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Wear Clothes From The Circus
Friday, 19 December 2014 12:46


What: Clothes from The Circus, view the Facebook page here, email contact@bethecircus.com to place an order, Rs 5,340 for a black skirt.

Why: ‘Big top’ takes on a whole new meaning as an ex Hermes India merchandiser and a stylist come together to start a clothing label called The Circus. Here, in their “world full of wonderful nonsense”, skirts are lopsided, dresses spin around like carousels and shirts called Jane are anything but plain. Some dresses are too outlandish for most tastes – to be fair, the label is called The Circus - but bpb likes this bell sleeved dress and black asymmetrical skirt.

When: You need circus (trouser) fork.

 
Doolally In Bandra Soon!
Friday, 19 December 2014 12:34



What: Pune’s Doolally Taproom to open in Bandra, shop number 5/6, Geleki, ONGC Colony, next to Candies, Reclamation, Bandra (W).

Why: If you’ve been foam-ing around Bandra looking for craft brews, this bit of news is for you. Pune’s brewery Doolally has set up shop in the suburb and will open their taproom very, very soon. Everything is in place including interiors, staff and menu, and shutters will go up as soon as, you guessed it, licenses arrive. Expect brews such as the German wheat beer- Hefeweizen and apple cider, along with Shepherd’s Pie and Poutine on the menu.

When: You need a new brew code.

 
Sponsored: Vero Moda Marquee’s Dec Collection!
Friday, 19 December 2014 12:07


***This post is sponsored by Vero Moda Marquee***

And finally December is here! The grand finale of the year, the time to shine the brightest, dance the hardest, look the prettiest and smile the widest.

Helping you along in this bid for superlatives is Vero Moda Marquee. The third collection in this Karan Johar X Vero Moda collaboration, it features three lines: black and gold Super Posh; glittery pink Messianic; and blue lace Winter Garden.

If between finishing work and making it to the party on time, you don’t have hours to browse, we pick our favourite pieces from the three lines, so you can make December count.

1. Black Bomber Jacket: Shehensha’s jacket get’s a seriously fashionable upgrade with this black and gold embroidered jacket that won’t make you look like a fuddy duddy when there’s a nip in the air.

2. Sunna SL Top: With gold and bronze fringe that shimmers and shakes, this flapper top is perfect for all the dancing you need to get out of your system in December.

3. Salmon Shorts: You’re bound to get caught in someone’s net when you step out in these gold, glitter shorts. Pair with black sheer top and you’ve got yourself an ensemble that needs little accessorising.

4. Kunanna Sequins Pants: From the mostly pink Messianic line, these are perfect for a day party, and super comfy too. Pair with a dark denim jacket and pretty white blouse.

5. Pink Bomber Jacket: If a pair of sequins pants is not your thing, see the pink glitter bomber jacket from the Vero Glitz. Also looks great with a pair of jeans.

6. Blue Lace Long Dress: A sexier, brighter version of what Morticia Adams would wear, this long lace dress is delicious in every way.

7. Lace Blazer: For your office Christmas party, get this brown lace blazer with lightning streaks of blue.

8. Square SL Midi Dress: This black calf-length dress with gold old world embroidery and rough hem is probably the prettiest piece in this collection and works well as a New Year dress or when you want to be the star for the top of the Christmas tree.

Cross into 2015 looking posh, and you’ll have a great year ahead. Happy holidays!

Getting there: Visit www.veromodaindia.com/vero-moda-marquee/, buy online or at a Vero Moda store new you. Price starts at Rs 2,000.

 
Christmas Specials In The City!
Friday, 19 December 2014 11:09


Dec 19- 31: Smoke House Deli will be serving specials from their Christmas themed menu starting today. The turkey roast with special stuffing will be available on Christmas Eve and on the big day too. At outlets in Lower Parel: call 24933222, BKC: call 26530762 and Bandra (W): call 65287800.

Dec 19-31 Be part of the My Wishing Tree initiative at Salt Water Café. Each outlet will have a Wishing Tree decorated with ‘wish tags’ from the children at Aseema. Guests who come in are encouraged to look through them and fulfil these wishes. While you're there, you can also enjoy their special festive menu, on until 25th of this month. At outlets in Churchgate: call 66336070 and Bandra (W): call 26434441.

