Summer is a time for brunches!

What’s the best part about summer? It’s the sundresses. And the best place to wear those are at brunches. Brunches that start off in the afternoon and spread across late evening.

So last weekend, @Celery and I ganged up to enjoy a Sunday afternoon lunch at Mumbai’s swish Tasting Room.

Good Earth

Good Earth

Situated inside The Good Earth showroom at Raghuvanshi Mill compound at Lower Parel, this one is Mumbai’s best kept secret. Those who know about it, swear by it and those who don’t – shame on you!

Parched, we started our luncheon with cool glasses of kiwi margarita and an orange blossom mocktail that were good enough to get us hopeful about the meal to come.

The appetizer of stuffed – fried mushroom served with the red chutney was rightly crispy with a soft interior. It was pop-able and each piece was consistently delicious. After eating this dish, we actually made a mental note to replicate it for our next terrace soiree.

The Tasting Room

The Tasting Room

Since @Celery is a bit of a health freak, she tried the herbed quinoa salad. Now, quinoa is completely overdone in this city, which makes it hard for chefs to do something offbeat with it. Thankfully, the chefs at The Tasting Room get this dish right. With bits of grilled veggies and slightly charred broccoli, this salad is what makes dieting worth your while.

Since all trips to this restaurant are incomplete without digging into their watermelon and goat cheese salad, we did the honours pronto.

Hardly a salad, this dish is what summer afternoons should be made up of. Goat cheese is layered with chunks of watermelon. The whole square is drizzled with sweet balsamic and pine nuts and few bits of arugula do the needful. We love this salad for its textural contrast and colour combination.

For mains, everything from the predictable penne with arabiata sauce to the unusual sweet potato gnocchi was outstanding. Each dish has a characteristic and tasted far superior than what’s available elsewhere.

The Tasting Room

The Tasting Room

Now for dessert, while the berry pavlova disappointed us tremendously because of its gelatinous texture, the cheesecake did the exact opposite. It blew our mind away! It was served warm with a berry sorbet and was as good as a spa treatment for the soul.

Address: 1st Floor, Good Earth, Raghuvanshi Mills Compound, Senapati Bapat Marg, Lower Parel, Mumbai

For reservations: 022 65285284

The secret to long hair revealed…

Alice

Alice

As you know, I’ve been using the #LoveLongHair range for a while. My hair is actually shinier, smoother and untangled after several washes. You can see for yourself the results of using this shampoo and conditioner on my hair.

Garnier Fructis Long & Strong

Garnier Fructis Long & Strong

And now I finally know that the shampoo and conditioner is actually the all new Garnier Fructis Long & Strong! It’s amazing because it’s different from when I’ve used Fructis earlier. This range worked wonders on my hair and I’m sure it will on yours too. Are you going to try it?

A hair care range that makes me #lovelonghair

#LoveLongHair

#LoveLongHair

As I told you the last time, I’m participating in a blind test for a new range of shampoo and conditioner. I have to admit it’s kind of mysterious and exciting to use hair care products, not knowing what brand they are. In just two washes, I could feel my hair smoothening out, shining and smelling divine. I love the fruity essence of the shampoo. I also like that conditioner has a slightly denser consistency than the shampoo and just glides across my hair without seeping into the scalp. I really love long hair and I’m loving the effect of this hair care range. I can’t wait to find out which brand it is and share it with you all.

Will my wish for long hair come true?

I’ve always wished for long hair. Beyond a certain length, my hair just looks limp and dead. I have to chop it off and make do with shoulder length hair. That’s all the more reason I’m excited to be a part of this blind test for a hair care range.

Love Long Hair hamper

Love Long Hair hamper

I received a hamper with a shampoo and conditioner and all I know is I have to try it if I ‘Love Long Hair’.

Love Long Hair

Love Long Hair

I’ve used it once and my hair smells so good and actually shines. Follow me to know if this shampoo and conditioner does wonders for my hair.

