Things to do this week in Mumbai (13 November – 19 November, 2017)

13 November, Monday

Kick-off your week on a great note! For all you seafood lovers out there, Farmhouse Sea n Sand, Vasai is organising a Seafood Festival starting from Monday 13th to Sunday 19th. The timings are 11AM to 3PM. The best part? Its an unlimited buffet, just for ₹800! (plus taxes)

14 November, Tuesday

Shop at Phoenix Market City and indulge in an Express Lunch at 212 All Good. Treat yourself a little with this absolutely delicious meal!

15 November, Wednesday

It’s time for antiSOCIAL Comedy Jam 18.0 tonight! The happiest curated open mic in the city welcomes top performers like Sonali Thakker, Rupen Paul and many more. Get your tickets booked at the earliest. For more information, check out their official Facebook event page.

16 November, Thursday

Atul Ahuja, with his sweet and melodious voice is all set to give a Tribute to the Beatles at Hard Rock Cafe Worli this Thursday. This concert will be organised as an aid to CMCA, a non-profit organization which is dedicated to transforming children and youth of the nation into responsible and active citizens. To know more about this, check their Facebook event page.

17 November, Friday

Attend a special screening of the Documentary Film “She Started It” followed by an interaction with film maker Insiyah Saeed at the Dosti House, U.S. Consulate General, BKC from 9AM to 11AM. This event is open to all. To know more, check their Facebook event page.

18 November, Saturday

Devote your Saturday for shopping because The American Women’s Club Mumbai is back with its signature Shopping Mela. From jewellery to apparels to home décor, you will get everything at this Charity Mela and what’s even better? With every purchase, you support local NGOs working for the betterment of our society! Even the entry is free. Visit their official Facebook event page for more recent updates.

19 November, Sunday

One of Mumbai’s oldest fish markets- The 142-year-old Sassoon Docks is getting a funky street-art makeover! A public art collective St+art India has undertaken this awesome project and they are hosting something called The Dock Jam from 10AM to 10PM. It is a calling for every individual who is a street culture enthusiast. If you share a strong passion for colours or love humongous wall art portraits, then this is exactly what your plan should be! For more info about the event, click here.

Dadar Flower Market

Dadar is one of the busiest areas in Mumbai, and right under the Dadar flyover flourishes the busiest wholesale flower market in the city. The Phool (flower) market is constantly bustling with vendors, buyers and office goers. Situated right outside the Dadar railway station, this market, also known as the Phool Gully (flower lane) is a beautifully chaotic sight to behold. The market opens as early as 5:30 AM in the morning and you can buy a wide range of flowers at wholesale prices. 

PC: Manali Jain
PC: Manali Jain

The sweet fragrance of flowers in this market instantly welcomes you in and the sight of all the vivid colours is a feast for the eyes! You can practically find all flowers under the Sun right here in this market. You can find different types of roses in resplendent colours, mogra (jasmine), a wide variety of marigolds, pink and purple-hued asters, shevanti (chrysanths) and lotuses. At the end of the lane, you will find imported varieties like carnations, orchids, gerbera, crimons, lillies, daisies and peonies. Garlands can be bought on a wholesale basis and venis/gajras to adorn your hair are also available in lovely combinations.

The marigolds range from ₹60-80 per kilo in the off-season, lotuses at ₹5-10 per piece, bundles of roses varying from ₹60-100, asters from ₹20-30 per bundle, while the imported range of flowers start from ₹150 per bundle.

The flower market could be challenging for a newcomer since it is a very narrow lane packed with commuters, therefore making it a little tough to cross and reach the other end. But getting up early and going around 6:30 AM is totally worth it, as you get to choose from a vast array of fresh flowers. There is so much demand for the flowers from customers that the market usually shuts by 10-10:30 AM.

Golden rule for everyone out there: Bargaining is a must! Do not settle for the original price that vendor quotes. Always ask for ₹15-20 to be reduced from the quoted amount.

How to reach the Dadar Phool Market:

This market is right outside the Dadar station, so taking a train would be the best option. You can take any bus that goes to Dadar station to reach the Phool Market. You can also tell your taxi driver to take you to the Flower market. For easy reference, you should mention that it is located outside Dadar station.

The Dadar Flower Market captures the true essence of Mumbai, forever bustling with commuters who are too busy to look around, hawkers and vendors that work till late in the night and enthusiastic Mumbaikars that come here to shop regularly. This market is a haven for photographers and you should definitely visit this market if you haven’t already! 

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PC: Manali Jain

Things to do this week in Mumbai (06 November – 12 November, 2017)

06 November, Monday

Documentaries assist us in knowing more about the world we have never seen. Unleash your curiosity and watch the screening of India’s Wandering Lions. It will be followed by a conversation with the filmmaker, Uday Sinhwala. Visit their Facebook event page for more details.

07 November, Tuesday

Book our Tuesday night for a Comedy special. Attend Comically Unstable: Comedy Nights which will feature amazing artists like Gaurav Kapoor and Siddharth Dudeja. For more information about the event, check out their official Facebook event page.

08 November, Wednesday

Attend a special discussion about toxic food and detoxifying food. In this session, you will discover the most toxic foods and detoxifying foods that are available to us. There will also be a live demo which will include salads and smoothies that can be included in daily life. Detox Smoothies and Salads is a must attend! To know more about the event, check out their official Facebook event page.

