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28 August, 2005

Time for thyme

Lola LebCan is tucked away in a corner of Goodies cafe, Wafi, tucking into some fresh zaatar salad. Zaatar, which is literally the Arabic for thyme, is usually used to mean a dry-ish spice mix made of dried thyme, sumac and sesame seeds, which is sprinkled onto olive-oil-brushed flatbread.

Lola's zaatar salad is actually a bowl of fresh thyme, deep green and pungent; olives and tiny slivers of red onion sprinkled with sumac. A very healthy dish, and excellent for digestion.

But that is not why Lola is munching on it. Just before arriving at Goodies, she made the fatal mistake of walking too close past a reeking oud shop. Occasionally lovely in delicate doses, a over-strong waft of the burning agar wood can choke the senses for hours.

"I nearly died of oud," she comments, chewing her bitter herbs to try and rid the aroma.

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12 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

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28 August, 2005 19:30  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You mean to say you missed GN's front page photo of jacko in Dubai?? You must be really old or very short sighted to miss a chance to rib the number one pedophile....errr...I mean singer in our time.

29 August, 2005 10:18  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

jacko in dubai is old news.

i had posted in one of the blogs here earlier that he's in dubai as anonymous but no one responded.

29 August, 2005 11:40  
Anonymous Mohamed Elzubeir said...

Maybe it's because no one really cares?

29 August, 2005 11:53  
Blogger 1Desi said...

Yeah ... the thyme post is kewl - esp since one of the links led me to lohanfreestyle.com - hilarious but v. politically incorrect!

This blog rocks... period

29 August, 2005 13:17  
Blogger clayfuture said...

Interesting... I never knew that there was a zaatar salad as well! I love the zaatar n cheese sandwich tho!

29 August, 2005 14:48  
Blogger LOKI said...

yummmm..... zatar and cheese from alreef... boy do i miss that...

same with just a great tasting shawarma plate from automatic...

in N.America a shawarma costs you 3 dollars and it does not even taste remotely like what it should... PS for the best shawarmas in dubai go opposite the deira taxi stand just beneathe the walk over on the corner...

29 August, 2005 19:22  
Anonymous Mohamed Elzubeir said...

The best shawarma I ever had was in Limassol, Cyprus.. and it's pretty expensive there.. can't remember the name of the place, but it's worth flying all the way there for it... well, the beaches too ;)

But back to the subject, yes, those oud places have excessive odors which would make most people sick. I for one get instant headaches because of strong odors (good or bad).. a woman with a bit too much perfume can cause this.. and those places definitely do a good job at it. I avoid them at all costs!

29 August, 2005 21:10  
Blogger Hurricane_ said...

I agree Cyprus does have the best Shawarmas on the planet. I was told its the birth place of the SHAWARMA.
Love the Oud smell

29 August, 2005 21:14  
Blogger black feline said...

Pizza Express...has one of the best salads....in town..lots of greens...fresh and crisp...at 32Dhs..a steal...

31 August, 2005 10:25  
Blogger ReginaFilangee said...

i was wondering when Lolalebcam was going to make another cameo appearance.

31 August, 2005 16:57  
Blogger black feline said...

sorry who's lolawhatzaname? pls enlighten..thanks

31 August, 2005 18:04  

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