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

Breakfast Stories At Feast, Sheraton Grand

There is a saying that goes like ” have breakfast like a king, lunch like a Prince and dinner like a pauper”. That’s actually quite right because breakfast is the most important meal of the day. What’s better than starting your day at Sheraton Grand’s breakfast buffet?
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A blogger friend ( check out Nikki’s blog Gooodcarbs) invited me for this tasting session. At first I was regretting waking up because it was the weekend and it was drizzling too. Parting with my bed was a difficult task but somehow I convinced myself as covering new places excites me.
Sheraton’s grand breakfast is like none other. They have live counters for pancakes your way, waffles and even stir fried noodles! All made fresh! The super sweet manager gave us a detailed tour of the entire spread! They had more variety than even some of buffets around the town.
For the health freaks there is also a gluten free and fat free option and no this was not on request, they always have these available considering the soaring demand. There is also a wide selection of fresh juices and smoothies for all.
My only dislike from the the range was Indian section as I felt better choice of dishes would have done justice to the cuisine. Nevertheless there were so many options that If you miss out on out section it shouldn’t be a big deal. Absolutely love the addition of ice cream to the breakfast buffet. Yes you read it right! They have delicious variety of ice creams ranging from sorbets to classics like chocolate.

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If you are a UAE resident then you can get enjoy this grand breakfast treat for a little as Aed 69 by presenting your emirates ID.
Thanking Grand Sheraton always smiling staff for being so cooperative and letting us take delicious images of their stunning dishes. Everything is made in house freshly except the gluten free products which are sourced from trusted bakeries. Our server Viktor, an energetic chap was full of information about the buffet and did brief us on many of details.
Overall, Sheraton Grand’s breakfast buffet is a steal deal! Not saying this just because I was invited but because I have attended many corporate breakfasts at grandest of hotels. Either the prices are higher for the ones that offer everything like Feast restaurant does or there are limited vegetarian options. I am definitely going back especially for their bakery items such as tarts and croissants( I hope they start retailing them ’cause so good mmm..)
Grand Breakfast buffet deal is available at Feast restaurant. Visit Sheraton website ,  call +97145034444 for reservations or visit Feast - Sheraton Grand Hotel Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato  for menu
  • Kids friendly
  • Wheelchair friendly
  • Complimentary WIFI
  • Vegan friendly
  • Vegetarian friendly
  • Helpful staff

A healthy Start With Mix And Muesli

Every year I make a resolution to eat healthy and then junk happens. Surprisingly this year I have actually stuck to eating healthy (only in breakfast though). It hasn’t helped in reducing weight aspect but certainly kept me energized and filled until lunchtime
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Anyways so continuing my healthy breakfast habits I landed up on mix & muesli website. Created my own mix and voila the same was delivered to me in a cute basket with a bowl, spoon and my mix in a cylindrical case which resembles like Pringles case.
Mix and muesli allows you to create custom mixes of your choice. You can choose a base, nuts, dried fruits and many more things. If you aren’t the type who wants to create mixes you can order the premixes too which look equally good too. The website is user-friendly, once logged in you can Create mixes, delete items and learn about shipping too. Best part is that after creating a mix you can name it too.
My mix included: Choco Orange Granola (O), Sliced Almonds (GF), Walnuts (GF), Macadamia Nuts (GF), Goji Berries (GF), Chia Seeds (O,GF)
Total of my mix costed AED50. Easy peasy and boom the next day it was delivered. I preferred having my mix with milk and sometimes almond milk. I am always on the go so no bowl and spoon for me but I mix my creation in milk, shake and have it along with some fruits.
This is a really convenient service for all and its the best for kids too. Visit them here https://www.mixandmuesli.com/  or contact on 800-muesli to order your own mix.
Order your mix before 7th January 2017 using their promo code HOLIDAY30 and get upto 30% discount on your order.  #sponsoredpost

