California Pizza Kitchen Festival City Dubai

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California Pizza Kitchen launched their new menu with innovative & twisting recipes.
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The restaurant offer great combination of good food & Festival City views along with a team at the venue which makes your dining experience a perfect one!
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We tried so much from the new menu …… healthy power salad bowls, Banh Mi Bowl heaped with freshly cut vegetables & baby kale,quinoa & slices of grilled chicken with dressing on side.

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Thai Crunch Salad is another delicious combination of crunchy items like peanuts, rice sticks, cilantro & flavorful dressing in Salad.

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Spicy Buffalo Cauliflower is a tempting starter for veg lovers. Batter fried cauliflower florests are served with celery, cilantro & special sauce.
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Flat bread Sonoma Grilled Chicken……… grilled chicken chunks along with roasted red grapes & few more additions to the dish is a flavorful combination.

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One of our main dish was Lime Chicken Fettuccine …….. lip smacking cream & lime sauce with chicken breasts was a great dish too.

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The Classic Pizza with Pepperoni Sausage which we had, new addition is the Cauliflower Pizza Crust which as the name says is vegetable based & lower in carbs as compared to a traditional pizza dough and also gluten free. CPK Mushroom is wild mushroom pizza served with the same gluten free cauliflower crust .

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In desserts we had Warm Sponge Cake with a scoop of ice-cream. And so delightful to the senses was this must try Nutella Cake.

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The menu has mocktails, cold beverages & iced teas.

JETRO actions the increase in export of Japanese authentic rice and its products in the region and introduces Japan’s rice flour for the first time in the UAE

JETRO (Japan External Trade Organization), a Japanese Government organization supported by the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries of Japan addressed its will to increase the export of authentic Japanese rice and its products in the region as well as introduce Japanese rice flour for the first time in the UAE available at KOBEYa located in Wasl Vita Mall, Dubai. While Japanese rice isn’t new to the market, Japanese rice flour is bringing on a new era to the rice market and creating a new addition to the Japanese food culture exclusively for Japanese food lovers, gluten intolerants and health enthusiasts.

With over 200 Japanese restaurants in the UAE, many are not aware of the difference between authentic Japanese rice in comparison to other countries. Well renowned for its superior quality and juicy sweet fragrance, Japanese rice is also known to become fluffy and glistening. The flavor and texture are a great match for Japanese cuisine. It is also delicious even when cold, and is eaten in bento (lunchbox) and as onigiri (rice ball).

“UAE is home to over 200 nationalities and 3500 Japanese expatriates. The Gulf state is Japan’s most important trading partner in the Middle East and North African region with an overall trade valued at AED387 billion in 2018. Japan’s rice has brought abundance and health to the lives of Japanese people. It is the pride of the nation and is exported to the UAE to bring quality you can trust and a difference you can taste.” said H.E. Akima Umezawa – Consulate General of Japan in Dubai.

Only a few select top Japanese Restaurants in the UAE use Japan’s authentic rice such as Tomo, Kohantei, Hoseki and KOBEYa. While priced on a higher scale at AED 125/- for 5kgs and AED 25/- for 1kg, Japan’s rice is an exquisite creation made possible by the country’s exceptional waters and soil, its technological know-how, and the tireless effort of its growers. The discerning tastes of Japanese consumers and the diversity of its uses in cuisine have resulted in about 900 officially recognized varieties of Japanese rice.

 

Mr. Masami Ando, Managing Director, JETRO – Middle East said, “UAE imports approximately 1 million tonnes of all types of rice every year with the highest imports from India, Pakistan, Thailand and Vietnam. Followed by United States, Egypt and Australia. In our efforts to increase the export of Japanese rice and its products in the region, JETRO has tied up with KOBEYa, UAE’s first gluten free Japanese and Far Eastern café offering authentic Japanese rice, rice flour and confectionary retail products from Japan such as cookies, tea, snacks and much more. We have also collaborated with Middle East Fuji (Food Trading Company) to ensure effective initiatives will help increase the export of Japanese rice by 20% in 2020. We will also participate at the Gulfood from 16-20th February, 2020 to showcase different varieties of rice from Japan at the Japanese pavilion. Currently, we are also exploring other channels to expand our distribution network.”

