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Back-flipping the Bike at the Pyramids' Base

Thirty-thousand fans are screaming and shouting for you; your heart beats really fast and you get a little bit nervous; you wave your hands to cheer the fans and once you start your ride, everything goes quiet and you don’t see anything except you and your bike. That’s how Nick De Wit, a professional Freestyle …

Tamim Elyan

Naomi Campbell hits out at racism in fashion world: report

British supermodel Naomi Campbell lashed out Friday at what she sees as latent racism in the fashion industry, which she said gives preference to blond, blue-eyed models over black women. You know, the American president may be black, but as a black woman, I am still an exception in this business. I always have to …

AFP

Quit smoking in one hour

Because quitting cold turkey may seem unfeasible to most smokers, some resort to other means. From nicotine patches and nicotine gum to quirky methods such as hypnosis, science never ceases to introduce quick fixes. The latest of these methods – that has yet to prove its effectiveness – is laser therapy. Chinese science now claims …

Tamim Elyan

Michelin stars crown Sarkozy haunt, British chef Ramsay

The 100th edition of the famed Michelin restaurant guide showered stars Monday on President Nicolas Sarkozy s favorite Parisian haunt and on British chef Gordon Ramsay s first French venture. Only one restaurant joined Michelin s elite three-star club in the 2009 French edition of the guide, Eric Frechon s temple to traditional French gastronomy …

Daily News Egypt

Mrs Obama takes her signature style on the road

Michelle Obama packed a suitcase of her favorite designers for her first overseas trip as first lady, wearing many of the same labels she has put on the fashion map – including the unstuffy retailer J. Crew. As she toured London Wednesday ahead of the G-20 summit and met Queen Elizabeth II, Mrs Obama stuck …

Daily News Egypt

Cooking with Clara

Clara Bubenzer is slowly changing the way people shop, cook and eat in Egypt with her work at the country’s first gourmet grocery service. The 25-year-old South African-German chef recently graduated from Granger Bay Hotel School in Cape Town and moved to Cairo in February 2008. Her work at Gourmet Egypt started when she came …

Heba Elkayal

Rolex chief foresees tough times for Swiss watch makers

Switzerland s watch exports, a market is leads worldwide, could drop by as much as one-third this year, Rolex chief said Bruno Meier in a German newspaper interview published Sunday. I can imagine Swiss exports in 2009 dropping by up to one third of their value, the luxury watch maker s new chief told the …

AFP

A quick jaunt to Italy

Pane Vino s location on the second floor of the Semiramis Intercontinental, overlooking the Qasr El-Nil Bridge, gives it stunning views of the city s river and its surroundings. Cairo illuminated by night makes the view even more spectacular. The restaurant itself, light and airy, is done out in a modern European theme with lots …

Sarah Carr

Spinal cord stimulation could help treat Parkinson's disease, says study

A small device implanted on the spinal cord could one day offer a better way to treat Parkinson’s disease, according to a study released last week showing success in trials on mice and rats. “This work addresses an important need because people living with Parkinson’s disease face a difficult reality – (the drug) L-Dopa will …

AFP

Japan's new envoys aim to spread cute to the world

Cute isn t a country, but it now has three ambassadors. Dressed in a plaid miniskirt, a polka-dot shirt and a pink Victorian dress, three young women named Japan s ambassadors of cute made their debut at the Japanese Foreign Ministry this month and are about to embark on a mission to spread Japan s …

Daily News Egypt

Extracurricular activities: Not just for kids anymore

Never got around to learning how to Salsa dance? Always wanted to master tennis? Now s the time to make space in your schedule for some of the great extracurricular activities Cairo has to offer. Cairo has a unique ability to destroy our health, so it s not a bad idea to take up a …

Kate Dannies

Trunk show delight

Carl Kapp, known for dressing numerous stars including Nicole Kidman and Cate Blanchett and other Aussie fashionistas, has brought his Spring/Summer 09 collection to Cairo from Australia in collaboration with Jawhara Nafa. The trunk show, which includes, cocktail and evening wear and pieces that can be worn day into night, is held at the Ikan …

Heba Elkayal

Selling civilization in a beauty jar

When the West burnt and hurt with chemicals, what I did was sell them 3000 years of civilization in a jar, the renowned Indian beauty expert told Daily News Egypt on her make up philosophy. A household name in India with a signature company established 39 years ago, Shahnaz Husain originally started out learning beauty …

Chitra Kalyani

Enjoy a Tuscan experience at the Cairo Marriott

In the spirit of Mother’s Day, I took my mother out for a fancy dinner. Because we are both picky eaters, we agreed on a cuisine that will satisfy all tastes; Italian. We headed down to the Cairo Marriott Hotel and Omar Khayyam Casino for a quiet dinner at the hotel’s popular Ristorante Tuscany. Our …

Dalia Rabie

Lifestyle Highlight: Simplicity at Bean Bar

Sandwiched between leading Cilantro and popular, posh Coffee Bean and the Tea Leaf, the Bean Bar joined the coffee-mania industry kicking off its first branch on Zamalek’s Abu El Feda Street. Overseeing the Nile in one of Cairo’s trendiest neighborhoods, Bean Bar, brought to Cairo by Ezz El Arab for tourists’ restaurants five months ago, …

