We had the good fortune of connecting with Yasmine Idriss Tannir and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Yasmine, as a parent, what have you done for you children that you feel has had the most significant impact?
As a parent, I feel immense pressure on being a role model, someone the kids can look up to and aspire to be one day. That is not always easy! Every single day brings me a new lesson, a new experience.. I am still learning about how to be the best and most content version of myself. If at this stage of our lives there was one thing that I can say I have helped my kids grasp, it would be to the importance of the real versus the virtual. As I work a lot on Instagram, and they help me with filming and witness the behind the scenes, they have understood that what we see on social media is only a snippet and not the full picture. For me, that means a huge deal! The younger generations are subjected to cyber bullying and are also developing confidence issues and low self-esteem due to the constant comparing on social media. I am happy that my kids have a better understanding of the virtual world, of how real it is and how fake it can be.

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
Hello, my name is Yasmine and I am an artist. It took me a while (about 16 years) to admit that I am one. You see, I am a graphic designer- where form follows function. It is never solely about the esthetics but more about the message. Now with cake, and food, it’s a bit confusing. What is its purpose? It is more about the feeding or the visual celebration it adds to parties? The answer is it’s both. And that is where I allow myself to think.. I am an artist, food is my medium, happiness is my message.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
In Dubai, it really depends on the reason.. The best time to visit would be in early spring, where the public Jumeirah beaches are cool, the Hatta hikes are pleasant and the strolls in the older parts of the city (Satwa, Bastakiya, Al Fahidi District, the creek) are refreshing and street food is tempting!. Desert outings are a huge attractions too and the cooler weather would permit bonfires at night! I specifically like the art scene here in Dubai with many spaces and galleries displaying the local and regional talents. Al Serkal is a beautiful hub for art in the region. I also would recommend doing as food tour with Frying Pan Adventures, they will take you to the oldest hidden gems in the city! You will have to 21grams, the award winning balkan bistro and the smoked meat of Mattar Farm!

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Joudie Kalla is an acclaimed chef and she is also a dear friend. I met her when I first moved to London, about 17 years ago. She was- and still is_ an inspiration. I used to help her in her catering events- I would peel onions and wait tables. That consolidated my love for food as a communal experience and not only a family affair. Joudie contracted Lyme disease a few years ago while trying to save her dog from drowning in a pond. This has not stopped her from growing, inspiring and contributing to society.

Website: Working on it!!

Instagram: @petites_choses

Facebook: Petites Choses by Yasmine

Youtube: In The Petite Kitchen – Petites Choses by Yasmine (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCgs35KjUuArF_qZj8wHue6g)

Other: Podcast: In the Petite Kitchen by Yasmine

Image Credits
Aasiya Jagadeesh @bigyell0wtaxi

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