Showing posts from 2016

How to fight holiday weight gain

For most of us the holiday season can come with a lot of temptation. With just a few days to go to a big family wedding, I’m pretty sure I will be tempted to eat all the home made goodies. Fortunately help is at hand.

The holidays can be a challenging time for weight-watchers, with tempting choices lurking around the corner that ultimately add up by the New Year. Jennifer Chalouhi, brand ambassador of Tima Love Life's, personal trainer and mother of three, shares some top healthy tips to help you fight unwanted weight gain during the holidays.

Tima is the brainchild of Fatima Batook who started a fitness apparel line in Saudi Arabia, a few years ago. Her aim was to offer women a positive vibe when it comes to exercise. Here are some extremely do-able tips.
Be sure to get plenty of rest and sleep.
The number one culprit during the holidays is staying up late and not getting at least 7 to 8 hours of sleep. When your body is depleted and running low on energy, your muscles lack recov…

A wintry white Dubai

Yes its the most wonderful time of the year. A time for family and celebration. For those longing for white winters, there's a special event just for you.

The Dubai Winter Festival is back to light up Dubai Media City Amphitheatre, bringing the largest, most enjoyable weekend of festive fun to the city from 8-10 December.

Now in its fifth year, the festival remains the UAE’s favourite festive celebration, with everything the city loves about Christmas in one place, including plenty of seasonal features for the whole family. Activities include Santa’s Grotto, shopping at the Winter Market, Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony and special concerts.

The West End show ‘The Rat Pack’ are set to perform their greatest hits with special evening magical entertainment to get everyone in the festive spirit during the opening night on 8 December. Visitors will get a chance to sing along to their favourite hits including ‘The Most Wonderful Time of the Year’, ‘Mr Bojangles’, ‘New York New York’,…

Never give up

Most of us are a privileged lot. We may not want to acknowledge it but yes, our lives much better than we imagine. Nick Vujicic is someone who doesn’t mind using his own example to show you what you can achieve. Nick was born in Australia in 1982 without arms or legs. All through his childhood and adolescence Nick questioned why he was the way he was. Bullied and ridiculed he often struggled with depression and loneliness. With the help of a loving family and some true friends he decided to turn things around. Since his first speaking engagement at the age 19, Nick has travelled around the world, sharing his story with millions, sometimes in stadiums and conference halls speaking to a range of diverse groups of people. His story has always intrigued me. When he was born doctors never believed he would ever be able to walk and yet Nick has gone around the world. He even walks in his own style. This is someone who loves to swim, paint and has many books to his name.
His message of hop…

Hot chocolate for the soul

Like many people who appreciate the sweeter things in life, chocolate is my weakness. In a battle between a pair of designer shoes or a bar of tempting milk chocolate, for me the latter would certainly win. If you are a bit like me, it is time to rejoice, because Divan Patisserie is heaven on earth for chocoholics like us.
The Turkish café, recently launched their first Dubai store in Dubai Mall. Located on the lower ground level, the café offers a selection of bespoke Turkish delicacies, from a luscious array of ready-made hand crafted creations, to personalised exquisite blends of chocolates and macaroons.
The hot chocolate has an ability to make you weak in the knee but don’t take my word for it. Try it for yourself. Served in just the right amount and not lumped in an over-sized mug, it soothes and somehow tempts you to kick off your heels before you get on with the rest of the day.
The cutlery has elegant illustrations of the famous Hagia Sophia which seem to sway visitors al…

Grilled to perfection

With so many eateries springing up in this busy city, its often hard to select the ones which will stand the test of time. Since it opened in the UK in 2004, the Sahara Grill has achieved its fair share of success.

Their first venture outside the UK is in the UAE. I was wowed by the venue’s large bay window that offers a stunning view of the Burj Al Arab Hotel and Jumeirah Beach Hotel -- the iconic landmarks of Dubai. The vast blue expanse is refreshing as is the cool air that is let in to the restaurant via the gigantic wooden-framed windows. 

The rest of the restaurant is chic and simple but my mind is only on the food. Known for its fresh cuts, Sahara Grill only serves freshly imported meats. The meal is flavourful and grilled to the right degree, a plus for those of us who are avoiding fried foods. Tye Razzaq, CEO of Sahara Grill says, “Our aim is to serve high quality traditional dishes with our own signature that appeal to foodies and are affordable for families.”  Located in …

Where time stands still

Most Indians growing up in the 80’s and 90’s are familiar with the distinct sound of Asha Bhosle. Her unique voice reaches high notes effortlessly and her songs remain popular to this day.
The songstress shares another completely different passion and it has to do with food. Here is a woman who has belted out a tune for countless Indian films. Who has sung at packed concerts all over the world and is considered the world record holder for her contribution to Indian popular music. When did she find the time to cook, let alone perfect well known Indian dishes?

