Thursday, 29 September 2011 18:11
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What: Cerveza, new beer lounge at 38, K Dubash Marg, Kala Ghoda, Fort, call 22818572, Rs 200 for a Kingfisher and Rs 850 for Chimay Red (yikes!).
Why: The super pretty Silk Route is now Cerveza, a bar that will serve over 30 varieties of international beers including Saison Dupont (fresh farm beer), Leifmans (fruit beer ), Chimay Red (8% alcohol content) and Irish Murphy’s Stout along with usual suspects like Tsing Tao, Miller High Life, Kingfisher (all except Kingfisher Blue). Also available will be beer on tap and beer cocktails. Non-beer drinkers can help themselves to a full bar, complete with speciality cocktails like Batidas – made from condensed milk, fresh fruit pulp and rum – as well as quick bites including spicy dragon rolls, Mongolian prawns and mozzarella cheese balls.
Interiors here double up as history and geography lessons, with a giant beer map up on one wall and table tops outlining facts and origins of different brews.
When: Opens tomorrow, September 30 at 7 pm. bpb review out soon!
Note: Also opening this weekend is Woodside in Andheri. Find out more here!
What: Head banging bus ride to the Metallica concert, visit www.forwhomthebusrolls.com to book and for more details or call 9769896660, Rs 5,570 per person for Mumbai-Bangalore roundtrip.
Why: Imagine forty mental metal fans crowded onto a Neeta bus for over twelve hours, armed with guitars, tattoos and Metallica videos, all high on the anticipation of watching their favourite band live. If the notion doesn’t make you hide under your blanket, you’re the ideal passenger for this bus ride, which will travel from Mumbai to Bangalore and back for the upcoming Metallica concert. The organisers are also trying to rope in sponsors, hopefully resulting in free T-shirts, food and more.
When: Ride the Lightening on October 29 at 3 pm; back in Mumbai on October 31.
What: Butterfly Books Warehouse, 83-C, Hansraj Pragji Building, Dr E Moses Road, next to Shah & Nahar Industrial Estate, Worli, call 65739322 or visit www.butterflybooks.in, start at Rs 50.
Why: Books grow in heaps and bounds at this 2,000 square feet Worli warehouse stacked with international titles for kids aged 0 to 16. You can spend hours here – don’t rely on attendants for recommendations, see Eric Carle’s picture books – browsing common titles at slashed rates and shelling out a lot more for prettily illustrated ones that you won’t see on other shelves. Also fun are calligraphy, make your own robot and skeleton kits.
When: Spine tingles daily from 10 am to 7 pm.
Note: Adults, check out this month’s bpb Classifieds for new hot jobs.
What: Brook Street denim store, ground floor, Gagangiri, next to Yogurtybay, off Carter Road, Bandra (W), visit http://www.brookstreet.in.
Why: It’s hard to sniff out much else when you’re surrounded by blueberry yogurt and Belgian chocolate popsicles, but sniff we did this cool new denim concept store that opens at Carter Road on Monday. Here, new season vintage jeans from Brit brand Brook Street will be sold mainly to retailers, but walk in off the street and they’ll let you try some on and place an order. E-store launching soon.
When: When you want to buy on the fly.
What: Pushpa Patha – The Flower Trail at Gallery BMB, Queens Mansion, ground floor, GT Marg, next to Cathedral School, call 61715757 or view the Facebook group here, free entry.
Why: Stroll in to this Fort gallery and see how seven artists interpret the scents and sounds of Bangalore’s Krishna Rajapuram flower market through photography, painting, video installations and graphic design. Pansies!
When: Hyacinth city from October 1 to 23.
Thursday, 22 September 2011 19:20
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What: 5 All Day, The Apollo Hotel, Lansdowne Road, behind Regal Cinema, Colaba, call 22873312.
Why: The debauched downstairs that used to be Oba is now a sunlit space featuring pale gray upholstery and wide windows, low ceilings and walls painted the colour of limes and passion fruit. Transformed by the guys behind 5 – The Restaurant, this cafe will offer “Modern European” cuisine including hickory smoked chicken burgers; black pepper fish and chips; leek, crispy cauliflower and goat cheese crepes; scrambled eggs with smoked bacon and more. We also hear rumours of a smoked Bloody Mary Soup (pretty please?)!
