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Sponsored: Let's Do Lunch At Two One Two
Thursday, 03 April 2014 13:04


***This post is sponsored by Two One Two Bar & Grill***

So you’re in Worli for a meeting or to visit a friend. To brave the afternoon heat and enjoy the view at the sea face, or the more probable star-gazing at Nehru Planetarium.

Pick your reason to be on the block, but let us pick the lunch place. Two One Two Bar & Grill has a new and improved set lunch menu thats delicious and super well-priced. It features all your childhood favourites and includes a selection of soups + salads/burger/pizza/sandwich for Rs 750 (all inclusive)! We know, you’re glad we invited you to lunch. Sweet tooths, you can also swap a course like soup for dessert of the day. No points for guessing what which course we’re going to pick.

So Hungry I Could Eat A Dog

Here are the set menu combinations we can’t wait to try: French onion soup + Alana Farms tenderloin burger with cheddar cheese and barbeque sauce. OR cappuccino of baby spinach soup + Margherita pizza with salami. Other fun options include lamb mince, pulled pork belly, fish and cottage cheese steak burgers; sandwiches with sautéed mushroom and melted emmenthal cheese; falafel and hot dogs.

Two One Two by day provides a peaceful setting for corporates who work in the area and are looking to do a quick meal plus meeting, but is also romantic enough to make you want to arrange a cross-corporate date.

Lunch is served between noon and 3 pm, from Monday to Saturday. See you then!

Getting there: Lunch at Two One Two Bar & Grill, 12-A Hornby Vellard Estate, Lotus Cinema Building, opposite Nehru Centre, Worli, call 24901994 for reservations, Rs 750 for a set meal.

 
Sponsored: 12 Ways To Feel Loved at Phoenix Marketcity
Tuesday, 11 March 2014 09:28


***This post is sponsored by Phoenix Marketcity***

Ladies, raise your estro-gin and tonic, and make a toast. All of March is women’s month ie Power Woman Fiesta at Phoenix Marketcity, Kurla, where you can feel loved once, and just in case you miss it, eleven more times.

All you have to do is show up at the mall with either a Gold credit card (or equivalent) / four-wheeler driving license / corporate identity proof along with a photo ID and visit a registration kiosk to get access to 12 awesome freebies, including free cocktails, bowling sessions, flight simulation, coffee and valet parking! We’re listing them out for you below:

1.     FREE bowling at Amoeba Sports Bar

2.     FREE entry to Snow World

3.     FREE drink at Yum Cha Vie

4.     FREE drink at Cream Centre

5.     FREE drink at Headquarters

6.     FREE simulation at Flight 4 Fantasy

7.     FREE entry to Funzone

8.     FREE entry to Archery

9.     FREE entry to Scary House

10. FREE valet parking

11. FREE coffee at Aromas Café

12. FREE drink at Rainforest

And once you’re done collecting all your goodies, Power Woman Fiesta also lets you score power discounts at other Phoenix Marketcity spots like Debbenhams, Charles & Keith, L’occitane, FCUK, Vero Moda, Jack & Jones, Sukho Thai, Aroma Thai, Aldo, Nine West and more!

So grab your girlfriends / colleagues and spend the day at Phoenix Marketcity this month. No one will treat you better.

Getting there: Phonenix Marketcity, LBS Marg, Kurla (W), vouchers valid until March 31 and not valid on weekend and public holidays. View the Facebook page here, follow them on Twitter and Instagram on @MarketcityKurla, or visit www.phoenixmarketcitymumbai.com

 
Sponsored:Studio Fifteen's March Schedule
Wednesday, 05 March 2014 11:21


***This post is sponsored by Studio Fifteen***

What: March is baking month at Studio Fifteen. Classes are held at Studio Fifteen, shop no. 4, Rajgruha Cooperative society,B wing, BM Marg, near One Indiabulls
Centre, Elphinstone(W), call 84540 46544, view their website here.

Why: You’ll be sweet on Studio Fifteen this entire month when you hear that March is dedicated to the art of baking. Teaching classes at this lovey studio started by Le 15 Patisserie’s Pooja Dhingra include Kainaz Messman of Theobroma (March 28), who will do Theo’s iconic brownies, plus demonstrate how to bake and plate a tea cake. There’s also Shikha Murarka’s Sugar Craft For Kids (March 15); Pooja Dhingra’s Baking Cupcakes (March 25); Christina Fernandes’ Cheesecake Class (March 13) and Italian dessert (March 14). What slots are we booking? Pooja’s Celebrating Nutella class (March 18) and to balance the sweet with savoury, Ellipsis Chef Kelvin Cheung’s Chinese Classics (March 10). See the full schedule on http://www.studiofifteen.in/calendar.

