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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.
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