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    Fresh Yogurt Drink

    by machomikemd Written Jul 20, 2013

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    Fresh Yogurt Drink although more popular in South Asia and Iran, can also be found in The Middle East, but people here prefer to use yogurt as a dip or as a snack or as a part of the assorted mezze platters. Fresh Yogurt can be of the salty kind or the sweet kind and one glass can be quite filling as it is still milk after all. It can be a good accompaniment for kebabs, mezze platers and shawarma's but you can be so full after a meal.

    a glass at a food court or at a restaurant will cost 14 AED.

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    Kaffta (Kofta) Meatballs

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    Meatballs are popular all over the world and there are many variations and styles of marinating and cooking them. Here in the Middle East and North Africa and Parts of South Asia and the Balkans, the meat balls are called Kaffta or kofta. koftas consist of balls of minced or ground meat that are usually made of beef or lamb or chicken and mixed with spices and onions. The meat is often mixed with other ingredients such as rice, bulgur, vegetables, or eggs to form a smooth paste and here in the Gulf, they are served in a spicy soup and whole eggs. you can eat them as a snack or as part of a meal and evel put into pita bread.

    they are available everywhere in Dubai and costs 20 to 30 AED per order.

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    Stone Shaped Chocolates

    by machomikemd Written Jul 20, 2013

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    This kind of chocolates piqued my curiosity as they sell stone shaped chocolates in dubai that are irregular shapes and small sized and comes in different colors. you can choose either the dark chocolates or the regular milk chocolates and the stone shaped outside part is like the outer shell of an M n M's candies. You can but them at souk stores, supermarket like spinneys and carrefour and they come in 100 gram and 250 gram packs and costs 15 AED to 25 AED per small or big packs.

    I bought several of them as they are yummy.

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    Arabic Tea

    by machomikemd Written Jul 20, 2013

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    Arabic style of drinking tea is always hot. Tea is more popular breakfast drink than coffee as coffee is more used during lunch or dinner. Arabic tea is brewed from the dark tea leaves and in a brass kettle and is not sweetened with sugar. Optional adding of honey can be done and mint leaves are usually added.

    Arabic Tea is usually given for free if you are in large souvenir shops in the deira area and in other parts of dubai.

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    Arabic Coffee

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    Arabic Coffee is different from your regular roasted starbucks coffee! Arabian Coffee is made from Arabica Beans too but the difference is that it is heavily roasted and spike with cardamom or even cloves of saffron or cinnamon and is usually drinked as it is, without any sugar or sweetener and milk (or sometimes milk is added just to color the coffee) and the taste is strong with hints of the cardamom or the cinnamon. they are served into small porcelain or paper cups and not only for breakfast but also after a heavy meal to wake you up.

    They are complimentary in souvenir stalls or at the souks and at middle eastern restaurants around.

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    Falafel

    by machomikemd Written Jul 20, 2013

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    Falafel is another quintissential Middle Eastern streed food. The Falafel is a deep fried mashed chickpeas with or without fava beans (hummus is not deep fried and can be made as a dip to the falafel). the falafel is made into balls and after being deep fried, it can be eaten as it is and can be dip in hummus or other dips. It can also be put inside the round flatbread called lafa or the more popular and larger pita bread, where it can be mixed with vegetable garnishings and then the falafel balls are topped with salads, pickled vegetables, hot sauce, and drizzled with tahini-based sauces.

    Falafel is available everywhere and cost only AED 8 to 10 if put inside the pita bread or the lafa round flat bread.

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    Chicken Shawarma

    by machomikemd Written Jul 20, 2013

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    This will be my tips and pictures on the chicken shawarma. It is the second most popular meat used in shawarma.

    The Most Popular Food Import and one of the world's famous street food that came from the middle east is the iconic Shawarma! This simple but filling sandwich meal is loved all over the world for it's simplicity and depth of flavor. And like any middle eastern country, Shawarma is very popular in dubai in that you can find it everywhere. In the souks of Deira, in the Luxe malls of Dubai Mall and Burjuman, in Atlantis Resort, in convenience stores, in fast food outlets and more.

    Shawarma simply means any meat (except pork) that is marinated and grilled vertically on a spit (turkish doner style) for hours and then shaved and placed into pita bread or any flat bread and assorted mezze are then added and also dipping sauce if you want.

    price of an average beef of chicken shawarma meal in Dubai is 15-20 AED in fast food outlets and 35-40 AED in Atlantis Resort.

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    Shawarma is made by alternately stacking strips of fat and pieces of seasoned meat (beef, lamb or marinated chicken) on a stick. An onion, a tomato, or a halved lemon is sometimes placed at the top of the stack for additional flavoring. The meat is roasted slowly on all sides as the spit rotates in front of, or over, a flame for hours.
    This will be my pictures and tips on the Beef Version of the Shawarma. It now is paired with biryani rice too as an alternative to bread.