When: Sign up for a class now, because nothing else batters.

***This post is sponsored by Studio Fifteen***

 
bpb loves: Suzette's New Pain Au Chocolat
Wednesday, 19 February 2014 11:14



Giving 'no pain no gain' a new meaning, Suzette has introduced a basket of new French breads or pain at their Bandra and Nariman point cafes two days ago.

We dropped by yesterday to try and loved their French tradition baguettes made with organic whole wheat and rye flour that can be eaten with strawberry jam. These can also be done as sandwiches with fillings like hummus, pork sausage, gherkins and cheddar.

There are plain croissants too that we will return to try, but our favourite was the pain au chocolat - buttery and flaky and filled with dark chocolate, definitely the best in the city.

Having just eaten it yesterday, we're craving it again this morning. You feel our pain?

Getting there: Atlanta Building ground floor, Nariman Point, 22880055; St John Street, opposite Gold's Gym, Pali Naka, Bandra (W), 26411431, Rs 120 for pain au chocolat.

Psst: Have the Card Card? You'll get 15% off on your bill at Suzette + 20 other restaurants in Mumbai and Delhi!

 
Sponsored - NatGeo Inside IPL: Bat For This!
Monday, 17 February 2014 11:46


 

***This post is sponsored by NatGeo***

On your television at home; replays on your mobile phone; on that 50 inch screen at your neighbourhood bar; at Wankhede Stadium in person.

If you think you’ve seen the Indian Premiere League (IPL) from every angle, we might have to stop and correct you. Brace yourself for NatGeo’s new six part documentary, Inside IPL, that presents the making and behind-the-scenes of this super popular sporting event. The first hour -long episode airs this Friday, February 21 at 9 pm (and then  one episode every Friday) and we’re going to be watching in full form. Read on to know why we’re batting for it.

In The Big League

Be There Before It Happened: With a focus on the sixth IPL season in 2013, the show also gives a general overview of what goes into making the IPL a success: the faces and places; hands and merry bands; the players and soothsayers; business plans and fans.

Meet The Cricketers & Celebrity Team Owners: During these episodes you can expect to see interviews with the biggest cricket stars from around the world, senior management from the IPL, celebrity team owners and commentators. Catch never-seen-before footage; get expert insights and fun team anecdotes.

Learn How To Stay Fit and Party: Viewers of Inside IPL will also see training sessions of the top cricket players. Ladies, shirts might come off. #JustSaying. Hit pause and be inspired. You will also be able to accompany the players on their post-cricket parties and retreats.

Be Inspired: Young rookie cricketers talk about how they were awed and inspired by the stalwarts of cricket, and what it’s like to share a dressing room with them.

Get Business Tips: And lastly, Inside IPL gives you a look at the sheer scale of production, the intricacy of planning, the precision of the broadcast crews and team dynamics. Better than business school!

So turn on your TV set on Friday, February 21 at 9 pm, and let the IPL make its pitch to you. We know you’re going to love it!

Getting there: Brand new show, NatGeo Inside IPL. First episode airs on NatGeo on Friday, February 21 at 9 pm, and then one episode every Friday. View the Facebook page here.  


 
Sponsored: All Things Nice Wine Week Is Back!
Saturday, 15 February 2014 12:38

***This post is sponsored by The Deutsche Bank All Things Nice Wine Week***

The All Things Nice Wine Week Is Back!

You’ve been whining all week? Here, drink some wine. You’ve been winning all week? Here, drink some wine.

In our opinion, any day – good or bad – is reason enough to break out a bottle of red, so imagine our excitement when a real occasion comes along. A whole seven days dedicated to celebrating wine, The Deutsche Bank All Things Nice Wine Week comes with a selection of over 1,300 wines at over 40 restaurants and one amazing deal. What’s not to love?

Harvested Interest

On from February 17 to 23, 2014 and now in its third edition, Wine Week gives you 30% off on wine – single glasses and even whole bottles - at participating restaurants and hotels. If your diet isn’t just a liquid one – who are you? – you could opt for a set meal paired with two glasses of wine as well.

