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Serving up three days of foodie fun, Taste of Abu Dhabi will take place from November 9 to 11, 2017 at the du Arena on Yas Island. During the event, experience some of the city's most loved restaurants and cafes, as they serve up gourmet dishes, while you enjoy a lineup of musical talent -- including British pop star Tony Hadley, former Spandau Ballet lead singer, performing classic hits including 'Gold,' 'Only When You Leave' and 'True,' on the opening night.

This year's chef lineup, includes Dean Parker from London restaurant The Manor, Hong Kong eatery CafAaAaAeA@ Gray Delux's Eric Raty, Gregory Marcha from Paris' Frenchie restaurant and Nathan Sasi from Sydney's Mercado to name a few. Joining them will be Taste of Abu Dhabi favourites Sanjeev Kapoor, Reza Mahammad and South African chef Jenny Morris. For more information and tickets, see


More than just a crunchy, portable snack, apples are packed with nutrition too

Rich in antioxidants

Good source of fibre

Vitamins A, C and K

Low GI


Ice cream makers

SKINTED Andrew James ice cream maker, Dhs126, This 1.5-litre ice cream maker is a freeze-first model, meaning you need to freeze the bowl in advance. Once that's done, just add your ingredients and press a button to make ice cream, sorbet or frozen yogurt in just 20-30 mins. It's very simple to use and clean, and its compact size is great for those with limited kitchen surfaces.

MINTED Cuisinart gelato and ice cream professional maker, Dhs1,265, John Lewis

There's no need to freeze your bowl with this maker: simply add your ingredients, set the timer and press start. There are two paddles -- one for ice cream and one for gelato -- but you can also make sorbet and frozen yogurt. It's very quick, making professional quality ice cream in less than an hour, but its large size means it's not ideal for small kitchens.

Healthy snacking

Are you a serial snacker? Do you find it impossible to sit on the sofa without a bumper bag of crisps, or can't get through the 9-5 without a nibble on something naughty? Well, there's no need to deprive yourself with our low-fat, better-for- you bites.

DARE TO DIP -- Easy to eat, moreish and often high in fat - don't let deceptive dips be your downfall. Swap creamy, cheesy, calorific types for healthy versions packed with whole foods, veg or your favourite fish.

A LIQUID LIFT -- Put down the chocolate and fill up with super smoothies. Throw in as much fruit as you like and not only will you be calming sugar cravings, you'll be getting a good dose of your five-a-day too.

NICE NOT NAUGHTY -- We all need a treat from time to time and we can literally have our (slice of) cake and eat it with these lovely, light recipes. Perfect to revive you from the afternoon lull. Visit for these recipes: Banana & blueberry muffins, Lime & chilli pitta crisps, Skinny chocolate & cranberry muffins, and Fruity teacake.


On the lookout for a new blender? Meet 'The Boss' by Breville. The Boss features a high velocity ProKinetix blade and bowl system that pulverises virtually any combination of ingredients. Creating up to 50% smaller particles, this superfine texture can create a smoother mouth feel than some other blenders.

With one touch functions including the world's first 'Green Smoothie' function and variable speeds ranging from a slow stir to a pulverising high speed mill, create everything from green smooothies, nut milks to hot soup, from sorbets to hummous and from nut butters to fresh milled flour and dips. Priced at Dhs2,699 from

GO PINK for Breast Cancer Awareness

In recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness month this October, Dari Home has added a new pink Kitchenaid ArtisanAaAaAeAa Series 4.8 L Tilt-He Stand Mixer to its range. Priced at Dhs2,999, the pink mixer has the ability to make cake mix and multiple batches of cookie dough with a 4.8 litre stainless steel mixing bowl with comfortable handle. With 10 speeds, the stand mixer can mix, knead and whip ingredients with ease. And for versatility, the power hub fits optional attachments from food grinders to pasta makers and more. See

Make A Wish

Gourmet Gulf has raised Dhs150,000 over the last couple of months for the non-profit organisation 'Make-A-Wish' UAE. The fundraising campaign #RamadanWishes united seven UAE-based restaurants to help grant wishes for children with life-threatening medical conditions. Across Ramadan and through July, diners at Azkadenya, California Pizza Kitchen, Dalloyau, Panda Express, Texas De Brazil, The Hummingbird Bakery and Yo! Sushi, were invited to add a small donation to their restaurant bill. In the spirit of giving, the Gourmet Gulf team also contributed and actively raised funds for the campaign. Some of the wishes that have been granted include a bedroom makeover and trips to Disneyland Paris and Japan. To make a donation or to learn more about the Make-A-Wish UAE foundation, see


To help take the hassle out of searching for catering quotes for your next dinner party, ServiceMarket, an online platform in the UAE that helps users with moving, handyman and painting solutions to name a few, has added a catering category to their list of services. The platform allows customers to request free quotes from different caterers at the click of button, and freely choose the one that is best suited to their event and budget. Visit


We've teamed up with the National Osteoporosis Society in the UK to explore calcium-rich foods. Mic and match from these to reach the daily 700mg that most adults need.

To get 300mg calcium, eat: 30g parmesan OR 40g Edam OR 60 paneer cheese

To get 200mg calcium, eat: 30g cheddar OR 200ml cow's or soya milk OR 120g tofu

To get 100mg calcium, eat: 105g can pink salmon OR 2 dried figs OR 1tbsp sesame seeds

To get 50g calcium, eat: 70g red kidney beans OR 1 large orange OR 10 whole almonds

Hydration for children

Did you know that an approximate 65% of children arrive at school under-hydrated, because they feel other beverages are refreshing and tastier than water? For example, it's most common for a child to opt for orange juice in the morning, than water. To help instill healthy hydration habits among little ones, evian has joined forces with Disney to offer five exclusive Mickey and friends bottles in an appealing package to encourage kids to hydrate themselves along with their favourite characters. Available in 310ml single bottles and a collector pack across selected major outlets in the GCC.

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Publication:BBC GoodFood Middle East
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Date:Oct 31, 2017
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