Born and raised in the UAE, Jasmine is an environmentalist by profession with a passion for nature and food. She is also an avid blogger who is the brain behind the Pear Tree Diaries blog where she reviews restaurants, shares recipes and fuels a passion for food.
1) What is the one thing about Masala! Food Fair you are most excited about?
Judging the competitions at the Masala! Food Fair!
2) What are the challenges of being a food blogger in this region?
As a food blogger based in Dubai, one of the main challenges is keeping up with the trends and innovations mainly revolving around food that has slowly started to erupt in Dubai, for example, molecular gastronomy-inspired cuisine, as well as keeping my eyes peeled for new restaurants and café openings, foodie events and more recent, the food truck scene taking over Dubai.
3) What, according to you, are some hidden gems for Indian food in the city?
In new Dubai, Mint Leaf of London and Tresind have placed a spin to traditional Indian cuisine yet retaining the essential ingredients while presenting a modernistic take towards the India’s regional food and beverage aspects. Towards the old side of Dubai, Ashiana in Deira has been a staple for a few years with Eric’s and Canara pleasing my Goan and Mangalorean cuisine cravings. Towards the neighbouring border, Grub Shack in Sharjah has become a firm favourite.
4) Do you cook? If so, then what is your favourite dish?
I take delight in cooking and baking as often as I can and one my favourite dish to prepare is a family recipe, Chicken with Spicy Cashew Gravy.
5) What are your guilty pleasures when it comes to food? Do you have cheat days as well?Every day is cheat day when you’re a food blogger! I have terribly sweet cravings which I most often satisfy with chocolates, ice-cream or rasmalai!