Food, Foodie Corner, Online Magazine

Let’s Have a Tea Party

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We’re having a tea party and everyone’s invited!


Red Velvet Cake

Soft, moist and absolutely melt-in-the mouth delicious, we can officially crown the red velvet cake as our guest of honor.

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French Pastries (macarons, fruit tarts, mille-feuille, éclairs)

Not tea party is complete without a beautiful collection of delicate French pastries filled with velvety pastry cream.

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Baklava

Crispy, syrupy and packed with the most fragrant pistachios, these Turkish baklavas add a Levantine touch to the party.

Instagram: Kunefeci_ksa

Cupcakes

It could be challenging to get whole cakes in different flavors that satisfy all our guests, so that’s where yummy cupcakes of all kinds and frostings come in.

Instagram: ovanabakery

Cheesecakes

How can anyone say no to these cool, slightly tangy, sweet and creamy delights? With all the various toppings, it’s hard not to find one you like.

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Carrot Cake

Carrots, fragrant cinnamon, walnuts and sweet cream cheese frosting make this cake so rich and moist and a staple of any event.

Instagram: herbel_tea_cafe

Mini Savories

Complement all the sweetness with some mini savories, such as sandwiches, croissants and savory tartlets!

Instagram: savorbakery

 Teas (Earl Grey, Chamomile, Red Tea, Hibuscus, Green Tea, Mint Tea)

What’s a tea party without perfectly-brewed tea to refresh you? Brewing tea leaves from scratch may take a bit longer than teabags, but the wait is definitely worth it.

Instagram: teaclub_official

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Let’s Go Watch a Movie!

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A handy primer for planning your next movie outing.


It’s summer time! Let’s escape the heat for a couple of hours within the cool comforts of one of Bahrain’s cinemas. Here’s a quick list of tips and tricks to help you make the most it.

What to Watch

New movies are generally released on Thursdays and there are a couple of websites that give you all the details you’re looking for, including movie genres, trailers, age restrictions, timings and plot synopses.

Web: bahraincinema.com / danacinemabh.wordpress.com

Booking in Advance

The cinema will definitely be overcrowded on weekends. To make sure you have the seats you want in the movie you want, it’s always better to book your tickets online. Then all you have to do is go to one of the counters at the cinema and pick up your tickets. No fuss, no muss!

Web: cinema.bh

Comfortable Attire

The cinema can be a bit chilly, so to be on the safe side, make sure you have a cardigan or shawl with you to cover up in case you get cold.CInema_Bahrain_2016_TS-(03)

Snacks

Salted or sweet popcorn, nachos and soft-drinks are all standard fare that you can pick up before entering the movie. However, in some cinemas, you may have more options. City Centre has multiple kiosks on the way to the theatre with a medley of snacks ranging from candy bars and corn to frozen yogurt and more. At Saar cinema, you can order a hotdog or crepe and even have them brought to your seat while you’re watching the movie. Bonus points for service!

Bathroom Breaks

You just had to drink that extra-large Coke during trailers, and now you’re stuck halfway through the movie because you don’t want to miss anything. Well, that’s where RunPee comes in. It’s an ingenious app that tells you the best times to sneak in a quick bathroom break without missing the best scenes. It’ll even let you know what you missed anyway. Download it now and never again have to ask, “What did
I miss?”

Cinemas in Bahrain

  • City Centre  Rd No 2819, Seef Area
  • Seef Mall  Rd No 2819, Seef Area
  • Seef Mall Muharraq Avenue 29, Arad
  • Dana Mall Cinema Avenue 28, Manama
  • Saar Cineplex Avenue 35, Saar
  • Wadi Al-Sail Cinema Wali AlAhd Highway, Riffa
  • Al Jazeera Cineplex Avenue 20, Muharraq

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Artist & Musicians, Arts & Music, Online Magazine

Stop Consuming & Start Creating!

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The key ingredients to being successful on YouTube.


With over three years of intensive research under his belt and a lifetime of gaming, YouTuber and gamer Mohammed AlKhajah (aka Niflick) shared his insight into the world of professional YouTubing.

“Before thinking about the business aspect of a YouTube channel, you have to be passionate about the content you’re thinking of creating,” said Niflick. “It’s going to need a lot of research, motivation and a whole lot of work.”

According to Niflick, the top factors that will put a YouTuber on the road to success are as follows:

Connecting With Your Community

Every channel is a community. You create content to connect and engage with your community and this helps you grow on YouTube.