    While cooking, the meat is shaved off the stack with a large knife, an electric knife or a small circular saw, dropping to a circular tray below to be retrieved. Shawarma is eaten as a fast food, made up into a sandwich wrap with pita bread or rolled up in an Armenian Lavash flatbread together with vegetables and dressing. A variety of vegetables come with the shawarma which include: cucumber, onion, tomato, lettuce, eggplant, parsley, pickled turnips, pickled gherkins, pickles, and cabbage. One has the option to get French fries in some countries, including: Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, Israel, Turkey, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, also countries in Europe such as Romania, Italy, Germany, Bulgaria and the U.K.[5] Other options include thick cut French fries served inside the lavash to help soak up the sauce and juices keeping them inside the wrap.[6]

    Dressings include: tahini (or tahina), Amba sauce (pickled mango with Chilbeh), hummus, or flavored with vinegar and spices such as cardamom, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Chicken shawarma is served with garlic mayonnaise, toum (garlic sauce), pomegranate concentrate, or skhug (a hot chili sauce). Once the shawarma is made, it might be dipped in the fat dripping from the skewer and then briefly seared against the flame.

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    Shawarma

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    This will be my tips and pictures on the beef shawarma. it is not only paired with pita bread but rice like biryani rice nowadays.

    The Most Popular Food Import and one of the world's famous street food that came from the middle east is the iconic Shawarma! This simple but filling sandwich meal is loved all over the world for it's simplicity and depth of flavor. And like any middle eastern country, Shawarma is very popular in dubai in that you can find it everywhere. In the souks of Deira, in the Luxe malls of Dubai Mall and Burjuman, in Atlantis Resort, in convenience stores, in fast food outlets and more.

    Shawarma simply means any meat (except pork) that is marinated and grilled vertically on a spit (turkish doner style) for hours and then shaved and placed into pita bread or any flat bread and assorted mezze are then added and also dipping sauce if you want.

    price of an average beef of chicken shawarma meal in Dubai is 15-20 AED in fast food outlets and 35-40 AED in Atlantis Resort.

    according to wikipedia:

    Shawarma is made by alternately stacking strips of fat and pieces of seasoned meat (beef, lamb or marinated chicken) on a stick. An onion, a tomato, or a halved lemon is sometimes placed at the top of the stack for additional flavoring. The meat is roasted slowly on all sides as the spit rotates in front of, or over, a flame for hours.
    This will be my pictures and tips on the Beef Version of the Shawarma. It now is paired with biryani rice too as an alternative to bread.

    While cooking, the meat is shaved off the stack with a large knife, an electric knife or a small circular saw, dropping to a circular tray below to be retrieved. Shawarma is eaten as a fast food, made up into a sandwich wrap with pita bread or rolled up in an Armenian Lavash flatbread together with vegetables and dressing. A variety of vegetables come with the shawarma which include: cucumber, onion, tomato, lettuce, eggplant, parsley, pickled turnips, pickled gherkins, pickles, and cabbage. One has the option to get French fries in some countries, including: Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, Israel, Turkey, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, also countries in Europe such as Romania, Italy, Germany, Bulgaria and the U.K.[5] Other options include thick cut French fries served inside the lavash to help soak up the sauce and juices keeping them inside the wrap.[6]

    Dressings include: tahini (or tahina), Amba sauce (pickled mango with Chilbeh), hummus, or flavored with vinegar and spices such as cardamom, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Chicken shawarma is served with garlic mayonnaise, toum (garlic sauce), pomegranate concentrate, or skhug (a hot chili sauce). Once the shawarma is made, it might be dipped in the fat dripping from the skewer and then briefly seared against the flame.

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    Pita Bread Making

    by machomikemd Written Jul 19, 2013

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    This will be my tips on pita bread making as I have observed how they make a traditional pita bread here. Pita bread is made using slightly leavened flour with water and a pinch of salt and sugar. It is baked into local high heat brick ovens that resembles the Indian Tandoor.

    Pita is the Iconic Flatbread of the Middle East, Indian Subcontinent, Western China, Mediterranean, Balkans and Central Asia. Pita is the most famous slightly leavened flatbread in the world and is one of my favorites. It is the staple of the cuisines mentioned above and is also served during breakfast, lunch and dinner, even in Dubai and with the associated mezze platters. Pita bread with the assorted mezze plater dips is a meal in itself and you can be full eating eat even before the main course arrives. Pita Bread comes in assorted sizes, thickness and shapes, with some very flat and some very thick and round.

    you can get it for free at the full service middle eastern restaurants as an accompniment for the main course or at buffets or buy it at doner sandwiches or as kebab sandwiches or as falafel wraps all around dubai at AED 10 to 20 per order, depending on the toppings.

