In love with Doner Deli

Shereen Shabnam

Street food is my comfort food so when I recently went to Doner Deli with a couple of friends to indulge in some great Street food and was pleasantly surprised with the choice, taste and ambience of the restaurant.

The dishes are perfected by the founders Hazem Elgendy and Mustafa Alrefaie who love Doner and travelling and hence visited Turkey, Greece, Lebanon and Germany for inspiration before coming up with their own Doner recipe with innovative preparation methods.

I loved the combination of the Kebabs in Pita Bread with the creamy potato salad. The sliders were good too but I saved some space for the delicious brownies. The potato salad was a perfect side dish to accompany the kebabs.

The kebab in Pita bread is the real deal…it must be the sauce, which is tangy, but with a garlic kick in it that just enhances the taste of the meal. The sliders were good but I would have sneaked more of the sauce from the kebab. Brownies were the melt in your mouth kind so we naturally left the place on a high note.

For the drinks I went with lemon mint, which was not too sour or sweet, hence just right to make it refreshing in between. I sneaked a sip of the Oreo Shake from my companion and it was pretty decadent. Good for her but not good for my waistline hence I opted for the lighter drinks.

It was easy to get seats and while waiting for the food, I looked at the large artwork done in chalk on the wall. It creates a warm ambience and gives it a trendier look.

Certainly a place to go back for more with an extra dash of the Doner Deli magic sauce and definitely a lot more brownies.

There are 4 branches of Doner Deli in Dubai and two in Abu Dhabi.

Filipino Favourite Pancake House Welcomes Guests To Its First Location in Dubai at BurJuman

A brand that is as familiar and dear as a childhood friend among the Filipino community, the Pancake House has just celebrated its arrival to the UAE with the launch of its first outlet in Dubai at BurJuman following a partnership with Tablez Food Company.

With a presence in the Philippines since 1974, the Pancake House has gained a spot in every Filipino’s heart and established itself as a community favourite thanks to its exceptional pancakes that are made fresh from scratch for every order, retro style, and memory evoking homey feel it is mostly known for. Today, the Pancake House boasts over 160 stores in the Philippines and around the world, including its latest outlet at BurJuman Dubai, as it has been growing with its guests, celebrating their happiest moments with family and friends, and now proudly welcoming second generations of patrons in both the Philippines and the UAE.

Entering the Dubai food scene with a bang, The Pancake House’s delicious menu will introduce the public to some of the restaurant’s most iconic dishes available every morning, noon, evening, and at all times in-between, boasting a wide selection of crowd pleasers ranging from fluffy pancakes and scrumptious waffles, to mouth-watering main courses, delicious snacks, and refreshing drinks. The Pancake House will be welcoming its well-loved friends to celebrate the arrival of their favorite brand to the UAE, and will be bringing home goodness all the way from the Philippines to also create new memories with the ones who are not yet familiar with the concept, inviting them to explore the original creations as it offers something suitable for every palate

Commenting on the opening of yet another exciting concept, Shafeena Yussuf Ali, CEO of Tablez Food Company said: “The decision of bringing The Pancake House to the UAE came from a sheer love for the concept, the warmth it exudes, and most importantly a respect for its team’s dedication to offer an unbeatable taste and experience, which are the founding principles for Tablez as well”. “At Tablez Food Company, we are strongly committed to associate ourselves with concepts we have an emotional connection with and truly believe in, and we are extremely excited for what the future holds for The Pancake House as it’s now set to cater the same positive vibes and great food not only to Filippino guests living here but to all foodies in Dubai”, she added.

“We are pleased to welcome the Pancake House to BurJuman,” said BurJuman Management. “With our relaunch last year, we took a conscious decision of getting closer to our customers by bringing them the best in community in-mall entertainment, dining and shopping experiences. A nostalgic favourite with the Filipino community, the Pancake House, is a welcome addition to our culinary offering and is sure to become a popular destination for customers and the wider community alike.”

The Pancake House’s doors are now officially open. For more information, including opening hours, visit burjuman.com.

 

A Natural Journey to Complete Relaxation

One of my favourite spas in Dubai is at Shangri-La Dubai. It is the perfect choice for treating all fitness-related aches and pains and currently it is offering its luxurious Combination Shell Massage as the treatment of the month throughout July, complete with a free gift.

