Dubai suncare brand SunKiss launches two new SPF50 products

The new products are packaged in aluminum bottles that are reusable, refillable and recyclable. (Supplied)
The new products are packaged in aluminum bottles that are reusable, refillable and recyclable. (Supplied)
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Updated 21 July 2022

Dubai suncare brand SunKiss launches two new SPF50 products

Dubai suncare brand SunKiss launches two new SPF50 products
  • The company said the sunscreens are paraben-free, silicone-free, cruelty-free, vegan and reef safe, and are packaged in reusable, refillable and recyclable aluminum bottles

LONDON: Dubai-based suncare brand SunKiss has launched a new sunscreen collection with a high sun protection factor.

“After months of research and testing … two new formulas, Defying Daily Face Protection SPF50+ and Invisible Sun Shield CocoLime SPF50, are ready to be added to your beauty arsenal,” the company said.

According to SunKiss, the new products contain high-quality ingredients that are paraben-free, silicone-free, cruelty-free, vegan and reef safe, and they are packaged in aluminum bottles that are reusable, refillable and recyclable. They are water-resistant for 40 minutes before they need to be reapplied, it added.

“The team at SunKiss wanted to develop the ultimate daily face protection that would adapt to their clients’ ever-changing routines,” the company said. “Perfect for being out and about on adventures as it is a primer for under makeup, the Defying Daily Face Protection SPF50+ offers a completely invisible sheer veil.”

It added that the formula was developed to be safe for people with delicate or sensitive skin, it is fragrance-free, and contains a blend of vitamins and minerals designed to help prevent premature aging and boost collagen and hydration.

“Invisible Sun Shield CocoLime SPF50 is a hybrid of mineral and chemical filters that, when combined, provide a higher broad-spectrum shield and coverage from both UVA and UVB rays,” SunKiss said of its other new product.

“Infused with an addictive blend of coconut and lime, it makes for the perfect beachside companion, offering an invisible veil of sun protection.”

The company added that the formula is infused with skin-boosting ingredients such as jojoba oil, vitamin E, to moisturize and boost skin elasticity, aloe vera, which is rich in antioxidants and enzymes that can help soothe and protect, and shea butter, to help soften and hydrate.


Where We Are Going Today: Jeddah’s 'It. Caffe'

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Updated 25 November 2022

Where We Are Going Today: Jeddah’s 'It. Caffe'

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For a sweet and memorable breakfast or dessert, Jeddah’s “It. Caffe” has it all, and something new to offer too.

I always look for something unique when I visit a place, and this cafe and restaurant satisfied my curiosity. It has all the regular great foods, but also boasts the “croffle”, a mix between a croissant and waffle, and a circular croissant known as a “croll”.

I visited the caffe with my family and ordered different things to try together.

First was the Croque Madame: Sourdough bread, bechamel sauce, Gruyere cheese, smoked turkey, whole grain mustard, side salad, chili oil, and fried egg.

The It. Special French Toast was is a custard stuffed brioche served with custard dip, cream, blueberries, raspberries, corn crumble and creme anglaise sauce.

Honey, poached pears, berry coulis, and cinnamon powder took the cafe’s porridge to another level.

There are many items I was curious to try just for their name and look, such as Barbie’s choice, a chocolate sponge cake with ruby chocolate and Feuilletine mix) and a summer jam bubble waffle made with strawberry ice cream, berry compote, strawberries and white chocolate.

It. Caffe’s interior is mainly white and blue, with a giant glass window wall, allowing the sunbeams to light up the entire place.

If you like your food to look as gorgeous as it tastes, this is the place to visit. Dishes are always prepared and displayed in the most sophisticated manner.

Friendly staff with big smiles, who attended to all our needs, were the icing on the cake.

 

 


RECIPES FOR SUCCESS: Chef ArChan Chan offers advice and a delicious chicken wings recipe

RECIPES FOR SUCCESS: Chef ArChan Chan offers advice and a delicious chicken wings recipe
Updated 24 November 2022

RECIPES FOR SUCCESS: Chef ArChan Chan offers advice and a delicious chicken wings recipe

RECIPES FOR SUCCESS: Chef ArChan Chan offers advice and a delicious chicken wings recipe
  • The executive chef of Hong Kong’s Ho Lee Fook was in Riyadh earlier this month, where her restaurant has launched a pop-up eatery in Riyadh Season’s Al-Murabaa food zone

RIYADH:Chef ArChan Chan’s story is one that could inspire many an aspiring cook. By her own admission, Chan had “no idea about cooking,” when she started her career, but she is now executive chef of the Cantonese restaurant Ho Lee Fook in Hong Kong.  

