Oct 27, 2014

Food Review - Fat Man's Cafe Mumbai


When Fat Man goes to the gym he likes to eat healthy and this was our mission to gorge on the "healthy" food we could dig in at Fat Mans CafeThe cute and cozy place was swarming with crowd when we entered for a quick mid week meal. 
Fat Mans Cafe is the baby of Rajiv Tandon who also owns Tryst nightclub in Lower Parel Phoneix mills. The vibrant ambience and bright interiors will perk you up on a gloomy day. A look through the menu reveals regular deli fare and more - an all day breakfast range, salads, burgers, appetizers,  sandwiches and mains that include grills, pasta and some Mediterranean fare. 

We ordered egg florentine that was presented neatly but was a let down. I got to know that whole wheat bread cannot be used for this egg dish. The chicken skewers were the usual. Still hungry, we ordered grilled chicken that was executed well but nothing extraordinary. I wish they could be little generous with veggies and have an option of brown rice or quinoa. 

May be I think I didn't order right. I should have gone for a salad or a mezze platter or a spanish omelette. I was in no mood for a sweet splurge. Of late I have heard the food has improved and one must go and savor the desserts. After all, Fat Man's Cafe has to live up to its name. 
Love the cute pin board



Grilled Chicken (My apologies for a blurry picture) 
Chicken Skewers
Eggs Florentine

Fat Man's Cafe is a chirpy and cute place but do not expect Fat Man's Cafe to take you on an unusual culinary journey. 

What I like?
- Cute and cozy place that is perfect for a quick meal at anytime of the day.
- The awesome decor and moderately priced dishes win the brownie points. 

What I didnt like?
- It is really cramped up and they surely cannot cater to large crowds. 
- Few of the dishes can be underwhelming. Do not expect awe-inspiring food. 

Venue: 02226402053, 02226402055
  • Where: Shop No. 9, Kosamba, ONGC Building No. 3 , Near Lilavati Hospital, Bandra West, Mumbai 




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Oct 14, 2014

Ramp it up with Nida and adidas Originals Superstars

Ramp it up with Nida and adidas Originals Superstars


Fashion is something that is inexplicable yet entices everyone. I am excited to tell you that my favorite and quirky Nida Mahmood has collaborated with adidas Originals. 
The collaboration of adidas Originals with Nida Mahmood is the perfect way to gauge the Desi street fashion prevalent in India. The iconic street wear shoes, the superstars have been doing the rounds lately. They channel a whimsical and youthful vibe. Started as a low top basketball shoe they have traveled a long journey since 1969.


I was lucky enough to get a sneak peek of their awesome collection in an exclusive show which happened a while back. I fell head over heels in love with white superstars with an amazing finish and perfect cuts. The detailing of the flowery three strips on the iconic masterpiece adds a bit of feminine outlook to the pair. The print on the strips stands out and converts the shoe into a pretty option to team up with my little white dress with polka dots or ankle length skimpy trousers. In my opinion adidas Originals has been able to maintain the legacy of the most spunky footwear line adding the flavor of rocker-style with each preceding collection and are adopting original styles from the streets all around the world to make superstars the prominent choice for the swag lovers.

But this time adidas Originals wants to team up with you and want to know your original style. If you are a fashion icon/ Graffiti maven/ Ace photographer/ an EDM junkie and have aspirations to make big in life, break the barriers and get ready to spread your punk all across. Splurge your creativity and tell us what is your idea in these four genres and you can be the one to star in the next superstar video of adidas Originals. To know how it can be done, read below:

Getting to the point now, adidas Originals bring an open invitation to bring out your individuality and self expression. Get set and ramp it up with Nida. One lucky person will get a chance to get featured in next adidas Originals Superstars Video. 



All you have to do is: 
1. Choose an artist and share your idea for collaboration using 50 words or an image/video. 
2. If you are chosen you can get a chance to work with them and get famous. 
3. You will get a chance to shoot a video with your star in the next Superstars video. 





The Superstar shoes collection is a perfect way to amp up your look and make a style statement. So unleash your creativity and get going! 



