Dubai-based Food and Life­style Blogs Un­der the Radar

Straight-up Ba­nanas: Color­ful Recipes with a Healthy Twist {www.straight-up­bananas.com}

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How would you de­scribe the evo­lu­tion of your blog?

The one thing I can safely say has evolved is that I’ve be­come more fo­cused in terms of what I want to blog about. When I first started out, I was a bit lost. With time, the blog has be­come more fo­cused. Now I know that I want to par­tic­u­larly talk about healthy food. How did you first de­cide to launch? I’ve loved cook­ing and com­ing up with recipes for as long as I can re­mem­ber. But I never re­alised there was a way I could share my pas­sion with oth­ers. My friends and hus­band really pushed me to come up with the blog.

What makes your con­tent unique in your opin­ion?

I think the fact that it’s not too re­fined. It’s just me and my love for food. I mean, I want it to sound like me. I want my read­ers to feel like they know me even though they’ve never really met me. I’m really on a jour­ney here to make my food as healthy as pos­si­ble, with­out starv­ing my­self to death. And I think that really shows in the blog.

What mo­ti­vates you to keep go­ing with your blog­ging af­ter all this time?

My love for food. As long as I’m cook­ing and eat­ing (which will be for­ever and ever), I’ll post about it. Hav­ing peo­ple ac­tu­ally want­ing to read and talk to me about what I’ve eaten/ cooked is just a hand­ful of cher­ries…and sprin­kles…and chocolate fudge on top!

Al Taa­mare is cur­rently plan­ning to give her blog a to­tal makeover in­clud­ing a re­vamped de­sign and a brand new logo. “My plan is to keep this baby afloat and enjoy the ride!” she told Arabad.

Run by Dubai-based blog­ger and day­time cre­ative copy­writer Ah­lam Al Taa­mare, ‘Straight-up Ba­nanas’ fea­tures an ex­quis­ite se­lec­tion of healthy recipes guar­an­teed to sat­isfy your eyes and ap­petite.

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