Lately, new restaurants are mushrooming in every nook and cranny of the city. And honestly, it is becoming harder and harder to keep up wi...

Review: Bohemian Brew, Khar

Lately, new restaurants are mushrooming in every nook and cranny of the city. And honestly, it is becoming harder and harder to keep up with them. So, what does one do when they come across an excellent eatery that has that sweet cosy vibe with the right dose of funk, minus all the pretensions that come with dining out? They become a patron. Simple.


Say 'Hello!' to Bohemian Brew

The easy-to-miss sign board

The outdoor area

The indoor area

The basement area

The boho-chic decor

The tea bar

A mere two minutes walk away from the Khar Road railway station, Bohemian Brew stands bang next to the S.V. Road junction. Although the tiny sign board declaring its presence is a blink-and-miss and might mislead one into imagining a super cramped interior, this is certainly not the case. The entire space is neatly divided into three separate zones- the al fresco area, the interior section, and the hip basement section- each of is an experience in itself. If you are a sheesha-aficionado or just a group who wants to revel in the laid-back air, the outdoor section is where you need to be. At the same time, families or people looking for a more straight-forward dining setup can head to the indoor section. The basement is a chill setup replete with low seating and board games, and perfect for individuals wanting to be away from the ho-hum. We chose to establish our base for the luncheon indoors, courtesy the stifling Mumbai weather these days. The indoor area is tastefully done, and the boho-inspired collection of curios displayed adds to the charm.

Jasmine Tea


Tea Leaf Salad

Fattoush

Bohemian Brew boasts of being one of the few handful restaurants in Mumbai which serve a wide variety of speciality tea, so before we dived into the food section, we right away called for the Jasmine Tea. The Jasmine Tea is one of the flowering options offered by the restaurant and is a complete sensory delight. On Chef Rahul's recommendation, the Tea Leaf Salad followed the Jasmine Tea. Comprising fermented Burmese tea leaves and numerous crunchy elements, this salad was every bit scrumptious. But our vote for the best salad unanimously goes to the Fattoush. The perfectly roasted bell peppers and melt-in-mouth feta cheese just sealed the deal for us.

Mezze Platter

Hummus and Lavash

Three Cheese Stuffed Mushroom with Cherry Tomato Ragout and Pesto

Next in were the Mezze Platter and the Three Cheese Stuffed Mushrooms. The Mezze Platter of hummus, baba ganoush, and tzatziki served with lavash, pita bread and crispy falafel was hearty and flavourful. However, we found the Three Cheese Stuffed Mushroom sort of lacklustre. Still, we are a big fan of the cherry tomato ragout served alongside the Three Cheese Stuffed Mushroom and wouldn't mind devouring it on its own! Yep, we loved the cherry tomato ragout that very much.

Strawberry Iced Tea

Spicy Guava Mocktail

Nibbling on the appetisers, we had exhausted two refills of the Jasmine Tea and wanted to go in for another when Chef Rahul informed us about the secret Iced Tea and Mocktails menu at Bohemia Brew. And without any further ado, we ordered the Strawberry Iced Tea and the Spicy Guava Mocktail. Both of them were terrific and lived up to the narrative sold to us by the Chef.

Pesto Cottage Cheese Sandwich

Pesto Cottage Cheese Sandwich

Ricotta & Spinach Ravioli

While nursing the secret drinks, I settled in for the Ricotta & Spinach Ravioli while my +1 went in for the Pesto Cottage Cheese Sandwich. The Ricotta & Spinach Ravioli served with sundried tomato pesto, basil pesto and sour cream was flavoursome but I felt the pasta was a bit stiff and slightly marred the dish down a few notches. The Pesto Cottage Cheese Sandwich, though, was a hit right out of the ballpark: my +1 would not stop raving about it and can dash to Bohemian Brew even at this very moment to have it once more! 

