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Although many of us are fasting Ramadan this year, not everyone in Amman is. This one’s for the Tipsters out there craving an iced beverage and a light meal, away from the eyes of the public. To make it easier on those of you who want to continue with their daily rituals of breakfasts, lunches and afternoon drinks, the Tip n’ Tag Team has created the ultimate guide for places open during Ramadan 2019.



Cafes Category


Caffe Strada

If you’re looking for a caffeine fix in Ramadan, Strada is the place to go. They serve a mean cappuccino, and they maintain their normal opening hours during the holy month. Get some work done, or chill with your friends as you wait for Iftar.


Turtle Green is a haven for those of you seeking to sip on good tea in a great atmosphere. Their turtles still haven’t done much, but their matcha and kombucha can bring you up to heaven and down again. Drop by any time of day and sneak in a cheeky cigarette while sipping on a drink, they’ll be serving tea all day during Ramadan 2019.


Cafe Kepi

This cozy little cafe on Paris Circle will be open during fasting hours to serve you delicious food, coffee, and shisha. Soak in the tunes of Fairouz and maybe play a game of backgammon with your friends. The oriental theme at Cafe Kepi fits perfectly with this holy month.


Majnoon Qahwa

Majnoun Qahwa is home to specialty coffee and good snacks. Check out their take on Bedouin coffee, and snack on their salads.


Seven Pennies

Ramadan is the season for giving, and at 7 Pennies, a good portion of every JD you spend goes to a charity of your choosing. If you’re looking for a vibrant place to study, here’s where you’ll wanna be.


Breakfast Category


Moka

Sweet cravings hit the hardest during Ramadan. We don’t have scientific evidence to back that statement, but we know Moka will continue serving their delectable sweets and baked goods all day, regardless of fasting. Try some of their wildest creations or opt for something more subtle for breakfast.


Wild Jordan

If you’re looking for a smoke-free sanctuary that you can work at or grab breakfast at, Wild Jordan is here to the rescue. Try out their delicious date smoothie to help ease you right into the holy month’s traditions. Check out their Iftar Meal Deal if you find yourself in the area around sunset.


Crumz

This might come as a surprise, but Crumz is not an ordinary bakery. They offer a wide variety of dishes to compliment their delicious baked goods. It’s a


Shams El Balad

Shams el Balad specializes in purely vegetarian and cruelty-free food, and if that appeals to you, you should know that they’ll be running from 10 a.m. every day during Ramadan 2019. Shams is the place to be if you’re looking to have an unabashedly Arabic breakfast or brunch.


Waffle House

Waffle House will be bustling from 10 a.m. till the wee hours of the morning for Suhoor. Don’t let the name deceive you: they not only serve delicious waffles, but alcohol as well as shisha to go with the wide variety of bites you could have there throughout the day.


Cupcakes at Sugar Daddy's

Having a hard time finding a sugar daddy? Settle for something just as good: Sugar Daddy’s cupcakes. Stock up on them and snack throughout the day in the comfort of your home!


Blue Fig Corner

Blue Fig Corner is not only a great spot to grab a bite, but it’s a great substitute for its older sibling who won’t be opening until after Iftar. Sate your brunch cravings any time of day here.


Lunch Category


Mountain Breeze Lodge & Resort

How does a getaway at a resort surrounded by a sight of nature that goes as far as the eye can see sound like? Head over to Mountain Breeze Resort where you can enjoy a delicious meal at their restaurant any time of day. Treat yourself and get your summer tanning game on by their gorgeous pool. The cherry on top? If you book your accommodation through their website during the holy month, you get a free dinner!


Buffalo Wings & Rings

Buffalo has been reliably supplying the people of Amman with delicious wings of all varieties since the early 2010s. Try their wings, boneless or traditional, with a variety of delicious sauces to go with an ice cold beer. Not into wings (how dare you)? Check out their expansive menu that has everything from tacos to burgers.


Bun Meats Dough

If you are a fan of the glazed donut burger that Bun Meats Dough introduced to the Amman burger scene, you’ll be pleased to know that you can grab a bite at this joint everyday in the afternoon.


Spago

When has a little taste of Italy ever been a bad idea? Whether you’re one to dive into the antipasti, pasta or carne, Spago has a menu that satisfies every taste. Head on here for an early lunch, or gather your friends around for Iftar.


