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What: Kue Bar, The Westin, 36/3-B Koregaon Park Annexe, Mundhawa Road, Ghorpadi, call 020 67210000.
Why: You’ll find elements of Cuba in the fruity cocktails, tapas and music set that make up the brand new Kue Bar that opened at the Westin last evening. We suggest you get one of the circular booths and order a Cocktail Hemingway accompanied by a plate of beer drunken prawns (see recipe below).
When: You want to be fit as Fidel.
What: Newsdrink.com, invite code: brownpaperbag, free membership.
Why: Newsdrink.com is the new Marie biscuit. A fresh aggregator site for newspapers, magazines and blogs from around the world, it’s the perfect accompaniment to your morning cup of tea. We love: Foreign Policy, Reuters’ Oddly Enough Blog and Two Guys Around TheWorld Photo Blog. What would be really fun, however, is if Newsdrink gives us access to paid subscriptions. Just a suggestion. Indian publications will be out next week, and a mobile app, next month.
When: You need a free press journal.
What: Home-made tarts and pies by Cocoa, call 9823155866 to order, approx Rs 700 for a ten inch pie.
Why: Have love and crust issues? Call Le Cordon Bleu (London) educated Gayatri Shirke who makes warm, crumbly pies and tarts that taste like home. Available in apple, lemon, chocolate and almond-pear. Besides the pie chart, also ask to see her list of other desserts that include cupcakes, cookies, cheesecakes and one highly recommended Choc Supreme mousse cake.
When: Now, in our crumble opinion.
What: Trips Gone Crazy, call 42666651 / 9870000653 or email
, approximately Rs 1 lakh including airfare, accommodation, VIP club entry, airport transfers, visa, travel insurance.
Why: If you have to let someone bash you up, it should be these guys: Trips Gone Crazy is a new party tourism company whose travel agendas includes pub crawls, VIP clubs, carnivals, full moon parties, beach blowouts and beer fests around the world. And if you manage to wake up in the morning, there’ll be sightseeing too. Bookings now open for Ibiza trip and Spanish tomatino festival.
When: The time is ripe from August 31 to September 7. Bookings now open.
What: King Kong stationery from Pondicherry by Flints, call 09345209989, email
or view their Facebook page here, start at Rs 65 + shipping.
Why: Mumbai skyscrapers beware - King Kong is coming. Produced by design collective Flints in Pondicherry, a cool version of the ape monster now lives on all kinds of stationery – boxes, penholders and our favourite, door tags – and can be shipped to our fair city. They also customise - mail them your T-shirt, shoes, laptop (an airplane would be nice too, they say) and they’ll print and paint it with cows, crazy elephants and anything else your heart desires.
When: You want to indulge in gorilla marketing.