Join The Sassy Spoon, Nariman Point for some pre-Valentine’s Day fun, next weekend! Come on over with a friend, your special someone or just by yourself for a special cooking workshop where their Chefs will teach you how to whip up a delicious 3 course meal!
The workshop includes the following:
A demonstration session of a 3 course Valentine’s Day menu (salad, main course & dessert)
A sampling session of the recipes demonstrated
A complimentary glass of wine
A veg/non-veg appetizer
For more details, check out the eventon Eventshigh.
Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and this is exactly the time when couples start looking for something special to gift their partners. Phoenix Marketcity is the perfect place to find a plethora of options suitable for this beautiful occasion. Here are our favorite things to gift this Valentine’s Day:
Kama Ayurveda Valentine’s Day Special Gift boxes
Kama Ayurveda is all set to get you into the Valentine’s Day mood as it has launched their excellent products in beautiful gift boxes specially created for this day full of love. These gift boxes are customisable and their range starts from Rs. 575. This is one of the best ways to pamper your beloved partner and make them feel special. The lovely boxes are packed in special Valentine’s paper bags.
Caratlane Valentine’s Day Special Fine Jewellery
Caratlane has launched a fine jewellery range specifically for couples, with beautiful rings and pendants. They have a lovely collection such as bracelets with cute cameras and pretty rose gold heart-shaped earrings. This jewellery range starts from Rs. 4500, and is the best way to express your love. After all, nothing says forever like a piece of exquisite fine jewellery.
Handmade India gift pieces
Handmade India has a lovely range of gift accessory pieces perfect for your home. Be it dip bowls or exquisite jewellery boxes made, you can find it all here. The price range begins at Rs. 500. There are also lovely handmade paper books and rosewood boxes that can be gifted by both partners to their better halves.
Accessorize gift accessories
If you wish to surprise your loved one with beautiful chunky necklaces, dainty pendants, bracelets, anklets, earrings, soft scarves and sequined bags – from tote bags to pretty clutches, then Accessorize has a great range of these gifting accessories for your partner. These gift options start from Rs.1500.
Books from Crossword
Books are one of the most unconventional yet perfect gifts to give your soulmate. If your partner is an avid book reader, then he/she is sure to love you for giving such a thoughtful gift. Crossword in Phoenix Marketcity has a wide range of Fiction, Non-Fiction, Romance and other genres of books where you will be spoilt for choice! Books such as Love in the Pink City by Gautami Shankar or I Do What I Do by Raghuram Rajan could be great book options. Prices for books in Crossword start from Rs. 350.
Fossil mens watches
Fossil watches have a beautiful classic design and are the ideal gift for your boyfriend or husband. Some of the bestsellers such as the Modern Machine Automatic Leather Watch for Rs. 19,000 or Townsman Automatic Stainless Steel Watch priced at Rs. 17,000 are available in the Phoenix Marketcity outlet and you can take your partner to try it on.
Colorbar has a superb range of makeup products that totally suit the Indian skin. Treat your girlfriend or wife to amazing highlighter kits, blush, nail paints and foundation such as the Amino Skin Radiant Foundation and Colorbar Velvet Matte Lipsticks available in a wide range of colours. The product prices start from around Rs. 400.
Ties from Louis Philippe
Louis Philippe has a diverse collection of ties in prints and patterns, solid and pastel colours that you can gift your husband or boyfriend this Valentine’s Day. He will surely love the gift and appreciate your great choice!
Omg! January is over… Wow, 2018 is rolling… And I am loving it. Lots of fun stuff happening and of course, I went crazy during the End of Season Sales at Phoenix Marketcity. In fact, I met some of you during my shopping trips or accompanied you while buying new sport shoes and what not… You know I spend a lot of time in this mall. So, I decided to share a special kind of monthly favorites with you and that is my JANUARY FAVORITES – Marketcity Edition!