Bonita

Nothing says lunch better than a massive paella at Bonita. If you’re ever in the mood for tapas, this cozy restaurant is the place to enjoy Spanish cuisine and practice your (perhaps not-so-limited) Spanish vocabulary.


The Living Room/Loft

Both the Living Room and its sister location, the Loft, will be serving delicious dishes and drinks to enjoy throughout the month. Try their delicious smoked salmon and down it with a glass of wine. Afterwards, treat yourself to their famous sticky toffee pudding.


Trattoria

Trattoria is a popular Italian eatery in town that is known for its all-you-can-eat sushi nights on Saturdays and Tuesdays. If you’re not there for the sushi, try their pasta, and pair it with a good, heartwarming Italian soup.


Books@Cafe

While Books@Cafe’s terrace will be closed during the daytime of the Ramadan season, they will still be serving their delicious and eclectic dishes throughout the day. If you’re feeling adventurous, try their confusion pizza – a pie half-topped by a pasta of your choosing. Insane.


Cinco de Mayo

Feeling extra feisty? Treat yourself to some Mexican food from Cinco de Mayo. They’ll be serving delicious and colorful Latino cuisine and alcohol like they always do. Wet your whistle with a margarita to go with your tacos!


Vinaigrette

Vinaigrette is one of Amman’s most popular lunch spots: partly because of the great view they have of the cityscape, and largely due to their delicious sushi. If it’s been a while since you’ve had a sushi boat, try Vinaigrette’s and down it with one of their refreshing drinks.


District

District is the place to be if you’re into brunching. Kick back and enjoy a mimosa or two to go with the view while savoring some the delicious menu items. They often host bottomless brunches where the rivers of brunch cocktails flow ceaselessly!


Il Terrazzo

Il Terrazzo excels at Italian cuisine, and offers its patrons a warm and welcoming ambience. Give their meter-long pizza a try and pair with a glass of your favorite wine. If you’re lucky, you might be able to catch a live performance to go with the meal!


Tipsy Cow

Tipsy Cow exists for two reasons: the novelty of having a weird name, and serving delicious food and drinks to those who need it. If you’re feeling particularly nibblish after work, drop by Tipsy Cow for both a drink and a delicious meal!

Tip: People have been buzzing about their burger as of late.


Sushi at Yoshi

One can only truly be happy with chopsticks in hand and sushi in their tummy, and Yoshi (the restaurant, not the dinosaur) serves great sushi. Sip on their Sake Cosmopolitans and savor the flavors of the far east on a hot afternoon this summer.


U.S Eagle

Looking for a spot to watch the game after work? How about somewhere you can chow down on wings, onion rings and beer all in one go? You won’t have to miss out on the spirit of the game or a good bar bite. US Eagle has you covered day and night, even during the holy month.


Pepper & Pine Co.

Are you looking for something to sustain you until Iftar this Ramadan? Pepper & Pine Co. make mean smoothie bowls that pack a healthy pick-me-up punch. Check out their delicious salads if you’re looking for something on the lighter side.


Arriba

Thinking of a laid back place to grab a light bite at? How about trying out Arriba’s new menu? You can break your fast with their delectable dishes or have an early dinner with a few of your friends.


Cattleman Joe's

Do you find yourself craving a good steak every now and then? Cattleman Joe’s will be serving up T-bones and an eerily faithful adherence to cowboy culture throughout the month. Don’t forget to put on your cowboy hat!


Fishface

Sometimes, Ramadan can have us craving all sorts of weird dishes. If you’re in the mood for something eclectic, Fishface are still serving their eclectic sushi burritos. Grab a burrito to share with a friend, or try their pokes if you aren’t feeling as adventurous as could be.


Skyline Sushi

Sushi with a view of Amman’s skyline? Sign us up. Head over to Skyline Sushi whenever you’re in the mood for real Asian food. Try out their wide array of sushi and Thai dishes.


Fatty Dabs' Burger Shack

Burger Shack’s Abdoun branch will continue serving their delicious burgers throughout Ramadan during their regular hours. If you find yourself craving a classic cheeseburger, you can’t do wrong by visiting Burger Shack.


