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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Secret Recipes of Head Chef of Avari Towers

Trying out new recipes and creating new dishes is my passion. I love cooking. This combined with my love for food has led me to hundreds of websites, to so many cooking classes that I have lost count. But recently my interest had been waning a bit. With a very active toddler tow, I hardly get any time for anything outside my normal routine. This week I was invited to Avari Towers for a cooking class with their head chef and what an experience it had been.

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It reminded me of my long lost passion which had taken a back seat due to motherhood. I came back from Avari Towers with my interest in cooking renewed. Dusted off my recipes and decided not to let myself go, just coz I am a mother now.

The weather was beautiful when I went for the cooking class at Avari Towers Rooftop. And the view from the rooftop was breathtaking. Karachi for miles and miles and that too after 2 days rain. It was indeed a rare occurrence. It looked as if the city has washed away all its grit.

The chef shared 2 recipes; one for Tal Mal Grilled Prawns and the other for Grilled Australian Chops. Recipes were simple and I loved the taste of both dishes. The grilled chops tasted so so so good. And the prawns were too good.

Recipe of Tal Mal Prawns

Recipe of Grilled Australian Chops

The chefs made the recipes seem so simple. I loved the cooking class and will definitely try both dishes at my family BBQ soon.

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:

https://www.facebook.com/McDonaldsPK/videos/1592153144128660/

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?

https://twitter.com/McDonaldsPK/status/872232740631887872

 

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.