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Ice-cream scoops galore, with a host of new flavours to try this summer

This week, we bring you plenty of news that justifies indulging in ice-cream and sweet treats. First up, there’s a new Greek shop in town, Mastihashop, located in the Aswaaq Building on Al Wasl Road, which specialises in products made from natural mastic, a tree resin that originates from Chios in Greece. Here, you’ll find ice-cream, desserts and milkshakes made with mastic, as well as items such as chocolate, sweets, coffee and even cosmetics, all using this natural product in their manufacture.

In more ice-cream news, Scoopi Café in Jumeirah has announced new flavours for summer. The venue, which makes all its ice-creams fresh to order using liquid nitrogen to freeze it instantly, will be serving tropical fruit, lychee, fresh fig, strawberry and watermelon sorbets. New flavours have also been added to the chocolate menu, including marzipan, saffron, hazelnut and passion fruit.

Shake Shack is also serving up inventive scoops this month. Available until Friday June 19, the burger chain has introduced three new varieties of cookie-flavoured frozen concretes (aka ice-cream). These are: the sugar cookie concrete made with vanilla custard, crumbled sugar cookie, strawberry puree and rainbow sprinkles; the chocolate chip cookie concrete made with vanilla custard, chocolate chip cookies and caramel sauce; and the peanut butter cookie concrete made with chocolate custard, peanut butter cookies, marshmallow sauce and chocolate sprinkles.

Your final helping of ice-cream news comes in gelato form, with a new event taking place at Dri Dri. This summer, the gelataria at The Beach, JBR, will be hosting a series of two-hour gelato-making workshops for children. They cost Dhs120 per child and they can take all the gelato they make home with them. They’ll learn to use old-school Italian equipment from the ’60s, sample more than 18 different flavours, design their own packaging and leave with an apron and a certificate of their achievement.

On a different, but still sweet note, Spontiphoria has launched a new selection of desserts and sweet treats available for, and in the run up to, Ramadan. The fashion boutique-meets-patisserie is offering summer items such as ‘cupcakaroons’ (rosewater and pistachio cupcakes topped with macaroons), lychee rose cake (rosewater cake filled with a sweet lychee filling topped with real rose petals) and chocolate lgeimat cake (rich chocolate cake topped with Emirati ‘lgeimat’ doughnuts. You can also find seasonal sweet gifts here.

Finally, we leave you with one last goodbye. table 9 by Darren Velvick at the Hilton Dubai Creek in Deira has undergone three different avatars; first under Gordon Ramsay as Verre, then under homegrown chef duo Nick Alvis and Scott Price, and now with Marcus Wareing’s protégé Darren Velvick as boss. However, chef Darren has just accepted a new role, and the Hilton has made the decision to close the restaurant on the first day of Ramadan. For now, there is talk of re-opening another avatar of table 9 at a new Hilton property due to launch in Dubai in the future.

Until next week, bon appétit!

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