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Ferrari World – Formula 1 in Abu Dhabi

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Speed, Thrills & Fun: Ferrari World – Abu Dhabi

Nico Rosberg’s Championship victory and final race at Abu Dhabi last week wasn’t the only thing that travelled 100+mph. With some time off pre-race, I visited the ‘Middle East’s Leading Tourist Attraction’ and no, it’s not the Burj. Nestled on Yas Island, just 30 minutes by car from the city centre, Ferrari World is the world’s first and only Ferrari branded amusement park.

What is Ferrari World?

The park opened in 2010 and has quickly become a ‘must-visit’ for anyone travelling in the Middle East. The park is roughly the size of 7 football pitches and boasts not only the largest space frame structure ever built but also the world’s fastest roller coaster. The ‘Formula Rossa’ is the crowning jewel of the park with an exhilarating top (and world record holding) speed of 149 mph.
The park is quite surreally magnificent, mainly because everything you see, touch and ride is traditional racing car red with the iconic Ferrari stallion emblazoned across it. Everything is pristine and stylish in design as you would expect from a super-brand like Ferrari. Fortunately for me, on Grand Prix weekend the entire park access, so I was able to enjoy the park to quell my sorrows that Lewis Hamilton didn’t win the championship. Maybe next year…

Lionel's Show at Ferrari GP Formula 1, Abu Dhabi

Lionel’s Show at Yasalam After Race concert, Abu Dhabi

A theme park for the whole family

If you’re after even more speed (as if a Formula 1 race wasn’t enough), Ferrari World has enough rides to satisfy all thrill seeking needs. If you want something a little slower, the park is surprisingly excellent for toddlers and teens with rides, shows and attractions to suit all ages and heights (be aware that height restrictions are strictly enforced so do some planning in advance to avoid waiting in a queue and being disappointed).

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Ferrari World’s Best Attractions

The park really has something for everyone, regardless if you even care about cars or not. My top attractions in no particular order were:
Galleria Ferrari – a Ferrari lover’s dreamland, this exhibition showcased a wide selection of classic and modern Ferraris. I can only describe it as somewhere between an art gallery, a motoring museum and a fashion show.
Tyre Change Show – this might not sound particularly glamorous but it was one of the highlights of my trip. This is an entertaining show with some Italian comics combined with a cpit stophance to try your hand at a F1 pit stop For the record, don’t wear heels when trying to change a formula 1 tyre!
Mamma Rossella – a lovely open-air trattoria for a relatively reasonable cost for lunch/dinner. There’s a wide range of Middle Eastern, African and European food available
Driving Experience – the highlight of the entire trip was a chance to get behind the wheel in a Ferrari California (in red of course) with a trained Ferrari driver. Family can sit in the back so you’re not on your own as you revel in the sheer beauty and opera of a 4.3 litre monster supercar.
Overall, the park is one of the best theme parks I’ve ever been to and had enough to keep everyone entertained.

 

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Ferrari World – Abu Dhabi UAE

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Dior’s new Home Collection

Photo: Courtesy of Christian Dior

Photo: Courtesy of Christian Dior

Dior’s new Home Collection

A large number of people are aware of the Christian Dior the brand, but few have any idea about the man who gave his name to one of the leading fashion houses.
Christian Dior was a French designer, who founded the world renowned fashion brand Christian Dior in 1946. Although, he died in 1957, his legacy as a designer and artist is alive even though more than half a century has passed since his death.

Christian Dior has had a lifelong passion for arts and during his youth he used to sell paintings of the likes of Pablo Picasso and his own sketches. Over the years he was also associated with other leading designers of the 20th century such as Robert Piguet and Pierre Balmain.

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Christian Dior and Arts
Christian Dior was passionate about arts, fashion and design. His talents as a gifted artist were visible since his schooldays. He shared a special love for nature and is reported as saying that

“After women, flowers are the most loving thing god has given to the world”.

