I’m a self-confessed spa enthusiast. I have gone for a massage even on a holiday in Goa. Make that every holiday. I remember the time I initiated myself to body massages. It was a building dedicated to massage therapies, in Pattaya. There has been no looking back since. Every vacation I go on, I will try the authentic massage that spa has to offer.
Considering the information I just gave you, you won’t be surprised when I tell you I enthusiastically took up the opportunity to try a therapy/treatment at the NuAyurvedaClinic in Mumbai.
I went in for what is called the Abhyanga Ayurvedic massage. I was as fascinated as you presumably are and had read up on the site what it would be like.
Everywhere I went, they asked me, “What do you do?” I didn’t know how to answer that. I did so many things. And like Alice, I felt like I would change so many times over.
Then one day, it occurred to me. Who I was was more important than what I did. I was a strong girl when I began, full of thoughts and ideas about the way of life. I felt like I could take on anything. My words were my strength. I considered myself a writer. That was also my reply when someone asked me what I did. But somewhere in time, along the way, I felt I was being defined by words. I was slotting myself into categories. I was either a writer, a stylist, a blogger or a girl waiting to meet a boy. I went into a cocoon. I found comfort hiding behind these titles. I was static. Until one day, my heart started beating really fast. Every conversation I had was with another woman who had found herself. And somehow I was waiting. To break free from the cocoon. And emerge a butterfly. A happy creature with wings that could lift any weight on my shoulders. I came into my own and was truly my best self. I feel like that even now. Lighter, free and ready to take on the world. Almost as if my whole life has been a preparation for this very moment. Where I can put my best self forward and vibe on the same frequency as others.
I know there are many more who feel this way. And so, with this post, I am kick-starting a campaign. ‘Embrace yourself‘ is an all inclusive collaboration of cross-cultural and multi-faced creators who have one primary goal. To come into their own and give back to society and the world at large.
If you’ve travelled internationally from the T2 airport at Sahar, Mumbai, you’ll relate to what I’m about to say. You’re famished before you can board your flight. You leave home an hour in advance and you’re anyway required to be at the airport at least 3 hours before your flight time. It’s roughly 4 hours, give or take from the time you leave home until you board the flight. And the only thing going on in your mind is what you want to eat.
For this reason, I was at T2 last night exploring the restaurant options and trying the specialities on the menu. Just so next time you’re at the airport, you know where to head and what to eat. If you’ve factored in time for duty free shopping, you might as well enjoy a good meal too.
For starters, we headed to the Indian Kebab & Grill restaurant. We tried a range of vegetarian starters including the Broccoli Badam Tikki and the Paneer Dum Roll. The interesting thing about the restaurant, being located at the airport is, no knives and open fires can be used. The closed mini-tandoor can serve up a paneer tikka that you can cut into with your fork. Imagine cooking without knives. That’s gotta be a real challenge.
Makai Motia Seekh
Paneer Dum Roll
Paan Assembly Counter
After we had whet our appetite with the starters, we headed to Olive Bistro for mains and desserts. Olive is popular for its pizzas and risottos. But even the burger and pasta left us asking for more. Tell me the pictures aren’t making you drool already.
Olive Bistro at T2
Olive Bistro at T2
Glass of Riesling
Olive Bistro at T2
If you thought we’d be full on the mains, you guessed right. But only for the benefit of our dear readers, we indulged in delicious desserts. You can tell they were excellent by the mere glee on our face.
We tried the blueberry cheesecake, the walnut cocoa pie and the simply beautiful caramel creme.
After consuming that much food, we were ready to catch a flight that wasn’t going anywhere. We took a walk nevertheless and stopped at Cafe Indiana where we digested our food with some cutting chai. Of course, even the chai was served with mawa cake, nankhatai and khaki biscuit.
In all fairness, we had gone all out and stretched ourselves. So, ending the dine-around experience on a sweet note was the right thing to do. The only possibility of a live paan counter is at an airport in Mumbai. The bhaiyya quickly put together two sweet paans for us and we were ready to bid goodbye to T2.
Paan Assembly Counter
If you aren’t already, do follow me on Instagram where I documented the entire experience live, with videos and mouthwatering pictures.
I love to hear from you, so let me know if you’re headed to the airport and what you’re hoping to eat before you leave the country. I’m eagerly waiting to know what you thought of the dine-around experience at T2 and if you’d like me to document more such activities. Basically, write to me. :*
Yesterday, I was invited for a preview tasting of Burger King’s menu as it gears up to open its first outlet in Mumbai at Oberoi Mall, Goregaon tomorrow. I was really excited to try the vegetarian menu and boy, did I! Unlike competitive burger brands, Burger King has an extensive vegetarian menu with 7 options. Of course, I had to try them all to tell you which one was my favourite. The interesting thing about these burgers was that each one had a different patty, concentrating on different proteins and flavours.
My favourite was the Veg Chilli Cheese Melt burger. The other thing I noticed about the burgers was the size. They were extremely filling and the whopper, especially is massive! As Burger King’s Chief Marketing Officer put it, “the brand caters to hunger fill.” Couldn’t have put it better.
Their fiery onion rings are different too. They’re not made of the usual fully formed onion rings but rather a paste that tastes even better with their sauce.
We actually started with the milkshakes and they were sweet in just the right consistency. And for us Indians, they even have a mango milkshake. 🙂 I was most fascinated with the 180 degree sundae. You can actually hold the cup upside down and it won’t melt. Add to that, I was taken back to my childhood with the Cadbury Gems flavour. Interestingly, Gems are not available crushed in the market and Burger King does that especially for the sundae. Don’t you love that?
If you haven’t figured already, I had a great time at the Burger King preview tasting. The first outlet opens in Mumbai tomorrow. Go get yourself one!
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.
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.
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.
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.