Dec 19- 31: ‘Tis the season to be jolly with The Sassy Spoon’s Christmas dessert menu. Choose from their pecan and honey tarts; chocolate, pear and almond strudel; ginger cake with a vanilla anglaise, and more. At outlets in Nariman Point: call 30151140 and Bandra (W): call 30151638.

Dec 19-25: Celebrate Christmas with special desserts by Chef Sanjana including hot chocolate with gingerbread spice and Mulled Wine Domes (also available for delivery) at La Folie, Kala Ghoda.

Dec 19-25: Spread the Christmas cheer with a special hamper featuring brownies, dips, granola and hand-made pastas put together by The Table, Kalapesi Trust building, Apollo Bunder Marg, Colaba, to book a hamper send an email  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Dec 22-25: Café Zoe offers family-style options on suckling pig, turkey and duck as part of their special Christmas menu. This also includes stuffing, cranberry sauce and accompaniments like string beans with shallots, mashed potatoes, sour cream. Last date to pre-order the Christmas meal is December 22. Mathuradas Mill Compound, Lower Parel, call 24902065 for reservations, Rs 450 per head.

Dec 22-30: The Irish House special menu for Christmas features county-style pork ribs, mushroom and goat cheese risotto, among other things. The Irish House, level 1, Fun Republic, opposite New Link Road, Andheri (W), 7 pm onwards, to RSVP call 8879660067, entry free.

Dec 23- Jan 4: Enjoy PizzaExpress’ four-course Christmas set meal with 2 drinks (non alcoholic) for 2 people, at Rs 2,015 plus taxes. On December 24th and 25th, the restaurant will be offering vouchers, merchandise and free meals. Available at outlets in Colaba, BKC, Andheri (E) & Andheri (W), Thane and Powai.

Dec 24: Christmas celebrations with special food and drink menus and in-house DJ at Boveda, G 04, Morya Landmark One, off New Link Road, near Infiniti Mall, Andheri (W), 7 pm onwards, Rs 1,500 (for stags), free entry for girls and couples, call 67080858.

Dec 24-25: Special four-course meal for Christmas including Turkey Breast Roulade, Jerusalem Artichoke & Chives Soup, a Roasted Cauliflower & Almond Quiche, at The White Owl, One Indiabulls Finance Centre, Tower 2-B, Lower Parel (W), Rs 1,295 per head (including in-house brew), call 24210231 for reservations.

Dec 24-25: Enjoy the Christmas specials for lunch and dinner including roast turkey with cranberry, lobster ravioli at The Good Wife, The Capital, G block, BKC, Bandra (E), entry free.

Dec 25: Holiday specials at Masala Library include white tomato and lemon grass shorba, fried baby zucchini and Peruvian asparagus. Sample the Christmas Tasting Menu inclusive of signature mocktails and select soft beverages at Rs 2800 plus taxes and Rs 3000 plus taxes for the alcoholic option- inclusive of unlimited select imported & domestic liquor and signature cocktails. First International Financial Centre, opposite Sofitel Hotel, BKC, Bandra (E). 




 
The Chocolate Factory by Varun Inamdar
Friday, 19 December 2014 11:04



What: The Chocolate Factory, Ecuador by Varun Inamdar, available at Godrej Nature’s Basket outlets, Rs 750 for a box of twelve.

Why: With no top hat or bowtie, Varun Inamdar doesn’t exactly fit the description of Willy Wonka, but that hasn’t stopped him from owning a chocolate factory. In association with the Consulate of Ecuador, this former executive pastry chef at Oberoi Hotel has launched a brand of luxe bonbons made from Ecuadorian chocolate. We tried and loved the velvety chocolates infused with blueberry extract, strawberry, burnt vanilla and coffee flavours.

When: You want to get your foot in the Ecuador.

 
Weekend Guide: Top Of The Morning
Friday, 19 December 2014 10:46


bEAM

What: Pune’s Doolally Taproom to open in Bandra, shop number 5/6, Geleki, ONGC Colony, next to Candies, Reclamation, Bandra (W).

Why: If you’ve been foam-ing around Bandra looking for craft brews, this bit of news is for you. Pune’s brewery Doolally has set up shop in the suburb and will open their taproom very, very soon. Everything is in place including interiors, staff and menu, and shutters will go up as soon as, you guessed it, licenses arrive. Expect brews such as the German wheat beer- Hefeweizen and apple cider, along with Shepherd’s Pie and Poutine on the menu.

When: You need a new brew code.