Somewhere Else

Though Somewhere Else won’t be there to share the brunt of Ramadan with us for the first half of the season, they will reopen in the last 15 days of the month. This cozy and welcoming gastro-pub will be serving you fresh and delicious meals paired with your favorite drinks, provided you are patient enough for their reopening.


Primal

Organic’s the word at Primal. If you’re looking for delicious and creative vegan-friendly options, Primal’s the place to go. Their delicious smoothies will help you power through a hot Ramadan day.


Beer and Burger

Though Beer n Burger will not be open to the public for the first leg of Ramadan, you’ll be able to enjoy a good beer with great burgers towards the second half of the holy month. Make a trip to Fuheis out of it and enjoy beers and burgers: the greatest combination known to man since peanut butter and jelly.


Bars & Pubs Category


The Nub

The Nub returns with their old schedule, uninterrupted by any occasion. Enjoy their legendary chicken wings or their delicious burgers. Luckily, they’re still as great as ever at mixing those cocktails.


Eostrix

Eostrix is relatively new to the bar scene, but that doesn’t stop them from innovating with their dishes or drinks. Try out their kale jameed dip for a daring and delicious pick-me-up to go with an ice cold drink.


Good Pub

The hot and grueling days of Ramadan don’t stand a chance against an ice cold beer, and the Good Pub is one of the better places to unwind. If cocktails are your vice, Good Pub’s fully stocked bar can cater.


Dubliners

Dubliners offers Jordanians the chance to visit an authentic Irish pub in the heart of Amman. That, in itself, comes with benefits: great drinks and good food to go together.


Bar on Four

Bar on Four is a stylish bar towering Amman with it’s great cocktails and views. If you’re in the mood for something specifically hand-crafted for your tastebuds, this is where you want to be.


Champions

Got a game to catch this Ramadan? Watch it at Champions. If you’re in for an early snack, try their breakfast burritos to go with your drink. No one’s going to judge you for drinking beer with your breakfast. Not Champions, at least.


Library Lounge

Yes Tipsters, the Library is open. If ever you find yourself feeling exceptionally fancy and in the mood for a cigar, dress up and head over to this lounge. The steaks are great, the drinks are refreshing, and their cigar collection is impressive.


Queen Vic

Queen Vic will be open for business as usual this Ramadan. They have a wide variety of beers to browse through, and their fish and chips are to die for.


Ghoroub Lounge

Ghoroub, Arabic for sunset, commands one of the best views of Amman’s skylines right in the heart of it. Though you won’t be able to catch the sunset here this month, you can still drop by after Iftar for a delicious mojito and an impressive view of town.


La Calle

La Calle is a rustic-themed Italian eatery and bar, with three floors for you to choose from. If you’re not looking to try some of their delectable bites, unwind with a cosmopolitan in hand on their terrace.


Maestro

A mainstay in the Weibdeh bar scene, Maestro’s doors will be open to those seeking a drink or two this Ramadan. Be sure to catch their live music nights, and wine nights where they bring international wines at discounted prices for you to try out.


HQ

HQ is restaurant and bar that just launched in Jabal Amman. Luckily they’ll be running all day in Ramadan, so you can kick back and enjoy the intimate atmosphere with a drink in hand and a bite in your stomach.


Iguana

If you’re craving a flavor-filled cocktail to savor on an early evening this Ramadan, Iguana has the best of the best. The atmosphere is unique, and inspired, and the sunset is a sight to behold.


Brass

At some point in the past decade, Brass perfected the art of mixing cocktails. Do yourself a favor, and set aside some time to enjoy their delicious bites and drinks.


Cantaloupe

Cantaloupe, like its sibling Brass, excels at mixing drinks. Try their refreshing bellinis on an exceptionally warm Ramadan day and pair with a meal from their delicious menu!


Murphy's Garden

We’ve come bearing good and bad news, Tipsters. Let’s start with the bad news: Murphy’s Pub will be closed for Ramadan, but the good news is that its sister location, Murphy’s Garden will be open for business. Enjoy those cool summer nights out in the open at the Garden instead!


Rovers Return is based on a fictional inn from a relatively ancient (by today’s standards) British TV series. It attempts to emulate the atmosphere of classic English pubs. Where best to enjoy a pitcher of beer and a dish of fish and chips than at a place that faithfully recreates the pub experience?


