It’s Time To Take Edhi’s Mission Ahead!

When you visit an Edhi Center, you can instantly see that things could be better. Ideally, the Centers should all be in excellent condition, painted, clean, maintained gardens, simple but decent furniture, constant supply of electricity and back-up generators, air-conditioners that can be turned on during peak summer, clean clothing for residents, hordes of volunteers or staff and all residents receiving the best medical and psychological help available. We all wish for this to happen. The question to ask yourself is, what are you personally doing about this?

Visit any one Edhi Center and talk to them about numbers. Ask: how many dead bodies do they receive every day? How many lost children, women and men show up at Edhi Centers across the country every day? How many calls does one ambulance center receive per day? Considering the breadth of services Edhi Foundation offers, your questions can be endless. You are certain to be surprised by the answers.

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Yes, Edhi Centers could do with renovation and modernization of their services. Yes they could do with more volunteers and more staff. They can definitely do with upgrading their ambulance to the current global standards. No one will deny that. But recognizing this should motivate us even more to help out.

Edhi Foundation is trying to grapple state-level problems at an unimaginable scale. Are these centers perfect providing the finest care that can be compared to private institutions or welfare setups operating at a smaller scale? Maybe not. There is always room for improvement. But that being said, the Foundation is the best option available to millions of needy, forsaken Pakistanis.     

Wajid, who has been working at the Edhi Foundation for the past 15 years, provides medical care to the drug addicts admitted at one of the Centers. He shares “Edhi sb was like a father to all and his compassion was incomparable, but sometimes I feel he was too forgiving. Faisal Edhi, on the other hand is younger and pays attention to details. He is also compassionate but he is more vigilant. He is constantly trying to improve operations and iron out the kinks in the system. I admire this about him.”

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So, this Ramazan, make a pledge to go beyond just contributing some money to the organization.

Coca-Cola’s Ramazan campaign #Eidi for Edhi wants to help you achieve exactly that. Following a similar campaign that was carried out in 2017, Coca-Cola has partnered with the Foundation again for a fundraising campaign and the company promises to double all donations received during the campaign. This year, Coca-Cola invites you to go beyond cash donations, and encourages contributing meaningfully bringing joy into their lives of the less-privileged. You can donate by:

  1. Using the Coca-Cola’s #BottleOfChange or collecting #EidiforEidi and dropping these at the nearest Edhi Center or at one of the 75,000 Telenor easy paisa outlets
  2. Using Easypaisa to transfer money to the Edhi Foundation, Telenor has waived off all charges as their contribution to the Edhi Foundation
  3. Making a direct online transfer into Edhi Foundation’s bank account
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Food Review: Ginsoy Johar

When an eatery opens up a new outlet, everyone is eager to know if the menu is the same, if the food tastes the same, do they offer any new discounts for the new location or if their service is the same or any better. The same curiosity took my husband and me to Ginsoy Extreme, which has now opened its branch in Gulistan-e-Johar. As a marketer, I think this has been a brilliant move by the eatery management. People from gulistan-e-Johar have to go out to tariq road to eat good tasting chinese. We do have fast food chains and desi karahi and bbq eateries in Johar, but definitely there was an open space for chinese food. And Ginsoy has now filled that space.

I LOVE chinese food. Even the desi spicy version of chinese food available in most eateries. But I love going to chinese restaurants. My husband and I kinda like to explore different cuisines and eateries so; we hardly ever go to the same place again. We went to Ginsoy last year at their other branch and as always had good food day.

Yesterday, we had light iftaar with only chicken sandwiches so decided to try out Ginsoy Johar branch as it is just a few minutes drive from our house. The place was fully occupied when we arrived but a family was saying their good byes so found a place immediately.

We ordered:

  • Hot and sour soup – single bowl
  • Half a dish of dynamite prawns
  • Half a dish of beef chili dry
  • Half a dish of dragon chicken
  • Full egg fried rice

Hot and sour soup tasted exactly the same as I have tasted before at other branches. Perfect tanginess and sweetness.

