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First 10K run? Ready, Set, Go!

Have you always had “Complete a 10K Marathon” in that wish list of yours which is hanging on that pretty wall? And it’s been there since quite some time because you aren’t sure on how to prepare for it? Numerous (and bizarre) questions might be popping and floating in your head: How is it going to be? Will I be able to finish it? What if I faint? What if I feel like giving up? What if I am the only one left behind?

STOP! Calm down.

This article will guide you on how you can successfully finish your first 10K run (and still stay in one piece at the end of it).

First and foremost, you need to identify the event you want to register yourself for. Websites like Premier Online and Hopasports have a list of interesting events in varied categories that you can explore and gather information on. Look for something that’s seems well organized and decently priced.

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The average price range for registration is 100 – 250 AED, depending on the location and type of event. This usually includes the medal, live tracker, goodie bag, etc.

The idea is to register beforehand and to register with a friend if possible so that you don’t back out! Yes, those thoughts creep in when you are awake in your bed at 3am the night before the run. Solution? Just shush your mind and go to sleep. (And no you aren’t in love, it’s just anxiety that’s keeping you awake).

BEFORE THE RUN 

You can start with brisk walks and quick jogs to prepare yourself before the event. If you are able to start your preps even a month before the event, that’s good enough.

Apart from getting proper rest the night before, choose super comfortable shoes and clothes for the event.

If you usually have a heavy breakfast every morning, you can munch on a handful of nuts and grab a banana which will keep you full but will give you a boost of energy at the same time. On the other hand, if you are not a breakfast lover, the ideal scenario would be to just grab a quick black coffee and go for the run. During the run, your body will automatically switch to consuming fat which will provide you with a turbo boost.

DURING THE RUN 

imageThe idea is to just keep going, it doesn’t matter how fast or slow you are. Since it’s your first time, the only thing that matters is reaching that glorious finish line.

Ensure that you grab water or electrolytes from the refill stations which are usually arranged along the course of the run and keep yourself hydrated. Some events also giveaway energy gels at the refill stations or include it in your race pack beforehand.

AFTER THE RUN 

First of all, congratulate and pat yourself on the back for making it through! Now you can go ahead and take those fascinating pictures with your finisher medal.

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Try to shower with chilled water (yes, however horrifying that sounds) after the run as it expedites muscle recovery. And ensure that you get proper rest and great food in your belly.

Apart from the pretty shiny medal, the feeling you get once you reach the finish line after that hard work and sweat (quite literally), makes it all worthwhile.

TIP: Plan a satisfying victory meal with your friends beforehand. So that you can start looking forward to it as the date of the event approaches!

PSST….PSST…..Yes you. Don’t forget to smile for the photo when you reach the finish line.

Check out Premier Online and Hopasports to register yourself!

Excited for your first marathon? READY, SET, GO!

 

 

 

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Where to Eat During the Day in Dubai’s Ramadan?

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As Ramadan is round the corner, we wanted to share with you locations of restaurants that are open during the day for those who are not fasting, categorized by area:

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BUSINESS BAY

1 – Aqua
 JW Marriott Marquis Hotel Dubai

2 – Bridgewater Tavern
 JW Marriott Marquis Hotel Dubai

3 – Brothaus Bakery – Bistro
 Steigenberger Hotel – Business Bay, Business Bay 

4 – Kitchen6
 JW Marriott Marquis Hotel Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road 