With gamers, commentary full of excitement and fun is what keeps that connection with their viewers. Find out what works for your area of interest and work towards it.

Equipment

Before starting your channel, do your research to know the equipment you need in order to create content in your area of interest. For gamers like Niflick, the most important piece would be a game capture device.

Niflick Recommends:

  • Game capture device: Elgato HD 60

  • Computer: Strong enough to play PC games at a high FPS

  • Camcorder: Canon Vixia

  • Microphone: Blue Yeti

Technical skills

Editing: Editing style depends on personal preference. Think of the editing style you want your content to have and learn how to obtain the outcome you’re looking for. Practicing editing and learning the editing software inside and out is key to making the editing process painless.

Niflick Recommends:

  • Adobe Premiere Pro CC

  • Audacity

Search Engine Optimization: YouTube uses algorithms and compiles its searches over many factors such as keywords, watch time, audience retention and engagement. The only thing a content creator can control are the keywords, be it in the title, description or tags. Learning how to write keywords are vital to being ranked well by YouTube.

Consistency: Whether you upload a video a week or two videos a day, consistency is essential. The more consistent you are, the more YouTube promotes you. In addition, you give subscribers a reason and a time to come back to your channel.

“Whatever path you choose for your channel, having fun is key,” urged Niflick. “If you’re not going to have fun through those long hard hours, you’re not going to be able to stay motivated.”

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Air, water and puzzle-based activities; the choice is yours.


Water Fun

What better way to cool off in the summer heat than with a dunk in a waterpark? Bahrain has two main waterparks that will give you a joyous and cool summer day.

Wahooo Waterpark:

LostParadise_Bahrain_2016_TS-(05)With a sub-tropical paradise theme, Wahooo has endless slides and thrilling rides that will keep you and your family busy for hours.

Web: theplaymania.com/wahooo
Location: City Center Mall, Rd No 2819, Seef Area

Tel: +973-17373000

The Lost Paradise of Dilmun (LPoD): LostParadise_Bahrain_2016_TS-(01)Bahrain’s largest waterpark houses a variety of attractions, rides and slides that are all based on Dilmun history. Whether you want to have a relaxing day by the pool or a thrilling one on the rides, LPoD offers something for everyone.

Web: lpodwaterpark.com
Location: Al Areen (next to the wildlife reservation and south of the F1 Grand Prix Circuit)

Tel: +973-17845100

Gravity Indoor Skydivingcut-out

Bahrain’s first free-fall wind tunnel gives you the skydiving experience without getting on an airplane or using a parachute. You jump from a height of 12 meters and let the strong wind carry you. Words can’t describe the experience, so do yourself a favor and try it out today.

Web: gravitybah.com
Location: Building 234, Avenue 62, Zallaq
Tel: +973-13100000
Email: info@gravitybah.com

 Real-Life Puzzle Games

You’re locked in a room and you only have 60 minutes to find clues, solve puzzles and use the resources in the room to get out. With two different locations and several themes to choose from, you know you have to keep coming back until you solve them all.

Escape Code

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Web: escapecode.co
Location: Nakheel Center, Avenue 57, Maqaba, Saar
Tel: +973-17500023
Email: info@escapcode.co

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Web: challengechambers.com
Location: Raya Mall, Road 2408, Al Fateh

Tel: +973-66303001
Email: bahrain@challengechambers.com

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Food, Foodie Corner, Online Magazine

Now That’s What I Call Popcorn

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Whatever you desire, there’s a popcorn flavor for it.


We all know that impatience when the popping starts and that unmistakable aroma fills up the room. We all know that anticipation and eagerness to get at those heavenly popped fluffy pillows of corn.

Well, did you know that over the years popcorn has become the center of innovative baking and snack preparation? We have compiled some of our favorite popcorn delicacies that are sure to make you explore every last flavor.

Crunchy Caramel Cake (Pastel Café in Khobar)

As soon as you see it, you will fall in love! With caramel dripping from its sides and a caramel popcorn crown, you can be sure that this is the queen of cakes…or popcorn.

Location: Next to A Cup of Cake, Prince Faisal Bin Fahd Rd., Khobar

Lindt’s Hello My Name Is Sweet Popcorn Chocolate Bar

At first, you might think that you’re not really going to taste the popcorn in this chocolate bar, but take the first bite and revel in the moment with your eyes closed. The palate-satisfying taste of caramel popcorn crunch mixed with milk chocolate is what dreams are made of.

