Coffee has become a popular beverage preferred by both the young as well as the old in many countries all over the world. Coffee is such an intrinsic part of our way of life that not a day goes by without us paying homage to the local cafe, or at worst, the office coffee maker. But this infatuation (err, addiction) to coffee isn’t all that bad. Besides the occasional coffee stained teeth , the health benefits of coffee further validate coffee addicts’ love of the stuff. Aside from its highly stimulating effects, there are certain facts about coffee that most people may not know. Here are some of them. Read the rest of this entry »Related Posts
Leepa is the most fascinating & loveliest valley. A metaled road branches off for Leepa from Naily, 45 kms from Muzaffarabad, climbs over the Reshian Gali (3,200 m) and then descends to 1,677 m on the other side into the Leepa Valley. The valley remains open for domestic tourists from May to November. Places of tourist interest in this valley are: Leepa , Dao Khan, Chananian etc.
It spell-bounds everyone who visits this valley. Dao Khan is well recognized for its natural beauty and renowned for its calm and peaceful atmosphere. Deep in the heart of the valley lies Leepa village at 1921m above sea-level. Its lush green river fields in summer and typical wooden Kashmiri houses present a wonderful view. Walnut, apples, cherries and honey of Leepa are very popular.
2 medium ears sweet corn in husks
2 medium tomatoes, chopped
1 small onion, chopped
2 tablespoons minced fresh cilantro
1 tablespoon lime juice 1 tablespoon each finely chopped green pepper and sweet red pepper
1 teaspoon minced seeded jalapeno pepper
1/4 teaspoon salt
Dash pepper (a pinch of pepper)
* Peel back husks of corn but don’t remove silk.
* Place corn in a bowl and cover with water, soak for 20 minutes.
* Drain. Grill corn, covered, over medium-high heat for 20-35 minutes or until husks are blackened and corn is tender, turning several times.
* Let it cool.
* Remove corn from cobs and place in a bowl.
* Add tomatoes, onion, cilantro, lime juice, peppers, salt and pepper.
* Serve with tortilla chips.
Zoe’s collection has been picked up by several major retailers in the US and is about to sign with two UK stores – details of which are yet to be released. The line is receiving rave reviews for its sharply tailored 70′s-inspired trouser suits, faux fur and ‘strong’ outerwear.
Last month, there was a kerfuffle over a sequined black and white dress she designed, when a reporter from Teen Vogue noticed it was almost identical to a vintage item Zoe had used in a shoot for the magazine.
Of the controversy, Zoe told Style.com: “I’ve been subconsciously building this collection in my mind for a long time. There are a million vintage pieces that have inspired me, and every other designer in the world.”
One of the line’s best sellers so far is a black batwing top with rows of gold sequins. The collection launches in US stores for Autumn 2011 and, judging by the hype, looks to be an instant sell-out.
Zara Shahjahan is a graduate from the National College of Arts and has built a niche clientele that understands and has the ability to appreciate design and pattern making. With a background in miniature painting, she is Pakistan’s first designer who has the expertise to make her own motifs. Her earlier lines of Ghaara embroidered saaris and sheesha work were so well received by the industry that in a short span of a few years Zara Shahjahan has become a name to be reckoned with. Zara Shahjahan’s Prêt-à-porter line is now available in all the major cities of Pakistan. The recent presence of the label in Dubai has established a new standard of understated elegance: easy fit garments, precisely cut and immaculately tailored.