Spare yourself the washing-up and relax on Christmas Day with brunch at Tresind, Radisson Royal Hotel. Although you won’t find turkey at this trendy Indian restaurant, there is Christmas pudding on offer! Enjoy live music while you feast on the six-course menu. From Dh295 per person. Call 04 308 0440 for details.
Forget baking over the holidays – SugarMoo, the UAE’s first online dessert delivery service has made all our sweet-toothed dreams come true. SugarMoo is also responsible for introducing us to the new potato chip cake (a chocolate cake with crisps sprinkled between the layers), the Yolo bars (chocolate brownie, topped with snickers, marshmallows and gooey caramel sauce) and More Smores (tarts with marshmallow fluff, nutella cream topped with caramelised popcorn). The delivery service means you can skip mains and go straight to the good stuff. Call 800 Sugar (800 78427).
Wrapped in love
Scrabbling about desperately still trying to find the perfect gift for your favourite foodie? More Café to the rescue with its basket full of home-made, delicious traditional treats for Dh250. You’ll find more details on all the yummy goods at www.morecafe.co.
Cute at Christmas
Treat your family to a trip to the cinema to see Alone for Christmas, featuring a cute pup who is left home alone during the festive season and will stop at nothing to protect his family’s presents from burglars. Think canine Macaulay Culkin for a brand new generation. Dh35 a ticket at cinemas across the country.
’Tis the season
The festive season is incomplete without a Christmas jumper and we love this red knitted woolly with its cute penguin design and pom-poms. You, too, can look cool in your knitwear now the temperatures have dropped. Dh115, New Look stores across Dubai.
If, like us, you are a magpie when it comes to spotting all things sparkly, you won’t be able to resist gawking at the timeless hand-crafted pieces by Italian jewellery designer Vhernier. We love the to-die-for arm candy in the new Pan Di Zucchero collection – colourful and beautifully inspired by Rio de Janeiro’s Corcovado Mountain. Emeralds, gold, mother of pearl and blue lapis do come with a hefty price tag (Dh81,000 each), but we say you’re worth it! Find them at Vhernier store, Emirates Towers.
Colour me beautiful
Make like super-star singers Katy Perry, and Demi Lovato and give your tresses a colour boost for the party season. Italian company Kemon has launched Lunex Colorful in five shades; blue, fuchsia, red, orange and yellow with head-turning results. Dh40, available at Madi International showrooms across the UAE.
In full bloom
Make feminine florals work with this unique, yet light coat dress from Iconic. Inspired by the 1970s botanical trend, it will flatter all shapes, while you give Anna Wintour a run for her money. Team it with nude killer heels and let the beautiful pastel motifs take centre stage. Dh280, available at Iconic stores across the UAE.
New year new fondue
Fireworks and French food, you can’t go wrong! Spend a family-friendly New Year’s Eve at Le Paradis du Fruit in JBR’s The Beach and enjoy a three-course set menu for adults, alongside a special kids’ menu, with fireworks visible from the terrace. We can’t wait to try the chef’s selection of tartines or the beef fillet for main. After, there’s an irresistible chocolate fondue with fruits and marshmallows. Ooh la la! Menu costs Dh300 per adult, Dh52 per child. Call 04 425 7769.
The festive season is a time for togetherness and that’s why we love the sharing platters at Nando’s. Couples can share the Meal Platter (a whole chicken, two regular sides and two soft drinks for Dh105). Or rally six (or four very hungry) chicken fans together to feast on the Jumbo Platter (two chickens and five large sides for Dh220). Even better, until March 2015, you can win prizes in the Nando’s for Friends Campaign. See www.nandos.ae for more details.
All about the base
We’re mad about the gingerbread craze this festive season. The Address Marina is certainly going all out with this biscuity base note. The hotel has swapped a traditional tree in the lobby for an impressive gingerbread tower – a delicious replica of Dubai’s iconic Burj Khalifa. Insiders tell us 180kg of flour, 90kg of honey and 432 man hours went into its construction. You can also enjoy a Christmassy family brunch at Mazina then decorate a gingerbread house with your family to be in with a chance to win a free meal at any of the hotel’s restaurants. Visit www.theaddress.com or call 04 888 3444.
What Christmas gift do you get the person who has everything? A membership to the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature, of course! Wrap up a slice of culture for them to enjoy come March 2015. The Friends of the Festival Membership box is available in three options: single (Dh199), couple (Dh349) and family plus (Dh549). There are even two complimentary tickets to opening night. Visit www.emirateslitfest.com.
Gift on a good note
Treat your wife/mother/sister/daughter or yourself with our new favourite fragrance, Lipstick Rose by Frederic Malle. This feminine floral fragrance boasts notes of rose, violet, vanilla and a hint of vetiver and amber – it’s light and fruity and simply divine. Dh720 (50ml) or Dh1,050 (100ml) available at Bloomingdale’s, The Dubai Mall.
Build your own GBK
Gourmet Burger Kitchen is our new go-to spot for our burger fix. It’s 100 per cent prime Australian Angus, but there are delish chicken and veggie options too. A tip for meat lovers: The Wagyu steak burger (Dh65)… Enough said. You can build your own burger, adding jalapenos, pickles and smoked chilli mayo as you go. Find outlets at Dubai Marina Mall, DIFC and Mirdif City Centre.