From Dhs10 tacos to a new club night and a Lord of The Rings themed quiz…
A brand new week is here, and with it comes some brand new fun things to do in Dubai. Pamper yourself with some September beauty deals, try a new Japanese restaurant or get yourself to the QE2 and groove along to The Supremes.
Here are 8 fun things to do in Dubai this week.
1. Hit up a brand new electronic music night
Not ready to say goodbye to the weekend just yet? Then you need to hit up Dubai club Mantis, who are launching their brand new ‘HABITAT’ night tonight, September 8, with USA-based electronic DJ Dennis Ferrer at the decks. Running every other Sunday, ‘HABITAT’ promises to be one of the biggest nights on the electronic dance scene in Dubai and party-goers can expect some top local DJs and international acts. If you needed one more reason to break the bed-at-9pm Sunday rule, girls get free drinks until 12am.
Habitat at Mantis Dubai, Podium Level, Emirates Financial Towers, Dubai, 10.30pm onwards, every other Sunday from September 8. Tel: (058) 892 2488. mantis-club.com
2. Try a Korean Thanksgiving cooking class
In celebration of Korean Thanksgiving, Kaffee Bloom are doing a special cooking class on Sunday September 8 and Saturday September 14 where you’ll get to rustle up some traditional Korean dishes like light pancakes, Jeon and rice dish Bibimbap. It’s Dhs300 to attend or Dhs275 if you bring a friend along with you. To book, email [email protected]
Kaffee Bloom, Inside 1004 Gourmet, The Onyx Tower 2, The Greens, Dubai, UAE, 4pm, Sunday 8th September, 5pm, Saturday 14th September. Tel: (04) 394 3973. @kaffebloom
3. Get carb-happy with a rustic Italian pizza
Trattoria Toscana, the cosy Italian restaurant combines two of our favourite things; waterfront dining at the Madinat Jumeirah and rustic Italian pizzas. They’ve just created a special limited edition menu which runs through until September 26. Choose from three flavours of the light and crispy offerings, ranging from Dhs65 to Dhs75.
Tattoria Toscana, Souk Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai, 12pm to 11.45pm daily, offer valid until September 26. Tel: (800) 666 353. facebook.com/TrattoriaToscanaDubai
4. Treat yourself to some top beauty deals
Need a little midweek R&R? Eclectic beauty salon THT have some great beauty offers to take advantage of during September. You can get a full body massage for Dhs250, reduced from its normal price of Dhs350. Get a complimentary gel polish when you book a full set of nail extensions for Dhs300 and infills for Dhs200 or enjoy an Express Esse facial, Olaplex treatment and blow dry for Dhs350.
THT, Cluster N, Jumeirah Lake Towers, The Dome Building, Dubai, closed Sunday, 10am to 8pm Wednesday, 10am to 7pm, Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri, Sat, offers valid throughout September. Tel: (04) 589 6679. thtworld.me
5. Check out a brand new Japanese restaurant
The brand new restaurant by acclaimed local chef, Reif Othman opens on Tuesday September 10 in Dar Wasl Mall. The self-named ‘Reif’ restaurant promises to bring unconventional Japanese street food to the region. The restaurant will be unlicensed but definitely worth a visit with affordable versions of kushiyaki (skewered meats inspired by Japanese robata restaurants), as well as Reif’s famed ‘The Experience’, chef’s table menu available to order. The restaurant will open daily for lunch and dinner except Mondays.
Reif, Dar Wasl Mall, Jumeirah, Dubai, opening September 10. reifkushiyaki.com
6. Devour unlimited tacos for Dhs10
Do you love to taco-bout tacos as much as you love to eat them? Round up your pals and head down to cool Mexican restaurant Zoco for their limited-time offer of tacos for Dhs10 each. The offer is from Tuesday September 10th until Monday September 16th, and you can choose from chicken, beef or vegetable fully-loaded soft shell tacos every day from 5pm to 1am. How many can you manage? We feel a bit of a friendly challenge coming on…
Zoco, The Atrium, Al Habtoor City, Dubai, daily 5pm to 1am, Tuesday September 10 to Monday September 16. Tel: (04) 437 0044. zocodubai.com
7. Stop in the name of Love, for The Supremes performing at QE2
Get your groove on to iconic Motown girlband, The Supremes, who are performing at the QE2 on Wednesday, September 11 and Thursday September 12. Two of the original band members, Scherrie Payne and Susaye Greene along with new member Joyce Vincent make up the trio and they’ll take you on a complete nostalgia trip down memory lane with iconic hits such as Love, Baby Love and You Keep me Hanging On.
