Ordering in with Lugmety: Try Twina & Baked in Jeddah for your seafood and sweet fix

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Updated 26 May 2019
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Ordering in with Lugmety: Try Twina & Baked in Jeddah for your seafood and sweet fix

  • One of the standout points about Lugmety is that it offers users the ability to order from multiple restaurants simultaneously

JEDDAH: I found myself stuck at the office with iftar fast approaching this week. Instead of panicking, I reached for my phone and opened up food delivery app Lugmety.

In Jeddah, we love our seafood, so my colleagues and I ordered in from Twina, which is known for its fresh, high quality options.

We tapped out our orders and an estimated delivery time flashed up on screen, so we settled in to wait for our eagerly-anticipated iftar meal.

My choice, the crab thermidor, arrived in a crab shell piping hot and ready to be devoured. The delicious creamy mixture of slightly sweet, fresh crab meat is something I would gladly order again and it wasn’t too heavy on the cream.

Meanwhile, the shrimp vol-au-vent was beautifully presented and featured a tender shrimp, perfectly done vegetables and a comforting creamy sauce ladled into a flaky puff pastry cup.

The clear winner, however, was the dynamite shrimp. The crunchy, sauce-coated shrimps were tangy, sour and a tad sweet all at the same time. It was a calorie-packed explosion of texture and flavor and we loved every mouthful.

One of the standout points about Lugmety is that it offers users the ability to order from multiple restaurants simultaneously. We took the feature on a road test and ordered our dessert from cookie hotspot Baked in Jeddah, which are available via the café’s page on Lugmety or via Gourmade, another restaurant on the app that delivers cookies from Baked in Jeddah. 

I chose the original chocolate chip cookie and was pleasantly surprised by the heady, rich nuggets of chocolate and golden cookie.

My colleague chose the marshmallow crunch cookie and savored its taste and texture, the crunchy edges and soft, chewy center were so good she didn’t speak for a few minutes.

The dessert spot also offers up a hybrid creation named the Nutella brookie — a layer of cookie dough on top of brownie batter. The pillow-soft dough and rich taste made it oh-so-moreish.


UAE gift helps French palace reopen ‘forgotten theater’

Updated 18 June 2019
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UAE gift helps French palace reopen ‘forgotten theater’

  • Now called the Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al-Nahyan Theatre, it is the latest example of the close relations between Paris and Abu Dhabi
  • The UAE capital already hosts the Louvre Abu Dhabi, opened by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed and President Emmanuel Macron in 2017

FONTAINEBLEAU: An exquisite 19th-century French theater outside Paris that fell into disuse for one and half centuries has been restored with the help of a €10 million donation from oil-rich Abu Dhabi.
The Napoleon III theater at Fontainebleau Palace south of Paris was built between 1853 and 1856 under the reign of the nephew of emperor Napoleon I.
It opened in 1857 but was used only a dozen times, which has helped preserve its gilded adornments, before being abandoned in 1870 after the fall of Napoleon III.
But during a state visit to France in 2007, Sheikh Khalifa, ruler of Abu Dhabi and president of the United Arab Emirates, was reportedly entranced by the abandoned theater and offered €10 million ($11.2 million) on the spot for its restoration.
After a project that has lasted 12 years the theater is now being reopened.
An official inauguration is expected soon, hosted by French Culture Minister Franck Riester and attended by UAE Foreign Minister Abdullah bin Zayed Al-Nahyan.
Now called the Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al-Nahyan Theatre, it is the latest example of the close relations between Paris and Abu Dhabi.
The UAE capital already hosts the Louvre Abu Dhabi, opened by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed and President Emmanuel Macron in 2017, the first foreign institution to carry the name of the great Paris museum.
For all its ornate beauty, the theater has hardly ever been used for its orginal purpose, hosting only a dozen performances between 1857 and 1868, each attended by around 400 people.
“While it had been forgotten, the theater was in an almost perfect state,” said the head of the Fontainebleau Palace, Jean-Francois Hebert.
“Let us not waste this jewel, and show this extraordinary place of decorative arts,” he added.
According to the palace, the theater is “probably the last in Europe to have kept almost all its original machinery, lighting and decor.”
Having such a theater was the desire of Napoleon III’s wife Eugenie. But after the defeat, his capture in the Franco-Prussian war in 1870 and the declaration of France’s Third Republic, the theater fell into virtual oblivion.
Following the renovation, the theater will mainly be a place to visit and admire, rather than for regularly holding concerts.
“The aim is not to give the theater back to its first vocation” given its “very fragile structure,” said Hebert.
Short shows and recitals may be performed in exceptional cases, under the tightest security measures and fire regulations. But regular guided tours will allow visitors to discover the site, including the stage sets.
The restoration aimed to use as little new material as possible, with 80 percent of the original material preserved.
The opulent central chandelier — three meters high and 2.5 meters wide — has been restored to its original form.