***

What: Clothes from The Circus, view the Facebook page here, email contact@bethecircus.com to place an order, Rs 5,340 for a black skirt.

Why: ‘Big top’ takes on a whole new meaning as an ex Hermes India merchandiser and a stylist come together to start a clothing label called The Circus. Here, in their “world full of wonderful nonsense”, skirts are lopsided, dresses spin around like carousels and shirts called Jane are anything but plain. Some dresses are too outlandish for most tastes – to be fair, the label is called The Circus - but bpb likes this bell sleeved dress and black asymmetrical skirt.

When: You need circus (trouser) fork.

pRUNE

What: The Chocolate Factory, Ecuador by Varun Inamdar, available at Godrej Nature’s Basket outlets, Rs 750 for a box of twelve.

Why: With no top hat or bowtie, Varun Inamdar doesn’t exactly fit the description of Willy Wonka, but that hasn’t stopped him from owning a chocolate factory. In association with the Consulate of Ecuador, this former executive pastry chef at Oberoi Hotel has launched a brand of luxe bonbons made from Ecuadorian chocolate. We tried and loved the velvety chocolates infused with blueberry extract, strawberry, burnt vanilla and coffee flavours.

When: You want to get your foot in the Ecuador.

 
A Midnight Elf Makes X’mas Ornaments
Thursday, 18 December 2014 06:35

Once Tine Berentzen Bhatia’s “two nightmares” (also known as her kids) go to sleep, she begins working late into the night, piecing together intricate Christmas ornaments like an elfin character out of a fairytale.

Marsh-mellow down kids, and gather around the fire as we tell you about Tine, a Danish jewellery designer who runs a label in Mumbai called 4tine and has now started stocking her Christmas ornaments at upscale stores like Le Mill and Amethyst, Chennai. “I wake up in the middle of the night to work on new ideas that strike me at random. The peace and quiet really help the creative process,” she says to us over the phone while monitoring her four year old.

Walk up behind this Santa’s little helper while she’s hunched over a desk, and you’ll find her completing armies of felt snowmen and gingerbread men ornaments with buttons and other embellishments. Tine's inventory also includes handmade stockings and hanging miniature glass bottles with stars inside. “And the rest is rust and stardust.” 

These are made using traditional patterns and motifs borrowed from her childhood in Denmark.

 
David Guetta On (Not) Reading, Surfing & Being A Nerd
Wednesday, 17 December 2014 20:17


David Guetta is unapologetic about his life on the go. He has no hobbies or interests outside of music. His laptop is his studio. He loves plane rides. “I don't do anything else other than touring or making music. A lot of people might think this is pathetic, but it makes me very happy,” he tells bpb via an email interview.

The superstar French DJ will be at Amby Valley this weekend, headlining the Enchanted Valley Festival, one of the 150 shows he does in a year. Considering his packed schedule, and the constant sense of urgency in his tone, we made our conversation all about ‘right now’. We even got to ask him the ultimate perv question – what are you wearing right now?

Right Now With David Guetta:

What are you packing in your bag for your India trip?

I travel light. But I love being on planes. I make a lot of music on planes because it's really quiet - there's no phone, no Internet, no meetings.

What are you reading?

I have to explain to you how I live. I don't do anything else other than touring or making music. A lot of people might think this is very pathetic, but it makes me very happy. I don't watch TV, I don't read enough books. The books that I do read are manuals for plug-ins and software.

What are you surfing?

Sometimes when my ears are tired because of the show and I want to get my head somewhere else, I go to blogs, YouTube channels and websites for nerdy people and I try to find out about new technology and new plug-ins from brands that I love. There's always something new. I never go to sleep before 6 am. Even If I want to, I can't.

What are you listening to?

Usher’s Without You on the vocal album and Afrojack’s Lunar on the electronic album.

What are you wearing?

I like to keep it simple so a basic tee and jeans. But I do have a shoe obsession. Definitely Christian Louboutin shoes. Before, I had a collection of sneakers, but even though I loved them, there wasn't a brand that would make me go "I want to buy all the pairs", the way girls do.

What new stuff are you working on?

Lots of experimentation and collaborations coming up in 2015. Right now, I’m focusing on promoting my new album Listen. It’s more organic, and one of my most personal albums lyrically, which is why I called it Listen.

 
bpb Scoop: Fire n Ice Is Coming Back!
Wednesday, 17 December 2014 19:45



Here come those seductive rumours again. The ones that float around like skeins of mist, settling over a crowd that can’t resist them.

