Nov 18 2017

Kaitlyn’s Beer Garden, Bandra (W)- Review

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Kaitlyn’s Beer Garden has been around for a while but I got to trying it only very recently. We went for dinner and drinks on a random weekday see what it was like.

Food and Drinks: Since we were invited to try the place, we ordered for small portions of multiple dishes. Here’s all the stuff we had.

Red Lotus cocktail- Vodka, cranberry, litchi and lemon grass (Rs. 450)-This was totally my kind of cocktail- less alcohol and sweet. If that is your thing, you will love it! I definitely did! I usually have just vodka+ cranberry but lemongrass added a whole new flavour to it which was perfect and definitely something I can try at home some day.

Black Currant Basil Belgian shake- Light beer, blackcurrant, basil, icecream (Rs. 450) – Karan called for this very weird ‘Beer shake’. It was just super sweet black currant milkshake with no trace of beer or basil. Totally avoidable!

Shaoxing BBQ Cottage Cheese in Tartlets- Wok tossed shaoxing wine flavoured cottage cheese garnished scallions (Rs. 350) – This tasted a lot like Kung Pao paneer served with fried kadak puris which went well together. Tastewise not bad at all. Wish the paneer was softer.

Shaoxing BBQ Chicken with Shitake & Scallions in Tartlets (Rs.450) – This was the non-vegetarian version of what I had and Karan thought it was not bad either. He just didn’t like the tartlets much cause they were very oily.

Herb Crusted Buttermilk Chicken Fingers with a Dynamite dip (Rs.375) – Karan felt that this dish was just okay. The chicken was a bit chewy.

German style nachos- Grilled onion, Crème Fraiche, Roasted pepper PipperadeMexico meets Germany (Rs. 299) – Let’s just say I’ve had better. The Nachos were fresh out from a Doritos/Cornitos packet which beats the whole purpose of eating Nachos at a restaurant. The onions were oily, there was barely any flavour from the cheese sauce and cream. Tomato salsa or beans could have saved the dish but that didn’t come with the dish.

Margherita pizza (Rs. 399) – The pizza could have been excellent if the crust wasn’t burnt and if there was some more pizza sauce on the pizza. But it was good overall and went well with our drinks.

Sweet Potato Gnocchi with Beetroot Veloute (Rs. 449) – This was by far the best dish we had! The creamy beetroot sauce was delicious and full of flavour. The sweet potato Gnocchi was not as soft as I had wished it to be but the taste was just right and that’s what made it a really good dish.

Ambience– Located at Hill road, above Mc Donald’s, Kaitlyn’s Beer Garden is a chilled out place to hang out with friends over a few drinks and some food. You will find lit up trees between tables which add some warmth to the otherwise grey and rustic look of the place.

Service & Prices– The staff was warm and friendly and helped us with our orders. I’d probably go on a random day to judge the service better since they knew I was there to review. The pricing is proper for the overall experience of the place.

Verdict– Kaitlyn’s Beer Garden is a nice place to hang out but can be better with minor improvements in the food. Looking forward to my next Red Lotus there! J

 Rating- 3/5 

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Apr 5 2016

The American Joint, BKC- Review

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The American Joint 1I was invited to try ‘The American Joint’, an Indo-western restaurant that makes organic food. The moment I read ‘Organic’ I knew I had to visit it. They had a special menu for us bloggers and influencers as a part of their pre-opening trials and to get some honest feedback. Well, here is mine.

The American Joint, BKCFood and drinks-There were limited items on the Foodie menu but trust me we tried almost everthing so I’m briefly going to write what I liked or didn’t like about the stuff we had.