Dynamite prawns were a letdown, as the sauce was drizzled on top of the prawns which made the coating go soft. Prawns and sauce tasted good but without the crispiness, it was not up to the mark.

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Beef chili and dragon chicken were both great. Just as we like them.

And when we were presented the bill, we realised that they have an on going offer of 30% off on the entire bill for 1-15 of Ramzan. The total bill came to 1975/- PKR which was great.

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Service was not top notch but it’s understandable. It’s still a work in progress. As long as they maintain the same great taste, they’d have no shortage of patrons visiting this branch.

All in all, the food tasted good and I’m definitely going back there to satisfy my Chinese food cravings.

 

Javed Nihari Never Disappoints

Consistent great taste and quality is one thing that every eatery should aspire to provide. And that is what we always find at Javed Nihari.

My husband and I decided before Ramzan that we will be on our best behaviour and not indulge in fried or fattening food in ramzan. In fact, we haven’t had any pakoras until the 6th roza. I think we held up quite good. But once we got the cravings for nihari, we were helpless. We tried to shake off the thought of nihari by staying busy and eating more than usual but it didn’t work. We spent 2 more days thinking about nihari and gave in on the 10th roza. Ate a light iftaar and went to Javed nihari after iftaar.

The place was deserted. There was only 1 more family there besides us. We ordered sadi and special nihari both. Sadi one for Shafiq and the more fattening, cholesterol increasing, sugar levels spiking nali maghaz nihari for me.

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And those garam garam naaaaaans were heavenly. My 3 year old loves nihari too. So, all 3 of us had a good time. Nihari tasted good, naans were served steaming hot and thats that.

Can’t give an eatery like Javed Nihari anything but 10/10. No matter how many people are there, their service is always top notch. Food is served immediately, naans brought on promptly and what more can you ask from a place like Javed’s. The best nihari house in Karachi according to most people.

 

Dinner at Movenpick ‘The Pakistani’

My niece turned 10 this year and we went to Movenpick hotel to celebrate her birthday. Usually we invite a few close family members and her friends on her birthday at home and create a theme and decorate the house according to it. A lot of thought and effort goes in it. This time my sister in law had been visiting us from USA and we thought it’d be a good change to go out somewhere.

Movenpick was my niece’s choice. We have always loved the ambiance. My husband and I, foodies through and through go where good food is but we do appreciate the aesthetic nuances and ambiance. The food at Movenpick was good, not the best we have had but if you throw in the live music and the mood set by the place, it was a good food day. It was definitely not value for money but this was not exactly a food excursion, just a family day.

So, we ordered chicken makhni, chicken karahi, fried lahori fish, lamb chops, brain masala, mughlai lamb boti, chicken tikka, palak paneer with naans and parathas. The serving size was small and the food tasted good. Spice levels were a little on the lower side but with guests from abroad, we appreciated it. The only thing I’d go back for are the parathas. They had suji in them and served hot they tasted amazing. While it’s a great place to take your guests but it’s not my go to place for desi food.

Don’t have food pictures because it would have looked weird telling our guests to stop and wait so that I can take pictures.

 

SLAMVICH – The Best Grilled Sandwiches in K-Town

Do you like sandwiches? I do! And not just your regular “like” like; I loove sandwiches. I have eaten sandwiches from so many eateries and have fallen in love with a few over the years and they have become my regular from the menus of their eateries. I love sandwiches mad with regular bread, buns, baguette, nans and what not. I have eaten all kinds of meat in my sandwiches; turkey, bologna, sausages, pepperoni, salami, tuna, beef and of course chicken.

