California Pizza Kitchen | Al Barsha

The Dubai Shopping Festival (DSF) was coming to an end, and the malls were packed with frenzied shoppers all hungry for last minute deals. Timing the need for new furniture with the DSF was an exercise in financial prudence, but also in labored patience.

After a long day of furniture browsing, label scrutinizing and price haggling, all I was hungry for was food. My family had never been to the California Pizza Kitchen, and I thought why not? This would be a great opportunity to show them why I love the pizzas of California Pizza Kitchen.

Trio Dippers

But first come first. No one jumps straight into the entrees. I was interested in some appetizers. All vegetarian of course. That’s when my attention went toward the Trio Dippers, a new specialty from the California Pizza Kitchen.

Baked pita bread and corn tortilla chips served with three dips: spinach artichoke, fresh hummus, and cheesy queso. 

At the end of it all, my family and I had licked those mason jars clean. Thumbs up to the California Pizza Kitchen for the most amazing platter of appetizers ever! And can I just say I absolutely adore their presentation. Way to go with the wooden serving blocks!

P.S. Can I take the mason jars home?


CALifornia Veggie Pizza

A hearty pizza fit for a group of starving vegetarians! Clearly the delicious trio dippers had only served to further fire up our appetites.

Fire roasted vegetables consisting of broccoli, corn, zucchini, mushrooms, red onions, and sun dried tomatoes. I added the extra goat cheese (because more cheese is always good right?). I also had the mushrooms removed because my parents don’t eat mushrooms for religious reasons. But I didn’t miss them one bit, because California Pizza Kitchen did what it does best. Serve amazing pizzas! 

So, for any vegetarians out there, you know what to order when you come next into California Pizza Kitchen. 🙂


4 thoughts on “California Pizza Kitchen | Al Barsha

    1. Yes!! I sooo wanted to steal those mason jars! P.S. SO glad to know a fellow vegetarian! I was fortunate to have been born into a vegetarian family, and as I grew, I extended it to using cruelty-free products, promoting animal welfare, etc. I just finished cooking Bhindi Fry, a dish from North India but with a vegan transformation. Just curious, what are your motivations behind being vegetarian?


      1. I became a vegetarian largely due to environmental reasons. You definitely are fortunate to have been born and raised in a vegetarian friendly family. I have a few friends that are vegetarian or vegan, but I’m the only one in my entire family. It’s still a bit of a struggle sometimes, but it’s all about incremental change. I’m in for the long haul.


        1. More respect to you. I had the easy way out. But your decision is truly a conscience driven one, and you have all my respect. If you need any help with recipes or places to dine, let me know. Would love to help!


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