As the cold sets in around Washington DC, I begin to think about our winters when we lived in the Middle East.  When it did get “chilly” (I use that loosely), we’d escape to Dubai for a long weekend to enjoy the beach, golf, and culture of the city.


We regale our kids with stories about our time in the Gulf and they are dying to experience the area for themselves but my concerns about safely feeding my FA son there always made that seem like an impossibility.  Now, the Madinat Jumeirah hotel has made the idea of bringing them there a little easier!


Gabi Kurz has recently been named Well-Being Chef at the Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai where she caters to guests various dietary restrictions during their visit to the resort.


Every menu item at the Magnolia Cafe at the Madinat Jumeirah is labeled with a V (vegan), N (contains nuts), R (raw), O (diabetic friendly), and Gluten-Free items are available upon request. Magnolia Cafe sounds like an easy place to eat with food allergies or intolerances, although one visitor recommends calling ahead if you have special dietary requests.


Kurz has healthied-up the hotel in general by using only organic and plant-based ingredients. Formerly the manager of a vegetarian fine dining restaurant in her native Germany, Kurz has also written celebrated vegetarian cookbooks, the most recent of which was honored with the ‘World Cookbook Award’ in Paris in 2011.  Her cooking and educational classes, nutritional advisory, as well as her diabetic and obesity consultation are popular with Dubai residents and in-house guests alike.


With food allergy concerns set aside, I’m already dreaming of an Arabian adventure!–Nightlife/Signature-Dining/Magnolia/Chef-Gabi

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