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Now you can have your cupcake and eat it too! The recently-launched Skinny Genie bakery in Al Quoz offers freshly baked 100 per cent gluten-free cupcakes, using unrefined sugar, natural, organic ingredients and no preservatives. We can vouch for the double dark chocolate and peanut cupcake - moist and delicious! Call 800-SKINNY.

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The gorgeous premium velvet Flower box filled with a selection of 150 chocolates and truffles is the ultimate gift for Mother's Day. Use it to stash away your jewellery, once the sweets have been devoured. Dhs1,150, at Forrey and Galland.


The latest restaurant openings in town

[pounds sterling][sup.3] With the opening of Hugo Cafe, on the first floor of Palm Strip Mall, you no longer have to visit a fine-dining restaurant to feast on French-Vietnamese cuisine. A hub for poets, musicians, and artists - they have a wide selection of books, poems and audio materials - the cafe offers delicious food offerings such as homemade French onion soup, and prawn coconut red curry with steamed jasmine rice. Call 04-3863100.

[pounds sterling][sup.3] Customise your own sushi roll at Chez Sushi by Sho Cho, Wasl Square, by choosing from a selection of fresh ingredients such as brown or white rice, teriyaki, seafood, vegetables and dressings. Those who prefer signature rolls can try the prawn tempura and spicy tuna, or a salmon bento box. Call 800-78744.

[pounds sterling][sup.3] Jazz at PizzaExpress - the popular concept from London, where artists such as Norah Jones made her European debut, and Jamie Cullum was scouted - has made its way to our shores, with its opening near the Moevenpick at Jumeirah Lake Towers. Enjoy the regular Pizza Express menu while enjoying tunes played by live jazz bands, at this hip venue. Call 04-4416342.

[pounds sterling][sup.3] The world's highest theatre club, The Act Dubai, is opening this month at the Shangri La, Dubai. Located on the 42 and 43 floor of the hotel, guests can enjoy a selection of Peruvian dishes and refreshing cocktails, while watching musical and performance acts from the banquet booths.

8 BBC Good Food Middle East March 2013

It's my belief that cooking is a craft. I think that you can push it into the realm of art, but it starts with craft, an understanding of materials, and an understanding of where foods are grown.

- Tom Colicchio, American celebrity chef.


Looking for last minute discount at restaurants, while out and about? The newly launched 'Deals nearby you' app allows you to get enticing discounts (a minimum of five per cent), using GPS technology, to find deals in the area you're in. It's a great alternative to the numerous discount emails that clog up inboxes! Available for iPhone and Android mobile users.

Not-so-perfect packaging

According to a recent report revealed by an international group of nutritionists at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AS), calories projected on packaging of products are inaccurate, as they can often underestimate the energy content of processed foods, and do not take into account the digested value of calories - which can be as much as 50 per cent higher than the calorific value of the product's ingredients when raw. Something to think about, the next time you're reaching out for a pack of canned vegetables, in the supermarket aisle!


Need a refreshing smoothie to get through the day? Italian frozen yoghurt and smoothie outlet Smooch (located at the J3 mall on Al Wasl Road), has collaborated with lifestyle consultants The Wellness Brothers, to offer nutritious, low-fat and low-calorie smoothies, loaded with live probiotics, and sweetened with natural coconut palm sugar. We can't wait to try the Chocolate smoochie made with raw organic cacao, chia seeds, cashew nuts and a special protein blend! Visit facebook. com/smoochuae for more information.


The World's 50 best restaurants 2013 will be announced on April 29 at Guildhall in London, and we can't wait to find out if any of the UAE establishments will make the cut! Visit for more information, or watch the live stream on


Seafood lovers no longer have to dine at restaurants where only a few sustainable seafood options are available. Check out Sea Mood restaurant, located in Satwa, for a variety of delicious seafood dishes using good quality, sustainable seafood, selected according to the 'Choose Wisely' campaign. Call 04-3857977.

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