For The Love Of Chai (Tea)

chaaye khana.jpgA good restaurant is one that transports you from the humdrum of everyday life into another world – a temporary cocoon of comfort. Chaaye Khana is such a place. Recently, I got an opportunity to go there at Lucky One Mall in Karachi. I was flabbergasted to see the ambience. Usually when you hear the name of the café, you expect it be a dhaba style, and therefore same was my thought.

Chaaye Khana literally means Tea House. There are several branches of the café in Islamabad, Multan and Karachi. When I entered the premises, I was taken aback with the gorgeous space filled with soaring ceiling, dim lights, bookshelves and artistic paintings on walls. Best place for the writers where you can sit and do creative writing. Also, you can play chess over there. Read a book if you like or just spend quality time with friends.

It’s a café which specialises in brunch, tea and desserts. Breakfast is served all day with variety of options like waffles, pancakes, eggs in many styles and aloo paratha, as well as brownies, cupcakes and lava cake. I ordered croissant with egg and cheese and special tea and it was very fresh and scrumptious.

If you are ardent tea lover, this place is for you. There is a range of regular and exotic tea varieties including herbal, oolong, Kenyan estate tea, white tea, Russian caravan, spicy chai, open sesame and many others. Personally, I find the presentation of tea very unique and interesting.

Staff was amicable and great service. For good food and ambience, I will rate this place 4 out of 5.

Meat One Campaign ‘The Meat Experts’

Writing in one of the finest magazines of marketing and advertising, Aurora, has been a great experience. The article which I am sharing here is my second one for the magazine. It is about the campaign that Meat One, the premium brand of Al Shaheer Foods, launched in July, that aimed at repositioning the brand.

Below is the link of my article that I wrote for this campaign. The article is based on an interview with the brand and agency teams.

http://aurora.dawn.com/news/1142377/for-the-love-of-meat-one

 

Tempting Dates Desserts

The lush, dark brown, dates or khajoor, are considered the nutritional powerhouse. Rich in carbohydrates, fibre, potassium and essential vitamins, the dates offer a host of health benefits. The good news is that eating dates daily will help keep your energy level high throughout the day.

Here are three delectable ways to add this miracle fruit to your diet:

Dates and cashew vegan balls. Soak the dried dates (de-seeded) in water for one hour. date-and-cashew-ballsAdd cashew nuts, grated coconut, coconut oil and a pinch of salt to a food processor. Blend into a sticky mixture. Then take small scoops of the mixture on your palms, and roll to form balls. Place these balls on a baking tray lined with parchment paper, and refrigerate for at least one hour. Serve it chilled. This energy booster is the perfect snack to nibble on in your daily routine.

Date biscuit roll. To make a delicious roll, first add butter to the saucepan and melt it. date.biscuts.rollThen add sugar and de-seeded dates to the butter and cook while stirring, until the glaze has thickened. Turn off the heat, and then add egg and crushed biscuits to the mixture. Shape into a roll and wrap in a foil, and then chill overnight. Slice the roll into small pieces and serve with an ice-cream scoop or with a light drizzle of chocolate sauce.

Date pancakes. If you are tired of eating paratha and omelet in breakfast, go for date pancakes. Mix refined flour with baking powder, sugar and egg yolk. Dilute the mixture date-pancakeswith water to form a thick batter and keep aside for half an hour. Now make small patties with the ground dates. Heat a non-stick pan and drop in two spoonfuls of the batter to form mini pancakes. Place a date patty on one pancake and quickly cover it with the second pancake. Cook till golden brown and then serve it with hot glass of milk chocolate.