  • Lemonade Stand- So this is supposed to be your regular Nimbu pani using organic lemons but ends up being a real thirst quencher which refreshes instantly. It tasted like Mosambi juice with a lemon twist and it wasn’t even that sweet! I highly recommend this!
  • Southern sweet tea- This is basically your regular tea that’s cold sans milk. I didn’t like it much but if you’re a tea addict, this would be a great cooler in the summer.American Joint
  • Tex Mex Taters- These are basically jacket potatoes topped with beans, cheese, tomatoes, onions, olives and jalapenos. Taste-wise it was ok and would be way better if had with a nice sweet-spicy sauce.
  • Hummus To-You- This is hands down the best dish we had at The American Joint. It was perfect in every way. Right from the flavour of the hummus to the soft Pita bread, this is a definite must have at the restaurant and the best Hummus+pita I have ever had. I swear the first word that came from my mouth was ‘YUM’! Karan, my husband agrees.American Joint
  •  Southwestern COBB- This is one salad I would love to have everyday. Neatly portioned, you will find lettuce, beans, bell peppers, American corn and cheese. It is served with a creamy cilantro-lime dressing. It’s a great mix of sweetness, garlic, crunchiness and freshness.American Joint c
  • In Queso Emergency- Nacho chips with a delicious cheesy dip consisting of cheddar cheese, tomatoes, chillies and cilantro. I like that they served the dip separately instead of on top so you can have it un-soggy.
  • Mac & Tikka- A concept I’ve never tried before. The usual Mac n Cheese with a Tikka sauce on top. It was decent but I didn’t like that the macaroni was cold under the tikka sauce. Also, I’m not sure if people would like to mix their favourite Mac N cheese with an Indian topping. I for one may not want to have it again only because I like my Mac N cheese as is.American Joint b
  • San Fransisco Garlic fries- Super delicious fries that are too hard to resist. A must have.
  • Bombay Streets fries- These fries had Green chutney and Red chutney on top along with cheese. Both Karan and I didn’t like these fries at all. Somehow the green chutney was slightly bitter and didn’t go with the fries at all. A big no.
  • Say Cheeeese fries- This was a great combination and I’d love to have it again. Super cheesy, super yum.
  • Chilli Cheese Burger- The patty inside was nice and crisp, the bread was soft. The right amount of chilli and cheese.American Joint
  • Coffee & Donuts- The donuts I didn’t enjoy much. They were hard from inside and didn’t taste that great. The Choco-coffee dip on the other hand was delicious. I think instead of the donuts, if there was a mildly sweet sponge cake to dip inside the lip-smacking Nutella Espresso sauce, it would taste better.
  • Al Cappuccino- This was a nice, regular cappuccino with a lot of foam.

Ambience– The Capital building at BKC is pretty easy to find. Once you do, take the escalator up to the first floor and walk in to The American Joint, a small café-like restaurant with an open kitchen. You will find lots of green, brown and white, giving it a clean, earthy feel. The aromas of some of the dishes will pull you in and make your mouth water.

IMG_20160329_213520279 hService– We had gone there much before the restaurant even started so the staff was completely unaware about the items on the menu and didn’t quite place our orders properly. However, the owners of the restaurant were there and helped us quite a bit.

Prices– A thought that would come to anyone at first would be that organic food will be expensive. The people at The American Joint disagree. They source their organic supplies from a farm in Nashik and make sure the customer gets as promised. Their salads are about Rs.225-250, starters for Rs. 180-210, Mains for Rs.275-290, Fries for Rs. 110-120, Beverages for Rs.80-100 and desserts for Rs.75-110. They also have breakfast options priced reasonably. The portion size for all is good.

Verdict– This is one place I would like to go back to and have a hearty meal without feeling a pinch in my pocket. I’d consider it as a ‘Value for money’ place to dine. Go try!

Rating– 4/5

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Oct 29 2015

Ming Yang, Bandra (W)- Review

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Ming Yang 1copyThose of you who know me, are pretty much aware of how I never ate Chinese before… somehow I never understood how people liked Chinese. Five Spice sort of changed that for me. Thankfully, otherwise I would have never gotten down to trying Ming Yang which has some very interesting Chinese food and has been around for almost fifteen years! I can’t wait to tell you about my experience there!

Food & Drinks– Our night started with this interesting and sweetish Wine cocktail made by Ming Yang’s very own award winning bartender- Navneet.  It’s called ‘Beijing Bellini’ and is a mix of Lychee syrup, lemongrass bitters and sparkling wine (prosecco).  We were introduced to Chef David who is the master of all the delicious dishes you get to eat at Ming Yang, Bandra. He and his team made our stomachs very happy that night. The sweet roasted cashews dipped in Chilli flakes that are complimentary and are placed at every table just made my day! I knew my experience at Ming Yang was going to be nothing less than ace.

