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Style Destino is my personal style space bout cruelty-free and vegetarian style. Fashion is not above someone's life and it is irresponsible when someone makes a fashion choice that involves taking a poor animal's life. I believe in style that has a conscience. We are in 21st century where technology has advanced immensely, there are myriad options available and any person with a desire can make things happen. So it is sheer selfishness and irresponsible behaviour when people make unethical fashion choices. Through StyleDestino I share everything cruelty-free and ethical in my style. I do not use any handbags, shoes or accessories made from leather (animal skin), the make-up I use is also vegetarian and cruelty free. Luxury and compassion can coexist stylishly and Style Destino is an attempt to prove just that. Vegan fashion is not about dowdy clothes, cheap bags, or tawdry shoes. I can just easily be vegan and trot in my Olsen heels, sporting a Stella McCartney luxurious vegan handbag while showing off my red lips painted with OCC lip tar!! I travel the world around and never find dearth of stylish, high quality vegetarian fashion.


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Seva Table Dubai - Vegan-Friendly Cafe is Exquisite Despite it's Flaws

Rebranded as Seva Table, formerly Life N One, this villa-style plant-based cafe nestled in a garden is a welcome change from the hustle and bustle of Dubai. A wellness center and yoga studio that doubles up as a vegan-friendly cafe and concept store is brainchild of Eda, the Turkish owner of the place. 

The moment you enter the place, you are transported to a zen-like atmosphere where you unplug with all the stress and worries and connect with your soul. The decor and positive quotes on the trees and walls definitely help. The place calls itself an urban retreat that connects body and soul - and I couldn't have put it in better words. 

Being a wellness center, the food at this cafe is naturally inclined towards the healthy side; think raw, vegan and gluten-free. However, it has a few options for those who like to indulge too {yes, that chocolate ice-cream sandwich in the picture is an absolute delight}! Everything on the menu is dairy-free and gluten-free. What confused me was that while they call themselves a 'Vegan Cafe', they still serve waffles that contain eggs (now discontinued). It is things like these that always puts me-off. False advertising and misusing the term 'vegan'. You want to be called "vegan" to get attention, yet you can't ditch animal products from the menu. It not only confuses the customer, but may cause a vegan to mistakenly eat eggs, believing that the place is free from animal products. If you are serving eggs and honey, why not call yourself vegetarian and mark the vegan items on the menu? Why mislead the client?

Having said, the place is otherwise a great spot to meet someone for a hearty conversation, spend some time on your own or share a nutritious yet delicious meal with your family. In good weather, I'd sit on the lawn sipping a smoothie sitting down on the grass while for summers their covered air-conditioned space is perfect to beat the heat. The greenery and chirping birds is really therapeutic.

Inside the villa are a wellness center and a small store that stocks ethical clothing, jewelry, clean beauty and even vegan foods and snacks. Upstairs they have their yoga and pilates rooms, a silent area that you walk up after taking off your shoes. The top floor is a seating area where you can do a small get-together or just unwind with a cup of coffee.

Let's good to the most important part - THE FOOD!

My favorite on the menu is their ice-cream sandwich dessert - vegan indulgence that is a rare pleasure in Dubai {Dubai has only 2 vegan restaurants and both are raw). For someone on a Jain diet, the options are limited but you'd not leave without a full stomach.

The gluten-free avocado toast is delicious and the bread is just amazing. Even my guy, who is not fond of healthy meals, loved the avo-toast. The zoodles were too spicy for my taste and lacked flavor. However, my friend Francisca loved it.

The menu has plenty of options, however some are too good while others a downer, so you should know what to pick. 

While the cafe is a lovely place, I find this cafe tad bit expensive. You pay about 48Aed for a glass of smoothie, while another of my favorite organic cafe Comptoir 102 takes 32 which is in the same area (and I find that place much classier).

Service is warm and friendly while it could be more efficient. But I'm not complaining, as sitting and waiting in this beautiful cafe is actually a delight. There are very few places in Dubai where you are surrounded by lush green garden, nature-inspired decor and chirping birds. Tranquil and perfect to unwind! The place shuts down early at 7pm, which means you can have a healthy early dinner to get to bed on time - ensuring you are ready for yoga the next morning.

What I loved? They don't allow smoking inside the cafe, even in the open areas.

Health, wellness and nutrition - all combined in one place. But it is too expensive. 

Address: Jumeirah Beach Road, 27B Street, 
Villa 5/1B Jumeirah 1, Dubai
Phone: 04 343 6676
Timings: 8am-7pm


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  1. I love this thing here that you have shared so much lovely things about the enjoy in Dubai. It is my dream city and wanna enjoy my travel time in this beautiful city of UAE. after ending my package tour to niagara falls


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