5 – La Farine Café & Bakery
 JW Marriott Marquis Hotel Dubai

6 – Le Petit Belge
 DoubleTree by Hilton Dubai – Business Bay, Business Bay 

Dubai Marina

JUMEIRAH LAKES TOWERS

7 – 1762 Stripped
 The 1 Building, JLT 

8 – 800 Thali
Cluster B, JLT 

9 – Baldwin Café
 Gold Crest Views, Cluster V, JLT 

10 – Café Isan
 Cluster M, Jumeirah Lake Towers

11 – Couqley
Cluster A, Jumeirah Lakes Towes

12 – Costa
All locations

13 – Hako Sushi
 Cluster I, JLT 

14 – Jazz@PizzaExpress
 Cluster A, JLT 

15 – Just Salad
Indigo Tower, Cluster D 

16 – Kteer Tayyeb
Palladium Towers, Cluster C 

17 – La Terrazza
Almas Tower, JLT 

18 – Le Petit Belge
Pullman Dubai Jumeirah Lakes Towers, Jumeirah Lakes Towers

19 – McGettigan’s JLT
 Cluster J 

20 – Mezza Lebanese Kitchen
 Lake Shore Tower, Cluster Y 

21 – Nosh
Mövenpick Hotel Jumeirah Lakes Towers, Cluster A

22 – Pineapple Express Café
Almas Tower, JLT 

23 – Public
Lake Plaza Tower, Cluster T 

24 – Sheikh & Shake
Mag Tower, Cluster R

25 – Spice Kraft
Platinum Tower, Cluster I 

26 – Sukh Sagar
Almas Tower 

27 – White Ambient
Saba Tower 1, Cluster E

28 – Vietnamese Foodies
 Cluster D, Jumeirah Lakes Towers 

29 – 77 Veggie Boutique
Tiffany Tower, Cluster W 

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30 – Medley Restaurant
Pullman Dubai Creek City Centre, Deira 

31 – Sonamu
Asiana Hotel Dubai, Al Muraqqabat, Deira 

32 – Boardwalk
Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club, Deira

33 – Anise
InterContinental Dubai Festival City 

34 – Hard Rock Cafe
Dubai Festival Centre 

35 – Nomad
 Jumeirah Creekside Hotel, Al Garhoud 

36 – Plumeria
Jumeirah Creekside Hotel, Al Garhoud 

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37 – 1762
Building 5, The Balcony Level 1, DIFC

38 – Al Mandaloun
Building 3, DIFC 

39 – Bateel
Building 2, DIFC 

40 – Boca
Gate Village 6, DIFC 

41 – Burger & Lobster
 Burj Daman, DIFC 

42 – Carnival by Trèsind
Burj Daman, DIFC 

43 – Cipriani Dubai
Gate Village 10 

44 – Dusty’s
Al Fattan Currency House, DIFC

45 – Gaucho
Gate Village 05, DIFC 

46 – Intersect by Lexus
Gate Village Building 7, DIFC

47 – Pret To Go
Gate 5, Marble Walk 

48 – Ravioli & Co.
Burj Daman Building, DIFC 

49 – Royal China
Precinct Building 4 

50 – Scotta Espresso Bar
Burj Daman Building 

51 – Taqado Mexican Kitchen
 Gate 5, Marble Walk 

52 – Zuma
Gate Village 6 

Downtown DubaiDOWNTOWN DUBAI

53 – Almayass
Sofitel Dubai Downtown, Downtown Dubai 

54 – Armani/Deli
Burj Khalifa, Downtown Dubai

55 – At.mosphere
Burj Khalifa, Downtown Dubai 

56 – Baker & Spice
 Souk Al Manzil, Downtown Dubai 

57 – Clinton St. Baking Company
Burj Views, Downtown Dubai 

58 – Ewaan
Palace Downtown, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard +

59 – Ting Irie
OSouk Al Manzil, Downtown Dubai 

60 – The Restaurant at Address
 Address Boulevard 

61 – The Daily
Rove Downtown, Downtown Dubai

 

Dubai MarinaDUBAI MARINA AND JBR 

62 – Al Maeda
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Dubai Jumeirah Beach, Dubai Marina 

63 – eggspectation
JBR, Dubai Marina 

64 – Accents Restaurant & Terrace
InterContinental Dubai Marina, Dubai Marina

65. Andreea’s
 Habtoor Grand Resort, Autograph Collection, Dubai Marina 

66 – Baker & Spice
Marina Promenade, Dubai Marina 

67 – Bistro Des Arts
Dubai Marina Promenade, Marina Mall, Dubai Marina 

68 – Blue Orange
The Westin Mina Seyahi Beach Resort and Marina, King Salman Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud Street 

69 – Bussola
The Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi, King Abdulaziz Bin Salman Al Saud Street 

70 – Cargo
Pier 7, Dubai Marina 

71 – Gastro Kitchen
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Dubai Jumeirah Beach, Dubai Marina .

