Health Factory Diaries – Day 1

Hello, folks!

So I’ve collaborated with Health Factory to give you guys some insight about their nutritional meals that they deliver around Dubai every day. I’ve taken on the challenge to complete a week of their Miracle Program.

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“Miracle” is a metabolism booster. Your system mobilizes its fat stores with 3 meals and 2 snacks throughout the day. This will accelerate the weight loss with as little effort as possible.

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First, they forwarded me a client information sheet where I had to enter all details regarding my height, weight, and dietary requirements. Next was a phone call from their nutritionist who chatted with me about the meals. The last step is choosing your meals from their menu and there! You just have to sit back and enjoy what’s to come at your doorstep each day.

I’ve decided to record my thoughts on all meals on a daily basis and here’s how it goes.

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Day 1:

  • Breakfast at 10:00 – Herbed egg white with roasted cherry tomatoes served with Arabic bread.

This tastes good, I could taste the parsley with the egg white. Although, the cherry tomatoes were found missing from the scene.

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  • Sunrise Mix (Peach and grapes Mix)

I had this around 10:30. Since my delivery time was 9:45 AM, I decided to have the egg white and the fruits the same time.

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  • Lunch 14:00 – Beef cannelloni with peas and mushrooms AND Organic California salad (Iceberg, fig, cherry tomato, green bell pepper, chives, lemon juice and olive oil) AND Cream of Broccoli

I started the meal with the Cream of Broccoli. It tasted well, just the consistency of the soup was a little runny. And of course, I get it. It’s supposed to be healthy. I added some coriander leaves, which really helped enhance the flavour.

Moving on to the cannelloni, THIS was great! At first, I was a bit sceptical looking at all the cheese on top. But as I dug in, I had no words. It was over before I knew it. Just 350 calories for this is kind of hard to believe, though…

Since I was full enough for lunch, I decided to keep my salad for dinner. I was already going to have some proteins, and veggies would do great with it.

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  • Mango and Apricot Smoothie 16:30 –

This came in a medium sized bottle. I really like how Health Factory has their packaging done. It’s neat and the bottles can come in handy for other uses.

The smoothie filled me up. I didn’t finish it entirely as my little sister wanted some too. Well, being mango lovers, this one was definitely something we liked.

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  • Dinner 19:45 – Honey Mustard Chicken served with mashed potato & steamed vegetables

The last meal of my day started with some Organic California Salad. Fresh lettuce and figs and green bell peppers. The chicken was cooked well and soft, topped with a light honey mustard sauce, what’s not to like about it?

So far, I’m quite liking this diet. Three meals with two snacks leave no time to feel hungry. You feel like you’re full all the time. Although it’s a bit hard in the morning till lunch. But I can get used to that 🙂

Until then! xx

Disclaimer: This diet has been sponsored by Health Factory

Turtle Overnight Oats

The Turtle Mocha at Caribou Coffee is made with steamed milk, rich espresso, and caramel with toppings of whipped cream and snickers. Bringing a healthy alternative here, with a few smart substitutes, you can make a version called Turtle Overnight Oats that’s not only healthy but delicious as well! Continue reading “Turtle Overnight Oats”

Dean & Deluca Is Back With A Bang!

When you’re sent home a surprise cookbook with an invite attached, it obviously peaks your curiosity! That’s just the way Dean and Deluca did it. And I was glad to be invited to a wonderful opening. Continue reading “Dean & Deluca Is Back With A Bang!”

Lounging At Café Italiano

I love how cafés are coming up in Dubai. There’s one at every corner, and though all of them might not be the best, there are some that really catch your attention. A café usually serves coffees with a few selection of pastries. But this has changed now with menus that almost imitate a full-fledged restaurant. Continue reading “Lounging At Café Italiano”

Baked Eggs and Tomatoes

If you’ve been following me on Instagram, (@hungryoungwoman) you must have noticed that I’m into healthy eating lately. I’m hoping it’s not a fad though as I’ve discovered how tasty can healthy food be.

This is so easy, that you can almost do it with your eyes closed! Except you’ve got to keep it open when your baking though…okay, bad joke. It wasn’t even one…anyway, moving on. A baked egg and tomato is something anyone can make in almost 10 minutes.

Continue reading “Baked Eggs and Tomatoes”

Social Dining At The Cavendish

We visited The Cavendish, located in JLT, for their Social Dining night a couple of weeks ago. Offering British and Irish cuisines, the event is held every Thursday with an open buffet and a set menu.

