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What: Lucky Diner Dilli, 13A, 1st floor, Hauz Khas Village, call 837398606, Rs 400 for a meal for two without drinks.
Why: Every dish at this tiny ruby coloured cafteen (café meets canteen) costs Rs 100, which in a pricey neighbourhood like Hauz Khas Village, is a welcome (pocket) change. bpb loved the pork and pepperoni omelet served with mashed potatoes and garlic bread; and slathered-in-white-butter parathas, especially the crisp and spicy mooli version. Stay away from the chicken burger with stale buns and the chewy hot dogs. The service here is friendly, and impromptu hot sauce concoctions starring chili flakes, mustard and mayo are whipped up on request. Watch out for the full review on Monday, July 2!
When: You want to grin and budget.
What: World War I cigar box at Tantra Arts, shop no. 5057, Main Bazaar, opposite Vivek Hotel, Paharganj, call 9350837431, Rs 5,000
Why: Have a cigar, why don’t you. No? Try one. Okay, seriously just pretend like you want one, so we can show off our newly acquired cigar box that dates back to World War 1. Found in a jumbled antique store, this brass cigar case (can also be used for trinkets) is engraved with the words “Merry Christmas”, supposedly a holiday gift from England’s Queen Mary to her soldiers at the front. Battle sigh!
When: You need to make a case for smoking.
What: Cool service for the careless by OneAssist, visit www.oneassist.in or call 08080333333, Rs 1,000 annually for Wallet Assist program.
Why: We’re big losers at the bpb office – wallets, cell phones, marbles are all misplaced distressingly often. Lucky we have OneAssist, a two-week old service that blocks all plastic; replaces PAN cards and driving licenses for free; and even helps pay for a new wallet when you lose yours. They also have emergency services to cover hotel/airline costs and a cool program that lets them block, back-up and locate your cell phone for when it goes missing (again). PS: The call-service is a work in progress, so be prepared for some bumbling.
When: You want a whole new state of find.
What: Pumpkin pies and tarts on order, call 9818688388 or write to
, pick up from Soul Kitchen, F 130/3 Sudershan Road, Gautam Nagar, Rs 800 for a ten inch pumpkin pie.
Why: After your last home baker made you an awful pie, you’ve been having some serious crust issues. Enter Jhilmil Breckenridge, a svelte yoga teacher who makes pies and tarts under her brand new venture Soul Kitchen. bpb tried the first pumpkin pie out of her oven – a sweet golden ten inch tart spiked with cinnamon and nutmeg. Jhilmil also does lemon meringue and apple versions, but she suggests you look out for her winter special: sweet potato pie with lemon and vanilla.
When: You want to tart at the very beginning.
What: Art Appreciation Club by CETA (Creative Energies Theatre Association), call 9999079229 or view their Facebook page here, Rs 1,500 per month, not including the price of tickets, meals and refreshments.
Why: Did Godot make you wait too long? How about ranting about it in a group over drinks? Join CETA’s new art appreciation club that plans to visit plays and art exhibits, and then deliberate over them at a restaurant near the venue, with dinner and drinks. CETA founder, theatre teacher, director and actor Mrinal Dhar plans to lead the discussions, but also rope in relevant experts and caste members when required. Game, CETA, match!
When: Theatre analysis of Bombay Talkies on July 8 and Sons of Babur on July 14.