McDonald’s Encourages to Keep Spreading Smiles Everywhere

Frustration, stress and anxiety are increasing in our society. People are dissatisfied with the kind of lives they are living. And yet most are unable to do much about it. In such a depressed society, there is need for restoring good humor, cheer and levity. Question is what we can do to dispel people of this grey cloud hovering over them. McDonald’s recent campaign has beautifully answered this question. #SpreadingSmiles is the McDonald’s message for people.

And what a great idea it is. If we just aim for spreading smiles in our own way, we might make a lot of people around us happy. Check this video and see how people are Spreading Smiles:

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It is not necessary to show big gestures, something as simple as a cup of tea after a tiring day can spread smiles. Especially during this holy month of Ramadan, when every good deed will be rewarded by 70 times more, we all should try to take up habits which help people around us. Small deeds, small gestures and a few kind words can make someone’s day better. People find happiness in mundane everyday things like a cup of tea, a glass of lassi in the scorching heat, or by giving balloons to kids.

Mcdonalds campaign Spreading Smiles has been very well received on social media. Here is how twitteratis reacted to this campaign:

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McDonald’s has always been a happy place to be. From my childhood to my son’s childhood, McDonald’s happy meal with its toy has such an appeal. My son loves McDonald’s food, specially their happy meal. I specially loved visiting McDonald’s at airport as a kid.

Check this video to see how McDonald’s is spreading smiles:

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McDonalds has started a contest to tweet a smiling selfie with hashtag #SpreadingSmiles to get a chance to win. I have tweeted several smiling selfies. Have you?

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From Dry, Damaged & Frizzy to Soft & Healthy Hair – 5 Hair Masks

So, I have had thick but dry, damaged and frizzy hair all my life. And it was the bane of my existence. I used to shy away from going to places, all because of my hair. Well, mostly. If you have frizzy and unmanageable hair, you’d know what I saying here. I didn’t feel confident. I couldn’t make any hair style. Could not let my hair down and making a ponytail or braid looked just downright dowdy as a teenager or even later. Also, my hair would all stick out from the braid. It looked hideous. I look at my old photos and wonder why I never cared for my hair the way I do now. Now that I have postpartum hair loss too. Well, it’s never too late.

I started caring for my hair about six months ago. I started using oil more, applied hair masks and carried out 100 strokes every night perfunctory, however ghastly my hair brush looked afterwards. And it all paid off. I now have manageable, somewhat straight and silky hair. Most importantly, they are healthy and hair loss is now down to what everyone faces usually.

This blog post is for you. My gift to you. I am going to share all the different hair masks I have used on my hair during this 6 month period. They all have shown great results. Initially I used these masks twice a week but now I apply it just once a week, if I use it more than once my hair turns oily, so I realized that I am over doing it. So, if you have straight or silky or prone to turn oily kinda hair, use hair mask just once a week. I also do no repeat the same hair mask every week.

So. Here goes:

1-  MAYONNAISE

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The oil, egg and vinegar combination now only nourishes hair, but vinegar cleans the scalp and brings shine to hair too. Easiest home remedy for hair treatment. No need to mix things up to apply. Just grab mayonnaise from fridge and apply to your hair. As for quantity, it depends upon your hair length and thickness. Cover your hair, let it sit for 15-30 minutes and wash it off with your shampoo.

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2-  MILK + HONEY

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Honey, rich in antioxidants seals moisture in your hair and reduces hair breakage where as milk is a great hair conditioner.

3-  HONEY + EGG YOLK + OLIVE OIL

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Fatty acids in egg yolk help in deep moisturizing. This mask is perfect for dry and damaged hair.

4-  COCONUT OIL + OLIVE OIL + EGG

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You cannot go possibly wrong with oils. There are fatty acids and vitamins in coconut oil that help in hair growth. While olive oil moisturizes hair, vitamins in egg encourage blood stimulation to scalp by increasing oxygen production.

5- HONEY + EGG YOLK

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This is ideal for dry, frizzy and damaged hair. Yogurt helps in reducing dryness and honey moisturizes scalp and hair.

These hair masks have changed the way my hair looked and felt. I hope these remedies help you too.

Do leave a comment if you have tried or will try one of these.

 

Avari Impresses Me Again with the Italian Food Festival

Avari has become one of my favorite spots to dine with my family. Yes, they are pricey but you gotta look at all that they offer. I love their food and nothing can deter me from trying out the different food festivals they arrange. I have been to their Egyptian and French food festivals and I have had a great experience. So, I decided to try out the Italian Food Festival and I am glad I did.

