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Breakfast done right at Chaaye-o-holics

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This was my first time at Chaayeaholics and I must say as I drove upto the café, I appreciated its convenient location. There was ample parking space and exteriors of the building were clean, shining and specially the overall glass facade created an open, inviting ambience. I live in DHA, Lahore and even though new eateries are fast opening in this vicinity of the city but Id say the more the merrier. There is a dearth of eateries that are open at breakfast time (yes please keep the working folks that would love to grab-n-go or those of us who have dropped the lil folks to school and are looking for good breakfast options post morning walk or exercise regimen), family friendly and easy on the wallet.

Once inside the person who greeted us was friendly and efficient. She guided us to the first floor and provided multiple seating optiond- we choose the seating in the centre as that allowed us a view of the floor beneath as well as outside view. The walls have been made with varying textures of bricks and logs and give a rustic yet warm living room kind of feel. The wall ornaments demand attention with the one with the vintage car on it specially memorable. The lanterns, Elizabethan-times wall clock and and The chairs were upholstered in opulent lilac, fuscia and copper tapestry is the perfect matrimony of casual, contemporary with classic.Im sure it will liven up the mood of all the diners.

The menu was quite large and had a little bit of everything for a choosy group. We were served with an assortment of breads, butter and homemade jam as we studied the menu. My besty and I decided on egg-centric breakfast and whilst I opted for the Omlette Spagnola, she went with the house-suggestion Poached Florentino. My sister (sweet-tooth of the family) ordered the stacked pancakes namely Pancake Cream Tower. The omelet was fresh and quite tasty (though I would have liked it more spicy) . It was served with succulent chicken sausages and a cutlet which looked grilled rather than fried and made me feel less guilty about downing these calories.

The Poached Florentino was cooked to perfection and the presentation made it too beautiful to eat. It had a variation on the classic eggs benedict with pureed spinach and slow cooked hollandaise sauce melting in the mouth. Again served with 2 sausages ensured a happy tummy.The pancakes were fluffy and just the right amount of sweet (and I am quite fussy about my dessert). Even though it was layered in whipped cream, pineapple chunks (kill me…) and Nutella still the flavours came together to create a delightful gastronomic experience.

As I am a Chaaye addict, a good cuppa as opposed to an average one is the deal breaker for me. I enjoyed the Karak chaaye that I was served. It seemed it had cooked on low heat with the right amount of tea and milk for some while. It was not hazardously hot, yet not cold or lukewarm as mostly is the case when it reaches customers. It was perfect! I had 2 cups and then was sad that I had no more space. However, the Cardamom tea needed more taste of cardamom. I am hoping to try the Green Tea Chaaye next time but had no space this time. The manager greeted us and checked in to see if we were happy with everything two times which made me appreciate the training of the staff. The staff were all busy with customers and the energy in the restaurant was very positive. They even said goodbye and thank you as we left. We will definitely try this establishment again with the fam jam.

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Ramsha Khan Brilliantly Tackles Hamna’s Situation as ‘Ishqiya’ Comes to a Standtill

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Ishqiya has finally come to a standstill after a long silence on the part of the main lead Hamna, played by Ramsha Khan. Let’s take a quick look back on the story so far.

Hamna’s (Ramsha Khan) marriage to Azeem (Gohar Rasheed) was her father’s choice, but she accepted this new relationship with all her heart. She had left her past behind and moved forward with Azeem, which provoked Hamza (Feroze Khan) to think that Hamna has betrayed him, so to take revenge for this betrayal, he got married to Hamna’s sister, Roomi (Hania Amir). Hamza had been taking advantage of his relationship with Roomi to emotionally blackmail Hamna into meeting him at hotels and calling her at random hours at night, making sure to disrupt her peace at all costs.

Hamna’s has not been an easy character to deal with, though Ramsha Khan’s powerful dialogue delivery and the way she uses her facial expressions to convey her state of mind clearly showed her powerful acting skills. As Hamna finally broke her silence and confessed to her husband Azeem regarding her relationship with Hamza, everyone is on their toes to see what will happen next.

Ramsha’s facial expressions are simply spot on. Whether it’s the scene when she is confessing the truth in front of her husband regarding her past or hears about her father’s death, we can clearly feel the pain she is going through.

She has been the center of everyone’s comments lately and is receiving a lot of appreciation for her role as Hamna. There is a fan base that loves Ramsha Khan’s chemistry with Feroze Khan, and then there is another fan base that is shipping the romantic scenes between Ramsha Khan and Gohar Rasheed. To have such an impact with one single character is not easy, but Ramsha Khan is winning here with her splendid performance.

The drama shows Hamna with a different vibe when she is with Hamza and a different vibe when she is with Azeem. Hamna’s relationship with Feroze khan was fun and innocent while her relationship with Azeem is more serious, trustworthy, and mature. Ramsha Khan deserves a huge appreciation for producing such a remarkable difference in a character through her performance caliber.

In the last few episodes, Hamna has emerged as a very strong person who knows what she wants from life and how she plans to attain it. This comeback in her character was long due and was executed with perfection. Ishqiya fans have since then gone crazy for Hamna as her character has become more influential now.

The emotional mix up between Hamza, Hamna, Roomi, and Azeem is on an explosive stage. One mistake can destroy four lives, and Hamna is trying her best to save them all. Let’s see what will happen next.

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Lock-down is temporary but Father’s day is permanent

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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?

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“Beyond Wonder Women”- A Facebook Initiative to Promote Body Positivity

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Beyond Wonder Women is the brainchild of Minahil Kashif, a Law graduate from the University of London. She struggled with all the things that a normal Pakistani girl has to go through when it comes to the concept of a “perfect body”. Minahil used body-shaming as fuel and a reason to start Pakistan’s first fitness and motivational group that promotes the idea of women of all ages, race and ethnicity to come together and live a positive and healthy life.
The initiative “Beyond Wonder Women” aims to help our nation unlearn the concept of “perfect body” by promoting self-love, along with encouraging to be healthy and discouraging them to come down to society’s unnecessary expectations.
Beyond Wonder Women strives to provide women a safe space. Their Instagram promotes fitness and health while they work on the community’s mental health and well-being through their Facebook group in order to maintain privacy.
Amongst other wonder women is  Maryam Feroz (@25vectors) who has produced content that has helped them achieve many milestones in a short span of time which include crossing 1000+ members on their Facebook group and getting shoutouts from international trainers such as @chontelduncan and @stephaniesanzo.

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