Friday, 29 January 2010

This is not the Food Network. This is not KFC. This is The Dubai Guzzler.

Welcome to The Dubai Guzzler. May we take your order?

Since this is the very first post of a very new blog, I’d better explain what the hell it is I’m doing here. To be honest, I’m not really sure yet. Sure, this space will be used to talk about Dubai’s rapidly mushrooming dining scene - its restaurants, cafes, curry houses, shawarma dens, delicatessens, food shops, kitchen products, recipes, chefs, food trends, food oddities, obsessions, anomalies and downright absurdities - stuff like that.

Where there are reviews, I’ll let you know which ones I paid for, which ones I accepted an invitation to review, and which ones I actively, shamelessly and often cheekily blagged (all in the interest of keeping you - the reader - informed, ahem).

I’m hoping to post news of developments in the local restaurant scene - not just in Dubai, but also in Abu Dhabi, other parts of the Middle East, and throughout the rest of this gnarled old hunk of spinning rock we call planet earth.

There will be links to other blogs and websites, tips, interviews, observations and random musings, not to mention the occasional rant, I’m sure. Plus, I’ll be happy to answer any questions people may have (though keep the ones about quantum physics and string theory for when we’re in the pub, thanks).

But what I really hope it can be is a meeting place for a community of restaurant obsessives - of deli-addicts and prolific home cooks, take-away snobs, cookie-stashers, coffee-sponges, and curry shovellers par excellence (foie-gras-fanatics, fine-dining aficionados, fast-food freaks and people with an unhealthy relationship with tomato ketchup are also occasionally welcome).

I’d be delighted if that list of motley gourmets includes a few industry professionals - chefs, restaurateurs, sommeliers, waiters / waitresses, PRs, food writers, cookbook authors and the like - but I’d be even happier if it attracts some real people too.

You know, the ones who actually pay to attend restaurants, order the food, eat it, create an atmosphere and keep this whole industry ticking over. If you’re one of those people, thanks for keeping me in a job these past few years, but please, turn your phone off, keep the coughing down to a minimum and don’t use your napkin for THAT next time you’re dining out, eh.

I’d like to think of this little slice of cyberspace not as a blog or a website, but as a giant dinner table where chatter, gossip and opinions can be dissected, chewed over and occasionally spat out while nobody's looking. So pull up a chair, tuck in your napkin and let me know what you’re eating (or what’s eating you).

Let the guzzling begin.


  1. Hi James,

    just came across your blog. Although you haven't posted for some time, you might still be interested in networking other Dubai food bloggers. A few days ago we had our first meeting, just 4 people, but a few more on the list which weren't in town. Let me know if you are interested and I'll give you some more details.


  2. Hi Anja,

    I'd love to hear more thanks. I've been travelling for at least the past month, maybe a bit more, so haven't really had time to post, but I do intend to keep the blog going with some updates as soon as I'm settled again. Your blog looks great - I'd love to hear more about your networking meetings.

  3. Hi James - Not sure if Anja or I ever got back to you, sorry if we didn't! Would love to have you join the group events and discussions to the extent you'd be up for it. We've finally tried to get a bit more 'official' (frankly, event scheduling over email was getting a bit cumbersome!) by setting up a spot on facebook - so would love to have you join us on our group page, Famished in Arabia []

    Hope to see you there!

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