don’t have control on what is exactly in your food (the granola was a little too much sweet for me but I ate it anyway).
But again, it is OK. It really is OK.
I enjoyed the food I ate, I discovered new foods, new spices (I’ll made a dedicated post on what I brought back) and I had a good time with my friends, no regrets!
But I feel the little body reboot is necessary (I tend to do that every time I come back from an vacation which disrupt my normal way of eating).
Author: Emilie Durand
Emilie is a French food lover, proud Parisian and founder of thefrenchwaytohealth.com. On her website, she shares delicious recipes, health tips and tricks. Her goal is to gather and share the habits and rules that have been used and approved by French people for decades. That means cooking your own meals efficiently, enjoying whole foods, eating mindfully and never ever using the word diet again while losing weight.