The atmosphere indoors is hush and all fine dining like. Continue reading “Social Dining At The Cavendish”

The Hot Dog Stand

Making quite a hype on Instagram lately, The Hot Dog Stand is a new concept launched some months ago. Since everyone I know has been giving it good reviews, I decided to pay a visit myself. The place is quite small and wouldn’t be suitable for large groups. Although, they do have an outdoor seating area when it gets crowded indoors.

The Hot Dog Stand serves Angus Beef or Chicken hot dogs, with three choices on the menu and another one where you can make yourself a hot dog with your preferred toppings. Add in fries, coleslaw/ beans salad and a drink, and you have a huge combo.

We chose The Mexican hot dog meal with Curly fries, Pink Lemonade and coleslaw. Our next combo was The Monster with onion rings and lemonade. We also tried out their popular dish; jalapeño poppers and 3 way pasta which contains their secret recipe chili.

My favourite was the Monster. First, it’s quite big so we had to cut it up into two. Beetroot and potato sticks, different toppings but turned out to be good. The jalapeño sticks were great! Being a lover of cheese, loved how it oozed out.

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Sadly, what I didn’t like was the pasta. Topped with shredded cheddar cheese. You need to wait till the hot pasta melts the cheese down. Unfortunately, mine didn’t do that. I’m assuming it was since I was sitting outside and it was quite cold at the time.

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The customize your hot dog for AED 17 was good. There are a number of options to choose from. Pineapple, sauerkraut, guacamole and nachos being some of the varied choices available.

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Lastly, we tried the Churros I kept hearing about. Thinner than I expected, and lesser in quantity, these are served with chocolate and caramel sauce.

The verdict: Great for home delivery and takeaways. The pricing is affordable so you don’t feel a pinch in the pocket when you’re done with your meal.

Happy Eating! xx
The Hot Dog Stand Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Welcoming the New Year at Handi, Jood Palace

2015 saw a lot of people ending the year spending quiet time in with close ones. I had a different end altogether, or a start if you’d like to call it that way.

Jood Palace Hotel, located in Al Rigga, held a wonderful New Year’s Eve dinner. With three restaurants, of different cuisines, coming together for one massive buffet section consisting of Indian, Japanese, Italian and Middle Eastern food. The dessert area was even more impressive, and occupied a large room.

A bit overwhelming seeing so much food at one go, but I took up a challenge within myself to try all of them. I mean, almost all. Seated inside the Indian restaurant, Handi, we were first welcomed with drinks. A chocolate milkshake and an orange juice. decked up in colours of gold and brown, Handi looked all prepared for the New Year. There were also some live singers who helped brighten the atmosphere.

The buffet featured live stations for each cuisine, we started with Italian, where we tried fresh Pesto Pasta delivered to our table.Chicken, cheese and white sauce helped enhance taste, while the main flavour; pesto, seemed to be missing.

The highlights of the Indian section were the Chaat area, live biryani station and tikkas. While the teppanyaki, Shawarma counter and Roast Turkey and Chicken were outstanding from the Japanese and Middle Eastern sections respectively.

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The last course was definitely the best looking. Tables and tables of sweets arranged. Some cakes, some from the Indian and other divisions. My favourites were the little shot glasses of mousse in different flavours. I also liked the Tiramisu and Chocolate cake. (Click here for video)

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Ending the year on a memorable and a wonderful note. Jood Palace Hotel also sent me a cake home for my birthday that fell on 2nd of January. A sweet gesture really. Would love to come back to try the other restaurants separately next time.

Till then, happy eating! xx
Handi Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Build Your Own At The Counter

Now, this was a visit I was waiting for. And, a review worth writing. The Counter is one of the few places that made me realize why I am a food writer. I love food. I really like how you can experiment with it, put strange things together and make them taste amazing. And the best part is, you can never get bored of it. Food understands you.

Getting back to the topic…The Counter recently opened up at the Dubai Mall and is located opposite the Ice Rink on ground level. We chose their seating area outside, which is right under the umbrellas in The Village. Such a pretty sight I must say.

The Counter basically lets you customize anything you please – their burgers or burger in a bowl (a healthier alternative), your smoothies and shakes. They also have ready made options for the unadventurous, but I’d really recommend making your own stuff here.

