Showing posts with label Iftar. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Iftar. Show all posts

Ramadan 2018 Iftar Guide

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Ramadan is a beautiful time of the year here in the UAE. It is when the whole country and its people including us expatriates embrace the spirit of the season. 

During this period, our Muslim brothers abstain from eating or drinking from dusk till dawn. They wait until sunset to break their fast. Traditionally, fast is broken by eating 3 dates and some water. Followed by a prayer called Maghrib. Only then iftar commenced. Iftar is the meal shared with family and friends after a long day of fasting. It is a meal either prepared at home or savored at many restaurants around town offering Ramadan buffet. 

Local families prepare a big meal for Iftar to share with the relatives and friends they invited over. One of the best ways to truly feel Ramadan is to join and have an Iftar meal whether it is in the comfort of a friends home or go out. But before you go, you may want to check first where to go.

Just make sure to book ahead of time.

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Ramadan in UAE 2017: 20 Iftar and Suhoor That's Worth A Try

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Ramadan Kareem! or Ramadan Mubarak! That's how we greet our Muslim friends and colleagues during the holy month. Also in this season, you will hear a lot about two things, Iftar and Suhoor. Those are the two main meals of our Muslim brothers and sisters in a day during Ramadan.

SuhÅ«r is an Islamic term referring to the meal consumed early in the morning before fasting, before dawn during or even outside the Islamic month of Ramadan. The meal is eaten before fajr prayer.

On the other handIftar is the evening meal when they end their daily Ramadan fast at sunset. Muslims break their fast at the time of the call to prayer for the evening prayer. It is also a time when families gather on one table to share a meal.

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Ramadan in Dubai 2016: 7 Iftars To Try

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Woah! I can't believe we are already halfway through Ramadan. I know, it just goes so fast right and yet here I am, posting a blog about Iftar previews I tried before Ramadan. Life sometimes gets in the way and I cannot help it but I won't let this season finish without having to share with you all the wonderful Iftars I've tried.

All of the Iftar previews I went to at the beginning of Ramadan serves buffet except for one. I am blessed to received many invitations and I am truly grateful.

If you are going to any Iftar buffet, I encourage you to take just enough of what can be consumed by the body instead of the eyes. There have been reports I've read in the newspaper of how much food is wasted during Ramadan which deviates from its true sense. I do hope that something can be done to address this issue.

Ramadan is the time of giving, togetherness, and reflection. It is a month of fasting from sunrise to sunset where our Muslim brothers abstain from food, drinking, smoking and sex. This is done primarily to cleanse one's body and spirit of all the earthly pleasures.

It also means families and friends gathering at the dinner table at sundown every day either at home, in a restaurant or F&B outlets at hotels around town. There are so many places in Dubai to dine and we are spoiled with options.

Here are some of the Iftars we've tried and what we say about it.

1. Iftar Preview at Dusit Thani Hotel Dubai

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Ramadan 2015 Iftar Round Up

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If you have been following me on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, you must have seen that I have been around town joining nightly Iftars hosted by different restaurants in Dubai.

No, it's not every day, it was just a few invitations but thought I'd share it with you in case you are looking for other places to break your fast with your family or friends.

A few suggestions wouldn't hurt so here's a round-up of the Iftars I've tried and enjoyed during the season.

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Stay Enchanted with Centro Sharjah


Before the start of Ramadan, my dear friend Deepti invited me for an Iftar Menu tasting event at c.taste restaurant at Centro Sharjah

Centro Sharjah is uniquely located adjacent to Sharjah International Airport and close to the business districts of Sharjah. The hotel is 15 minutes away from the city center. It features 306 rooms, three meeting rooms, a modern fitness center with a spacious swimming pool and two dining outlets, the c.Deli and c.Taste.

During the holy month of Ramadan, c.Taste Restaurant is offering delightful Iftar and Suhoor buffets with an array of Middle Eastern cuisine priced at AED 109 and AED 75 respectively. Centro Sharjah also offers Iftar and Suhoor inclusive in your room rate if you book your stay this Ramadan, an affordable package priced for as low as AED 359.

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Medley Restaurant's Special Moroccan Iftar

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Ramadan is expected to begin on the 18th of June about 20 days from now.

Our Muslim brothers are already preparing themselves spiritually, mentally and physically for this annual momentous occasion.

Physical preparation is crucial especially that this Ramadan has the longest fasting hours because it is during summer when the day is longer. They say, the first week is the hardest while the body is still adjusting to the change and eventually it get used to it.

At sundown, everyone breaks their fast, go to prayer and enjoy a good iftar meal with family and friends.

Me and my gorgeous girl friend-Jeah, were treated by Chef Mama to a special Moroccan pre-Ramadan iftar last week.

If you are looking for a place for your nightly Iftar, a wide variety of pan-arab dishes with Moroccan twist will be served at Medley Restaurant - Pullman Hotel DCC this Ramadan. They have an extensive menu of sumptuous food from appetizers to main dishes to desserts.

Discount Alert!!! Book before the 5th of June and pay only AED 115/person instead of AED 155. Children 6-12 pay AED 70 and 6 years below are complimentary

Don't forget to check out their Ouzi station. There's the very tender lamb ouzi, flaky hammour and prawn and vegetarian cous cous.

