Karachi Eat 2018

Damn Kashaf, back at it again with another #KEFF post.

You can find previous posts about Karachi Eat over here, here and here.

So this year, I decided to go to KEFF with my friends on Saturday instead of the usual Sunday morning trip. We went without reading any reviews because Friday night had been a total disaster in terms of management and many patrons returned in disappointment.

We had a relatively better experience than last year because;
1. The event was at a larger place instead of the picturesque Frere Hall, making everything less chaotic.
2. Likes of Safeguard and Aman made sure that the area remained clean and provided people with free tissue and sanitizers.

The ticket prices increased this year, a flipping 300 PKR with a scarcity of sitting places and no shade. CKO being the usual pain in the ass. There was a 100 rupees redeem scheme going on in collaboration with KeenuWallet but i’ll rant about that later. Let’s talk about food.

First stop was at 2 Guys and 1 Grll (sounds superbly wrong but ohwell, not worse than the shit names in Hobnob’s menu). They were serving only one thing: Donut Burgers.

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Oh my god. I can talk about it for days. Priced at 300 PKR and less than four inches in diameter, it wasn’t a fair deal but the taste somewhat made up for it. The meat was succulent, the sauce was to die for, and the subtle sweetness of the donut made everything perfect. I can’t wait for these guys to open up their own store; they’ll definitely find a regular customer in me.

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Second was Awesamosas. In all honesty, i figured that this will be a burger rendition of a desi tea item and would be a total flop but boy, was i glad to be wrong. We tried their Caramelized onions, pizza and Reese’s samosas. First bite will tell you that these guys aren’t playing around. The pastry was so on spot in terms of flakiness. You could taste the effort the Awesamosas team had put in it. Caramelized onions was the star, next in line for me was Reese’s samosas, a fantastic duo of sweet and salty.

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Then we stood in line for fifteen minutes at Fry Guys. We bought their Deep Fried Chicken in Waffle Cone, it had Sriracha sauce dribbled over it and honestly, was the star item in their menu. Deep Fried Philly Cheese Steak Roll, uff what a mouthful, looked really unappetizing and had a generous amount of salt in it. My friend hated it and told me to write a scathing review because that was a good 250 PKR down the drain.

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Deep Fried Philly Cheese Steak Roll

We also tried Meet the Cheese’s chicken sticks with fries, they too had a cheese sauce over them. It was sort of bland for my liking, and for 300 PKR didn’t seem like a good deal.

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Obviously all this food made us extremely thirsty and cranky so we went out to search for stalls that only served drinks. The Cocktail Bar was our stop and possibly the worst decision in the whole day. Our drinks were too concentrated, and i had to drink a whole bottle of water before feeling right again. Looking around, we could see people had left almost 75% of their drinks from TCB untouched so I guess we weren’t the only one with the shitty experience. It was priced at 250 PKR and a total waste of money.

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I am not a sausage person but my friend ordered Corn Dogs from Grill in the City and they were juicy, af. Too bad that I was feeling exhausted by then, so couldn’t manage more than a couple of bites of those.

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Fam’s Patisserie’s waffles were a must buy too.

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Eventually we ended the day with a mixed berries bar from Pop Bar. It was refreshing and full of flavor.

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I wish I could’ve stayed a little longer but at 4.30 pm the place had become quite chaotic so we had to leave.

Now coming to KeenuWallet. What a fuck load of scam by these guys. Apparently the 100 PKR from the ticket were redeemable but the scheme stopped for no reason. We did complain to one of the guys in the Keenu management and he started to guide us on how we could avail our rewards by going to so-and-so stalls however, you needed data for it. And even on data, the app was quite slow so basically, it was too much of a hassle and we paid in full everywhere. The app was deleted immediately after i reached home. There was no delete account option, which i would’ve preferred since now these idiots have my CNIC info.

Verdict: It was surprisingly well-managed. Surprising because CKO finally seems to take constructive criticism seriously. I would’ve gone today as well since there was so much I couldn’t try yesterday but oh well. There were more proper stalls rather than home-based chefs unlike last year. Entry ticket price is no doubt quite high, especially for people with large families, but then the event is also only meant to cater a certain class of crowd so that’s that. It is quite problematic but those who can afford it, i’d just say, don’t miss out on the innovative and actually delicious food inside.

