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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#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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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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WIN TICKETS TO ABU DHABI RACE WEEKEND 2017

One winner stands the chance of winning a pair of tickets to dine, party and see award-winning DJs: HOT SINCE 82, CLAPTONE, MARK KNIGHT & Burning Man’s RONY SEIKALY at IRIS Yas Island’s long Abu Dhabi Race Weekend of partying, starting Thursday, November 23rd.


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Competition Mechanism: Simply tag the friend you wish to attend the parties with (on this link) , and like both Iris Yas Island and Espresso Patronum on Facebook. (Check rules below)

The parties start early during race weekend and guests can head to IRIS YAS ISLAND from 12PM to 4PM to enjoy an open-air brunch whilst tuning into live DJ sets.

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From sunset onwards, IRIS YAS ISLAND will host world-famous DJs that will take over the decks until 4AM on Thursday and 5AM from Friday to Sunday night.

IRIS YAS ISLAND is the hotspot for celebrity spottings where stars like Michele Rodrigues, Ludacris, Akon, Trey Songz, and others have partied in previous years.

Iris Yas Island F1 Opening timings: Thursday – NOV 23rd from 6pm to 4am | Friday – Sunday 24th to 26th from 12pm to 5am

 Located at Yas Island, Yas Marina, Building 1. For reservations:  +971 55 160 5636 | reservations@irisabudhabi.com 

Competition Rules:

  • This competition is open to MENA residents only
  • Closing date: 21st November, 2017 (4 pm)
  • Winner announcement: 22nd November, 2017
  • Winners will be contacted by Espresso Patronum

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Two-Michelin-starred dinner, at Bord’Eau**, Amsterdam

A quick rundown of what went during my dinner with Chef Richard van Oostenbrugge of two Michelin-starred Bord’Eau, Amsterdam, an outstanding restaurant that rarely misses a beat and has convincingly fulfilled its promise.

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Bord’Eau, a Two-Michelin starred restaurant located at Hotel De L’Europe in Amsterdam, boasts a unique rustic chic décor and sparkling views over the historic center of the city. The restaurant showcases the core flavors of every ingredient by using the best products and composes true, pure and natural tastes. With over 850 wine labels Bord’Eau is honored by Wine Spectator 2017 for having one of the most outstanding restaurant wine lists in the world.

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With beautiful views over the Amstel River, the Private Dining Room of Bord’Eau is the ideal location to dine in an intimate setting. This unique experience starts with a special selection of amuses followed by a menu with the signature dishes of Bord’Eau composed by Executive Chef Richard van Oostenbrugge.

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Refined and great, or refined (culinary) violence is the best way to describe this wonderful restaurant. The chef pleases his demanding audience with noble products in dishes that fit perfectly into the zeitgeist. Ready for a culinary eye-opener? Then go for the Famous apple dessert: reconstructed apple with blown sugar a core of apple sorbet, apple seeds of chocolate, a tart with marinated granny smith and caramel, a delicious hit!

Bord’Eau is open from Tuesday through Saturday; Lunch: Tuesday – Friday from 12noon until 2:30PM; Dinner: Tuesday – Saturday from 6:30PM until 10:30PM.

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Stranger Things-Inspired Milkshake is Now a Thing.

There’s a Stranger Things – inspired Milkshake in Dubai and my heart just can’t keep it together.

The “freaks” at Black Tap Craft Burgers & Shakes Dubai have created another monster.

 

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Eggos & edible Christmas lights make this a FREAKSHAKE.

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As the spookiest time of the year arrives, and Netflix series Stranger Things has aired for its second season, the NYC import that specializes in spectacular yet very, very peculiar milkshakes has launched a limited-edition shake to mark the occasion, The Stranger Shake.

This monstrous ice cream, caramel, EGGOOOOOSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS, whipped cream & sour candy delight will be your only weapon to fight the Dubaigorgons, and will be available at Black Tap until Saturday November 11.

So. Should I stay or should I go?

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