Most ingredients will be locally sourced – the fish gets flown in from Kolkata – and they’ll have two bars: one for liquor and a separate wine section. High 5!
When: Slated to open on September 27. Watch out for the bpb review!
What: Online store for sex toys, visit www.masalatoys.com or call (+91) 7760767727, start at Rs 2,500 for a vibrator, shipment received within 3 to 4 days.
Why: Because this Bangalore-based site is easy to navigate, well-stocked, non-sketchy and beats the hell out of trolling for a toy outside Akbarally’s. All of the gadgets on here (read: dildos, vibrators, sex dolls, even KY jelly) are apparently imported, from brands such as Durex and Cyberskin – in fact, they’re receiving a new Japanese shipment today. Flesh off the boat!
When: You want to know the (dil)dos and don’ts.
What: New batter-filled cupcakes from Deliciae, Union Park, Khar (W) and Haiko Place, Hiranandani Gardens, Powai, call 9029023000 or visit www.deliciaecakes.com, Rs 110 per piece.
Why: Betty bought a ball of batter and to make the ball of batter better she filled it into the centres of yum, oozy cupcakes. Tongue twister indeed! bpb tried and loved Tiramisu and blueberry cheesecake flavours, but they also come in choco-cherry and Ferrero.
When: You want your goods with batter-ies included.
What: Custom-made swimwear from Mezzaluna, call 26469054 or view the Facebook page here, start at Rs 1,500.
Why: Wave goodbye to cloudy skies with a sunny new bathing suit custom-made by Bandra’s tankini tailors Ajay and Kalpana. Here’s how it works: take them a trendy design (we suggest you bypass their readymade pieces), choose from over 108 printed Lycra fabrics and let them put built-in tummy tucks if so needed. They can even do wet suits, a 30 grand Swarovski two-piece and an express swimsuit in under three hours.
When: You need a new coast office.
What: ArtLikeThis design show at the Diesel store basement, Western Wind Building, Juhu Tara Road, furniture starts at Rs 20,000.
Why: Aradhana Nagpal from Dhoop and Ishitta Arun Of D Se Dijhaeen use bits and pieces from motors, cycles and kitchens to make furniture (see bike chair and milk can stool) and light fixtures under the label D Tour. These along with cool Naga beds and other North Eastern handicrafts will be available at the week-long exhibit which previews tomorrow. bpb will be at the crafter-party for a bigger review!
When: Skilling it from September 23 to 29.
Thursday, 15 September 2011 18:17
What: Soul Food Chinese and Thai takeaway/delivery, Silver Croft, shop no 7, 16th and 33rd Road, next to Mini Punjab, Bandra (W), call 26004520 / 9819145558, Rs 170 for a chicken appetiser.
Why: Allow “half an hour” for home delivery of Shanghai chicken that has nothing to do with China, and you still won’t be disappointed. If you ignore the typos in Taipei at Bandra’s pokey new Asian eatery (don’t opt to dine at one of the three tables), you’ll find that it works well for quick delivery/takeout of yum and inexpensive fare. We got Thai grilled chicken - succulent pieces of flattened lemony, chilli-rubbed chicken – and Malaysian rice, but didn’t have the stomach to try the Hot Red Prawns. Mighty shellfish of us, haan?
When: You yearn a yang.
What: Everything vinyl at Nova Audio, 3 Fairlands, 314 LJ Road, near Sitladevi Road Junction, Mahim (W), start at Rs 600 for an LP.
Why: Because LPs might have made a comeback, but Chor Bazaar is so last decade. Here is a store where you can get current(ish) music (The Suburbs by Arcade Fire, latest Strokes album) in a clean, organised space and also shop for turntables, speakers and other accessories. Read more here.
When: A song, song time ago.
What: G(u)ilt Pads from 61c, visit www.61c.in or call 24937678, also available at Loose Ends, Bandra, Rs 350.