Comfy Sweater from Forever 21
This beautiful sweater is the most comforting piece of clothing I have ever worn. It feels like a warm hug, a cup of hot chocolate while you are cuddled up on the sofa and watching the snow outside… Haha, okay. No snow in Mumbai (unless you go to Snow World) but I still love the sweater and I am actually wearing it a lot these days…
I do what I do (Raghuram Rajan) from Crossword
I have been ‘complaining’ to my bookworm friend Tatjana that since a few years, I have been reading only non-fiction. And while I have a few novels on my reading list for 2018, my current favorite book is this book by the former governor of the Reserve Bank of India. I am only half way through but I love the crisp, informative, easy to understand and precise way in which Raghuram Rajan shares insights into the Indian monetary, financial and wider economic framework. If you are interested in learning more about India’s economy and politics, this is a great read. (And if you are not so much into this kind of stuff, Crossword has plenty of other options).
New Frozen Teas at Starbucks
Ladies & Gentlemen, if you don’t know by now that I am a tea lover and I hang out at Starbucks a lot… well, then you are clearly not following me on Instagram. I am super excited about their new frozen teas and my favorite being the Iced Black Tea with Ruby Grapefruit & Honey. If you come to the Starbucks store at Phoenix Marketcity, tell them I sent you. (A brit friend of mine once walked into the store when I was there and since then she always gets a welcome of “hey Gwenda’s friend”…)
Silver Party Skirt from Forever 21
I bought a disco ball to wear. Hahaha! Seriously, I would have probably never looked at this shiny and sparkly skirt if it was not clearly marked with the word SALE 🙂 I tried it on just for fun… But hey, the deals are a steal during the End of Season Sale. And who knows when I will actually need this disco ball skirt for an event or something. And until then, I wear it when I visit the construction side of our office neighbors 🙂
The Market Project by Pizza Express
A new restaurant that opened at Phoenix Marketcity this January is The Market Project by Pizza Express. It’s the perfect spot for a lunch with your girlfriends when you need a break from shopping or you can come in the evenings for live music. The main area is a casual al-fresco (well, it’s open to the mall but still super cozy) space but they have a bar section in the back as well which you should definitely check out. My favorites here are the Palak Goat Cheese Pizza, the Santacruz Salad and the Cheesecake. Unlike The Runway Project at the Phoenix Mall in Lower Parel, this restaurant serves delicious Italian food with an Indian twist. But don’t worry… it’s not too Indian, the pizza is very authentic and delicious.
And a little secret… they have a small corner on the left side when you enter the restaurant with cute decor items from Chor Bazaar that you can buy (not sure if you can actually bargain like at Chor Bazaar though).
Every New Year, we make resolutions to stay fit and make the new year our healthiest yet. But by the end of the first month itself, all the good intentions go down the drain. Don’t let 2018 pass by just like the previous years. Make this year productive, stick to your resolutions and promise your body that you will keep it healthy and fit. Here are three tips that you can use to stick to your New Year resolutions and exercise more this year:
Keep realistic goals
Always swear by this tip. It is very important to know your physical and mental abilities and make goals accordingly. By making unrealistic aims, not only do we fail to follow them but it also causes us to become demotivated towards exercising and leading a healthier lifestyle. Keep achievable goals which will be easier to attain, and then slowly go on increasing the level of difficulty, for example, starting with 1 a kilometre run and gradually increasing the distance or doing 10 push-ups a day and then increasing the number every day. These small wins will make you feel confident that you are taking successful steps towards completing your goals.
Keep a track of all the exercise and workouts you have been doing. You can keep a diary and track your exercise or use one of the plenty apps to do this for you. Share your happiness by posting a pre and post workout session photo on your social media profiles and tell your friends to keep you accountable. Make sure you don’t miss your workout on any day and be very regular about it. The key is perseverance and the determination to keep yourself healthy. Working out with a friend or your partner also helps you stay accountable and achieve your new year’s resolutions.