VEER

Veer will be open during fasting hours in Ramadan serving the delectable dishes you’ve grown accustomed to as well as delicious drinks. It’s the season for sharing – so you might as well share a meal with your friends at Veer!


Chaos

Chaos is an underground bar where you can gather around with friends, have drinks, smoke shisha, and grab a bite. Grab a friend or two and wind down at Chaos after a long day at work. The foosball table there will keep you occupied.


Kegs

The beauty of this non-fasting guide is that it shows you places you thought would never be open during Ramadan; one of which is Kegs. You might think it’s the right place to spend a night out with friends, but it can be even more giving on a hot afternoon.


Sahtein Tipsters and Ramadan Kareem!

Lemur Love,

The Tip n’ Tag Team

Quality Assurance Supervisor at ATICO Fakhreldin Group

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ATICO Fakhreldin Group always strives to do its best by maintaining its high standards and constantly manages the tradition of delivering outstanding services. In order to establish a certain level of efficiency, ATICO Fakhreldin Group, believes in firm quality control, which certainly makes the difference. Established in 1991, ATICO Fakhreldin Group is a Jordanian holding company operating in multi-service hospitality management. Since its inception the acquisition and redevelopment of what is now a world-class boutique hotel). ATICO Fakhreldin Group has expanded its reach and core business to encompass over 10 leading restaurants, cafés and pubs, offering international cuisines, a catering service, and anevents management company, in Jordan and the Middle East. ATICO Fakhreldin Group has become renowned for its dedication, innovation, trend settling and provision of the highest standards in the hospitality sector. AlQasr Metropole Hotel, Amigo, Copas Central, Fakhreldin, Kebab Express, The Nub, The Qyard, Ren Chai, Trattoria, Vinaigrette, Wild Jordan Center, Yoshi, Amra Barcelona, Misk Al Bahar, Taboula and Sismsim Levantine Eatery are all managed by ATICO Fakhreldin Group.

With this diverse and very varied gastronomic offering, quality becomes an essential integral component of the growing industry. It is certainly a sound way to avoid and prevent faults, mistakes or defects to avoid slip ups. It works hard to deliver solutions to services to customers and helps meet the clients’ demands and expectations.

We had a talk with our new Quality Assurance Supervisor, Ms. Duaa Al Suliman and she gave an insight on her new job.

Tell us briefly about yourself. 

I graduated from University of Jordan with a BSC in Occupied Food Science and Technology. I am ISO 9001:2015 Lead Auditor, IRCA certified, ISO 22000:2008 Internal Auditor. I’ve worked previously as a Danata Quality Control Technician, as a Chizhilda Quality Assurance Officer, in Seagulls as Quality Assurance Supervisor and most recently now at ATICO Fakhreldin Group as a Quality Assurance Supervisor, since October 2018. I enjoy gliding!

Would you consider your gender an obstacle in your field? If so how?

Never, because it is known that there is no kind of business monopoly on males without females, and success of work is not because of gender, but with knowledge and passion and love of work and that gives an internal motivation for success.

Share an experience when you applied new technology or information in your job. How did it help?

When we started using storage temperature forms, to monitor refrigerators and control the food items, it helped the Chefs a lot.  It created a much easier way to know the condition of the food and the staff began to share their experiences while they found any issue directly and began to brain storm and think out of the box, in order to find the proper correct form of action, which needed to take place.

How has ATICO Fakhreldin Group been compliant with all laws, regulations and standards?

 One of our outlets got the trust certificates, by applying all the regulations that are imposed by Jordan Food and Drug Association.

Please share a new idea which you presented to the team and how was it received?

I don’t deny that all ATICO Fakhreldin Group employees are fully prepared to implement any new idea with which to succeed and develop. This was very clear to me when I gave them various instructions to follow and go by.

What is one thing you would like to develop?

I`d like to prepare our own lab to ensure that we are serving a safe food product from farm to fork.

Which country has the best food?

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CNN, Zoe Li, has a subjective look at some of the best food cultures and destinations.

