Hanan Taha (or rather Dr. Hanan Taha!) and I go back a long time. We used to go to school together, and although we haven’t met since high-school we still keep abreast on each other’s lives via Facebook (thank goodness for social media!).

Hanan is based in Houston, Texas and is a qualified dermatologist. With a friend who works wonders on skincare for a living, I had to steal some beauty tips off her!

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In the Middle East, weekends fall on Fridays and Saturdays. On Fridays, Muslims the world over offer the very special ‘jumma’ prayer, and this is traditionally followed by a lavish lunch with the family.

Biryani, a decadent rice pilaf layered with succulently spiced meat, tends to be a Friday lunch favorite.

My dear friend Sana Wahid makes the most delicious Yakhni Pulao, and has agreed to share her family’s secret recipe with us.

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Silver Fox is an American chain of fine-dining steakhouses, and the one located on City Walk, Dubai is their very first franchise outside the States.

Silver Fox is a very premium steakhouse. They differentiate themselves by serving USDA prime beef, and this warrants a higher menu pricing. Top that with uber-chic interiors and impeccable service, and expect fine-dining at its very best.

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Nischay Kaul has been working in the publications industry for many years now, but I uncovered his secret passion – cooking!

Nischay originates from Kashmir, the very scenic, highly disputed Northern-most part of India. Here Nischay gives us an introduction to Kashmiri cuisine, and how he’s managed to combine his passion for cooking with his career in publications.

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…and he’s even shared his most treasured, authentic Kashmiri Rogan Josh recipe with us!