Ming Yang 2 copy I had the Veg Hot & Sour soup which was absolutely perfect and had a good mix of veggies inside. Karan had the Lung Fung soup (Chicken and Lobster) which he said smelled earthy in a way and tasted good too.  Next we tried the ‘Da Ziran’ which was different- a unique combination of vodka, champagne, lettuce and lime juice. It was slightly bitter but if you love veggies, even in your cocktail, do try this one. The starter that I felt stood out among all was the Crispy fried lotus stem tossed in Osmanthus honey. Who knew a lotus could taste so good! It was exquisite and absolutely delectable. I want to go have it right now! The most guzzle-worthy cocktail followed this. They call it the ‘Asian Sling’ (Raw papaya marination with pepper syrup mixed with Gin). As bad as it may sound, it actually was aaahhmazing! Both Karan and I loved it. We then tried Dim Sums both Veg and Non veg. The Sui Mai dim sums (Celery, Carrot & Zucchini dumplings) were slightly bland but went well with the Sichuan Pepper sauce.   Karan tried the Hakka Siu Mai (Chicken + Prawn enhanced with sesame oil seasoning) which he said tasted pretty good. Even before my favourite cocktail from Ming Yang was gulped, another one was at our table. The ‘Panda Tiny’ was at our table, making its presence felt in a small glass decorated with a fragrant Star Anise floating above the frothy tequila, vodka, galangal, five spice and pineapple juice drink. Another starter which tasted and looked a lot like French beans- Kenya beans with Cha Choy and Dry Red Chilli made me feel like I should forget about all the cheese and chocolates and concentrate on eating healthy Chinese food! For Main course we had Burnt Garlic Fried Rice which went very well along with the accompanying gravy based dish which was basically mixed veggies such as Broccoli, Babycorn, Water Chestnuts and beans cooked in Soy sauce. Karan had a Fish dish and a Chicken dish which he liked too.

Ming Yang 3 copyAfter all of this, we were pretty stuffed and before we could have any more, we needed to slow down with some tea, just like the Chinese so we tried two new types of tea. One was called Silver Needles (White Tea) served in a Champagne glass. This tea was light. The other one was an Oolong tea called Wuyi. This one was much better and it was a good decision to drink it right before dessert.

Now after a short break, it was time for desserts and boy was I excited to try them! We tried their Chocolate Mousse with Caramelized Popcorn and Date pancakes with Vanilla Icecream. I have to say after such a scrumptious meal, I was slightly disappointed with the desserts. I am a big dessert fan, especially of the pastries I’ve been eating from Taj since childhood. Somehow, this just didn’t do justice to the heavenly taste I’ve been indulging in all these years.

Ming Yang 4 copyThe entire meal ended with the most interesting cocktail called ‘Since 1806’. This was primarily Bourbon Whiskey flavoured with Orange peel, Demerara sugar, bitters, a little Old Monk and smoked with an original Cuban Cigar! This is for all those who’d like to sit down with a drink in one hand and a smoke in the other. I found it too bitter for my taste but Karan thought it wasn’t too bad.

 Ambience– It was a preview dinner so we had a staff member showing us around; all the work that’s gone into changing the entire look of the restaurant. Ming Yang used to look like a traditional Chinese restaurant earlier and now it’s transformed into this contemporary, spacious and is more youth-appealing restaurant with a gorgeous view. There are several sections in the restaurant depending on your visit. In case you’ve come with a large group of over fifteen people, there is a nice corner with a long table just for your group. There’s also a section that’s ideal for business meetings and romantic meals together.

Service– One thing you would know if you’ve been to any Taj property whether it is a restaurant or a cake shop or a receptionist at the hotel- the service is top notch. I would like to especially like to thank Navneet- the bartender, Ernest, Mohan, Pritam for serving us, Ritesh- the restaurant manager and Erica for enlightening us on the different teas that were there. We had the most amazing service and that alone could be a reason to keep visiting Ming Yang.

Prices– Being a five star hotel, the prices too are quite high but you get the quality you would expect and it’s worth the money you’re paying for. All the cocktails we had were for Rs. 700 each. The Veg and Chicken starters cost Rs. 750 each, Dim Sums Rs. 500-550, Sea food starters range from Rs. 1250 and go up to Rs. 1800. The vegetarian soups are for Rs. 500 while the non-veg ones are for Rs. 525-575. The vegetarian main course is between Rs. 800-900, chicken for Rs. 1100 and sea food ranges from Rs. 1725 and goes up to Rs. 3500. The teas are all priced at Rs. 350 plus taxes per pot. The desserts which I didn’t like at all are for Rs. 500 and Rs. 700. Add taxes to all of this and calculate about Rs. 2000 per head with alcohol for a full meal.

