Friday Finds ☆ Hai Bao Seafood Shabu Shabu by China Gate Group in Juhu Mumbai

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My Japanese friend organized a group to have a seafood lunch together at a Chinese shabu shabu (hot pot) restaurant, Hai Bao. During the monsoon season, we were told not to eat seafood which is the rule that the local people follow. Since the monsoon season seemed to be officially over, the Japanese friends of mine decided to go to a seafood shabu shabu restaurant as we all were kind of craving them!

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After you get seated, each customer gets to pick sauces to take to the table.

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The seafood that is brought to the table is not for eating raw! Everything went into the broth.

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The restaurant serves Indian rice at the end to put in the broth to make porridge, but the Japanese friends of mine wanted to have the soup with the Japanese rice, so some of them brought Japanese rice in a Tupperware and cooked it instead of Indian rice. I was like “how smart!!!” The porridge was delicious and reminded us of home!!

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What do you think? It was such a nice surprise to know that you could have a delicious Chinese Shabu Shabu in Mumbai, India!! We were all very satisfied! I don’t know the prices at night, which I imagine not cheap, but lunch was relatively reasonable. It was well worth it. There is something fun about sharing and picking food out of a hot pot with friends.

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Juhu Tara Road, Opposite Ramada Palm Groove Hotel, Juhu, Mumbai
PHONE: 022 2612 1800

Directions Help
It’s not so easy to spot this restaurant. The landmarks are the Ramada Plaza Palm Grove Hotel and Domino’s Pizza, which is across the street from the China Gate building where Hai Bao is also located. Please note that the exterior of the building or other landmarks could change its appearance or location at any point. Please make sure to check with the restaurant for the most current situation.

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It looks like there are two sliding doors to China Gate (see photos below), but the one on the left is for China Gate and the one on the right is for Hai Bao Shabu Shabu. (See photo below)
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Friday Finds ☆ Hearsch Bakery & Puff Pastry in Mumbai

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Puff pastry dough is useful, isn’t it? Everyone needs it once in a while for baking! Puff pastries can be used to make pigs in blankets. They are an easy snack and especially great for kids parties. I’ve been looking for non-spicy sausages in Mumbai and tried a bunch of different kinds. I thought that this one in the photo above looked promising, but as soon as I took a bite I knew it wasn’t the right kind for my kids. They were “picy!” as my son said.

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I have been hearing about this “puff pastry shop” on Hill Road from different expats. No expats really knew the name and how to explain where it was located. Then one of my friend’s gave me more detailed directions recently. Even though I did not take notes, it sounded like an easy way to find, so I gave myself a try. I love discovering a new place recommended by my friends!

I stopped my car after I passed Holy Family Hospital sign on Hill Road which looked like this in the photo below.

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Only things I remembered were these.

1. There is no sign for the pastry shop that you can see from Hill Road. (Great. I have to smell it out.)

2. You have to go into a gate to go to a pastry shop. (A gate? Sounds intimidating…)

3. The gate is on the Hill Road next to the Holy Family Hospital gate.

4. Once you go inside the gate, you’ll have to walk towards the back and the shop looks like a house.

I got off the car and there I stood with the view like in the photo below for 15 seconds. Suddenly I spotted a few people with white plastic bags coming out of the black gate with “no parking” sign. I thought “Bingo!” That might be it!

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I crossed the street and walked into the gate that looked like below.

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I passed the building and came to the open space where I saw a house looking building that kind of looked like a store.

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I found it!

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It was packed full of customers. There were probably 20 people squeezed in this tiny space and people kept streaming in.

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I purchased 1/2 kg (500 g) of puff pastry dough. The dough costs 140 Rupees (US$2.5) per kg, so I only paid 70 Rupees (US$1.20) at Hearsch Bakery for the puff pastry dough! Score!

I should make an apple pie next time I get the puff pastry.

What would you make with puff pastry?

Hearsch Bakery / J. Hearsch & Co.

Door No. 90/ A
Hill Road, Bandra West, Mumbai – 400050
*Near Holy Family Hospital
PHONE:022 2643 5361

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Friday Finds ☆ Hearsch Bakery & Puff Pastry in Mumbai

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Puff pastry dough is useful, isn’t it? Everyone needs it once in a while for baking! Puff pastries can be used to make pigs in blankets. They are an easy snack and especially great for kids parties. I’ve been looking for non-spicy sausages in Mumbai and tried a bunch of different kinds. I thought that this one in the photo above looked promising, but as soon as I took a bite I knew it wasn’t the right kind for my kids. They were “picy!” as my son said.

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I have been hearing about this “puff pastry shop” on Hill Road from different expats. No expats really knew the name and how to explain where it was located. Then one of my friend’s gave me more detailed directions recently. Even though I did not take notes, it sounded like an easy way to find, so I gave myself a try. I love discovering a new place recommended by my friends!

I stopped my car after I passed Holy Family Hospital sign on Hill Road which looked like this in the photo below.

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Only things I remembered were these.

1. There is no sign for the pastry shop that you can see from Hill Road. (Great. I have to smell it out.)

2. You have to go into a gate to go to a pastry shop. (A gate? Sounds intimidating…)

3. The gate is on the Hill Road next to the Holy Family Hospital gate.

4. Once you go inside the gate, you’ll have to walk towards the back and the shop looks like a house.

I got off the car and there I stood with the view like in the photo below for 15 seconds. Suddenly I spotted a few people with white plastic bags coming out of the black gate with “no parking” sign. I thought “Bingo!” That might be it!

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I crossed the street and walked into the gate that looked like below.

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I passed the building and came to the open space where I saw a house looking building that kind of looked like a store.

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I found it!

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It was packed full of customers. There were probably 20 people squeezed in this tiny space and people kept streaming in.

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I purchased 1/2 kg (500 g) of puff pastry dough. The dough costs 140 Rupees (US$2.5) per kg, so I only paid 70 Rupees (US$1.20) at Hearsch Bakery for the puff pastry dough! Score!

I should make an apple pie next time I get the puff pastry.

What would you make with puff pastry?

Hearsch Bakery / J. Hearsch & Co.

Door No. 90/ A
Hill Road, Bandra West, Mumbai – 400050
*Near Holy Family Hospital
PHONE:022 2643 5361

Hearsch Bakery Map

Wednesday Wall2Wall ☆ Thai Cooking Class by Vandana ☆ Mumbai India

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In May I had a fabulous accidental opportunity to take Thai lessons twice thanks to my friend, Katie whom I met in Mumbai in 2013. Sadly for me, she left Mumbai in March 2014 to move to New Delhi. Then in May 2014, she moved back to the U.S. for her husband’s job. She’s a talented designer and you can see how talented she is on her work site here and her personal site here. I love her taste.

