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Shop: 5 Ice Buckets To Buy
Wednesday, 27 August 2014 11:16

 


Of all the ice bucket challenges floating around on the Internet, our favourite is the one with actor Patrick Stewart, who writes a cheque and then uses the ice bucket the way it’s supposed to be used – to add cubes to his single malt. Whether you plan to make a splash or make a drink, we’ve rounded up fun five ice buckets to buy.

Pagoda Ice Bucket from Le Mill

This sleek black ice bucket can be carried with one hand and is currenly at half off! Works as an ice bucket and to carry a bottle.

Available on lemillindia.com, Rs 2,090.

LED Ice Bucket from Wasted Fish

Perfect for parties, power cuts, or when you’re home drinking and missing the ambient light at The Ghetto.

At shop no 7, ground floor, Banarasi Apts, 30th Road, next to Toto’s Garage Pub, Bandra (W).

ID Ice Bucket from Tappu Ki Dukaan

This chrome brass and stainless steel bucket is pricey, but also elegant with a figure of a mean leaning over, as though looking for ice.

Available on tappukidukaan.com, Rs 5758.

Mandalay Wine Bowl Bucket from Good Earth

Almost identical to the ice bucket Lady Gaga used for her challenge, this silver wine bucket is broad enough to ensure you get soaked.

Available at Goodearth.in, Rs 14,500.

Beer Chiller Bucket from Happily Unmarried

Available in red and yellow, and more a tub less a bucket, this one will be great company at a house party.

Available on happilyunmarried.com, Rs 750.

 
Be The Chef at Café Zoe!
Wednesday, 27 August 2014 11:14


 

After a delicious Season 1, One Night Stand Chef (ONSC) is back for a new run at Café Zoe. This fun culinary series invites and auditions amateur chefs to work with Zoe’s Chef Viraf in the kitchen for one night only. You get to create your own Very Specials Menu and watch customers eat a meal cooked by you.

We knew your spoon would be over the moon, so we bookmarked this news for you. Wannabe chefs, no matter what your day job is, you can apply for ONSC Season 2 now. You must be 18 years of age; must not currently work in a professional kitchen. You have to submit a quick presentation about you and why you want to participate, backed by a Café Zoe-style 5 dish menu that comprises two appetisers, two mains and two courses (choice of starter/main/dessert).

Good luck! We hope it’s love at first bite.

Getting there: Email applications to  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it with ‘One Night Stand’ in the subject.

 
This Long Weekend: Take A Seaplane To Lonavala
Wednesday, 27 August 2014 11:11


 

After several failed attempts at a hovercraft, rounds of hiked tariffs for taxis and auto rickshaws and one new line on the Metro, the Maharashtra Government is now attempting to make weekend trips to Lonavala smoother with the city’s first seaplane service. Quicker route to Cooper’s Fudge!

In Plane Sight

As you’ve probably read already, MTDC in collaboration with Maritime Energy Heli Air Services Limited (MEHAIR), launched a schedule of seaplane services yesterday, that has flights from Juhu airport to Pawana Dam and back. With a drop off about fourteen kilometers from Lonavala (cab services will be available from the drop point) and at roughly the cost of a cheap air ticket (Rs 2,999) to somewhere nicer, we aren’t sure how much of a bang for your buck this might be, but it sounds like a fun thing to try. Or perfect for a gift/ grand gesture, the need for which usually comes up during the wedding season. You’ll be glad to know that the website is easy to navigate with an animated route map and the online booking process, simple.

Fly Me To The Moon

bpb spoke to the MEHAIR team, who told us that they plan to extend the services to Nashik, Mahabaleshwar, Shirdi, Talegon and Aamby Valley in the months to come, subject to clearances. They are even toying with the idea of ‘romance packages’, in collaboration with hotels in Lonavala where customers can dine as well as reserve chartered flights for up to Rs 1 lakh for an hour. Not for Plane Janes, this.

What we’re most excited about though, are the plans for seaplane flights from Juhu to Chowpatty, priced at Rs 750 one way, scheduled to start from September 15. Let’s get this Chowpatty started!

Getting There: To book a flight, log on to www.mehair.in, Rs 2999 for a one way trip from Juhu Airport to Pawana Dam, see flight schedule here, email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , call 26172929.