72 – Gourmet by Kcal
Le Méridien Mina Seyahi Beach Resort and Marina, King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud Street 

73 – Latest Recipe
Le Méridien Mina Seyahi Beach Resort and Marina, King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud Street 

74 – Nell Gwynn
Byblos Hotel, Dubai Marina

75 – Shades
Address Dubai Marina 

76 – Shores
Ramada Plaza, Jumeirah Beach Residence 

77 – SushiArt
The Beach, JBR 

78- The MAINE Oyster Bar & Grill
DoubleTree By Hilton Hotel, JBR

79 – The Scene by Simon Rimmer
Pier 7, Dubai Marina 

80 – Tribeca Kitchen & Bar
JA Ocean View Hotel, The Walk, JBR

May the spirit of Ramadan bless you with prosperity, wealth and happiness in life. Wishing all of you Ramadan Kareem from the SNAPR Zone Team.

 

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Where Breakfast meets Lunch at Kempinski Ajman…

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Is this really true on weekends though? Breakfast is out and brunch is in now.  Brunch has replaced the traditional 3 meals a day concept on weekends in the region. 11 am- 4 pm is the time you eat and drink your heart out until you cannot move and probably need to be dragged and rolled back to your car or jump into the closest pool with your heavy bloated belly. I am sure most of us have atleast once in our eating lives, stayed for a buffet from the time it opens or even before it opens until closing time. Well, I do it every single time, why leave when food is waiting to be eaten? Probably, will stop doing that when they kick me out I suppose or maybe not….

Kempinski Ajman is one of the oldest hotels in Ajman across the water. The Friday Garden Brunch is the most popular brunch in the Emirate. It is spread across  the garden overlooking the beach.  The brunch is a combination of 3 of their restaurants to bring fusion to the cuisine. They had live music starting at 12:30 PM. The brunch was widespread across a variety of cuisines: Arabic, Italian, Asian, Indian and Barbecue. The Italian and Indian stations were inside while the Arabic, Asian and barbecue were outside facing the garden.

AGDCE4387[1]The Arabic live station had on the spot hot bread made in front of you with the stuffing of your choice, cheese, labneh, beef, chicken shawarma. With the aroma of hot, hot, fresh bread with the filling of your choice, melting on the tandoor right there in front of your eyes definitely wakes you up even if you are in a deep sleep!

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The Asian stir fried or steamed noodles stall had a variety of savoury sauces, vegetables, shrimps, prawns, and meat options to enhance the flavour as per your taste buds. The noodles were served with chopsticks keeping the ancient tradition in mind and encouraging people to try them out.

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The Indian corner was really cute, had tiny delicious mouth watering Aloo Samosas in mini shopping carts with chutney almost dripping to the crust of the samosa. The Dal Bukhara was served in small buckets along with Sev Puri Chaat in a mini frying pan. The chaat was a little dry probably because it was out in the sun for a long time.

They also served Chaas (Butter Milk) and Mango Lassi (Yoghurt Drink) in tiny glasses. Keeping the portions small was a smart idea, in order for all the dishes to be tried and tasted. Both the drinks were perfectly blended in the right proportion, exactly like how you would expect in any “Dhaaba” in India.

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The Italian corner had a live Pasta stall where the pasta was made from scratch. It was mesmerizing to see the chef prepare the pastas the way we want! We tried the creamy cheesy white sauce with the seafood toppings and freshly made spaghetti.