Verdict– Ming Yang is a great place to go indulge in Chinese food for those of you who love the cuisine. Do not forget to have the Asian Sling (cocktail) and the Crispy friend Lotus stem! Oh my God! Now I’m craving that God damn Lotus stem! *mouth watering*

Rating– 4/5

 

 

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Jul 6 2015

Wok Express, Bandra (W)- Review

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Wok Express 2It’s been a while since I’ve written a review of any restaurant. Well, I guess being married keeps you busy in some way or another whether it’s paying social visits to relatives or figuring out news ways to having a good work life. Since my husband is as much or perhaps an even bigger foodie than I am, he has been accompanying me to most of my Foodie meets where he tells me how the non-veg food is and I continue to enjoy my Veg food. Anyhow, here’s a place I went to recently at Pali Hill. This one’s another Wok place that’s now competing with several others such as Wok Hei, Wok in the box, Wok this way, Wok & Roll, All Stir Fry, etc. How good was Wok Express? Read on.

Wok Express 3Food– We started our evening with Bubble Teas by Boba. Now, we tried their Strawberry, Guava, Coffee Vanilla, Thai and Peach flavours out of which I liked Guava and Strawberry flavours the best but I would not recommend the bubbles (tapioca balls) ‘cause they’re chewy and taste weird, leaving an aftertaste I did not like. Karan liked the Thai Bubble tea the best. The coffee vanilla was more like watery cold coffee with the bubbles. Euh! Along with our iced teas we tried some Dim sums/Dumplings. The Crystal Dumpling (filled with carrot, mushroom and water chestnuts) tasted alright but the outlayer was super sticky. The other Veg Dumpling- Edammame & Truffle Dumpling was hands down the best dumpling I’ve ever had. Filled with Edamame flavouring, mashed potato, topped with carrot, we all agreed that it was melt in your mouth types and well made, an absolute MUST HAVE at Wok Express. Next we tried the Veg Bun. The sweetness and thickness of the rice bun mixed with the gingery, mushroomy flavours inside it didn’t go too well with my palette and I put it down after two attempts. It was now Wok time and like other Wok places, you choose your veggies, sauce, rice or noodles and garnishing. I chose the Udon noodles with veggies in Kung Pao sauce garnished with burnt garlic, peanuts and fried onion. I thought the Udon noodles were well cooked but the Kung Pao sauce lacked the sweetness and spiciness that I would expect. It was somewhere in between. It was a lot to finish though even though I had a medium size, the quantity is perfect especially if you plan to have just a Wok. Karan went for the Sambal sauce with chicken and left it at two bites because of how bland it tasted. For dessert we tried the Wok Kachang dessert which was more like a Roohafza flavoured Milkmaid Gola served in a plastic glass garnished with peanuts, or was it the Tab Tim Grob? Uhh…they tasted the same except that one had water chestnuts at the bottom and the other had peanuts on top. Avoidable.

Ambience– Wok in the box is located at Pali Hill, Bandra in place of Pinkberry Yoghurt and close to 5 Spice. They serve dim sums, bubble teas and of course customizable woks. The furniture is well spread out, giving each group their space. So even when it’s full, people can still walk up to make their Wok at the counter. They don’t have a washroom though so do all the deeds before getting there otherwise, like me you would have to go to the 5 Spice loo. Also, unfortunately on the day we went, their exhausts weren’t working and because of that, our eyes were burning and watering due to the spices and herbs used in cooking.

Wok Express 1Service– It’s all self service so there’s not much I can say in that department.

Prices– Given the fact that going to a restaurant now cannot happen too often because of the amount of taxes and cost of making food ends up becoming a burden on our head, Wok Express plays it safe between the reasonable eateries and the more expensive ones. Out here, if you have a medium sized wok and a drink, you pay about Rs.300 for a meal that will fill you up to the brim. The Veg Woks, medium size are for Rs.190 Chicken/Fish for Rs.210 and Prawns for Rs. 240. Large sized woks- Veg- Rs. 250, Chicken/ Fish- Rs.280 and Prawns for Rs. 310.a If you plan to share a starter plus wok plus drinks/ dessert it would make sense too. The Dumplings cost about Rs. 250. The Bubble teas are priced at Rs. 70 each. The dessert is priced at Rs. 100. Have it if you must.

