26 May 2017

Books n Beyond Box - The May Harry Potter Special

I am a sucker for monthly subscription boxes. As regular readers of the blog, you'll must have been subjected to a number of beauty and food subscription box reviews on these very pages. This is the first time I've subscribed to a book subscription box, and decided to review it on the blog. What motivated me you ask? Two words - Harry Potter.

Books n Beyond Box is one of the many book subscription boxes that have popped up in the country, over the past few months. This is not a novel concept abroad however, but shipping costs to India have deterred me from ordering in the past. Book subscription boxes fulfill your monthly quota of book shopping, by sending home a box filled with books and reading related goodies. Most book boxes contain a copy (or two) of the latest bestseller, reading related merchandise (such as bookmarks, book sleeves, notepads etc.), some snacks to nibble on while you read, and other assorted knick knacks.



Anyone who knows me, knows that I am a Harry Potter addict. Don't even want to check myself into rehab, no thanks! (Check out a fun Harry Potter related blogpost from the archives here.) So when I heard Books n Beyond Box was doing a special Harry Potter May edition, I signed up the next minute. Take all my money, gimme Harry Potter merchandise! 

13 May 2017

Brunch Diaries - Henpecked, Kala Ghoda

Third time is a charm at Henpecked. The location that houses Henpecked was previously occupied by Farmer and Sons, and a restaurant called Nico Bombay before that. Now I haven't dined at Henpecked's two predecessors, but from what I hear the concept of all three restaurants remains rooted at the 'farm to table' movement. Read: fresh, healthy, locally sourced produce that won't make you feel guilty even if you indulge. So much so, that they've carried forward signature dishes and popular items from the previous menus into that of Henpecked's.

Henpecked sets off a fun, relaxed vibe the minute you enter. A large glass cabinet frames one wall and is filled with cute paraphernalia, knick knacks, and picture books. The space, though small in surface area, still manages to not feel cluttered or cramped. A rarity in this city where small restaurants means your knocking elbows with the diner on the next table. Our server tells us that shifting the bar to the back of the restaurant and not along one side has done the trick.


Since the third time is the charm, here are three reasons why you should visit Henpecked the next time you're looking for a place to brunch at!

1 May 2017

My April Food Favourites

I was neck deep in commitments during the entire month of April - both on the personal and professional front. But that does not mean I didn't eat my way across the city as I normally do. The end of another month brings with it yet another round up of my food favourites. Here is a list of favourite restaurants, dishes, and home chefs that I tried and that made the cut to be featured on my April Food Favourites list.

1. When you can't decide between ice cream or paan - K. Rustom's Paan Ice Cream
You have got to be living under some sort of rock or living inside a hipster bubble if you've never had the old school ice cream sandwiches from K. Rustom in Churchgate. Creamy ice cream in the most delectable flavours come sandwiched between two wafer biscuits to create an enjoyable experience. It's such great fun biting into these ice cream sandwiches without any spoons or plates. It's a race to finish off your ice cream before the summer heat melts it onto your Zara top. (In my case, the summer heat usually wins. It's fun nevertheless.)
The paan ice cream is my favourite among their extensive flavour list - so much so that I haven't ended up trying any other variant. (Though that definitely needs to change. Mango here I come!) The paan ice cream hits you with it's strong and refreshing flavour, with the occasional bite of gulkand within. This is the perfect dessert to get when you can't decide between ice cream or paan post your meal.
K. Rustom Ice Cream, 87 Stadium House, Opposite Ambassador Hotel, Veer Nariman Road, Churchgate, Mumbai