09 November, Thursday

Thursday can be well spent by attending this delightful event – The Yogacara Mela. Here, local small-scale artisans and craftsmen will get a chance to display their best work. Join in and get the best ideas for Christmas shopping, wellness products and services and much more. Visit their Official Facebook event page for more details.

10 November, Friday

Are you fond of watching movies? If yes, then why not make this an unforgettable experience? Sunset Cinema Club presents Movies By The Sea. Watch movies right by the seaside at the heart of the Juhu Beach. Food and beverages will be available. You wouldn’t want to miss this! To book yourself for this unforgettable movie watching experience, check out their official Facebook event page.

11 November, Saturday

Here’s a chance to talk about something that everyone should address, and that is – gender. We definitely need to talk more about this topic in order to break myths, spread awareness in the society and change the mindset of people towards the other gender. Me & Other2 brings to you performances and art which explores the idea of gender. To know more about the event, check out their official Facebook event page.

12 November, Sunday

Sunday calls for lazing around all day! Have a fun Sunday by enjoying the Authentic European Holiday Breakfast at Little House. Non-veg and egg options are available. Book your seats soon. Check out their Facebook event page for contact details.

Coffee Culture at Phoenix Marketcity Kurla

Today’s blog is about an awesome new cafe launched in Phoenix Marketcity, Kurla. Yes, I’m talking about Coffee Culture which is the perfect place for you to chill with your friends and family. This place attracts a lot of young crowd because of its amazing menu. Coffee Culture is situated on the second floor of the Phoenix mall and has a casual and quirky decor, with the natural light bringing in good vibes. It’s the perfect place to grab a bite after a long day of shopping or to chat with your friend over insanely delicious shakes. They have so many options on the menu to choose from!

 

PC: Zomato for Coffee Culture
PC: Zomato for Coffee Culture

Going by the name, it can be assumed that this cafe serves only coffee. But the reality is far from what you think. The chefs at this awesome place have curated some really delicious finger foods, main course options, lots of beverages and funky combos for everyone. Their menu has terrific fusions like Butter Chicken Biryani Sizzler and Pav Bhaji Fondue, nine different types of Maggi noodles (my favorite being the Chinese Maggi), eight types of sandwiches, pastas, pizza combos, burgers, sizzlers, variety of egg dishes, breakfast trays, nachos and fries in assorted flavours, Chinese fast food options and lip-smacking continental appetizers. (I told you they have an insanely huge menu.)

 

PC: TripAdvisor for Coffee Culture. In the photo: Maggi Sizzler
PC: TripAdvisor for Coffee Culture.
In the photo: Maggi Sizzler

Coffee Culture also serves a huge array of beverages and desserts that you can select from. There are lots of chocolate loaded desserts like Choco Lava Temptation, Chocolate Volcano, Nutella Crisp Rolls, Chocolate Fondue and more. They serve some of their cakes in pretty looking mugs and jars like the Mug cake, Tiramisu and Red Velvet jar. There are endless beverage options at Coffee Culture like mocktails, non-alcoholic shots, granitas, juices, dessert cold coffees, hot coffees, tea, smoothies, super-delicious shakes and freakshakes in Oreo, Ferrero Rocher, Choco Pie and Kit Kat flavours, just to name a few.

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Isn’t your mouth watering after all that heavenly goodness mentioned above? Then go grab an exciting meal at Coffee Culture today! (And tell them I send you… )

Address: 38-39, 2nd Floor, Phoenix Market City, Kurla, Mumbai

Phone Number: +91 8527263425

Timings: 11 AM to 11 PM

October Favorites

Japanese Temple in Worli

Did you know that there is a Japanese Temple in Mumbai? I didn’t for the longest time. Recently I was researching for some interesting places in Mumbai to cover on the blog and I couldn’t believe when one of my employees told me about a Japanese Temple in Worli. Really? Wow. What a peaceful place. What a wonderful spot to go for finding your inner balance and to feel calm in a buzzing city like Mumbai. For more details, check out my blog post about it.

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PC- Ruta Karmarkar

The Hipster Salad at Bombay Salad Co

It’s one of my all-time favorites. In fact, it’s my favourite salad in Mumbai. And I am sure I have mentioned it a million times to you already. But here I go again: I love the Hipster Salad from Bombay Salad Co (and I desperately want them to open a second outlet in BKC or anywhere close to my office so I can eat it every single day).

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PC: Midday

Gateway Taproom – Amazing food and beer

If you are a (Indian) beer drinker, you probably know the Doppelganger and the White Zen that you can find in bars around the city. Now Gateway opened its first Taproom in BKC earlier this year and I went twice this October. In the beginning of the month, I celebrated the Oktoberfest with the German Expat community there and we enjoyed delicious and authentic German food (highly recommend the Schnitzel and the Pretzel) and they even brewed a special Oktoberfest Beer.

PC: Gateway Taproom, BKC
PC: Gateway Taproom, BKC

And on the last day of October I went again for a casual date night with my husband and we enjoyed their lamb meatball spaghetti, flatbread and calamari. I must say… I am impressed by the great food and delicious beet in a casual environment in BKC. Well done!

KAMA Ayurvedic Masterclass

And last but not least: I absolutely loved our Ayurvedic masterclass we hosted with KAMA at their store in Juhu last weekend. It was such a great way to learn about Ayurveda and how it can help to take care of our skin in a polluted city like Mumbai. We even made our own detoxifying body scrub (recipe on our blog).

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