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Sometimes we get lost within ourselves... and sometimes within each other. Today was such a day when both happened! 💕#whpgetlost . Last evening unfolded in a surreal way as we immersed ourselves in a cultural Iftar trail in the @heartofshj with @fatima_alshuweihi and @fryingpanadventures. 🙌🏼🕌✨ . Fifteen of us gathered around the mat on the ground and as we waited for the Adhan, Arva and Fatima shared their cultural stories explaining the essence of Ramadan. The fasting was to be broken by the humble date followed by water. The Biryani had been prepared by the oldest cafeteria in Souq Arsa ~ Cafe Arsa, for Masjid Jama which dates back to 1868, and had to be eaten by hand shared from a communal plate. An exploration of the historic neighborhood followed soon with a tasting of traditional Emirati dishes like Tharid, Harees and Leqaimats ... what a revelation of a rich culture and heritage as we walked the old alleys in the heart of Sharjah. My instastory shows it all! . #mediainvite #ramadan #monthofgratitude #gratitude #iftar #biryani #heartofsharjah #sharjah #exploreuae #exploresharjah #fryingpanadventures #foodtours #ishitaunblogged #foodemagdxb #foodstories #explore #culture #heritage
Are you giving a helping hand to the Ramadan Fridge in your community? @ramadanfridgesdxb is a brilliant initiative, simply check the google map listed there to locate your nearest Ramadan fridge. The hardest challenge, as every fridge manager would say, is to keep these fridges stocked up continuously throughout the long month of Ramadan, so please help us spread the word. . Our favourite items for stocking up our community Ramadan Fridge is Laban, fruit juice packs, fruits like cucumbers, apples, oranges etc. Truly appreciate the kind couple in our community who's been offering their fridge for the last few years and a local water supplier. And of-course, the fridge angels in the neighborhood who help to keep the fridge stocked up... and my Big Z this time! 🙌🏼 . This is probably the easiest way to give back this Ramadan! 💦🥒🍎🍊🍉 . #mayyourfridgesbeforeverfull #everydayphenomenal #givingback #ramadanfridges #ramadan #ramadanindubai #mydubai #sharingiscaring #communityfirst #holymonth #ishitaunblogged
Ramadan Kareem to all of you 🌙✨🕌! My Ramadan walk with @calcuttawalks with its founder @iftekharahsan a few years back has engraved the essence of Ramadan in my mind forever. Zakaria Street in Central Kolkata was dazzling. People were breaking their fast together on dates – some of them complete strangers to each other. Ifte introduced us to a variety of dates and told us how different kinds of dates from the Islamic countries out poured in these markets during the Ramadan time. We tasted a few dates, I think they were the Iranian ones. Nobody took money from Ifte for the dates and we were indebted to these strangers for ever. . Later on, the bright red drinks sold at the kiosks, made me stop on my track a bit. Ifte said, 'Take the leap of faith, nothing will happen!' I did... and drank down two glasses of cool red drinks without daring to ask whether these were made from bottled waters. Quite obviously they weren't. But it didn't matter at that moment as I was amidst a crowd of hundreds of people who were drinking the same. . May the holy month of Ramadan bring lot of happiness and peace of mind. May these moments of introspection, solidarity and communal sharing bind us all, wherever we are, whatever faith and religion we belong to. Hope you are putting the alarm for your Suhoor! . https://ishitaunblogged.com/2014/07/29/ramadan-food-trail-with-calcutta-walks-as-the-muezzin-calls/ . #ramadan #foodtour #kolkata #calcuttawalks #delicious #indianfood #mughlai #streetfood #instafood #kolkataunblogged #ishitaunblogged #foodemagdxb #foodstories #throwback #whpcolorpop
Doing the panipuri shot like the tequila! Debbie @coffeecakesandrunning and I #twinning panipuris... who do you think does the best facial distortion? . This was the first stop (out of 5 stops‼️) on our #LittleIndiaTour with @fryingpanadventures where our lovely hostess @faridaa lead us on the streets of Meenabazaar like Pied Piper of Hamelin! . From street style chaats, deep fried samosas and aloo bondas, vegetarian South Indian tiffins, chicken tikka and signing off with hot jalebis and thick creamy rabri, put your hands up 🙌🏼 if this is your kind of 4-hour long feet-and-facial muscle challenge? . #mediainvite #foodtour #meenabazaar #olddubai #mydubai #fryingpanadventures #delicious #indianfood #streetfood #instafood #video #dubaidining #dubaieats #foodemagdxb #foodstories #twinningtuesday