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#KarachiEat 2017

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LALS PATISSERIE

This food festival has been the talk of the town since the past two weeks; a feat that hadn’t been achieved in its past 3 years of establishment. At first the hue and cry was about their ‘no stags’ policy. A much appreciated and needed move which tickled the privileged gender in all the wrong areas. Then it rained on the very first day of its opening. There were no backup plans and electricity was switched off in the midst of the festival; the stall owners and the patrons both faced a lot of hindrance because of it. The irresponsibility on the management’s part wasn’t even amusing this time. I regularly check AccuWeather for updates and it had actually mentioned rainfall from Friday to Saturday. The fact that the management chose to ignore this and later didn’t even bother to compensate (at least this is what i heard) the visitors for tickets they had bought says mountains about it.

Anyways, fast forward to this week.

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Frere Hall

Since the venue was again Frere Hall, parking was bound to be an issue. However CKO was providing shuttle services and Careem was giving rides from all over Karachi in Rs 250. This effort to take responsibility for the traffic was appreciated.

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Apart from that, the tickets were priced again at Rs. 250. I honestly would’ve skipped the event because of this and also because of my horrible experience last year. However, EasyTickets and SIM SIM mobile partnered with CKO events, and for their publicity, gave tickets on discounted prices. All one had to do was to download apps of both aforementioned companies, sign up, and book tickets from there.

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So yeah, my fam and I, comprising of four people got tickets for Rs. 99 each which was awesome.

We reached Frere Hall at 12 pm, no parking issues, and entered the event with a nasty shock. 75% of stalls weren’t fully opened. At 12 pm. What are these stall managers. I understand that y’all have been working hard for the past two weeks but this wasn’t an excuse to not open at the right time. Why do you guys do this?

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Khair. We grabbed a table and then wandered around to check what’s ready and what should be left for later. (There were good seating arrangements this time, btw. No umbrellas to escape from the sun but a lot of tables were set up.)

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My first stop was to Nora’s Got Sweet Tooth. I met Bisma, the lone CEO of this venture, who was very energetic and trying to make everyone comfortable. After some speculation, I bought their granola bar for Rs. 150; haven’t tried it yet, but let’s hope its worth the hype on SWOT’s.

Then I went for Naan Sahab. Everyone who went on the first and second days had been raving about its stuffed naans so had to try those. Chicken Cheddar Naan was my pick; looking similar to calzone, hot and puffy, it was delicious. It costed me Rs. 250.

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Please don’t go on its looks. 😦

A lot of my friends had tried chicken strips from Cosmos so I bought those too. Was first a little apprehensive since i didn’t like the way they looked but oh my god. They were so light despite being deep fried. I had had chapli kebab from The Chapli Kebab House before chicken strips, it was quite heavy and made me feel nauseous, totally not the quality they have been producing in the past 2 years. So anyways, I forced myself to eat a chicken strip after the chapli kebab, and it was quite refreshing. Will definitely try them when i next go to Cosmos.

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Chapli Kebab was priced at Rs. 200 and Chicken Strips from Cosmos left me Rs. 250 poorer.

Sitting and walking an hour in the bright sun, and only warm water to quench our thirst, compelled us to get some drinks. Miftah’s mojitos were a life saver! They charged us Rs. 200 per drink and we bought 3. Definitely a bit pricey but they managed to revive our sinking spirits.

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Then we headed to Desi Gali. Now, i’m the ‘jitna ghaleez, utna lazeez’ type of person. In normal circumstances I wouldn’t even think of having chana chaat from some fancy place but their products looked tempting enough for me to make the jump. I bought chana papri chaat for Rs. 180. Loved every bite of it. Returned back to the stall and bought their peri bites for home. Haven’t tried them yet but mum said that they are good too. Now i’m regretting for not buying more stuff from there.

