WOMEN’SECRET – Sleigh your style with women’secret’s festive collection

Last week we attended the  exclusive preview of Women’secret Festive Collection.

Available At Dubai Festival City , women’secret, a Spanish lingerie brand, has got a festive treat for your closet.

This season’s collection has something for every occasion- whether you’re looking to amp up your confidence or to snuggle down with some hot cocoa.

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Not limited to just lingerie, women’secret offers a stylish array of basic garments, robes, and pajamas too. Take your pick from three luxurious fabrics this winter – plumeti, lace, and tulle. The frou-frou and lace collection features ribbons and ruffles while the plumeti turns down the flamboyance for the minimalist in you.

For cozy nights at home – women’secret’s Christmas set offers pajamas in red, white, and blue. Available in polka dots and plaid, these pajamas are designed to redefine comfort. This collection includes gorgeously tailored robes too. Wrap the ensemble up with a fun accessory – a blanket, an eye mask, or a scarf.

Available in a variety of sizes, colors, and styles – women’secret keeps every woman in mind with its diverse collection. Own your feminine power with women’secret this festive season, and strut some killer looks while you’re at it.

70 YEARS OF JEWELRY AND CAPRI

Last Week ISTANA Jewellers  and Chantecler Capri hosted a VIP  event to uncover the inspiration behind Chantecler’s new collections. The event took place at he beautiful location of Seafu Restaurant in Four Season Resorts Dubai.
The lunch was  hosted in presence of Costanza Aprea, the second generation owner of Chantecler . The trendy collection was on display at the venue and later we had a detailed tour of Istana Jewellery Shop situated within the Hotel. You can shop the exquisite collection from their location.
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Seventy years of elegance, creativity, high manufacturing quality, tradition, values and passion. An anniversary to celebrate with the same passion and enthusiasm that marked Chantecler’s birth on a sunny Summer day.

Chantecler is a High Jewelry Maison founded in 1947 in Capri, the beautiful island in the heart of the Mediterranean Sea. Renowned for its virtuosity in creating extremely refined handcrafted jewels with the finest materials, this brand from Capri has enchanted international jet-setters, royal families, celebrities and fashion icons since the Dolce Vita era, right after the Second World War, when Italy underwent a unique moment of joy and unrestrained wealth, passion and levity aimed to overcome the recent horrors. On this Island, where the scent of jasmine is stronger than anywhere else, where the smile of a woman is wider and more charming, where the flavor of lemons is unforgettable, the tradition of an old family is perpetuated through time. Nowadays Chantecleris managed by the three Aprea brothers: Costanza, Maria Elena and Gabriele, all preserving the pure Spirit of Capri with the same purity and originality passed down by their father, through innovative everlasting creations, unique High Jewelry pieces and exclusive and iconic prêt-à-porter jewels. Chantecler is based in Milan, with boutiques in Capri, Caladi Volpe, Tokyo, Astana and Hong Kong, with dealers in more than 15 countries worldwide.

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At the end of the Forties Pietro Capuano, son of Neapolitan jewelers, opens the first jewelry store on the island along with his friend Salvatore Aprea, a young, stubborn man from Capri with a creative talent. In those days, Capri was living a unique and unforgettable fairy tale, attracting all the most beautiful and famous women, the wealthiest men, the most sophisticated thinkers. Hollywood divas, travelers, blue bloods, poets, lovers: all charmed by the possibility of living their dreams, all guests of a never ending party with the irreverent and beguiling Pietro Capuano, nicknamed Chantecler by his friends, like the rooster in Edmond de Rostand’s play that, with his call, had the extraordinary power of evoking dawn. Uninhibited and eccentric master of ceremonies, Capuano was the emperor of Capri’s nights, confidant of the divas and accomplice of lovers. The international jet-set prominent figures take with them from the island of the Dolce Vita amazing jewels that show the manufacturing ability and the preciousness of materials. Original jewelry, vital, light-hearted like the Island that witnessed their creation. While an uncontrollable excitement bounces on the Faraglioni and the clamor of the parties resounds in the famous Piazzetta, in the exclusive upper class crowd, on the high society stages, Chantecler’s creations become symbols of the elegance and magic of Capri. Jewelry conceived for women with a strong personality. This sparkling vivacity is still the main inspiration for Chantecler’s creativity. This happy mood can be detected in each single jewel, bravely original, manufactured with all the High Jewelry decrees. Expression of the “Made in Italy” excellence, Chantecler jewels arise from the inner capacity of creating something extraordinarily extravagant, marked by its unmistakable allure.