I’m one of those people who are lazy about taking classes. Katie invited me to join her to learn Thai cooking back in March 2014, but the classes took place in the morning and my son was little and stayed home (he’s still little and stays home), so I could not commit to it and passed the opportunity. Several weeks went by and suddenly she had to literary pack her home to move to New Delhi with a very short notice for her husband’s job. She emailed me after she moved to Delhi and said she had two classes left that she could not take as she had to move away and asked me if I wanted to take her spot in the class. I was shocked to hear that she had already moved away and I didn’t get to see her one more time before the move, but I was touched to know that she thought of me to take the classes. I was reluctant probably because it was outside of my comfort zone, yet I took it as a sign of my destiny to take the class, so I did. I am so glad I did and thank you, Katie!

I never thought that learning Thai cooking was so enlightening. I always thought that Thai cooking was so hard that there was no way I could cook Thai food well. I never even imagined that I would take a Thai cooking class from an Indian instructor, either. Vandana, a native of India, lived in Thailand as an expat with her family for 2 years for her husband’s work assignment. She loved Thai food. When she realized that she would leave Thailand at some point which means that she and her family would miss authentic Thai food, she thought she would have to make Thai food herself for her family. That way they can enjoy authentic Thai food wherever they go. So, she did. Her passion is shown in her work.

The dishes she made within 2 hours was amazing. I enjoyed every bite of the food she cooked. What was even more surprising and impressive to me who loves interior design was her home. I loved the marriage of Indian design and Thai decor. Vandana’s home looked like it popped out of a magazine. Since I took my camera with a 50 mm lens, the photos I was able to take were quite limited as I could not zoom out. However, I hope you’ll enjoy seeing her home.

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Here are the images of Vandana’s beautiful home and the final dishes that I published on my instagram.

Here is my attempt of my Thai cooking at home. Everyone loved it!

Vandana PhotoVandana’s photo on the left provided by courtesy of Vandana.

Vandana is truly inspiring. She totally changed my perspective on cooking classes. Not only am I more inspired to be adventurous with cooking at home, but I am eager to take more cooking classes (what?) and learn from the master chef! I have not contacted Vandana in a while, but she said she also offered other cuisines such as Indian cooking as well.

*I just learned that Vandana recently moved Dubai, United Arab Emirates!!! That is sad news for me and Mumbaikars. I was hoping to take some other classes taught by her. If you live in Dubai, I highly recommend taking her classes! If you are interested in taking classes from Vandana, please contact her at vandysingla[at]yahoo[dot]com (please replace at and dot).

The Yoga House ☆ Yoga Studio & Healthy Cafe in Bandra West, Mumbai

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Humans are creatures of habit, aren’t they? Do you have a place where you tend to go more often than others because you feel at peace? When I lived in Jakarta, KOI Kemang was that place for me. Now in Mumbai, it looks like The Yoga House has become that place for me. Every time I move to a new city, I seek out places for comfort and having that type of place makes me feel at home.

When you live overseas, especially in a big city like Mumbai, having a place where you can relax and remove yourself from the hustle and bustle helps you find your balance and sanity. The Yoga House is not just for the yogis. Anyone can go relax and enjoy their healthy and tasty macrobiotic food and drinks.

人間は惰性で行動する生き物ですね。なんとなく行ってしまう場所ってありますか?ジャカルタ在住の時は、KOI Kemangがそういう場所でした。ムンバイに住む今、ヨガハウスがそのような場所になっている感じがします。新しい街に行く度に、くつろげる場所をどうしても探してしまいます。


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After you finish your tea or meal, how about checking out their shop? The jewelry by my favorite jewelry shop, iSanctuary from Mumbai, is available at The Yoga House. It is displayed on the 2nd level (3rd floor in the American sense) on the wall opposite to the white stool in the left photo above.


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Nargis Villa, Sherly Rajan Road
Bandra West
*Near Bagel Shop
HOURS: Mon-Sun 8:00am – 10:00pm
PHONE: +91 22 6554 5001

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Friday Finds ☆ The Baker’s Dozen in Mumbai, India

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I apologize for the tardy Friday Finds! When my life needs to be prioritized, blogging, my hobby, has to be secondary and that often happens.

I would like to introduce you to my favorite baker in Mumbai. I’m a big fan of Challah bread and the Baker’s Dozen makes great Challah bread! I first learned about The Baker’s Dozen through, an online grocery website in India. I ordered some Challah bread made by The Baker’s Dozen sold on Foodesto and I was very pleased with it. I liked every bread I tried from The Baker’s Dozen. I would love for them to make real New York style bagels as well if they are open to any requests! When Foodesto delivered my order, the Baker’s Dozen bread came in an adorable white paper bag with lovely typography (shown below). I love stores that put values on its style and design. Needless to say, I already fell in love with The Baker’s Dozen.



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I purchased banana walnut bread and Challah bread this time. They were delicious!


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The Baker’s Dozen
4, 13/B, Pali Road, Shakti Raj CHS
Pali Hill, Bandra West, Mumbai
PHONE: 022 26451313
*Next to Gold’s Gym

9, Jayant Apartment, Opposite Mercedes-Benz Showroom,, Near Century Bazaar, Prabhadevi, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400025, India
PHONE:+91 99 20 101313
HOURS: 8:00 am – 9:00 pm


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Friday Finds ☆ Palate Culinary Studio ☆ Santacruz, Mumbai

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Parents are constantly on the lookout for birthday party ideas, aren’t they? This was a birthday party where the kids were invited to have a cooking experience at the Palate Culinary Studio in Santacruz, Mumbai. My daughter loved it! They all made a cupcake in a jar. Isn’t this such a cute idea?

The Palate Culinary Studio offers cooking classes for a variety of cuisines, baking and decorating cakes. You can take a look at their cooking schedule and rates for the classes in the near future here and a list of courses with rates here on their website. The rates are between 2000 Rupees (US$30+) and 3500 Rupees (US$60) per class. I find the rates rather pricy, but Palate Culinary Studio looks like a celebrity cooking studio and the chef instructor seems like a celebrity, too, so I guess that’s the price you have to pay. It’s expensive to live in Mumbai even though labor is quite inexpensive, which many people outside of India don’t realize until they move to this mega city.

Have a look at their website if you are curious about beautiful Palate Culinary Studio!




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Ground Floor, Survodaya Co-Op Housing Society
7, Juhu Road, Plot no 28
Mumbai – 400054
*Opp Society Stores, Behind SBI Bank
Santacruz West
OFFICE: 022265695221
Contact them on this page


Suzette ☆ Crêperie in Mumbai, India

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My friend and I took our boys to Suzette for a brunch a couple of weeks ago. Suzette is one of those places where your expat friends ask if you have tried Suzette yet or post a photo of a crêpe on Facebook and say how delicious the crêpes were. It took me a while, 5 months to be exact, to get to Suzette for the first time. Then after that, I went to Suzette 4 times within a 3-week span. Who wouldn’t like sweet or savory crêpes? To me, I love Suzette for its authenticity (well, according a Japanese person…), price and design as a whole package. I had a chance to even meet and speak a little bit with the owners. In French! They speak English very well. Their sweet personalities and their great style and passion for food are all reflected in Suzette.

