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Dessert Box: April Vendors

Tuesday, 29 April 2014 11:10


With loaves and other sweet loves, our April Dessert Box was like a summer picnic. Join us on the grass, won’t you.

Here’s who we featured:

Eighth by Anurita Ghoshal:

When we tried Anurita Ghoshal’s pound cake for the first time, we were hooked on to the light loaf with giant smeary chocolate chips. To ensure that you had the same experience, we got Anurita to send us the English pound cake and her zesty orange tart for the box. Order both!

Eighth, flat no 4 , Mudheshwari  Building , YMCA road,  off Carter Road, Bandra (W), view the Facebook page here, call 9820267003.

Tart:

If chocolate frosted and sugar glazed is your thing, you would’ve loved the cronuts (croissant + doughnut) from Tart! Sweetly topped + with a filling of sweet goodness, eating these are like unwrapping presents.

Tart, 33rd Road, Near Mini Punjab, Pali Village, Khar (W), 26558761.

Olive Bar & Kitchen:

We bought this super Bandra restaurant in a box to you, in the form of awesome banana–walnut and red velvet slices. Remember to order these the next time you’re there!

14, Union Park, Khar West,10 pm onwards, call 43408229.

 

Dessert Box: March Vendors

Tuesday, 08 April 2014 10:51


The only reason to think inside the box is bpb's Dessert Box, a sweet subscription that sends over a curated set of cupcakes, meringues, cheesecake, pie and more to your doorstep (read more about it here). To sign up, email  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 7738934888/999.

See who featured in last month's Dessert Box.

The Bawi Bride

Bawi Bride’s culinary journey began years ago in New Zealand in hospitality school. After experimenting with a whole bunch of fun continental food, she zeroed in on traditional Parsi fare.Perzen Patel gave to the Dessert Box some lovely Laganu Custard, along with wonderfully light Chocolate & Cashew Meringue Shells.

Download her e-book of recipes sourced from kitchens across the country, here.

Getting there: The Bawi Bride, see her website here, Facebook page here, email her at p This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for enquires, shop for her goodies here

Jar Designs By Nishita Kamdar

Architect by day and baker by night, NIshita Kamdar constructed this for us last month: Boozy Baileys Gooey Molten Chocolate and Chocolate Fudge & Hazelnut Mousse, layered and built into jars. Pretty and tasty!

P.S: Most of Nishita’s jars are eggless and gelatin free.

Getting there: Jar Designs by Nishita Kamdar, Call 98 19 365658, email  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , view her Facebook page here.

Toujours Patisserie

Started by Alpa Pereira (who began baking at the age of seven) Toujours is a patisserie, boulangerie and chocolaterie which began in 2009.  For the bpb Dessert Box, Toujours gave us the super decadent Crunchy Caramel Éclairs and the layered Opera that really hit some high notes.

Getting there: Toujours Patisserie, call 2369 3254 for details, email them at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , see their Facebook page here.

 

Dessert Box: October

Wednesday, 23 October 2013 12:01


This month, in our first Friends of the Box series, the very lovely food and beverage consultant and Instagram’s favourite hunger enabler Insia Lacewalla curated some super fun goodies and added a little something extra for each box!

Here are our October Box vendors:

Between Breads: A rocky road isn't something you might usually want to put in your mouth, but this Between Breads sandwich for the bpb Dessert box had everyone second guessing. With nutella, grated chocoloate, chocolate chips, cream cheese and jujubes, it was a super hit!

Getting There:Between Breads, Shop No. 2 , Kalpitam Apartments, 16th Rd, Pali Village, Khar (W)

2. Cheesecake Republic: At this super republic, they “solemnly swear to encourage the consumption of cheesecake and spread its awesomeness”. We’re signing up for citizenship, especially after we had a bite of their yum After Eight baked cheesecake, that featured in October’s box. A healthy constitution?

Getting There: Cheesecake Republic, call 9820401012 / 9820302204 or view the Facebook page here, place your order 24 hours in advance, home delivery from Malad to Bandra or pick up from Goregaon (W)

3.Crumbilicious:Founded by  Sanah Ahuja, an ex-hotelier who always day dreamed of her own bakery, Crumbilicious’ menu features bite sized cupcakes, dessert jars and fun tartlets! If you enjoyed the yum Oreo Cupcake & Red Velvet Cup that featured in this month’s box, you can get them at their new store that will open in Colaba in November.