When we went through the article we beamed! As ATICO Fakhreldin Group has at least five of the mentioned top ranking food cultures, which include the Italian, Chinese, Spanish, Japanese and Mexican cuisines. The article includes the food culture that is much celebrated and sought out. At Trattoria, at AlQasr Metropole Hotel, accommodates a champion breakfast and a fantastic Italian lunch or dinner. The menu is full of a wide range of delicious pastas and pizzas and other Italian dishes. Ren Chai is a free standing Chinese restaurant in Jabal Amman, which offers a fine dining experience. It offers a large menu of Cantonese and Szechwan delicacies, which are enjoyed with various Chinese cocktails and tea assortments. Copas Central, on the other hand, in a quiet neighborhood in the 1st circle of Amman, has a Latin inspired warm and laid back feel. It offers fresh cocktails and drinks with a varied Mediterranean Spanish inspired tapas menu. While Vinaigrette, at AlQasr Metropole Hotel and Yoshi, in Jabal Amman, offer Asian Japanese specialties and delicacies. While The Nub and Wild Jordan Center serve nachos and tortilla wraps, both inspired by the Mexican cuisine.

ATICO Fakhreldin Group seems to offer more than one of the best food cultures in the world in their well established and leading restaurants in Amman, Jordan. It’s a pity the report didn’t cover the Levantine cuisine, which is slowly creeping up the ranks, since it is an ancient cuisine with healthy and wholesome food, offered at Fakhreldin, Kebab Express and more recently in Simsim Levantine Eatery, in Berlin.

https://edition.cnn.com/travel/article/world-best-food-cultures/index.html

Wild Jordan Center in AMMAN, JORDAN: A 2 DAY ITINERARY, February 2019

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What to do in Amman, Jordan for a 2 day itinerary?  It’s tough to squeeze in all this ancient city has to offer, but I’ll try.
Amman is a teeming city of 4 million and the capital of Jordan. Some travelers use Amman merely as a transfer point on the way to the archaeological marvels of Petra and Jerash. Big mistake! Amman rates a long leisurely visit. It needs to be savored.
One of the oldest, continuously inhabited cities on earth, Amman reveals itself slowly peeling back the layers of history going back to the Neolithic period.
Amman has soul. You see it in the graceful architecture of it mosques, temples and churches. You hear it in the melodic chants of the call to prayer.  You taste it in the nutty, honey desserts sold throughout the city, and you feel it in the smiles and hospitality of the people.

THE NEW JORDAN MUSEUM

Day One. To get a good understanding of Jordanian history and culture, start your day at the new Jordan Museum. This beautifully curated museum in downtown Amman offers multimedia exhibits presenting Jordanian culture in an engaging way.  Artifacts, including the Dead Sea Scrolls, date from pre-history to the modern age.  A visit to the Jordan Museum will give you a good understanding of Jordanian culture so you can better appreciate Jordan’s archaeological treasures.

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SAVOR THE STREETS OF AMMAN, JORDAN

Next head to the Roman Amphitheater but go there on foot either via King Talal Street or Queaish Street. Both will take you to the Amphitheater.  The walk takes some time, about one to two hours depending on how long you linger, but it will take you through some of the more interesting parts of Amman where the locals shop and eat.

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You won’t see many tourists on this route. What you will see are large bustling markets, ancient winding streets, mosques and little alleys that end in restaurants serving steaming slabs of lamb and fresh baked bread.

THE ROMAN AMPHITHEATER

The Roman Amphitheater in Amman is a well-preserved structure that can seat 6,000 people. It dates from the 2nd Century CE when the city was known as Philadelphia.  Guides will accost you offering their services as soon as you enter. The going rate for a guide is about 10JD.  Ordinarily I recommend you hire a guide, but it’s not worth it in this case.

The theater is impressive with amazing acoustics – you can hear a whisper all the way on the other side of the theater.  There are two small folk museums on either side of the theater which are not well maintained and forgettable.

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DOWNTOWN AMMAN, JORDAN

To continue with your heavy dose of authentic Amman, head to the heart of downtown Amman via Hashem Al-Amir Mohammad Street.

Here in this busy section of the city you will find the amazing gold souk (market) where gold is sold by its weight. The shop windows blaze with shimmering gold jewelry.  Even if you don’t buy anything, it is an interesting sight.

You should be hungry by now but even if you aren’t, have a meal at Hashem Restaurant. This is an open air restaurant on a busy street. They only serve appetizers or “mezze” a selection of Middle Eastern specialties like hummus, babaganoush (an eggplant and spices spread) and tabbouleh ( a combination of cracked wheat, vegetables and spices) in large platters. All this is served with freshly baked bread that is still hot when served. The bill will come to about 8JD rendering this meal one of life’s best bargains.

