Beers, Bhajiyas & Old Monk …

The evenings where heavy rain spatters on the outside while the oil for bhajiyas spatters in the kitchen have arrived – like DJs and turntables, cold weather and brandy, Instagram & filters go together, Bonobo has discovered a brand new twosome – beers & bhajiyas! And what good is a twosome without an element of surprise? Enter, the good old monk to lend some rum happiness to the newest festival in town – Beer & Bhajiya with a touch of Old Monk at Bonobo.

Broccoli & Cream Cheese Bhajiya at Bonobo

Broccoli & Cream Cheese Bhajiya

Your monsoon evenings are about to go from great to epic with flavoured bhajiyas paired with your all time favourite brews.  Walk in to find the classic Begun Bhaja doing the tango with the locally brewed White Zen and the old school favourite Kanda Bhaji sitting comfortably across from Budweiser. The Broccoli & Cream Cheese bhajiya makes a crackling combination with Hoegaarden while the Tempura Spinach bhajiya falls in line perfectly with the full-flavoured Asahi. To evoke just the right amount of nostalgia, pick from the Masala Maggi, Fried Chilli, or Cheese & Chutney Toast.

 

Bounty Brownie Bhajiya at Bonobo

Bounty Brownie Bhajiya

If your mind (or palate) can’t process bhajiyas without chai, find your way to our Old Monk infused Masala Chai. To take comfort food to the next level, pair them with Old Monk Nescafe or the Hot Monk Chocolate. Enjoy the rainy holidays with cocktails like the Old Monkjito and the Beachy Monk with Malibu.  From happy splashes in puddles to impromptu rainy drives and cozy blankets – here’s another monsoon experience that is going to be really hard to forget.

P.S. The “Sabudana Bhajiya” & “Jalapeno Bhajiya” were my personal favourites!

Jalapeno Popper at Bonobo

Jalapeno Popper Bhajiya

Sabudana Bhajiya at Bonobo

Sabudana Bhajiya

 

Where? Bonobo, 2nd Floor, Kenilworth Mall, Phase 2, Off Linking Road, Bandra West, Mumbai: 400 050

DISHKIYAOON

New restaurant opening at the famous Capital One Building BKC is Dishkiyaoon.

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Vivek & Kabbir Luthria and Gaurav Dabrai , the owners of  Kino Cottage and Copa are joined by partner Saloni Rupani to present their signature style of casual and refreshing dining with  Dishkiyaoon.

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Space is designed by Clement Desylva which very unconventional .Loved the entrance façade highlighted with artsy typography. The interiors is compilation of lot of vertical gardens, The level of greenery is spectacular without eating into any floor space, thanks to the clever use of framed succulents. A brightly lit spacious bar with swings and phone charging trolleys were some of the highlights, however some things were pretty random like the placement of a Bath Tub.

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The menu at Dishkiyaoon is all about contemporary fare from across different cuisines presented in an adventurous style. Chef  Clyde Comello’s menu is  mix of classic heart warmers to regional specials made contemporary. One can indulge in nostalgic fare like Paneer 65 with lemon pillaf , Daliya Khichdi to dishes like Chole Empnadas , Dishkiyaoon chilli cheese toasty, Flatbreads include Aubergine scarmozza , Cheezzy wezzy to name a few .

At the preview I tried some cocktails; the bar menu has a lot of options includes handcrafted cocktails like the  Filter Coffee Martini, Gur & Sugarcane Mojito , Adult Coke float ,Bombay to Benaras , New Fashioned Old Fashioned  & Jäger Float. My favorite was 3M (Mix of fresh pineapple juice + orange juice + Malibu and rock salt) the second one which I liked was Benaras to Mumbai (Traditional Thandai topped with Rum)

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For Food we tried the Vada Pav Salad this one had baby vadas tossed in with salad leaves topped with fresh pomegranate, croutons and sweet and spicy chutney.

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For mains tried the Paneer 65 with Lemon pilaf, the paneer was coated in a very sweet and spicy sauce. The daliya khichdi served with stuffed mirchi salan was quite interesting though I found the gravy little on the sweeter but when had together it tasted well.

Open through the day, Dishkiyaoon lets you devour a hearty meal of Chef Clydes specials or swing by for drinks & dinner in the evening. They also have gluten free, vegan & good carb options!