Verdict– In a nutshell, Wok Express will have to up their game and make more flavourful food to want customers visiting again. Apart from the Edammame & Truffle dumpling, I don’t have any other reason to go back there.

Rating– 2/5

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Jan 13 2015

Biryani360, Bandra (w)- Review

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Biryani360 RoochsterSo I’ve tried biryani at many places in Mumbai and inadvertently it’s only been ordered ‘cause there’s still some space in the stomach after eating some naan and sabzi. Other than that I’d have some biryani at weddings. Yeah, so I am a vegetarian and I don’t find biryani fascinating the way a non-vegetarian would find it that too because of the mutton, mostly.  Lucky, Harpal, Copper Chimney, Samrat, Santoor, Shiv Sagar are a few places I have eaten biryani at. I also tried some in Hyderabad when I went there since ‘Hyderabad Biryani’ is so famous (Nothing to brag about, really!) Oh but let me not forget the most ridiculously  ridiculous ‘Birizza’ (Pizza Biryani) from Pizza Hut. So that’smy little summary of how important biryani is in my life. And then came Biryani360. *drum roll*

The Build up– So on a random day I received an email from the very good looking Shayan Italia who is the man behind Biryani360. I was on my honeymoon then and promised I would get in touch in January once back. After many email exchanges, we froze on Friday night to try some Veg Biryani. Karan (mi amor) and I went to his place along with blogger Uday and his friend. Now Karan being a complete non vegetarian and not-interested-in-biryani-because-of-all-the-oil-and-garam-masala kinda guy, he was a bit apprehensive and not excited at all to go try the biryani with me. But well, things did change the moment we entered Shayan’s place. The aroma of saffron mixed with flavourful herbs and rice filled our nostrils. The next half an hour or so Shayan spoke about how Biryani360 as a concept came along sprinkling some PR dust onto us and while all that was going on, all I could think about was the biryani!

The Experience– As we sat on the dining table, Shayan filled some Biryani360 onto our plates and left us there to photograph, analyze, savour, compare and feast on the mouth watering Biryani and raita. After taking our first bites all of us gave him our nod of approval and gobbled up every morsel. Once we told him how we felt about it, he gaveus a small serving of some Lucky Biryani. Now let’s compare.

  • Oil: Biryani360– Very little oil and the vegetables are cooked to perfection. Lucky– Rice and veggies soaked in oil.
  • Spices and flavours: Biryani360– Just the right amount of spicy, using natural herbs and spices. Lucky– Oil overpowering the spices and flavours.
  • Freshness: Biryani360– No artificial colours or preservatives. The biryani stays fresh only for upto 6 hours. Lucky– Has colours, preservatives and can be consumed even after 12 hours.
  • Price point: Biryani360– Light on the stomach but heavy on pocket. Lucky– Heavy on stomach and pocket friendly.
  • Portion: Biryani360– Portion only for one person. Lucky– Portion sufficient for two people.

So after some comparisons, I have gathered that Biryani 360 is the sure shot healthy option. However, there are pros and cons which I shall mention too.

Pros of Biryani360:

  • A good meal option for office goers.
  • The biryani is rich in herbs, spices and uses very little oil so it is good for those struggling to maintain weight.
  • It is undoubtedly yummyinmytummy, thoughtfully made with the finest, premium
  • The raita that comes along with the biryani is lip smackingly delicious! It goes very well with the biryani.
  • The Veg biryani is given equal importance (if not more) as compared to the Un- Veg biryani so a non-vegetarian will also love the veg biryani without the pieces of chicken or meat.

Cons of Biryani360:

  • 360 for a Veg Biryani is a bit much for a regular meal. So for a family of 4, spending Rs. 1440 on just Biryanithat too to be eaten at home would be quite expensive.
  • They only accept online payments.
  • No dining in as of now. Once they begin operations, the delivery will be limited to Bandra and Khar.
  • No variety. Vegetarians can eat only one type of Biryani. Non-vegetarians can have Un-Veg or Veg biryani which is still a limited choice.
  • If the ingredients are premium and fresh, having potatoes and paneer variations in Biryani would be another reason for one to call for the biryani more often.