Gwenda Glocalista’s Fitness Goals for 2018
My fitness new year’s resolutions are to run 60km in races this year, to exercise 5 times a week, to create a yoga routine (somewhat daily) and to join a football team. Putting it out here on the blog, I hope to stay accountable to all of them!
I don’t know about you but in the last 4 years that I have been living in Mumbai, I could not find a single high quality, casual, professional Expat Business Networking event or group. Yes, you have the events by Consulates or Chambers of Commerce and there are plenty of social networking groups for expats. But whether you are brand new in the city or you have been around for some time, you may not want to build your professional network while half drunk dancing on the dance floor.
That is why I partnered up with The Sassy Spoon in Nariman Point to host the first Glocalista Expat Business Networking Breakfast! I am super excited to bring working expats from around the world together and to create a platform for all of us to grow our professional network.
I grew up picking strawberries in my own garden in my childhood and it’s definitely one of my favorite fruits (just like mango, sitaphal and pineapple). I am so glad the strawberry season is finally here and I can’t get enough of it.
I recently enjoyed a delicious Strawberry Milkshake at the Gourmet Store at Grand Hyatt (thank you Pratiti for forcing me to not stick to just water during our meeting). It was so simple, yet the most delicious Strawberry Milkshake I have ever had in Mumbai (okay, I must admit – when I pick the strawberries in my own garden it tastes better).
But Grand Hyatt is doing so much more than just “simple strawberry milkshake”. Like always, they are going GRAND. Here is what they are offering this season:
STRAWBERRY TEMPTATIONS AT GOURMET STORE & LOBBY LOUNGE
January 15 – 31, 2018
Celebrate the royal fruit of the season as you savour delightful strawberry-infused specials like strawberry shortcake, strawberry Nutella cheesecake, strawberry & basil margarita, mojitos, smoothies, and more at the Gourmet Store and Lobby Lounge.
STRAWBERRY COCKTAILS AT THE BAR & CHINA HOUSE LOUNGE
January 15 – 31, 2018
Toast to new beginnings with our specially curated berrylicious cocktail collection. Get ready to get a party started at The Bar or indulge in special signatures of the month infused with Strawberries at China House Lounge
STRAWBERRY MASSAGE AT CLUB OASIS FITNESS CENTRE & SPA
January 2018 | INR 4444* | 60 minutes
Relax and pamper yourself with the strawberry massage at Club Oasis Fitness Centre & spa. Feel the benefits of fresh fruity berries against your skin energising your body and soul!
STRAWBERRY FACIAL AT CHRISTIAAN GEORGIO SALON
January 2018 | INR 3999* | 45 minutes
Fight oily skin & revitalize your senses leaving you with a natural glow as you indulge in a strawberry facial at Christiaan Georgio Salon this New Year.
Enjoy an afternoon catching up with friends or indulge in strawberry delights during your business meetings. And then there are the celebrations – a special birthday, anniversary or just because you have had a good week – when nothing else will do except mouth-watering sweet & savoury strawberry delights.
We all have been to some kind of wine tasting event. But have you been to a spirit tasting event ever?
Mark your calendars for this Saturday and enjoy over 40 Imported and Indian Wines, Premium Imported Spirits, Crafted Cocktails and Accompaniments like a variety of Cheeses & Appetizers at Agents of Cheer Vol.1
There will also be 2 Guided Appreciation Sessions on Imported Wines & Spirits which are NOT a part of the walk around tasting. Hurry as they have only 25 tickets for these sessions. The walk-around tasting is limited to 100 people.
Agents of Cheer is different from the typical crowded food & wine festivals because they carefully curate each wine and spirit that has been handpicked to offer you optimum taste in a relaxed, intimate setting in the company of other drinks enthusiasts.
All the details below. But before I forget – Agents of Cheer offered all Glocalistas a special ticket price. Use promo codeGLOCAL10to get 10% discount. Yeah!
