First up, some philanthropic news from Just Falafel. As a celebration for hitting a million ‘likes’ on its Facebook page, the Middle Eastern fast-food concept is launching a charitable project aimed at promoting education in the region. Just Falafel is calling this programme the ‘One Million Fund’; adding to an existing fund of Dhs1 million, the company has pledged that for every ‘like’ on its Facebook page, it will continue to donate a further Dhs1 to the fund. Students from around the region will be able to apply for financial assistance with their education, and the donations will then be given to those students who have been deemed deserving of aid.
Now for something light-hearted and sweet. The MOE branch of sweet shop IT’SUGAR has unveiled a selection of statues of iconic UAE buildings and more, made entirely from confectionery. The collection includes a dhow, a dallah coffee pot, a model of the Burj Al Arab made from marshmallows and a replica Burj Khalifa that uses glittering liquorice strips. Although the candy structures aren’t for sale, they will be on display in the store for the next couple of months.
There’s good news for vegetarians this week: Vietnamese venue Vôi at the Jumeirah Zabeel Saray has launched a six-course vegetarian tasting menu, which will be available until the end of March. Dishes include steamed vegetables and tofu dumplings, plus morning glory, asparagus and mushroom tempura.
Finally, it seems our week isn’t complete without a burger revelation, so we leave you with news that West 14th Steakhouse is adding new burgers to its lunch menu.
The recipes have supposedly been designed to reflect the Meatpacking district of New York, although we’re not exactly sure how they do so. Options include the Butcher’s Wife’s Favourite (southern-fried chicken breast, tomato, grilled onion and rocket) and The Butcher (a meat feast, made with 300g of corn-fed Black Angus beef and turkey bacon), plus the Fisherman’s Burger and the Rib ’n’ Bun. We also like the sound of the meat-free options, such as the cajun breaded portobello and the baba ganoush burger.
Not enough burgers for you? Then you may be happy to hear that fast-food behemoth McDonald’s is planning to open 42 new outlets across the UAE by 2015, bringing the total to 150. That is sure to do wonders for the country’s obesity and diabetes statistics. So, in the meantime, let’s all get down to The Archive in Safa Park for an al-fresco yoga session to ease our collective guilt. Okay – maybe we’ll have breakfast too. Until next week, bon appétit!