One of the most persistent speculations is that Fire n Ice, the iconic Bombay nightclub, is set to open up again. The rumour pops up every few months, fueled by nostalgia and wishful thinking in a city that desperately needs a fun, happy place to party at. But this time, bpb has confirmations.

Co-owner Ketan Kadam tells us: "Yes, Fire n Ice will be opening up soon, but we’re still deciding on the best location from among the few we have zeroed in on. It’s definitely going to be in South Bombay." Ketan originally founded the club with partner Vishal Shetty.

Ketan says that while Fire n Ice will return in its original avatar of nightclub, it will also serve as an “entertainment centre”, featuring a concert set-up to capitalise on all the traffic of DJs visiting Mumbai. “The space should be able to fit about 1,200 standing people quite easily. Other than small concerts, it will also be used to promote new talent and DJs.” 

Stay tuned for more updates.

Follow us on @bpbmumbai on Twitter and @bpbweekend on Instagram for more updates.

 
Suzette Now Sells Its Caramel In Jars
Wednesday, 17 December 2014 12:23



We can wax eloquent about Suzette’s caramel sauce for hours, comparing it to sunshine, Gwyneth Paltrow’s hair, silence and all things golden.

But we won’t, because no one should talk with his or her mouth full. We’ve got our hands on what is probably one of the first caramel jars from Suzette’s new ready-to-pick-up label Suzette & Co (launches today), that will sell sauces at its two outlets, and eventually, at gourmet stores.

Starting with the caramel because that is “a traditional recipe from Brittany, the same region where our crepe flour comes from”, Suzette sells 200 gm jars for Rs 200 each. “We call it salidou and it’s nothing more than salted butter, sugar and cream. Basically, all the essential food groups,” laughs co-owner Antonia Achache.

Beside the obvious uses of Suzette’s caramel sauce – eat plain, spread on crepes, waffles, toast and ice cream – Antonia has some quick suggestions. “Add one apple, one tablespoon of yogurt or ice-cream, two ice cubes and caramel to taste in a blender for a Tart Tartin smoothie. You can also mix 100 gms of caramel and 50 gms of melted chocolate, pour in an ice tray and freeze overnight. Use them the next day as lollipops!”

Or, you can just do it our way: eat plain by the spoonful.

Getting there: Camarel sauce by Suzzette & Co available at Suzette, Nariman Point and Bandra, Rs 200 for 200 gms.

 
bpb Review: Kipos Eatery & Bar, Bandra
Wednesday, 17 December 2014 10:15



If we tell you we're dining at a new Greek restaurant, you're probably picturing it in your head already: white washed walls, blue accents that borrow shade cards from Santorini’s sea and boughs of bougainvillea.

Pasted from a postcard, sure, but Kipos Eatery & Bar in Bandra is still predictably pleasing to the eye, a new ‘Mediterranean inspired’ restaurant with an additional rooftop area and a large community table that doubles up as a dance floor.

Pita Sings the Blues

Considering Thalassa’s departure from the city some time ago, we wondered if Kipos could be the new place for us to stop by for Spanakopitas and cocktails.

If the hummus, that arrived first was anything to go by, we were certain this wasn’t going to happen. The chickpea mix was largely flavourless with a slightly sweet aftertaste, and the accompanying lamb was chewy and tough to get through. It’s a good thing then, that someone fussed over the pita bread so much, which was good enough to eat on its own. And that’s what we had to do until the Garlic Oregano Chicken got to our table. Tender, but a little salty for the table’s liking, this dish fared better but still wasn’t great. Avoid the Garlic Chilli Mushrooms altogether for its heavy spiced rub.

If you must depend on a course at Kipos, get a batch of watermelon martinis. Strong and familiar, it’s like meeting a good friend after a long day at work. The Kipos Signature (vodka, lime juice, Tabasco sauce, bell peppers) though, is like more of an acquaintance, one that you’d rather avoid, with elements that don’t really work together.

If you must depend on a course at Kipos, get a batch of watermelon martinis. Strong and familiar, it’s like meeting a good friend after a long day at work.

Under My Mozzarella…ella…ella

Impressively full for a Tuesday night, the buzz at Kipos kept us going for another round of food. And we’re glad we stayed because the dishes did get progressively better.

