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The Tezzy Files by The Tezzy Files - 5d ago

Jodhpur Royal Dining is one of my favorite places for Indian fine-dining in the city, and they have really upped their game this holy month with a very special Iftar menu.

The menu is divided into Veg and Non-Veg options, and consists of pre-starters, starters, main-courses, sides and desserts.

Starting off the magical culinary journey, diners get to break their fast with a dramatic selection of stuffed dates.

The classic Rooh Hafza rose syrup drink that is so typical on the Iftar tables of the Indian subcontinent gets a fine-dining facelift as the Faluda Badaam Milk. The base of the drink is almond milk, and the rose flavoring makes it altogether a very regal sip.

They also have a large selection of other mocktails to whet the appetite.

And ofcourse we were served the Jodhpur signature, the complimentary Macaroon Chaat. These French macaroons are stuffed with a tangy-sweet cream mixture, a very clever take on Indian fusion cuisine.

Next came the chaat trolley. With all the pomp and pizzaz of molecular gastronomy, we were served the chef’s brand new concoction, the ‘Gul Gul ke Chaat’. This features lentil dumplings coated in a crispy vermicelli nest that is topped with a tangy-sweet mix of chutneys and yogurt. The outer crisp nest worked very well with the tangy-sweet goodness, but I found the inner dumpling was not as tasty in its ultra cold form.

For the hot starters, our table was brimming with a number of specialties. There was the ‘Curd ke Kebab’, a cold kebab made of yogurt and drizzled with sweet mango chutney, the ‘Paneer Barrels’, coated with spinach and served with pineapple chutney, a ‘Portobello Mushroom Poha’ which was a clever take on Italian risotto using Indian poha, and my favorite, the very Mughlai-style ‘Taftan e’ Beef’, traditional sweet bread topped with slow-cooked pulled beef that has been decadently spiced to perfection.

We also tried the ‘Chicken Creamy Barbeque’, a skewered chicken kebab that was swirled with a crisp outer crust. The kebab was deliciously moist, soft and flavorful although the outer swirl (which looked very pretty in the presentation) was a bit of a hindrance.

If you are a seafood lover, the ‘Tempura Fried Prawn with Honey and Lemon’ is a a must-try. This hot starter features a generously large, juicy battered prawn that has been marinated in a decadent sauce, and the presentation is a work of art.

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From the main-course, I was divided on  favorite. I am a huge fan of Lamb Haleem, the slow-cooked meat with lentils and barley. It is a Ramadan classic, and the one at Jodhpur is absolutely divine. The texture is thick and meaty, and the aromatic spices get you hungry despite the long list of starters we had just indulged in earlier.

My other favorite was the Chicken Dum Phukt, a succulently soft serving of chicken that has been slow-cooked with cream and cheese. The gravy is decadently thick and calorie-laden, and we scooped up generous portions with the assorted fresh breads from the bread basket.

If you are a rice fan, Jodhpur’s aromatic Chicken Biryani will hit the right spot, and is yet another great way to polish off all these decadent curries.

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Given we are meat lovers, I didn’t think we would like anything just as much from the seafood option. However, the very innovative Seabass Mint Risotto is an absolute must-try. The flavor combinations in this dish are spectacular, and I love how the texture is so risotto, yet the flavors so Indian.

Filled to the brim, we decided to share one dessert between the three of us. we went for the ‘Gulab Jamun, Mango Mousse, Gulkand Ice-cream’. The warm gulab jamun goes so deliciously well with the ice-cold mousse and ice-cream, and I loved the taste of fresh mango in the mousse.

Overall, Jodhpur Royal Dining really lives up to their ‘royal dining’ status. The Iftar menu here is fit for a Maharaja, the interiors perfectly match the theme with its timeless palatial elegance, and the service here is excellent. I also like the fact that, unlike many Iftars around the city, you don’t have to walk around the buffet counters here. Everything is served fresh and hot at the table.

Go on, spoil yourself this Ramadan and book a table at Jodhpur Royal Dining.

Address: RODA Al Murooj, Al Saada Street, Opp.Dubai Mall، Downtown Dubai
Timings: Sunset till late
Rates per person: AED 249
Phone: 04 355 9846

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The Tezzy Files by The Tezzy Files - 6d ago

Ramadan Kareem! Here’s wishing you and your loved ones a very joyous, blessed month.

