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What: At-home Cantonese dinners by Chopsticks Food Catering, call Cindy Chan on 9769690924 / 9930780244 or visit http://www.chopsticksfoodcatering.com, start at Rs 800 per person (minimum 6 people) for a set 5 course meal.
Why: If Cindy Chan had to write a fortune cookie message for those who love Indian-Chinese food, she’d probably put her mobile number in it. This would give them access to an authentic Cantonese food service that she (ex-catering manager for the Marriott group, Hong Kong) set up along with chef Ng Mo On from Kowloon, who recently moved to Mumbai. While they cook chicken with Chinese plums, Fu Yung eggs, salted squid and Ma Po tofu in your kitchen, Cindy will ask for scuba diving recommendations and Ng Mo On will challenge you to say his name three times in a row.
When: You want hits by the Tofu Fighters.
What: Zazen Spa, shop no 8 and 9, off E Moses Road, in the lane next to Four Seasons Hotel, Worli, call 24900040 or visit www.zazenspa.co.in, Rs 399 + taxes for a foot massage, Rs 700 for a mangosteen scrub.
Why: The Strokes are in the city and ticket prices are cheap - a foot press is just Rs 399 and a full body massage costs Rs 1,499. You’ll find this and other reasonable beauty treatments at Zazen, a small new spa in Worli where four rooms dressed in bamboo hope to relieve your stress. We tried and sighed after the foot kneads, combined with a back and neck massage conducted by therapist Soju. Dry and non-messy, this ritual is perfect for in-between office hours.
When: You need an (almost) Free Press Journal.
When: Much fuel and many cigarettes were probably burned to source materials for these – recycled paper diaries pieced together with local bus tickets and matchbox covers. Sold under the newly launched label Chamku, these seriously cool note pads are made by travel writer and photographer Neeti Mehra, who is having her first trunk show this weekend. Born OK Please!
When: You’re looking for an artist’s BEST work.
What: Kiteboarding lessons by Kite Surf India, conducted at Mandwa beach (15 kms from Mumbai), call 9930920409/ 9820367412 or visit www.kitesurfindia.com, Rs 2,500 per person for an hour and a half in a group of 4.
Why: When a paragliding instructor finds kiteboarding more interesting, you know the tides have changed. New on Indian shores, Jehan Driver has taken it upon himself to teach you this sport – a cross between paragliding and windsurfing - through his new school Kite Surf India. Classes are just a ferry ride away from Mumbai and taught by an International Kiteboarding Organisation (IKO) instructor from the UK. A basic course (six to ten hours) entitles you to an IKO member’s card that you can use to continue your training anywhere in the world.
When: You want to answer your final boarding call.
Why: Out with Facebook notifications and in with Soulphool’s birthday reminders. This online florist allows you to pre-book flowers for the entire year, ensuring that their best blooms reach your best buds, irrespective of that rusty memory. Soulphool - run by a company that exports flowers to Europe and Japan – features pretty, pricey bouquets and fresh-from-the-garden harvests, but also cheesy lines like “nature laughs in flowers.” Phools!
When: You want to visit the Garden of e-den.
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