Land of Oz
There’s so much we love about Australia – koalas, Kylie Minogue, the Sydney Opera House, boomerangs… here we’ll be celebrating the wonder down under with our mates at Yalumba, Le Méridien Dubai Hotel & Conference Centre’s Australia Day brunch today, January 22. It’s a guaranteed G’day with tasty tucker hot off the barbie, Australia pies, and plenty more, with the resident DJ’s Antipodean playlist ranging from AC/DC to Johnny O’Keefe. From 12.30pm to 3.30pm, Dh499 per person. Call 04 217 0000 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Intro to interiors
If you can tell your Scandi-chic living room from a boho bedroom, it’s time you signed up for the Chelsea College of Arts Interior Design short courses. From February 1-12, the London-based institution at Dubai Design District is offering courses such as The Principles of Interior Design and Starting Your Own Interior Design Business to help you find your footing in the industry. Email ChelseaMiddleEast@arts.ac.uk or visit bit.ly/1uDtbHI.
There’s more to Indian music than Bollywood tunes. Witness a merger of classical Indian music and contemporary jazz tomorrow at Sangam, a world-music event at the Madinat Theatre, where musicians like sitar player Purbayan Chatterjee, jazz musician Louis Banks, drummer Gino Banks, ghatam player Giridhar Udupa, bass guitarist Sheldon D’Silva and Cuban saxophonist Joaquin Sosa take to the stage. Tickets from Dh100, call 04 366 6546.
Bundles of joy
Our appreciation for The Loft Fifth Avenue chain of salons has reached new heights. The sleek, New York-inspired salon’s Dubai Mall branch has moved to roomier spaces on the mall’s LG floor and now includes a spa room so you can relish facials along with cult hair and nail treatments. There’s more good news – the plethora of bundle offers like the Blow Dry Bundle Package (10 treatments for the price of eight) means glamour without breaking the bank this month. Visit www.theloft5thavenue.com.
Enjoy the best of surf and turf charred to perfection at the Raffles Garden’s BBQ nights. Set up al fresco in the hotel’s cabanas, you can tuck into a variety of seafood and meats from a menu of BBQ chicken wings Moutafa (Dh55), grilled Scottish salmon (Dh175), hot and cold mezzes, sandwiches and more. Available on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 5pm–1am. Call 04 324 8888.
She walks in calligraphy
Meet Anas Younis, the footwear designer who has wedged his way into our hearts with this ravishing red wedge (about Dh2,240) from his S/S16 collection. Reflecting his architectural background, the Milan-based Palestinian designer got Italian craftsmen to hew and polish wood into fluid abstract Arabic calligraphy, imitating the shape of wrought Milanese balconies. At Level Shoe District, the collection also includes laser-cut calligraphic heels, sneakers and flats.
Yards of fun
While we’re having Goldilocks’ weather – neither too hot nor too cold but just right – it’s time to take Saturday brunches with the family outdoors. And Bertin Bistro’s Bertin on the Yard is the perfect venue. The weekly market-like event sees the themed restaurant host stalls by local brands and activities for kids like brioche-decorating outside the restaurant at Al Manara, Sheikh Zayed Road, as you gorge on apple tarts and quinoa burgers from the à la carte menu – www.bertinbistro.com.
Long before cricket, Australia has been hitting it out of the park with scrumptious nosh. The tradition continues at Aussie food emporium Jones The Grocer, which will celebrate the homeland with a special menu of dishes such as kumara, red lentil and rosemary soup; pan seared barramundi, and the great Aussie wagyu burger until February 7. Want to recreate meals of the outback at home? The Aussie wagyu beef pie masterclasses (Dh375) at Al Manara and Khalidiya branches on January 27 and 30 respectively should help. Visit www.jonesthegrocer.com.
Just like Captain America’s shield protected him from the Winter Soldier, this Captain America Shield hoodie (Dh195) from Dubai Hero (official superhero merchandiser) will protect us from Dubai’s winter. Made of 100 per cent cotton, it’ll keep you snug and comfortable while binge-watching Netflix on the couch. Or if the superhero motif inspires, brave the plummeting temperatures and go out for a run in it. Check out their cool mugs and T-shirts, also available on www.wadi.com.
Move over New York City – Dubai is now home to chewy kettle-boiled-to-perfection artisanal bagels thanks to the Gulf Bagel Factory. Made of white flour with toppings of sesame, cinnamon, and raisins, Team Friday couldn’t stop at one bite and have now stocked our larders with these scrummy breakfast foods! Dh15.75 for a bag of 6 at Carrefour.