Popcorn Frappe (Le’Avenue Café)

Your first sip of this salted caramel taste mixed with the cool, sweet taste of coffee will dance on your tongue and propel you on an enchanting journey. Definitely an unforgettable coffee experience.

Location: King Abdulaziz St. Cross Prince Faisal Bin Fahd Rd., Khobar

DIY Parmesan Popcorn

You can make your own flavorful popcorn with this in-house recipe we got from one of our own DS members.

In a large bowl of air-popped popcorn, combine three tablespoons of melted butter, half cup of grated Parmesan cheese (Note: Or more, so much more), a teaspoon of garlic powder, a teaspoon of salt and optionally, hot pepper sauce such as Siracha. Toss vigorously to coat and enjoy! Say goodbye to having plain popcorn ever again.

Let’s Popcorn Store:

This store has a dizzying assortment of flavors, but here are our favorites.

  • Oreo Original: What more could you want than the sinful mix of caramel, chocolate, Oreos and pocorn? The answer is nothing. Case closed.
  • Halwa Tahini (Rahash): Going a bit traditional, the combination of halawa, rosewater and popcorn are enough to make you smile in delight.
  • Cheese – French: Sharp French cheese combined with crunchy plain popcorn results in an irresistible aroma and a melt-in-your-mouth taste.

Locations: Al Rashid Mall, Khobar / King Saud St., AlMazruiyah, Dammam
Instagram: LetsPopcorn

 

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Food, Foodie Corner, In Bahrain, Online Magazine

Eid Delights

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Lip-smacking desserts to end a perfect day.


Seeing your loved ones, eating great food and making the little ones happy are the highlights of any Eid party. But figuring out what to take with you can be a nuisance.

Fear not. Just make these pistachio bars; they (and you) will be the stars of the party. Light yet loaded with fragrant pistachios, you’ll have everyone asking for the recipe.

PISTACHIO BARS

Yields about 20 5-centimeter square bars.
Ingredients

For the base:

200 grams biscuits, ground to crumbs
100 grams unsalted butter, melted

For the bars:

1 large can (397 grams) sweetened condensed milk

1 large package (250 ml) thick cream

1 cup ground pistachios

For decoration:

3 tbsp sifted powdered sugar (optional)

2 tbsp ground pistachios (optional)

Directions:

-Preheat oven to 350F.

-Grease the sides of a 30 x 20 cm pan.

-In a medium-sized bowl, combine biscuit crumbs and melted butter and mix until well combined.

-Press biscuits evenly onto bottom of pan.PistachioBarsPrep_Sharqiya_2016_TS-(05)

-In another medium-sized bowl, combine thick cream and sweetened condensed milk. Whisk until smooth and well combined.PistachioBarsPrep_Sharqiya_2016_TS-(09)

-Add the pistachios and mix well with a spatula.

-Pour mixture onto the biscuits.PistachioBarsPrep_Sharqiya_2016_TS-(11)

-Bake for 20 – 25 minutes.

-Remove from oven and cool to room temperature on top of the counter then chill in the refrigerator for two hours.PistachioBarsPrep_Sharqiya_2016_TS-(14)

-Slice into 5 cm squares, dust with powdered sugar and decorate with ground pistachios.

Opting for a ready-made dessert

If you don’t have time to bake, there are so many dessert shops to pick from all over Bahrain that would satisfy all tastes.

Traditional Arabian Desserts Arabian desserts range from syrupy selections such as baklava, kunafa and qatayif to stuffed shortbread like maamool and dairy-based such as muhallabiya.

Saadeddin Pastries

Location: Zubara Avenue, Manama
Tel: +973-17295143

Tariq Pastries

Location: Qudaibiya Avenue, Manama
Tel: +937-17270182

Traditional Bahraini Halwa

With a rich mixture of nuts, spices, sugar and rosewater, this jelly-like dessert is loved by everyone in the GCC.

Hussain Mohammed Showaiter Sweets

Location: Hussain Shaikh Hamad Avenue, Muharraq
Tel: +973-17345550

Cakes and Pastries

For all kinds of cakes, pastries, macarons and cream-filled delights.

