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Curries of the World – A WonderFood Experience

My husband has never been a big fan of curries. So, it came as a surprise when last week he asked me to accompany him for dinner to Avari for having curry for dinner. Yes, that’s all he told me. Like all men, he’s always tight lipped about where we are going, whats the occasion and who’s going to be there. Men never understand that all of these questions help me decide what to wear so that one is neither under dressed nor overdressed.

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Khair, upon arriving at Avari Towers, it became clear that “having curry for dinner” was an understatement. Avari Tower celebrated “Curries of the World” for three consecutive days. To say that there were curries from all over the world won’t be right coz I do not think that they have curries in the European or North and South American countries; however. The selection was huge.

Most curries were from Asian region and I loved tasting all of them. Specially coz I had been trying to control my diet by eating a lot of salads which left me in a sour mood most of the time. And I indulged myself fully at the Curries of the World. I tried and ate almost all of the dishes except for the Pakistani ones.

The food was amazing. Curries tasted really good. There were normal, garlic and butter naans to eat with curries as well as rice. There were curries from different countries, including Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and India.

Butter Chicken was the star of day. The buttery smooth taste was so good. I also loved the Sri Lankan chicken with vegetables. From Pakistani curries, there was beef nihari, beef koftay, mutton karahi, kunna, paye and some daal.

Salads at Avari are my fav part. Some salty, some tangy but all perfect. I am in love with the salads served at Avari buffet. I can eat them as the main course. Yes, they are that good.

Desserts are always good too. This time, there were traditional Pakistani dessert as well as cheesecake kinda ones too. But I stayed away from desserts this time as I have been working hard to lose weight.

It was a good experience. Loved eating such varied tasting food. I am so glad my husband insisted that we go there for the Curries of the World fest.

Mediterranean Tapas at Avari Towers – A Visual Delight

Tapas are the tiny, quick beat Spanish dishes. And I have never seen food more beautiful than what was served at Mediterranean Tapas at Avari Towers Karachi. Appetizers, Savory dishes and desserts, everything looked so good that I didn’t want to eat anything lest it disturbs the way it all looked.

Believe me when I tell you that the food tasted better than the pictures. The appetizers were light and on point. Savory dishes distinctive and yummy. And what to say about the desserts; richness in every bite. I won’t go on and on about the food and let the pictures tempt you.

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Savory Dishes

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6 Pizza Appetizer Ideas

Who doesn’t love pizza? I love pizza and have tried various different recipes and variations. Pizza bites can make excellent appetizers and since everyone loves pizza, they are usually very popular.

Here are 5 quick bites pizza appetizers that you can make for any party. I assure you every one will love them. And be sure to make a lot of them, as they I can tell you from experience that you will run out of them super quick.

Today, I am sharing my ideas for pizza appetizers only, will come to recipes later. You can choose any topping you like. I love pepperoni and cheese pizza, so sharing appetizers with these ingredients. You can add topping that you like or experiment, what ever works for you.

Garlic Bread Pizzas

Pizza Cupcakes

(Using samosa patti)

Deep Dish Mini Pizzas

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Pizza Waffles

Pizza Roll Ups

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Pizza Braided Bread

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Easiest Recipe for Whole Wheat Buns

I don’t like baking. There are too many variables. Only the best of ingredients should be used, recipe should be followed in the right order and oven temperature has to be accurate and in the end and what not.

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So, for the last couple of months I have been trying to follow clean diet; eating low carb foods and more proteins. I had this huge craving for burgers but the usual store bought bun are a big no-no in the diet plan that I am following so I decided to bake whole wheat buns and guess what, they turned out amazing. I found so many recipes for whole wheat bread and buns online.

 

I tweaked a few and here I am with my version of the easiest recipe for healthy whole wheat buns.