Heba El-Sherif

Lebanese do it best

The Lebanese like to joke that they always do it best; from living well to knowing how to have fun at all times. After trying out Sabaya at the Semiramis InterContinental, I can concur that this is Lebanese food at its finest. In the Lebanese dialect, Sabaya literally means girls; so I called up some …

Safaa Abdoun

Spring decorating forecast is bright and sunny

It s a pretty outlook for spring 2009 on the home decor front. The color palette includes fresh blues, saucy pinks and upbeat yellows, as well as a veritable laundry line of clean whites. Patterns are playful or romantic. It s the season of renewal and a great time to fluff up the feathers in …

Daily News Egypt

Study: Some heart patients undoing drug benefits

LONDON: European heart patients are taking more medication than ever before to lower their blood pressure and cholesterol, but bad habits such as overeating and smoking are undermining the drugs, a new study says. Despite big increases in heart patients on medication, most still have high blood pressure and nearly half have high cholesterol. Researchers …

Daily News Egypt

BEDOUIN LIVES: Bedouin baloney

The Bedouin are a very polite people. They do not want to say bad things to you or be the bearer of bad news. So they do not tell you anything that is bad. Ever. This is a problem if you need to know bad news of if something is not quite right, so that …

Daily News Egypt

Better drugs encouraging AIDS complacency: Nobel doctor

People are forgetting to practice safe sex because they no longer fear dying from HIV/AIDS, says the doctor who won the Nobel prize for helping discover the virus. Treatment advances mean some people in my country, France, and other Western countries have become complacent – they see HIV/AIDS as a chronic disease – not as …

Daily News Egypt

Lack of vitamin D linked to teen health problems

New research in teenagers links low levels of vitamin D to high blood pressure and high blood sugar, which can lead to ominous early health problems. The sunshine vitamin is needed to keep bones strong, but recent research has linked vitamin D to other possible health benefits. The teen study confirms results seen in adults, …

Daily News Egypt

Celebrating the Moulid, Egyptian style

This past week, Egyptians celebrated a revered national holiday, one that also carries religious significance: the birth of Prophet Mohamed (PBUH), or Moulid El-Nabi. Accompanied by traditional festivities, sweets and even a special doll to mark the day, the moulid is a spirited event for adults and kids alike. Yet, not all Egyptians celebrate the …

Nader Ramadan

Yoga enhances athletic performance, says instructor

You perform the “shavasana (the corpse pose), as you have done the night before. You go through “yogasanas (yogic postures), and “pranayama (breathing exercises); months and years of meditation and training now distilled into 20 minutes. Finally, you focus on the moment and your performance in it. This is how you prepare to shoot, yoga …

Chitra Kalyani

Chefs shiver as Michelin hits century

It s the longest weekend of the year for the world s top chefs as they await the make-or-break verdicts of the Michelin Guide s feared team of restaurant inspectors. The 100th edition of the renowned Red Book will be published on Monday, promising to promote some up-and-coming cooks to global celebrity and to prick …

Daily News Egypt

Bespoke Bags: Nuniz starts a trend in Cairo

High quality leather bags made only from local resources are the new talk of town, thanks to Nadia Zurkani, whose Maadi workshop has revived the production of and the demand for the trendy made-in-Egypt brand, Nuniz. Zurkani – known to friends and family as Nuniz – wants to fill a gap in the Egyptian leather …

Heba Elkayal

Tahir Sultan: A cut above the rest

There is a new phenomenon in Cairo that few people will have the fortune to experience: the first Spring/Summer 2009 collection by Tahir Sultan. Crafted by a young man whose training in fashion design was extensive, and fashion philosophy is well grounded, the new line includes pieces that bridge the gap between art and fashion. …

Heba Elkayal

Barbie bets on China with concept store

With sales plunging deeper than the neckline of her designer dresses, Barbie is fighting back in Shanghai with a six-storey concept store that her makers hope will begin a new era in her 50-year history. The store opened Friday, throwing pink at a grey retail climate by inviting girls of all ages to design dolls, …

Daily News Egypt

Big in Japan, Big in Egypt

Cairo Marriott’s Torii was obviously made to garner rave reviews. The artful presentation of the food coupled with authentic interiors and prompt friendly service make for a comfortable and enjoyable meal. The freshness of the ingredients instantly transports you to Asia, a heaven of exotic tastes. The appetizers, the sushi and the dessert will satisfy …

Heba El-Sherif

Oscar Fashion Stuns the World

Despite the recession and fashion weeks across the world becoming toned down affairs, style and flair weren t compromised this week as the stars came out looking resplendent. Penelope Cruz won for Best Supporting Actress, but had there been a prize for Best Dressed, she surely would have taken another Oscar home. In a vintage …

Daily News Egypt

After bumper art sale, YSL vintage draws crowds

A day after the record-breaking Yves Saint Laurent art auction in Paris, hundreds of vintage YSL designs and accessories went under the hammer at a crowded sale Thursday. Some 950 items ranging from bags and jewellery at 80 euros (104 dollars) to rare couture pieces at 6,000 euros (7,800 dollars) go on the block over …

AFP