The list of partner restaurants is pretty stellar, including Ellipsis, Vetro, San Qi, Vinoteca, India Jones, Souk, Cafe Prato, Pali Village Cafe, Olive, Smoke House Deli, Prego, Salt Water Grill, Masala Kraft, Golden Dragon, Two One Two, Busaba Colaba, Otto Infinito, The Sassy Spoon, Opium Den, Jyran, Pondicherry Cafe, Nico Bombay, Serafina, Masala Bay, Trendz, Botticino, Stax, The Tasting Room, Woodside Inn, Neel, Le Mangii, Olio, Bungalow 9, Out of the Blue, Cheval, Le Cafe, Di Napoli and Vicinia.

You also get 15% off on purchase of two bottles of wine from Wine Week’s partner retail stores!

All you have to do to attend, is make a reservation on The All Things Nice website here for free, and you’re good to go!

La Vie En Rosé?

Getting there: The Deutsche Bank All Things Nice Wine Week for 30% off on wine. From February 17 to 23, register on all allthingsnice.in for free.

***This post is sponsored by The Deutsche Bank All Things Nice Wine Week***



 
Sponsored: Palladium Hotel’s V-Day
Monday, 10 February 2014 11:23



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

Author Daniyal Mueenuddin might fall in love at Palladium Hotel. He really might, for In Other Rooms, there are Other Wonders, here at Palladium Hotel, that’s hosting a bunch of Valentine’s Day activities at all of its different venues, turning into a “Love Hotel” for a day. Chamber made?

Drift from one room to another and you’ll meet a pianist + a trio of strawberries that jumped into chocolate for you; you’ll give into a kneady person because you know, that’s the way love goes; and you’ll find that night swimming when you practically have the pool to yourself avec champagne, can be really quite sexy.

Under the umbrella #PHLoveTreats, Palladium Hotel has all of this to offer on February 14. Plus, bpb is giving away one of these every day through contests on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram!

Get A Room! You two getting handsy in the corner, your friends might actually put together a fund so you can finally get a room! Get the special one night package at Rs 15,000 (all inclusive) that gets you a room, buffet breakfast and 30 minute spa treatment for two and a complimentary use of the Health Club and the pool. #PHLoveTreats

Meet the Player: If you manage to leave work early, whisk your lover away to the Piano Lounge where #GoldenHours will play out from 3 pm to 11 pm. For Rs 1,500 per couple all inclusive, you get two glasses of sparkling wine, a trio of chocolate dipped strawberries and a pianist who will serenade you. #PHLoveTreats

Eat, Prey, Love: A delicious gourmet dinner spread made with aphrodisiac ingredients at Seven Kitchens restaurant, recommended for couples or groups for Rs 2,100 (all included). #PHLoveTreats

Food With A View: If you want to take your love to another level, take the Palladium Hotel elevator up to Level 37 where Mekong will host an Asian Degustation dinner menu with a complimentary glass of champagne and a view that could rival the one across the table from you. Rs 3,000 for a vegetarian meal and Rs 3,800 for a non-vegetarian meal (all inclusive). #PHLoveTreats

Groove in the Sky: If you’d rather spend Valentine’s Day with other people, then go spend it with The Other People. The band will play popular covers from the 80s to now, at the Hotel’s Li Bai Lounge. Even the cocktails will be at their prettiest. Rs 1,500 full cover.#PHLoveTreats

Give Into The Kneady: The spa here is luxurious and they’ve concocted three bespoke Valentine’s Day treatments especially for us. We’re touched. Here you’ll find a huge couple’s private spa room with a therapy area and your own bathtub. Rs 5,000 onwards.#PHLoveTreats

Go Night Swimming: While the pool is shut for hotel guests from 7 pm to midnight, it becomes accessible just for you and three other couples. That is if you book one of the private poolside cabanas tricked out with a bottle of champagne, cheese platter and a trio of chocolate dipped strawberries. A great place for proposals or pre gaming. Rs 12,500 (all inclusive). #PHLoveTreats

Getting there: For details and reservations call61628000, email  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , view the Facebook page here- www.facebook.com/ThePalladiumHotel, follow them on Twitter on@StayAtPalladium and on Instagram on @PalladiumHotelMumbai


 
Attend: Delhi Lit Fest
Wednesday, 05 February 2014 12:24


We decided to skip Jaipur Lit Fest because someone had to keep the smarts in the city. Which is why we're excited about the second edition of the Delhi Literature Festival organised by the Cinedarbaar Society, starting February 7. 

Who needs Jaipur?