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Oct 12, 2014

Instagram + Life in Pictures

Instagram + Life in Pictures 

The festive season and vacationing is making me a slacker. This is my first post of this month after long hiatus. I have been rejuvenating and observing new things. The travel bug in me hits me again and again. I crave experiences now more than ever from the assorted platter of life. There is something to be gained from every situation. They say there are lessons to be learned from the most sleep inducing budget meetings. I am happy in my cocoon and may be living in denial. But I know I am a liberated girl. There is an intolerance that pervades my soul. 
Perhaps, I can go on and on and keep pouring out the words. But I guess I should sign out. I have a lot of exciting projects, shoots and blog posts coming up. Stay tuned. XOXO. 
Some bling for the day! 
Sometimes simple raw food is the best. Chicken bon bon salad that gets its zip from mustard and peanut dressing at the chilli paneer menu launch at Lemon Leaf, Bandra (Mumbai) 
My all time favorite chickpeas with couscous at Smoke Houe Deli, Mumbai 
Great salads and chargrilled cottage cheese steak with zucchini spaghetti at Brooklyn Shuffle in Pune. Pune break was crazy fun. There are such great places that offer Goan vibe. 
Midnight Guilt free indulgence. One of the best nutrition bars in the world. 
Selfie time at Pune 
Yum cafreal chicken at Treesome Cafe in Andheri, Mumbai
Two years back when mommy used to take my pictures. Check out the complete outfit here (Ladlylike Dressing)
Yummy Basilica salad at my all time favorite place, Suzette. I relish their buckwheat crepes and love going there often for post workout meal. 

Here is my new logo and soon a lot more is coming up. I cannot wait to revamp my blog. 




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Sep 28, 2014

Look Of The Day - Polka Dots

Look Of The Day - Polka Dots
 
You don't need money to look stylish. I know I am cursed with an expensive taste and finer things in life but I know money cant really buy you class. One can have an amazing style quotient without the pricey swag. Every one has a personal style and it might not appeal to everyone.
It is most important that you pay attention to the little things like good hair style, clean hands and feet and most importantly nifty accessories. Accessories take an outfit up a notch and rev up the whole look.
Polka dots are practically seasonless and you can never go wrong with this. In the outfit I am wearing an effortless crop top and a maxi skirt. The crop top balances out the longer hemline of the skirt. Minimal accessories and my all purpose tote from Michael Kors complete the look. Here take a look.
 

 
 
Photograph Courtesy: Rhythmic Focus
 
I am wearing
Maxi Skirt - Fab Alley
Crop top - Fab Alley
Shoes - Steve Madden
Bag - Michael Kors
 
 
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DISCLAIMER 
For those who are viewing this page. I ought to tell you this that it is my opinion and my blog. I am a dictator of taste but I don't inflict myself on you, Period. It is okay to have your own opinion. It is okay to dislike and even criticize. It is okay to think others are jobless and not worth it. It is okay to be jealous of others and mock at them, grimace and continue brooding over it. But you are nobody to inflict yourself and your beliefs on others. You might harbor resentment but the problems spring up when you raise your voice publicly and when your comments will be a slur on others. Because in the process you will be hurting someone and such actions will demean the person. 
I tell you, everyone has their own beliefs and faith in something, even our own opinions and ideas change. But you cant meddle in or snoop into someone's affairs and look  down on them when nobody came up to you personally. I would just say lead your own life in a good way. I had read these beautiful lines somewhere
“Work on self improvement so that you don’t have time for criticizing others.”
It is your choice and it is my choice. What choices I make, it defines me. I have all the love for the people who visit my blog and appreciate my efforts and my interests. I would humbly bow down. XOXO.


Sep 22, 2014

Culinary Marvels - European Union Restaurant Week - Tastes Of Europe


Culinary Marvels - European Union Restaurant Week - Tastes Of Europe

The European Union (EU) announced the launch of its ‘Restaurant Week’ last week. This was a part of its larger campaign ‘Tastes of Europe'. To popularise European cuisine, the EU encouraged consumers to sample an offering of its produce, dairy products and wines. The campaign brought together 10 fine dining restaurants across Mumbai that exclusively served European cuisine for a week. 
The fine dining restaurants that were a part of the promotion include famous names spread across the city such as Olive Bar & Kitchen at Khar, Smoke House Deli at Bandra Kurla Complex, Salt Water Café at Churchgate, Indigo at Colaba, Olio Novotel Mumbai at Juhu Beach, Vetro at The Oberoi, Nariman Point, Maritime By San Lorenzo at Taj Land's End in Bandra, Prego at The Westin, Goregaon, Nido at Khar and Botticino at Trident,in the Bandra Kurla Complex.