Avari Towers Karachi has arranged Italian Food Festival at Asia Live to go on from 12th May to 21st May. Went there last night and it was a good experience. I haven’t had authentic Italian food before this except for eating pasta and pizza and we all know the kind of so called authentic flavours we find in Karachi. Most “authentic” called dishes served at various eateries and restaurants are adjusted according to the desi taste by adding spices to them. That wasn’t the case at the Italian Food Fest.

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All the food served was prepared keeping the authentic and original recipes in focus or so was evident from the taste. It was not spicy but neither was it blend. I love salads served at Avari and this time wasn’t any different. Tried different salads and loved all of them.

The main courses where amazing too. I loved the different sauces and the different meat used for the main course. The textures and smells were great.

 

The Tiramisu I found at the Italian Food Fest is the best I have ever had. It tasted just perfect. A bit bitter, a bit sweet. Yum. The rest of the desserts tasted pretty good too. Specially the peach cobbler. It was too good.

So far, all the food festivals I have been to at Avari have been really good. I love the idea of trying out new cuisines and Avari Towers has offered the best food festivals to satisfy my taste buds.

Avari Tower Karachi Celebrates Marvel Mums Lunch on Mothers Day

I have been home after a wonderful lunch for only a few hours and here I am forced to write this article on the food I ate. Yes, FORCED. Forced by that anxious feeling of sharing my wonderful experience with the world. Do you ever have that feeling where you want to share something with others right away?

So, I went to Avari Towers Karachi today for their Marvelous Mother’s Day Lunch-Munch. It was ah-may-zing. Accompanied by my mother in law, my son and husband we set out for Avari for probably the hottest day of the year. It wasn’t actually the hottest day, just felt like it. Before leaving, I told my husband that this lunch should be worth bearing the heat. And it was everything I had expected and so much more.

Let’s start from salads. Salads at Avari are always the best. I can eat my fill with salads only and every time I plan to eat more of their salads but then the main courses temp me with their aroma and looks.

The best part of the lunch-munch was that this time they had taken the best of the best dishes from all of Avari restaurants and served them. The selection variety was huge. There were Pakistani dishes, sushi bar, Mexican dishes, Thai dishes, and Japanese dishes. Food was plentiful and it all tasted good. I can vouch that all the dishes I ate tasted good.

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Pakistani cuisine included dishes like Chicken Karahi, Mutton Kunna, Chicken Bihari Boti, Grilled Red Snapper with Tomato Sauce, Paneer Malai Kofta Curry and Italian Chicken. There were a lot of other dishes too but I couldn’t try them. Of all the Pakistani dishes I tried, I loved the Paneer Malai Kofta Curry the best. The kofta balls were soft and moist. Curry and koftay both had distinct paneer flavor and I loved it.

With the sour cream and salsa sauces and loved the flavor of both sauces.

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I tried a bit of all the Japanese dishes that were served. Their Beef Teriyaki and Chicken Tappenyaki were really good.

A huge selection of desserts was also served but by the time it was turn for the sweets I had already eaten more than enough. Also my son was getting a bit sleepy, so we didn’t try anything, which I totally regret.

Dinning at Avari has always turned out to be a pleasure experience. This time my mother in law was with me too and she loved the food and we also partake in the lucky draw for some gifts offered for mother’s day. My Mum in law won Masarrat Misbah makeup as she won the lucky draw.

Best Deals at Dolmen Mall Clifton during Foodie Hours

Do you love to eat? Do you love to shop? Who doesn’t? Like any normal person I love eating and shopping. Dolmen Mall Clifton has combined the two favorite activities of mine to bring the best options for foodies who love shopping. DMC has now introduced Foodie Hours on the weekdays during 4 – 7 pm which is the prime time for shoppers.

And they aren’t just any foodie hours. These are the hours when hunger strikes after crazy shopping spree. From 4 pm to 7 pm you can benefit from foodie hours at dolmen mall. And you wouldn’t believe the deals the eateries are offering during these hours.

Went to dolmen mall Clifton last week with husband and kid for shopping. And it was close to 6 pm when we got free. I am always hungry if I have a good shopping experience. And if I have don’t find what I am looking for or have not fun shopping experience I just want to go home and sulk. But that day, I had a great time. So, we went to food court for eating something before heading home.

That’s where I came to know about these foodie hours. We went a little crazy and bought 5 deals, all in 2000 rupees. Yes. The food was more than enough. We went overboard but packed what we couldn’t eat and ate later at night.

