Snacking sensation

Popcorn’s not just for the movies, you know, and Garrett’s gourmet snack now comes in limited edition Hazelnut Caramel Crisp (available until December 31) just in time for the festive season. We love the new Dubai Skyline tin designed especially for UAE National Day – but not as much as its contents! Dh188 at Garrett Popcorn Shops, The Dubai Mall.

Grilled to perfection

Treat yourself to a culinary adventure at the award-winning China Grill, The Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina. We loved the king prawn kushiyaki, habanero and limecured sea scallops, and barbecued wild salmon – grilled just the way we like it. Dh300 per person for a threecourse à la carte menu. 6pm to 12pm, 1am at weekends. Call 04 399 4141.

Bling it on!

Go high brow for the party season with Swarovski crystals from Bling Brow by Benefit – to give you sparkly eyebrows. Trust us, it’s the look of the moment and if you’re subtle, it’ll look amazing. This set comes complete with 52 self-adhesive crystals, and a pair of mini tweezers to apply. The dermatologist-tested tattoo glue crystals can be worn for three full days. Dh130 at Benefit Brow Bars at all Sephora stores across the UAE.

Sizzling Friday

With seating in the terrace overlooking the iconic archshaped entrance to Mövenpick Hotel Ibn Battuta Gate, Dubai, you can bask in the sun while enjoying the Friday BBQ brunch at Moroc Lounge. Pile your plate high with mini beef steaks, Arabic mixed grill entrées of chicken kofta and shish tawook, along with prawn skewers and coriander salmon steak – delish. The crunchy grilled corn on the cob makes for a yummy buttery side dish. Just check to make sure most of it doesn’t end up between your teeth. From Dh130 per person, 12.30pm until 4pm. Call 04 444 5613 or email to book a table.

Lip service has produced cool celebrity printed moustache T-shirts featuring the likes of Will Smith, Kate Moss and Beyoncé in aid of Movember and in collaboration with Parisian prêt-à-porter T-shirt designer Eleven Paris. Fifteen per cent of the proceeds of each tee sold throughout the month of November will be donated to charity in aid of Movember and will be used for research and spreading awareness of prostate and testicular cancer. You still have time to do your bit. Dh215 at

Make a splash

Make the most of the pleasant weather and take your family for some outdoor adventure at the Dubai Pre-owned Boat Show 2014, taking place at the Dubai Creek Marina. Celebrating its 5th Anniversary this year, the show, which runs from November 27 to 29, has exciting activities for the whole family. There is a dedicated Kid’s Zone hosted by Funky Monkeys Playland, which will keep children entertained with hip-hop dancing, yoga sessions and Zumba. Adults can participate in water-based activities including paddle-boarding, dragon boat racing and wakeboarding. It’s on from 12pm to 6pm, entry is free but some activities may be subject to a nominal fee. Call 04 295 6000 or email

French connection

Breakfast takes a luxurious turn at Le Paradis du Fruit, a French-inspired eatery at The Beach, JBR. Enjoy The French Breakfast (Dh49), with Paradis French Toast caramelised with orange and sauce, or Les Crépes, home-made pancakes served with fruit, jam and Nutella and a hot beverage or fruit juice. 8.30am to 4pm on weekends. Call 04 425 7769, visit

Sparkling princess

Give your child’s wardrobe a glittery push towards the festive season with Gap’s Holiday 2014 collection. It has everything a little party girl could need to look lovely and luxe, like this pretty sequinned dress (Dh425). Sorry to disappoint mums, but it’s only in kid’s sizes. Available at Gap stores.

Baby oh baby

Calling all pregnant ladies and new mums. Fortnum & Mason opened its first store outside the UK in Dubai this year and now has an assortment of baby hampers full of cute gifts like teddy bears, rabbit booties, and cashmere baby blankets. You can even customise the hamper and add personalised gift tags with your baby’s initials. Baby hampers, Dh1,700 at Fortnum & Mason, Downtown Dubai.

Dress to impress

Are you daring enough to declare you would do anything in the name of fashion? Take a deep breath and turn up at Vogue Café for lunch or dinner in your very own original ‘red carpet ready’ look and you could be bestowed with the Style Icon title by Vogue Café and given a free refreshing beverage. You’ll also be entered into the Vogue Café Style Icon of the Year draw where you stand to win a dinner for four, the latest edition of British and US Vogue magazines and a Vogue Café chocolate shoe surprise. Go on, be brave. Vogue Café is located on Level Shoe District, The Dubai Mall and is open from 10am to 10pm (Sunday to Wednesday) and 10am to midnight (Thursday to Saturday).