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FACT Magazine Bahrain Edition January 2014 Volume 7, Issue 5

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Director Omar Shaheen Chief Executive Officer Greg Hughes Editor Shabana Adam (shabana@factlive.com) Creative Director Paula Leal Design & Photography Rashed Bindaina Head of Sales Laura Alvarez

20. Bahrain International Air Show

Sales Manager Mariam Sallam

This month the island welcomes the 3rd annual BIAS and we have all the scoop on what to expect from the event.

Contributors Christal Dennis Craig Heslop James Fallon

22. Autumn Fair

Bargain lovers, this is a shopping extravaganza that won’t hit your pocket hard, so read all about it here.

ADVERTISING ENQUIRIES Tel: +973 3672 7213 E-mail: laura@factlive.com

31. New Year, Fresh Start

PRINTED BY Awal Press, Bahrain.

Kick-start 2014 with a health boost, fitness fix, and relaxation time. FACT has all your wellbeing needs covered.

36. Inside India

We take a close look at this stunning photograpy exhibition, taking place in Bin Mattar House later this month.

40. Art Attack

One for the creative individuals out there - FACT checks out the cool workshops on at Albareh Art Gallery.

49. Chevrolet Impala

Our motoring expert puts this slick and impressive ride to the test, on the roads of Bahrain. Read his verdict here!

57. Fashion Exclusive

FACT talks exclusively with football star David Beckham all about his new Bodywear range campaign at H&M.

All Rights Reserved. Opinion expressed within does not necessarily represent the opinion of the publisher. All efforts have been made to ensure accuracy of the information within this publication. However, FACT M.E. Bahrain cannot accept legal responsibility for any erroneous content or omissions. FACT M.E. Bahrain Publishing W.L.L. Office 53, Building 872, Road 3618, Block 436, Seef. Ministry of Information Subject Registration Number: CFB779

78. Chef ’s Table

This month we dine at the table of Soie in Sheraton - crowned Bahrain’s Favourite Chinese Restaurant 2013.

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THE EDITOR

“New Year, New Beginnings” I

hope you’ve all had a fabulous festive season

(and your pockets, or your waistline, wasn’t hit too

hard!). With a new year comes new goals, a fresh start and renewed motivation, and that’s what we’re doing with FACT in 2014.

We head into January with an exciting announcement

It’s 2014 and FACT is on the way up! We’ve got your social calendar, and so much more, covered for January… Shabana Adam Editor shabana@factlive.com

to make - FACT will be expanding with a great team and yours truly at the helm - stay tuned for what’s

coming up! This means, not only, a thrilling start to

the year for the magazine, but a bittersweet farewell, to

continue supporting all events, parties and cultural

It has been an incredible seven months working

adventurous and action-packed, as possible, for you all!

Bahrain, for myself too.

on, undoubtedly, one of the best magazines on the

island. I’m forever grateful to the fantastic team, the

lovely people I’ve met through work and socialising, but, most of all, to YOU, FACT’s loyal readers and

followers – you’ve made the all-nighters, the countless takeaways, and the hundreds of Facebook posts and

activity on the island to make sure that 2014 is as I’m passing the reigns, now, to the lovely Apple

Sharma, who will take over the hot seat as Editor of FACT Bahrain from here forth… I hope you enjoy the ride as much as I did!

tweets, really worthwhile!

Hello, lovely readers! I would like to take this

Jan in Bahrain. This month there’s everything from the

Shabana for flying the flag for FACT for the past

Before I sign out, let’s take a look at what’s in store for Bahrain International Air Show (p20), the Autumn

Fair (p22), the annual Bahraini Farmers Market (p14), and a number of great arts festivals too (p24). To top that off we’re looking forward to the photography

exhibition ‘Inside India’ and have all the details on p36. Anyone looking to make those dreaded New Year

resolutions (or those in need of a little TLC) turn to

p31 where FACT has you covered from health, fitness, and relaxation. Aside from that, FACT is looking to

opportunity to not only say a big thank you to

seven months, but also to introduce myself as the new editor of FACT.

I am indeed very excited to be taking on this

challenging and motivating role, and to be working

along with the entire FACT team (a very talented and eccentric bunch!)

I look forward to continue bringing to all you wonderful readers the latest news, events and

happenings of this beautiful island (or an archipelago to be exact ;-)) that I have called home for the past eight years!

I sit here with bated breath and cannot wait to bring you our exciting February Valentine issue, so watch this space…

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LISTEN UP

Desert Greens: Healthy & HeartY

Get your five-a-day now as the Bahraini Farmers Market is back for those looking to boost their health, save some dinars, and support the local economy… An apple a day keeps the doctor away - so the saying goes! But, we all know that in most of Bahrain’s major supermarkets, fruit and vegetable is quite overpriced (BD3 for Iceberg lettuce – what?!). Whether it’s because the big supermarkets charge a premium, as many like to do their shopping in one place rather than roam the island for one item at a time, or because of the import charges – the further oranges (and any other food for that matter!) travels, the more expensive it gets. So, we hear you ask, how do you keep stocked up on fresh fruit and veg for that all-important healthy lifestyle? Simple. The Bahraini Farmers Market! It’s a great option for those living in and around the Budaiya area, bringing together fresh local produce from farms all over Bahrain. Set in the idyllic Budaiya Garden, this is more than just a place to take a shopping trip; it makes for a great day out

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too. You can pick up home grown produce at local (code for a LOT cheaper than supermarkets) prices, ranging from lettuce, carrots, tomatoes, and herbs and spices. By making a purchase you’re not only bagging fresh foods, you’re supporting many lowincome Bahrainis as well. It’s organised by the National Initiative for Agricultural Development and Marine Resources, and this year 30 Bahraini farmers are participating in the market, until the end of May. You’ll also find vendors selling traditional snacks, foodstuff and beverages so, get the family together, and head down to the Bahraini Farmers Market for a unique (and healthy) shopping experience.

GO: The Bahraini Farmers Market takes place every Saturday from 8am to 12pm at Budaiya Garden, until the end of May.


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CHECK IT OUT

Fact Finds

The Butcher Shop & Grill’s Tasty New Menu

Discover more of Bahrain with FACT Finds – every month we’ll bring you our favourite eatery, activity or interesting find from around the island.

We all love The Butcher Shop & Grill for it’s juicy steaks, but the restaurant is stepping it up a notch with some fabulous food additions to its already great menu. The eatery is renowned for its homecooked-style grub, and, more importantly, the great value for which you can dine there – so it was only a matter of time before the Master Butchers behind the scenes came up with more yummy culinary creations. For meat-eaters, there are new treats in store, and for seafood or veggie lovers there’s a whole array of mouth-watering dishes to choose from. Some of the standout mains, for us, include Prawn Towers – prawns and vegetables wrapped in a light pastry fried to golden brown (simply delicious!); Chicken Coxinha – deep fried chicken coxinhas with a special filling served

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with an orange aioli mayonnaise; and the mighty Espetada – a combination of marinated beef cubes served on a hanging skewer with garlic butter & potatoes (dare you to eat that with a hangover!). Now, let’s talk mussels, one kilo of mussels that is! The generous Mussel Pot is an absolute must-try off the new menu; it’s delectable goodness at its best, and a dish that will definitely be a conversation starter at any table. The mussels are steamed to order in a light sauce of garlic, butter and a dash of cream served with garlic bread – so.so.tasty! We also tucked into the roast duck, lamb shank, and veal tenderloin – again, each was generously portioned, and the GO: Try the new menu at The Butcher Shop & Grill in Bahrain City Centre Mall. Tel: 1717 2323.

meat cooked perfectly – but the real heroes on the plate were the different sauces used in each one. The plum sauce for the duck, the truffle sauce for the veal, and the smooth gravy poured over the lamb shank – all made these hearty dropoff-the-bone dishes exquisitely yum! And don’t hesitate to ask the helpful staff for any recommendations or details on the ingredients used; they’re knowledgeable and passionate about the food, which makes your dining experience all the more enjoyable. The Butcher Shop & Grill prides itself on quality, comfort and value, and with this selection of delicious new food, we’re sure it’s going to be a serious lunch or dinnertime contender that is definitely worth your money and time. Don’t believe us… well, then you should go and see for yourself !


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Here are the tweets that caught our attention this month. Follow us on twitter and check back next issue to see if your tweet made the page!

Noor Nooruddin

@nunudeen Okay, according to Facebook, 2013 was a very lame year for me. Good riddance.

UNDER YOUR ABAYA

@UNDERYOURABAYA

Setting my morning alarm is the saddest part of each day

Ali Al Saeed

Ameena

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Hussain Ismail

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@AmeenaBucheeri

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@hussain_ismail

Explaining to my Bahraini friend the concept of BELOW zero weather. That dash in front of the double digits? That’s a minus.

When a stranger unexpectedly tells you you’re a nice person. Excuse me if I stay smiling for a year.

Bill Gates walks into a bar… and everyone inside becomes a millionaire… on average. #jokeoftheday

People who call 6 times in a row and let it ring endlessly… you do realize that you’re calling a cell phone, it’s either IN MY HAND OR NOT

Mohammed Greepaly

@Greepaly Just heard someone pronounce the K in Knife so I’m gonna need a minute… plus I’ll need a place to hide a body

MITCHELL

@ummitsmitch Your question can sound dumb as hell, but you can still type it into Google and realize someone has asked the same thing.

WIN Where’s Rashed?

Find FACT’s dapper designer chilling somewhere in this issue for a chance to win a Thursday Night Brunch for two at Movenpick Hotel Bahrain. Email apple@factlive.com with the page number you think he’s on! Good Luck! 18.

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Set within opulent interiors, Ruka offers a distinctly genuine take on Japanese cuisine. With breathtaking views of Manama and the vast Arabian Gulf from the 24th floor, Ruka’s comprehensive menu offers fusion Japanese delicacies prepared with the highest quality ingredients.

