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Kunafa, an Arabian treat likely brought from Turkish Ottomans, comes in several varieties. Some is orange and others more neutral colors (I much prefer the bright orange version). Sometimes it's wrapped around the cheese, and other times it comes...
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Abu Dhabi - United Arab Emirates
Looking to bring home a sweet souvenir? Something different from a huge bar of duty-free Toblerone? Al Nassma chocolate is made with camel milk, said to be the next "superfood," with lower fat and more vitamins than cow milk. Then again, it is...
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Al Karama - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
The crunchy lentil vada and Chennai-style sambar at Woodlands are flavors that have stood the test of time in this rapidly changing city. Long-time residents who know their South Indian fare still flock to this 30+ year old hidden gem in Karama,...
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What could be better than the catch of the day eaten while your toes are still digging in the sand? This cheap and cheerful seafood shack in the shadow of Burj Al Arab is incredibly popular with the locals, so get there early (6PM) to avoid the...
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Ground Floor, Millennium Tower, Sheikh Zayed Road - Business Bay - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
The Bufalina pizza at Rossovivo's is one of those pizzas that will leave you with a deep, primal longing for melted buffalo mozzarella cheese and their fragrantly fresh tomato sauce many nights after you first ate it. This artisanal pizza hangout...
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Al Muraqqabat Street , Deira - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
To get a feel for the real Dubai, there's no better way than to book a tour with Frying Pan Adventures. Frying Pan was the first culinary tour outfit in Dubai, and their success is well deserved. A day with Frying Pan will get you out of the...
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4 B Street, Al Karama, Behind Park Regis Hotel, Bur Dubai - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
There is such a mind-boggling variety of food cramped up in the block behind the Park Regis hotel in Karama, that your brains get fried into this chewy schmukaroo of dinner-time confusion. Should you do Ethiopian? Or Sudanese falafel? Or...
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Dubai - United Arab Emirates
Automatic Cafeteria on Al Rigga Road is said to hail from the 70's, and while much of their food is nothing to ride across the desert for, they've managed to set a high bar with their shawarma spices and cooking technique. Their special ''Arabic...
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The Iranian influence in Dubai is evident everywhere, and will be especially noticeable if Special Ostadi Restaurant (SOR) is on your culinary itinerary. The photos of Iranian faces lining the walls—celebrities, singers, and pretty...
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Baniyas Rd, Near to Deira Twin Towers, Deira - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
My Persian American roommate Parsa and I ventured off to the less posh and glam part of Dubai for some more affordable eats. Since he hadn't been to Iran in years, and we were living in Dubai, Parsa had been looking forward to sampling some of his...
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The Dubai Mall, 2nd Floor, Next to The Water Fall & The Dubai Fountain - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
Save yourself from mall ennui at Dubai Mall, skip the food courts and enjoy the incredibly well-made Lebanese fare at Al Hallab. My top picks: hummus, baba ghanouj, makanek (baby sausages drizzled with pomegranate sauce), hindbeh (chicory greens),...