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We have a sugar high and get creative with pizza dough

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With Easter just around the corner, we’re getting a taste for the festival’s more commercial spin-off: chocolate. Luckily, this being Dubai, there’s no shortage of hotels, restaurants and shops that are serving up the sweet stuff in abundance. The Jumeirah Zabeel Saray, for instance, is hosting a Chocolate High Tea at Sultan’s Lounge (from Friday April 6 to Monday 9), which will feature plenty of chocolate bunnies for you to bite the heads off, as well as traditional afternoon tea items such as tea (obviously) and scones. There’ll even be a harpist strumming her stuff in the background.

Hopping from Easter to pizza, Sicilia restaurant at Ibn Battuta Gate is enlisting the services of a pizza acrobat until Friday April 20. Guests can watch Emiliano Stefano Tunno (who, judging from the picture sent to us, sports a rather dastardly/dashing pencil moustache) juggle with pizza dough and, hopefully, get round to cooking some – the 25-year-old Italian came third in the ‘actobatics’ competition of the 2008 Pizza World Cup (there were more than three people competing, we assume).

Now, from Italy to India, or, more precisely, to contemporary Indian restaurant iZ, which will once again be screening Indian Premier League cricket while dishing out specially prepared finger food, full meals and Indian hop beverages from Wednesday April 4 to Sunday May 27. Howzat?

Perhaps April’s biggest news, however, is that British chef-turned-restaurateur Marco Pierre White will be landing in the city. We’re not sure exactly when (keep an eye on this very column to find out details), but he’ll be visiting in the capacity of his role in Titanic, his new restaurant in the soon-to-be opened Meliá Hotel in Bur Dubai.

If you’re unable to wait until April for your celeb-chef fix, then head over to Sofitel Jumeirah Beach for the Stars, Food & Art gala dinner on Tuesday April 3. The event features no less than seven Michelin-star and/or ‘celebrity’ chefs. The only catch is that tickets cost Dhs2,500.

While last week’s column began with a list of recently closed restaurants, we conclude this week’s with news of one more – More Café in Garhoud had shut up shop. We say this with some sadness, since it was the original, and we lived on a diet of Brazilian chicken sandwiches while Time Out Towers was based in Garhoud. Farewell, old friend, and, for the rest of you, bon appétit.

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