Cinedarbaar, the arts and culture non-profit that has curated scores of programmes over the last four years was founded in Delhi by Supriya Suri and Nitesh Rohit. Last year they decided that the capital should host more than just Honey Singh nights and thus DLF was born, and will take place for the second time at the IGNCA complex at Janpath. Featuring a series of book launches, interaction with authors, panel discussions, poetry readings as well as a concluding cultural performance, the two day festival looks packed with good stuff, as opposed to fluff.

We’re looking forward to a showcase of works by Rajendra Yadav, late writer renowned for pioneering the Nayi Kahani movement in Hindi literature; and a collaboration with the Iran Culture House on Persian publishing, illustrations, graphics and calligraphy, where various Iranian artists will showcase a live exhibition on the art of book making.  A Persepolis sequel, anyone?

A session on graphic novels will be led by fantasy fiction bestselling writers Samit Basu (author of Turbulence and Resistance) and Abhimanyu Singh Sisodia (author of the Ravana series) moderated by comics creator Bhanu Pratap, active member of Dehli Comics Kala Samagam. There will also be a panel discussion on erotica in Literature, Safdar Hashmi tribute plays by the Jan Natya Manch, another play by the Peirrot’s Troupe and a gig by fusion group Mrigya. But the one event that may end up getting the most traction is journalist Barkha Dutt’s conversation with Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal, on his book Swaraj: Power to the People, scheduled for 7 pm on Sunday. Capital call. Not quite Arnab vs. Rahul, but it’ll be fun to watch.

Getting There: For details, call 41071288. View full schedule here, Facebook page here, and email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 
bpb & Le 15's V-Day Class!
Wednesday, 05 February 2014 12:01




If a way to a heart is through a stomach, this Valentines Day, we've
got your back. Sign up for our super Valentine's Day class with
Studio Fifteen and learn to ladle up the love with this hands-on
tutorial!

Karishma Dalal & Pooja Dhingra, 13th Feb, 7-8:30 pm


Want to whip up a meal for your lover/good friend but don't know how?
We've got a last minute plan. Sign up for this class where Karishma
Dalal (ex Taj group ) and Pooja will teach you how to put together a
Beetroot and Goat Cheese Risotto, Nutella Molten Cake and Red Velvet
Brownies!

Only 12 slots for each class, so register now!

Beets for your sweet, sugar for your love.

Getting there: Both classes will be held at Studio Fifteen, shop no.
4, Rajgruha Cooperative society,B wing, BM Marg, near One Indiabulls
Centre, Elphinstone(W) Rs 2,000 per head, to sign up email
This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it / call 7738934888


 
The Coup Card is Back!
Wednesday, 29 January 2014 12:06


Still suffering from a Grammy hangover, we’ll start with a musical reference: we made a greatest hits list, a compilation of our favorite restaurants and bars in the city. And we want you to like what we like, hence sweet culinary loyalty program from bpb, known as the Coup Card.

For those of you who haven’t heard of us before, having the nifty-looking Coup Card in your wallet or your smart phone will get you 15% off all your meals (food and alcohol) at Mumbai’s 20 best restaurants and bars including Indigo Deli, The Table, Salt Water Cafe, Woodside Inn, Mamagoto, Ellipsis, Pizza Express; plus 10% off your bill at Godrej Nature’s Basket. See the entire list here.

The card is priced at Rs 2,100 for six months - seriously! – which works out to only Rs 350 a month. As an early bird, you can start using this on February 15, 2014. During the valid period, the card can be used an unlimited number of times. We’re only selling 1,000 cards, so buy yours now! Current Coup Card users, your card is going to expire next month, so please renew it ASAP - we are only selling a limited number of cards.

Here are some of the bells and whistles on the new card: we’ve added hot new restaurants and a super discovery program that gets members exclusive access to openings, bar nights and other events, plus deals with our favorite brands (10% off at Pernia’s Pop Up Shop!); you can use your Mumbai card at our Delhi partner restaurants for no cost; you can order up to four separate cards for your immediate family members; and you can sign up for a year, saving yourself the hassle and an extra 10% off on the price of the card (Rs 3,800 for a year). Plus, you get a sweet deal on your birthday, when you can take up to 15 people out to any of our partner restaurants and get 15% off on your bill. Many happy returns, indeed.

Like in our last round, we have designed the cost of the Coup (Rs 350 a month) so that it can, at most restaurants, be recovered by the discount on a single meal. The relatively inexpensive places on our list, like Suzette, we figure people will visit more often. A lot of people have said to us – “But I don’t go to half these places,” or “I don’t drink alcohol.” We anticipated that (well, not the alcohol part- who are you?!) and built it into the cost of the Coup.

