What We Are Eating Today: Calo, a healthy meal plan app

What We Are Eating Today: Calo, a healthy meal plan app
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Updated 17 December 2021

What We Are Eating Today: Calo, a healthy meal plan app

What We Are Eating Today: Calo, a healthy meal plan app

Calo is a healthy meal plan app based in Riyadh that helps you to calculate your daily calories based on fitness goals — whether it is losing weight, gaining muscle or maintaining weight.

The name derives from “calorie.” The diet phone application offers more than 10 different meals to choose from daily according to your diet, and offers flexibility to maintain a healthy lifestyle with a busy schedule.

The app also offers the opportunity to consult a certified nutritionist. You can book a session with the nutritionist before signing up or you can follow up with the nutritionist anytime during your subscription to check your progress and ask questions.

Meals are personalized according to what suits. You can choose and swap from three different meal plans — the balanced plan, which has carbs, fat and protein; the vegetarian plan; or the low-carb plan.

You can choose meals from the app directly, swap or switch between meals or plans, change your package, skip days, and change your delivery address or delivery time. Calo is an ideal app for employees or students looking for some healthy and tasty meals that will be delivered to their doorstep. For more information, visit Instagram account @calo.ksa.


Dig in: Fast food spots to try in Saudi Arabia

Dig in: Fast food spots to try in Saudi Arabia
Updated 28 May 2022

Dig in: Fast food spots to try in Saudi Arabia

Dig in: Fast food spots to try in Saudi Arabia

From international hotspots to homegrown eateries, these restaurants in Saudi Arabia are so much more than your basic fast food joints. 

Fatburger 

Besides their juicy burgers, foodies in Riyadh can dig into the signature fat and skinny fries alongside Fatburger’s beef that is freshly ground and grilled to perfection.

Hamburgini

Hamburgini has sharing packages at affordable prices that will make for a great after-pool meal with your family and friends this summer.

Century Burger

Hungry fans can choose from toppings galore at this burger joint. It is also known for its colored, flavored buns like the black garlic and pink spicy bread. 

Section-B

For all the vegans out there, Section-B has got you covered with their vegan patties and array of plant-based topping options. 

Johnny Rockets 

It’s popular for a reason — the well-known US eatery offers everything from angus beef burgers and tender chicken sandwiches to loaded hotdogs.

Buffalo’s Express 

Love chicken wings? This restaurant boasts traditional and boneless wings slathered in an array of sauces, from honey garlic to Asian sesame and fired up BBQ sauce. 

Jan Burger

Crispy tenders, curly fries, grilled burgers and delicious sauces – Jan Burger has it all. Whether you are on a health kick or in the mood for fried goodies, this spot has something for everyone. 


What We Are Eating Today: Paleo Plate

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Updated 28 May 2022

What We Are Eating Today: Paleo Plate

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  • With Paleo Plate, I found that you can substitute your refined carbs with much healthier alternatives such as cauliflower, which I have seen used as a pizza base, bread crumb substitute and more, throughout the app

While different diets work for different people, I found that I feel my best when I am on the paleo diet, also known as the caveman diet.
Taking you back to the Paleolithic era before processed food, the paleo diet follows a “hunt and gather” concept as it includes lean meats, fruits, vegetables, seafood and different types of nuts and seeds.
On my journey to look for delicious paleo recipes, I found the mobile application-only available on the App Store — Paleo Plate, which taught me so many amazing dishes that made it easy for me to let go of bread, rice, and any other type of refined carbohydrates. 
It has recipes by sections; beef, vegetarian, seafood poultry, breakfast, side dishes and dessert.
Diving into the seafood section, I tried the app’s tuna and grilled zucchini salad, and paleo fish sticks (the breading is made with dried vegetable chips and almonds after using a food processor).
I love how organized the application is as it has a clear instruction guide and ingredients list with estimated preparation time and number of servings. 
With Paleo Plate, I found that you can substitute your refined carbs with much healthier alternatives such as cauliflower, which I have seen used as a pizza base, bread crumb substitute and more, throughout the app.
They also have an “Is it Paleo?” section where you can type in any ingredient for the app to filter whether it is paleo or not. It already has a long list of what is paleo such as almond butter, extract and flour, bamboo shoots, avocado oil, applesauce and more, and what is not paleo such as apricot kernels, barley, buckwheat, canola oil and other examples.
This makes grocery shopping easier and more time-efficient as I know exactly what to buy and what to avoid.


What we are eating Today: Praze the Taste

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Updated 24 May 2022

What we are eating Today: Praze the Taste

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  • Praze the Taste is located at the Suheili Center on Prince Sultan Road in Al-Nahda in Jeddah. Its interior design colors match its logo, red and yellow

If you’re looking to try out a completely brand new culinary experience, then Praze the Taste will provide that for you with its US-Lebanese concept.

Their cross-cultural menu has everything from fattoush (a typical Levantine salad usually made with tomatoes, toasted pita bread chips, lettuce, and radish), to buffalo wings served with many sauces: Korean BBQ, dynamite, maple sriracha, I Dare You, honey glazed, buffalo, or simply plain fried.

Praze the Taste’s salad options make healthy eating much more fun with flavorful dishes. My favorite is the chicken kale salad. It contains fresh kale, Lollo Verde, cherry tomatoes, grilled chicken, and cranberry dressing. The sweetness of the cranberry dressing combined with the fresh flavor of the leafy greens made it such a refreshing option.

And who doesn’t love good garlic bread? The restaurant makes its own garlic aioli sauce, mixes it with cheese, and spreads it on a baguette. This option is great for sharing because the baguette is cut into squares. It is my favorite appetizer.  

