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#SLYTHERINPRIDE: The Magical Weight-Shredding Potion

NEW YEAR, NEW YOU?

Well, you could just start with this.

#SlytherinPride is my secret cleansing potion, to wash off all the holidays’ calorie excess… Wanna get on it? Check how you can do it below.

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This recipe was perfected with Bosch MES4000GB Juicer, now available during the Dubai Shopping Festival.

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It lies.

Depression isn’t a form of sadness.

It’s not something that goes away if you just think about how good you have it or how successful you are.

You can’t positivity it away. It lies to you about yourself and eats you from the inside and tells you that you alone make things worse.

Depression isn’t a thing that’s cured over an afternoon or often ever.

If you’re looking to support someone with depression, listen.

Sometimes it won’t make sense. Sometimes it’ll seem silly or selfish. But listen.

It’s hard to reach out with depression, but being there helps.

And if you have depression, it’s a liar.

It’s a YouTube comment in your head made of feelings that hurt you and slow you.

You’re not bothering other people when you reach out, even when it feels like you are.

You’re not selfish, even if your brain says that you are.

It lies.

– Mike Drucker

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Anthony Bourdain Dead at 61, CNN Says

Anthony Bourdain was found dead Thursday in Paris as the result of suicide by hanging, CNN reported.

New York (CNN) Anthony Bourdain, a gifted storyteller and writer who took CNN viewers around the world, has died. He was 61.

 

“There’s no place else every remotely like it. Everything great — and all the world’s ills — all in one glorious, messed-up, magical, maddening, magnificent city.” Anthony Bourdain, Beirut 2015

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CNN confirmed Bourdain’s death on Friday and said the cause of death was suicide.
“It is with extraordinary sadness we can confirm the death of our friend and colleague, Anthony Bourdain,” the network said in a statement Friday morning. “His love of great adventure, new friends, fine food and drink and the remarkable stories of the world made him a unique storyteller. His talents never ceased to amaze us and we will miss him very much. Our thoughts and prayers are with his daughter and family at this incredibly difficult time.”
Bourdain was in France working on an upcoming episode of his award-winning CNN series. His close friend Eric Ripert, the French chef, found Bourdain unresponsive in his hotel room Friday morning.
Bourdain was a master of his crafts — first in the kitchen and then in the media. Through his TV shows and books, he explored the human condition and helped audiences think differently about food, travel and themselves. He advocated for marginalized populations and campaigned for safer working conditions for restaurant staffs.
Along the way, he received practically every award the industry has to offer.
In 2013, Peabody Award judges honored Bourdain and “Parts Unknown” for “expanding our palates and horizons in equal measure.” “He’s irreverent, honest, curious, never condescending, never obsequious,” the judges said. “People open up to him and, in doing so, often reveal more about their hometowns or homelands than a traditional reporter could hope to document.”
The Smithsonian once called him “the original rock star” of the culinary world, “the Elvis of bad boy chefs.”
In 1999 he wrote a New Yorker article, “Don’t Eat Before Reading This,” that became a best-selling book in 2000, “Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly.”
The book set him on a path to international stardom.
First he hosted “A Cook’s Tour” on the Food Network, then moved to “Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations” on the Travel Channel. “No Reservations” was a breakout hit, earning two Emmy Awards and more than a dozen nominations.
In 2013 both Bourdain and CNN took a risk by bringing him to the news network still best known for breaking news and headlines. Bourdain quickly became one of the principal faces of the network and one of the linchpins of the prime time schedule.
Season eleven of “Parts Unknown” premiered on CNN last month.
While accepting the Peabody award in 2013, Bourdain described how he approached his work.
“We ask very simple questions: What makes you happy? What do you eat? What do you like to cook? And everywhere in the world we go and ask these very simple questions,” he said, “we tend to get some really astonishing answers.”
Bourdain’s death happened after fashion designer Kate Spade hanged herself in an apparent suicide at her Manhattan apartment on Tuesday. Spade was found hanged by a scarf she allegedly tied to a doorknob, an NYPD source said.
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4 houses, 4 cocktail recipes.

The heirs of Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw and Slytherin, as seen by an alcoholic like Espresso Patronum.

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FAR EATS: So Punny. So Good!

Come 2017, and the financial hangover of the previous five years is starting to wear off, the now-called Addmind Hospitality Group switched their focal point from lounges & clubs to expanding their F&B division with several additions the likes of Bar du Port French fusion restaurant/world bar, MATTO Italian restaurant, Mezcaleria Mezcal bar & restaurant, & Zuruni Lebanese restaurant.

