Showing posts from October, 2015


Food Review - 800 Degrees Neapolitan Pizzeria

I was invited to a special media tasting of the newly opened 800 Degrees Neapolitan Pizzeria, at the new extension of Mall of the Emirates. earlier this month. Their  concept relies on creating completely customisable traditional Neapolitan Pizzas that are baked in an almond wood oven right in front of the us in 90 seconds! Yes.. that is under 2 minutes! The menu does not conform to pizzas alone; it also has gelato, burratas, ricotta cheese bread and salads along with a gluten-free crust option. My favourite on the menu was the ricotta cheese bread which is creamy and stringy at the same time, with every bite there was a burst of cheese and flavour that I couldn't get enough of! In addition I loved the burrata, I tried the pesto and cherry tomato option but I hear the balsamic is good too.  The pizza's them selves are good, but a bit too saucy for me and can get soggy quickly due to its thin base, so you have to eat it rather fast enough to maintain that fresh from the ov

Did you know about skin health?

When it comes to taking care of ourselves, we all know the importance of exercise, a smart diet and good sleep. But there’s one aspect of wellness that not enough people pay attention to: skin health. What is skin health? On a functional level, it means your skin is working properly. It means it’s sufficiently hydrated and therefore able to protect you from environmental damage. When your skin is well cared for, you’re free from dryness. Healthy skin feels comfortable and looks beautiful. The people at Vaseline Arabia shared sone insights into skin health with Komal's Korner. Healthy skin is your first line of defense: Skin is your body’s largest organ, and its most important functions are keeping moisture in and keeping bad stuff out. The top layer of skin—also known as the stratum corneum—skin cells protect against infection-causing microbes and bacteria. However, the stratum corneum is also highly susceptible to dryness and damage. If dryness penetrates too deeply, i

Food Review - The Melting Pot

Classic Alpine Swiss fondue The white and milk chocolate fondue Get Dipping with the Melting pot at Boxpark in Dubai. This new fondue place is perfect for cheese and chocolate lovers. I tried the classic alpine Swiss fondue which is all cheese and perfect for those who love the mild flavour of cheese. But if you like a little more flavour or punch in your fondue try the spinach artichoke or fiesta flavour. The cheese fondues are accompanied with fruits, veggies, breads and even nachos. Lemongrass orange sparkler and pina colada were the two  drinks I tasted at this special blogger event, both of which were up to my expectations (which were high). I tried two of the salads, one with strawberries and one without. And I loved them! Both of them shared a similar taste of salad leaves, thousand island dressing and nuts, with a few exceptions here and there. I ended my evening on a sweet note ( as always). For the dessert I picked dark c

Willie's Cacao makes its way to the UAE

Willie Harcourt-Cooze has redefined how millions of people worldwide think about chocolate. He is a chocolate romantic with a passion for the world’s great cacaos, a flair for all things chocolate and an obsession with antique machines. He shares these passions via his own television shows, cookbooks, cookery demonstrations, talks and of course his ever expanding range of chocolate. Which is now is available in the UAE! William Harcourt-Cooze himself hosted a special evening for a select group of people where I had the opportunity to talk to him and taste even the raw beans and learn how he makes his chocolate truffles Want to get your hand on some of these amazing chocolates? You can! Willie’s Cacao collection is available exclusively at Candylicious in the UAE. The new range includes a variety of flavours, making "Real" cacao available to "Real" chocolatiers. Willie's secret ingredient has been widely speculated to be in his cacao beans. By controlli

Lush gets Holiday ready as it tuns 20

As LUSH marks its 20th anniversary, the ethical cosmetics company continues to be a major driving force within the cosmetics industry, with an increasing number of loyal fans here in the Middle East. What started out in 1995 as a family-run business with one shop in 29 High Street, Poole is a global cosmetics phenomenon today valued at over AED2.5 billion with more than 900 stores in 49 countries. They have eight shops in the UAE including Dubai and Al Ain. With the festive season around the corner Lush takes you into a world of pure imagination this with a myriad of innovations! This new collection of fresh products, ranging from bath bombs and shower jellies to handmade gifts are sure to tickle your fancy as well as captivate with their spectacular effects (scroll down for the video). Some of their holiday collection includes, the Pumpkin Heebie Jeebie Bubble Bar and Nightwing Shower Jelly for Halloween. For Christmas the range gets bigger with the Luxury Lush Pud