Getting There: Butterfly Pond, Royal Terrace Bldg; Wodehouse Road, Colaba, call 09930406448 to place an order.

4.Creme De La Crème: Started by yet another pair of young passionate home bakers- Mahek Shringhey and Larisha Vaswani, Crème De La Crème does fun tarts like the lemongrass and white chocolate tart and their chocolate tart which added to the sweet carnival that was October’s dessert box.

Getting There: 301, 3rd floor, Shreeji Krupa, Juhu Tara road, Next to Starbucks, call 9820344894 to place an order.

5.Totto Foods by Tarjani Bhatt:

Work week not going as per plan? Tarjani Bhatt promises to make your week much much butter with her yum flavoured butters like caramel nut butter and pesto butter. For the box, Tarjani did a nice Honey Mascavado Cinnamon Butter that had us licking the bottom of the box it came in.

Getting There: Call 9619753364 for enquiries, Rs 180 for 100 gms of Honey Mascavado Cinnamon Butter, delivery for bulk orders only. Find her on twitter @ThatButterGirl

Want to sign up for the box? Mail us at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call us on 9920549340 to place an order.

 




 

Dessert Box Directory: September

Wednesday, 09 October 2013 12:12

 


The Pantry:

This buzzy bakery-plus-café by the guys behind Woodside Inn always manages to set things right with their delish tarts and desserts. For the September box, The Pantry contributed a chocolate financier & a flourless chocolate cupcake. Sweet, no?

Getting There: Military Square Lane, Kala Ghoda, Fort, call 9167005290 for home delivery

Love And Cheesecake:

Nice and crumbly Apple Pies & the creamy Chocolate Whoopie Pie were fun additions to the box this time from Love and Cheesecake .New on their menu is the Red Velvet Whoopie, gourmet breads & savoury pies. Go try now!

Getting There:Khar: Ground floor - Kusum Kunj, Linking Road, near Khar-Danda signal.Hiranandani, Powai: Eden II, Central Avenue, near Naturals' Icecream, Hiranandani Gardens. Lokhandwala: Nebula, main market road, between 3rd and 4th cross lane, Lokhandwala Complex, Andheri

Call 9819935135 for orders

Frosted By Asheesh Dubash

Baked by Cuffe Parade home baker and Le Cordon Bleu alumnus Asheesh Dubash under the label Frosted, these vanilla madeleines come in a long horizontal box and don’t get dry or rubbery even if you take your time getting to them.

The bite-sized cakes are sweet and buttery, more addictive than potato chips and definitely worth a trek to South Bombay. This, and her super creamy chocolate mousse featured in last month’s dessert box!

Getting There: : Frosted by Asheesh Dubash, call 9867188779 to place an order, Rs 240 for a box of 20 madeleines, view facebook page here

To subscribe to the box, email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 7738934888, Rs 2,250 for a 3 month subscription.

 

Tiny, Beautiful Things by Cheryl Strayed: Book Review

Wednesday, 04 September 2013 11:09

Posted by: Kakul Gautam


Tiny, Beautiful Things by Cheryl Strayed: Book Review


[ What do you say about a book that caused you to sink into your Sunday and lose the world?
 It makes you want to review it late into the night, in the same form as it was written, something even the genius Ann Holmes of Jezebel couldn't resist in her review. There aren't as many spoilers here as tiny excerpts of beautiful things, which is exactly what this book is. Reading on will give away no ending except make you rush to buy this book and curl up inside a Sunday with it. 
In case it doesn't, then you're an Android and that's pretty cool. 1321132- That's code for, Welcome to my blog, you weird machine.]


Dear Sugar,

I ordered your book online the other day. Is this the first time that I've heard of you? No. I've had your memoir, Wild, sitting on my book shelf for months now. It's just that everyone has convinced me that it will make me cry and feel uplifted at the same time. I wanted to avoid the crying part so it's still unread. I'm sorry about that.

I had my reservations about 'Tiny, Beautiful Things', they say it's a 'self-help' book and I hate self-help books. Fiction can serve the same purpose if you find yourself on the right page at the right time. So here I am, asking you.

1. What is your book about?

2. What are these Tiny, Beautiful Things?

3. And most importantly, dear Sugar, let me ask you the largest and simplest question there is. What is love?

I hope you've got some answers, because I have none.