Leave room for dessert. A few doors down the street is Habibah Sweets, a local institution since 1947 serving kunafah, a traditional gooey, sweet, dessert masterpiece.  Seriously, you’ve got to try this.

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THE CITADEL

Day two. Besides the Roman Amphitheater, the Citadel of Amman is the other must-see attraction in your two-day itinerary in Amman.

The Amman Citadel is an archaeological site situated atop one of Amman’s seven hills in the downtown area. The site is considered to be among the world’s oldest continuously inhabited places with ruins from the Roman, Byzantine and Umayyad (a Muslim dynasty from the 8th to 11th Centuries) periods.

There is a little Archaeological Museum at the Citadel which explains the history of the area and displays artifacts dating from the Neolithic period. The major ruins at the site are a Byzantine church and the Temple of Hercules.

Despite this wealth of archaeological richness, the big draw at The Citadel of Amman is the view of the city. If you can experience this view  during the soulful chants of the call to prayer, the moment is magical.

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KING ABDULLAH MOSQUE

To appreciate yet another aspect of Amman, head to the King Abdullah Mosque. This blue-domed landmark was built in 1989 and can house up to 7000 worshipers. The exquisitely decorated mosque is the only one in Amman that welcomes non-Muslim visitors.

The inside of the mosque is very beautiful with symmetrical designs and large open spaces for prayer. It is worth visiting to appreciate the artistry.

If you are a non-Muslim female and wish to visit the mosque, you’ll need to dress in a dark, all covering cloak known as a burqa. This can be borrowed from the on-site gift shop.

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END YOUR 2 DAY AMMAN ITINERARY IN RAINBOW STREET

Having completed your Amman archeological and cultural sightseeing in the morning, it’s time to experience the chic side of the city. Head to Rainbow street.

Rainbow Street is in a trendy part of town high in the Amman hills. It is a wonderful neighborhood to wander and explore the quirky little shops and boutiques.  As this street is so high on Amman’s hills, there are several lookout points that offer breathtaking views of the city below, especially of the Citadel.

This street is also a great option for lunch or dinner. If you want to sample a wide variety of local cuisines, take a self-guided food tour and enjoy the local foods; shawarma, waffles, curries, kebabs and sugar cane juice. One specialty you cannot miss are the smoothies found throughout the city. These are made with the freshest fruits and vegetables right in front of you; unusual concoctions involving pomegranates, pineapples, avocados, papaya, guava and kiwi that combine to be delicious and refreshing. Just point to what you want.

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If you are in the mood to experience a more formal meal, head to Sufra Jordan, on Rainbow Street, specializing in traditional Jordanian food.

Another interesting location is Wild Jordan Center around the corner and down the street from Sufra. This organization offers tours of the country and provides information on the activities of the Royal Society for the Conservation of Nature (RSCN).  They also have a really cool gift shop selling organic products like soaps, toiletries, artworks and bags. They really have beautiful things and if you are looking for unique Jordanian souvenirs rather than mass produced trinkets, this place is for you.

 

ROOFTOP VIEWS OF AMMAN, JORDAN ON YOUR 2 DAY ITINERARY

Wild Jordan Center also has a cozy café offering an organic menu. The views of the city from this angle are just amazing.

One more exceptional location of Rainbow Street is Cantaloupe Gastro Pub, on the corner of #10 Rainbow Street.  This is an elegantly appointed restaurant and bar with surprisingly reasonable prices.  It looks and feels like the kind of place that would become your go-to favorite bar if you lived in Amman.

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I had read that Cantaloupe Gastro Pub had a nice rooftop bar with spectacular views.  I love rooftop bars and wanted to catch the sunset there but I arrived off hours and the rooftop was closed! Not only did the waiter let me in anyway, he prepared a little space for me where I could see the sunset. He then made me a meal, served me a drink, put a heat lamp close to me because it was a little chilly and put the nicest music on the loudspeaker. All this even through the place wasn’t even open yet!

The waiter could have said “Sorry, we’re closed,” which is what I expected. Instead he created a perfect environment for a total stranger, and a pretty shabby stranger at that, as I had been on the road for some time.  I wish I had gotten the waiter’s name so I could tell his boss about his exceptional customer service.

