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4 Facebook Groups with Great Initiatives that Serve Significant Purposes

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Old were the days when a review was not a “thing” and it was extremely difficult to get information about anything be it travel, food, medical issues or any problem related to everyday life. It was not common to have a forum where people would share their experiences directly with the public. Reading first-hand experiences was rare and forums like Quora and Yahoo Answers were considered the only reliable sources. 

Now, everything is available on the internet and is just a click away. But, should we rely on such sources to be authentic and true? It depends and varies from source to source. It also depends on who moderates the source and how.

When the trend of having groups on Facebook started, people only used it for fun, to gather at a place to talk and share jokes. At that time, a few were trying to utilize this source for a meaningful purpose and those people gave birth to some amazing groups that, now, have a huge following and are considered reliable sources for any information related to the subject matter of the group.

Now groups have become a popular and the safest space for like-minded people to congregate and discuss specific stuff- from hobbies to pets and celebrities.

If you are still living in the stone age or looking for answers to your riddles related to food, travel, pets, allergies, mental health, etc., these are the groups that are at your service with a meaningful purpose and a great initiative to help the masses through a direct communication and dissemination of information through various posts.

 

Foodies ‘R US

Created in 2013, now this group has over 95k followers. This is the place where you will find reviews about any restaurant. You name it and people will share their experiences. If you are a foodie, this is surely going to be your favorite group as it has all the solutions to deal with your appetite. Not only the masses, but this has also helped a lot of restaurateurs and home-based chefs with their businesses.

The founder of the group, Asad Sheikh says “I started this group 6 years ago for one reason only and that’s the passion for food. I just want to tell and guide people on what’s good out there to try and what’s good that our country has to offer. I don’t write bad reviews of any kind but that doesn’t mean that I have not had my share of bad food. Always try to highlight the good while telling owners of the restaurant about things that need improvement.

We all are ambassadors of our city or country and others who see our posts or reviews create an image of where we are from. Over the years Foodies ‘R Us has helped many people living out of city or out of country to pick the eateries when they visit Lahore Karachi or even Islamabad. The same passion was translated into encouraging home-based talent to post as much as they can and later encouraging them to turn this talent into a business.

Many small businesses have blossomed from this platform and we later encouraged them further to be part of our Coke Food Festival, giving them a face to face experience with their consumers.

We have never charged anyone to advertise on our platform and that’s the reason for the success of many small businesses.” 

Soul Sisters Pakistan

This group is home to 212K women who interact and share their issues and experiences related to health, relationships, feminism, networking, their moments of happiness, moments of suffering or any piece of advice related to the ongoing discussion. Not only this, through the group, women were able to find their long lost friends, online jobs, solutions to their problems and a lot more. This has become a safe place for them to talk about stuff they do not normally share publicly or are afraid to talk about. Anonymous posts have become the new trend to send your message across.

“In a culture where women are often silenced and their issues trivialized, I felt that we needed a space and people to talk to, other than their immediate family and friends; a space where we could give unbiased advice as a third person, for each other’s problems and a space where we could come together to share our stories, experienced and inspire each other.

And so in August 2013, Soul Sisters Pakistan was formed, and within months we were getting scores of requests to join the group as the concept of a safe space like this wasn’t so common back then! From discussing taboos to breaking stereotypes to providing legal aid and emotional support – the community has really made a mark and become a household name. It is also one of the 115 most impactful communities in the world, recognized, supported and trained by Facebook itself!- Kanwal Ahmed (the Founder)

The Travel Diary 

Earlier, it was extremely difficult to know about the experiences of people who travel. Now, you just have to post a query and hundreds will be there to assist you or guide you about a particular thing, food place, culture or about people of a certain country. All in all, this group is a complete package to know about anything related to a country. Founded in 2016 with more than 72K members, this group is a query-home for all travel enthusiasts.

