French Pavilion at Gulfood 2014

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From the 23rd to the 27th February 2014, Gulfood - the world's biggest annual food and hospitality show is on to showcase the best and the biggest brands from around the world.

My friend and co-blogger Grace extended the invite from the French Trade Commission - UBIFRANCE to visit Gulfood. We visited the French Pavilion yesterday, which is actually divided into two - Food & Drink located at Sheikh Saeed Halls and Food Service & Catering Equipment located in Zabeel Hall.

Concentrating on the Food & Drink pavilion, we have seen, discovered and tasted some of the best products from France starting from organic juices, dairy and nondairy products, chocolates, milkshakes, frozen food and pastries, honey, mustard, sauces and vinaigrette's.

Let me give you a sneak peek of the French Pavilion Food & Drink. Some of the products are already available in Dubai market while some have high potential to enter the market that may fill the gap.

Pure Soda - a product of La Compagnie des Boissons Biologiques
A range of slightly carbonated soft drinks made from organic fruit juice and cane sugar with 4 flavors - orange, lemon, strawberry and grapefruit. Claiming as 100% natural and certified organic, you can offer this refreshing soda to your kids in replacement of other fizzy drinks.

Monbana - is an expert in chocolate drinks (aka- milkshakes) and leader in coffee accompaniment products.

The monsieur here prepared for us a lovely, uber tasty chocolate milkshake

Andros is a family owned multinational food company with four main know how's in fruit processing, dairy products, confectionery and frozen desserts and in one international brand : Bonne Maman.

This young Mr. from Indonesia is an expert mixologist and he prepared for us two different lychee drink, light and very refreshing, he blended it with basil herb and orange zest

Moving on, do you know that your favorite French macarons are available in frozen form? Yes you heard that right.

Tipiak Traiture Patissier - specializes in French culinary specialties, frozen and ready to use, for food service, retailers and caterers offers sweet finger food pastries like macarons and mini eclairs.

Pomone - is a family owned business specialized in frozen pastry - traditional french pastries

This insanely mouthwatering chocolate cake here was popped into the microwave oven for 40 seconds and was ready for serving. I remember baking something like this and it took me couple of hours in the kitchen.

Eurial Group offers a wide range of dairy products for French and export markets including goat and cow cheeses, pizza cheeses (including mozzarella) IQF cheeses, cream, butter and organic products Some of the strongest brands include Merci Chef, Maestrella and Soignon.They are constantly developing new products and solutions adapted to specific needs of consumers, caterers and food industry.

We get to taste this garlic and herbs and honey flavoured goat cheeses (spreadable type) and a brand of Merci Chef. Its perfect especially the honey flavor which I am sure my kids will love. Really tasty.

Naturalim France Miel and Miel et Miels belongs to an organization called Franche-Comte Conseil regional. They offers excellent, noble pure honey.

Grace and I tasted about 6 different flavors of honey and they are all natural made from different type of flowers where the bees take the sap starting from acacia which is the most common, lavender, spruce, champagne flowers, carrot, lemon, and rosemary.

Other products in the Franche-Comte stand are cheeses, oils and vinaigrette

Maille or Link International for mustard are also at the pavilion. I love their grainy mustard, I use it as marinade for meat and seafood recipes and for salad dressing. They have a legacy of 84 superb mustard and 120 vinegars.

Lastly Delifrance ME  specializes on rustic bread and crispy pastry made from flour and French noble ingredients.

Yes I know I said sneak peek but this has become a bit longish post. Any how you have seen it here already. all you have to do is to see it for yourself. Gulfood is until tomorrow, 27th February so if you are planning to go please don't forget to visit the French Pavilion at Sheikh Saeed Halls. It is advisable to take the metro and stop at Trade Center Metro Station, bringing your car will just stuck you in heavy traffic.

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À la maison

All through out the weekend, I was busy helping my eldest build her house project for her French class. Her teacher asked the students to submit a 3D house with French labels in it

l'entrée - the hall

la cuisine - the kitchen

la chambre (à coucher) - the bedroom

la salle de bains - the bathroom/washroom

la salle à manger - the dining room

les toilettes - the toilet, bathroom

le salon - the living room

Mommy's not an Architect nor an Engineer but she loves arts and craft so we ended up with a doll house.

I found some dollhouse inspiration from Pinterest

and Mica loves crafting and she always go here for her crafts tutorial. I enjoyed doing this project with her, the kid in me is happy. I ask her to bring it home after grading so she can play with it. 

The materials I used here are all recycled - card boards, shoe boxes, magazine cutouts for some pictures, used up toilet roll card board, some glue, scissors, masking tape, spare fabric, and gift wrap paper.

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Sonu Sood for D-man Perfumes by Giovanni Bacci

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Bollywood actor Sonu Sood is Giovanni Bacci's newest brand ambassador. The announcement comes with the successful launch in Dubai of its latest range of fragrances for men "D-man."

The D-man collection is inspired by Sood's strong physical appeal, charisma and daring attitude. The new fragrances launched to the D-man series is Denim, Gold and Wood, each defined by its individual scents from the freshness of wood, to sensual white musk to citrusy tangerine and lemon. The other fragrances part of the D-man collection by Giovanni Bacci includes Black, D-man Leather and D-man Pour Homme.

Speaking at the launch of D-man perfumes, the model-turned-actor said: "It is a great pleasure for me to be the face of Giovanni Bacci. The fragrances are rich and energetic, and perfect to carry on all day long."

Giovanni Bacci are exclusively distributed in the region by Shaik Mohd. Saeed Est., the Dubai based retailer and distributor of leading perfume brands from across the world.

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