I sat there happily sipping the local beer watching the sunset over a timeless view in an ancient city, when suddenly the soulful, melodic call to prayer erupted over the city.  It was a perfect travel moment.  Moments like this are the reason you travel. It helped make this the perfect 2 day itinerary in Amman, Jordan.

Make sure you come to Amman armed with some good references books like Lonely Planet Jordan Travel Guide and The Rough Guide to Jordan.

See  the best choices for where to stay in Amman. Check out a tour of Amman that can be tailored to your own specific taste.

Interview with ATICO Central Kitchen, Pastry Chef Bassam Al Jammal

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If you’ve recently tried our bread and desserts at AlQasr Metropole Hotel, Trattoria, Vinaigrette, The Nub, Ren Chai, Yoshi, Wild Jordan Center, Copas Central and Amigo you’re bound to know that it’s been flavorfully sweeter at ATICO Fakhreldin Group! Our Chef has been artistically crafting new sweets and savories for all of our restaurants and catering services. We’ve all tasted his delicious creations and seen his edible architectural masterpieces, decorating AlQasr Metropole Hotel, Fakhreldin Restaurant and Wild Jordan Center during the last holiday season.  So we wanted to get to know Chef Bassam who’s just joined ATICO Fakhreldin Group’s Central Kitchen as a Pastry Chef.

How did your interest begin in cooking and baking and what’s your earliest memory in the kitchen?

I was looking for something that was nice and different. I had to think hard about this because this was going to be my future.  That’s when I decided to learn more about sweets and breads mainly because of the way they taste, smell and feel.

Share an experience with us, which was very rewarding for you.

I began to learn more and more about the world of pastry and my life became more beautiful because I love my work so much.

What’s your favorite ingredient to work with?

Through my experience I discovered what were the difficult and easy ingredients to work with and found that chocolate used for decoration for example, was one of my favorite ingredients to work with.

Successful tips you would share with young Pastry Chefs….

I believe these should be the foundations their careers…to know what you love before you start, be sincere to your work, and have perseverance and honesty in what you do. You should also possess humility and respect to others.

So what’s the No. 1 thing you can do on a daily basis to support your brain health?

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Eat healthy fats.

This topic freaks a lot of people out—won’t it make me fat, they wonder. The right kinds will not, but they will provide powerful healing and support to help you feel your best. that’s coz 60 percent of you’re brain is made up of DHA, an omega-3 fat found in fatty fish, flaxseeds, chia seeds, walnuts, and algae. EPA is another important type of omega-3, and both of these fatty acids are critical for supporting brain function and moodregulating metabolism, and preventing diabetes and inflammation. Avoid oils like canola, grape seed, corn, sunflower, and soybean, and be sure to eliminate hydrogenated oils completely, as they contribute to inflammation and the progression of disease.

Eating more healthy fats doesn’t mean you need to go low-carb. In fact, me suggest eating slow-carb instead. This means you’re choosing low-glycemic plant foods that are rich in nutrients and fiber but don’t mess with your blood sugar. Dark leafy greens, cauliflower, peppers, onions, asparagus, celery, radishes, mushrooms, blackberries, and blueberries are just some of the many colorful options to get these good kinds of carbs into your diet. As an added bonus, eating healthy fats with these types of foods helps you absorb more of the essential fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E, and K.

In my personal experience, I found that even though I was already eating a healthy diet rich in vegetables, embracing more of the right kinds of fat—like avocado, nuts, seeds, olive oil, and even saturated ones, like coconut oil and grass-fed meat—pushed my mental clarity through the roof.

So what does this kind of diet look like? For me I like to start my day with a Green Machine Smoothie that includes brain-boosting fats like avocado and coconut milk, along with nutrient-dense spinach, hemp seeds, and matcha green tea. For lunch, I often make a big Fat Salad, topping arugula with wild-caught salmon, walnuts, fennel, cucumbers, olive oil, balsamic, and sea salt for a savory and filling plate of greens. Dinner could be a large, colorful plate of non-starchy roasted veggies, a small portion of sweet potato or squash, and some roasted chicken, grass-fed steak, or turkey meatballs.

There are so many delicious ways to incorporate more good fats into your diet. Focus on whole, real foods from high-quality sources, and you’ll quickly notice the amazing benefits in your body and brain.

