Saturday, November 29, 2008

Al Forno - Just as good as Porn-o : P~

Winters in my thesaurus are synonymous to food and clothes. And because of the inflation and all, after spending on food I hardly have enough left for clothes. So like my recent posts, this post will be related to food as well.

A couple of month's back me and my friend with the red shoes (that he doesn't wear anymore),  along with a couple of other folks from office went to F-10 Markaz to grab a quick bite after an intense game of laser tag at the mega zone. That night we went to a small place called "Hyderabadi Chatkharey" and it was awesome! But this post isn't about the Hyderabadi delights (coz I don't have any photos). It was that night that we noticed a small place at the corner of the markaz which looked like an outdoor oven.

This week we finally went there to check it out during the wee hours of lunch. The first thing that amused us was the name "Al-forno". Thus started a series of jokes on the name that lasted for about 15 minutes. Then we finally started reading the menu which was really weird. There were pizzas with ingredients that I had never even heard of in my life. It could've been because of the rush of awesome bandis about but eventually we regained focus and ended up ordering some veggie pizza and a pepperoni one (guess who ordered the pepperoni) . The smallest one was 7 inches and the largest 12. Even though 7 inches sounded pretty impressive but it wasn't (in terms of size). Judging by the look of the place (an Italian kitchen) and the non-presence of customers we kinda had an idea of what we were up for. The second amusing piece of knowledge that the guy at the counter disclosed to another customer was that the pizzas are baked (cooked) in an oven over a wooden flame rather then gas (sounds impressive eh?). The order took around 15 minutes to make (we didn't really notice the time fly by because of the awesome bandis around) . We went back to our car coz they didn't have a seating area. I'l let the pictures below do the rest of the talking...

On a side note the Luciano's Pizza truck that hangs around in F-7 Markaz has some awesome Italian hot dogs. I didn't even know that the Italians made hot dogs. They are waaay better then their pizza, potato wedges and their Philly cheese steak sandwich. Sorry about the pic of the empty plate below, I couldn't stop eating once i started : P~

And can anyone tell me why my pics are uploaded side ways?

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Bread and Beyond

Funny how the title reminds me of Buzz Light year's line "To infinity, and beyond!" from Toy Story, which I back then thought was "Owen Finity, and Beyond!". It didnt make any sense but it sounded really cool. Anyway this post is about a tiny little cafe called "Bread and Beyond" which sells stuff sold inside Metro's bakery section and coffee. For everybody who at this point is thinking that when did Metro open a bakery section, I'm not talking about the Metro shoe shop, I'm talking about the Metro cash and carry.

This cafe is intended for shoppers only coz its right at the entrance of the whole ware house type building. It has an assortment of sandwiches, patties, muffins and my favorite croissants. We ordered one of almost everything and the bakery type pizza and chocolate chip muffin stood out among the rest of the things. The cappucinos were pretty ok but all in all it was a good experience on a low budget (considering we had spent all our cash on the goodies inside the cash and carry)

Sunday, November 2, 2008

It's Donut Season Again!

Winter is in the air and that means that the donut season has officially begun. Back when I was a kid 4 years ago, I used to hate winters coz I couldn't drag myself out of my warm and cozy bed every morning. I would also wind up a size or two bigger for my jeans by the time the season ended. Then there was the case of rogue ninjas attacking konoha village and my addiction to anime.


But around 2 years ago all that changed when i discovered Dunkin Donuts, their not so glorious but still good donuts and their excellent coffee. I suddenly had a purpose in life, to have donuts and coffee for breakfast which actually meant I would skip lunch hence maintain my figure : P and buy shippuden when it comes out. Dunkin had been providing good donuts for the last year and a half but then all of a sudden it closed all it's branches in Rawalpindi and their donuts started tasting like dough. Their coffee is still good, but coffee without donuts is like barney without a suit. I tried settling for something less, a cup of tea with 3 tea bags and cookies but even though that made me addicted to cookies, the tea just didn't cut. And then we found the Lazeez Patisserie (see previous post). I've already praised them for their cookies and planned to sue them for their name but now its time to praise them once again, for their donuts! Yes even though its a small little place and I was enlightened by Tazeen that cafe Lazeez is actually a franchise, their donuts kick ass! I still have to try them with Dunkin's coffee but I'm pretty sure that my winter will pass in peace and I will be a lot less angrier.

P.S - I have no idea why the images were flipped the way they were