Balance Cafe Celebrates Christmas and New Year Cheer with Healthy and Festive Eating Options
Special Christmas Dinner and Sweet-Treats Add to Season’s Festive Cheer
Dubai-UAE: 07 December, 2011 – This Christmas and New Year, Balance Café extends a nutritious choice of seasonal specials and classic gifting food options that carry the unique goodness of Ayurveda as well as sumptuous taste.
A part of the Landmark Group’s holistic wellness concept, the café is set to serve the ‘Balance Festive Meal’ from 20 December - 5 January, 2012. It will feature a mouth-watering combo treat comprising a selection of starters, main course and desserts for an affordable AED79.
From Mojo style guinea fowl to chocolate mousse with exotic fruits, the special menu is crafted to please distinct taste buds while offering, even to the most health conscious, a guilt-free option to indulge.
Low calorie candies and pies will also be available at Balance Café from 1 December with hampers priced at AED39. The attractive and delectable gifting baskets include generous servings of mince pies, plum cake, chocolate blueberry ganache and cookies.
The nutritious and value-for money offerings at the café has been consciously pieced together, keeping in mind the calorie content and effects of food groups on different body types.
Discounts of up to 20 per cent on bulk purchases of festive hampers will be on offer, while gift hampers can be ordered on 04-515 4051.
The cuisine at Balance Café reflects traditional styles of cooking with a contemporary twist, blending ancient Ayurvedic concepts with macrobiotic foods and modern-day wellness-oriented nutrition. Balance Café is located on the third level of Oasis Centre, spanning over 6,000 sq. feet.
Crab meat tartar served with guacamole
Wasabi coated prawns with sweet papaya salsa
Mojo style guinea fowl
Pan roasted guinea fowl supreme in a citrus bath
Served with crisp banana and sour cream
Ginger Poached Snapper
Slow poached Snapper in a ginger broth
Something sweet to indulge
Sweet Papaya and Pineapple Bake
Gratinated sweet papaya and pineapple crumble with sabayon
Chocolate mousse with exotic fruits
Festive Sweet Gift Hamper (AED 39)
Mince Pies -2pcs
Plum Cake (mini) -2pcs
Chocolate Blueberry Ganace -1pc
Chocolate Cinnamon Ganace -1pc
Ginger Cookies -2pcs
Pistachio Cookies -2pcs
About Ayurvedic Cuisine
Ayurveda which means science of life in ‘Sanskrit’ is a healing system that originated in India approximately 5000 years ago. Ayurveda believes that the entire universe including foods and the human body are made of five elements- Air, Space, Water, Fire and Earth. The five elements in the right proportion in our food give us the balance of ‘Energies’ and are traced to different ‘tastes’ in food. There are six ‘tastes’ or ‘Rasa’ - Sweet, Sour, Salty, Bitter, Pungent and Astringent, in our food. Each ‘Rasa’ is derived from two elements.
Three forces comprised of these five elements govern all psychophysiological processes. These three forces are called doshas which are the elemental energies in our body. The doshas are known as Vata, Pitta, and Kapha. A harmonious state of the three doshas creates balance in the body, mind, and emotions and is the foundation of good health.
Vata means 'that which moves things' and is the moving force behind the other two doshas which are incapable of movement without it. It is responsible for all of the body's activities including breathing, blood circulation and thought processes. It promotes mental balance and comprehension.
Pitta means 'that which digests things' and is responsible for all chemical and metabolic transformations in the body and heat production. It also governs our ability to digest ideas and impressions and to perceive the nature of reality. It stimulates the intellect and kindles the capacity for enthusiasm.
Kapha means ‘that which holds things together’ and provides support and substance to the body. It gives strength and stability, both physical and psychological, and governs human emotions such as love, compassion, forgiveness, loyalty and patience. Kapha can bestow resistance against disease and can support the healing process. Where Vata and Pitta effects are active on the body, Kapha acts to restrict these two forces and prevent their excessive manifestation.
Together the three doshas govern all the activities of life; catabolism, (vata), metabolism (pitta), and anabolism (kapha). When vata is excessive, there will be therefore excess catabolism, resulting in a breakdown or deterioration of the body's natural defenses. Excess pitta dosha results in disturbances of metabolism and heat production including infection. Increases in kaphadosha results in increased tissue growth and weight gain.
Greek philosophers also believed in a similar theory that the universe and was made up of four basic elements - Earth, Fire, Air and Water. Accordingly, for life and health to exist the elements must be in balance or it may lead to ill-health.