Date: Saturday, 20th Jan, 5 PM onward
5-7PM: Sit Down Appreciation Sessions on Wine & Tequila
Now that Christmas has passed and the year is coming to an end, everyone is haunted by the same question – what are we doing this New Year’s Eve?! Well, here are some of the best restaurants in the city that have organised some amazing New Year specials:
New Year celebrations at Grand Hyatt
Grand Hyatt brings to you extraordinary celebrations to ring in the New Year in style. It’s classic restaurants such as Fifty Five East, Soma, China House and Celini will treat you with unlimited food, spirits, majestic desserts zone and kids area, whereas the China House Lounge and Grand Courtyard Party will include an enthralling DJ experience under the stars.
Date: Sunday, 31st December, 2017
Price: Fifty Five East – INR 4159, Soma – INR 5274, China House – INR 5274 and Celini – INR 5274, Grand Courtyard Party – INR 4159, China House Lounge – INR 14320 (all prices inclusive of taxes)
Address: Bandra Kurla Complex Vicinity, Off Western Express Highway, Santacruz East, Mumbai
Contact Details: 02266761231 / 7045950140
New Year’s Eve at Farzi Cafe, Kamala Mills & High Street Phoenix
Celebrate the New Year’s Eve at Farzi Cafe and get high on music, great food, booze, fun and energy. To set the floor rocking and welcome 2018 with a BANG, groove to some of the best tunes spinned with the cafe’s Resident & Guest DJ along with a Percussionist too. Enjoy 6 Vegetarian Appetisers, 6 Non Vegetarian Appetisers, 2 Vegetarian Main course, 2 Non Vegetarian Main Course, 2 Desserts and spirits like JW Black Label, Ciroc / Ketel One, Tanqueray, Bacardi / Captain Morgan / Old Monk and more all night!
Date: Sunday, 31st December 2017, 10 PM onwards to closing
Address: Farzi Cafe, Kamala Mills, Near Radio Mirchi Office, Lower Parel, Mumbai | Farzi Cafe, Unit C-10B, Ground floor, Courtyard, High Street Phoenix, 462, Senapati Bapat Marg, Lower Parel, Mumbai
Contact Details: Farzi Cafe – Kamala Mills – 8433942801, 8433942802, Farzi Cafe – High Street Phoenix – 7400066824 7400066825
New Year Eve celebrations at 145 Kalaghoda and Bandra
Bring in the New Year at 145 Kalaghoda and Bandra as they offer a special deal of INR 7,500 for couples and INR 3,950 for stag which will include unlimited drinks, food and entertainment. For this particular occasion, they have carefully curated this menu with some of their signature dishes and classic cocktails. The restaurant will stay open until well past midnight to mark the arrival of a New Year with a Toast to start 2018 with a bang! So drop by for some great food, drink and dance at 145 Kalaghoda and Bandra this New Year’s eve!
Date: Sunday, 31st December 2017, 9pm onwards
Price: INR 7,500 for couples and INR 3,950 for stag (Unlimited food and drinks)
It’s time to brighten and lighten up as FLYP@MTV Cafe brings to you the biggest House Party to end 2017 in style. Get your best foot forward and make FLYP@MTV Cafe your home for the night. Adding to the celebrations, dance and groove with DJ SRV on the house who will ensure you don’t stop dancing your way into 2018.
Date: Sunday, 31st December 2017, 9 pm onwards
Price: INR 6000/- plus taxes for couples | INR 4000/- plus taxes for male stag | INR 3000/- plus taxes for female stag
Address: FLYP@MTV Cafe, Unit No 6, First Floor, Kamala Mills Compound, Gate No 4, Trade View Building, Oasis Complex, Lower Parel, Mumbai
Bonobo’s New Years Eve Party: The Jungle Gathering 2018
Your favourite rooftop bar has something in store for all you party animals. Bonobo brings to you their awesome New Years Eve Party with the theme of Jungle Gathering 2018. Groove to the tunes of DJ Benedict and DJ Pradeep Maharana who are ready to set the dance floor on fire!
