All posts by Mari Dee

Mari is another addition to the Acme Blog Team. Being in the UAE since quite some years she is well oriented in Styles, Clothings the latest Trends and she loves Food.

Chaps launches flagship stores in Dubai

Chaps - MenChaps showcased its Spring 2016 collection at its new flagship store in Ibn Battuta Mall, highlighting key fashion items for men, women and boys. The event introduced Chaps to the UAE market, signalling an exciting addition to Liwa Trading Enterprises’ growing retail portfolio.

New to the Market:
Liwa Trading announced the launch of Chaps—a timeless American sportswear brand— with the opening of two flagship stores in the UAE for Spring 2016. Offering a complete lifestyle collection for the family, Chaps represents fashion that is casual, confident, spirited and fresh. Chaps is available in the Ibn Battuta Mall in Dubai, and the Al Wahda Mall in Abu Dhabi, with more stores scheduled to open in the coming years.
Launched in 1978, Chaps was created to be more than a just label, and quickly established itself as a lifestyle that evoked an iconic American sensibility. Special details provide each garment with a unique twist. Popular Chaps designs include the perfect-fitting shirt in smart stripes or checks, along with classic, flattering pants. The signature Chaps polo shirt is also an important part of the brand, drawing on a sporty heritage. Splashes of vibrant color easily combine with the rest of the collection. The Chaps design philosophy is communicated through versatile collections with a spirited confidence that can be worn season after season, celebrating timeless and accessible style.

Chaps - BoysAbout the Spring 2016 Collection:
Spring blooms with fresh fashion and statement looks in the new season range from Chaps. From a graduation party to a barbeque with friends, celebrate the warming weather in style.
Spring captures the spirit of American denim for women with cool blues, crisp whites and playful pops of red. Stripe and plaid knit shirts top off white or blue denim for a playful weekend look, while a denim shirtdress is the style staple for the season.
Inspired by the laid-back attitude of Key West, the Menswear Spring collection ushers in easy style in a palette of indigo blues and soft brights. Knits are must-have layering pieces for the season, such as a French rib quarter-zip sweater pulled over a graphic T-shirt or a buffalo check button-down—great for date night or brunch in the city. Always smart and sophisticated in a custom fit; the premium cotton dress shirts are suited for a busy lifestyle, outfitting a stylish professional on the move at the office or at a festive party with friends.
Spring break has never looked cuter with made-for-play polos, versatile shirts and bright check and stripe button-downs for boys. These wardrobe staples can be mixed and matched on any day and topped off with a stripe belt for a fun finishing touch.

Visited: Girders Garden BBQ Smoker

We visited the other day Girders Garden to attend the Ultimate BBQ Experience we had been invited to. Girders Garden is located within the J A Ocean View Resorts and Hotels in JBR. The place is really nice and it was a cool, fun and relaxing experience. We had spent few minutes with the Head Chef Thomas, a German national who gave us  a couple of tips of how to marinate the meat with different kinds of delicious tricks and preparation so the meat specially the beef gets the tasty and tender soft outcome that later on made us wanting and craving for more. They have their own way of preparation using cherry wood in a slow low fire for 8 to 12 hours. We tasted the yummy smoked beef brisket, Bbq Beef ribs, the road kill grilled chicken, sweet potato fries, French fries, corn on the cob ,vegetable salad, lemon mint drinks, really great was the strawberry drink that made me feel cool and refreshed.

Girders Garden the first in Dubai inside JA Ocean View Hotel and Resort started back in December 2014. I had the chance to steal an interview with  Ms. Lee Ann Lombard, the Restaurant Manager from Scotland and she was very pleasant and cooperative during the interview and she gave us perfectly detailed informations on our questions.

BBQ beef mania is available every Sunday, Monday and Wednesday and their ‘Road kill 1/2 Chicken is always available daily, for pork lovers party Bbq is available every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. They are serving four types of sauce, Jack Daniel’s Smoke Pit Special, Guinness BBQ sauce, Smoky Russian Smirnoff and No booze BBQ sauce. Their BBQ is quiet amazing and mouth-watering and tender.

Aside from that, Happy hour comes every Wednesdays from 4pm to 3 am wherein they are serving Top 3 drinks and Beers between 25 to 28 aed at very affordable prices in JBR area and from A to Z you can order different kinds of Bombs liquor mixed with red bull in a variety of flavours like cherry bombs and many more.

Overall, we really liked the food most especially the beef bbq. The place is pretty cool and the Staff was superb either. A must try out place Folks – we loved it.

