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Awesomeness of the fabulous Awesamosas

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Awesamosa, a samosa bar, the first of its kind recently opened it’s doors to the public. It is located in the H-block, Phase 5, DHA in a corner of the HKB express market.

The PR was managed by Aden Rehan PR (ARPR). Special thanks to Momal and Mahnoor who were welcoming and very helpful.

The bar was the brainstorm of Danial and Seema who are partners as well as relatives. This is the second branch they have opened. The first one is located in Cavalry Ground. When asked how they came up with the idea, Seema said, “We lahoris love food. We are foodies and so this inspired us to bring out something new for the public, something creative.”

The menu revolves around the desi samosa. The samosa is the main dish. For example there is cheesy aloo samosa, meetha samosa, samosa with icecream and drinks such as a mixture of lassi and pina colada. The whole concept is to introduce a fusion of eastern and western food. It is there to amuse the people by creating combinations that are different and daring. It offers the philosophy of ‘from snack to meal.’  So whilst one is eating a snack it is actually a full meal.

The décor was minimalistic yet elegant. There was a wooden plank serving as a resting place with stools around it for people to sit on and eat in peace whilst making a casual conversation. The idea is to have informal meetings with friends and at the same time to enjoy an inexpensive meal.

The duo Danial and Seema plan to expand their menu without changing the central idea. In the coming time they will introduce brunch, drinks and desserts. Moreover Seema said “We have more projects in the pipeline which we hope will be successful as well.”

Although located in the midst of a grocery store, the aroma and ambience created for the Awesamosa is great. A visit, therefore, is a must!

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Dessert Directory

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Located in Y Block commercial market of DHA, Dessert Directory is a bakery cum patisserie which offers rich and delicious desserts. Taking its inspiration from the French dessert boutiques, it offers the finest desserts that are excellent to taste and at the same time not too heavy so as to give an unpleasant feeling in the tummy.

Owned by the trio Moniba Javaid, Amer Javaid  and Khadija Shafqat, Dessert Directory started off by dealing in fruit bouquets and candy. But they always wanted to start a proper outlet which would provide mouth-watering desserts.

 

Moniba Javed and Amir Javed deal with the business aspect whilst Khadija Shafqat looks after the culinary aspect. They basically stock desserts made by home-based chefs. The vendors include Chef for the Weekend, Spoonful, Lahorelicious, The Mad Chef, Bano, Scrumptious, The Little Cake Company, The Pink Kitchen, Cake Couture and The Baking Room.

 

They have a versatile price range. From a minimum of Rs 150 it goes up-to Rs 500 and above. Dessert options on the menu range from the conventional banoffee pie, Nutella cheesecake, Tiramisu and even GulabJamuns to more complex pastries like a pistachio meringue tart, which are served on golden coasters.

They also offer free consultation on dessert arrangement and quality. Open from 2 pm, it closes at 12 midnight and has received as high a rating as of 4.6/5. The presentation is great, desserts exquisite and ambience pleasant. The quaint furniture and colourful cupcakes add to the delightful aura. Though it’s a small place, you will simply love the aroma and the experience will definitely be worthwhile.

 

So come visit Dessert Directory and choose from a variety of over 30 types of desserts to satisfy your sweet-tooth at the first luxury dessert bar in Lahore.

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Bon Viviant (Gourmet) launches Aver Caro

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Aver Caro recently launched by Bon Viviant, Gourmet is an executive lounge. The Italian word which means “something to cherish” provides a place for people to hold small scale functions such as birthday parties or exhibitions. The launch was well attended with a beautiful décor in white and green adding to the grandeur of the event.

The owner Chaudhry Muhammad Nawaz Chattha, started off with Gourmet almost 30 years back. At that time gourmet offered only a bakery. It was their first franchise. Gourmet was brand that was launched keeping in mind the masses of the country. Its philosophy was to provide quality items at cheap prices.

With the advent of Bon Viviant gourmet expanded its business to reach the rich class as well. The entire building of Bon Vivant Palais targets the upper class. With its launch Gourmet hides behind the scenes. Bon Viviant offers a pleasant environment with a price that is not low but not too high either. It offers a wide range of food and its chefs have received international training.

The building covers an area of 4 canals and has 8 floors out of which 4 are functional at the moment.

It has 3 restaurants. On the ground floor is a café that offers continental cuisine as well as Italian and French. It basically targets the youth.

On the first floor is the restaurant, “Riwayat”. It offers traditional, Afghani and Indian cuisine.