Debbie & I... are as different as chalk and cheese. Of course, I am the squeaky chalk ~ loud and dusty (but draws fine lines), while she's the cheese ~ varied and rich (but humble and grounded). A lot of you comment that you love our instastories, specially when we tease each other. You also ask how did we come together... so here you go 💕 . We first met at a bloggers' masterclass here, and became friends on a press trip to Thailand way back in 2013. It's only in 2015 that our passion for food and travel bonded us beyond our friendship and Debbie aka @coffeecakesandrunning joined me as my business partner @foodemagdxb. If I have been pulling out her hair since then, she's glued hers and mine back in place very adeptly! . I have been wanting to share a picture of both of us which is a bit formal, because hey, for all the fun you see on our instastories, we really do mean serious business @foodemagdxb ! . Btw, I also checked the internet as to what 'national day' is today. Seriously and honestly, it's National 'Dance like a Chicken Day' ... and what better picture than the existence of Debbie in my life, to remind me that even if I dance like a chicken today... I'll be roasted by her later tomorrow! . To my boss lady and bossy me, cheers with some Buttermilk Biscuits... because... firstly it's a weekday and there's loads of work, but also because it's the National Buttermilk Biscuit Day. Seriously 😒! . #everydayphenomenal #dancelikeachickenday #workhardplayhard #womensupportingwomen #womeninspiringwomen #celebrate #celebratelife #womeninbusiness #mydubai #foodemagdxb
Happy Mother's Day to all the mothers in this world! Now that I am a not-so-little-girl and a mother myself , I appreciate my mother so so much. I miss her every single day of my life ~ although we end up fighting every time we are on the phone. These two little girls however never let me miss her, as they jointly act as my mother! The Z-Sisters... my 9 and 14 year old little mamas, my travel partners, my BFFs, my harshest critics, my random laugh-mates, my dream partners... I can't wait to grow old with these two girls by my side, giggling (and arguing) until we fall apart. . To every Girl who imagines herself to be a mother... and to every Mother, who always forgets imagining herself to be a girl, here's loads and loads of ❤️🙌🏻🙏and 💐! . Xx M E A N I E* . Ps: * the way I hear it every day of my life since I have become a mother! . #whpimagination #mothersday #mother #motherhood #loverules #ishitaunblogged
Weekend calls for something special... @cocosia_dxb turned 5... and we feel very special to be part of it's milestone celebrations! From chocolates created in playful flavours, be it for Diwali or with Peruvian ingredients, we have tasted a lot of chocolate at Cocosia Artisanal Chocolates. Did we mention the super rich hot chocolates at our @foodemagdxb events in their boutique shop or the spoonfuls of homemade salted caramel that accompanied us home post our chocolate-tastings? Dear Qudsia Karim, our chocolatier on speed dial (founder of Cocosia), Debbie and I are waiting for our own special flavours ... something that combines both Desi & Brit flavour profiles! . #foodemagdxb #brandcollaboration #chocolatemeanscocosia #artisan #chocolate #cocosia #instalove #instachocolate #instagood #instalife #chocolateporn #chocoholic #ishitaunblogged #perksofthejob
Our first meal stop after crossing the UAE - Oman 🇦🇪🇼🇫border. A makeshift breakfast by the sea organized in a jiffy by Bearded Biker's magician rider friends @hawks_mc. If I want the Z-Sisters to take away anything from our travels, it will be these... the incredible moments that are filled with warmth and hospitality, delicious food cooked lovingly by someone ~ in this case it was eggs scrambled on the beach, home made local breads and dips... and meeting new people with gratitude in their hearts. And always leave behind a part of yourself and real footprints on the sand... never the carbon footprints! #bringbackbalance . #whpcolorpop #biketrip #roadtrip #picnic #seaside #bukha #khasab #musandam #oman #experienceoman #foodemagdxb #travelstories #ishitaunblogged #sahafamilyvacation #selfpaid
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