When asked what makes authentic Japanese rice and flour stand out from the rest of the world? Ms. Kayo Fujita, Director, JETRO – JAPAN said, “Japanese rice is nutritious, low in fat and typically contains higher levels of protein and amylose, giving it a soft and springy texture that brings out the sweet taste as it is chewed. Its great at enhancing the flavors of all sorts of dishes, thanks to the quality and characteristics of Japanese rice and Japan’s excellent processing technology. It also has a low oil absorption rate lower than that of wheat flour. For example, tempura fried with rice flour has a crispier texture that lasts for a long time and healthier low calories.”

Retailed at AED 49 per kg, rice flour is a particularly good substitute for wheat flour, which causes irritation in the digestive systems of those who are gluten-intolerant. Rice flour is naturally gluten-free, rich in carbohydrates and low in fat and can be used to make rice noodles, rice pasta and bake cakes, cookies, dumplings, breads as well as thicken sauces. With the increase in consumer focus on healthy foods, the consumption worldwide is expected to continue to grow until 2025. The Global Rice Flour market is expected to reach 15500 million US$ by the end of 2025, growing at a CAGR of 3.8% between 2019 and 2025.

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The Arabic restaurant chain launches Taste of Arabia Festival to bring Arabic flavours to diners in the UAE.

In an effort to bring the authentic flavours of the region to diners in the UAE, Azkadenya has launched its Taste of Arabia Festival in its branches in Dubai and Abu Dhabi.

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Over the next few months, the casual dining restaurant chain will be featuring authentic and home-style dishes from one country in the region. Till the end of November, diners can savour the delicious cuisine of Palestine.

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Taste of Palestine will feature a special menu with 11 dishes sourced from Palestinian kitchens. Start your day with the Kofta Warak Enab Fukhara, a traditional dish made from vine leaves stuffed with kofta meat, baked with tomatoes, onions and potato slices, and garnished with parsley. Or bring your friends along for an indulgent lunch of Palestinian Maftoul, which is homemade Palestinian couscous and chickpeas, cooked with chicken onions, mixed with Maftoul spices, and served with tomato sauce and chickpeas.

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For a sweet end to a great meal, take your pick from the Warbat Ashta, which is thin layers of pastry dough wrapped around clotted cream Ashta, drizzled with sugar syrup, and garnished with crushed pistachios; or Kunafeh Kazabeh, a homemade version of traditional cheese kunafeh.

“Most outlets offer some kind of fusion or hybrid version of dishes from Arabic countries. With this campaign, it is our attempt to bring authentic, homemade food so that diners can enjoy the original taste and flavours from days past. Food is an important way for one to enjoy and experience the culture of a country, and with the Taste of Arabia campaign, we hope to share the culture of different Arabic countries with our customers,” says Chef Hussam Al Imam.

You can visit Azkadenya  to enjoy the Taste of Palestine. Over the next few months, they will bring you the Taste of Lebanon, Syria, and Jordan to refresh your palate.

Azkadenya Locations:

Mall of the Emirates, Mercato, Marina Mall Abu Dhabi

Delivery: 800295295

Innstagram Page: https://www.instagram.com/azkadenyauae/

 

Silk n Spice Restaurant

Le Park Restaurant launched Silk n Spice in Millennium Airport Hotel Dubai.

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Millennium Airport Hotel Dubai is home to many restaurants serving different cuisines. This new restaurant is going to be a big attraction for foodies. We were invited at the launch of Silk n Spice, & got to try delicious variety of veg & non veg dishes.

A place to savour a wide array of Eastern & Western food delicacies with variety of Arabic & Continental Salads , Starters & lip smacking Grills.

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Grills include  Seekh Kebabs, Lamb Chops, variety of Chicken Tikkas, Whole Grilled Chicken, Beef & Lamb Cuts & Fish.

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The main course included Chicken Biryani, Sirloin Beef with mashed potatoes, Butter Chicken, Seafood Dishes, Pan Fried Hammour with Lemon Saffron, Stir Fried Shrimps, Mee Goreng.

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The selection of desserts include variety of assorted sweets, cakes, tarts, fresh fruits etc.

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MALAYSIA’S ‘NET ZERO-CARBON’ PAVILION KICKS OFF GROUNDBREAKING CEREMONY AT EXPO 2020 DUBAI

Aims to Attract USD 2.5 billion in Global Trade and Investments

  Malaysia led by Ministry of Energy, Science, Technology, Environment, and Climate Change (MESTECC) has kicked off construction of its “Rainforest Canopy” Pavilion during a groundbreaking ceremony today, to begin construction within the 4.38km2 World Expo site’s Sustainability District.