N O W O P E N

From 12:30pm to 2am T: +973 17 111 973, ruka@rameegrandbahrain.com facebook.com/rukabahrain.com

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Flying High

Budding pilots, or air enthusiasts will be pleased to learn that Bahrain International Airshow (BIAS) will be coming to Bahrain for a three-day extravaganza this month… Look to the skies this month as there’ll be more than just birds to see; a spectacular 5-hour flying display will be the real visual show to catch your eye. That’s right, from January 16 to 18, Bahrain’s atmosphere will be a buzz with aerobatic display teams, military aircraft, and many historic and modern planes. Confirmed to take to the air is The Royal Jordanian Falcons, Al Fursan Aerobatic Team, The SWIP Team, The Red Devils, and Breitling Wingwalkers; all of whom will provide an aweinspiring display for thousands to marvel from below. Taking place at Sakhir Air Base, visitors will also be given the chance to immerse in local culture at the public showground, with a huge variety of attractions and entertainment for children and adults alike - great for a family day out or down time with friends. You can get to grips with Bahrain’s rich history and culture at the Heritage Village, featuring arts and crafts from the region, and music recitals. Or, step into another universe at the Space Zone, an exhibit put together by the National Space Centre in Leicester, England, this is an interactive show with a planetarium featuring a 360º full dome cinema experience, showcasing inter-stellar movies that will educate and inform (sounds like tons of fun too!). Besides this, there is also a fascinating Mad Science area, a photo opp with one of the world’s best 3-D street artists, the Aerodium where people can enjoy open-air flying, as well as a Reatil Village where you can pick up a souvenir to remember the day! This will be the 3rd BIAS organised by the Ministry of Transport, Bahrain Civil Aviation Affairs in partnership with Farnborough International Ltd (try saying THAT after a heavy night out!). In total BIAS will receive military and civil delegations from over 40 countries! Whether professional or pleasure, BIAS is set to be an amazing three-day bash where the sky really is the limit – you won’t want to miss this one! GO: The 3rd Bahrain International Airshow takes place at the Sakhir Air Base from January 16 to 18. Tickets are BD7 for adults & BD3 for children 16 and under, available at selected Batelco stores. Visit www.bahraininternationalairshow.com/ for more information. 20. fact magazine


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Fair Frenzy Fashion, food, and all sorts of unique goodies, you can pick up exciting products at one of the island’s biggest shopping fairs this month…

Hungry shoppers pay attention! Though slightly confusing with the seasons, one of Bahrain’s largest exhibitions is taking place this month – the Autumn Fair - an absolute haven for the bargain hunters amongst us. Held under the patronage of the Bahrain Ministry of Industry and Commerce, the annual consumer products expo will see Bahrain International Exhibition and Convention Centre (BIECC) transformed into a 14,800sqm labyrinth of stalls, shops, and vendors, coming to trade their goods from far and wide for the people of Bahrain. More than 750 exhibitors from 21 countries, including China, Egypt, Kuwait, Turkey, Syria, UAE and Pakistan, will set up with thousands of products, from colourful clothes bazaars, to amazing antiques, fabulous furniture, and great techie gadgets and toys, for the nine-day event. And shopping is not the only thing you’ll find here. There’s an outdoor children’s play area, a live band and costume characters providing entertainment throughout. Mohammed Ebrahim, Arabian Exhibition Management’s project manager, says, “The Autumn Fair is now in its 25th successful year. The show is full to capacity and we are looking forward in all confidence to another hugely enjoyable and successful event. 22. fact magazine

“The sheer number of exhibitors means that prices at the Autumn Fair can be competitive. There are potential savings on new to market products and a host of regular visitor favourites.” Local companies will also be doing the island proud, with 121 Bahraini businesses taking part. There’s guaranteed to be a rumble for the best products, because, let’s face it, who in Bahrain doesn’t like bargains? We’ll be there – you should definitely check it out too!

GO: Entry to the Autumn Fair 2014 is 700 fils. Children under the age of 5 years will be admitted free of charge. The exhibition will open daily from 21 to 29 January. Ladies only mornings will be held on 26 and 27 January. Visit www.theautumnfair.com.


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Art Festival at Al Aali

Art at its Best

Bahrain’s art and culture will take centre stage as the 40th annual anniversary of the Fine Arts Exhibition is held this month. The amalgamation of Bahrain’s history, culture and art will be the focus of the 40th Fine Arts Exhibition, which falls in conjunction with Manama being chosen as the Capital of Asian Tourism 2014. The exhibition encourages complete freedom of expression and gives Bahraini artists a blank canvas to showcase their talents in the most uninhibited fashion. The exhibits will range from photographs to sculptures, video, mixed media, installations and various other art forms. GO: For more information, call 17298900 or 17298744, or email fineart@moc.gov.bh

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Aspiring artists and art connoisseurs this is one for you! The Al Aali Shopping Complex is geared up to kick off 2014 with one of its biggest events, the 3rd annual Al Aali Art Festival, taking place from January 15 to 18. This is where eminent, as well as aspiring young artists, will be brought together under one roof to display their work and showcase their talent. The arts fest aims to create an open platform for talent from various artistic disciplines, such as painting, sculpting, fashion design, music, photography, calligraphy, pottery, and more, transforming the shopping complex into a living gallery of different art forms and creations from the minds and hands of over 100 Bahraini artists. The Art Fest also aims to raise funds through the sale of art by the various artists, and to donate 20 per cent of the proceeds to various charitable causes in the country. GO: For more information call 17007270, or Al Aali Shopping Complex on 17581 000, or visit www.alaaliartfest.com.

Tickle Yourself Funny

Critically acclaimed Funny Bone will perform at Upstairs Downstairs for the first time later this month. Comedy lovers are in for a treat as three talented comedians gear up to have everyone in splits. Comedians Ivo Graham, Ian Cognito and Andy van der Borgh will tickle your funny bones along with a funny Master of Ceremonies. Ivo is remarkable, Ian remains a true original and Andy has that rare talent. GO: Takes place at Upstairs Downstairs on January 31 at 8:30pm. Tickets cost BD15. For more information call 36366500.


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Around the world ...Doing Bahrain Proud

Bringing you the latest news of fellow Bahrainis around the world... tell us your story, or share your finds with us on twitter @FACTbahrain!

IRELAND

Customs chairman Shaikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Khalifa with a delegation from the island, participated Bahrain at the 70th World Customs Organisation (WCO) meeting in the Irish capital, Dublin. The Kingdom proudly represents countries of the MENA region, Saudi Arabia and Morocco!

SOUTH AFRICA

Along with around 95,000 people, Bahrain Ambassador to the UAE, Mohammed bin Hamad Al Ma’awda, represented HM King Hamad at the memorial service of former South African President Nelson Mandela. In attendance were over 90 world leaders, who paid their respects in Johannesburg. 26. fact magazine


KUWAIT

Congratulations to the group of seven students from the Bahrain Bayan School, who won the annual inJAz Al Arab Entrepreneurs competition. Their product, MyTray – a portable contraption that stands as both a tray and a pillow, and a bag when closed, claimed the winning spot, against 18 other competing Arab countries. Well done team!

Bahrain Buzz

Love It

Bahrain to Receive BD2 Million Project Boost

The island’s future is looking bright as new public beaches; parks, walkways and a pedestrian bridge, have been given the go-ahead in the Southern Governorate. The Southern Municipal Council gave a thumbs up for a beach in Al Dur and in Askar, as well as a host of other great projects too. We CAN’T wait to enjoy the new spaces!

Hate It

The Island is Alarmed Over Depleting Fish Stocks

DUBAI

Shaikh Salman bin Rashid Al Khalifa put on an impressive performance at the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Middle East, finishing sixth in race two of Round Two at Dubai Autodrome. He had strong contenders in the midfield Denmark’s Christina Nielsen and Saudi Falcons Faisal Binladen – but Shaikh Salman beat the two to finish in the top six – congrats!

Many of us in Bahrain appreciate the fresh fish supply that is readily available, but we never stop to consider how the industry is doing. We are sad to hear that marine experts have warned that the Kingdom’s territorial waters can no longer withstand overfishing, and that the number of fishermen here should be halved. We hope for their livelihood’s sake a solution can be found, fast.

Can’t Believe It

Campers are Putting Their Lives in Danger

We were shocked to learn that campers in Bahrain are setting up tents in hazardous areas of the dessert – using high-pressure oil and gas pipelines to secure their tents. This is absolutely NOT safe and the authorities have warned that legal action will be taken against those in dangerous zones.

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HAPPENINGS

10. Friday

Getting Out and About

Rahat Fateh Ali Khan at BIECC Music maestro Rahat Fateh Ali Khan will be taking to stage for a live performance of his renowned melodious and soothing tunes. Tel: 1755 8800.

11. Saturday

Bahraini Farmers Market in Budaiya Support local farmers and pick up some great organic, fresh produce at this annual, and popular, market. Get there early for the good stuff.

This month in Bahrain

Say goodbye to boredom this month and mark your diaries with these allimportant dates. We’ve put together a calendar packed with happenings just for you! This is what FACT recommends (and you can still find more throughout the rest of the mag!).

12. Sunday

Afternoon Tea at T-Spoon in Kempinski Kick-start your week with a visit to this chilled-out venue serving up hot drinks and sweet treats to satisfy all your lunchtime needs. Tel: 1717 1000.

13. Monday

Searata Italiana at Sofitel Tonight, Saraya and Fiamma join forces to offer you the ultimate in Italian cuisine, so pop down and feast on some delicious treats. Tel: 1763 6363.

04. Saturday

Fiamma Italian Cooking Classes at Sofitel Avid Italian food lovers, get your apron on! You have the opportunity to learn how to make authentic Italian creations with Chef Stefano. Tel: 1763 6363.

05. Sunday

01. Wednesday

Bahrain National Museum: A Pioneer Institution Go and check out a display showcasing the rich archaeological heritage of Bahrain through rare photographs and drawings. Tel: 1729 8714.

02. Thursday

Dragster Xperience at BIC Here’s your chance to step into a state-of-the-art Top Fuel Dragster – the fastest car in all of the sport of drag racing – definitely a thrill! Tel: 8000 1911.

New Year’s Breakfast at Kempinski Celebrate the first day of New Year at Saveur or Baharat, serving up elaborate breakfast buffets in two stunning restaurants. Tel: 1717 1000.

Bahrain Mall Bazaar 30+ businesses will showcase their products for a three-day event. So head down there and bag yourself an early bargain. Tel: 3933 2451.

03. Friday

Friday Brunch at La Med Tuck into the ultimate relaxing weekend brunch at the Ritz-Carlton Bahrain. The food is delicious and we love the chocolate fountain too. Tel: 1758 6499. 28. fact magazine

06. Monday

07. Tuesday

Dinner at Rasoi in Ramee Grand Hotel & Spa Enjoy the most authentic Indian cuisine with traditional flavours, an extensive buffet, and live cooking stations, at this fab Ramee Grand restaurant. Tel: 1711 1998.

