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What: Vinoteca, ground floor, Sunville Building, 9, Dr Annie Besant Road, Worli, call 40046234, Rs 2,300 for a meal for two with sangria.
Why: Wine bottles make kaleidoscopic patterns on menus, masquerade as lights and pour themselves into the making of neat champagne truffles at this new Worli wine bar by Sula. What to get: white wine sangria with fresh strawberries, minced lamb in an aubergine and off-the-menu cabernet shiraz gelato. Skip: Less than-fresh Kingfish and prawns. Also, carry your reading glasses for text heavy wine and tapas menu, and pretty chef who flits in and out of the kitchen. Full review out on Monday, April 16.
When: You want to drink with My Friend Pinot.
What: Trunks for Trunks – new swimwear for men and boys from Love Brand & Co, available online on www.lovebrand.com and in Mumbai at Mal stores, Juhu and Colaba, call 65294224, start at Rs 5,000.
Why: Boys, did you know that your adorable tushy can save the endangered Asian elephant?
Park it in a pair of Trunks for Trunks swim shorts just in from London, and part of the proceeds will go to the Elephant Family. Available in pop colours, nautical stripes and summery cherry, bug and pineapple prints.
When: You want to sport a six pachyderm.
Why: Rose Van Gorder is the blow up doll your do’s been missing. Invite the balloon sculptor (an American national in Mumbai with a performing arts degree from Denmark) to your party and she’ll set up a booth, twisting balloons into anything your heart desires – crazy animals, pouty lips, intricate flowers, hats, handbags, inflated egos. Although the material required for naughty balloons is the same, it requires a “different frame of mind” so inform Rose in advance. Private(s) party, indeed!
When: You need a new air-tell network.
What: bpb Corner at Attic, a curated set of products we love at the store, Bir Sagar, Santacruz (W); and Arthur Bunder Road, Colaba, call 65650444, start at Rs 500.
Why: Standing at the centre of a fashion store, an overwhelmingly large number of products come at you. Take cover in a corner, our corner, where bpb curates and certifies a dozen or so thingamajigs that you should be focusing your mind and money on. The first of the series kicks off at Attic, where under a chandelier of brown paper bags you’ll see a flamingo dress, orange linen shirt, retro lomography camera, picnic booze bottle carrier, vintage sunglasses and more.
When: Your cart needs some heart. Starts today, April 13.
What: Festival Sherpa, online guide to Indian festivals, visit www.festivalsherpa.com, free.
Why: Here, an incredibly cute Sherpa (believes “he’s more than a logo”) guides you through a list of upcoming music, movie, food, literature and cultural festivals across India. With witty descriptions and easy navigation, the website also lets compulsive festival-ers share their experiences, ask questions and follow events for updates.
When: You need a Ne(w) pal.
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