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The Barbecue section at the garden was undoubtedly, the most crowded live station with live grills preparing your meal so that they are piping hot and on the spot!

There were several options to choose from a mini open cupboard with various compartments. The dishes were mainly pertaining to seafood and chicken.

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And well lets come to my favourite part of any buffet…DESSERT!!!! The variety was superb, there was a fair mix between chocolate and fruity flavours. The desserts included tarts, cakes, brownies, ice creams of all sorts with a fried ice cream live counter, lollipops, chocolate dates, mousses and souffles.

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Overall, it was a great brunch experience, completely lightens your weekend and makes your tummy really really happy and really really full!

Timings: Fridays from 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Prices:

  • Brunch with soft drinks | AED 185
  • Brunch with selected house beverages | AED 210
  • Beach & Brunch with soft drinks | AED 250
  • Beach, Brunch & Selected house Beverages | AED 290

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Smashroom – Where Vandalism is legal…

Do you have alarm bells go off in your head and fret about getting older? Well, we definitely do! And if you’re anything like us, then we’ve found you a perfect place to let that steam off. 💨

It was our beloved team member Avinash’s 25th Birthday and we decided to celebrate the occasion at Smashroom, the newest recreational spot in town creating all the buzz. 🛠

We have always seen in movies and tv shows where some character goes berserk and stars hurling stuff across the room either in frustration or during a fight scene. And if you say you never wished you could do it too, then you would be lying to yourself. 🤷🏻‍♀️

As the name suggests, Smashroom is a place for you to let all your frustration out and smash your way through cups, plates, TV’s, printers and other electronic items. The thrill of using a weapon of your choice (hammer, iron rods, axe, bats) to crush something that was once whole into tiny pieces gives you a crazy adrenaline rush.

img_2437.jpgIt’s a perfect place to absolutely lose your cool on anything that drives you mad, be it an irritating boss, your daily pet peeves, or just the ordinary Monday blues! While this whole experience may seem catastrophically violent, believe us when we say this-by the end of your session, most of your anger will just turn into a deep breath which you exhale.

Even if you don’t have any pent up stress in you, the mere exercise of breaking things against a wall is exciting. By the end of your session you’ll be drenched in sweat. We recommend you to feel free to bring out your dramatic flair, just like how they do it in movies 🎬😉

Here’s some more information about The Smash Room:

Each session lasts for about 25 minutes. If you’re a bigger group like we were, the packages offered to you may be a little different, so you can reach out to them to get a more exact rate.

Here are the packages that they offer:

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The entire team was made aware of the surprise that we planned and the staff there  (Big 🙌🏻 to Jessica and team) made a fabulous effort of making it a great event and made sure all of our needs were met. They also laid out a great spread of refreshments and snacks for us to re-energize.

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SNAPR Tip: Our recommendation is to wear jeans/ sports wear, closed shoes and also a full sleeve t-shirt (not mandatory by smashroom) to avoid hurting yourself. The staff does provide you with overalls, safety gloves and hard hats. The overalls only protect your clothes from dust but do not protect you from cutting yourself. Further, it does get pretty hot and sticky inside the overalls after all the smashing and huffing and puffing, so carrying a pair of clothes to change into would help as well.

If noise pollution is not a problem for you and pressures of life take a toll on you…smashroom is a must go!

Details: The Smashroom DXB
Telephone: 04-3397810
Website: https://www.thesmashroom.ae

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On a roll!

We’ve been venturing out to a lot of Indian Cuisine lately and we stumbled upon “Roti Rollers” for a quick bite one evening. Roti Rollers is an Indian fusion urban street food concept that is very evident by the interiors and the ambience of the place.


They majorly serve wraps in Indian bread, natively called “Roti”, hence the name: Roti Rollers. Now for the health freaks, you can substitute this for Quinoa or Salad Bowls; so you’re covered and for the rice lovers you can switch this for Biryani or Pulao.