On the second floor is “Xingfu” which offers Japanese, Chinese and Thai.

On the third floor is “Aver Caro”. It has two executive lounges and two Board rooms.

The lounges are for holding functions whilst the Board rooms are for the cooperate sector to hold their events in.

Both offer facilities such as wi-fi, tv, etc.

Also people on the third floor can order food from either of the 3 restaurants.

When asked about the signature of “Aver Caro” from the owner, he said:” We are the first ones to offer 5 different cuisines and a variety of facilities under one roof”

According to him the mission of Gourmet was to cater to the masses but he also said that with the establishment of Bon Viviant we will break through this myth. Why? Because our customers have the right to expect anything from us! Our masses have been loyal to us but we want to expand our business.

When asked about the future plans, he said “If this venture proves to be successful then we will take it to other big cities such as Islamabad, Karachi and Faislabad.”

It is a big business venture and we hope that it grows and maintains its quality.

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How to quench your thirst in Ramazan?

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Its summer! It’s hot! & it’s Ramazan! So we bring you here a list of juices and smoothies that are cool, soothing and refreshing! The following are a few thirst quenchers that are yummy and invigorating!

Spinach Veggie Mix

Core the apple, and juice 1/2 the apple, 3 carrots, 2 stalks of celery, ½ cucumber and 1 cup of spinach. Serve immediately

Berry Juice

Core 1 apple. Juice 2 cups strawberries,2 cups blueberries, 1 apple and 1 1/2 cup raspberries. Serve.

Honeydew-Basil Water

Preparation:
Place 1 cup ice in tall glass; set aside. Combine ½ cup diced honeydew melon and 4 fresh basil leaves in a large cocktail shaker. Mash well with back of a wooden spoon or muddler. Stir in 1 ¼ cup water; cover and shake. Strain into ice-filled glass and enjoy.

Minty Watermelon-Lime Water

Place 1 cup ice in tall glass; set aside. Combine ½ cup diced watermelon, 3 slices fresh lime, and 4 fresh mint leaves in large cocktail shaker. Mash well with back of a wooden spoon or muddler. Stir in 1 ¼ cup water; cover and shake.
Strain into ice-filled glass and enjoy

Peachy Banana

Place 2 peaches, 1 banana, 1 handful of raspberries and 1/3 cup of water or almond milk in a blender and process until smooth. 

Plum

Place 4 red or purple plums, ½ cup yoghurt, ¼ cup of nut milk and 1 tablespoon of honey in the blender and process on high until smooth. Serve immediately. 

Mango Papaya

Place 1 orange, ½ lime, I small papaya and a few ice cubes in the blender and process on high until smooth. Serve immediately. 

Pineapple Coconut

Put 2-1 inch rounds of pineapple (cored and cut into chunks), ½ cup coconut milk, ½  cup milk, and 2 tablespoons of honey in the blender and process until smooth.

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The Emporium Mall Is All Set To Host The Emporium Circus This Weekend

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After putting together some memorable events like the Punjab Polo Cup, Pakistan Day Celebrations, Ali Azmat and Zoe Viccaji concert, Pakistan’s largest shopping arena, The Emporium Mall by Nishat Group is back with their latest venture : The Emporium Circus! The mall is all set to host a four day event starting 28th April till 1st May throughout the long weekend for Labor Day!

Adorned with fun outdoor and indoor decor, Pakistan’s largest shopping arena is bound to give you a feeling of a full-fledged circus with all the right attractions and activities. The mall will be setting up carnival inspired snack stalls throughout different sections of the mall for families to enjoy.

Life-size character cut outs along with a very fun gravity booth and a funny mirror room will be available for families to take memorable pictures. The mall has also incorporated a variety of fun activities inspired by the circus and carnival theme of the event with games like Balloon Shots, Ring Toss, Claw Ride amongst others for families to keep their children entertained.

Iqraa H. Mansha, Managing Director at the Emporium Mall said, “Our tagline ‘Everything for Every one’ truly embodies the spirit of Emporium. We believe in giving our best to customers by coming up with new events/opportunities for people to enjoy and make memories. It gives me great pride to know that Emporium has now become a regular platform for entertainment for adults and children alike and it is due to this support that we feel motivated than ever before to always keep coming back with more.”

