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Friday, September 21, 2018

Jai Ho Laddoo Meetha Paan

Chewing the mixture of areca nut and betel leaf popularly known as paan is an  Indian tradition which dates back thousands of years. Vatsyayana included betel leaf in the solah shringar, one of the 16 toiletries. It was and still is a part of the religious ritual and is offered to the gods. Paan was however forbidden to widows, students and  ascetics. Only married men and women were allowed to eat tambula.

Today, the number of people who savour ‘paans’ have not only increased but they are also on the lookout for different varieties. Paan addicted persons will go the extra mile to have their fill of their favourite paan. ’Jai Shri Ganesh’ is a ‘Paan Shop’with several branches in Surat, Gujarat and has been run by such Pandey families as Basudev, Rajdhar, Gulabhdhar, Laalmani, Sheshmani, Ramdhar and others since many generations.

Bansidhar Pandey alone owns eight air-conditioned shops in Surat and is planning to open one more branch of ‘Jai Shri Ganesh’ in Mumbai soon. JSG manager Sunil Singh informs  that they have introduced two new paans. One is called  Laddoo Meetha Paan with a shelf life of two months.  It is made with ingredients like rose, poppy, saffron, coconut chocolate, and dry fruits among others, The second one is named Jhaag Wala Katha Paan whose  colour can be rinsed away  after consumption.

According to Pandey, who visited  Mumbai very recently, “People of Surat like to enjoy their paan. Being a family shop we try to give them good, quality products. Both Laddoo Meetha Paan and Jhaag Wala Katha Paan are a big  hit with the public.”

Festive Fare

The festive season is here  and  Ganpati celebrations are going on all across the city when veggies come into their own. Botanica Cafe and Diner is celebrating vegetarian food with amazing fusion and fancy dishes high on flavor and quality. From Beetroot and Kokam Gazpachos, Pumpkin Tortellini and Zucchini and Cheese Rolls, to Crispy Lotus Stems and  Jack fruit and  Yam Tikkas, check out the festive fare  with your friends and family.

Where Botanica Cafe and Diner, Opp Opera House Mumbai

When Ongoing, Daily

Timing 12 noon to 11.30 pm

Contact 022 33956004

Pocket-friendly pizza

The Playlist Pizzeria Music Bar & Café is celebrating Ganpati with a special offer. Buy any seven-inch vegetarian pizza for Rs 99. Enjoy Poker Face with mozzarella, Chef’s tomato sauce some fresh basil and sea salt, or Cheerleader topped with fresh jalapenos, Olives, Mozzarella and chef’s Tomato sauce. Relish Purple Rain with red onions, mushrooms, corn, purple lettuce. There’s more to choose from. The deal is valid for takeaways and delivery.

Where The Playlist Pizzeria, Jeevan Sandhya CHS, 1, Bharat Ark, Veera Desai Road, Azad Nagar, Andheri West

When Upto September 28

Timing 11 am to 1 am

Bombay Chaat

Check out this fun vegetarian menu that puts a new face to the Bombay Chaat with a Soda twist.

With seasonal and unique ingredients in  specially curated vegetarian options  like Sea Buckthorn Ragda (Pani) Puri, street inspired Ragda Puri filled with SeaBuckthorn water from the  vitamin loaded super fruit from the Himalayas, Sev Puri Cheese Puri,  Puffed Amaranth and Lotus Seed Bhel, Ragda and raw banana pattice served with sweet and spicy chutney and spiced yoghurt and the ever popular Cheese Pav Bhaji made more special using Goat’s Cheese.

Where Across all SodaBottleOpenerWala Bombay Chaat House outlets in the city (BKC, High Street Phoenix, Hiranandani Gardens, Powai, and Viviana Mall, Thane West)

When  September 15 onwards

Big brunch

ITC Maratha brings you  a big Sunday Brunch, with its five award-winning restaurants uniting to unfold the biggest culinary journey, at one price. Experience a rich diversity of speciality cuisine from across the Peshawri, Dum Pukht, Dakshin Coastal, Pan Asian and Peshwa Pavilion restaurants.

From flavourful biryani and succulent Kakori Kebabs to traditional South Indian delights such as Manga Charu Patchakari stew and appams to an Asian spread with lemongrass prawn and much more, this brunch has something to satiate every taste. There will also be a special Salsa class for couples.

Where ITC Maratha, Mumbai

When All Sundays

Timing 12:30 hrs to 15:30 hrs (Brunch)

Pricing Rs 3,000 plus taxes* (Non Alcoholic Brunch) | Rs 3,500 plus taxes* (Alcoholic Brunch)

Restaurants Peshawri, Dum Pukht, Dakshin Coastal, Pan Asian, PeshwaPavilion

Contact 022-28303030 | Email: [email protected]

Molecular magic

A menu that will entice your senses and excite you at sight. It’s love at first bite with SpiceKlub’s  new menu for molecular gastronomy enthusiasts. Savour their signature dishes like Tomato Cappucino, Quinoa Garden, Edible Pebbles, Soya Chaap Hara Masala, Deconstructed Ghughra, Malai Broccoli, Nitro Bhel and Nitro Dhokla.Or try out new ones like Baked Bhindi Chatpatta  and Nadru Yakhani with Gluten-free Masala Rotis  and  Kulchas with Truffle Oil, and Crispy Chili Cheese Garlic Roomali Roti  and new decadent desserts like Motichur Magick, Chai Shai, and Nutella Cookie. Wash it all down with Paan Mojito or Masala Thandai.