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St. John Street
Pali Naka, Bandra, Mumbai, Maharashtra
Opposite of Gold Gym, Next to Joseph Cold Storage
PHONE: 022 2641 1431
open from Monday to Sunday,
from 9 am to 11pm

Nariman Point
Atlanta Building
Nariman Point, Mumbai, Maharashtra
India 400021
PHONE: 022 2288 0055
open from Monday to Saturday,
from 9am to 11 pm



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Thank you, Suzette, for letting me take photos of your beautiful restaurant!!
Merci, Suzette, de m’avoir permis à prendre des photos de votre beau restaurant!

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Holiday Icing Cookies by TH Bakes ☆ Mumbai

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I ordered the holiday design icing cookies from TH Bakes for a cookie exchange my friend hosted which I went with my daughters this past weekend. I had a very busy week and did not have the time to bake 6 dozen cookies to attend, but my daughters wanted to go to the cookie exchange, so ordering cookies from TH Bakes in Mumbai was a solution to me. I baked 3 dozen cookies, and I added these sugar cookies. I found the design and colors online and requested TH Bakes to make the same cookies. I was impressed how beautifully they came out! It removed stress on my part, too.

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I wrote about TH Bakes when I featured the mehndi icing cookies I ordered from them for my girls birthday party. It is in the post about the dessert table I had for the Bollywood Dance Birthday Party. Please click here for the article.

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Help TH Bakes

TH Bakes hires woman who have been challenged by life. The proceed of TH Bakes also goes to Tender Hands, which is an organization that helps the orphans in Mumbai whom they took in. Tender Hands was started by them a year prior to founding TH Bakes in order to help children at the risk of being trafficked, HIV+ children, orphans and children of Commercial Sex-Workers in Mumbai. The proceed of TH Bakes goes to Tender Hands.

Clicking “Like” TH Bakes on Facebook Fan Page will help TH Bakes.
Thank you!



How To Place an Order

Please go to TH Bakes’ website and click on How to Order or click here.
Click here to view their menu.
TEL: 93204 41921 / 93231 66963

Friday Finds ☆ Good Earth & Tasting Room ☆ Lower Parel Mumbai

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Even though I have only been in Mumbai, India for 4 months at this point, if you were to ask me where would be my favorite place to eat out, my answer would be The Tasting Room. There are so many other good restaurants in Mumbai, but The Tasting Room is a winner for me for overall package with its design, ambiance, music, taste of the food, variety of food, kids meal, service and Good Earth being attached to the restaurant. In the past 4 months, I have gone to the Tasting Room 3 times even though it is not in an easy access area for me to eat out. The Tasting Room is one of the places where it is so exotic and dreamy that you forget where you are. On top of that, the food is tasty and reasonable.

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My stylish Indian friend took me here. She’s so cool, sweet and wonderful. After she showed me around Lower Parel, introducing me to some good places for shopping, we relaxed at The Tasting Room with its Afternoon Tea. Afternoon tea at The Tasting Room is offered between 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. As a mom with little kids, I’m used to eating dinner at 6:00, so this ended up being my dinner. That works for me.

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Afternoon Tea
4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

The price for an Afternoon Tea was around 900 Rupees (I’m sorry, I can’t remember or find the accurate price online, but it was very reasonable). The small 3 teared tray enough for two people comes with a cup of tea, so if you go there with another person, you purchase another cup of tea to make it a set for two. It was simply lovely.

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I had a really rough week that week and going to The Tasting Room to see my girl friend who lives in South Mumbai was the biggest treat for the week and my sanity saver. Even though my son was a terror at the restaurant rolling around on the floor at one point while I took some photos and embarrassed me in front of nice Indian business people, it was still a very relaxing time catching up with my girl friend. I hope to see her without my little monkey son next time.

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Kids Menu

Don’t you love it when you find kids menu at a restaurant? Not only does it make it easier for you to pick food for your kids, but it also indicates that the restaurant welcomes children.

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My husband wanted to try The Tasting Room, so we went with our 3 children. It was actually very nice. It helped me a lot to have my husband to deal with our 21-month-old-wild-animal son. Our kids loved their pasta dishes and basically licked the plate.

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The Tasting Room would be my to-go place for out of town guests.


Good Earth & The Tasting Room
Lower Parel

1st floor, Good Earth, Raghuvanshi Mills
11-12 Senapati Bapat Marg, Lower Parel
Mumbai 400 013
TEL: +91-22-24951954
+91-22-24953840 / 24953021


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HUFF POST SMALL BUSINESS Jewels of Wisdom: Good Earth Founder Anita Lal’s Story of Passion and Perseverance
Great read if you are interested in learning about the founder and the history of Good Earth. Anita Lal is an inspiring lady.
All Things Nice You can take a look at a menu on this page.
zomato You can take a look at their menu, photos taken by the members and some reviews.

Bollywood Dance Party ☆ How to Steal This Party

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As an expat, it is always hard to plan a party in a city where one is new and doesn’t know how to navigate the city. I learned as I planned and asked around for information. I hope this post can be useful for some parents who wish to have the same type of party.

Since I still don’t have a car, I managed to get around and go shopping by rickshaw. I think it helped a lot to make it possible for me to have this party thanks to free delivery service help I got in India. It was not easy nevertheless, but I am glad I did it. It was worthwhile. Nothing is more rewarding than seeing my daughters’ happy smiles on their faces.

There are many things to take into consideration when you plan a party. I am lucky as I have two girls whose birthdays are close and they let me combine their birthday celebrations. One regret I had was that I did not spend more time to check the guest lists my daughters made. It is good to let them be responsible for that, but I realized that they are still kids and of course they forget to include some kids in their classes. I am afraid that we might have made some of their friends’ feelings hurt. At the same time, realistically speaking, I could not invite everyone because the party had two age groups. I wish I could invite more people.

I feel that planning for my kids’ birthday parties make me age faster.

I can feel gray hair growing on the back of my head.

I, however, did enjoy planning for the party for my girls despite the stress.

After all I would have not traded this experience for anything else.


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I researched around a bit and Karuna, an instructor with fast forward dance academy, gave me the best fee among others. She is a very sweet person and she and her colleagues came and totally rocked the class. The kids had a blast! Thank you, Karuna!!

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Dance Classes For Kids & Adults and Choreographed Many Sangeets.
Head Office
Nirmala Niwas, Khar Danda, Khar (W), Mumbai – 400 052
Bandra Branch
Auxilium Convent High School, Pali Hill, Bandra (W), Mumbai – 400 050
Santacruz Branch
SAi Seva Sangh, Gazdar Baandh, Santacruz (W), Mumbai – 400 054

Instructor We Had
Karuna Dutt & Her Team
Mobile: 91673 48772
4000 Rupees Per Hour (for kids)

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For more photos, please click here.