For more details visit:

https://www.facebook.com/nishatemporium/?fref=ts

https://www.instagram.com/emporiummall/?hl=en

http://nishatemporium.com/

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All you need to know about ‘Dil-e-Nadaan’

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Theatre:

Story-line:

A light romantic comedy play, Dil-e-Nadaan is an Urdu adaptation of Neil Simon’s play “The Last of the Red Hot lovers”. It is about a middle aged man who led an unremarkable selfless life! Dealing with his mid life crisis he decides to woo three different women on three different occasions to turn his life less ordinary. These three affairs help him in opening his eyes to new realities of the exciting life he is seeking for.

It is specially adapted in our mother language (Urdu) by the write Jawad Daud, to expand the reach and in a bid to revive good Urdu theatre. Further on to which he added ‘English theatre is always considered niche J’

Play is produced by Lahore Amateur theatre ‘Zealots’ founded by Huma I. Zaman and her team is passionate about reviving theatre in Lahore.

Duration: Approx. 90 minutes

Genre: Social satire/Comedy

2 good reasons to watch:

Jawad Daud:

First: women will learn why some men are tempted to have an affair despite being seemingly happy.

Second: men will learn an affair is not the answer: an affair is the question. ‘Yes’ is the answer!

Huma Ejaz:

First: Come to see good theatre by Latz.

Second: You will have a great evening!

Omair Rana:

‘I can give a million’ – Omair Rana

Top 2:

First: Come to enjoy laugh and relax!

Second: Fantastic cast, all women one man

Tickets:

Gold Rs: 2000 (sold out)

Silver Rs: 1000

Bronze Rs: 500

Student Deal: Buy 10 tickets of Rs. 500, and get 2 tickets free.

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Ambiance Interiors Launch

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Ambiance interiors by Yousra Mustafa showcased their interior concepts along with furniture designed by yousra herself. There was art by Somia Naveed to go with the interiors. The event was held at cosa nostra.

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Sweet Affairs- the trendy hangout

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Sweet Affairs located in Phase 5, DHA is a bistro styled café which offers a versatile menu. It is owned by Ms Asma Waqar who is the chairperson and Ms Saniya Waqar the CEO. Sweet Affairs opened its first branch four and a half years ago in Gulberg, opposite Yum restaurant. From there it expanded to a second branch in Phase 5, DHA and is now opening another branch in the upcoming Packages Mall.

It caters mainly to the youth, providing them with an attractive and clean place to socialize in. The fledglings have a vast social network and so their word of mouth is important for marketing and advertising of the cafe. Café timings are from 7 am to 2 am.

The décor is fantastic. Wooden tables and red velvet chairs add colour to the otherwise immaculate white and silver serving counters. Vase Globes are a novel concept that enhance the outlook. A wall has been dedicated to a scrabble like maze of relevant café vocabulary such as café, espresso, gelato, love, etc.

The signature of Sweet Affairs are its cakes and the Brick Oven Pizzas. The finest cake is Red Velvet but there are others such as Dairy Milk, Chocolate Fudge, Caramel Crunch, etc. In terms of competing with cakes of other restaurants, Sweet Affairs excels in decoration and advance booking for delivering in lesser time i.e. between 16-18 hours.

Coming to The Brick Oven pizzas, there is a variety of flavours that are available. Super Brick Oven which is a combination of veggies, black olives and mushrooms; Barbeque that has smoked chicken with a special cheese topping. The aroma of coal is mouth-watering.

The hottest selling desserts include molten lava, cookie skillet and Peekaboo. Peekaboo is a steaming chocolate brownie topped with a chocolate shell.

A factor that sets Sweet Affairs apart and perhaps makes it unique is its offer of Diet food. The 15, 30 and 42 day challenge designed for people who want to shed weight fast is affiliated with Sweet Affairs. Sweet Affairs offers 3 meals a day- breakfast, lunch & dinner, in accordance with the diet plan given by the instructors. The dishes offered are purely continental. Chicken steak with greens, Greek salad omelet (made only with egg whites) and smoked salmon sardines are a few to mention. The prices range from a minimum of Rs 30,000 to Rs 80,000 and free home delivery is also offered.

The Gelatos it offers are home-made and preservative free. The flavours are Nutella, Cookies & Cream, Pistachio, Strawberry, Ferrero Rocher. The Nutella ice cream is to die for. The chefs have been trained according to International standards and the staff is extremely amicable. It is over all a delightful experience!

