Over the past few weeks we’ve hardly been able to contain our excitement over the city’s new Friday farmers’ markets – there are now three, at the last count. So imagine our joy to learn that Dubai’s original stalwart of the organic market scene, Baker & Spice, has just relaunched its own Friday event. We’re particularly pleased considering the opening has been delayed by several months because of logistical difficulties with using the same location as previous years. Now, with a new location at the Jumeirah Emirates Towers Ballroom Gardens, this weekend will be the second addition of the now-regular Friday market. It’s now in its fourth season, and this year’s event will offer the same mix of organic and locally grown produce. The selection of fresh fruit and veg from around the region includes pumpkins from the UAE, pomegranates from Iran and lemons from Lebanon.
The season of clement weather will be drawing to a close in the next few months, so now is a good time to try more food-oriented al-fresco activities. Fitting, then, that new Al Wasl Square café BookMunch has just launched a picnic promotion. Customers can pick up a basket packed with food and drinks, including sandwiches, a selection of cheese, salad and fruits, plus chocolate pots and a carrot and courgette cake for dessert. The deal also includes free entry to nearby Safa Park, and the café will loan you a blanket to sit on. The baskets, for two to three people, cost Dhs250, and there are also breakfast and children’s baskets to choose from.
If all that fresh air and sunlight isn’t really your thing, we also have news for more nocturnal foodies.
Next week Nineteen will host a ‘dine in the dark’ dinner event. Hot on the heels of Taste of Dubai’s own dine-in-the-dark tasting challenge, on Saturday March 23 Nineteen will host a four-course dinner with the lights turned off, as a means of heightening the senses – the aim is that guests will fully appreciate the flavours and textures in the food served.
For those more interested in heightening their visual senses, this week we have an arty treat for you. Hey Sugar Bakeshop has launched a range of cupcakes in honour of Dubai Art Week, depicting famous paintings by the likes of Van Gogh, Da Vinci, Vermeer and Magritte.
Finally, we leave you with news of two new restaurants at Rixos The Palm. Salt, which opened recently, boasts a menu of fish and seafood, prepared with typically Mediterranean simplicity, and served by the beachfront. In contrast, L’Olivo opens this week to serve a menu of classic Italian recipes devised by the restaurant’s Italian chef. Until next week, bon appetit!