McDonald’s UAE Launches ‘Create Your Taste’

We had visited the Grand launching of Mc Donald’s Al Ghurair for their newly automated machine selection ‘Create Your Taste’  which lets you create your own burger and the choices of toppings into it. Also payments will be done whether cash or card.

The choice for the kind of bun you like and also to beef it up, to make it cheesy, to make it easy, to make it more tasty depends on your choice of selection. Choices of kind of buns, which kind of cheese whether american cheese, swiss cheese natural, pepper jack cheese, gouda cheese and add ons for a choice of tortilla strips, guacamole a blend of avocado, grilled pineapple ring, grilled onion, grilled mushrooms, choices of fresh N it up, red onions, cucumber slice, jalapenos, elongated pickles and others.
I was amazed with the new way Mc Donalds make it more easier and convenient to their customers and to be able to have great selection and variety of choices to feed their hunger and follow their taste buds.

I really love the new option and the Burger look as tasty as they are. A must try!

Here are some Impressions we snapped:

Here is the official Press Release:

In an effort to add more variety and options to its menu, McDonald’s UAE has launched its new “Create Your Taste” concept to its oldest restaurant in the country located at Al Ghurair Centre, Dubai.

Create Your Taste encourages customers to order from a tablet-like kiosk where they can customize everything from choice of buns and cheese to original toppings and sauces, new to McDonald’s, allowing them to build their own perfect burger, or try new signature burgers namely: The Classic, Grilled Thriller and Hot All Over.

In the upcoming months, customers in other areas across the UAE will also be able to build their own customized burgers from the Create Your Taste platform.

“As a global brand making the UAE its country for the last 20 years, we realised the importance of personalisation to our customers. Introducing ‘Create Your Taste’” is another step in our journey to serve the community we are part of.” said Rafic Fakih, Managing Director and Partner at McDonald’s UAE.

He continued, “We are proud to bring our customers this unique and innovative dining experience, and are planning to roll-out in selective restaurants soon.”

McDonald’s UAE is rolling out Create Your Taste to appeal to customers who increasingly seek to customize their quick service restaurant experience.

Orders placed from the Create Your Taste menu are cooked to order at customized kitchen stations, orders typically take 5-8 minutes to prepare and are hand delivered by a crew member directly to the customer’s table, and arrives open-faced, in a special wooden tray.  Even McDonald’s World Famous Fries® are served in a mini stainless wire basket.

To cap off the distinctive and high-tech dine-in experience, tables will be outfitted with GPS devices so that food is delivered directly to customer’s tables by a dedicated service team.

CYT concept has first launched in California earlier this year, and is gradually expanding to a number of locations across the world.

Yas Marina has launched their 2015/2016 Calendar!

YAS Marina circuit 2015/2016 is promoting health consciousness alertness against obesity, hyper tension and other rampant diseases, the aim of the activities is to promote good health and fitness into the community and engage into more sport activities.

As stated by DR. MUGHEER KAMIS AL KHAILI the CHARMAN OF HEALTH AUTHORITY OF ABU DHABI, Mr. AREEF HAMAD AL AWANI the GENERAL SECRATARY OF ADSC AND Mr. TAREQ AL AMERI THE CEO OF YAS MARINA CIRCUIT  that the capacity had

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YAS Marina 2015/2016 going to be busy compared to the past few years, as it will have very chargeable schedule with different and variety type of sports activities, as:

For the month of Oct, 2015:

  • YAS Drift Night
  • Track Day
  • AD Tour
  •  F1 In School National Finals
  • Drive YAS
  • Bike Track Day
  • YAS Drag Night
  • YAS Racing Series R1 ( Including TRD 86 CUP R1)

For the Month Of November, 2015:

  • Drive YAS
  • Track Day
  • Bike Track Day
  • YAS Drag Night
  • YAS Drift Night
  • F1

For the Month of Dec, 2015:

  • Gulf 12 Hours
  • TRD 86 CUP R2 (At Dubai AUTODROME)
  • YAS Drift Night
  • Drive YAS
  • YAS Drag Night
  • Bike Track Day
  • Drive YAS
  • Track Day
  • Drive YAS

As well as the upcoming 2016 is going to be busy too. And besides the above mentioned events, there will be a wide arrangement of driving experiences every Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays with more access to the circle. The upcoming Friday will held the biggest Motor bike community and there are expecting over than 20,000 people will attend the walk, and this is open to all ages. A Marathon event on next March , 2016. And this is all a good push from the YAS Marina Circuit, A.D Health Authority & A.D Sports Council to encourage the public for doing more sports activities.

