Saturday, May 26, 2018

~Ramadan Special: Iftar Dinner Buffet at Marquee Hall Marriott Islamabad~

Ramadan Mabrook to All of you dear!
The month of spirituality and seeking forgiveness is upon us.This is holy month is the month when we do our best of everything.May ALLAH bless and forgive us all and keep showering his blessings upon us.
During this month we do special preparations for the Suhoors and Iftars.Sometimes we love to do these at home while we sometimes want to go out and try some new place for a change.
These days Islamabad is offering loads of places defining what they serve for Suhoor and Iftar.
Last week I went to Marriott Islamabad with my family to this Iftar Buffet that is taking place every evening during the month of Ramadan.
The whole hall was filled with tons n tons of exquisite looking dishes.Everything was presented and served with effort and passion.
To start with there was a large table that had the usual Ramadan favorites like Samosas, Pakoras, Dahi Bhallay, Channa Chat, Fruit Chat, Rolls and BBQ.

My plate

After iftar you can just move around between the tables and look for something that you would like to eat.To make things easier for myself I met the Executive Chef and asked for guidelines.
There was an exclusive Bread and Soup counter!


There was a Salad & Sushi Bar!



Sushi Bar
Arabic Mezze

Then there was a counter with Raw salad items.You could have your salad the way you want.

Look at these lovely looking pine trees!

The Marshmallow Tree


The Date tree

The Fig Tree
Ok so now coming to the Main Food items!
There was a whole row of Pakistani/Desi dishes like Paye,Nihari.Biryani,Mughlai Murgh,Daal Makhni etc!


Then The Thai lane that included the Garlic rice,Beef curries of various types and Crispy Chicken .

We also had some Arabic Food items and some Chinese Items like Beef Chilli Dry,Szechuan Chicken n Fish with Lemon were really good.
By the time I tried these I was too full!
I wanted to try the Mughlai Murgh and Biryani but was too full to eat!
After all I had to keep some space for the dessert bar too about which the Chef had already said that there were Desserts from atleast 15 countries.
MASHALLAH My little sweet tooth Lover at dessert counter cant decide what to eat!
Passion Fruit & Dragon Fruit all there!

Desi Meetha

That Fruit tart was the Yummiest!
Overall the whole experience of Iftar Buffet was great.I always like the food at Marriott whatever cuisine it is.I believe their chefs are the best!
If you want to enjoy an evening with family or a loved one and taste all these delicacies then why not book yourself a table at Marriott.
Its a great offer at 2900/- per person Inclusive of Tax.
For details check out Marriott Islamabad
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Any questions are welcome!
HAVE FUN!
Areej Usman

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Friday, December 29, 2017

The Loft Islamabad~An Experience over a Dinner!

A couple of months ago I was invited to this cozy looking cafe in the heart of Islamabad called THE LOFT!
Loft gives you exactly the same feeling as it is named..you climb a wooden staircase that leads to an attic room where all the food is stored..but here the change is thus that the food is served to you in the cozy environment.
Loved the look of the menu Black and white always gives a timeless look.

Though there isnt a lot of variety on the menu but the items that are present on the menu are selected very carefully and most of them are exclusive in their tastes!
Now let me tell you what me,my hubby and kiddo ordered for dinner!
Starters:

Quesadillas


Mulligatawny Soup 


The layers of the quesadillas were perfectly balanced with the main ingrediants and the outside was perfectly tossed and was crunchy when eating! Quesadillas were served with yummy Blue Cheese Dip.They are totally a GO at The LOFT
Mulligatawny soup was also a treat to self in the chilly Islamabad weather.The serving was one but good enough for two to share.
                                                   Next came the Main course!
For the Main course hubby ordered their hot favourite Korean Beef Bowl

                                   I had there Burmese Style Khawsuey
(sorry my own pic of Khawsuey went missing)