Restaurant Review: Wolf & Friends Lounge

Health cafes is a trend catching up soon in Dubai. More so in New Dubai, places such as Jlt, Marina and Barsha heights have new cafes are sprouting up frequently. One such interesting visit was to Wolf & friends Lounge. Located in Jlt, this cafe serves healthy and organic eats at reasonable prices.
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I tried range of soups, Margarita pizza, pastas & drinks. From soups, the Broccoli and Cheese soup was delicious. Our Margarita pizza was great! Flavorful and fresh out of oven. They prepare the sauces by themselves. The in-house ketchup has a bit if smokey flavour palate but I would prefer it any day over the bottled version.
Out of the handmade pastas, I enjoyed the yogurt and garlic pasta was something different. I hadn’t tried that earlier so it was interesting to see how the flavors were. The pasta were a bit thick for my liking but were cooked alright. Spiral cucumber salad is a good option for those who want to go gluten free/healthy and halloumi grill is delicious too!
Overall, Wolf & friends is a place still developing but I really do like the simple decor and farm to table concept. I had visited the restaurant at the launch week so expecting that the service would have picked up from the initial days. The owner was explaining the concepts of how difficult it is to source high quality products from farms and places unreachable, it was interesting to learn about the same.
contact for reservations:  04 4371694

Wolf & Friends Lounge Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Restaurant Review: Bringing Back the 60’s with Ayam Elezz

The cuisine at Ayam Elezz showcases the golden era of Lebanon which was the 60s. This era bought major changes to culture of the country and the cuisine. Freshest fruits, vegetables and nuts are used in preparation of dishes which are pleasing to the eye and palate. A treat for vegetarians await at Ayam Elezz, keep reading to find out more..

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Located at The Mall Jumeirah, this restaurant has the quirkiest decors I have come across. Designed as if you are entering a Lebanese house in the 60’s. The wall outside the restaurant has become a favorite for everyone to pose on, while the suitcase that serves as the doorstop makes you chuckle. There are also items like the old TV cabinet, typewriter and wallpapers which again make you feel like you are invited to a Lebanese home.

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We were given an option to be seated outside which is again aircon area but for shisha smokers. We chose to sit inside as even the the view is fabulous as you can view the wild wadi and Burj Al Arab but we didn’t want to be in the shisha area.

Coming to the dishes, a wide spread was laid out in front of us and I was startled on where to begin. The complimentary lebneh and brioche bread were delicious and along with that some tabbouleh that was hand chopped and blended with sumac.

We were offered array of mezzes right from hummus to mhammara which were all delicious but the two must try dishes are the kibbeh lentil & Fattet Bateinjein. The kibbeh lentil is a vegetarian twist to the meat kibbeh. It’s a Gluten free and healthy option for those on diet. As far as the Fattet Bateinjein is concerned, it’s eggplant in yogurt and its delicious! Also you need to try the halloumi cheese that is prepared so deliciously, served with fresh pita bread and slices of tomato. Halloumi is pure heaven!

They do offer a wide range of grills as well, however since my guest and I are both vegetarians we opted for manakish to try instead. We tried the zaatar and cheese and Zaatar Jabali which were both hot and fresh!

For drinks we tried the Ayam Ellez cocktail that is a meal in itself, it is topped with fresh ashta cream and nuts. It’s basically a cocktail of the 60’s in Lebanon. We also tried the lemonade which is made by hand squeezed lemons and also the the pomegranate juice which was perfectly sweet and had no sugar added to it. I highly recommend these three drinks because they were very refreshing and all are squeezed by hand.

Our desserts were an absolute treat. We tried the kunefe and halwat al jibn. I wasn’t to happy with the kunefe served here as I like the vermicelli one more than the semolina topped one but it was cheesy goodness. The halwat al jibn was my favorite, stuffed with fresh cheese this milk pancakes are almost like the Indian Malai sandwich. Would recommend to cut down on the sugar syrup served alongside the desserts as it overpowers the dishes.

Overall,  the food is fresh, made with love and I adore the decor so much! It’s really not like a typical order and go mall restaurant but there is a lot if thought put into it. Besides that the prices are reasonable and the service is prompt. They have also introduced platters for lunch and breakfast which look so tempting and I will be back to try them soon.

