When I'm stuffed to the point of delirium, a wire in my brain snaps and I come up with these freakish doodles in my head. Ideally, the doodle dies before I get around to writing a post. But sometimes, it childishly sneaks its way onto my blog.
Delirium is what happens when you go to a fairground like Global Village with a group of foodies. All of whom have obviously come there specifically to eat.
Fellow bloggers from Fooderati Arabia — Didi, Dee and Mishti — plus my two buddies, Rads and Bellay (an endearingly nicknamed foodie soul mate whose trip to Dubai was well-timed for this binging excursion) all ganged up together to cover as much ground as we could...tasting, smelling, drinking, digesting (but miserably failing to digest anything because we'd always see some other TreatWeMustTry the second we'd attempt to stop eating.) A special mention to Nausheen, the Dubai Bites blogger who was there with us in spirit. Her post on the Top 10 Eats at Global Village was printed out by Dee and followed by us like the gospel. I think Dee may have gone on to laminate her (now grease-stained?) printed copy of that post.
Here's a little round-up of most of the things we sampled or saw being devoured at Global Village. I say 'most' because my photo of the minced meat Turkish lahmacun looked like it had been shot in a dust storm and was incredibly unusable, even by my barely-existent standards. And because I never got around to snapping a photo of the addictive home-baked Butterscotch cake that Mishti had graciously brought for us to sample. I crammed the last butterscotch chunk into my mouth on my drive home — because clearly, all the eating at Global Village and delirium thereafter had not triggered the "I'm FREAKING FULL" signal to my brain yet.
Hit your left and right arrow keys to circle through the round-up.
[psst. don't miss the captions at the bottom, I've put my heart, soul and a crapload of brain cells into keeping, contrary to my usual rambles, the captions concise.]
- Slide 1
A crunchy crepe with eggy innards that was about to ROCK my world on that first bite, and then...
- Slide 3
Egyptian Sesame-Coated Candied Nuts
A NUT's path to Stardom:
Toast up, bathe in honey, tumble around in some sesame, and lay about promiscuously for all to see
...you'll be a crowd-pleaser in no time.
- Slide 13
Freshly ground Yemeni coffee powder whose intoxicating aroma (and charming salesman) won't let you leave without buying a bag.
- Slide 9
So insanely crunchy and devastatingly good on the outside, that you...you sorta forget what's on the inside.
- Slide 10
Contorted sticks of deep-fried and sugared dough that looked like dessert, smelled like dessert, and tasted like...french fries?!
Even a side of hot fudge dip couldn't save these over-salted babies.
- Slide 6
The outrageously popular mammoth-stuffed potato that might leave you wondering:
...will the petite cupcake fad finally be ousted by an overstuffed spud?
- Slide 14
Thick luscious honey that's marketed with such intense healing properties that suddenly, a cup of honey with a drop of tea sounds like a BRILLIANT idea.
- Slide 17
Freshly Squeezed Pomegranate Juice
The sweet refreshing drink you'll need to perk yourself up before food-tasting #19 at Global Village.
- Slide 7
When you're shy about indulging in Sugar and Ghee and Hazelnut sprinkles, hide under a thick phyllo blanket and commit the crime.
- Slide 8
A super light, flaky feta and parsley crepe that promises to be your magic carpet ride to a whole new gobsmackingly yummy world.
- Slide 4
The carb-loaded mountain of oily noodles, macaroni, zesty tomato sauce and crispy fried onions that warmed my heart with the first few spoonfuls.
And eventually caused heartburn a plateful later.
- Slide 11
The impossibly poofy deep-fried, sugar-dusted doughnut with a Tunisian name that's so catchy, I'd want to name my kids after it.
- Slide 2
In those moments when you're too stupidly full to cram even a pea down your throat,
photographing these deep-fried baby globes dunked in date syrup will satiate your inner artist.
- Slide 12
Turkish Ice Cream
The ice cream that's served with a deafening clanking of bells and naughty cone-inverting tricks...but that ultimately doesn't live up to the show.
- Slide 5
Charcoal-grilled slivers of spicy chicken and garlic butter-slathered fries, all cuddled together in a crisped up, thinner cousin of the traditional khubz.
T'is truly a shawarma that takes the hat...sombrero.
- Slide 15
Ice Cream from Unnamed Pavilion X
An English teacher's worst nightmare.
- Slide 16
Dutch Mini Pancakes
Baby pancake pillows with icing sugar and your choice of topping.
They MUST be healthier* than full-blown pancakes, right?
*Healthier is based on my unscientific estimation of a serving size of 1 baby topping-free pancake. Icing sugar and Nutella are merely serving suggestions and not included in calorie count.
- Slide 18
[I loved it so much...had to do a retake.]
Krispy Kreme, MOVE OVER.
Other foodalicious posts on Global Village:
- Didi's hilarious post on the insights she gained about foodies after our Global Village excursion
- ...and her 10 Power Tips should you plan to go there (which you should, at least once, before the 3rd of March.)
- Dubai Bites' Top 10 Eats at Global Village
- Dee's recap of our gluttonous escapade, The One Where Food Bloggers Descended on Global Village