My kid had his favourite FISH n CHIPS


The Korean Beef Bowl was as perfect as we have heard about it.The first bite & it was budding with taste and flavor and I totally wanted to devour it.I love fried eggs and it added more warmth to the already tasty rice and juicy beef chunks.Its been my favourite and I ll definitely order it again.
Though Khowsuey is another of their hot selling items it didnt catch my fancy.Unfortunately it was the only item among the ones that I ordered that I didnt like.
My kiddo loved the Fish N' Chips n so did I.It is definitely the best Fish n Chips one can find in the capital.Equally loved the Tartar sauce dip that came with it.I guess Fish n Chips is a must for winter evenings so if you are feeling cold and want to spend some quality time with friends or family then The Loft is definitely the place.It has that quite and cozy atmosphere with an ambience of tranquility that makes you fall in love with winters and food more n more.

Drinks and Desserts:

Strawberry Mojito

Chocolate Lava Cake 

The Strawberry Mojito was excellent too!
The perfect dinner could not have ended better than ours!
Ordered a delicious Chocolate Lava Cake baked to perfection and oozing with yummy warm chocolate.
Thus concluding It was a very lovely experience,the different food selection stood apart.Each item had an outstanding exquisite taste that makes The Loft an uncommon and unique that offers variety.The staff was very friendly and polite.Oh and Yes The Music Selection was good too.
One of the things that I would like to add is that the furniture felt a bit uncomfortable to me specially the chairs.Well I can let that go comparing to the rest of the positive vibes and the tantalizing aroma of food!
Thanks a ton The Loft for inviting me over for a dinner and giving me the chance to do a food review .Would love to come again some time too in near future to give my taste buds a treat.



For details Check out their Facebook page:The Loft
They also have an instagram with lovely pictures : The Loft
Thanks a ton for reading my post and visiting my blog!
                                                                 Happy New Year in advance!
I pray it is a better year for all of us too ameen.
Signing Off,
Areej Usman

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Tuesday, December 19, 2017

LOSE 1 INCH IN 45 MINUTES GETS SHOWCASED LIVE AT 3D LIFESTYLE LAUNCH

AUDIENCE IN PRESENCE AND VIEWERS ONLINE GET A REALITY SHOCK AS UK'S 3D LIPO TECHNOLOGY SHOWCASES LIVE,A PATIENT LOST 3 INCHES,WE STAY COMMITTED TO OUR PROMISE,LET'S MAKE PAKISTAN BEAUTIFUL

The Federal capital witnessed an eventful evening where the audience was left nothing short then mesmerized. 3D lifestyle; licensee of the original Non-Surgical 3D Lipo technology finally launched in Pakistan with 10 clinics in Karachi, Lahore and
Islamabad.
3D Lifestyle introduces the ultimate combination of advanced technologies offering a complete & prescriptive approach to non-surgical face and body treatments in Pakistan.
Unlike any other treatment in the Medical Aesthetics landscape; 3D lifestyle, with their revolutionary-technology, performed a Non-Surgical fat loss treatment that took to the hearts of those present and millions online. When it showcased LIVE treatment session by Living up to its staggering claim of “Lose 1 Inch in 45 Minutes”.
The event was conducted at La Chirurgie in F8 Islamabad, which in every aspect is Pakistan’s premier and busiest Aesthetic clinics setup by Dr. Humayun Mohmand and his Partner Dr. Armeela Javed and their team of highly qualified Dermatologist, Cosmetologist and Plastic Surgeons.
Dr. Humayun illustrated that 3D lipo’s ULTIMATE device comes handy for fat loss- skin tightening- facial lift and rejuvenations, all with no surgery or injectable. He further went deep into the science of Non-Surgically breaking up of fat cells through the most advanced Cavitation process where quad transducers ensure ultrasound waves cause severe disruption of the adipose cells, thus breaking down the fat cell membrane were this content is then disposed of the lymphatic system and the liver. The uniqueness of Cavitation is that you can see results from the 1st treatment!
Crylolipolysis also specifically targets fat cells Non-Surgically, by lowering the temperature to -6o; it pinpoints the content of the fat cells and causes a crystallization: no other structure is affected by this process like cavitation the remaining content disposed of naturally. Crylolipolysis delivered results in 4-6 weeks and works excellent on all stubborn fat!
Radio frequency is another important function of 3D Lipo using advanced quad polar technology; radio frequency enables not only skin tightening for the face but also for the body! The concentration of collagen fibers and the regeneration of the collagen and elastin deposits tighten the skin layers creating a smoother, healthier and younger looking skin.
With the smile on his face Dr. Humayun with all his excitement said “the combination of 3D lipo’s industry standard protocols produces great results and I am delighted to be the first one in Pakistan to come on board with visionaries like Jawad Qureshi to introduce this to my patients.”
All eyes got glued to Mr. Jawad Qureshi; the Founder and CEO of 3D lifestyle when he took center stage “It’s an emotional day in my life! I once was 290 LBS and I felt the isolation in the society; today, I take a moment to thank those who are constantly working to innovate technologies! this is not just looking slimmer and younger, this is about to change and with 100 clinics soon to be launched in Pakistan, I trust our beautiful citizen will always stand out among any crowd” Mr. Qureshi also emphasize on how important it was for 3D lifestyle to strategically launch with doctors who give attention to detail with best practices and no one could have been a better pick then Dr. Humayun Mohmand who without doubt has grandfathered himself in the Medical Aesthetics landscape of Pakistan!
Finally the wait was over when Mr. Jawad Qureshi requests Dr. Humayun to announce the result of the change in the abdominal circumference post treatment raising curiosity among the viewers!
Sure enough, there was a huge roar in the audience as magic had just been surfaced when Dr. Humayun announced and unbelievable circumference reduction of 3 inches of that patient over just a single treatment session! For many it was beyond
comprehension and bloggers sent videos and tweets that went viral in seconds across the national social media platform!
No one was more excited than the patient who underwent the treatment! Here is what he had to say “it was certainly history and I am in total shock! I owe a debt of gratitude to Mr. Qureshi and I want to thank you to everyone at 3D lifestyle especially
Dr. Humayun for educating me on the treatment not just by the procedure being non surgically pain free but with no such risks and complications I can now hope to lose the 5 inches I always wanted to and go back to my teen age size”
At the very end it was surreal to feel the energy that was reflecting from the attendees and how transformation in the health care phase evolved where a patient who in today’s in age has no time to work out or manage a diet, can simply take 45 minutes session during an office break and loose an inch of belly fat Non-Surgically.
The Federal capital witnessed an eventful evening where the audience was left nothing short then mesmerized. 3D lifestyle; licensee of the original Non-Surgical 3D Lipo technology finally launched in Pakistan with 10 clinics in Karachi, Lahore and
Islamabad.
3D Lifestyle introduces the ultimate combination of advanced technologies offering a complete & prescriptive approach to non-surgical face and body treatments in Pakistan.
Unlike any other treatment in the Medical Aesthetics landscape; 3D lifestyle, with their revolutionary-technology, performed a Non-Surgical fat loss treatment that took to the hearts of those present and millions online. When it showcased LIVE treatment session by Living up to its staggering claim of “Lose 1 Inch in 45 Minutes”.
The event was conducted at La Chirurgie in F8 Islamabad, which in every aspect is Pakistan’s premier and busiest Aesthetic clinics setup by Dr. Humayun Mohmand and his Partner Dr. Armeela Javed and their team of highly qualified Dermatologist, Cosmetologist and Plastic Surgeons.
Dr. Humayun illustrated that 3D lipo’s ULTIMATE device comes handy for fat loss- skin tightening- facial lift and rejuvenations, all with no surgery or injectable. He further went deep into the science of Non-Surgically breaking up of fat cells through the most advanced Cavitation process where quad transducers ensure ultrasound waves cause severe disruption of the adipose cells, thus breaking down the fat cell membrane were this content is then disposed of the lymphatic system and the liver. The uniqueness of Cavitation is that you can see results from the 1st treatment!
Crylolipolysis also specifically targets fat cells Non-Surgically, by lowering the temperature to -6o; it pinpoints the content of the fat cells and causes a crystallization: no other structure is affected by this process like cavitation the remaining content disposed of naturally. Crylolipolysis delivered results in 4-6 weeks and works excellent on all stubborn fat!
Radio frequency is another important function of 3D Lipo using advanced quad polar technology; radio frequency enables not only skin tightening for the face but also for the body! The concentration of collagen fibers and the regeneration of the collagen and elastin deposits tighten the skin layers creating a smoother, healthier and younger looking skin.
With the smile on his face Dr. Humayun with all his excitement said “the combination of 3D lipo’s industry standard protocols produces great results and I am delighted to be the first one in Pakistan to come on board with visionaries like Jawad Qureshi to introduce this to my patients.”
All eyes got glued to Mr. Jawad Qureshi; the Founder and CEO of 3D lifestyle when he took center stage “It’s an emotional day in my life! I once was 290 LBS and I felt the isolation in the society; today, I take a moment to thank those who are constantly working to innovate technologies! this is not just looking slimmer and younger, this is about to change and with 100 clinics soon to be launched in Pakistan, I trust our beautiful citizen will always stand out among any crowd” Mr. Qureshi also emphasize on how important it was for 3D lifestyle to strategically launch with doctors who give attention to detail with best practices and no one could have been a better pick then Dr. Humayun Mohmand who without doubt has grandfathered himself in the Medical Aesthetics landscape of Pakistan!
Finally the wait was over when Mr. Jawad Qureshi requests Dr. Humayun to announce the result of the change in the abdominal circumference post treatment raising curiosity among the viewers!
Sure enough, there was a huge roar in the audience as magic had just been surfaced when Dr. Humayun announced and unbelievable circumference reduction of 3 inches of that patient over just a single treatment session! For many it was beyond
comprehension and bloggers sent videos and tweets that went viral in seconds across the national social media platform!
No one was more excited than the patient who underwent the treatment! Here is what he had to say “it was certainly history and I am in total shock! I owe a debt of gratitude to Mr. Qureshi and I want to thank you to everyone at 3D lifestyle especially
Dr. Humayun for educating me on the treatment not just by the procedure being non surgically pain free but with no such risks and complications I can now hope to lose the 5 inches I always wanted to and go back to my teen age size”
At the very end it was surreal to feel the energy that was reflecting from the attendees and how transformation in the health care phase evolved where a patient who in today’s in age has no time to work out or manage a diet, can simply take 45 minutes session during an office break and loose an inch of belly fat Non-Surgically.

