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Summary: What's hot and happening in the culinary world, here and around the globe.

Water is the new black

It tastes just like water, but doesn't look anything like it! Blk. Is the newest health drink in town, and the world's first fulvic- enhanced mineral water. What this means is that it's natural water, infused with fulvic trace minerals, which claims to boost energy, restore acid-alkaline balance in the body, and aids absorption of nutrients with its high electrolyte and antioxidant content, while being completely free of sugar, carbs and caffeine. You can find it at of-the- moment destinations such as the Salt food truck and Wanna banana on Kite beach, and the Doll House salon in Dubai Ladies Club, priced at Dhs18.

DINE IN THE CITY

FOUR FAB NEW RESTAURANTS TO CHECK OUT

The newest contemporary Indian fine dining venue to open in Dubai is Junoon at Shangri-La, Dubai, a Michelin-starred import from NYC. With subtle nods to the Indian heritage in the decor, the restaurant serves up innovative takes on classic flavours such as Brussels sprouts with garam masala, and lamb biryani with meatballs. Creative cocktails and desserts (curry leaf flavoured ice cream, anyone?) complete the mix. Call 04-4052716.

Authentic Lebanese cuisine can now be indulged at Zaytinya's newest outlet at Al Seef Village Mall in Abu Dhabi. The menu features Lebanese lamb kafta, Malfouf Mahsi (cabbage leaves stuffed with minced lamb and rice), and Lebanese kafta with baked potatoes and tomatoes served on vermicelli rice. Call 02-4474489.

Transport yourself to a Mediterranean fishing village at new seafood restaurant Alto Mar, in the Jumeirah fishing harbor complex, offering postcard-perfect views of the fishing harbour, and a Mediterranean-inspired menu with freshly caught, mostly local seafood. Don't miss their delicious shrimps tossed in olive oil and lemon, octopus Lagareiro style, and slow-cooked seabass; homemade desserts are also on offer. Call 04-3435225.

Asia de Cuba, at the Nation Riviera Beach Club, is Abu Dhabi's hottest new address, bringing its popular New York-born brand of Chino-Cuban cuisine, in a trendy setting. Expect dishes like shrimp churros with coconut curry, and spicy lobster sofrito with udon noodles, and a chicken version of Cuban classic 'chicarrones'. Call 02-6993333.

Falling food prices With the drop in global fuel prices, and the Euro reaching an all-time low in nine years, the GCC may experience a decrease in prices for imported food. According to the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation, the food price index fell last year by 3.2 points to average 188.6 points in December -- the points are a measure of the change in international food prices. In the GCC, about 22 per cent of food products like meat, cheese, vegetables and fruit, are imported from Europe.

This just in:

We love this pretty pink Bialetti Fiammette Espresso maker --it's the ideal Valentine's gift for coffee-lovers! Dhs298 at Tavola.

You cannot get an influence from the cuisine of a country if you don't understand it. You've got to study it.

-- Celebrity chef Ferran Adria

Big in Japan

Move over mocha -- the latest Japanese dessert that is all the rage, and has caught are attention, is a transparent water rice cake known as Mizu Shingen Mochi, which disappears within 30 minutes if uneaten. The jelly-texture cake is served with sugar syrup and kinako (a roasted soybean flour), flavourings usually eaten with mochi. Can't wait to try this one!

What's trending

#bulletproofcoffee

Everyone from actress Shailene Woodley, to coffee enthusiasts, have been raving about the latest cup of coffee that's surprisingly good for you, bulletproof coffee! This is a cup of coffee blended with grass-fed unsalted butter, and MCT (Medium-chain triglyceride) oil, to provide your body and brain the saturated fat it requires. This coffee tradition originated more than thousand years ago in Tibet, and is known to increase focus, and energy levels instantly. Various recipes and techniques to make the coffee are being shared on Pinterest as we speak!

Mark your calendars!

February 7 to 28

The Dubai Food Festival is back this month, bigger and better! The 23-day food extravaganza has four key themes highlighting Emirati cuisine (focusing on authentic, cultural food and experiences); home-grown concepts; multicultural dining and street food; and international chefs and restaurants. There's a wide variety of events and activities on offer, ranging from food-and- movie nights at the Dubai Food and Film event (February 6-28), to food truck gatherings at the Food Truck Convoy (February 8-12, 15 -- 19, 22--26 at Emaar Boulevard, Academic City, JLT Park, Knowledge Village, and Studio City); pop-up eateries at the Beach Canteen set- up with celebrity chefs like Jason Atherton (February 6-28 at Kite Beach); and Urban Farm (February 7 at The Archive, Safa Park, and at Creekside Park on the 28th), where you can shop for handmade crafts and try delicious specialties from restaurants. Other attractions include Mystery Dining Tours (a journey across some of Dubai's top restaurants), and Street Nights (a gathering of local musicians and artists) as well as the popular Dubai Food Carnival, where we'll be at, too For the complete schedule of the event, and to book, visit www.dubaifoodfestival.com.

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