My Recommendations – Week 27

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As I mentioned in my last post, I promised to kick off the week with some nice recommendations from me to you. If you guys like this type of content I think this will be one of those things I’ll post every Monday or something.

Here’s some awesome stuff for you to check out this week:

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Recipe of the week:

Tunacado sandwiches with avocado, creamy tuna and gluten free bread. For those of you who don’t read Swedish, here’s the recipe (3-4 sandwiches):

  • 1-2 avocados
  • 400g tuna in water (canned)
  • 1-2 tablespoons mayo
  • 2-3 tablespoons yoghurt
  • spring onion (the green, leafy part) – I like to add lots, but you decide based on preference. I would suggest at least a few of these
  • 1 chili/chiliflakes
  • 1 lime
  • Chopped dill (again, amount at your preference)
  • Salt, pepper
  • Tomato (optional)
  • Gluten free bread (I get mine at Kitchen Garden in Bandra – anything works. In the recipe they’ve used regular rye bread)
  1. Empty out the water from the tuna can, put in bowl. Chop avocado, spring onion, dill. Mix with tuna, add mayo and yoghurt. Squeeze in lime, add chili, salt, pepper
  2. Grill the bread on high temperature in the pan with a bit of olive oil and salt (or toast in regular toaster). Put on bread, and add tomato if you’d like (I like). Add second piece of bread, and wrap up in paper or foil. Voila! Best lunch to bring to office or for whenever you’re on the go!

 

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Song of the week:

An old classic, Sylvia’s Mother by Dr. Hook [click!], and I’ve been playing it on repeat ever since I heard it on TV the other night. The song reminds me of my childhood in Saudi – my dad used to play Dr. Hook on Friday nights while my parents made dinner together, so it brings me straight back to that end of the week, Friday feeling and the late 90’s…

 

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Show of the week:

Fargo, Season 2!!! If you haven’t watched it–watch now. If not now, then start when you get home tonight. Saif and I watch a lot of shows between the two of us, and we both agreed that Fargo’s Season 2 is, by far, the best show we have ever watched. That’s some good feedback right there. It also got a solid 100% on Rotten Tomatoes. From the way its shot, to the script, to the cast and the overall storyline. From start to finish – pure brilliance. I also love these shows just being one season. I’m way too impatient to deal with a year or two of waiting in between seasons. P.S. Fargo Season 1 was also amazing, so watch that first if you haven’t already. P.P.S. Both Season 1 and 2 is available on Netflix!

 

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Article of the week:

A brief yet insightful article about perspectives on race. [click!]

 

Book of the week:

East of Eden, written by Nobel Prize winner John Steinbeck in 1952. I haven’t read this book but its on my list of must-reads, having read The Grapes of Wrath twice back in college. “The story is about a family that suffers so much drama and pain because of choices they think they have to make. If you don’t break a cycle of bad choices, the cycle never ends. The most important word from the book is timshel — it’s a Hebrew word that translates to- thou mayest. I understood it to mean “you can if you want to.” It reiterated to me how important our choices are and that we are in control of our destiny.” You can find it on Amazon.in/.com etc [click!]

 

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Dream destination of the week:

Lisbon in Portugal! The more I hear about the city, the more I want to go. One of my best friends, Elin, shared this amazing list of recommendations with me. [click!] Do yourself a favour and check it out – d r e a m! (For everyone who’s not Swedish, you can translate the guide to English at the bottom of the post).

 

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Goal of the week:

My personal goal of the week is to try and be kinder to myself, and do at least two days of yoga. I tend to judge myself too hard sometimes–be too hard on myself. On top of that, I have a really busy week ahead, with a weekend already set in stone from Friday to Sunday. Yoga would be a nice way to keep the body relaxed & flexible with the weight training and boxing I’m doing twice/week, but also to just dedicate an hour to myself to clear the mind.  I wish I was one of those people who do and practice these things regularly. Priorities, priorities…

What’s your goal of the week?

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My all-time favourite accessory

Hi babes! How’s life? Over here life is good.

I’m in bed this morning browsing the web for sunglass-inspo, and thought I’d share some of my best finds with you. Our summer Euro-plans have got me feeling the summer vibes.

Firstly, when it comes to latest sunglass-trends of 2017, can we please talk about THIS?! [click!] What is it about the latest celebrity street style looking like I did fooling around with my dad’s forgotten-in-a-drawer type sunglasses ca 1995? Keep the sun in your eyes and look like your dad this summer.

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Not saying you guys don’t look great in yours–by all means. I just know I’d look like I had been pranked real bad. Now, over to some of my favourite finds…

This pair is from the Australian sunglass brand Onkler [click!]. I got a similar pair in a yellow/green type printed frames with purple glass, and I can safely say I’ve never been complimented more on anything in life. They’re also on the affordable side. Well, if one considers $260 affordable. Money well spent, though!

OK I feel so excited right now because I legitimately a good 90 minutes this morning trying to figure out what brand this was. I tried them on in Tokyo at a store called C.C. Country in Harajuku and absolutely fell in love. Even considered calling them just now, and then suddenly, there they were! They’re from Thom Browne [click!], and if I could pick one pair of sunglasses in the world to have this summer, I’d pick these. The reason I’m not is because they’re in the $700-800 range. Not my sunglass-budget at this time. Love you though, Thom Browne. I choose you!

