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Saturdays are Sunnier at Sufra Hyatt Regency Dubai Creek’s Sunny Saturdays & Meal Voucher for 2.

Saturdays are Sunnier at Sufra Hyatt Regency Dubai Creek’s Sunny Saturdays & Meal Voucher for 2.

SUFRA SUNNY SATURDAYS is basically a new late and leisurely breakfast concept for the whole family where you can enjoy your time by the Creek. Introduced at Sufra by Hyatt Regency Dubai Creek Heights, it is available every Saturday from 12 noon to 4:00pm.

 

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810_0244The whole concept of Sunny Saturdays is unique and representing family routine where you sit and eat on a perfect leisurely afternoon to enjoy breakfast beyond the traditional morning hours and routine setup. You will find it as a complete package be it healthy, hearty fare or continental classics along with everyone’s favorite breakfast item.

 

It definitely was a Saturday packed with pleasure of relaxed dining experienced by myself and family. Tantalizing aromas of coffees and quintessential breakfast fare was served amidst casual vibe and in chic surrounds.

 

Since we first reviewed Iftar Buffet at Sufra, we are completely in love with ambiance and décor of this contemporary venue, it’s chic, uber and very spacious and you get to enjoy the family and friends set-up. The seating arrangements are managed with round table as well as the square tables to facilitate the group of 4, 6 or couples.

Bright, green and gold interiors overlook the neighboring Dubai Creek Park through huge floor to ceiling windows giving the impression of an inside/outside feel and the ambience of an urban garden.

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When seated we were welcomed with a signature bread basket. Later we took a tour around the spread out buffet featuring Cold variety of cheeses, assorted cold cuts and composed salads.

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Grill – selection of succulent meats grilled a la minute

Carving – whole roasted meat with accompaniments ·

Eggs and Hash – eggs cooked any style alongside traditional Eggs Benedict, Steak and Hash  ·

Shawarma  · Crepes and Waffles  ·

 

Hot Buffet focused more on Western, Arabic and Indian breakfast favorites.

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Last but not the least is desserts and Ice-cream corner which win over hearts of those tiny creatures along with us. They enjoyed home-made gelatos, pan cakes, fruit yogurt etc.

 

Beverages team has introduced some quirky and new anti-oxidant and detox drinks, made up of fruity as well as veggie flavors. One must try the refreshing cucumber and broccoli mixture.

Highlight of the evening was when chefs actually pass around bringing down to your table those small tasty small bites of Crab Cakes, Sliders and mini Pancakes.

 

Kids were more than welcome with a separate buffet setup just for them as well as an Activities’ Corner with games and entertainment (however this particular setup is subjected to number of booking) while the adults can relax and recharge, preparing for the week ahead. Swimming Pool is just around the Kids Club and you can surely enjoy the weather or beat the heat by dipping into the spacious pool, book early to avoid disappointment.

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Great New:

Sufra Hyatt Regency Dubai Creek is offering Mahiblog’s subscriber a discount of 20% on dine in. To get the code, simply mail us at info@mahiblog.com with your blog registered email address and we will send you the code.

How to win:

For your chance to win simply do the following:

1- Subscribe (via email id) on Mahi Blog,

2- It is MANDATORY  to LIKE & FOLLOW Hyatt Regency Dubai Creek Facebook & Instagram pages and mention that @mahiblog has sent you.

2- Share this post using buttons below of FB, Twitter, IG etc

Tag Mahi Blog on FB, Instagram, Twitter to let us know that you share !!!!

“WINNERS WILL BE CHOSEN ON MAXIMUM SHARES BASIS”

To win you must do all the above steps. Winners will be announced on October 5th, 2015.  Only UAE fans can take part.

Disclaimer & Notes: A huge Thank you to Leenu Bablani, Hyatt Regency Dubai Creek, Sufra’s Management & humble staff for coordination. We were invited however it did not influence our thoughts and reviews, all opinions content are our own. Please do not use any pics without prior permission.

 

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Posted by on September 29, 2015 in Food Reviews, hotels, PLACES, Restaurants

 

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Congratulations – Mahi Blog #EID #Giveaways Winners Announced.

Congratulations – Mahi Blog #EID #Giveaways Winners Announced.

“CONGRATULATIONS”

Thank you for immense participation by all on behalf of Mahi Blog and our Clients, there were many shortlisted on participation basis as so many of you have shared day and night and on different social media pages and have also encouraged and liked our posts respectively.

 “Have a sneak preview of our upcoming Re-Branded website HERE ! “

12027681_1662777037301994_608810440717471739_nUnfortunately not everyone can be a winner, however we do notice efforts from many other participants too like Sahar, Marsha, Ayat, Shameela, Shamee Khadija, Arham, Dina, Nabila (just to name few of them), don’t be disappointed as there are many more Prizes coming soon.

Also not to forget 5 beauty hampers are still there to Win.

You may find the Winners chosen for each category in their own post (Click the contest name- linked below)

Find Winners’ names here:

THANK YOU 

 
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Posted by on September 28, 2015 in Best Brunches In Town, PLACES, Restaurants, Retreat, Spa

 

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CITY WALK – Event Review – “It’s MySpace” at IDdesign via MOMSOUQ.

CITY WALK – Event Review – “It’s MySpace” at IDdesign via MOMSOUQ.

‘It’s MySpace’ held at IDdesign showroom, in collaboration with MOMSOUQ.”