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Steak Nights at The Domain Dubbed the ‘ultimate guys night out’ go and check out this great steak experience and elegant hospitality at the sophisticated Le Sauvage in The Domain. Tel: 1600 0222.

09. Thursday

Thursday Night Brunch at Mövenpick Experience the first Thursday Night Brunch in Bahrain with a healthy salad bar, Mediterranean starters and a variety of tasty meats. Tel: 1746 0000.

Wahine Tuesday at Mai-Tai, Trader Vic’s Set in the beautiful Mai-Tai pagoda, ladies you get a drinks coupon and complimentary Trader Vic’s Tid-Bits tonight. Tel: 1758 6555.

15. Wednesday

Sushi Wednesdays at Thai Enjoy special offers on tasty sushi platters for parties of four or more, in an enticing ambience with a great selection of cocktails. Tel: 1758 6499.

16. Thursday

Art Festival at Al Aali Mall Go and check out some of the best art from around the country, which aims to bring together artistic talent from a range of disciplines. Tel: 1700 7270.


17. Friday

Friday Brunch at Legendz in InterCon Feast on a delicious 9-course steak brunch inclusive of house beverages – the food is mouth-watering and the service first class! Tel: 1727 7777.

25. Saturday

18. Saturday

Jazz Night at Block 338 It’s chilled out yet nicely upbeat, get down to the sounds of true blues acoustic jazz – the food is simply delicious too. Tel: 1771 0338.

Italian Buffet at Royal Golf Club Experience the very best in Italian cuisine with a delicious all-you-can-eat buffet serving authentic pizza and more in Prego restaurant. Tel: 1775 1263.

26. Sunday

19. Sunday

Foodie frenzy in Soie at Sheraton For the best in Chinese cuisine go and try the sizzling chicken morsels, the tender sliced beef or the assorted seafood at Soie restaurant. Tel: 1753 3533.

Unwind in Imari at The Domain Kick-start your week sipping on great drinks and yummy Japanese food served Izakaya style while the DJ spins chill-out summer music. Tel: 1600 0222.

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Steak Night in Ibrida at Ramee Grand Tuck into a superb selection of succulent steak in Ramee Grand Hotel & Spa’s very own club that draws a great after-work crowd. Tel: 1711 1998.

21. Tuesday

Great British Week at Trader Vic’s Savour the best of Britain with the ‘Voyage to the British Isles’ menu serving up yummy fish and chips, cottage pie, and much more hearty food. Tel: 1758 6555.

22. Wednesday

Autumn Fair 2014 at BIECC Grab yourself a unique bargain at Bahrain’s biggest shopping extravaganza with everything from food, antiques, souvenirs, clothes and jewellery on offer. Tel: 1755 8800.

23. Thursday

The Tea Room in Trousseau Start your weekend with tea and sweet treats at Trousseau in Al Aali Mall. The red velvet cake and rose tea are especially delicious! Tel: 1754 1041.

24. Friday

Lazy Lounge at InterContinental Regency Ladies and couples, tonight you get complimentary entrance to the stunning Elements Pool & Lounge so go and unwind. Tel: 1727 7777.

‘Inside India’ Exhibition at Bin Mattar House Go and marvel the works of four Bahraini-based photographers as they explore and share life in India through stunning photography. Tel: 1729 8777.

28. Tuesday

Fondues around Switzerland at Mövenpick Treat yourself to a night of splendour and fondue with varied delights at the Movenpick. Tel: 1746 0000.

29. Wednesday

Lunch at Monsoon in Block 338 Crowned Bahrain’s favourite restaurant in 2013, head down to Monsoon and try the scrumptious food for yourself – it’s incredible. Tel: 1774 9222.

30. Thursday

Reborn Spa @ Ramee Grand Hotel & Spa The newest spa in town – go and relax by the stunning pool or opt for an indulgent treatment to while away the hours. Tel: 1711 1998.

31. Friday

Chinese New Year Brunch at Baharat Celebrate this great festivity at Kempinski where the creative culinary team will put up food with a touch of oriental magic. Tel: 1717 1144.

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New Year, Fresh Start

Who partied hard over the festive season and New Year’s Eve? Well, that was then, and this is 2014! A new year means a new beginning, and it’s never too late to kick-start those resolutions. This year, FACT is helping you to revitalise, rejuvenate and refresh your health and fitness through fun (and unique!) ways for the months ahead… fact magazine

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NEW YEAR

Juice fasting is a healthy way of losing weight, and Pankooshis can provide you with all the right information and tools to achieve your health goals.

Health Watchers

Health Hopes Pankooshis

If you want to take the road to healthy weight loss then Pankooshis should be on your radar. It’s a one-of-a-kind detox centre in Durrat Al Bahrain, made up of three fabulous villas. The detox centre offers different programmes with the aim of helping you to achieve your health goals through juice-fasting. Once you’re there the programme consists of everything from beach walks, to light exercise, health talks, pool time, and lots of opportunities to relax with a good book or DVD. For first timers, a 10-14 day stay is recommended where you can lose up to 4-6kgs a week. The quiet location means you can focus on what’s really important – getting your health on track! GO: For more information visit www. pankooshis.com 32. fact magazine

If it’s a lifestyle change you want, and a programme to fit around your everyday routine then you might just want to give Health Watchers a call. It’s as easy as 1,2,3! You order the food programme you want, Health Watchers customise your meals for you, and they’re delivered straight to your door. The company caters for all health needs including weight loss, weight gain, weight maintenance, children obesity, pregnancy, and sports nutrition, as well as special therapeutic diets including cholesterol, diabetes, anaemia, and celiac or gluten intolerance amongst many other tailored choices. For a more personal approach you can even schedule an appointment with a qualified dietician before jumping onboard the wellness train. This is the perfect option for those who are constantly on the go and need a serious health makeover! GO: For more information visit www. healthwatchersbahrain.com


NEW YEAR

Fitness Fix Bollywood Dance Classes

Bollywood dance will help ignite your inner dancer and keep you fit all at the same time as you’re having fun!

If you think Bollywood dance is just twist the light bulb and pat the dog, you couldn’t be more wrong! For a feel of India’s glamorous film industry, while getting in shape too, head to the Bollywood Steps studio in Ramli Mall, Aali. Led by Juhi Sharma and Sarva Velamuri, Bollywood Steps is a great place to indulge your inner dancer and to stay fit at the same time. Get down to the choreography of Bollywood beats, with extravagant moves bringing to life the music of blockbusters such as Dil Se, Kaho Na Pyaar Hai, and Kuch Kuch Hota Hai (this one’s worth a YouTube search!). You don’t need to be a hardcore dance enthusiast to join in – the classes are fun and good for relieving stress too. GO: To find out more on Bollywood Steps visit their Facebook page on www.facebook.com/ BhBollywoodDanceStudio#!/thebollywoodsteps

Geocaching

Now, this is definitely a FAB way to combine adventure and fitness! Dubbed the global game of hide and seek; geocaching is a hi-tech pursuit all about getting outdoors and using technology to find hidden objects in a container known as a cache. In Bahrain, caches are everywhere; from the Burial Mounds in Hamad Town to the desolate desert past Durrat Al Bahrain, in nooks and crannies of the walls at Bahrain Fort, and other mysterious locations. All over the island, expats and locals are embarking on this one-of-a-kind scavenger hunt, which welcomes anyone, everyone and people of all ages. Geocaching is as much an individual sport as it is a group activity. – and, for sure, it’s an incredibly great, and unique, way to keep fit! GO: For more nformation visit www. geocaching.com fact magazine .33


NEW YEAR

A spa day is what most people need once the New Year kicks in. This January there’s tons of great places you can go to revitalise and rejuvenate.

Kempinski Grand & Ixir Hotel - Turkish Hammam If all the Christmas and New Year shopping (let’s face it, it was hard to stay away from the sales!) has left you worn out, not to mention the effects that winter weather has on your skin, then you might just want to pay a visit to Pure Spa where you’ll find the BIGGEST hammam in Bahrain. Here, a specially-trained tellak will give you a top-to-toe scrub down, cleansing the skin and boosting your general wellbeing! GO: 1717 1122.

Ramee Grand Hotel & Spa Reborn Spa Escape the city bustle and enter Reborn Spa where outer beauty begins with inner peace. The tranquil ambience and concept design spa helps to elevate your sense of wellbeing with an ancient cultural journey through spa rituals. Body and beauty treatments are aromatherapy-inspired while rediscovering the radiance of your hair is made easy in the world-class salon. There’s a Moroccan bath, an infinity pool and a Jacuzzi area too – well, that’s this weekend sorted then! GO: 1711 1980.

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InterContinental Regency - Health Club

Ritz-Carlton Bahrain Hotel & Spa - Detox Packages

When you think of relaxing after the New Year, the Regency Health Club offers a haven in the heart of Manama. One of our favourite treatments to try is the Swedish massage, which is both relaxing and stimulating. It’s a classic full body massage that helps sooth sore muscles (perfect for anyone who worked up a sweat on the dance floor), increase blood circulation and reduce body tension, aiding in the removal of toxins (just right for any heavy partiers out there!). GO: 1720 8355.

This spa really needs no introduction, and though you might be recovering your losses from the pocket-inducing New Year, if there’s one thing you should spend the dinars on this month, it’s the revitalising packages on offer here. The special detox packages include facial treatments; a Detox cure and The Glyco Peal, and body treatments; a Thalasson Cocoon and Detox Aroma Massage. You can mix and match, and you’ll receive 5% off your spa bill – incentive enough? GO: 1758 0000.


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Capturing Capturing A A Curious Curious Culture Culture ‘Inside India’ is a fascinating new exhibition of photography capturing dramatic imagery and intimate moments of the people, culture and life in India. Shabana Adam takes a look at what you can expect from this exciting upcoming expo…

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As renowned French photographer Marc Riboud says, “Taking pictures is savouring life intensely, every hundredth of a second”, and with that in find, four top Bahrain-based photographers set out to capture the true meaning of this saying in the form of powerful pictures. ‘Inside India’, taking place in Bin Mattar House, Shaikh Ebrahim bin Mohammed Al Khalifa Centre for Culture and Research, is a collection of striking images by photographers Haya Al Khalifa, Rasha Yousif, Saji Antony and Stephanie Ravel. Their photographic journey explores the captivating landscapes and intriguing people and traditions, alongside vibrant colours and basic shades, through constant movement and still life – all representing the characteristics of India. The techniques that were used by the four photographers differ from one another and yet manage to bring the imprints to life. Charged with emotions of pure admiration of what is revealed before the eye, torn between the obvious beauty, pureness and hardship of life in an exotic environment, these pictures will take you on a trip through the heart of India, that is not to be forgotten.