Why: Conceived on the 61c bus ride through Squirrel Hill in Pittsburgh, this new Mumbai paper brand sells scenic stationery on “luxuriously thick” paper. The view includes (thankfully, no overdone kitsch city scenes) insanely long legs that walk all over writing pads, mirror reflections and pin wheels. Also see anticipation-friendly Happy Folding gift bags and envelopes.
When: You want to attend a jazz and glues festival.
What: Brownies from Mrs Brownie, call Anupama on 9821899832, pick up from Hill Road, near Mehboob Studio, Bandra (W), start at Rs 350 for quarter kilo.
Why: She might sound like a character from an Enid Blyton novel, but Mrs Brownie is really a Bandra-based happy baker who doles out magic chocolate walnut and cheesecake brownies to grateful patrons all over the neighbourhood. Highly recommended by the cool cats at Azaad Bazaar.
When: You want your own brownie eyed girl.
What: Filminute 2011 – the international online one minute film festival, visit http://www.filminute.com/2011/screeningroom to view and vote.
Why: Got a minute? Watch a film. Find 24 additional minutes and you can view all the final reels – from India, Columbia, Hungary, US - that made it to this year’s Filminute festival. These shorts feature fun takes on hair dye, home videos and human hares, too much coffee and way too much coffee. No interval for popcorn! bpb’s voting for: Loop, Dot In the Line and Grassy Knoll Edge.
When: You need it to be gone in 60 seconds.
Thursday, 08 September 2011 21:05
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What: The Wedding Filmer, visit www.theweddingfilmer.co.in or find the Facebook group here, price on request.
Why: Because a picture is worth a thousand words (or a lakh rupees)? It’s your wedding day after all, and you’re the star of the show. Ring celebrity filmmaker Vishal Punjabi (he’s worked with Shah Rukh Khan, Rani Mukherjee and Akon) and he’ll shoot, edit and script your wedding footage (HD only!) in whichever format you want, from a three minute music video to a thirty minute documentary. Blockbuster!
When: You want to forget-me-knot.
What: New fabric store Neel, shop no G-1, Heera House, 1st Road, opposite Madhu Park, Khar (W), call 26492600, Rs 1,299 for a meter of feather fabric.
Why: While a lot of this day-old store is all shine and shimmer, your eyes will be baled out by some fun fabric with panels and poufy satin feathers, ready to be turned into flapper dress or mini. Also see batik prints, fish scale sequined patterns and if you like it wild, animal prints. Georgette of the jungle!
When: You want a new jersey.
What: Kuchh Nai Scotch whisky, available at wine shops including Topmost Wines and Juben Wines, visit www.kuchhnai.com, Rs 1,950 for 750 ml.
Why: What can we get you this fine Friday morning? Say “Kuchh Nai” and you’ll receive a tumbler of full bodied whisky with a trace of smoke, that recently travelled from Scotland to Mumbai. This giggle-inducing golden liquid is just the sweet nothing you want on a balmy night.
When: You’d like an offer you can’t refuse.
What: Secret Wardrobe, visit www.secretwardrobe.in, call 09821178804 or 65293067, Rs 2,000 to rent a Wendell Rodricks dress for 24 hours.
Why: Can’t make it in Mumbai? Here’s one way to fake it: Log onto Secret Wardrobe, an online rental hub that leases designer lovelies to the ladies, including Masaba Gupta’s iconic hand print sari, a fun black and white dress by Rahul Mishra, brown sequined sheath by Abraham and Thakore and more that you can try on for size at their Juhu studio. We aren’t big fans of the costume jewellery and sherwanis (men, look for rentals here instead).
When: In the season of Lent.
What: Untitled Exhibition #1 with Padmini Chettur, G5A Laxmi Mills Compound, off Dr. E. Moses Road, Mahalaxmi, visit the website here, free.
Why: Because your weekend could do with a dance. Organised by the Clark House Initiative and held at a big old mill, this exhibition will feature performances by the uber-talented Padmini Chettur, contemporary dancer and choreographer. She’ll also be taking questions and interacting with the audience.
When: September 10 at 3 pm, 5 pm and 7 pm.
Thursday, 01 September 2011 23:14
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What: “Slow Travel” vacations at High On Travel, click here for membership to their exclusive Travelers Club (specially for bpb subscribers!), Rs 1,250 for a craft and cuisine tour of the Jaipur bazaar.