PRESS RELEASE

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

~ Islamabad Eat Festival concludes CKO gears up for Lahore Eat Festival - #So DontSpeakJustEat~

Pakistan’s largest food platform ‘EAT’ moves to Lahore from 24th to 26th November 2017 at Jilani Park after a successful induction of Islamabad Eat which took place from 10th to 12th November. So #DontSpeakJustEat.

Marking the fifth consistent year of the platform, the third day of #IsbEat saw a large number of patrons coming from all over Islamabad and Rawalpindi to the largest food fiesta consisting of 50 food i.e. Kiosks - mini cafes – stalls, where kiosks such as Karamel, Noors Kitchen, Jessie’s, Tuscany Courtyard, Wingitt, Tempura, Sexy Sajji, Suki Sushi and Murasaki Japanese to name a few.
In addition to this, in association with one of Pakistani’s leading college of tourism & hotel management – COTHM conducted several food competitions and professional chef demos throughout the day. The event concluded through Pepsi Battle of the Bands participant Jasim & The Pindi Boys followed up a performance by Fuzion.






In terms of further patrons and sponsors, the success of Eat Festival continues to prompt food sector associates to grow in their engagement of the platform to bigger audience members, marketing campaigns and promotional activities sharing a common vision with the Eat Festival to develop and promote Pakistan’s eatery industry. In this same spirit, this year the Eat Festival welcomed Faysal Bank as the platforms Platinum sponsor, 7UP as the Exclusive Beverage Partner, Radio1 FM91 as the Official Radio Partner, Mindmap as the Official Digital Partner, OUR Solution as the Official Public Relations Partner.
The brain child of CKO Event Architecture, now in its fifth year running this annual event has become the largest food Festival in the country and draws in a crowd of over 100,000 people. Eat festivals focus on details which no other festival would consider. The purpose behind it is of course to create an experience which is as inclusive as possible whilst maintaining the original concept.

CKO Event Architecture is one of the largest innovative design and production firms in Pakistan. Everything we do is bound by a simple 3 phase approach: Concept, Strategy and Realization. Having over 15 Years of experience with managing and conceptualizing mega events, including Bollywood tour Shows in U.S.A, Fashion Pakistan Week FPW, Conferences in Dubai, Turkey, Thailand, Malaysia, China and U.S.A, International / local concerts and much more. It is safe to say that CKO EVENT ARCHITECTURE are trail blazers in the event management industry and in a short span of time have managed to transform the face of events in Pakistan.

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Thursday, April 27, 2017

~My Visit to the Islamabad Literatry Festival : A giant dose of literature for book lovers ~

Islamabad’s 5th Literature Festival was held in Mid April in Islamabad. The festival featured a line-versup of around 150 leading Pakistani and international authors, academics, journalists and artists along with exhibitions, book fair and a sumptuous food court. The three-day festival was organized by Oxford University Press (OUP).

The inaugural session was attended by the leading journalists, writers, poets, intellectuals and a large number of visitors.

ILF co-founder Asif Farrukhi welcomed the audience to the event and said: “The change in weather was the first thing I noticed. I wish you pleasant evenings over the next few days as we focus on books, literature, social and historical issues. The ILF has now firmly taken root and established itself in the local soil, completely contrary to warnings that Islamabad is barren soil as far as culture is concerned.”

 Many literature lovers thronged the 5th Islamabad Literature Festival on its second day as well marking remarkable success for a large number of interactive sessions, dialogues, performances and literary activities here at a local hotel. According to details, residents of twin cities portrayed their unbiased love not only for literature but for the literary icons belonging to different countries of the world by visiting the capital’s Literature Festival.

Renowned poet Iftikhar Arif praised the ILF organizers for a unique gathering of intellectuals, poets, writers and journalists under a roof to have detailed discussions on a variety of topics including literature, politics and current affairs. Literature could become the major tool to achieve positive societal changes, he further added.
On its last day, ILF also hosted many book launches including Intikhab: Khalida Hussain compiled by Asif Farrukhi, Intikhab: Masood Ashar compiled by Asif Farrukhi, The Aleph Review-Taufiq Rafat: Defining the Pakistani Idiom, Teesra Qadam by Nasira Zuberi and The Corporate Governance Landscape of Pakistan by Sadia Khan, and Kalaam e Aarifaan by Hasan Aziz.

The closing ceremony of ILF was followed by an enthralling dance performance by Shayma Saiyid which was widely acknowledged by the audience. She dedicated her performance to Mashal Khan, a student beaten to death in Mardan. The increasing number of participants in all halls, in the corridors and food-court is testimony to the fact that the ILF is a popular event now.

MY EXPERIENCE AND SAY ABOUT THE LITERARY FESTIVAL!
As I am a book lover and also have a degree in English Literature ,events like these excite and make me happy!As soon as I knew of this literary festival happening in the capital I planned to go with my family.My hubby is also very much into books and all so he was also happy to accompany me.

