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What’s happening in Mumbai’s hotels? A peek into the party circuit and events in the city… By Marcellus Baptista

Pinch of salt

Natasha Suri and Dilawar Nensey at the opening party of Salt Water Café

Move over Mocha, here comes Salt Water Café – that was the case as the coffee and conversation spot at Churchgate was turned into another outlet of the popular one in Bandra. Guests were in for an eat treat and a spirited session at the opening party hosted by Riyaaz Amlani. Enjoying the experience were the likes of Sonali Nagrani, Natasha Suri, Pia Trivedi, Ritwick Bhattacharya, Shazahn Padamsee, Rajeev Samant, Kanchal Kaur, Shabbir Ahluwalia, Pravina and Jamal Mecklai, Rahul da Cunha, Krsna Mehta and Kishore D F. The food fare included soy and mirin, grilled lamb, seared basa, twice-cooked snapper and hazelnut mousse. And the drinks selection comprised artisanal concoctions like fresh fruit bellini, pomegranate and thyme, melon sangria, whiskey sour, watermelon martini, sangria rosso and choco tangerine martini.

Choco cheer

Waluscha De Sousa and Zeba Kohli at the ‘Fantasie Chocolate Dictionary’ launch at Vinoteca

Laughter resounded at Vinoteca as chocolate lady Zeba Kohli released her ‘Fantasie Chocolate Dictionary’ comprising a humorous take on words with a chocolate flavour. Reading from the little brown book were Fahad Samar, Waluscha De Sousa, Anil Dharker, Ash Chandler, Prahlad Kakkar, Aarti Surendranath, Raageshwari Loomba and Anandita De. It was a sangria and light lunch affair with guests like Samantha Nayyar, Bina Aziz, Pankaj and Farida Udhas, Deepika Gehani, Vidya Malvade and Milind Soman. And some of the chocolaty words: Arischocracy: a small, privileged class whose world revolves around chocolate, and Eclairification: making a situation less confusing.

Kitchen secrets

Kiran Juneja and Ramesh Sippy at the launch of The Spare Kitchen

Foodies relished the food fare at the opening of The Spare Kitchen at the party hosted by Raëll Padamsee along with her godson Ricky Marfatia, Gaurav Choksey and chef Rakesh Talwar. Guests discovered the dining area, classy lounge and outdoor space as they sipped their drinks and had a bite of the mix of Indian and European cuisine. Those who came to dinner included Alyque Padamsee, Sharon Prabhakar, Dalip Tahil, Dolly Thakore, Priyanka Thakur, Kiran and Ramesh Sippy, Gaurav Chopra and Reshmi Ghosh. And everyone agreed that the multitude of TV screens would make The Spare Kitchen an ideal place to watch a game of cricket or football along with friends while indulging in the gourmet offerings.

Hot pot

The Oberoi Melting Pot 2013 at the Trident

The Oberoi Melting Pot is a much-awaited event on the Mumbai social calendar. And so it was this time around with the event hosted by the consular corps, the Indian Merchants’ Chamber, United Way of Mumbai and The Oberoi, Mumbai. Coming together at the Regal Room of the Trident were Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Czech Republic, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Maldives, Poland, Russian Federation, Singapore, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Turkey, and The United Kingdom, all showcasing their culture and culinary traditions. Guests savoured the array of world cuisine as they listened to global beats by Flypsyde, watched cultural dance performances and treated themselves to luxury gifts by bidding at the silent auction. And it’s nice to note that the sum collected at The Oberoi Melting Pot would be donated to three charities: Habitat for Humanity, Apnalaya and Mumbai Mobile Crèches.


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