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The 7 BEST Ice Cream Joints In Riyadh

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The cold season should be a reason for you to stop having ice creams.

Plus, in winter chances are that you have all the time in the world to slowly eat your way through it. So in case you’re in search as to where to get your next ice cream fix in Riyadh then you have come to the right place. Our list covers experimental ice creams that are found nowhere else to classic Italian gelatos. Read on for some ice creamy goodness.

1. Giovanni L.

Their gelatos are love at first sight for many. While you’re here don’t forget to try their spaghetti gelato – an overdose of happiness for those with a sweet tooth.

2. Cioccolat Italiani

The buck stops here for chocolate lovers as this place has taken chocolate ice creams a notch up. Those toppings are so instagrammable that you are bound to set an all-time high of likes on any of your posts with photos of Cioccolat Italiani’s ice creams.

3. Menchie’s

Dietary restrictions can’t hold you back from having Menchie’s offerings as the Californian fro-yo joint offers non-fat, gluten-free and even non-dairy options. The fro-yo is a bit pricey but the taste will probably want to skip your dinner meal for this in case you are running on a tight budget.

4. Amorino Gelato

Just wow. This is the place you’ve got to head to the next time you need to get your frozen fix. You can keep on adding flavors upon flavors until you manage to create your very own favorite concoction.

5. Bodat Bagdash

Though not the hippest of places in town, for those who have never tried Arabian ice creams before, this place can be a good start. Their pistachios festooned ice cream is one ice cream lovers would surely regret missing out on.

6. Xscoop

Delectable and instagrammable, charcoal ice cream is the latest fad in town and Xscoop has one of the best them. They serve it in a black cone giving it an even more distinctive look.

7. Godiva

On cheat days, these decadent chocolate ice creams are just what you deserve after a painfully long period of staying away from sweety goodness.

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Saudi female baristas break taboos and gain respect

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JEDDAH: Saudi female baristas in cafés in most larger cities in the Kingdom say they have enjoyed widespread support from the people they come into contact with at work.

Arab News has been talking to some of them about their experiences.
Taibah Ibrahim Al-Ruhaili, a barista in her early twenties, joined Joffrey’s café in Jeddah 15 months ago after applying for barista jobs in many coffee shops.

She said her dream to be a barista finally came true thanks to her passion for coffee.
“I am a coffee enthusiast, and I would love to learn more about the secrets of making good coffee,” she said.

The biggest challenge she faced was work pressure and customer connection. However, she said she managed to overcome all the obstacles.

Remembering her first day, Al-Ruhaili said: “The team members who were working with me were very cooperative and I quickly learned the skills baristas need in their work. This made me come every day with more eagerness and readiness to learn something new,” she added.

Al-Ruhaili said that she learned how to both satisfy her customers with cups of coffee that hit the spot and shoulder responsibilities and bear work pressure.
“I learned self-discipline and commitment. I also learned how important work achievements are. In fact, I have learned many things that I was not aware of before.”

This was not accepted in the past, but with time people have become more civilized, and it has become normal to see women working everywhere. Some of my male customers proudly introduce their families to me. These families are now my frequent customers.

Entasar Hubail, a barista from the Eastern Province, joined Starbucks in 2019 and has since been promoted from barista to shift supervisor and now to assistant store manager.
Hubail said she loves coffee and had volunteered in coffee exhibitions and even bought a coffee machine for her brother, although she is the one who ended up using it.

“I still remember when I bought my first coffee bean bag from Starbucks and made coffee from it. I enrolled in coffee roasting courses and learned new techniques,” she said.
She is also a chocolatier and is into pastry-making. The time came when she had to decide whether to pursue cooking or join a coffee company. She chose the latter and ended up in Starbucks.
Speaking about what attracted her to this job, she said that when she applied, she was surprised to have been accepted for the job, which she thought showed the company’s focus on promoting gender diversity and attracting local talent.

When she started, Hubail had mixed feelings of surprise, happiness and fear. “I was afraid because I was a very shy person and suddenly I was going to have colleagues and customers to deal with. I, in fact, wanted to take this job opportunity to overcome my inhibitions and focus on understanding more about the coffee industry and building a future at this big company.
Like Al-Ruhaili, Hubail’s biggest challenge was dealing with customers; it was her first time communicating with strangers. She said that with time and practice she was able to overcome her fears.
“The first day I went to work was a truly frightening experience. It was something like my first day at school. I even wanted my mom and sister to go to work with me. Thankfully, I was able to get over my fears by pushing myself more and more,” she said.

  • Passionate coffee makers have found full support from the coffee companies, their male coworkers and customers

JEDDAH: Saudi female baristas in cafés in most larger cities in the Kingdom say they have enjoyed widespread support from the people they come into contact with at work.

Arab News has been talking to some of them about their experiences.
Taibah Ibrahim Al-Ruhaili, a barista in her early twenties, joined Joffrey’s café in Jeddah 15 months ago after applying for barista jobs in many coffee shops.

She said her dream to be a barista finally came true thanks to her passion for coffee.
“I am a coffee enthusiast, and I would love to learn more about the secrets of making good coffee,” she said.

