Sunny Days

In Mumbai sun is getting brighter, the  weather is getting unbearably warmer, humidity is at an all time high and we are finding ways and means to keep ourselves cool.

Summer is all about smaller meals and lots of icy cool drinks. Here is a list of new menus and specials in some of the most loved Mumbai Restaurant’s

Bonobo – Bandra

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Jungle Curry with Pineapple Rice

Top on the list for various reasons. Love the casual vibe. They have wonderful open air space which can get quite warm during summer. The owners have always been creative,whether it’s the kind of music gigs they host or the kind of food they serve.

Their new menu  which has lots of  diversity in terms of cuisine , yes its bar food with loads of comfort.

Must try The Woks , Jungle Curry with Pineapple Rice , Pao with Gravy and for that extra sweetness they have Nutella Pav . All this can be paired  with a glass of chilled beer from Gateway Brewery.

Sancho’s – Khar and Colaba

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Mango Popsicles

One of my loved cuisine is Mexican and the days when I feel lazy ( which is most of the time ;) ) have no inclination of making Mexican at home,I end up at Sancho’s.

Their Fiesta Nachos , Potato skins, Qusadillias and Fajitas are a few of my liked dishes. Also recommend Tlayudas which is a Mexican Baked Pizza topped with beans, pico, charred corn, generous portions of avocado, sour cream, lime, pimentos plus lots of cheese and garnished cilantro. Yes yum and you can pair this with a chilled pitcher of sangria.

Recently Sancho’s have introduced small plates, which gives customers a chance to try a wider variety of food from their awesome menu. They are also hosting The Mexican Chile and Margarita Festival, which runs until the 31st May.

Spotted this picture of Mango Popsicles on Instagram, so good looking and one of the best summer indulgent desserts.

Dome – Intercontinental Marine Drive

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Breathtaking View at Dome

Located at the Intercontinental Marine Drive this one has the breathtaking view of the Arabian Sea.

Popular for their Sunday Sundowner’s The Dome has put together a Melange Mojito Menu. This one would be available from the 26th April ’15 – 5th May ’15.

The menu offers some unusual combinations like the mango jalapeño mojito , green tea mojito and the sparkling mojito, which is a mix of sparkling wine with fresh lime and  mint with a dash of light rum. Sounds very refreshing and the ultimate beat the heat drink.

Watch the beautiful sunset with an icy cool glass of mojito, the best way to end the long summer day.

Picture Courtesy :- Sameer Uttamsingh, Bonobo and Intercontinental Marine Drive.

Handle with Care

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My favorite necklace

Must confess when it comes to costume jewelry am a hoarder,and as time has gone by I have become wiser. I avoid over shopping and invest in pieces. Time has also taught me how to take care of my costume jewelry. In the past had no knowledge how to stock them or take care of them.

So here are some of my tips , what not to do list and  how to store and maintaining the  precious possessions . 

What not to do :-

1. Use of perfume

Use perfume before you put on jewelry as alcohol content in it causes discoloration.

2. Use of Hairspray

Yes that too causes build up so same rule as above once your ready with hair, make up etc put on jewelry.

3. No jewelry to the Gym.

As opposed to real jewelry,costume jewelry are metal plated and any activity that causes sweat causes discoloration so best not to wear it to gym,also avoid wearing it while taking a shower or while  swimming as it could tarnish.

4. Skip Tanning

The sun fades away the color as exposed to direct sunlight so best not to wear costume jewelry while tanning.

5. Bye Bye hand cream

While wearing the layers of bracelet’s  and rings skip the hand cream as the moisture from those creams causes stains on jewelry. So avoid using it for that particular day.

What to do :-

1. Store it in a dry place away from humidity. As humidity is the worse enemy of costume jewelry. I uses packs of silica gel in my boxes which helps reduce the humidity.

2. Be creative, DIY boxes and make them look pretty. Some pieces need extra care so store them in their original boxes.

3. Store each piece separately,zip lock can be of wonderful help also here damage caused by  friction could be avoided.

4 . After each time you use jewelry make sure you clean with muslin or any soft  cloth and store it back. 

Hope these tips help and make your jewelry last longer :)

Summer Story

Summer is here and everyone has been stocking up on staples for the season. The prominent look seen in most of the spring /summer runway shows were a lot of Denims and Whites.

Denim

Ever green and everyone from top international fashion houses have been incorporating denim in their SS 15 collection ..from Gucci to Burberry. Denim has never been more desirable.

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Denim culottes from ASOS

Making a come back are the flared 70’s inspired jeans and denim culottes

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Distressed flared Denims from Zara

A lot of embellished denims are seen this summer, denim with studs or sequins can be paired with plain T-shirt or understated top.

These denim summer staples can be paired with a  tank top for a casual look or just a little change of accessories and switching from flats sandals to high heels, Voila you are ready for night out.

Whites

Everyone has some form of white in their wardrobe , From shoes,bag or basic white t shirt yes we have it, It’s the most loved color for summer.

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A . Textured Dress from Mango
B . White lace Dress from Zara

Biggest Trend for this SS15 is white on white and to pull off this total white look is quite a challenge.

