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Friday, January 15, 2016

FOOD
New menu at Hoppipola

All of Hoppilpola’s outlets are pretty much buzzing throughout the week. And, to switch things up, they’ve introduced a new menu that adds a host of Mediterranean and Mexican flavours to the mix. “At Hoppipola, we are constantly innovating. With our Little Fat Menu, we have tried to make sure that our dishes are not only interesting, but also appealing to the eye. We have different and unique kinds of serving bowls and plates, and our menu has an array of new and innovative dishes.”
When All through January
Where All Hoppipola outlets across the city
Contact www.hoppipola.com

Sizzler Festival at Saptami, Holiday Inn
Multi-cuisine restaurant, Saptami is organising a 10-day sizzler festival, where you can indulge in hot and spicy delicacies to beat the winter chill. The chef will be whipping up a range of meaty and vegetable sizzlers including Paneer Manga, Mexican Veggie, Cottage-cheese Hoisin, Herb Crusted, Prawn Cleopatra and Salmon Tandoori with tomato relish. In addition to this, there will be a host of other accompaniments, main course dishes and desserts to suit your palate. “We are offering a great selection of sizzlers. The idea is to present customers with a variety of succulent meats and vegetables. There will also be a few unique desserts sizzlers,” says executive chef, Sudhir Pai, Holiday Inn Mumbai International Airport.
When Up to January 17
Where Saptami Holiday Inn, Mumbai International Airport, Sakinaka Junction, Andheri (e)
Contact 40851800

Jeon’s Super Salad Menu
Toasting to good health this year, Jeon has introduced a succulent salad menu that will feature dishes such as Palm Heart and Chestnut Layered Salad, Smoked Chicken Salad and Cypriot Mix Grain Salad. Dharmesh Karmokar, food and beverage consultant at Jeon, tells us, “Salads have evolved into main courses for many living in the city. The jet setter grabs a bowl of salad and a juice — that’s lunch for most people who have dedicated their life to success. Salads are now a social status symbol — the young and old all are going in for ‘raw’ food. It’s healthy, quick and you can have it on the go. We have a live salad counter open all day. With six varieties of dressings and a choice of the finest and healthy ingredients, you can customise your salad or choose from our selection. Come to Jeon for that mid-meal salad.”
When Ongoing
Where Jeon Eatery, Sea Princess Hotel, Juhu Tara Road
Contact 26469500

Sunday Bollywood Brunch at Desiklub
Add some Bollywood tadka to your celebrations with the Sunday Bollywood Brunch at Desiklub. You can savour three appetisers, two main course dishes, two desserts and a drink of your choice. Some interesting variations on the menu include Jalebi Bai and Tu Cheese Badi Hai Mast Mast. “Mumbai is synonymous with good food and Bollywood culture. So, our menu boasts of street food favourites with names inspired by popular films and songs. We think a relaxed brunch with a Bollywood theme is the perfect way to spend your Sunday with your family,” says Aditya Gupta, owner of DesiKlub.
When Ongoing
Where Maker Chamber 5, Jamanala Bajaj Road, Nariman Point
Contact 22833558

Classic French Cuisine at Bungalow 9
Enjoy the authentic flavours of France in the elegant interiors at Bungalow 9. You can savour lip-smacking dishes such as Confit Duck Leg and Pan Seared John Dory. Leonys Pereira, director at Crale Foodlink Pvt. Ltd., tells us, “Bungalow 9 is recognised for its variety in food and for being a fine dine restaurant that offers the best from around the world. Given that we are essentially global in our offering, we wanted to introduce cuisines from regions across the world. With our new menu, we have added a few classic French preparations and other dishes inspired by the modern European styles of cooking.”
When Ongoing
Where 9, St. John Baptist Road, Near Lilavati Hospital, Bandra (w)
Contact 61179999

OTHER
Bela Seshe

For decades, Bengali cinema has impressed audiences with its intricate storytelling techniques, and we are rarely ever disappointed with what they have to show us. If you’ve always wanted to give Bengali cinema a chance, but found the language barrier too much to overcome, you can now watch the famous Bengali drama film, Bela Seshe, with English subtitles. The plot follows the protagonist as he grapples with the idea of divorcing his wife of 49 years. The movie is an emotional journey into the rediscovery of the institution of marriage. Deepa Gahlot, head of programming (theatre and film), NCPA, tells us, “The NCPA is proud to screen the award-winning Bengali film, Bela Sheshe, starring the legendary Soumitra Chatterjee. Our popular Fresh Pix series gives our audiences a chance to watch the finest cinema from across India.”
When Today, 6.30pm
Where Little Theatre, NCPA, Nariman Point
Contact 66223737