You can either go for their signature flavours and customise them or build your own which is quite a fun exercise. We visited the branch in Dar Al Wasl, a small little outlet which accommodates a few  tables. A new 100 seater branch in La Mer is also up and running!

Quick Tip:Ask your server to taste their variety of sauces. They tend to have sauces not on their menu as well.
Sameer from Roti Rollers was a gem of a person and helped us guide our way around the menu and pick the right combination of sauces and fillings to our likings.

If you are a person who would love to see your meal getting cooked, this would be the perfect place as the cooking and serving is done right in front of your eyes!

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Our Order

It took us quite a while to understand the menu and place the order luckily it was a quiet evening so we could take our sweet time. If you order a combo, it comes with a beverage, a side, roti crisps and a few dips which is very filling for one person no matter how big the appetite.

Signature Roll: Hen Stefani [AED 34]

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This wrap is perfect for people who love chicken but hate spicy food. With it’s combination of emmental cheese, mayo and “indie” guacamole, this creamy-trinity wrap not only reminds you of the carbs you’ll gain but also reminds you of how good and crave-friendly malai kebabs can actually be. However, if you do need that pickle-level spice in your life which makes you cry out happy tears, then this roll may not be the one for you.

Build your own: Tandoori Prawn [AED 60]

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Seafood lovers, this is your holy grail! Paired with whole wheat roti (tried to be healthy) and stuffed with prawns tossed in tandoori masala, onions, red cabbage, coriander and garlic and to spice things up it had chimmicurri and red chilli and fennel sauce! We still can’t get over the zing the combination wrap had to it. The combo meal included roti crisps, tangy masala fries, salsa and Indian chutney.

Spicy Cheese Toast [AED 20]

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Now who doesn’t love cheese? If there’s a cheese grill on the menu, we’re ordering it. The chilli flakes with the classic cheese grill was a good surprise but the sandwich was moist in texture and could have been a little more crisp.

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Salted Caramel Date Lassi [AED 14]

We were so intrigued to see a combination of salted caramel and date on the menu put together in a LASSI! It felt like a true calling being a Lotus lover Indian Kid living in Dubai. Unfortunately it was really dissappointing. There was too much date and barely any salted caramel. The beverage had too much texture in it.

Mango Lassi [AED 20] 

This sweet combination of the taste of mango and the traditional punjabi sweet lassi, was a real winner!! It’s one of the best Mango Lassi’s we have ever had. We recommend all visitors to give it a try!

Truck Driver’s Chai [AED 9]  

We’re crazy about chai (tea) so it had to be a part of our order. Nothing out of the oridinary served but it was definitely good chai! Whether we want to pay AED 9 for a cup of chai is questionable.

Ever since the launch of their new outlet at La Mer, they have introduced many more items on their menu. We wouldn’t go as far to say that Roti Rollers is a unique experience, but it for sure has some really interesting flavours to play around with.

Contact Details:

Open 11am – 12 midnight
04 3450761

Roti Rollers Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Location: Unit 70, Dar Wasl, Al Wasl Road, Al Safa, Dubai

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Is UAE the new hub for comedy?

Those who know me, know that I’m a sucker for stand up comedy. I love the idea of paying to get my funny bone tickled leaving behind all the worries and problems in the world behind. UAE has become such a great hub for stand-up shows in the past 2 years. From international comedians like Russel Peters, Vir Das and Trevor Noah to up and coming comics based out of India – UAE has hosted them all.

The latter is particularly becoming a trend here in Dubai and Abu Dhabi  which is obvious since more than 20 Indian comics have performed in the country in the past year! That’s a LOT of comedy!
This has also branched out to entertainment companies specialising in hosting these shows like comic-on nights (a sister firm of Aish outt Productions), Vdesi laughs and Hustle Entertainment. There are other companies which have added comedy as an added division. This has also led to a lot of open mic nights curating some great local talent. The industry is getting some presence in the region.