Why: Built by an IIT Bombay graduate, this cool new website curates tours, hotels and activities that allow visitors to “connect with the location and its people”. Currently on the roster is a home stay in Wayanad, Kerala; visits to villages of Batalik, where the entire population has descended from Alexander the Great; and a walk through hidden lanes of Jaipur. HighOn Travel also has an exclusive club where members are offered, freebies and add-ons to a rotating selection of featured trips. Currently on the cards – 25% off a trip to Cunoor, including tea appreciation at Tenerife Hill and a cheese-making holiday at Acres Wild.
When: You want to experience jet lag.
What: Opa at the Royal Garden Hotel, Juhu Tara Road, Juhu, call 66919800.
Why: After many delays the Mediterranean restaurant finally opens this week, complete with warm, wooded interiors; eleven signature cocktails (tamarind margaritas, pomegranate-cinnamon martinis) and a menu featuring figs poached in red wine and baby lamb chops. Full bpb review out soon!
When: You want to be G(r)eek chic. Open for dinner only, lunch to start soon.
What: The Barber Shop, 7, Kings Acres, opposite Podar School, Santacruz (W), call 65938464, Rs 175 for haircut.
Why: If Mad Men’s Don Draper worked the ad scene in Mumbai, he’d get his hair cut at The Barber Shop, a new men’s only salon (by the guys behind Juice) featuring chequered floor, old style chairs, jazz music, a jukebox and the promise of “classic cuts and close shaves”. Treatments include everything short of a shoe shine – waxing, mani-pedis, massages, hair relaxing, champi. Keeping meterosexuals manly are testosterone-laced energy shots served at the salon.
When: You need a man-scaping artist.
What: Made-to-order light fixtures by Sapna Bhavnani, to order email
start at Rs 3,000.
Why: If Scottie can’t beam you up, Sapna Bhavnani will. While designing the new Mad O Wot salon at a “top secret location” (more on that soon!), the quirky hairstylist designed this creepy-cool Head Light – a bald mannequin face with bulb attached. We convinced her to take orders from bpb subscribers and she agreed, saying she had other juicy lamp chops as well. We don’t doubt it.
When: You want to scale new lights.
What: Off-road racing at Endurance 4 Wheel Drive, Manor (85 km from Mumbai on the Ahmedabad highway), download registration form here or visit the Facebook Group, Rs 2,000 per person (including eight meals).
Why: You finally have somewhere to drive that monster you call a car – a 1 km off-roading closed circuit with terrain track, obstacles an even a chicken route. All you have to do is assemble a team of four (driver, navigator, trouble shooters), get your vehicle and show up for the two-day race. Organisers provide everything else, including accommodation (Rs 500 per person) as well as expertise, ambulances, tractors and a winning prize of off-roading equipment worth Rs 50,000. Hood winked!
When: Jeep of faith on September 10 – 11.
Thursday, 25 August 2011 19:31
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What: Tetris lamp at Shady Ideas, Suburbia Mall, same compound as Shoppers’ Stop, Linking Road, Bandra (W), call 8108154448, Rs 3,500.
Why: A black handmade paper lamp with an unfinished game of Tetris printed on – buy it just for bricks? This fun light we spotted at Shady Ideas, a newish lamp-only store that besides paying homage to video games of the 80s, also does fixtures using multi-coloured tea glasses and a Rubix cubes.
When: You want to bring home the Light-house Family. Open from 1.30 pm to 10 pm.
What: Order cheese, coffee and other produce online at www.gourmetco.in or call 9769132333, starts at Rs 195 for natural vanilla beans.
Why: Black Forest fruit cheese, raspberry infusion tea, Pepperdine Farm soft baked cookies, Merlot and Chianti jams – the Secret Scouters are piling these and other delish foods into a virtual cart at Gourmetco.in, an online grocery portal that offers cute user interface, multiple payment options (including COD), and fast home delivery. Stop us before we burst!
When: You want to get on an eat-commerce platform.
What: Early Bird tickets for Sunburn Festival 2011 at Candolim Beach, Goa, available on Book My Show, Rs 4,000 plus taxes.
