Im Back to Dubai!

I actually got back 2 weeks ago but that was just the physical part of me.

But now, two weeks in, I can officially say that I’m back physically, mentally and I’m ready to go!

Words cannot describe my experience in Paris. I was living my dream. By day I would be baking and by night I would be exploring restaurants – what more can a girl ask for.

Paris is a stunning city that opened its heart to me and made me feel at home, as if I had lived there for as long as I could remember.

Contrary to what people say the French were actually very kind and welcoming… at least they were to me.

One of my favorite memories of my trip was walking back home from Le Cordon Bleu with my baked goodies between my hands. Everyone who would pass me by on the street would smile at me and sometime lend a beautiful bonjour to me.

It’s the best affirmation that I’m getting myself into exactly what I want. Pastries and sweets put a smile one everyone’s face and I want to put a smile on all of Dubai’s faces!

Traveling to Paris and knowing not a soul, did I feel alone during my trip?

On the contrary, I made so many beautiful friendships in and out of my class that I know will last for years to come.

I made it a point not to purchase a local line and strictly not to activate my data roaming services so I wouldn’t be distracted while out and about in the streets of Paris.

The only place I had access to Internet was in my house. Every evening when I would return home and before my key had fully turned the lock on my door my phone would start beeping with all of your msgs, comments, emails, Whats apps, twitter mentions and instagram likes.

It was the most beautiful thing to experience. It was similar to coming home to a house full of family and friends asking how my day went and encouraging me to keep going. I know I couldn’t have done Paris with out all of your support.

What’s Next?

That’s the biggest question right now – a lot! Because it took me so long to plan my trip to Paris I don’t want it to become just a fading memory or vacation that I enjoyed. I want it to be something great that changed my life – which it did.

Inspiration

The biggest takeaway from my trip to Paris, in a word, is Inspiration – something I wish I could have captured in a bottle and brought back with me.

The closest way I could capture the inspiration I felt during my stay in Paris was to compile all my food photography into a book.

Whenever I need a kick of food inspiration I can leaf through the book and hopefully get my fix.

Fork It Over Dubai

The food offerings were on another level in Paris. In part due to the high quality of produce in France and mostly due to the creativity and heart of the restaurant brands.

My love for restaurants is leaning more towards boutique, home-grown, one off restaurants that truly make their creativity shine through.

I am going to make it  point to do best in supporting such restaurants in Dubai.

My admiration for chefs and everyone who works in the kitchen has grown exponentially. In Europe working in a kitchen is something honorable and is something I don’t see in Dubai. I want to bring awareness to how important and how difficult working in a successful kitchen is.

I have decided to start a new series of posts called The Chefs corner on Fork It Over Dubai. It will be focused on chef interviews of your favorite restaurants in Dubai.

And I’m not talking about celebrity chefs that come for a restaurant opening and leave; I’m talking about the chefs that are serving us day in and day out!

Bringing the chefs out of the kitchen and into our hearts.

And Finally Baking

There’s definitely something baking in the oven… stay tuned for details.

Love,

Tala

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    1. Tala, I’m so thrilled to see your keeping the dream going. And I LOVE your inspiration book – so perfectly brilliant, perfectly you. I can’t wait to see where you go from here! Love you :)

    2. Welcome back Tala, and so great to hear your round-up of the last month in Paris. I loved the inspiration book and The Chefs Corner idea. Good luck and best wishes to all the exciting things in store.

    3. Wow, that was just an inspirational read, Tala! I have loved following your journey in Paris and wish you all the best for the future :)

    4. Shy

      Wow..how amazing and facinating…I bet your experience at Le cordon bleu was great…welcome back and goodluck with whatever u plan for the future.

    5. Smita Singhal

      Hey Tala, this has got to be the most inspiring piece of food journalism I have seen . All your emotions, feelings and the source of inspiration of waking up everyday, going to school and back.. Is what I think most of us experienced.. Most of all the bonds that were created and will be kept for a lifetime. Can’t wait for your new series and the bestest luck for that. It will be a huge success, I know … Lots of love … Smita …

    6. Hiba Zarour

      So excited to see what’s next!!!
      All i can say is YOU are an inspiration to us all.