Monthly Archives: October 2014

Gone Girl – Book Review

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First things first, I have never written a review where a major spoiler wasn’t dropped at unsuspecting readers. And with this review, I am trying very hard to keep the story as elusive for you all as possible. However if unintentionally I do let something loose, I apologize in advance. (I have spoilt more books for my book-loving friends than Hollywood can every boast to do).

So Gone Girl. The movie just came out recently and everybody is losing their minds over it. If you are an avid reader, watching the movie before reading the book is nothing short of blasphemy. So with this thought in mind, I too, decided to read the book first.

The review:

Boy meets girl. Boy girl fall in love. Boy girl get married. Boy girl grow apart. Boy has to move back to his native town to look after his sick mother, and takes girl with him. One fine day, girl disappears.

There is an ominous sign of struggle. The living room of the house they live is is a mess. The police are called to investigate. What starts off as a missing person’s case soon converts into a homicide with all clues pointing towards the boy – Nick if you must know. So did he really kill his wife – Amy? Or was she kidnapped?

On the surface of things, you can say the book appears to be well, nothing out of the ordinary. But wait till you get to the good part. The author Gillian Flynn very successfully manages to spin a web that draws you in tighter and tighter as you read on.

These best part about this book I felt was the way it was written from the point of view of both the main characters. Just when you start feeling sorry for one character, bam, she gives you the same story from the other side and you are left flabbergasted. Of course once you reach part two and the real story begins you cannot wait to discover what happens at the end.

The ending. Yes. If you think you can successfully dodge any curveball any author throws your way, you are in for a painful wake up call. The ending shocks you. A ‘what in the name of hell’ shock.

The book is one roller coaster ride after another, starting off slow, then steering off rapidly. A definite must read.

I now wait for the movie to be available in a decent print. I have heard they changed the ending a bit for the movie version. If so, I am very intrigued. Once I watch it, I’ll do a movie vs book review as well.

Bonus: I am adding a trailer of the movie:

Double Bonus: Here is a list I found of 9 books you can read if you loved Gone Girl, bookmark it for later.

  1. Cartwheel BY Jennifer Dubois
  2. Dare Me by Megan Abbott
  3. I Know This Much is True by Wally Lamb
  4. I’d Know You Anywhere by Laura Lippman
  5. What Was She Thinking? By Zoë Heller
  6. The Silent Wife by A.S.A. Harrison
  7. The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver
  8. Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn
  9. Dark Places by Gillian Flynn

For more details you can check out http://www.bustle.com/articles/32570-if-you-loved-gone-girl-try-reading-these-9-other-books-too

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The Great Chinese Festival from Foodpanda!

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This is Chinnnaaaaaaaaaaa! Okay, no, it isn’t. But it might as well be. Foodpanda.pk promises you a taste of all your favorite Chinese dishes at fabulous prices. Say hello to the Great Chinese Festival.

Valid for today, October 21st, get upto 50% discount on chinese food from your favorite restaurants across Karachi, Lahore and Islamabad.

All I can think of now is, praaawwwwnnnss, and yes fissssssshhhh, maybe chopsuey and noodles. Ok you know what, I’ll go order. Let me see if i can coerce the fellow co-workers to order with me!

So for more details, I suggest you visit: http://www.foodpanda.pk/contents/festival.htm. Bon Appétit

Barista Lavazza – Now open in Karachi!

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So coffee lovers across K-Town (yes, it sounded just as terrible in my brain too) rejoiced upon hearing that Barista Lavazza Cafe has now opened its doors to all in Dolmen Mall Clifton.

The Italian chain of Espresso bars promises to provide a warm and comfy environment to all coffee drinkers who wish to fill up on caffeine in peace away from the noisiness that Karachi is synonymous with.

I had a Latte, though a bit milky for my taste (I like my coffee black) it was actually quite good. Nit picky as I am, that is saying something.

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From the numerous amuse-bouches being offered, from teeny burgers to cheesy pizzas, I opted for a smoked salmon tid bit and some tender chicken chickens (yes my life is sad). Oh and for dessert I spooned (giggles) one friend’s Cheesecake (which was ok) another friend’s Chocolate Fudge Cake (which was hmm), and yet a third friend’s Dark Chocolate Flourless cake which was the best of the lot!

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Barista is owned by Lavazza, Italy’s largest coffee company. Besides Pakistan, Barista Lavazza also has cafes in locations across India,Sri Lanka, Oman and the UAE.