“In many Asian countries, like Hong Kong — where I grew up, cooking is not really (considered) a profession. I was a foodie who loves eating and I knew that I wanted to do something I was passionate about,” Chan told Arab News. “So, when I went to university, I asked my lecturer if there were any food-related subjects I could take. He told me the university offered a catering course, so that’s how I first got into the industry, but also through tourism and hotels. That’s how I began working in kitchens.” 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Earlier this month, Chan was in Riyadh, where her restaurant has launched a pop-up eatery in Riyadh Season’s Al-Murabaa food zone. Here, she discusses the versatility of spring onions and avoiding a ‘military-like’ kitchen atmosphere, and provides a recipe for chicken wings. 

What’s your top tip for amateur chefs? 

If you’re planning to cook meat — any meat — soak it in four percent brine. It adds a lot of flavor and tenderness. You can do that before any method of cooking; it’s a very simple way to make things tasty. 

What’s the one ingredient you believe can improve any dish? 

I love spring onion or scallion. It’s an ingredient that works with a lot of dishes. It adds texture and flavor to something as simple as steamed fish. You pour hot oil on and some spring onion on it. It just releases those flavors, especially if you add a bit of soya sauce and a bit of salt and sugar. It’s delicious. You can even add it to instant noodles. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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What customer request most annoys you?  

It doesn’t necessarily annoy me, but it can be difficult when someone asks to modify a dish. We understand that people have different needs, of course; sometimes there is a dietary requirement. But it’s definitely challenging to deal with people who don’t want garlic, or spring onion, or some other ingredient that we use a lot. We can accommodate those requests, but we know the dish will taste different.  

What’s your favorite dish to cook? 

I love anything that’s cooked in a wok. It’s just really, really satisfying — the fire and the smell of the smoke. It's always sizzling. So, anything that I can cook with a wok, especially wok fry, is great. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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As a head chef, are you quite calm and laidback? Or are you a strict disciplinarian? 

I spent some time in old-school kitchens, where the head chef would be, like, yelling — very military-like. But I’ve also spent some time in kitchens where it was a little bit more like: You can’t yell at someone; you can't use fear. Personally, I like to guide (my staff). My rules are things like: I need honesty. I need care. I need respect. These are things that people working together need to agree on. That’s a very basic thing to do as a human being. And once you agree, there's a lot of opportunity. 

It's OK to make mistakes. But I urge them to ask questions. So, there's a lot of guidance, and then a lot of challenging, like, “Why have you done this? What goes through your mind when choosing this method?” 

Chef ArChan’s Chongqing chicken wings. (Supplied)

RECIPE: Chef ArChan’s Chongqing chicken wings 

INGREDIENTS: 

1kg chicken wings 

1 packet potato starch 

2 tbsp chopped garlic 

1 tbsp Sichuan peppercorns 

1 stalk spring onion, cut into 4cm lengths 

50g dried chilli 

1L water 

40g salt 

1 tbsp of ground spices (cumin, five spice, or spice mix) 

INSTRUCTIONS: 

1. Add the salt to the water and stir until salt is dissolved, giving you a 4% salt solution. 

2. Lightly coat chicken wings in potato starch. 

3. Deep fry chicken wings at 180C for six minutes, or pan fry for 10-15 minutes until golden brown. 

4. Season the wings with some salt and your favorite ground spices. 

5. Sauté the garlic, Sichuan peppercorns and spring onion in a pan on high heat. 

6. Add a tablespoon of water and the dried chilli. Sauté until fragrant. 

7. Add the fried chicken wings to the pan. Toss for 15 seconds to absorb all the flavors. Serve. 


Where We Are Going Today: 'Wicht' fast-food restaurant in Jeddah

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Updated 23 November 2022

Where We Are Going Today: 'Wicht' fast-food restaurant in Jeddah

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  • The name of the sandwich shop is derived from “Sandwicht,” a Saudi colloquial word for a sandwich that was popular among children during the 80s and 90s

Two slices of bread and a slice of your favorite ingredient or spread is a quick and easy way to solve your hunger. Yes, sandwiches are always welcome in all forms and fillings.