 
Ask ForMore: Made To Order Cereal
Tuesday, 26 August 2014 10:57


 

Can you start a cereal business from watching too many serials? In the case of Alka Dujodwala, a Napeansea Road resident, you can. It’s kind of like that famous Groucho Marx quote: “I find television very educating. Every time somebody turns on the set, I go into the other room and read a book.”

When Alka took a year off to do nothing after she stopped her handbag business, her son Akshay would say to her, “Mom, you’re watching three TV serials a day. You need to do something!’ That’s when Alka, who always had a flair for cooking, decided that the kitchen would be her next workshop. How did she go past the ubiquitous chocolate and cupcakes and zoom in on cereal? “My husband had a heart condition, and since then I’ve been researching health food,” says Alka. Cereal was a product of this combined with her love for breakfast food.

Test (You)Tube

After months of watching Youtube recipes, hunting and gathering, Alka recently launched Ask Formore. The Oliver Twist antonym, Ask Formore let’s you ask for seconds + more, serving up sweet and salted cereal that you can use as morning meals, but also in-between snacks at the office, and ice cream toppings. These are made with canola oil, olive oil, healthy seeds, nuts, jaggery, oats and Baba Ramdev honey. Breathe inn?

Last evening, we topped our yogurt with the audibly crispy Ask Formore honey-raw sugar-flax-poppy-seeds-white sesame version, which can also add a bit of personality to a scoop of vanilla ice cream. The Pecan-walnut-hazelnut with chillies and salted oats has found a new place in the office pantry next to 5 pm green tea. Next time, we plan to try her Italian mix with herbs, olive oil, garlic and ginger.

The very basic packaging could have been more fun, but we suppose it’s what’s on the inside that counts. “I’m a big breakfast person. My day begins with cereal and that’s what I want for you too,” Alka says at the end.

My morning (c)oat!

Getting there: Ask Formore, to order call Alka Dujodwala on 9819825523, pickups only from Nepeansea Road, approx. Rs 500 for 500 gms of cereal.

 
bpb Review: PDT Mumbai, Lower Parel
Monday, 25 August 2014 11:01



 

We said it during the launch of The Local, and we’ll say it again: there’s nothing secret about a speakeasy if it comes with a press release, a launch party and a PR team. But that doesn’t take the fun away from punching in a password and entering a bar through a bright red phone booth, does it? Collect(ive) call?

This is how you get to Please Don’t Tell (PDT), the new Lower Parel speakeasy that has nothing to do with the New York PDT, except inspiration. This past Friday, after a long day at Fashion Week, we booked a table where we began the weekend with our favourite hers, hims and a glass of something called Pimms on A Whim. 

Inside The Booth

Finding Please Don’t Tell isn’t so much of a task. Around Tilt All Day, you'll spot a heart red phone booth where dialing 5 (finger scanner for members), gets you on the other side.

Inside, PDT is predictably industrial in the elements that make up its interior, but you’ll like it for its long bar with shutters that look like half-closed shops, and well spaced out tables.

At one of these, bobbing our heads to The Foo Fighters, we brought in the weekend with The Dutch Enigma, a fruity mix of pomegranate, gin and cranberry juice, made grown up with a dash of bitters.

By now Alanis Morissette was playing, and we were already thumbing through cocktail list for our next drinks. We only wish they had omitted silly lines on the menus and coasters (like ‘sex is good only when it’s dirty’), because with its main gimmick plus interesting cocktails, PDT doesn’t really need to try so hard.

Breakfast at Night

Our dining companions, sipping on a Pimms On A Whim (a regular Pimms cocktail with orange juice) and a Puzzle Guzzle(vodka, fresh ginger, grapefruit juice and ginger bread syrup), enjoyed their drinks, which weren’t recklessly mixed, but still potent enough for a Friday night.

We lined our stomachs with the Secret Breakfast, paneer sticks coated in cornflakes crusting that were so heavily fried, it masked all flavours except the tangy sauce that came with it. For snap-crackle-pop get instead the ill named but well made Prawn Star - succulent, large shrimp wrapped in lovely greased bacon strips. The Chicken Kathi roll titled Under Wraps is a roll cut up in pieces for your convenience and served on a wooden board. Taste wise, it will come close to your favourite late night street kathi roll, but will cost you more. 

