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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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TEDxLahoreWomen Pulls Off Another Brilliantly Mind Striking Event!

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LAHORE, December 8, 2019: TEDxLahore celebrated its 10th year with yet another series of compelling talks at its TEDxLahoreWomen event held at the British Council Library.

Speakers included Dr. Aneela Darbar, the first US trained female neurosurgeon of Pakistan; Soufia Siddiqui, an education research and strategy advisor; Amna Zamir, an Additional Districts and Sessions Judge in Gilgit Baltistan; Maheen Rahman, an investment banker with an impressive portfolio; Maheen Gul, founder of the Lahore Autism Centre; Fareeda Batool, an independent artist who explores Pakistan’s political upheavals and tumultuous history; and Masuma Anwar, a pediatric doctor and musician. Lakeer ke Fakeer, a husband-wife duo of “singing poets”, also performed at the event.

These “Bold + Brilliant” women shared their profound insights and exciting stories about a remarkable number of issues, ranging from the education of boys in the public sector to the careful mapping of the brain before neurosurgery. The audience comprised over 350 individuals, including young entrepreneurs, educators, doctors, lawyers, and students. Audience members also received a chance to interact with speakers during networking breaks.

“TEDxLahoreWomen brought some powerful women together this year,” said Areej Mehdi, the event’s co-curator. “These women have advocated and opened doors for other women, and changed lives with their groundbreaking work and ideas. We’re excited to share their talks today.” said Irteza Ubaid, TEDx Ambassador – Pakistan. The event was presented in partnership with British Council, Nestle Everyday Lite, MINT PR, Uber, Daftarkhwan, FM 91 and Poet Restaurant.

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TEDxLahoreWomen Pulls Off Another Brilliantly Mind Striking Event!

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TEDxLahore celebrated its 10th year with yet another series of compelling talks at its TEDxLahoreWomen event held at the British Council Library.

Speakers included Dr. Aneela Darbar, the first US trained female neurosurgeon of Pakistan; Soufia Siddiqui, an education research and strategy advisor; Amna Zamir, an Additional Districts and Sessions Judge in Gilgit Baltistan; Maheen Rahman, an investment banker with an impressive portfolio; Maheen Gul, founder of the Lahore Autism Centre; Fareeda Batool, an independent artist who explores Pakistan’s political upheavals and tumultuous history; and Masuma Anwar, a pediatric doctor and musician. Lakeer ke Fakeer, a husband-wife duo of “singing poets”, also performed at the event.

 

These “Bold + Brilliant” women shared their profound insights and exciting stories about a remarkable number of issues, ranging from the education of boys in the public sector to the careful mapping of the brain before neurosurgery. The audience comprised over 350 individuals, including young entrepreneurs, educators, doctors, lawyers, and students. Audience members also received a chance to interact with speakers during networking breaks.

“TEDxLahoreWomen brought some powerful women together this year,” said Areej Mehdi, the event’s co-curator. “These women have advocated and opened doors for other women, and changed lives with their groundbreaking work and ideas. We’re excited to share their talks today.” said Irteza Ubaid, TEDx Ambassador – Pakistan.

The event was presented in partnership with British Council, Nestle Everyday Lite, MINT PR, Uber, Daftarkhwan, FM 91 and Poet Restaurant.

 

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These Four Women are Making some Finger-licking Delicious Desserts

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The trends are changing and we are moving back to our roots, that is, homemade desserts. There was a time when we would dine out to soothe our sweet tooth but now, we simply go to a food forum, type dessert and find the best in town. Although food is never associated with any gender who cooks the best, we found some incredible women bakers that have been in the dessert making for a while now and you have to agree with our choice while the bring something delicious every time they put their oven mitts on. 

Here are the 4 power-packed women that are bringing the best sweets to complement your sham ki chai and coffee.

Devine Appetite

This lady Anam Malik knows how to attract customers with her yummy chocolate bars, appetizing caramel crunch cake, moist chocolate fudge cake and many more. You name it and she will make them for you. It was a treat to try her divine desserts just like the name of her bakery. Not only this, she will treat you with customized chocolates wrapped in your pictures printed on it.

Jaweria Usman

Jaweria Usman’s lotus cheesecakes are pure heaven. We don’t remember any restaurant in Lahore that served as good stuff as she makes. Even after being pogged, you will still not feel enough. Made with love and rich in cheese, she has a solution to your bad mood. Ranging from dipped in chocolate to covered with raspberry buttercream; she has got you covered.

The Meetha Cravings Co.

Bushra knows her way quite well. Her chocolate and the cream-filled jar is a great way to brighten your day. Book her for any event and she will not disappoint you. We ordered her chocolate jar which had a moist cake topped with melted caramel. The texture and taste were totally on point. Do not forget to try her yummy chocolate chip cookies whenever you order her chocolate jar.

Moreish by HT

People meet by fate, we met by Besan ka halwa. We saw this girl making Besan halwa dipped in desi ghee and garnished with cashew nuts and instantly ordered a box. To our surprise, it was the same as our Nanis used to make. It had the same taste and love spewing from each bite. This one is especially for the desi buds. If you are too occupied at your house and want to fulfill your tummy with the conventional meetha i.e kheer, halwa, etc. Henna Tassawur is your go-to person

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