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INGREDIENTS:

1 Egg
2 tbsp yeast (The one to be mixed directly to the flour mixture)
1/4 cup sugar (preferably brown)
1/2 tsp Salt
31/4 cup Whole wheat flour
1/3 cup Canola oil
1 cup water

RECIPE:

  1. In a glass bowl add oil and sugar and yeast. Mix using a beater.
  2. Mix in egg, salt, water and flour to the yeast mixture. You will form a soft and slightly sticky dough.
  3. Let dough sit for 5 minutes.
  4. On a very well floured surface knead the dough until smooth. Continue to add flour as necessary to avoid the dough from sticking to your hands or the surface (you may feel like it is a lot of flour – I use about 1/2 – 3-4 cup). Knead for about 4-5 minutes.
  5. Divide the dough into 8-10 buns.
  6. Place on baking sheet with approximately one and a half inches between buns.
  7. Cover and let rest for 15 minutes. Buns will grow but not double in size. In the meantime, preheat oven to 425°. My oven is really old and does not have temperature adjustment buttons or knob so I keep it on high. It took me 10 minutes for turning these buns golden brown.
  8. Bake buns for 8-12 minutes, until golden brown.

You can use these buns for burgers and subs. I cut the leftover buns in slices and spread garlic butter on them an baked. These turned out pretty good too.

Try this recipe and let me know how your buns turned out in the comments.

 

 

From Dramatic to Subdued, Eye Wear is the New Fashion Statement

People no longer consider wearing glasses a taboo. Recently, in a discussion with my ophthalmologist Dr. Shahab, he told me that most of the younger generation now prefers to wear glasses. And that is because eye where has evolved into a fashion statement. It has come a long way from being just that, a means to see perfectly. They aren’t just glasses anymore, they are funky, they are cool, and they are the perfect fashion statement to offset any style. Some fashion enthusiasts go as far as to call eye wear as the optical wardrobe. It won’t be an overstatement to say that in a couple of years, we might be witnessing fashion shows just to present the designer “optical wardrobe” to the world.

You will even see people with perfect vision wearing spectacles. And that is no surprise when there are so many different types of eye wears available. Shopping for eye wear can now be really fun.

The retro eye wear is still in. There is no substitute for the classic retro glasses. Thick rims with unique designs and shapes can make anyone look polished. And for women, the cat eye, the retro, the boho and the Greek; so many different styles, shapes and colors are available. From bold to subdued, you can choose any style that suits your personality.

Here are a few styles of recent trends in eye wear:

 

 

 

 

Singapore Food Festival

Avari Towers is my go to place whenever I go out with my family and want to eat something yummy. This time Avari Towers wowed me with their Singaporean Food Festival. And believe me; the Singaporean rice we cook and eat in Karachi could not be more different than the original ones I ate there. The original Singaporean rice resemble to Chinese fried rice both in taste and look.

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Singapore is famous for its seafood. And that is what we found at Avari. There was crab, lobster, squid, prawns and fish. It is common misconception that the Singaporean food is bland but it isn’t. Most of the authentic dishes served at avari Towers were spicy.

 

I loved the food. Especially the Pepper Beef with Oyster Sauce was finger licking good. It was so good, the beef perfectly cooked with black pepper and oyster sauce dominating this dish. It tasted amazing. And I absolutely loved the fried banana with caramel toffee in dessert. It tasted so good.

Check out my pictures from Avari Towers to see what other dishes were served for the Singaporean Food Fest.

 

 

 

 

Blue Band “Achayi Barhne Do” – Thoughtful Ad

Being a mother, everything related to children interests me. Recently, I watched an ad and I totally loved it. It was Blue Band’s ad. It is a very thoughtful and beautiful ad. Lately brands have been coming forward with TVCs and ads which are true to our core values and give a good message. Advertising industry has taken a turn for better. Brands are coming up with ads which are thoughtful and meaningful. They incline more towards giving a positive message to the audiences.

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The ad shows a kid buttoning up his shirt and playing around the house using only one hand while he is holding his other hand behind his back. His mom, while going about her chores look at home, observing him and she looks worried. Her expressions show confusion and worry both.

The kid goes out to play with his friends and then his mom sees that all the friends of his kid have their one hand behind their backs, and then enters a kid with empty sleeve where his one hand is supposed to be and then the confusion clears away. The kid and his friends are using only one arm to be on equal level with their physically challenged friend.

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I especially liked the tagline used for this ad:

‘Jab Blue Band khayal rakhay in ki sehat ka, tou aap khayal rakh sakti hain in ki tarbiyat ka’

Good concept with beautiful Message

The message of this ad is simple for everyone to see. Blue band is there to take care of health needs of kids but it’s the parents who need to take care of their character building and teach them compassion and human values. Its parent’s responsibility to teach their kids to be supportive to others and help them in any way they can. And this is what that kid is doing in this ad. He is being supportive without showing pity.

 

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