Thanks to the manager, Ms Rana for the hospitality and invite.

Contact Ayam Elezz at 04 4376069

Ayam Elezz Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Skinny Genie – A Healthy Twist To Your Favorites

What is the first thing that comes to your mind when I say healthy food? SALADS? QUINOA? KALE?WATERMELON? BOILED BLAND FOOD? These are most common thoughts any average social media user would have. Its actually kind of true in a way because most people either stick to salads or go juicing in bid to become more healthier and leaner.

When Skinny Genie first approached me to review their offerings, I wasn’t too sure why they kept saying they offer healthy food. I mean they have pizza on their menu, there is pasta as well and a lot of other delicious dishes (I insta stalk all food related accounts). Pfft what?.. pizza isn’t healthy.everyone knows that.. Pizza completes the triangle of junk food pyramid! However I was proven so wrong because when they sent me the calorie count for it I was surprised ! I will reveal the calorie count for each of dishes in the end. Till then I would like you to guess the calories.

I was sent these vegetarian dishes for my review. A veggie pizza, Quinoas And Colors Salad, Multigrain Veggie Sandwich, Fresh Gnocchi Pesto & assorted Muffins.

Quinoas And Colors Salad: Its filled with lovely gems such as Red and white quinoa, chickpeas, cherry tomato, grilled zucchini, goji berry, dried apricot, parsley, mixed leaves, flaxseeds. The quantity is so much that it can keep you filled all day! I love how the dressing is kept really simple with just olive oil & lemon juice. The dressing enhances the delicate flavors of apricot, goji berries and tomatoes.

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veggie pizza : It looked so inviting! Can you believe it that this pizza is gluten free? The base was a bit crispier than your usual thin crust that is because they have a special blend of gluten free flours such as tapioca, corn and rice. The toppings are great too with generous spread of their classic tomato base sauce , simple but flavorful mozzarella and my favorite broccoli. The portion served (30cm) is good for two and generally I have a good appetite but this pizza, I couldn’t have more than two slices.

Fresh Gnocchi Pesto: This was my most favorite dish! There is so much going on in it. The delicious pesto sauce, the pillowy gnocchi and the pine nuts for texture.. it is a classic with lower calories. Their pasta are all homemade and fresh which you can literally taste. These are a must try and again a good portion PLUS guilt free! I am actually salivating while writing this.. cuz these were so so good!

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Multigrain Veggie Sandwich: A pretty pink package full of goodness.. this  sandwich is another hit with me. There is Kale, sundried tomato, baby mozzarella, red cabbage, pomegranate, sesame seeds & homemade pesto all on freshly baked multigrain baguette. The ingredients are so thoughtfully paired for the sandwich. In one bite you can taste all the goodness and the fresh baby mozzarella is cherry on the top. The calories are even lower than that of a salad and I would prefer this any day!

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Assorted Muffins: There are some killer combinations in their assorted muffin box. As you can see above there is Hazelnut and nutella , raspberries and dark chocolate, Apricot & chocolate chip, Apple, cinnamon & chia and banana & oat flakes. I felt the hazelnut & nutella cupcake was a bit of a let down as it was dry, however the same dryness did not run through all the muffins but only some.

I am now revealing the calories for each dish and trust me there are some huge shockers here.

Quinoas And Colors Salad – 532 calories

veggie pizza- 970 calories ( no its not the calories of a slice.. its the whole 30cm pizza!) 

Fresh Gnocchi Pesto – 318 calories ( jaw drops.. what??? so low!)

Multigrain Veggie Sandwich – 265 calories (gimme that everyday!)