Verdict– My mouth is watering as I say this… Biryani360’s biryani is the best Veg Biryani I have ever had and highly recommend you to try it atleast once. The raita is super amazing too! It is a bit heavy on the pocket but I promise you it will be worth every penny! Must try!

Rating– 4/5

 

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Apr 19 2013

Vikas Marwah’s Hair & Beauty Salon, Bandra (W) – Review

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Vikas Marwah's hair & beauty salon, bandraI’ve made use of some really awesome deals on Timesdeal.com and I thought Vikas Marwah’s Hair & Beauty Salon would be one of them with the amount of services they were offering in the deal. Lekin afsos, galat choice! Read why.

The salon– Located at Hill Road, Bandra, this is Vikas Marwah’s second salon. The first one has been around for a while at Lokhandwala Andheri. So, I went to the Bandra one after taking an appointment and informing them about the ‘deal’. The salon is of a decent size and looks ok.

The Deal– Hair Deep Conditioning, Loreal Hair Spa, Head Steam, Head Massage, Hair Cut, Blow Dry Styling worth Rs. 4500 for just Rs. 500! Sounds amazing, right? Yes, this is why I didn’t think twice before taking it! It’s a steal deal! Now, the catch is that all these things get over in less than 40 minutes when you actually go there! For those of you who get hair spas often would know that the entire process involves 5 mins of hairwash, 5 mins of applying the hair spa, half an hour of massage, 10 mins of steam and 5 mins to rinse. So that’s about an hour when you go to any other salon. Do the math for the remaining offers in the deal!

The Experience– After taking an appointment, I reached the salon and was made to wait for about 15 mins. Vikas Marwah himself was there so I didn’t say anything. Also, they seemed to be understaffed because there was just him and a lady doing all the work. When my turn finally came, I was asked if I’d like a haircut by him (Rs. 500 more) or by the lady. I didn’t care because I wanted a trim so I said I’m ok with the lady cutting my hair. Once the hairwash was over, Mr. Marwah himself started applying the hair spa cream. I was like ‘Waah’! So nice that the owner is down to earth and does these things himeslf. Then the massage started and got over in 5 minutes. I didn’t even relax completely and it was over. But I do know that I felt as if my brain was dented with the amount of pressure he put with a combination of a rush and frustration. I chose not to say anything thinking there’s a lot left. But I was wrong! My hair was then tied and it was time for steam. This went on for about 7 minutes. I was taken next for a hairwash by the lady after which she trimmed my hair. Barely any cutting involved. Luckily, Vikas Marwah decided to do the honours by atleast blow drying my hair properly. And that was that.

Verdict– So I was just thinking…They claim that all these services are worth Rs. 4500. They either think the customers are stupid or are trying to cover up losses by conning people with their so-called deals! Understaffed with bad service and no value for money, Vikas Marwah’s Hair & Beauty salon is the worst salon I have ever been to! Sorry but it’s the truth!

Rating– 1/5

 

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Jan 5 2013

Silent protests against ‘Rape’

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‘Rape’- The crime of forcing another person to submit to sex acts, especially sexual intercourse.

An unfortunate incident took place on 16th December 2012 in Delhi. A 23 year old young girl was brutally raped and physically abused by 6 men in a moving bus. Her friend was also beaten up with an iron rod when he tried to protect her. The girl and the boy were then thrown off the bus naked and badly injured on the cold streets. Several cars passed by but noone stopped to save them. On 29th December 2012, the girl succumbed to internal injuries and passed away.

We read the papers and we know that these heinous crimes are taking place every single day in large numbers. All these years we’ve read, grimaced and moved on only to read more such articles in the newspaper the next day. As horrible as it is, it has become a harsh reality of life that is difficult to overcome. Delhi’s always been known as unsafe for women be it at day or night because of the number of rape cases reported and the unknown number or rapes going unnoticed because of fear of what the society will say.

We’ve let it go all these years but there needs to be an end to this. This little girl wanted to live. If I was in her place, I’d prefer to die. Being called a ‘rape victim’ can make a person feel very very small. Indeed she was a brave girl and so India called her Nirbhaya. She’s been an inspiration to many of us in India and abroad. People started voicing their opinions on blogs, Facebook, Twitter and even in huge protest rallies all over India.