Stealth is Wealth

Next at the table was the Stealth Bomb, a classic Goan Sausage preparation that came served with garlic bread and Silence Of The Lamb, lamb kebabs served with pav, imli and pudina chutney. Neither of these dishes really impressed us – the sausages were too chewy and the lamb kebab featured too few and too small pieces of meat.

Go to PDT for initial not-so-secret secret thrills and stay for the cocktails. But in its current still-new phase, picking a week night might be a better idea. For past 11.30 pm on a Friday night, it got too crowded, the music turned commercial, the service dropped substantially, resulting in us quickly wrapping up for the night.

Don’t however, leave without going to the restroom, a voyeuristic booth where the mirror comes with a two-way glass and our favourite – the tap is operated with a foot pedal so you don’t get germs on your hands.

Best faucet-up ever!

Getting there: Please Don’t Tell, Kamala Mills, Lower Parel, next to Tilt All Day, call 8082783783 to make a reservation. Meal for three with one drink each: Approximately Rs 6,000. Kingfisher pint for Rs 300, small Absolut and Jameson for Rs 300, average price of a cocktail is Rs 700.

 
New Mexican Bar In Fort: Tijuana Iguana
Friday, 22 August 2014 15:16



What: New Mexican bar Tijuana Iguana opens, Bombay Mutual Annexe building, Rustom Sidhwa Marg, behind Citi Bank, opposite Hotel Residency, Fort, call 33487715.

Why: After a Barking Deer, a White Owl, a Blue Frog and the Lazy Dog, comes another creature of the night, for dinner and drinks. Recently launched, Tijuana Iguana at Fort is a Tex-Mex bar that serves up nachos, chicken wings,  burgers and steaks. The artwork on their Facebook page seems slightly tacky, but we suspect that the bar, which looks nice enough in pcitures, will dole out well-priced drinks and great deals considering the offices in the neighbourhood. Full review out soon!

When: Lounge lizards, go this weekend!

 
What To Buy At #LFW2014
Friday, 22 August 2014 15:11


What: What to buy at Lakme Fashion Week 2014, at The Source, Palladium Hotel, Lower Parel, starts at Rs 3,000.

Why: After the Anavila show yesterday, we whirled around Fashion Week’s The Source to find a few things that you should keep your eye out for – an adorable chair shaped brooch from Mrinalini Chandra; embroidered and tie-dye brogues and ankle boots in fun colours by Kasha; chunky palmlets by Outhouse and a beige floral skirt by Dhruv Kapoor that could be mistaken for a garden. Also lurk around the S&M-esque Asa Kazingmei booth. We will return to check out Anavila and Raw Mango, which weren’t set up yet.

When: On until Aug 25.

 
#bpbPhotoTrail II : Instagram Pick
Friday, 22 August 2014 15:06


What: #bpbPhotoTrail II- in this space we give you one new Instagrammer to follow through a picture trail. Follow us on @bpbweekend.

Why: After nominating @turmeric design as the first person to start the second round of our  #bpbphototrail, her vote is in!

@turmericdesign picks @scissortongue, “a doctor who also draws, tells lovely little stories through words and visuals and is a simultaneously playfully, disarmingly mad character, and an easily affable one.”

Stay tuned next week to see who @scissortongue picks as his Instagrammer of the week. To nominate your favourite Instagrammers, tag them in our Instagrammer of the week post here. At the end of the month, they could be added to our list of favourites.

When: You’d like to cut to the chase.

 
NH7Weekender #LineUp2014
Friday, 22 August 2014 14:57


What: NH7Weekender #LineUp2014, tickets available on www.insider.in, start at Rs 2000-Rs 4000.

Why: And the Moveable Fe(a)st is back! This year’s treats across Mumbai, Deli, Bangalore and Kolkata NH7 Weekender include super artists like English indie rock band The Vaccines, Bollywood composer Amit Trivedi, heavy metal band Fear Factory and comedy collective All India Bakchod, among others. See full line up for the annual music fest here. Mumbai folk, the good news is that the Pune line up is awesome, so no need to travel beyond.

When: Tickets go on sale today, August 22. Pune Weekender from November 21-23, 2014.

 
Recipe: Blueberry Mojito From Tilt All Day
Friday, 22 August 2014 13:04


Tilt All Day has introduced Happy Hours, with super deals on cocktails and food, from 5pm to 9pm. Try this Blueberry Mojito recipe from their cocktail menu on for size this weekend.