I like the flexibility and variety of the menu as there is something for everyone, whether you are in the mood for a tasty burger like their flavor-packed maple sriracha burger or a lighter option such as the grilled chicken with Lebanese bread and fattoush. Praze the Taste has flavors worth praise.

Praze the Taste is located at the Suheili Center on Prince Sultan Road in Al-Nahda in Jeddah. Its interior design colors match its logo, red and yellow.

Keep up with the restaurant on its Instagram @prazethetaste.


Famed Chinese restaurateur Michael Chow to offer art in Dubai, fine dining in Riyadh

Famed Chinese restaurateur Michael Chow to offer art in Dubai, fine dining in Riyadh
Updated 23 May 2022

Famed Chinese restaurateur Michael Chow to offer art in Dubai, fine dining in Riyadh

Famed Chinese restaurateur Michael Chow to offer art in Dubai, fine dining in Riyadh

DUBAI: Sotheby’s Dubai will close out May by hosting what might at first seem a surprising event: a solo exhibition of paintings by Michael Chow, the famed Chinese restaurateur-turned-artist who has recently taken up painting after a 50-year break at the age 83.

Known as “M” from May 30, Sotheby’s Dubai will present a series of the artist’s abstract expressionist paintings and works on paper that will run until July 1.

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Chow, who is the son of Chinese national treasure and legendary Peking Opera Grand Master, Zhou Xing Fang, has brushed sleeves with artists such as Andy Warhol, David Hockney and Jean-Michel Basquait. During his youth, Chow moved to London to study architecture at Saint Martin’s School of Design. On Feb. 14, 1968 he opened his first restaurant in Knightsbridge called MR CHOW, which became an instant celebrity and artist magnet. Restaurants in Beverly Hills, New York, Miami and Las Vegas followed.

“I was born into a very cultural family, and I definitely believe in destiny,” Chow told Arab News. “I have always been in the right place at the right time: from the Swinging Sixties in London, alongside Hockney and the Rolling Stones, to my life here in LA. And so, my motivation has always been very international, and I like to think there are no borders to what I do.”

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Throughout his life, the famed restauranteur has participated in many forms of creativity — from architecture, to food, installation, film, and poetry — and the best examples are his restaurants, which he designed himself with a modern twist, and which serve as an amalgamation of his various creative pursuits.

“I first started painting in the late 1950s, and continued to do so for around 10 years,” he told Arab News. “I took it up again recently, encouraged by Jeffrey Deitch and Julian Schnabel, and haven’t been able to stop since!”

Artworks on the walls in his restaurants include portraits of Chow himself by the likes of Keith Haring and Jonas Wood and Lalique glass doors. During the 1980s, when Giorgio Armani went to MR CHOW in New York, he was allegedly so impressed by Michael’s architectural design that he sent tuxedos for all of his waiters to use. In return, Chow designed Armani’s Rodeo Drive Boutique in 1987.

“I believe my strength lies in spontaneity and instinct, particularly given that I am self-taught so every element of my craft and technique was built myself and is unique to me,” he told Arab News. “My works on paper in particular are painted very fast, in line with the very Chinese concept of finding perfection in a split second (from calligraphy to martial arts to even cooking).”

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Chow has already debuted his artworks in China. His upcoming show at Sothbey’s Dubai constitutes the artist’s first exhibition in the Middle East and in the Gulf region — a part of the world he is venturing into also with his restaurant business. He’s recently announced that his restaurant MR CHOW will open in Riyadh next year.

“It is so exciting to be making my artistic debut in Dubai as I truly sense a hunger for art in the Middle East, which echoes my own pursuit of creativity in all aspects of my life,” he said. “I am very much looking forward to visiting Dubai again, and hopefully exploring a little more of what the UAE cultural and dining scene has to offer!”


Where We are Going Today: Asrar Al-Nakha

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Updated 22 May 2022

Where We are Going Today: Asrar Al-Nakha

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  • The most exciting aspect of this restaurant is that it features dishes with authentic tastes that people grew up eating at their mother’s table

Sometimes you long for the food that your mother used to prepare when you were growing up. Luckily, Asrar Al-Nakha restaurant in Jeddah will transport you back to those days.

Hijazi mothers manage Asrar Al-Nakha, and every meal they serve is like a warm hug.

The restaurant specializes in homemade saleeg, a well-known dish in Saudi Arabia that consists of rice mixed with milk and boiled chicken.

Biriyani, the traditional Indian dish made from rice and chicken, is also on offer.

Asrar Al-Nakha has an unmissable dish consisting of steamed potato balls with a crispy texture and served with distinctive sauces.

There is also a selection of samboosas suitable for gatherings, such as beef, cheese, chicken, and spring rolls.

Of course, stuffed and rolled vine leaves are another familiar favorite dish from the region and at Asrar Al-Nakha they are a must-try.

The restaurant serves musakhan, a Palestinian dish made of sumac chicken and caramelized onions that look like spring rolls. This appetizer is a winner.

Desserts are not available, but on seasonal occasions like Eid, the restaurant has a special Hijazi sweet treat called debyaza made from nuts and qamaruddin.

The most exciting aspect of this restaurant is that it features dishes with authentic tastes that people grew up eating at their mother’s table.

And its slogan - “The secret of luxurious taste in the hands of women” - is no lie when it comes to the taste of its traditional plates.

The team specializes in buffets and can serve hearty spreads for any home event.

Another distinctive feature of the restaurant is its express and singular nature. It has no tables, only does takeout, and only has one branch in Jeddah in the city’s Al-Marwa district.

For more information about the restaurant, find it on Instagram @flavors_secrets.