Why: Remember how you got scalped on last minute passes in 2010? This year, do yourself a favour and grab Early Bird tickets to Sunburn 2011, which went on sale just yesterday. This way you can chill until December, and watch the money you save go up in smoke.
When: December 27-29, 2011.
What: Faces, next to Shoppers’ Stop, Linking Road, Bandra (W), call 65881215, Rs 99 for nail polish.
Why: Priced somewhere between Maybelline and MAC, this Canadian make up line serves up a delish range of lip glazes, eye shadows and nail tints diverse enough even for Ravana, who has ten heads to prep before he goes into battle. Charge! Read about bpb's favorite products from the store here.
When: You want new war paint.
What: Bread Box, Notan Classic, ground floor, opposite Ensemble, off Turner Road, Bandra (W), call Fabian on 9167666752.
bpb Scoop: There’s a bun in Bandra cafe Red Box’s oven, and the delivery date is set to early September. Bread Box will be an all-day cafe focussing on breads as well as a large selection of coffees. We hope the bar resembles that of the mother ship – cheap - and the volume of the music is more civilised.
When: You want to baguette well soon.
Thursday, 18 August 2011 19:19
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What: The Stiff Collar – an online shirt shop, visit www.thestiffcollar.com, Rs 899 for a shirt, free delivery within a week.
Why: The “somewhat snooty English shirts” – with longer tail, slim cut, barrel cuffs, split yoke and stiff collar - at this new e-shop will ensure you’re the fancy pants of the office. Run by Kabir Hingorani, whose family set up one of India’s first readymade shirt brands in the 50s, The Stiff Collar features about a dozen designs with quirky descriptions (the white poplin shirt is “sort of what Ralph Fiennes wore in The English Patient. Would go well with khakis and gin”) and a reasonable Rs 899 tag. Jeeves would approve.
When: You’re looking for Cuff Parade.
NOTE: Looking for something a little more casual? Check out our review of Quiksilver and Roxy!
What: Cinnamon Crocodile bath and beauty products, Sai Pooja building, 16th Road, Bandra (W), visit the website at http://cinnamoncrocodile.com, Rs 1,400 for beach massage oil.
Why: Have you ever seen a croc wearing a frock? Us neither, but the Cinnamon Crocodile mascot certainly seems to be prepping for a party, lounging in a bathtub overflowing with bubbles. If you’d like to meet her, she’s moving into a little Bandra storefront next week, bringing along fun products like cinnamon body scrubs and grapefruit-lime bath washes sourced from Bali and the Dead Sea, among other places. Later, alligator!
When: Store slated to open next week.
What: CrossFitOM’s Zone Diet dabba service, call Jatin Mehta on 9820052846 to order, Rs 1,000 for breakfast, lunch and dinner (ouch!).
Why: Dheepesh Bhatt, the man behind uber-trendy CrossFitOM fitness regime, has taut us well. Now he wants to feed the city too. After working on a specially formulated Zone Diet (40:30:30 ratio of calories obtained daily from carbohydrates, proteins, and fats) menu, he has tied up with a hot kitchen that delivers breakfast , lunch and dinner. Expect fruit salad, muesli, tuna sandwich, tofu steak, delivered in vacuum sealed containers that can be re-heated. Call Jatin at the kitchen and mention Dheepesh to get the menu in your inbox.
When: You want to grain weight the right way.
What: Luxury Limo car service, call 8080850505/9820703711 or visit www.luxurylimo.in, start at Rs 2,000 for 2 hours.
Why: Because as much as you love your trusty Honda City, sometimes you need some special lovin’. Enter Luxury Limo with its fleet of drool-worthy honeys including BMW 5 Series, Mercedes E Class, Audis and even some vintage numbers (coming soon), which you can rent by the hour. These guys also provide body guards, make dinner reservations, secure spots on guest lists and help plan your events.
When: You wanna get rowdy in an Audi.
What: Jewellery party at a Worli apartment, to RSVP call Shuchi Pandya on 9820191272 or email
, start at Rs 500.