For most Indian women, cooking is expected to be second nature. We may never want to step in to the kitchen but that’s often a choice they aren’t given. Perhaps this may have been the case with a young Ashaji (ji – is a term of respect Indians give to seniors). It wouldn’t be off the mark to imagine that she would have been expected to learn to cook before she was allowed to become a full-fledged recording artist. The Asha’s chain…

My interview with legendary designer Ritu Kumar - Published in Kuwait Times

My interview with Ritu Kumar published in today's Kuwait Times.
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Published in Kuwait Times

My interview with Ritu Kumar published in today's Kuwait Times.
 Follow the Link below to find out more

Beyond luxury

Dubai residents are familiar with luxury hotels which mushroom this landscape attracting hordes of tourists from the region and beyond. When it comes to enhanced luxury, many from the region will make sure they have experienced it. 

The St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort is all set to unveil its newest and most exquisite venture. Built on its own island, with breath taking vistas, it offers the most privacy a visitor could want. The facility will open on November 1, this year. A select few journalists in Dubai were offered a sneak peak at what the hotel offers.   Set on nine hectares of a private isle in the Dhaalu Atoll, the 77 all-villa accommodation are surrounded by pristine landscapes, thick tropical vegetation, a fine white-sand beach, a brackish lagoon and the glistening turquoise Indian Ocean.
The hotel offers a personal e-butler service prior to arrival. A luxury airport transfer greets guests who make their way to the resort after the 45 minute sea plane ride from Male Inderna…

Georgia on my mind

When my friend Prajakta asked me if I'd like to travel to Georgia, I was not sure if it was a good idea. For starters I hadn't heard much about the place and also it was a trip without my husband and children so I would be faced with the guilt of going without them.
After a little hesitation, the two of us boarded the plane to Georgia convinced that we would make the most of the short visit that lay ahead. To our surprise the country offered a lush green welcome to our starved eyes. We soon settled in and explored the city, one artistic gem at a time.
Of course Georgia doesn't make it to the top 10 destinations of must see places. It has its own charm and is slowly but surely on the way to ensuring that visitors are left with something to remember them by.
For me, that element was the snow. White, welcoming and pure unadulterated fun. Of course I have been lucky to play in the snow before but the sight of a carpet of soft, white ice, just makes you want to be a kid again.…

Its getting hot in here

Anyone fortunate enough to dine in Italy will know that it is undoubtedly the home of the beloved pizza. A multitude of outlets and chefs worldwide try to replicate the enigma of this crusty, wholesome meal. Few come close... 

800 Degrees Neapolitan Pizzeria, recently opened its fourth franchise branch at Burjuman Centre in Bur Dubai. Its new menu is designed by the franchise-owner, Manish Jeswani, and Master Pizzaolo, Rosario Accaria, and includes an assortment of desserts and soups.

Made with special Napoli 00 flour and ingredients prepared freshly every morning, 800 Degrees’ authentic Neapolitan Pizzas are baked to perfection in an almond wood-fired oven at (you guessed it) 800 Degrees Fahrenheit. Other features include an in-house prepared Calabrian chili-paste, fresh oregano and peppadew peppers. Peppadew are sweet, tangy red peppers found in South Africa.Guests are invited to create their own pizza from scratch. Gluten-free pizza options are also on offer as are scrumptious pastas…

The Big Bang Theory actor discusses his life.

Though I don't ordinarily publish interviews that I've not done myself, I've made an exception for this handsome bloke.
The Big Bang Theory star Kunal Nayyar sat down to discuss how he left home at 18 to persue his acting dreams in the US. Shot exclusively for British Airways, I couldn't deny my readers the chance to hear what he has to say.
After all, it all started with a Big Bang!

35-year- old Nayyar is famed for making people laugh but the video reveals a more vulnerable side of the actor who shares how he and his family were in tears on the phone after he landed the life-changing role of Raj or Rajesh Koothrappali in the hit US sit-com.

"My parents really inspired me to leave home. I think they found it was very good for me to grow as a human being. And I wasn't scared as much as I was excited, to be honest. I was 18 and I was going to a new country."

With The Big Bang Theory, "It took six weeks for me to find out I had got that role. So they were p…