Sincerely,
Burning Bright (with questions)


**

Dear BBQ,

I've been thinking about how to answer your letter since I got it, and I have many things to say to you. Those things will answer all your questions or maybe none at all. But, I'm going to try


1.  You're right. We must find these twits who have been calling this a 'self help' book and perhaps bop them on the head with a Dale Carnegie hardcover.
Mine is just a culmination of stories. If you read it right, they're stories of grace, forgiveness, horror, exploitation and how amidst all the crap that all of us sometimes must go through, there's always hope and beginning-- what I told one of my readers "Let yourself be gutted. Let it open you. Start there".


2. These tiny, beautiful things are everyday people dealing with everyday monstrosities and enormities. A girl who was sexually assaulted at 17 is struggling to tell her current partner the truth. A man in the South is battling depression and is scared his business will collapse if he seeks help and word gets out. A young boy is forced to be "straight" by his parents who insist that they can love the "gay-ness" away. A young woman is terrified of how little she has accomplished in life in her late 20's and why she can't write like David Foster Wallace, already?
Countless stories where men and women deal with infidelity and wonder whether to indulge, to forgive or to negotiate. A young woman carries a white hot ball of rage inside her because she had a miscarriage and she cannot let the child who didn't live, go.

These are stories of love, longing, grief, the whole she-bang. But like I told one of my letter writing friends "His life is like your life and my life and all the lives of all those people who are reading these words right now. It's a roiling stew of fear and need and desire and love and the hunger to be loved. And mostly, it's the latter."

How do I even begin to answer these questions then?
Well, the only way I know how-- by sharing visceral, intimate experiences from my life. Sometimes they make sense, sometimes they don't.
You know that friend you speak to, the one who watches you struggle each time you share a vulnerability, so she tells you her embarrassing vulnerability to remind you we're all just beautifully, sparklingly human? I try to be that friend. Also, my life is really all I know.
Then there are those letters where the writer has answered his/her own question and dilemma, their answers are desperately entrenched in their questions . So I do what they want me to. I spell it out to them and ask them to find the bravest parts of their souls to follow their truth.

So, you see these are mostly letters of love and stumbling and feeling your way around it. With the exception of one or two crazy ones who write in asking

"WTF, WTF, WTF". I'm asking this question as it applies to everything everyday"

To him, and to you, if you ever asked this I would say

"Ask better questions, sweet pea. The fuck is your life. Answer it."


3.  You asked me about love, didn't you? I could sense your letter was leading up to it. That makes me smile, sweet pea. Because here we are toiling away at our fancy laptops, trying to save the environment, spend time with our family, learn the violin hoping that somehow the structure of all this will one day conspire to whisper to us what love really is.

All I know,
It is not so incomprehensible as you pretend, sweet pea.

Love is the feeling we have for those we care deeply about and hold in high regard. It can be light as the hug we give a friend or heavy as the sacrifices we make for our children. It can be romantic, platonic, familial, fleeting, everlasting, conditional, unconditional, imbued with sorrow, stoked by sex, sullied by abuse, amplified by kindness, twisted by betrayal, deepened by time, darkened by difficulty, leavened by generosity, nourished by humor and “loaded with promises and commitments” that we may or may not want or keep.

The best thing you can possibly do with your life is to tackle the motherfucking shit out of it.




Yours,
Sugar.


(To read more posts like this one, visit Kakul's personal blog here)
 

Dessert Directory: August 2013

Wednesday, 21 August 2013 11:01


Birdsong Cafe

The Waroda road café with pretty floral upholstery and big French windows contributed to the box this month with super double chocolate chip  and butter caramel cookies along with their signature blondies! Added bonus, they’re all organic so feel free to stuff your face without feeling too guilty! Read more about Birdsong here


Getting There: Birdsong the Organic Café, shop no 1-5, Jenu-Jenai, Waroda Road, off Hill Road, Bandra (W). Call 26422323, open from 10 am -8 pm

Story In A Jar

Super imaginative and quirky, are Chef Aseema Mamaji’s dessert jars from new latest venture, Story In A Jar. Aseema & her team did a Rakhi special jar exclusively for bpb (thanks Aseema!) that was designed around the Hansel & Gretel fairy tale. With a combination of gingerbread cake, gaajar halwa & Bavarian chocolate the jars (we are told) were a super hit with brothers & sisters across the city!


Getting There: Story In A Jar, email  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for details, call 9819793766 for orders.

Jeanette's Cake Studio

When we recommended home baker Anthea Miranda's Banana Pecan loaf  a few weeks ago, we knew it would be an awesome pick for the dessert box. This along with her signature old school chocolate cupcakes are super tasty and a part of the August dessert boxes!