The Supremes, Theatre by QE2, QE2 Dubai, Port Rashid, Wednesday September 11 and Thursday September 12, from Dhs180. theatrebyqe2.com
8. Join the Fellowship of The Ring with this fun quiz night
Publique’s themed quiz nights are fast becoming a firm-favourite for a mid-week Dubai night out. After sellout successes of Game of Thrones, Harry Potter and Friends, the funky Alpine bar are back with a Lord of The Rings quiz night. The world-famous trilogy has garnered many a fan across the world, and Dubai-based super-fans can finally have their moment to shine. Follow the journey of Frodo and The Fellowship as the quiz takes you on a journey from The Shire to the depths of Mordor, throughout all three films and books.
Publique, Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai, 8pm to 10pm, Wednesdays Dhs100 minimum spend per person. Tel: (04) 430 8550. publique.ae
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Benji Walklet recently reviewed the instant java sold by California start-up Waka Coffee. Walklet, who runs the Coffee Concierge blog, liked it but got a second opinion from a trusted critic — his wife, who has been known to compare coffee she dislikes to gasoline.
“It passed my wife’s taste test,” he said, “and that’s really saying something.” Walklet typically drinks the real thing but stocked up on a 35-serving pack of Waka instant.
“If the day gets off to a slow start or we’re in a hurry, it’s great to have instant coffee,” he said. “I wouldn’t buy Nescafe or Folgers or Maxwell House. That’s the snob in me talking.”
Instant coffee, often relegated to brownie recipes and steak rubs, is making a comeback and even winning grudging approval from connoisseurs. A handful of start-ups including Waka, Sudden Coffee and Swift Cup Coffee have improved the taste and are attracting a new generation of convenience seekers who are too young to associate the product with the stuff their grandparents drank.
They don’t mind paying up, either: A Sudden four-pack sold at the Intelligentsia coffee chain goes for $13, or about $3.25 a serving.
Instant remains a niche product, with just 6% of Americans drinking it, according to the National Coffee Assn. But U.S. retail sales of the category rose in the year that ended in June — the first gain following at least three years of declines, according to Nielsen data. Rising sales and instant’s popularity among 18- to 39-year-olds have prompted industry stalwarts Starbucks Corp. and Dunkin’ Brands Group Inc. to reevaluate the category.
“Instant is super convenient and portable,” says Jim Watson, a beverage analyst at Rabobank. “You can throw a couple in your bag and travel everywhere. Instant has always been weighed down by being seen as a really low-end product. These specialty guys are making instant coffee cool again.”
Developed by Nestle in the 1930s, instant coffee was made by spraying brewed liquid into hot air and drying it into powder or granules. Nestle, Folgers and Maxwell House quickly became the go-to brands for middle-class people around the world. A Folgers television commercial featured a husband complaining about his wife’s coffee: “Honey, your coffee is undrinkable,” he says. Later, she serves him a cup of Folgers, and marital harmony is restored. “Instant Folgers,” an announcer says. “Tastes good as fresh-perked.”
For those who had tried the real thing, instant coffee lacked the body and flavor of a quality cup of joe. No matter, Americans were hooked on convenience. Making instant involved nothing more than spooning crystals into a mug and adding boiling water, and then maybe whitening the concoction with a powdered creamer.
Everything changed when Starbucks created the cafe culture in the 1990s and popularized Arabica beans — the premium variety. A snob ethos took hold, and consumers thought nothing of paying $3 or more for a cup of coffee. In 1998, Keurig K-Cups — single-use pods — entered the mix. It wasn’t quite instant, but it provided a popular way for time-pressed people to brew fast.