  • Method: muddled
  • Glass      : Roly Poly
  • Garnish : blueberry pulp on top

Ingredients

  • 60 ml Captain Morgan
  • 15 ml fresh lemon juice
  • 20 ml simple syrup (sugar syrup)
  • 1 bar spoon fresh blueberry pulp
  • 3/5 Macerated lemon
  • 5/8 mint leaves
  • 1 Lime wedge

Method

  • Place the blueberries, mint in a cocktail shaker. Muddle the fruit and mint with a muddler until the blueberries release their juice and you can smell the aroma of the mint.
  • Add the Captain Morgan, Simple syrup and lime juice.
  • Fill the glass 2/3 full of cracked ice.
  • Just give a nice stir in the mixing glass. Once the mix is done perfect. Pour it in a roly polly glass.
  • And garnish it with a top of Fresh Blueberry Puree and lime wedge.
 
Event Roundup: Aug 22-24
Friday, 22 August 2014 12:14



Aug 22: In association with Shamiana Short Film Club, The Pantry has shortlisted four short films which will be screened tonight. These include My Friend Charlie Whight, Jump, Bingo Nights and Surviving a Funeral. The Pantry, Yashwant Chambers, Military Square lane, Near Trishna, Kalaghoda, Fort, 8pm onwards, entry free.

Aug 22: Head over to Boveda this weekend, with Friday Frisco feat. G.A.D plus Pskiblotter. Boveda, G04, Morya Landmark One, Off New Link Road, Near Infiniti Mall, Andheri (W), call 67080858, entry free, 8pm onwards.

Aug 22: Jazz fans, turn your attention to Jazzification, a concert that ‘jazzifies’  the tunes of the Beatles, Led Zeppelin, The Doors, Michael Jackson,and many more. Flautist Rajeev Raja will be accompanied by an array of stellar Jazz musicians such as Merlin  D'souza(Piano/Keys), Sanjay Divecha(Guitar), Karl Peters(Bass), Ryan Sadri and Rhys Sebastian(Saxophones), Karim Ellaboudi(Piano/Keys) and Ruben Steijn(Drums). 7:30pm, book tickets here.

Aug 22: Learn the nuances of Hula Hooping with Peyton. This class will focus on physical health, using a hoop on various parts of the body, while simultaneously encouraging participants to express their own unique dance style.The Hive, 50-A, Huma Mansion, next to Ahmed Bakery, Chuim Village Road, Khar (W), 7pm onwards, see here for tickets

Aug 22: Catch Junoon's Mumbai Local with painter, poet, and playwright Gieve Patel as he will attempt to identify ''the spark'' that makes the experience of any art such a special, unique thing. Somaiya Vidyavihar, Vidyavihar (E), entry free, 5:30 pm onwards.

Aug 23: Catch DJ Curly Teddy, along with Nigel Rajaratnam play their mix of electronica and jazz, at Arola  this Saturday night, 8 pm, JW Marriot Hotel.

Aug 24: Party all Sunday at The Little Door’s Sunday Karaoke Drunch with unlimited food, drinks and music! Rs. 793 + taxes (without alcohol) Rs. 1393 + taxes (inclusive of unlimited cocktails, beer and sangria). The Little Door, plot B31, Shree Siddhivanayak Plaza, off New Link Road (in the lane opp Citi Mall) Andheri (W), 10 am onwards, call 26732528.

Aug 24: Food bazar Bombay Local will see a new range of live food stations from Keralite delicacies, a salad bar and more this weekend. Tranceforme Under the Banyan, No. 36 Laxmi Mills Compound, Off Dr E Moses Road, Lane after Famous Studio (Shakti Mills Lane), Mahalaxmi, Mumbai.Entry free,  3pm onwards.

 
Weekend Guide: Come On Over
Friday, 22 August 2014 10:55


bOUNCE

What: New Mexican bar Tijuana Iguana opens, Bombay Mutual Annexe building, Rustom Sidhwa Marg, behind Citi Bank, opposite Hotel Residency, Fort, call 33487715.