The deals we bought inclided:

HobNob Café – Crispy chicken burger, chicken wings, fries and drink

Chacha Jee – Chat and Gol Gappy

Fat Burger – 2 burgers and fries

China Grill – Chicken chowmein and spring rolls

Solen Istanbul – A chicken burger and chicken wings

The food was plentiful and tasted good. The quality was regular. I mean there were no cutbacks on the food quality or quantity because of the low prices offered. We had a good time and the best thing was that I didn’t need to cook anything for dinner that day and we had plenty of the food left over.

So, if you are at Dolmen Mall Clifton avail the great discounts that eateries are offering for the foodie hours.

Wingitt – Winging it the right way

We hear about eateries opening up across Karachi every day and numerous of them close down soon after their inauguration. Reason being inconsistent food quality and lack of interest on the part of management to be interactive with the customers and keeping them engaged. Well, Wingitt is doing it right. They not only offer a great deal of variety in their menu but they also organize small activities for their customers to keep it interesting.

Yesterday, I visited Wingitt with my family and they really enjoyed the food. And yes, they don’t serve wings only. We ordered Chicken Panini, mozzarella sticks, and grilled wings with 4 flavors.

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What flavors they have. I loved their buffalo chicken Panini.  The chicken was moist and sauces on point.

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Too often mozzarella sticks served are devoid of any taste except that of mozzarella but the mozzarella sticks at wingitt had a kick to them because of the herb crust. They had balanced flavor and perfect string quality. And what can I say about their wings. That’s what they specialize in. Chicken wings with 4 different sauces. They were just yummy. The wings themselves were tasty with crispy skin and moist meat. Dip them into your favorite sauce and yum. I loved their nacho cheese and marinara sauces. The buffalo sauce was good too but my husband had ordered it mild which I didn’t like. I like buffalo sauce a bit hot. Well, next time HOT buffalo sauce it is. I do want to try more of their sauces next time.

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Yes, I am definitely going to visit Wingitt again. It was a good experience.

Don’t Miss The Egyptian Food Fest

I love trying out new cuisines and this week my husband treated me with Egyptian food. I had never tried Egyptian Food before and I liked it. This saturday my husband, son and I went to the Egyptian Food Fest hosted by Avari Towers Karachi. Avari Towers specializes in organizing food festivals based on different regions and different cuisines. Before this, they organised a French food festival, an Australian food festival, a Turkish food festival and several more. For each of these festivals, they specially import the food staples and produce from the particular countries of which food fests they organised. This is such a huge and distinctive feature of their food festivals. I mean while living in Pakistan I can eat French sausages or Australian steak or tiger prawns or the cheese from Switzerland, this is just amazing.

Another thing that sets them apart is that all the dishes they serve in these food festivals are authentic. There is no variation in the ingredients used or the recipe that is followed to make these dishes. This gives the whole festival an authentic and original feel. Also the decor reflects the origins. Like when we went for the Egyptian Food Fest this saturday, the center pieces used for the salad bar, entree table and dessert bar looked like pyramids, Alabastar Mosque and great obelisk from Karnak Temple. The colors of Egypt were reflected in the restaurant too which looked great.

Coming to food, it was plentiful. There were so much variety that I wasnt able to try every dish. I took nibbles of each dish but they were so fulfilling and rich, I couldnt hardly eat much. And I also had to save room for dessert. One thing I have always appreciated about Avari Towers buffets is that they offer best salads. This time was no different, from olives, fried cheese, Feta cheese, humus to citric prawn salad they all were scrumptious.

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Egyptians mostly eat lamb so most of the dishes were made of lamb. there was mutton too but not much of beef or chicken. The dishes were mildly spicy and tasted good. Some of the dishes I tried and really liked included Zalabia Balls, Dawood Basha, Lamb Moussaka, Lamb Stew, Dajaj Kabsa, Kusharay Pasta, Mutabbaq, Roasted Chicken & Potatoes, Mix Grilled Chicken and Beef and Full Medames.

 

Desserts included a few of the original Egyptian sweets like Baklava, Basbusa and Om Ali. There were other choices too like chocolate and and lemon mousse, chocolate souffle, walnut tarts, egg pudding and red velvet cake.

I liked the little taste of Egypt I got at Avari Towers Karachi Egyptian Food Fest. This food festival will go on till the 7th of May. Go on, take your family to this food festival and enjoy Egyptian Food.