Cream-coloured ponies and crisp apple strudels were a few of Julie Andrews’ favourite things in The Sound of Music. Making it to the top of our list of favourites is Yogurtland’s new summer flavour – Apple Strudel with Caramel. The fro-yo version of the Austrian dessert switches up buttery dough for creamy, low-fat yogurt along with sorbet and pastries (few of our other favourite things!) so you can cool off without feeling too bad about the calories! There’s also a new English Toffee flavour. From Dh29 at The Dubai Mall and Boxpark.
Turn into a smart couch potato this summer with Samsung’s SUHD TV. Its high-definition quantum dot display enhances colours and images, lending medieval Game of Thrones battles a life-like quality, while the futuristic curved screens with their sleek, bezel-less design add elegance to your living room. What truly leaves us square-eyed in wonder is how its smart hub function remembers and displays your favourite content on the home screen while the single smart remote device controls live TV, video game consoles and the home theatre system. From Dh9,999 for a 55-inch screen. Visit www.samsung.com/ae.
Sundays have never felt better. In an effort to promote the farm-to-table movement here in the UAE, Cocktail Kitchen in JLT has tied up with Ripe Organic to serve up a three-course meal every Sunday. Made with locally sourced seasonal ingredients, the food is homely and varied, and has plenty of vegan options too. But my favourite was olive all’ascolana, a snack of green olives stuffed with mixed meat, breaded and deep-fried. It was so delicious that I felt like I had a party of flavours and textures going on my mouth.
Joining the celebrations was a starter of oyster mushrooms, grilled with rosemary marinade, wilted greens and topped with potato crisps, followed by a main course of roasted chicken served on butternut and clementine purée with sugar snaps and honey.
That’s not the end of it! I had to have dessert and chose the ricotta and berry cake to round off the meal. And whether it was the perfectly seasoned succulent organic chicken, silky butternut purée or the light yet decadent cake, it was one party I was happy to enjoy all by myself. Yes, I did not share! Call 056 828 0727 or email email@example.com for reservations.
Tested by Mark Setchfield
On the fast lane
If you haven’t bought tickets to the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix 2016, we suggest you race to the website and lap them up while they have a 20 per cent discount going. The slashed rate for standard tickets runs until Sunday, and include entry to Yasalam After-Race Concerts featuring The Chemical Brothers (November 21) and Rihanna (November 27), as well as free access to Yas Waterworld and Ferrari World. The early petrolhead catches the freebies! Call 02 659 9800 or visit www.yasmarinacircuit.com.
Calling all Potterheads!
Accio those old wands, scourgify those dusty robes (red and gold, of course), and hold on tight to your brooms lest you fall off with excitement because Harry Potter mania is back! As our beloved, bespectacled boy wonder (now a man) turns 36, witches and wizards from all over the country will meet in secret at Virgin Megastore in the wee hours of Sunday morning, away from prying Muggle eyes, to celebrate the birthday of the boy who lived and the launch of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child – the new book in the famous series by JK Rowling. After nine long years of wistful waiting, we have been invited into the wizarding world again to journey with Harry and the next generation of witches and wizards as they discover the delights and secrets of Hogwarts, where we were charmed with the magic of friendship, loyalty and love. The moment has come to get those time-turners out as spin back to childhood! We’ll be there faster than you can say Quidditch!
You know when and where: July 31, 1.30-4.30am at Virgin Megastore, Mall of the Emirates. Gather your friends, pronto.
Pssst, keep an eye on our website and social media pages for your Marauder’s Map, as we report the magic live with snippets, videos, Tweets and more.
Sharing is caring, but when it comes to the delicious food at Pure Sky Lounge & Dining, Hilton Dubai The Walk, you may want to think again. The Pure Experience menu – a pan-Asian smorgasbord of six dishes like scallop zucchini salad, beetroot carpaccio, corn-fed chicken, etc. justifies selfishness. The grand finale is head chef Sven Schmidt’s edible work of art created on the table with chocolate and caramel sauces, fresh fruits and meringue: too lovely to eat but you’ll regret it if you won’t. Dh250 per person. Call 04 374 7888 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bespoke scent notes
We’ve sniffed out the perfect product to throw everyone off your signature summer scent – Otoori. The concept from UAE-based My Perfumes lets you mix and match over 21 fragrances – floral, oriental and spicy aromas divided into base notes, fine notes and essential notes – to create a bespoke perfume. We can’t even begin to imagine the unique combos in store, but experts at My Perfume stalls in Al Ghurair Mall, City Centre Deira and Dubai Marina Mall will help pick your poison. A box of two bottles (50ml each), two essence vials and a mixing decanter costs Dh250. Now that smells too good to be true!
Save your skin
After hi-tech facials that wowed celebs like Beyoncé, French beauty brand LPG’s new anti-ageing body and face care range delivers the same youthful touch in the comfort of your home. Velvety creams like Intense Hydrating Serum and Detox Draining Serum target ageing and localised fat respectively at a cellular level, brightening dull skin through collagen, elastin, escine and hyaluronic acid, while powerful ingredients erase stretch marks, wrinkles and blemishes. Get skin fit this summer! From Dh180, visit www.endermologie.com.
Hair us out
Flounce enviable poker-straight tresses without stressing about cost or touch-ups as Pastels Salon’s KeraStraight KS Ultimate treatment offers a 10 per cent discount this summer. In as little as two to three hours, the formaldehyde- and aldehyde-free Keratin treatment uses special products whose molecules rebuild the hair shafts, leaving it shiny, smooth, soft and silky for up to four months! From Dh1,000. Available at all Pastel Salon branches, visit www.pastels-salon.com.
Introduce sophistication to your summer outfit with this cool-yet-classy Amiah bracelet watch by Storm, an iconic London brand that creates statement pieces. The trendy cut-out design shows off just enough sun-kissed skin while the stainless steel body and laser glass dials in brilliant blue will remind you of cloudless skies, crystal seas and the time you’ve got this summer to enjoy them. Dh735, Time Square stores.