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Christmas Dinner @ Heaven Bistro

We wish all our Guests & Clients
Merry Christmas


Glühwein mit marinierter Birne
Rinderbouillon mit Eierstich
Gemischte Blatsalate & Gebratene Gänseleber
mit Kürbiskern-Öl Dressing
Zitronen Sorbet
Gebratene Ente à l' Orange
Apfel-Rotkraut & Servietten Knödel
Crepes Suzette mit Vanille Parfait

X-Mas Dinner

"Gluehwein" with marinated Pear
Beef Bouillon with Egg Cakes
Mixed Lettuces served with
grilled Goose Liver & Pumpkin-see-oil-dressing
Lemon Sorbet
Roasted Duck à l' Orange
served with Red Cabbage/Apple Sauté
& Bread Dumpling Slices
Crepes Suzette served with Vanilla Parfait

LE 150.- pro Person

am 24.12.2005 Beginn 19:30

Reservierungen erbeten bis 23.12.2005
Heaven Bistro +20 121 042 766
LE 150.- per person

24.12.2005 at 19:30

Reservation till 23.12.2005
Heaven Bistro +20 121 042 766

TUPPERWARE is finishing its first year of service in Hurghada.
It has been a great pleasure to meet and serve all of you and we would like to wish all our customers and friends

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!!!

Anja Prehler-Osman & Wera van Dillen



Wreck expert surveys Hurghada ferry
Source: Dive Magazine
A 100m-long Egyptian car ferry, which caught fire and sank near Hurghada in the Red Sea in May 2005, has been surveyed for the first time by wreck expert Peter Collings and members of Scarborough SAC. The former P&O ferry, Al Kahfain (Ulster Queen), capsized and drifted onto Sha’ab Sheer while being towed following the fire and settled at 20m near Giftun Island.

All 58 members of the crew escaped uninjured when the fire broke out in the engine room and swept through the ship while en route to Jeddah.

‘She rests on a narrow ledge at 20m,’ Collings told DIVE. ‘The bow section, gleaming white in the sunlight, seemed to be buoyant – possibly because of trapped air. It was an incredible sight to see this huge bow rising in the swell towards the surface and falling back to the reef and pounding the coral. Amidships, the hull gives way to a scorched superstructure – evidence of the fire.’

The wreck is already showing signs of collapsing, according to Collings. He said the team of divers did not enter the wreck, because it was too unstable.

‘Her funnel appears to be digging into the sea bed and appears to be all that is preventing her from tumbling down the reef,’ he added. ‘If she does not dig in and roll away from the reef she could end up in deep waters over the ledge and add to the growing list of wrecks in the area, including Tor el Arish, Daren Vitis and Maldive Transport.’






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Concert @ El Gouna

The Slides!

Well.... we just picked them up from a bar in Australia but little did we know that they will be releasing their first album just a month after their return from Egypt.

From Brisbane, Australia, "The Slides" Will be rolling through Egypt for a series of gigs starting December 13th for about a month (refer to the schedule below).

With their rythmic guitars and soulful harmonies this three-piece Indie-rock outfit plays a mix of original songs and covers with a touch of modern pop. For more information about "The Slides" go to http://www.theslides.com.au

Sunday, Dec. 25:  at 8 pm The Club House, El Gouna

Body & Soul


How Does Reflexology Work?

Getting results with reflexology is no different than getting results using any kind of exercise. With reflexology, the exercise is applied to pressure sensors of the feet and hands. The stimulus of pressure prompts a response in the body. If applied appropriately and sufficiently the response is one of health.

The feet and hands are important to the whole body. In case of danger, the feet participate in the overall body reaction commonly known as "fight or flight." In case of danger, the feet prepare to fight or flee. The hands make ready to reach for a weapon. In addition, the body gears its internal structures to provide the fuel for this overall body response. The sudden adrenal surge which enables a person to lift a car is an example of this reaction.

Pressure sensors in the feet are a part of the body's reflexive network that makes possible the "fight or flight" response. The foot's pressure sensors detect the ground under them. Changes underfoot cause changes in tension levels throughout the body. Lying down, sleeping, standing up, walking, sitting, running and playing - each activity calls for its proper internal alternations. The feet help the whole body adjust and change to meet the demands of the day.

By intentionally stimulating the pressure sensors in the feet, the body is influenced to behave in a better, more healthy manner. Reflexology is the application of such a program.

What Can Reflexology Do for You

For some sixty years, reflexologists have theorized about the physical effects resulting from reflexology. The mantra of the practice has been that reflexology relaxes tension, normalizes gland and organ function, and improves circulation. Recent research has shown that reflexology is a safe and effective practice when applied in a conscientious program of pressure techniques.

A survey of reflexology research shows that reflexology work not only achieves results in these areas but also helps in other ways: reduction of pain, improvement in effectiveness of medication, and avoiding side effects of drug therapy while achieving results.

What Reflexology Is Not

Reflexology is not intended to be a substitute for medical care. Consult a medical professional for any health problem.

Birgit Baumann
Reiki Therapist, Master Level
Hurghada - Egypt
065 3 445959 / 010 1231400






Birgit Baumann at Café del Mar

An exhibition of Birgit Baumann's new oil paintings
will be shown on

Wednesday, 28th of December at Café del Mar.

