What We’re Doing Today: derma transformations at ‘Skin Laundry’ in Riyadh

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Updated 18 June 2024
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What We’re Doing Today: derma transformations at ‘Skin Laundry’ in Riyadh

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Skin Laundry has quickly become the trendiest spot to get your skincare fix since it opened in Riyadh a few months ago, luring curious customers in with its clean aesthetic and unusual skincare services. Hailing from sunny Los Angeles, championing the slogan “These are not your average facials,” the branch situated in Riyadh’s UWalk is the first to pop up in Saudi.

If you’re new to the skincare world, it’s recommended that you get a consultation before booking a service. Among their friendly staff members are Dr. Fatimah Albader, a dermatology and aesthetic consultant, and Dr. Mohammed Hamdan, an aesthetic dermatologist, who are happy to give their two cents on what your skin needs and answer any questions.

This Eid Al-Adha vacation is the perfect time to give your skin the treatment it needs to combat the exhausting heat — and to come back to work or school looking your best.

Usually administered by their lovely nurses who make you feel comfortable and right at home, the services range from hydrating facials and skin cell boosters to fillers and Botox.  

Skin Laundry specializes in innovative laser technology and aesthetic dermatology, including their HIFU Ultraformer III, which is a non-surgical high-intensity focused ultrasound method of lifting facial tissue and removing unwanted fat. Clients can opt to tighten and firm anything from loose forehead skin to sagging knees and thighs.

The international chain is known for its signature laser facials, and rightfully so. The deep-cleansing treatment removes oil, dirt, and bacteria while improving pigmentation and boosting collagen. The treatment is safe for all skin types with no downtime and leaves your skin with an immediate glow, while the fractional laser facial reduces fine lines and improves skin texture and hyperpigmentation. Both only take around 15 minutes overall.

The HydraFacial is a great way to achieve instant radiance. The process involves a water suction tool to remove all the underlying dirt and buildup under the skin’s surface, exfoliating and purifying the pores. It’s also followed up with lymphatic drainage, a blue and red LED light therapy session, and specific antioxidant and peptide products that promote healthy skin.

Aside from fillers and Botox, their injectables include Innovyal injections, which require three sessions and promise to reduce the appearance of dark circles.

Skin Laundry also offers a range of their bespoke product line as well as tiered “Laundry Club” monthly membership options. While their services are on the pricier side, the results and warm welcome of the staff make it all well worth the price.

 


Where We Are Going Today: Emmy Squared Pizza

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Updated 13 July 2024
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JEDDAH: If you are craving comfort food or looking for a cheat-day indulgence, Emmy Squared Pizza at Jeddah Yacht Club is your go-to destination. Nestled alongside the tranquil waters of the Red Sea, the restaurant offers a serene sea view.

Emmy Squared has brought Detroit-style pizza to New York and now to Jeddah. Their pizzas, traditionally baked in square steel pans, offer a classic dish with a contemporary twist. Their signature square pizzas has a “frico” cheese crust and signature saucy stripes.

You may like to try their EURO Cup specials, including the Euro Cup Tray and cheesecake. The tray, enough for three people, offers crispy chicken crunchers, onion rings, mozzarella sticks, a mini Emily beef burger, a mini Jeddah chicken sandwich, waffle fries, and a key lime-baked cheesecake. The order comes with three different sauces: Emmy’s special sauce, fresh tomato sauce, and ranch sauce.

You might also try their festive Burger Tower, which is also under the EURO Cup specials and consists of four different burgers arranged on a steel stick — the Emily Burger, Le Matt Burger, Nashville Hot Chicken Sandwich, and Jeddah Chicken Sandwich. This order is perfect for the whole family, with tender chicken and super-fresh beef.

They offer three flavors of milkshakes that you can order along with the Euro Cup offer — Brooklyn, Nashville, and Charlotte Shake — in chocolate, strawberry, and vanilla.

You will love their signature mocktails, including the Aperitivo Italiano, a refreshing mix of grapefruit, lemon and peach, and the Passion’tini, which comes with tropical mango, tangy lemon and passionfruit flavors.

Or try the kale salad, which features delicious ingredients such as artichoke, sunflower seeds, dried tomato and green olives. However, you might find the sauce a bit too spicy for a salad.

As you step into the restaurant, you will feel the family’s fun vibe. They offer a magician show on Fridays and face-painting activities for children.

They also offer SR200 vouchers for a challenge between diners who dare to eat their spiciest chicken burger. Plus, you can enjoy watching your Euro Cup game while savoring your meal.

For more information, visit the Instagram @emmy squaredpizza_sa

 


Where We Are Going Today: Qaf Coffee Roasters in Alkhobar

Where We Are Going Today:  Qaf Coffee Roasters in Alkhobar
Updated 11 July 2024
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Where We Are Going Today: Qaf Coffee Roasters in Alkhobar

Where We Are Going Today:  Qaf Coffee Roasters in Alkhobar

Alkhobar’s Qaf Coffee Roasters is one of the first Saudi-owned cafes to launch in the Eastern Province.

The brand opened its first location in the Kingdom in 2016. The branch, in the Olaya district, is located on a quiet corner street just a short drive from the ever-busy Dhahran Mall.

Customers can try the iced cappuccino for SR17 ($4), roasted with Ethiopian beans. They will also enjoy the lemon cake with sugary frosting.

The location is suitable for small groups or solo customers.

Customers often visit Qaf for a caffeine fix on a work break, or to use the cafe as a workspace.

There are plenty of discreet outlets to charge your devices. There are also window-facing spaces with good natural light, as well as seating away from the sun. Real plants line the edges of the cafe, breathing life into the space. Fresh flowers are on every table.