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I wanted to let the kids get mehndi/henna tattoo done on their hands to go with a Bollywood dance theme. I learned later that this party ended up being similar to a Sangeet in India.

*Wedding Sangeet is a ceremony conducted a few days before the wedding in the Indian culture. It is exclusively for women and is all about dancing and music. via

Thank you, Arti!

MOBILE: 9833744394

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Party Hunterz
Shop 1 Shabistan CHSL
Dr Ambedkar Road Bandra (West)
Mumbai, Maharashtra 400052, India
TEL:+91 22 6525 0747
HOURS: Friday 11:00 am – 9:00 pm


Party Favors
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for her
anklets at Linking Road Market
Bangles, nail polish & bindi at Santacruz Market
for him
hat and bracelet at Something Special
sunglasses at Linking Road Market & Santacruz Market
mustache straw at Party Hunterz

Something Special
63, Hill Road
Bandra (W), Hill Rd
Bandra West, Mumbai
Maharashtra 400050,
Opposite of St. Joseph Convent High School India
TEL:+91 22 2642 2526 | 22 3223 0152
*They close during lunch hours. Please check with them for their hours.

To view TH Bakes’ other baked goods at the party, click here.

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Organic Farmers’ Market in Mumbai ☆ Maharashtra Nature Park

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When my friend, Kati, invited me to go to an organic farmers’ market near BKC (Bandra Kurla Complex) in Mumbai one Sunday morning, I had no idea what to expect. I’ve been to farmers’ markets before, but they were in the U.S. In India? In a megalopolis, Mumbai? Out of curiosity and a chance to take a little break from taking care of my kids, especially my toddler son who has been attached to my hip for 4 straight days (this is another story), I was intrigued. Having visited the Farmers’ Market in Maharashtra Nature Park in Mumbai with my two girl friends, I can say that I was so glad I went and had a great time.

At the Organic Farmers’ Market there were amazing products. Everything is organic and friendly to the environment and our nature earth. And I mean EVERYTHING! I love the concept of recycling. I also love organic food. Once you get there, you forget where you are. I didn’t hear any street noises. Instead, the live music with a guitar and violin by the entrance accompanied our shopping. Everything was very reasonable. The market was small, but it was still great. The best part to me was that I walked away feeling relaxed. There is something about this market that was very peaceful and relaxing.

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I am thankful for Kati for having invited me to go to the Organic Farmers’ Market in Maharashtra Nature Park with her. I will definitely go back. As Kati says, the dosa made by the lemonade stand lady, is definitely worth a visit. That dosa was amazing. The coconut garnish in green to go with dosa made it divine. I think I can just eat the garnish like a bowl of soup. If you go to the dosa stand which was on the far left as you enter the market, make sure you get a yellow number token from her table. The wait was pretty long as she only has one hot plate to make dosa and there were many people wanting to get her dosa. She was a very popular lady and people were willing to wait to get her famous dosa.

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The Organic Farmers’ Market at Maharashtra Nature Park only opens from October to March (and it is closed during the monsoon months)! Don’t miss this fabulous opportunity to shop organic goods in an open air market in Mumbai!

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The Farmers’ Market

Maharashtra Nature Park
Main Gate & Special Gate
Maharashtra Nature Park (MNP)
Bandra Sion Link Road
Near Dharavi Depot
Dharavi Mumbai, 400017

For more directions, click here.

Friday Finds ☆ Le Pain Quotidien in BKC ☆ Mumbai

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Yes, I am talking about Le Pain Quotidien. In Mumbai, India! Le Pain Quotidien is a well-known restaurant, but did you know that there is one in Mumbai? We are familiar with Le Pain Quotidien in other cities, so we were excited when we learned that Le Pain Quotidien was in Mumbai. There is nothing like seeing some familiar places sometimes when living in a foreign country. Believe it or not, it is one of our favorite places to eat out in Mumbai. Le Pain Quotidien is located in BKC (Bandra Kurla Complex), a new planned commercial district in Bandra East, North Mumbai. When you enter BKC road, it feels like you are in a different city. The roads are wider and nicer. There are many constructions going on and you can tell that the area is booming.

Le Pain Quotidien is inside a business complex near the Kalanagar Flyover exit.

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Le Pain Quotidien I know.

This is in Mumbai.

We go there quite often as we don’t know the city much yet and we don’t have a car. Yet. We find ourselves going back to Le Pain Quotidien for other reasons as well. They are consistent. Back home, we wouldn’t eat at Le Pain Quotidien as much. We like it because the quality of food they serve is consistently good. The service is friendly and fast. We can almost guarantee that what we order comes out as we expected. The space is well decorated and has a lot of natural light. The high ceiling with big windows make it feel relaxing. It’s kid friendly. What else do we need?

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I think their pastas are really good. My girls loved them.

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I like their breakfast menu. I ordered Le Pain Quotidien Breakfast set and it came with a pain au chocolat, fruit cup and latte, tea or hot chocolate at the end. Delightful!

One thing to keep in mind is that making a reservation for brunch on weekends is recommended. We went there on one weekend morning for brunch, I believe it was Sunday morning, without making a reservation and we could not get in. We are still Mumbai newbies.

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My interior design like at Le Pain Quotidien in BKC is the rustic antique looking window screens as wall decor. It’s a neat idea, isn’t it? I like the silver lamps as well.

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I usually buy bread and pastries when I go there. We like their loaves and my children love pain au chocolat!

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Le Pain Quotidien
G2, 3 North Avenue,
Maker Maxity,
Bandra Kurla Complex,
Bandra (East)

Phone: 66431616

8:00 am to 12:00 am

Friday Finds ☆ Le 15 Patisserie ☆ Mumbai

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Le 15 Patisserie is a little gem in Bandra West. I have heard about it from other expat friends and then I spotted the store as I passed by in a car because the store painted in light baby pink stands out and looks so adorable that it’s hard not to notice.

The other day I had a chance to walk into the store with my friend and we treated ourselves with their cupcakes. They are smaller than the usual cupcake size you find in the U.S., but I find this small size just right. It’s not too much and it’s not too little. It’s a guilt-free size. After I finished eating mine, it left me with a feeling that I could get another one. I find it the perfect time to stop and I need to be better about stopping right there.

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I picked a chocolate cupcake and salted caramel. As a chocolate lover, I can’t pass a chocolate cupcake and salted caramel macaroon was to die for. My friend had a red velvet cupcake, which she said was great. There is a small cute eating corner inside the store and we ate our little treats there. My cupcake and macaroon came on a small cake stand. I would love to get this stand for myself!!!

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Le 15 Patisserie has a beautiful homepage. The photos on the website are inspirations for any food photography lovers. They offer culinary classes as well. You can learn more about Le 15 Patisserie here.