Where Janta Industrial Estate, Opposite Phoenix Mills, Lower Parel

Reservations Online and

Contact 022 4610 4610

Bold Brews

Rooftop Bar, Verbena Brewpub and Skygarden is going full throttle by brewing fantastic blends. Verbena recently launched a microbrewery and is all set to offer unlimited  freshly brewed craft house brews paired with fourteen different types of bar bites like La Mirch Ka Murgh, Tandoori Pulled Chicken Burger with Green Harissa, Chickmosa, Dhaniya Hummus Pita Chaat, and Peri-Peri Aloo Touk, among others. From traditional ales and stouts to innovative and unusual brews, the microbrewery at Verbena has something that suits every taste and preference.

Where 4th Floor, Trade View Building, Kamala Mills,Parel

When on-going,  4 pm to 10 pm

Price  Rs 999 (AI) only available for any two hours of the day

Contact 9820695034

Unlimited drinks

PA PA YA, Colaba, is offering free-flowing drinks starting at Rs 999++, valid for two hours once the choice of the offer is made.

Where Pa Pa Ya Colaba.

When Ongoing, any time of the day till 1:00 am


Unlimited wine or sangria, Rs 999/- ++ taxes per person

Unlimited IMFL spirits, Rs 1299/- ++ taxes per person

Unlimited selected signature cocktails, Rs 1099/- ++ taxes per person

Iced Chai

Sip your favourite summer’s coolest beverage at an iced tea fest with  Berry-licious Iced Tea Red Sangria which blends Pure Leaf Tea, sweet red wine, and loads of fresh berries. Relax on the beach and elsewhere with an icy tumbler and enjoy such other  varieties as  Coconut Fudge, Pan Rasna, Tamarind Pomegranate combined, of but course, with wine and seasonal fruit for the perfect drink.

What Iced Tea Fest

Where The Resort, Madh-Marve, Mumbai

When Till 30th September, 2018

Wine and Dine

Revel in authentic Italian food at a  Wine and Dine fiesta orchestrated  by experts who will pair your perfect three-course meal with great wines. Savour signature dishes like Minestrone Al Farro, Albanian Truffle Scented Wild Mushroom Risotto and the delicious Tiramisu washed down by reds, whites, and sparkling  wines from India as well as  Portugal, Italy and France.Wine enthusiasts can also indulge in any of the listed bottles of wines which will be offered at a discounted rate only during the festival.

Where Fratelli Fresh, Renaissance, Powai Mumbai

When Till September 30 between 7pm and 11pm

Price Rs 3500+ taxes

Contact 07506 0771 66


Anando mela in Vashi

This Dussehra and Durga Puja, Inorbit, Vashi, has organised Anando Mela, an extravagant celebration infused with fashion and food flea markets along with musical entertainment. Go on a shopping spree at the fashion flea market where you can shop for exciting range of handcrafted jewellery, Kolkata Sarees, wooden art items, clay and terracotta art and handicraft bags. You can also indulge cuisine from the specialities of Kolkata and 40 types of Bengali sweets.

Inorbit is also hosting unique competitions. Test your Bengali Dhoti and saree draping skills within a set time limit or be a part of puchka eating competition. There is also a conch shell blowing competition and a rangoli competition along with a Sondesh-making workshop.

There will be a live Dhanuchi dance – a traditional Bengali form of dance, a performances of dance drama by Drutam, followed by a performance of Vaidyas, the musical band.

Gear up for a two-weekend non-stop gala affair.

Where Inorbit Mall, Vashi Fashion Flea market 

September 15 - 30

Bengali Food Festival: September 21– 23 and September 28 – 30

September 22 and 23, 5pm onwards

Bengali Saree/Dhoti draping competition; Puchka eating competition; Conch Shell blowing competition

September 22 Special Attractions, 5pm onwards

Vaidya’s band show; Performances by local talent

September 29 and 30, 5pm onwards

Rangoli competition

Sondesh making workshop

Third Eye contest

September 29 Special Attraction

Meet and Greet with Kanika Kapoor, 6-7pm; Dhrutam: Dances from Bengal; Dhanuchi dance.

Salsa and guacamole Workshop

Kick-start your Saturday evening plans with unending Margaritas and Mexican chips  at a  Salsa making workshop  from Xico's very own Chef Jason.He will teach you the art of making Guacamole, Pico De Gallo, Salsa Verde Cruda, Cashew Salsa, Roasted Tomato Chipotle and Salsa Fresca.You can also bottle your self-made salsas and prepare little mason jar samples for your friends and family! The guac on top is that there will also be tacos to munch at the end of the session.

Where XICO, 9A, Trade Building, Kamala Mills Compound, Gate No.4, Lower Parel

When September 22, 4 pm onwards

Price Rs 1200, Tickets

Budding chefs

Looking for a fun, creative way to channel your kids' energy this weekend? Then bring your child to KidZania for a special workshop by celebrity Chef Ajay Chopra! Kids can learn to create delicious and unique cookies from the best in the business at this workshop!

This innovative no-fire cooking two hour workshop will get  kids exploring their creative side with Chopra who will teach them to create interesting and unique fondant toppings for an assortment of cookies.

Where KidZania Mumbai, R City Mall, Ghatkopar West

When September 22, 3pm to 5pm

Contact 18001021222

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