Why: After a Barking Deer, a White Owl, a Blue Frog and the Lazy Dog, comes another creature of the night, for dinner and drinks. Recently launched, Tijuana Iguana at Fort is a Tex-Mex bar that serves up nachos, chicken wings,  burgers and steaks. The artwork on their Facebook page seems slightly tacky, but we suspect that the bar, which looks nice enough in pcitures, will dole out well-priced drinks and great deals considering the offices in the neighbourhood. Full review out soon!

When: Lounge lizards, go this weekend!

***

What: NH7Weekender #LineUp2014, tickets available on www.insider.in, start at Rs 2000-Rs 4000.

Why: And the Moveable Fe(a)st is back! This year’s treats across Mumbai, Deli, Bangalore and Kolkata NH7 Weekender include super artists like English indie rock band The Vaccines, Bollywood composer Amit Trivedi, heavy metal band Fear Factory and comedy collective All India Bakchod, among others. See full line up for the annual music fest here. Mumbai folk, the good news is that the Pune line up is awesome, so no need to travel beyond.

When: Tickets go on sale today, August 22. Pune Weekender from November 21-23, 2014.

pALMLET

What: What to buy at Lakme Fashion Week 2014, at The Source, Palladium Hotel, Lower Parel, starts at Rs 3,000.

Why: After the Anavila show yesterday, we whirled around Fashion Week’s The Source to find a few things that you should keep your eye out for – an adorable chair shaped brooch from Mrinalini Chandra; embroidered and tie-dye brogues and ankle boots in fun colours by Kasha; chunky palmlets by Outhouse and a beige floral skirt by Dhruv Kapoor that could be mistaken for a garden. Also lurk around the S&M-esque Asa Kazingmei booth. We will return to check out Anavila and Raw Mango, which weren’t set up yet.

When: On until Aug 25.

 ***

What: #bpbPhotoTrail II- in this space we give you one new Instagrammer to follow through a picture trail. Follow us on @bpbweekend.

Why: After nominating @turmeric design as the first person to start the second round of our  #bpbphototrail, her vote is in!

@turmericdesign picks @scissortongue, “a doctor who also draws, tells lovely little stories through words and visuals and is a simultaneously playfully, disarmingly mad character, and an easily affable one.”

Stay tuned next week to see who @scissortongue picks as his Instagrammer of the week. To nominate your favourite Instagrammers, tag them in our Instagrammer of the week post here. At the end of the month, they could be added to our list of favourites.

When: You’d like to cut to the chase.

bEJEWELLED

What: Moksha Katha, a dance performance that includes Bharatnatyam, Kathakali and Kuchipudi at NCPA, Experimental Theatre, Nariman Point.

Why: If you can’t watch your friends get drunk and dance anymore, buy a ticket to this instead: in a performance that will combine nuances of Kathakali, Kuchipudi and Bharatnatyam, trained dancer Shantha Ratii will be performing Poothana’s liberation, a female demon’s struggle between good and evil. For the clueless, a narrator will be there the entire time to help decode the performance.

When: You’re in the mudra for love.  Tonight at 7 pm.

 
Advanced Booking: David Guetta In Delhi & B’lore
Thursday, 21 August 2014 11:24



Those willing to navigate throngs of dancing 18 year olds, you’ll probably be up for this: EDM artist David Guetta will be in Delhi and Bangalore this December. From the super team at OML (they also do NH7 Weekender),  the event is perfectly timed for the month when all your friends are in town and your feet are determined to dance.

Early bird tickets for the concerts will be available on their new ticketing platform www.Insider.in on August 25 at an introductory price of Rs 2,500.

Bombay folk, If you’re in and around these cities, or just want to feel young again, go!

Getting there: Tickets available on August 25 on www.insider.in, Rs 2,500 per pass.

 
Barnee: Jars of Pickles & Gulps
Thursday, 21 August 2014 11:13



There’s something about an assorted box of treats in a room full of people. Ribbon removed, peering eyes, curious hands, flavor pamphlet read twice over, satiated faces, some scrunched up on account of the decision to be surprised.

Yesterday at the bpb office, we had delivered one of the most fun assorted boxes we’ve seen in a while. A little wider than a macaron box and slightly longer too, this one came from a new home business called Barnee (Hindi for jar). Inside, 12 mini jars filled with pickles, coolers, masalas, chutneys, syrups and cubes that promise to make your face glow. Basically a grandmother’s legacy, packaged prettily enough to grab your attention.