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ISTANA: REDEFINING THE ART AND CRAFT OF  HIGH JEWELLERY   ISTANA Jewellers is a multi ‐ branded retailer of fine jewellery. It hosts twenty one well‐known jewellery houses and constantly strives to expand its portfolio  to better serve its clientele. ISTANA continually monitors the latest trends in the  world of haute jewellery and is proud to have introduced well ‐ known brands  that are on the cutting edge of jewellery design to the region.  The jewellery available at ISTANA was created in accordance with the highest  standards and with only the best materials available ‐ highly valued diamonds  that are mined ethically and outstanding gems that glitter and shimmer. Each  and every piece available at ISTANA is a wearable work of art that has been  created by exceptional artisans.  ISTANA aims to fulfill the myriad of needs to its discerning clientele by providing  only the finest range of products. Our mission is to continuously exceed our client’s increasing expectations.

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Riso Dubai

Riso Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

This new Italian Vegetarian restaurant has recently opened its doors in Oud Metha area in Dubai.
Restaurant has a lively ambiance done with very bright lights & equally bright colors in the décor. What I enjoyed other than the food was the good amount of light which helped a lot in photography ….

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The palatable dishes offered to us was a mix of Middle eastern as well as Italian dishes. Menu has a detailed list of items like Tasty Vegetable Soups, Antipasti, Pizza, Risotto, Hot & Cold Mezzeh, Grilled Vegetable Dishes, Desserts, Mocktails & more.

Our colourful & delicious Vegetarian experience started with the Mocktails.
Strawberry Mocktail & Kontiki – Both were very good , greedily kept sipping on both …. Kontiki was a mix of my favourite flavors …. Pineapple Juice, Passion Fruit &Syrup, Coconut Milk, Chocolate Sauce with Cream. Loved this rich & creamy drink .
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Soups – Creamy Tomato Soup with Croutons & Broccoli Soup …… To have these two inviting bowls on the table, again I couldn’t resist to try both these soups. Bot had a great taste.

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Antipasti – Bruschetta Al Pomodoro ….. Sliced & slightly grilled farmer’s bread with a topping of chopped tomatoes flavoured with garlic, olive oil & oregano.
Fattoush Salad – So here you can enjoy Arabic salad along with Italian dishes.
Hot Mezzo – Black & White Sesame Coated Cotage Cheese with Spicy Cream …… Are you a fan of sesame seeds in your bites? Try this dish, you will enjoy each bite of Cottage Cheese with a generous garnish of sesame seeds & spicy cream….it was very delicious!
Munchies – Cheese Corn Balls …… While we were still enjoying those bites of Cottage cheese, & Fattoush Salad, an attractively presented platter of Cheese balls came to our table. Sometimes the presentation is so perfect , you don’t want to disturb the way it is done. The balls were soft cheesy & full of flavors.

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Pasta – Pasta Alfredo …… Loaded with a lot of taste, the bowl of Pasta is recommended to try ….. you will love the richness of flavors , Pink Cream Sauce along with Butter, Roasted Garlic, Black Pepper, Fresh Parsley & garnish of Parmesan Cheese.
Thin Crust – Pizza Napoli …. Another great tasting creation …. It had everything balanced with a bit of crispness, softness, flavors & spices with Fresh Tomato Sauce, Mozzarella, Onions, Capsicum, Sun-Dried Tomatoes, Jalapeno Peppers & Chili Oil.
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Dessert: Chocolate Mud Cake with Ice-Cream …….. this dessert was as toothsome & pleasurable as each & every course served to us. Without any biased comments , all the dishes served to us including this soft gooey dessert, made our entire dining experience amazing at Riso.

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Christmas Lights are ON at the Millennium Airport Hotel Dubai

 

Festivities at the Millennium Airport Hotel Dubai got off to a sparkling start with a traditional Christmas tree lighting ceremony last week, 6th December 2017.

Switching on the lights of the magnificent Christmas tree in the hotel’s lobby, Mr. Chady Kanaan, Hotel Manager of Millennium Airport Hotel Dubai, said, “It is the season to be merry. With a stocking full of activities, an enchanting Christmas and New Year celebration awaits you at Millennium Airport Hotel Dubai. Let this festive season bring abundant joy and happiness and may you all be surrounded by your loved ones throughout. Witness a spectacular festive pageant filled with laughter and lasting memories throughout the holiday season as the hotel transforms into a mysterious wonderland with a gingerbread house and lavish feasts offering you exceptional festive treats.”