Mall of the Emirates Evolution 2015 is open!

We had been at the opening of the 2015 Evolution of the Mall of the Emirates the other day. It was the grand opening for the new extension. It was planned for the past 2 years , last year they released the first  part of the extension which was the fashion district and today we are talking about an evolution which ads to the launch of the new VOX Cinema with laser and complete facilities with separate cinema for kids where they can enjoy full facilities and customized handpicked menus like a five star restaurant serving. Vox is the best cinema and one of the best in the world and biggest in UAE with beautiful lounge , can order blankets and pillows and your choice of foods.  They have customized menus and offering amazing dining experience, something like a world class and first in the UAE.

Innovation is one of the driver that pushes them to create an evolution for Mall of The Emirates .  This new evolution will definitely be enjoyed by the customers as well as the tenants inside the mall.

The new VOX Cinemas is the entertainment centrepiece of Evolution 2015 — a 100,000 sqft entertainment destination with a completely revamped 24-screen VOX Cinemas, making it the largest complex in the Middle East featuring advanced technologies such as: the first and only IMAX with Laser screen in the Middle East; the largest VOX 4DX auditorium; the world’s first of its kind luxury cinema experience called THEATRE by Rhodes, combining fine food and film in a collaboration with Michelin Star Chef, Gary Rhodes; and two VOX Kids, colourful cinemas with an adjoining fun-filled party room for birthday parties.

New restaurant venues flanking the VOX Cinemas entry include Dean & Deluca, 800 Degrees, Eat Greek Kouzina, and Din Tai Fung, flooded with natural light from an innovative design feature that simulates al fresco dining in air-conditioned comfort.

Further enhancing accessibility and choice at Mall of the Emirates include the new luxurious valet parking experience, located adjacent to the Fashion Dome and Central Galleria, home to the regional flagships of brands including Burberry, Dolce & Gabbana, Fendi, Prada, Salvadore Ferragamo, and Tom Ford. The Evolution 2015 initiative has also added 1,300 shaded parking spaces with a dedicated entrance. A new taxi arrival facility next to Ski Dubai complements the mall’s direct link to Dubai Metro, delivering opportunity for growth in Mall of the Emirates’ footfall.

The completion of Evolution 2015 is the latest milestone in Mall of the Emirate’s 10-year anniversary, which celebrates a decade of innovation in retail, entertainment and hospitality as the Middle East’s first shopping resort destination. Specially-created exhibitions, celebrity concerts, bespoke collaborations with luxury retailers, and rewards for the mall’s guests will continue to create great moments for visitors and mark Mall of the Emirates’ ten years of leadership as one of the world’s most recognized and successful malls.

– See more at: http://www.malloftheemirates.com/press-release/majid-al-futtaim-celebrates-a-new-era-of-retail-and-entertainment-through-the-completion-of-mall-of-the-emirates-expansion.aspx#sthash.Jc7nU7ZI.dpuf

MOE is one of the tourist attraction and a symbol of new technology in the market that it is very competitive now. We really like the additions and will soon publish as well reviews of new outlets.

Here some impressions from the opening:

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And the Exclusive Invites to the Movie Premiere of “The Perfect Guy” are going to…

The Perfect GuyEmpire International Gulf LLC and The Acme Blog had been given  5 lucky readers the chance to win Exclusive Invites for tonights Dubai Premiere of the upcoming Thriller “The Perfect Guy” directed by David M. Rosenthal and starring  Sanaa Lathan (The Best Man Holiday), Michael Ealy (Think like a Man 2) and Morris Chestnut (Kick Ass 2).

The Premiere Screning of “The Perfect Guy” will take place on today, September 8th  at 8:30 PM at the NOVO Cinemas at the Ibn Battuta Mall.

The right answer on the asked question In which Movie have Sanaa Lathan and Morris Chestnut acted together before “The Perfect Guy” was of course The Best Man Holiday.

And The Winners are:

  • Zeeshan Arshad
  • Primrose Tiongson
  • Tanvi Kapoor
  • Diane Christine Maninang
  • Rhea M. Berces

You all should have an email now in your inbox from us with the details how it works!

Congratulations again , and enjoy the Movie!

Here again the Plot in short:

After a painful breakup, successful lobbyist Leah Vaughn (Sanaa Lathan) jumps into a passionate relationship with a charming stranger (Michael Ealy). When her ex-boyfriend (Morris Chestnut) resurfaces in her life she has to figure out who she should trust and who she should fear.