Ramadan is by far my most favorite month of the year. This month of fasting observed by Muslims the world over is the perfect time for personal introspection, a time for both a physical and emotional cleanse.

Apart from the shorter work hours that we enjoy in our part of the world, I love how everything comes to life in the evenings. The Ramadan markets will soon be abuzz, and the malls are open well past midnight. And the food… we are absolutely spoilt for choice when it comes to both Iftar and Suhoor buffets.

I’ve had the pleasure of trying out a few Iftars, and will keep updating this list as the month goes by. Hope you find it useful!

Iftar at Channels, Media Rotana Click to view slideshow.

Media Rotana is a bit of an icon in the Barsha area of Dubai. This 5 star hotel has been around for a while now, and offers quite a number of distinctive cuisines under its belt. This Ramadan, their all-day dining restaurant Channels has put together an exquisite Iftar fare that not only covers traditional Arabic cuisine (including the star dish Lamb Ouzi), but also has an international fare (they even have sushi!).

My favorite corner at this buffet was the Arabic sweets. They have such a wide variety, and a special section of cream-filled, rose-water infused treats that are not overly sweet and almost too pretty to eat.

Address: Hessa Street, Barsha Heights Dubai
Timings: Sunset till 8.30 pm
Rates per person: AED 180 and AED 90 for children age 6-12
Website: Media Rotana

Seven Sands

This contemporary Emirati fine-dining restaurant never fails to impress. Absolutely love the interiors here, and you also get a grand view of the Dubai eye to boot. This Ramadan, their Iftar buffet features many of their best-loved menu items. Look out for the Date & Pomegranate Salad, the ceremonious Lamb Ouzi, the Chicken Biryani and I highly recommend grabbing a bowl full of their lip-smacking Seven Sands Sticky Date Pudding.

Address: Shop # 5102,The Beach, Jumeirah Beach Residence, Dubai
Timings: Sunset till 9 pm
Rates per person: AED 155 per person, including soft beverages. 50% off for children aged 6-12; Children below 6 dine for free.
Website: Seven Sands

 Layali Al Bustan Tent, RODA Al Bustan Hotel Click to view slideshow.

Looking for a flamboyantly extravagant affair, and got a brood of very diverse palates to feed? Book a table at the stunning indoor tent at Roda Al Bustan Hotel this Ramadan. The buffet is absolutely massive, and covers a number of world cuisines including Arabic, Thai (from their award-wining Bambooda restaurant) and a mini bazaar-style area of Indian treats.

Those with a sweet tooth will rejoice seeing the endless varieties of generously large pastries, almost too pretty to eat. And they even have live music running in the background.

My favorites here include the tantalizing array of Indian grilled kebabs, the mildly spiced Thai Green Curry and the flamboyantly large, chocaholic yet berry-filled Chocolate Dome from the dessert aisle.

Address: Casablanca St, Garhoud Dubai
Timings: Sunset till 9 pm
Rates per person:
Website: RODA Al Bustan Hotel

Jodhpur Royal Dining

Looking for an Iftar fit for a Maharaja? A Maharaja open to the magic of fusion Indian? Jodhpur Royal Dining has an elaborate set menu for Iftar, both for vegetarians and non-vegetarians.

From magical dates and their signature Chaat Macaroons to divinely delicious Lamb Haleem and Chicken Dum Phukt cooked with cream and cheese, the menu also includes interesting innovations like the Portobello Mushroom Masala Poha and the Gulab Jamun, Mango Mousse and Gulkand Ice-Cream.

Jodhpur Royal Dining lives up to its ‘royal’ promise, complete with all the bells and whistles of modern-day molecular gastronomy drama. And let’s not forget the interiors… the pale turquoise walls with hints of gilded gold are a beautiful ode to an enchanted Indian palace.

Best of all, if you are like me and detest lines at the buffet counters, the set menu here means all you have to do is place your order. The service is fantastic, and all the magic happens at the table.

Address: RODA Al Murooj, Al Saada Street, Opp.Dubai Mall، Downtown Dubai
Timings: Sunset till late
Rates per person: AED 249
Phone: 04 355 9846

Al Maeda, Doubletree by Hilton JBR Click to view slideshow.