It was thrilling to be a part of “It’s My Space” Organized by ID Design in collaboration with Mom Souq. Mom Souq is my favorite family community and I love their awareness events, hence I happily accepted the invite and was all set to visit one of the most happening and new hotspot shopping destination Dalma Mall in AbuDhabi.

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Event started on time and all the participants along with IDdesign experts were been introduced. We get to learn a lot of tips and techniques where you can actually learn some quick and easy fixes to change the mood of any room. Also I get to learn about the latest trends in interior design styles and home furnishings.

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Then comes the most important part of being creative, 3 teams were made and were asked to show their decorating skills via creating a mood board.  It was such an interactive, fun and team building activity and  de-clustered so many concepts for me regarding interior settings. Winning team get the prizes, and IDdesign Goodie bags were provided to all participants at the event.

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The tips shared by designers Mei and Nataliya on the importance of a moodboard; whether you’re looking to de-clutter your home or having to bargain color palettes & approach with other members of your family, provided some stimulation for our home. They were so generous and open about listening to your home staying queries and provide some useful info.

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To relax and unwind we sat back, and enjoyed some healthy and yummy refreshments and sweet bite size treats. I took a good roam around in their store, as they were offering 25-75% sale in their store. To stay informed of future events, as well as in store promotions and IDdesign’s latest furniture & accessories collections in our Abu Dhabi or Dubai showrooms, you can visit their website or Facebook page.

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Special Thanks to Mona Tavassoli, Founder & CEO of Mom Souq for pulling off yet another successful and well organized event, Lovely Designers at IDdesign and the management of the store been extra courteous and responsive to participants need and for the preview of their special promotion items at Sale. I am certainly returning back to store for good bargains.

 
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Posted by on September 28, 2015 in City Walk, Events, OUT AND ABOUT, PLACES

 

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“PREGO’S” at Media Rotana – Petite bit of Italy + Giveaway

“PREGO’S” at Media Rotana – Petite bit of Italy + Giveaway

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CONGRATULATIONS:

Winner is Selma Romola . Please send email with your full name and contact details to mahiblog.ae@gmail.com to claim your voucher within 2 days, incase of failure another winner will be chosen.

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Keeping up with Italian Cuisine celebration on Mahi Blog, we are featuring some of the best Italian restaurants around UAE. Hence decided to explore Prego’s, one of the 5 exquisite dining venues at Media Rotana, offering Italian cuisine. We love this place and planned to return back after we visited last in Ramadan and reviewed Channels.

Media Rotana is a luxury 5-star hotel ideally located in the Heart of Dubai, TECOM area and within easy reach of the Dubai Internet City Metro Station & Major Shopping Malls. Prego’s is known for its authentic spirit, with various award achievements such as the Time Out Dubai Restaurant Awards, World’s Best Italian Pizza Competition and the Italian Industry & Commerce Office in the UAE. Prego’s is able to be distinguished as one of the leading Italian restaurants in the city over years.

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Opening its doors daily, they serves a wide range of Italian specialties from thin crusted pizzas to freshly baked homemade breads blazed in a wood-fired oven. We completely fell in love with ambiance and interior featuring an exclusive chic and fashionable design with great use of red light. Mosaic tiles at the entrance, wood flooring and open kitchen make it a lively, manageable and welcoming atmosphere. This venue is extremely popular with diners as you get to see a lot of cooking and baking going on in the kitchen. An open front kitchen (Which I must say is very well organized and well divided into sections, in spite of its compact size) showcases their chefs creating the finest in Italian cuisine. Prego’s offer all time culinary favorites and delightful monthly specials. This specially designed menu is known for its noted delicacies, ranging from white asparagus, artichokes, porcini mushroom, white and black truffles.

Pictured below: Linguini Carbonara, Fried Calamari/ shrimps , margarita pizza, breaded veal chop with rucola.

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Food we tasted;

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Oven fresh bread with cheese & white canolini beans sauce welcomed us on the table. From soup options we tried creamy porcini mushroom soup on chef’s recommendation, it was served real hot and we could smell the aroma of white truffle oil coming out of the bowl. It was too rich and creamy though, hence too filling on our stomach.

DSC_0024Burratra di Andria was first antipasti to hit the table and wow what an impression it made. It was good looking and simple yet delicious, Chef stick to the basics and presented the classic Burrata Cheese  in a platter served with semi dried cherry tomatoes, baby spinach and Taggiasca olives with a sprinkle of oregano on top, very fresh and crunchy at the same time.

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Our very favorite antipasti amongst all was Eggplant rolls with ricotta cheese, the basil pesto sauce and tomato confir combo was so well balanced that it made the dish mouthwatering. From Carpacci section we tried Tuna Tartare with mango, avocado and aged balsamic vinegar reduction, I loved the sweet sour and tangy taste of it at the same time balsamic jus adds to its flavor.

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I still remember the mouthwatering taste of the Grilled lamb chops with vegetable ratatouille and sautéed potatoes in olive oil, lemon zest which gives this extra tang and flavor to sauce with garlic and rosemary. Very well done and perfectly grilled and juicy in taste.

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Finally, we concluded on desserts, the highlight of the evening. Tiramisu was so moist and delectable, drenched in coffee was so imperious it certainly raised our expectations hence we went on and ordered another star of the evening “Hot Lava Chocolate Cake with lemon sorbet and berry coulis.

