Arife Lamoulde Baking Equipment Mumbai

Arife Bake Shop Mumbai

Arife Lamoulde Mumbai is for all the bakers in the city. Arife Lamoulde is a baking equipment store that sells items such as chocolate moulds, sprinkles, fondant, fondant molds, baking supplies and so forth. You can read more about Arife Lamoulde on this page. Arife might be a well known bake shop for the local people in Mumbai, but I had no idea about this shop and it felt like a hidden gem to me even though I have lived in Mumbai for a year and a half! I started hearing about Arife from a couple of friends in the recent past. They always referred to Arife as a shop across the street from “Shoppers Stop” on Linking Road. However, having gone to the shop, it was one of those places where you would not find unless someone gives you a step-by-step directions, so I decided to write a post […]

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! After you get seated, each customer gets to pick sauces to take to the table. The seafood that is brought to the table is not for eating raw! Everything went into the broth. 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 […]

Friday Finds ☆ Hearsch Bakery & Puff Pastry in Mumbai

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. 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 […]

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. 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 […]

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 […]

Baan Tao at Hyatt Pune ☆ Pune India

Baan Tao is a lovely Chinese restaurant inside Hyatt Pune. It’s quiet, beautiful and the dim sum lunch was fabulous! Since my middle and youngest children do not eat much, I asked if they would let me order 2 sets for 4 of us: me, my two girls and 2-year-old son. They kindly accepted it! I was delighted that we’d get to have a nice dim sum lunch with a bargain price and we won’t waste food! If you take two young children, an order of one portion for two kids is plenty. Baan Tao’s dim sum lunch costs about 890 Rupees (US$16) before tax if I remember correctly. I think that is a great deal to begin with for the quality and amount of food you get at a restaurant in a hotel like Hyatt. We enjoyed our first lunch in Pune at Baan Tao. Since Baan Tao does […]

Mother’s Day Brunch ☆ Sofitel Mumbai

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When do you celebrate Mother’s Day? There are many different days to celebrate Mother’s Day in the world. I feel that mothers in the world deserve to be appreciated everyday, but it is still wonderful that many countries dedicate one day a year of recognition for mothers for their hard work. For us we celebrate Mother’s Day on the second Sunday of May. If my husband asks me what I want to do for the day, the only wish I have for the day is to not stay in the kitchen washing dishes and preparing meals all day. With 3 kids, you can spend a lot of time in a kitchen. I love spending a relaxing time with my family at a brunch, so I told him that and he arranged a brunch for us to go on Mother’s Day. Even though in reality it might not be all that […]

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。 海外、特にムンバイみたいな大都会に住むと、日常の喧騒から避難できて落ち着ける場所があるだけで、心にゆとりと平穏を保てる気がします。ヨガハウスはヨガをする人だけのためではありません。誰でも行ってヨガハウスのマクロバイオティックのお食事と健康的な飲み物を楽しめますよ。 After you finish your tea or meal, how about checking out their shop? […]

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 foodesto.com, 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. […]

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 […]