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PF Chang’s meets Lahore

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PF Chang’s is a Pan Asian restaurant chain that many Pakistanis are fond of because of the chain having multiple branches in UAE, a place where so much of the population is Pakistani. So naturally, when the restaurant finally opened in Lahore, we went crazy for it. I being one of the Pakistani’s who has been to the Dubai branch countless times decided to go and check it out and see whether it meets my expectations and the international standards in comparison to the Dubai branch.

My first attempt at finding a table was unsuccessful thanks to the long line that spread out to MM Alam Road. My second attempt a few days later was successful. For a day (November 1st) when everyone was scared to leave their houses and most of the roads were blocked, I did not expect such a big turnout. Nonetheless, I got a table in a few seconds, something that takes about 20 minutes in Dubai or any restaurant in Lahore for that matter. The huge building and seating capacity can be thanked for that.

The décor was perfect but the lighting was a lot brighter than a typical PF Chang’s which has a dark vibe to the environment and the atmosphere of the restaurant was excellent apart from the typical aunties screaming , “Ye PF Chang kya cheez hai,” “ye halal hai ke nai?,” The service was remarkably good and when I say this, I’m comparing it to Dubai, where you can’t get your food in under 30 minutes at least. Despite the place being busy, I was served my order in under 10 minutes.

PF Chang’s is famous for two things: the horses installed in the main entrance and the divine Dynamite Shrimp. For starters, I ordered the Chang’s Spicy Chicken Noodle Soup Bowl and Dynamite Shrimp. The soup was delicious and fulfilling and exactly like the one I have been having in Dubai for years now. A mishap occurred when the soup was spilled by one of my companions. The staff was super nice and friendly about it and offered us a replacement.

The Shrimp although nearly as good as the one in Dubai, did not have the same quality of shrimp. The quantity was less than what I was expecting which resulted in me ordering two more servings for us. In some PF Chang’s in other places in the world they offer larger servings. What seemed a bit weird to me was that the next two servings were larger in quantity than the first one and had the exact same taste and quality as the Dubai ones.

For my main course, I ordered the Kung Pao Chicken with white rice which again was excellent apart from the quality of the meat which in my opinion was the only downside.

I also ordered 8 pieces of California Rolls as a sushi main course which I have no complaints against. The taste was great and the fish was of amazing quality.

For dessert, I ordered something I had never had before: The Great Wall of Chocolate or in another word ‘heaven’.
Six rich layers of frosted chocolate cake with semi-sweet chocolate chips is just what everyone needs in life.

Overall the food was great, the atmosphere, the décor, the staff everything is up to standard. But on a side note, there was a certain hygiene issue involving one of the drinking glasses smelling of egg and one of my knives being dirty.

On a scale of 1-5, I give it a 4 star rating.

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The sun, the sand and DUBAI

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Dubai is a great city to plan your vacation. From shopping to recreation and adventure it offers an experience that is a mix of both the East and West. It is also inexpensive and will not weigh heavily on your pocket. Here is a package that will facilitate your vacation to Dubai!

Dubai Eid Holidays & Attractions $ 549 (05 Nights 06 days) per person

Travel Dates: Mar to Aug 31 2017

Dubai Visa

  • 5 nights 6 days accommodation at 3 star hotel in Dubai valid Mar to Aug 2017
  • Lavish buffet daily breakfast
  • Dubai City Tour
  • Desert Safari, BBQ Dinner, Tandura Dance, Belly dance, Land-cruiser pick & drop
  • Burj Khalifa at the top entrance ticket
  • Abu Dhabi trip and Ferrari world entrance
  • Dhow Cruise dinner
  • Return Airport/hotel transfers in Dubai
  • Travel Dates: Mar to Aug 31 2017, twin sharing basis

Dubai City Tour

Experience Dubai in a double decker bus as it takes you through the most important landmarks such as Jumeirah Beach, Burj Khalifa, Gold Souk and Dubai Musuem. You can go through the Red-historic Dubai (Gold Souk, Old Souk, Dubai Creek, Dubai Musuem and Sheikh Zayed Road) or the Blue-modern Dubai (Dubai Mall, Jumeirah Mosque, Burj Al Arab, Atlantis the Palm, Umm Suqeim Public Beach) the choice is yours! 