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From left: Green Smoothie, Oreo and Brownies, and Butterscotch Nutella

We started started with our shakes, one with “Butterscotch, Nutella and salted pretzels” and another one with “Oreo and brownies” for my younger sister.  I loved the former and couldn’t help ordering another one. The consistency of the shakes wasn’t too thick so they didn’t make you feel too full. You can easily have one shake with fries and your burger. (depends on the burger you’re ordering)

Another guest of mine tried their smoothie consisting of “Mint and kiwi with orange juice and frozen yoghurt (low fat)”. This combination was quite good too, wasn’t expecting yoghurt to go well with these citric fruits.

We then ordered their starters – Sweet Sriracha Chicken Wings, Parmesan Fries, Crispy Onion Rings, House made Chili. Went a little crazy I know…

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Sweet Sriracha Chicken Wings

From the lot, we LOVED the chicken wings. What’s not to love about these? The Sriracha sauce on the wings was flavourful and went well with the spicy ranch dressing on the side.The Parmesan fries were another hit, loads of cheese melted on the top. We just couldn’t stop with one bite.

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We built two burgers and tried a burger in a bowl. The burger in a bowl was made with Mixed greens, one pound chicken , mozzarella, dried tomatoes and coleslaw with Caesar Salad (Desperate attempt to eat healthy didn’t work. Who puts mozzarella when you want to cut down?)

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For the burgers: One pound beef, Jalapeño jack, turkey ham and dried cherry tomatoes with a whole wheat bun with ranch sauce and ginger dressing (tried topping this with our onion rings. Creative right?)

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One pound beef, cheddar cheese, jalapeños, coleslaw, beef bacon strips and hamburger bun with Pesto and steak sauce.

The verdict: Since we chose ingredients of our liking, we ended up falling in love with our creations. And why not? We found the hidden chef in all of us. For first timers, the meat comes in three different sizes; 1/3lb, 2/3lb and one pound.

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And lastly, after an enormous meal we came to our last course. Our server suggested the Big Ol’ Cookie and House made Cheesecake for us.

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The cookie was soft and warm and the ice cream on top made it a pleasant experience. The cheesecake, on the other hand, was the only thing I was probably not fond of. Like the usual ones, this wasn’t easy to cut into and the cheese seemed frozen.

Hungryoungwoman recommends visiting The Counter, where you can let your creative side come out.

Happy Eating! xx
The Counter Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

An All American Brunch At Denny’s

American diner Denny’s, held the launch of their second branch in the U.A.E. For those who don’t know, Denny’s has been in Dubai from quite some time. Located in Al Ghurair Centre, Al Rigga.

The second branch opened about a month ago, and since I couldn’t make it to the opening, I was invited to try their menu on a day of my choice. The area was quite easy to find, right opposite Times Square Centre on Sheikh Zayed Road. And if you’ve been to Bertin Bistro, that makes it all the more simple for you.

Being a Saturday, I saw a lot of families in for brunch, or an early lunch if you’d like to call it that way. We decided to settle down with our drinks, a chocolate milkshake and a Groovy Mango smoothie. Both of them thick in consistency and enough to fill you up. So don’t go overboard with these 😉

Our brunch started with Nachos loaded with minced meat, onions and tomatoes with a huge dollop of sour cream. I like that they allow you to order half portion, and it’s big enough for two. Our Gold Fried shrimps were mediocre, I don’t know what I was expecting, but the description on the menu was way better than it tasted.

Already half stuffed, we decided to stick with one main course, and of course we tried the Build Your Own Burger. Ours constituted of a beef patty, cheddar cheese and bacon strips in a sesame seed bun. We asked our beef to be medium done. This came with some onion rings, perfectly crispy with no oil dripping.

The burger was good, meat prepared the way I liked it and juicy to bite into. How could we not get fries with this? We asked for a Smothered Cheese Fries from their appetizers. These were full of cheese and crumbled bacon. Obviously delicious!

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With our bellies full, we thought of skipping dessert. Fortunately, our server didn’t let us go without trying their Red Velvet Cheesecake. This massive slice of cake was topped with cream cheese and four layers of red velvet cake stuffed with chocolate chips!

American chains that provide all day breakfasts (yes, you heard me right!) and good food are hard to come by. Add huge portions that are worth the price and friendly service, and you’ve found your new favourite American brunch place!

Happy eating! xx
Denny's Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato