Stories about fast food

My love affair with language (barriers) in Beijing

Beijing is a heady place for a tourist who can’t speak Mandarin. This was the uncontrived truth that surfaced during long conversations with friends and extensive Google searches on what to expect from the metropolis. I had been warned that the city’s sights, sounds, smells and flavours would not appeal to me unless the pull of a common language could bind me to them. As my trepidation grew into sheer terror, I contemplated the possibility of learning a few words in Mandarin to placate my fears and fit into my new orbit. Before I had boarded the six-hour flight from Karachi ...

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Why women need to STOP losing weight!

Weight Loss = Calories Out – Calories In. Or in layman’s terms, to lose weight, burn more calories and eat less. More exercise, less food. Is it really that simple? Can your perfect body be achieved with this simple equation? Answer: No. It’s not that simple! Good news however, it’s not that complicated either. Weight loss is not the same as fat loss. ‘Weight’ refers to the sum total of everything your body is made up of: bone mass, fat mass, water, organs, muscle and other tissue. Fat, on the other hand, refers to a particular kind of storage tissue in your body which is deposited ...

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Looking for organic pizzas tailored to your taste? Place your bets on Pizza Roulette!

Pizza is quickly becoming Pakistan’s go-to-food for hunger pangs. Initially starting with the presence of outlets such as Pizza Hut, the industry has become considerably more Pakistani-centric with local startups such as 14th Street Pizza and New Yorker becoming household names. The focus has gone from a quick bite to artisan pizzas, brimming with top quality ingredients and unique flavours. One such novel idea is being introduced by Pizza Roulette, an eatery which focuses on natural, organic pizzas tailored to the local palette of Islamabad/Rawalpindi. I had the recent pleasure of visiting the place in Bahria Town Phase four, where it’s located next to Frosty Café. As soon ...

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Flattery over flatbread: Hogging on Hoagies, the revolutionised sub!

Bread! Sounds doughy, sounds boring and definitely sounds like a typical consumption option around K-town; but a revolution is here! Oh yes, it’s Hoagies that has entered the food market of Karachi, like a thunderbolt to strike the agendas of all possible foodies of the city! Photo: Hoagies Facebook page Hoagies drew a lot of popularity over social media and the food scene of Karachi within a short span of time with a promising new concept of deliciously toasted ‘hero sandwiches’ and stirred the right amount of hype to challenge the traditional ideology of subs, wraps and sandwiches. The ...

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Do your parents a favour and eat at home this Ramazan

According to a recent research, people in Pakistan spend 47.7% of their income on fast food and beverages. If we compare this to the spending patterns of other countries we will realise that this is, in fact, a very high ratio. Eating out is a popular pastime for the people of Pakistan – we are seen at restaurants, food courts and even food stands during festivals and celebrations. Ramazan, ironically, is like a month of food festivities for us. With people choosing different food for sehri and iftar, in Ramazan we are seen frequenting food outlets a lot more than in any ...

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Five easy solutions to all your digestive system problems

Nowadays, digestive disorders and stomach problems are as common as a cold or flu. Crohn’s disease, Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) are a few of the stomach and digestive diseases that have been on the rise recently. These problems can be extremely discomforting and the astonishing fact is that many people often overlook the most fundamental solutions while trying to tackle these issues. To put an end to this misery, I will be providing five solutions to a much healthier digestive system, which will help you lead a constraint-free life. Chew properly Remember, there are two types of digestion – mechanical and chemical. The mechanical digestion starts from ...

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Yousuf’s Fried Chicken (YFC): Finger lickin’good

Be it in the form of Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) or a cloned recipe, fried chicken has literally taken this world by storm. What can we say, it is finger lickin’ good and we all love to indulge in some from time to time! For most of us though, we’d prefer making it at home. I’m in love with the extra-crispy recipe that KFC has and I have tried hunting for a good clone for ages. Unfortunately, all the recipes that I have tried so far don’t quite come up to par with the original. After all the experimentation with what works and what ...

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Afghan Burgers: A moody cook’s way to success

I am a moody cook who lazes around as much as possible before entering the kitchen. I would rather resort to last night’s leftovers than make something from scratch. Thus, when I actually make the effort and get my apron on, it certainly is a big deal. And the biggest motivation that is leading me to share this easy to make recipe was the never ending “wows” and “yums” by my family members that came with every bite. It all started after a chat with a friend living in Islamabad who could not help talking about Afghan burgers that he ...

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Eating Fatburgers in Karachi’s urban badlands

This short story is inspired by the Bloomberg article: Pakistan Loving Fatburger as Fast Food Boom Ignores Drones.   “Jahangir! Fatburger has come to town – it’s time baita, its time…” The mobile phone slipped from his hands. Eight years. Eight years had passed since Jahangir had visited a newly opened foreign fast food chain in the upscale urban badlands of Karachi. Since then, much had changed in the dark metropolis, but as he lay shaking on his bed, Jahangir could still smell French fries gone soggy…with blood. He could still see in his mind’s eye, a jostling dark mass of screaming, orc-like beings with beards as long ...

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Home-made cool, creamy falooda!

Nothing beats the heat better than a big glass of cool and creamy falooda! Now you can make some for you and your family within the privacy of your air-conditioned habitats (no leaving home – yipee!). A timeless classic, this recipe is a sure-shot hit amongst family and friends. As intimidating as it looks, it takes very little time and effort to prepare it. Ingredients (serves 5) 1 kg milk 5-6 tbsp sugar Few strands saffron 2-3 cardamoms (powdered or thinly chopped) 1 tsp agar-agar powder (China grass) 2 cups water Few drops food coloring (any color other than red) Few drops Essence (Rose or Strawberry) 1 pack of ...

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