 Mishaal Hashmi, the founder of the group says, “Traveling is something that is an innate part of me. Ever since I was a child, I’ve been blessed to have the opportunity to travel, be exposed to cultures and people. As an adult, I’m even more fortunate to be able to share my passion with like-minded individuals, who share a similar passion. The idea to create the Travel Diary arose from my desire to share my travel experiences as well as gain wisdom from the experiences of others. Never in my dreams had I imagined my passion to take on such a gigantic form and for a forum such as The Travel Diary to exist is a humbling experience and a dream come true.”

Soul Brothers Pakistan 

Even though most of the posts are light-heart humor and user-generated content; the group generally talks about various topics including networking, recruitment, and counseling. Similarly, it talks about issues that surround the men’s ecosystem i.e. relationship, health, masculinity, and mental state. Moreover, It discusses these issues in depth through live talk sessions also known as #SBPGuyTalk, where group members from all walks of life come and discuss issues varying from Depression, Suicide, legal affairs, and health-related topics. Their popular segment #AnonymousSoulBrother is also widely used by members who seek suggestions and valuable insights on a variety of topics.

We identified a need where we could create a crowd-sourced platform for men which would offer a healthy support system for Pakistani brothers here and abroad.” – Danish Javed (Co-Founder) 

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Mouthwatering delights: Tempting treats by Mahena

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Tempting Treats by Mahena is a home based food caterer who has been in this business for the last 10 years. Now back with a bang after a well earned break, we bring to your tables the latest and international cuisines to tantalize your tastebuds. And for all of you out there on a Keto diet – don’t you worry, they have you covered! They can make treats for you by keeping all the macros and calories counted and measured to a tee. Don’t forget to check out their Instagram and Facebook page! 

1. Keto Granola

Crunchy, nutty clusters of wholesome goodness. It can be eaten in a handful and it’s equally delicious if you top it with some greek yogurt, almond milk, coconut milk, and a handful of berries.

2. Thai Green Curry with red chillies topped with fresh basil and spring onions.

3. Burmese Khowsuey

Noodles covered in creamy Coconut Chicken Curry and served with a variety of crunch and spicy toppings.

4. Keto Pizza

Those of you who can’t have carbs because of Keto, don’t you worry we have you covered with our delicious Keto Pizza!


5. Chocolate Buttercream Cake

Adorned with macarons, fresh flowers and fondant accents, customized just the way you like it!

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Dervish (The Food Souq) – Our Summer Go-To place

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This perfect outdoor spot with an amazing ambiance, Sufi music and mouthwatering food & drinks from 5 different restaurant is located at Barki Road Lahore. The one of a kind place that’s actually an incubation hub for food startups was opened up in February 2017 and since then it has been a success story and an idea that has been copied by many.

Dervish – The Food Souq is your everyday go to place with family, friends or just by yourself. The serenity that’s created by greens, lights and music will just make you fall in love with this outdoor concept.

Fresh lime – A must !

Dervish – The Food Souq offers a great variety of scrumptious food n drinks. You can order up from a complete range of Bbq from “Kababchi”, Desi specialities and Tawa treats from “Thela”, Charcoal Grilled Burger/Sandwiches, Pizza and Fast Food from “The Backstreet Kitchen”, Pan Asian cuisine from “Dragon Bowl” and a variety of Teas n Qehwas from “Shai-Al-Haqiqi”.
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Chicken seekh kabab – Hot platter

Dervish –The Food Souq is serving all different age groups with the kind of food they like according to the weather and their mood.
If you want to enjoy your food under the starry sky with soulful Sufi music in background, this place is a must visit for all!

Mint margarita

BBQ from KABABCHI has kababs (chicken, mutton, beef), chicken pieces, tikka boti, achari boti, malai boti, mutton chops, and grilled fish (seasonal/winters only). The complete variety of bbq is marinated in aromatic signature spices and is cooked to a juicy perfection for an unforgettable burst of flavors!

