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Table talk: A treat from Afghanistan

ISLAMABAD: When the Afghans started to migrate to Pakistan in the wake of the Soviet invasion in their country, they brought with them what is still celebrated in the F-7 neighbourhood of Islamabad — great food. Kabul Restaurant, which opened in 1989, still manages to draw in food lovers even though the capital has now a [...]

KARACHI: In DHA’s Tauheed Commercial area, ice cream parlour Movenpick has got a spanking new facelift. Instead of regular wooden furniture, the “boutique” now has white seats and an elegant red and white interior. The look may be a little too clinical and modern for an ice cream place, but it seems that it is the [...]

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WASHINGTON: Making small changes in our diet over a stretch of 25 days or more every month, goes a long way in helping shed  extra pounds, a new study shows. Led by Brian Wansink, professor at Cornell University’s Food and Brand Lab, researchers launched the National Mindless Eating Challenge (NMEC). This is an online healthy eating [...]

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KARACHI: Here’s a story about a 23-year-old girl, who followed a passion that was born in her grandmother’s kitchen. She travelled to the Big Apple to fulfill her life-long dream, only to realise that she could make it all happen. After her A’ Levels, Fatima Ali landed directly into the New York-based Culinary Institute of America. [...]

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ISLAMABAD: With the onset of Masala mornings, “Masterchef” re-runs and an altogether deluge of cooking shows, food awareness has grown drastically in Pakistan over the past few years; it’s been challenging for restaurateurs to find that special ingredient that draws foodies to their kitchens. Luna Caprese, an authentic Italian restaurant nestled in a residential area in [...]

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LAHORE: The Cafe Upstairs is an initiative by Sohail Salahuddin — cultural doyen Yousuf Salahuddin son — who always wanted to come up with an all-encompassing cafe that manages to tap its own niche in a market that is already too cluttered with cafes and coffee havens. The cafe is located on the bustling main Jail Road [...]

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Know your calories

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As the new year kicks in, everyone — from aunties and uncles wanting to lose their bulging tummies to teenagers wanting to get rid of their baby fat — will have ‘losing weight’ at the top of their priority list. Reasons for undergoing the long and painful process differ from health issues to fancying the [...]

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Nuts about winter

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KARACHI: As the wind turns chilly, you can tell that the season to bundle up in woolly cardigans has arrived. Even though embracing winter with open arms can be a daunting task, the season presents us with nutritious treats which help to ease our discomfort. Come winter, one can easily spot dry fruit vendors selling their [...]

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LAHORE:  “Invention, my dear friends, is 93 per cent perspiration, six per cent electricity, four per cent evaporation, and two per cent butterscotch ripple,” remarked Willy Wonka in Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Journalist-turned-pastry chef,Amina Imtiaz of Coco— the closest thing that we have in Lahore to Willy Wonka — would probably say that [...]

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ISLAMABAD: Anthelme Brillat-Savarin, a famous German lawyer once said, “The discovery of a new dish does more for the happiness of mankind than the discovery of a star.” In Qalandarabad, this phrase is turning out to be quite true. The delicious chapal kebabs of Qalandarabad in Baldheri Union Council of Abbottabad are gaining more and more [...]

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