All’s well that ends Wellington
Well, Wednesdays just turned wonderful with the news of Wellington Wednesdays at Bread Street Kitchen – Gordon Ramsay’s Atlantis eatery. Dedicated to the celebrity Hell’s Kitchen chef’s divine Beef Wellington – the puff pastry dish that has been the downfall of numerous amateur chefs on the show – the weekly affair also includes starters like tamarind chicken wings and banana sticky toffee pudding for dessert. Dh300 per person, 6pm-10.30pm. Call 04 426 2626 or visit www.atlantisthepalm.com.
We can’t wait to monkey around in this exquisite gold monkey ring by Madridian luxury jewellery brand Carrera y Carrera. Crafted to commemorate the Chinese Year of the Monkey and inspired by the legend that Spain’s Queen Isabella wore a monkey amulet for success in love and life, it’s embedded with green tsavorites, orange sapphires, amethysts and diamonds – and at Dh27,295 definitely isn’t chimp change.
If wishes were monkeys
Forget wishing upon stars, it’s time to pin your hopes on Hong Kong-style wishing trees this Chinese New Year (February 8) at Hakkasan. And that’s just the beginning of the monkey business at the haute Chinese restaurant. Guests will receive Year of the Monkey coins as they gorge on a cheeky four-course menu of monkey head mushroom stir-fry, jasmine tea-smoked chicken and The Golden Halo dessert – a banana and peanut cake. Until February 22, from Dh488 per person. Call 04 384 8484.
Box set, go
If you’re as flummoxed as we are about what to gift friends and colleagues for Chinese New Year without committing cultural faux pas, play it safe and smart with Bateel’s limited-edition gift boxes. Fill up the glamorous gold boxes in pillar-red covers with your choice of gourmet dates or chocolates, and you have a gift that’s going to be an instant hit with everyone. From Dh110, available across Bateel boutiques until February 12.
Love makes the world a better place – and you can do one better at lifestyle exhibition Araaish Prêt by Artistry when you shop for Valentine’s Day gifts. Proceeds from the outfits you buy from collections of designers such as Vikram Phadnis go to not-for-profit organisation Pride India. Plus, the first 100 shoppers receive goodie bags full of surprises. On February 13 at Taj Dubai, 11am-8pm. Call 055 560 9524; www.facebook.com/araaishdubai.
Who says Shanghai’s legendary Chinese New Year celebrations full of fireworks and streets decked in red and gold are miles away? Celebrate here in Dubai on February 8 with Shanghai Chic, Mövenpick Ibn Battuta Gate’s unlimited menu. The award-winning restaurant’s atmospheric red furnishings and traditional dishes like Peking duck, dim sums and desserts like pandan crème brûlée will see fireworks of flavours explode. From Dh199 per person, 7pm-11pm. Call 04 444 5613, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Spring into dawn
Early to bed, early to rise, and then head to our favourite trampoline centre Bounce at the crack of dawn to stay trim in style! Here’s how: on February 6 Bounce’s fitness classes get a wake-up call. From 7am-10am enjoy 15-minute high-energy rotations at Bounce Daybreaker, with body postures, cardio blast, Boxercise and Zumba on the springy dance floor to upbeat tunes from Music by Abs. Workouts just turned into a party! Dh80 per person, per hour. Call 04 321 1400 or visit www.bounce.ae/daybreaker.