What We Are Eating Today: Carnivore kitchen

What We Are Eating Today: Carnivore kitchen
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Updated 18 June 2021

What We Are Eating Today: Carnivore kitchen

What We Are Eating Today: Carnivore kitchen

Carnivore Kitchen is a Saudi local brand specializing in smoked food.

The business was originally established as a home venture by friends Sari Al-Harbi and Elyassin Al-Bukhari but has grown in line with its popularity among meat eaters.

Offering smoked meats, vegetables, and nuts with a Saudi twist, customers can pick from a range of cuts including chicken, full lamb with vegetables, and smoked najel fish.

Equipment capable of smoking up to 200 kilograms of meat per week produces tender and moist brisket that has been cooked for more than 18 hours, and the company’s lamb products are made over 12 hours using the same seasonings and smoking techniques as for American brisket. For more information, check Instagram @carnivore.k


Philippines launches program to promote Mindanao’s halal cuisine

A hearty halal dish being served in Tambilawan Kamayan Restaurant in General Santos City. (Supplied)
A hearty halal dish being served in Tambilawan Kamayan Restaurant in General Santos City. (Supplied)
Updated 23 July 2021

Philippines launches program to promote Mindanao’s halal cuisine

A hearty halal dish being served in Tambilawan Kamayan Restaurant in General Santos City. (Supplied)
  • “Globally, the halal industry is about $2.3 trillion”

MANILA: The Philippines has launched its Halal culinary tourism program, which aims to attract more tourists to Mindanao and experience the region’s unique culinary heritage.
The program was introduced by the Department of Tourism (DoT) on Tuesday, coinciding with the celebration of the Muslim festival of Eid Al-Adha, through a video series that can be viewed by the public on the DoT’s social media platforms.
The campaign is designed to promote not only Mindanao’s cuisine but also its people and culture, and consequently tourism destinations in the southern part of the country. As such, it is expected to help spur economic development in the region.

Sinina kambing, a Maguindanaoan delicacy, is stewed goat meat cooked using local spices.

“Food is an important part of a tourism experience. It gives us a glimpse of a place’s culture and heritage. Through the development of Halal culinary tourism, we are encouraging the discovery and familiarity with the traditions of our Muslim brothers and sisters,” said Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat.
“Halal is not exclusive to Muslims. It is for everybody. This is what we want to introduce through this project,” she added, expressing optimism that it will attract both Muslims and non-Muslims.

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‘We are encouraging familiarity with the traditions of our Muslim brothers and sisters,’ says tourism secretary.

The project also aims to document Mindanao’s culinary practices, create experiences and attractions by local government units and private enterprises for tourists, and promote the region’s halal tourism industry through culinary and heritage mapping.
The DoT’s video series showcases halal-certified and Muslim-friendly establishments across Mindanao island.

Bay Tal Mal restaurant’s tiyulah itum, a stew dish with braised beef or goat, originating from the Tausug tribe.

May Salvana-Unchuan, a director at the DoT, said “the aspects of halal cuisine, the halal way of doing things, and Muslim-friendly tourism were unknown before” but are “becoming a popular concept.”
Jamal Munib, commissioner at the National Commission on Muslim Filipinos, said “Muslims are not the only ones who advocate halal food” because non-Muslims “can see how clean halal cuisine is.” He added: “Globally, the halal industry is about $2.3 trillion.”
Gurlie Fronoza, a tourism officer in Cotabato City, said halal culinary products are healthy because they are basically organic.
“If you’re looking for more adventure in your food than the usual menu that’s being given to us in establishments, you have to try halal,” Fronoza added.
The Tourism Promotions Board, an agency of the DoT, has said it will ramp up its support for the establishment of a complete halal ecosystem through initiatives that will further develop and promote Muslim-friendly tourist attractions and services in the country.


Two doses of Pfizer, AstraZeneca shots effective against Delta variant, study finds

Two doses of Pfizer, AstraZeneca shots effective against Delta variant, study finds
Updated 22 July 2021

Two doses of Pfizer, AstraZeneca shots effective against Delta variant, study finds

Two doses of Pfizer, AstraZeneca shots effective against Delta variant, study finds