We would love for you join us. We’re a bit off key sometimes, but we do know how to sing for our suppers.

Getting there: Buy at www.coupcard.in or call 7738934888/999; Rs 2,100 for six months and Rs 3,800 for a year.

 
Sponsored: Set Lunch Menus At Kofuku
Friday, 24 January 2014 15:02



***This post is sponsored by Kofuku***

What: Set lunch menus at Kofuku, Kofuku, 2nd floor, Kenilworth shopping arcade, 33rd road, Bandra (W), call 67105105, Rs 650 to Rs 700 for a meal + taxes and service charge.

Why: When was the last time you got a good Japanese meal for Rs 650, whole fish included? Bandra’s Kofuku is making afternoons sunnier with their special set lunch menus starring individual platters that include main dishes cooked with seafood, prok, chicken and beef; a bowl of rice; miso soup; salad; and a side dish. The Prawn Tempura platter and Japanese Hamburger Plate is what you should get. 

When: You need to fine tuna your meal.

***This post is sponsored by Kofuku***



 
Sponsored: Fab Foodie Fortnight at Nature's Basket
Friday, 24 January 2014 10:48


What: #FabFoodieFortnight – the biggest gourmet sale of its kind at Nature’s Basket, visit the outlets (see store locator here) or shop online here, discount offers up to 50% off” (buy 1 get 1 free). 

Why: Walk down the (Nature’s Basket) aisle with us? You’ll say ‘yes’ in a jiffy when you see the awesome deals across categories at this gourmet food and grocery store. Take your lunch money over to your neighbourhood Nature’s and you’ll save with lowered prices in the health food aisle, on cheeses and meats, fruits and vegetables, Thai food sauces and pizza toppings, Indian groceries and more!

When: Now until February 9.



 
Sponsored: Live In A Tree House
Monday, 20 January 2014 12:42




***This post is sponsored by The Machan***

It’s never easy for creatures of the country and city to live together. Yet somehow, in the high wild fig trees of the Jambulne forest, white backed vultures, Leggar Falcons and Malabar Whistling Thrushes coexist in harmony with Mumbai’s high fliers, who leave the city skyscrapers to nest in fancy tree top homes complete with all-glass rooms, outdoor baths and wooden decks overlooking the valley.

The Machan (see details here) has always been one of our favourite close-to-Mumbai getaways to recommend (20 kms past Lonavla), and winter is the perfect time to visit. Here’s what’s new at the tree house resort since the last time we visited:

1.Refurbished Canopy Machans: The 800 square feet Canopy Machans now have bigger rooms and glass casing for breathtaking views of the forest. A dizzying spiral staircase brings you up to this 30 foot high tree house that comes with a master bedroom, bathroom and our favourite – a wooden deck for whiling away time.

2.Forest Machans: The Forest Machans that came up a few months ago are super luxe, with multiple sleeping areas, outdoor rain showers and decks.

3.A Cabin in the Woods: If you’ve always imagined taking some time off to write that award winning book, we’ve found just the cabin in the woods for you. The Machan’s brand new property, this cabin with wood panels and glass walls has a bed with a lush green view, and gives you the feeling of a house that was crane-dropped into a jungle while you were sleeping. The cabin comes with one bedroom, a wooden deck and bathroom. The space is embellished with antiques and brass light fixtures borrowed from a ship. Keel interest?

Besides these new homes away from homes, The Machan retains its older, more luxurious property – the stunning Heritage Machan, which is perfect for large groups. 

So pack your friends and games and books and cocktail mixers and head to The Machan next weekend. Or the ones after that. We guarantee that up in these tree houses you’ll forget about all your troubles down in the city. Also  here, lucky sightings include the rare Malabar Flying squirrel and cute social climbers from Mumbai. Is that a mating call we hear?

20 kms past Lonavla, call +919594053113 or visit www.themachan.com, starts at Rs. 8,000/- per night, per couple (includes breakfast).

***This post is sponsored by The Machan***

 
Christmas Cheers: Our Booziest Deal Yet
Monday, 16 December 2013 11:27



How many times this “festive” season, through all the Sangeet circuses and tinsel tamashas, have you thought: I really need a drink. We sympathize. In fact, we think you should have two.

Our super fun Christmas Cheers! Coup Card takes the booziest week of the year (December 21 – 28), and doubles up the debauchery. With it, you and your group get an awesome buy one get one deal on all alcohol at the city’s fanciest restaurants, all through the week.