 Meet the Makers

Masala + a daughter in law –mother in law duo sounds like a pot boiler, but this is the beginning of Barnee, run by Ruta Karve Misra and Vandana Misra.

Back from Le Cordon Bleu, London and armed with an MBA from Welingkars, daughter-in-law Ruta had been searching for a space to set up her patisserie, but then she tasted her mother-in-law’s specialty - pickles. “I’m a dessert person but I was hooked at the first bite of the Ad'bhut'aam,” says Ruta. After putting together a business plan, the two took to the kitchen where they’ve been “dicing, slicing, mixing and marinating” for the past few months.

Preserve Bank of India

Ruta tells bpb that while most of the products are made with recipes that have been passed down from one generation to another, there are a few that are the duo’s own creations, like the Green Gulp, a lightly spiced aloe vera cooler, and the Splash & Glow, aloe vera cubes soaked in saffron and rose water for high watt skin. 

Sticklers for detail, the duo sources ingredients from different vendors across the country - hing (asafoetida) from Delhi, whole spices from Crawford market and bhut jolokia from Guwahati. We tried and liked the authentic Vadu Mangai, a South Indian pickle with whole tender mangoes in hot spices; their take on the Gujrati Chunda that was full of flavour and spice with a sweet aftertaste; the Ad‘Bhut’Aam, lip numbingly spicy bhut jolokia made gentler with seasonal mangoes; and Nani’s Secret masala that could work as a fun condiment for plain Jane dishes like dal khichdi and raita.The Desi Tadka pickle however, was tasty but very regular, like the type you could buy from your local store.

Making its debut just in time for the wedding and gifting months, Barnee has all the pyaaz mataaz required to last through the season. And then another.

Getting There: Barnee, to order email  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , along with your address for delivery, hamper of 12 mini jars for Rs 750, Rs 150-550 for 200 ml jars, orders to be made 2-3 days in advance. See their Facebook page here .

 
Sponsored: All Things Nice Wine Week
Wednesday, 20 August 2014 15:17



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

Bring out the tannin beds – The Deutsche Bank All Things Nice Wine Week is back! Between August 25 -31, Wine Week will partner with close to 40 of the best bars and restaurants in the city, which will offer you special set menus paired with wine at awesome prices! Bonus: you get 30% off on Indian or International wines - by the glass or the bottle.

Need more numbers? This means you get to try over 1,300 wines in seven days at city spot like Cheval, Olive, Salt Water Cafe, Pizza Metro Pizza, San Qi at the Four Seasons, Masala Bay at Taj Land’s End and more. See full restaurant list here!

And to make sure you get to drink minus the driving - All Things Nice has partnered with Uber to drive you home safely in a fancy car by giving you two free credits valued at Rs 1,000 per person! And if that’s not enough, there will be gift vouchers from Jean Claude Biguine too.

This is a no brainer, really. Salud!

Getting there: From August 25-31. View details and register free on http://www.allthingsnice.in/wine_week.php

 
Sponsored: National Geographic Channel Organises A Woof-Up
Wednesday, 20 August 2014 12:41



***This post is sponsored by National Geographic Channel***

Friends, Romans and dog men, here’s your chance to spend quality time with your dog this weekend. National Geographic Channel launches Cesar to the Rescue in India on August 30. We're giving you and your dog a chance to be there for the exclusive premiere of the much-awaited show before it’s on TV. The show revolves around world-renowned canine expert Cesar Milan visiting communities terrorised by hounds gone wild, where he identifies problems dogs create and resolves them with tricks and behaviour techniques.

How can you enjoy the exclusive premiere with your dog?

1.    Take a Selfie with Your Dog: You know you have a ‘Dogfie’ in your phone gallery already. Just upload it on Twitter and give it a cool caption with the hashtag #PoseWithYourDog. You could even upload it on Facebook: http://bit.ly/1lcIPta

2.   If you are one of the three picked winners, you will get to attend a Dog Lover’s Meet at Loca Loca, Mumbai, where you can walk in with your pet for lunch on August 23. Here you’ll get to hang with other dog lovers and watch an exclusive screening of the first episode of Cesar to The Rescue before it's on TV!​

Cesar to the Rescue airs on National Geographic channel starting August 30 at 8:30 pm (Sat-Sun) every weekend. View their Facebook page  here, follow them on Twitter here.