SHOPPING
Meshing Around

With a growing acceptance of subtle and mellow outfits — from crop tops to sandals, backpacks to swimwear — playing with mesh is the new trend. Designer Hirika Jagani plays with this trend and presents a whole new collection this season. She tells us, “Fashion is going bold in a timid way with the mesh being a favourite option. However, you have to be really careful when opting for this trend. If not paired right, it can turn a look from chic to skanky in no time!”
When Ongoing
Where Dvar, Juhu
Contact 9920082518

Era of diamonds by Anmol Jewellers
Diamonds are forever. They are eternally beautiful and personify refinement and elegance. This season, Anmol Jewellers has introduced a new range, Era of Diamonds, with fancy cut, yellow and round brilliant diamonds. Ishu Datwani, founder of Anmol Jewellers, tells us, “We are manifesting every element of luxury, spark and grandeur in our new range, Era of Diamonds. The collection is breathtakingly beautiful, marvellous and a complete expression of arts and aesthetics. Featuring jewellery sets in 18-carat gold, the collection will captivate your senses.”
When Ongoing
Where Anmol Jewellers, Turner Road, Bandra (w)
Contact 61333444

Valentine’s Day collection from JewelHub.com
This Valentine’s Day, why not buy precious diamonds for your special someone? The latest collection from JewelHub, an online jewellery portal specialising in diamonds, includes beautifully-crafted diamond earrings, rings and pendants all with intricate designs. JewelHub tells us, “Our Valentine’s range offers a variety of diamond jewellery starting at Rs 5,000 as affordability has always been a key component in our products.”
When Ongoing
Where www.jewelhub.com

Funskool
To ring in the new year, Funskool has launched a range of interesting educational products. Apart from the Batman and Superman figurines, there is an electronic banking version of Monopoly and a Star Wars ludo game for your kids. “We hope that the latest toy collection by Funskool will bring in the zest for the New Year. Children can welcome 2016 on a playful note with newest set of toys and board games from Funskool India,” R. Jeswant , senior VP, sales and marketing, Funskool India, tells us. The new collection is priced from Rs 149 to Rs 5,999.
When Ongoing
Where Retail stores across the city
Contact www.funskoolindia.com

Popley & Sons
Looking for something new for 2016? Popley & Sons has launched a new collection consisting of pieces inspired by the vintage era. The collection, which includes earrings, bracelets and neck-pieces, features antique gold and intricate work and each piece is of cultural significance. Rhea Nasta, jewellery designer at Popley & Sons, tells us, “This collection is handcrafted in 22-carat gold and draws inspiration from Indian culture to suit contemporary taste. An oxidized finish gives our pieces an antique appeal.”
When Today
Where Popley & Sons, Turner Road, Bandra (w)
Contact 66710000

Bajirao Mastani collection by Anju Modi
Inspired by the blockbuster Bajirao Mastani, fashion designer Anju Modi has launched a clothing line that reflects the iconic historical personalities in the film. It comprises of traditional outfits in rich and luxurious fabrics with detailing, and the use of embellishments adding elegance and class. The designs are inspired by the great Maratha warriors and Persian culture, and yet reaches out to a modern audience. Speaking of the venture, Anju Modi tells us, “I’m very happy about the collaboration with Exclusively.com. I would love to reach out to a wider audience, and Exclusively.com offers a discerning audience.” The prices of the collection start at Rs 80,000.
When Ongoing
Where www.exclusively.com

The Textile Initiative
Surprise Home Linen has partnered with NGO Srujna in a cause towards woman empowerment. They have a collection of handmade items such as table mats and cushion covers, whose proceeds will go towards helping victims of trafficking. The NGO works to help these women get reintegrated into society by providing them a way to support themselves. Nirav Meswani, director at Surprise Home Linen tells us, “With this textile initiative, Surprise Home Linen aims at empowering these women and girls by making available fabrics that can be renewed into home linen products, whilst sustaining the art of handcrafting. In association with Srujna, we are helping them create an ecosystem of occupation and revenue that will help their growth.”
Where Surprise Home Linen, Ratnavali, 1st Gauthan Lane, Santacruz (w)
Contact 2649312/ 26493047/ 26046596

FILM FESTIVAL
Pune International Film Festival

Film buffs can now rejoice! The Government of India and the Pune Film Foundation have announced the 14th Pune International Film Festival. This edition has received 986 entries from 104 different countries, and, as usual, serves as a platform for budding filmmakers. The theme ‘Sports and Cinema bringing the world together’ was inspired by the fact that they both provide a common platform for people across cultural and geographical boundaries to connect. This year, you can enjoy 200 film screenings across various locations in Pune and Pimpri-Chinchwad. Shri Paraag Jaiin Nainuttia (IAS), managing director of MTDC, says, “The Pune International Film Festival is one of the most awaited events on the annual Maharashtra tourism calendar as we witness significant traffic from within and outside India. This year, we are positive that the festival will be bigger and better than previous seasons and we look forward to an overwhelming response from audiences.”
When January 14 to 21
Where Pune and Pimpri-Chinchwad
Contact www.piffindia.com

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