Oktoberfest at Toast Bistro & Bar at T24 Residency in Andheri

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Good Times Are Here

It’s Time For Oktoberfest

So Come Have Some Beer!

Join the Salt & Pepper Events party community in celebrating Oktoberfest at Toast Rooftop Bistro & Bar, at T24 Residency Andheri on the 7th of October,Friday, 9 pm onwards, for a fun and rowdy time! Make sure to head over to the Gwenda Glocalista Facebook Page as we are giving away two tickets to one lucky winner later this week!

Enjoy the specially curated menu of German Sausages, Beer Broth, Potato Salad, Chicken Schnitzel, German Fries and more (Being a German myself, I will definitely check out some German sausages and potato salad). Imported ‘Beer Buckets’ with 4 pints available for Rs.1,000 only, and ‘Bladder Burst’ with unlimited domestic beer pints available for Rs 1,100 only.

The 500 INR cover charge includes your first drink and bar snacks. Buy your tickets via Explara and a receive a free gift. Check the official Facebook Event Page or below for details.

Oktoberfest T24 Residency Andheri Mumbai India


Oktoberfest T24 Residency Andheri Mumbai India

Singapore Wedding Anniversary at Fifty Five East, Grand Hyatt

I recently posted the following on my personal Facebook profile: “Thank you German and Indian bureaucracy for being so complicated. Because of you, we have multiple wedding anniversaries -which means celebrating our wedding anniversary multiple times a year! Today, it’s the Singaporean civil wedding anniversary.”

And while it is true: inter-national weddings are a bureaucratic nightmare (at least most of the time), we are also better of then the ‘one-country only’ married couple: We get to celebrate multiple wedding anniversaries in a year!

For my husband and I, we actually have three different dates that we celebrate: An Indian Church Wedding Anniversary, a Singaporean Civil Wedding Anniversary and a German Wedding Party Anniversary 🙂

Wedding Anniversary Dinner Date at Grand Hyatt Mumbai

And like most couples, we celebrated our recent anniversary with a romantic and delicious dinner date. One of our favorite spots for our anniversary celebration is the Grand Hyatt in Santacruz East. Last year, we celebrated our Indian Church Wedding Anniversary there and this year, we celebrated the Singaporean Wedding Anniversary with sushi, laksa and other delicious South East Asian dishes at Fifty Five East.

We were extra lucky as we weren’t the only ones celebrating: Grand Hyatt is offering special discounts up to 50% off every 17th of the month as they are celebrating their 12th anniversary in Mumbai. Check out all the details about this special offer here.

We started our meal with a delicious and very authentic laksa soup and yong tau foo (clear veggie soup) that reminded us of our honeymoon in Singapore and Bali.

Fifty Five East Saturday Night Buffet Dinner at Grand Hyatt Hotel in Mumbai

And then… we enjoyed yummilicious sushi and sashimi. You know me: I looove sushi! In fact, I love sushi so much that I recently watched a documentary called Jiro Dreams of Sushi. It’s about an 85 years-old Japanese sushi chef who runs a small sushi-only restaurant in a subway station in Tokyo (the only sushi-only Michelin 3 star restaurant in the world). You must absolutely watch it. It’s very inspiring!

And yes: I got so excited about my sushi that I forget to click a photo…

But that’s okay: When you go and enjoy a delicious lunch or dinner buffet at Fifty Five East, you can take as many photos as you want. And I would love if you share them with me on Instagram or Facebook (just tag me).

Psssst: Don’t tell anyone yet but we are cooking up a super exciting special offer for Gwenda Glocalista Card holders with Grand Hyatt Mumbai! Subscribe to the Gwenda Glocalista List to be the first one to know more about it…

Fifty Five East - Grand Hyatt Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Bhavishyavani Future Soundz on 22 Sept at AKA Restaurant

All Things Nice and AKA Restaurant are hosting a music night with Bhavishyavani Future Soundz featuring M.MAT on 22 September in Worli.

They are so excited for us to join that they are offering the Gwenda Glocalista community a special 15% discount on the total bill. Isn’t that amazing? Check out all the details on the official FB event page!

Bhavishyavani Future Soundz Ft. M.MAT at AKA Restaurant

To avail the 15% discount on food and beverage, write to info@allthingsnice.in and mention “Gwenda Glocalista” to be put on a special list. You will be given a band on arrival to identify you while placing orders.

What? Music Night with Bhavishyavani Future Soundz featuring M.MAT

When? 22 September 2016, 10pm onwards

Where? AKA Restaurant, Ground Floor, Lotus Cinema Building, Opposite Nehru Planetarium, Dr. Annie Besant Road, Worli, Mumbai.

The most precious gem of Jaipur: 28 Kothi

During my recent travel to Jaipur, I found a real gem. Now you may say –that’s what Jaipur is famous for: gemstones. And you are right. But today, I am telling you about a different kind of gem.

28 Kothi, Shivaji Nagar, Civil Lines, Jaipur. What sounds like a normal residential address is one of the most beautiful, inspiring, quite, calming and exciting hotels I have ever been to in Jaipur.

But no, it’s not a hotel. It’s a creative space, an oasis for people who wander and wonder, the place to stay for artists and designers who come to Jaipur for sourcing and inspiration. It’s a boutique guest house.

Boutique Guest House 28 Kothi in Jaipur, India

Through this door you enter into a different world. 28 Kothi is located in one of the residential areas of Jaipur away from the buzz and still so close to the city center. The light yellow house that is surrounded by a lush green garden was built by French architect Georges Floret for the jewelry designer Munnu of Gem Palace.

