Wok it Up !!

After a successful run at the Bandra and Pedder Road outlets. Loco Chino is now open at Oshiwara , This one opened in May and unlike the other branches this one is bigger , accommodates up to 35 people.

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Spacious setting very clean and well-designed with a big open kitchen and a make your own wok and burrito counter.

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We went for lunch one afternoon, Brightly lit space I liked the accents they have used to highlight the restaurant, Had a lot of Mexican and Oriental influences . The walls had these wonderful cut out  caricatures, colorful and cute they   added a fun element. Lots of ceiling hangings and Chinese wind chimes added the quirky element which lifts up the mood of the casual setting.

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The staff polite and service was prompt. I have been to Loco-Chino in the past and have tried and liked the variety of Dim sum, Nachos, Burritos and Enchiladas. This time was looking forward to try the new addition from their menu “Walk the Wok”

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Now this is a pretty fun concept only at their Oshiwara Outlet where they have a live wok station.

So the customer is given an option where they can customize their wok meals with an extensive rice or noodle base along with sauce and topping of their choice.

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We opted for a Rice based Wok

3 Types of veggies (peppers + broccoli + baby corn)

Choice of 1 protein (tofu)

For the sauce I picked the Black Pepper Sauce

And for toppings it was crushed peanut+ spring onions

The dish was perfectly spiced and well made, The two of us couldn’t finish our portion as generous in quantity also we  had no space left hence couldn’t try the noodle option.

For dessert,  it was Tres Leche not very authentic, but tasted good.

The vegetarian Wok is priced at 179/- and 189/- for Non – Vegetarian. The Sea Food one is priced at 229/- Highly recommend one should try this one out.

(Was invited for Review )

Nadine

A couple of months ago Nadine Dhody launched her clothing label NADINE.

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Having been exposed to fashion at a very young age , Nadine had a sense that she would be soon working in the industry.

The young and effervescently stylish designer is a Graduate in Fashion Management from the London College of Fashion. After graduation, she interned at her mother, Rita Dhody’s export house. Her design philosophy is an extension of her own personal style which is class but edgy and experimental.

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Nadine’s new collection is contemporary Indian and Western wear. As she describes it’s made for the modern woman, elegant and easy to wear. The silhouette is simple but sharp, clever use of embroidery techniques like mirror work, resham, lucknowi chikan and zardozi are used to highlight each garment. Embroidery is the USP of her collection in fact, it doesn’t overburden the garment, but used in the best way to highlight making the garment look dressy and easy. Light flowy fabrics like tulle, georgette and chiffon in lush shades ranging from pastels to jewel are used.

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As Nadine says ” I love to create clothes that celebrate the femininity of women The clothes you choose to wear reflects one’s personality. The NADINE woman exudes style , confidence and understated elegance.”

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The collection has lots of cocktail dresses, floral and embroidered lehengas and elegant Indian wear .

Nadine currently retails her collection at Bandra 190 which is a one stop luxury concept boutique in Mumbai and also at Ogaan in Delhi.

On 20th June Nadine will be showcasing her collection at an exclusive trunk show in London. Save the Date :)

Details of Trunk Show

Date :- 20/06/2015
Venue:- 20, Berkeley Square, Mayfair. London.

Timing :- 11am – 7pm

Photo Courtesy : NADINE STUDIO

Samatvam

Delhi based designer Anjali Bhaskar launched her label Samatvam in the year 2010

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Anjali is trained by mentors Shantanu- Nikhil and Suneet Verma , where she gained immense in depth knowledge about  the Fashion Business.

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Over the years Samatvam has established itself , the label focuses on Indian and Western clothing. The garments are high in quality and has a perfect balance of subtle and glamour.

Anjali has drawn her inspiration from the Indian and Western culture. Clothes are a beautiful fusion highlighted using ancient Indian embroidery techniques like zardosi and pitta work. For the summer collection primarily Georgette is used as its light weight, she has also combined lace very well in some of her garments.

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The collection comprises of  gowns, crop tops, dresses and jumpsuits .

Samatvam is having a small exhibition on 13th June 2015 in Mumbai.

Time – 11am – 6pm

Venue – 16 A Anita , Mount pleasant Road, Malabar Hill. Mumbai

For more details call – 09871536006 

Pictures Courtesy – Samatvam Clothing

Special at Asado

Ola , Asado located at Bandra, Mumbai is hosting a Spanish Food Festival.

This one is special as its curated by one of the top Spanish Michelin starred Chef Guillem Vidal

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Born and raised in Spain , From a very young age Chef was driven by his passion for food, highly influenced by his Grandmother’s cooking, Gulliem was always fascinated by the flavors and textures of Spanish Cuisine.

After graduating from Hoffman School Barcelona, Guillem worked in some of the best restaurants in Spain.

His culinary journey took him to Maldives and Dubai, where he worked as Sous Chef at Atmosphere located in the Burj Khalifa , which is one of the finest luxury dining spaces in the world.

Also known for his gastronomical creations at the Hilton Wangfujin Beijin, Chef will be curating a special 4 course menu at Asado. The menu will comprise of a Choice of Starter, Main, Traditional Paella and finishing with a Dessert.

One can expect a fanfare of dishes like Roasted Potato with spicy tomato sauce accompanied quince mayo. Pescadito Frito, Seafood Rice and Andalusian Gazpacho Soup to name a few .

Details
Date :- 4th June 2015 – 8th June 2015
Available for :- Dinner ( two sittings only ) 8pm and 10pm

Venue :- Asado Grill
Manorama Chamber, Ground Floor , Bandra (West) Mumbai 400050.

