Editor-in-Chief & Publisher: MIR JAVED RAHMAN


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Issue Date 15 - 21 July, 2017 at 2:00 PM

Portuguese Escape, Algarve

Luxe Retreat
Portuguese Escape, Algarve

This five-bedroom villa is situated in the naturally beautiful Algarve. Contemporary design radiates from the inside out and floor-to-ceiling windows afford spectacular views over the lagoons and lush, natural surroundings of the Ria Formosa, part of the UNESCO nature reserve. There is an abundance of space here; open-plan living and dining areas look out over the spacious terraces and you will never be short of natural light during the day. Meanwhile, the kitchen is fitted with Gaggenau’s hard-working, modern kitchen appliances. It’s also a design lover’s haven. Two of the bedroom suites are on the ground floor, but to reach the master bedroom there are two rather exciting options: ascend the glass staircase, or travel via the circular glass elevator. There is also a 180-degree view from the master bedroom though full-length glass panels. Below, on the lower-ground floor, there is an office space (although hopefully by the time you reach the villa, work will seem very, very, far away), as well as a gymnasium, spa, sauna, steam bath and the fifth bedroom suite. There is also, of course, a garage to stow your vehicles in and an outdoor pool – you may never leave.

Table to book

The Waffle Witch

The Waffle Witch
Do you seek a soft-and-chewy waffle or a light-and-crispy one? While at the Waffle Witch be ready to be cursed… delightfully of course.
• Tel: 03008201602
• Operation hours: 19:00 - 02:00

 

The Wok
The Wok
Not in the mood to dine out of the comforts of your four walls? Call up the Wok and feed your oriental pangs.
• For delivery/takeaway : 03042155999
• Operation hours: 17:00 - 02:30

1st American Pizza

Go Organic
For all the fitness buffs, and healthy eaters, Go Organic is the place to be at which offers a range of dishes prepared with organic, natural ingredients; the eatery also has an organic grocery store.
• Beverly Centre, Jinnah Avenue
• Tel: 03045965641
• Operation hours: 09:00 - 23:00

1st American Pizza

1st American Pizza
As the name suggests an American styled pizza is what pizza lovers should try. As for starters, opt for buffalo wings or potato skins followed by a chicken tikka or the American special pizza.
• 10 &12 Basement Justice Arcade I&T Centre G-10/1, 44000
• Tel: 0512356600
• Operation hours: 00:00 - 03:00, 12:00 - 23:59


Pie

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Pie

Its origins can be traced back to the Greeks for they were the ones who are thought to be the creators of the pastry shell which they prepared by mixing flour and water. The elite Roman classes stuffed these pastry shells with mussels and a variety of seafood; often these ‘meat pies’ were served as dessert courses. ‘Pyes’ are what they were referred to as in medieval England. Instead of being the sweet delicacies they are today, back then they were filled with meat – wild duck, lamb, beef, magpie pigeon – sprinkled with pepper, currants or dates. A popular Thanksgiving dish, pies became popular in America by 1800 when the pilgrims brought with them English meat-based recipes to the colonies. As for historians, they haven’t been able to figure out the complete range of dishes the pilgrims were served in the first Thanksgiving, but according to a few documents, the feast included fowl and venison and some meat made its way between sheets of dough. To keep the filling fresh in the winter months, the colonists cooked pies as they had a crusty top and acted as a means to preserve food. Innovations with the artistic delicacy continued as the colonists used dried fruit, nutmeg, cinnamon and pepper to season their meats. And soon sweet pies surfaced. The original apple pie recipe is believed to have come from England, however the abovementioned prototypes were mostly prepared with unsweetened apples encased in a shell that was inedible. This world popular sweet treat is now made from everything from apples, avacados cherries, pumpkin, bananas and the list goes on. But various pie sellers across the world have a never-ending demand for the classic pie – the apple pie.



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