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Govindas Restaurant where vegetables are the dish of the day

In many countries, eating meat is part of the national identity. Think of Australian barbecues, American cowboys and South African gatherings where chicken is considered to be a salad! Of course, there are many parts of the world where vegetarianism is widespread, largely because of religious principles and dietary laws. Hindus, Jains and Taoists all advocate vegetarianism to a greater or lesser extent, and this has a positive effect on the availability of vegetarian food in India. Statistics have indicated that Indian people have the lowest rate of meat consumption in the world and most restaurants in India clearly distinguish and market themselves as being either “non-vegetarian”, “vegetarian”, or “pure vegetarian”. But can a”pure vegetarian restaurant” please a staunch meateater? Fat Nancy took a trip to “Govinda’s” to find out.   Welcome to Indian restaurant  ‘Govinda’s’ It is in an area called Karama, in Dubai. As we entered the restaurant, we all noticed a giant fake tree climbing above each of the tables. You’d be forgiven for thinking that this is maybe style over substance. But wait, …

The Inside Guide IV. Dubai

No amount of guidebook research can replace local knowledge so FNND has asked locals about their city and how they interact with it. They live and work in the city and kindly provided their favourite spots. This is the third in a series, with part three focused on Dubai. So meet Dubai resident Reiner Erlings who loves the old and the new in his city. What you do for a living? I am a composer and music producer based here in Dubai. The main thing I do is to compose original music, sound design, and foley for advertising, TV and film projects, such as TV/online ads, cinema campaigns, and (short) films. I have a recording studio where I work with artists and bands from the region as a producer and mixing engineer. How long have you been living in Dubai? I’ve been in Dubai for almost nine years now. How did you end up here? I grew up in Oman, so have been coming to Dubai for many years on weekends and breaks. After going …

The Dubai Coffee Museum

Arriving at Dubai’s Creek by Abra (a small wooden boat) is a side to Dubai that is far away from the glitz that is usually associated with the golden city. There is a more authentic and traditional feel – and rightly so.. . Just a stones throw from the Abras is one of Dubai’s heritage hubs, Al Fahidi in Bur Dubai. Here you will find reconstructed traditional Emirati houses in an area dating from the 1890s, where residents originally earned money from pearl diving. But enter inside number 44 and you will make a unique discovery. This is the home of the Dubai Coffee Museum boasting a distinct collection of coffee artifacts and literature, which provide a fascinating glimpse into the history of coffee and its impact on culture in the Middle East and North African regions. This project is the brainchild of Khalid Al Mulla of Easternmen & Co. Khalid grew up as a date farmer in Hatta but he is no stranger to coffee. Coffee was always present in the home and like many Emiratis, coffee …

Ravi Restaurant In The Streets Of Satwa

  Ravi Restaurant is a fast paced Pakistani restaurant and it’s a legend in Dubai. It hasn’t changed in twenty years. Ravis (Satwa branch) is a great place to sit on the street and see the bustle of Satwa flow past but the main reason of Ravi’s success is the food… A selection of  slow-cooked dishes of vegetables, lentils or meat (usually lamb) come out very quick but the flavours are some of the best Pakistani food FNND has ever tasted  – and the nihari – slow-cooked beef so tender it falls from the bone. It is served in a delicately aromatic sauce with hot flatbreads.   Try the Murg methi – a lovely chicken and fenugreek curry, the tandoori mutton chops, the Dhal fry and the nobbly butter naan… it’s a pretty awsome combination – a beautifully tasty dinner and watching the world drift by in the streets of Satwa. Popular with a range of people from Pakistani cabbies eating right-handed to wealthy emiratis and the odd brave tourist. Best of all, the cooking is …

The Inside Guide II. New Orleans

No amount of guidebook research can replace local knowledge so FNND has asked locals about their city and how they interact with it. They live and work in the city and kindly provided their favourite spots. This is the second in a series, with part two focused on New Orleans. The largest city in the state of Louisiana, New Orleans is named after the Duke of Orleans and is well known for its distinct French and Spanish Creole architecture. New Orleans is also famous for its cuisine and music (particularly as the birthplace of jazz) and its annual festivals, most notably Mardi Gras, dating to French colonial times. The city is often referred to as the “most unique” in the United States and clearly has plenty to explore. So meet New Orleans local – Turgay, a talented musician who loves his food, his music, and his city. Hi Turgay, what do you do for a living? I have a website called specialtyturkishcoffee. I also work as a consultant, helping coffee companies to develop their Turkish Coffee programs. How long have you been …