Potato Gnocchi in Tomato Butter Sauce

Next, Chef Rahul suggested we try the Potato Gnocchi in a tomato butter sauce. And we reluctantly did, only to be wow-ed away. Seriously, the cloud-like potato gnocchi in that captivatingly rich tomato butter sauce topped with parmesan cheese is the ultimate explosion of flavours. Hence, we weren't surprised when we discovered that this dish is a house speciality at Bohemian Brew!

Bubble Waffle!

The extensive Pizza menu at Bohemian Brew kept calling to us, but by this point, we were stuffed to the brim. Yet funnily, we couldn't bring ourselves to leave without sampling the desserts. And this time, we went for another house speciality: The Bubble Waffle. We were briefed that Bohemian Brew is the only restaurant in Mumbai doing a Bubble Waffle and we didn't want to miss out on this rare delight. The one we went in for was with a Nutella base and topped with a scoop of strawberry ice cream and an Oreo. It was undoubtedly delightful and we thought it was the perfect closure to a sensation meal...until the freshly brewed Peppermint Tea graced our table. And this is when I realised that with a menu so extensive, Bohemian Brew shall give you a reason to visit over again and over again.

Verdict: 4/5
Overall, if a laid-back ambience and a huge selection of eats, drinks and hookah are what you seek, Bohemian Brew should be next on your list.

The fact that being a food and travel and lifestyle blogger is a physically demanding task may come as a shocker to many. With all that fo...

Experiencing Hot Yoga in Mumbai With Mirabella Hot Yoga

The fact that being a food and travel and lifestyle blogger is a physically demanding task may come as a shocker to many. With all that food sampling and long hours on the road punctuated with unhealthy eats, the unhealthy effects do show after a certain point of time. Hence, I wasn't surprised when I noticed that my physical fitness has declined from being a 5k run ready to gasping for breath on climbing merely a flight of stairs. In order to remedy this state of being, I shopped for new workout gear and was all set to hit my local park but procrastination seemed to get the best out of me every single time. This was when I got an opportunity to try out a hot yoga class in Mumbai. Now, hot yoga is a total rage in Western countries. At the same time, it is relatively unheard of in India, the birthland of yoga. So I curiously signed up for the same. Today I am trying to spread a word about this particular kind of yoga and my experience of the same at the premier yoga studio I sample this practice at, that is, Mirabella Hot Yoga.



Hot Yoga 101

Simply put, hot yoga is yoga in a hot room. On its face, it sounds fancy without any real benefit, but that is definitely not the case. The main idea behind practising yoga in a hot room is to increase the flexibility quotient of the body, boost the blood flow, push your body to burn calories, and flush out the toxins from the lymphatic system. So no matter whether your end goal is to lose fat or get a toned body or improve flexibility or simply get started with yoga, hot yoga is undoubtedly for you. 


My Experience At Mirabella Hot Yoga

Honestly, I was kind of sceptical of the seemingly lofty claims when I signed up for the trial class at Mirabella Hot Yoga, a premier hot yoga studio in Mumbai initiated by Paloma Gangopadhyay, who has trained directly under the founder of Hot Yoga, Bikram Choudhary. But I am delighted to report that all of the above-mentioned benefits are cent percent true. As I stepped into the temperature regulated studio, I found the stiffness in my body melting away. And with the gradual passage of time, I was finding it easier and easier to bend my body into the seemingly intimidating yoga poses. 

The highly qualified instructor taking the class made sure that we weren't simply pushing ourselves into the asanas but followed correct techniques and maintained a proper breathing pattern necessary for deriving full benefit out of the yoga pose. The focus of that particular class I attended was on posture and alignment improvement. And I cannot even begin to explain how much I needed that. I spend a majority of my time hunched over either a computer or a smartphone or sometimes both and this hunching business has lead me to a terrible alignment. Yet all it took was one class to notice a remarkable improvement in my posture.


Final Thoughts

Hot Yoga is a notch above the traditional yoga in terms of physical benefits. And that fact that it aids in flexibility is something which makes it perfect even for newbies who have zero body flexibility. My experience with Mirabella Hot Yoga was a splendid one. And if you are keen to try Hot Yoga in Mumbai, I cannot recommend it enough.


