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La Fragola – Gelateria

With the start of July and the realization that more than 50% of my friends are off traveling, it hits me, Summer has officially begun in Dubai! I have done my fair share of traveling in the past couple of months and my bank account has done its faire share of crying – therefore, I’ll be spending my entire summer in Dubai. Does the above apply to you? If no – you lucky bastards (Said with love). This is my current view from my balcony - Humidity + Dust Galore!! If yes, we may not be seeing much of our friends, but I promise you we’ll be eating like Shieks and Sheikhas cause Fork It Over Dubai is kicking off its Summer Posts Series! Woho! What better way to start my summer posts than with a Gelato Joint? You may be thinking Gelato? That’s so old school. True, but there’s only so many frozen yogurts you can have before your taste buds start wondering and wanting something different. Interesting how taste buds somehow resemble men. The 411 About Gelato
  • It has less butterfat than ice cream
  • It has more sugar than ice cream which may be in the form of fruits
  • It has less air in it than ice cream so flavors are stronger
How Healthy Is Gelato? I wouldn’t know… but check out comparisons for Gelato vs. Ice cream and Gelato vs. Frozen Yogurt (click the links). La Fragola – Gelateria       Walking up to the fridge, looking at the mounds of colorful gelato flavors, a smile is automatically pasted on my face. Scanning the options in front of me, my heart singles out 3 flavors it could potentially love. Pomegranate, vanilla and ferero rocher (yes it's actually a flavor). Pomegranate I dip my pink spoon into the pomegranate and wait for birds to chirp in my mouth. Unfortunately, no birds, only a nose cringe. Rather than tasting pomegranate, the gelato has a bitterness with no particular flavor. Stabbing the spoon back into the pomegranate gelato I say “No more of you, my life is too short for subprime gelatos.” Vanilla I dip my green spoon into the vanilla and get a good vanilla. People always complain that vanilla is a lackluster flavor, but I always have a soft spot for it. I’m not ashamed to admit it – I do like simple things, after all I am just a simple girl living a simple life in a not so simple Dubai. Ferero Rocher My final dip is for the ferero rocher gelato. The golden rocher balls have magically been transformed into a cool, icy, cream plump on my spoon – and I like it – yes I do.
LOCATION: Souk Al Bahar OPENING HRS: 10 am to 12 am CUISINE: Gelato PRICE PER COUPLE: AED 24  
If Ur Craving Ferero Rocher Gelato
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The Best Farmer’s Market in Dubai

Veggies again 007
Waking up at 6 am on Friday the 27th of January for the Dubai Marathon was an accomplishment. Finishing the 10 K run exactly at my goal time was even a greater one. The biggest realization that I have taken from the Dubai Marathon is how much I enjoy and miss early mornings. How much of my beautiful Friday weekends I waste lying around in bed and in doors! No more are the days when I pull myself out of bed at half past noon - from now on,  half past nine, I’m up, out of bed and ready to go! My first Friday Morning Initiative couldn’t have been more appropriately chosen – a trip to the Farmer’s Market at Souk al Bahar with my Dad. The Farmer’s Market is organized by Baker and Spice, supplied with local produce from the UAE and runs from 9 am to 4 pm every Friday until mid May. As a true veteran of the Farmer’s Market, my dad explains to me that we have to be there at 10 am Max to get first pick on all the organic goodies. Camera in one hand, tweed bags in other and off we go. The fresh produce lined up against the backdrop of the Fountain and the Burj Khalifa is a stunning sight. Natural organic vs. man made perfection. Strong colors and strong smells are my favorite characteristics of good fruits and vegetables. If I can’t smell it, it’s not coming home with me! Walking around the market it feels as though the cool breeze is laced with a type of energy closely resembling happiness. The breeze brushes against the freshly picked vegetables and swirls around everyone – no one can stand a chance but smile. Strangers who normally pass each other by on the street are now greeting one another with a hello nod as if to say “I’ve seen you here last Friday”, are sharing vegetable tips and even a few laughs as they all dive in for the same vegetables. I leave you with some snapshots of the beautiful produce and more importantly the beautiful people from my Friday.   Have you been to the Farmer's Market? How was your experience there?