Upscale American Lunch and Brunch at 16HUNDRED

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Updated 19 December 2012
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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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Low-carb diet linked to elevated mortality risk: study

Updated 17 August 2018
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Low-carb diet linked to elevated mortality risk: study

  • Rapid shift 10,000 years ago to grains, dairy and legumes has not allowed the human body enough time to adapt to these high-carb foods, say researchers
  • Replacing meat with plant-based fats (such as avocados and nuts) and proteins (such as soy products and lentils) reduces the risk of mortality

PARIS: Middle-aged people who get roughly half their daily calories from carbohydrates live several years longer on average than those with low-carb diets, researchers reported Friday.
The findings, published in The Lancet, challenge a trend in Europe and North America toward so-called Paleo diets that shun carbohydrates in favor of animal protein and fat.
Proponents of these “Stone Age” diets argue that the rapid shift 10,000 years ago — with the advent of agriculture — to grains, dairy and legumes has not allowed the human body enough time to adapt to these high-carb foods.
For the study, under 40 percent of energy intake from carbohydrates qualifies as a low-carb regimen, though many such diets reduce the share to 20 percent or less.
At the other extreme, a 70 percent or higher share of carbohydrates — such as pasta, rice, cakes, sugary drinks — can also reduce longevity, but by far less, the scientists found.
“Low-carb diets that replace carbohydrates with protein or fat are gaining widespread popularity as a health and weight loss strategy,” said lead author Sara Seidelmann, a researcher at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston.
“However, our data suggests that animal-based low carbohydrate diets might be associated with shorter overall lifespan and should be discouraged.”
Replacing meat with plant-based fats (such as avocados and nuts) and proteins (such as soy products and lentils) reduces the risk of mortality, Seidelmann and her team found.
The optimal balance of food groups for longevity remains hotly debated.
Many studies have concluded that eating carbohydrates in moderation — 45 to 55 percent calories — is best, but others report improved short-term, cardio-metabolic health with high-protein, high-fat diets.
Measures of metabolic health include blood pressure, good and bad cholesterol, and blood sugar levels.
Seidelmann and colleagues poured over the medical histories of nearly 15,500 men and women who were 45-64 when they enrolled — between 1987 and 1889 — in a health survey spread across four locations in the United States.
Participants filled out detailed questionnaires about their dietary habits — what foods, how much, how often, etc.
Over a 25-year follow up period, more than 6,000 of the men and women died.
People who got 50-55 percent of their calories from carbohydrates outlived those with very low-carb diets, on average, by four years, and those with high-carb diets by one year.
A review of medical records for an additional 432,000 people from earlier studies yield confirmed the results, which are also in line with World Health Organization (WHO) recommendations.
“There is nothing to be gained from long-term adherence to low-carbohydrate diets rich in fats and proteins from animal origins,” said Ian Johnson, a nutrition researcher at Quadram Institute Bioscience in Norwich, England, commenting on the research, in which he did not take part.
But carb quality, not just quantity, is crucial he added.
“Most should come from plant foods rich in dietary fiber and intact grains, rather than from sugary beverages or manufactured foods high in added sugar.”
Fibers also help maintain a healthy gut flora, now considered to be a major player in health and disease.