With a comfy, convivial ambiance, warm and friendly interiors, this restaurant offered us a delectable journey with the true flavors of Italy. Dress Code is Smart Casual however you can’t show up wearing shorts. Pastas are freshly made on a daily basis, and the pizzas are baked in a traditional wood-fired oven. Prego’s Chefs’ team showed us petite bit of Italy with their selection of authentic dishes for which we rate them 4.5 out of 5.

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For more details on Media Rotana & Prego’s click HERE

Contact – To Book a table call +971 (4) 4350201

Email – fb.media@rotana.com

VOUCHER GIVEAWAY/ COMPETITION:

Mahi Blog and Media Rotana have teamed up to offer Mahi Blog readers “Meal Voucher for 2 at Prego’s – Media Rotana“

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For your chance to win simply do the following:

1- Subscribe (via email id) on Mahi Blog,

2- Share this post using buttons below of FB, Twitter, IG etc

Tag Mahi Blog on FB, Instagram, Twitter to let us know that you share!!!!

“WINNERS WILL BE CHOSEN ON MAXIMUM SHARES BASIS”

To win you must do all the above steps. Winners will be announced on September 22nd, 2015.  Only UAE fans can take part.

Disclaimer & Notes: A huge Thank you to Media Rotana ManagementSahil Gour, our host Marketing team, Chefs, Staff at Prego’s. We were guests there however it did not influence our thoughts and reviews, all opinions content are our own. You cannot use any pics without prior permission.

 
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Posted by on September 21, 2015 in Food Reviews, hotels, PLACES, Restaurants, TRIPS

 

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It’s Bar-B-Q party time! – Urban’s Barbecue at Dusit Thani Abu Dhabi

It’s Bar-B-Q party time! – Urban’s Barbecue at Dusit Thani Abu Dhabi

It’s Bar-B-Q party time!

As committing to its promotion that “DUSIT THANI ABU DHABI BRINGS A LITTLE SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE THIS AUTUMN”. The Thai hospitality once again hit the mark bringing best of the tastes from different cuisines under one roof. Although what’s to be notably commended is their effort to gain the diners attention by bringing the “best quality with reasonable price” this autumn, reflecting specially in this particular theme offering we have reviewed.

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We were privileged to be invited to the exclusive preview of their very first Urban’s Barbecue last Monday, at Urban Kitchen. Experiencing the event first hand was indeed a pleasure as we found this package a complete steal in this value.

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It brought together the finest taste and the flavors of Middle Eastern, Turkish and Tandoori BBQ specialties, you can actually taste all that in just AED 129/- net per person including soft beverage, every Monday and Wednesday from 19:00 to 22:30hrs.

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Chef Aiham, Chef Bulent and Chef Bede have introduced the authentic flavors from each region with their very own recipes that have been passed down over generations. The set-up and spread of dishes was dynamic. We loved their tandoori BBQ items, Adana Kebabs, Paneer Tikka and Vegetable Tandoori. Hariyali Kabab with green marinade was also a must-try item.

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We loved the aroma and tenderness of tandoori items and how they were prepared fresh over live counters. Middle Eastern menu items gained a lot of my attention that day. We have tasted Fish Magli with Harissa sauce and Tikka Marinated Sea bass wrapped in spinach leaf and it was delicious. Ispanakli Yumurta (Eggs with spinach and onion) and Couscous Bil Khudar (Marrakesh classic taste) were made with full dedication and was deliciously tasty.

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In desserts it was a grand affair and we tasted vast variety and sweetness, from Muhalabyia to Halawa Bil jiben and from Znood Alsitt, Baloryia Pista to Katayef. Opera cake was another great find in their desserts menu. You may conclude on assorted Indian Sweets or warm Umm Ali.

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All and all it was a great value treat that every individual should try. Don’t forget to bring along your friends and family as the fun are always doubled when shared with the close ones.

Do comment below on what you think of Urban’s Barbecue themed buffet at Dusit Thani Abu Dhabi.

For reservations or more information on Dusit Thani Abu Dhabi’s food and beverage promotions, please contact +971 (2) 698 8137 or email: reservation.table@dusit.com.

 
 

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Real Italian Treat – Pizza Di Rocco with AED 200 meal vouchers for 2 winners.

Real Italian Treat – Pizza Di Rocco with AED 200 meal vouchers for 2 winners.

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Winners are Khadija Mustafa & Noora Ashraf . Please send email with your full name and contact details to mahiblog.ae@gmail.com to claim your voucher within 2 days, incase of failure another winner will be chosen.

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Celebrating Italian cuisine this month, we visited Pizza Di Rocco, we were warmly greeted by the Managing Director Mr. Peter.

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He explained the origin that Pizza Di Rocco is born from the spirit of Master Pizzaiolo Rocco and it is their passion for creating authentic Italian gourmet pizzas that inspires customers to try classic pizzas: delicious, light, crispy, natural and fresh from the oven. Seeing that giant oven in the centre of the kitchen is treat to the eyes, where he explains that most of the product are coming straight from it to the table of diners and being ready to deliver asap. Venue and seating arrangement is not too big, however it accommodates at around 24 guests at a time and also having a very cozy environment and ambiance that you could almost imagine that you were in some Tuscan pizza street café smelling the cheese and dough aroma, while before going into fantasyland busy traffic lanes in Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Street will bring you back in current zone.

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Nothing compares to Pizza Di Rocco real Italian pizza, one bite and you’ll know. It’s about the freshness and authenticity of a true Italian pizza, though we had enjoyed our dinner there but I would say the lunch deal is a steal.

