Muchachas: Mucho to be happy about at this Mexican restaurant

Muchachas offers a set iftar menu for $44 during Ramadan. (Supplied)
Updated 02 June 2019

Muchachas: Mucho to be happy about at this Mexican restaurant

  • Muchachas can be found at the Holiday Inn Express in Al-Safa
  • The setting is fun and inviting, with cacti and sombreros, and the staff are attentive

DUBAI: I don’t know why this gem isn’t more famous because its food and ambience are excellent.
Muchachas can be found at the Holiday Inn Express in Al-Safa and offers a set iftar menu for $44 during Ramadan.
The iftar has everything a hungry diner could want: Four courses and drinks at a pocket-friendly price.
We started with seasonal fruits, dates, creamy guacamole and tortilla chips. The chicken wings, which were also part of the first round, had crispy skin and moist meat, and were coated in a tasty combination of sweet and spicy sauce.
Guests pick three dishes from the selection offered for the second round. One of our favorites was the salmon, which was crunchy on the outside yet juicy on the inside, but we found the quesadilla to be slightly dry.
The third course is all about tacos and guests can pick three flavors out of the five available.
My favorite was the crab taco. It was crunchy, delicious and different. My friend's favorite were the chicken tacos - which were juicy and flavorful.
The desserts were delightful. Light and crispy churros, and dreamy ice cream with apple taquitos. 
We tried three mocktails - El Dorado, Berryland, and Carribean Sea - and they were all refreshing.
The setting is fun and inviting, with cacti and sombreros, and the staff are attentive.


5 Reasons to add quinoa to your diet

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5 Reasons to add quinoa to your diet

DUBAI: Learn all about the superfoods that will help you live a longer and healthier life. Devinder Bains, personal trainer and nutrition coach at Fit Squad DXB, fills you in.

This versatile and tasty superfood is the perfect gluten-free replacement for pasta, and a great high-protein, high-fibre alternative to white rice. Add the black, red or regular white version to salads, serve on its own with veggies or as a side dish with meats. Known as the ‘sacred grain’ of the Incas, this seed is stacked with health benefits.

Rich in protein

Add the black, red or regular white version to salads, serve on its own with veggies or as a side dish with meats. (Shutterstock)

We need protein for everything from building and strengthening bones, muscles, cartilage, skin and blood to making hormones and enzymes. Quinoa contains all nine essential amino acids, which makes it a ‘complete protein’ food. This is very rare for plant foods so instantly elevates it to ‘super food’ status. As well as containing such ‘good’ quality protein, it’s also high in the amount of protein, with eight grams per cup.

Fights cancer

Quinoa is packed with antioxidants, with particularly high amounts of quercetin and kaempferol, which studies have linked to fighting against breast, bone, cervical, prostate and colon cancers. Quercetin also has anti-inflammatory properties that can help prevent brain disease, it can help lower blood pressure and has been linked to improved exercise performance.

Helps regulate type 2 diabetes

Quinoa plant. (Shuttertock)

Being high in protein, dietary fiber and also magnesium gives quinoa a three-pronged attack when it comes to controlling blood sugar spikes, making it a great addition to the diet of those suffering from type 2 diabetes - who struggle with insulin regulation. The protein and fiber can also help in keeping you fuller which can in turn lead to weight loss.

Maintains energy supply

Quinoa is rich in Vitamin B2 (riboflavin), which is essential for breaking down protein, carbs and fats for the body to use and also for converting carbs into energy and then storing that energy in our muscles. The body can only store very small amounts of B2 so it’s important to eat foods that contain the vitamin on a regular basis.

High in iron

With one cup containing around 16 percent of your recommended daily amount of iron, quinoa is perfect for vegans and vegetarians struggling to get enough of the mineral. Iron is essential for blood production and to move oxygen from the lungs to tissue around the body.