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GO: ‘Inside India’ will run from January 21 at 7pm to coincide with the National Day of India celebrations. For more information call 1732 2549.

Haya Al Khalifa Haya headed to rural Rajasthan to bring this series of photographs to Bahrain. Born in Bahrain in 1979, her passion for photography began at the age of 14 in high school. Here, in the Shimmering Sands environmental portraiture series Haya uses studio lighting outdoors and in the natural environment of her subjects to give the viewer an authentic representation of their lives whilst creating a timeless fairytale quality in the narrative. In recent years Haya has transitioned from casual photographer to aspiring artist.


PHOTO EXPO

The four adventurous photographers Rasha Yousif set out to FACT spoke to Rasha back in February venture beyond last year when she was fairly new to the photography scene. She told us, “You the obvious can tell many stories in a single photo if interpretation it captures the emotions at the perfect time in the perfect surroundings.” of life style aiming to reveal And this she has managed to do with her images for ‘Inside India’. Born and what is deeply raised in Muharraq, Bahrain, Rasha is passionate about documentary and imprinted in a travel photography focusing on culture, people so rich architecture and traditional ways of living. in soul as they Capturing moving objects or vibrant colours is what keeps her photos alive. are in colours.

Saji Antony Saji Antony was born in Kerala, India and has been living in Bahrain for 20 years. His inspiring photography focuses on capturing men at work in their natural environment. The self taught photographer works on the island as a systems analyst, and started serious photography in 2009. Since then he has taken part in three group exhibitions in the Kingdom, and his work has been featured in various Indian publications, with Photography Magazine and Nikon India nominating him for Photographer of the year in 2010.

Stephanie Ravel

Born in France, Stephanie Ravel has lived in several countries including India before establishing herself in Bahrain. She has written about photography for the regional cultural magazine ‘L’Agenda’ and she works at the Academic Media Centre of the University of Bahrain. Stephanie is currently pursuing a Masters in Photojournalism with the University of Arts London, and has produced great photography projects and portfolios as part of that. We’re very intrigued to see hers, and the other material, in ‘Inside India’.

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ARTS

Art Attack at Albareh

If art is a hobby or passion then you might want to take note of the great workshops and classes taking place at Albareh Art Gallery. FACT learns more about what’s on offer… Albareh has grown to become one of the most cutting-edge galleries in town, and the art space now hosts fab events and activities, for youngsters and adults, who want to get involved. There are a whole host of programmes for you to dabble in, led by creative experts, and held at either the Nasser Al Yousif Print-making Studio or the Abcad Studio. 40. fact magazine

GO: Workshops are to be participated in at a cost – to find out all the latest times and prices, call 1771 7707.


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Silkscreen Pop Art Workshop An exciting workshop where you will learn the techniques commonly used by Andy Warhol, that are involved in preparing template layouts, as well as photographic processes, to achieve silkscreen prints.

Intaglio Printmaking Workshop This is the ideal for art professionals, curators, collectors, teachers and enthusiasts who are looking for a hands-on experience in printmaking through the traditional techniques used in Intaglio printmaking.

Fabric Art Collage Workshop The focus here is on the process; you’ll learn a multitude of creative techniques for combining collage and painting, emphasising staying present with the work as it develops, rather than focusing on the outcome. Aside from the above there are also the following: Screen Printing Posters Workshop, Silkscreen Weekend Workshop, Drypoint & Chine Colle Weekend Workshop, Linocut Printing Weekend Workshop, Mono Print Workshop, and Creative Monoprinting Weekend Workshop - plenty to choose from!

No solid experience is required for you to participate – just a creative willingness and a curious attitude for art will help you to enjoy what’s on offer, as you’ll be in the safe hands of creative director, printmaker and painter Ahmed Emam.

Ahmed Emam Ahmed leads the workshops at Albareh. Born in Cairo he has a BA in Fine Arts, and is a well-experienced lecturer and resident of several technical graphic workshops, having founded numerous printmaking projects in Egypt and Saudi Arabia. He’s also participated in more than 60 local and international exhibitions, so it’s safe to say that anyone attending one of his workshops is in good hands and should prepare for a fun, learning experience. fact magazine

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REVIEWS

On the Record ROCK

High Hopes

By Bruce Springsteen

A spirited album that carries a revelatory beat throughout, High Hopes is scorched with the sounds of guitar strings bringing the full fire of modern rock. But, the track list does sound familiar with several of them being covers – however, Bruce and the E Street band illustrate the artistry, poetry and passion in every note with tracks like Heaven’s Wall, Dream Baby Dream, and Harry’s Place, being as live and immediate as it gets - just the way a good rock album should be.

RAP/HIP HOP

The Marshall Mathers LP 2

By Eminem

So far, his comeback singles Monster, Survival, and Berzerk have all proved EXACTLY why this rapper is still, undoubtedly, at the top of his game. Packed with punchy rap rock, and itchy turntablism (reminiscent of early Beastie Boys and the pumping sounds of Run DMC), as well as the usual, if not more powerful, verbal Molotov cocktails that the rapper is renowned for. Yes, there’s an intense speed flow in tracks like Rap God, and he does trip up on bouts of homophobia and sexism, but on the opposite end of the spectrum are several songs such as Bad Guy, MM2 and Rhyme on Reason that highlight why Eminem continues to earn praise for his lyrical prowess. Let’s hope this isn’t the rapper’s last album.

INDIE ROCK/BLUES

Shangri La By Jake Bugg

We had high expectations from Jake Bugg, and though there are a few tracks on Shangri La that we might hit replay on, much of the album comes off as another run of the mill record from a quirky Oasis-charged singer. Bugg has worked with Rick Rubin and Iain Archer, along with Chad Smith from The Red Hot Chilli Peppers, on the drums, including the single Broken. It seems that even an all-star cast couldn’t quite make Shangri La live up to the artist’s real potential.

Fully Booked Fiction

The Signature of All Things

By Elizabeth Gilbert

The author of Eat, Pray, Love gives a welcomed nod to fiction once more, and her matchless voice takes readers into an enthralling story of love, adventure and discovery. Set in the 1800s, this novel follows the fortunes of the incredible Whittaker family. The story here, largely, centres on Henry’s remarkable daughter who inherits his brains and money. Alma is a talented botanist who falls in love with Ambrose Pike, an artist who is somewhat her opposite; she’s a clear-minded scientist, he’s a utopian artist – but the two’s curiosity to understand the mechanisms behind life and all in this world brings them together. Gilbert’s bold, deep, and wise tale is gloriously filled with desire, ambition and thirst for knowledge. It will capture your heart and mind in a truly spellbinding way.

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CULTURAL HISTORY

Twice Bitten: The Untold Story of Holyfield-Tyson II By George Willis

Those of you who remember watching the Mike Tyson-Evander Holyfield match at the MGM Grand, Las Vegas on July 28 1997, will know why it’s now commonly called ‘the Bite Fight’. Here, renowned sports columnist George Willis details what triggered Tyson to attack and the panic that engulfed the MGM in the aftermath. More importantly, 15 years on, this book enlightens readers on how that night changed, and taught both boxers. Has the ‘Bite Fight’ left its marks?


REVIEWS

Big Screen

Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit Director: Kenneth Branagh Cast: Chris Pine, Kevin Costner, Keira Knightley, Gemma Chan What’s it about: Jack Ryan, is a young stockbroker working for a billionaire in Moscow before joining the CIA as a covert analyst. Upon discovering a Russian plot to crash the U.S. Economy with a terrorist attack, Jack is thrust into a dangerous position after being framed for a terrorist plot, and, his wife is kidnapped by the enemy. He now has the multiple task of stopping the plot, saving his wife, and clearing his name (how’s that for a crime-thriller?) Why it’s worth watching? This is the fifth film in the Jack Ryan series, but let’s be honest, it’s quite hard to remember its predecessors without consulting Google. So, maybe, it’s a good thing that this reboot departs from the previous installments, being based on an original story, rather than an adaptation of a particular Tom Clancy novel (the man who created the character of Jack Ryan). One thing’s for sure, when you place the new Captain Kirk as the new Jack Ryan (Chris Pine), it’s safe to say that Tom Clancy’s character is in good hands, even more so knowing that behind the camera is Kenneth Branagh, who successfully managed to combine several exciting genres in the blockbuster Thor. Is it going to be a film that’ll make your top movies of all time list? Probably not. But, the fact that parts of it was actually filmed in Russia, and that it contains a thrilling plot, with an ever-attractive leading man, there’s a great chance that you’ll get almost two hours of much-needed excitement and escapism and definitely your money’s worth.

Chris Pine takes on the role of Jack Ryan - will he live up to the audience’s character expectations?

The Nut Job

Director: Peter Lepeniotis Cast: Will Arnett, Katherine Heigl, Brendan Fraser, Liam Neeson What’s it about: Surly (Will Arnett) is an independent squirrel who is banished from his park and forced to survive in the city. As with any adventure animation, the leading character MUST solve a problem to redeem themselves, or embark on some sort of quest... Well, here, lucky for Surly, he stumbles on the one thing that may be able to save his life, and the rest of the park community, as winter approaches - Maury’s Nut Store. This is worth a watch, solely, just to hear Liam Neeson’s voice through an animated Raccoon (who wouldn’t pay for THAT?).

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Director: Tim Story Cast: Ice Cube, Kevin Hart, Tika Sumpter, John Leguizamo What’s it about: Fast-talking security guard Ben (Kevin Hart) proposes to a cop’s sister - a rookie mistake! When his brother-in-law to be, James (Ice Cube) finds out, Ben is made to go on a 24-hour patrol of Atlanta in order to prove himself worthy of marrying Angela, James’ sister. This is another crowdpleasing comedy from Tim Story with the can’t-miss pairing of Ice Cube and Kevin Hart at the helm - if you’re a fan of the Soul Plane, or any of the Friday projects then this movie guarantees big laughs. fact magazine .43


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PLUGGED-IN

App-licious Today’s tech-savvy generation of smartphones and tablets means the world is at your fingertips, literally! FACT has three great apps to download for your device, keeping you plugged-in to all the best techie help for every area of life...