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It’s about il deliziare, temptation, simplicity and ingredient natural to get that exceptional gusto, taste. And it’s about using a traditional hand-tossed base, and culinary techniques passed down through generations, cooked in their handmade cupola-style oven, topped with Italian herbs, and with the true spirit of Italy.

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Staff:

The staff here are incredibly pleasant and friendly, and have made a real effort to turn this tiny unit into as pleasant an environment as possible. Deliveries are prompt and Pizzas delivered hot! The staffs are very friendly and accommodating in a way to make sure that your Pizza comes just the way you like it. A tiny place that seems more geared up for a brisk delivery trade than eat-in

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Rocco’s dough.

A real pizza always begins with authentic, hand-tossed dough made from 100% fresh ingredients with no preservatives or artificial additives. Rocco’s dough is prepared up to 48 hours in advance, allowing the fermentation process to complete before cooking, ensuring the pizza base is light, crispy, and easy to digest.DSC_0432

Rocco’s sauce

Our expert pizzaiola’s prepare Rocco’s special sauce in store each morning, according to his own traditional recipe and with passion, care and attention….. Made with premium, perfectly ripe peeled Italian tomatoes, and seasoned with authentic Italian herbs.

Ingredients

Rocco is very conscious about the quality of his product. This comes from the quality of his ingredients, which are mostly imported directly from Italy, as he believes there is no substitute for authenticity! Their passion is their pizza and thus focus of all attention at this restaurant is to ensure that flavor, quality or nutrition value will be perfect and not sacrificed at all.

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Wow factor:

  • Rocco’s pizzas are available in your choice of original white flour, or whole-wheat flour!
  • They guarantee the freshest herbs. Italian herbs are so flavorful, and therein is one of the secrets to a beautifully succulent pizzas at Pizza Di Rocco
  • There’s only one size pizza here and it’s pretty large.
  • We highly regards their commitment to make good staff even better by reassuring them to their commitment hence they usually conduct their Bi-weekly tastings and value staff involvement in the new menu.
  • You are offered a choice of a white or whole-wheat base.

We tasted:

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Oven-baked Garlic bread came to our table first, Immediately after I’d ordered, a complimentary appetizer of strips of bread i-e rocco’s classic dough baked with fresh rosemary entrenched in it, served with olive oil & garlic /pesto dip and parmesan cheese. It made our expectation even high with rest of the items. They prepare the same with garlic, olive oil and rosemary. We simply loved the Oil infused in-house.

 

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Insalata Caprese was very native Italian salad with Fresh buffalo mozzarella, sliced Holland tomato, fresh basil, olive oil. Best quality of cheese you would taste at Pizza Di Rocco.

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It is basically Mixed Italian greens, cherry tomatoes, olives, spring onion, oven baked goat’s cheese, fresh mushrooms, walnuts and pine nuts toss together with sweet balsamic dressing. One of the highlight is the evening and my ultimate favorite salad of all so far I have tasted in any Italian restaurant. The taste of the buffalo cheese and roasted pine amalgamate in such a beautiful way that its gives you this softness along with crunch at the same time in the salad.

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Thick, creamy slices of mozzarella, breaded and shallow fried. Served with spicy BBQ dip and small green salad – simple but absolutely sensational tasting of back to back antipasti made us full already and by the time our Pizza came we were stuffed.

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DSC_0428Diavola is one of their classic range pizza, very basic but full of flavors. It has Tomato sauce, mozzarella, spicy Italian salami and oregano. Each bite was melting in mouth with the perfect ratio of cheese and sauce that it concurs our taste buds.

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Fattoria pizza has their signature Tomato sauce, mozzarella, caramelized onions, sun-dried tomatoes, pesto, roast pine nuts and goat cheese. What makes this pizza so special is the taste of the onions as it really balance this pizza with its mild sweetness and is perfect choice for Hawaiian taste pizza lovers. Caramelized onion is the star ingredient of this dish.

In desserts we tried Chef’s special Tiramisu and Gluten free cheese cake and they were to drool fo, fuss free and very delicious.

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It was indeed a happy journey and a treat for a true Italian food lover. We are basically glad to discover this unpretentious Italian eatery and moreover delivery point for selling the best pizzas in the emirate.

Have eaten at this small restaurant a couple of times and had a few takeaways at home and work and love their prompt and oven fresh delivery. The pizzas and salads are persistently lip-smacking! All in all for their fresh ingredients, taste quality and made Mahi Blog will rank them 4.6 / 5 on our blog-o-meter.

GIVEAWAY/ COMPETITION: (2 WINNERS)

Mahi Blog and Pizza Di Rocco have teamed up to offer TWO lucky readers “200 DHS value voucher“ to spend at the restaurant.

How to win:

For your chance to win simply do the following:

1- Subscribe (via email id) on Mahi Blog,

2- Share this post using buttons below of FB, Twitter, IG etc

Tag Mahi Blog on FB, Instagram, Twitter to let us know that you share !!!!

“WINNERS WILL BE CHOSEN ON MAXIMUM SHARES BASIS”

To win you must do all the above steps. Winners will be announced on September 22nd, 2015.  Only UAE fans can take part.

Disclaimer & Notes: A huge Thank you to Peter, Pizza Di Rocco’s humble staff & Brandon for coordination. We were invited however it did not influence our thoughts and reviews, all opinions content are our own. You can not use any pics without prior permission.

