Inspite of being a Bawi myself, I’m constantly craving for good, traditional Parsi food. It’s not something I eat on a regular basis or that gets cooked at home. So whenever my dear friend and fabulous cook Perzen Patel aka Bawi Bride invites me over, I never refuse because I know a food filled evening awaits. Perzen’s blog and subsequently her catering kitchen started off because she had got married and needed to start cooking traditional Parsi food for her family. Armed with a couple of cookbooks and determination she’s mastered the art of Parsi cooking.
She called a bunch of us foodies to her place to celebrate Navroze is the Irani new year, and marks the spring equinox. Navroze is celebrated by laying a table with different elements of nature which are meant to symbolize good luck in the coming year. The celebrations are incomplete without a hearty meal, which is what I was most looking forward too.
Donuts in India are synonymous with the brand Mad Over Donuts (MOD). Everyone’s been going to them for their donut fix since years now. I made meals double and Dark Knight in my college days. They recently launched their range of cupcakes called ‘Cakelings’. Firstly, I really like the name cakelings. Its a play on the word ‘duckling’. These cakelings are slightly smaller than a regular cupcake size, hence the name.
Now I wonder why MOD had to go launch cupcakes, since they were an exclusive donut brand. I guess the cupcake fever and demand spares no one. We were called for a Cakeling Judging session where we were made to try out all the different cupcakes and give our feedback and rate them.
The name ‘Rajdhani’ has become synonymous with Gujarati and Rajasthani thalis. They’ve been in the thali business since 5 decades, serving authentic and homely food. They’ve come a long way since then, having now established at 37 locations across India and the Middle East. Rasovara by the same group, aims at giving us a gourmet, vegetarian thali experience fit for the royals. The restaurant right from the welcome, the service and the food is fit for the kings!
The restaurant is situated on the topmost floor at Palladium, Lower Parel. We were there for lunch, and I recommend that whenever you go visit make sure it’s in the afternoon. The food is so rich and delicious that your bound to overeat and may require a siesta later. We stepped into the restaurant to be greeted by a ‘Chandan teeka’ on the forehead, which is considered to be auspicious. We were then led to our seats and seated in front of these beautiful handmade Kansa thalis. Kansa is a traditional, Gujarati, mix of metals and is believed to have health benefits.
I’ve been subscribing to the Fab Bag (www.fabbag.com) since March, 2013. Back then it was called the Vellvette Box. It was a monthly, little black box that would contain 3-4 sample or full sizes of luxury beauty products. I started off receiving some wonderful brands and products which I would’ve otherwise not bought. Its a great way of trying new stuff. Recently however, I’ve been disappointed with some of the stuff they sent out. Nevertheless, I still carried on subscribing because it was absolute Value-For-Money. But after this month’s Fab Bag fiasco I doubt I will renew my subscription.
February Fab Bag was themed as ‘Fab Bag Crew Favourites’. All the beauty secrets and products that the crew themselves use. The products arrived in a nice, red and black pouch. Here’s all what I got!
Mahabaleshwar is called the Grand Canyon of India. And rightfully so. Vast expanses of greenery, deep mountainous terrain, dizzying heights, narrow roads and chilly weather! Perfect for a weekend getaway. And the amazing local food and produce makes it even more worthwhile for foodies like me to take a trip. So a bunch of us set off this weekend for a getaway. (Which explains the long hiatus from blogging).
The weekend was filled with food, food and only food. We lived between meals, planning the next meal while we ate our first. Out of all that we ate, here are my top three most memorable.