Creative Comics Creator

Now, you’ve probably seen these pop up on your Facebook newsfeed; your friends turned into cartoons with a bit of funny talk above. Well, now you can get with the crowd – this app is a great digital tool that can help creative kids learn art and story telling through digital creations. Engage with great graphics and audio while turning your own images into realistic cartoons, using simple click-and-drag tools! Again, hours of fun!

Social GIF Camera

The easiest way to create animated gifts – this app is tons of fun as well as being a tool for transforming your photos into something active. If you’re on vacation, out at a party or enjoying an awesome meal, you can record the funny moments and make them even more interesting before sharing them on your social media network profiles or sending them to friends! Download it today and see how far your creativity can take you!

Travel Stay.com

A must-have for frequent travellers – Stay.com incorporates city maps, attractions, the latest restaurant and hotel info, recommendations from experts and friends, and enables travellers to build their own truly personal travel guide. It features guides to more than 130 cities around the world, from Manchester to Marrakech, Abu Dhabi to Atlanta and London to Luxembourg. Going on a city break? This app can tell you where to stay, shop, eat and things to do.

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Sony PlayStation 4

With the New Year comes a brand spanking new treat for all you gaming enthusiasts out there!

The big question on every gamer’s mind is to Xbox One or to PS4? If the big buzz in the market is anything to go by, it seems that Sony has finally redeemed itself with the recent launch of the PlayStation4, claiming an overall performance 10 times that of the PS3. Aesthetically, it races way ahead of the Xbox One with its svelte, smooth, futuristic look and stunning graphics performance. Like the Xbox One, it has a half-matte, half-gloss face divided by a power line that glows blue on booting. From the get go, it’s a dream console for the next-gen gaming

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warrior. It’s smaller and sleeker almost half the size and weight of the Xbox One. It is easier to set up, with a slim compact body (slightly smaller than the PS3 Slim) and looks great underneath or next to the telly. Compared to the bulky Xbox One, PS4 has an internal power supply, and is fuss-free with all vents and most of the ports tucked neatly at the back. In spite of a higher power packed x86-64 AMD “Jaguar”, eight-core processor, backed by 8GB of GDDR5

RAM, and a 500GB mechanical hard drive, the console is much quieter than other machines. The PS4’s DualShock 4 wireless controller is slightly bigger and sturdier than its predecessor and a worthy rival to the Xbox One Pad. Not only does the PS4 bring games and films into your living rooms, it also lets you connect to your friends and interact with other online gamers through the PlayStaion Network. It also allows all you hard-core gamers to boast of your big gaming moments by sharing them on Twitter and Facebook. Cheaper than the Xbox One, the PS4’s awesomeness ticks all the right boxes and is clearly a firm favourite!


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Chevrolet Impala 2014

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ISLAND RIDES

Chevrolet’s full-size sedan, the Impala, is now in its 10th generation, the first model being released 55 years ago. The new model is aesthetically very different to the previous generation. Chevrolet have obviously been paying attention to the finer design details which add up to create something very different than previous generation models. The Impala now looks more like one of its European counterparts which could help transform it into a budget rival to the sedan offerings from BMW, Audi and Mercedes. 50. fact magazine

Initially, the Impala was very impressive in terms of ride quality; there was no noticeable wind/tyre noise and the engine was also very quiet under anything but full throttle. These attributes combined to provide a very relaxing cruiser, which for a full-size sedan is great as this is its main purpose. Digging a little deeper, I found that the controls were all relatively simple and well laid out and there had been a definite overhaul of the interior which now feels quite special. The seats were very comfortable and the materials used in the cabin are of a generally high quality. For such a large car a V6 engine may seem insufficient, especially without any help from forced induction; however the gearbox and engine in the Chevy are well matched and provide enough shove


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By utilising higher quality materials, the cabin shows a notable improvement over previous generation models.

for it to be fairly quick. One noticeable driving aspect of the car is that it doesn’t feel especially front wheel drive. Unless you are really pushing the car through a corner, it actually has quite a neutral balance, which is impressive for such a large car. The steering is predictably light as it is electronically assisted, however, it is easy to use. The V6 engine is actually quite a surprise; it’s not particularly advanced, yet it has significant low to mid-range torque for a naturally aspirated engine and sounds smooth yet quite intoxicating under hard acceleration. Although the Impala is a fairly heavy car, the engine never feels like it’s struggling to deal with the weight, it actually spins up quite freely in the first three gears, by which time you are close to hitting the national speed limit so it’s not lacking in firepower.

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Mitsubishi Outlander “Mitsubishi’s latest Outlander has been refreshed with cleaner styling, interior and engines.” The Outlander is Mitsubishi’s crossover offering. It currently utilises a chassis that does service in no less than 15 other cars, one being the Racing Lancer (used for the Dakar rally in 2009). It is quite a conservatively styled car by comparison with some of its rivals, although the (actually rather pleasant) copper colour of 52. fact magazine

the test car definitely added some visual impact. The interiors of Japanese cars have often received considerable criticism (and quite rightly too, some older Japanese cars were quite nasty inside), however in the last decade or so, they appear to have been studying German car interiors and

attempting to recreate them; plastics have gotten better, seats more comfortable, equipment more generous and overall they are just of a much higher quality. The Outlander is no exception, it has a functional yet stylish interior that ergonomically is very good; the controls for everything are easily within reach and unlike so many modern cars, do not distract your attention from the road. The test car provided by Mitsubishi had the 3.0 V6 engine with their MIVEC variable valve timing technology. This really boosts the power and torque lower down in the rev range, which is a big help as the engine is naturally aspirated. Continuing to use V6’s in this age of downsizing and turbocharging engines is quite a bold but welcome move; V6’s are always more aurally pleasing than


L four-cylinders and it gives the Outlander a more upmarket and expensive feel. The styling of this new generation Outlander is much more palatable than some of the older models, which at times could be a bit too outlandish (pun intended!), however this new model is a lot more restrained, especially from the front. The Outlander is a capable crossover; it is spacious, easy to drive and thanks to the drivetrain combination, easy to drive on the road yet capable off it thanks to the four-wheel drive mode. fact magazine .53


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SAFE

Surf BAHRAIN Cyber bullying, online predators, harmful search words... just some of the things that can lead to a bad online user experience. Now, a new pioneering initiative in Bahrain - SafeSurf - is leading the way to create awarness about the dangers of being online. There is more than just a computer virus that parents and carers should be in-the-know about and SafeSurf is kickstarting the road to internet knowledge. FACT explores...

1 What is SafeSurf? An informative tutorial designed to help parents and carers make the most of the online world, with a focus on being aware of the dangers their children could face online.

2 Tutorial Benefits? The SafeSurf team carried out extensive research, to produce a tutorial to help families to learn how new technologies can be enjoyed safely and responsibly.

3 What You Learn? How children interact online and in social media – the tutorial creates awareness of how children use mobiles and laptops to learn, play and socialise through the internet.

4 Watch the Tutorial? You can find the helpful SafeSurf tutorial at www. safesurf.bh where there are a bunch of smart tips for online users and an area to share stories about your online experience.

GO: For useful help, smart tips, and general online safety information, visit www.safesurf.bh

Tip: Keep an Eye Out Keep all the computers in a place where the whole family can see and use them. Keep them out of bedrooms and private lounges. Make sure your children know a parent can join them in their online activity at any time – it will keep them away from risky internet sites and help you to prevent exposure to harm. 54. fact magazine

Tip: Online Social Scene Children below the age of 13 are not allowed to register for social networking sites, such as Facebook and MySpace. If they do, they must have lied about their age to access the website. Therefore, it’s useful to have a talk about the dangers on such social sites.

Tip: Ban Bullying Things can escalate from behind a keyboard very easily, so, teach your children to avoid name-calling, being confrontational with others, and causing online fights. If they get into arguments online, monitor the situation and give them guidance on how to resolve the situation positively and to just ‘walk away’.


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EXCLUSIVE Q&A: David Beckham

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FASHION EXCLUSIVE

Can you tell us about your new campaign for your David Beckham Bodywear range at H&M? I had such a great time filming last year’s campaign with Guy Ritchie that I wanted to push myself this time to see what more I could do. I have always loved the films of Nicolas Winding Refn, particularly Drive and Only God Forgives, and so I was thrilled when he agreed to direct my new campaign. From the beginning I asked him to come up with an action filled story that also had a great sense of humour, in which I could also do all my own stunts. What is it that you like about Nicolas Winding Refn? His films are so incredibly tense and are full of action, yet they are also so stylish. I remember when Drive was first released, and everybody was talking about it. He manages to get so much packed into his films, and yet it all feels effortless. When it came to thinking who’d be perfect to shoot my next commercial, I knew he’d be right for the job. Tell us the story in the commercial – what happens? The commercial is set in a photo studio in East London, where I’m shooting a Bodywear campaign. It’s on the top floor of a building, and during a break I step outside onto the roof to get some air. The door shuts, and I get locked out, on a roof, in just my briefs and vest. I have to do whatever it takes to get myself down from the roof. What was it like doing all your own stunts? Nicholas and his team worked hard to create a storyline that allowed me to be in every single scene. I’ve learned so much about the work and preparation that goes into even the most straightforward stunt. It takes incredible dedication from a whole team to make it all look natural, while also being safe for everyone involved. When it came to filming the stunts, I was nervous, but I also knew

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I was in the best hands. When we had filmed them, it was such a thrill. Is it true that there are going to be alternative endings? Yes, it’s true. I wanted there to be another twist to the campaign, and so we’ve filmed two alternative endings for the story. Visitors to HM.com will be able to vote for their favourite ending, with the winning version being debuted during the Superbowl on February 2nd. I can’t wait to see which ending everyone around the world chooses to see! Talk us through the new Spring range of your Bodywear collection. We’re introducing lots of new styles to the Bodywear collection at H&M which continue with a heritage feel. I love the new stripes on pieces like long-sleeve Henleys and vests. There are two different types of stripes, one with a very thin stripe that feels like an update on classic undergarments, and then a wider stripe that is more like our take on preppy sportswear. There’s also a new poloshirt shape, and a long-sleeved raglan top that’s got a playful large letter B on the back. It’s great to be taking these ideas from vintage pieces and making them feel fresh and contemporary. What about the seasonless collection - is it still available? Yes absolutely. At the heart of my Bodywear range is a core collection of pieces which will always be available, no matter what season. I wanted to create a collection that men could come to rely on, and would be available to them at every H&M store that sells menswear, no matter where they are in the world.