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Located at the newly opened Zero 4 project in Antelias, Metn, Far Eats offers a fresh, honest approach to Asian street cuisine. I’m not going to dwell on how creative the name itself is, but I’m definitely going to do so on one of their hero items down below.

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No offshoot of any previous brand or even close to being a thought inside any Beiruti’s head, Far Eats is a stylish urban Asian eatery, rumored $1 million build-out, featuring a bar area, sushi bar, a dining area, and a huge outdoor wrap-around patio with a cocktail bar.

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The menu’s also had an all-points overhaul. From soups, salads, the cheesy Chinese starters the likes of spring rolls and crispy rice dishes, to fresh baos, donburi bowls, gyozas & sushi selections. But there’s one-bowl wonder that’ll make you reconsider your spelling & grammar lessons, the infamous bibimbap.

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BIBIMBAP

Let’s start with the basics: bibim [mixed] and bap [rice]. A one-bowl wonder of steamed rice, vegetables and (usually) a fried egg, all mixed up together. Now the real wonder, is the way to eat this dish. You don’t just dive in. It’s definitely more interactive than that.

You first let it sit for a minute or two to let the rice crisp up nicely against the sides of the pot, then booze in as much or as little of the chilli paste as you like. You won’t awaken a dragon even if you use the whole lot. The dish will only remain mild-to-moderately spicy. Now take your spoon… yep, this dish is way too wholehearted to eat with chopsticks – plunge it in and give the entire dish a freaking good mix. The pierced egg will cook as it is scattered through the rice.

Now you can eat. And eat. And eat. Till you can no longer spell bibimbap.

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10 Dumbledore Commandments: Becoming An Instagram Travel Wizard

Food & touristic sites are major attractions for Instagram likes.

Sure, it’s the platform where we gawk on pretty people and long for appealing, self-indulgent, wildly crave-worthy #foodporn, but a large percentage of the Instagram scene is covered with sceneries and beautiful destinations.

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© Edited by Serge Trad – Milano

Giving a double tap to a picture of a bright hue-accentuated picture of a stripe of red telephone boxes in a busy London street is one thing, but to capture your own is an entirely different story. Pondering factors like lighting, viewpoint, and editing apps is key to stimulating travel hunger among your followers—and getting the social media credits we all hanker.

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© Edited by Serge Trad – Paris

Take your background into account!

Backgrounds can make or break an Instagram.  Brick walls, tile floor and nice wallpaper all make awesome backgrounds.

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© Edited by Serge Trad – Amsterdam

Realistically if you’re reading an article about how to achieve the perfect aesthetic, you probably take your Instagram pretty seriously.  If you really want to post a drunk selfie of you and your pizza box, head to Facebook or Snapchat.

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© Edited by Serge Trad – Barcelona

So If you don’t wanna fuck with your Instagram standards, here are Professor Dumbledore’s do’s and don’ts to “conquering” the magical shot.

  • Color is your friend.
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© Edited by Serge Trad – London
  • Be straightforward.
  • It doesn’t always have to be perfect.
  • Leave the people in.
  • A bowl equals likes.
  • If it’s bad for you, it will probably look good on Instagram.
  • Leave the surrounding details. They can actually surprise you.
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© Edited by Serge Trad – Rotterdam
  • The actual location/place matters.
  •  More than one main site in a shot is okay, as long as there isn’t any clutter, and finally:
  • “Say no to the filter. HDR and sorcery like that is for amateurs and wannabes.”

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Zenobia: Dubai’s Noble Lebanese Culinary Legend

Here’s a short story about Zenobia, a restaurant that took the Unbreakable Vow, of serving Dubai, the “Ultimate Lebanese Dining Experience”, made with the finest and freshest Australian meat and spices.

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Producing its hit formula of high-class Lebanese cuisine, Zenobia does all the charm in an off-the-cuff setting. Its Lebanese homey feel resonates with the upbeat formalities of the dinky Dubai streets.

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The comparatively posh décor of the Citywalk branch helps distance it from other unceremonious Lebanese “diners” on the local market.

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And although some of us would fancy some “Wakey Wakey, Eggs & Bakey”, Zenobia has something else planned for breakfast. Labneh, muhammara, grilled halloumi and an assortment of other delicious dips, is their way to kick-start the day (the restaurant opens currently at 11:30AM).

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The lunch/dinner menu is traditional Lebanese, with both hot and cold meze, some old-school refreshing salads and an extensive list of wraps and sandwiches..

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But it’s the humongous “dish of the day” station that’s kept the busiest, with some of Lebanon’s most infamous comfort stews, serving as a sensational “homesick” healing.