Why: Over the summer, Wharton student and Blue Banyan founder Shuchi Pandya has been working on a fun project that sells costume jewellery through house parties, the first of which is at her own apartment this evening. Expect interesting designs (twisted ropes, filigreed earrings, Turkey-inspired rings), bring your friends and gorge on snacks.
When: Bite the hand that beads, today, August 19 from 4 pm to 8 pm.
Friday, 05 August 2011 04:42
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bpb contest: Ten bpb subscribers win passes to Lakmé Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2011. For yours, email
. First come, first serve.
What: Mini golf at your doorstep by Golf Mania, call 9819030887 or view the Facebook group here, Rs 3,000 per hole per day including transport and set up charges.
Why: Which way do you swing? Give Golf Mania two hours, and they can set up a mini golf course (complete with greens, clubs, balls, even instructors) wherever you are, including your home or office. They do permanent installations and are planning regular events as well.
When: You’d like a green tee.
What: Get Skinked tattoo parlour, behind Kala Ghoda Cafe, 11 Ropewalk Lane, call Kunal Pahuja on +91-9819547616, start at approximately Rs 3,000 for a two inch tattoo.
Why: The space formerly occupied by fashion brand Obaitamu gets a sketchy new tenant this week, one who wants to scar you for life. Offer your hand (or leg or back) in greeting to Kunal Pahuja, recently back from a tattoo training program in Thailand, before which he worked at suburban shop Inks and Needles. Draw(l) worthy!
When: You don’t want to leave without a trace.
What: Hometown replaces delItalia, opposite Juhu Beach, call 26112211/12 for home delivery.
Why: bpb’s got the scoop on a new cafe that’s moved into the space where delItalia once lived. From the guys behind China Gate, this beach-facing ‘Hometown’ will make you eggs and toast, burgers, sandwiches and during meal times, Balinese and Malaysian food. You can’t ring their doorbell yet, but they’re home delivering Chinese food. bpb will be at the house warming, so stay tuned for a full review!
When: Slated to open next week, 10 am to 12.30 am.
What: Dog Eared, The Pop Up Library at Matthieu Foss Gallery, Hansraj Damodar Trust Building, Ballard Estate, call 67477261 or visit the Facebook page here, free event.
Why: Housed in a former Reader’s Digest office, Matthieu Foss returns to its roots this month, transforming into a temporary book library where people can contribute, browse and barter art books. Early donations include catalogues on landscape and contemporary art, essays by Tolstoy and photo book from Bamako, Mali.
When: Until August 15, you can donate books to the gallery. For ten days after that, the collection will be open to the public for browsing only. On August 26, people who donated will be able to take home as many books as they contributed. Books can also be exchanged for drawings by art students. Word!
What: Folk and root music at De Kulture, available online here or at Loose Ends, off Linking Road, Bandra (W), Rs 395.
Why: A few minutes on De Kulture’s website and you’ll find out why beat-route is so good for you. Rich in forgotten folk music from all over India, these guys sell the sounds (ringtones, CDs and individual tracks) of Rajasthan’s chamak chalos, Punjab’s dilrubas, brass bands of the British era and more. We recommend Lounge in Punjab and Footprints in the Desert.
When: When Pushkar comes to shove.
Friday, 29 July 2011 00:03
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and the first ten correct answers win.
What: bpb and Bombay Baking Company's Things To Do with an Apple workshop at Saffron, JW Marriott Mumbai, Juhu, to book a spot email
, Rs 1,500 per head.
Why: Since you’re the apple of our eye, we’ve decided to tell you exactly how we peel. Join us for a hands-on baking workshop (caramel, butter and olive oil will be involved) where pastry chef Savio Fernandes will teach you how to make puff tatin, apple prune-coriander tart, rabri apple tart and classic apple pie from scratch. Adams and Eves invited.
When: Seb the best for Saturday, August 20, noon to 2.30 pm.
What: King Kong stationery from Pondicherry by Flints, call 09345209989 to order, 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.
What: Debailleul, ground floor, Emca Sadan, Appasaheb Marathe Road, opposite ICICI Bank, Prabhadevi, call 9821983583, Rs 90 for a macaroon, free home delivery across Mumbai.
