“You are raising a toddler in Mumbai while your husband is working hard in Goa to ensure a bright and comfortable future for the family. He is missing both of you terribly and could only wish you and the baby were with him on your wedding anniversary.”
Just imagine if you are asked to translate this real life situation into a wedding anniversary cake. Quite surreal one would say. But, that is how demanding and creative clients are getting with notions for planning cakes for special occasions in the lives of their loved ones. However, Hiral Deepesh Meswani, who runs the home baking brand Lively Affairss loves to bring such dream like ideas to life through her baking skills. No wonder the tagline of her baking business is “Born to bake your dreams come true”.
I had the privilege of observing Hiral at work on the aforementioned idea and was awed by her ingenuity and diligence. Each element of the cake was well thought of in terms of its execution. Below is a glimpse of how the cake took shape capturing all essentials of the client brief:
Baisakhi is an auspicious and important day in the life of people from the North Indian state of Punjab. It is the celebration of harvest of winter crops that signifies the fertility and abundance of produce in this land. In order to give us Mumbaikars glimpse of what food and festivities Baisakhi entails, Nawab Saheb restaurant in Renaissance Mumbai Convention Centre Hotel is holding a Baisakhi Food Festival until 29th April, 2016.
So, I landed up with much enthusiasm to check out this food festival with my foodie pals. The restaurant had donned elements representative of the pind or village setting in Punjab. The staff too was dressed in traditional wear from the state. There was a Bhangra performance to a dholi and singers WERE performing popular traditional Punjabi songs live to create the whole fervor of Baisakhi.
It is always a delight to catch up with fellow food bloggers especially over delectable food and interesting drinks. The recently held evening gathering by Food Bloggers Association of India (FBAI) at True Tramm Trunk in Juhu, Mumbai this week was a wonderful one. The occasion was packed with fascinating thirst-quenchers of Turning Point brand, in-house cocktails with quirky names and an engaging quiz by the FBAI. The buzzing atmosphere of True Tramm Trunk made this twilight celebration more marvelous.
As a glutton I have immense obsession with street food. I consider street food to be simple in preparation yet exciting in presentation, intense on flavors yet restrained on use of ingredients and most of all impressive on the palate. Select lanes dotted with numerous food stalls or khaugallis as one would put in parlance of Mumbai and Delhi are my go to places for my dose of street food.
However, this time I did a little detour in search of comforting street food and landed at Saptami restaurant at Holiday Inn Mumbai International Airport. This all-day dining restaurant is holding a street food festival during its dinner buffet until April 2016. Conceptualized by Executive Chef Sudhir Pai, this festival is showcasing some of the sought after delicacies of the streets of Mumbai, Delhi, Lucknow, Amritsar and many more cities alongside some regular fare in the buffet.
At a very recent event held in Mumbai, a celebrity chef had brought up the subject of Chettiar community hailing from Chettinad region of Tamil Nadu state in India. His talks had left an impact on me and I was yearning for an occasion where I could indulge in the fares of this cuisine.
The Chettiar community is a prosperous clan of bankers and traders known for their palatial homes and a spicy gastronomy. The Chettinad cuisine lays a lot of importance to the use of spices and their most famed dishes are deliciously fiery.
The recently commenced Chettinad Food Festival at the Lake View Cafe in Renaissance Mumbai Convention Centre Hotel presented me with an opportunity to experience flavors of Chettinad delicacies in Mumbai. The festival is taking place until April 19, 2016 at the Lake View Café. Chettinad dishes are incorporated in the buffets at this café alongside the regular menu.
Here is a look at my gluttony at this Chettinad Food Festival:
- Food & travel enthusiast