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Le 15 Pattisserie ☆ Bandra West
Ground Floor, Siffin Bulding
Dr. Ambedkar Marg, Pali Hill
Bandra (w)
Mumbai 400 013
Phone: 022 651 33 211
Hours: 11 am – 9.30 pm
Open all days


Le 15 Pattisserie ☆ Lower Parel
Inside The Good Earth Company,
Raghuvanshi Mills Compound
Lower Parel
Mumbai – 400 013
Phone: 022 651 33 212
Hours: 11 am – 9.30 pm
Open all days

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High Street Phoenix, Senapati Bapat
Lower Parel,
Mumbai 400 013.
Phone: 022 656 18 532
Hours: 11 am – 9.30 pm
Open all days

Le 15 Central Kitchen
Shop No. 2,
Rajgruha Co-op society,
B wing, BM Marg,
Elphinstone West.
Mumbai – 13
(View Map)
Phone : 9769286544 / 9820487727
Hours: 9 am – 6 pm

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My good friend started a Facebook cooking group where a recipe is announced at the beginning of a month and the members are supposed to cook the recipe individually at their home sometime during that month. If you cook, you post a photo or two of the dish and at the end of the month, you participate in a group discussion. I find that it is a great way to be inspired to cook! Our first recipe was Chicken-Butternut Tagine which I have never made or even tempted to make, so this gave me a great opportunity for me to cook outside of my comfort zone which I don’t do often enough.

When you move overseas, it often becomes very challenging to cook or a bit uninspired to cook at the beginning because the shopping environment can be completely different from what you’re familiar with. Since I am a type of person who is not very well-organized and tends to decide what to cook as I browse the isles in a supermarket, it became a challenge to start cooking in a completely new city with very unfamiliar stores. It was intimidating!

In Mumbai, I shop for fruits and vegetables at local outdoor vegetable and fruit stands. I buy meat at a butcher called Joseph Cold Storage. Then I also go to local supermarkets for other ingredients. Many of local supermarkets in Mumbai except for a few supermarkets that sell mostly imported products look more like convenience stores in the U.S. or Japan in terms of their sizes and variety. It took me a little while to get used to shopping at specialized stores. Then once I learned what products I can buy here in what price range, I started using their delivery services. This delivery service offered in India is so brilliant and I love it! I can call up different stores and ask to have something delivered and about 30 minutes later, my order shows up at my door! It changed my world of shopping.

Since the ingredients that I can get in Mumbai are not the same as back home, sometimes I have to omit the ingredients or alternate them when cooking my familiar recipes. For Chicken-Butternut Tagine recipe from my recipes, I think that you can get most of its ingredients and if you have to replace some ingredients for this recipe, it’s very easy in most parts of the world.

Chicken-Butternut Tagine recipe from my recipes that I cooked (with my helper) turned out to be spicy, which my friend said should not be. The only thing that I can think of is that the paprika we have, which was purchased locally in Mumbai, is spicy.

I hope you will enjoy it!



ムンバイでは、野菜や果物は、大体路上の売店で買います。お肉は、Joseph Cold Storageというお肉屋さんで買います。その他の食材は、ローカルのスーパーで買います。スーパーと言っても、サイズや買えるものの種類でいうと、日本のコンビニのような感じです。ある程度どの様な食材がどれくらいの値段で買えるかが把握できてからは、配達サービスの利用を始めました。電話して注文をすると、30分後くらいに玄関に食材が届くんですよ〜。主婦にはなんとも言えなく有り難いサービスだと感じます。この便利なサービスのお陰で、私の買い物の形体がかなり変わりました。



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This original recipe is from my recipes.

1 tablespoon olive oil
2 cups chopped onion
2 teaspoons ground cumin
1 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon ground turmeric
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 pound skinless, boneless chicken breast, cut into bite-sized pieces
2 cups fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth
(Since I could not find chicken broth in Mumbai, I made the stock with 2 cups of water and one chicken stock cube.)
8 ounces peeled cubed butternut squash (or if you can’t find butternut squash, you can simply use regular sweet pumpkin. I used 1 local pumpkin purchased in Mumbai as shown in the photo.)
1/3 cup halved pitted picholine olives (about 3 ounces)
8 pitted dried plums, chopped (I bought dried prunes, which is the same thing.)
Fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves (optional)

Heat oil in a Dutch oven over medium heat. Add onion; cook 8 minutes or until golden, stirring occasionally.

Stir in cumin and next 7 ingredients (through chicken); cook 1 minute, stirring constantly.

Stir in broth, squash, olives, and dried plums; bring to a boil.

Cover, reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer 10 minutes or until squash is tender.

Garnish with parsley, if desired.

This dish goes well with couscous.


元のレシピは、my recipesというウェブサイトより。

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鶏胸肉           500g
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一口サイズに切ったカボチャ 1個
グリーンオリーブ      1/3カップ (半分に切る)
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Pizza Metro Pizza ☆ Italian Restaurant in Mumbai

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One of the most popular and widely loved cuisines in the world must be Italian food. Prior to coming to Mumbai, I never imagined that I would find one of my favorite Italian restaurants in Mumbai, Pizza Metro Pizza. I have never been to Italy, so I am not the right person to speak about its authenticity, but if I may say, you will probably not find another Neapolitan pizzeria as authentic as Pizza Metro Pizza in Mumbai or even in India. I imagine that it would be hard to find a restaurant that brings as much of an Italian neighborhood restaurant experience outside of Italy as Pizza Metro Pizza in all of Asia. This is a side note and I’ve only been to restaurants a handful of times in Mumbai, but I’ve experienced in my few restaurant visits that I ordered western food and the dishes came with a kick of an Indian spice. Indianized dishes gave me a surprise. You would only experience pure Italian food at Pizza Metro Pizza.

世界中広く愛され、人気を誇る食事といったら、イタリア料理の右に出るものは無いのでは、と思います。ムンバイに来る前に、インドで大好きなイタリア料理さんに巡り会うとは思いもしませんでした。それが、Pizza Metro Pizza(ピッザ・メトロ・ピッザ)です。イタリアに行った事がないので、本場のイタリアが分からない私が言うのもなんなのですが、Pizza Metro Pizza程本場ナポリタンのピッツァリアっぽい場所は、ムンバイには無いだろうと思いますし、インド全体でも見つからないのでは、とさえ思います。アジア全体でも、ピッザ・メトロ・ピッザのような、イタリアにありそうな近所のイタ飯屋が経験できるレストランを他に見つけるのは結構大変なのではないでしょうか。ムンバイで少ししかお食事をしていませんが、ちょっとしか経験していないレストランでびっくりしたのは、西洋料理を注文して、出て来たお料理がインド風にスパイスで辛くなっている事が既に数回あったことです。面白いですね。ピッザメトロピッザでは、本場イタリアのお料理が経験できますよ。

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You walk in and the warm interior decor of Pizza Metro Pizza welcomes you. There is one very cheerful Italian guy who works as floor staff and greets you in Italian. Three or four cooks who work in the kitchen at Pizza Metro Pizza are from Italy as well. You can feel the youthful energy along with the Italian rock music that floats in the background. You can read about Pizza Metro Pizza‘s Philosophy here.

