FAST AND FURIOUS FEASTS
When little girls sing Aqua’s Nineties’ hit I’m a Barbie Girl, they will no longer mean fair, blonde, blue-eyed and size zero. The new Barbie Fashionistas collection’s realistic dolls are a giant step forward in normalising tall, curvy and petite body types. Hooray! Fifty-seven years after Barbara Millicent Roger first hit the shelves, she has seven skin tones – African American, Latin, Asian etc.; 24 hair styles such as curly, wavy, redhead, even blue; and trendy, wearable outfits like shorts and flat boots – better late than never! Barbie is finally the girl next door. From Dh69 on www.barbie.com, Toy Store and Hamleys. Give lunch – the prince of meals – deserving royal attention instead of rushed sandwiches with Armani/ Deli, Burj Khalifa’s Pronto Lunch menu offering two courses of tasty Italian dishes for Dh130 and Dh160 for three. From 12-3pm glossy chessboard interiors offer a stylish respite from hectic weekdays, serving elaborate seared tuna tomato bruschetta, black ink baby squid risotto, veal escalope with wild mushrooms etc., all molto rapido so you can exploit measly lunch breaks. Call 04 888 3666 or email restaurant.reservations@ armanihotels.com – pronto!