On Friday morning at 9am Mr. Z and I woke up and scrambled to get ourselves ready for the Zabeel Friday Market.
Also known as the Ripe Market.
The market is open for the majority of the day (fine details at the bottom of this post) but there is strong advise to get their before the afternoon crowd.
And that’s just what we did.
Once we had bought our entrance tickets at the gate (5 dirhams per person) the first thing on our list was to find breakfast.
Mr. Z decided on Maple Leaf and their tasty beef sandwich.
Walking through the stalls I couldn’t make up my mind!
While still searching for my first breakfast Z was ready for his second.
Prime Gourmet was cooking up some juicy burgers.
We eagarly watched the orders be cooked up.
There you have it.
Meat, caramelised onion and a sweet bbq sauce.
And if you’re like Z, you can never have too much sweet sauce.
So go ahead, pour it on.
I’d done a bit of research before coming to the market and was set on try Mozzo’s healthy pizza.
At this point pizza for breakfast was sounding just about right.
Beetroot paste, kale and light cheese.
Into the oven for a few minutes and poof!
The added bonus was when I discovered Yamanote was the stall next door.
This adorable Japanese bakery creates some of the cutest indulgences you’ve ever seen.
Just take a look .
How cute are these!
Little cream stuffed Hello Kitty’s and Totoros all lined up.
Childhood in a pastry (#thinkingofmycousins!).
I of course had to try one of each.
Hello Kitty is filled with a chocolate custard (though it seems very related to Nutella).
While Totoro was filled with more of a vanilla custard.
Who is Totoro you ask? Do the movie titles Spirited Away and Howl’s Moving Castle ring any bells?
Same creator – only Totoro came first back in 1988 – check him out on Wiki.
I think the saying “It’s just so cute I could eat it up” fits perfectly for this moment, and thats just what happened.
Not being able to wait I took my first bite into my cute little Totoro.
One bite led to two bites which led to more bites….
Until poor little Totoro was no more.
I must admit Hello Kitty had the same fait.
Itching for his pop of caffeine, coffee-man Z set off to find Raw Coffee (a popular stand here at the market with a very happening shop in Al Quoz as well).
Because of this the line is fairly long but the Raw team moves as fast as they can.
While waiting for Z’s double shot cappuncino I decided it was time to try my chocolate chip sweet bread.
Come on – I mean does a face like that this next one lie ?
Gosh sometimes I am just so good looking…
But anyway -moving on – we still have lots more to explore!
The Zabeel Market doesn’t just offer food – it is also the hot spot to find all your crafty and local designer goods.
Like these stunning clutches from The Clutch Closet.
Every little detail is hand sewn and if you like you can even have a piece commissioned (already put it on my wish list).
Isn’t that waist band lovely.
And who says it needs to be bridal?!
The market also offers raw wholesome fruits, veggies and eggs all provided by local farms (get the full harvest on Ripe here).
You are welcome to grab your cardboard and fillr’ up.
Or if you prefer – you can even have these fresh gems delivered to your door.
Though I think half the fun is picking out each veggie for yourself.
You never know what you might find!
aka a crazy potato looking carrot.
Deciding our second stomachs where ready to go Mr. Z and I headed back towards the food stalls.
But not before he stopped to talk to this musician/photographer about his work.
It’s hard to tell from my photo but the image of the large rock in the ocean on the left was taken raw – no photoshop needed for that beautiful location.
Once back in the food stalls we were sucked in by free steak brisket samples at Saladicious (don’t be fooled by the name – these serve up some mean meats).
By this time (about mid-day) the market was really starting to fill up – walking along became more of a dodging game.
Having been at the market since 10am (highly recommend getting up and going early to avoid the crowds) we decided to depart.
However not before Mr. Z was sidetracked by the fresh cheeses (to take home).
While Z sampled cheese I snuck off to these girls cute juice stands where I sampled and ordered an amazing fresh lemon and ginger juice.
Oh and I also stopped at this gluten free bakery on the way out – Skinny Genie.
Based out of Al Quoz I had stumbled upon them online some time ago.
I had no idea they ran a stand here at the market I couldn’t pass it up!
A gluten free brownie for the road.
Do be sure to stop by this stand if you go – delicious healthy treats and the friendliest staff you’ve ever met!
With the market continuing to fill and swell with more visitors Mr. Z and I took our exit.
Feeling full and accomplished we set off for home in much need of a food baby nap.
If you would like to go (which I sure hope you do) the market is open every Friday (while the weather is cool) from 9am -2pm in Zabeel Park, Gate One.
Remember though – get there early.
Join Me !