Café Lilou

Location: Road 2827, Seef District
Tel: +973-17583939

Le Chocolat Cafe

Location: Avenue 58, Karbabad
Tel: +973-17111144

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Food, Online Magazine, Ramadan, Showdown

Ramadan Indulgences

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We present you with the most famous Ramadan food cravings.


In this month of fasting, we think about food more than any other month! Here’s a mouth-watering list of our favorite iftar delicacies.

Spring rolls and sambosa: These duos are the venerable hosts of any iftar table. No matter what your culture and background is, your table is not complete without them.

Onion fritters with tamarind chutney: Crispy, rich, spicy and absolutely delicious fritters. Dip them in sweet and sour chutney, close your eyes and savor the heavenly taste.

Fatta: No matter what you make it with, the cooling yogurt accompanied by crunchy fried pita bread and toasted pine nuts is what will keep you coming back for more.

Lentil Soup: Warm, thick and nutritious, a soup is just what you need to ease your fasting tummy into indulging again.

Baked eggs with vegetables: Don’t know what to have for iftar? No worries! Baked eggs with veggies is not just light, filling and nutritious, but can be whipped up in a jiffy!

Thareed: Traditional bread softened in meat and vegetable stew may be just what you need to quiet down your hungry tummy.

Harees: For the GCC, harees is a staple Ramadan dish. Prepared with wheat and meat and beaten to a consistency of porridge, it’s not just easy on the stomach but also packed with nutrition.

Fruit salad: Sweet and cooling, a fruit salad is the full stop at the end of a meal. You don’t want to have anything after it.

Luqaimat: You could be into chocolates or cakes, but in Ramadan, these crunchy fried syrupy dumplings are probably what you’ll be craving.

Vimto: This is the unofficial drink of Ramadan. Say Vimto and the first thing that comes to mind is iftar.

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Island Fun and Festivities

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The ultimate guide to spending Eid in Bahrain.


What better way to enjoy the Eid break than to escape to Bahrain, a small island with a variety of fun activities?

Beach Resorts:

As the season turns its leaf to summer, Eid holidays are a great opportunity to make the best of the sea, surf and sand.

  • Al Bander Resort: You can’t help, but feel serene as you walk through Al Bander Resort. Located on the east coast, Al Bander is perfect for water sports, swimming and boat rides.

Location: Near Bahrain Yacht Club, Um Al Saad Ave., Sitra
Web: albander.com
Email: reservation@albander.com
Tel: +973-17701201AlBanderResort_Bahrain_2016_TS-(04)

  • Al Dar Islands: A short 10-minute boat ride from the mainland and you can get away from the city to spend a relaxing day on the beach, barbecuing and engaging in light sports, or you can book one of the numerous watersport activities. You can even rent a chalet for the entire holiday.

Location: 20 min.-drive from Manama city to Sitra Fisherman’s Port and then 10 min. by sea taxi.
Web: aldarislands.com
Email: info@aldarislands.com
Tel: +973-17704600
Tickets:
Adult – BD 6
Child (1 – 15 years old) – BD 3
Original valid ID/CPR, Passport or driving license is required for coast guard registration.

  • Lagoona Beach Resort: Lagoona Beach Resort is located only five minutes off the King Fahd Causeway. Whether you’re alone or travelling with a large family, there are a number of accommodation options and activities for all ages and interests.

Location: Entrance 26; Ave. 63, Block 555, Budaiya
Web: lagoonabeachbahrain.com
Email: reservations@lagoonabeachbahrain.com
Tel: +973-16630000

Brunches:

A late start to Eid day means you can indulge in a scrumptious brunch buffet. With the following amazing choices, selecting a brunch venue could be challenging.

  • Mövenpick Hotel Bahrain

One of the most popular brunches, the Movenpick hotel offers a wide variety of stations to choose from, with a touch of Middle Eastern cuisine.

Location: 143 Rd. 2403, Muharraq
Web: movenpick.com/en/middle-east/bahrain
Email: Hotel.bahrain@moevenpick.com
Tel: +973-17460017
Info: Brunch served at 12.30 – 4 p.m.; BD 31 per personMovenpickBrunch_Bahrain_2016

  • Sofitel Bahrain

From Asian to Italian and seafood to Middle Eastern, Sofitel hotel’s buffet will get you dazed with delicious delight.

