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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
7 Jul 2016 | 12:00 am
  • Ciocco Sfoglia


Choc and Cheese

Before the end-of-the-long-weekend blues chime, let bars of brown at Italian restaurant Eataly’s special chocolate menu cheer you up. Celebrating World Chocolate Day (July 7), their Dubai Mall and Dubai Festival City outlets will melt hearts with a melt-in-your-mouth smorgasbord of creamy Ciocco Sfoglia (dark chocolate, hazelnut and caramel custard) cannolo stuffed with chocolate ricotta cheese and Half and Half Summer (cold chocolate topped with espresso frappe) – all from the counters of award-winning gourmet Italian brands Illy, Dolce, Venchi and Nutella. Truly la dolce vita! From Dh19, call 800 328 259.

Kris Kros the World


Tour the world this summer not in cramped economy seats but electric blue, red and yellow chairs in the hubbub of Downtown Dubai’s multi-cuisine restaurant Kris Kros. The menu of nomadic nosh such as When Mac Met Cheese, Traveller salad (lettuce, mushrooms, apples, goat cheese), and shredded beef with schezuan pepper turns bon appétit into bon voyage as taste buds travel the Americas, the Mediterranean and Asia, curing your hunger for travel. Call 04 453 9994 to book your taste ticket.

Viva Vitamins


Looks like Harry Potter got it wrong about the philosopher’s stone. We’ve discovered the elixir of life in the luxurious medispa Elixir Clinic’s VitaDrips. Tailored to individual health and beauty needs these intravenous drip treatments – a wellness fad favoured by Rihanna – contain a cocktail of proteins, amino acids, collagen and vitamins, boosting immunity and appearance quicker than pills. From Dh1,000. In Abu Dhabi and Dubai. Call 056 499 2775.

Sea You There


Take the bait of delicious seafood nights at Ballarò, Conrad Dubai’s Italian restaurant, and you won’t regret it. On Wednesdays, witness how fish markets can be elegant affairs as the sleek restaurant’s garden terrace turns into one, with different varieties of fresh catches cooked to your tastes. Scrumptious, light delicacies such as frutti de mare (linguine with mixed seafood) will reel you in and stuff you to the gills. From Dh220 per person, 6.30-11pm. Call 04 444 7111.

Tiny Trends


Globetrotting tots hitting the tropics need cool vacation wear, so don’t zip up that suitcase yet! Babyshop stores have stylish finds that will endure childish capers, such as this classic white T-shirt (Dh25) – girls can beat the heat glamorously in the breathable cotton’s graphic prints – and these soothing blue cargo Bermudas (Dh39) with pockets for shells, souvenirs (and sand), sure to delight beach boys. Kids kitted in these will undoubtedly make some pretty holiday pictures!

Water Wheel


Put a spin into your summer fitness with Fairmont The Palm’s Aquaspin classes. Taking place in one of the resort’s outdoor pools against tranquil Arabian Gulf and Marina views, the fun exercise craze involves pedalling stationary bicycles submerged in water. As you cool off and make a splash, the water’s added resistance burns extra calories, toning thighs, legs and abs along with cushioning joints, preventing injuries. Dh75 for 45 minutes. 8am on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6pm on Mondays and Wednesdays. Call 04 457 3330 or email

Mad over Modhesh


Smile for miles this summer as Modhesh World – the DSS’ popular indoor theme park – is back with the beloved ever-grinning mascot Modhesh. True to its 2016 theme Every Step is a New Adventure, each stride across eight halls of the World Trade Centre reveals new attractions such as the Action Planet’s 50m zip lines and climbing walls, a Dinosaur Park, spooky Haunted House, stage shows such as Magical Garden and Under The Sea, scrummy food trucks and trolleys and a special Toddler Town for younger kids. Dh20 per person, weekdays 10am-2pm; weekends 10-1am. Until August 27. Visit

Superhero Sundays


Sizzling temperatures and globetrotting friends playing villains to your social life? The cool superhero films at Gaucho’s Cinema Sundays will powwow boredom. Starting July 10, Hollywood blockbusters Ironman, Batman, X-Men: Days of Future Past and Man of Steel will screen on successive Sundays at the DIFC-based Argentinian steakhouse’s swish upstairs lounge. Chow on popcorn, mini burgers and nachos while masked crusaders save your summer. Dh100 per person, 7.30pm. Call 04 422 7898, email

La Vie En Mode


Liberty, equality, fraternity, fashion and horse races – traditional French legacies – merge in Longchamp’s (named after the race course) glorious Le Pliage Cocarde range. The roomy foldable nylon tote saw the brand and French couture gallop to the international fashion scene’s finish line, where it has remained for 20 years. For French National Day (July 14) the avant-garde design’s patriotic tricolour overhaul in navy-blue wool-felt, red leather handle and white stripes has us Longchamp-ing at the bit. Price on request.

Footie Fever


It’s been an insane football season this year and an unpredictable Euro 2016, but you can get this PES Euro edition game for your kicks on the small screen. Play out your ambitions for your favourite team with this PS4 version that boasts incredibly realistic ambience and gameplay, as well as solid depth. This edition is complete with official kits, brilliant graphics, and full iconography and presentation elements from this year’s tournament, including matches at Stade de France – so get buying. Dh149 at major retailers across the Middle East.

Going Traditional


When I ditched the option of a relaxation massage at Taj Dubai’s Jiva Spa and went for a purification treatment based on Ayurveda, I soon discovered I’d made the right call. The spa has much going for it – the best linen robes, beautiful music and soothing interiors – but the Pavithri massage just took my breath away. A lymphatic drainage ritual, it began with cleaning my feet, before my therapist Tai gently massaged away all the toxins from my tissues using a blend of tulsi, ginger and lime oils. An extremely effective detoxifying treatment, I know it worked because I left the spa glowing. And it wasn’t just with happiness. A 60-minute Pavithri massage costs Dh480. Call 04 438 3100 to book.

Tested by Tania Bhattacharya

In the Processor


Do your kitchen islands look more like shipwrecks? Maximise counter space and minimise cooking time and clutter with Panasonic’s MK-F800 food processor. Bestowed with 13 different attachments and a dishwasher-safe Tritan jug, this sous-chef like gadget chops, grates, kneads dough, slices, blends and presses juices at a touch of its seven pre-programmed auto menu buttons, making it the only appliance you need to prep every course, from appetisers to dessert. Some genies live in jugs. Dh1,099 at Panasonic stores.

By Shreeja Ravindranthan

By Shreeja Ravindranthan

Lifestyle Writer