メトロピッザに入ると、暖かいインテリアが迎えてくれ、明るい元気の良いイタリア人のフロアスタッフがイタリア語で挨拶をしてくれます。寿司屋に行って、板前さんが「いらっしゃーい!」って出迎えてくれるような感じなのでしょうか。3、4人居る料理人の方達は皆さん若いイタリア人です。若者のエネルギーが、バックグラウンドに流れるイタリアのロックの音楽と共に感じられる雰囲気です。Pizza Metro Pizza(ピッザ・メトロ・ピッザ)の哲学は、英語なのですがこちらで見る事が出来ます。

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As you can see from the photos, Pizza Metro Pizza is super kid-friendly. The restaurant staff offered chairs for our girls to stand on and watch one pizza chef make a pizza. The girls were very well entertained. After this time, my husband and I went back to Pizza Metro Pizza again for dinner and that time, our girls made their own pizzas. They LOVED it.


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After having visited Pizza Metro Pizza a couple of times, I came to recognize that the people play a big role in creating the atmosphere and bring about the authentic and unique environment for dining. The guy in the right photo below is Ricardo. I saw him singing along the Italian rock music, so I said to him “you seem very happy!” As a reply to this, he said to me “Signora, life is beautiful!” (With a nice Italian intonation. He speaks excellent English.) The other day I said “how are you?” To this he replied “Signora, I’m always good!” You can’t stereo type from one person, but I can’t help feeling that Italians know how to truly enjoy life.

Pizza Metro Pizza(ピッザメトロピッザ)で何回か食事をするうち、働いている人間がこんなにもレストランの独特の雰囲気や本場らしさというのを伝えるものなのだ、と感じました。下の写真の右側に居るのがリカルドです。彼がイタリアの音楽にあわせて歌っているのを見て、「楽しそうですね」と言ったことに対し、彼から「セニョーラ、人生は美しいですよ〜!」と帰ってきました。次の時に、「お元気ですか〜?」と訊ねると、「セニョーラ、僕はいつでも元気ですよ!」とお返事が。一イタリア人を見てイタリア人全体のステレオタイプは出来ませんが、イタリア人って人生の楽しみ方が上手いんだろうな、と感じずに入られませんでした。

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Jharna Apartments
BR Ambedkar Rd, Khar West
Mumbai, MH 400050, India

Phone:+91 22 2648 5697

Monday Closed
Tuesday 12:00–3:00 pm, 6:00–11:30 pm
Wednesday 12:00–3:00 pm, 6:00–11:30 pm
Thursday 12:00–3:00 pm, 6:00–11:30 pm
Friday 12:00–3:00 pm, 6:00–11:30 pm
Saturday 12:00–3:00 pm, 6:00–11:30 pm
Sunday 12:00–3:00 pm, 6:00–11:30 pm


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Joseph Cold Storage ☆ Bandra, Mumbai

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Yes. I’m writing about a butcher, Joseph Cold Storage in Mumbai.

No, this meat is not for sale.



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I went to Joseph Cold Storage because according to many friends I met in Mumbai, Joseph Cold Storage is the best place to buy meat in Mumbai. Apparently they cater to hotels and restaurants as well, so they circulate quite a bit. I was told by a few friends to not go there to shop and just make a phone call and have the meat delivered to my place. The great thing about Mumbai which I LOVE about is that they deliver anything. ANYTHING! So, you can call Joseph Cold Storage to order meat and it will show up at your door! How cool is this? However, I’m a type of person who needs to see the store before I place an order by phone.


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I was intimidated when I was told to not be shocked when I went there. So, before going, I went online and checked if there were any photos and I saw some on bombayjules. After I saw her photos, I felt much better and confident about going. By the way, BombayJules is one of the blogs I started checking out when I found out that we were coming to Mumbai.


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There I was with my little beast. I should’ve used a higher aperture on my camera for this shot. You can’t tell what’s behind my son, can you? It’s a box full of chickens. Maybe it was good that the background is too blurry.


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It was actually a very pleasant and fun experience to go to Joseph Cold Storage. I didn’t even notice the smell my friends mentioned. Maybe it was because I’m so used to it from living in Jakarta. The prices are great, too. I’m definitely shopping there. In Mumbai, there are small size supermarkets compared to the ones in the U.S. or Japan or even to those in Jakarta, but it’s still very common for people to go to individual stores to buy different items such as a butcher, vegetable and fruit stand, convenient store for dairy, bakery, etc. Life here seems so much more convenient in a lot of ways compared to the life in Jakarta. It reminded me of my childhood when I went shopping with my grandma to different mom and pop shops for food. Mumbai brought me a bit of nostalgia.


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I turned the trip to the Joseph Cold Storage into a little photo session. After my son scoped the store, he sat in this huge aluminum box. I thought that this was a good photo opportunity.


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Shop No. 15, Gasper Enclave Building
St. John’s Rd
Bandra West
Mumbai, MH 400050, India ‎
Phone: +91 22 2642 4261 ‎
22 2642 4281

Tuesday – Saturday 8:00 am – 1:30 pm
4:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Sunday & Monday 8:00 am – 1:30 pm only

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How to Get There

The place was a bit hard to find for a driver if he’s not familiar with the area. Here’s a map for you in case you want to know exactly where it is. Where “A” is the location for Joseph Cold Storage. The corner of BR Ambedkar Rd. and St. John’s St. has Cafe Basilico which might be a landmark to go to the Joseph Cold Storage.

私が雇ったドライバーさんはこの地域に詳しくなかったらしく、見つけるのが少し大変だったので、地図も載せておきますね。Joseph Cold Storageの3、4軒先、BR Ambedkar Rd.とSt. John’s St.の角には、Cafe Basilicoがあります。

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When I went, the blue sheet covered the name, so it was really hard to see and it was non-descriptive. Here’s the photo of the store from the street when I got there.


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Enjoy shopping!!

Friday Finds ☆ Bonjour Japanese French Pastry in Grand Indonesia


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Shiraki Roll in the photo below seems to be a signature cake from the Bonjour among Japanese customers. The marvelous combination of soft spongy cake and not too sweet cream seems to be a very good match. It makes a very nice gift to bring to your friend’s, too. In terms of pricing, the Shiraki Rolls are more reasonable and approachable than other cakes and cookies sold at Bonjour Patisserie.

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Bonjour is a Japanese Pastry shop located in the lower level of the East Mall at the Grand Indonesia. I learned about Bonjour from my Japanese friends who brought me cakes and cookies from the shop. Bonjour’s cakes and cookies taste just like those that you find in Japan. For us, Japanese, Bonjour gives us a sweet taste of home. Bonjour was founded by a pastry chef, Yuji Shiraki, who was trained in Japan and France. He has a store in Gardena, Los Angeles. I could not find any official information in Japanese, but here is more about Bonjour if you are curious. If you have never tasted Shiraki Roll before, I hope you’ll stop by Bonjour when you have a chance to go to Grand Indonesia and try their Shiraki Roll.