Get the Raptini pizza, embellished with bright bell peppers, broccoli, chicken sausages, corn and mozzarella. Appetising and light, it could be made better with a crisper base. The Chicken Gyros, a tightly packed Greek wrap with fresh tzatziki dip, succulent pieces of chicken and soft, soft pita was by far our best order for the night. Served with a side of potato wedges, and more sophisticated than the rolls at Carter Road’s Greko or Lokhandwala’s Gyros, the wrap had a subtle olive oil and lemon dressing. Skip the Molten Lava Cake that’s just one rung tastier than something you would order at a coffee shop.

The drinks at Kipos are well priced, the gyros, tasty, and the community table top, slick enough for you to showcase your moves. Overall, Kipos may have the weight to crack some plates, but the Internet is not breaking anytime soon.

Getting there:th floor, Crystal Shoppers Paradise, corner of 33rd and 24thRoad, off Linking Road, Bandra (W), call 26488567/9892863053. Rs 150 for a small Old Monk, Rs 200 for a small Smirnoff, Rs 200 for a pint of Kingfisher beer, Rs 2,960 for a meal for two with one drink each.

bpb reviews anonymously and pays for its own meals.

 
Sponsored: Christmas Hampers At Nature’s Basket
Tuesday, 16 December 2014 11:56


***This post is sponsored by Godrej Nature’s Basket***

It’s that time of the year again, when you’re using T’wis and T’was and getting kissed because you stood under a mistletoe. Or even if you didn’t.

And adding to these happy tidings, are Nature’s Basket’s Christmas hampers, baskets and boxes and stocking bedecked with hollies and stuffed with treats that might give Santa a complex. Here we help you match hampers with our favourite Christmas songs. Later, you can decide to match them with your friends and colleagues.

Christmas Hamper Playlist

Last Christmas I Gave You My Heart: If you gave it away the very next day, you probably have a vacant formerly sweet spot that needs to be filled ASAP. See the Holiday Treat in a Pretty Printed Box that includes candy canes and chocolate and muffins, all packed into one basket.

All I Want For Christmas Is You: And some Festive Indulgence, of course. For the gentleman who has everything, but still wants more, this glorious hamper features cookies, Christmas cake, sparkling juice, chocolate, stuffed olives, pasta and other gourmet treats.

Come All Ye Faithful: And Spread the Joy. The pretty box makes it ideal for gifting.

Ten Days of Christmas: If you’re going to party for ten days straight, get the Christmas Cheer in a Smart Wooden Chest. Glittery red candles to burn the midnight oil, included.

Must Be Santa: This Bob Dylan song will have you longing for a stocking and Santa’s Treats gives you just that, plus gourmet stuffing of Belgian chocolate, star-shaped cookies, Jujubes and more.

Jingle Bell Rock: If ‘jingle bell time is a swell time’, let this sweet treat rise to the occasion for you.

Queue these songs on to your Christmas playlist, and pick from one of these festive hampers (plus so many more featuring organic treats, tea, champagne, spreads, condiments) to put under the tree. Starting as low as Rs 450,  they’re also perfect for Secret Santa at the office this year.

Getting there: Christmas Hampers from Godrej Nature’s Basket, see the full list online here, start at Rs. 450.

***This post is sponsored by Godrej Nature’s Basket***

 
Event Pick: Chef’s Table Week
Tuesday, 16 December 2014 11:00



Now we’re not big spin-off fans, unless you count Frasier, but when the off-shoot is edible, we have to sit up and take notice.

Chef’s Table Week, a “Restaurant Week spin off “ is on until December 21, offering you a fancy seat at ten Mumbai restaurants where chefs do the ordering for you. Here, you will be treated to a six-course chef’s tasting menu at Rs 2,500 (plus taxes and beverages) per restaurant.

We’re excited to see what’s laid out at The Guppy Pop At Olive, Yauatcha, Masala Library and The Sahib Room & Kipling Bar, but the tables at old hogs like China House and Hakkasan can wait. While seats for today are all filled up, reservations are open until Sunday, so sign up now.

Getting there: On until December 21, visit the Chef’s Table website here, Rs 2,500 + taxes.

 
From the Pizza Drone Guys: Build Your Own Bots
Tuesday, 16 December 2014 10:55



Chat with Farooq Syed, chat for a while and the conversation is bound to take a turn towards robots. He’ll quote from iRobot, and tell you that The Terminator series is now closer to being fact than sci-fi. “First there was the computer revolution, then the wireless revolution. In some years from now, you will see a robotics revolution. It’s closer than you think.”