A massage that restores both mind and body into a place of serenity and tranquility, this 75-minute deep tissue massage uses warm lava shells and cool glacial shells to promote relaxation and reduce muscle inflammation.

The specialised massage techniques target trigger points in muscles which are key to relieving tension and pain. The treatment can be tailored to suit individual needs and leaves guests feeling revitalised.

For the entire month, anyone that books the Combination Shell Massage will receive a complimentary skincare gift from Red Flower. The Combination Shell Massage is priced at AED 520 and is available throughout the month of July.

Luxurious yet down-to-earth, CHI, The Spa at Shangri-La embraces the principles of vitality, fitness and beauty as the key to achieving inner balance and wellbeing. Guests can indulge in CHI’s ancient healing philosophies and rituals, to relax and rejuvenate both body and mind.

For the Gentlemen

Chi, The Spa is also inviting the distinguished gentleman to indulge in an urban spa retreat. With a 60-minute massage, cigar, night cap and full access to the Health Club and Spa facilities there is nothing more indulgent and relaxing for the city dweller.

An ideal retreat in the heart of the bustling city, the journey begins with a restorative 60-minute, therapeutic, tension relief massage that helps combat stress and restores the body’s natural chi.

Relaxation continues with full access to all Health Club and Spa facilities including the gym, steam room, sauna, Jacuzzi and swimming pool. Gentlemen can end their night with a complimentary whisky and cigar at The Balcony Bar.

Luxurious yet down-to-earth, Chi, The Spa at Shangri-La embraces the principles of vitality, fitness and beauty as the key to achieving inner balance and well-being. Guests can indulge in Chi’s ancient healing philosophies and rituals, to relax and rejuvenate both body and mind.

The Gentleman’s Urban package is AED 550 and is available throughout the week. For inquiries and reservations please call 04 405 2441 or email spa.sldb@shangri-la.com


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Ready for International Tea Day with Kenyan Tea

 

Shereen Shabnam Tea

Courtesy: Kibenda Tea Estate in Nairobi

I love tea parties….it is the perfect laid back way one can catch up with friends and family and I love the fact that I have a tea house right across my home near Citywalk. But how much do we know about the tea we drink. When it comes to tea, one usually associates the hot beverage with India, Sri Lanka or China. But did you know that, according to the leading online statistics portal Statistica, Kenya exports more tea than any of these countries above? In light of International Tea Day on 15th December, here are some fun facts you probably did not know about Kenyan tea.

1. Tea was first brought to Limuru, Kenya by by G.W.L Caine in 1903 from India. A short drive from Nairobi, you can visit the Kiambethu plantation in Limuru and take a tour of this historical site.

2. Many know that tea is ‘chai’ in Hindi and Urdu; but did you know that it is also called ‘chai’ in Swahili? That means that when you say ‘chai tea’, you are actually saying ‘tea tea’.

3. Over 60 per cent of Kenyan tea is produced by smallholder farmers. That means when you’re drinking tea from Kenya, you are most likely supporting the local tea farming industry!

4. Kenya’s top export is tea, with $915 million worth of tea exported around the world in 2013. Kenya mostly exports tea to Egypt, Sudan, Afghanistan, Pakistan, the UK and the UAE. In recent years, Angola, Vietnam, Philippines, Azerbaijan, South Korea, Czech Republic, Myanmar and South Sudan are slowly joining the Kenyan tea bandwagon.

5. Kenya mostly produces black tea but in recent years, the market has begun to diversify with green teas, white teas and even white matchas.

Festive Hampers from Mastihashop

Gift boxes at Mastihashop
Gift boxes at Mastihashop

Mastihashop presents a wide range of gift boxes and hampers for Ramadan, Eid, for corporate giveaways and for all the popular festive occasions like birthdays, house warming and picnics. Gift hampers can be customized and presented with the company’s branding.

The exotic Mastihashop collection reflects the modernization of traditional food remedies and include Mastihq infused chocolates, sweets, savoury products, cosmetics and skincare, pharmaceuticals, gifts as well as exotic coffee, ice cream, desserts and milkshakes.