Location: 105 Zallaq Highway, Building 2015, Block 1055, Zallaq
Web: sofitel.com
Email: H6722@sofitel.com
Tel: +973-17636363
Info: Brunch served at 12.30 – 4 p.m., BD 24 per person with soft drinks

Shopping

With loads of stores, entertainment options, cinemas, children’s indoor playgrounds and restaurants, Seef Mall and City Centre Bahrain are the all-in-one destinations for families. They all open on the first morning of Eid.SeefMall_Bahrain-hue

Seef Mall

Location: Rd. No. 2819, Manama
Web: seefmall.com.bh
Tel: +973-77911111SeefMall_Bahrain_

City Centre Bahrain

Location: Rd. No. 2819, Manama
Web: citycentrebahrain.com
Tel: +973-17177711

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Food, Online Magazine, Showdown

Snack-nado!

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It’s not movie night without crunching and slurping.


Butter Popcorn:

There is nothing like the classic butter popcorn to get you into the aura of an authentic cinema experience.

Nachos:

Let’s dig into fresh-out-of-the-oven and covered-in-hearty-toppings nachos.

Tip: Order in from Burrito Loco
Tel: +966-13-8977070

Spicy Corn:

A spicy kick that can’t be beat and an awesome crunch that you’ll need to raise the volume to hear the movie over it.

DS Recommends: AlRifai, Prince Faisal Bin Fahd Rd.

Chips Oman:

A potato chips snack that takes residents of this region down memory lane. And if you really want a taste of nostalgia, spread some cream cheese on bread and top it with crushed Chips Oman. Yum.

Edamame:

Healthy snacking with a bowl of edamame beans, topped with sea salt. Shelling them is as fun as eating them.

Japanese Crackers – Seaweed:

Don’t worry; whatever you may think seaweed tastes like, this doesn’t taste like that. It’s so light and crispy, you won’t realize how much you’ve eaten until your fingers are grasping at crumbs.

Dutch Caramel Waffles (Stroopwafels or any other brand):

These caramel-filled Dutch cookies are so addictive and the best thing is that you can now indulge in their bite-sized minis.

Chocolate Chip Cookies:

Your snack spread is not complete without the original snack food: chewy chocolate chip cookies.

Mixed Nuts:

Packed with healthy oils, a handful of mixed nuts won’t just satisfy a craving, but will also keep that hunger pang in line.

Milkshake:

Any kind will do, especially if it’s overloaded with ice cream!

DS recommends: shakes_ksa

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So much to do, so little time!


Tree of life

TreeofLife_Bahrain_2016_TS-(02)Somewhere in the middle of the harsh desert stands a 4.75-meter tall, 400-year-old, prosopis cineraria tree. It seems almost miraculous to see this healthy tree with large branches and green leaves and no apparent source of water nearby. Attracting thousands of visitors a year, the tree has been named the Tree of Life due to its perseverance in such a severe environment.

Location: West of Jaww and Al Dur, Southern Governorate, Bahrain
Tel: +973-39475566

Al Areen Wildlife Park and Reserve

AlAreenWildlife_Bahrain_2016_TS-(08)Home to 82 bird species, 25 plant species and 45 types of mammals, Al Areen Wildlife Park and Reserve is a one-of–a-kind means of wildlife conservation and protection in the region. Guests can walk around the park to check out the flora and fauna, or they can take a bus-tour to view the numerous endangered animals in their natural habitat.

Entrance Fee: Adult 1 BHD / Children age 3–12: 500 Fils
Location: Next to Lost Paradise of Dilmun Water Park, Gulf of Bahrain Ave., Southern Governorate, Bahrain
Web: alareen.org
Tel: +973-17845480

Arad Bay

The beautiful Arad Bay is a great weekend getaway for those who want to enjoy nature, shopping and history.

The main landmark is Arad Fort, built in the 15th century in a similar style to Islamic forts, before the Portuguese invasion of Bahrain. Being one of the most important fortified castles of Bahrain, Arad Fort was built in a strategic location overlooking the sea passages of Muharraq Island. It was used as a defensive fortress during the 16th-19th centuries.

Just around the fort area you can find a public park, an amphitheater and Seef Mall Muharraq, home to great dining, shopping and Bahrain’s very first IMAX theatre.

The public park by the waterfront is the perfect spot to relax, have a walk or enjoy a picnic with the family. After shopping at the mall, guests can sit in a café or on the green grass of the park and sip coffee as they watch the glorious sunset.

Entrance Fee to Arad Fort: 1 BHD
Location: Rd. No. 4233, Hidd, Bahrain

 

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