Japanese French Pastry
Grand Indonesia Shopping Town
Lower Ground, East Mall
Jl. M.H Thamrin No.1
Jakarta Pusat
Tel: +62 21 23581914
Bonjour Website

Friday Finds ☆ Authentique French Bakery ☆ Kemang Jakarta

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There is a cute French bakery just opened in Kemang at the end of 2012 which is owned by a French lady, Sophie. It is called Authentique. The name as you can see from the word means “authentic” and is spelled in French. I know Sophie since she used to own a French crèche (daycare) where my middle daughter went for almost a year. Unfortunately, this daycare is now closed. It was my Japanese friend who told me that our kids’ former French daycare teacher opened up a little French bakery in Kemang. She told me that the interior of the bakery is just like a boulangerie (bakery) in Paris. It is, indeed, very cute and feels like you are somewhere in France.

I loved Authentique’s madeleine (small almond shape cake) and pain au chocolat. They were delicious! I’m no French, but I think their pain au chocolat is probably the closest you can get to the one you find in France.




If you are curious about the crèche that Sophie used to own and my daughter went, here are some posts. It’s too bad that this daycare does no longer exist.
Our Baby Started School
Parenting & Transition
My Princess Jasmine and Her Day Care in Jakarta

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I hope you’ll go and experience the authentic French bakery in Jakarta!!

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Have you been to a little shopping area of Kemang near Hero Kemang? I love this narrow street with many neat mom-and-pop shops and flower vendors all lined up cosily and this street leads up to a small shopping center of Kemang which hosts Hero Kemang.

Jl. Kemang Selatan I-20C
Kemang, Jakarta
Phone: (021)7180011


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Friday Finds ☆ Taco Local ☆ Panglima Polim South Jakarta

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Melany of wanderlust and wonder once told me before she had left Jakarta that I should go eat at TACO LOCAL. She is a friend of mine who was one of my great source of Jakarta finds. She always knew hip and trendy places to go in Jakarta and I loved her taste and choices. I believe this is the article Melany wrote about TACO LOCAL. I realized how much I miss having her in Jakarta now I think of her.

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Tucked in on a small street, Jalan Panglima Polim 5, Taco Local stands alongside with SATCAS, ORBIS STORE (ORBIS has a cool blog where you can browse their items) and Lomography Embassy Store Jakarta (Lomography Facebook). Jalan Panglima Polim 5 apparently is spoken as an emerging hip area of South Jakarta. I believe it. I stepped outside of the car and I asked myself where I was. The area felt as if it was a little “Austin, Texas” to my eyes.

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Taco Local is annex to Velodome Bike Shop, a cool bike shop that all the serious bikers would probably love to come and shop. My kids and their friends loved exploring the bike shop while they waited for their meals to arrive.

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TACO LOCAL is a casual taco joint where you could get your taco fix. I just love the edgy and hip atmosphere this restaurant has and their tacos are tasty. My husband, a Texan, and our friends, Arizonans liked their tacos, which says a lot to me. My husband and I love Mexican food, so when we want to get Mexican, we have often gone to Hacienda in Senayan Arcadia. Now we know TACO LOCAL (& I love mom-and-pop shops), we’ll be going back to TACO LOCAL.

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This was actually my second time to visit Taco Local. This time I took my camera and had a chance to take photos (not as much as I wanted to as we were with our good friends and I didn’t want to be rude taking photos and not hanging out with them). Right before I left TACO LOCAL, I told the guys at the cashier that I would post my photos on my blog. The guy on the right in the photo above, Andre, asked me about my blog address, so I gave him the address. Andre later came to my blog and even left me a very nice comment on my About Me page! That was a really nice surprise! Thanks!

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I could go on about this place, but there are already good reviews on the web that I should leave you with them. Enjoy!

Tulisan Blog
Jakarta Globe

Apparently, TACO LOCAL is going to Bali. That’s exciting news!

Jl. Panglima Polim 5, No.38
Kebayoran Baru
(021) 9494 9538
Twitter @tacolocal
Jl. Panglima Polim 5, No. 38

Wednesday Wall2Wall ☆ Outdoor Christmas Party Decoration

Christmas Party Decoration04My husband’s office had an annual office holiday lunch party. This red table was the one we used as a dessert table. I regret that I did not take a photo after desserts were placed on the table.

He and I took charge in planning of the party with another couple. It was the third time that we took part in organizing for it and it was a lot of work, but at the same time it was totally worth it. Since we’ve gone over the same preparations two years in a row last year and year before as well, it was actually easy in terms of preparing as we already had decoration and knew what to do.

We used a catering service “Upper Crust”. As my husband is from Texas, we picked Tex-Mex food to serve for the holiday lunch in the first year. Upper Crust has Tex-Mex and we liked their food and the price they offer. Local Indonesian staff enjoyed Tex-Mex so much when we served it three years ago, so we’ve used Upper Crust for the third time this year. When we researched their Tex-Mex food catering, the price was more reasonable than other places we have looked and after we used them, we were very pleased with their good service. Upper Crust also does a home delivery meal service which I have used and found quite handy when you know that you won’t have help at home and don’t feel like cooking.

Christmas Party DecorationThese cookies were purchased from the American Club. They were about IDR 8.000 each (about US$0.80). I purchased 3 dozens. I thought about baking them and trying to decorate them, but since I have never done it before, I was glad I ordered them. It could’ve ended in a disaster, which won’t be good.

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The items for the table decoration were all purchased in Jakarta. I found the green felt decor, both felt Christmas trees, round felt pieces on the table, and glittery green snowflakes at Lotte Mart. They came with cheap looking hooks or unattractive plastic gold chain, but I removed the chains and clips to use without them. Even the glass tea light candle holders in the photo above were purchased at Lotte Mart. They can be used as small vases as well. The light green glitter stars (I’m sorry the photo is not good…) on the table were found at Grand Lucky. They were on sale when I went last year. I love getting bargains and it’s not easy to find bargains that come with quality in Jakarta.

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The dessert spread was pretty good. It is too bad that I have no photo of the dessert table. The two cakes on the top row in the photo collage below were made by my friend. She’s a great baker! I forgot to take photos of my own creations, too! What was I doing? I made Jaime Oliver’s chocolate tart, one of my favorites to make, and Chocolate Cookies with White Chocolate Chips. I worked hard the night before!! I didn’t even get to have a piece of my chocolate tart since I had to leave early from the party to take my son and middle child to a health check up. I hope my husband’s colleagues liked the tart! There was no piece left, so I guess that’s a good indication.

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I hope you enjoyed the photos and information of the holiday party decoration. Christmas is less than a week away from us! My kids are anxious to receive gifts. We still have a few fun events ahead of us. The hectic days are not over yet. How about you? What are your plans until Christmas?