Al Maeda translates to a family meal, one where the entire brood of elders to the youngest sit together around a table for a feast. What an apt name for this quintessentially Arabesque restaurant at Doubletree by Hilton (The Beach, JBR Dubai).

The interiors are beautifully kitsch incorporating elements of an exotic Levant bazaar yet managing to add the panache of fine dining with some spectacular seating arrangements and modernesque lighting. Adding to the authentic touch, the Iftar buffet includes the live performance of an oud and tabla player who croon out soulful Arabic melodies while you eat.

Chef Laurence heads the kitchen here. He is half Syrian and half Italian, and this interesting mix is the probably explanation behind his effortless fusion of classic Arabic with a hint of European flavors.

The Iftar buffet features many Arabic favorites, as well as some lesser known delicacies. I loved the Brinjal Fateh (deep fried brinjal slices layered with spiced yogurt and chickpeas) and the Dawood Basha (traditional Arabic meatball curry). The Lamb Ouzi here is one of my favorites so far this Ramadan; the meat was ‘falling off the bone’ tender and the pilaf it sat on was deliciously flavorful. From the desert isle, I highly recommend their Rose Creme Brule, a beautiful touch of the Mediterranean to a classic European treat.

Address: Doubletee by Hilton, JBR
Timings: 7 pm to 10 pm
Rates per person: AED 139
Website: Doubletree by Hilton JBR

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The Tezzy Files by The Tezzy Files - 1w ago

As much as I love my eggs sunny side up, I often smear uncooked eggs on my face. Gotta love DIY Beauty.

This super simple face mask really does deliver on an instant, dewy glowing complexion and you probably already have all the ingredients in your pantry. And for those of you who fear the stench of raw eggs, the orange and honey really do manage to mask it up!

Tezzy’s DIY Eggy Glow Mask

Step 1: 
Take 1 Al Jazira Golden Egg (their fortified eggs are enriched with extra skin-loving Omega 3) & separate the egg white. Whip till frothy (great for working out that upper arm juggle!).

Step 2: 
Squeeze the juice of half a mandarin into the egg white. Freshly squeezed orange is high in Vitamin C, and a quick fix for achieving that much coveted skin glow.

Step 3: 
Add a generous heaped teaspoon of honey. Honey is a natural antibacterial and soothes, moisturizes and protects the skin .

Step 4: 
Whip it all up together .

Step 5: 
Brush onto the face evenly. Allow to dry slightly, and add a second layer .

Step 6: 
Wash off after 15 minutes #YouGlowGirl

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K-Beauty lovers rejoice! Korea’s much talked about skincare brand Vitabrid is now available in the UAE market.

Harnessing the power of Vitamin C for flawless, ageless skin, Vitabrid C¹² offers an innovative, scientifically advanced range of skincare formulations for all skin types.

I have been using the Vitabrid C¹² Face Brightening Powder for the past 3 weeks, and wanted to share my thoughts with you.

About the Vitabrid Range

Vitabrid C¹² harnesses the power of vitamin C in its collection of beauty treatments. Through proprietary biotechnology, vitamin C is mixed with stabilizing zinc, a combination designed to capture the nutrient’s potency and allow it to penetrate the skin and scalp over the course of 12 hours. The groundbreaking compound can be found in the line’s shampoo, anti-hair loss treatment, skin brightener, acne fighter, and more.

How does Vitamin C promote skin health?
  • Firming Properties: Vitamin C bonds naturally with collagen and boosts collagen production in the skin and hair. Collagen plumps up the skin making it look firmer and younger.
  • Repairs: When applied topically, Vitamin C has been scientifically proven to be effective in the reduction of skin-cell damage.
  • Protects: Vitamin C protects the skin from the unwanted daily effects from sun, stress and pollution, leaving your skin looking younger, healthy and more radiant.
  • Brightens: Vitamin C prevents pigmentation from damaging enzymes and leaves your skin looking brighter and healthier.

What is the Vitabrid C¹² Face Brightening Powder?

This wee bottle containing a very fine white powder-like substance is a powerhouse of trans-dermal Vitamin C that can actually penetrate into the skin, promising a whooping 12 hours of active Vitamin C release.

To use, all you need to do is give the bottle a wee shake and mix in a small amount with your favorite toner or moisturizer. Using it morning and evening promises a firmer, healthier, and more luminous complexion.