 

Timings :

11am to 1 am

Address: G1, Capital Building, BKC, Mumbai – 51

Introducing Pinakin Patel’s New Spring Summer 2016 Collection

Pinakin Patel’s thorough understanding of Indian heritage, free spirited creativity and modern sensibilities provided the impetus for brand Pinakin. The brand’s journey began with creating India’s first lifestyle and furniture store, followed by the establishment of Mumbai’s premier interior design and architecture firm – Pinakin Design LLP.

Today, his free spirited creativity, modern sensibilities, and aesthetics rooted in Indian heritage have reached new highs and have forayed into the world of fashion.

After the launch of his debut collection, designer Pinakin Patel has now created a new line for this Spring Summer 16. The collection is European in sensibility and Indian in soul. Hues of pink, white, indigo, neon and red are seen throughout  making it apt for summer.

For over four decades, he  has set the benchmark in creating spaces and furniture that distinctly reflect his own unique sensibility. Using his interest in fashion and styling, Pinakin has launched a nouveau line for this season.

 

 

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Neither “fusion nor indo-western”, the collection’s impression is global in its identity.

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The colours flatter the Indian complexion

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The Collection:

Inspired by the simultaneousness of a fast life, the collection is an array of looks that are sporty yet formal, layered but yet simple. From brocade tops to neoprene skirts, it is the perfect blend of sport and glamour.

Just like his architecture and interior designs, Pinakin has emphasized on the body language being comfortable and serene.Pinakin Patel’s thorough understanding of Indian heritage, his free spirited creativity and modern sensibilities honed over the years are now providing the impetus for Pinakin Fashion.

 

Lakmé Fashion Week Summer Resort 2016 starts from today 30th March till 3rd April 2016.

 

Vishal Jewels

Vishal Jewels is a fine jewelry brand that will be showcasing their handcrafted diamond polki jewelry at an exhibition in Mumbai, on 19th and 20th February 2016. This exhibition will be hosted by Renu Kriplani and Priya Maheshwari at The Club in Andheri West.

Earrings 2 by Vishal JewelsThey will be presenting an array of jewelry ranging from beautifully crafted rings, antique designed bracelets, bangles to necklaces and more. The brand has been around since 70 years and has specialized in authentic karigari work since then.

All pieces are designed and manufactured under experts supervision and exudes vivacious femininity and elegance. This one is a must visit.

Date: 19th February – 20th February 2016

Timings: 11.00a.m. – 7.00pm.

Event type: Open event

Venue: The Club, 197, D.N. Nagar, Andheri West. Mumbai – 400 053

Bao Wow Festival

 

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One of my favorite restaurant Fatty Bao is hosting Bao Wow Festival this month and I was invited for a preview to taste the new additions yesterday evening.

The Menu has a total of 13 different varieties of yummy bao’s, which are filled with different kinds of fillings. The menu includes the all-time favorites in addition to a whole new selection of inventive flavor combinations, especially created for the festival by Executive Chef Prashanth.

The Vegetarian Bao’s had a total of 5 varieties, and I tried everything. Besides the Crispy Eggplant and The Mushroom and Bell Pepper which are the regular on their menu, there are 3 new additions.

Loved the Crispy Tofu and Mock Meat, It had amazing flavor of black bean sauce, stuffed with cold lettuce+ pickled pear and topped with scallions. The Cheesy Kimchi Potato Bao, now one can hardly go wrong with this combination sprinkled with Korean chili powder this was good stuff.

The pricing per portion start from INR 260 (excluding taxes)

The Bao Wow Festival is on from 1st February 2016 – 14th February 2016 at The Fatty Bao Mumbai and Delhi.

So make the reservation now.

The Fatty Bao Mumbai: Summerville, Junction of 14th & 33rd, Linking Road Bandra West, Mumbai- 400050. For Reservations call : 022-26005220

Opening Hours: All Days of the Week: 12:00 noon to 3:30pm and 7:00pm to 1:00 am

Photo Courtesy : Kunal Chandra

 

My Yellow Table

 

NDTV Good Times recently launched the second season of My Yellow Table at Yellow Bar Mumbai.