Fashion Forward Dubai News

Fashion Forward Dubai (FFWD), the region's definitive fashion platform's S/S '16 event will be taking place from October 22nd-25th at Madinat Jumeirah. The twice-annual event comprises of several elements like catwalk shows and presentations by the region's best couture, ready to wear designers, the `d3 Fashion Talks' to generate debate and discussion on issues facing the region's fashion industry and features iconic names from the international fashion industry. In other FFWD news, Galeries Lafayette have selected seven labels showcased at FFWD to be stocked in store throughout October, as part of the first-ever dedicated FFWD Pop Up Store. Selected looks from Autumn/Winter ‘15 collections, presented at FFWD Season Five, will be on sale till October 27th, at Galeries Lafayette, The Dubai Mall. The labels available at the FFWD Pop Up Store are, Aiisha Ramadan, Arwa Al Banawi, Bouguessa, Daneh, Lama Jouni, La Terre Est Folle and Said Mahrouf  The

The Dome Box - A New Sensory Experience

I recently visited the The Dome Box, located at BoxPark in Dubai for a screening and the experience was mind blowing! Lying down on comfy bean bags I actually felt like I was inside the movie. Why you ask? Because of the state-of-the-art 360-degree screen that intersperses exceptional audio-visual technology, making visitors feel centre-stage and immersing them in the action as it unfolds. The Dome Box is not just for adults, rather the entire family. They screens four family-friendly animated movies that focus on nature, science and the environment.  One of the things that I loved about The Dome Box were these doors (featured below) leading to the theater. They are meant to represent a time machine which can lead you into a different time. Featured above is the drink and snacks bar, which give the place more of a luxurious feeling than an ordinary cinema hall.  Want to know more? The Dome Box is open from 12 noon until 10pm from Sunday to Thursday, and from 12 noon un

Foods that can help you fight Breast Cancer

Breast cancer is a kind of cancer that develops from the uncontrolled and abnormal growth of the breast cells.  The cells undergo mutation and gain the ability to keep dividing without control or order, producing more cells just like it and forming a tumor.  Malignant tumors are cancerous. Left unchecked, malignant cells eventually can spread beyond the original tumor to other parts of the body. Cancer (all types) is the third leading cause of death in the UAE after cardiovascular diseases and accidents. Data from the UAE Ministry of Health indicate that cancer accounts for approximately 500 deaths per year. Facts about Breast Cancer  Every 1.7 minutes a woman is diagnosed with breast cancer worldwide. There are about 2.6 million female survivors of breast cancer in the world 27% survival rate in advanced stage 98% survival rate in early detection 25% of women with breast cancer are less than 50 years old About 2 to 4 of every 1000 mammograms lead to a diagnosis

Safe and Sound with BurJuman

BurJuman's Safe & Sound 2015 breast cancer awareness campaign has officially begun. The campaign focuses on empowering women and their families in the fight against breast cancer. Since its launch, it has championed a message of survival through early detection, reaching over 25 million people and raising over AED2.5 million for patient care and increased awareness. A key element of this year’s campaign is the introduction of the new Safe & Sound app. The app will replace the traditional Safe & Sound Walkathon and will be available to subscribers both in and outside the UAE, starting from October. Users will be able to run and walk, tracking their progress at the same time. Participants can directly to Al Jalila Foundation and Brest Friends via the  app. Not just limited to individuals, users can walk or donate on behalf of an organisation, which allows corporations to support Safe & Sound as part of their CSR initiatives. If the total distance walked throug

Star Trek Beyond to Filming in Dubai

The renowned Star Trek Beyond crew gathered at the prominent Burj Al Arab Jumeirah Hotel, at one of the Emirate’s largest press conferences, ahead of its filming in Dubai. The panel discussion was moderated by the well-known broadcaster Tom Urquhart included the film’s director and producer Justin Lin, executive producer Jeffrey Chernov, writers Douglas Jung & Simon Pegg and stars Pegg, Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Karl Urban, Anton Yelchin and Idris Elba. Dubai Film and TV Commission announced that Star Trek Beyond, the latest film in the globally renowned sci-fi franchise, will film scenes in Dubai for 13 days, starting from 1 October. They will be filming at the Sound Stages in Dubai Studio City as well as key indoor and outdoor locations throughout the city. Here are some excerpts from the discussion, Jeffrey Chernov said; “Dubai represents the future of what the frontier would be like in our film, and is an excellent place to shoot the movie as well as a