Date: Sunday, 31st December, 2017, 9 pm onwards
Price: INR 2000/- (plus taxes) for stag and INR 3500/- (plus taxes) for a couple (includes free flowing appetizers and IMFL alcohol)
New Year Eve Celebration at British Brewing Company
Welcome the New Year at British Brewing Company outlets in Mumbai. Dance to foot-tapping music and savour delicious food with starters like Nutty Nut Masala, Peri Peri Chilli fries, Charred paneer tikka, Mumbaiya Chilli in vegetarian options and Non – Vegetarian options like Fiery Chicken Lollipop, Fish & Chips, Tupelo Chicken, Chicken Harissa Kebab. Mains include Non Veg selects like Chipotle Pizza, Biryani, Smokey Barbeque Pizza and veg dishes like Paneer Makhani and Jeera rice and Mix Vegetable Noodles. End the year on a sweet note with hearty desserts like Chocolate Brownie with Ice Cream, Fruit base and Chocolate base dessert.
Price: Unlimited Food & IMFL set menu = INR 3000 all inclusive per person
Address: British Brewing Company all outlets in Mumbai
Palladium, High Street Phoenix (Lower Parel), Times Square Tech Park (Andheri East), Oberoi Mall (Goregaon East) and Inorbit Mall (Vashi)
Contact Details: 02239698190
Festive Buffet (Lunch) & Celebrations Special Menu (All Day) at Copper Chimney, Kalaghoda & Worli
Mumbai’s iconic restaurant Copper Chimney has come up with a special festive buffet (Lunch) and Celebrations Special Menu (a la carte) upto January 1, 2018. You can join in with your friends and family to indulge in some delicious food and potent spice infused cocktails along with an extensive bar menu. Their festive buffet includes 2 Soups, 4 Tandoor Grills (Veg & Non Veg), 4 Curries (Veg & Non Veg) + 1 Dal. For the mains, one can choose from 2 Biryanis/Rice or try from 4 Chaats. To end the festive buffet on a sweet note, they will be serving 8 Desserts which also have live Jalebi/Malpua Counters.
Date: Until January 1, 2018, 12 PM to 4 PM & 7 PM to 12 AM
Your table, your time, your music! Indulge in some amazing craft beer and scrumptious wholesome food while dancing to the tunes of DJ Fatbat. Your New Years bash is going to be just the way you like it!
Date: Sunday, 31st December, 2017, 10 PM onwards
Address: Godrej BKC Building, Ground Floor, Unit no. 3, G Block, Bandra Kurla Complex (E), Mumbai
Contact Details: 022 62328359
New Year’s Eve at Turban Tales, Powai
Get Desi this New Year’s Eve at Turban Tales, an amazing Small Plates Bar. Enjoy 3 Mocktails, 3 Vegetarian Appetisers, 3 Non Vegetarian Appetisers, 4 Vegetarian Main course, 4 Non Vegetarian Main Course, 3 Desserts and spirits like Blenders Pride, Signature, Bacardi, White Rum, Smirnoff Vodka, Old Monk, Beer, Fratelli wine, Red & White Cocktails, shots and more all night!
If you don’t feel like spending your New Years in the city this year, but you still haven’t zeroed in on a place, then here are some amazing last minute travel plans that we have come up with. Have a look!
Goa is one of the best places to bring in the New Year as it is widely popular among the locals and foreigners as a party hotspot, a paradise of beaches, stunning blue waters and delicious seafood. With cheap booze, great food and exciting trance music, Goa is definitely a place to go to for New Years.
Attractions: Anjuna Beach, Candolim beach, Baga Beach, Fort Aguada, Calangute Beach, Scuba Diving at Grande Island, Grand Hyatt and Tito’s Club at the Cavelossim Beach are some popular New Year attractions where you can hangout with friends and enjoy this lovely destination.
