Saudi restaurants bring Eid to doorsteps during virus lockdown

Measures remain in place to stop the spread of the coronavirus disease
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Updated 23 May 2020

Saudi restaurants bring Eid to doorsteps during virus lockdown

  • Measures remain in place to stop the spread of the coronavirus disease

JEDDAH: Savvy Saudi restaurants have turned to social media to help deliver Eid breakfasts to doorsteps during the nationwide festival lockdown period.

A mouthwatering mix of traditional and Westernized sweet and savory delights are being offered for home delivery while measures remain in place to stop the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
Eateries in the Kingdom have been taking to online platforms and messaging apps to promote a range of exclusive food baskets for Muslim celebrations to mark the end of the month of fasting.
Brioche Gourmet Eatery, in Jeddah, was offering a SR300 ($80) basket including its signature focaccia bread, used to dip into dibyaza, red mist, mixed olives, homemade pickles, and strawberry jam.
Another of the city’s food outlets, Maison de Zaid, was promoting a SR420 basket which includes grilled halloumi cheese, two types of jam, beet hummus, its signature foul (baked beans), 10 different breads, granola, and grilled vegetables.

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A mouthwatering mix of traditional and Westernized sweet and savory delights are being offered for home delivery while measures remain in place to stop the spread of the coronavirus disease. Eateries in the Kingdom have been taking to online platforms and messaging apps to promote a range of exclusive food baskets for Muslim celebrations to mark the end of the month of fasting. Supplied

Those with a sweet tooth can dip into Sanabel Al-Salam’s extensive Eid menu. The dessert brand is offering a 25 percent discount on everything in its store, including Belgian chocolates on fancy platters, and Eastern delight trays containing baklava, balah al-sham, and basbousa.  Home-based Villa Jasmine was offering a cheese platter and breadbasket, plus an Eid tray combining cinnamon pecan, in collaboration with pistachio chocolates from Lu Choco, and ghuraiba cookies from Zozo’s kitchen. Orders can be placed via the Instagram page @villajasminejeddah.
Meanwhile, Jihand Gallery (@jihand_gallery) was providing intricate baskets with jars of flavored and pickled cheese, and a variety of breadsticks and shaborah (rusk).
The business’ owner, Jihan Helmy, told Arab News that she started with local dishes that were served during Ramadan, such as sambosa, farmoza and mantu, along with soups.
“During Ramadan, an idea came to me to provide simpler iftar solutions, and that’s when the idea for the baskets came about,”
said Helmy.
Her baskets include a varied assortment of cheeses. “The baskets are nice to be given to family members during Eid visits, but in the current situation we are offering home delivery, so that Eid traditions can continue.”
Sugar Works (@sugarworks.ksa) has designed an Eid-themed cake, with vanilla frosting and candy toppings, along with candy baskets for children.  

 


Moroccan actor Youssef Kerkour receives BAFTA nomination

Youssef Kerkour is nominated for Best Male Comedy Performance for his role as Sami Ibrahim in the comedy series “Home.” (Instagram)
Updated 04 June 2020

Moroccan actor Youssef Kerkour receives BAFTA nomination

DUBAI: Moroccan actor Youssef Kerkour has landed a nomination for the 2020 British Academy Film Awards (BAFTA), the academy announced on Thursday, after the awards were postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The actor, who grew up in Rabat, is nominated for Best Male Comedy Performance for his role as Sami Ibrahim in the comedy series “Home.”

Kerkour, who is also known for roles in “Dracula,” “Redemption,” “Criminal” and “Marcella,” took to Twitter to thank his supporters. 

“Thank you all for your lovely messages this morning. It is a tremendous honor to be nominated in such stellar company,” the 41-year-old actor said.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

La famille MAISON @channel4 #home #season2

A post shared by Youssef Kerkour (@youssefkerkour) on

The series, created by British writer and actor Rufus Jones, follows a middle-class London family who find a Syrian asylum seeker named Sami (Kerkour) hiding in their luggage while returning from holiday in France.

Kerkour’s tweet also paid tribute to Jones. 

“I must however say that there is a name missing IMO (in my opinion). That name is Rufus Jones. His writing will give you nominations,” he wrote.