Friday, September 25, 2009
Trunk Call from Turkey
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What: Baklava in a box, Iranian Sweet Palace, Haroun Manzil, near Metro Opticians, Imamwada Road, Bhendi Bazaar, call Hassan Irani on 9870017847.
Why: This perennial stock investor opens the shutters at Iranian Sweet Palace only during the month of Irani New Year. But few know that if you call him at other times, he can’t resist taking an order (provided it’s a big one) for the best baklava in the city.
When: You need to take stock of your sweets.
What: Strut on Stilts lessons, call Shilpa at 9833103710 for individual/group classes, Rs 3,300 onwards.
Why: Hot on the heels of Fashion Week, this pole dancing expert’s Strut on Stilts class teaches balance and postural training, complete with stiletto struts and catwalk moves that will leave you feeling sexy, strong and confident. Bonus: Leaner legs.
When: You want to get (a)head over heels.
What: Made-to-order Lebanese and Turkish cuisine at Walkeshwar, call Reshma Choksi on 9322260232, Rs 300 onwards.
Why: This haute chef makes a mean tabbouleh, fatoosh and fataya, but her newly introduced couscous with vegetable tagine is our current favorite.
When: You want to get hook(ah)ed up with a Turkish delight.
What: Wine from Chile to your door, Four Seasons Wine Discoveries Program, visit the website here, starts at Rs 5,000 for a six bottle shipment.
Why: These vino experts hunt down yummy, hard-to-access wines from all over the world and ship them directly to your doorstep, at prices usually under MRP. All you have to do is join the Society – membership is free! We especially love the Chilean wines in the current selection. Also, for your chance to win a bottle of Turkish wine, click here.
When: You’re expecting the stork to drop off a cork.
What: Dhoop and Craftmark textile exhibition at Dhoop, Sheetal Apts, corner of Union Park and Ambedkar Road, Khar (W), call 26498646.
Why: The crafty girl behind Dhoop once again finds a way to connect India’s best artisans with mainstream markets. Kalamkari saris and block print passport pouches for men, are bpb’s picks.
When: Spinning a yarn is fashionable; September 25-30.
Event Round Up: Retro Music for Change Night at Blue Frog on September 26, the proceeds of which go to charity; Get wasted at the latest happy hour – 9.30 to 10.30 pm – on September 30 at Marimba, Andheri (W); and read our review of the spanking new Tote on the Turf that opens Monday!