Verdict: 5/5

Back in the day when I was facing my share of troubled skin, I had come across this Himalaya product in the trolley of a fellow shopper du...

Review: Himalaya Acne-n-Pimple Cream

Back in the day when I was facing my share of troubled skin, I had come across this Himalaya product in the trolley of a fellow shopper during a grocery haul. Post that initial sighting, I quickly marched to the relevant aisle to get hold of this product. Honestly, I have zero recollection of how this cream reacted to my skin and had almost forgotten that I've used this cream in my war against acne until Himalaya Herbals contacted me to review the product. Now, my face is no longer covered with zits of varying intensity all the time. Hence, I was on the verge of declining the opportunity. But the universe works in mysterious ways. My brother got a terrible breakout and thereby became a perfect specimen to examine the working of this cream on! 

Product's Claim



Himalaya Acne-n-PimpleCream promised to control pimples and scars while keeping the skin soft. Himalaya says that this product is a formulation containing Silk Cotton Tree, Lentil, Aloe Vera and Saurashtri, which has excellent astringent, styptic and cooling properties. 

First Impression

Swatch test

Texture of the product

Post-blending in swatch

The product comes in a basic tube packaging which is a huge plus as it helps in avoiding the contamination of the cream. The tube packaging is sturdy enough and thereby makes it travel-friendly. The cream in itself is of a thick yet light texture and has a pleasant herbal scent. It blends nicely into the skin with a matte finish and leaves behind no cast or whitish layer. On application, it lends a cool tinge to the skin and feels soothing.  

User's Experience

My brother had a bout of inflamed acne which on the application of this cream started calming down immediately and post the regular application of this cream, for two weeks, receded. The acne scar too is very subtle and hardly prominent. However, his issue with the cream is that he finds it too tedious to blend in and if he had pus-filled pimples any non-careful blending in action could end up popping the pimple. An easy hack to tackle this drawback would be using a cotton bud for application around the puss-filled pimples. Easy-peasy!

Final Thoughts

Already bought a second tube!

Himalaya Acne-n-PimpleCream proved to be a very effective cream in controlling my brother's breakout. And the facts that it is easily available and is affordably priced at Rs.45/- for 20g are huge plus points. Blending the cream in, as pointed out earlier, is a bit time-consuming yet I am willing to discount this con as the benefits at this meagre price far exceeds a bit of effort. Overall, Himalaya Acne-n-PimpleCream is a nice herbal alternative worth having in your kitty to tackle that random breakout without leaving a scar behind. 

Verdict: 4/5

If you haven't already got your fill of writeups romanticising train journeys, congratulations, you've come to the right place. I ...

Love Letter To The Railways

If you haven't already got your fill of writeups romanticising train journeys, congratulations, you've come to the right place. I have probably stated hundreds of times my love for train rides, but seldom have I ever penned it. How could I? Words never did justice. It is one thing to proclaim that you love railways and allow the other person through it to gauge the intensity condensed in that statement by your being during the journey, and it is an entire ballgame altogether demonstrating that emotion while sounding genuine and not overly pompous in written words. I'd be lying though if I said I never tried writing on the railways before. The truth is, I have attempted numerous times. But also dripping with the truth is the fact that each time, it ended up in complete failure. Tonight, I am giving it a go once more.

Winter mornings, sleeper coach, and a piping hot cup of tea: Isn't that all one needs?

Years ago, when my mum held my hand in one hand and a suitcase in another hand and embarked on a cross-country rail journey, along with my dad and uncle and little brother, I had no inkling of what was coming. Within hours, a little me found herself at home in the AC coach of a train scheduled to snake through every goddamn railway station imaginable for at least the next forty-eight hours. It was super hard to kill time, honestly. And the fact that I had no boardgames on me to keep myself occupied, like the other children in my compartment did, was crushing. Somehow along the way, I found solace in the window and the breathtaking landscapes it allowed to be viewed. 

