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Where we buy our toiletries [Jul. 4th, 2006|05:28 am]
susan smitten
doc_cathode wanted to see where we buy our toiletries and food. The truth is, I buy most of our toiletries in England, Thailand, Singapore, and New York. But when we buy toiletries in Dubai, we buy them at Carrefour. Are you familiar with this French hypermart? It's like Wal-Mart but all the products are different.

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[User Picture]From: octal
2006-07-06 01:34 am (UTC)
I need to figure out how to not look like a tourist. I think this is difficult -- I can probably only pull off "business tourist" or "tourist tourist".

People card in UAE? What for?

Ahh...vegan! That does limit food options somewhat.

I've found some decent indian and sri lankan for AED 8-20. I'd be interested in regional indian food subtypes, especially food which isn't exclusively vegan.

The hotels served room service, and usually would have a restaurant or two blocked off and open, but I think some of those were days I didn't have a hotel (due to having arrived at midnight and hotel not being open, or flying out at 0200 and checking out the previous day at 1600, or driving)
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[User Picture]From: dubaiwalla
2006-07-06 04:39 am (UTC)
Pulling off non-touristiness would indeed be hard. When I walk through the markets here with white friends of mine who live here, the shopkeepers immediately pay a lot of attention to us. In their minds, white people are rich, and this is indeed generally true here, at least relatively speaking.

They card in order not to get shut down by the government for violating the law on serving alcohol to minors. Some places are stricter than others, but if you're clearly underage, you will have a hard time here.

I'd be interested in regional indian food subtypes, especially food which isn't exclusively vegan.
I can think of several cities/regions whose cuisine is represented here. Bombay fast food ("chaat") is quite common, but there's also Chettinad food, from a district in Tamil Nadu, Udipi food, which I think comes from the state of Karnataka, Hyderabadi food, and so on. And that's all within 5 minutes walking distance of my house. Ah, gotta love Dubai.
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