 As a symbol of sustainability, Malaysia’s Deputy Commissioner General, Dr. Mohd Nor Azman Hassan, presented on behalf of the Commissioner General, Datuk Seri Dr. Mohd Azhar Hj. Yahaya, a Rajah Brooke Butterfly frame to Mr. Najeeb Mohammed Al-Ali, Director General, Dubai Expo 2020 Bureau. Rajah Brooke, a species of Malaysia’s butterfly unique to Borneo is used in #MyButterflyEffect Campaign, resonating from Malaysia’s participation in Expo Astana 2017 to Expo 2020 Dubai to encourage and empower Malaysia in inspiring a sustainable world for all.

The Rainforest Canopy Pavilion, detailing Malaysia’s theme “Energising Sustainability”, spans 1,234.05 square meters, comprising of four segments – Energising Today, Energising Tomorrow, Energising Harmony and Energising Business. While “Energising Today”, focuses on how agri-commodities have shaped the socio-economic development of the country; “Energising Tomorrow”, showcases Malaysia’s commitment to becoming a high-income nation, while reducing carbon emissions. In addition, “Energising Harmony”, encapsulates how Malaysians of diverse cultures, traditions and races are working together towards the nation’s progress; and “Energising Business”, portrays the role of the private sector, state-owned enterprises and government initiatives in promoting sustainable development across all industries.

Designed by Hijjas Architects + Planners, a Kuala Lumpur-based and award-winning firm, ‘The Rainforest Canopy’ was inspired by Malaysia’s oldest rainforests which include its prehistoric rainforest Taman Negara, in Pahang. Estimated to be over 130 million years old, Taman Negara is Malaysia’s premier national park and one of the world’s oldest rainforests.

“Malaysia aims to attract USD2.5 billion in potential trade and investments, capturing 1,000 business leads with 20 memorandums of understanding or partnership agreements signed in our six-month long participation at Expo 2020 Dubai. Malaysia  Pavilion provides excellent opportunities for world business communities and calls for business partnerships with our 200 organisations/businesses ranging from Sustainable Agriculture and Agricommodity to energy, STI, environment and climate change, culture, tourism and youth, e-commerce and ICT, trade and 4IR, women and community development,” said Dr. Mohd Nor Azman Hassan, Deputy Commissioner-General for Malaysia in Expo 2020 Dubai,  who is also Deputy Secretary General, Science, Technology & Innovation (MESTECC).

Set to be a sustainable architecture, Malaysia’s ‘The Rainforest Canopy’ Pavilion will use energy efficiency features including heli-fans to enhance airflow, self-shading and green landscaping with vertical gardens, solar panels and water harvesting. The Pavilion itself will consume 20% less energy throughout the 6 months of operations. Materials used in building the structure will also be reused, once the pavilion is dismantled.

Construction contractor firm from Malaysia, Qube Integrated Sdn Bhd and local partner, RAQ Contracting LLC will be working together to build the pavilion for the Malaysia Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai. The company was awarded a contract in October 2019 to co-develop the site infrastructure which will focus on sustainable design and is set to welcome visitors on October 20, 2020.

Malaysian Ambassador to the UAE, His Excellency Ambassador Mohd Tarid Bin Sufian added: “Expo 2020 Dubai, themed ‘Connecting Minds, Creating the Future’, the first World Expo ever held in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia (MEASA) region, is an excellent opportunity for us to connect and share ideas with more than 190 participating countries and millions of visitors from across the globe.”

On 10 October 2019, the Prime Minister of Malaysia, Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad revealed that construction of “Malaysia’s Net Zero Carbon Pavilion”, an initiative to offset the carbon from the Malaysia Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai, is an important and conscious step towards ensuring that building the structure will be sustainable in the long term. The offsetting actions will be done in Malaysia through tree planting initiatives which will also ensure that the nation will reforest more land areas, apart from the current programmes being conducted by various national agencies, including the ASEAN Framework for Climate Change agenda.  Malaysia’s current forest cover is at 55.3 percent, or 18.3 million hectares of its total land area, exceeding Malaysia’s initial commitment to the Rio Earth Summit, which was 50%.

