I attended the opening ceremony of the Emirates Literature Festival's new permanent home as a guest of my dear friend Ariana Bundy. She is planning on launching her Persian cook book next March at the festival. I was able to really soak in the literature scene of Dubai as well as explore this hidden gem located at the Dar Al Adeb House 45 Bastakiya Dubai.
There were even some traditional Emirati foods being prepared in a very authentic setting.
These little fried dough balls are called luqeymat , a deep fried ball of pancake batter that is rolled in sesame seeds and then drizzled with date syrup
They are delightful little morsels of yumminess, and are simply irresistible. No point in counting the calories when you know they are deep fried, most of the good things are!
We also enjoyed some traditional Emirati Bread commonly consumed during breakfast time in the UAE. We were served ragag, but some of the other options are khameer and chebab, usually served with cheese, date syrup or eggs.
I was also able to explore some of the other areas in Bastakiya and discovered some cute little cafes and galleries. I will definitely be back to explore more of the area which is such a contrast to the rest of Dubai.