Kiwi lime vodka

Star Of The Evening - Snapper with broccoli and spinach 
Oak ash chevre + citrus with passion fruit emulsion salad
House Spice Smoked Chicken + Five Spice Jus 
Asparagus + grapes + toasted flaxseeds




There is nothing like savoring authentic European food at your favorite eatery. A great Friday evening at Smoke House Deli, BKC is all I could ask for to soothe my grumpy olfactory nerves.
A look through the menu revealed interesting salads, mains and drool-worthy desserts. The asparagus salad was interesting and gets it zing from the healthy flax seeds. The salad with fruit emulsion was a bit too sweet for my liking. However, I never thought fruit salads could be so good and innovative. The portions were decent enough as well. 


Coming to the mains, the star of the evening was snapper with spinach and broccoli. It was one of the best dishes I have had lately. You could feel the goodness pervade your senses and it was as exciting as the menu had talked them up to be. I dont usually prefer a heavy carb meal in the night so we ordered house spice smoked chicken with five spice jus. 

What I like? 
Sumptuous food with high quality European ingredients.
My recommendations (Healthy picks aka Fit Food)
Asparagus + grapes + toasted flaxseed
Snapper with broccoli and spinach is to die for. 

 
What I didn't like?
Practically nothing! It was a set menu and very well planned for the ones who don't care about calories and for the ones who can savor scrumptious food guilt free.


Get to know more about European cuisine and other activities here: Tastes Of Europe



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Sep 15, 2014

Instagram + Vogue Fashion Night Out + Life in Pictures

Instagram + Vogue Fashion Night Out + Life in Pictures 

There are days when I don't feel like putting down my thoughts tumbling through my head. It is a Monday night (almost midnight), I went for a good 6.6 km run post work. Early morning, sleep deprivation, monday blues and  traffic snarls have fatigued me out. One of those days when the sheer sights, the crowds and myriad sounds sap all the energy out of you. However with my caffeine shot I mustered up the energy to go workout and get a burst of endorphins (happy hormones). So I finally hunker down to publish my blogpost sitting in drafts. Nothing calms down frayed nerves better than soothing sea breeze and sweat inducing workout. 
Here are snippets of how I spent my previous days in pictures. Vogue Fashion Night Out in Mumbai was super fun. A shopping extravaganza event with oodles of glitz and glamour. There were live mannequins, tattoo artists and chocolate truffles to pamper us at DIESEL. Take a look. 
 A quick post work salad in the night before a movie! I watched If I Stay. It is a cute, simple and romantic flick. 
 Details from one of the outfits from DIESEL 
My new found love - Loose Powder from CLINIQUE (MRP: 2600 INR) that comes with a roll on brush. I so cannot do without it before stepping out. I have a combination skin and it does not make my T-Zone look greasy.
Fun with Blogger friends and work friends at DIESEL during Vogue Fashion Night Out, Mumbai. I am wearing Dress from DIESEL. 

Mandatory Selfie at Vogue Fashion Night Out, Mumbai 
There is nothing like coming home to the goodies and presents. The Baker’s Table, Mumbai surprised me one fine day. 




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Sep 11, 2014

Culinary Delights - Gaylord

Culinary Delights - Gaylord 

One of the oldest places in town needs no introduction but surely needs online presence. Gaylords one of the unique heritage place is known for its bakery and delicacies where every dish has its story. The place has been revamped with a modern twist and it dishes out regular European and Indian fare. 
I was invited to be part of the chef’s table at Gaylord, Church Gate for cocktails and dinner. It used to be a one level restaurant but now it has gone up a notch. New dishes have been introduced with the likes of pastas, spaghettis, etc. The place was packed even on a weekday and the friendly vibe around is perfect to chill after a hectic day. 

I fell in love with fish tikkas and prawn cocktails for the starters. For the mains I stuck to loads of veggies and roasted chicken for a nutrient rich and power packed meal. 
The places and the dishes remind you about Kolkata. They have a well established bakery now with an assorted variety of desserts and breads. Though I am not a dessert person everyone around enjoyed the raspberry mousse and caramel custard. I tried the poached peaches with spiced wine which had a pungent taste and a tingling after taste that lasts in your mouth for long.

Food Grid (ClockWise) > Grilled veggies, poached peaches in spiced wine, yummy spinach (lasauni palak) and grilled veggies
Yummy prawn cocktail with eggs 
Selfie with my favorite blogger Bhakti 
Their exciting bakery hamper 



Verdict: An old classic favorite place of all the Mumbaikars that still lives up to its charm and reputation. The revised menu offers a classic take with a modern twist. 

What I like?
- Impecable service
- Signature dishes: Lahori fish tikkas, roast chicken bacon, pomfret Meuniere

What I didnt like ?
- GayLord is the place that needs no introduction and has been in everyone’s culinary escapade for years. However they could introduce some buffet options.
- In terms of continental cuisine it is still ‘old school’ and some new dishes could be introduced. 

