It’s always fun to work with people who love to dine with you :) That’s why when Shangri La Mumbai’s Aditi Chopra insisted that I extend my meeting to lunch at Ekayana, the new resto-lounge at the hotel that offers Lebanese and Indian fare, I just couldn’t resist. And it was the best food decision I had made in a pretty long time.
I am going to explain, ‘why.’ The problem I have with almost 99% Arabic restaurants in India is that they don’t get the basics right and already start experimenting. Dear chefs, first get your hummus right, then figure the rest. No seriously. Also, for food God’s sake, stop putting cilantro/ dhaniya to every damn thing just to Indian-ise every cuisine. Just stop.
Coming back to our lunch, I have to admit I was a little hesitant to order Lebanese. But when the food came, all my doubts disappeared. Thankfully, the chef at Ekayana keeps the recipes a.b.s.o.l.u.t.e.l.y authentic and simple. Nothing extra nothing meaningless. Pure brilliance. It’s been almost 3 years since I left Dubai, and finally my quest for good authentic Lebanese food has come to an end. The hummus was deliciously creamy, falafels were so crisp and lovely, tabouleh and fattoush were just so balanced and had only the proper ingredients. I couldn’t have asked for more! Except, freshly made Arabic bread, may be. Hopefully I don’t sound pompous like a masterchef judge while writing this.
Picky is finally happy :)
Shangri-La Hotel, Mumbai,
Next to Palladium Mall, Senapati Bapat Marg,
Lower Parel, Mumbai.
Ph: +9122 6162 8000
I have been MIA for quite some time now, but have been super active on Instagram. So I thought I’d make a quick Instagram gallery for you :) From now on, you and I will be on the same page. Ready?
My current to-buy list includes these flower vases from The Home Label
Currently in love with – Guerlain Perfumed Face and Body shimmer
Can’t seem to have enough of – Brunch at LPQ. Divine.
Spending a lot of time at – My friend Shirin’s place.
Been lately crushing on this sweetheart from LV!
Current obsession – Manicures. This is what I did last night!
I used these Sally Hansen Nail Polishes for my manicure in the earlier photo.
Oh and one fine day I just got bangs. I should have done this 20 years ago! You laaike?
MAC’s limited edition Marilyn Monroe goodies landed at my desk one day. I love my job, oh wait did I tell you I got a job? Yours truly is now the new Online Editor – Grazia & Hello!
My Chanel Mademoiselle is about to get over, I need to runnnn to Parcos
Somehow I have been drinking a lot of bubbly lately, not that I’m complaining.
We cool now?!
Instagram – @ThePickyC
The leaves on the trees are shiny, flowers are at their brightest, woolens have been dry cleaned and tucked-away, shorts are out, boots sound scary and peep toes sound just lovely. All this only mean one thing, spring is here and the summer is just around the corner.
When your laundry starts to dry in an hour under the sun, you should know it’s time to increase the intake of fluids. Now don’t I make that sound boring?! Let’s just say it’s time to indulge in delicious lemonades and granitas. For me an evening out during summers means a few Cosmopolitans.Hic!
Okay now I am feeling like I am cheating on my little fashion blog with lemonades! Let’s talk spring-summer fashion… shall we? My favourite trend this season has got to be Neon. It’s fun, it’s retro, it’s chic and it’s very very in. You can color block using several shades of neon or team it with pastels but my advice is to use one neon piece and wear it with nude. Neon+Nude = Absolute Beauty!
United Nude Geisha Hi Neon heels.
Have you picked up anything in Neon? Do you love the trend as much as I do? Please tell, until then keep sipping on that pink melon lemonade!
Sometimes it’s great to eat alone… it’s your opportunity to pamper yourself. I know most girls don’t enjoy it but I actually relish it. May be because I have lived alone for a few years or may be because in my heart I’m actually a loner.
Anyway, Kesh’s working late today so I had to have dinner alone so here’s what I ate – Pasta in white sauce with Veuve Clicquot 1998 vintage champagne merrily stirred into it, served with sautéed mushrooms and rocket. It was delicious… if I can say so myself!
Simple white sauce pasta made special with a generous helping of my favourite vintage champagne.
It was delicious! If I say so myself...