Instant was reimagined 10 years ago, when Starbucks introduced Via Ready Brew packets in an effort to sell more coffee in grocery stores. Via was made with 100% Arabica beans, cost less than $1 per cup and appealed to people on the go. Sales have been steady but have never really taken off, says John A. Quelch, dean of the Miami Business School at the University of Miami, who has done Starbucks case studies. “They didn’t put a tremendous amount of marketing muscle behind it,” he says.
With K-Cup growth slowing and Starbucks not pushing Via hard, a host of small players have emerged, employing new methods they say produce better-tasting instant. They typically freeze-dry Arabica beans and sell their wares online or in specialty coffee shops.
Sudden was co-founded by a Finnish barista named Kalle Freese, who pioneered a technique in San Francisco that involves lowering the temperature of brewed coffee to negative 20 degrees Fahrenheit and then heating it slightly to let the water vaporize. The traditional heating method can taste “woody and burnt,” said Josh Zloof, chief executive of Sudden. “There’s no reason from a science perspective why instant coffee has to taste bad.”
Sudden, sold in plastic tubes containing 4.5 grams of coffee, can be mixed with hot or cold water. The company avoids the word “instant,” choosing instead to describe the product as “crystallized.” The 4-year-old San Francisco start-up has raised $5 million and is looking for more funding to ramp up capacity. Zloof said that he’s had talks with bigger companies and that it’s just a matter of time before Sudden inks partnerships.
Zloof said quality instant solves the “second-cup” problem — when people are looking for an afternoon caffeine fix but don’t necessarily want to head to Starbucks or drink office-provided K-Cups or Nespresso pods. “It’s not really replacing lower-quality instant coffee,” he said. “It’s also not really replacing going to the cafe or the morning ritual.”
David Kovalevski, who started Waka last year, said his products have landed in “best instant coffee” lists from major coffee publications and is confident sales will improve as his company educates consumers about the merits of instant coffee and differentiates itself from traditional brands.
Instant coffee’s growing popularity has prompted big brands to take a second look. Dunkin’ executives are taste-testing new prototypes and working with partners to create instant varieties to offer in its stores.
“The quality has gotten significantly better,” Dunkin’ CEO Dave Hoffmann said. “Before any of that you’d probably rub it on your steak and put it on the grill. You wouldn’t drink that.”
Starbucks, meanwhile, is looking to jump-start growth for Via with new flavors such as blonde roast, iced coffee and pumpkin spice latte. The company is working on “more innovation to the Via brand in the near future,” a spokeswoman said.
When Bailey Manson joined Intelligentsia seven years ago, he didn’t think he’d end up selling instant coffee.
“We were naysayers for quite a while,” said Manson, who is the coffee chain’s education and service program manager. Then, last year, Intelligentsia teamed up with Sudden to freeze-dry a variety of single-origin coffee from Colombia. It sold out, despite a hefty price.
“What you’re paying for is the convenience,” Manson said. “Nobody wants to go get coffee and have it be hard.”
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The motivation for Gerry’s Café has been percolating in the quarter-century since Natalie Griffin was a special education support teacher working with preschooler Garrett Anderson of Lake Zurich.
“This has been my passion. I’ve come full circle,” Griffin says before an open house last Wednesday explaining an innovative endeavor to create a coffee shop cafe that employs adults with developmental disabilities. “My heart was calling me to come back to this same population.”
Griffin started her career in special education at Kirk School in Palatine after graduating from the University of Illinois in 1984. She did other work with the North Suburban Special Education Organization and volunteered at Clearbrook Center, which provides programs and service to children and adults with a range of disabilities. She floated her idea of a cafe staffed by adults with developmental disabilities to friend Amy Philpott.
“We met over glasses of wine,” remembers Philpott, a former president of the Arlington Heights Chamber of Commerce who owned the Tuscan Market and Wine Shop in Arlington Heights from 2007 until 2015. “I looked at her and said, ‘What are you really looking for?’ I read between the lines.”