Boutique Guest House 28 Kothi in Jaipur, India

As soon as you enter this place, you are taken into a different world: a world of beauty, taste, consciousness and calmness. Jaipur-based Lebanese designer Nur Kaoukji, who melded local creations and antique treasures with modernity and refreshing elegance, created such a unique, beautiful and inviting atmosphere at 28 Kothi that kept me speechless for a while. Seriously!

Boutique Guest House 28 Kothi in Jaipur, India

Insia Lacewalla, the General Manager of 28 Kothi, must have heard me say “Oh wow” and “How beautiful” a million times before I was actually able to hold a proper conversation again… I was so impressed that something so beautiful could exist –anywhere in the world and especially in Jaipur!

A family home filled with lovely art and beauty in every detail: The hand painted wall art in the library room, the pink rose petals in the living room, the palm tree painted on the white cupboard. Wherever I looked, I saw beauty.

Boutique Guest House 28 Kothi Jaipur, India

During my visit to 28 Kothi, I also met a New Yorker jewellery designer and her German colleague who come to Jaipur on a regular basis for work and we enjoyed a delicious, organic vegetarian meal together.

And after a delicious carrot turmeric soup, a traditional Rajasthani cucumber salad and yummy spinach toast topped with an egg sunny side up, I would have loved to take a nap in one of the five bedrooms that are named after different gemstones (Moon Stone, Sapphire, Topaz, Spinel, Peridot) and each have a very beautiful and unique color theme to it.

Boutique Guest House 28 Kothi Jaipur India

But unfortunately, I had to continue my day and had to say goodbye. Well, actually I didn’t say goodbye – I promised myself to spend at least one night at this beautiful gem of Jaipur next time I come to the city.

And I suggest you all to do the same: whether you are travelling with your kids, are looking for a quite getaway from the buzzing city life in Mumbai or Delhi, or you are looking for inspiration for your creative business. 28 Kothi is a must on your Jaipur list!!! Stay at one of their beautiful guest rooms or visit them for lunch (just make sure to call for reservation –it’s not a typical “restaurant”).

And now, I show you my personal favorite spot of the whole house at 28 Kothi: the perfect reading corner!

Boutique Guest House 28 Kothi Jaipur India
Boutique Guest House 28 Kothi Jaipur India

Online Libraries in Mumbai – A review by Tatjana Chen

A few weeks back, fellow foodie and book lover Tatjana Chen introduced me to an amazing online library here in Mumbai which since then I absolutely love and use as much as my Audible account (I listen a lot to audio books). So, I asked her to share her experience with all of you… Hope you enjoy this guest blog post 🙂

Tired of trying to get to your library before closing and ending up paying late-fees because you didn’t manage? Annoyed of having to leave your home at all in this rainy weather just to satisfy your weekly book-need? Or maybe, after moving to Mumbai, you have not yet found a library that houses all your favorite books?

Well, here is the solution: online book circulations! The basic idea is as follows: you choose from an online catalog of thousands of books, pay a very reasonable subscription fee for which you can keep x number of books for as long as it takes you to read them and – the best at the end – you get them delivered to and picked up from your door step.

Here an overview of the three main services available in Mumbai:

  www.BigBooks.com www.librarywala.com www.justbooksclc.com
Number of books 117,000+ books 75.000+ 53.000+
Collection – 10 categories and several sub-categories – huge number of categories

– books in English, Hindi, Gujarati, Marathi

– offering magazines as well

– 20 different languages: Indian, European etc.

Subscription plans – unlimited books every month

– plans start at 200,- Rs. per month, one book at a time

110,- Rs. one book per month – 4 plans available

– 300,- Rs. per month, 2 books at a time


Additional costs? None – 500 Rs. registration

– 500 Rs. refundable security deposit

Depending on plan:

– 250 Rs. registration fee

– up to 750 Rs. refundable deposit

– 50 Rs. delivery

– 100 Rs. for magazines

Other comments – cash payment available – no cash payment

– many membership plans make the selection very complicated

– no cash payment

– service not yet available in all parts of Mumbai

I chose www.BigBooks.com because they have simple and easy membership plans, a cash payment option and no registration or security fees. A nice bonus is that they offer to buy your old books. Best of all has been the speedy service. Sunday I found out about them, logged in and got my QList (the list of books you are interested in) filled. Monday morning at 11am I had the first book in my hands as well as the receipt for my cash payment. I can’t remember having seen anything like it in Bombay!

Not everything is perfect though. The catalog didn’t have many of the titles I was looking for. However, they do have the option of suggesting books you would want them to include in their collection. Also, you are not able to order one specific book. Instead which ever book from the top of your list is available will reach you next. While I found that strange and annoying at first, I now look forward to my book delivery almost like little kids to their birthdays: what am I getting this time??? Last but not least, you are not able to book a specific time slot for your book delivery which might make it difficult for full-time working people. The delivery boys do make an effort though and call before they come and maybe you can even get it delivered to your workplace as alternative.

For me, the benefits definitely outweigh the challenges and I highly recommend signing up.

How did you like this article? Are you using any online libraries or do you prefer to visit “real” libraries? And which is your favorite book? Leave a comment below. We’d love to hear from you.

H&M Mumbai Launch

Within the last few weeks, H&M opened two stores in Mumbai. And a third one is coming end of the year. Check out my video of the H&M Opening Day at Highstreet Phoenix Mall in Lower Parel.