Despite eating it all, I have missed out on eating a good grilled sandwich. And I have seen so many videos on YouTube Food Channels which show just how to make the perfect grilled cheese or any combo with cheese sandwich. The perfect golden bread, the crunch and the succulence of the meat; my mouth waters even now thinking about it. I tried making it at home but my stove is not right for making grilled cheese sandwiches. My stove has not the kind of even heat required to grill the sandwich perfectly.

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Last week, my husband and I were coming back from visiting my relatives and took a wrong turn and it turned out to be a great thing for us. You see, we stopped to consult the Google Map to get out of the labyrinth that Defence is. We saw a small eatery with the most interesting name; Slamvich. Hungry as we were, we went in there. And to our delight, we found the star of the menu were Sandwiches. We ordered Meat’n’Melt and Tender Slam. Oh boy! Love in first bite and with every bite till the end.

T11he Meat n Melt had a juicy meaty patty with lots of cheese. The Tender Slam had juicy steak slices with mushrooms and spinach in white sauce. Both of the sandwiches had the perfect golden bread and the crunch, oh-my-god. They was amazing. Slamvich is not a dine-in spot, it provides take-away and delivery options. I wish I didn’t live 40 minutes’ drive away from Slamvich. I’d have become their regular if I lived or worked nearer.

Definitely full points for taste and presentation. Anytime I have to go to Bukhari now, I’m going to have one of their sandwiches. I am guessing every sandwich on their menu will be as good as the ones I had.

 

Swensen’s Pakistan – New Ice Cream Parlor In Town

Karachi is the perfect market for everyone. No matter what your business is, it can excel in Karachi because Karachiites love to enjoy good times. Recently, Swensen’s i.e. the most famous San Francisco ice-cream brand has launched in Karachi at Saba Avenue, Badar Commercial Phase V. The launch event of Swensen’s Pakistan was nothing less than a star-studded scene. There were many celebrities present at the launch of Swensen’s Pakistan. The best thing is that, in Karachi there is a huge scope for ice-cream parlors because of the hot weather. This new ice-cream parlor will be an amazing addition in the list of finest ice-cream parlors of Karachi.

Everyone is crazy about the huge ranges of Sundae which are offered under the umbrella of Swensens. Those who were present at the launching ceremony of Swensen’s Pakistan genuinely loved the Ultimate Sundae Experience and this was actually the tag line of the event. From celebrities to media personalities everyone enjoyed the lip-smacking dessert. There were many highlights of the event. To start with Faysal Qureshi was the guest who shared his experiences related to his love and addiction for ice-cream when he was a kid and even now he cannot simply resist tasty ice-creams. Ali Safina was hosting the event and he did a phenomenal job in calling multiple guests on stage and asked them interesting questions.

Nadia Hussain was also seen at the launch of Swensen’s first Pakistani store at Karachi and she thoroughly enjoyed her time at the launch and devoured Swensen’s special Sundae. Dino and Mathira were also there and they wished the brand and the entire team all the best for future.

For those who have not yet visited Swensen’s and they are foodies or huge ice-cream fans, they need to head to Saba Avenue and enjoy the Ultimate Sundae Experience. Over social media, particularly on Facebook and Twitter people were continuously talking and discussing about Swensen’s Pakistan’s Launch. The buzz of the event on digital was remarkable.

For those who appreciate good food and something special, Swensen’s Pakistan is highly recommended. Go with your family and friends to enjoy.

 

Let’s Meat The Cheese

I have been to Meat The Cheese a couple of times now and have loved everything I have tried so far. And both of my visits have been oh so satisfactory. Every time I left Meat The Cheese in food coma. Yes, the food is that good. And if you love meat like I do or cherish the cheese the way I do, you’d fall in love with the place too. The only thing I’d take away points for is that they do not serve steak as per the cuts. They serve a meat hunk and though it is meaty, totally yummy; it isn’t T-bone or fillet mignon or rib eye or any other cut that you prefer. So, if you can over look this, then do visit the place. You will not be disappointment.

Here are a few pictures from the place and the food I had with my friends on both occasions.