Andaman and Nicobar Islands
Scenic beaches, crystal clear waters, freshness in the air, serene atmosphere and beautiful aquatic life make Andaman and Nicobar Islands the best destination to ring in the New Year with your loved one. You can enjoy fun adventure activities such as snorkeling or enjoy delectable seafood while soaking in the lovely view.
Attractions: Radhanagar beach at Havelock islands, Limestone caves at Baratang Island, Cellular jail in Port Blair, Neil Island for its adventure sports, coral reefs and white shores are some of the best attractions at the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. You are sure to have a wonderful time here!
(Quick note: Foreign nationals must have a passport that is valid for at least 6 months.)
Could there be anything better than watching snowfall while you’re sitting in your cozy little room with a mug of hot chocolate (with marshmallows, of course)? You can experience this and much more in Manali, Himachal Pradesh. This destination is also very popular for trekkers. However, if you’re not a fan of trekking, then you can just enjoy the New Year by tucking in some delicious bakes from local bakeries like the German Bakery.
Attractions: Solang valley, Rohtang pass, Hadimba temple, Beas Kund, Old Manali, Kullu, experiencing snowfall, engaging in some adventure sports like trekking, Zorbing, horse riding, skiing and paragliding.
If you’re looking to escape from the hectic life of the city, and want to spend the new year camping under the beautiful skies, then this Golden City is the perfect place to be. Jaisalmer is home to the famous Jaisalmer fort, a UNESCO Heritage site and many more natural and manmade wonders.
Attractions: Jaisalmer fort, Sam sand dunes, luxury camping, camel safari, authentic Rajasthani cuisines at Chokhi Dhani and visiting an abandoned village of the 17th century – Kuldhara are the best ways to spend your New Year while in Jaisalmer.
The One – A Mediterranean style homestay in Ganpatipule (Konkan)
A beautiful homestay in Ganpatipule, a town on the Konkan Coast of Maharashtra awaits you for a vacation. The One is a Mediterranean style rooftop apartment with the gorgeous Greek blue and white theme, lovely decor and a view of the stunning Ganpatipule beach. You are also given other facilities like beach tents, an iPod dock, a bicycle and a ton of other things to keep yourself entertained. It is the perfect place to spend your New Year with family, friends or your special one.
Attractions: Apart from this homestay, other attractions in Ganpatipule are Swayambhu Ganapati Temple that is believed to be 400 years old, Ganpatipule beach and of Jaigad lighthouse that was built in the year 1832.
Amoeba is an entertainment parlour which has a bowling alley, a sports bar and a restaurant. It has an interesting menu and groovy music, and is overall a great place to hangout with your friends, especially if you want towatch your favourite games on big screen.
Where: F-33,34, First floor
PVR is a multiplex theatre company at Phoenix Marketcity where people can watch movies and have a wonderful time with friends and family. They also have a lounge area within the multiplex and a cafeteria as well. Head here to watch your favourite upcoming movie!
Where: First floor
Snow World is a one of its kind Indoor ‘real snow’ based theme park which makes it easy for all families to have an exciting yet relaxing time. You can build up confidence on your board or skis or have your first crack at the jumps on skates, all in a negative temperature of -10 degrees along with living the lifestyle of an Eskimo.
Where: 58 – 61, Lower Ground floor
Clue Hunt is a great place to spend your weekend doing something different and fun! It is India’s first live escape game where you can solve a 60-minute mystery game challenge (to escape from a room) in a team of 2 to 8 players. It’s a great team building, social or family event.
Where: S-28A, Second floor
Other attractions at Phoenix Marketcity
Phoenix Marketcity is also very famous for its unique and artistic art installations. These installations are extremely creative and draw a large audience from across the city. The mall is also well known for its beautiful decorations during festive seasons inside the mall and outside the mall as well. The mall adds in a festive cheer with its special LED decorations installed on the exteriors. Apart from this, music concerts, flea markets, pop-up shops and exhibitions are held in the Dublin Square at Phoenix Marketcity, making it a very happening place for fun activities.