Tezzy’s Experience with the Vitabrid C¹² Face Brightening Powder

It’s been 3 weeks since I started using the Vitabrid C¹² Face Brightening Powder. To be honest, I was initially put off from the whole idea of mixing in a powder to my current regime. I like to keep my routine as quick and simple as possible.

Thankfully this product proved to be super easy to use. It blends in instantaneously with my toner, creams and even my facial oils.

What I’m also happy to note is that adding this powder does not alter the texture of my favorite products. It blends in so seamlessly, its like it wasn’t even there. I guess that is what it does on my skin as well.

I’ve been using it religiously every morning with my two generous squirt s of pure Rosehip Oil. I know I really should be doing this in the evening as well, but I haven’t been as prudent.

Despite using half the recommended usage, I am definitely enjoying the claimed results. My skin looks decidedly more luminous and refreshed, and my fine laughter lines look a little blurred. To amplify this process, I use the massaging function of my new Foreo Luna 2 to really get all this good stuff into my skin.

I really enjoy this mini ritual in the mornings; this sacred mixing of powder with oil, this holistic massage that pampers and awakens my face.

And what I like best is that this product is suitable for all skin types, including men. So fuss free yet so very effective. Just the kind of product we all need in our beauty arsenal.

The Positives
  • A very advanced formulation of Vitamin C that delivers goodness for 12 hours straight.
  • Blends in beautifully with all types of skincare products.
  • The results are evident from day 1 itself!
The Negatives
  • Given this is cutting edge skincare technology, it comes with a hefty price tag to boot.
  • The mixing in may seem daunting to some.
  • It can be hard to gauge the ‘correct’ amount of powder to be used per application.
Product Pricing & Availability

This wee 0.11 oz (3 grams) bottle retails for AED 232 and can be bought from vitabridmena.com

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It’s my Birthday! So I decided to do a ’10 Things You (Probably) Didn’t Know About Tezzy’ post. Hope you find it entertaining .



1) ‘Tezzy’ is short for Tehzeeb, meaning ‘courtesy’. My mother found my name in a fashion magazine, and suggested it to her older sister who was expecting. My aunt had 2 sons in a row, till I was born and got the name .

2) I am far from sporty, yet I was voted Sports Captain of my team in high-school for my people management skills .

3) My family and I were in Kuwait during the Gulf War. Blessed to be a part of history and to have survived it .

4) I love Bollywood music, and even worked as an RJ on radio in New Zealand .

5) I have a Masters degree in Marketing, yet I still fall for all the retail gimmicks #shopaholic  .

6) I met my husband online and moved all the way from New Zealand to the UAE for him. I am a romantic at heart .

7) I am proudly left-handed and hold my pen at a funny angle .

8) Who says lefties have horrible handwriting? I bagged the ‘Best Handwriting’ title 3 years in a row in Junior school .

9) I am a Taurean with a Libra moon .

10) I’m a Third Culture Kid: Genetically Indian, Kuwaiti Childhood, British Education, Kiwi Citizen, UAE Resident

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The Tezzy Files by The Tezzy Files - 3w ago

I have a never-ending love for color, and when it comes to personal style, I am particularly drawn to rich textures and patterns that have some form of cultural significance.

I am a bohemian at heart, and when I saw this outlandishly tribal jacket at Zara, I knew it was calling my name.

The front bodice features intricate embroidery, and the back has a patch of luxe red velvet.

The billowing sleeves make it comfy for a Dubai summer, and the overall print is oh so gypsy! Someone get me a crystal ball already.

I paired this look with a whole load of boho-style jewelry that I have collected over the years. I love the look of silver with semi-precious gems.

My wardrobe is stuffed with eccentric, bold jackets. A statement jacket really is a lazy girl’s best friend.

Your everyday jeans and plain tee combo can get a serious boost of oomph with the addition of a jacket like this.

Best of all, you could be wearing the exact same pair of jeans and tee, and simply by swapping over the jacket… voila! You have an entire new look.

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Last weekend my little family and I were invited to try out the brand-new menu at Carnival by Tresind. This restaurant ranks high on my all-time favorites in the city, and never ceases to amaze. From the magical interiors to the spectacular dishes, all served with the frills and thrills we have become accustomed to when it comes to the Tresind label, I always get a tad too excited when dining here.