The tree lighting ceremony was accompanied by Christmas carols that added to the celebratory mood while spreading joy. Families gathered around the giant tree were thrilled by a surprise visit from Santa himself, who distributed festive goodies to all the kids and took pictures with them.

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For reservations and enquiries, kindly call 04 702 8888 or email dining.mahd@millenniumhotels.com. Book on or before 15th December 2017 and get 20% discount on our Festive offers.

 

 

PULLMAN DUBAI JUMEIRAH LAKES TOWERS CELEBRATED ACCOR HOTEL GROUP’S 50TH ANNIVERSARY

Manzoni Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Pullman Dubai Jumeirah Lakes Towers celebrated Accor Hotel Group’s 50th Anniversary by hosting a morning dedicated to the mothers. The morning started with a 30-minute complimentary yoga session, followed by a delectable buffet breakfast in Manzoni.
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Restaurant offers a good seating both indoor & outdoor. Interior is well lit with clear glass windows which gives pleasant vibes.

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Variety in buffet was great as well as the healthy items were served on table, which included a mix of Local , traditional & Italian delicacies. The table was arranged with variety of fresh breads, assorted fruit yogurts, sausages , Salmon etc.
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All fresh juices,Infused Water & Hot Beverages were also available, buffet had Grilled Cheese, Falafel Wraps, Pancakes, Waffles, Potatoes, Sushi Counter, Puddings, Mixed Fruits, Cupcakes, Carrot cake, Tiramissu, Macaroons etc

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The celebration ended with an anniversary cake cutting and a Thank You speech from the General Manager, Mr Fadeel Wehbe.

The First “Dilmah Silver Jubilee Gourmet” in a Middle East Hotel Opens in Pullman Dubai Creek City Centre

The new lounge  offers tea connoisseurs a haven to enjoy some of the world’s finest brews

Pullman Dubai Creek City Centre opened a brand new “Dilmah Silver Jubilee Gourmet” in partnership with Dilmah Tea, founder  Merrill J. Fernando who set up and built one of the finest tea companies in the world.

Stocking premium teas from Dilmah, the lounge will be open daily from 6am to 11pm. The “Dilmah Silver Jubilee Gourmet” is a spectacular range of fresh, single origin, 100% pure Ceylon tea – a fitting celebration of 25 years of Dilmah Tea.  Those looking to try something a little different yet trademark Dilmah can enjoy Silver Jubilee Earl Grey, Organic Sencha, Blood Orange & Eucalyptus, Mandarin & Marzipan Pekoe and Pure Darjeeling Singe Region Tea in the elegant surroundings of the lounge.

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For the completion of an exquisite high tea experience, a rich variety of food choices including mouth-watering sandwiches, pastries and cakes will be served along with the finest Black, Green, Infused and Iced Tea, Chai and Pullman Signature Beverages by Robert Schinkel Sri Lankan tea for a perfect meeting opportunity among friends and family in a warm and welcoming tone in the lobby of the hotel.

The event was a whole lot of fun  & as always Pullman Dubai Creek hosted it in its true amazing style with generous  tea sampling  & served assorted sweet & savory tea delicacies. Lovely Vanessa & the entire team at Pullman Dubai Creek are always amazing hosts!

Mr Dilhan Fernando CEO of Dilmah, Mr J. Fernando Founder of Dilmah, Ms Vanessa Chinopoulou Marketing & Communications Director Pullman Dubai Creek City Centre, Ms Alia Khan CEO IFDC

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The specialty in those tea treats was the creativity added by Chef Dwayne Krisco,  fusion of various tea flavors into the recipes.

The tea sampling was generously done & the combinations to try tea with the tea treats was so interesting!

Tea flavors were ….  Moroccan  Mint  Green Tea , Natural Jasmine Green Tea, Pure Chamomile Flowers, Nuwara Eliya Afternoon Tea, Natural Infusion of Blueberry, Silver Jubilee Earl Grey Tea, Ceylon Full Leaf Green Tea,  Ginger Honey & Mint Iced Tea, Rose & Mint Iced Tea, in addition to that you will also find Karak Chai in the Lounge.