 
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Posted by on September 16, 2015 in Food Reviews, PLACES, Restaurants

 

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Wellness & Massage – Khalidiya Palace Rayhaan by Rotana + 60 Min Massage #Giveaway

Wellness & Massage – Khalidiya Palace Rayhaan by Rotana + 60 Min Massage #Giveaway

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CONGRATULATIONS:

Winner is Zainub Naeem . Please send email with your full name and contact details to mahiblog.ae@gmail.com to claim your voucher within 2 days, incase of failure another winner will be chosen.

Are you ready to experience the new Wellness and Massage facility at Khalidiya Palace Rayhaan by Rotana ?

Ladies and gentlemen, this newly opened spa at the hotel goes above and beyond our expectations! Since we thoroughly loved our aromatherapy session, hence (courtesy to our client) giving one reader a chance to experience the same at Wellness and MassageKhalidiya Palace Rayhaan by Rotana. Please find details at the end of this review.

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Massage Treatment:

We experienced serenity in a wonderful Couple Massage session. It was an exclusive pampering and unforgettable time we had in their haven of tranquil. We were also impressed to know about the extensive range of restorative and invigorating treatments they offer.

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Located on the 2nd floor at the Beach Club, the new Wellness and Massage facility features 6 treatment suites and 2 luxurious relaxation rooms the area is quite spacious. I loved the long alley where you make your way into the Wellness and Massage facility. They kept the lights effect dimmer and the ambiance with wall hangings so serene that you will start getting into the mood of relaxation.  You will indulge in revitalizing treatment thanks to their dedicated team of specialists who will encourage a hale and hearty well-being for both your body and mind, using only premium quality natural products by Aromatherapy Associates London (the leading experts within aromatherapy for over 30 years of experience).

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Staff & Therapist:

The staff was so welcoming and supportive and will make you feel immediately comfortable. Upon arrival we were seated in a relaxing area and get to have refreshment and detox juices, plus a warm smile by all the staff!

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The masseuses gave the impression that they have a good knowledge and know what they are doing. We have been handed over an information form along with consent where all the required info by therapist has been generated via questionnaire and has been reconcile with us where ever it’s been not clear by our therapist as we conclude and handed over the form.

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Then we had been asked to choose the therapy Oil which later used in your treatment and as per them basically you body and mind works together in deciding the aroma connected to the kind of relaxation is required, deep tissue, revive, rejuvenate, anti-stress etc.

Our therapist has guided us to the changing room, well fitted with lockers to keep your essentials while you will change and be prepared for the massage. Changing area is also fitted with the shower and a mirror to dress up after you leave the area. Bath robe and slippers were provided. Afterwards we went to a couple’s therapy treatment room which has been beautifully lit with dimmed yellow soothing effect and is smelling amazing. Beds were cleanly lined and it’s a comfortable head resting you get there.

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Throughout the massage time at different intervals, therapist had a check on the level of pressure been applied on different areas. The massage was so relaxing that I even snooze out for some good plenty minutes. This treatment surely altered my mood, cognitive, psychological or physical well-being.

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Use of Aromatic Oil in Massage:

The use of essential oils for therapeutic, spiritual, hygienic and ritualistic purposes goes back to a number of ancient civilizations including the Chinese, Indians, Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans who used them in cosmetics, perfumes and drugs along with beliefs of the time regarding their healing properties. For massage they are been infused creating blends that enhance its inherent properties, turning them into rich beautifully scented products that deliver fantastic results.

WOW Factor:

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  • Personalized programs for the benefit of esteemed guests.
  • De-Stress sports Massage which is deep restorative treatment specially designed for key muscles.
  • Nurturing therapy for mothers to be is a full body treatment will leave you feeling lifting and at peace.
  • Try Balinese Massage & reach the ultimate state of relaxation or go for Thai Massage in case you need the most energizing and rigorous rub.

 

All in all we have experienced the perfect Wellness and Massage experience that suits our individual needs and make our visit at Khalidiya Palace Rayhaan by Rotana Abu Dhabi even more treasured. With a range of signature invigorating massage treatments, cleansing scrubs, renewing wraps and facials with customized aromatherapy experiences, it offers a relaxing environment. My aromatherapy massage was firm and relaxing and the oil made skin soft and smell so good. I went back home with serenity and tranquility.

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Opened daily from 10:00 am to 10:00 pm

For more information please call 02 657 0188, Email: wellness.khalidiya@rotana.com

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Faten Hammad Assistant Director of Marketing and Communications Khalidiya Palace Rayhaan by Rotana Tel: 00971 2 6570220 E-mail: faten.hammad@rotana.com

For More information on Khalidiya Palace Rayhaan by Rotana click these pages here: Facebook, Twitter, IG.

GIVEAWAY/ COMPETITION: (1 WINNER)

Mahi Blog and Khalidiya Palace Rayhaan by Rotana have teamed up to offer one lucky Mahi Blog reader “60 minutes massage session

How to win:

For your chance to win simply do the following:

21- Answer the following question in comments; Name any one of the treatments /service at Khalidiya Palace Rayhaan by Rotana? (Hint here)

2- Subscribe (via email id) on Mahi BlogShare this post on social widgets. (Use buttons below of FB, Twitter, IG etc)

3- Like, Follow, Share us on following:

To win you must do all the above steps. Winners will be announced on September 22nd, 2015.  Only UAE fans can take part.

Disclaimer & Notes: A huge Thank you to Khalidiya Palace Rayhaan by Rotana Marketing Team & Management & our ever smiling and humble host Faten & staff/therapists at Wellness & Massage. We were guests there however it did not influence our thoughts and reviews, all opinions content are our own. You can not use any pics without prior permission.