Mr. Tuan Syed Ahmad Syed Mustafa, Acting CEO/COO of GreenTech Malaysia concludes: “Malaysia’s participation at Expo 2020 Dubai is an important avenue for GreenTech Malaysia to take the lead in expanding our role in innovation and sustainability across all sectors through strategic initiatives at international platforms.”

The upcoming Visit Malaysia 2020 will be held with renewed vigor and passion. Visit Malaysia 2020 year brings out the best of what Malaysia has to offer to the world in a single, event – packed year. The year 2020 is special to all Malaysians as we reflect and celebrate all our successes and challenges in transforming into a thriving multicultural and dynamic country. For a country rich in culture and natural wonders, tourism is certainly a great economic pillar. Each element in the visit Malaysia logo 2020 individually showcases the diversity of experiences a visitor will gain only on Malaysian soil, and they will truly feel Asia, in Malaysia.

 

10 THINGS YOU DIDN’T KNOW ABOUT “THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA”

Ahead of the debut of the world’s most popular musical which is set to take the UAE by storm between 16 October and 9 November 2019 here are 10 things you need to know ahead of the show’s arrival

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The world’s most popular musical, THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA made its UAE debut at Dubai Opera on 16 October 2019 and will run until 9 November 2019. Brought to the region for the very first time by Broadway Entertainment Group, in partnership with Dubai Opera, musical theatre enthusiasts and theatre first-timers will experience an incredible visual and auditory spectacular staged at the iconic architectural masterpiece that is Dubai Opera.

Liz Koops, CEO of Broadway Entertainment Group

“We are very much looking forward to the premiere of THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA. We are both proud and honoured to bring such an important show to Dubai,” added Liz Koops, CEO of Broadway Entertainment Group. “The Phantom of the Opera holds great universal appeal, and the show generates a potential audience of 56,000 buyers of which 70 percent are UAE based, 20 percent are from the GCC, and 10 percent (5,600) are international visitors travelling specifically to see Phantom of the Opera. The response, so far has been phenomenal and we can’t wait to introduce The Phantom to the region.”

  1. The Andrew Lloyd Webber Play is based on the book by Gaston Leroux.
    The musical is partly based on the French novelLe Fantôme de l’Opéra by Gaston Leroux. The gothic novel is inspired by historical events at Paris Opera House during the nineteenth century.
  1. Theatrical icons and present day stars have starred as the protagonists

The debut of the first ever Broadway production of The Phantom of the Opera opened at Her Majesty’s Theatre in London’s West End on October 9, 1986, and it starred Michael Crawford as the Phantom and Sarah Brightman as Christine.

The Dubai production will see the lead role of The Phantom performed by Jonathan Roxmouth, one of musical theatre’s most exciting talents, alongside female protagonist Christine Daaé, portrayed by rising star Claire Lyon.

  1. Over 40 million copies of the original cast recording have been sold worldwide!

The original cast recording, with more than 40 million copies sold worldwide is the bestselling cast recording of all time and the production has won over 70 major theatre awards, including seven Tony Awards on Broadway and four Olivier Awards in London’s West End. Some of the thrilling music tracks such as “The Phantom of the Opera”, “Think of Me”, and “Music of the Night”.

For the full music track, please visit: https://www.dubaiopera.com/events/the-phantom-of-the-opera/

  1. There are some impressive Phantom Phacts

The world-renowned musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber is comprised of 130 members of cast, crew, and orchestra. Each performance has 230 costumes designed by the late Maria Björnson, 14 dressers, 120 automated cues, 22 scene changes, 281 candles and uses 250 kg of dry ice and 10 fog and smoke machines.

  1. THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA is one of the most successful musicals of all time

Since the show’s debut in 1986, PHANTOM OF THE OPERA has been seen by 140 million people across 40 countries and 166 cities around the world, with an estimated gross of six billion dollars. The box office revenues are higher than any film or stage play in history, including “Titanic”, “ET”, “Star Wars” and “Avatar”.

  1. THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA was first adapted into a silent film

Since the novel was published in late March 1910, it’s been adapted multiple times, most notably the 1925 film depiction, and, of course, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s 1986 musical.

  1. THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA is presented by Broadway Entertainment Group and Dubai Opera


Broadway Entertainment Group is the world’s first theatrical distribution company to consolidate an international circuit through its network and bring quality entertainment into the markets of Europe, the United Kingdom, the Middle East, North America, South and Central Asia. Chief Executive Officer, Liz Koops has produced shows internationally for over 20 years, and toured productions in 40 countries but there are few destinations in which the debut of a musical theatre classic has been so enthusiastically received as Dubai.