“The Perfect Guy” will be Releasing in UAE Cinemas on September 10, 2015 and as usual you can watch the Trailer below:

Win Exclusive Invites to the Movie Premiere of “The Perfect Guy”

The Perfect GuyEmpire International Gulf LLC and The Acme Blog are proud to invite 5×2 lucky ones to the Movie Premiere of the upcoming Thriller “The Perfect Guy” directed by David M. Rosenthal and starring  Sanaa Lathan (The Best Man Holiday), Michael Ealy (Think like a Man 2) and Morris Chestnut (Kick Ass 2).

The Dubai Premiere Screning of “The Perfect Guy” will take place on Tuesday, September 8th  at 8:30 PM at the NOVO Cinemas at the Ibn Battuta Mall.

The Plot in short:  After a painful breakup, successful lobbyist Leah Vaughn (Sanaa Lathan) jumps into a passionate relationship with a charming stranger (Michael Ealy). When her ex-boyfriend (Morris Chestnut) resurfaces in her life she has to figure out who she should trust and who she should fear.

And this is how you can win:

Simply answer the following question in the comments below.  In which Movie have Sanaa Lathan and Morris Chestnut acted together before “The Perfect Guy” ?

  1. Think like a Man 2
  2. The Best Man Holiday
  3. Kick Ass 2

Those who answered the question on Facebook , please, send via PM the following info:

  1. Your full name
  2. E-mail

The end of the competition will be at noon of the 8th of September.

“The Perfect Guy” will be Releasing in UAE Cinemas on September 10, 2015 and as usual you can watch the Trailer below:

Movie Review: The Transporter Refueled

The Transporter Refueled - FINALThe Transporter Frank Martin is a courier of a different kind. He transports dubious cargo, no questions asked. That’s one of the iron rules which have held as rigorously as possible in their interpretations of the figure both Jason Statham in three feature films, as well as Chris Vance, embodied in the two seasons of the “Transporter” series. These managable rules now also applieon the reboot of the action franchise with “The Transporter Refueled”. But the Briton Ed Skrein who is on the first hatch here in the role of Frank Martin,turns out to be more flexible in comparison to its predecessors. Direct form the start, Frank Martin is from the outset considerably more at the mercy of the circumstances, the character gets here more life of its own. But the basic formula of co-creator and Action mogul Luc Besson (“Lucy”), who has here assumed the dual role of producer and scriptwriter again remains unchanged: Great Car Action, Hard-hitting battles, chic locations, some cool pun and plenty of pace – ready is the “Transporter” cocktail. But what “Transporter 3” -Cutter Camille Delamarre has stirred together in his streaky but entertaining second directorial effort, comes neither close to the last ones. And the plot is not less outrageous than before despite cute approaches.

Frank Martin (Ed Skrein) is a popular and discreet service for anyone who wants to convey something illegal from A to B. With his Audi, equipped with refined extras, the former Special Forces soldier who follows the strict rules to make the hot commodity on time and without any questions to your destination. But then the mysterious Anna (Loan Chabanolwants to place an order, for which he would have to jettison his principles. She wants to take revenge on her ex-boss Karasov (Radivoje Bukvic) , who has forced them into prostitution, and plans to rob  the gangster boss and his accomplices with her suffering companions Maria (Tatiana Pajkovic), Gina (Gabriella Wright) and Qiao (Wenxia Yu ). To move Frank to join in, the women kidnap his father Frank Sr. (Ray Stevenson). The transporter gets into a whirlpool of bloody intrigue and neck breaking action

One with the word “greasy” comprehensively characterized person rises in front of a hotel in the south of France from the shed of a sedan and announced with unmistakable Russian accent pattern: “Prostitution is mine!”. His entitlement to the lucrative business with the commercial sex underpinned the man by letting shoot a handful of thugs with machine guns at anything that moves (or not). After the bullet and cliché staccato of this settled in 1995 prologue  the first appearance of the new transporter provides an effective contrast of almost poetic clarity half decades later: Frank Martin is facing in an underground garage a handful of thugs that dmand from him the keys to his Audi S8. At first they even make fun of his strange accent, but soon will not laugh further: The baldy character puts them all out of order in an elegant and ingenuity in melee incapacitated fight sequence . Quite unlike his rabid opponent Karasov from the prologue, with who links him an ugly episode from the past, Martin disdains the use of firearms and prefers to not create more damage than necessary. The archetypal constellation gets later unnecessarily complicated, not always logically comprehensible entanglements, loose ends and carelessly built Details lost soon.

