x Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 21 July 2017

M Is All About: Chinese New Year

From bringing a bit of China to your kitchen to embracing the colour red for joy, M is celebrating the Chinese New Year in style.

Don a pair of these Alberta Feretti platform sandals and you'll make more of an entrance than Chinese firecrackers.
Don a pair of these Alberta Feretti platform sandals and you'll make more of an entrance than Chinese firecrackers.

New Year bites

Experience a taste of the Far East and spread a little good fortune among friends and family with these unique handmade fortune cookies. At Dh7 each, these almond- and vanilla-flavoured delights come with quirky messages of love, luck and wisdom, making them a fun celebration for all ages as well as delicious treats.

Maison Sucre, Al Manara Jewelry Building, Zayed the First Street, 02 639 6622, www.maisonsucreuae.com

 

Bone China

We love this bold and dramatic cup and saucer from Harvest Home. With one of the greatest tea cultures of the world, the Chinese are believed to have enjoyed drinking the herbal concoction for more than 4,000 years. Emblazoned with the Chinese dragon- a symbol of power, strength and good luck - this tea set gets our vote any time of the day.

Ritzenhoff "My Tea" Bone China Tea Cup and Saucer with individual tea strainer and drip bowl, Dh98, Harvest Home, Jumeirah Centre, 04 324 0225

 

Jade jar

If you can find a parking spot on this busy stretch of Salam Streetthen be prepared for a little trip to Beijing. Scattered across the massive shop floor of the shop China Town Furnishings are the most wonderful Chinese trinkets. From animated cat stickers to jade chopsticks, there's something for everyone. But be warned- to really spot the good stuff you'll need to keep your eyes wide open as the shop has many hidden corners worth squeezing into.

Dh90, China Town Furnishings, Salam Street, between Hamdan and Meena Street, 02 671 1586.

 

Fan-fare

Louis Vuitton's Spring/Summer 2011 was an ode to Chinese everything. In between the cheongsam dress and heavy silks were some one-of-a-kind accessories such as this lace fan complete with an equally large tassel. We're sure this beauty will help cool you off on a hot UAE summers day.

Dh8,800, Louis Vuitton, Marina Mall, 02 681 2166; Dubai Mall, 04 330 8060 and elsewhere.


A spring clean

New year, new you, and this is no different at Chinese New Year. Wearing new clothes from head-to-toe is known to symbolise a new beginning. Hooray, we hear you cry! Clear out your wardrobe and take advantage of this fresh start. Try this fabulous red and gold Jason Wu dress to really celebrate the season. It's on sale for Dh6,600 reduced from Dh10,950, a perfect outfit for your lavish weekend brunch.

Jason Wu AW10 at Symphony, Dubai Mall, 04 330 8050

 

If the shoe fits

Fifteen days of New Year celebration is the ideal excuse for new shoes. Don a pair of these Alberta Feretti platform sandals and you'll make more of an entrance than Chinese firecrackers.

Price available on request, Alberta Feretti, Dubai Mall, 04 339 8957

 

Colourful cuisine

Red is the emblem of joy, and what could be more joyous than indulging in delicious Chinese cuisine? Whether you choose traditional dishes such as noodles, dumplings or rice, these beautiful red culinary items will add a splash of colour and culture to your kitchen.

Soy sauce pot Dh9, chopsticks Dh5, flower rice bowl Dh29, Crate and Barrel, Mall of the Emirates 04 399 0125; Mirdif City Centre 04 284 3151

 

GIVEAWAY

Dine with dim sum

Forget slaving away over a hot stove this Chinese New Year, as to celebrate the launch of Yum Cha, the Chinese Saturday brunch at The Westin Dubai, we have a two-person food voucher to give away. Yum Cha - which means "to drink tea" in Cantonese - offers a host of delicious and authentic Chinese dishes at Dh299 per person for adults and Dh99 for children.

To win this prize, simply e-mail magazine@thenational.ae with your details and the words "Yum Cha" in the subject line.

 

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