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Father’s Day Dessert Box: Order Now!
Monday, 09 June 2014 11:13


Burnt a hole in your dad’s pocket with your latest ‘investment’ and wondering how to make up? Here’s the bpb quick fix plan:

Well, if you didn’t know already, Father’s Day is around the corner (this Sunday-15th June) -and we’re doing a special bpb dessert box, complete with yummies from Silverspoon Gourmet, Eat.Sleep.Bake.Repeat, Barrio, Fat Man's Cafe & Food Hall! Plus, your dessert box will have a surprise gift( a Spiderman pen drive/ photo frame/mustache luggage tag) from PropShop24! 

To score some (d)additional points, all you need to do is place an order with us, and we’ll have the goodies delivered a day in advance, with a signature note for your dad!

Getting There: To order a single dessert box, call 7738934888/999/ email  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , Rs 900 per box.  No deliveries to Vashi/Dombivili/ Thane. The bpb Dessert Box is powered by Dial-A-Drive.

 
Recipe Choux Profiterole From La Folie
Friday, 06 June 2014 11:27



This weekend, try your hand at La Folie's Choux Profiterole recipe with peanut butter and sea salt caramel.

Go on then, choux, scat!

Pâte à Choux- Choux pastry dough

 Ingredients:

Milk:        190gms

Water:     190gms

Sugar:          7gms

Salt:              7gms

Butter:     170gms

Flour:       200gms

Eggs:         340gms

Melt in water, the salt, sugar and the butter in small pieces and bring to boil

Remove from the flame and add the sifted flour.

Mix well with a spatula until the mass removes from the sides of the casserole

Pour into a bowl.

After the eggs have been beaten briefly, add little by little until the dough is smooth and soft

To pipe use pastry bag with pastry tip onto a lightly buttered baking sheet.

Egg wash and streak with a fork.

Bake at 180°C/200°C depending on the size of the pieces and make sure not to open the oven door while baking, as it would make the air escape and flatten dough.

Fondant Cream for choux :

Ingredients:

Fondant liquid: 200gms

Glucose:                  10gms

Cocoa butter:           5gms

Colorant gel or liquid as per desire

Melt and mix glucose , cocoa butter and fondant with  colour.

Peanut butter caramel cream filling

Hershey’s caramel sauce 100gms

Sea salt:                2gms

Peanut butter:    30gms

Whisk Hershey’s caramel sauce with sea salt and peanut butter.

Assembly:

Pipe caramel in the choux pastry. And garnish with melted fondant and drizzle wit chocolate sauce.


 
Japanese Nama Chocolates On Order
Friday, 06 June 2014 11:08


What: Japanese Nama chocolates on order from Okashi, call 9833505747, pick up from Bandra, Rs 499 for a box of 9 pieces.

Why: Say Moshi Moshi to Japanese resident Varsha Kalani who now lives in Bandra and sells the most delicious Nama chocolate, silky smooth  Japanese truffles that melt in your mouth. It may sound expensive, but trust us, each piece is big and rich enough to be dessert. Besides her annual trips to Kobe, she also travels a whole lot and learns to bake new dessert in new cities. Her last Argentina holiday led to a delicious  Chocotorta experiment that you can also order from her. Plus see chocolate salami and Bounty Ladoos.

When: You want to be square.

 
Inside The Dessert Box: May Vendors
Thursday, 05 June 2014 11:29

 

 

The Darling Buds of May were filled with all kinds of goodness at the bpb office, packed in a brown box and shipped off to people of the sweetest kind – the ones who subscribe to dessert.


Here’s what the May edition of the bpb #DessertBox - a specially curated box of desserts that you can subscribe to - featured:

Le Pain Quotidien: We were super excited about featuring two of our favourite desserts in the city - Chocolate Eclair + Pain Au Chocolat from LPQ.  Perfect to grab and go.

Branches at Colaba and BKC. Visit http://www.lepainquotidien.in.

Pure Sin: Assorted chocolates from Pure Sin’s newly opened outpost at Union Park, Khar. Stop by this chocolate shop for their generous sampling before you buy. We love the marzipan version!

Bajaj Arcade, 31, Union Park, off Carter Road, Khar (W).

All My Sins: Don’t let summer get away before trying this home baker’s Mango Cheesecake Cups that featured in the box along with a pocket-friendly pack of Choco Almond Bites. She also does a mean mango salsa in a jar, on order.

All My Sins, call 098 20 651129 to place an order.

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Foodhall: This lifestyle specialty food store featured in the box as our first edible ad, a generous loaf of Zucchini bread. Also try their banana bread while you’re over there browsing the aisles.


See store address and contact details here, for more information visit foodhallonline.com

Getting there: To subscribe to the bpb Dessert Box, email  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , call 7738934888/999.The bpb dessert box is powered by Dial-A Drive

 
bpb Review: Bombay Bronx
Thursday, 05 June 2014 11:02

 

**Cue MGM Lion Roar**

Announcer’s Voice Plays out:

From the makers of WTF!, The Big Nasty, Loca Loca and The Brooklyn Shuffle in Pune, comes The Bombay Bronx, Breach Candy’s new, Mumbai themed bar.