I voluntarily wrote about Upper Crust and there is no other intention than simply my own will to promote Upper Crust to the expats who live in Jakarta as it has been very helpful to us. Upper Crust also has a Jakarta’s Craigs List which you can receive by email. You can send an email to mary.a.wiley[at] to subscribe.

Hamburger and Venison Burger ☆ KOI Kemang

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I’m not usually drawn towards fast food, but I love to indulge in hamburgers with fries once in a while and I enjoy them very much. I like KOI’s hamburger. The presentation that KOI does to serve a hamburger makes it feel like it’s a fancier meal than a casual meal. It’s perfect for lunch or dinner to satisfy your appetite for a hamburger and the salty french fries hits the spot when you are in a hot weather.

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I’ve never tasted a venison burger until I had it at KOI and I was pleasantly surprised. I liked it. If you feel like something different other than your regular hamburger, try a venison burger.

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This sauce in the background is the key ingredient to me. The flavorful sauce spreads in your mouth with the meat and it’s a new discovery of taste.
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The photography for KOI Kemang were taken by me for a collaborate project I do with them. I post my photography to show my work. Thus I do it voluntarily and it is not a paid advertisement.

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I used to style and take photos of the furniture at KOI Kemang Restaurant & Gallery. In case you are curious, you can see my photography portfolio on my blog posts about KOI furniture here. I love KOI Kemang’s gallery. If you live in Jakarta and like modern industrial style, I highly recommend going there. I don’t say this because I used to take their furniture photos. I say this because it truly makes me a happy person just to walk around in the KOI Gallery.

I really enjoyed a photo taking gig/project with KOI Kemang Gallery almost for a year. Then I got pregnant in the middle of 2011 and it put my life on hold. That’s fine. Life goes on and I moved on. I gave birth at the end of February 2012. I think it was around the time when my baby son turned 5 months. I approached KOI Kemang and just said I would be happy to help when they need someone to take photos of their furniture.

This is what I landed. I love food photography. I’m still learning a lot. I am humbled to show my styling (actually there isn’t much styling…), but I would like to showcase my photos so that this will be my incentive to get better at photo taking. As you can see in my blog I love to take photos of food at restaurants I go. I especially enjoy doing so in Jakarta because this is my current home and I would like to introduce all the nice places to eat and collect the information in this space. I am not paid to take photos of restaurants I feature on my blog. It’s all coming from me.

I plan on posting some food photography on Thursdays. I’m raising 3 little kids at the moment and that is my job and priority. This blog is just my hobby and my place to fulfill my desire to show what I love doing besides being a wife and mom. Therefore, my posting for food photography will not be consistent. I know already. I’ll try my best to show up, but if you don’t see a post on Thursday, you can imagine that I’m spent after a day with kids and fell asleep at the night-time when I usually blog.

KOI Kemang
Kemang Raya No. 72
Kemang, Jakarta Selatan
TEL: +62 21 719 5667 / +62 21 719 5668


Papaya ☆ Japanese Grocery Store in Jakarta

There is not enough information about Japanese grocery stores in Jakarta online, so here is another post about one of the Japanese grocery stores in Jakarta, PAPAYA. There are three Japanese grocery stores as of now in 2012 that I know of: Papaya, COSMO and Kamome.

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The colorful boxed packages in the photo above are the boxes of Japanese Curry mix. Japanese curry is very easy to make if you buy this curry mix in a box. You chop potatoes, carrots, and onions. Then you stir fry them with meat of your choice (beef or chicken usually), add water and cook them till the vegetables are soft and add the curry mix and stir. You pour sauce on top of rice on a plate. That’s it! It’s worth trying if you are adventurous about food and haven’t tried it yet.

I have purchased sashimi at Papaya and it was good. I would only go to Japanese grocery stores to buy sashimi.

I buy meat and fish at a Japanese grocery store because I find them fresher than other grocery stores and I like the way they package them.

This might be one of my favorite things about Japanese grocery stores. The Sozai section, a section for already made side dishes.

DAISO – Japanese 100 Yen Store
I sometimes stop by at DAISO (the red sign) on the second floor in the same building as Papaya is located. DAISO is a Japanese dollar (100 yen) store. The prices at DAISO in Jakarta is all IDR 22.000 which is about US$2.3 (220 yen) so that’s almost double the price you pay in Japan, but still some of the things you can get at DAISO can be bargains compared to what you pay at the local stores in Jakarta and if I don’t know where to get certain items, I know that I can find at DAISO. DAISO has everything. You’ve got to check it out. It’s so fun!

MOS Cafe is a Japanese version of a fast food restaurant. In Japan it’s called MOS BURGER. MOS BURGER is very popular there, but my American husband is not such a big fan except for rice burgers. I haven’t been to MOS Cafe here, so I cannot tell you if they have rice burgers here or not, but if they do, I would love to try MOS Cafe’s rice burger!

I especially love their baguettes. I find that Japanese baguettes are very similar to the original French baguettes. I would love to ask French people what they think of baguettes sold at Komugi.

I hope this information is helpful for those who look for Japanese grocery items in Jakarta!

Papaya is located in the corner of Jalan Melawai Raya and Jalan Pangalima Polim.

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Friday Finds ☆ Bagel Bagel in Kemang, South Jakarta

What do you crave when you’re overseas? Bagels are my favorite kind of bread and I miss bagels when I’m not in the States and I’m not even American. When I lived in Dakar, Senegal, between 2003 and 2005, there was no store to buy bagels, so I made my own bagels at home. Bagel making is labor intensive, so to make bagels at home is a labor of love. If you deprive me of bagels, that’s where I get. I have heard of Bagel Bagel since it opened in 2011 and I have been wanting to check out Bagel Bagel in Kemang, but I have not been able to for a long time. The other day, I had some time so I finally made my way out there and purchased a half-dozen bagels. I bought 3 chocolate chip bagels and 3 cinnamon raisin bagels, my favorite. I find them a bit hard, but if you toast them a little bit, they get softer. The prices are slightly more expensive compared to the bagels you find at major bagel shops in the States. I would like to try their bagel sandwiches some other time.

I loved walking around on Jalan Benda Raya street where Bagel Bagel is located. I got out of my car in front of a Mi Casa spa, which by the way I recommend for pedicure and walked around till I got to Bagel Bagel. There is no pavement, so it’s not the easiest walk, but I enjoyed the stroll as there were so many interesting stores around this area. It is a cool area for sure and I saw some neat furniture shops.

I spotted this store that was unfortunately closed when I was there. The window display was so adorable that I could not help taking photos.


Jl. Benda Raya 14D, Kemang
MON-THU 06.00-20.00 WIB; FRI-SUN 06.00-21.00 WIB
Delivery Service: 781 8769 / 3625 2345

Imagerie Fairgrounds Lot 14 SCBD
SUN-THU 07.00 -22.00 WIB; FRI-SAT 07.00-24.00 WIB
Delivery Service: 515 0250

Bagel Bagel delivers bagels to your door. In a city like Jakarta where traffic can be horrendous, a delivery service is very appealing.

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