Assorted Muffins – 90 Calories per 100grms ❤ ❤

Overall the creators of Skinny Genie menu have carefully prepared the classic in the smartest way possible. All their dishes are Gluten free and Low in fat content, they do have vegan dishes as well. Thier dishes are super reasonable and the delivery service is accurate as per website . Only wish they had the green curry vegetarian version too.. I would love ordering that someday (i get major rice cravings sometimes)

Creating these classics in a healthy way is a tough job and needs a lot of knowledge. The passionate chefs at Skinny Genie take so much care in maintaining that equilibrium between tasty & healthy food. Healthy food doesn’t have to be tasteless and low calori-ed but instead its all about smartly utilizing the calories. Skinny Genie covers all food groups while creating a balanced meal. This is highly important as many diets only concentrate on lowering calories but not helping in getting the required vitamins & nutrients required by body.
I am so glad to have reviewed Skinny Genie offerings as all their dishes are so unique ! Currently Skinny Genie is available for home/office delivery in Central Dubai. If you are located in any of areas covered by them, you should definitely give them a try!

Visit http://www.skinny-genie.com/online-ordering or call 800 Skinny for placing orders

 

Skinny Genie Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

UAE’s First Sweet Subscription Box- The Gingerbread Box Review

I first heard about The Gingerbread Box when they participated at the Taste of Dubai Fest this year. A very exciting concept indeed, its like a Glambox but instead of beauty products you get sweet treats!

As a person who has sweet tooth, The gingerbread box is a perfect way to treat yourself on cheat day. There are themes in which you get to try at least five different sweet treats, these themes are a surprise and are only revealed when you get the box. Also the sweet treats are gourmet and unique finds from nook & corners of UAE.

Before I review the April Box, lets find out the on how you can subscribe to one. step1

1- Register with them & click on subscribe. Choose the number of boxes you would like to receive/gift.

 

 

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2) Select option, click ‘add to cart’ and you will be directed to this page wherein you can request to add personal note to be included/ gift wrapping of box.

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3) Enter address & details for shipping. Choose the method of shipping & payment option. You are done! 🙂

 

April TGB Review

At first I wasn’t sure of what to expect, I mean this is my first dessert box and after all I didn’t have anything to compare on. At same point of time I was extremely excited to know what sweet treats I am going to receive.

The mystery was unveiled when I received my box, it was a quick delivery. So this is how it looks like..

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When I got the box, I felt like it was a present from me to me. So much fun to try out five gourmet delights for a mere price of AED 89 onwards. If I were to order these individually the sweet treats would certainly cost more.

My box contained very unusual mix of some well known brands. I have heard of most of these but had not tried them. In a way this box is kind of a sampler to me. As a food & lifestyle blogger I should be aware of unique finds and TGB curators have done that job already. There was a card mentioning the theme & also explains the contents of each products and allergy information which is essential.

My box contained the following products:

Russian Tea Bread by Baker & Spice – A perfect crisp bread full of nuts and my favorite fig. Delight to dip with some tea or have it by itself.

Artisan Rock Candy by Candy Me: Colorful candies full of flavor.

Irish Rose Shortbread by Zo’s Kitchen – an absolute delight, these little wonders are perfectly flavored with rose. I am not a person who loves flowers in my food but this shortbread was just subtly perfumed & delicate in taste.

Legendary Gluten free Brownie by Oushe: I am a brownie fanatic and very particular about them. I bake them but cant perfect them. However I think I found the perfect ones. These legendary brownies have been featured in this box for two months for a reason. Soft, moist, gooey & gluten free!

Glazed Zucchini Chia Cake by Barsalata : Who said cakes aren’t healthy? Mine had Zucchini & chia which are two of my favorite ingredients and perfect for that cheat day treat!

Check out the slideshow below for all the goodies I tried.

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Overall, TGB has been an amazing experience for me. Two big finds from the box were the Barsalata Glazed Zucchini & Chia cake & the Legendary Oushe brownies. Both of these I had heard of but never got a chance to try until now. A bit disappointment was the Artisan candies which were nice but not exciting enough. Different though. Also the box contains product supplier information & discount vouchers which is great for orders post first trial.

If you are someone like me, cracking head on what to gift your loved ones, TGB is a great option. Your loved ones can enjoy the goodies, feel special & if you are lucky they might share some with you too! Fun idea isn’t it? Be it a guy or a girl everyone (well almost) loves sweet treats and TGB’s special curated boxes can just be a perfect surprise.

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 P.S: The box was provided to me for reviewing purposes, however the views remain unbiased as always. xx