Getting ThereJeanette’s Cake Studio. Call 8097308289 or email  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , view the Facebook page here




 

You'll Learn

Sunday, 11 August 2013 02:39

Posted by Mansi

In one of my favorite poems ever, Billy Collins writes:

"It seems only yesterday I used to believe

there was nothing under my skin but light.

If you cut me I could shine.

But now when I fall upon the sidewalks of life,

I skin my knees. I bleed. "

I thought of this poem as my bare knees scraped against a stretch of cooked concrete, the lake-like cadence of Collins's words drowned out by bright, brittle pain. We were on Marine Drive during the week’s last snatch of sunlight, and I was grappling with an embarrassingly basic skill – riding a bike.

I know you all have questions, but one at a time, please! No, I really didn’t know how; yes, I had an (otherwise) normal childhood; no, my parents are not monsters; yes, it’s hard to learn now; yes, I fell multiple times. And to those who are asking about the bike and sex thing – I certainly hope so, because I’m not going through this (or for that matter, that) ever again.

When faced with adversity I learn a basic skill, even if the skill in question has nothing to do with the issue at hand. This allows me to procrastinate and pro-act simultaneously, letting me sidestep the current problem by focusing on something that might be useful in the future. Because the next time Sputnik is falling on my head, I can maybe just bicycle out from under it.

Plus, biking is cool and all my friends are doing it and all the hipsters are doing it and I was beginning to feel left out.

Fortunately, a very dear and athletic friend was visiting, who was dragooned into teaching me. I will refrain from recounting the gory details of my lessons, but for anyone who wants to learn, here are some things to keep in mind: 

-       Don’t wear shorts, no matter how cute they are. Don’t carry your cell phone because if your luck is anything like mine, it will get stolen.

-       It’s best to go cold turkey and remove the training wheels from the start.

-       Remember to pedal fast in the beginning, it’ll help you keep your balance; make sure you have a strong push off, this happens when the pedal is at its highest point; try and keep your body straight and steer with the wheel. Be fearless. In the beginning, an S-shaped course is better than a straight line. (Nikki, did I miss anything?).

-       The first time you go a 100 meters solo, you are transformed into your nine-year-old self, and just for a second light courses through your veins. That alone is worth many, many skinned knees.

 It took me three days to get the hang of it. If you don’t believe me, I have a video which I will send you if you promise to give it a shot – Turbs, I’m looking at you. Cyclists, you might want to check out this awesome bicycle list we did at bpb earlier in the summer. 

Up next: learning to play the violin lent to me by an almost-stranger during a wedding in Udaipur. Anyone know a good teacher? I could maybe pay them back with bike lessons.

 

Dessert Directory

Thursday, 01 August 2013 12:11


Knead With Love:

We wrote about home baker Richa Lulla’s adorable baked goods a few months ago that had the bpb office munching the whole day on her range of cookies, kisses and cupcakes.Making an appearance in this month’s box are the yum macaroon like hazelnut kisses and the bite sized peanut butter cupcakes!

Getting there: Knead with Love, Rs 220-280 per dozen. Email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call +91 98334 80814.


Country Of Origin:

We love Country Of Origin's constant innovations with dessert (like the cake jars and chocolate syringes we wrote about earlier) For the July box, subscribers got to try the delish mousses: Hazelnut Praline and Alpine Chocolate, a Double Chocolate Chip Brownie & an instant pick-me-up Espresso Brownie.

Getting There: Country of Origin, 69/A, Maneesha Building, Napeansea Road, call 23683261; Sun-n-Sand Hotel, shop no 1, Lobby, 39 Juhu Beach, Juhu, call 26244422


Life Ki Recipe:

Food Blogger Amrita Kaur’s experiments with home baking eventually resulted in her own brand of dips, spreads and desserts, Life Ki Recipe.

A super soft and creamy Red velvet cheesecake jar with cute branding was her contribution to the box. Amrita also does a bacon jam, and sundried tomato and olive tapenade amongst other yummy stuff!

 

Getting There: Call 99204 80455 to place an order

 

Dessert Directory

Tuesday, 02 July 2013 19:52

Through the bpb Dessert Box (It’s a pretty box featuring a variety of bpb’s favourite desserts, hand-delivered to you on a designated day every month) we've unwrapped and jarred a whole bunch of awesome dessert vendors from five star hotel patisseries and small, pink dessert shops to some rising star home bakers. While we build this into a downloadable dessert directory for you - it's going to be sweet! - here are the lovelies we featured in our last box.