Second Day, Second Show

On its second day open to the public, we headed over to The Bombay Bronx for a quick drink and munch post work. Fitted with one too many Mumbai paraphernalia (rickshaws, local train booths,  dabbawalla lamps, Irani cafe chairs) The Bombay Bronx's dedication to the city is a bit of an overkill.  The menu also has a Mumbai theme divided into ‘Vez’ and ‘Non Vez’ sections with the Pav Bhaji Sandwis, Raju Chicken Chilly and Kheema Pav.

We took our seats at the Irani café like tables, right in front of the gigantic Amitabh Bachchan mural and proceeded with the show. The first entrants to the scene – a Pani Puri Caipirojka, an Aam Panna Margarita and a Chatka Mary ( a twist on a Bloody Mary) didn’t exactly dazzle us with their performances. The Caipirojka had too much ice to taste the tangy jaljeera at the bottom; the margarita tasted great, with a strong kairi flavour, but lacked the alcohol quotient we were looking for. The Chatka Mary though, rimmed with a spicy chilli –garlic powder was a real firecracker of a drink, nicely blended with lots of Tabasco sauce and alcohol.

Accompanying the drinks were three items - the Chilli Cheese Toast, Kheema Pav and a Non Vez Bombay Dabba that had pieces of Chicken Tikka, Fish Fingers, Chicken Lollipops and Anda Pakodas.  Boys and girls, at this point, we must cue the applause sign.

All that we ordered from the menu was fun  bar food- easy, fuss free and familiar. The Kheema Pav was authentic with nicely spiced, juicy kheema and buttery pavs. Points for cute presentation too, in the mini carrom board trays. The Chilli Cheese Toast too, with toasted, shredded cheddar cheese was perfect for soaking up the alcohol we were drinking. 

Mere Paas (Khee)Ma Hai

Just as we were starting to attack the Non Vez Dabba, our next round of drinks -the Twisted Whiskey Sour, a Cheesy Mary and the Mango Driver, arrived. This round was better, with a zesty, boozy Whiskey Sour and a mango flavoured screwdriver. The Cheesy Mary, with cheddar cheese on the rim of what tasted like a regular Bloody Mary seemed like just another gimmick. We washed down the well-marinated, soft tikka, and the other deep-fried munchies in the dabba with the rest of our drinks. 

While The Bombay Bronx had roughly an equal number of hits and misses, we felt the hits definitely outweighed the misses. Drop by for a drink, and if the scene gets too dramatic, there's always Ghetto close by.

And scene. 

Getting There: The Bombay Bronx, 10, Hub Town, Akriti Sky Bay, Bhulabhai Desai Road, Breach Candy, call 9967701666, meal for four: Rs 3550.Rs 180 for a Kingfisher pint, Rs 250 for 30 ml Teachers, Rs 165 for 30 ml Smirnoff.

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PizzaExpress’ New Menu + Contest
Thursday, 05 June 2014 10:56

 

If you aren’t going to summer in Italy – really, no? - then head to PizzaExpress as a destination for their newly launched summer menu. Also, we’re getting them to give you some freebies! Check our Twitter feed tomorrow on @bpbmumbai for more details. 

Pizza Express’ Summer Specials menu features an exciting new range of starters, pastas, risottos, thin and crispy Romana pizzas, cheesecake and pitchers full of summer-friendly cocktails made with berries, mango and ginger.

We’re excited to try the Romana Polpette Pizza, the Polpetti meatballs and mango cheesecake.

Season (high) five!

Getting there: At all five Pizza Express outlets – Colaba, BKC, Andheri East & West, Thane. View the Facebook group here.

 
Stock Market: Where Cafes Source Ingredients
Wednesday, 04 June 2014 11:19

Going grocery shopping? Three cafes in Mumbai open up their black books so you can call their health and organic food vendors directly. Stocks and bond!

 

Suzette, Nariman Point and Bandra


Pride of Cows: For high quality, unadulterated milk.  Order for home delivery on http://www.prideofcows.com/

Chamong: For organic Indian teas. Visit http://www.chamong.com

Conscious Food: For Raisins, flax, pumpkin and sunflower seeds. Also for sugar, salt, brown sugar and organic sea salt.  Available at select super markets and home delivery on orders over Rs 1,000 from consciousfood.com

24 Letter Mantra: For chilli flakes, cinnamon powder and black pepper from . Available  at local supermarkets.

Fabindia: For fruit spreads like apricot, strawberry and mango. At Fabindia outlets across the city.

Farmer's Market: For Rocky Mountain mango pulp. Visit http://farmersmarket.co.in.