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I was planning to skip Lady Marmalade. Earlier this month I hoarded on a lot of desserts so wanted to avoid anything sweet in KarachiEat. But I couldn’t stop myself (since when i have gotten this sweet tooth, what the hell?!) and bought Lady Marmalade’s famous funnel cake which was topped with a nutella dressing. Opted out for the icecream scoop so it cost me Rs. 200. Extremely light and yummy, finished in minutes and now I want some more.

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A visit to PeakFreans’ stall was a must. Beautiful decor and innovative use of PeakFreans’ products. Definitely a trip to the memory lane. I wanted to try their icecream sanwich which they were sadly out of stalk, so bought their Chocolate S’mores and Panna Cotta for Rs. 50 each.

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Dad even got haleem from some stall. We couldn’t fine the much loved Shaan’s stall so the haleem from random place was to do in its place. It was being charged at Rs. 80 and then when the crowd increased, the prices were raised to Rs. 100. Wasn’t yummy either, just your average daily haleem.

We even bought Peshawar’s namkeen boti. No idea how much it costed and haven’t tried it yet. I hope its good because there were mixed reviews about this stall.

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So this was it. I hope whoever attended the event had a good time; if you know the places where delicious stuff actually is, then pretty sure you won’t have any regrets about paying those 250 rupees as an entrance fee.

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Life Lately; According to my G3

 

January 2k16 has been a hell of a ride; from starting medschool to falling ill and having family members fall ill thus, numerous visits to hospitals. Also my aunt’s wedding took place so yeah, shaadi madness screwed me so much. Not to mention the lack of internet courtesy PTCL.

Anyways, I decided to do a combined post on Dec 2k15 and Jan 2k16. Already wrote December’s part in the mid of Jan then forgot all about it, so without further ado:

December 2k15

I had to make my way through Qurtaba for traditional clothes shopping and it was horrible. I haven’t exactly visited that place since the past 3 years so i was hella confused on what to buy.

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After my interview at JSMU (LOL) i finally realized how close medschool was and immediately bought some Irish Cheddar cheese for myself (to calm the nerves, yo). So yeah, bruchetta all the wayyyyy.

Okay so i finally cleaned up the bookshelves for medschool books but i found some medicine books dating back to 1980s. This was surprising considering that no one in my family has done medicine or anything remotely close to it. So yes, extreme vintage feels but quite scary too. Also i found one of the books being extremely biased towards woman’s anatomy considering how the only test for virginity mentioned was the unbroken hymen. YEAH.

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I did started to read novels finally; was facing a readers block for quite sometime. Kate Morton’s The Distant Hours blew me away. It wasn’t exactly a thriller but struck so similar to The Thirteenth Tale. I’m into stories the revolve around 40s and 90s. Right now I’m craving Ken Follett’s A Dangerous Fortune at the moment; can’t find it anywhere on internet.

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I finally had a meetup with my girls, Louie was back from LUMS (yayyy) and the rest had their winter break. We got high on gossip, paani puri, Chinese and nutella cheese-cake!

I need to learn to pop gol gappas in my mouth with grace. That’s the only good picture of me while eating paani puri D’:

Look, Ma! I haz friends!
If you know my sob story of trying to socialize in uni; you’d realize how huge this deal is. I hate making new friends so always going to be grateful for the bunch I already have. Even though they all are demons in their own way.

And the wedding happened, finally! We were so exhausted till then that I couldn’t even enjoy the food.

The valima look! I honestly feel more confident behind the lens; being in front just sets out a whole new awkward currents in my body. #SedLyf #PhotoshopPlsHelp

Also attended #KarachiEat 2k16 which was good in terms of food but extremely bad in management. My last post on the blog has been a rant about it; so not saying much.

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Medschool is so, so tiring but gratifying at the same time too. I am five weeks into it and already behind. Sometimes my head gets clogged up with so many new terminologies that it feels hard to go on. My university and seniors are quite cool so that helps. I’ll do a post solely on this soon, hopefully.

I am now logging off because Embryology is calling me and there’s Pharma to cover too before I hit the bed. Argh!

How has been January for y’all? Do share in the comment box!