I had a great time at the mushaira held at the 2nd day.A lot of local poets had gathered and the hall was jam packed with poetry fans.Later I roamed on the different stalls.Had a look at the books,Talked to different organizers and ladies who attended the festival.My 5 year old son enjoyed writing his name on the Big Signing Board put up.It was a very proud of for me.


The people at the US AID stall were generous enough to gift some stories and stationary to my little one that made him so happy and made the concept of literary festival clearer in his mind.I & hubby concluded our visit with buying some books for ourselves.
Overall it was a great nurturing event for those who attended,Such events should never be missed if you are interested in literarture and books.One always learns at such events and is introduced to new horizons.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Post Event Report - L'Oreal Professionnel hosted the finale of IT LOOKS 2017 in Karachi in collaboration with International Technical Consultant Tarek Rizk

L’Oréal Professionnel hosted the finale of IT LOOKS 2017 in Karachi
in collaboration with International Technical Consultant Tarek Rizk

[Lahore: 24th of April, 2017] L’Oréal Professionnel, the Parisian house of hairdressing, hosted the grand finale of global IT LOOKS for 2017 in Karachi on 24th April 2017 in collaboration with International Technical Consultant Tarek Rizk. The tailor made hair colors for the Spring Summer shows were Copper Foilyage and Nude Beige. Last year’s incredibly popular IT Girl and recently announced Local Spokeperson for L’Oréal Professionnel Hareem Farooq walked the show sporting the Copper Foilyage along with model Rehmat Ajmal who was seen sporting the Nude Biege as the second IT Girl.


Featuring the hair looks for Spring/Summer, the idea was to inspire salons to learn the high fashion, edgy and inspirational IT LOOKS for 2017. The event was held in Marriott, Karachi.



The event was opened by Emaan Ahmad Brand Manager L’Oreal Professionnel Hair Color and Tanzila Hashwani, Education Manager at L’Oreal Professionnel where they talked about the latest trends that came together to create IT LOOKS 2017. They spoke about how hair color is the new make-up and how the latest hair coloration trends are now inspired by make-up techniques like contouring, strobing amongst others. Tanzila then went to reveal the IT LOOKS 2017 with official images of Hareem Farooq in Copper Foilyage and Rehmat Ajmal in Nude Beige followed by a short beauty film introducing IT LOOKS 2017.


Tarek Rizk took the stage after and went on to discuss international trends and started a live demonstration by showing before images of models and then inviting them on stage to reveal their after looks followed by live styling and cutting before sending each model forward to walk down the ramp. The models with the same color family walked in pairs to demonstrate variations. The hair maestro styled 9 looks live on stage before inviting the IT GIRLS to the stage and styling their final looks before taking a grand final walk down the ramp with each IT GIRL on either side. Both IT GIRLS were dressed in Mango Pakistan which was the official wardrobe partner for the campaign.

The Copper Foilyage was created taking into account the fact that copper is the color of the season as spotted on the runways for Alexander Wang, Noon by Noor and Leanne Marshall. The colorists worked with a palette of red, gold and copper shades to sublime facial features and complexion. The Nude Beige has been inspired from the no make-up look trend that has taken the international fashion scene by storm as seen on ramp for designers like Dior, Chanel and Elie Saab who sent out their models in nude make up looks for a chic and natural effect.


The event was attended by multiple partnering salons like Meher Najeeb Salon, Toni & Guy South, Aliya Tipu and Annie’s Alle’nora amongst others. The event was also attended by social media bloggers from Karachi along with print journalists and broadcast channels.
In celebration of the finale, the brand team created a space for ‘Salon Emotion’, a new program that has been designed to reinvent the client’s journey in salon by redefining business and designing the salon in 7 steps. L’Oreal Professionnel is committed to the salon fraternity by bringing such innovative concepts to further push the boundaries of the beauty industry in Pakistan.
The IT LOOKS Roadshows kicked off in Islamabad on 17th April followed by Lahore on 19th April, concluded in Karachi on the 24th of April 2017.

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