These doomsday prophecies he makes with a straight face, and suddenly, we have very different plans for 2015.

Farooq is the co-founder of Robosoft Systems, a company that launched a few years ago, but only last week began selling DIY robotic kits and automated parts online, via Flipkart. “You know that pizza delivery drone in the city that went viral earlier this year? We built it.”

Her And Him

Farooq, who now in our heads is a peripheral character in The Big Bang Theory, walks us through robot shopping.

“For hobbyists, children or anyone with a curious bent of mind, our DIY Robot Kits are a great way to start.” Sold as educational tools for children aged 10 and above and also beginner adults, the kits are sorted based on levels of difficulty. “The most basic one starts with simple mechanical constructions and then proceeds to become more advanced with electronic and software complexities,” says Farooq, who likes big bots and cannot lie.

 
Bungalow Eight Will Move To Wankhede Stadium
Monday, 15 December 2014 11:16



When you set up shop inside a sports stadium, you’re already one step closer to cheers and applause.

Ladies and garments, do the Mexican wave for fashion and lifestyle store Bungalow Eight in Colaba, which will be opening a new store at Wankhede Stadium, Churchgate. “It’s really like we’re returning home,” says owner Maithili Ahluwalia, as this is the space where Bungalow Eight originally started out. While she isn’t sure if the three storey Colaba shop will shut down entirely, she did talk about a third Bungalow Eight “gift shop” that will open up at Carmichael Road. More on that later.

If you’ve been to the Wankhede store before for their one-off clearance sales, you won’t recognise it now. “It’s all new! We’re using tones of white and silver, marble flooring and metal accents,” says Maithili.

As for the stock, it will be more tightly edited as compared to the current set up, and in order to keep it less static, there will be a theme that changes every three months. “Designers will keep revolving too.”

Opens in March 2015. See you at the game!

Getting there: Bungalow Eight, under the bleachers at Wankhede Stadium, Vinoo Mankad Gate, D Road, off Marine Drive.

 
The Bohri Kitchen: Restaurant In A Colaba Apartment
Monday, 15 December 2014 10:57


Keeping with the tradition of starting a Bohri meal with something sweet, we begin our story today with Mrs Kapadia. At roughly 5 feet and three inches, Mrs Kapadia doesn’t exactly tower over you, but her enormous smile and SUV-size heart more than make up for her petite frame. Sitting in her leafy balcony at Casa Kapadia in Colaba, she chats with us about her love for food, her need to feed, and her natural cooking instinct. 

The sprawling Colaba apartment is where Mrs Kapadia and her son Munaf run their two-month old community meal venture, The Bohri Kitchen (TBK), where every Saturday, they serve an authentic Bohri Muslim meal to a group of diners no larger than eight people. While you don’t need to come with a partner, TBK does have a ‘no serial killer policy’, so you need to either know someone from the family or be a friend of a friend of a friend to attend.

“I was least bothered with cooking when I was in my mother’s house. It’s only after I got married did I really start spending time in the kitchen. My mother-in-law gave me the training of my life,” chuckles Mrs Kapadia, while keeping an eagle eye on the steady stream of food coming to our table.

We sip on refreshing rose syrup-infused watermelon juice, while Munaf recounts how while growing up, he never truly appreciated his mother’s cooking. “Everyone who came to our home always raved about the food. But for us, it was an everyday meal. It was only after I started sharing my lunch with some MBA friends, did I come up with the idea for TBK."

We pause for a moment to take in the sights and sounds around the table. Our dining companions ooh and aah at the arrival of breadcrumb coated chicken drumsticks and masala potatoes. Crunchy and well-marinated in ‘typical Bohri spices’, the gigantic drumsticks are succulent, while the spicy, slightly sweet potatoes have us almost licking the masala off the plate.

Mrs Kapadia smiles and nods. “Do you like it? The chicken was marinated overnight for the seasoning to really soak into the meat.”

 
Pre Order A Suckling Pig At Cafe Zoe!
Friday, 12 December 2014 15:15



What: Pre-order a suckling pig at Café Zoe, Mathuradas Mill Compound, Lower Parel, call, Rs 17,000 (feeds 10-12 people), call 24902065, Rs 450 + taxes for booking.