For more details, visit their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/baristalavazzapk

The event was organised by (Anisa & Amina R Khan ) of RAKA and the event PR by Golin & Harris

Pictures Courtesy Aysha Saleem 

 

Foodpanda Great Fast Food Festival

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I love me a good bargain. And that is exactly what I found on Foodpanda today! So I brought a very orphan looking vegetable soup for lunch today with a strong intention of sticking to my low calorie foods on weekday diet. But when the fellow coworkers saw different discounts being offered on Foodpanda, ofcourse they all jumped at the chance. A lot of greasy, very fattening food was being ordered. Right before my eyes. My poor heart shattered into a gazillion piece. The brain then said, ok maybe not the greasy food, you can at least get a healthy sub from Subway! (it didn’t take much convincing).

Ok more about the discount offer. Foodpanda is giving foodies across Karachi, Lahore and Islamabad a reason to celebrate. The Great Food Festival as it is being called, offers all its customers fantastic discounts on a number of different eatries. The offer valid for Tuesday October 14th from 10am to midnight. So if you were thinking about ordering something, now is the perfect time to do it, from Foodpanda!

Log on right away to order delicious food from your favorite restaurants at great prices!

www.foodpanda.pk

For more information visit their facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/FoodPanda.pk

Chatterbox Cafe – Experience the Wonder!

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So popping up on the gluttony scene is a hip new eatery that has people chattering about it (you’ll see it in a minute). A cosy little retreat away from all the deafening chitter chatter (there’s that word again), in another corner of the city lies the newly opened cafe Chatterbox.

The snug cafe isn’t just another cafe to line the streets of Karachi. It has the privilege to stem from Pie in the Sky, said to be one of the leading bakeries in Karachi (More on that later). Located in Bukhari Commercial, stepping inside gives one a warm and rustic feeling, thanks to the vintage antiques lining the brick walls.

I was lucky to visit just before rush hour, so got a chance to roam around a bit, before settling down to some delicious food. I’ll let the pictures of the decor below do the talking so you can make up your mind yourself. (Yes, the pictures could have been better, but hey, I am an eater, not a emm photographer, let’s go with that).

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The three course meal started off with Vietnamese Beef Noodle Salad. A fresh combination of sweet and tangy flavours without being too heavy, the starter set the tone for what was yet to come. A yum 4 out of 5.

Vietnamese Beef Noodle Salad

Vietnamese Beef Noodle Salad

The second course was a choice between Blackened Chicken with Orange Coriander sauce, Baked Manicotti with Spinach and Rice Bowl with Spicy Beef. I opted for the Blackened Chicken, while fellow blogger Umair Mirza, of the Umairica fame (check out his blog http://umairica.wordpress.com), chose Baked Manicotti with Spinach. The chicken was grilled perfectly, tender without being dry, the sauce however was a tad bit sweet for my liking. I’d give it a 3.5 out of 5. Took a bite out of the Manicotti, on a day when you are too hungry, the dish could definitely pass off as a 4.

Blackened Chicken with Orange Sauce. Baked Manicotti with Spinach

Blackened Chicken with Orange Sauce. Baked Manicotti with Spinach

And now my favourite part, the dessert! We the cool bloggers, were given a choice of Caramel Budino and Italian Almond and Chocolate Torte and of course we ordered one of each. Ok first the Caramel Budino, yes, that spoon is made of chocolate. A base of Oreos on which sat a Caramel pudding, topped with salted caramel and whipped cream. Very yum indeed. However the star of the night was the Italian Almond Chocolate Torte. One bite and I forgot where I was, or what I was saying. Absolutely divine. The flourless cake was simply too good to be true. I would give it a 10 out of 5 if I could possibly suck more at math than I already do.

Italian Almond Chocolate Torte. Caramel Budino

Italian Almond Chocolate Torte. Caramel Budino

The entire meal was wonderful and I will definitely go back for more. I also met the very lovely owner Naila Naqvi, who talked about the exciting menu planned out for breakfast starting from 8am.

Chatterbox cafe is surely chalked out for greatness, the bakery however is another story. Went in one near my house the other day. Bought a walnut pie and some savoury snacks. Nobody would peg the two places to be emm related.

All in all a very pleasing experience. I will probably go again soon to try their breakfast menu, along with that utterly delicious Italian almond chocolate Torte.