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For tea lovers and foodies  , this new spot at the lobby level of Pullman Dubai Creek  is perfect to wind down & enjoy  afternoon tea delicacies. Some of  the items which we tried were Grey Shrimp Avocado Salad, Duck  Prosciutto Spiced Orange & Cos, Green Papaya & Chili, Smoked Salmon & Crème Fraiche, Cucumber & Goat Cheese, Lemon & White Chocolate Mousse, English cake, Date Bread, Freshly Baked Scones with Cream Butter & Fresh Preserves, Mini Dark Chocolate Cake, Cheese Cake, Mini Apple Tarts, Chai Infused Fudge.

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The Sri Lankan family tea company, Dilmah was founded in 1988 by Merrill J. Fernando, who was present at the launch yesterday along with his son Dilhan Fernando. Mr Fernando has dedicated his life to tea and created the first company to offer unblended tea from a single source; ‘picked, perfected and packaged’ at one destination.

As tea is the second most frequently consumed beverage across the world after water, Mr Fernando’s pioneering of single blend tea has ensured that Dilmah is widely recognized across the globe as a brand that represents the utmost care and artistry.

The five-star hotel’s Executive Chef, Dwayne Krisko recently travelled to Dilmah’s headquarters in Sri Lanka to spend two weeks learning from the expert team about all aspects of tea growing, picking, drying and serving. The course he attended laid down the foundations for the new partnership to flourish.

“We are honored to be partnering with such a prestigious tea company to offer our guests something exclusive in the Middle East. We are always looking for ways to ensure those who are visiting our hotel have a unique experience and the Dilmah Silver Jubilee Gourmet will strengthen this further. Pullman brand places significant importance on the wellness aspect in the guest journey, and we strongly believe that Dilmah Tea and its various complementing uses will benefit that cause for our guests,” comments Mr. Nishan Silva, General Manager at Pullman Dubai Creek City Centre.

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“I am certain that Pullman Dubai Creek City Centre is the perfect partner to introduce our finest tea to its travelers and guests. And we are very excited to integrate the first “Dilmah Silver Jubilee Gourmet” in a hotel in the entire Middle East, as it offers a premium location with a culture that fits to our brand values.” comments Mr. Merrill J. Fernando, Founder of Dilmah.

 

 

 

 

Crisol – A Melting Pot of Versatile Culinary Brilliance

Crisol Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Crisol is a hidden gem in Sharjah, a unique concept that serves fusion food. Together the traditional culinary concepts & American Cuisine result in amazing variety which is all available in their menu whether it be salad, slider, tacos, or desserts, the presentation is truly stimulating & capturing and as you indulge yourself in the food you end up with a memorable culinary experience.
The quality & quantity of food here is good value for money.

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We had the dishes which were exceptionally enticing in terms of presentation , and diversity in taste where each dish has its own unique flavor as they combine local & American ingredients & flavors.

We had the chance to try their food on UAE National Day, they had a special themed menu for the evening,it included Appetizers, main Courses & Dessert.

Salad: The Cuban Salad ……. Crispy chicken pieces were mixed with assorted shredded cabbage, Greens, Crispy Noodles topped with Plum Dressing. This light & healthy salad tasted good.

Appetizers:
Rocket Shrimps …… This was a delicate & smartly done tower shaped serving of root vegetable juliennes like beetroot, potatoes etc they were fried and mixed with Rice Noodles , and as you drench down in the base you are able to catch some hot crispy delicious shrimps. Special Rocket sauce poured over the dish doubles the delight!

Matchstick Fries ….. I would define it as a Jar full of richness ! Flavorful minced meat is generously stuffed in the jar covering it with layers of Shoestring fries, Crispy Beets, Cheetos, Chili, Cheese, Jalapeno, & lip-smacking Cheetos Sauce. Great mixed stuff with few ingredients to spoil yourself as you munch on Cheetos & enjoy cheese .

Main Course :
Both these sliders tasted very good.
Dangerous ….. To mark the special UAE occasion, soft red buns with flavorful Buttermilk Chicken , lettuce, Cheddar & Pepper Jack Cheese, Soft Fried Jalapenos & Chimichurri Aioli Sauce.

Sand Blaster …… Big juicy Beef Patty in a Bun with American Cheese, Shredded Lettuce, Mustard Sauteed Onion, Homemade Pickles & Wild Sauce.