Here’s how it works: buy the Christmas Cheers! card online at www.coupcard.in (it’s only Rs 1,000 for unlimited use over the week, Rs 850 if you have a Coup Card) and we’ll send you an e-card which you can store on your phone. Starting at 8 am on December 21, just flash it at our awesome list of participating restaurants Royal China, Hakkasan + Yauatcha , Mamagoto, Ellipsis, The Table – and you’ll get a free (same) drink for every one you buy: this offer is valid on all alcohol, including bottles and international spirits – yes, if you get a bottle of Moet, you’ll score another one on the house. Also score a 10% off on all purchases at Living Liquidz stores across the city(offer valid even on home delivery).

We’re only selling 200 cards, so hurry!

You can use your card an unlimited number of times over the week, and for a group of up to four people (yes, all four of you get double the tipple). If you are more than four to a table, you need additional cards to avail the deal. Worry not, though – just call us at 7738934888 from the restaurant, and we’ll process a new card for you on the spot. Additionally, you can’t use it during existing happy hours or club it with the regular Coup Card discount.

Christmas Cheers! is our way of playing Santa. We thought long and hard about what to get you this year, and we hope you like it!

Getting there: Visit www.coupcard.in to buy or call 7738934888, Rs 1,000 for a card, Rs 850 if you have a Coup Card, only 200 cards on sale.




 
Sponsored: Aarna’s Travelling Trunk Store
Friday, 13 December 2013 13:00

***This post is sponsored by Aarna***


Of all the visitors coming into the town this month, Aarna has to be among the most exciting.

Put out the welcome mat for this travelling trunk store that will set up shop at The Prince of Wales Museum on December 20 & 21. Keeping in mind the festive season and your party hopping lifestyle, Aarna will feature clothes and accessories by 25 designers, both well known and fresh off the boat. Home products, shoes and food will also be available here.

Started by Kunjan Budhiraja and Kainaz Mehta in 2009, armed with fashion and business degrees respectively, Aarna could be that place you find your New Year party dress, a perfect contemporary Indian ensemble or just walk through for a great cupcake. Win-win situation!

Here’s what we’re looking forward to at Aarna:

Animal Print Clutches from Cupidity: Have you exercised your right to tote? Cupidity has a whole bunch of bags from smart shopping ones and totes to animal print envelope clutches and iPad covers.

Upcycled Clothes from Doodlage: This label re-designs, re-constructis and re-cycles good quality second hand clothing and industrial waste to make super cool dresses, one that you probably won’t find on someone else.

Not Cute Dresses by NOTH!NG NOTH!NG: This high street, made-to-order brand by Tas Gabaji refuses to be cute and demure, making instead clothes with sexy cuts in contrasting colors.

Kiddie Clothes by Lil Poppets: This clothing label for boys and girls aged 1-9 years will put out a breezy collection with unexpected details.

Stilettos by SKO: How will you look down upon revelers this season if you aren't towering above them. Stop by SKO’s pop-up for stilettos and wedges made with leather and fabric.

Tafeta Silk Dresses by The Powder Room: This is the place to buy a party dress – crafted from tafeta silk, created in bold colors with graphic patterns and embellished with embroidery.

Balis and Hand Cuffs from Aditi Bhatt: Bold and gold, you can wear this designer’s accessories to a party, and also to a wedding. Two birds with one gem stone!

Resort wear by Ardeuir: Stop by here before you pack your Goa bag for the season, for fun swimwear, cover ups and other resort wear.

Cake Pops by Icing on Top: One of our favorite dessert-ers, Ayushi does awesome bite-sized desserts, including cookies, cupcakes and cake pops. Just make sure you measure up before you hit this stall.


Getting there: Aarna at Prince of Wales Museum, Fort on December 20 & 21, from 11 Am -7 Pm call 02223510147 for information, view the Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/pages/Aarna-by-Kunjan-Budhiraja-Kainaz-Mehta/204641516245663, prices start at Rs 2,000 onward.



 
Sponsored: Free Makeovers At Lakme Absolute Salon
Tuesday, 10 December 2013 14:30


***This post is sponsored by Lakme Absolute Salon***

What: Lakme Absolute Salon and StyleCracker Hood’s Style Experience at Lakme Absolute Salon, 227, Diamond Link, off Linking Road, opposite Shopper’s Stop, Bandra (W), call 9819006482, FREE.