 
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Posted by on September 15, 2015 in hotels, OUT AND ABOUT, PLACES, Retreat, Spa, STAYCATIONS, TRIPS

 

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City Walk – SHINE BRIGHT LIKE A DIAMOND- GALA DINNER 2015 @Westin Abudhabi

City Walk – SHINE BRIGHT LIKE A DIAMOND- GALA DINNER 2015 @Westin Abudhabi

SHINE BRIGHT LIKE A DIAMOND- GALA DINNER 2015

The 2015 Gala Dinner themed ‘Shine bright like a diamond ’ in association with “Ladies Who Lunch ” held on September 4th was indeed a glam affair along with a noble cause, the attendees were individuals, groups including corporate businesses and executives throughout Abu Dhabi, local council and Government officials supporting the event through attendance and/or sponsorship.

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Some highlights of the evening were

• Entertainment and Music

• Silent Auction and Raffles with exciting prizes to be won

•Red carpet and photography opportunities

•Entrée and welcome address

•Main course and ongoing Entertainment – live performances

•Live charity auction

•DJ until late

UNICEF in Action with WASH Project:

PROVIDING CLEAN DRINKING WATER AND PROPER SANITATION FACILITIES FOR CHILDREN AND FAMILIES ACROSS AFRICA AND THE MIDDLE EAST.

As we are aware that dirty water, poor sanitation, and unhygienic practices cause millions of children to suffer needlessly from disease. Despite being preventable, water and sanitation related diseases remain one of the most significant child health problems worldwide. Almost 750 million people lack access to safe drinking water and an estimated 2.5 billion people lack access to proper sanitation facilities.

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UNICEF works in more than 100 countries around the world to improve water supplies and sanitation facilities in schools and communities, and to promote safe hygiene practices. In emergency situations, UNICEF also provides urgent relief to communities and nations threatened by disrupted water supplies and disease.

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In line to the great initiative this Charity Gala Dinner supported “Road To Awareness”, which is a worldwide fundraising initiative taken by Starwood Hotels & Resorts to support the underprivileged children by means of UNICEF. This year, the money raised will also support with much-needed fund to UNICEF Wash project across Middle East and Africa providing clean drinking water. The Middle East and North Africa is the most water-scarce region in the world, and two out of five people without access to safe drinking water live in Africa.

Venue:

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The Grand Ballroom of The Westin Abu Dhabi Golf Resort & Spa was decked up all as per the Diamond theme, decor was indeed stunning.

A total of AED 164,000 was raised from the charity dinner last year. The event this year hopefully will manager to contribute even more.

Food:

Four course all UK Cold fish n’ chips menu with drinks was offered to the guests.

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DSC_0234What comes to the table indeed has marked the first finest impression on the guests it was Scottish Salmon halibut smoked with soft radish jelly, and mushy peas form. Where the dish kept all its softness it did not disappoint us in it’s crunchy element. It was served with Vegetable Chip and made a perfect entrée’.

Then arrive the Roast Irish beef , the main along with yorkshire pudding with ‘bangers’ onion gravy and root veggies.

We thoroughly enjoyed the dessert which is sticky toffee pudding, with stilton crumble and apple cider sorbet, its divine and was the highlight of whole menu.

Last but not the least was assorted cheese platter with crackers and jams, it came late where all guests were busy in bidding and auction however we were so full that we dint opt for it.

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The Charity Gala Dinner turned our to be a memorable night for all those attended being one of a kind event. The night surely has a lot of surprises and wow moments. Funds raised by guests and employees at Starwood Hotels & Resorts will be used to help children wherever the need is greatest.

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There was also an exclusive Gala Dinner and room package including Breakfast at a great price to facilitate the participation by the venue host.

 
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Carluccio’s at YAS Mall – Win Meal Voucher worth 200 dhs #ItalianCuisineCelebrationonMahiBlog

Carluccio’s at YAS Mall – Win Meal Voucher worth 200 dhs #ItalianCuisineCelebrationonMahiBlog


Congratulations, And the winner is:

1) OMAR SAMI

– Thanks for sharing a lot – Please send us your full name and contact details on mahiblog.ae@gmail.com within 2 days to claim your prize. Incase of failure another winner will be chose.

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Carluccio’s at Yas Mall:

Those who are following my blog are already aware of my love for this brand. I once read an interview of Founder “ANTONIO CARLUCCIO” where he has mentioned that Olive oil, flour, tomatoes and basil are the ingredients you can’t live without; yes we are talking about 78-year-old Italian chef and restaurateur himself who was in Abu Dhabi last year to open Carluccio’s in Yas Mall – his third restaurant in the capital. Having about 100 restaurants around the world, he shows no signs of slowing down, and his great concept of love for Italian Cuisine is beautifully cascaded to the recipes at Carluccio’s restaurant menu.

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Super Gorgeous and our Ultimate Favorite Antipasti Mixed Board, it has each element of our liking ranging from home-baked Focaccia bread to roasted bell pepper with basil pesto.

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Well, apart from covering their FESTA DELLA PIZZA offerings and tasting from the best pizza festival in town, we did taste their main menu items too, and this time in a different location i-e @ YAS Mall. It is quite a big and spacious venue. In the evening, Carluccio’s welcomes those who are looking for a more relaxed dining experience. Carluccio’s deli here is unrivalled – offering a scrumptious selection of fresh meats, cheese, salads, olives, tarts and baked food items, in addition to a range of take-away dishes, they even sell these handy gadget so you can make similar dishes at home! In short YAS Mall Carluccio’s is not just a food outlet but it is a food shop that offers a range of specially imported products from Italy to give it the authentic taste of Italy to this region.

