I have been holding on to the pictures I had taken at the Tavola Food Bloggers' Breakfast last Saturday, and everyday saying to myself: I have to blog this amazing event. Somehow, the week passed, and I never managed to find the time! At some point, I was trying to view and work on the pictures, and was dosing off in front of the screen, waking up, dosing off and so on! What an eventful week I had!
Last Saturday, Tavola invited food bloggers - along with some food professionals and food writers - for breakfast and demonstrations at their Jumeirah Beach road branch, in Plaza Centre. I was so excited about this event, as I would finally meet the UAE Food Bloggers, the very people whom I read and interacted with almost everyday, online. Now I was going to meet them in person! What an amazing pool of talented people these bloggers are! There are the avid foodies, the keen photographers, the loved caterers, the cake decorators, restaurant review writers... All together, representing a group of UAE Bloggers who have been keeping readers amused with their blogs. I was super excited about meeting each one of them, and delighted to finally put faces to names I have been chatting with for a while now! In person they are such lovely, friendly people whose welcoming attitude makes you feel right at home.
Tavola, as always, never disappoints, never fails to delight. Walking into the Jumeirah Beach Road branch brings back so many memories for me. It reminds me of back when I was catering, as I used to shop there almost every week!! Especially in the cake decorating section, a small room located towards the back, that is more like my candy store! I would get the small cookie bags, the chocolate boxes, cake boards, cake stands, cookie cutters, food colourings, PME gumpaste and sugar craft tools...etc. Anything you need for cake decorating, candy or cookie making, is in that small room in the back! I would spend hours there! Then there is the rest of the store, which frankly is my absolute favourite! The shopping experience is so good, that I am transformed into a shopaholic in a second! From the best knife sets, to copper pots and pans, the store has everything you need to cook, and present your food in style! I have been using the cake stands and tiered platters forever, they even became kind of my signature look! You can see them everywhere on my facebook pictures, and you would have seen them at parties I catered, then you would see them again at my house when I would be hosting lol... And am always asked: "Where do you buy your beautiful stands and platters?" Here I tell you, check out TAVOLA, but beware because all the merchandise is beautiful!
|Barley Salad cups with dates|
Once breakfast was over, we were introduced to the ZWILLING Knives, and were introduced to the different knife types, their uses, how to handle your knives, care and even sharpen them using different tools: the honing steel rod, the stone and other specialised knife sharpeners. I even realised that Tavola have a knife care and sharpening service, which is great as this way, you can guarantee not to ruin your knife when sharpening at home!
|The right angle to sharpen your knife using a sharpening stone|