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Dessert: Crisol Hit …… If you are a chocolate fan, or if you have a craving for Brownie with ice-cream …… do not miss this irresistible perfect platter carrying the delightness of Brownie, Chocolate & ice-cream.

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The restaurant interior is done classy with dim lights which also makes a calm atmosphere so if you are looking for such kind of ambiance & independent cosy table setting, it is also available to dine in privacy with family or friends.

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Amazing Dubai Musical At  Madinat Theatre Dubai

The Story of a City

The Journey Begins …..

Amazing Dubai tells the story of Dubai’s Journey from a nomadic community of Bedouins & Pearl Divers in the 18oos to one of the most modern & cosmopolitan metropolises on earth.

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Told through the eyes of an Emirati family that has been here from the beginning, its growth paralleling that of the city they call home, this thrilling hour long musical took the audience through the good and the bad times of the city, as it highlighted Dubai’s resilience and determination to triumph with renewed vigor.

Interspersed with the story of Dubai’s visionary decision to concentrate on trade and infrastructure, the musical has a keen eye on the future & of the vibrant expatriate communities welcomed by the locals with open arms, highlighting their innate hospitality.

Amazing Dubai also captured the flavor of Dubai’s rich cultural heritage, its musical influences, and the Emiratis sense of belonging to the land that nurtured them and their city.

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2 Shows Daily :

Saturday – Thursday       12 Midday & 2:30 pm

Thursday  & Saturday       8:00 pm

Madinat Theatre, Souk MAdinat Jumeirah

Tickets available online via www.madinattheatre.com or at the Madinat Theatre Box Office on +971 4 366 6546 or Virgin Tickets.

Cast: Kimijones Alberto, Jessica Avedikian, Ian Halsteed, Heather Ireland, Omar Ismail, Emily Nivia, Louise Shuffebotham, Joseph Terterian, Eesha Verma Chauduri.

Founder, Executive Producer: Brian Wilkie

Producer: Alex Broun

Writer & Director: Sanjeev Dixit

Doner and Gyros – Dubai Marina Mall

Doner & Gyros Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

The Marina Mall branch seems much popular which was obvious from the crowd at the outlet. Food court has enough seating and more over the outside seating is much in demand because of the breathtaking Marina views & beautiful weather.
Staff prepares Gyros, Platters, Wraps in front of you. All their options in menu are quite attractive whether it be wraps, Doners, Fiesta Platter or Gyro Platter.
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I opted for the irresistible Gyro platter which was a mix of beef & chicken with a side of fresh salad, few small chunks of greek cheese, black olives, bread & sour cream. Enjoyed the meal,quantity in platter is good. Unlikely most breads , the bread is soft good to go with Gyro. And as my side item I opted for Waffle Fries, liked the soft potatoes with mild flavor.
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Seafood Kitchen – Jebel Ali Recreation Club Dubai

Seafood Kitchen Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Jebel Ali Recreation Club, One of the oldest casual clubs in Dubai hosted its grand re-opening last week. The colorful evening was attended by media, bloggers and other special guests. Guests were entertained throughout the evening with live performances & dances.
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Jebel Ali Recreation Club is home to many restaurants serving various cuisines. The restaurants offer great ambiance & food.
Live Bbq & outdoor seating are the main attractions,oudoor views & pleasant weather adds more delight to dining experience these days.
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We opted to dine in Seafood Kitchen, inspired by the fish markets of Asia, with a colorful display of aromatic spices, and fresh locally caught fish.
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You will find a courteous bunch of staff here, the interior has a showcase of traditional touch alongwith a display of fresh seafood & spices. Outdoor arrangement is ample & perfect to enjoy the weather and fresh seafood dishes from the menu.
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We had a set menu at the evening, which consisted of delicious dishes coming up one after the other.
Starters:
A sumptuous mix platter of starters which included Yellow Mustard Prawns, Thai Fish Cakes, Chicken Shrimp Sui Mai, Peanut and Mango Salad.
Prawns were done perfect & so were the fish cakes ! Prawn Crackers accompanied with starters.
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Mains: Grilled Sardines in Chilli Butter, Steamed Fish with Ginger Garlic & Lemongrass Soya & Sesame, Thai Green Fish Curry, Stir Fried Rice. Enjoyed the flavorful Steamed Fish with rice. Thai Green Fish Curry also had a great taste.
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Dessert:
Galangal Brownie with Green Tea ice- cream & Mango Cheese Cake.

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