The new menu pays tribute to Colonial India, a time when the British reigned the country and had a significant influence on its traditional cuisine. 

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In sync with the theme, the staff are dressed up in Vasco De Gama sailor attire, the tables feature interesting cutouts from the era including an antique cover page of the British Indian Passport, and as a special ode to the then-capital city of India, a real vintage ‘thela’ (pulley cart) from Calcutta has been installed at one end of the restaurant, and from it guests are served interesting variants of popular chaats.

Love Bengali Roshogulla? At Carnival by Tresind, the popular dessert is turned into a ‘chatpatta’ chaat, complete with a tangy tamarind syrup and toppings of crispy ‘boondi’.

Mexican tacos get a desi twist as the ‘Taco Papdi Chaat’. The tacos are made crisper with a papdi batter, stuffed with potato and mung beans, and topped with tamarind, yoghurt and spicy mint.

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Then there’s the Ghugni Chaat (aka spicy chickpeas). This is traditionally made fiery with a hit of mustard oil, but at Carnival by Tresind they add the heat with a crunch thanks to wasabi peas.

And not forgetting the much-loved Bhel Puri, Carnival by Tresind gives it a facelift by combining it with guacamole and freeze-drying it with liquid nitrogen. This ensures the crunch stays longer, and the cool hit with the spicy goodness makes it a real winner.

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While we indulged at the chaat trolley, my little girl was enticed with the Butter Chicken from their Kid’s Menu. It is her all-time favorite curry, and we were mighty impressed by just how much she devoured here!

Back at our table, we were served our first appetizer; the Chicken Kurkure. Just look at the presentation! The chicken comes in a nest of its own and features delectable bites of boneless chicken in a semi-dry spiced mix. The dish is given an element of crunch with the addition of the ever-popular Indian Kurkure chips. Absolutely delightful.

Next came the Double Roti Dahi Kebab. Here’s an interesting fact… before the British reign of India, traditional breads were the flat pan-fried rotis or rich Mughul parathas. It was the British and the Portuguese who introduced yeast and other preservatives to Indian cooking. The addition of yeast ‘doubled’ the traditional roti by rising the batter, and hence the term ‘Double ka Roti’ was born.

This Double Roti dish takes inspiration from the Mexican Empanada and is crisp in texture. It is stuffed with a thick, spiced creamy yoghurt mix, drizzled with tamarind chutney and garnished with fresh pear and walnuts.

One of the things that make the dining experience so special both at Tresind and Carnival by Tresind is the drama of having a dish assembled at your table. The Rib Cage was presented as a slab by the chef, who expertly carved the absolutely ‘falling off the bone’ piece onto our individual plates and garnished them on the spot. He makes it look so easy!

The meat is unbelievably soft, to the point that it even has some bone left in that can be eaten with ease. The barbeque sauce lining the meat has an undeniably Indian masala taste that I loved, and the crushed, sautéed baby potatoes on the side added to the deliciousness of the dish.

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Before we moved on to our mains, a palate cleanser was served. This zesty Orange Sorbet was a refreshing treat, and I’d love to have this in bigger quantities as a dessert on its own.

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I am a huge fan of the contouring technique. Contouring was made for fat faces, and to disguise a love for chocolate. A very skilled job keeps that jawline defined, and those cheeks uplifted even when you forget to pucker up for that pic.

My love for contouring has my makeup drawers stuffed with contouring powders and palettes from many a coveted brand, and then I stumbled upon the art of draping…

Draping is contouring with a pop of color, and has actually been around since the Eighties pop culture phase. Think bright, happy cheeks all flushed a gorgeous pink. 

Hold your horses. You don’t have to rush out there and splurge on draping tools just yet. Your favorite blushes, mixed in with an expert swipe of your favorite bronzer would work just fine.

The idea remains the same. Darker shades go where the shadows would naturally fall, and highlight with a flush of fresh pink… or peach!

I got introduced to the art of draping via the IsaDora Draping Wheel. This drug-store brand from Italy is always ahead of the game with their market savvy products that fit the budget.

I love the colors of this wheel. The colors are gorgeous, and easily buildable. These would suit most complexions.

I swipe my brush all around the wheel in one go to contour, and finish off with a hint of peach on top.

It gives me this flushed, fresh and youthfully feminine look I am currently obsessed with. So easy, and so summery too! Thank-you IsaDora.

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