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I must say we had found our spot for comfort food that goes to our very heart. Our visit was memorable; we have been well greeted by the branch supervisor. Kids were well entertained with a customized kid’s pack they offer having a number of fun activities for kids aside from coloring too, I found myself well engross while they were solving the puzzle mysteries.

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Starters were best to name few were Tomato, Pesto & Garlic Breads. We tried on our host’s recommendation their Ravioli and it is just divine, so full of flavors and the tiny pouches will do the magic mix in your mouth where sauce is so carefully coordinated with soft home-made ravioli which is filled with tender spinach and cheese giving the classic breakdown of each ingredients, it’s just absolute harmony. Being served in a traditional way with butter it kept it’s true essence.

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LAGAGNA is also up there in this same category, baked at its perfection simply must-try item on the menu. My kids have thoroughly enjoyed the dish.DSC_0067

Hubby ordered Lamb Shank which is basically slowly braised lamb shank with herbs and vegetable, served with rosemary and mashed potatoes. Meat was well done and juicy at the same time the aroma of braised lamp just satisfies your taste buds and you will fall in love with this dish.  Uncomplicated ingredients, basic taste! It can even cater to my craving for lamb roast incase I am up for big challenges next time.

Kids enjoyed the very simple and basic Penne Pasta with pink sauce, which is too good and accurate to the taste and liking for the kids. The fact that the staff gave extra attention while taking your order you can actually customize your dish by requesting to add on or reduce the selected ingredients.

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As for the Desserts, they have a lovely selection. We tried 3 in total, 2 from the new range and one regular.

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CASSATA which is Semifreddo Sicilian Dessert with Chocolate pieces (I hardly felt any in mine), pistaccio ice-cream and candied fruits (as it’s comparatively hard to chew dint give me much of my dreamtime while enjoying this dessert.)

 

CHERRY SUNDAE: Being a die-hard fan of cherries I had no reasons not to fall in love with this awesome treat, very well proportionate dessert made by simple amalgamation of Italian Amarena Cherries and Vanilla Ice-cream and the syrup was there to balance the sweet ratio too. Love it! DSC_0068

Last but not the least Chocolate Fondente a warm chocolate pudding served with Ice cream. It was a chocolate lovers dream. Thick, chocolaty goodness all over with a layer of ice-cream. If you want a drinking chocolate version, try the Ciccoletta fiorentina.

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WOW Factor:

  • On weekend they are serving new Nutella e Banana so go for it!
  • If you looking for real taste of Italy at home their colorful cornucopia of fantastic fresh food, Keep sake & store cupboard items and gifts you should definitely pass by their deli.
  • Their fondants are mind blowing – pure choco lovers, welcome.

Buon Appetito!

I loved the romantic ambiance and an extended space where you can enjoy with your loved ones or close group of friends for a special dine-outs. There is even possibility to get variety without giving up on your Italian cravings. Categorically worth next visit, maybe even after to try some more Gnocchi next time 😉 I would rate my overall liking for Carluccio’s 4.6 on 5. And it can take mouth-watering 5 for just deli itself as it’s too good to ignore.

Find more info on their FB page here or go to their Website.

GIVEAWAY/ COMPETITION: 

Mahi Blog and Carluccio’s have teamed up to offer Mahi Blog readers “Gift meal Voucher worth AED 200” to be used at any Carluccio’s outlet across UAE

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For your chance to win simply do the following:

1- Answer the following question in comments; Name any one of the PIZZA offering at Carluccio’s during FESTA DELLA PIZZA?

2- Subscribe (via email id) on Mahi BlogShare this post on social widgets. (Use buttons below of FB, Twitter, IG etc)

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To win you must do all the above steps. Winners will be announced on September 10th, 2015.  All UAE fans can take part.

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Disclaimer & Notes: A huge Thank you to CARLUCCIO’S Management, Andjelka Pavlovic and our host staff at restaurant. We were guests there however it did not influence our thoughts and reviews, all opinions content are our own. Pictures are owned by Mahi Blog. You can not use any pics without prior permission.

 
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Posted by on September 7, 2015 in OUT AND ABOUT, PLACES, Restaurants

 

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“Festa Della Pizza” Celebration at Eastern Mangroves Carluccio’s – Reviewed

“Festa Della Pizza” Celebration at Eastern Mangroves Carluccio’s – Reviewed

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Carluccio’s is the highly praised Italian cafe renowned for bringing authentic and conventional Italian cooking and ingredients to families in a comforting and friendly environment. Carluccio’s open kitchens are operated by qualified chefs who create all the food in-house including pastas and breads. It offers great worth for cash with the whole lot from scrumptious morning breakfasts and exclusive blends of coffees through to light meals and lunches. Carluccio’s deli is the food shop offers a range of specially imported products from Italy to give the authentic taste of Italy to this region. It is well-known for its pastas, pizzas, classic Italian desserts, fresh salads, and antipasti to name a few.