  1. The chandelier weighs a massive one ton!

    In the musical, the dazzling replica of the Paris Opera House chandelier is made up of 6,000 beads, consisting of 35 beads to each string. It is three metres wide and weighs a massive one ton! During the musical, the controlled fall of the chandelier makes it look like it’s crashing into the stage!

  2. There are a total of 164 wigs used throughout the production of ONE show!

    For each run of The Phantom of the Opera show, there are a total of 164 wigs made fully from human hair. The wigs are rolled and put into the oven (yes, you read that correctly) for 24 hours. The treatment for each wig lasts for only one show! The hairpieces have a heavy renaissance feel, with the use of feathers and huge amounts of hairspray to maintain their colour and shine.

 

  1. The Phantom of the Opera is the longest-running show in Broadway history

The Phantom of the Opera is the longest running show on Broadway having celebrated an amazing 30 years in 2018.

 

The PHANTOM OF THE OPERA tells the tale of a disfigured musical genius known only as the Phantom who haunts the depths of the Paris Opera House. Mesmerised by the talent and beauty of a young soprano, Christine, the Phantom lures her as his protégé and falls fiercely in love with her. Unaware of Christine’s love for Raoul, the Phantom’s obsession sets the scene for a dramatic turn of events where jealousy, madness and passions collide.

THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA brought to you by Du Live  presented in Dubai by Broadway Entertainment Group and Dubai Opera debuted on 16 October 2019 and continue to run until 9 November 2019. Tickets are available to purchase from www.dubaiopera.com, all Virgin Megastores UAE, Platinum List, and through the Dubai Calendar app.

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Toys “R” Us first retailer in the region to introduce Scan & Go across its 13 stores

Toy retailer also set to open new store at Festival Plaza later this year and unveils the must-have toys this holiday season

 As part of its commitment to provide customers a better shopping experience, Toys “R” Us today announced that it has fully implemented its Scan & Go feature across all 13 stores in the UAE.

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The initiative from the Al-Futtaim company makes it the first toy retailer in the region to implement the Scan & Go feature which is designed to offer customers a simpler, faster and more convenient shopping experience. With the Scan & Go feature customers can simply visit their preferred Toys “R” Us store, scan barcodes of the products they want to purchase and then pay for them through their mobile device using their credit card or any form of digital payment options instead of standing in line at the checkout.

Régis Schultz, President of Retail at Al-Futtaim

Régis Schultz, President of Retail at Al-Futtaim, commented “Toys “R” Us has been operating in the UAE for over 25 years. In that time, we have gathered a huge amount of insight into customer shopping trends. What customers are buying and children’s playing habits are having a major impact on how toy retailers operate today. What they want to shop, where they want to shop and how they want to shop are all key elements that affect the business decisions we make. As such, we have put ourselves in the shoes of our customers and relooked at our business. The launch of the Scan & Go feature is the first milestone of many in enhancing our customers’ experience and catering to the evolving tastes of toy consumers.”

 The introduction of the Scan & Go feature also coincided with the launch of a refreshed new website www.toysrusmena.com for the toy retailer with thousands of new and exciting products from educational to adventurous and more.

As part of its plans to be even closer to its customers, Toys “R” Us will, later this year, open its 14th store in the UAE located at Festival Plaza – a 78,500 square metre site, which forms part of the Jebel Ali Development mixed-use master-planned community.

The toy retailer also revealed its Holiday Hot Toys list just in time for the upcoming festive season. The list of the hottest toys offers outstanding value in quality, price and entertainment and includes some of the most exciting and innovative toys of the year that make up the ultimate festive surprise for any kid.

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Jonathan Watts, General Manager of Toys “R” Us, said, “This year we’re giving parents an exclusive review on what will help make their kids’ dreams come true. The list of hottest toys includes some of the most exciting and innovative toys of the year which will be sure to top any kid’s wish list. The hot toys list cater to a growing trend from parents looking to purchase and invest in educational toys that aid cognitive development in their children and includes the latest must-haves including Frozen II, LOL Surprise OMG dolls, The new Barbie Travel Dream plane, Myla Magical Unicorn, Hairdorables and Owleez along with many more.”