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H & M skinny white ankle length jeans

One has to be very careful while choosing the accessories  or paring it with the perfect shoes.

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White lies skirt from Stylista

For makeup fresh clean look with dark lips would be thumbs up. Balance is the key.

Picture courtesy Zara,Mango,ASOS and Stylista.

Mineral Blue

Mumbai based designer Maheka Mirpuri launched her summer / resort collection over high tea at Oynx located at The Intercontinental Marine Drive.

Fashion is something Mehaka is very passionate about and she manages to combine elegance and creativity in her summer collection.

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Mehaka Mirpuri

The setting for the preview was wonderful. A tunnel made of twigs,blue bulbs and cherry blossoms led to the main exhibition area. Wooden ladders with floral arrangement were placed as racks for displaying garments. Loved the detail and effort Maheka and her team put in.

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Garments at Display

The collection had plenty of options to choose from wrap maxis , jump suits , palazzo pants ,off shoulder dresses , structured dresses and embellished skirts.

The Indian wear has lots of whites and pastels again in her trademark embroidery and mix of tie and dye fabrics.

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Me at the event :)

I particularly loved the off shoulder tie-dye dresses and the mini skirts.

Fun drinks and finger food complemented this lovely showcase.

The collection is now available at her flagship store located at Prabhadevi Mumbai

A Dessert in Time

Following the success of her first outlet in Kala Ghoda, Chef Sanjana Patel, the well-known  patisserie owner finally launched her second dessert boutique La Folie Patisserie on  20th March, 2015 at Palladium Mall Lower Parel.

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Store was launched on World Macron Day. They had an amazing varieties of macrons on their menu from kafir lime ginger, thandai,caramel pop corn and some savory ones made with cheetos and goat cheese fig. In fact they went all out when it came to experimenting with flavors.

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Me with the Macron Tower

The store has a pretty intimate setting with a huge wall mural inspired by the Ferris’s wheel the design also includes several  watch components incorporated , something like building a time machine which would help us time travel while having your dessert as young chef told me while explaining the design and concept.

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Store Design

The menu  is unique, options vary from variety of pastries along with an expanded café menu of freshly brewed in-house coffees such as Cold Brew, Siphon coffee and Affagato, among others.

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Clock Wise - Assorted Chocolates, RougeVelour ,1000 Leaves and Fritz

Some of their popular dessert include
The Criollo (Venezuelan chocolate dome beautifully crafted chocolate ginger mousse, blood orange confit, caramalized chocolate, Darjeeling tea cream garnished with coca soil, chocolate grand mariner sobet & chilli chocolate sauce),1000 leaves (Mille feuille), and other new desserts such as Fritz ( Hazelnut Brittany cake layered with poached pineapple, white chocolate olive oil and lemon basil mousse garnished with basil pineapple water jelly, Parmesan tuile and lemon foam) which will  exclusively be available at the brand’s Palladium store.

Also available will be freshly made macron ice creams.

The also have some new additions on the menu which look lovely,will try them soon.

Summer Party with Peroni.

Peroni Nastro Azzurro hosted an exclusive Aperitivo evening, to relish the old Italian culture in the company of masterpieces by renowned and  stylish Italian painter and sculpture – ‘Shola Carletti’ at Palladium Hotel in Mumbai

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The party was at the pool side, the view was gorgeous and the pool in this summer heat was extremely inviting unfortunately it was a sundowner and we were dressed to our best. 

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Pool side at The Palladium Hotel

Peroni Nastro Azzurro is a crisp and refreshing beer with an unmistakable Italian taste and is one of the most successful Premium beer brands in the world.

The  Italian appetizers created by the chef at Palladium Hotel  complimented the taste of Peroni Nastro Azzurro

The lovely paintings by Shola Carletti provided the perfect backdrop for this wonderful evening.

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Paintings by Shola Carletti

A well attended event with a mix of people from fashion and film industry. Celebrities who attended included actor R Madhavan, Designer Rocky S , Anchal Kumar and Mona Singh to name a few.

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It was a perfect Italian style party with friends having great conversation over good food and beer.

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Good times with friends :)

Pictures courtesy Peroni

Death by Chocolate

Fantasie Fine Chocolates one of the oldest chocolate makers in Mumbai have launched their Easter Specials

Had the opportunity of tasting the new menu at the Chocolate Party organized by the ever sweet Roxanne Bambot (aka The Tiny Taster ) and the gorgeous Zeba Kohli.

The set up at the Marine Drive Store was wonderful , huge table decorated with fresh flower center pieces that stood out and was filled with a buffet of zillion varieties of  chocolates, macarons , cheese cakes , granola bars etc.

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Easter Specials include exquisitely gift wrapped Chocolate eggs, Chocolate baskets ,Lollipops,Marzipan eggs etc.

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Personally loved the granola bar, sea salt caramel chocolate and the assorted cheese cakes.

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Easter special menu has been available from 25/03/2015 – 15/04/2015 at both the Worli and Marine Lines Location.