Presenting the bpb Directory - a round up of the month's stories together in one place, so you can catch up on something if you missed it or re-read a favourite review. Here’s what happened in November!
Food and Drink:
Cronuts from Tart
Flaky, chocolate frosted and sugar glazed, there’s nothing not to like about this hybrid dessert (croissant and donut) at Tart.
Available at Tart, 33rd Road, Near Mini Punjab, Pali Village, Khar (W), 26558761, Rs 70 for one.
Exo Bar Opening at Palladium Hotel
A high-energy bar on the 37th floor of the Palladium hotel- Fun, yet civilized with an astounding view.
Exo is slated to open on Nov 29 at Palladium Hotel, Senapati Bapat Marg, Lower Parel.
bpb Review: Level One
Weekend happy hours, delicious drinks and the yummiest lamb bolognaise pizza and thyme chicken tikka, check out our review for Level One in Juhu.
Level One, Vaishali Shopping Centre, near Options mall, JVPD Scheme, Juhu, open 6-12pm, Rs 180 for a Kingfisher pint, Rs 225 for an Absolut vodka, Rs 250 for a Teachers, meal for two with one cocktail each Rs 2110.
blueFROG Amphitheatre in Pune
This 2000 person amphitheatre will feature more than just music- classical dance, international orchestras, theatre and more.
blueFROG to open in Pune, Ishaniya Mall, in Kalyani Nagar opposite the Poona Club Golf Course.
Sanchos Opens in Colaba
It’s time to don your sombreros; South Bombay now has an outpost of Sancho’s; complete with printed tiles and a chandelier that seems to be made of candles.
Sancho’s, Apollo Hotel, Lansdowne Road, opposite Regal Cinema, Colaba, call 65552426.
GaboFeeds: Tweet for Your Supper
Tweet #gabofeeds and you might just get pot lucky; A delicious home-made dinner delivered to you on Sunday evenings by a friendly Mumbaikar who likes to cook and meet new people.
#Gabofeeds, tweet to him at @guarang_b.
bpb Review: D’Bell Mumbai
A lounge like setting with live music acts at night- House Monday, Karaoke Thursday, Electrifriday and Saturlive- D’Bell Mumbai also serves up a mean Sunday brunch. We liked the food, but the drinks left much to be desired.
Tower 2B, Lobby Level, One Indiabulls Center, Jupiter Mills Compound, Elphinstone, call 65374666, Rs 2,434 for a meal for two with alcohol, Rs 240 for a small Teachers; Rs 150 for a Kingfisher pint..
bpb Review: Spesso Gourmet Kitchen
Another all vegetarian multi-cuisine restaurant, the food failed to impress with insipid pizza, an avoidable tapas platter and Moroccan tagine that had nothing Moroccan about it.
Spesso Gourmet Kitchen, Regent Chambers, 208, Nariman Point, call 40318750 for reservations, Rs 2,613 for a meal for two.
Barking Deer Brewery Opens
The brewery at the Barking Deer is finally open! We liked the Belgian Wit, a light wheat-based beer and the strong Indian Pale Ale with a nice citrusy aroma and bitter aftertaste.
The Barking Deer Brew Pub, Mathuradas Mill Compound, Senapati Bapat Marg, Lower Parel, call 26141740 for reservations, Rs 350 for a mug of freshly brewed beer.
Queen of Hearts by Deepa Mehta
Cotton sarees and dupattas with hand embroidered prints ranging from birds, cats, fish, dragonflies and cards- Deepa Mehta’s e-store makes you forget twerkin and get quirkin.
Queen of Hearts by Deepa Mehta, email
for orders and enquiries, visit their Facebook page here. Rs 7,500 for an owl-motif cotton saree, blouse included.
Namo Nazi T-Shirts
Wear if you dare- Nami nazi tshirts are cheeky and strongly opinionated making points such as -“Is that a trishul in your pocket or are you just happy to see me?”.
Namo Nazi, anti-fascist T-shirts and posters, Rs 350 per T-shirt inclusive of shipping, contact them for orders here.
Premier Dead Sea’s Salt Scrub
Check out Premier Dead Sea’ new flagship store at Raghuvanshi Mills and try their Blue Salt Scrub for all things skinful.
New Premier Dead Sea store at 12, Raghuvanshi Mills, Senapati Bapat Marg.
Monkie Gears does these detachable wheels and other mad-cool equipment like pogo sticks for grown ups, sky runners and electric skateboards.
Monkie Gears, View their website here, Facebook page here. Rs 4,000 for a pop up tent, Rs 16,500 for an adult skyrunner.
Mandira Bedi Saris
Ditch the bling and check out Mandira Bedi's new store where saris are made of silk and are colour blocked.
Mandira Bedi’s new line of saris, Ashrey Building, corner of 13th & 18th road, in the Fab India lane, Khar (W). Rs 15,500 for a sari, Rs 4,000 for a sari blouse.
My Vintage Bicyclette
Through My Vintage Bicyclette, Parisian couple, Idris and Fiona work to alter your existing cycle or build you a new one- they add the most adorable hand painted bells, leather seats, multi-coloured pedals, vintage lights and more.
For queries email them at
or call before 5pm on 9787813481, view their website here.
StyleCracker’s Shop Hop
Creative Director at StyleCracker and ex Vogue fashion stylist, Archana Walavalkar presents her list of local, relatively unknown shopping haunts divided by area. We can’t wait to indulge in some retail therapy!