Cuisine: Continental, Indian, Tandoori 
Contact Number: 22044693, 22821259
Where: Mayfair Building, VN Road, Churchgate, Mumbai
Pocket Pinch: Meal for 2 − 2000 INR (without alcohol) 
Rating: 3.5/5



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Sep 9, 2014

How to Choose Best Sunglasses

How to Choose Best Sunglasses


There is nothing like sunglasses to make you feel glamorous and beautiful. However the best sunglass is not necessarily the most expensive or beautiful one but one that highlights your individual features the best way possible. Shopping for sunglasses is not easy and you may need several trials before you get the perfect shades for your lovely peepers. However the good news is that there are fixed guidelines to know what would exactly work well for every face shape. Follow the pointers below to learn the art of sunglass selection.

Aviators for heart shaped faces

Pull your hair back from your face and trace the outline of your face against the mirror. If the shape which emerges is heart shaped then you must have a wide brow and a narrow pointy chin. Aviator sunglasses look glamorous on heart shaped faces. You can find a terrific collection of aviator sunglasses on koovs. The best aviator sunglasses will come with U.V protection features and will be enhanced with a comfortable grip. There are lots of exciting colors of aviators you can choose from, right from sea green to icy blue to unusual shades like hot pink and silver!
Remember to pick aviators with a more rounded shape as they make the face look more feminine. Another great pick would be the cat eye shades that are not too very pointy in shape.
Oval faces and sunglass shapes
There is no definite advice for women who are lucky enough to have a perfect oval shaped face. If you are fortunate to have this great face shape then choose whatever sunglass shape you want. But still you need to be a little careful about the frame width as it is something that will make a difference to your look. Each side of your temple should have a gap with sunglass and yet sunglass should not be loose enough to slide down the nose. Look for colors that flatter your skin tone and stick to them for making a great impact.
Square shapes and Cats Eye
If you have a square shaped face then it’s evident that you have a strong pronounced jaw line with a small forehead. Your features will be a little broad so you should look for sunglass shapes that draw attention to your feminity. Square, rectangular shaped sunglasses are a strict no-no for you. Shades with softer shades and more flirty shapes like an oversized cat’s eye or a round style sunglass will look great on you. Again, pay attention to the suitable color schemes which flatter your complexion. You can get your perfect pick from the sunglass collection at koovs. You can also consider leading website jabong and myntra to buy the sunglasses. They also provide provide exclusive coupon code and offers on sunglasses or use jabong or myntra shopping coupons to get the discount. For more offer and deal on sunglasses visit CouponzGuru.com.
Round Faces and Square frames
Women with round faces naturally look feminine and charming. Round faces can look great if attention is detracted from their naturally fuller features and a weak jaw line. Just like a square faced shape looks good with round shades, similarly a round shaped face looks awesome with angled shades. Sunglasses with square or rectangular shapes suit round faces as these shapes add character and definition to the face.
Long faces and oversized frames
If you have a long face, then try to balance the length of your face with oversized glares that draw attention to the upper portion of your face. Go for oversized glares that have a rounded shape especially on the top side of the frame.
So now you know how to choose the best sunglasses.





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Sep 4, 2014

TIGI Bed Head at Lakme Fashion Week

TIGI Bed Head at Lakme Fashion Week 

Just a few weeks back Mumbai was hit by a storm of fashion with raining bloggers, fashionistas, socialites, designers, models and paparazzi showering all glitz and glamour in Lakme Fashion Week. 

Suddenly there is a lull in the world of fashion after Lakme Fashion Week Winter/Festive has got over. However there are always pictures to get the daily dose of fashion and rev up your senses. More details in my previous posts.   

I was pretty impressed with the new concept at Lakme Fashion Week in Palladium hotel, Mumbai. LFW apartment,  an exclusive space was introduced for the fashionistas and bloggers. The LFW apartment had it all from spa treatments, hair and make up services to wine and cheese. You could lounge around, get dolled up and pamper yourself in between the shows. 
Since I was representing Reliance Brands at LFW and juggling full time job at Diesel (Reliance Brands) I could not fix up a hair appointment with TIGI Bed Head hair stylists. 
However I went for the bloggers meet to know about the fabulous TIGI Bed Head products and how effortlessly one could style their hair and take it up a notch in 5 minutes. The hair stylists at TIGI Bed head style suite recommeded some great products for my hair. It was fun posing for their Bed Head This Is Me contest. 

I am wearing nude skater dress by ZARA







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