Harry and Andy are pleased to invite you for the Opening at 7pm.

Café del Mar is located at the El Arosa Square, Sekalla.



The History of Santa Claus

With a fluffy white beard and a cheerful twinkle as he winks an eye, Santa Claus puts a familiar face on Christmas each and every year. Most everyone warms to the memories of past Yuletide festivities and Santa Claus certainly plays a big part in scores of those fond recollections. Our cultural melting pot led to many different versions of Santa eventually melding into the jolly fellow we recognize today, and thus begins the history of Santa Claus.

One of these legends told of the Dutch Sinter Klass who arrived on horseback each Eve of St. Nicholas. The lore surrounding this winter-clad figure first made it's way across the pond with the settlers of NewEngland in the 1700s.

No history of Santa Claus would be complete without remembering "A Visit from Saint Nicholas," which was published in 1823. It's with this legendary tale that we began to see the early role mode

l of the contemporary Santa Claus forming. This beloved poem by Clement Clark Moore, now widely known as "The Night Before Christmas," created a winking, nodding elflike Santa that can magically move up and down a chimney and charge a reindeer powered sleigh.

The image continued to grow and change over the years. In the late 1800s, illustrations by Thomas Nast in Harper's magazine expanded the lore by associating Santa with a North Pole workshop and his famed naughty or nice list. In the 1930s, an advertising campaign added even more to changes in St. Nick's appearance.

Swedish artist Haddon Sundblom drew a rotund Santa wearing a red suit and cap along with the easily recognizable thick black belt and boots. He added rosy cheeks and luminous eyes to complete the picture. Sound familiar? Yep, the Santa we know today first came to us through a Coca-Cola ad designed to appeal to the entire family. Other products followed suit and spread the image throughout the nation.

Of course, the charm of Santa Claus was bound to lead to some collecting along the way. Whether new or old, those who seek figures and paper goods depicting the jolly old elf don't limit themselves to the contemporary look or American made items.

Some of the most popular Santa collectibles were actually made in Germany around the turn of the 20th century. Many of these candy containers and standing figures are referred to as Father Christmas and sometimes "belsnickles," a word of Pennsylvania Dutch origin. Formed of papier-mâché and decorated with felt, faux fur and detailed trimming, these antique decorations truly reflect the olden image of Kris Kringle.

The items produced for the American market after the 1930s tend to be more modern. The vintage St. Nick decorations dating from the '30s, '40s and '50s were crafted from a variety of materials including celluloid and metal. Wind-up toys made during these decades are great finds today. Even ceramic and stuffed Santas made during the '60s find loving homes with collectors.

But it doesn't stop with three-dimensional items. The paper goods, or ephemera, that go along with a Santa collection can be just as interesting. Collectors look for old books, games and postcards from all generations to add to their holiday stash.

And what about those old Coca-Cola ads? They're quite popular these days, too, with many collectors specializing in large collections of these advertisements.


A few newer Santa additions can find a place in a well-balanced collection too. Today's popular, occupational themed Santas and nostalgic figurines will likely be sought by a future generation of collectors. Who knows, even those comical dancing Santa dolls might be collectible one day. Although most things made to be collectible don't rise in value as much as the older counterparts that were more disposable, it's still fun to own them.

So gather all your Santa Claus items together this Christmas for a holiday reunion. You might be surprised to find you already have a fine collection on your hands that's a fitting tribute to jolly St. Nick!


Cafe del Mar Map

Special Announcements
:::now new Wintermenu:::

Cafe del Mar Logo

Opening Hours
from 10 am - 2 am

Chill Out Music

Cool Drinks

Great Food

let us know your special demands.
Groups are very wellcome.

for reservations call Harry @ 0127416123

with hot drinks (Lumba, Grog & Gluehwein) & Christstollen (delicious german cake - as long as available) in a warm and cozy atmophere
Also check our regular Menu for Breakfast, Salads, Sandwiches, Pizza & Pasta and Desserts


Roast Duck L'Orange

The combination of seasonings goes very well with the duck and the l'orange sauce. I used the skin, bones and drippings to make a soup base that was out-of-this-world good!

For the duck

  • 1 duck
  • tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 large granny smith apples
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2 sage leaves
  • 1 teaspoon light olive oil
  • Orange Sauce
  • 4 tablespoons spicy mango chutney
  • 2 tablespoons peach preserves
  • 1 orange, juice of 3 tablespoons
    of duck drippings, from pan 1/4 cup red wine
2 hours 25 minutes prep

Sprinkle chili powder, garlic powder, and salt all over ducks. Cut 1-inch slice in skin of ducks on both sides of breasts. Puree garlic, sage and olive oil and fill in slices in skin with mixture. Chop apple into 1-inch pieces and stuff inside ducks.
Bake at 350*F (175*C) for 1 hour 30 minutes for a slightly rare duck, or 2 hours for a well done duck. Put the ingredients for the L'Orange sauce in saucepan and heat until alcohol simmers off, about 6 minutes. Serve L'Orange sauce over sliced duck breasts or other parts. Makes about 1 cup.


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