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Wild Jordan Center Menu, offers a seasonal menu, which provides wholesome and hearty choices. It has a wide variety of options to suit all tastes. You’ll find plenty of healthy fat options; Hummus, Foul, Eggs, Salmon, White cheeses, Lentils, Nuts, Smoothies, Chicken, Avocado

Try our Wild Jordan Center menu today!

Meet Wild Jordan Center Coordinator Ms. Geodon

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WJC is managed by ATICO Fakhreldin Group and is owned by The Royal Society for the Conservation of Nature. It aims to generate an income for the rural communities of the 8 reserves in Jordan protected by RSCN and also promotes ecotourism, whereby custom-made tours accommodate those interested in a very special and unique experience at various reserves. Wild Jordan Center provides many services, including musical and cultural events, long-term lodges, meeting rooms and an exceptional dining experience, using wholesome and local ingredients in various locations. The seasonal menu at Wild Jordan Center emphasizes natural ingredients and is admant about using local produce. It also offers an organic menu and a Daily Special, which includes a soup/salad, main meal and dessert.

Ms. Yasmeen Gedeon joined Wild Jordan Center almost a year ago as WJC Coordinator, back in July 2018. Ms. Gedeon has been doing a fantastic job and we wanted to hear more about her experience! With a Nutritional background and Yoga practice certification we thought we’d really like to hear more her about her position, achievements and objectives.

What path did you take to get where you are today?

I followed and pursued my passion for fitness, health, and nutrition. I sought out advise from those who I inspired me, and focused my time and energy on the things I loved doing.

What have you learned in the last week?

Working overtime and through weekends has definitely made me learn how to prioritize, and use my time more efficiently.

Which food could you never give up? And what’s your favorite dish at WJC?

I could never give up chocolate, but in small quantities of course. I love everything on the menu, especially ‘myskinnyseasons’ section, but perhaps my favorite is the Buddha Bowl, as it is nutritious and delicious.

What do you hope to see at WJC in 5 years?

I hope to see the center continue thriving as it has been doing, and to strengthen its reputation as a family-friendly go-to destination, known for its healthy local food offerings, its work-friendly ambiance, and its distinctive collaborations with health, lifestyle and nature related activities.

A Meeting Room With A View

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If you’ve never experienced a meeting, a lecture, a workshop, training or a talk at one of Wild Jordan Center’s Meeting Rooms, you have to! You see, WJC offers three ideal rooms. Well, two technically since one of them is rented out to a local artist, Mr. Farid Fakhriddin. The Tree Room, one of the meeting rooms at WJC, which is rented out, actually has blue iron windows, which overlook carob trees and old Amman. It’s also special because it has a tree trunk, at one end of the room, which sprouts through the wall on to the parking space above. It’s actually pretty amazing, and hence the name of the meeting room! The other two meeting rooms, Al Azraq and Yarmouk also have a magnificent view of old Amman, the Citadel and the large Jordanian Flag. Their names are derived from the local reserves. Azraq Wetland Reserve is a uniquely precious oasis located in the heart of Jordan’s eastern desert. It is distinguished by lush marshland and natural water collections that form glittering pools and streams, giving Azraq its name, which is the Arabic word for ‘blue’. It has a capacity of 25 pax in a u-shape setup, 40 pax in a classroom setup, 35 pax for workgroups, and 45 pax for a theatre style set up. The Yarmouk meeting room is named after Yarmouk Forest Reserve,which is located in the northwestern part of Jordan, at the border with Golan hill. It is covered by deciduous oak, with valleys, which descend towards the Yarmouk River. It has a capacity of up to 14 people in a U-shaped set up and occupies up to 25 pax in a workgroup/theatre style.

For your convenience, there is spacing just outside the meeting rooms, which is utilized during for coffee breaks. WJC has many options with a set menu suitable for all tastes and budgets.

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ATICO Fakhreldin Group Chefs present Wild Jordan Center breakfast live on Roya’a Channel, Friday 14th December 2018

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Helwa ya Donya show, Roya’a TV, hosted Executive Sous Chef Bilal and Chef Omar during their morning segment. The Chefs presented and prepared some of the delicious items found on the WJC menu. Wild JordanCenter menu is known for its seasonal and local specialties, with wholesomesmoothies and cocktails.

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