Category archives: Living

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[...]

London’s Café Royal Hotel

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Café Royal has always been the preferred haunt of the intellectual, political and artistic literati. Oscar Wilde, George Bernard Shaw, Virginia Woolf, Cary Grant, Elizabeth Taylor, Winston Churchill and Muhammad Ali were all patrons. After a four-year renovation, Café Royal is finally welcoming a new generation of guests into its beautifully renovated space[...]

Dihzahyners Brush Up Beirut

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It was a scorching hot July evening when the sun would not just give it a rest. The setting was a deliriously dull arts bazaar in Beirut’s epicenter. My significant other was force dragging me out of there, sensing our skin was only minutes away from melting off our bones. He was concerned he would pass out before he could find us some shade or maybe even an[...]

Alaan Artspace Opens in Riyadh

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Conceived by Neama and Mohammed Al-Sudairy, a young and vibrant brother-sister team, in collaboration with writer, educator and curator Sara Raza, Riyadh’s highly anticipated gallery Alaan Artspace couldn’t have been opening at a better time. With all eyes focused on the fledging contemporary art scene of Saudi Arabia, Al?an Artspace, which joins the rank[...]