The Kala Ghoda Arts Festival (KGAF) takes place over 9 days in February each year. Celebrating one of the most iconic and culturally significant districts of Bombay, the festival is a great way to explore and educate oneself about Bombay’s diverse heritage.
Ellipsis is one of South Bombay’s trendiest restaurants. It’s the place where the ‘who’s who’ of Bombay go to see/eat and be seen. It has featured at the top of my ‘Places to Eat At’ list, but I never quite made the trip until this past April, when in celebration of their third anniversary, they launched a week-long discount. In spite of being quite broke at the time (and let’s not kid ourselves, Ellipsis isn’t cheap eats), I figured I’d just take the plunge and make it over there for a meal.
Sometime earlier this month, I accompanied my friend The Tiny Taster to the launch of the ‘Din Bhar and Lunch Menu‘ at The Bombay Canteen in Lower Parel. Honestly, I was actually quite skeptical at first, since I’d heard that the food was a ‘modern take’ on Indian classics – because every time someone tries to re-invent the wheel, I get a little bored – but I was intrigued to know what all the hype was about.
Every single time I hear the name ‘Fantasie Fine Chocolates’ or even just ‘Fantasie’, Bohemian Rhapsody immediately starts playing in my head. Fantasie chocolates have had a soft spot in my heart ever since I was a child – my grandfather would always buy us the chocolate-covered biscuits every time we went to Poona on holiday, so I always associated family and vacation time with them. I still buy them every time I walk into a Fantasie store and they still taste like my childhood. An institution of confections, the brand has been around for 69 years, now led by the effervescent Zeba Kohli. If you haven’t tried Fantasie’s chocolates yet, I suggest you get on board ASAP – you’ll thank me later.
I recently had one of the best meals I’ve had in a long time, at Byblos kitchen + bar. Tucked away near the Costa Coffee in Phoenix Mills, Lower Parel, this new kid on the block is gaining popularity faster than you can say supercalifragilisticexpialidocious. The brainchild of the Behl sisters – Chef Nidhi and entrepreneur Vidhi – five and a half years in the making, Byblos is their interpretation of a childhood spent in the UAE and a deep-rooted love for food.
This past September, I was invited to an event at the Lakeland Store by my dear friend, The Tiny Taster. Lakeland is one of the UK’s top kitchenware brands and has been brought to India by Westside. The meet-and-greet was organised to bring together Baking enthusiasts from all over Pune and introduce them to Lakeland’s range of cookware and appliances.