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Khalis Market – Purity, taste and health guaranteed

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We experienced the The Khalis food market held on Sunday the April, 16, 2017 at the Gulberg Galleria Mall. Here we bring to our readers a little about this interesting concept. The market is the brain-child of Asma Shah & Rizwaan Naeem. Concerned with the deteriorating food quality being offered in the markets, both Asma & Rizwaan thought of setting up a wholesale market like a Sunday bazaar where only organic and pure food items would be offered. To encourage the local vendors to put up stalls at the Khalis Market was a big feat but since the demand in the public circles was high, the market became a roaring success.

Rizwaan also explains that it’s a misconception with many that khalis food such as desi ghee and honey, etc add to one’s weight. He tells us that a balanced diet is a combination of proteins, carbohydrates, fat and minerals. So as long as you watch your diet and eat healthy and pure you will feel fitter.

Saadia Waqar of “Organic Delight” was offering home-made chutneys, achaar, organic herbs and salads. She also had on her stall fresh organic drinks such as Kaanji, Aloevera, Strawberry, Almond, etc. The price was between Rs 200-Rs 400.

‘Lahorilicious’, the Artisan Ice-cream offered a wide range of flavours with Chocolate Fudge bar as its most popular item. The ice-cream was home-made, organic, made from real fruit and without any additives or preservatives. The price was Rs 200 per cup.

Another stall was set up by a young girl Haadia and her small brother Yahya. They were offering used books and DVD’s to raise money for the deaf. The prices were between Rs 100-300.

“Roshni” an NGO supplied different types of whole wheat breads such as plain, multigrain and with sesame seeds.

‘Soap Therapy’ by Amina Hassnain offered natural handmade soap and skin care with pure essential oils. Their logo was: “Let nature care for your mind, body & soul.”    Her ingredients comprise of different butters, oils, clays and herbs.

“The Daily Juice” offers cold pressed juices. The 2 basic flavours were ‘Mean Green’ (cucumber, mint, spinach) and ‘Red Kiwi’ (beet -root). The juices are a perfect combination of fruits and veggies. They help detoxify the body, boost metabolism, build blood, and prevent the body against cancer and other diseases.

“Food Coma”, had on its stall a variety of items. There were salads, vegetable koftas, flavoured chocolates (without preservatives and white sugar), oatmeal bars, pistachio dates, chocolate truffles.

The Greek salad had as its primary ingredient fetta cheese and veggies. Calamiri Jam Salad had squids and Moroccan CousCous contained roasted veggies. The prices were nominal between Rs 200-500.

Organic Mineral Porridge believes in the natural philosophy:

“Leave the medicine behind and cure your body pains with nature.” Its price started at Rs 1600 per gram.

“Fruit Tribe” was all about food plants. Owned by Shahriq Naeem who tells us how important are “Sunlight, Regular water & Big Trees.” Tasty, exotic & rare fruit trees are available.

“Herboganic” offers pure coconut oil. It has multiple benefits. It is good for hair, skin, weight reduction, anti- aging, osteoporosis, and eradicates all bacteria, virus, fungus as well as is the best sunscreen and natural body lotion.

“Bio-Hunza” produces GMO free products. The Hunza farms are especially certified in organic food. There is a variety of oils such as flaxseed, sunflower, black cumin, peanut, walnut, apricot, kernel, almond and sesame. Each type of oil has different benefits. A few to name are weight reduction, relieving constipation and diarrohea, lowering cholesterol, boosting immune system, improving skin and hair, controlling blood pressure, acting as under eye cream, preventing depression and anxiety and so on and so forth. It also offers different types of tea such as Rose Petal Kehwa, Wild Olives Tea & Weight Loss Tea. It has similar benefits.

“Delish Pizza Bar” offers “thin crust pizza which is delectable in taste yet de-junked for a healthier twist.” The price ranges from Rs 400 to Rs 1300, depending on the size.

“Lift” by Shaista Shafqat imports a wheat germ oil to firm wrinkles on aging and dry skin.

“Halite” offered all sorts of salt and spices that are home grown and pesticide free.

When one of the vendors was asked how their experience was with the market, she replied, “I’ve had an amazing time with Khalis, and have been exhibiting my products for years now. They are definitely a big reason why my business has grown. Lovely, cooperative people, who believe in my products and draw in the exact crowd my products cater to.”

The Khalis Food Market is also a good platform for meeting new and enterprising people. It’s been 5 years since its inception in 2013 and it has gone a long way coming up each time with a different venue and a new twist. A thoroughly exciting and mouth-watering experience! Three Cheers for The Khalis Food Market & its founders!