Why: Christmas is coming, and you’re snout-ing it from the rooftop. Come down and pre-order your meal at Café Zoe before they run out. From now until December 22, Chef Viraf is taking special orders for full suckling pig, turkey and duck, and will have it ready when you come in on Christmas day or night with family and friends. This will be accompanied with stuffing, cranberry sauce and sides. The pig weighs 5 kgs and can feed a mob of 12, so remember to round up the hungry hippos.

When: On December 25 for lunch and dinner. Last day to book is December 22.

 
Sponsored: First Edition Pop Up Dinner At Palladium Hotel
Friday, 12 December 2014 12:05



***This post is sponsored by Palladium Hotel***

Just when you feast expect it, Palladium Hotel pulls out another ace. While others stick to the usual Christmas lunch and dinner formats, this Lower Parel Hotel launches The Feast, a pop up festive dinner that will revolve around one central ingredient each time, and every edition will be held in a different area of the hotel.

The first of these is a festive meal that is centered around not you, but the turkey. Sign up for this dinner on December 19, and you will be treated to a special menu by Chef Paul Kinny featuring turkey dishes cooked in ten ways, inspired from ten cuisines like Japanese, Mexican, Thai, Caribbean and Italian. On the menu are Sriracha Turkey Salad, Turkey Sushi, Turkey Risotto and Classic Roast Turkey. Psst: we hear that dessert will contain the big bird too (no more details, it’s a surprise), and that every course will be paired with Chandon Brut and Chandon Rose.

There will only be one dinner with limited seating, so sign up and let it be the one you meat this Christmas. 

And for a first look, check out their cute homestyle video here.

Getting there: On Friday, December 19 at 8 pm. At level 38, Palladium Hotel, call 61628422 for reservations, 35 seats only- prior booking mandatory, Rs 3,500 plus taxes, including alcohol, follow them on Twitter here, get more details on their website here.


***This post is sponsored by Palladium Hotel***

 
Weekend Guide: Bar Avion
Friday, 12 December 2014 10:46



bOHRI

What: The Bohri Kitchen, call 9819908095, view the Facebook page here, Rs 700 per seat.

Why: Learn the value of paay(a) at The Bohri Kitchen, a recently launched ‘restaurant’ that operates out of a home in Colaba. Here, Bohri home cooks put together a traditional meal every weekend, and you can sign up alone or to book the entire place, with eight of your friends. We’re attending tomorrow for a three-course meal of mutton Biryani, paaya soup, fried chicken drumsticks and Chicken Angaara with mini buns. Full review out on Monday!

When: Now. Mutton else matters.

pOSIE

What: Put your face on a white rose at Budluv, Krishna Building, Jaywant Palkar Marg, Worli, call 24909999, Rs 500 for one.

Why: We have a feeling we’re being watched. Something is odd about that bouquet. Do flowers have eyes? You think we’re being our paranoid selves but those roses across from us have faces printed on them. While we try not to recommend services that are borderline creepy – and this one is – we thought we would let you decide. Why? Because when Budluv prints your photo on the side of a white rose, it looks anything but tacky. We recently saw them being used as a substitute for nametags (with the guest’s picture on each) at a swish Zodiac Grill dinner event. Also fun for party favours.

When: Now. Thorn, Ok, please.

 
The Origin of Damian’s Christmas Window
Thursday, 11 December 2014 11:40


If there’s one Bandra window we’ve all stared through without being called “pervs”, it’s the pane at Damian furniture store. For the last 30 years, the Pereira family that runs Damian, has been putting up a grand Christmas window display every December, one that draws its own dedicated spectators from around the city. Yes we know, you’ve pressed your cold nose up against it too. And you don’t even live in Bandra.

This week, we caught up with owner Frederick Pereira to chat about his chairs, cheer and the first ever window display at Damian.

After missing Mr Pereira twice at the store, we had to finally settle for a phone chat, one that seemed more like a negotiation and less like an interview. Questions wound around nostalgia were met by terse answers, sometimes even a brusque  ‘I don’t remember’.

Us: You spread cheer every year with families from all over the city stopping by to peek at Damian’s window display. Can you share any anecdotes with us?

Mr Pereira: Not really.

Moving on. Curt but never rude and probably just busy with the holidays, Mr Pereira finally took some time to travel back thirty years with us, when his father Damian Pereira ran the store. “The first Christmas window display back then started out stark, with just a couple of photographs and has since, organically grown into a large scale production.”

 


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