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Our picks for what-to-do this weeked: 26th to 28th March

What a week it’s been! Good, bad and just down right ugly in some spots.

First came the news of Strings breaking and the next morning came the news of the passing of playwright and writer Haseena Moin and broadcaster Kanwal Naseer. But there must still be something to look forward to.

Eat:

Change your plans and make plans to queue up for the softest baos west of Kuala Lumpur at Bao Bae.

Bao Bae is the first food truck in a series of trucks planned by the team behind Karachi Eat. The menu is simple - three types of baos and a possible six types of hand cut Udon Noodles. This is not the traditional stuffed bao that my college breakfast was made of - these handcrafted Bao ‘burgers’ with filling options of Chicken Karaage, Braised Beef or Crunchy Prawns. Each bao has it’s own set of veggies and sauces. So it’s not a generic protein in bread kind of bao, it is a well thought flavor profile in every single bite. Bao prices range from Rs 400 to Rs 500.

The Udon Noodles are made from scratch and hand cut. You can choose between the Black Pepper Tamarind Sauce or the Bao Bae Signature Sauce and add either chicken, beef or prawns. There’s just the right amount of vegetables ( not a veggie fan here) and the magic herb- coriander. I loved the amount of bite and chewiness on the noodle but it might not be for everyone. Also, choose the black pepper sauce if you like it hot and the Bao Bae sauce if you are weakling like me. Udon prices range from Rs 500 to Rs 650.

Bao Bae is parked on the corner of 26th Street and Khayaban e Sehar, right next to Famous Os.

Do:

Visit Pinky Gul this Saturday. Secret Stash is having a sale to support the Panah Shelter for women. And prices start at just Rs 500. It is happening at Pinky Gul, from 12 - 7 pm. If you didn’t know already, Secret Stash is an online store that let’s you buy original but pre-loved designer shoes, bags and accessories at a fraction of the original price. The sale at Pinky Gul is a way for us to actually see the goods in person before purchasing and support a good cause along the way.

Buy:

Pure Lawn, Organic Dyed Lawn Scarf

Scarves make for such wonderful, versatile accessories. I got myself a natural-dyed one from Khanz - a sustainable fashion brand based right here in Karachi. They use pure lawn material and the dyes are all organic and employ local, female artisans. They have both unstitched and ready to wear apparel. I believe they stock at the Fashion Pakistan Lounge at Dolmen Mall, Clifton. I got mine from their little shop at the Green Bean Farmers Market every Sunday.

Kashmiri Mirch & Lehsan Chutney from PJs Jars

I have already started planning my Ramzan menu, and I know my Iftar needs to be extra. Came across PJs Jars version of the Lehsan Chutney and was pleasantly surprised. It was not as explosive as I thought it would be (in a good way). It does pack heat but not the unbearable kind. It is also quite versatile. I added more garlic to it and used it as a base for a ‘mix sabzi’ dish. It works well with daal chawal too. Definitely one for the pantry.

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