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What: Cold Food Company, visit the Facebook group here or call 9820536252 to order, pick-up from a Worli house, Rs 260 for 200 ml of honey sesame salad dressing.
Why: Yakuta Sarkari is one cold 'wich, who brews up a range of condiments (marinades, dressings and dips), salads and cold entrees, all of which she caters through her new(ish) food venture. bpb tried and enjoyed intensely creamy asparagus and cheese mousse as well as honey sesame dressing that magically jazzed up our boring spinach salad. Perfect for your festive soiree!
When: You want all things ice.
What: Nakashi, Gazdar Apartments, Juhu Tara Road, near JW Marriott, Vile Parle, call 26152140, start at Rs 750.
Why: With marble benches, clusters of white flowers and ornate grills that look like they’ve been embroidered by karigars, this new Lucknowi store’s space is prettier than its stock. That’s not to say we didn’t find ourselves some lovelies – nude Benarasi chiffon and yellow Maheshwari cotton kurtas. The collection for men is small, but they have bales of fabric and tailor to size.
When: You need a new conversation thread.
What: The Irish House, High Street Phoenix, next to California Pizza Kitchen, Senapati Bapat Marg, Lower Parel, Rs 165 for a Kingfisher Blue, cocktails start at Rs 300.
Why: A cold Murphy’s beer, gratifyingly greasy fish and chips and the game playing on multiple screens: The brand new Irish House has all the hallmarks of a good Irish pub. Just stay away from the dried-out nachos and prepare for spotty service. Read the full bpb review here.
When: Opened earlier this week.
What: Chachii.com chore completion service, call 7738131051, budget depends on task.
Why: This new service gets a sari-clad, fat-hipped fictional Chachii to run around the city completing your chores. Submit a task on the website (still in beta testing) or via SMS – pick up movie tickets, do groceries, clean room, repair leak, deliver flowers – along with a time line and budget and they will match your request with a vendor in their network. Chalees chore!
When: You have an aunt who can’t.
What: Floral bags by JoyStreet, to order call 9892096656, email
or view the Facebook group here, start at Rs 1,200, introductory 10% off and free home delivery in three weeks.
Why: NIFT educated accessory designer Sudhir Arora plucks the darling buds of May and plants them in rows on faux leather bags coloured in red, army green and deep blue. Hannibal nectar! His sister Bhavya is in charge of marketing these, aims to have them in stores by end of year and is dreaming up a men’s collection as we speak.
When: You’re interested in stem cell research.
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