Fast-forward to a similar train ride six years later, and a suitably older (Read: 12-year-old) me crawled down from the upper berth one morning and slid into her mum's lower berth and sandwiched herself perfectly in the already cramped space to breathe some fresh air through the sleeper coach's open window and ended up witnessing one spectacular sunrise. Maybe this was when I fell in love with rail journeys, or maybe this was when the feelings which lay dormant for quite a lot of years throbbed. And since then, despite the copious amount of journeys, those feelings haven't escaped me. I am the same dreamy-eyed kid, who found herself feeling at home in a train fourteen years ago, every time I board a train (albeit better armed with long journey travel hacks). And this, I pray, never changes, both to the Old Gods and the New. 

Culture is the colour that fills a land. And to soak in that colour is why people travel. At least, I do. Anyway, it is an accepted fact t...

The Amritsar Dessert Dash

Culture is the colour that fills a land. And to soak in that colour is why people travel. At least, I do. Anyway, it is an accepted fact that the best way to experience a culture is through its food. Hence, it should come as no surprise that when I was in Amritsar last month, my belly forgot all its bounds. With only a couple of hours in my hands to savour a slice of Amritsar in that tightly packed itinerary squishing in all the must-sees within a day and a half, I was determined to make the most of it. Thankfully, the mission was accomplished, and with it, my love for Amritsar cemented.

The Golden Temple, Amritsar

Curious to retrace my steps for an unforgettable dessert crawl through the distinctly captivating bylanes of Amritsar? Read on...

1. Shri Krishna Misthan Bhandar


The phirni of dreams...

After a failed attempt at entering the Golden Temple on the first day of 2017, I spent a better part of the morning prancing around the Golden Temple complex. Though many stops punctuated my act, the tastiest one has to be this little shop tucked away in a corner near the Mata Shri Longa Wali Devi Ji Mandir. The aroma of freshly fried puris and masaledaar chole from this food joint wafted through the nippy air as I stood there cursing myself for forgetting my wallet in the hotel (brilliant, I know). So when I was back in the vicinity after a stop at the hotel a few hours later, I headed here right away. Sadly, the breakfast (read: puri-chole) hours were up and I had to force myself to pick something else. Now, this turned out to be a blessing in disguise as I ended up having the smoothest and lushest phirni ever! So good was this phirni that the friend accompanying me, who was cynical about it at first, gobbled up the entire content within seconds after the first bite!  

Price factor: Rs.15 per phirni.

2. Gurdasram Jalebiwala


Perfect jalebis ever. See, no dripping sugar syrup!

Having read all the Amritsar food recommendations on the internet, I was acquainted with this name but wasn't totally psyched about checking it out. Reason? I absolutely dislike jalebis. They are sickeningly sweet and super messy with all the sugar syrup dripping everywhere. But when I had only 15 minutes left before leaving for my bus to Chandigarh and Zomato showed this iconic establishment in the vicinity, I made up my mind to try it out. And it did not disappoint. Honestly, the jalebis at Gurdasram has changed my opinion of this sweetmeat forever. They were perfect in every sense- perfect level of sweetness, perfect texture...I can go on and on! If you are a jalebi-lover, you shouldn't miss this mecca. And if you are a jalebi-hater, you cannot miss this mecca.

Price factor: Rs. 20 per serving of jalebi.

3.  Raja Kulfi Wala


The deceivingly rich matka kulfi.

On the way to catch the Chandigarh-bound bus, I managed to squeeze in one last stop in my dessert run: Raja Kulfi Wala. The night before, on a random walk after the hotel-arranged dinner in the bid to find Ahuja Milk Bhandar, we made a pit stop at A-One Kulfi. The kulfi at A-One was all sorts of decadent and delectable. (They put an additional serving of malai over their kulfi, guys!) Hence, I did not expect much from Raja Kulfi Wala and ordered a matka kulfi for the sake of it. Although it was a tad bit sweeter than how I like my kulfis to be, it was super rich and creamy and a perfect end to my dessert adventure in the land of Amritsar. 

Price factor: Rs. 30 per matka kulfi.
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