A South Indian feast

Mumbai finally got what it had needed amidst all the overpriced “health food” restaurants and trendy dining eateries shooting up every other day – an authentic, nicely done up South Indian restaurant. Madras Diaries by restaurateurs Neeti Goel and Farhan Azmi offers an extensive range of long-forgotten recipes from the culinary landscape of Chennai along with some new-age combinations, with several of the ingredients and … Continue reading A South Indian feast

Art beyond borders!

Lahore-born London-based artist Faiza Butt recently opened her exhibition of new paintings and ceramics entitled Brave New World at the Grosvenor Gallery in Mayfair, London. She is immensely talented and her works show ingenuity, with top collectors in the art world known to follow her work closely. Her pieces are created by images from current media and advertising, with an aim to capture and connect … Continue reading Art beyond borders!

Porto’s architectural renaissance

Porto, situated in the north west of Portugal and the second largest city after Lisbon, is fast becoming a popular weekend break for many. Just two hours from London, it’s a hop, skip and jump to this UNESCO listed destination.   So, how do you while away your time in this place? Well, wine tasting of course! The region is famed for the production of … Continue reading Porto’s architectural renaissance

Flavour Bastard, anyone?

No, I’m not using expletives for the sake of it! This quirkily named restaurant by renowned Indian chef Pratap Chahal (previously of Cinnamon Club, Gordon Ramsay’s kitchen and Galvin Bistrot) and restaurateur Vic Singh is the newest entrant on the Soho restaurant scene. The concept behind Flavour Bastard is “anything but authentic” – it’s all about different flavours, cuisines and cultures all served up on … Continue reading Flavour Bastard, anyone?

Menswear, ahoy!

They’re keeping Indian bespoke menswear well and alive! The designers behind Mumbai’s luxury menswear label SS Homme, husband-wife duo Sandeep and Sarah Gonsalves, have quietly and studiously been growing their eponymous brand that has in time gone on to dress several Bollywood stars and even Akash Ambani on the recent cover of GQ. Yet, you’ll never find them posing for the shutterbugs at celebrity dos … Continue reading Menswear, ahoy!

Sex and abstracts at Frieze

It’s one of London’s greatest art events. Frieze London focuses on contemporary art while Frieze Masters showcases artworks done before 2000, including works by Roy Lichtenstein, Joan Miro and Tracey Emin. Whether you have come to browse or buy, there are budgets to suit all pockets and both Frieze and Frieze Masters have gone out of their way to make the event as eye-catching as … Continue reading Sex and abstracts at Frieze