Under The Mango Tree: For organic honey. Visit utmt.in


The Pantry, Kala Ghoda

Live Natural: For Whole Wheat Atta and Refined Flour. Email  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , 24339216 or 9819976475

24 Mantra Organic: For pulses, grains, spices and raw sugar.

Mojo Plantation: For black pepper and vanilla sticks. Mojo Plantation in Coorg, Karnataka. Email  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , 8272265638/6

Kejriwal Honey in Punjab: For honey. Email  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Bhansali Brothers: For organic loose leaf tea. At Vile Parle, 23441171.

Colaba Chicken Market: For country eggs. Colaba

Virdhavan Farms: for seasonal fruits and veggies. at Alibaug, call 9004349733.

 

Barrio, Versova

Organic Garden: For all types of organic flour. And also for sugar, spices and assorted seeds. At outlets across the city. Visit organicgarden.co.in , call 27789242

Organic Tattva: For Brown Rice. Visit organictattva.com/ localbanya.com

Navdanya: For marmalade and brown sugar. Visit navdanya.org . call 66790081

Fortune Gourmet: For organic Soba Noodles. Available at all Nature's Basket outlets.

 

 

 




 
bpb Review: Gyros, Andheri (W)
Tuesday, 03 June 2014 11:05




After our weekend crash course in Greek cuisine at the bpb and Thalassa class at Olive Mahalaxmi, it seemed an odd coincidence that the next review on the list, was in fact from the same region. Sure, we figured, why not?  Considering we nailed the class –erm, the eating and drinking bit, things were about to get a little g(r)eeky.

Hakuna Mousakka

Last evening, we made our way to the small but clean Gyros, the city’s newest Greek joint at Lokhandwala. The interiors, a Greek predictability with all white tables and chairs and blue elements is pleasant, but with only four tables, Gyros seems like it will grow into a takeaway-only place.

Stocking up for her hungry flat mates, this writer chose the Traditional Chicken gyro (a greek wrap), the Bacontar (a chicken gyro with bacon bits), a Prawn Souvlaki Gyro, a Chicken Souvlaki (a meat platter), a Vegetarian Falafel gyro and a Vegetarian Mousakka with a side of hummus. Unfortunately, they didn’t have any lamb dishes available when we went. Packed and picked up, a quick rickshaw ride later, they were ready to be scarfed down.

Gy-ro Row Row Your Boat

Doused in way too much chilli sauce and devoid of Tatziki dip, our gyros were very messy and tough to handle. They soon came apart, and had us picking at the meat and French fries in it. While the meat fillings were all well cooked- (chicken, bacon and prawn), the vegetarian falafel felt a little tough - like it was fried before it was fully thawed. The mousakka too, was not very enjoyable, with hard chunks of potatos and brinjal that had lost all flavour because of the amount of cheese in the dish. The hummus, sour and tasteless is pretty avoidable.

While Gyros has a lot to work on, it wasn’t a full blown Greek tragedy. Right now, Gyros seems like a poor cousin of Greko, the yum Greek food takeaway joint in Bandra. Once they go easy on the sauces, and concentrate a little more on the vegetarian food, Gyros might just replace our local roll guy on speed dial.

For now though, we’re pulling out our recipe sheet from the bpb culinary class last weekend.

Feta luck next time?

Getting There: Gyros, Apna Ghar , Unit no. 14,  1st Cross lane, near Dominoes Pizza, Lokhandwala market, Andheri (W), call 9820011202, delivery in Lokhandwala market only, meal for four people approx. Rs 1400.

 
Bombay Bronx: Breach Candy's New Bar
Thursday, 29 May 2014 19:51


What: Bombay Bronx, Breach Candy,  1st Floor, Hubtown, Skybay, Bhulabhai Desai Road, Breach Candy, call 7710044666.

Why: You’ll never stop going to The Ghetto and neither will we, but it’s always nice to know that the neighbourhood has new options. The Bombay Bronx will open on Sundayin Breach Candy, a new bar from the guys behind Loca Loca, WTF! and The Big Nasty. We’re not crazy about how many design elements this bar borrows form Bombay - Mumbai local train booth, a dabbawalla communal table and half a rikshaw dedicated to selfies – but we’re still going to check it out. And get some drinks while we’re at it. The menu’s special items include ‘Pav Bhaji Sandwis’, Raju’s Chilli Chicken’ and Anda Bhurji. Egg-cited? Full review out soon! 

When: Set to open on June 1, 7 pm onwards.

 
Buy Organic Veggies at The Table
Thursday, 29 May 2014 11:55


 

There’s a reason we love the taste of pretty much everything at The Table. This Colaba restaurant grows its own fruits and veggies at a farm in Alibaug, and even took customers there for a gardening class a couple of months ago.

Looks like there’s been a bountiful harvest at The Table farm this season, with the surplus stock of organic white onions and mangoes being sold through the restaurant. The same mangoes that they’re selling go into their Crab & Alphonso mango salad, Aambuca cocktail, and souflee.

Limited stock! Put this on your market watch.

Getting there: To order call 833948363 or 22825000 or email  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 
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