This had to happen some day and I’m glad it finally did. In order to set things straight we need to speak up. I as a woman need to be feel secure about going out at night without any fears. To be able to go out wearing whatever we want is our right and nobody can force us into anything. We’d like to feel safe without having to need another man to protect us.

There have been so many protests in all parts of the country since that day. The rapists should be punished in the most horrible way. All those sick bastards who shamelessly strip a woman of her respect and dignity should be punished. Fast track courts will never be fast enough for India because by then the woman who’s been raped might just kill herself or die because of the harm already done.

One can only hope and pray that these things don’t happen and the ones who’ve committed these crimes be punished in a way they rightfully deserve.

A friend and I were hanging out at Carter road on the 1st of Jan 2013 and we randomly came across these silent protestors. Thought I’d share my views and the pictures in my own way.

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Dec 18 2012

Piccoli Tortini, Bandra (w) – Review

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Piccoli TortiniThanks to Burrp I got to go try the very classy cafe- Piccoli Tortini in Bandra. Here’s my review.

Food– Piccoli Tortini means small tart in Italian and the place sure does live up to its name. As we were expected to come drop in from our Christmas trail, the menu was pre-decided for us. We tried their Veg paninis- tomato, mozzarella and basil which were yum. Next, we tried the chocolate cupcake which was decent and the ‘piccoli tortini’ which was made of ricotta cheese and was just the right amount of sweet! Now that was definitely the highlight and I think you’ll love it too! The Pumpkin spiced cupcake was not bad either. I didn’t like the cinnamon taste in it though. The cold coffee was very ordinary and could have been better. And of course, since this is an Italian cafe, you’ll find pizza, pasta, starters here besides the regular coffees and teas.

Ambience– Located at Bandra west on Hill road, Piccoli Tortini just like its name, is a tiny place hidden behind a bus stop, very close to Mocha Mojo. Very classy, very pretty and very feminine, the cafe is an ideal place for girlfriends to catch up and relax. The interiors, furniture, the cutlery, menu and even tissues are lovely!

Service– The staff seem courteous and seem to be settling in as of now. We however had the opportunity to be served by the owner herself so we obviously got more attention and gave her our feedback on the spot.

Prices– Ok so this cafe is definitely on the expensive side. The cupcakes which are medium sized cost Rs. 90 each, a Veg panini costs Rs. 195, the little tortini costs Rs. 70, a cappuccino costs Rs.185 and all this plus taxes amounts to quite a bit. So to have an evening out with the girls might just turn out to be a high ended affair. The quality is definitely good but the sizes don’t justify the costs and that is where the problem lies.

Verdict– Piccoli Tortini is a beautiful cafe in Bandra that oozes warmth and love but all at a price. You must have the little ricotta cheese tortini!

Rating– 3/5

 

 

 

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Aug 30 2012

Lagerbay, Bandra (W)- Review

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Lager… chunari mein daag…  (Not many will get this one) Anyway!

Thanks to Burrp, I won myself a lunch pack voucher for one at Lagerbay, Bandra which consists of 1 soup/salad, 1 main course, 1 dessert and 1 beer/iced tea. Now, since I obviously wouldn’t go alone and eat, I asked my friend Fash to join me and we decided to split the lunch pack between the two of us.

Food– We called for a Veg Caesar salad- lettuce, bell peppers, broccoli, mayonnaise, croutons and parmesan cheese (very unlike me to have salad but its better than boring soup atleast!). It actually was quite nice with the right amount of everything. Now, since I don’t drink alcohol, we called for a Black Currant iced tea but it had no trace of Black Currant, we were pretty sure. It tasted like normal lemon iced tea to both of us, not bad but not our order! For main course we had their Paprika Cream Penne pasta which was very good but also bland. I had to add salt and seasoning to make it right. For dessert we decided to try the Blueberry cheesecake which was just ok. It was nice and soft, yes, but it didn’t have the right base- it was super thin and barely made any difference to the cheesecake which it ideally should. I think their gooey chocolate cake would’ve been a better option. The options for the lunch pack are many which is a very good thing and the quantity is perfect! You wont feel the need to eat more if you’re pigging out on this offer alone.

Ambience– Lagerbay is at Waterfield road Bandra west, Subway ke saamne. They’ve got a huge space and have made it look fun and yet classy. The red couch is sexy and they haven’t overdone anything on the walls. I also love the music they play. We went for lunch and most of their lights were switched off, letting as much natural light in as possible. Also, the music was not loud and thumping like a pub’s. The music was good and completely appropriate for the time we went.

