Podcast, fashion week and O Pedro by the bar

The other day, I did justice to the concept of ‘making the most of the day’. Except going to the office, I squeezed in a session with my two podcast partners in crime…

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Yup, that’s right. We’re starting a podcast! I can’t wait to tell you more about it soon.

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I actually had never met Lynn or Amrita – the two girls I’m working with on the podcast project – until we sort of randomly caught up for another meeting over coffee two weeks ago. We started talking and…well, each one of us, with a different podcast idea, decided to merge our plans and make it one.

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The most amazing thing about this is that Amrita and Lynn are both members of WAC, or Women About Community – the women’s only network that I run here. Without the forum, there are so many amazing women I would have never had a chance to meet. Starting WAC was the best thing I kicked off last year. I’m so proud over what its become and how its constantly growing and evolving.

After work and podcasting, it was time to get ready for fashion week. Lakme Fashion Week is in full flare in Mumbai at the moment, and I had one special show to attend this week… 431-88 is a Delhi based fashion brand that I’ve been a big fan of for the longest time, so when they reached out to me to ask if I could come for the show, wearing something they’d put together for me – let’s just say it was an easy sell!

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On my way to the show I dropped by Maia’s and Aditya’s new place, to meet their new addition to the family. Meet Bella guys! She’s such an adorable little girl. Shy yet curious and playful.

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We were running late for the show, but luckily Maia’s car is so big we were able to set up shop in the backseat. I love being able to use commutes productively. Or just saving time in general.

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Cameras are not allowed inside the venue without a press pass, but we managed to sneak a selfie before the show started. Prithvi, Maia and me.

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I don’t know how many times I got stopped by people asking where my outfit was from. Isn’t it so nice when women are actually not afraid of stopping a stranger to tell them that they like what they wear? Reminder to self to always do that from now on. Such an awesome thing to do!

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Maia is a frequent attendee of these type of events – she’s been a fashion blogger for the longest time now, and runs one of the biggest fashion platforms in the country. You can check out her site here.

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After the show we sneaked a few more photos before we grabbed a coffee and sangria at the bar. I ended up rushing to the salon for a blow dry right after this photo, because of how greasy my hair looked in the photos. Probably one of my biggest pet peeves in life: Greasy hair.

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Last but not least (and not actually last), Saif and I met up for dinner at fabulous O Pedro. I have been there once for lunch before, but last night’s dinner was even more outstanding than the first time we went…

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Safe to say the best ceviche I’ve ever had.

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Their cocktails are amazing too. Try their special recipe on a whiskey sour. I don’t even like whiskey and it was one of the best cocktails I’ve ever had.

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Is there anything more romantic than going for a nice dinner and sitting at the bar? Saif and I usually prefer to sit at the bar together on dates even when there are tables available. You can interact with the staff, ask them questions about the food, and it generally just feels more festive than sitting down at a dining table…

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The grilled lobster with orange (!) was also unbelievable…

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This chorizo dish was also one of my favourites. Love chorizo.

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After three cocktails and a ton of food, we went for a friends wedding function to end the night.

Safe to say, one of the busiest days. And one of the best ones, too.

Thanks again to 431-88 for having me!

The end of a year, the start of another…

Happy 2018! I hope you have had a smashing year so far.

I’ve taken a blog break for a few days, mostly involuntarily because wifi was so bad at the house we were renting in Goa, but also because I just sort of decided that I deserved it. Now its time for me to recap my last days of 2017, and the tell you a thing or two about my start on the new year…

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One of our last meals was at Pali Bhavan. The bar here is by the way where Saif and I met the very first time, if you must know

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We had a banging Indian meal and went home to bed right after

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An hour flight and some time on the road later, and we were in Goa paradise

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We had cheese and wine on our terrace, then dropped by Saturday night market

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Looked around a lot but bought very little

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Joakim and Maja bought a hammock to take back to Sweden. I thought that was a cute thing to buy

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I’m not a fan of crowds or markets but was doing my best to stay calm

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Then we had White Owl beers and felt very happy and calm

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Watched a fire show and listened to trance music (not my mom’s favourite)

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Ate home made pasta at Ciao Bella

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Captured some special moments

