Presenting our new regular feature: 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 May!
Food And Drink
From rolls to ice cream sandwiches, dim sum to duck bread, this month's food scene started slow and then gained speed!
Apple A Day: It's probably best to treat this juice bar as a fuss-free jog-through for those finishing up their health routine at the adjoining Carter Road.
Amjad Khan Chowk, next to Olive Bar & Kitchen, Union Park , Khar (W), call 9930104001, 7 am to 10.30 pm, Rs 79 for a smoothie, Rs 49-99 for juice, free home delivery.
Chao Ban: Joss' replacement at Kala Ghoda, Chao Ban isn’t as awesome as its predecessor. Hot tip: Chao Ban’s best dim sum lies in the fried section, try the vegetarian spring rolls, pretty golden fried prawns, and wontons that look like little space ships.
30, K. Dubhash Marg, Next to Chetana Restaurant, Kala Ghoda, Rs 2,500 for a meal for two without alcohol.
Dairy Don: We love the paan ice-cream at Pali Bhavan, but if you’d like a cheaper version, we scoped out Dairy Don that offers a cold betel nut leaf with crunchy tutti fruity and a malai ice cream centre. Skip the synthetic-y ice cream sandwiches.
Opposite Mithibai College, Vile Parle (W), start at Rs 50.
Knead With Love: Made to order cookies - hazelnut kisses, choco-orange crinkles, peanut butter minis, oaty crunch, choco chunk and peanut surprise. See biscuit!
or call +91 98334 80814. Cookies will be delivered on the third day after the order is placed. For Andheri to Malad West- minimum order of Rs. 200, Vileparle West to JVPD – minimum order of Rs. 500.
Mamagoto: This Pan Asian chain that (finally) made the crossing from Delhi to Ghatkopar and Bandra early this month has the yummiest pork spare ribs we've had in a long time. Supported by fun interiors (read fierce ninjas and yellow striped tiger graphics) and a slice of caramel cake. PS: It’s the bonus restaurant for #CoupCard users.
Ground floor, 133 Hill Road, Bandra (W), call 26552600; approximately Rs 3,500 for a meal for two, 15% off food and alcohol for Coup Card members.
Mercy's Bites: Malay Caterer: A Malay national does Malay food, and recently, Eastern European treats. Party of four for Prague? Czech!
Call 9664854133 or email
for orders or queries.
Nido: Bandra's much awaited European restaurant from the guys behind Aurus finally opens with lots of foliage, stag heads, defunct TV sets and this on the menu: duck flat bread, squid carpaccio and tagine. Go for the fake bunnies and real (good) carrot cake.
21 Union Park, next to Le Sutra Hotel, Khar (W), call 67706336, approximately Rs 4,000 for a meal for two with alcohol.
Pallette: The Urban Kitchen: A respite from your office canteen, Pallette, The Urban Kitchen, a self service restaurant at Kamala Mills offers a hygienic set up with numbered tables, no fuss cutlery and a medium sized menu.
Trade World, C Wing, Kamala City, Senapati Bapat Marg, Lower Parel, call 6749700, 10 am to 11 pm, Rs 850 for a meal for two(without alcohol).
Roll in Goll: The latest entrant to sign up for Carter Road’s culinary chaos comes with strictly okay kebabs, rolls, sandwiches, pizza, milkshake, juice and many menu typos. Not worth a visit.
Carter Road, Bandra (W),rolls for Rs 100-140.
An original miniature Man United soccer field and fun totes on the turf made up this month's selection of things to buy.
Lulu Australia: There are new totes on the turf as Lulu Australia opened at Linking Road, bringing with it bags of all shapes and shine. bpb recommends the waterproof beach and pool ones.
Moonstone Apartments, Linking Road, Santacruz (W), bags start at Rs 2,000.
Manchester United Pitch Gift: If you’re still grieving Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement, this should cheer you up: bpb gifts you a Manchester United mini field that claims to have authentic grass and seeds from the Old Trafford pitch!
Buy it at http://www.excitinglives.com, Rs 1,950.
Postcards: If you can’t afford an original Atul Dodiya, invest in a 7.5 X 5 inch postcard that showcases his art. Sold to the gentleman in the Hawaiian print shirt!
Aurobodh, Studio No 5, Vasundhara building, near Cadbury House, Mahalaxmi, call 23514884, set of 24 postcards, 7.5 X 5 inches for Rs 500.
Our sole event listing this month.
IDfy.com: An online trust establishment platform for employees and employers, it offers to set up a suitable online profile and resume that can be verified by your peers, business partners and reviewed by potential employers, investors and even a landlord.
www.idfy.com, free and premium services available.
From India's oldest elevator to a Bombay cigar club, we found the funnest things to make you feel good!
The Antarctic Youth Ambassador Program 2014: Jump aboard the polar express with this program that selects applicants from around the globe to explore the Antarctic Peninsula with experts.
Participants will be announced on July 1, 2013, so apply now!View the website here, apply here.
Bombay Cigar Aficionados: Founded a year and a half ago, the Bombay Cigar Aficionados was until now a private monthly get together, mostly for friends. It’s now open to you. For free.
Bombay Cigar Aficionados, email
, follow @BombayCigar, free membership, Rs 300 cover for club evenings.
The Dolch Project: A writing challenge after our own hearts, the Dolch Project is collecting stories for children (aged 6 to 14) with learning disabilities, but the trick is you have to stick to the 220 words on the list.
Email submissions to
or submit via Facebook message here, use words on the list from here.
India's Oldest Elevator: The Navsari building in the Fort area houses one of the oldest elevators in the country that takes precisely 32 seconds to go up four floors! Learn to work your pitch!
Navsari Building, DN Road, Fort
Karma 101: This podcast network features food bloggers, stand-up comics and founders’ friends being funny, informative and sometimes just too random.
Karma 101, view the Soundcloud page here; Twitter page here, free!
Kick: Futsal Arena: This futsal arena in Powai – supposedly Mumbai’s first – features a FIFA-rated astroturf field that can be booked for practice sessions by the hour and also organises coaching facilities and tournaments.
Supreme Business Park, behind Lake Castle, Hiranandani Gardens, Powai, call 32276565, Rs 2,000 for an hour long session.
Share My Dabba: An organic campaign by the Happy Life Welfare Society and the Dabbawala foundation, Share My Dabba aims to kill two birds with one box – food wastage and the hunger crisis in Mumbai.
with the subject Share My Dabba for more details, view the Facebook page here, view the video here.
True School of Music: Too cool for school? You may want to reconsider your position when we tell you about True School of Music (TSM) launched in Lower Parel by Ashutosh Pathak, music composer and co-founder of Blue Frog,
Sunmill Compound, Lower Parel, view the FB page here, start at Rs 5,000 per module.Launches in September.
Wondering what to do this summer? Take a hike!
Battle of Imphal Tours: In remembrance of his historical battle, Hemant Katoch, a former aid worker ( he’s been with the Red Cross in Congo and in Geneva prior to that) has set up the Battle of Imphal tours, to address its fading imprint on public memory.
Visit the website, or their Facebook page, Rs 3,200 for an A.C vehicle half-day tour.
Global Himalyan Expedition: In our continuing effort to make you feel cool, we found this super Global Himalayan Expedition. Sign up for an August adventure and you will find yourself trekking, cycling along the Indus and rafting, Br(rrr)ing it on!
Visit http://www.ghe.co.in, fill the registration form here.