Breathtaking vineyards of Douro Valley

No visit to Porto (north west of Portugal) is complete without a detour to the Douro Valley which is exactly what I did on my recent sojourn in September, incidentally weather-wise a great month to visit. This area has been long devoted to vineyards producing Port wine and table wines. It’s now a UNESCO World Heritage Site too. The River Douro extends from Northern Spain … Continue reading Breathtaking vineyards of Douro Valley

An artistic journey

TARQ, a relatively new Mumbai contemporary art gallery, recently exhibited for the first time in London as part of Camden Kala (an annual arts programme). The idea of the exhibition This Burning Land Belongs To You was to show works that both a UK and Indian audience could relate to and hence, the initiative to promote three young artists: Soghra Khurasani, Rithika Merchant and Ronny … Continue reading An artistic journey

Mumbai’s big fat dessert festival

After ‘food porn’, here comes ‘dessert porn’! Mumbaikars are in for a debauchery of their sweet tooth with over 100 desserts on offer at the Dessert Garden being held this weekend at High Street Phoenix. From Turkish Baklavas, French Entremets, Centre-filled Cupcakes, Cookiewiches, Meringues, Waffle Sticks and Freak Shakes to Donuts, Marshmallow Sundaes, Chocolate Éclairs, Cookies, Dessert Jars, Candy Floss…phew, the list is endless. For the … Continue reading Mumbai’s big fat dessert festival

London’s best-kept fashion secrets

They’ve made a fashion crossover from places like Lebanon, Estonia and the US. Embraced by celebrities like Beyonce, Rihanna and Amal Clooney, acquaint yourself with London’s cool new lot of luxury clothing and designer shoe labels.   Malone Souliers American shoe designer Mary Alice Malone and her business partner Roy Luwoltset up shop in Mayfair specialising in made to measure comfortable heels for women to … Continue reading London’s best-kept fashion secrets

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