(P.S heres a little sneak peak of my obsession with stand up comedy)

 

Hustle Entertainment in particular hosts their Laughathon series annually. There are usually multiple shows spread across the middle of the year with one show in each month. This year they kicked of their second season with Abishek Upmanyu’s “Thoda Saaf Bol” special earlier in March. (which was super hilarious btw!)

The second show of the season features the guitar playing boy next door who likes chai and dosas – Kenny Sebastian and Sumukhi Suresh – female comic who is well known for her quirky comebacks in her short segments called Behti Naak. Both comics now have their own web series on Amazon Prime. Kenny Sebastian stars in ‘Die Trying’ where he plays a musician just trying to make it in the music biz with his best bud. Sumukhi Suresh plays a hilarious woman who leaves everything behind to stalk her crush in her award winning series ‘Pushpavalli’

The two brilliant comics perform on 14th April at Hustle Entertainment’s Laughathon 2.0 in DUCTAC, Mall of the Emirates. Tickets are priced from AED 150 and you can buy them here. 

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You can also win 2 Gold tickets to the show. Simply enter your details below and participate on our Instagram page as well to increase your chances. Winners will be announced and contacted on 11th April 2018.

 

 

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Kasbah: Rooftop Lounge with an Emoji Menu!

Emoji’s have conquered every emotion and expression in our lives and now they’ve even paved their way into food menus!! Yes, you read that absolutely right!

We were recently invited to Kasbah the Rooftop, a newly opened rooftop lounge in Jadaf. The lounge and cafe is very well designed to accomodate you in all weather conditions, be it summer or winter. It is has a part indoor and part outdoor facility. The outdoor seating is stunning with the seating surrounding a beautiful pool with breathtaking views of the Dubai Skyline which looks gorgeous with the backdrop of sunset horizon. Even after sundown, the place is lit with ambient lights to set your mood for a relaxed evening.

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Apart from a great ambience, the place even has live music on some evenings and also serves Shisha and alcoholic beverages. More importantly, it serves a selection of some really interesting and delicious food. The menu is designed around quirky names for each of the items on their menu and an associated custom Emoji. Just take a look at how cute these are!

Chef Tarun Panjwani has done a brilliant job by bringing in an innovative twist to the already popular Indian Street Food or Indian Chaat by combining unique ingredients and presenting them in an appetizing manner along with fun and quirky names which immediately make you curious to try them out.

Following are some of the items that we tried:

  1. Heart Beet: Beetroot and cream cheese shaped like a heart, breaded and fried to perfection. This combination was unexpectedly delicious and we were left wanting for more!
  2. Teri Chicken Ke Balls: Chicken balls stir fried in delicious teriyaki sauce. Teriyaki tossed meats usually tend to be sweet but this was really well rounded with a nice balance between sweet and spicy.
  3. Raj Ki Kaun?: This dish’s presentation was as quirky as it’s name. It’s a play on Raj Kachori ( a popular Indian Street Food) served in a wheat flour cone with a potato and peas filling.
  4. Bombay Bombs: The very popular Vada Pav from Mumbai has been presented as stuffed breaded mini – balls baked in a Tandoor (Traditional Clay Oven). We loved how these maintained the original taste of the traditonal Vada Pav and exploded delicious flavors at each bite.
  5. Thick Thighs and Extra Shroom Fries: Fried Portobello Mushrooms served with Mayo-Mustard dip. The fries were delicious just by themselves and also pairs really well with the dip which tasted a lot like the Indian Kadhi
  6. Call-it-a-Flower: The chef surely loves puns as much as we do. Skewered Cauliflower and Broccoli florets which were marinated and barbecued to perfection were presented with a bunch of flowers. If you had to ask me, this is a much better way to impress your beloved than a plain bunch of flowers he or she can’t even eat!
  7. As Warm as toast: Pepper chicken enclosed in a little tiny bun which was so adorbaly presented. It was creamy and delicious but in comparison to the other items on the menu would probably not be our first choice.
  8. Dabizza: The dish is supposed to be a Dabeli (Gujarati version of a Burger) turned into Pizza. However we’d say it’s a unique and a surprisingly delicious combination of Sev Puri and Pizza. It’s a must try!
  9. Mojito: This one was a simple mocktail. But who said simple and sticking to basics isn’t good?
  10. Daily Bailey: Hands down, one of the most moist, delicious and chocolate-y cakes I have had in a very long time. I am ready to have this DAILY.
  11. That’s How We Roll: This has to be the most unique and the very best pick from everything that we tried for the day. This is the Shrikhand (Sweetened Hung Yogurt) and Red Velvet Cake rolled into one served with Bubble Gum Ice Cream. So different and yet SO Delicious! The fruity flavours played so nicely with the red velvet and shrikhand combo! Definitely not to be missed.