“I love the loungewear pieces that are in the range, and which I love to wear when I’m relaxing at home”

What do you think about the reaction to your Bodywear collection? I’m overwhelmed by the reaction to my Bodywear collection at H&M. It’s been an immediate success from the moment we introduced it back in 2012. At the time it felt like something very new to create a bodywear range that was based around fit and cut rather than on branding. It’s been so satisfying that men around the world have responded so enthusiastically to the collection. It shows that it was the right decision to take, and that men are really looking for new classics to be in their wardrobe. What’s next for David Beckham Bodywear? One of the most enjoyable parts of creating the collection is seeing what else can be included in our idea of bodywear. For instance, I love the loungewear pieces that are in the range, and which I love to wear when I’m relaxing at home. We think long and hard before we make any additions to the range, because we want everything that we do to be just right. We have a really exciting new addition to the collection coming this summer which I can’t wait to tell you about! GO: Shop David Beckham Bodywear at H&M in Bahrain City Centre or Seef Mall.


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STYLE

Leather up Ladies

Leather has taken over women’s winter/spring fashion with hot heels, slick shorts and cool accessories!

Bershka Leather infused with the texture of suede makes every accessory a must-have statement piece.

Dorothy Perkins Rock up to your dinner date with a hot leather/lace mash-up dress that’s guaranteed to impress.

SALSA Office, dinner, or party, a splash of leather on top can transform your look to suit your whereabouts.

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Add sleek leather to your party outfit for a real standout-in-thecrowd look.

Jazz up your outfit with little leather shorts - taking glam to a whole new level.

TOPSHOP For extra edge leather up your footwear with a punch of studs for an ultra-cool style.

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MASSIMO DUTTI Glove up for cold Bahrain days and let leather do all the hard work to keep your hands warm.


STYLE

Buff in Blue Forget the traditional winter hues; this season it’s all about the blues when it comes to our men’s fashion fix!

FACONNABLE Smart or casual, shirt up and keep it cool for a dinner date or work party for major fashion points.

BERSHKA Mix up your look with animal prints on warm blue knits for the cool island weather.

HACKETT Add a little attitude to your everyday style with a practical and uber-cool blue bag.

SALSA Rock up to any social event in trendy jeans to give you a stylistic edge over your peers.

LACOSTE Feed your footwear some of the blue love while keeping comfort levels at an all-time high as well.

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INTERIORS

Creative, Custom

Closet Solutions Too many shoes? No room for all those beautiful accessories? Look no further – The Closets International has the answer to all your home storage woes… They design, they build, and they install, everything from custom closets, garage cabinets, home offices, laundries, pantries, and wardrobes – The Closets International is your one-stop shop for storage solutions. Offering a wide selection of finishes, accessories and hardware, it’s all about personal taste and touch here. And no matter where you live or work, you need the freedom to move whilst having your favourite items nearby. With custom home storage solutions from The Closets International, you can instantly double or triple your storage space – creating your own private haven to suit your everyday lifestyle. A wide variety of styles and resources are available for those serious about stepping up their storage; you can choose a custom-made design crafted from your choice of durable wood and laminate products; or choose a beautiful real hardwood closet with plenty of options in finish and stain colours. Another added benefit is that the custom closets include the use of melamine, a highly durable, furniture-grade material (so, there’s no rusting here!). Melamine is easy to care for and is available in many different colors and styles. Drawers are constructed of ½” melamine, with matching ¾” drawer fronts and a variety of decorative hardware to choose from. The top-of-the-line products continue with beautiful edge finishing to match the surface colour or add the look of wood to the edges of a white or almond-surface custom closet (ooh, fancy!). The process is an involved and simple one too; you pick your customised storage system, schedule a complimentary consultation telling the expert staff exactly what you would like, and voila! The team will also install your product with minimal disturbance and mess. As The Closets International says, ‘designing custom closet organisers requires finding a balance between beauty and utility,’ and with that said some tips for choosing your perfect home hideaway include: investing time into determining how much of each closet storage “type” you need (e.g. hanging, folded, drawers), and of course, planning sufficient space in your closet design for shoes and purses! With a wide variety of available styles and resources, The Closets International seeks to match your individual style while improving the quality of your life. So, if you’re a bit of a perfectionist when it comes to quality then this is definitely the right company for you! GO: The Closets has branches in Hamala, Salmaniya, Sanad and Arad. Visit www.the-closets.com for more information.

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The Closets International is at your service, front and centre, if custom home storage solutions is what you’re looking for!

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HOTEL REVIEW

New Year, New Rooms

Crowne Plaza Bahrain is kicking off 2014 in style with renovated rooms and suites that are now available to book. FACT visited to try out the new accommodation. Here’s our verdict... Crowne Plaza Bahrain has grown to become one of the most successful hotels on the island, with a loyal clientele that enjoy the property for its comfortable rooms, countless amenities, and, of course, superb dining options. With this in mind, and after gathering useful feedback from its corporate clients, leisure travellers, and other guests, the Crowne Plaza has gone all out and renovated several rooms and suites with the aim of providing their visitors the utmost comfort. We arrived on a Saturday night, and had the pleasure of staying in one of the suites. Upon entering the room it was slightly chilly, but to our (great) surprise, we were able to manage the temperature with controls that are conveniently placed by the bed. The a/c is super quiet, and the temperature is shown in both Celsius and Fahrenheit, perfect for overseas travellers who are accustomed to a particular reading. Another lovely surprise was ‘The Hub’ unit – built into the wall, this is where you can connect all your techie gadgets and devices - ideal for business travellers who want to enjoy room comforts. The WiFi is

fast, and an added bonus is that the hotel will provide you with all the right wires to connect your device to the TV, if need be. On to the beds – the sheets are soft, the pillows plump, and the body-hugging duvet is akin to what we can only imagine as sleeping on a cloud. The bed is incredibly comfortable and what we love is that the pillows are fluffed up to a great height, eliminating neck cramps in the morning (it’s the simple things that matter!). Reading lights are flushed into the wall, perfectly placed for nighttime reading, and there are sockets well-placed around the room so you’re not confined to the desk to work on your laptop. However, we were impressed to find a Herman Miller, ergonomically-designed desk chair for extra support and comfort. A great perk that is exclusive to Crowne Plaza hotels is the sleep advantage kit, which includes an aromatherapyinfused deep calm pillow spray and inhaler,

both helping you fall into a peaceful sleep. One of the things that guests recommended is for Crowne Plaza to include an enhanced shower experience in their rooms as opposed to bath tubs – an area in which they have succeeded. The rain shower here has temperature control settings and even an anti-scalding switch, all incorporated into the practical bathroom. Amenities in the room are great too – there is ample storage, two mini bars, a safe deposit box, and much more, encompassed into a lavish suite with a superb living and dining area too. Overall, our stay at the Crowne Plaza was nothing short of perfect, and we can confidently say that the revamp of its new rooms has been well thought out to boost guest comforts to the highest expectations.

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The Heart of Design

Renowned designer Julia Knight visited Bahrain, as her luxurious serveware will now be sold exclusively at Trousseau in Bahrain. FACT talks to the ‘Queen of the Craft’ to learn more about her wonderful home products…

Julia says, “I feel like you can never get carried away, because more is more (that’s kind of my motto). There’s no wrong way to set up your table with our pieces and that to me is really important.

Hi Julia! Tell us more about your vision? First what I think is important to know, is that the heart of all of this is the sense of hospitality. That really resonates in this market as well. What I believe we all share is this desire to make people feel welcome, and well served, and well loved. For me, when people come to my home, I always want to do the best for them. I use my best china, my best silver, my best cutlery, even for breakfast with the kids! So, to me, to be able to make that statement, even if all you’re serving is a bowl of strawberries, it’s a way of saying ‘you’re important me, you mean something to me, I took that extra effort to show you that’ - and that’s why I do what I do. What keeps you excited about your products? I’m kind of about a little sparkle, a little glamour, and a little luxury in our

everyday life. I make things that people feel comfortable with. So when I started designing I wanted things that had a practical aspect, but were still dressy and over the top. It’s been interesting because I have too many ideas to actually do and I don’t know where all of this came from. When I started it in my 40s - I didn’t even really know I was a designer. Now, I introduce a couple of hundred new things a year! I’m inspired by nature so I guess what really excites me is that things are really hard to achieve - because to make something look like a flower that’s in metal - it’s hard. And when I get it right it’s like this zingy sparkly feeling. Tell us a little bit about the craftsmanship? I chose India because they have the longest history of metal crafting in the world, and because they really have the soul

of the artist. India’s really the only place in the world these things can be made, because it’s aluminium, and because the very special mother of pearl comes from the sea shells left near the beaches in Kerala and Goa. They’ve been doing metal crafting for over 500 years, and they’re also all about colour, so they just have a sense of what we do and that’s really wonderful! What attracted you to start making your products available in Bahrain? It just made sense to me because the Middle Eastern culture is all about serving large quantities of food to everyone - it’s almost like I designed it for here! The Middle East was our first international market and now we’re in Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, and the UAE. GO: Shop Julia Knight’s product range at Trousseau, on the 1st floor, in Al Aali Mall. fact magazine .65


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Hot off its win as both Favourite Far Eastern and Favourite Restaurant in Bahrain 2013, at the Citibank FACT Awards, Monsoon has well and truly set the standards for great food. Its menu is made up of Thai, Vietnamese, Indonesian, Malaysian, Japanese, and Singaporean cuisine, making variety a top priority. FACT visits Monsoon to sample hospitality and dining at its best…

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Upon entering Monsoon, the ambience whisks you away to a faraway place (well, definitely out of Adliya and the bustle of block 338!), and that’s down to the authentic Asian-infused décor, which also has a tavern feel, making the venue a perfect choice for both a casual and formal dining option. As we’re a mix of meat-eaters and veggie-lovers, the menu is a real delight to choose from. For starters we order Siu Mai (Chinese) – traditional prawn and chicken dumpling, with spicy soy sauce; and Goi Cuon (Vietnamese) – fresh rolls with lettuce, bean sprouts, and mixed herbs, with pickled vegetables and dipping fish sauce. We’re instantly drawn to the food because of all the vibrant colours on the plate – the presentation is impeccable yet effortless. The dim sum (Siu Mai) is simply delicious, steamed to perfection,

and complimented well by the spicy soy sauce. The Goi Cuon is beautifully fresh, packed with effervescent-looking crispy veg and herbs; again the taste is uplifted with the staple fish sauce. Moving onto the mains… we opted for Crispy Chicken Salad (Singapore) – fried shredded crispy chicken, young mango, spring onion, red onion, coriander, sesame seed, sesame oil, fresh chilli, fish sauce and lime juice; Panang Chicken (Thai) – a rich, creamy red curry with coconut milk, garlic, roasted


ON THE MENU GO: Dine at Monsoon in Block 338 for lunch or dinner. For reservations, or more information, call 1774 9222.

peanuts and lime leaves; and Bun Noodle (Vietnamese) – vermicelli rice noodles with fresh herbs, bean sprouts, lettuce and crushed peanuts. A standout here was the Crispy Chicken Salad – it was fresh, light, flavousome, and bursting with colour and different textures, from the crunchy chicken to the crisp onion – this is definitely a delectable dish. The Panang curry had a great balance of flavour to tease your palate – the coconut milk gave it a smooth texture, while the lime leaves provided a zingy kick – not to mention the chicken was juicy and tender too! Monsoon has a number of private dining areas, larger rooms for bigger parties, and a stunning outside area with a Pagoda-style set-up and water features. The theme and feeling of nature runs from outdoors to inside with the wooden furniture and water way adding to the Far East-Asian influence. To put it simply, Monsoon ticked all the boxes – Food, check. Service, check. Atmosphere, check. All that’s left for you to do is take a visit and enjoy the same excellent dining experience, as we did, at this fabulous venue. fact magazine

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Theawardwinning Friday Brunch at Sofitel Bahrain Zallaq Thalassa Sea & Spa is spread over three restaurants.