***This post is sponsored by National Geographic Channel***

 
Brewbot: New Brew Pub To Open in Andheri (W)
Wednesday, 20 August 2014 12:29



Coming soon and adding to the chaos of brews and bars in Andheri (W) is Brewbot, the suburb’s first Brew Pub that will offer artisanal craft beer, brewed at the restaurant.

As per their Facebook page, Brewbot comes with all the predictable Bombay  bar elements -   regular pub food “with a twist" and industrial interiors courtesy the Busride Design Studio guys. Moving installations are also involved.

The ground floor will be divided into two sections, with an outdoor, alfresco area and the main bar and dining section, while the upstairs will operate as a venue for events. The BrewBot team told bpb that more information will be shared soon.

With only one bar in the city with a brewery license so far, we can’t wait for this one to start.

Bot-toms up!

Getting there: G-01 & 101, Morya Landmark 1, off New Link Road, Andheri (W), 4003 4448 / 4449, slated to open in September, view their Facebook page here

 
Sponsored: Enter PizzaExpress’ #SliceOfArt Contest
Wednesday, 20 August 2014 11:27

 

***This post is sponsored by PizzaExpress***

Attention all shoot-ing stars!

If you’re a budding photographer looking for big break, here’s your chance to snap your way to glory!

PizzaExpress has tied up with Italian photographer Stefano Stranges for a fun contest,  that encourages amateur photography talent in the city.

Get trigger happy and take a black and white picture that you think best represents Mumbai as the art and cultural capital of the country and the city of dreams, upload it here and you could win a chance to get it displayed along with Stefano and Anand's work at a two day fund raising event at PizzaExpress, and even go on a photography workshop and trail with the experts!

The best entry will be selected on the basis of aesthetic, novelty and the number of likes it garners. Last date for entries is 27th August, 2014.

What are you waiting for? Get with this click now!

Getting There: Participate in the PizzaExpress #SliceOfArt contest by uploading your picture here, last day of the contest is Wednesday, 27th August, view all terms and conditions here.

***This post is sponsored by PizzaExpress***

 
bpb Review: The Treesome Café, Andheri
Wednesday, 20 August 2014 11:11

 

Obvious references aside, there was something about the title of Tree-some Café that made us think of a calm, sylvan space where we could catch up on the week that was and get a couple of drinks while we were at it. On Friday night, we strolled in to a drastically different scene at the new Andheri spot to find two bars, two plasma screens and one too many revelers. We lurked on the side lines, stayed out of selfies and watched who appeared to be the owner, struggle to get everyone a table with a musical chairs like arrangement as groups of diners were displaced from spot to another. Breathe.

Replacing Mexican bar Amigos, and from the owner of Silver Beach Café and Nom Nom, Treesome Café is split into two sections, a slightly larger outdoor area and an air-conditioned indoor space, The interior elements seem like a cut-copy job with gold filament-exposed bulbs hanging from the ceiling, bar stools, benches and booth-like sofas for larger groups, and inside, a large mural of a tree. Finally, here’s that elusive green!

Tree’s a crowd

When it was our turn to be seated, we ordered the Jamun Mojito and the whisky-based Tropical Sour. Two sour-sweet concoctions laced with enough booze to give us the strength to go on as the DJ turned to so, so loud party hits by Swedish House Mafia and Avicii.

We were pleased with the Jolly Goan, spicy Goan sausages served with halved buns on a stone like platter. Cooked with finesse, packed with authentic Goan flavours, it instantly won our vote. We decided to steer clear of the done-to-death Mumbai snacks such as the Mahim Junction Kheema Pav and the gimmicky ones that borrow from pop-culture (Rajnikanth Style Masala Omelette and the Gabar Singh), and instead ordered the Thai Chicken Bites wrapped in Pan Leaf. Served with a piquant sweet-chilli sauce, it had all the makings of a dish served in a nice sit-down restaurant. The Rugged Mexican Chilli Bean brought together two mainstays of a bar menu – potato wedges and beans; a segmented wedge was topped with chilli bean and greens. Slightly heavy, it is apt for those looking for a fried, overloaded snack with their tipple. 