Masaba and Valliyan Store Launch in December
Our favourite esoteric designers, Masaba Gupta and Nitya Arora have teamed up to launch their store featuring clothes, handbags, accessories and shoes, slated to open in the first week of December.
Masaba and Valliyan’s new flagship store, launching at Kala Ghoda in early December.
You’ll have a serious crush on some brush as you browse Beardrevered – a UK based website devoted entirely to the celebration of facial hair for men. They ship their bristly products to India too!
Beard accessories and more on www.beardrevered.com.
Localoye: Discover Venues across Mumbai
Check out Localoye.com, a recently launched platform to discover and book venues for events in Mumbai- they also offer management services!
View their website here and Facebook page here, free.
Metal Art by Tyrell Valladares
Tyrell’s experiments with metal, titled Metal Art features giant spiders made out of scissors, steely dragonflies and pretty metallic roses just for you. You can also get something made to order.
Metal Art by Tyrell Valladares, metal sculptures start at Rs 2,500, view his Facebook page here, email him at
Mynah Animation Company
Mynah creates explainer videos that help companies to illustrate a product or service and they also have a series called ‘What’s the Deal’, covering a news event every week. Animate this!
Mynah, an animation company specializing in ‘explainer videos’, call 9930783839 or check out their Facebook page here.
The Brahma Microphone
The Brahma microphone promises to put an end to the Indie artists’ woes in recording true surround sound at affordable prices. Magic mic?
Check out the Embrace Cinema Gear website here, or go to their Kickstarter page to make a pledge.
Maitri Mehta drives her green thumbs between Bombay and Pune setting up organic fruit, vegetable and herb gardens in your terrace, balcony or kitchen.
Call Maitri Mehta on 9765041888 or visit her facebook page here. Potted plants range between Rs. 800 and Rs. 1700.
Google Helpout has tied up with 1000 companies to answer all your queries- a live video chat service with industry experts, take your woes to those who know.
Google Helpout is by invitation only.
Films Division Visual Archive
Get rare visuals of the freedom struggle and even speeches from important historic occasions at the newly launched Films Division visual archive.
Films Division vintage footage now available on VCD/DVDs for cheap, Rs 90 for a VCD, Rs 170 for a DVD, email queries to
. Buy from the Films Division head office at 24, G D Marg, Cumballa Hill, Pedder Road.
Two college students from Kolkata have got together and created Chillum Ink, a quirky new service selling hand painted chillums and also the usual t-shirts, shoes, wall art, scooters, cars, caps, helmets, lamp shades and then some.
Check out their Facebook page here, or call Rahul for enquiries at 09874870791. Rs 100 for a hand painted chillum, customised t-shirts start at Rs 499.
Men’s Grooming List
Few of our most fashionable male friends have helped us put together a handy list for men- from where to get a good suit to who offers the smoothest shave- ‘tis the season to get your groom on.
The Vault’s Fine Spirits Concierge
The Vault’s fine spirits concierge service gives you access to a boutique collection of whiskies, cognacs, rums, tequilas and other spirits that aren’t available elsewhere in the country.
For pre-orders call 22028811 from Monday to Friday, 11 am to 6 pm and on Saturday from 11 am -3 pm, visit www.vaultfinespirits.com, email
Super Zeroes: Part Deux
The best things in life are free! Check out our line up of fun, no cost things to do in the city- from freebies at Le 15 to complimentary cocktails at Lagerbay for women!
Blogging with Ghost
Ghost is a clean, sleek new platform to get people away from writing only 140 characters and back into blogging.
Check out Ghost here and also a guide to set up your own Ghost account here.
FITTLE: Helping Others See
FITTLE is a toolset that helps visually impaired children not only read but visualize through shapes, the words they've learnt.
Email Tania Jain at
if you wish to contribute to the project. See Facebook page here.
Windsong Wood Cottages in Goa
Find some friends and book yourself into Windsong- five wood cabins along the chilled Calwaddo Beach, complete with an Ayurvedic massage studio. Baga, we won’t miss you.
Windsong wood cottages, Calwaddo beach, Benaulim, Goa, call 09921372569 to book, check out their Facebook page here.
Elma’s Reopens in HKV, New Delhi
Elma’s has reopened complete with old favourites like the grandfather clock, the cupboard with the vintage china and the rose-wood dresser, serving the yummiest scones and brandy cake.
Elma's Bakery, Cakes and Tea-Room, 31 HKV, 2nd floor (previously TLR Cafe), call 26521020. Rs. 1,800 for lunch for two.
Make Rings Out Of Old Coins at Chandni Chowk
Break open your piggy bank and take your coins to Chandni Chowk- Pramod Kumar will turn them into a cool new ring or locket. Cha ching!
Enter Chandni Chowk’s main street, find Pramod Kumar sitting in front of the Bank of India steps. Keep going straight, cross the Gurudwara and take the next right into Dariba Kalan. A few shops down the lane, find a very small alley on your right, first shop inside it is Bhim Singh Jewellers, Shop No 1712, Gali Pyaau Wali. Rs 100 for a copper ring with your own coin, Rs 300 for a silver ring, Rs 350 for a copper locket. Call 9213180049 for enquiries.
New Travel Website: Unmapped
Unmapped, a newly launched travel writing website has a beautiful design and long format, personalized travel stories.
Check out unmapped.com.