Sbarro’s Pizza Experience

Sbarros is a popular brand with many branches in US. They do have branches in Dubai too.
I tried takeaway from this place when I was at my JLT office. My order consisted of Peri Peri Paneer & Classic Veggie. Both sadly were a disappointment. I know that pizza even bad can taste good but unfortunately nothing could save these. There was lack of salt and the seasonings were way off! To top that off the service was slow too! It took them 45minutes to prepare my order.
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I had initially ordered pasta as well but looking at their pace I cancelled my additional orders and bid them goodbye!  The only good thing about the pizza was the crust as it was well cooked. Such a shame that they couldn’t offer a decent pizza flavor if nothing fancy.

Sbarro Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Fresh & Hot! Zpizza

am a pizza maniac, I can eat it any time of the day! So it’s obvious that I keep discovering new places and telling you folks about the same.
Glad that restaurants are taking the concept of healthy eating seriously and so following that is Zpizza. They use GMO free flour and do offer gluten free options.
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I tried their meal for four option which includes two salads, two medium pizzas, coke & six pieces of their garlic breads served with marinara sauce. My choice of pizzas included, spinach & mushroom which has white sauce base & California Veggie, filled with all the possible veggies. Whoever said pizzas are unhealthy are really wrong, just look at those veggies man! For salads I tried Greek salad & California salad, both were delicious & hearty portions. The garlic bread sticks were a bit tough to chew on but i am assuming that’s because i consumed it while it was cold.
Can’t wait for Zpizza business Bay branch to open up! It’s going to be near from my office which only means one thing.. more pizza lunches!
Please note: I was sent the meal as I had won their giveaway. I was not asked to review them but they do offer genuinely good food so do check them out!
 Contact them on 04 4371644 for orders

ZPizza Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

McDonald’s Hand Gesture Campaign

Ramadan is the most significant event for Muslims around the world. Abstaining from food and water from dawn to dusk is the pattern followed by observers.

Brands invest in heavy advertising during this period & take this opportunity to promote food products through various mediums. It’s not an incorrect practice to promote food products & related services during fasting hours. However, innovative campaigns always work well as they stand out from the crowd.

One such noticeable campaign launched last year was by McDonald’s UAE. Their “No distractions” billboard was appreciated by many. This campaign garnered positive responses and resulted in launch of a similar campaign this Ramadan known as ‘The Hand Gesture Campaign’

McDonald’s has set a perfect example for how marketing is done in this era. There has been a shift of focus from just product advertising to consumer oriented marketing. ‘The Hand Gesture Campaign’ focuses on respecting Muslims observing Ramadan by keeping the food displayed on outdoor mediums to a minimum. What’s interesting to observe is that this campaign too like the former one continues to focus on theme of being respectful in holy month of Ramadan.

‘The Hand Gesture Campaign’ includes digital billboards which show empty hands “recreating” a burger before iftar & then gets replaced by the same hands holding a burger close to Iftar time. These hands can also be seen on some static billboards and scattered across panels around the country.

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Another aspect focused in this year’s campaign is diversity. From details such as hands used in ads across to sharing Ramadan stories from people of different ethnicities, all have been covered. The Ramadan stories shared on their Instagram McDonald’s UAE  are personal experiences by actual people. These experiences & memories are not only heartwarming but also gives an insight from various perspectives. This clever campaign creates instant connectivity between the brand & the audience with little focus on the product itself.

McDonald’s hand gesture campaign revolves around their latest offering which is the Ramadan meal. Exclusively designed for UAE, this meal includes a choice of burger, refreshing McFizz with Vimto Flavor, delicious Date custard Pie  & Nuggets all for the price of AED25. Being a vegetarian I never actually get to try out Ramadan meals but this time McDonald’s has covered the same too. Their choices do include vegetarian burgers as well! Love how detailed their strategy is. This makes a difference and allows products to penetrate amongst various segments of the market.

Have you spotted this campaign recently? What are your thoughts on the same? Do write to me in comments below.

 

 

 

Sweeten Your Summer With Freez

Freez is one of the most talked about cafes in Dubai. Why so you ask? Well they have sweet treats for the fussiest of eaters and their innovative crepes and cakes are popular amongst the younger crowd.
To find out what’s the hype all about I visited their outlet located at Al Qouz. It’s a small outlet but since most of their orders are takeaway/delivery this area seems sufficient for them. Colorful interiors that have graffiti of products from the 90’s such as Areej juices, oman chips and more.
Coming to the menu, we tried the Happiness cake,which is essentially a super moist red velvet cake topped with white and milk chocolate. This dish is not for those who are not sweet fanatics. It’s indeed delicious but a large portion for one. Apart from this I also tried the refreshing pistachio shake. Served in a jar of nutella, this shake is all you need to be summer ready! We loved it a lot. The other dish that I tried was the chocolate mousse cake, oozing liquid chocolate topped with more chocolate! I was in chocolate heaven! We also tried the lotus pancakes, kraft pancakes and more.
Overall, if you are in Al Qouz or if you spot their pop up stores, do give their dishes a try. They are sweet but delicious treats all priced reasonably.
Contact 0564355540 for deliveries and event caterings. Click here for menu