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Failed at taking group-selfies, and drank more wine

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Then it was morning, so we ate again

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At Orange Boom. Nom nom nom

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After breakfast, we headed to Ashwem, my favourite beach in Goa. Kind of everyone’s favourite

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Drank beer and cuddled in the sun with my favourite people. Tough one to beat! On the last day of the year too

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Saif stayed in the shadow. He doesn’t enjoy the sun much – probably the biggest difference between us. Not that bad of a difference to have though

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Guess how happy I was to see this fellow Swede on the beach? They decided to celebrate New Years Eve with us later in the day. Wiho

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Last lunch view of the year from La Plage

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Maja was trying to tan. The food took kind of long to arrive so she tanned next to the table while waiting. Very Swedish, if you ask me

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Feet in the sand, beer in hand. Wasn’t even meant to rhyme but it did

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I mean…

 

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Then it was time to bring in the New Year at Sur La Mer. Coziness central basically

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We booked a table for all of us + Kyron and Paulina

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Danced to Knocking on Heavens Door. Yes I know not the best song to valse to

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Burger for breakfast and lunch in 2018

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And browsed cute shops on the beach

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On New Years Day-Eve we were all really tired so we went for an even cosier dinner on the beach

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Somtimes I wonder if its abnormal to love your mom as much as I love mine. Hmm

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It may also be abnormal to eat as much as we do. It was great anyway. Highly recommend Sublime in Morjim

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Sounds about right

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A stray puppy followed us to eat again the next day. Want. Need.

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Always eating. Here at Anahata in Ashwem. Highly, highly recommend. Also awesome staff. Warning for a lot of Swedish tourists though

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Maja and I bought my mom a gift at one of the cute stores in Vagatore

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Attempted cute boomerangs with my mom and Maja…

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Snapped this photo highlight with my younger half

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And before we headed back to the airport on our last day…

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We ate again…

What a start on a new year, right? Couldn’t have asked for more. Except a little less indulgence and feasting, perhaps.

Lady Baga takes Bombay

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I’m not sure how many of you have been to Goa. Goa is basically India’s beach paradise. Being a Portoguese colony until 1961, Goa has a large catholic population, and the Portuguese, Eastern/Western culture still remains—from the architecture to its social environment. It has a its own picturesque, simple-life kind of vibe, and in the 70’s, the hippie movement found its way to Goa. From Mick and Jade Jagger to Paul McCartney, the wild parties (read: raves) and laid back scenes have made people from all over the world travel there and eventually come to call it home. Safe to say, Goa is a place unlike nowhere else.

As you can imagine, most of us here love Goa. In fact, everyone I know loves Goa—a place for anyone open-minded and open-hearted, who appreciates beach shack vibes and cheap seafood & beer.

This week I had the pleasure of being invited to Lady Baga for dinner with my friends. Inspired by Goa, of course, Lady Baga is the Olive Group’s latest baby, and one of Bombay’s latest venues in the restaurant space.

When entering the property you’re greeted with a hippie van and bright colours, with a little garden where you immediately feel like kicking your shoes off and dipping your toes in the sand—Goa style. Upon entering the restaurant, the entire place is decorated with a Goan vibe. Think: Colours, dim-lit, festive lights, stars, bags and funky decor, all hanging from the high ceiling. Low key trance style music mixed with Bob Dylan’s greatest hits. Extremely friendly and knowledgable staff greeting you. The hostess with a feather in her hair. For those of you who have been to Goa—you know what I’m talking about.

The food was great. We kicked off the meal with a chorizo bloody mary—yes, it was as yummy as it sounds. Then, a massive feast awaited us. My favourites were the prawn fried thingys (Sorry, I can’t remember the name. Ask for fried prawn triangles, maybe?), a fresh strawberry & fig salad, the grilled lemon-garlic calamari, and of course the different curries with rice and baked bread to go with it. My whole no-carbs diet definitely went for a bit of a toss—but what the hell.

Lucky for us, Lady Baga is now in Bombay, and for those of us who don’t make it to Goa as often as we’d like—now you know where to get your dose of it.

Thank you to AD and the entire Lady Baga team for having me. I foresee many fun Bombay-Goan nights in the new year!