I know you’ve probably heard about the launch over facebook, twitter, email…(still working to put up the public restroom ads)…

But I have to tell you again: my pet project Frying Pan Adventures just launched!! I promise I’m going to talk about some awesome kababs soon and not use this blog for promo in the future, but getting the license and launching my food tours was such a big moment for me that I’ve been rolling about like a mad-happy bunny who’s just come across her first carrot in…forever. [after being served dog poo for the last few months, which you’d think was bad enough…but it actually COST  the poor bunny big bucks and a crap load of precious time to be served that dog poo. I won’t tell you who here served me the dog poo – but be creative, take a wild guess (actually don’t – I’d rather not be eating my carrots in jail.)]

The positive side of my incessant launch rambling is that…you won’t have me alluding to license woes in the middle of a creamy curry or pillowy dumpling description. And who doesn’t love a sunny-yellow-balloon-chef-with-an-apron doodle?

Anyhoo – confession time. I still wake up with this sick feeling in my tummy that…as with many start-up’s, my frying pan will run out of gas to keep it going. *insert sad reflective moment and glassy tear here*…*while giving the evil eye to those dirty beans sniggering at my innocent ‘run out of gas’ reference.* So please, support not just two causes, but three – (1) authentic food experiences in Dubai, (2) small unknown but awesome food establishments that shut down because no one discovers them, and (3) ulcer-free tummy for your neighborhood blogger – and spread the word. Here’s my website >> www.fryingpanadventures.com << and I’d love for you to share it over facebook, twitter, email…as a little flyer in your guest bathroom (because honestly, that does have the highest distraction-free read rate.)

Pssst. If you want to eat some deadly awesome kulchas and Nepalese dumplings with me this Thurday…for FREE…go watch this crazy cute video and take part in the competition. And if you’d rather have some mind-blowingly good Turkish kababs instead, then sit tight. My next post will change the kabab world.**

(**No of course it won’t. It’s just a blog post for heaven’s sake. But you’re allowed a bit of drama on Monday mornings. Keeps you revved up for the work week.)



Frying Pan Adventures Website

Author: InaFryingPan

With a family legacy of ingenious cooks, a nutritionist and chef-extraordinaire mother, and a father who introduced me to steak and caviar when I could barely reach the table, I had no choice but to acquire a keen awareness of food during my childhood years in Dubai. But it was only after I found myself on a college campus in Philadelphia – far away from home, too cheap as a student to spend on anything other than pizza, and with dorm rooms that had little rat-holes of kitchens if they even had them at all – when I developed a heightened appreciation of food. An appreciation of food that I once ate every night at the dinner table in Dubai, but that was now an entire ocean away. I lusted for the culinary treasures that lay outside the stale walls of my college dining hall, hijacked friends’ kitchens to try my hand at something, anything , remotely edible, and greedily raided different websites in search of highly-rated restaurants. With my move to New York to work for a consulting firm that secretly harbored self-professed foodies, my appreciation transformed into a passion, an addicition. I felt like everyone around me in New York was talking about food: where to get the best cupcakes, pizza slices, banh mi, kati rolls, pho, fried chicken, and every other food item out there that is just a plain old dish in some part of the world, but that’s become hyped to unforeseen proportions in New York. What fuelled my addiction over time was travel to different cities, both for work and play, which gave me unfettered access to the culinary havens of not only New York, but also of DC, Virginia, Chicago, Houston, Vegas, Austin, Seattle and even a little city called Bentonville (Arkansas!). After 9 years away from home, I’ve finally taken the leap to come back to Dubai – with not just an awareness, but genuine appreciation and passionate addiction for what I’d taken for granted as a child. Mom, I’m back to reclaim my seat at your dinner table, and to rediscover this city with its ever-expanding menu of international flavors.

3 thoughts on “I know you’ve probably heard about the launch over facebook, twitter, email…(still working to put up the public restroom ads)…

  1. nadia says:

    Woohoo!!! Congratulations!!! No more dog poos ever ;)

    Also, love the sunny balloon with apron :)

    Well done, Arva!

  2. Food Stories says:

    OMG – I totally love your graphics (as usual) and major congrats – Can’t wait to see the bathroom signs in southern California ;-)

  3. FooDiva says:

    Mabrouk! So excited for you! Dubai desperately needs these tours to shine the light on these teeny hidden gems that you have such a talent for discovering. Can’t wait to try the real thing. Good luck :) x


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