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With friendly and knowledgeable staff and unrivaled taste, Zenobia provides an unparalleled gastronomic experience. Dubai, you’ve been served.

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Zenobia is located in Citywalk , Boulevard Unit 14-5, Dubai, UAE.

Reserve on: +971 50 85 17 119,  +971 4 33 23 888 or info@zenobiadubai.com

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Could This Be Dubai’s Best Brunch?

Dubai residents love nothing more than a good brunch, be they brilliantly boozy or generous/virtuous. Ok, I’ll admit the former is particularly popular.

As more restaurants across the city get their brunch game on, I’ve decided to rebel against all that ‘New Year, New Me’ hogwash and find you the most pitch-perfect of all brunches. After all, no one wants to see in the weekend with a stale bread, or break the bank on a watered-down Spritz cocktail.

Oh and trust me, I won’t be needing any of that Veritaserum to tell you that I WAS NOT disappointed. As promoted, MATTO‘s newly launched brunch, Via Del MATTO, is not for the faint-hearted.

Think of all the sexy carbohydrates getting together in one room: wood-fired pizza, pasta, Parmesan risotto wheels, fresh homemade breads, cheese, cheese, and more cheese, Italian street food, desserts, and so much more.

MATTO’s Italian-street-food-inspired brunch is on every Friday, serving free flow of pasta, risotto, lasagna and pizza from both the open-space kitchen to the extensive live food stations. So without any further ado, prepare to be transported to the busy streets of Italy as the smell of wood-fired pizza fills the air, paving the way for a gastronomically tantalizing meal created in a kitchen worthy of Nonna’s approval.

True to the Mediterranean way of life, MATTO immerses their guests in a truly Italian experience unlike any other.

THE PACKAGES

Eat Until You Can Eat No More (Then A Little More) – AED 180
Dining + Soft Drinks

Vino e Birra – AED 250
Dining + House Wines & Beers

Pacco MATTO – AED 320
Dining + Selected Pouring Spirits, Cocktails & Prosecco

And if you’re one of those who worship the Saint of all Sicilian foods, cannoli, then you are in for a treat. Wash them down with an espresso, and you’ve found yourself the perfect way to end this bottomless brunch.

“People work so hard in Dubai they come to rely upon brunch as a chill come-down after a tiring week” said Giordana Attilio, Head of Marketing at MATTO.

So could this be Dubai’s Best Brunch? Here’s how you can judge for yourself: Go straight, take a right, sharp left. Benvenuti in Via Del MATTO.

The MATTO Brunch / Every Friday from 12.30pm until 4.30pm

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FREE WATCH: Voldemort | Origins of the Heir 2018 – HD

To put it in a nutshell this fan film is something that Warner Bros will regret not taking part of.

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With creative plot, class-A acting and dark atmospheres, this is a film every Potterhead will enjoy watching.

Telling the story of infamous Tom Riddles’ late years in Hogwarts, his time at Borgin and Burkes and beyond.

The story is consistent with the flashbacks of Tom Riddles past gathered by Dumbledore in the books and additionally there are some new, very interesting insights.

Enjoy the free watch below

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REVEALED: Beirut’s Best Hot Chocolates

Hungry, thirsty and almost mythical, Hungry Unicorn toured and figured out the Best Hot Chocolates there are to slurp during those chilly Beirut nights…

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In her search to find the best hot chocolates to suit all tastes, she tried over 13 drinks from supermarket ready-made stir-ins, coffee shops, cafes and restaurants; these 5 shortlists impressed with their well-balanced sweetness and satisfyingly silky texture.

So if you’re feeling really decadent and fancy (as you should), scroll down this short list and let us know how you like it.

HOT MILK AT THE READY!

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SURPRISINGLY, Starbucks’ Fudge Hot Chocolate ranked FIRST!
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Home to the infamous mythical creatures, Unicorn Coffee House’s Hot Chocolate ranked second.
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Coming in third, Beirut’s latest coffee house and kitsch retail corner, Home Sweet Home’s hot chocolate.
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You can’t have a Best Hot Chocolates list without the international staple touch of Angelina’s. It comes in fourth on Hungry Unicorn’s list.
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Last but not least, Urbanista’s hot chocolate ranks fifth, keeping their legacy “where the food is fresh and conversations are always brewing” alive.

That’s all folks. We’ve tried some watery, despicable hot potions who put boiled hot rats to shame… But we’re not the kind of pair that’ll rant about it. Unless you want us to?! As a matter of fact, Beirut’s Worst Hot Chocolates has a nice sound to it.. Lol!

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