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The leisure charts

A round-up of the hottest products, places and experiences you can’t miss this week

By Shreeja Ravindranthan
24 Mar 2016 | 12:00 am
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Game on

Egg hunts are more than child’s play and adults can enjoy the thrill of the chase on March 27 at the cool DIFC venue The Gramercy. Egg friends on to rise to the challenge of tracking down white chocolate eggs and a golden egg to win a Dh500 voucher and lots of luscious hampers. After some cracking-edge competition hop to the dining area and nosh on a three-course set menu of delicious poached shrimp, herb-crusted lollipops and creamy panna cotta. From Dh99, 7.30pm–10.30pm, to book call 04 437 7511.

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Walk on the wild side

Did you know the Asian small-clawed otter is the smallest of the species, and are trained using positive reinforcement? Bet you had no idea crocodiles can weigh 750kg, either. We certainly didn’t, until we gave the Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo’s new Animal Encounter Experiences a go, where you get to feed sting rays, pet the otters and count the King Croc’s 
60 razor-sharp teeth from a safe distance. The sessions taught us more about aquatic life than any biology class did. Daily, 11am to 10pm. Dh200 per person per encounter. Visit www.thedubaiaquarium.com or call 04 448 5200.

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You’re the bomb

Here’s the straight and jacket on outerwear trends – if you don’t own a Bomber jacket yet, go grab this lightweight cotton version from Dubai-based label Kage’s S/S16 collection. This sporty unisex trend from the past (think Tom Cruise in Top Gun) is making a blast on runways in Alexander Wang’s collection. Offset its billowy fit with tailored shorts or skinny jeans. Dh1,600 at boutique1.com

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Take to Hart

It’s time for chuckles galore this April Fool’s Day as award-winning American actor and comedian Kevin Hart comes to the UAE. He’s brought tears of laughter to audiences’ eyes with films like Ride Along and Scary Movie 3, and he promises to do the same at the du Arena, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi next Friday. Tickets from Dh395 at Virgin Megastores, ticketmaster.ae.

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Gourmet choc

Forget hats, pull rabbits (and chickens and lambs) out of boxes with Bateel’s Easter collection of handcrafted eggs (from Dh83) and chocolate figures (from Dh80) of springtime farm animals. The white, milk and dark chocolate treats are as adorable as they are edible, gift-wrapped in vivid purple, pink and yellow cases. Across Bateel boutiques.

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Perfect Per Te

‘What is Easter in Italy like?’ is a question we’ll have answered with mouthfuls of scrummy Italian food at Per Te Ristorante e Café. On March 27 the Jumeirah eatery will roll out an à la carte Easter menu loaded with the goodness of fresh ingredients and hearty Italian cooking ideal for family dinners and chinwags. Start off with baked zucchini and lobster, potato dumpling with lamb ragu and a hare-raising carrot-cake stuffed with cheese, vanilla sauce and chocolate. Bellissimo! Dishes from Dh36. Call 04 344 6455

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Ear us out

Ladies, it’s time to lend us your ears for some great news – Malabar Gold’s Studs and Drops festival is back with a jaw-dropping collection of designs from around the world, including uncut diamonds and handcrafted designer wear. Pick from OTT diamond chandeliers, traditional gold jhumkas, and hoops featuring precious gemstones (in picture, price on request) or everyday yet stylish pearl and diamonds drops – and more. We love! Across Malabar Gold outlets until April 10.

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Chocolate cheats

While all the chocolate eggs and desserts are sure to put a colossal dent in your diet on Easter, beauty app Vaniday has got your back with a recipe that cuts the calories out and also helps you detox – all you have to do is book in for a chocolate-infused spa treatment! We’re addicted to the chocolate body scrub (Dh99) at Divalicious Ladies Salon at Yassat Gloria Hotel, Tecom – the cocoa beans slough off dead cells, increase blood circulation and flush out toxins. Visit www.vaniday.ae for more info.

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On your watch

There are two ways to watch the ultimate superhero showdown – Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice – this weekend: on the silver screen or on one of Police and Warner Bros limited iron-plated watches. Only 2,400 of these timepieces exist. Featuring the film’s logo, three time zones and engraved case backs, the Superman model comes in blue casing with red details and Batman’s in grey-blue with dark gold. Whose side are you on? Dh1,438 at Paris Gallery.

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Seaside seafood

Nothing like the sun, sand and a BBQ to work up an appetite, and that’s exactly what awaits you at Seagrill on 25°’s BBQ brunch. Every Saturday between 12pm-4pm this Fairmont The Palm’s restaurant and lounge is an alfresco haven of panoramic Dubai Marina skyline vistas, a DJ on the decks, and succulent meats, seafood and poultry. Perfect for blissful beach-chic afternoons! From Dh295 per person. Call 04 457 3457 or email palm.dining@fairmont.com.

By Shreeja Ravindranthan

By Shreeja Ravindranthan

Lifestyle Writer