Why: You might have a metallic dress, but that won’t necessarily put you at the top of the Christmas tree. Be the star with Lakme Absolute Salon and StyleCraker Hood’s Style Experience. Come dressed in any of the top five colour trends this season - black, white, metallic, wine and navy – and you will get a free makeover by Lakme Absolute Salon’s experts. Also get a chance to hang with fun accessory designers behind labels like Peahen, Tipsie Toes, ANQI and Fancy Pants. Baubelle! Plus, get free styling advice on hair, skin and nails by Lakme experts;  20% off on products like Lakme Absolute , Moroccan Oil and select TIGI products; and book an appointment for any service worth Rs. 1,000 or more and get a free wash and blow dry.

When: Wednesday, December 11 from 5 pm to 10 pm.

***This post is sponsored by Lakme Absolute Salon***


 
Sponsored: Standard Chartered’s Good Deed Marathon
Sunday, 08 December 2013 12:11


***This post is sponsored by Standard Chartered’s Good Deed Marathon***

A bpb staffer watched Sean Penn’s Into The Wild and donated all her furniture and a TV set to those who needed it more. If a movie with an insane soundtrack doesn’t motivate you to do a good deed, this should:

Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon has launched the Good Deed Marathon. Bring your wide smile and your wider wallet or great ideas and additional time of day, to do a good deed and make Mumbai a kinder city.

The first 2,000 people to register (sign up here http://bit.ly/1bqAJBL) will get a Good Deed Marathon starter pack home delivered by Mirakle Couriers, a National Award winning courier agency that employs low income hearing impaired adults. And their charity partner is United Way Mumbai, part of United Way Worldwide that is present in 41 countries with 1800 local affiliates.

Here’s how you can play:

1.    Do one good deed. It could be huge or it could be so small that only one person notices.

2. Tell Standard Chartered what you did by submitting it on their Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/StandardCharteredIN/)  or mobile app, tweet it out with the hashtag #GoodDeedMarathon, or even Instagram a picture with the same hashtag.

3.   After that? Pay it forward. Give your band to a friend, a colleague, a stranger - anyone, and tell them to do the same.

Through this, Standard Chartered hopes to create a chain reaction of good deeds, making the city a nicer place to live in.

 Also, if your deed is gooder than good, maybe the best, it could win you a bunch of prizes.

Twice as nice!

Getting there: Get the Good Deed App on iOS: http://bit.ly/1jg8H2G and on Android: http://bit.ly/1jg8ZXv . view the Facebook page here, follow them on Instagram on instagram.com/GoodDeedMarathon , and view the Good Deed Marathon video here http://youtu.be/ZGN-RT4OHhc

 
Sancho's Opens in Colaba This Weekend
Friday, 15 November 2013 09:34



What: Sancho’s to open in South Bombay + Coup Cardholders get 15% off here, at Apollo Hotel, Lansdowne Road, opposite Regal Cinema, Colaba, call 02265552426.

Why: Bring out the mariachi band! Bandra’s Tex Mex restaurant Sancho’s opens in Colaba with a festive décor similar to that of its suburban counterpart – wooden tables, printed tiles and a chandelier that seems to be made up of candles. The menu will also remain more or less the same at this restaurant where Coup Card holders will get 15% off the entire bill! Plus, bpb & Sancho’s piñata night with free treats coming soon!

When: Opens On Sunday, November 17.

 
Sponsored: Dfusion - Music + Adventure Fest At Della
Saturday, 02 November 2013 09:43


***This post is sponsored by Della Adventure Park***

Imagine bungee jumping over a crowd of dancers as they move to the music of Lost Stories. Trapeze artists twist and fly above you as you prepare to go ATV Riding. You’ll find many ways to word play with ‘Stones’ and ‘rocks’ as Gary Lawyer takes the stage and you put on your climbing harness.

This is DFusion, an awesome property by Della Adventure Park, Lonavala  that will combine music, adventure sports and entertainment, spread over 43 acres and featuring some of the best DJs from around the world. The first edition of Dfusion on 9th, 10th November is an #AllDayAllNight festival that will go on for 24 hours with non-stop entertainment and activities. No deadlines, no lights out!

Here’s our list of reasons to visit DFusion:

Music for Every Friend: From EDM and rock to Bollywood music, DFusion features three stages that you can hop across, so take all your friends with all their varied music tastes.