Overall, Kasbah the Rooftop is very promising in terms of being your next regular hang-out spot to unwind with a bunch of friends. And if you like Indian Food as much as we do, you’re going to love their unique menu.

Managed by award winning entertainment company Deja Vu Dxb, Kasbah also has live music every Tuesday and a fantastic ladies night offering complimentary drinks and shisha every Wednesday.

Written by: Rujuta Shah, Saher Meeran and Nishtha Rajan

Contact Information:

Phone Number: +971-4-2753187

Kasbah The Rooftop - GoldState Hotel Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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Exclusive Dog Park in Dubai to cure your furry friend’s blues

In recent times very few locations in the UAE allow for you to take your furry little pet out in the open. This includes public parks and even camping spots like Al Qudra. Introducing  “Bark Park” the first ever park dedicated to Dogs.

It all started when Jan Leitch adopted Asal, a Saluki who was temperamental and had no open space to run around. This problem turned into an idea and now BarkPark is a playground for many dogs accross the UAE.

Aurelie Walder photographer, aureliewalder.com, photos@aureliewalder.com

Meet Asal the inventor (source: barkparkdubai.com)

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Lucky for us, our friend Pluto gave us a little tour of “Bark Park”, a 3.5 acre enclosed desert farm dedicated for all dogs big and small to come and play. Apart from ample place to run around. They have cooldown pools, drinking water, fun agility equipment, shade and segregated areas for small and for large dogs

It’s not only a great place for your dogs and pups but also a great place for dog owners, especially for first time dog owners to meet and mingle with the others. The park has a shaded area for the dog owners to sit and they have a little snack corner always stocked up for you to relish with an honesty jar, a pay if you can sort of a system.

 

Fees: 

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Source: facebook.com/barkparkdubai

Weekdays (Sun, Tue, Wed, Thurs) AED 30 and AED 20 for each accompanying dog (if you have multiple dogs)
Weekends (Fri, Sat) – AED 65 and AED 40 for each accompanying dog (if you have multiple dogs)
You can also opt for a membership plan which gives you and your dog(s) unlimited access to the park:
Annual Membership: AED 1800
Half Yearly Membership: AED 1300
Monthly Membership: AED 250

 

 

 

Entry Requirements:   [Taken from Barkparkdubai.com]

Vaccinations: All dogs must have current vaccinations for Rabies, & DHPPL (Distemper, Hepatitis, Para influenza, Parvovirus & Leptospirosis). Vaccination certificates must be presented and will be checked. If your dog has not completed their vaccinations at least 72 hours before coming to BarkPark they will not be allowed entry.

Flea, Tick & Worm Control: They also require that your dog should be up to date on their flea, tick & worm control.

Registration: All dogs must be microchipped, & if from Dubai, be registered with Dubai Municipality and wear their municipality ID tag on their collar at all times.

Personal ID: Owners are also requested to provide their personal Emirates ID upon registration.

Timings:
In the cooler months (Nov – April), Bark Park is open from 7.00am – 7.00pm on weekends and 10.00am & 3.00pm – 8.00pm on weekdays.
In the warmer months, Bark Park is open from 5.00am-8.00am & 5.00pm – 10.00pm.
Closed on Mondays.

