Category archives: Gastronomy

Ya Salam Cooking with Noor Al Qahtani

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“It all started because I fell in love. I think most great stories stem from love, right? I was just an American girl who had never even tried Saudi food let alone cook it.” Noor Al Qahtani, a resident of a small-town in eastern Tennessee fell in love with her now husband and was adamant to learn how to cook his favorite dishes. Although she wasn’t known fo[...]

elBulli Foundation | A Culinary Think Tank

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It isn’t easy being a real Willy Wonka. With his innovative insight and provocative productions, Ferran Adrià enjoys conducting new culinary experiments as much as our beloved Wonka adores the creative creations of his chocolate factory. The main difference, however, is that Adrià has yet to open his factory, but that will not remain a hindrance for long. A[...]

Sugarpova

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“I’ve always had a sweet tooth. And I am not exaggerating one bit. My earliest memory of candy is being a little girl back in Russia and asking my parents for a lollipop after a good practice on the tennis court. It was that little treat I looked forward to. And here I am many years later hoping to get a sweet treat after a good practice,” says tennis star M[...]

Le66 | L’Atelier De L’Eclaire

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Nestled in the heart of Paris on the most famous street in the world, in the Le 66 Concept Store is L’Atelier de l’Eclair. It is the world’s number one haute couture patisserie devoted entirely to making the finest examples of the great French classic. Using the best ingredients and a quest for excellence combined with a passion for éclairs, a simple dessert[...]

Cooking Up a Storm with Bethany Kehdy

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Judging by her appearance, Bethany Kehdy’s idea of a power breakfast would be three seedless grapes and a piece of unbuttered toast. While she may look like a supermodel, Kehdy does not advocate the eating habits of one. In fact, most of her waking hours are wrapped around food – blogging about it, cooking it before a live audience, crafting fresh recipes fo[...]

Zooba with Chris Khalifa

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“Egyptian food is underserved locally and almost nonexistent globally. There is no difference in quality, in my opinion, between Egyptian food and Lebanese, Turkish, Persian, or even Syrian, yet the latter are all well known and widespread internationally while Egyptian food is comparatively non-existent. I think that a trend of Egyptian food concepts will c[...]

Dough Cupcakes

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Cupcakes played a major role during my elementary school years. Every so often, in my lunchbox, there would be the coveted Hostess Cupcake. Black as night, creamy little center and topped with a layer of sinfully delicious chocolate icing and that familiar white icing doodle. During recess? That’s black and white gold, dear readers. More precious than Sauron[...]

Behind the Scenes at Il Villaggio

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I arrive at Il Villaggio Restaurants and Lounges early one afternoon, set on the edge of Jeddah’s busy Andalus Street, I have little difficulty in finding the place, it is located on one of the most popular restaurant streets in town, and neighbours Chilis, TGI Fridays and a soon to be open OTB (on the Border Mexican Grill). However I am not here to dissect [...]

Cacao Sampaka

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There are so many chocolate shops around the world but perhaps none are as revolutionary as Cacao Sampaka. The flagship store, which opened in Barcelona in 2000, not only offered a wide variety of chocolates but it was also considered the primary source for haute chocolate. Spain's Ambassador to Saudi Arabia, His Excellency Mr. Pablo Bravo, inaugurated the f[...]

MEET MANOUSHEH

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Manousheh, a Lebanese bakery aiming to enlighten and delight customers by serving traditional flatbreads, is the dream child of Ziyad Hermez. Ziyad Hermez moved to New York to pursue a tech-based career path, however his goals changed after embarking on a culinary journey to bake the perfect authentic Lebanese manousheh. After 10 year[...]