Kiehl’s is synonymous with skincare. Established in New York in 1851, they’ve been providing skincare solutions to women (and men) all over the world. Ever since they have launched in India, they’ve fast become a name to reckon with in beauty and skincare. I have been a fan of their products, because they are natural yet scientific in origin. In fact I always have my Kiehl’s lip balm on me at all times.
When Kiehl’s called me to organise an ‘Afternoon with Kiehl’s’ at their Malad store, I was elated. Now I had heard of this concept before, and was even invited to one which I was unfortunately unable to attend. The concept is loads of fun. It basically involves bringing together a group of 10-12 women, over an afternoon of skin consultations, product trials, and finger foods. Invitations were sent out, and the word was spread.
Food and travel go hand in hand. Most of us (me included) plan our vacations around local cuisines or food joints we want to try while we are on a holiday. I think good food completes the experience of a good holiday. Mumbai Food Lovers were recently invited to attend a travel workshop titled ‘Come, Plan, Go!’ at Zen Café in Raghuvanshi Mills, Lower Parel.
My incentive to attend this workshop was twofold. Firstly I had heard wonderful stuff about Ansoo Gupta, who would be conducting the workshop. Her experience and knowledge in the field of travel is unparalleled. And secondly, I wanted to taste the special Mango menu that Zen Café has created especially for the summer.
The workshop was useful for newbies like me, who haven’t gone around traveling much. My idea of a holiday is a luxury vacation where I don’t push myself mentally or physically. I think listening to Ansoo changed that perspective in me. She spoke about how easy it is to travel on a budget with low fare budget airlines, youth hostels, and good planning done beforehand. I learnt about forums such as ‘Couchsurfers’ (www.couchsurfing.org) and Air BNB (www.airbnb.com) which make finding staying options in ones budget far more feasible. I left the workshop well informed and motivated to get started for planning my next holiday.
Okay, so my May Fab Bag arrived before time. Usually, this is a reason for excitement, but this months bag had disappointment written all over it. A bunch of products I don’t think I’m really going to use. Nevertheless, I’m sharing what I’ve got this month.
The theme for the May bag was ‘Summer Essentials’. Now if you are putting out a summer themed bag, I would love to see sunscreen in there. But as always, the theme and products in the bag never seem to match. This months bag was a cheery, bright, yellow and black bag. Loved the Taxi hues.
Ours has always been a foodie family. For me family celebrations and good food have been inseparable. Food and family are synonymous for us. I have distinct childhood memories of shelling peas and watching television with mom. Or cutting out interesting recipes for mom from newspapers and magazines. I would then write down these recipes for her in a brown notebook, which we still have preserved.
When my mother and I were invited for a Mothers Day special event hosted by Real Good Yummiez to spend a Sunday morning cooking and eating together, we both jumped. It was an event to honour ‘Maa ke Haath ka Khaana’, where mother-child duos would cook together and whip up signature creations. I was excited because one of my favourite celebrity chefs, Vicky Ratnani would be judging us.
We were at Palate Culinary Studio (www.palateculinarystudio.com) that Sunday morning to try our hand at cooking some yummy dishes. We were given a fixed number of ingredients, sort of like the Mystery Box in Masterchef, and we had to come up with something. Capsicum, curd, raw mango, and Real Good Yummiez products: Hariyali Bites and Chicken Sausages. Check out their products here
We were five teams competing for some droolworthy prizes from Real Good Yummiez. We decided to cook a Sausage Paatiyo. A paatiyo is a traditional Parsi dish which is made with shrimp, and tomatoes. It goes well with traditional Dal rice. The shrimp were replaced with sausages. We also made a yogurt and raw mango dip, which we paired with the Hariyali kababs. Check out the pictures below to see what a fun time we had.
‘There is no better feeling in this world than a warm pizza box on your lap’
Pizza is comfort food. Pizza is happiness. I don’t know anyone who doesn’t like eating a pizza. It’s the most versatile dish. The pizza base acts like a canvas allowing the chef to create whatever he wants on the top. I’ve eaten pizza with the most random toppings: crab meat, chocolate, marshmallows, caviar, nachos and even something called a dhokla pizza. Each one just as unique. Each one just as delicious.