Many visitors have long associated Qaf with elegant seating and good quality beans — with a distinctly Saudi feel. The cafe’s logo is the letter Qaf in Arabic, the same letter that the word “qahwa” starts with, which translates to “coffee.”

Over the years, Qaf has served customers at its original branch, as well as two others in the Alkhobar area. Now, the brand has two more locations in Riyadh with plans to expand.

The breakfast and brunch menu includes avocado toast, pancakes and other favorites, offered between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. Qaf also serves savory and sweet pastries, and several dessert options, including brownies and beverages.

Drip coffee packets are available for customers to make coffee at home.

To find Qaf’s opening hours and locations, visit Instagram @QafCoffee.


Where We Are Going Today: Density Coffee Roasters in Alkhobar

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Updated 07 July 2024
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  • Popular offerings this summer include waffle sticks for SR22 ($5) which provide a fun way to eat waffles without the need for a knife and fork

A short walk from the Villaggio Restaurants Village’s dancing foundation is Alkhobar’s own brand of cafes, Density Coffee Roasters.

The brand’s two outlets are both in Alkhobar — the Villaggio branch opened five years ago and the second location, at Roofz on the corniche, opened about two years ago.

We tried their latte, which gave us the option to choose from regular, coconut, almond or lactose-free milk. It hit the spot.

Popular offerings this summer include waffle sticks for SR22 ($5) which provide a fun way to eat waffles without the need for a knife and fork.

The tiramisu bowl is also quite popular, going for SR30. For savory lovers, the cafes offer flaky cheesy or zataar croissants for about SR11, as well as a brioche sandwich for SR18.

We opted for the acai bowl. We devoured the neatly stacked banana circles sprinkled with chia seeds, scattered bits of pomegranate, lush and vibrant berries including blueberries, blackberries, strawberries and raspberries. They were all atop a glistening layer of peanut butter, granola and acai at the very bottom. One could swap out the peanut butter for yogurt. Each goes for SR36.

There is also fresh orange juice, mint lemonade, passion fruit and chocolate shakes on offer, among other items.

The cafes are open daily from 6 a.m. to midnight from Sunday to Wednesday, 6 a.m. until 1 a.m. on Thursdays, noon until 1 a.m. on Fridays, and 7 a.m. until midnight on Saturdays.

Delivery is via the usual apps, mainly Jahez and Hunger Station.

For more information and to see a full menu, visit them on Instagram @DensityCoffee.

 


Diabetes drugs like Ozempic lower cancer risks: study

Diabetes drugs like Ozempic lower cancer risks: study
Updated 05 July 2024
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Diabetes drugs like Ozempic lower cancer risks: study

Diabetes drugs like Ozempic lower cancer risks: study
  • The researchers found that the patients who received GLP-1 agonists had a significantly lower risk of developing 10 out of 13 cancers studied

WASHINGTON: A class of diabetes medications, which include the best-selling drug Ozempic, are associated with a reduced risk of certain obesity-related cancers, according to a study released Friday.
Published in the journal JAMA, the study compared patients with Type 2 diabetes who were treated with insulin versus patients who were given a class of drug known as GLP-1 agonists, like Ozempic, between 2005 and 2018.
The researchers found that the patients who received GLP-1 agonists had a significantly lower risk of developing 10 out of 13 cancers studied, including kidney, pancreatic, esophageal, ovarian, liver and colorectal cancer.
Among the cancers which saw no significant change in risk were thyroid cancer and breast cancer in postmenopausal women.
“Obesity is well known to be associated with at least 13 cancer types,” study author Rong Xu said in an email to AFP.
“Our study provides evidence that GLP-1RAs hold promise in breaking the link between obesity and cancer,” Xu said.
Among the drugs studied were semaglutide — commercially sold as Ozempic — as well as liraglutide and others. Ozempic was approved in the United States in 2017.
GLP-1 agonists have been around for about 20 years, but a new generation of these drugs, among them Ozempic, has been popularized for their more significant weight loss effects.
Xu suggested that the protective benefits demonstrated in the study may encourage doctors to prescribe GLP-1 treatments for diabetes patients instead of other medicines like insulin.


Where We Are Going Today: Luff donuts

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Updated 04 July 2024
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Where We Are Going Today: Luff donuts

Where We Are Going Today: Luff donuts

If you are looking for a delicious and satisfying treat, Luff’s donuts are a must-try.

Luff is a Saudi brand offering donuts stuffed with a variety of sweet and savory fillings. 

Try their lavender cream, zaatar chocolate, or cinnamon and cheese frosting donuts. You will love the cinnamon, which is perfectly spiced and complements the fluffy dough.

Whether you prefer traditional flavors or more unique ones, Luff’s menu features an array of options inspired by sweets from around the globe. 

Some of the highlights include salted caramel, lotus, chocolate caramel, lemon curd, cheese berry, tiramisu, zaatar cheese, pistachio, brownie, peanut butter tiramisu, and pecan cardamom.

Luff offers donuts in boxes of four, nine, and 16 buns, making them perfect for gatherings and group breakfasts. It also provides a selection of hot and cold coffees to pair with the delightful donuts.

Its packaging comes in beautiful shades of purple and is seasonally updated for special occasions such as Valentine’s Day, national celebrations, and Eid.

Luff is available on various food delivery applications such as The Chefz, ToYou, Jahiz, and Hungerstation, serving customers in Jeddah, Makkah, Taif, Madinah, Riyadh, and Dammam. 

For more information, visit Luff’s Instagram page @luffdonuts.