Sumptuous Servings at Sofitel’s Friday Brunch

It has just been crowned Favourite Friday Brunch at the Citibank FACT Awards, so we went down to Sofitel Bahrain Zallaq Thalassa Sea & Spa to see what keeps the island’s foodies coming back for its spectacular Friday Brunch offering… If selection is what’s important to you when choosing a Friday Brunch then you might want to seriously consider the lavish buffet-style set up at Sofitel Bahrain Zallaq Thalassa Sea & Spa. It’s spread over three fabulous restaurants in the hotel; Fiamma, Saraya and Wok, each serving up different international cuisines including Italian, French, Arabic, and Far Eastern, with great live cooking stations too. What strikes us immediately is the joyful ambience; the light shining in through the large windows, the stunning poolside view, and the groups of family and friends, as well as couples, engaged in conversation and tucking into the delicious food. Our group of 10 is made to sit on one of the huge tables in Fiamma, with full view of the chef ’s preparing all the tasty treats

(needless to say, we jumped up when a fresh batch of our favourites were being prepped!). Starters are plentiful, from simple salads, to fancy bruschetta, and even steamed dim sum. The bountiful spread continues with mains – from roasted duck, to authentic Italian pizza, and – what was undoubtedly one of the most flavoursome dishes – a handpicked stir-fry. Head to Wok where a table of the freshest ingredients awaits. We opted for the egg noodles with prawns, and various veggies, cooked in a fiery Indo Chinese Schezwan sauce – if you like spicy food, this will be right up your street! When it comes to dessert, the Sofitel is in a completely different ball game; chocolate, strawberry, cakes, Arabic sweets, homemade ice cream, and other baked sweet treats fill up an entire section of Saraya. A

personal recommendation is the chocolate fountain – dip your favourite fruits in the smooth chocolate and munch away. After we were full to the brim, we headed outside to the patio area, where the conversation flowed and the drinks continued to pour – all-in-all one of the best brunch experiences that the FACT team has had. It’s safe to say that Sofitel Bahrain Zallaq Thalassa Sea & Spa has all the right ingredients for a memorable Friday Brunch; great food, tranquil atmosphere, and helpful staff. This is definitely somewhere you’ll want to spend four hours (or, in our case, the whole day!), on a Friday. GO: To reserve your table for Friday Brunch call 1763 6363. fact magazine

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Say Oh for Oliveto! If you love Italian food then you’ll be pleased to know that Oliveto is open for diners once more! The brand-spanking new restaurant boasts over 500sqm of space with an outdoor deck, accented by mature Italian olive trees, a dining room and a cosy lounge. It also seats up to 250 guests (party at Oliveto anyone?). The new menu features timeless classics, rustic flavours and original creations; a culinary wonderland as described by Executive Chef, Paolo Arca. He prides himself on sourcing and selecting the finest of ingredients for his dishes, ensuring that all his creations are always authentic, fresh and savoury. GO: Oliveto is located in

Vapiano-Ventures With Food It recently took runner-up as Bahrain’s Favourite In-Mall Restaurant at the Citibank FACT Awards, and for good reason too. Celebrating ‘year of freshness’, Vapiano has introduced new specials to its already exciting made-to-order menu, developed by awardwinning gourmet chef Cornelia Poletto. The casual dining Italian restaurant where you can order fire roasted pizzas, fresh house-made pasta and hand-tossed gourmet salads, will see a burst of flavour with fresh in-season ingredients such as avocado, basil, salmon, and potatoes. Some of the mouth-watering additions include Insalata Di Campo, Insalata Scarola e Salmone, Pasta Salmone e Limone, Pasta Gorgonzola e Pistacchi, Ravioli Con Patate e Salvia, and Dolci Torta Di Mele Alla Vapiano. The Vapiano chefs have also developed the following specials, Pizza Oven Roasted Tomato & Garlic, and classic Potato Soup. If you want fast, casual dining with a new spin and fresh twist head to Vapiano for your foodie fix. GO: Dine at Vapiano in Bahrain City Centre on Level 1. The recently launched specials will be available on the menu for a duration of three months.

Block 338. For more information call 1771 6747.

Diners get out your diaries as January is packed full of foodie fun that you’ll seriously want to be taking a bite of!

BICE’s Brilliant Saturday Brunch If you want that Friday Brunch feeling to carry on into Saturday then look no further than BICE Ristorante. The Italian eatery is now serving up a delectable selection of Antipasti with an all-you-can-eat menu. Carrying the ethos of enjoying great dining with your family and friends, BICE is offering its warm hospitality, quality service and feel-at-home ambience for all to enjoy. Tuck into fried calamari and prawns, delicious risotto, and a wide variety of insalata, alongside many more Italian treats.

GO: BICE is located in the World Trade Centre. The Saturday Brunch Experience is priced at BD18++ for adults, and BD11++ for under 18s. For more information call 1753 3666.

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Thursday Chill Out at Thai Treat yourself to end-of-the-week Pan-Asian and Thai-infused snacks whilst catching the latest grooves from DJ Sami at Thai in Ritz-Carlton Bahrain Hotel & Spa. Start your weekend in a relaxed and casual atmosphere where, in addition to, light bites there is also a huge selection of mixed beverages, ready to quench your thirst. GO: Thursdays at Thai is from 7pm to 1am. For more information call 1758 6499.

Mussels Mayhem at Movenpick Great British Week Late last year, Chef Paul at Trader Vic’s Vanlacker was in town cooking up a mussels storm and, now, the renowned cook’s recipes will make a comeback on every third Saturday of the month. You can enjoy mussels evening at Mövenpick which consists of the freshest imperial mussels flown from Holland, served with a garden-fresh salad for a mere BD15++ per person. GO: For

more information call 1746 0000.

Let’s celebrate all things British, with homely, hearty food! Trader Vic’s will dish up the fantastic ‘Voyage to the British Isles’ menu once more from January 15 to 22. The Brit-themed menu includes chicken and mushroom pie, fish and chips with mushy peas, cottage pie, and other delicious British-inspired delights. Expect lots of Union Jack bunting and a very Royal welcome. GO: For more

Steak Nights at The Domain Dubbed the ultimate ‘Guys Night Out’ this is the place to grab a juicy steak, a cold drink and revel in good-old banter with the boys. You’ll be dining in Le Sauvage where you’ll tuck into the finest selection of prime cuts, and a sommelier will introduce you to old and new world vineyards as well as curated cuts of meat. As if that’s not enough, you’ll finish off with cigars to end the perfect lad’s night, overlooking great city views. GO: For more information

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CHEF’S TABLE

Chef Choi Pha Chi This month FACT dines at Soie in the Sheraton Hotel, which recently scooped the title of the isalnd’s Favourite Chinese Restaurant. We meet the chef behind the awardwinning eatery…

If there’s one thing that Chef Choi Pha Chi values, it’s his childhood and the time spent with his family. After all, this is where his culinary journey began. “There was no such thing as an institute or food training back then,” he tells us. “My father used to cook for us at home - this is where I learned all the traditional Chinese dishes.” That’s right, everything this Chef has learned came straight from his family’s kitchen (which was a delightful surprise!) and knowing that he has had no professional training meant that we were all too eager to try the food at Soie. 78. fact magazine


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GO: Reserve a table at Soie now, call 1753 3533 for more information.

The restaurant itself is serene with an intimate atmosphere and elegant décor that pays homage to the exotic menu that awaits customers. First up on the plate was Sambal Prawn - a dish with a zing. Chef Choi and his team have concocted a spicy Sambal sauce, to which they add tomato, onion, corn flour, chicken stock and chicken powder. Add to this the wok-tossed prawns and you’re left with a perfect dish to accompany your sticky rice. The prawns, coated in this wonderful sauce are packed full of flavour, highlighting the traditional home-cook that Chef Choi is proud to be. He tells us that this is the kind of cooking that keeps the already well-established clientele of diners coming back to Soie, “The Chinese community appreciate the authenticity.” Next up is Hammour Black Pepper – cooked in a fusion of soy sauce, oyster sauce and black pepper, with sugar, sesame oil, red capsicum, onion, ginger, garlic, and corn flour. Again, the flavours explode, yet the fish remains fresh and well cooked. There are members of the team who aren’t so keen on hammour, but this dish certainly changed their minds. Though Chef Choi didn’t follow the traditional academic route into the food and hospitality industry, he has

acquired decades of experience working as a professional cook in Germany, before arriving to Bahrain nine years ago. He is graceful in the kitchen, treating every ingredient with purpose. And he’s happy to admit that depending on the customer, he can prepare food to satisfy all tastes. “We have to change a little bit here and there,” he says. “We’ve altered some things to cater to the tastes of our guests in Bahrain. “Mostly, they like it less salty. The Chinese love soya beans, for example, and, here, most people don’t really like a lot of soya beans – the same with fish sauce.” We move onto the next dish – Scallops Mushroom. Cooking using a variety of mushroom; straw, fresh, and dry, mixed with carrot, snow peas, sugar, corn

flour, and chicken powder – we dare you to find scallops cooked more perfect than this! Soft and delicately presented in a large lettuce leaf and complimented by the mushrooms, this was by far everyone’s favourite dish on the table. Last, but by no means least, came the Beef Pow Chow. And boy this was a strong contender for the scallops that went before. Tender beef fillet cooked with ginger, onion, spring onion, dry red chilli, vinegar, chilli paste, lemon grass (from Thailand, ooh fancy!), sugar, and corn flour. It was spicy, flavoursome and an absolutely delicious end to our dinner. If it’s food frenzy, where the menu is exotic, authentic, yet cooked to suit your taste, the Soie is the place to experience Chinese cuisine. We’re confident that Chef Choi is a bona fide, homemade, and excellent master of the kitchen – just one of the many reasons this dining spot is worth a visit.