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Festa Della Pizza Celebration at Carluccio’s

Festa Della Pizza Festival 

Nothing says Italy quite like its food, and nothing says Italian food like pizza. Sharing its passion and expertise for the Italian speciality; Carluccio’s is hosting a two-month long celebration of all things pizza. Started from 26th July and it will go till end of September, Festa Della Pizza will showcase an array of limited edition sweet and savory pizzas alongside interactive kids’ pizza making classes. In addition, Carluccio’s food shops will feature a special display of chilli oils and chilli based products, the ideal accompaniment for pizza at home. You can choose from Sweet or Savoury Choices.

Coverage of Festa Della Pizza at Eatern Mangroves Carluccio’s

DSC_0306To cover the grand festival we have been invited via PRCo and been warmly hosted and greeted by the generous staff at Eastern Mangroves Outlet of Carluccio’s. Venue is cozy and has an amazing view of mangroves and stretched out sea full of boats, Eastern Mangroves is also home to other water sports activities hence attract a lot of goers and Italian food lovers which simple can’t miss this branch of Carluccio’s due to aroma of baked pasta and pizza & smell coming from their kitchen. Restaurant has fining area covered inside and outside on terrace as well, in good weather you can sit outside and enjoy the breezy atmosphere, however we preferred inside in the prevailing temperatures in Capital and were guided via staff to a warm corner with a glass window for an outside view.

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Bowl of Olives

I am a big fan of Carluccio’s and have visited so many branches by now and a big lover of their bread and Olives hence it was must to try the same before we roll on to festival tasting and we enjoyed BOWL OF OLIVES this time. Being a thin crust pizza lover, it’s a treat to find they are serving authentic Roman-style pizzas with perfectly charred crusts, We tried Anatra e Fichi, Calzone Ortolana and Granchio e Gamberi.

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First one consist of tomato, mozzarella, shredded duck confit (You may ask staff to replace with chicken), fresh figs, rocket salad, parmesan shavings and aged balsamic vinegar which has very empowering taste in a good way and the figs added that extra citrus taste to this highly recommended pizza from the festival offerings.

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Granchio e Gamberi was a treat for seafood lover

The second one Calzone Ortolana was basically a folded pizza will balsamic roasted vegetables, goats’ cheese, mozzarella and black olives and has this incredible softness of combination cheese they topped it with and the balsamic roasted veggies give you a great crunch and taste at the same time.

Meanwhile, seafood fans will appreciate the Granchio e Gamberi, topped with crab meat, shrimps, mozzarella, grated zucchini, red chilli, basil and lemon oil, though we are not huge fan of seafood but this pizza is very flavoursome and did gain few interest point on our tastemeter.

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Porcini e Tartufo is one unique in range too

It you have Sweet tooth you may indulge in one of the unique dessert pizzas been offered at FESTA DELLA PIZZA Treat; served on a crispy golden base, they are the perfect way to finish a meal. You can try the fruity Passione e Amarena topped with mascarpone passion fruit cream and Italian Amarena “Fabbri” cherries or the classic Nutella e Banana with Italian Nutella and sliced banana. My kids thoroughly enjoyed their nutella banana edition and it actually made them charged to even run for a small walk around mangroves.

Nutella e Banana Passione e Amarena

Apart from Festival Offerings we even tried our all time favorite antipasti mixed board. There is nothing to complaint about this extra gorgeous complete board which has each element of our liking ranging from home-baked Focaccia bread to roasted bell pepper with basil pesto.

I also ordered Beef Gnocchi, which truly impressed us this time with slowly cooked pulled beef and potatoes dumpling, rosemary flavor added to its taste.

I tried Cheese cake with Latte Coffee and finished off my meal in a delightful way.

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Oils and other products range at Deli:

Well if you would love to carry what you tasted in the offerings for number of months, here is a charm, as this festival is running for a certain time however you may purchase the hot stuff which goes into taste over these pizza.

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Yes we are talking about sauces and special infused oils. If you are looking to add a little heat to your menu can head to Carluccio’s famous deli, which will be showcasing a selection of chilli oils and chilli based products throughout the festival. Made from quality Italian olives and infused with chillies dried under the Calabrian sun, chilli oil is endlessly useful in the kitchen and perfectly complements pizza as well as pasta, salads and any other dishes that require a kick. Choose between the traditional chilli oil and chilli and garlic oil, whilst the Tre Oli set makes a lovely gift for any keen cook. In keeping with the fiery theme, a selection of chilli salsa, pesto and pasta will also be available for rustling up impressive suppers for friends and family at home. They are also been offered at much reasonable price and in some cases bundle offer.

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Pizza Master Classes for Kids

In case If you have mini chefs in the making like mine 2, Carluccio’s also offers fun and hands-on pizza master classes for kids, I can recall the memories when my kids had attended the same few months back and guess what they have same been offered throughput the festival; Led by an expert chef, little ones can get messy whilst kneading, baking and decorating before sitting down to enjoy their creations. You may contact your nearest Carluccio’s for dates and timings.pizza class

Follow Carluccio’s on Facebook and Twitter for more information on Festa Della Pizza.

Indeed it’s a great chance where pizza lovers will discover a range of inspired flavor combinations throughout the festival, visit with friends to enjoy a variety in the menu without managing to dilute the running italian theme too.  This festival is available at restaurants in Dubai and Abu Dhabi.

Mahi Blog loved exploring the festival at Carluccio’s and rate the Fiesta offering 4.5 out of 5 on our tastemeter.

KEEP CALM AND EAT ITALIAN – ITALIAN TO GO…

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Posted by on September 2, 2015 in Events, OUT AND ABOUT, PLACES, Restaurants

 

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