Monthly Archives: August 2014

(DIY) Do it yourself Cucumber Smoothie

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If told me in January that later in the year I would be blogging about healthy and low calorie food, I would have laughed in your while stuffing a big slice of domino’s Italiano fest pizza in my face. Yet here I am today 6 months later sharing with you the recipe of my easy to make cucumber, mint and lemon smoothie. I put up a picture on my instagram a few days ago and had quite a lot of people ask me how to make it. So why not kill two birds with one stone! I get to blog, and you learn my not so secret recipe. I am including pictures just for the heck of it, honestly how difficult can it be to mix a bunch of stuff together. Alrightie here we go!

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What you need:

1 large cucumber

A few mint leaves

1 lemon (squeeze the juice)

1 tsp honey

1 cup green tea (I used lemongrass) you can use any, or plain water too.

Pinch of salt.

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What to do (really you can’t tell where this is going?)

Next slice the cucumbers, add in mint, lemon juice, honey salt and green tea. Mix mix mix. And viola!

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One deliciously refreshing smoothie is yours to enjoy. If for some reason you do not like the taste, excuse me, I have been drinking it for so long, I think my taste buds must have stopped protesting. You don’t have to stick to the recipe, make it your own, I sometimes add carrots, apples and other fresh ingredients too. So knock yourself out. Do try it and tell me how it was!

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Koel Cafe – A cozy little Sunday Lunch

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Blessed by the fatness fairy are you? You my dear are my new best friend. Read along as I take you on an adventure that will leave you feeling much better about yourself when you are through. (I do tend to exaggerate, but just go along once).

So I too have been a favourite of the fatness fairy. She has been visiting me ever since I was a child, left me for a bit during college, then bam she found me again, only to stick around forever. And I have been tirelessly trying to shake her off (like seriously).

Long story short, I have been on a quest to lose some weight. The world is full of people starving, why should I have all the fat (Why God why?). Therefore sadly I have given up on food (THUNDER STRIKE). 6 days of the week, I find solace in low calorie food, eagerly awaiting the arrival of Sunday, my cheat day where I can greedily partake in as much gluttony as possible (only to feel very guilty later).

Grilled Chicken & Jalapeno

Grilled Chicken & Jalapeno

Last Sunday I chose to cash in my cheat meal at Koel Cafe. Their Facebook page had been tempting me with some delicious pictures of pizzas newly added to their menu. Looking forward to a cheerful (read lazy) afternoon, I headed to Koel, with the aforementioned Pizzas on my mind. The new flavours offered to me were Margarita, Grilled Chicken & Jalapeno and Smoked Chicken & Pesto. We (yes, I didn’t go alone) ordered the Smoked Chicken & Pesto and Grilled Chicken and Jalapeno pizzas. To my utter delight the thin crust Smoked Chicken & Pesto pizza was just the thing I needed to cheer up my digestive tract after a weeklong torture. Creamy, with lots of fresh basil toppings, I helped myself to two generous slices. I really wanted to try the Jalapeno one too, but man had stuffed my face with the smoked chicken one already.

Smoked Chicken & Pesto

Smoked Chicken & Pesto

Got to try a very refreshing Tamarind drink with it too, heaven for a sunny day.

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The best part about the adventure? I didn’t even hate myself afterwards! If you haven’t already tried out their pizzas, I suggest you head there on your next cheat day (or whenever you feel like). You certainly won’t be disappointed. Oh I stopped by for some icecream on the way back too! Yay for cheat days! Bye for now. Toodles!

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About Koel Café

Koel Cafe, located in the popular neighborhood of Block 4 Clifton, is an upscale cafe which brings forth its simplistic, yet refined concept from Koel’s basic philosophy of ‘simplicity and tradition’. The unique and innovative cafe is a favorite among Karachi’s tasteful and discerning clientele. The Cafe offers a flavorful continental menu along with creative, locally inspired recipes. Two seating areas are available; the indoor dining area and the popular outdoor patio which can be thoroughly enjoyed on Karachi’s cool summer nights.

One Nation, One Dream, One Direction (The other one).

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foodpanda.pk, the leading online food ordering marketplace has launched a social media campaign to celebrate the spirit of Independence Day 2014. Check out all their Independence day special deals and discount on their Facebook page.

The campaign has been enticing people to participate in a range of competitions by commenting, sending pictures or by answering poll questions. The competitions are live till tomorrow, so if you haven’t yet participate there is time to try your luck. You can win free meals (who wouldn’t want that) along with movie tickets (or that). The winners will be announced on 14th.

Earlier, the leading global food marketplace ran a similar campaign for the FIFA World Cup which was successful and was met with positive feedback by social media followers. A pre-event campaign had garnered over 800 percent growth in interaction on its Facebook page.

Recently, foodpanda managed to successfully raise $60million for its plan to establish itself in emerging markets. Two of the group of companies who invested were Rocket Internet AG and Falcon Edge Capital, which shows that the company is commitment to growth and improving customer service.

Currently, foodpanda maintains a strong presence in Karachi, Lahore, Islamabad and Rawalpindi with its food ordering mobile app being #1 in the ‘food and drinks’ category on Apple’s App Store and #12 in ‘lifestyle’ category on Google’s Play Store. It’s also available for download on Windows Store.