Why: You’d think the shortbread pastry bejewelled with raspberries and chocolate hedgehog-shaped gateau would steal your stare at this new Belgian patisserie, but it’s really the wispy art work that appears on the walls and on chocolate boxes. At a sneak peek tasting bpb tried and loved: superbly sticky lemon cream meringue, coffee macaroons and raspberry ganache. On launch day you’ll also find breads, sorbets and hot chocolate with lavender. See cup.
When: Opens Monday, August 1.
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 The World photo blog. What would be really fun, though, 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.
Note: Also see bpb Classifieds – a listing of the hottest jobs in the city.
What: Plant rentals by Plants on Hire, call 9324602188, start at Rs 95 per plant for a year.
Why: Who would want to hire a plant, we wondered when we saw a Plants for Hire truck whizzing past us at Marine Drive. Apparently, 125 (and counting) offices in the city that we (s)potted on their client roster. These green guys armed with catalogues, recommend plants along with care rituals that would work best for your space - exotic plants for weddings, indoor ones for your home or workplace – and even replace the ones that die at no extra cost.
When: You want to grease someone’s palm.
Event Round-Up: Mini Coke Studio concert at Hard Rock Cafe, ghazal fest and jazz night, styling workshop, Vir Das live and more.
Thursday, 21 July 2011 17:10
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What: Home catering by an ex-Swati Snacks chef, call Deva Maharaj at 9820945144, starts at Rs 1,500 for 5 to 10 people, excluding ingredients.
Why: Gujju daughter-in-laws, rejoice! You can finally rest your weary feet for a day and turn your kitchen over to Deva Maharaj, alumni of Swati Snacks, who along with his band of cooks will whip up your family’s favourite foods including panki, fada na khichdi and malpua. Bahu saru!
When: Book eight to ten days in advance.
What: Fashion and flash sale site by Amazon, visit www.myhabit.com, membership free, discounts up to 60%.
Why: Many hours and salaries from the bpb office have been dedicated to My Habit since they started shipping internationally a couple of weeks ago (the site launched in May 2011). We love the slick design of this fashion website, which features deeply discounted merchandise by designers such as Vera Wang, Chloe, Nina Ricci, as well as super viewing features like mannequins and multiple angle shots. In our shopping cart now: Naeem Khan tulle butterfly dress, pink L.A.M.B booties and a leather and silver cuff by Ranjana Khan.
When: You want to be Ricci rich.
NOTE: Also read our review for Hermes Mumbai here.
What: Neel, new Indian restaurant at Mahalaxmi Race Course, Mahalaxmi.
Why: Restaurateur Rahul Akerkar took Tote on the Turf’s recent blues quite literally; he’s turned it into a fancy new Nawabi restaurant named Neel.Replacing the European fanfare will be a Lucknowi chef who’ll cook up sabzis made from apple, pine nut soup and other treats from Kashmir and Hyderabad. Read the full sneak peek here.
When: Neel Kamaal on July 30.
What: Underground Coffee Society, send invite request to the @thecoffeenazi on Twitter or visit www.thecoffeecoach.in, free of charge.
Why: Be nice to Sahil Jatana and you may just score an invite to his Underground Coffee Society where he serves artisan brews like affogato, ristretto and even filter coffee at his Andheri home. All of this for free – it’s brew, we tell you! He also plans on launching a series of coffee tastings and workshops in the first week of August.
When: You want to get on the bean’s list.
What: Made-to-order chandeliers at The Yoga House, 153, Chimbai House, opposite St. Andrews Church, Bandra (W), call 65545001 or email
, start at Rs 12,000.
Why: Feeling a little dim lately? Ajit at The Yoga House can hook you up with the brightest bulbs in the chandeliers. The romantic moss green light piece that hangs at this wellness studio isn’t for sale, but it can be specially ordered for you from a Firozabad glass workshop and will cost much less than the ones at Good Earth. First glass!
When: You’re mad-o-watt. Also, check out Golden Maithili’s jewellery exhibit at the Yoga House on Sunday, July 24, 11 am to 7 pm.
Event Round-Up: Horse Riding Boot Camp by White Collar Hippie, James Bond Martini Festival at Hard Rock Cafe, Fair Trade talk at The Hub and more in our event round-up.