Monthly Archives: March 2017

World Oral Health Day 2017: Turning the frown upside down!


James Brown, the legendary singer once said, if a man has teeth and hair, he has it all. And to a certain extent, I agree. While baldness (voluntary in particular) is deemed acceptable, being toothless is just unforgivable. That is because it is the duty of every man, woman and child to maintain proper oral care hygiene.

Unfortunately in Pakistan, that is rarely the case. Chewing tobacco, eating paan, having chai, are some of the things many Pakistanis live for. And these substances all leave a lasting impression of their love on their teeth. The fact that brushing twice a day or visiting a dentist regularly is an alien concept to them doesn’t help either.

So on this World Oral Healthcare day, Shield, the leading oral healthcare brand in Pakistan took matters in its hand. The #ShieldYourSmileCampaign was a countrywide campaign held on March 20th to spread awareness about the importance of oral healthcare. Free dental checkups were performed at numerous hospitals and dental clinics across the country and people were given guidance on how to take better care of their teeth and gums.


My guilty confession is that, I consume three to four cups of black coffee almost daily. I also tend to skip out visits to my dentist. The closest I have been to a dentist in a while was when my dentist cousin came over the other day for dinner. And the importance of oral healthcare was far from the topic of discussion. You see even she charges for advice now.

Anyway, World Oral Healthcare Day got me thinking. I remember reading that teeth related problems are usually related to some serious illness and diseases. A small example is mouth cancer. The symptoms include icky sores near your gums, loose teeth that eventually drop and of course bleeding. This however is worst case scenario.

A milder yet equally disturbing outcome of poor oral hygiene is halitosis. See I could have just said bad breath, but typing in the scientific term without even googling it makes me feel better about myself. Back to bad breath. The first sign of poor oral hygiene, yet the most deadly, for other people that is. Forget to brush your teeth today? Go say hello to your mom, you’ll know what I am talking about.


Shield is doing great work, but it cannot be successful unless everyone, including you and me do out share too. Shield is out to educate us. It is our job to take oral healthcare seriously and implement the steps in our daily routine!

For more details visit the facebook page of Shield:


Paramount Fine Foods: Authentic Lebanese Food in Karachi?


The food business in Karachi is thriving. There’s a pizza parlor and burger cafe at every corner, each boasting the tastiest, crispiest and being the best in the city. But to be very honest, my palate is now bored. While names may change, the taste more or less remains the same. Having similar kinds of food again and again, my tastebuds lost all excitement. Then I received some hope. A chance to escape from the usual and taste authentic Lebanese food at Paramount Fine Foods!


Hardly surprising I jumped at the opportunity. Paramount Fine Foods Pk recently opened its doors in Karachi, and just at the right time. Located on main Khayaban e Shamsheer, the quaint little place offers a whole different world. The minute you enter, you are transported into the heart of Lebanon.

From the decor, to the Arabic music in the background, you feel like you are no longer in Karachi.


Now let’s get down to business the food. The meal started off with a massive serving of Salad and Hummus. The salad was incredibly fresh and gets the highest marks a salad can get. The Hummus was just the right texture. I tried my best not to fill up on these two as plenty more awaited. Priced at Rs. 345/- the Hummus is one of the best I have had in the city so far.


Then came the Manakeesh. I’ll be very honest here. I have never had anything quite like it before. Confused between which to order, I got the Za’atar and Beef Cheese Manakeesh. No meal is complete without some fattening melted cheese on top. And the Beef Cheese Manakeesh hit just the right spot. The Za’atar Manakeesh was a crispy bed of pita bread with toasted herbs and thyme on top. I was surprised at how good it tasted. May I say I had the ‘thyme’ of my life. Ok yeah too much maybe.



For mains I had a hard time deciding what to order. So the host recommended the Mixed Combo Platter which consisted a little bit of everything on the menu. For a group of three people, this was the perfect thing. A layer of pita bread, laden with Kafka, Shish Tawouk and BBQ Beef skewers, Falafel, Chicken and Beef Shawarma and Tahini sauces. My favorite thing on the platter was the crispy brown Falafel. Word of advice, only order this platter if you are in the company of three or more people. You alone cannot finish this no matter how big a foodie you are.


To drink I got the Paramount Special (Rs. 395). That was a mistake. Only because this drink is a full meal on its own! With so much to eat alongside, I could not finish this fine combination of strawberry and mango juice, topped with pineapple, kiwi, almonds, pistachios, cream and honey. As delicious as it was, the ashta cream made it a little bit difficult to drink.

My meal ended on a highly sweet note. I chose a selection of the finest Bakhlavas. Truth be told, I am a huge fan of Bakhlavas. Once a year on Eid we receive a great assortment from some relatives. Apart from those, I cannot find any good ones here. These were simply delightful. Carrying the right amount of sweetness, the bite sized Bakhlavas made the entire meal worthwhile!

Paramount Fine Foods is highly recommended if you want a break from the usual.

This post originally appeared here.