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.
Lock-down is temporary but Father’s day is permanent
He is the person who started working hard even before your birth to give you a safe space full of warmth and comfort. It is rightfully said that no person in this world would be happy to see you more successful than him except for your father.
A father is the first superhero in a child’s life, the one he\she would always look up to, for love guidance, goals and unlimited demands.
Since most of the major events are being celebrated in a situation of complete lockdown in the country, we have got some sweet and doable ideas to surprise your dads on this Father’s Day.
Throw A Lunch Party
Isn’t it true that most of the dads are foodies and they can never say no to a dish made by their kids? On this special day, make his favorite dishes. Pamper him the whole day and do not forget to prepare something sweet for the evening tea.
Origami Nuts In Collaboration With OvenCraft
Yummy in his tummy!!! Origami Nuts has designed this cute basket of sweet banana crumble bread in collaboration with Oven craft. The appearance is cute and is definitely a perfect pick to show love and dedication on this special day to your fathers.
Kitchen Kahani’s Breakfast
Almost every dad is a nihari lover and especially in this lockdown when we cannot go and dine out, Kitchen Kahani is offering “Nashta with Abbu”. We are already melting at the name. You can order home-cooked beef Nihari to surprise your Abbus with a scrumptious desi nashta.
Customized Basket By Happy String
If your abba loves to eat junk, this can be an economical and a fancy present for him. Get his favorite chocolates and other edibles packed in a beautifully wrapped basket and brighten up your father’s mood with something sweet and salty.
Father’s Day DIY Cookie Kit
For young fathers, to have an interactive activity with small kids, Delish is offering customized DIY Cookie kits where you can make your own cookies with your kids while sitting at your home. Isn’t it a great yet adorably creative idea?
Imdaad- A Dire Necessity in this Global Pandemic
Pakistan, as we know it, has a well-established reputation of being one of the most charitable nations. Having to face several natural disasters and a debilitating disease-induced economic crisis over the span of a year has greatly fueled our philanthropic efforts.
As we reflect upon the ongoing destruction being caused by the spread of the Coronavirus, our hearts are left shattered while our minds are perplexed.
The heart-rending reality kicks in: even if the virus doesn’t end more lives, hunger caused by unemployment surely will.
Meet Manahil Naveed, a 17-year-old who embarked on a journey to give back to the needy by founding her own charitable organization by the name of Imdaad.
Imdaad is a non-profit organization working against the clock to provide food and hygiene packages to families living beneath the poverty line in Lahore. So far, their team has managed to deliver these packages to more than 50 families in need. As they work solely off donations, the people of Pakistan have generously extended their hands to help Imdaad’s cause.
This is what she has to say:
“Tuning into the news every day and witnessing the number of cases rapidly grow along with the effects of this growth managed to create this undying feeling of sadness within me. Witnessing small businesses shutting down, I couldn’t help but be concerned about how the poverty-struck families of daily wage laborers would manage to find their next meal.”
While many of us want to help the needy during this pandemic, the majority are rightfully afraid to be in close proximity to others.
This is where Team Imdaad steps in. They bridge the gap between the generosity of potential donors and their fear of catching the virus by being around large groups of donees.
Using the best protective gear out there, Imdaad’s team buys and packages ration bags to ultimately be handed to the destitute, all while ensuring that each recipient is truly in need by asking trustworthy sources such as local heads and representatives of other NGOs.
We will end this piece on a little saying Manahil has used as Imdaad’s slogan: “Hamdardi Imaan hai.”
Our Favorite Fashion Divas that have Evolved Over Time
While reading the title, you must be thinking about the acting skills and how these ladies have made their name in the drama and film industry. But no, here we are talking about the fashion game of these actresses that have taken us all by surprise. Perking up their style statement and emerging as few of the finest actresses in terms of being glamorous and presentable, they have absolutely conquered the fashion world.
These are our favorite Divas who have proved that working on oneself is never a selfish thing and this hard work can eventually help you in the long run.
Starting from soaps and not so glamorous dramas, we never saw Saboor Aly dressing up as impressively as she does now. Probably, this is the social fashion awareness that some choose to pick and some don’t. And, we have to say that Saboor is doing quite well with her dress sense while earning a huge fan following at a great pace. She is one of those finest actresses who keep us hooked to their gram-game as something cool and happening just pops up out of nowhere anytime and any occasion.
Our fancy-pants; Nausheen Shah has instantly beefed up her fashion game and we cannot stop admiring her taste and style in whatever she wears. She has definitely come a long way. Also known for carrying bold statements just like in a recent awards show, her hairstyle was quite eccentric perfectly aligning with a blingy Hussain Rehar attire.
Her vibrant tops, glowing face and quirky pants have got our attention and we, indisputably, give her the award of being the most stylish actress among the lot. This was never the scenario from the day she joined the Entertainment industry so, she came this far and has definitely grown into a woman who keeps herself up-to-date in every trend and fashion.
Our recent favorite bride, Iqra has polished herself over time and we love how effortlessly she carries every outfit in sheer grace and pizzazz. Recently, she has been appointed as the face of Al-Karam and this was all a result of gradual progress and immense effort she has put into building her powerful aura and strong-headed personality that beautifully harmonizes with her chic and classic sense of styling.
If Sonya had a synonym, it would be the word “grace”. We love her for her impactful persona, the way she dresses up and the way she owns everything she wears with undying confidence. There are very few celebrities who have evolved to be steezy and sassy in a way that they know what they should actually wear. Unlike some who do not even know their body type. Sonya Hussyn proves that style is always within, you can improve with time but class remains constant.
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