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Little Black Book: Yasmine Idriss, Baker at Petites Choses

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There’s nothing like discovering the best of your city through the eyes of the people who live there. Our Little Black Book series will share a little inspo from those in the know.

Yasmine is an Lebanese sassy mama of 3 kids, plus an awesome baker (check out petites choses) whose brilliant combinations of classic flavours and ingredients mixed with whimsical florals and a wide array of beautiful bits and bobs (think lots of gold foil and galaxy swirls)  ensure that every cake is its own piece of art! Describing herself as a ‘passionate kind human’, Yasmine is a baker, self proclaimed hummus queen and food blessed ambassador and this, mama believes in doing her bit to put smile on everyone’s face. This is her little black book.

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Describe your perfect Friday in Dubai

My perfect Friday has to start with a homemade breakfast at home in our garden, with with my kids and husband. On many occasions, our close friends and their kids join us. Ideally, I also like to go to one of the smaller farmers markets to stock on fresh,  local and organic produce. As my husband travels a lot during the week, our Fridays are spent at a slow pace, relaxing and just enjoying the day. At night, we often go out after the kids sleep for some some adult quality time!

Most beautiful spot in/around the city

My favorite “spot’ in Dubai has to be its seaside. My kids and I specifically enjoy Nessnass Beach, which is super close to our house. It’s usually quiet and we go often at sunset to play in the sand and enjoy the relaxing outdoors.

Something on your bucket list that you haven’t got round to doing yet.

I would love to watch the sunrise from Burj Khalifa and also from the desert. I know these are two but i’m a busy mama and my bucket list is lonnnnnnng!
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Best cup of coffee

Does my kitchen count?? otherwise the coffee museum in Bastakiya!

Favorite restaurants

My favorite restaurant has to be 21 grams. It’s a new little Balkan Bistro that offers delicious home cooked meals in a relaxing setting, with mellow lights and a quietness that contrasts with the hustle and bustle of Dubai. I also feel it’s one of the few places in Dubai that truly has soul. The Owner, Stasha, has become a friend. She is always at the bistro, making sure her patrons are well taken care of – as if they were in her own home.
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Hidden gems

There is no better way to discover the city than through its streets_ and specifically its street food! Some parts of Satwa seem very commercial, but some have a very honest and traditional feel. One of my favorite shops is Nujood Sweets. I go there for their delicious samosas and pakoras. It’s a real gem of flavors and authenticity!

Favorite play spot with the kids

Nessnass Beach or our garden!

If you need a party outfit you’ll go to…

Harvey Nichols – Absolute go to

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Where do you go to kit out your kids?

Zara Kids has to be the best all rounder as I have two girls and a boy – and they cater to different tastes and fashion preferences (very important for a busy mama)!

Where do you go to get fit and get pampered?

For anything hair related, I love going to Be Bar. They are the most professional and lovely team, plus every blow dry feels like a spa! Their shampoo chairs recline fully and I often feel like catching a quick nap while they wash my hair!
For working out, I love Atelier Aqua Fitness. They offer aqua cycling or cycling in water – a fun workout that is super toning and helps with water retention.
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Best thing you’ve done in Dubai to date?

Dubai has allowed me to make some amazing friends, pursue my cake passion (@petites_choses) while being able to raise a family with three young kids.

Dubai summed up in 3 words

Sunny melting pot.

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