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Kris With a View

Are you looking for having a romantic time with your loved one? Kris with a View can be your answer to that.

This is one of the classier romantic restaurants in town. The restaurant is set up in a way which makes one feel special. The dim lights and live music add-on to the ambiance of this restaurant. The restaurant is located on the 19th floor and hence, gives an extraordinary view of old Dubai.

The restaurant specializes in Thai, Chinese and Indian cuisine dishes. Our team got an opportunity to visit this place through an event hosted by Zomato. Below is an insight of our visit:
Wine Tasting
We tasted four different types of wine. Two of each red and white wine.
As red wine lovers, we really loved the Rosemount Estate Merlot which originates from Australia which goes perfectly well with goat cheese on the side.
 It is a must try at their gorgeous bar.
Starters, Fondue and Desserts
Our food tasting started with a selection of crudities and cheese along with a couple of starters such as:
  • Thai Crispy Prawn – Top Non-Veg pick
  • Tandoori Chicken Katti Roll – A tad bit dry
  • Zaafrani Paneer – Well flavored
  • Szechuan Tofu – Interesting flavors for Tofu
  • Shammi Kofta –  Lacked the right spices
  • Tongkarashi and Wasabi Fries – Top Veg pick
The veg and chicken fondue are a speciality at this restaurant and we were more than delighted to try both of them.
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The fondue included a pot of hot flavored olive oil in which you are required to cook the various items. The reason why this is interesting, especially for the non veg items is because the marinated flavors are slow cooked to perfection.
The veg options were very basic as it included only veggies without any pre-flavoring, the only flavoring they had was the oil in which they were cooked.
For dessert, we got to try the DIY Truffle Palette. It comes with chocolate and vanilla truffles which can be filled with chocolate, passion fruit or strawberry filling.
After filling the truffles, you dip them in melted chocolate and roll them in your favorite topping. This was fun to create and to satisfy our sweet tooth since we got to explore various combinations.
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Overall, this restaurant is worth a shot since it offers multiple cuisines, live music, brunch, full bar, buffet and a panoramic view of the city.
Contact Information
Tel: 045509208
Website: http://www.kris.ae
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Let’s Play Holi! (Giveaway Alert!!!)

Holi, also known as the festival of colours” is a traditional hindu festival that marks the beginning of spring. The festival also signifies the victory of good over evil. It encourages and reminds people to live, laugh, forgive and forget and celebrate with joy and happiness with your family and friends, near and dear.

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Source: smithsonianmag.com

The festival is best known for the powder or “Gulal” that people throw on each other. While that’s common knowledge what most people don’t know is that the four basic colors of the Gulal symbolises a feature. Red reflects love and fertility, blue is the colour of Lord Krishna, yellow is the colour of turmeric and green symbolises spring and new beginnings.

SO What’s Happening This Holi?

Holi is popularly celebrated all across UAE by residents of all religions and cultures. There are a whole bunch of events happening but we’d like to draw your attention to one such event. The Holi Hungama 2018! 

Novo Events, brings to you the ultimate Holi Madness on the 2nd of March. The event is headlined by none other than Diljit Dosanjh alongside some great local Djs.

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Tickets are on sale for AED 80 (Single), AED 120 (Couple) and AED 250 (Family, 5 members) and are available at platinumlist.net

About Diljit Dosanjh: Indian actor, singer, television presenter and social media celebrity who works in Punjabi and Hindi cinema. He is recognised as one of the leading artists in the Punjabi music industry. Among his many songs stick with us the most popular ones: Do you Know, Laembadgini, Move your Lakk and many more.

But now that you’re here we’d like to give you a chance to WIN FREE TICKETS and party with Diljit Dosanjh. Fill out the form below and to increase your chances to win,  Click Here and enter our giveaway on our instagram. Contest is open to UAE residents only. 

Don’t get lost on the way to the event, here is the location: