One Fourteen by Insomnia Kitchen is a sit down restaurant that focuses on being the hippest late night place, with a warm feel and yummy food. Having lived abroad, owner Shehryar Ali wanted to introduce a model similar to a diner. They plan being open 24/7 eventually but one step at a time. We got to spend an evening talking to Shehryar about this venture and what inspired him to launch this fantastic place!
114 by Insomnia Kitchen is an interesting name, what’s the concept behind this restaurant?
The first of its kind, One Fourteen by Insomnia Kitchen is a late night diner (open from 8 pm to 4 am) that caters to the city’s nocturnal crowd. Manhattan’s Greenwich Village inspired cozy ground floor seating, casual atmosphere, and unique artwork not only represent a diner concept but the interior also creates awareness about important issues that are brushed under the rug. As for One Fourteen – that just happens to be my lucky number.
What inspired you to set out on this journey?
While I studied in New York, I spent most of my summer/winter breaks in Lahore. Late nights and hunger pangs that followed at wee hours of the night always resulted in some fast food or paratha roll indulgence. So, I thought, why not offer something better, healthier and hygienic to the city that loves to eat, no matter what time it is. This resulted in Insomnia Kitchen starting off as a delivery only joint eight years ago.
How challenging was it to move from being a home based delivery place to opening up your own personal space?
Going back in time, I remember taking permission from my grandmother to use the ground floor of her house which was empty. Luckily, that worked out and I was able to keep my overheads low. Eight years down the road, going from a home run kitchen to a two story commercial setup has been a hell of a ride. I had never imagined how hard this journey would be; more so because i decided to do everything on my own. Though this wouldn’t have been possible without my family and friends’ support.
What kind of foods have you kept on the menu? Any best sellers we should definitely try out?
The menu is short but diverse; it’s a little bit of everything. Five best sellers last month were;
- Wild Wild Wings
- Chicken Chilli Dry
- Burrito Bowl
- Cajun Chicken Pasta
- Cookie Skillet
Do you think you’ll be introducing Insomnia Kitchen signature dishes?
We already have a twist of our own on the common dishes in the menu. Signature dishes are in the making and will be introduced pretty soon. This Ramzan we will be serving two of our signature omelettes for Sehri.
Do you see yourself as becoming an integral part of the kitchen? will you consider joining the chefs team yourself?
I think I already am because the menu has been engineered in house. Multiple tastings and manoeuvring of the ingredients have taught me a lot. Although not a pro but I can play around in the kitchen a bit.
Do you plan to expand and open more branches? if so, which city would you go for next?
Currently, we are just focusing on Lahore. But when we do expand, Islamabad is the city we will most likely target next.
4 easy DIY masks you need to try with your girlfriends this Summer
Summer 2019 is in full gear and if their is one thing all girls need – it’s to detox their skin in this sticky humid weather. Self care is essential to maintain glowing, acne-free skin. We’ve rounded up 5 Do-It-Yourself Face masks for you to try with your girlfriends this summer. Bask in the rich goodness of nutritious products working their magic, put on some music and RELAX!
- The Disprin Face Mask (YES, you read that right!)
Recommended to us by a friend, we were shocked at the results. If you want to achieve tighter skin and close down those pores, then apply this twice a week.
How to make it:
- 2 tbsp Rice Flour
- 1 tsp Baking Soda
- 1 Disprin crushed
- 1 tbsp Besan
- 1 tbsp Yoghurt
- Dash of Rose Water
Mix all ingredients in a bowl till it forms a paste. Apply to clean face, wait ten minutes and re-apply another layer. Let it stay another ten minutes and then gently scrub it off with water.
2. Oatmeal and vinegar mask
This mask will do wonders for you if you have oily skin. Apply once a week.
How to make it:
- 3 tablespoons of oatmeal
- ¼ cup of hot water
- 1 teaspoon of honey
- 1 teaspoon of apple cider vinegar
Wash your face with warm water to allow the pores to open up and remove and makeup. Pour the hot water onto your oatmeal and then combine it with honey. At the end, mix the vinegar and apply the mask while it is still warm. Rinse off after 15 minutes and then wash your face with cold water.
3. Citrus avocado mask
Avocados are somewhat an underdog of the fruit family with so many benefits. This mask is great for evening out pigmentation and adding a glow to your face. Apply twice a week
How to make it:
- ½ of an avocado, mashed
- ½ of a lemon, juiced
- 1 tablespoon of coconut oil
This mask is super refreshing and will leave your face feeling smooth and skin tones evened out. Mix all the ingredients together and apply evenly to your face and neck. Rinse after 15 minutes and moisturize with your daily face cream (preferably NIVEA)
4. Chocolate Coffee Mask
Made from antioxidant-rich cocoa, chocolate has become known for its heart-healthy benefits. These beans are loaded with polyphenols, catechins, and flavonols, a powerful antioxidant that helps protect the skin, increases blood flow to the skin, keeps the skin hydrated and maintains the skin’s elasticity.
How to make it:
- 1 tsp of instant coffee
- 1 tsp of cocoa powder
- 1 tsp of honey
- Plain yogurt (enough to make a smooth paste)
Sounds appetizing right? But don’t stuff your face just yet! Combine all ingredients and spread your mixture evenly on your clean, dry face. Avoid your eyes, eyebrows, hairline and lips when you apply your mask and keep it on for 15 minutes before washing it off to reveal more beautiful skin.
Escape Through Art II curated by Mahaa Malik. Featuring the brilliant artists from all over Pakistan!
Here’s all the latest scoop you need on what’s been happening around town and across the globe. (June 8th – June 16th)
1 – It’s more than just a game – Fans around the world are tensely hoping the weather stays clear during the most anticipated World Cup 2019 clash between Pakistan and India
2 – The newlyweds, Iman Ali and hubby Babar Bhatti are on their honeymoon in Istanbul
3 – Photos of KP Minister of Information Shaukat Ali Yousafzai and his fellow officials sporting cat ears and whiskers went viral on Friday night after the social media team running the live broadcast on the official PTI KP Facebook page forgot to disable the cat filter
4 – Instagram accounts turn blue as people all around the world Standing in solidarity with the people of Sudan who are being forced to endure countless horrific atrocities
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6 – On Saturday, Notre Dame Cathedral held its first mass since the devastating fire that tore through the building two months ago on April 15.
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