Thin crust chicken pepperoni pizza

DESI specialities from THELA include, Karahis (mutton & chicken), Handis (boneless chicken). The Special Karahis have desi ghee and butter added to them for an extra rich aroma and flavor, that’s finger-licking good. Hands down to their palak paneer and daal makhni, that’s the best in town. The Thaali comprising of daal gosht with rice and palak paneer, served with achaar is also a treat for desi food lovers.

Palak paneer : omg! This palak paneer is one of the best dervish offers in its desi section! Completely balanced and the way a “ghar ki palak” needs to be.

TAWA treat from THELA are also not to be missed. Chicken tawa pieces with a spicy yet super flavorful gravy, topped off with green chilies and lemons is an all-time favorite. They also have mutton chops, brain masala, takka taks (gurda/kapoora/maghaz/qeema), kabab masala (chicken, mutton, beef), dum ka qeema (chicken).

“Chicken dum qeema” a taste that would stay there for good! Its exceptionally mouthwatering chicken mince with the aroma of charcoal and extra ordinarily balanced spices.

All of the Bbq goodness and desi as well as tawa treats are served with naan/roti of your choice from the exclusive tandoor, using top quality flour.

BURGERS and SANDWICHES from THE BACKSTREET KITCHEN are a must have. Made with their signature marinations for beef n chicken, cooked on charcoal grill and assembled using their secret sauces packed full of flavor, these burgers and sandwiches are to die for.

Kabab platter: these mouthwatering chicken seekh kababs along with cheese gola kababs are so juicy and tender, grilled to perfection are a reflection of true traditional bbq experience at dervish.

PIZZAS from THE BACKSTREET KITCHEN are another treat to be enjoyed. Available in Thin crust (10”) and Deep pan (7”, 10”, 13”) pizzas, you can choose from a variety of flavors, including vegetarian options as well.

THE BACKSTREET KITCHEN also serves chat-patti Chaats, crispy fried chicken, zinger burger, chapli kakbab burger, Anda Shmai burger, a few options for kids meals, and seasonal/winters only fish ‘n’ chips, fish fingers and the most scrumptious fillet o fish burger in town.

Beef Monster Burger from The Backstreet Kitchen has a beef patty cooked to juicy perfection, with signature sauces, jalapenos and cheese is surely a treat for all burger lovers out there!

PAN ASIAN cuisine by DRAGON BOWL has a range of Chinese, Thai and Japanese specialities. They serve a variety of piping hot soups, appetizers including honey chili/siracha wings and tempuras (chicken, fish and prawn), a variety of rice and noodles, chicken, beef and sea food mains. You can opt for single serving and get it customized by choosing your favorite rice or noodles as base with any of the chicken, beef, seafood gravy or you can order up the family serving. Every serving is made to order by using fresh vegetables, proteins and signature sauces. Authentic Pan Asian food to tickle your taste buds and send you on a memorable journey of flavors.

Garam garam Naan straight from the “Tandoor”

At DERVISH – The Food Souq, apart from the regular carbonate beverages you can choose from a variety of refreshing drink as well.
• Meethi and Namkeen Lassi by Thela.
• Mint Margarita, Lemonade, Fresh Lime, Mojita and Pina Colada by The Backstreet Kitchen.
• Dragon Beer, Lemon Beer, Mint Beer and Pineapple Beer by Dragon Bowl.
TEA, QEHWAS and GULAB JAMUNS by SHAI AL HAQIQI are just perfect to enjoy in any weather. The teas are made using pure fresh milk n premium quality tea leaves, cooked upto 25 – 30 minutes for an unmatchable flavour anywhere in Lahore. Qehwas are light and aromatic with a hint of cardamom. Gulab Jamuns from Sharaqpur need no introduction. They are just a perfect ending to a scrumptious meal.

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Mutton chops
BBQ – chicken
Not something that one can find in whole Lahore! This saffron tea that if offered only in winters is from heaven! No match! Hands down! For the tea lovers out there! Nonetheless there tea selection is doe for regardless of seasonal offers!

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