So Many DJs: The music artist line up is long featuring Lost Stories, Ma Faiza, Tuhin Mehta, Lab Monkeys, Kellie Acreman, Ramiro Lopez, Oliver Smith and more at the EDM Stage; DJ Suketu,  and others at the Bollywood one; and Gary Lawyer, Jonqui at the Retro/Rock Stage. 

Get Ejected From A Rocket: Sure, trying to find your lost friend at an EDM stage full of dancers could turn into an adventure sport, but there are over a 100 actual adrenalin-filled activities here at DFusion. Choose from Zorbing, Bungee Jumping, Rocket Ejectors, Paint Ball, Motor Biking, ATV Riding, the Flying Fox, Aqua Zorbing, The Swoop and more!

Watch People Fly: Besides the music, this time around, entertainment at DFusion will include trapeze artists, African gymnasts, 3D Projection Mapping and stunt biking. Make (v)room for more!

Because You Need A New Plan: Dinner-drinks-movie. Notice how your weekend has become a Xerox copy of the last one? And the one of the one before that? Times are rare when a fun festival comes along to shake things up.

Because You Can Live In Luxury: Della Founder Jimmy Mistry is excited to give you all this in a lush green valley where you can opt to live in the new luxury Della Resort – and chill by the pool on Sunday.

And if you need a ride to Lonavla, you can also look up special transport + stay packages on Soundtrot.com.

Tickets are available on dellaadvneture.com or bookmyshow.co m  for Rs 2000 or call us at 1800 3070 5050.

***This post is sponsored by Della Adventure Park***



 
Hear Ye(ast)! Hear Ye(ast): Oktober Fest Roundup
Monday, 30 September 2013 11:53



This October, fests include fun activities like wrestling a wrustel, chugging on a Murphys and  playing beer pong. Here’s our roundup of Oktober Fest activities this month.

29th Sept- 10th Oct at The Daily: With an Oktober Fest tent, The Daily has completely transformed its interiors, also adding super fun beer pong and flip cup tables with officiators.  The Daily Oktoberfest will feature a special Oktober menu with German sausages, German sized pretzels and a special potato salad along with fourteen kinds of new beers with Bavarian folk music.

Getting There: The Daily, S.V. Road, Khar (W), see their Facebook page here

29th Sept -6th Oct at Manchester United: Oktoberfest Olympiks at Manchester United Café Bar will have a specially designed German inspired menu with starters like Chicken Cordon Blue Schnitzel and pork bacon wrapped chicken sausages. Enjoy offers like Rs 999 for unlimited beer, and all kinds of drinking games. The festival ends on October 6 with a grand carnival and a hamper worth Rs. 25,000 to be won.

Getting There: Manchester United Café Bar: Palladium Mall, Lower Parel, R Mall- Ghatkopar , Infiniti 2-Malad

29th Sept -6th Oct at Out of the Blue: Beer Fest at Out of the Blue will have a range of games like Beer Milkha/Millers Milkha, Ring the Bottle, Fortune Wheel during the entire length of the event with a variety of beer available for guests.

Getting There: Out of the Blue, 1 4, Union Park, off Carter road, Khar (W), call 2605 8227,7:30 pm onwards

1st Oct-6th Oct at blueFROG: blueFROG’s Oktoberfest activities will include offers on imported beers - buy one get one free during Happy Hours from Tuesday to Sunday, 6.30-8.30pm with awesome gigs every night.

Getting There: blueFROG. Mathuradas Mills Compound, Senapati Bapat Marg, Lower Parel, call 61586158, 6:30pm-8: 30 pm.

3rd Oct at Woodside Inn: Participate in a beer appreciation and tasting workshop, Be-er Man at Woodside Inn

Getting There:Wodehouse Road, Opposite Regal Cinema, Colaba, 7 pm - 8:30 pm , call 22025525 to register 

18th Oct at High Street Phoenix: BellyFest will feature approximately 150 teams playing Beer Pong, Flip Cup, Toss the Coin, Bong Chug, Flippy Cup, Beer Helmet and other kinds of drinking games. Expect live performances by Indian artists and browse through knick-knacks at their souvenir stalls.

Getting There: Courtyard, High Street Phoenix, Phoenix Mills, Lower Parel, 2 pm onwards, tickets Rs 3000

25th- 27th Oct in Goa: Oktober Fest, Goa promises beer, love and music on the sunny beaches of Goa with 30 international and Indian acts including  DJ Ivan, Ash Roy, Ma Faiza, Clement, Sanjay Dutta , Ankytrixx , Ajit Pai.

Getting There: GTDC Baga Ground, Goa, view website here

 


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