Philpott, a former manager for FedEx and Trader Joe’s, lives in Palatine with her wife, Chris Nisbet, and now makes her living in real estate. Griffin grew up in Palatine and moved to Arlington Heights with her husband, Gene, to raise their three children. Griffin and Philpott quickly teamed up to create their Brewing Opportunities not-for-profit charity. The charity’s fundraising efforts earned a matching $100,000 grant from Wintrust and support from the community. Hersey High School students in Arlington Heights have adopted Gerry’s Café as the charity they’ll support as part of their “inclusion revolution,” and other schools across Northwest Suburban High School District 214 soon might join the campaign. Business leaders such as Andy Starck of Berkshire Hathaway Starck Real Estate in Arlington Heights support the Gerry’s Café effort financially and through other means.
“I think this could be a really good thing,” says Shannon Kersemeier, who works in real estate for her father, Starck. Her daughter, Molly, has Down syndrome and turned 11 this week.
“C’mon, get open,” pleads a smiling Lori Bein, superintendent of Arlington Heights School District 25, which serves 5,500 students in seven elementary schools and two middle schools. “It’s our kids and our community, and we can’t wait for you to open.”
While many suburban schools and charities host a variety of programs for children with special needs, those opportunities diminish on the day before a student turns 22. “I see that as a huge, huge problem,” says Mary Ann Jahrling, a longtime District 214 guidance counselor and a board member for the Gerry’s Café charity.
Studies show that nearly 80 percent of adults with disabilities are unemployed or working in jobs as volunteers or interns making less than minimum wage, Griffin says.
“There are companies and businesses just unwilling to take a chance. They are afraid,” Griffin says, adding that many studies show that workers with developmental disabilities exhibit qualities employers want, such as reliability, dependability, getting along with co-workers, loyalty and respect for authority.
A cafe that employs adults with developmental disabilities in Wilmington, North Carolina, won a CNN “Hero” award in 2016. Griffin was impressed, but wanted to make sure the employees actually did the work. So she traveled to Bitty & Beau’s Coffee to see how their operation worked.
“I’d watch customers come in for two straight days and burst into smiles,” Griffin recalls. “Everyone who came in felt that joy and was celebrated.”
She says she’s determined to bring that same spirit to a cafe in Arlington Heights in early 2020 if the fall fundraising campaign can bring the startup funds to between $350,000 and $500,000. The goal is to pay competitive wages to about 30 employees and open a training facility and, eventually, other cafes.
Struggling to find a name for the new cafe, Griffin had an epiphany while eating with Philpott at Egg Harbor.
“Oh, did I ever tell you about my Aunt Gerry?” Philpott said. Born with Down syndrome in 1958 and dying shortly before her fourth birthday, Geralyn Wehmer “brought unconditional love, laughter and joy” to her family and friends, Philpott says. So much so that people who remember Gerry have sent checks to Philpott’s aunts to help fund the cafe.
At a launch party earlier this year for Gerry’s Café, Garrett Anderson, once a toddler in Griffin’s special education class, delivered a powerful speech explaining how Gerry’s Café could change lives for the better.
“I live by myself and have a car,” says Anderson, 30. He now resides in Palatine, works as a greeter at Regal Lake Zurich movie theater, and has acted in several community theater performances. The outgoing Anderson says he doesn’t like the label of developmentally disabled and prefers the term “exceptionality,” which acknowledges that some people with disabilities can be exceptionally hard working, exceptionally conscientious, or exceptionally kind and happy.
Can he see himself working at Gerry’s Café some day?
“That,” Anderson says with a chuckle and a nod toward Griffin, “is a question for this one. “
Information on how to donate is at www.gerryscafe.org.
UNIONTOWN (KDKA) — Firefighters are trying to determine the cause of a fire that started at a local bagel and ice cream shop in Fayette County.
Yum Yum Bagel Cafe in Uniontown broke out in flames around 8:00 p.m. along Morgantown Street in South Uniontown.
No one was hurt in the fire.