 

Photo: Courtesy of Christian Dior

Photo: Courtesy of Christian Dior

Christian Dior shared a lifelong fashion for arts and in his free time he was often seen decorating his Paris apartment, paying minute attention to every aspect of the house, curating his gilded chandelier, medallion chairs. During his stay at his country houses, he even tended to care for flowers in his gardens as his love for flowers and nature is also cited as a reason by many for his success in fashion and design.

“Living in a house that doesn’t reflect who you are is askin to wearing someone else’s clothes.”

This quote explains his passion and love for interior design which was an emerging field in post war Europe. This desire to design their own houses was also present in many other artists of Avant Garde and Modernist era, although few were as successful as Christian Dior.

Photo: Courtesy of Christian Dior

Photo: Courtesy of Christian Dior

Dior’s New Home Deco Collection
Dior’s New Home Deco Collection can be considered as the best tribute to its founder as it contains many elements modelled after Christian Dior’s belongings and have a feel of minimalist and natural design. Indeed, Dior’s newly opened 4 story store in London has been modelled after a conservatory, using greenery and light. Few know that Christian Dior himself preferred a natural way of life and the new store in a sense resembles a tribute to his love for flowers and greenery.

Photo: Courtesy of Christian Dior

Photo: Courtesy of Christian Dior

Guest Writer Hamza K.

 

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Venice – Ti Amo !

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Venice Travel Guide

We have all seen the beautiful and magical pictures of Venice, but nothing can beat seeing its unique beauty in real life. The romantic and glimmering surroundings of Venice makes it a city like no other.

 

Capital of northern Italy’s Veneto region, Venice is built on more than 100 small islands in a marshy lagoon in the Adriatic Sea. With no cars or roadways, Venice is enveloped with tranquil alley ways and shimmering canals. The Grand Canal winds through the city, often filled with small boats, water taxis and of course, Gondolas.

 

The exquisite palaces and churches reflect centuries of history and a once wealthy trading center between Europe and the Orient. Exploring the narrow alleyways is a quintessential part of Venice, and it is one of the only few cities where getting lost may actually be a positive.

 

Finding sweet Italian shops and iconic bridges is all part of the Venice experience. However, at some point you may find yourself in the Piazza San Marco, where tourists and locals congregate for a coffee or an aperitif.

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Why Go To Venice

Listed as one of the most beautiful cities in the world to visit, the mesmerizing buildings and setting of Venice is something that can truly mesmerize people. As one of the most popular tourist destinations to visit, the charm and passion of the city can never be truly reflected in pictures.

 

The Rialto bridge and Palazzo Ducale are simply unforgettable, and with every twist and turn you are met with a beautiful alley or tranquil canal. If you are not sea sick and have the time for a gondola trip, this can be one of the most beautiful and raw ways to see the streets of Venice.

In 2008, the city was struck by catastrophic floods that left little in the city undamaged. As of today, the lagoon that has protected Venice from countless foreign invaders is the biggest threat to its survival. .. the city will eventually sink.

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Taking a water bus around Venice is an exciting and fun way of seeing Venice, and if you love to stay outdoors then a picnic by the Grand Canal is a great option. If you plan to wonder the maze of streets at night-time, make sure you take a stroll by the most beautiful church in Venice, St Mark’s Basilica. The marble pillars and towering breath-taking architecture is something you have to see!

 

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When To Visit

If you are expecting good weather, the best time to visit Venice is during late spring and early summer. However, bright sunshine can also be matched with heavy crowds and long waits to iconic land marks. Booking trips and finding accommodation can also be quite challenging, along with the rise in prices.

During late summer, you can also expect Venice to be packed with tourist. Venice can become very hot and the canals can begin to give off a rather unpleasant odor, along with the bothersome mosquitoes.

 

The fall can be a wonderful time of year to visit, as the crowds begin to diminish and the temperatures drop, which can make it a much more pleasant trip. However October through to January is usually considered a high water season, though flooding can occur at any time.