Corporate gifts

Mastihashop, offers clients the perfect bite, the perfect gift and a cosy hangout for coffee, is located in the Aswaaq Building in Jumeirah 1, Al Wasl Road.

Mansoor Al Bastaki of Mastihashop
Mansoor Al Bastaki of Mastihashop

Under the creative direction of the parent brand, Mastihashop in the UAE has evolved with Mansoor Al Bastaki, Founder and Director of Mastihashop in UAE at the helm. According to him, patrons and discerning UAE residents like to experience exotic food and products they normally find during their travels at their doorstep.

Mastiha/Mastic is a natural and rare tree resin, which has proven to have health benefits with its anti-oxidant, anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory qualities. Any raw Mastiha found around the world originates in only one place in Greece, in Chios Islands and Mastiha Shop is the sole supplier of the Mastiha raw resins.

 

A Jazzy Culinary Affair

Abu Dhabi is hitting all the right notes with the launch of JazzArabia the Middle East’s first jazz radio station at p&c by Sergi Arola, creating a unique ambience at the hotel as the new restaurant complements food and beverage offerings with distinct sounds that gets guests in the mood before their arrival with the sounds of the night and then following them home.

Top radio talent broadcast live from a custom-built studio inside this Spanish tapas restaurant by acclaimed two-starred Michelin chef, Sergi Arola. Through broadcasting a blend of mainstream, Arabic and Latin jazz music, JazzArabia can be streamed live or via the JazzArabia app, which is available for download from the app store on all smart devices.

As a Fijian I love dining with live easy music and welcome JazzArabia.com bringing a new element to the overall dining experience that perfectly complements the sharing concept at the restaurant.

The quirky infusions served at p&c by Sergi Arola certainly goes well with the casual, easy listening blend of music. With the growing social dining concept in the Emirate, trying new experiences with food and music is always welcome for food connoisseurs.

JazzArabia will also air the works of jazz legends, such as Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong, and the more contemporary Michael Bublé and Diana Krall, meaning there is something for everyone. Leslie Nachmann, a world gold medal winner at the New York International Radio Awards, will be chief presenter. She currently presents on JazzRadio Berlin and on regional and national TV in Germany.

Artists featured on JazzArabia include all-time greats Frank Sinatra, alongside such contemporary jazz stars as Michael Bublé, Diana Krall and Natalie Cole. Crossover artists will include Amy Winehouse and Sade.

Latin greats will include Gilberto Gil, Brazil’s former culture minister, Tito Puente, Astrud Gilberto and Chick Corea. Arabic jazz will feature such artists as Ahmed Abdul-Malik, Anouar Brahem and Rabih Abou-Khalil. Rather than having separate programmes for each genre, JazzArabia will mix the different music styles.

p&c by Sergi Arola is a signature restaurant at Shangri-La Hotel, Qaryat Al Beri, Abu Dhabi. A first in the Middle East for the Michelin-starred Chef Sergi Arola, the standalone restaurant brings an eclectic experience, pitting cutting-edge modernity against a traditional backdrop of the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque.

Shereen Shabnam

NEW EXECUTIVE SOUS CHEF FOR TRADERS HOTEL, QARYAT AL BERI

Traders Hotel Shereen Shabnam

Food lovers in Abu Dhabi can now head to Traders Hotel to experience culinary delights by Ricky Rimenda Agustiana, the new Executive Sous Chef who brings more than seventeen years of varied culinary experience to the capital from across the globe.
Prior to the appointment he was at Shangri-La Qaryat Al Beri, Abu Dhabi, at the award-winning Pearls and Caviar. With previous Shangri-La experience Ricky knows the standard that has to be upheld throughout the company and outlets.
Ricky comes to Abu Dhabi with five years of experience from Dubai, UAE, where he worked in a luxury 5-star resort and excelled in his role. Before relocating to the Middle East, Ricky worked in Asia and the USA where he gained invaluable culinary experience. Ricky started his career in Singapore and Indonesia, before relocating to New York. Following two years in the Big Apple, Ricky was promoted to Chef de Partie in the sister company in Florida. Let me know what you thought of his culinary creations.