Although the idea of ​​a female musketeer Quartet is extremely sexy, but the film lacks the rhythmic accuracy as well as the unified narrative to make more out of the theme of women’s solidarity as a vague idea.  In return, Ed Skrein (“Deadpool” “Game Of Thrones”) sets himself already in said first scene in a different light compared to his famous predecessor Jason Statham: Being Frank Martin is marked less by Stoic callousness and cool imperturbability than polite aloofness and restrained effectiveness. There is as well evidence of a colorful past and the vibrant relationship with his father Frank Sr. which is newly emerging and so a welcome innovation. Ray Stevenson (“Rome”, “Determination” series) plays the alleged mineral representatives (in reality, he is a retired MI6 agent) with a preference for 900-Euro-wines andlovely charm. Add to this that the contrast between father and son finally also puts an additional human dimension on the loner Frank Martin .

The new down-to-earth mentality of the protagonist  does also reflected in the action scenes. In the duels Ed Skrein shows full body use, where the athlete Statham looked like fighting almost effortless. He uses everything  just within his reach and the adversaries are sometimes even tied formally as a package, which indeed makes the perfect fit for a courier. Well done is also the daring maneuvers, as Frank rushes to the car under a plane taking off – and finally he shows us in a fast-paced scene even that jet skis are perfectly suited for short-term land use. The action is here but overall still less lifted and stylized as in the choreographed by Corey Yuen predecessors. The gas attack on a nightclub falls very inconsistent (and slightly irritating), while a wild shootout on a yacht degenerates into a confusing shootout .

Conclusion: The new Transporter Ed Skrein puts out a shaky start, but also shows some potential, which leaves all possibilities open for the planned sequels. If you like action, you will as well

Acme Blog Movie Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

 

The Transporter Refueled is now showing in UAE Cinemas, you can as well check out again the Trailer below:

Reviewed: “Hitman: Agent 47”

Hitman-Agent-47Thanks to the lovely people at Empire Movies we had been able to attend the Premiere Screening of “Hitman: Agent 47”.I really liked the 2007 Hitman starring Timothy Olyphant and could hardly imagine that somebody could be cooler than him.

Agent 47 (Rupert Friend) was grown a perfect killing machine under a Genexperiments. His current contract leads the professional killer to Berlin, where he apparently has to eliminate a young woman named Katia (Hannah Ware). This scans the files of the city archives feverishly for an about a decades ago lost man even though she does not even know what exactly connects her to the wanted. In addition to that she has such a sharpened perception that she even realizes what is going on behind the closed doors of a city block away. As 47 is waiting his target in Berlins Alexanderplatz station,  the opaque agent John Smith involves (Zachary Quinto) and rescues together with Katia into the American embassy. But although this is one of the best-guarded buildings in the city, no one there could be really feel safe from Agent 47.

Keeping in line with the stealth shooter template “Hitman: Agent 47” is a (nearly) humorless action thriller whose makers have taken the abstruse story to zoom bred Barcode killers and an all-powerful international criminal organization (whose name also matches the ’80s Feeling with “Syndicate”) noticeably seriously. This is refreshingly old-fashioned and now on the big screen a rarity where straight old-school action is unfortunately produced almost exclusively for the home theater market. The trouble is merely: Unfortunately, the action could be even more in my eyes. While the Gore-level rises every now and again in extreme heights (in a Berlin factory is so long fought and shot until the doctor no longer needs to come), but overall it lacks the necessary punch. Whether it is a tribute to the Game template that CGI can be seen in the stunt scenes or not. When Rupert Friend and Zachary Quinto hitting on a Berlin subway, the decisive moments are all coming out of the computer. As wel when motorcycle thugs are falling on theirface, this is often nothing else than pixel art. In 2015 it should be possible to do better than this. ‘Mad Max: Fury Road ” has done this quite well in my opinion.

Rupert Friend (Homeland”) as Agent 47 is just like its predecessor Timothy Olyphant very convincing obviously such an emotionless killer just not necessarily makes it as a role model. This job would thus actually had fallen to Hannah Ware (Oldboy”) , but the newcomer is completely pale in her first starring role. But after all she still does better than Zachary Quinto (Star Trek”) and Thomas Kretschmann (Avengers 2“), which, as villains, come with painful cliché loaded dialogues at best for a pinch of unintentional comedy.

Conclusion: After Xavier Gens with Hitman” In 2007, at least ended up still as an action midfielder, it is likely his successor Aleksander Bach with Hitman: Agent 47” for me has not done way better than the first installment. I would have wished more action, more coolness and better villains.

Acme Blog Movie Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

Hitman: Agent 47 is in cinemas right now and you can check out the Trailer below: