Upscale American Lunch and Brunch at 16HUNDRED

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Updated 19 December 2012

Upscale American Lunch and Brunch at 16HUNDRED

16HUNDRED is known to be the best upmarket American style steakhouse in Jeddah. This fine dining restaurant not only offers steaks, but also an interesting array of international dishes. They offer the best Canadian and Irish grass fed beef, aged 21 days, which makes their steaks taste earthy, fresh and of course organic. 
16HUNDRED has recently opened its doors for both lunch and brunch, which makes it perfect for lunch breaks and those who are looking to have a unique brunch on the weekends. It is located in the heart of Le Chateau; the restaurant is very welcoming with beautiful bright pink, green and creamy colors. The staff is very friendly and knowledgeable, you can ask them anything about the food and they will eagerly assist you. 
The lunch menu is a must try if you are in the mood for some exploring. Starting with the sliders, this off the grill item is made especially for burger lovers who want to have it all. It comes in three flavors ranging from prime blue sliders, which are served with Worcestershire BBQ onions and blue cheese; prime cheddar slider, comprised of sharp cheddar, caramelized onion and spicy homemade mustard; and thirdly the highly recommended wagyu beef sliders made of gouda, tomato confit, onion marmalade, house relish and 16HUNDRED’s secret sauce.
The mushroom flat-bread, recommended by the Executive Chef Matt lawson, is perfect for vegetarians who I guarantee will love it. It is made with warm goat cheese, thyme, roasted garlic, fresh mushrooms, and placed on a delightfully crunchy bread. 
The king of all dishes is the steak, which is grilled and seasoned at the diner’s very own 16HUNDRED degree broiler, and hence that’s where the name of the restaurant comes from. There are two kinds of beef at the moment, the Canadian and the Irish. The Canadian comes in two kinds, New York 12 oz and the fillet mignon 1oz. The Irish comes in three types: filet mignon 8 oz, New York 12 oz and my personal favorite the rib eye 12 oz. They are all offered with your choice of sauce from mushroom cream, peppercorn cream, bordelaise, béarnaise, chimboli, homemade BBQ and the mustard sauce. 
There are also mouthwatering main dishes such as the veal meatballs made with kasha and melted spinach. The pan-fried najel made with haricots vert, almonds and beurre blanc. The braised brisket is highly recommended, it is made with natural jus, sweet corn mash and pomme puree. The beef mac and cheese is great for sharing, made with panko breadcrumbs and truffle oil. 
16HUNDRED offers a beautiful variety of upscale American brunch with their own twist. It is only served on the weekend, which makes it a great opportunity for the whole family to meet for a great meal. Starting with the classic homemade buttermilk pancakes with maple syrup and a side of berries, this is a tasty and traditional feast. Another great option is the eggs and potato hash made with potato hash fried in glee, two fried eggs, sausages and a side of mix green salad. The southern fried chicken and waffle is a very interesting choice with its mix of breaded fried chicken, granny smith apple stripes placed on a homemade waffle, drizzled with honey. 
For those of you with a sweet tooth, the s’mores French toast is highly recommended, it is made with brioche Texas toast, graham cracker crumble, marshmallow brulee and drizzled with chocolate sauce. There is also the nutella French toast that is made with brioche Texas toast stuffed with nutella and topped with powdered sugar and homemade banana whipped cream. 
The food there is a must try, you will fall in love with everything, starting with the welcome at the door to the food presentation and the quality of the dishes.

Opening hours for lunch: 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Thursday and Friday brunch: 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Expect to pay: SR100 to SR200.

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Take a healthy approach to the issue of nutritional supplements

Updated 21 April 2018

Take a healthy approach to the issue of nutritional supplements

JEDDAH: There is a growing need for dietary supplements in Saudi Arabia, given the increasing popularity of junk food and the effective role supplements can play in treating diseases caused by mineral and vitamin deficiencies.

A recent study found that 22 percent of Saudi people take nutritional supplements. It is no surprise, then, that many Saudi businesses have forged partnerships with international dietary-supplement companies.

Dr. Rowaidah Idriss, a Saudi dietitian with a Ph.D. in nutrition, said dietary supplements can be defined as substances that provide the human body with a nutrient missing from a person’s regular diet. However, she stressed that they are not intended to replace healthy eating.

She also warned against taking them without first talking to a doctor or dietitian, as some products can have side effects, especially if taken before surgery or with other medicines. 

“They can also cause problems if someone has a history of certain health issues,” she added.

A blood test can determine which nutrients we are not getting enough of in our diet, and therefore which supplements might be beneficial. Nutritional supplements are also used to help treat certain health conditions. 

“Vitamin C, for example, is often used to reduce cold symptoms,” said Idriss. “Fish oil is taken to lower elevated blood triglycerides.”

She suggested four daily essentials that can bridge nutritional gaps in our diet: a multivitamin, vitamin D, calcium and omega-3 fatty acids. 

“I routinely recommend a daily multivitamin and mineral supplement to my clients after consulting with their doctors,” she said. 

“For menstruating women, who require 18 milligrams of iron each day, a daily supplement helps boost iron intake.”

She said people over the age of 50 are advised to take a multivitamin to ensure they are getting enough B12, which plays a key role in the functioning of the nervous system and the development of red blood cells. 

“Older adults are more vulnerable to B12 deficiency because they are more likely to have decreased production of stomach acid, which is needed to release B12 from the proteins in food.” said Idriss. 

“It is also a good idea to take a daily multivitamin if one is following a low-calorie diet.”

She also pointed out that a high intake of DHA and EPA, the two omega-3 fatty acids found in fish oil, are linked with a lower risk of heart disease and Type 2 diabetes. A deficiency of DHA might also increase the risk of Alzheimer’s. 

“A daily intake of 1,000 milligrams of both DHA and EPA is equivalent to eating 12 ounces of salmon a week,” said Idriss.

The dietitian believes that the Saudis who take food supplements often do so more to benefit their appearance than their health. 

“Saudi women consume more dietary supplements than other people in Saudi Arabia,” she said. 

“They do so either to lose weight or to care for their hair and nails. Bodybuilders also take large amounts of supplements.”

However, both groups, according to Idriss, tend to take supplements on the recommendation of friends and trainers, not doctors. 

She warned that commercials and social-media rumors can persuade people to buy supplements online that may not be approved as safe by the Saudi Food and Drug Authority, and advised people to get as much of their daily nutrient needs as possible from healthy eating.

Dr. Rowaidah Idriss

“Along with vitamins and minerals, a healthy diet provides fiber and hundreds of protective phytochemicals, something a supplement cannot do,” she said, adding that the body absorbs natural food more effectively than supplements.

In addition, combining supplements with medications can have dangerous, even life-threatening, effects. 

“Drugs for heart disease and depression, treatments for organ transplants, and birth-control pills are less effective when taken with herbal supplements,” she said.

“Taking an anticoagulant, aspirin, and a vitamin E supplement together may increase the potential for internal bleeding or even stroke.”


Natural sources

With the spread of fast-food restaurants and their alluring ads, the long-term health of the Saudi people is in danger, as children and young people snub natural sources of nutrients, such as fruit and vegetables. 

“This can lead to many deficiency diseases. Moreover, vegetarians can develop similar illnesses due to the absence of meat in their diet,” she said.
Dr. Ashraf Ameer, a family-medicine consultant, said the importance of nutritional supplements lies in treating mineral and vitamin deficiency, especially for pregnant women, growing children, diabetics, people with chronic diseases, and the elderly. 

“However, these products should come from reliable companies and meet Saudi food and drug requirements,”he added.

Mohammed Yaseen, who has a food supplements business, said his company works with a leading British health-care company to provide the Saudi market with high quality products.

“With this we hope we can contribute to the national transformation program by raising private-sector spending in health care from 25 percent to 35 percent, which in turn would lead to the sector’s financial sustainability and boost economic and social development in the Kingdom,” Yaseen said.


Vitamin Terms

DHA stands for docosahexaenoic acid. EPA stands for eicosapentaenoic acid.  Phytochemical is a biologically active compound found in plants.