Following are the Hot Toys representing the best new toys for the holiday season. The list represents toys for children of all age groups.

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Items on the Hot Toy List are available across all Toys “R” Us stores in the UAE. For more information, please visit toysrusmena.com or facebook.com/ToysRUsME

 

KOBEYa – The First Japanese and Far Eastern Gluten Free Café opens in the UAE

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Dubai is a hub of multi cultural nations & keeps entertaining its diverse foodie crowd with new dining spots and cuisines from all around the world.
Our recent visit was at the first Japanese and Far Eastern gluten free healthy food café and retail store “KOBEYa” which has opened its doors in Dubai at the Wasl Vita Mall.

They focus on promoting healthy eating habits by serving only an all ingredient gluten free menu with over 50 vegetarian, vegan, non-vegetarian and lactose free varieties that include sensational salads, burgers, healthy meals and desserts. Customers who enjoy a healthy variety of Japanese and Far Eastern cuisine will always find something to delight their taste buds at KOBEYa throughout the day.

The extensive menu also has 10 delicious and refreshing cocktails to choose from.Their beverage menu is quite interesting which consists of fusion & Japanese hot & cold drinks & Floral Teas.
Saffron Lemonade & Tamarind Date drink sounded interesting so we requested the two to start our meals …….. both drinks had the perfect amalgamation of ingredients.

The salads include healthy Veg & Non veg variety. We opted for Herb Chicken Salad which had sliced pan seared chicken breast pieces, dried persimmon with Yuzu herb Dressing.
Our second salad selection was Japanese Pumpkin & Fig Salad …… a platter of tasteful roasted Japanese pumpkin, thyme, honey, caramelized fig,feta, mixed fresh salad, pomegranate seeds & date sauce. This salad platter is the one not to be missed!!

In Main dishes, KOBEYa menu features specially designed burgers with Japanese Kobe Beef, world famous for being the highest quality, healthy and tastiest red meat. Meat free Tofu Burgers, Asian stir fry and Vietnamese spring rolls are all designed to give you a treat.
We had KOBEYa Burger which is homemade 100% Kobe beef patty , sautéed mushroom mix, teriyaki sauce, mixed lettuce & Asian coleslaw along with fries.

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Second main course selection was Chicken with Coconut Sauce ……. Pan seared free-range chicken , homemade coconut sauce, vegetable mix, with a choice of white or brown Japanese Nilgata rice.

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Like their remaining menu, desserts also include delightful Japanese sweet variety. The Matcha Pudding is irresistible & so is the soft delectable Japanese Cheese Cake.

And to end up I couldn’t leave without having one of the floral teas from their tea menu. Do try their Lavender Tea.

They also have a retail section with in the café. Get your favorite Japanese & far Eastern food items, Teas & other ingredients.

KOBEYa – The First Japanese and Far Eastern Gluten Free Café opens in the UAE

Hot on the heels of its’ recent launch, the first Japanese and Far Eastern gluten free healthy food café and retail store “KOBEYa” has opened its doors in Dubai at the Wasl Vita Mall.

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The Emirate’s newest go to place cafe was inaugurated by Ms. Leiko H, Founding Member, who conceived the idea of KOBEYa and long-time Japanese resident of the UAE – over 15 years. Also present at the unveiling were distinguished guests, media and bloggers.

Leiko. H (Founding Member of KOBEYa)

When discussing what inspired KOBEYa, she said “I am a mother of 4 children and one of my son’s developed a gluten intolerance at a very young age which affected his health severely. Going out for lunches or dinners to any authentic Japanese or Far Eastern restaurant as a family was always a difficult choice due to lack of gluten free options. KOBEYa is my inspiration to create that option in the UAE. Our focus is on promoting healthy eating habits by serving only an all ingredient gluten free menu with over 50 vegetarian, vegan, non-vegetarian and lactose free varieties that include sensational salads, burgers, healthy meals and desserts. Our extensive menu also has 10 delicious and refreshing cocktails to choose from. Customers who enjoy a healthy variety of Japanese and Far Eastern cuisine will always find something to delight their taste buds at KOBEYa throughout the day.”

She added, “I am also very passionate about Far East Asian cuisine. Growing up in Japan and as a homemaker I spent a lot of my time cooking for my family and travelled a lot in the Far East to Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia, Myanmar, Laos, Cambodia, China, Hong Kong and the Philippines before making Dubai our home. My experiences have given me the vision to offer unique gluten free dishes created by an expert team of nutritionists at KOBEYa. We get to know our suppliers by visiting farms and talking with farmers. We show our dedication to our customers by choosing carefully only high quality 5-star products and ingredients.”