Service– The guy who took our order was sweet but looked a little nervous when we asked him about the contents of the various salads. So the staff could be better informed. Also, our food arrived pretty quickly but they got the salad and main course at the same time which is not a good thing.

Prices– Since I won the voucher, I didn’t have to pay anything but otherwise 600 bucks for a 3 course meal with a drink is not bad. But Fash made me think again. This offer is valid only from Monday to Saturday from 11am to 6pm. Not many people would spend Rs.600 for lunch on a working day just like that. The contents of the lunch pack are perfect and super filling for one person though.  Food for thought.

Verdict– The lunch pack is not a steal deal for sure but I like the place and would recommend it to those who wanna grab a drink after work or over the weekend and go to a fun place with good music.

Rating– 3/5

 

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Aug 2 2012

CityBliss- Wellness on Wheels, Mumbai- Review

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The first thing that caught my attention about CityBliss was the fact that it’s a spa on wheels! What a great concept that I just had to try it!

Spa on wheels? CityBliss, Wellness on Wheels is based in Bandra, Hill Road but they travel all over Mumbai to serve you. They have a metallic blue van which is fully equipped to offer you a great spa experience while you travel from one place to another. They have various therapies such as Foot Reflexology, Head Massage, Face Massage, Spa Manicure & Pedicure and Facial that can be done in the movable spa. The idea struck Swadeep Patil (the owner) when he was travelling in 2010. One thought led to another and before he knew it, he had a spa on wheels ready by June 2011 which started its blissful journey across Mumbai.

I took my best friend Komal along so we could try CityBliss together and plus I wanted some company to go to Mahim market for shopping so she came along gladly. We started off at Colaba and decided to go for half n hour of foot and half n hour of head massage. A lot of my friends were apprehensive about the whole spa on wheels deal thinking it would be some shady van with shady masseurs and so they asked me to be very careful. Luckily, I didn’t have to worry about any of that because the van was luxurious with polite and efficient staff. Also, we could see where we were going thanks to the camera attached to the front of the van and the screen in front of us.

Haha funny thing happened. Before getting the spa, Komal asks her masseuse, “So are you from Thailand?” The masseuse replies, “No we are from Manipur”. LOL! Popat!

The Experience– As we sat on the recliner chairs, we were given cute jute chappals to switch into which we barely wore for like 10 seconds and a soft sheet to cover ourselves. Our feet were washed with warm water and soap and then dried. Our massage started immediately then with Natures Co.’s lemon grass oil. The masseuses skillfully massaged our feet upto our knees, with perfect pressure. Komal and I were enjoying everyminute of it and before we knew it, our half n hour was over and our feet were wiped off with warm wet napkins. The next half n hour was going to be the head massage and we both knew we’d like that better. Our recliners were further reclined to rest our heads comfortably and their fingers worked their magic on our head, neck, back and arms with Rosemary oil from Nature’s Co. and relaxed us completely. We didn’t even realise where our half n hour went; I was almost asleep because of how blissful it was. Soon, we reached our destination, thanked them and left. The massage was truly amazing.

How much? For a truly luxurious, convenient and blissful experience, CityBliss comes at a price. If you book the van for 2, a foot/head massage for 30 mins (upto 10kms) would cost Rs.675 + taxes per person.  60 minutes (20kms) would cost Rs. 1050 + taxes per person and so on. If you choose to go alone, you’d be paying Rs. 900 + taxes and Rs. 1400 + taxes respectively. This cost is to save your travel money to go from one place to another and to make sure your time is blissfully spent. So I wouldn’t say its very expensive considering the value and quality of service.

Where and when? The van does not travel to Navi Mumbai, Thane, etc. and they operate from 11am to 11pm so make sure you book your appointment accordingly. Also, if your spa gets over in half n hour and you haven’t reached your desired location yet because of traffic, don’t worry, they wont throw you off the van. You can either sleep it off or extend your massage.

Websitehttp://www.citybliss.com/

Verdict– In between erratic schedules and crazy traffic in Mumbai, take a breather with CityBliss’s Spa on Wheels and just relax. If you know someone who’s getting married or want to gift someone something different and awesome, this is it! I recommend!

Rating– 4/5

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