Venice is a beautiful city and should be a must-see on your places to visit. Filled with beautiful buildings, winding canals and gondolas, Venice is a truly mesmerizing city.

 Ciao!

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DIY – How To Make Pasta From Scratch

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How To Make Pasta From Scratch

When deciding to cook a pasta dish, many of us head to our local supermarket to purchase a pre-made packet of pasta. I have to admit, before finding this delicious and easy recipe, I was quite frequently put off by the thought of making pasta from scratch, especially with so many options readily made available in our local food stores.

However, I want to share with your this quick and tasty recipe that can get you making pasta from scratch. It does help to have a few helpers handy in the kitchen, but you can easily do this by yourself!

As you begin to get familiar with the recipe and process, you can start to experiment with different shapes and recipes for a delicious pasta dish.

 

Ingredients

·      1 egg, beaten

·      1/2 teaspoon salt

·      140g plain flour

·      2 tablespoons water

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Method

1. Using a medium sized bowl, combine the flour and salt and make a well in the flour. Then add the slightly beaten egg and start to mix until it forms a stiff dough. If you are finding the mixture tough to stir, then add 1 to 2 tablespoons of water.

2. On a lightly floured source, start to knead the dough for around 3 to 4 minutes. Then using a pasta machine, or by hand, roll the dough until you reach your desired thickness.

3. Using a machine, knife or cutter, cut the pasta into the shape or width that you desire.

 

When Cooking The Pasta….

 

1. Get a large pot of slightly salted water and allow the water to start to boil.

2. Add the pasta into the pot, and cook for roughly 2 to 3 minutes. Remember that fresh pasta will cook a lot quicker than the pasta you buy from the supermarket.

3. Once cooked, the pasta will float to the surface. Drain the water and add your favourite sauces and ingredients to create a delicious pasta dish!

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The Benefits Of Making Pasta From Scratch

By making your own pasta, you are able to adapt and tailor your recipe to however you desire. Almost all dried pasta is made using an industrial process, which stems from from the ancient artisan method. For those looking for meals that will add nutrional value, pasta is considered a very healthy meal, as it is high in fiber and low in fat and sugar. It is also full of complex carbohydrates and gives the body a slow release of energy.

Fresh pasta doesn’t develop the gluten as much so it is light and doesn’t leave you with a heavy or bloated feeling.

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So why not try this delicious recipe at home and you can create your own tasty pasta. Great for eating fresh or storing for another time, you can tailor your recipe to create a dish that you desire.

 

Enjoy!

 

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Casa Malaparte – a breathtaking Italian villa

Villa Malaparte at Pizzolungo-Hikingtrail, Capri, Italy. Image shot 2010. Exact date unknown.

Casa Malaparte – a breathtaking Italian villa 

Perched on the edge of the cliffs on the eastern side of the Italian island of Capri sits the imposing red villa of Casa Malaparte (Malaparte House).

The house was built between 1937 and 1942 by the writer Curzio Malaparte, who longed to live in a secluded location after six months of captivity at the hands of Benito Mussolini, who was offended by his 1931 book The Technique of the Coup d’Etat. It is widely thought that the villa was the work of architect Adalberto Libera, but Signor Malaparte actually rejected Libera’s design and built it himself, with the assistance of a local stonemason. Now, many architects and amateur enthusiasts come to Capri to see this fine piece of modern Italian design. Architect Simon Jacobsen called Casa Malaparte “a beautiful thing, forged out of a brutal environment.”

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Casa Malaparte is a three storey building. From the outside its most striking feature is the steeply sloping external staircase on one side that leads to the yellow coloured flat roof that covers most of the building.

