La Residence Restaurant & Lounge, the French fine-dining restaurant at Raffles Dubai, has only been in operation for 2 months now. With Michelin star Chef Vardon backing the menu offerings and a glamorous backdrop to boot, La Residence is set to create waves in the UAE culinary scene.

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Last weekend, I was a total bed-head. The social calendar has been piling up lately, and this week’s schedule is no different. I’m so glad I caught up with some much needed sleep, and through my snoozes, I treated my skin to a brand new product: Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Overnight Hydrating Masque.

Kiehl's Ultra Facial Overnight Hydrating Masque Review beauty blog

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Image taken from fredericvardon.com

I had the pleasure of having a chat with Michelin star Chef Frederic Vardon.

Raised on a farm in suburban France, Frederic was exposed to the freshest of ingredients at a tender age and there stemmed his love for the kitchen.

His humble upbringing did not deter him from being awarded a Michelin star for his signature restaurant in France, Le 39V.

Humble as he is talented, Chef Vardon does not consider this award a game changer as he continues to insist on the power of hard work and perseverance.

Millennium Plaza Hotel is conveniently located at the heart of Dubai’s business district on Sheikh Zayed Road. Furthermore, the metro station is just a few steps away, and a 5 minute ride can take you to Dubai Mall and the iconic Burj Khalifa.

Apart from the hotel being a great destination for travelers on business, or for tourists wanting easy access to the metro service for exploring the city, UAE residents like us can take advantage of Millennium Plaza Hotel’s scrumptious Iftar fare at at the aptly named Metro restaurant.

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We were invited to the Media Iftar at Metro, Millennium Plaza Hotel last night, and had a wonderful evening.

Our social calendar has been flooded with Iftar invites this month, and last night took us to The Shores restaurant at Ramada Plaza JBR.

The Shores is the Ramada Plaza JBR’s all-day dining concept, and the menu for Iftar has been revamped to accommodate the more traditional fare for Ramadan.

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Apart from being nutritionally dense, oats have been used for beauty treatments for centuries. Using beauty products loaded with oats is believed to have many skin-enhancing qualities including skin hydration, soothing itchiness and keeping the overall complexion youthfully supple.

If you’ve been reading my beauty posts, you already know I am a huge fan of Lush. I’ve recently been treating myself to two of Lush’s oat-based beauty products; the Ceridwen’s Cauldron and the Dream Cream.

Lush Ceridwin's Cauldrom and Dream Cream review

Dusit Thani, the 65 year-old five star hotel chain hailing from Thailand, has been a part of the UAE hospitality scene for nearly a decade now. Renowned for their service and delicious meals, I was quite excited about trying out their Iftar buffet last night.

The Iftar buffet at Dusit Thani has been set up on the 24th floor of the hotel with spectacular views of the Burj Khalifa and Downtown Dubai. The menu is predominantly Middle Eastern adapting to the theme of Ramadan.

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Sunsilk is one of those iconic brands that everyone around the globe has used at one point or another.

Picture30Over the past few years, the brand has elevated its game by associating individual products with major personalities in the hair-care business.

With Sunsilk’s debut into the market for dry shampoos, the association continues ensuring end users like us continue to enjoy quality products at supermarket prices.

Chef Osama El-Sayed needs no introduction in the Arab world. With over a million fans across seven continents, Chef Osama’s television shows have been educating the audience with a vast array of cooking styles that have kept in mind the simplicity levels required home cooking.

Image taken from the Chef Osama Twitter page.
Image taken from the Chef Osama Twitter page.

“Ma Osama Atyab” (It’s More Delicious with Osama) is a daily show on Dubai TV. Chef Osama has also published a number of cook books, and has regular columns in a number of prestigious publications.

Chef Osama has recently been appointed the brand ambassador for the DeLonghi Multifry. Being an advocate in the field of cooking, Chef Osama loves the versatility of this product and believes it should be renamed the ‘multi cooker’.

It’s been an honor interviewing this culinary genius. Read on for more about Chef Osama. He’s also been kind enough to share a recipe for Moroccan Hareera Soup with us!