I just want to clarify that this is me taking photos of bamboo trees in the Kyoto bamboo forrest, wearing this amazing pair from Opening Ceremony [click!]. The colour of mine, pink, doesn’t seem to be available on their website, but I’m sure you can find it elsewhere (I got mine offline). $420.

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I don’t own these but I want them, and Gigi Hadid is one well-dressed gal. From a collaboration between Gentle Monster and Opening Ceremony [click!]. $380.

 

The Mask Junior Black’s from Acne Studios [click!] look scarily similar to a pair of Dior I bought with one of my first saved up summer salary, handing out coupons and magazines on the streets of Lund in Sweden in 2004. Considering the ongoing Rihanna/Andy Wolf minimalistic/Matrix-sunglass trend, this may or may not make you lose all your faith in my sense of style. Anyway, $400.

Last but not least, a few more favourites from Acne Studios. You can take a Swede out of Sweden but you can’t take Sweden out of a Swede – makes sense? I honestly can’t pick my favourite from their eyewear collections, but here are a few. Saif has the green Winston’s [click!]. Timeless and super cool. $350.

The Big Night 2.0

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Last night was the annual celebration of our favourite getaway in this city – Magazine Street Kitchen, or Magstreet, as we call it. Magstreet is a collaborative kitchen space, owned and conceptualised by the founders of The Table, my other favourite restaurant (and second home) in Bombay. At Magstreet, they operate anything from a bakery, to cooking classes, curated dinners and private parties.

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Last year, on the exact same day, the opening night of Magstreet was a dinner based on the theme of a movie called The Big Night. The movie is about an Italian restaurant not doing so well, and as a last effort before shutting down the business, they organise The Big Night–an Italian family-style feast, which of course, turns out to be a great success. The menu was almost the same as last year’s, and is curated as per the menu straight from the film. Such an incredible idea, and honestly, one of the best meals I’ve ever had, both this and last year.

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Upon arrival they started us off with different kinds of cheese, pickled vegetables, olives, home-baked breads, meat platters, and different kinds of delicious crostini…

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…the team of chefs eagerly preparing the rest of the menu, while also mingling with the guests, sipping champagne and socialising. I’m obsessed with the open-kitchen concept!

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From champagne to wine… I would love to know how many bottles of wine were consumed during last night’s dinner. My guess is around 2 bottles/person? That’s around 40 bottles…

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Nikoulina and Alex! Nikoulina is a boss of many talents for both The Table and Magstreet, and Alex is the main chef. He is also one of the city’s biggest food celebrities. Isn’t it so inspiring to be surrounded by people who are just so great at what they do?

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My lovely friend Leeza. They say beauty stems from the inside…and I mean, look at her!

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Then, it was time to sit down for the big feast. I ate so much I didn’t snap enough photos of the food. I’ll have to borrow photos from someone who captured it and share with you…

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Our dear friends Zahan and Reyna are almost always joining us for these type of dinner plans. It’s so nice to have friends who share your passion for food, wine and good company…

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…I think Saif and Zahan win in terms of food consumption of the evening, last night and every night. Gauri, who owns Magstreet, told us that Saif is known among the staff as the guy who can eat more than anyone! I guess its a good thing he also loves to workout, haha

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I’m so lucky to have this guy to share these pleasures of life with.

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As one of the main courses, they served the famous pasta pie – Timpano. Alex describes it as one of the proudest moments of his career–to manage the Timpano to absolute perfection…

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…before cutting it up into individual slices, he proudly showed off his creation around the table to each of his guests. I sincerely love and appreciate the true passion & pride he has for his food…

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…here it goes…

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…absolute perfection, indeed…

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The wine was flowing freely as usual…

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Before the dessert table was introduced, Alex had a speech about his gratitude and love for Magstreet, but also for the guests who come and appreciate & take part in what they do. Since Saif and I are such frequent guests of both their restaurants, I got up and gave a small thank you-speech as well–for their amazing work, the lovely, warm oasis they have created in a city that can otherwise get a bit repetitive or monotonous, their big hearts and kind, sweet souls. We are so grateful to be a part of it!

Last but not least, it was time for dessert. All kinds of deliciousness was spread out across a side table, with the chefs passionately filling up our plates…

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Gelato with delicious, crispy cones. Classic tiramisu. Chocolate cake. Melon with mascarpone cream. Sweet breadsticks with a hazelnut cream. Pies. Cannoli’s with a sweet, creamy filling… Need I say more?

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Being the ice cream queen that I am, safe to say, the limoncello-chocolate gelato combination in a home-made cone was one of my favourite parts of the night. I had two!

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Reyna, Gauri and I

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Delicious gift bags for all guests!

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After dessert, we were so full we could barely move. Or breathe, for that matter. Everyone’s silly sides were coming out in the kitchen downstairs, where we gathered for one last glass of wine before we all headed home for bed.

Safe to say, one of the most memorable nights I’ve had in my soon-to-be four years of living in Mumbai. From the bottom of my heart, thank you to the Magstreet team! And congratulations!