Inside, there is a Tyrolean wood stove, marble bathrooms in Pompeian style, an atrium that also evokes thoughts of ancient Roman civilisation and an impressive fireplace. The house is filled with examples of Signor Malaparte’s own writings and his extensive library of other books, and with much of his original furniture. Perhaps the most eye catching piece of architecture in the building is a chimney backed with heat-resistant glass, allowing any visitors to watch the flames of the furnace through the glass.

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The house also affords superb views of the Mediterranean Sea, the Sorrento peninsula, the Amalfi coast and the three gigantic rocks of the Faraglion.

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After the death of Signor Malaparte in 1957, the property fell into disrepair, before his great nephew Niccolo Rositani was instrumental in leading a restoration project. Since 1972 it has been owned by the Giorgio Ronchi Foundation, although the Malaparte family maintain it as a private home.

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You can visit the villa today, although public access to the interior is only permitted for a handful of special events each year. Its location also means that getting there is not easy. To reach the house today, you either need to walk for over an hour from the town of Capri, or arrive by boat and ascend the precarious staircase cut into the cliff. Many of the Capri island cruises pass close to the house, and it lies close to the Pizzolungo Trail walking route. If you can’t make the trip, try and track down the scene from Jean-Luc Godard’s 1963 film Contempt, where Brigitte Bardot sunbathes on Casa Malaparte’s flat roof.

I was so fascinated by this house, so I had to share the story…

DYI Featured FOOD Recipes Tutorial

Chill Out – with ICE CREAM DIY

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Vegan ice cream

This recipe is tried and tested by many of my friends and family and even though its vegan ice cream it’s really hard to realize due to its really creamy consistancy. It doesn’t contain any sugar so it’s really healthy too.

 

This portion is designed for two big scoops of ice cream

1 banana

handfull of blueberries, blackcurrants or strawberries

honey- optional

 

Blend all ingredients and freeze. It coudn’t be easier. Stir from time to time but dont freeze hard. If frozen hard remove from freezer for 5 mins and serve.

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Creamy vanilla ice cream

Ice cream is one of those things that you think it’s tastier and easier to buy rather than make your own. But once you make it, you will realize that it’s much tastier than the ones from the market. This is a fantastic recipe that doesn’t require fancy equipments and doesn’t need a lot of time. Just add vanilla, cocoa, watermelon or other fruits to get your desired flavor.

 

2 eggs

300ml whipping cream

100g sugar

1 spoon of warm water that was previously boiled

 

In the first bowl, beat egg whites with half of the sugar, in the second bowl, double cream and in third egg yolks with remaining sugar and water(beat until white). Gently fold all three mixtures and transfer to freezer in plastic box. Cover with kitchen foil and freeze for 12 hours.

 

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Ice lollies with fruits

Ideal for summer days fruit ice pops that you’ll not be able to get in shops. Made simply with water and juice.

250 ml of water

250 ml of favourite juice 100%

1 spoon of sugar

juice of half of lemon

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ice lollies trays or actimel containers with ice cream sticks

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Mix juice with water. In a pan stir sugar and lemon juice and bring to boil. Let it cool and mix with juice mixture. Into the ice cream trays insert fruit. Cover with juice mixture. Insert ice cream sticksand freeze for few hours until solid.

 

If you fancy colourfull ice lollies without fruit use 3 different juices eg orange, cranberry and crushed mint with water or squashed banana. Follow instructions above. Add juice one into the trays and freeze. Then juice two and freeze again, then juice three.

 

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Top 5 Tea Houses in London – UK

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Top 5 Tea Rooms in London

 

The great scone debate ‘jam or cream first?’ is not over for many Afternoon Tea Enthusiasts. Some prefer to spread the jam first (the traditional way), while others like to get started with the cream, like butter on toast. Well, here’s something we can all agree on – tea. Scones must be accompanied by tea.

The great British tradition all started in 1840 when Anna, the 7th Duchess of Bedford got too hungry in-between lunch and dinner. Thanks to her, the tradition is still popular today but is more of a luxury treat than a daily routine.