Wicht, a Saudi fast-food restaurant in the Al-Salamah district of Jeddah, offers a yummy array of sandwiches with different fillings inspired by Saudi and Mideastern cuisine that will take you back to the 80s and 90s.

The name of the sandwich shop is derived from “Sandwicht,” a Saudi colloquial word for a sandwich that was popular among children during the 80s and 90s.

The signature filling is shish tawook and kebab, two well-liked Mideastern grill dishes that are usually served in an ordinary way in most restaurants, but at Wicht are offered with sriracha, pesto and truffle sauce.

Since the restaurant concept taps into local nostalgia, the sandwiches are topped with two of the oldest crisps, farico hot or salted potato sticks and cheetos, one of the most admired midday snacks of the old generation.

Side dishes and starters at Wicht include normal or spiced fries and jalapeno poppers, filled with extra creamy cheese.

And because no other nation took to the sandwich the way America did, the restaurant decided to offer a New York hotdog, using hotdog buns and interesting toppings.

For more details and information, visit the Wicht Instagram page @wicht.sa.

 


Where We Are Going Today: Shurekie bakery in Jeddah

Where We Are Going Today: Shurekie bakery in Jeddah
Updated 18 November 2022

Where We Are Going Today: Shurekie bakery in Jeddah

Where We Are Going Today: Shurekie bakery in Jeddah

Saudi cuisine offers a wide array of bread and pastries, which vary according to the Kingdom’s many regions, including samoli, gursan, fatoot, tamees, tannouri, and shurek, to name a few.

Shurekie is a newly opened Saudi bakery in the Al-Rawdah district of Jeddah that offers shurek, a traditional Hijazi bread made in Madinah, with a modern twist.

The bread is coated with sesame seeds, which gives it its distinctive taste.

The demand for this type of bread increases during Ramadan as it is served with yogurt as a daily ritual for breakfast in the Prophet’s Mosque of Madinah.

Maintaining the texture of the original recipe, Shurekie adjusted the traditional shape to resemble a bagel, which it offers with delicious fillings such as halloumi, turkey, roast beef and tuna.

Shurekie also offers fatoot and suhaira, which is another type of shurek made with milk and chickpeas, as well as different kinds of flavored biscuits, cakes and cheesecakes.

To complement the traditional experience, Shurekie offers a combination box featuring six different Hijazi-inspired dips and condiments of your choice including cheeses, olives, pickles and jams.

The bakery also offers hot and cold drinks, including coffee, tea and kombucha.

For more details and information, visit the Instagram page @shurekie.sa.
 


Where We Are Going Today: Antifat Plus - high-quality diet food

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Updated 12 November 2022

Where We Are Going Today: Antifat Plus - high-quality diet food

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  • Options for kids, pregnant women
  • Meal plans for busy businesspeople

Antifat is a company that makes tasty, high-quality diet food that does not have any hydrogenated or other bad fats.

Antifat offers monthly diet plans with a wide range of food options that can be chosen from their website. The client can change the food plan weekly to avoid getting bored with the meals.

They have various slimming programs, including the cutting diet program, the sleeve gastrectomy diet, programs for pregnant and lactating women, and even a diabetic meal plan.

Their monthly subscription is reasonably priced, and what is interesting about the brand is that clients can subscribe, pay and choose meal plans online.

For busy workers who do not want to worry about what to order every day, they also provide business lunch meal plans.

The food is of a high quality and well-flavored. Unlike many restaurants that offer healthy food, Antifat’s meals are delicious, and you do not feel like you are on a diet.

To ensure a diet without deprivation, Antifat offers many healthy dessert options for clients with a sweet tooth.

Given the amount of work that has gone into the packaging designs, colors, and delivery methods to customers, the company believes in creating the right branding.

The firm offers salad plans, which customers can order from Antifat Salads, and meal plans for children at Antifat Kids.

Antifat Kids is considered the first such option for children in the industry.

The Saudi company started in Jeddah, Taif and Makkah and has now expanded delivery to Riyadh.

The Riyadh expansion features a physical restaurant where customers can eat wholesome fare.

The restaurant is owned by Saudi nutrition specialist and International Federation Member Wael Jalal.