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Success with your 2014 Goals

Venue spotlight

Baharat

Arabic delicacies at Baharat 6 Days a Week with á la Carte Menu!

Fitness guru Craig Heslop, Founder & Coach of Tribal Fitness, believes that a more back-to-basics and natural approach to living is the key to a healthy lifestyle…

Baharat continues serving a wonderful spread of regional favourites six days a week for dinner. With a delicious selection of your favourite Arabic dishes on a special á la carte menu from Mondays to Thursdays and Saturdays, and a sprawling buffet true to Baharat’s style on Fridays, the only day excluded is Sunday. Enjoy classic Arabic dishes with a modern twist, specially prepared by talented Kempinski chefs. Try Baharat’s Signature Dish “Slow Braised Local Lamb Shoulder Marinated with Homemade ‘Baharat’ Spices, Cumin Sauce and Cloves Rice’ and other tantalising dishes. All the dishes are made using the finest, freshest ingredients, with many of the vegetables sourced locally from our partner farm in Karranah, a green oasis just minutes away from Manama. Venue: Baharat, Kempinski Ixir Hotel Bahrain City Centre Date: Open daily except Sundays Time: 7:30 pm till 11:00 pm Price: Price dependent on item in á la carte menu; Friday dinner buffet at BD 16++, exclusive of beverages.

Friday Family Brunch at Baharat – Fun for the Full Family!

Embrace the warm intimacy of Baharat and treat yourself and your loved ones to a continental gourmet buffet with a special corner for Arabic specialities. From a selection of your favourite appetisers, to a sushi counter, a pasta station, and a spread of beautiful desserts, there is something delicious for every taste. Children enjoy a dedicated children’s buffet, a colourful play area with activities, a bouncy castle and friendly mascots to keep them entertained all afternoon. Great ambiance, delicious food and entertainment by the beautiful Friends Band! After every brunch, take advantage of the special pool offer for brunchers, and relax by the outdoor temperature controlled infinity pool, located on the third floor between the two hotel towers. Soak up the sun while your children play in the Camelo Club*, equipped with toys and games for children ages 3 to 8 – a perfect combination to define every weekend. *Please note there will be no supervision at Camelo Address: Kempinski Grand Club and children remain the responsibility of their & Ixir Hotel Bahrain City Centre parent/guardian. Venue: Baharat, Kempinski Ixir Hotel Bahrain City Centre Date: Every Friday Time: 12:30 to 4:00 pm Price: BD 28++ inclusive of select beverages; BD 19++ inclusive of soft drinks; children 0-6 years eat free, children 7-12 years eat half price

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Contact No: (+973) 1717 1000 Website: www.kempinski.com/bahrain Email: restaurants.bahrain@kempinski.com Twitter: @KGIHBCC

Most of us are familiar with a new year’s resolution and most of us are familiar with them failing. In this month’s article I will give you some tools to make 2014 a success. I’m a little cynical when it comes to people making resolutions each January as history says they will be forgotten by February. Goal setting is very important and I have been doing it since I was a young child. “To run is not necessarily to arrive” is a Swahili proverb. Good things come to those who persist and remain patient. No, you cannot drop 6 dress sizes or belt buckles by February. The first piece of

advice I would give you is to plan them well and write them down. Break them down into health, fitness, family, work, education and investment. When I plan my own goals I utilise our three principles at tribal Fitness. Wero is a Maori word for challenge. Will your goals challenge you? Are they too easy or too difficult? Wero is a cry to take responsiblity for your goals. Only you can make them succeed or fail. Thokozela is a Zulu word for fun. A goal should be enjoyable and more importantly so should the process of achieving it. Your six goals are simply the tip of the iceberg. The process of how you will achieve your goals make up 90% of your notepad. Feabhas is a Gaelic word for improvement. Are your goals going to make you better or improve your life? How can you measure that? Finally, I’d like to share my own 2014 health and fitness goals with you. This makes me accountable to you! Fitness: Blue belt at Brazilian Jiujitsu (Reza’s Martial Arts) by November 28th 2014. Health: Walk 2 kilometres in the sunlight hours each day (joint mobility, posture, Vitamin D levels and stress-release). I wish you the best with your goals for 2014 and if you would like to send me yours to the email address below, I’d be happy to give you advice. Type up your goals neatly and read them every day! I wish you luck. GO: For more information, email craig@tribalfitness.com, or call 3947 3710.


New Year, Same You with a twist

Christal Dennis is a Personal Performance Coach and Hypnotherapist with a Masters in Psychology, Leadership Development and Coaching. She is dedicated to helping people overcome life’s hurdles and tapping into their deepest potential...

It’s been a while since I heard someone mention making a New Year resolution. Maybe it’s because people are realising more and more that today and tomorrow versus 2013 and 2014 as just about the same thing. As the year ticks over into a new one, we take the same self into the new year. We will have the same way of thinking, which will mean that our habits will tend to stay the same. Maybe this year, instead of deciding to quit smoking or eat better, we could decide to feel better inside. Once we feel better, better habits are likely to happen more naturally. Ok, so how do we accomplish this whole feel better inside thing? Taking time out to relax and destress may sound

kind of impossible amidst the hustle and bustle of life, but doing this is going to give you a boost of internal power to tackle life. Would you ever imagine driving your car on an empty tank? Of course not, because you know that it will not get you to your destination. Rest and relaxation serves as fuel as much as the food you eat. If you can make your rest and relaxation time some form of meditation then you will have something really powerful going. Talking about fuel, you can be pleasantly surprised how good it can feel to be in your body when you feel energised. Eat good food and give your body the best and it will serve in a way that will surpass your expectations into the New Year and beyond. GO: For a personal consultation call 3669 6666.

Beauty Spotlight

Joz Salon & Spa

It is your wedding day! Most brides will only have one thing on their minds! How do I look? A wedding day is most likely to be one of the most treasured days in a bride’s life. Consequently, brides expect to look and feel their best. It is what a bride be worthy of. That is where a makeup artist can enter with the wand and add to the dazzle and stylishness of the wedding day. Wedding makeup should simply improve the natural beauty of a woman and still look like the person once they have had the wedding makeup applied. Bridal hair and makeup should be simple, yet elegant. It is important t remember that the hair and makeup should not compete with the bride’s dress; rather the hair and makeup should complement the dress. Today’s bridal makeup and hair is soft and restrained. The effect is sexier, less harsh. Hair can be worn down, flowing with loose curls and waves. The updo that once conquered the bridal hair scene has a much softer look as well. Today’s updo style is not sprayed, pinned, and tucked to hide every loose hair. The look is pinned and tousled, leaving it soft and stylish. The bridal hair is romantic. Bridal makeup trends are soft and romantic to set off the hair and latest trends in bridal gowns and bridal hair. No longer do the lips have to be lined heavily and matte foundation with loose powder applied. While this is traditional, today’s bridal makeup is more radiant and natural. Today’s brides want to glow with elegance. Wear a flawless foundation as a basis. You can choose from liquid foundations or cream-based compacts. Even mineral powder makeup is great for wedding make-up because it take all day! A bride must have a natural shine! Make sure you have a beautiful blush on the apples of your cheeks. Pink or apricot blush color will suit most skin tones. Eyes also need to look beautiful. Use false eyelashes as part of your wedding makeup look. Give your lips a hint of shine or light color for a pretty pout! Kissing lips will naturally lead to breathtaking beauty on your big day. Finally, wedding makeup to last all day! Here’s a tip - Brush a light translucent powder on areas of the face susceptible to shine. Today’s bride wants to show her beauty in a natural, sensual way. The makeup artist can provide the bride with confidence and easy elegance. So, if you are mad about hair and make-up and desire to look fabulous, Joz Salon & Spa should be your number one destination. The all-inclusive Salon & Spa comes equipped with a team of experts who will brush, wax and style you into shape for your big day. If it’s a makeover you’re after our Experts suggest you opt for that most versatile look. Achieve the complete look and get your nails filed and painted to perfection with those eye catching Nail Arts. Joz Salon & Spa additionally offers Pre Bridal Packages which include waxing, massages, facials, aroma therapy treatments, time in the sauna and a steam bath. And don’t forget to treat your locks. The hairdressers can flawlessly lengthen your hairdo with extensions, style and treat your hair or simply give you a new look to complement your wedding day look. Joz Salon & Spa: Call 17369133 (Juffair), 16031120 (Amwaj), 17 756449 (Awali)

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Nicolas Budzynski

Director, Restaurant Operations (International Hotels Establishment). From Brittany, France. Has been in Bahrain for four years.

island insider Tell us three things you enjoy the most about living in Bahrain?

What are you most looking forward to for 2014 in Bahrain?

Your favourite dining hotspots on the island...

What I like the most in Bahrain is the people of Bahrain. Welcoming, genuine, caring, but also well-educated and knowledgeable, Bahrainis make this country a great one to live in. There is also a good balance of work and social lifestyles, and everyone respects it, which creates a very peaceful environment to work and live in. Finally, I see a great opportunity in the economic growth of the country too.

I believe all businesses are looking for a stable and positive growth for 2014 and beyond, after the past three years of uncertainty. It seems a lot of activities are planned for the first 2 quarters of the year and I do hope the same will take place after Ramadan. I am really excited and anxious to see the F1 coming back, as well as seeing some of the new 5* hotels and premium restaurants opening their doors.

Ahaha, a difficult one for me, in order to answer objectively. Well, putting aside the restaurants I am looking after (Bushido and Trader Vic’s), I really like a casual dinner at Hash House, probably the best value for money with a license in Bahrain. I really like the upstairs smoking area of Cucina Italiana (despite being a non-smoker). Finally for a romantic fine dining dinner, I would tend to favour Plums at the Ritz-Carlton.

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