In pictures: the best of the UAE’s food bloggers
October 1, 2013
Best for food and travel: platetrotter.weebly.com The Goa-born PR director Radhina Almeida Coutinho, 30, has been blogging since January 2012 in her search for Aleppo cherry kebab, dulce de leche treats in South America and the Maldivian catch of the day.
Best for food photography: foodnflavors.com Shiyam Sundar, 32, from Madras, is a product researcher and developer for Iffco food company. A former chef, his year-old blog features luscious images of street food stalls and fresh produce.
Best for Middle Eastern food: mideats.com A slick blog which looks like an online magazine, it was set up two years ago by two Egyptian Americans, the lawyer and mother of twin boys Brenda Abdelall, 32, and the entrepreneur Heba Saleh, 27.
Best for food for thought: mycustardpie.com The British-born Sally Prosser’s musings on food, life and everything in between have made thought-provoking reading since 2009 and won her a place in The Independent newspaper’s top 50 food websites.
Best for indulgence: thehedonista.com The Australian Sarah Walton, 39, a former restaurant manager, enjoys the finer things in life. Her three-year-old blog includes dining experiences with high-end chefs and dishes from her travels.
Best for inspiring stories: www.coffeecakesandrunning.me The British expat Debbie Rogers, 46, was obese but lost 72kg — half her body weight — after having gastric surgery two years ago. She started her blog while recovering.
Best for Middle Eastern food: mideats.com A slick blog which looks like an online magazine, it was set up two years ago by two Egyptian Americans, the lawyer and mother of twin boys Brenda Abdelall, 32, and the entrepreneur Heba Saleh, 27 (pictured here).
Best for healthy eating: www.anjasfood4thought.com The mother-of-two Anja Schwerin, 38, a German freelance photo editor, has blogged for four years, combining healthy recipes (such as Thai coconut quinoa and broccoli pistachio burgers) with tips on eating well.
Best for vegetarian food: maayeka.blogspot.ae The Uttar-Pradesh born Anjana Chaturvedi, 47, set up her blog two years ago after her daughter Haripriya Rajesh got married — to teach her everything she knew. (Maayeka is Hindi for the maternal home after a bride leaves.) “The incessant phone calls from my daughter for recipes and tips inspired me to start blogging all I know,” she says. Her recipes come complete with mouthwatering images.
Best newcomer: whenshaikhacooks.com The Emirati Shaikha Al Ali’s tagline is “release your inner chef” and for seven months, the enthusiastic 19-year-old student has given a platform to long-forgotten traditional recipes, filming herself or family members on her Nikon D90 as she recreates dishes and posts recipes in English and Arabic.
Best for home cooking: afoodaffair.me The Palestinian-Canadian Reem Ayyash, 30, a marketing manager for a chain of restaurants, has blogged for 11 months with step-by-step instructions complete with pictures for fare ranging from quiches to Nutella lava cookie cups. Her colourful blog is illustrated by her graphic designer sister-in-law Zeina Khalifeh.
Best for learning about other cultures: www.dimasharif.com From Moroccan tagines to Ottoman traditions, the Palestinian Dima Sharif’s excellent Ramadan series focused on how Muslims celebrate the holy month around the globe and the heritage of some of the dishes still served up at feasts. The 34-year-old mother of two has blogged for five years.