The KOBEYa menu features specially designed burgers with Japanese Kobe Beef, world famous for being the highest quality, healthy and tastiest red meat. Meat free Tofu Burgers, Asian stir fry and Vietnamese spring rolls are all designed to give you a treat. KOBEYa also offers cooking classes on creating character lunch boxes for kids and retails gluten, dairy, lactose, nuts free food products as well as premium fruits and healthy food concept products from Japan, Thailand, Far East and Europe.

“We are very pleased to open KOBEYa in the UAE, a place where new brands are accepted and celebrated, with its diverse, multicultural population of expats as well as its openness to host new brands and concepts, the nation represents an ideal launch venue for our brand. The initial guest reaction of the first store has been fantastic and we anticipate a great momentum particularly during the weekends when it’s very busy with families.”

“Community malls such as the Wasl Vita are mushrooming around the UAE and these are redefining the shopping and dining experience as they offer residents the luxury of quickly grabbing a meal or an hour of shopping between chores. This is one of the primary reasons we chose to open at the Wasl Vita Mall.”

ARAB FASHION WEEK IN CITYWALK, DUBAI

Meraas and City Walk welcomes the 9th edition of the Arab Fashion Week on 9th October 2019 at 1422, an iconic space specifically created and dedicated for luxury shopping, custom made fashion and lifestyle experience.

The night hosted Alina K, a Romanian – Lebanese Dubai based singer known for her elegant style and fluid voice.

On its first day, the Arab Fashion Week hosted the following designers that showcased their amazing collection.

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Brands: YLY Studio and FromClothingof

FromClothingOf showcased SS20 collection “Perfectly Imperfect”, it celebrates loser, inspiring from the movie “Inside Llewyn Davis”. The designer believes that life with regret is the essence of life; she hopes to present a kind of defective beauty. Designer will piece thin taffeta or cotton, mesh and Organza together. The clothes will be contoured with semi-dress and irregular cuts to present the layering and an unfinished regret. FromClothingOf is founded in 2015 with the aim of breaking away from conventional ideas about women’s fashion and aesthetics. The name “FromClothingOf” comes from “Exlibris”, meaning “from library of”, i.e. my book.

YLY Studio is a brand that offers fashion collections and also embroidery workshop. With focusing on women swear, the workmanship, embroidery and knitwear are three key elements of the brand. YLY Studio designers Matt Hui Yip Long and Lilian Tsang Lai Yu would hope that they can bring people’s focuses and appreciations back the details and workmanship in fashion, and not just the fast-moving trend.

Naja Saade – Lebanon

Naja Saade has shown a distinguished capacity of balancing modern designs with traditional elegance. His Simple yet extremely refined and meticulously handcrafted collections create an attractively simple and clear look. Naja Saade – who brings to life unique designs created with love to reflect the woman’s image and personality and mirror her femininity in all its forms – is leaving an imprint in this era’s fashion scene. Exteriorizing every woman’s power and light will always be his call!

Valeryia As’ad – UAE

Valeryia As’ad is a professional fashion designer. She designed very unique handmade knitted dresses where she mixed simplicity, sophistication and intricate embroidery while using very old technique of blending traditional classic in contemporary style. Flawless style, impeccable quality of finishing and simplicity for everyday wear, this is why her collections was adored by everyone.

Baravia – UAE

Baravia Fashion offers both ready to wear, made to order unique and stylish wedding dresses and elegant evening and casual dresses for special occasions, exclusively for the fashion forward and bold-young and old people who are not afraid to stand out and break outside the norm! Gulnora is always known in her simple designs with details and embroidery. Her dresses are mostly timeless and she does not focus on the age gap when designing.

Charbel Zoe – Lebanon

Charbel Zoe is a Lebanese designer who studied Fashion Design, Marketing and Photography at Esmod-Paris. As a child, he was inspired by his grandmother’s couture sense of fashion. His work draws heavy inspiration from the likes of Alexander McQueen, Elie Saab and Givenchy, and he has worked alongside many industry icons such as Elie Saab, Ungaro, and Zuhair Mrad. He was very proud of working at his favorite design-house Givenchy where they implemented many of his designs.