For Reservation :- 022 65686666

Enchanting Essentials

I am extremely picky about the skin care products I use . Once hooked onto them, I rarely switch. Couple of years back, I tried Forest Essentials and been using the products ever since. Their Rose Lip Balm and Madurai Jasmine and Mogra Body Lotion are my staples which have used all the time. Haven’t used any oils or facial masks so far though.

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Forest Essential has been in the Indian Market since the year 2000. The products are of very high quality and effective, be it their oils, face mask to soap and body lotion. Lots of care and precision is taken while making them.

As the name suggests ingredients used in these products are sourced from plants, trees and are naturally grown by them. Even the water used for manufacturing is sourced from their private spring as it is rich in minerals etc.

The company uses age old formulas and ancient recipes. All products are hand made.

On my recent shopping trip I noticed the Two new additions to their vast  range of products.

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1. Spring Summer Gift Box

This contains mini sized 6 assorted bottles ,which one can choose from their 50 ml product range and custom build their box.

These are perfect for carrying when you travel or even a good gifting option. So now one can have a variety of products in one box . Boxes are elegantly designed in pastel shades of peach and turquoise blue. Quite well priced.

Boxes start from INR 1750 onwards.

2. Mother & Child Care

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Recently launched is the all new Mother and Child Care Range. Have a lot of friends who are new mothers and am sure they would definitely make a note of this one.

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This collection consist of Eight Products . For children they have Massage Oil, Serum, Hair wash , Body wash and Baby powder .

For mother’s they have Body Massage Oil , Back Pain Oil and Stretch Mark Oil.

I tried the baby powder and it had a wonderful fragrance , It felt super cooling on the skin. Also tried the massage oil which was fairly light, not too sticky, am sure the babies would love it too. 

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They also have baby gift boxes where you can combine 2 to 4 products according to ones budget. Loved the pretty design on the box :)

All products are 100% Natural and made using age old tried and tested recipes.

Pricing starts from INR 595/- onwards

Now all these products are available online. They ship all international also. Have shared the link below.
http://www.forestessentialsindia.com/

The Nomad Pia

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Pia Pauro a graduate from the prestigious London College of Fashion, wears many hats. Not only she designs clothes, but also has a line of footwear and bags.

A nomad by heart, traveling is one of her passions, also her biggest inspiration behind her design aesthetics and sensibility. Not many people are able to combine their passion and translate it to so beautiful which Pia has does so effortlessly.

After graduating, she interned for various high street brands, American Eagle, Nicole Farhi to name a few.

She debuted at the Lakme Fashion Week in 2012. Following her success in India, she has also showcased her collection in NYC and Paris in 2013 , and has  been retailing across USA , Germany, Brazil and Spain. She also retails with high end brands  like Bahia, Anthropologie and Free People. Pia also opened her first flagship store in Delhi located at the MeherChand Market.

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Her garments have also graced the cover of top magazines and have been seen on several celebrity’s on various occasions.

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Her recent Spring Summer ’15 collection which was unveiled at a solo show sponsored by Campari is fun and flirty.

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One sees a lot of whites as a base, rich fabrics like Georgette, Silk and high quality cottons are used , Pia has highlighted the garments using intricate embroidery in bold colors and patterns. Lots of detailing and craftsmanship has gone into compiling this wonderful collection which makes it stand out. Quite fun and wearable, this one is perfect for brunch parties , fun nights out or a must when you travel.

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At the summer pop up in Mumbai, Pia brings us an eclectic mix of Resort Wear. The collection has signature kaftans, tops, bright Maxi’s and beachy dresses. One can also find blingy party dresses and skirts .

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In addition to this Pia is also showcasing embroidered beach bags and well designed gladiators from her Footwear Label ‘Pow Wow’

Collection will be on display on Wednesday 27/05/2015 and Thursday 28/05/2015
Time: 12pm – 10pm
Venue : Pali Village Cafe , Pali Naka, Bandra (west)

Write Away

I have a major OCD, I love my workspace and try to keep it super organized (will share pictures in another post soon)

Since I work from home, have created a small working space for myself. The desk is usually clean and drawers full of stationery.

Yes am a sucker for quirky stationery and end up shopping for books, planners , notepads etc. Confession am a hoarder.

Doodle Collection was kind enough to send me this wonderful planner, some how they figured my obsession.

Doodle collection provides fun writing solutions, products are colorful, design is fun and quirky. While I was going through their catalog online, found their product  have a wide range of diaries and planners to suit everyone’s needs.

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Scribble Planner

I had opted for the Scribble Planner. The design was pretty eye catching and vibrant . The material used is of high quality, the paper felt very luxurious. The planner has different sections with additional pages for notes and monthly calendar which I liked, easy to make a note of appointments etc.

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Colorful calendar and Notes

They also have a special range of stationery designed for kids. With such attractive options available am sure it would be wonderful  for parents to get their children to write more.

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Range for Kids

Doodle Collection has also designed a  limited edition range of planners in collaboration with ‘Yash Raj Films’ inspired by their hit films.

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Bell Diary from Yash Raj Collection

From the YRF collection loved the Bell Planner which is their take on the classic hit ‘Dilwale Dulhania le Jaayenge’. Must get one before they run out it.

Diaries and Planners from Doodle Collection could also be a wonderful gifting solution for your loved one’s,as they say “We write to taste life twice,in the moment and in retrospect”-AnaisNin

Doodle Collection website – https://www.doodlecollection.com/