Saturday, November 30, 2013

Farmer Market, Food, Friends, Shopping, beautiful Dubai… Happy time!

What a lovely weekend… Loving the amazing weather and happy vibe of the season.
Friday morning strolling around the Ripe Foodie Friday Market was a real treat. A little pleasure for the whole family. Have you been? It's now set up every Friday at Safa Park, gate 5,  close to The Archive café. 

Ripe has become a bit of an institution now in Dubai, from the early success of the original Ripe Box concept to a growing number of weekly Food and Craft markets in Dubai and Abu Dhabi, a sweet little Ripe Farm Shop in Umm Suqueim and online shopping with home delivery. I loved my veggie box this week - green beans, beetroot, capsicum, coriander, cucumber, eggplant, mushroom, onions, potatoes, spring onions, tomatoes… and chard. Lots of good soup and salad in perspective, but wondering what to do with chard? No worries, I will check for recipe ideas!

The Market offers so many different stalls to visit from food vendors to cute children boutique to fun and stylish accessories… you are sure to find some holidays gift ideas. I did not get a chance to see everything and I look forward to visit again next weekend.

Here's a few highlights of my morning stroll.
Pantry Café, located in Al Wasl Square set up a large and inviting stand at the market, the perfect stop for coffee latte and croissant in the morning and delightful bigger bites for lunch like hanger burgers. The popular eatery – just won the What's On award for favorite cafe in Dubai – is definitely your one stop to satisfy your hungry tummy.

Sweet Connection, is the first Gluten Free Kitchen in the UAE. You can find Gluten Free cakes, cookies, breads, pizzas; everything is gluten free. In addition, Sweet Connection is able to provide delicious baked goods tailored to individual allergies and the needs. A great option for children with allergies to dairy, egg, sugar , nuts and soy. We had a bite into a lovely lemon cake and a banana loaf. You can also visit Sweet Connection in Mercato Mall.

☆ Looking for some good affordable, environmentally safe, earth friendly products? Check out The Green Eco Store, you might just find those little holiday goodies to please friends and kids. Reusable shopping bags, reusable smart coffee cup and sandwich bags are sweet stocking fillers to consider this year…

bumble & mouse beautifully design graphics for children made in Dubai. Totally in love with the art prints, stationary and keepsakes. A little gem!

Pomme is another UAE homegrown business. Handmade furniture designed for the age group of 0 to 4 years old. Loved the use of pastel colors and sweet decor shapes like star, crown, car, heart, butterfly… a dream for your special little people.

Claire Barlow Photography, lovely and talented Claire creates amazing photography of you and your family. Amazing pictures to remember engagement, maternity, newborn, family portrait, children's party… all in a very natural and honest approach. Different media options are possible from canvas, prints, books, collages, card customs to your needs. Something to cherish for ever...

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