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bpb Contest: We’re giving away 5 Indulgence Hampers worth Rs 2,500 each, from Nature’s Basket. Plus, one lucky winner will get to attend an event hosted by Masterchef Australia judges Gary Mehigan and George Calombaris on Monday, October 22, at one of the Nature's Basket outlets in the city. Check our Twitter feed (@bpbmumbai) at 11 am today (Friday, October 19) to know more. Contest closes at 6 pm.
What: Starbucks opens in Mumbai, Elphinstone Building, Horniman Circle, next to Croma, Rs 95 for a short cappuccino, Rs 125 for a short cafe mocha, Rs 140 for a chicken panini.
Why: Macchiato and mirror work runners, hot chocolate and haathi-shaped tables at Starbucks’ first Mumbai outpost, which looks like a split-level cross between LPQ and Cottage Industries. We can’t say we love the clichéd Indian touches – others include photographs of taxis and ornate wall carvings – that we spotted at a sneak peek yesterday, but the good news is that the coffee is spot on (we tried the caramel Macchiato, cafe mocha and Americano) and cheaper than we expected. In addition to muffins and butter croissants from the international menu, there’s a bunch of Indianised snacks like the murg tikka panini, elaichi mava croissant and chatpata wrap. Get the yum and flaky Konkan mutton twist, but avoid the average chocolate chilli éclair. Full review out soon!
When: Brews Almighty opens today, October 19.
What: Dishoom necklace by Nyingu, to order call 09845020432 or view the Facebook page here, Rs 1,800, shipping across India.
Why: Inspired by 1970s arcade game Space Invaders, we’re gunning after this Dishoom necklace crafted from laser cut acrylic with gold cross stitched pistol for pixelated video game effect. This is sold under Bangalore-based graphic designer Smita Sajnani’s jewellery label Nyingu (named after her Lhasa Apso, who’s named after the Tibetan term for ‘pure heart’) that also retails Tetris and Ms Pac-Man neckpieces. Word of advice: skip the overdone wing and moustache pendants.
When: You need a shiny new Sex(y) Pistols cover.
What: Mr. Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan, Rs 1,136 on Flipkart, or free e-book download on Tuebl.com.
Why: This is a two-for-the-price-of-one recommendation, a book we love and a website we have grown scarily dependent on. Mr Penumbra’s
24-Hour-Bookstore is the coolest book of the year, so good that we want to stop strangers on the street and tell them about it - or at least urge you, dear reader, to partake of its manifold Google-meets-books, New York-meets-San Francisco, Dan Brown-meets-Jaron Lanier pleasures. We bought our copy on Flipkart (it has a glow in the dark cover!), but pirates, you can get the Kindle edition for free at www.tuebl.com.
When: You want to kill two words with one stone.
What: Good Food Day at ITC Grand Central, 287, Dr B Ambedkar Road, Parel, call 24101010 to make a reservation, Rs 1,500 per head per restaurant, book your ticket and see menu details online here.
Why: Sure, there are too many cooks, but the broth promises to turn out anything but spoiled. This weekend, BBC Good Food magazine is bringing together chefs Gresham Fernandes (Smokehouse Deli), Jaydeep Mukherjee (Indigo Deli), Nikhil Chib (Busaba), Viraf Patel (Café Zoe) and Pooja Dhingra (Le 15 Patisserie) to cook with ITC Grand Central’s in-house chefs. The result: eight course meals - you can choose between Indian, European and South East Asian - at one of the hotel’s three restaurant spaces. We suggest you skip breakfast and the previous night’s dinner.
When: Captains Cook on Sunday, October 21, between noon and 3 pm.
What: Crude Area, online graphic art marketplace, visit www.crudearea.com, visit the Facebook page here.
Why: The content on this website will be graphic in nature and we can’t wait to browse its e-walls for sexy, affordable illustrative art. Jollies good! Conceptualised by Bindu Nair Mitra, ex-editor of Kyoorius design magazine, and Shweta Bhandari from Webchutney, this online marketplace will sell art according to themes like superheroes, fashion, typography, humour, film and more. You have the option of choosing frame sizes, paper/canvas and gift certificates.
When: Brush Hour strikes at the end of October.
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