A Round or Two

Pleased that nothing we ordered came in a bird cage, as Instagram will have you believe, we ordered our second round of cocktails – the Cucumber Cooler and the Spicy Guava Twist. The former, a good choice for someone looking for a mild drink, but heavy hand of cucumber can get nauseating after a while. We have our money on the second– the salt-rimmed Guava Twist (a tequila and Guava Juice concoction with Worchester Sauce, a few drops of Tabasco and a splash of lime) that comes with a serious hit of spice. The only disappointing order of the night was The Greek Goddess Pizza that had an unsavoury combination of rubbery Mozzarella and Feta Cheese. The Treesome Café also serves a variety of salads, burgers, mains that bear Goan and Asian influences, as well as dessert.

When we found ourselves sandwiched between Nicki Minaj and Lady Gaga’s antics on screen, and teens on the other side gearing up to dance on bar stools, we knew we had to move to an age-appropriate venue. Our tip: If you are dropping in on the weekend, get there early to eat. But if you are planning to stick around, you may have to carry a life saver, should you be knocked over into one of their Fish Bowls!

Getting there: Jewel Mahal Shopping Centre, JP Road, next to WTF!, Versova, Andheri (W), call 26365554. Cocktails: Rs 300-400, Appetisers: Rs 150-450

bpb reviews anonymously and pays for its meals.

This story was contributed by features writer and freelancer Bhairavi Jhaveri, a regular contributor to fashion magazines and Dailies.

 
bpb Review: Social, Colaba
Tuesday, 19 August 2014 11:12

 

After two futile attempts at scoring a table at Social, the wildly popular new Impresario restaurant/ drinking hole/ co-working space that comes to Colaba via Bangalore and Delhi, shrunk in size but large in ambition, this Scouter finally managed to wedge her party into a little sliver of the bar for Sunday lunch.  Peering over naked bulbs and booze bottles suspended from the ceiling into a wooded interior dotted with old-fashioned lamps, comfy chairs and even a swing, which we eyed with avarice until a harried waiter caught our eye and shook his head sternly: no way was that happening.

That was fine, we felt lucky to have a spot at all, especially as we watched hung-over diners wait forty minutes for a table, the phone ringing unheeded, a group of squalling kids (and one squalling adult), stamping their feet in frustration and hunger.

Two Lost Souls

Thus discouraged from lingering, we dove headfirst into cocktails, the best of which is Old Smoke, whiskey, orange bitters, and a plume of smoke, the poor man’s version of the good stuff from Islay. We also ordered a beer and margarita mix called Two Lost Souls Swimming In a Fish Bowl – how could we not?! – which tastes marginally better than it sounds, and a Deconstructed Moscow Mule that they’re supposed to mix at your table, whose dramatic effect is lost if like us, you’re sitting at the bar.

Now that we’re all settled in with our drinks, can we please talk about the hash tags for a moment? Dear reader, they are everywhere – printed on water glasses (#paani) and kamakazi shot bottles, paper menus and tissue rolls, server uniforms and China boxes, in English and in Hindi and often a befuddling mix of the two languages, in-your-face and rarely clever.

Take A Pav

Fortunately, the kitchen rises above the gimmicky presentation, sending out seriously legit mini vada pavs smothered in breath-decimating garlic chutney and sandwiched between mini pita breads that are eye-rollingly labeled “baos”. We also liked crispy mutton baida roti, especially after we had dabbed the excessive oil off it, and a neat, spicy, satisfyingly wet China box of chilli chicken and Hakka noodles, which one hung-over friend fell on with a moan of gratitude. Also order Awesomosas, warm turnovers filled with cheese and mushrooms, just for their name, but skip the very average nachos and fat jalapeño poppers that are too greasy and not creamy enough.

Dessert should always be Ramesh and Suresh, two candy bars battered and deep-fried, served in a steel tiffin box with a scoop of ice cream. These make you feel a bit funny in your tummy after, but you don’t mind because it’s the same feeling you had when you rode the Ferris wheel too many times as a kid. So happy and warm is the meltedfivestarkwalityicecream taste, made even sweeter by the awesomely reasonable bill you’ve just been handed, that you won’t even mind the final hash tag your check is presented with: #damage.

Getting there: 24, ground floor, Glen Rose building, BK Boman Behram Marg, Apollo Bunder, Colaba, call 22828484. Meal for two: Rs 2,500 for two with one drink each. 

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