If there is one thing I love about living in Abu Dhabi and the middle east is the plethora of side dishes or mezze (or meze) I have for my meals. I often go to the deli at the grocery and buy a whole bunch of samples of salads and sides for my dinner. These little containers of delicious me run about $1 USD each. I get tabouleh, hummus, beet salad, stuffed grape leaves, minted feta salad, various pasta salads, roasted eggplant, mushroom salad, tomato salad, olive and cheese salads, cole slaw, numerous olives from every country in the world, etc. If you can imagine it in a salad you can find it here in the deli. One of my most favorite new things is moutabel. I had never had it before in the US but here, it's everywhere. It's like baba ghanoush but it's creamier zestier cousin in my opinion. I sort of tastes like a cross between really creamy hummous and baba ghanoush with a hint of spice. But it's totally different. It's basically roasted eggplant with a lot of tahini, some yoghurt, spices and lemon juice. I absolutely love it and can't get enough. Here's a link to a simple recipe. I have it with a little freshly made pita or dip the grape leaves it in. I just love it. The other thing that I really like and is different is the tabbouleh. It's chock full of parsley with very, very little bulgur wheat (see photo). Parsley is known to aid in digestion and I'm quite sure my inner workings are doing quite well here. The photo above is a small sample of some dishes I have for dinner. Clockwise from the Top: Lebanese olives, stuffed grape leaves, tabbouleh, more olives and then the moutabel.