Shampoo and Conditioner

Shampoo and Conditioner

And like me, you’ll find out in a few weeks which brand these products are actually from. Are you excited?

Tantrums you can afford to have!

In an interview with young, beautiful and talented Niharika Jolly – owner and lead designer at Tantrum shoes, we find out what her brand is all about and how she comes up with amazing shoe names each time an idea strikes her!

cupcake

Owner Niharika

What are Tantrum shoes all about?

Lace, feathers, flowers, jewels and bows! I want my brand to be a one-stop destination for anyone looking for ballerinas. Ballerinas are often seen as basic daily wear shoes. With Tantrum, we’ve tried to change that mindset. We’d like people to wear our shoes for special occasions and most importantly we want people to look down at their shoes and feel beautiful.

How did you start out?

Personally, now that I think about it, I started it on a total whim. Today, I don’t know whether I’d have the guts to just go out and start something without a business plan, strategy etc.

66699_688855577807870_1337409291_n

Shoes we would like to take out on a brunch date

What’s is educational qualification?

I’ve studied at a girls boarding school, St.Xaviers and as for my design-realated education, it’s all thanks to a person who I started as intern with and went on to work for. New York-based designer, Jaimal Odedra who’s someone I’d say has taught me so much that an institution couldn’t do better.

So, what’s your other job?

Currently, I’m assisting costume designers in Bollywood.

What makes Tantrum different from the end number of brands available on Facebook?

Most importantly, we make sure we’re not boring! As much as we’d like to deny it, a lot of us may try to ‘grow up’ in terms of clothing to look more mature, using subtle colours, staying safe. BUT, there’s still that child hidden in us. So the idea is to offer a sort of fairy tale shoe. We’re catering to that little girl within you who smiles when she sees a gold poofy flower or a pink bow.

You mentioned you make your own shoes. How?

I do not make every single shoe now as I used to earlier but yes I still cut the pattern of every first prototype that is made. But, every single embellishment is still done or closely monitored by me. We may take time on your shoes but we’re definitely trying to give you the best handmade option. Our shoes are not mass produced by machines. We’re happy do still be made ‘by the hand’.

1010914_673536952673066_1066735986_n

Feather-light feet

How does one buy a Tantrum shoe?

Well we travel quite a bit around India and exhibit the shoes, but our Facebook page is what has been the main selling point. All the shoes are photographed and cataloged there. After two years, we’ve finally got our own website and it’s going to be much easier purchasing directly thanks to zepo.in. Also, we’re going to start retailing in Mumbai very soon but that’s still under wraps.

 What’s your favorite type of shoe?

It would definitely be the ballerina. It’s so comfortable (which I’ve come to realize is so so so important!).

You have really amazing shoe names, how do you come up with those?

(Laughs) I try to be creative. In fact, till today whenever I make a new shoe I ask a lot of people what it should be named. I’ve dedicated a couple of shoes to people, friends, fairytale characters, princesses, characters from books, TV shows and the list goes on.

429713_403655996327831_782907730_n

Oh-so-glam shoes

What inspires you to make new shoes?

Everything beautiful inspires me. It could be fabric, flowers, baubles, places, paintings and even dinnerware! And of course I ask a lot of people for their opinions. My sister, friends and even some of the guys. There isn’t a single time that one of them enters my house/workshop and doesn’t get shown a shoe and asked various questions about whether they’d wear it, if not then what should I change etc.

What are some of your favourite shoe brands?

I admire Ms Selfridge and Charles and Kieth.

269766_240761522617280_6060742_n

Black statement ballerinas

Our pick from her store are shoes titled “Daily shoe story”. Aptly named, this pair is something that goes well with almost anything! To begin with, they are black in colour. The embellishment on the ballerinas too aren’t too over the top. Together with the small pearly balls, these can be worn to a brunch with a lighter dress or teamed with a all-black number for a night out with the girls. Sometimes, we think we will stocking-clad our legs and wear it with a neon tunic.

485673_461914613835302_1575608941_n