The lavish spread of cold and hot mezze and appetizers was a view to admire, so deliciously tempting

There were also jars of different types of nuts and dried fruits, pile of dates and bountiful table of fresh fruits

I had three types of cheeses, dolma (stuffed eggplant), sarma (stuffed vine leaves) and tabouleh for my starter before moving on to the main dish of lamb ouzi, rice, fish, prawn and moussaka.

Traditional sweets from this gorgeous dessert table was the way to end our dinner

coupled with some hot Moroccan mint tea

The other part of the restaurant had a lovely Ramadan setting where two ladies are doing a free henna for the guests

We stretched to give  our hands to the ladies and they started drawing artistic fluid strokes

which resulted in an artsy design

We drank our tea and chat while waiting for out henna to dry

Jeah and I indeed enjoyed our night. 

Not only the food was good, the ambiance has an intimate feel which I love. The staff are friendly, polite and efficient.

They also have an outdoor dining area if you would like to dine al fresco.

Make sure to add Medley Restaurant Pullaman Deira City Center to your Ramadan dining list and you'll be sure to have a good treat.
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Thailand Toursim Iftar Dinner at Kris Kin Restaurant With A View

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This was our breathtaking panoramic view from Kris Kin With A View Restaurant at Park Regis Kris Kin Hotel Karama Dubai during the Middle East Travel Professionals and Media Iftar dinner hosted and organized by the Tourism of Thailand (Dubai and Middle East) in cooperation with the Royal Thai Consulate General - Thailand Trade Center Dubai and Thai Airways.

Kris Kin Restaurant With A View serves irresistible Pan Asian specialties. Taste and experience the combination of greatest culinary traditions from Thailand, China, Japan, Malaysia, India and Arabia.

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Iftar at Kenza Restaurant-Ramada Downtown Dubai

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The Iftar dinner hosted for the media that we have attended at Kenza - Ramada Downtown Dubai however minimalist never fall short on taste and presentation. Everything was delicious and delightfully filling.

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Grand Iftar Buffet at Liwan Restaurant at Al Ghurair Rayhaan by Rotana

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On the second day of Ramadan, I was invited at a press and blogger Iftar dinner buffet.

Iftar or "breakfast" refers to the evening meal when fasting Muslims break their fast at sundown. It is one of the religious observance of Ramadan and it is done with the family or with the community.

Liwan Restaurant at Al Ghurair Rayhaan by Rotana lavishly prepares sumptuously rich Iftar meals every night for the whole month of Ramadan. Join them for Iftar for AED 149/person or Suhoor at AED 100/ person and get a chance to be one of the daily lucky winners with weekend stays and meal vouchers for 2 or be the grand prize winner of 2 business class airline tickets with Turkish Airlines.

I arrived thirty minutes early for Iftar at Liwan. The facade of the restaurant was in silhouette as the sun shines behind the stained glass which gave it this golden glow.

Inside Liwan, the setting sun was in all its splendor

Tables are set exquisitely with candles already burning inside brightly colored brass lamps, silky red table runners and a wooden box filled with nuts and dried fruits, sumptuously looking dishes are served and last minute preps are made while waiting for Maghrib prayers to be followed by breaking of the fast.

the staff pouring some olive oil into the humus 
He was snap happy while showing me this enormous cylindrical tray of lamb ouzi before anyone else could lay their forks in it.

When we're about to start with the cold mezze and appetizers we have gathered on our plate, this gentleman approached us to serve some steaming hot Arabic coffee and dates.

Then I remember how my brother used to break his fast. He will eat two or three dates and drink some milk first. He would wait for five minutes or so before having a proper meal. He said dates have natural sugars and it keeps the blood sugar on normal levels once you break the fast and it is gentle on the stomach.

I love dates even the fresh ones but I confess that this is the first time (there is always a first time) I am tasting Arabic coffee. I should say that dates and Arabic coffee goes well together, just like chocolates, they're both bitter and sweet.

On with our appetizers, my friend Roselle of Kero's Celebration and I shared a plate of cold mezze (moutabal and tabouleh), labneh balls with zaatar, fattoush salad, some maki rolls and sliced fresh vegetables.

The expansive restaurant was completely dressed and beautifully accessorized in Arabian theme with wooden camels, brightly colored Moroccan style brass lamps with candles lit inside it, spices in woven cloth buckets, golden lamps in different sizes and staff wearing traditional Arab clothing.

The restaurant was already buzzing when we got up for our second plate. Also live Arabic music is being played on the background

chicken kadai, Iranian mix grill, baked chicken w/ haara, green beans and cauliflower, spring roll and labneh filled pastry
There was so much to chose from, they even had a shawarma station

Dessert was a gorgeous display of cakes, pastries and Arabic sweets.

Iftar at Liwan was made even sweeter bonding with friends and meeting new ones that I only get to meet online. Finally shake hands with Ion Gonzaga of Boy Dubai and Mitz of Mitzee Mee. I didn't know PinayFlyingHigh was also there, would love to meet her too.

Thank you Ferry for inviting us, I had such a wonderful night. Love this photo of selfie with the bloggers

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