Read on, you will be very surprised to learn what is the hardest product to find in Dubai!
Here in Dubai, I actually gave up adventurous cooking for awhile because I was so tired of my dishes coming out tasteless because the ingredients had languished somewhere on the journey and had lost their flavor. But, in my never ending thirst for adventure, I uncovered what I think are excellent places to get really fresh ingredients and hard to find American products that I simply just can’t do without.
Did I miss any special place you have discovered? Any special ingredient(s) you are still lusting after? Let me know by leaving a comment below. We will see what we can do to help.
Oh, and Susan Ahart reminds us, "When looking for American food products, don't forget to look in the "exotic' section in a grocery store. In Dubai, Americans can be considered exotic by some people!"
I am talking about fish that is so fresh it is winking at you! Located in the bottom of the Pinnacle/Tiger building in Dubai Marina, here you find divinely fresh fish and other seafood offerings (their sushi is truly still “flipping”).
|Can you see the large artichokes and robust basil plants?|
Directions: you can only access the reserved parking places by coming on the slip road in front of the shop. From Sheikh Zayed Road (SZR) get onto the ramp that brings you to Dubai Marina and the light at Spinneys/Citibank. Turn right and immediately go into the slip road on your right. From Al Sufouh turn at the light at Tamani hotel (across from the Westin), and bear right turning right at the light to get onto slip road. The shop is at the end of the slip road.
It’s organic, it’s local and it’s seasonal! I first used Ripe when they offered the “bumble box” of fresh organic locally sourced produce at the Dubai Garden Centre. Only problem was you must get there before 9am on a Saturday morning or they are sold out. Well, this sleepy head found that to be too much of challenge, and, while my creative spirit roared making dishes with the surprise ingredients in the bumble box, it really was way too much food for me Roger to eat on our own.
And the prices are very reasonable. Located in the Al Manara residential area between Thanya road and Manara road, here you can select just the right amount of truly fresh produce needed.So support local farmers and artisans by shopping here. This is truly a sustainable company. Don’t forget to recycle your packaging.
The Ripe Farm Store is open 9am – 6pm every day except Friday when hours are 9am – 2pm. Check out their web site for a map to their store or if you want to pre-order or take advantage of a more convenient pick up point. See postscripts for my best recipe Vegetable Gumbo.
And a bonus is right next door. The Al Raisi Bakery has the best naan stuffed with ground meat (Keem Naan), or potatoes (Aaloo Naan). The Iranian bread, Waggafi, is great. Warm and soothing it is best right out of the oven.
This Choithrams is lovingly called the “Triscuit” Choithrams because it is the ONLY place in Dubai that carries this little treat.Also, beef stock is non-existent in Dubai but this grocery has frozen oxtails that make great stock.
This past Thanksgiving Deborah Murray and and I joined forces for the "Great Butterball Turkey Hunt." We split up the most likely grocery stores and went hunting. Choithrams was the only place we found the iconic Butterball Turkeys for our regal feasts. See postscript for my best recipe Homemade Beef Broth.
Directions: On SZR take exit 43 west (Al Manara road). Turn left at Al Wasl and store will be a bit down the road on your right.
This is always worth a stop when I am in the neighborhood as it has some hard to find American products. I usually just take a slow stroll through the aisles and pick up anything that looks interesting. I can sometimes find frozen English muffins, Roger’s favorite Special K cereal with almonds, and turkey stock around Thanksgiving.
Diana Mullin says it is the ONLY store in Dubai that sells Bisquick. Looking for marshmallow cream – it is here! Deborah Murray advises caution when shopping in Safetesway. "If they (Safetestway) had a gun they couldn't hold you up more. I was excited to find all the Swifter products but when I looked at the price for a mop it was $59! Buyer beware!" This store is located off the SZR just south (towards the Marina) from the Mazaya Center.
Directions: From the Marina on SZR take exit 47 Al Haldiqa street (Safa Park will be on your right), at the light turn right and go thru the light at Athar street until you come to the light at 35 street then turn right. Go straight thru two roundabouts. At the third roundabout take second exit (left) and a little bit down the way on your right is Safetestway. Coming from Old Dubai on SZR take exit 49 Umm Amara Street taking a very hard right (really a u-turn) onto the service road. Safestway will be a bit down the road on your left. Parking is behind the store.
Another good source for American products, nice pork products and Ore-Ida products (including the beloved Tater Tots). It is located on Al Wasl road between Al Sheif road and Al Hadiqa street. I did find a nice Park & Shop in the Saba Towers in Jeremiah Lakes Towers where I was taking my Arabic lessons but parking was a bit of a problem.
Directions: Coming from old Dubai take exit 45 (Umm Al Sheif road). At the next light (Al Wasl road) turn right go a ways down and Park & Shop will be on your right at 19th street. From the Dubai Marina on the SZR take exit take exit 43 west (Al Manara) turning right at Al Wasl. Pass over Umm Al Sheif road and store will be a bit down on your right.
I use the Marina branch for “quick” shopping trips but must go to the “big” Spinneys on Umm Al Sheif road for serious shopping. Spinney’s carries a lot of British items but you can find some American products too.
Directions: From Old Dubai on the SZR take exit 45 (Umm Al Sheif road) Spinney's will be on your left. From Dubai Marina take SZR and exit at exit 43 west (Al Manara road) turning right at Al Wasl road. Spinney's will be on your right at Umm Al Sheif road.
|Our son Russell with |
Spice Merchant Yousef and Katie
In an earlier blog, Dubai Souq Shopping, I introduced you to my personal spice merchant Yousef. He still is the go-to-guy for spices. If you are having trouble finding the spices you crave, go see Yousef and tell him I sent you. You are certain to get a little “extra treat.” The best saffron and dried lavender can be found in the spice souk. Directions are on the other blog post.
A bit of advice from Deborah . . . "My motto is when you see it BUY it! You never know when that product will ever appear again. I saw Breyers Ice Cream in Carrfour ONE time and never again. Was it really there?"
Cruising along the highway last week I found myself behind this vehicle advertising the services of Desert Snow, artificial snow and other "winter effects."
Please invite me if you host a Winter Wonderland party in Dubai!
Other hard to find ingredients . . .
|The Butcher Shop and Grill|
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