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    Pita Bread

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    Pita is the Iconic Flatbread of the Middle East, Indian Subcontinent, Western China, Mediterranean, Balkans and Central Asia. Pita is the most famous slightly leavened flatbread in the world and is one of my favorites. It is the staple of the cuisines mentioned above and is also served during breakfast, lunch and dinner, even in Dubai and with the associated mezze platters. Pita bread with the assorted mezze plater dips is a meal in itself and you can be full eating eat even before the main course arrives. Pita Bread comes in assorted sizes, thickness and shapes, with some very flat and some very thick and round.

    you can get it for free at the full service middle eastern restaurants as an accompniment for the main course or at buffets or buy it at doner sandwiches or as kebab sandwiches or as falafel wraps all around dubai at AED 10 to 20 per order, depending on the toppings.

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    Pita is used to scoop sauces or dips such as hummus and taramosalata, and to wrap kebabs, gyros or falafel in the manner of sandwiches. Most pita are baked at high temperatures (450 °F or 232 °C), causing the flattened rounds of dough to puff up dramatically. When removed from the oven, the layers of baked dough remain separated inside the deflated pita, which allows the bread to be opened into pockets, creating a space for use in various dishes.

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    Chicken Kebab

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    This will be my tips and picture of the Chicken Kebab.

    Kebab is a general term for skewered meats found in the Middle East, North Africa, the mediterranean, Balkans and the Indian Subcontinents. there are many kinds and varieties of the kebab and it even has assorted kebab sandwiches.

    here in dubai, the popular kebab variety is the grilled lamb, beef, chicken, mutton and even camel meat. kebab sandwiches that are popular are the chicken, lamb, beef variety (both the doner variety of rotating vertical spit and the regular grilled variety). you can find kebab dishes all around dubai and prices vary. but the doner kebab sandwiches will cost 12-15 AED and the doner kebab sandwiches at 10-15 AED and the grilled kebab on sticks at AED 15 to 20.

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    Lamb and Beef Kebab

    by machomikemd Updated Jul 19, 2013

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    This will be my tips and pictures on Kebab Grilled Lamd and Beef

    Kebab is a general term for skewered meats found in the Middle East, North Africa, the mediterranean, Balkans and the Indian Subcontinents. there are many kinds and varieties of the kebab and it even has assorted kebab sandwiches.

    here in dubai, the popular kebab variety is the grilled lamb, beef, chicken, mutton and even camel meat. kebab sandwiches that are popular are the chicken, lamb, beef variety (both the doner variety of rotating vertical spit and the regular grilled variety). you can find kebab dishes all around dubai and prices vary. but the doner kebab sandwiches will cost 12-15 AED and the doner kebab sandwiches at 10-15 AED and the grilled kebab on sticks at AED 15 to 20.

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    Kebab Sandwich

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    This will be my tips of the kebab sandwich

    Kebab is a general term for skewered meats found in the Middle East, North Africa, the mediterranean, Balkans and the Indian Subcontinents. there are many kinds and varieties of the kebab and it even has assorted kebab sandwiches.

    here in dubai, the popular kebab variety is the grilled lamb, beef, chicken, mutton and even camel meat. kebab sandwiches that are popular are the chicken, lamb, beef variety (both the doner variety of rotating vertical spit and the regular grilled variety). you can find kebab dishes all around dubai and prices vary. but the doner kebab sandwiches will cost 12-15 AED and the doner kebab sandwiches at 10-15 AED and the grilled kebab on sticks at AED 15 to 20.

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    Mezze

    by machomikemd Written Jul 19, 2013

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    Mezze is a generic term for middle eastern small dishes (similar to the tapas of spain) and includes a wide variety of small platter servings of hummus, tabbouleh, falafel, assorted yogurts (used as dips or snacks, not as a dessert), and lots of other salads and dips. The difference of the Arabic Mezze platter from the mediterranead Mezze platter is that the Arabic Mezze has little or no meat dishes as compared to the mediterranean mezze.

    If dining in a buffet breakfast in your local Dubai Hotel, you would see these mezze platters in the buffet station and also dining at local Dubai and Lebanese, Turkish, Moroccan Restaurants in Dubai, they include a mini mezze platter as appetizer before the main course.

    a word of warning, these mezze platters can be filling especially if added to flat breads and you might be full even before having the main course.

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    Hummus

    by machomikemd Written Jul 19, 2013

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    The Middle east is known for it's wide variety of salads and dips and the most popular of the dips is the Hummus. Hummus is basically made from mashed chickpeas and then other ingredients like lemon juice, oilive oil, garlic and salt. this is the basic version but there are other versions also like whole chickpeas are added or olive pieces or chopped tomatoes and veggies.

    Hummus in Dubai is a popular and is made into a dip and is spread into pita bread or as an accompaniment to the falafel or part of the variety of salads known as the mezze. you would them erverywhere an even at the buffet breakfast of your local hotel or at middle eastern and arabic restaurants in Dubai.

    Hummus is a savory dip companion to pita bread and is my favorite dip.

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