LONDON: Two doses of Pfizer or AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine are nearly as effective against the highly transmissible Delta coronavirus variant as they are against the previously dominant Alpha variant, a study published on Wednesday showed.
Officials say vaccines are highly effective against the Delta variant, now the dominant variant worldwide, though the study reiterated that one shot of the vaccines is not enough for high protection.
The study, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, confirms headline findings given by Public Health England in May about the efficacy of COVID-19 vaccines made by Pfizer-BioNTech and Oxford-AstraZeneca, based on real-world data.
Wednesday’s study found that two doses of Pfizer’s shot was 88 percent effective at preventing symptomatic disease from the Delta variant, compared to 93.7 percent against the Alpha variant, broadly the same as previously reported.
Two shots of AstraZeneca vaccine were 67 percent effective against the Delta variant, up from 60 percent originally reported, and 74.5 percent effective against the Alpha variant, compared to an original estimate of 66 percent effectiveness.
“Only modest differences in vaccine effectiveness were noted with the Delta variant as compared with the Alpha variant after the receipt of two vaccine doses,” Public Health England researchers wrote in the study.
Data from Israel has estimated lower effectiveness of Pfizer’s shot against symptomatic disease, although protection against severe disease remains high.
PHE had previously said that a first dose of either vaccine was around 33 percent effective against symptomatic disease from the Delta variant.
The full study published on Wednesday found that one dose of Pfizer’s shot was 36 percent effective, and one dose of AstraZeneca’s vaccine was around 30 percent effective.
“Our finding of reduced effectiveness after the first dose would support efforts to maximize vaccine uptake with two doses among vulnerable groups in the context of circulation of the Delta variant,” the authors of the study said.


Where We Are Going: Dukanoo

Where We Are Going: Dukanoo
Updated 16 July 2021

Where We Are Going: Dukanoo

Where We Are Going: Dukanoo

Dukanoo is a pie concept restaurant in Jeddah. It converts many familiar Saudi and Mediterranean mains and desserts into pies with a special twist.

It also offers signature pies that are perfect for breakfast or a midday snack, with traditional dishes such as ful medames pie and falafel.

There is the Saudi-inspired “Aish aboullaham,” a beef pie with tahini, which is highly recommended, and the traditional Saudi sweet dish known as “masoob.”

One of the most exquisite traditional orders is the liver pie, presented with a special hot sauce and crispy onions that give it an amazing taste.

When it comes to dessert, za’atar and crunchy chocolate are among the most delicious combinations.

The restaurant’s cold beverages are inspired by refreshing oriental flavors. For example, there is one that combines roselle and mint and Arabian orange with a sharp cardamom flavor. For more information visit the Instagram account @dukanooq


Where We Are Going Today: Zooba

Where We Are Going Today: Zooba
Updated 14 July 2021

Where We Are Going Today: Zooba

Where We Are Going Today: Zooba

Zooba, a newly opened Egyptian restaurant in Riyadh, delivers authentic Egyptian flavors in a contemporary setting.

The ambience reflects the vibrant magic of the Egyptian streets, ranging from music to the mouth-watering aroma of well-known dishes.

Zooba is a franchised branch of the original restaurant based in Cairo that opened in 2012.

The restaurant offers an array of classic dishes, including ful medames beans, taameya, koshari and hawawshi (Egyptian hot beef sandwich), as well as breakfast items and rice-based plates for lunch or dinner.

Popular festive vegan dishes include koshari, made of black lentil, chickpeas, pasta, rice, caramelized onion and sauces.

For dessert, Zooba offers rice pudding topped with floss halva candy and sprinkled with crushed nuts. For more information visit Instagram account @zoobasaudi


What We Are Eating Today: Bakermeem

What We Are Eating Today: Bakermeem
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Updated 10 July 2021

What We Are Eating Today: Bakermeem

What We Are Eating Today: Bakermeem
  • The treats are ideal for picnics and beach trips as they come in boxes or individual jars, while there are also thirst-quenching cold beverages

Bakermeem is a family-run business founded by a group of sisters. It offers an array of sweet treats including trifles, cookies, French-style macarons, meringue candy, chocolate blocks, petit fours and more. The brand also serves up delicious pastries and savories that can be enjoyed with a coffee, including focaccia, brioche, baguette, sandwiches, and scones.
One interesting flavor is the caramel fudge macaron or ‘halawa baqara,’ which has the taste of traditional Saudi candy. There are also refreshing and tropical desserts. Bakermeem has trifles with vacation vibes such as pina colada, passion fruit, mango, strawberry lemonade, lavender and rose pistachio.
The treats are ideal for picnics and beach trips as they come in boxes or individual jars, while there are also thirst-quenching cold beverages. The bakery offers delivery and catering services for parties and gatherings. Products are also distributed to cafes and restaurants. For more information visit the bakery’s website: linktr.ee/Bakermeem