Desert Safari

Desert Safari is one thing you cannot go back home and do. It is a must have experience which is breath-taking and exciting adventure in the desert. After departing in the afternoon, you will reach just in time to capture the beautiful sunset. A camera is a must have for making memories. It is also recommended that one should wear comfortable clothes and avoid wearing accessories.

The tour includes a camel ride, sand boarding and henna application on the feet. At night there is a campfire with delicious barbeque and shisha. The most enchanting part is the performance of the belly dancers. After enjoying the ravishing experience guests depart for the hotel at around 9.30p.m.

Burj Khalifa

Burj Khalifa, is the world’s tallest building with a height of 555m. It has 148 levels and the observatory deck or SKY lounge opens at level 125. It is perhaps Dubai’s most iconic destination. The view from up to below is awesome. You can get a 360 degree view of the city of both the desert and the ocean. Not only this, but you can also shop from here, taking souveniers.

The Burj takes you from the old Dubai to the present day Dubai. The Burj travel is almost 1.5 hours long. However, you can linger for longer before going back. After your journey you will be full of appreciation of this architectural wonder of the world as well as have a deeper understanding of Dubai’s remarkable vision.

Ferrari World

Ferrari World in located in Abu Dhabi, almost an hour and half car ride from Dubai.

Ferrari World is the first indoor Ferrari theme park and a huge attraction. It is a must visit for children and families. The park offers 17 Ferrari inspired rides and attractions. It also has rides for adults. Ferrari World offers an unforgettable experience for all. The park carries the largest Ferrari logo ever created.

A worthwhile experience that must not be missed!

Dhow Cruise Dinner

Cruising down the Dubai Creek is a beautiful experience. When on the cruise you view the fascinating lights of Dubai with music and dance and great Arabic cuisine. On the whole a captivating and enchanting experience that touches the heart and the soul.

Jumeirah Beach

Jumeirah beach is a luxury family oriented beach that offers a diverse range of family activities, leisure facilities and dining options. It is a great holiday experience!

To book your tour or for further information, visit the following link:

http://www.dubaitraveltaxi.com

Email: [email protected] or Call +971523708685 for booking

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Former UNDP Director Criticizes Pakistan s Elite in his Last Interview

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Marc-Andre Frances
Marc-Andre Franches bids farewell to Pakistan

Marc-André Franche’s four-year tenure as UNDP country head for Pakistan ended earlier this month and in an interview last week, Mr. Fanche delivered some frank criticisms regarding the country’s political and economic elites, saying they don’t do enough to help improve the lives of the poor.

“You cannot have an elite that takes advantage of very cheap and uneducated labour when it comes to making money and when it is time to party it is found in London, and when it’s time to buy things it is in Dubai, and when it’s time to buy property it invests in Dubai or Europe or New York. The elite needs to decide do they want a country or not,” Franche said, according to the Business Recorder.

Mr. Franche who spent four years in Pakistan travelled across the country, visiting all four provinces on numerous occasions. He is critical of the progress of development in the country and is quoted as saying “the fact that even in 2016, Pakistan has 38% poverty; it has districts that live like sub-Saharan Africa; that the basic human rights of minorities, women and the people of FATA [tribal regions in the northwest] are not respected; that this country has not been able to get its act together and hold a census; or that it has not been able to push for reforms in FATA, an area that is institutionally living in 17th century. It is extremely preoccupying.”

Franches shared his disgust at how the political elite, large landowners, propertied classes and wealthy use their power to enrich themselves but do not work towards longterm benefits of the society as a whole. “I have visited some very large landowners, who have exploited the land for centuries, paid nearly zero money for the water, and how they almost sometimes hold people in bondage. And then they come to the United Nations or other agencies and ask us to invest in water, sanitation, and education for the people in their district. I find that quite embarrassing.”

As Mr.Franche’s bids farewell, the country will continue to stumble forward and our only hope is that action be taken towards steps to improve Pakistan’s development in education, health and infrastructure.