Freez Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Salads & More At Richy’s

As I always say, dining in JLT is fun now that’s because there are so many options! One of delicious options is Richys that serves wraps salads and smoothies all day long!
I tried the following salads, some custom made and some of their in house specials.
Zippy Tofu salad with goma dressing is,a must try as its zingy and I love the addition of edamame beans to it.
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The Krunchy kale salad, again what a delicious combination with sweet potato and feta giving that creaminess.
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My diy salad ( tricolored fusilli/grilled portebello mushrooms/ sundried tomato/corn/zucchini/ olives/Mozzarella/basil pesto) not low carbohydrate dish but really filling and it’s perfect for a light lunch.
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They do offer delicious soups too. My favorite was the tomato and basil soup. Not a fan of fried crunchies but it adds a good crunchy element to the dish.
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They have interesting wraps as well. What I tried was their veggie wrap which I replaced the feta with halloumi. My only concern was that the dressing of the wrap was a bit salty.
Coming to the desserts, I absolutely loved the fresh strawberry cheesecake. It not overtly sweet but the right amount of sweet.
Overall, Richys is a really good option for those looking to try new and healthy salad combinations. Also those who love DIY-ing own wraps and salads is a great idea!
Find more about Richys on Richy's Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato
Contact them on 800742497 for orders

The House Cook – Food Delivery Service

I love freshly prepared meals especially those which are healthy and neatly packed. However I get bored too easy from restaurants. Solving this problem is The house cook that offers new menu every week.
You can order a pack for yourselves at the cost of only aed45 and enjoy a hearty and healthy meal that comprises of a starter, mains, salads or desserts. The package comes with cutlery and all the food is packed in microwave safe containers making it a hassle free meal that can be ordered anywhere.
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What I had ordered was the Mexican box,with delights like vegetables wrap, chips and dips and more. Apart from this I also tried the oriental twist box that had rice, delicious stir fries and wraps.
Overall, the housecook is a good option to try out fresh & delicious delights at your convenience. They have good variety of vegetarian and non vegetarian options.
Orders can be placed via their website, uber eats, talabat and more.
  • Delivery only
  • Online ordering
  • Fresh meals
  • Not available on Fridays
Check Weekly menu on THE HOUSE COOK website or The House Cook Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

VLCC Slimming Treatment Review

What’s the first thing that pops in your mind when I say VLCC? Most associate them with weight loss hoardings seen across the city or even for their well-known beauty products found at select retail outlets. However, there is much more to the brand than what we know, as I discovered for myself.

VLCC has a very holistic and practical approach towards the whole mystery of slimming down and maintaining a healthy body.

I got the opportunity to try out one of their slimming sessions called Tei machine that focuses on fat loss from thighs, arms and stomach area.

This was my first visit, and to begin with, I was asked to share my brief medical history and my lifestyle with their wellness counsellor. Once she had all details noted down, she began explaining to me on how VLCC works on setting smaller weight loss targets which make it easier for clients to achieve. Also, the monitoring of same is done week on week basis so that one is aware of how and what exactly is helping them lose weight.

Experts and counsellors at VLCC ensure to design a healthy mix of passive treatments such as Tei along with a diet plan to achieve desired goals.

Tei Treatment- My Experience

Prior to the treatment, my weight was checked on their Body Composition Analysis (BCA) Machine. The machine also calculates metabolism rate, weight in specific areas and the BMI which is calculated keeping in mind the weight and height.

This session is completely private and done in a closed room. Gel slathered straps were attached to targeted areas. What Tei machine does is help in loosening fat from the areas and increasing the metabolic rate. In the forty-five minutes of the session the straps emitted heat at various degrees. Along with variating degrees of heat the straps also vibrates. These vibrations like heat variate the pattern to maximize fat loss.

The treatment rooms are equipped with televisions and are very relaxing. Use of mobile phones is permitted or one can even choose to catch up on some much needed sleep while in session.

Post treatment the weight analysis is done again. This helps in drawing comparisons pre-& post sessions.
There aren’t sudden changes in the weight post the sessions but these help in increasing metabolic rate that promotes fat loss. For someone who has a slower

VLCC treatments are:

  • Non invasive
  • Targets body toning and help in reduction of fat cells
  • Personalized sessions 
  • No muscle loss happens with treatments
  • Dedicated area for Ladies
  • Use of Exclusive VLCC products that are enriched with herbal oils to keep skin hydrated and tightened
  • Reasonable prices for tailored packages

Thank you VLCC Karama team for the wonderful experience. I would definitely recommend a visit to your nearest VLCC branch to find out more about their slimming sessions. Click here for VLCC locations.
VLCC offers complimentary Body Composition Analysis to first time visitors. UAE readers may contact – 04-3273574 / 04-3435633

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