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

Shreeja Ravindranathan
29 Sep 2016 | 12:00 am
  • Gigi Hadid


Nautical Nice

Ever since sneak-peeks of supermodel and it girl Gigi Hadid’s nautical collab with Tommy Hilfiger sailed the internet we’ve been coveting the cool All-American capsule collection. Striped tops, trench coats, dresses, hippie knitwear and watches and shoes that are effortlessly chic have finally dropped anchors in stores! It’s this double-breasted wool cape that’s the captain of the collection and at Dh1,799 doesn’t rock our budget boats.

Watch You Waiting For?


Come Diwali, jewellery chests overflow with trinkets and accessories. Stay a cut above the bangle- and bracelet-clad wrists with this sleek Calvin Klein watch (Dh1,040). Its polished pink gold case and graceful and water-resistant silver dial wrap around like a traditional bangle without the bulk of one and will look at home in meeting rooms, the mall and festive dinners. Time and style wait for none so rush to the Calvin Klein boutique at The Dubai Mall.

Tried and Tested: Spice & Ice


While ‘progressive Indian’ means many things to many people – some fear it immensely, others brush if off as a fad – I went into new JLT spot Spice & Ice not expecting much in terms of taste, but have to admit I came out quite pleased – and thoroughly entertained.

Reds and icy blues (to go with the name, of course) shine out as you enter, and the place was packed out and buzzing even on the weekday night we went. The food was delish from start to end. Be it starters of chilli cheese on toast to the tandoor-cooked tiger prawns, mains of crispy veg parcels and lamb shank (enough for two/three), every nibble was scrumptious.

We then followed the crowds to the open molecular buffet, and the theatre that accompanied every dish served by chefs there added immediate fun and drama to the night – I laughed as my friend puffed like a dragon, smoke wildly billowing out of her mouth and nostrils after a bite of nitrogen-filled passion-fruit meringues. The chaat on spoons, fig-blue cheese nibbles… it was a gastronomic roller coaster of delights.

Don’t miss the mango shrikhand – their take on it was oh-so-pleasing – served in teensy ice-cream cones, with mango globules on the side. Whimsical.

Looks like progressive Indian’s definitely not a fad – it’s the future.

Next to Mövenpick JLT Dubai, Cluster A. For reservations call 04 421 1356.

Reviewed by Sangeetha Sagar

Shop Talk


Fetch fresh fashion for a ravishing Diwali wardrobe at the Design One exhibition tomorrow and Sunday (October 1 and 2). Organised by the Sahachari Foundation, Jumeirah Emirates Towers turns into a treasure trove of Indo-Western wear, embroidered apparel, glamorous jewellery and more from couture kings such as Abu Jani and Sandeep Khosla, local names like Roshni Shewakramani and more than 50 artisans and craftsmen from India, Lebanon, Pakistan and the UAE. From 2-6pm. Email

A Bright Spark


Say yellow to the JBL Spark – our new gadget flame whose quirky conical design and popping colour captures the free-spirit of musos and cheers up any living space. Bluetooth-enabled and wireless, hook this portable speaker to your iPod, phone or laptop and let its stereophonic sounds surround you thanks to two high-performance drivers. A stainless steel hanging hook and fabric cable with in-line controls allow volume/location regulation. Dh799,

All About Awadh


You’ve relished Awadhi cuisine’s rich biryanis. Today, savour the former princely North Indian region’s rich cultural legacy at Jashn-e-Awadh – a concert by local music group Malhaar. Over 50 accomplished artists will perform classical music like thumris, dance forms like Kathak and painting that flourished under the reign of the Nawabs, a golden era for Indian arts. From 7.30pm today and 3.30pm on Saturday (October 1) at Ductac Centrepoint Auditorium. Tickets from Dh75 for the 120-minute show. Call 050 521 9668, email

Cradle Rock


Hush little babies and bond with them at Aster Healthcare’s Melodia My Baby My Bond event today. Turn your voice into music for your babies’ ears at Mankhool hospital, where experts will teach you specific melodies you can sing to your baby from when it’s just a bump until three years of age, to boost brain and cognitive development and kindle a lifelong appreciation for music. Three singing sessions – for to-be parents, newborns’ and toddlers’ parents – 10am to 1pm, free of cost. Call 055 337 8460.

Fire Pit Stop


In the upside-down ways of desert living, the summer’s end equals barbecue weather, so enjoy your fill of the grill at Perry & Blackwelder’s BBQ Fridays! The Souk Madinat Jumeirah American smokehouse’s open-air terrace event fans flames of fun with a live band, home-made beef burgers, jumbo hot dogs, Cajun-style shrimp and heaps of potato salad and coleslaw banked by waterway vistas. From 12-4pm. An additional Dh35 gets you jumbo churros and toasted marshmallows. From Dh195. Call 04 432 3232 or email

Shreeja Ravindranathan

Shreeja Ravindranathan

Lifestyle Writer