Whether you’re a lover of Afternoon Tea or have never tried it check out our Top 5 Tea Rooms in London…

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1. The Royal Opera House

The world famous 5-star Ritz Hotel offers an unforgettable quintessential, British afternoon tea experience. Tea is served in the majestic Palm Court, conveniently located at Piccadilly. The beautiful detailed ceilings, birdcage chandeliers, metal flowers, mirrors and authentic monuments make the salon a must visit! The Ritz is known for its impressive personal care and attention to detail. You will be made to feel special without a doubt.

If you like dressing up in fancy clothes you will fit in perfectly at this formal venue. Expect to pay £50+ per person… Well worth the money! Delicately homemade finger sandwiches (smoked salmon are the best), apple and raisin scones and a selection of impeccably made cakes are served on pretty chinaware. Not only are there 18 different types of loose leaf tea to choose from but an Epicurean afternoon tea tasting experience is also on offer. To top off this luxurious experience, a pianist and harpist play modern and classical music in the Palm Court.

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The world famous 5-star Ritz Hotel offers an unforgettable quintessential, British afternoon tea experience. Tea is served in the majestic Palm Court, conveniently located at Piccadilly. The beautiful detailed ceilings, birdcage chandeliers, metal flowers, mirrors and authentic monuments make the salon a must visit! The Ritz is known for its impressive personal care and attention to detail. You will be made to feel special without a doubt.

If you like dressing up in fancy clothes you will fit in perfectly at this formal venue. Expect to pay £50+ per person… Well worth the money! Delicately homemade finger sandwiches (smoked salmon are the best), apple and raisin scones and a selection of impeccably made cakes are served on pretty chinaware. Not only are there 18 different types of loose leaf tea to choose from but an Epicurean afternoon tea tasting experience is also on offer. To top off this luxurious experience, a pianist and harpist play modern and classical music in the Palm Court.

 

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3. Fortnum & Mason

Tea enthusiasts this is the place for you! Fortnum & Mason serve over 80 different types of rare, exotic tea from all over the world. They also offer their own traditional blends and have lately introduced a new range of green teas. F&M even have a tea-tasting service where staff members guide visitors through all the different blends and combinations. Exciting! Of course, they serve a great selection of sandwiches, scones and cakes too.

The Diamond Jubilee Tea salon is where it all takes place and was not long ago opened in 2012 by the Queen! Visit for a relaxed and sophisticated afternoon of tea sipping.

 

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4. Shangri-La

Tuck into your scones with an amazing view of London at the Shangri-La. The most exclusive afternoon tea experience of them all…

The view from the Shard is incredible, so along with afternoon tea you really are treating yourself. Booking a birthday surprise or celebration here would never fail to disappoint a close friend or relative! Over 30 different teas are offered and the option of English or Asian-inspired afternoon tea can be selected. Both choices are £54 or £62 with a glass of champagne. If you’re feeling adventurous and go with the Asian alternative, you must try the Ube Macarons and the Lemongrass Rice Pudding!

 

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5. Sketch

Mayfair’s quirky Sketch gallery is a food, art and music hang out that does its own funky spin on afternoon tea. Not as traditional as The Ritz and The Royal Opera House, Sketch goes for a more contemporary menu (£45 pp). Mozzarella and pesto paninis are served in addition to classic salmon sandwiches, although, these can also be ordered if preferred.

The fun vibe of the gallery is aimed at children as well as adults; kids can order afternoon tea from their own special menu (£27 pc) which includes ‘sweet treats’ like Malabar marshmallows and fresh meringue. Making Sketch extra original is the mixture of music genres on the playlists – expect to hear reggae, jazz, electro-pop, house and many more…

Visit Sketch for a colourful, vibrant afternoon tea and something a bit different to your average tea and scones.

Now it’s time to choose the afternoon tea of your taste… If you are anything like me, you will want to visit them all!

Guest Writer: Charlotte Lillington

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