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After the success of the first season My Yellow Table is back on NDTV Good Times channel  yet again hosted by celebrity chef Kunal Kapur. “The thought behind My Yellow Table Season II will definitely remain the same that is to bring out the Chef in everyone. The focus is to create Indian food with a twist in ingredients with a hope to convince viewers that cooking is not rocket science and everything that tastes good doesn’t have to be complex.”  The chef also promises the show to be fun for the viewers and will share his recipes and tips along with a surprise element the “Mischief Box”.

The show will feature Indian cuisine with a Kunal touch – meaning a lot of flamboyance and experimentation!

This one is to watch out for Tune into Season II of My Yellow Table – By Invitation starting 9th January, Saturday and Sunday, 9 pm only on NDTV Good Times.

 

This is a listing, unfortunately couldn’t make it for the launch as was down with a viral.

Forest Essentials

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A couple of weeks back, I had been to the launch of the new Forest Essentials store at Bandra. The sprawling 1300 sq ft store is located at the start of the bustling Linking Road. I was welcomed to the store by their very courteous staff with a cup of warm organic jaggery tea which was yum.

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The ambience of the store is stunning; the walls are adorned with Raja Ravi Verma inspired paintings, sparkling chandeliers highlight the intricate detail on the ceiling, along with the beveled mirrors, intricate jalis and sepia toned frames  instantly  transports you to a palace in Rajasthan.

Soon I was introduced to Dr Ipshita Chaterjee who is the Ayurveda Beauty Expert who took me through a personal consult about my skin care. She meticulously guided me through the all the  products and patiently answered all my queries

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I have been using Forest Essential products for couple of years, I swear by them and have mentioned in my earlier post also, the brand is a pioneer in the luxury Ayurvedic segment and they put in a lot of pain- staking research behind each and every product and make them very  accessible to the modern consumers.

There were a couple products which I tried and here are my top 5 picks J

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Soundarya Radiance Cream

This cream is amazing, one of the best sellers and superlight to wear daily. This one is a day wear cream and has a rich mix of potent herbs and gold, both these ingredients have very exceptional skin uplifting properties. Once this cream penetrates in your skin, it instantly starts the process of firming the muscles and the skin elasticity, smoothes fine lines and gives a porcelain finish.
It has SPF 25 which helps neutralize UVA and UVB radiation and protects skin from sun, environmental stress and pollution.

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Madurai Jasmine Cologne

 This delicate and unmistakable fragrance of the most coveted fresh Madurai Jasmine flowers should be slated on top of everyone’s wish list. You can use this one every day, very magical and you can layer this cologne with any of your body oil or lotion or by itself.

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Nargis Cleansing Shower Butter

This is Rich and Creamy Cleansing Butter made with super fatted Kokum and Shea butters, cold pressed oils and herbs, roots and flower infusions cleanse and stimulate circulation. When I tried this one at the store it just melted on my skin, giving a very creamy lather and intense nourishment. Smells luscious and wonderful this is a must have and tops my list.

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Eternal Youth Formula Date & Litchi

This date and litchi formula is a very unique product by Forest Essentials. The cream is rich and very fragrant, I could literally eat this one sadly it isn’t edible. The litchi rejuvenates the skin, replenishes the moisture level while dates are rich in anti- oxidant content so they help in protecting the skin from the harmful effect of free radicals.

I was told that this 17th century formula is prepared according to Vedic Shastras in which Date &Litchi soaked in pure rose water and while it’s mixed mantras are chanted embedding positive energy in this product. This potent formula based on the theory of Panchmahabutas, works to please all the five senses while having powerful anti-ageing properties, leaving the skin firm, toned and more youthful.

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The Bath and Shower Gel Gift Sets

The gel tones and detoxifies the skin with a satin smooth invigorating feel and uplifts the senses. These are perfect for gifting, can be customized and one can mix up and chose from the huge range according to ones needs. You can also mix bath oils here they come in small sizes and are wonderful.  The boxes are very pretty in soft powder blues, dusky teal, muted oranges and delicate pinks. These are embellished with intricate gold and silver accents which take their inspiration from vintage Benarasi sarees. These boxes with their precious contents wrapped in fragrant tissue lavishly tied with matching grosgrain ribbons leave you spoiled for any other experience.

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I gifted one myself this Diwali actually and with Christmas around the corner you can definitely check this one out. So take some time off visit this beautiful store, try the amazing goodies available and pamper yourself. Am sure it will make you happy.