The biggest challenge she faced was work pressure and customer connection. However, she said she managed to overcome all the obstacles.

Remembering her first day, Al-Ruhaili said: “The team members who were working with me were very cooperative and I quickly learned the skills baristas need in their work. This made me come every day with more eagerness and readiness to learn something new,” she added.

Al-Ruhaili said that she learned how to both satisfy her customers with cups of coffee that hit the spot and shoulder responsibilities and bear work pressure.
“I learned self-discipline and commitment. I also learned how important work achievements are. In fact, I have learned many things that I was not aware of before.”

This was not accepted in the past, but with time people have become more civilized, and it has become normal to see women working everywhere. Some of my male customers proudly introduce their families to me. These families are now my frequent customers.

Faten Bahussein, Barista

Entasar Hubail, a barista from the Eastern Province, joined Starbucks in 2019 and has since been promoted from barista to shift supervisor and now to assistant store manager.
Hubail said she loves coffee and had volunteered in coffee exhibitions and even bought a coffee machine for her brother, although she is the one who ended up using it.

“I still remember when I bought my first coffee bean bag from Starbucks and made coffee from it. I enrolled in coffee roasting courses and learned new techniques,” she said.
She is also a chocolatier and is into pastry-making. The time came when she had to decide whether to pursue cooking or join a coffee company. She chose the latter and ended up in Starbucks.
Speaking about what attracted her to this job, she said that when she applied, she was surprised to have been accepted for the job, which she thought showed the company’s focus on promoting gender diversity and attracting local talent.

Entasar Hubail, a barista from the Eastern Province, joined Starbucks in 2019 and has since been promoted from barista to shift supervisor and now to assistant store manager.

When she started, Hubail had mixed feelings of surprise, happiness and fear. “I was afraid because I was a very shy person and suddenly I was going to have colleagues and customers to deal with. I, in fact, wanted to take this job opportunity to overcome my inhibitions and focus on understanding more about the coffee industry and building a future at this big company.
Like Al-Ruhaili, Hubail’s biggest challenge was dealing with customers; it was her first time communicating with strangers. She said that with time and practice she was able to overcome her fears.
“The first day I went to work was a truly frightening experience. It was something like my first day at school. I even wanted my mom and sister to go to work with me. Thankfully, I was able to get over my fears by pushing myself more and more,” she said.

Faten Bahussein, a university graduate of Islamic studies, is also a coffee aficionado whose mornings begin with a cup at home before she goes to Chocochino café, where she works.
“I had an old coffee-making machine, and I practiced making coffee during the curfew period. This has helped me to become good at it, and that reflected positively on my current career,” Bahussein said.
After nearly four years working as a barista, Bahussein said that she has noticed how people look much happier when they see a Saudi girl working in a restaurant.
“This was not accepted in the past, but with time people have become more civilized, and it has become normal to see women working everywhere. Some of my male customers proudly introduce their families to me. These families are now my frequent customers,” she said.

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Avocado Chicken Salad

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2 chicken breast

2 cups Arugula
1 Avocado
1 Basil, leaves
1 handful Cherry tomatoes
1/2 cup Dill, fresh
4 cloves Garlic
1 tsp Thyme, dried
2 tbsp Avocado dressing
1 tbsp Olives

Oils & Vinegars

2 1/2 tbsp Olive oil

Nuts & Seeds

1 tsp Nigella seeds

Liquids

1/4 cup Water

Other

1 cup Purslane leaves

 

 

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Upgrade Your Plant-Based Diet With The Help of These Restaurants

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Upgrade Your Plant-Based Diet With The Help of These Restaurants

Riyadh restaurants have surely been meeting our desires and expectations with so many innovative dishes to offer, and now more restaurants are embracing veganism as a lifestyle and that’s why more restaurants are now upgrading their menus to cater to Riyadh’s vegan community.

If you’re part of the vegan community, then check the below list of places that offer a delicious plan-based meals, guaranteed to have you crave for more.

Blac

This restaurant offers the best of both worlds with the menu including both vegan and non-vegan options, their plant-based burgers are a must try and their side dishes are quite delicious as well. It’s basically a guilt free fast food spot!

Wabi Sabi

The menu has endless choices of vegan options from pastas to burgers and even appetizers, so choose those who follow your same diet from your friends and take them out to this restaurant that you surely won’t regret.

Greens

If you’re a picky eater then this place is for you! It allows you to make your own salad or sandwich and choose from endless options and different toppings, so you can go crazy on your requests and still not feel guilty about your meal! Oatmeal, fresh juices, salads and sandwiches, they truly have vegans/ vegetarians back covered.

Yogi

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Yogi is a place that accepts and respects people of all diets! So that whatever it is that you’re craving, you will find there. If you have a nut or dairy allergies, they have got you covered. Their smoothie bowls are a must try, so don’t leave without trying one.

Operation Falafel

Falafel is for everyone! Especially for vegans and especially if it comes in different colors, flavors and with mouthwatering sides! Try one of their iconic plant-based mezza plates, such as foul, hummus, manakeesh and tabbouleh!

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