Sweetish House Mafia

Cookie cutter Sweetish House Mafia has been stirring things up on Facebook and Twitter with her humungous moon-sized cookies and sold out of a TATA Nano at specific stops across the city.

For the dessert box this month, she did a batch of nutella cookies that were bigger than this writer’s face, with fun sprinkles of sea salt to offset the sugar overdose.

Follow SHM oh facebook here and on twitter here for updates of where you can get more yum cookies.

Cake Walk,The Leela Mumbai

Cake Walk, an offering by The Leela specializes in fuss-free tea cakes, muffins, chocolates and pastries! Orders can be placed for gourmet cakes for a party or a friend’s party.

Wrapped in pretty see-through paper and ribbons, Cake Walk added their signature dry fruit cake with chocolate and oats as well as raisin muffins to the dessert box this month. Delish!

Cake Walk, The Leela Kempinski Hotel, Andheri-Kurla Road, Sahar, Mumbai.To order call 6691 1324

Bagelwala

In addition to all the sweetness, Bagelwala sent in chocolate chip and cinnamon raisin bagels with a super smooth honey walnut butter cream. Perfect for a rainy day when toasted.

To order head to Bagelwala, Crowne Palace, near Queens Market, behind Tava restaurant, 23rd road, Bandra west. Call 33789960

Getting there: To order a Dessert Box, call 09867885533/09820228582, Rs 2,250 for three months (one box a month), next delivery is coming up in July

 


 

Dessert Directory

Thursday, 13 June 2013 12:10


Through the bpb Dessert Box (It’s a pretty box featuring a variety of bpb’s favourite desserts, hand-delivered to you on a designated day every month) we've unwrapped and jarred a whole bunch of awesome dessert vendors from five star hotel patisseries and small, pink dessert shops to some rising star home bakers. While we build this into a downloadable dessert directory for you - it's going to be sweet! - here are the lovelies we featured in our last box.

SugarOverDose

Amal Farooque's cake pops are as pretty to look at as they are to bite into. She also does a range of yum cakes and biscuits.

For the dessert box this month, Amal did drool worthy red velvet & chocolate butterscotch cake pops laced with edible glitter and studded with nuts, as well as apple pie & blueberry cookies.

To order call Amal on 9821561159 or view the Facebook page here

The Cheese Collective

Featured on the bpb site a few months ago, Mansi Jasani has a Masters in Food Studies from NYU and a certificate from the Vermont Institute for Artisan Cheese. From her label The Cheese Collective came adorable glass jars featuring plain cheese with cranberry and apple cinnamon jelly, in this month's Dessert Box. Eat plain or with bagels and crackers.

To order 9820331841 or follow her on @cheese_stories.

Marie Antoinette

Instead of letting everyone eat cake this time, Marie Antoinette decided to do a stack of macarons in their pretty pink boxes. In bright colours and flavours of chocolate caramel, mango, lemon and green tea, these were perfectly pitched against monsoon grey.

To order head to Marie Antoinette, ground floor, White Rose Building, Shirley Rajan Road, next to RizviCollege, off Carter Road, Bandra (W), call 9819435957

For those of you who missed the post on our April box, here’s a list of those goodies:

Parfait

We still remember our office plastered with pink boxes way back when we discovered Smriti Mehra and her pretty Parfait. For our dessert box she did fun marshmallow pops and M&M cupcakes that instantly transport you to your childhood, but are sophisticated enough to bring you right back. Also see waffle cone cupcakes and Ecuador chocolate raspberry cake.

To order call 9769203959 or log on to the website on www.parfait.co.in

Pixie Mojo

Endearingly hardworking and passionate about baking, Stephanie had all the dessert-ers raving about her dark chocolate and anise biscotti and little tubs of crème brule. She’s also doing a mean mango version for the season.

To order call 9819317305 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Healthy Treats

The moniker Healthy Treats might sound fairly non-glamorous, but here we discovered sexy dark chocolate-orange and coffee-cinammon muffins, frequently ordered by stars like Sonam Kapoor. Divya also does other icing-free, fresh fruit sponge cakes that will have you rise to the occasion.

To order call Divya on 9820154550.

Getting there: To order a Dessert Box, call 09867885533/09820228582, Rs 2,250 for three months (one box a month), next delivery is coming up in June.

 

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