Bateel

Bateel

Every time I pass by Bateel in a mall, the concept and the evolution never fails to surprise me.

Their goal? Re-interpreting the date language amongst locals, and general appreciators of the traditional delicacy in the Arab culture.

Ever since I was at University, I guess the first thing I learnt was “Presentation counts”, and in Bateel’s case, the presentation serves as a communication tool to the Arab audience. Your not actually purchasing the date, which is in store at EVERY and ANY corner. Your purchasing a carefully hand picked, naturally grown and meticulously chosen set of dates; which are catered to a prestigious and elite set of credentials that does exist amongst the Arab community.

This concept evolved from purchasing simple dates, to purchasing dates in beautiful packaging, to having the option of chocolate covered dates, to gourmet chocolate, to now offering a set of oils and vinegars and currently franchising a sub cafe known as “Cafe Bateel”.

Its all in the design, presentation and reconnecting the audience with an authentic date experience with a more prestigious twist.

When you purchase anything from this store, you are always presented with options as to how you would like to package your dates. A set of boxes are available; offering different sizes and colors, making whatever dates you do end up putting in your box the whole more visually appealing.

I have tried literally everything in store, and although I could probably order the same type of dates anywhere else in the KSA, i choose none other than Bateel! Why? Cause it looks good thats why! (Pretty looking things are my weakness!)

The cheese cake stuffed chocolate is a must try, as is the cappuccino flavored chocolate, which nailed the coffee/chocolate experience.

Bateel is now a known franchise in Dubai, Riyadh, Jeddah etc.. I suggest if you do happen to pass by, go in and give your eyes something to look at.

or if your interested in more information,
visit: http://www.bateelstore.com
& http://www.bateel.com

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Qi Juices

Qi Juices

Good morning!
I stumbled upon this juice concept less than a week ago, and decided to give it a try! Based in Lebanon, these juices are a definite must-try concept; and the best part is – they home deliver!

I started off this cleanse, worried I wouldn’t be able to keep up; or start craving food and instead have my money go to waste; but fortunately I was surprised when the first batch reached my door.
They’re conveniently numbered from 1-6 making it super easy to split your drinks evenly along the day. Although you don’t really get to pick your juices, since they only deliver fruits and vegetables that are in season; some taste fantastic whilst others are a bit more difficult to get through.

All in all, the packaging of these juices are simplistic yet creative, giving the whole concept of what your consuming, a fresh organic outlook. Their labels making it very clear and straight forward as to WHAT you are consuming, and their numbering system making it perfectly accessible as to WHEN you are consuming them.

Anyone can try this, if your willing to say no to food for a couple of days, however I can’t lie, I did cheat a little and drank the ones I liked first, and got stuck with the not-so-yummy ones later on at night (not too smart I’d have to say). My favorite, is definitely the ‘Green Limonata’ which had kale, mint, pear, lemon and ‘Carrot Boost’ which had orange, carrot, lemon, cucumber, turmeric mostly because I’m in favor of a good Carrot juice and Lemonade every once in a while.

I did find it quite difficult to manage, especially since I can never say NO to a good meal, mostly on the 3rd day, when I just needed a fat juicy burger; but post Cleanse, I felt my skin developed a natural glow, and i definitely felt a whole lot healthier.

You can buy these juices separately or in packs of 6, and have them delivered in sets of 1, 3, or 5 depending on the length you choose you want your cleanse to be.

The nice thing about this cleanse, is that they follow up with you by e-mail with little notes, tips and tricks to stay on the cleanse; which I felt helped with the motivational aspect of it all.
They are a bit pricey since they do cost 10$ per bottle. They are sold at New Earth Organic Store in Achrafieh, and at Live Organic in Naccache.

Or simply visit their website : qijuices.wordpress.com
or call their Qichen: 01427704

Ashekman

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Todays breakfast is the dynamic designer duo, Omar and Mohamed Kabbani; Graphic design entrepreneurs, and street design fanatics who have climbed their way to the top.

Before I graduated, there was a lot of talk on these two identical twins. Their talent: arabic graffiti, something we hear very little of these days. They slowly discovered their talent as their career unravelled, and unfolded their entity into a brand known as: Ashekman

If you weren’t brought up in Beirut, Lebanon; the name of this brand might be very foreign to the ear & common tongue; but Ashekman to the Beirut slang culture simply means ‘Exhaust Pipe’. Their one common reference to everything street related.

If your intrigued by street art talent, Ashekman is definitely your go to store. Their graphic t-shirts are eclectic, colorful and fresh.

Aside from their t-shirts however, their window display is definitely something to check out. If you do happen to be in the neighborhood by Hamra, Beirut, Lebanon check out their life size toolbox; where it conveniently displays the nitty gritty tools to both your car engine, shirts and street art.

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Love the tools, and the pun intended;

let me know what you think.

Website: http://www.ashekman.com

Facebook: Ashekman urban wear

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